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by GlassHouses
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 2384

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

A lot of podcasts are sponsored by mattress companies. I have no idea why. But there's a burgeoning industry of a whole bunch of different online-storefront mattress retailers, and they all advertise heavily on podcasts. Interesting. I don't listen to podcasts, but I still have a newspaper subscrip...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 1714

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

mixing Latin and Greek is always a bad idea It could be worse. Consider, for example, " megatsunami ". :) If you follow that link and then use the language switcher thingy to jump to the equivalent Japanese page, you find 巨大津波, pronounced "kyodai tsunami," meaning: "giganti...
by GlassHouses
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2093: "Reminders"
Replies: 10
Views: 942

Re: 2093: "Reminders"

The birthday thing was solved ages ago. I still know people who have birthday calendars in their bathrooms. All it takes is one glance whenever you're sitting down to do your business, and you'll be reminded of all upcoming birthdays. Are these things going out of style? I have to admit I don't hav...
by GlassHouses
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2093: "Reminders"
Replies: 10
Views: 942

2093: "Reminders"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/reminders.png Title text: The good news is that if the number of work and friend relationships you have exceeds your willingness to do the bare minimum to keep up with everyone's life events and stuff, one way or another that problem eventually solves itself. The birthd...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 2221

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

But if metric units are involved, you can just use prefixes properly and say "the Earth is 150 gigameters from the Sun" instead of nonsense like "million kilometers" How would you express the volume of the observable universe in metric units using prefixes properly? Four hundred...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 1749

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

Showing timezones in a graph and not labeling the time axis in UTC? That's a paddlin' Randall chose the time zone he himself lives in. As someone who lives in that time zone as well, I feel that this is an entirely reasonable choice. :D Speaking of time zones, the third largest jump in the graph, a...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 1749

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

I also keep forgetting that most of South America is farther east than most of North America, so even in the Eastern U.S., we're really pretty late to the party.
by GlassHouses
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 2221

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

jeanrenaud wrote:This is why we begin to see "M$, G$" in some publications. With the computer era, most people will understand these terms and their signification is the same in every language.

Except in financial jargon, M means thousand and MM means million...
by GlassHouses
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 2309

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I don't remember ever hearing of this kind of operation back home in the Netherlands. Maybe because I lived in a more densely populated area there? There definitely were geese out and about, but I never heard of any efforts to chase them away. Maybe because they were more easygoing, being feral des...
by GlassHouses
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 2309

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I've read that sometimes specially trained dogs are used to chase geese away; I have trouble picturing that It's definitely a thing . I used to work in an office park in New Jersey where I'd sometimes see signs saying "Border Collies at work," though I have never actually seen the dogs. T...
by GlassHouses
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 2472

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

xtifr wrote:Anyone who disagrees is welcome to explain why they no longer write or speak like the author of Beowulf.

That's easy: because everyone sucks at English nowadays.

Also, Italy is a country full of people who speak really, really terrible Latin. :D
by GlassHouses
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 2540

Re: 2086: "History Department"

when the thing that you were 99.9999% sure was going to happen, happens, that's not news. Dog bites man, and all that. It's News if Her Maj decides to sod the speech and goes down the pub instead. True, but if you're setting aside 30 minutes a day for broadcasting the news, and there is no news, yo...
by GlassHouses
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 2540

Re: 2086: "History Department"

LtPowers wrote:May 16, 2001, was fairly uneventful, but it must have taken some extensive research to prove that definitively.


Powers &8^]

Mulholland Drive premiered at the Cannes Film Festival? Sorry, that was clearly not an uneventful day. Try again. :D
by GlassHouses
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 2638

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

I've often thought middle latitudes were the best. You get actual seasons, and you don't have to deal with 24 hours of daylight or 24 hours of sunlight. I tend to agree, but this time of year, when the trees have mostly shed their leaves and winter is about to begin in earnest, does get a lot of pe...
by GlassHouses
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 2471

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

I hear people born in the 2010s have smaller feet than the national average in their home country. on a related note: I have more than the average number of legs (and I will guess that most of you reading this do too) Everyone has either more or fewer than the average number of legs. That depends o...
by GlassHouses
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 3955

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Wow and LOL! My job is *literally* going to a customer support counter with a tool trolley and asking "hello, where's the staff entrance?", and being shown to it, and there asking "hello, where's the server room, I'm here to replace the routers" and being shown to it *and* *left...
by GlassHouses
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 4517

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Lately I've found myself watching sports movies, despite having no interest whatsoever in any sports, and I find some of the stories pretty engaging aside from the sports angle. In that case, take a look at Bull Durham , if you haven't already. I found it highly enjoyable, despite not giving a fig ...
by GlassHouses
Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 4517

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Meh, literature awards have nothing to do with how entertaining the story is and everything to do with whatever the literary critics consider to be “high art”. Sometimes they get it right. Example: one birthday many years ago, a relative gave me One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márqu...
by GlassHouses
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 9168

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

I've honestly always been annoyed that kg is the SI unit for mass. Shouldn't the Gram be the unit we're defining with our arbitrary nonsense? The cgs system was tried for a while, but that of course has the same problem with centimetre. As normal human activities go, m and kg fit a wider range of a...
by GlassHouses
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 9168

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

The_Alchemist wrote:I keep thinking it would be nice to redefine the second so that there are 10 hours/day, 100 minutes/hour and 100 seconds/min.

