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by Karilyn
Tue Mar 01, 2016 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 18344

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

I'm surprised by the high relative size of the tea pipeline compared to the coffee one. I think you can probably blame Southerners, their tea consumption seems huge compared to the rest of the country. I think the average Southerner drinks a similar amount of iced sweet tea per day, as the average ...
by Karilyn
Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44964

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Thank you for this explanation, to me it still seems difficult to imagine but I think I have an idea what an American suburb looks like (and I think I finally get why Sheldon in the Big Bang Theory needs to be driven around for everything). As an ex-pizza delivery person? Endless spawls of subdivis...
by Karilyn
Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44964

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Americans have a very warped sense of acceptable travel distance; like someone said a few posts back, in America, living within 5 minutes by car of the grocery store, is thought of as being extremely close. It's a bit hard, having lived in Euclid zoning your entire life, to conceptualize living 2 m...
by Karilyn
Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44964

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Stop using Euclid Zoning, THEN think about spending tax dollars on sidewalks. Despite what you might have heard government, if you build it, that does not guarantee that they will come. http://collegetri.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/curb-of-a-road.jpg Would mixed zoning attract more locals or mostly...
by Karilyn
Sat Apr 05, 2014 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44964

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Wow, Karilyn, you've done an amazing job of describing what a fucking awful country the US is, without even delving into national-level politics or history. I feel like there should be some kind of prize for that. TBH that's pretty extraordinarily rude. It's generally not nice to talk such high lev...
by Karilyn
Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44964

Re: 1348: "Before de Internet"

Careful wid dose numbers. de population density ah a country be a very poor metric to gauge de actual density ah dey inhabited areas. That is why I utilized the population density of the cities themselves in my calculations, but for fun, I made this map as well! http://s22.postimg.org/5vrngg0dt/Pop...
by Karilyn
Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44964

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

I've calculated the population density of some of your small towns and approximated about 15 000 people per square mile, that's denser than many "urban" neighborhoods in the United States. The densest census tract in Atlanta for instance is only 20 000 people per square mile. This probabl...
by Karilyn
Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44964

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

I find this interesting: Are schools in the US huge factory halls? Is there only one school every couple of towns? I can easily imagine these situations in rural areas, but living with 4 primary schools within three blocks from here it's difficult to imagine from my perspective (combined with the u...
by Karilyn
Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44964

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

I find that the trouble with GPS is that it's designed to expect you to blindly follow the directions as they come, like it's the driver and you're just its speaker-to-steering-wheel adapter. The tiny screen shows so little of the route that you can sometimes see farther ahead through the windshiel...
by Karilyn
Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44964

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Books, if they're well-made, are more durable than digital media. And that's super important if you're focused on preserving information long-term. But for pretty much every single other thing people do with their stored data? Not so much. Books still fall apart over time, and, assuming you aren't ...
by Karilyn
Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44964

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

The internet is definitely a very good thing. But before the internet I did still have books and an imagination. And a computer, for that matter. Life wasn't more fulfilling in some mystical way, but it wasn't all that boring either. Books are wonderful, but they are a rather inefficient delivery o...
by Karilyn
Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1345: "Answers"
Replies: 61
Views: 17205

Re: 1345: Answers

Why do we die? I mean, I get that eventually our brain ceases to function due to cell damage, but there definitely seems to be cases where people die despite having little to no damage in the brain. Our heart stopping should result in [...]. Someone with a medical background, please explain this to...
by Karilyn
Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1345: "Answers"
Replies: 61
Views: 17205

Re: 1345: Answers

Just because it isn't necessary doesn't mean it isn't easier. If it uses a third of the energy to perform the task while everything is shut down, compared to trying to perform the task while everything is still running, seems obvious why the body would evolve to do things that way. It's probably ex...
by Karilyn
Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1345: "Answers"
Replies: 61
Views: 17205

Re: 1345: Answers

Wait what's all this about? I thought we knew why human's sleep. My understanding was that the most important purpose of sleep is that the human brain needs to not be in use in order to move everything from temporary storage to long term storage, and throw out all the things that your brain thinks i...
by Karilyn
Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

Thanks for the history lesson. That's the only two I can immediately think of off the top of my head "Liberal" is another one from American politics, originally meaning roughly what (small-l) "libertarian" means in the U.S. today (which in turn originally, and to this day outside...
by Karilyn
Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