Small is small, right? What could possibly go wrong? :P

It's been tried. Didn't catch on.
by GlassHouses
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 4560

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Assuming the turbulence and wind shear around the tornado doesn't destroy the drone before its gets inside the funnel, it probably wouldn't see anything. Those funnels are usually opaque, which suggests that inside, visibility is going to be close to zero. That's certainly what it looks like in this...
by GlassHouses
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 4667

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

Two of my friends on Facebook frequently post self-affirming memes about how other people can't tear you down and cut those people out of your life and you're better than all those drama queens. One of them, I know the other side all too well. I know that SHE is the drama in everyone else's life, a...
by GlassHouses
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 6972

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

This entire post boils down to "it's OK because the private sector does it worse." Given that I was replying to your post, which boiled down to "the private sector always does everything better," that shouldn't come as a huge surprise. If I had agreed with that point, I wouldn't...
by GlassHouses
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 6972

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

but there are also a vast number of things that the government does with absurd inefficiency, and the root of that is in the bureaucracy rather than the legislative branch. Government just isn't good at most of what it tries to do and it has a natural tendency to grow. If there really is such a &qu...
by GlassHouses
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 6972

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Libertarianism, or, I suppose, anti-Statism, comes from a distrust of government in general, not the dysfunction of a particular branch. Paranoia appears to be a wide-spread condition, but as a basis for rational discourse, I rather prefer evidence. Some people are pretty reactionary and have more ...
by GlassHouses
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 6972

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

The thing you're ignoring there is that if the Free Market, or the Wisdom Of The Crowd, or whatever other Invisible Hand, were effective at dealing with issues like the ones mentioned in that Pelosi quite, there wouldn't be so much support for government activity on those issues. Of course politicia...
by GlassHouses
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 6972

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

This strip is funny to me because I just did that today. I read about the distinction between "strong" and "weak" emergence, and I immediately thought, "Strong emergence = denial of material reductionism". Denial of material reductionism is done by people who want to c...
by GlassHouses
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 5850

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

There’s also an amount of linguistic snobbery in refusing to use phonetic conventions from outside of the language being spoken. Remember, French is a language that has its own official institute for the preservation of linguistic purity, dedicated to the prevention of the adoption of foreign-isms....
by GlassHouses
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 5850

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

As someone who occasionally glances at French newspapers, it amuses me to no end that the French spell the Russian president's last name "Poutine." The reason for this is that, if it were spelled Putin, it would be pronounced like 'putain', which is french for whore. Calling him Poutine i...
by GlassHouses
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 5850

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

da Doctah wrote:I find it amusing that the current presidents of the US and Russia both have surnames that so readily lend themselves to fart jokes.

As someone who occasionally glances at French newspapers, it amuses me to no end that the French spell the Russian president's last name "Poutine."
by GlassHouses
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 7892

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

This nomenclature should be extended even further.

Planeplane:

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by GlassHouses
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 18137

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Actually, the obsession with named logical fallacies is way more troubling than any particular linguistic pet peeve. I see some arguments online consist solely of trying to name the fallacies used by the opponent and suggesting they "look it up." Oh god yes. In particular, I cringe every ...
by GlassHouses
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 8110

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

To do this properly you need Cantonese. https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/29512256_1502849993157077_1429751131823326588_n.png?_nc_cat=0&oh=1da30e0c52342bfa612527de7f0e3124&oe=5C2EE846 I guess if you live in a culture with strong extended families, where people tend to have speci...
by GlassHouses
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 18137

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Also, just because a fight will probably be lost doesn't mean it's not worth fighting. What could possibly be the value of this fight? If losing or surrendering means they're going to rape you to death, eat your flesh and sew your skins into their clothes, and if you're lucky they'll do it in that ...
by GlassHouses
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 5978

Re: 2034: "Equations"

most important equation? My vote is for: U+2205 U+2260 U+2205 If you want that in a prose form... "everything can be divided into two categories - those things that can be divided into two categories, and those that can't". watch for inappropriate binaries. aljohnso So, ∅ ≠ ∅ My prose int...
by GlassHouses
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 7788

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

There is neither dark matter nor dark energy; our model of spacetime is simply incorrect on intergalactic scales because we mistakenly assume the speed of light is constant for all observers. In actuality, the speed of light simply appears to change as you get further away. That may work as a way t...
by GlassHouses
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 7277

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

From today's RL crossword: Vessels of the Royal Navy in America (4). "Royal Navy" is used for the letters "RN", America (in this case) is "US". RN in US would be "URNS", which are… vessels. I'm sorry, but that's just infuriatingly and disgustingly obtuse. (No...
by GlassHouses
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 45
Views: 10918

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

And the best-paid civil engineers have been designing nuclear reactors and skyscrapers for the possibility of "accidental" small- or medium plane crashes for a while now. Ever since the 1940's, I think. The Twin Towers could have been a lot worse, really. Definitely. When I look at 9/11 I...
by GlassHouses
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 6936

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

I was under the impression that people still defended constructivism today. Are they just crazy or are there legitimate arguments still ongoing? I couldn't say about number theory. Maybe someone will come up with a scheme that can construct all the transcendental numbers? Although I suspect that th...
by GlassHouses
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 6936

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Are there any interesting features of transcendental numbers, other than the fact that they are hard to write down? No. Unless you're a mathematician. Maybe they don't seem special to me because I never really cared about fractions, and the details of "Fill in the gaps" to get real number...

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