I think the problem is that gaining acceptance by showing you're just like everyone else suffers from issues like confirmation bias while it still needs media coverage. The confirmation bias issue is hard to tackle anyway but the media coverage requires protests: most media tend to prefer covering ...
by Karilyn
Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_syndrome#Prognosis If you find a citation that links Downs Syndrome with happiness, please, post a link. First google hit: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/44703812/ns/health-health_care/#.UwmcaJw-cfE Among 2,044 parents or guardians surveyed, 79 percent reported their ou...
by Karilyn
Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118395

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Saw this on imgur just now, immediately thought of this thread. http://imgur.com/gallery/HRKOqoH And amongst the flames and irreverent claims of pedophilia (seriously, bullet dodged on not getting a moderator warning for that post, but if I was you I wouldn't keep pushing my luck), I walk through th...
by Karilyn
Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

Aside from that, I just want to comment on your 5-or-6 genders there. If I understand your descriptions correctly, I am what you label "transgendered" there, but as you note, that is not what most people who use that term mean by it, so I think that that is not a good term for it and I wo...
by Karilyn
Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118395

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

At least 20-30 times so far in this thread alone.
by Karilyn
Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118395

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

If you'd been following my comments in this and other threads on similar topics (not that I expect you have been), you'd see that I've been harping on that insight myself over and over again. My most heartfelt and sincere apologies. I confused you for someone else and misread the meaning of your po...
by Karilyn
Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

EDIT: I've currently been awake for over 48 hours, forgive any insane typos that are in my posts. I keep going back and editing these posts like a dozen times cause I keep catching new bizarre typos of a sleep deprived mind, and I know I'm not even coming close to catching them all. My main point of...
by Karilyn
Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

I just wanted to say that I'm not claiming there is a gay gene, it's more a pretext to thinking about what it would mean if there were. I'm pretty sure that sexuality is too complicated for there to be a single gene for it, and while I think genes are more important than the aforementioned progress...
by Karilyn
Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

One of my main concerns about same-sex marriage and polygamy isn't so much whether we should allow it as whether we should be promoting (or normalizing) it. The U.S. government allows smoking, but runs anti-smoking campaigns. It doesn't pay you or give you tax breaks for being a smoker, it taxes yo...
by Karilyn
Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

For what it's worth I agree completely. Of course, there are no laws against having multiple sexual partners simultaneously (that I'm aware of), only laws against multiple simultaneous marriages, so acceptance of polygamy goes part and parcel with my general position that the government has no plac...
by Karilyn
Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

You've reminded me of a discussion I had back at university. There was a recent discovery of some kind of "gay gene", and a gay friend of mine was deeply concerned. My reaction was "Well, isn't this good news? It proves what you were saying all along: 'some people just are gay: get o...
by Karilyn
Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

Yes; I would say that the difference is in the definition of "man" and "woman". For person A, a man is somebody with a penis. For person B, a man/woman is something like "somebody who identifies themselves as a man/woman" (I'm sure you can do a better job of the defini...
by Karilyn
Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

Maybe ideally. In practice, there are byproducts. First, polygamists raise females to believe their lot in life is to become one of a harem. Granted, this is marginally worse than certain monogamist religions which practice "Promise Keeping," which lowers females to about the same level o...
by Karilyn
Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

Though seriously, the problem people generally have with polygamy is not polygamy itself. It's that most polygamists (or at least most that are publicised) tend to be male cultists who have very young wives and abuse them and marry their wives' daughters (ie their own children) and such. Of course,...
by Karilyn
Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

Then I read the thread so far. I don't see how this is meant to be an argument against "objectivism". I had to google this term, in case it had unintended connotations attached to it, and lo and behold it does, it is value-laden, through association to Ayn Rand apparently. OK, I haven't r...
by Karilyn
Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22876

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

Anyway, I got the feeling that this was an analogy to anti-LGBT arguments. "If we have to accept the gays, then what? The transsexuals, and then polygamists, then it's bestiality, cats and dogs sleeping together, mass hysteria!" The comic is turning that on its head and pointing out that ...
by Karilyn
Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118395

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

And where the fuck do you get that it's immoral to get to know someone as a friend? Who in this thread has said anything even remotely like that? I think he means people have frowned on getting to know someone first as a friend but with longer-term romantic aspirations all along. And with the criti...
by Karilyn
Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118395

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

(Also on another note, as much as I love Avenue Q, it's usually best not to form your argument based on a musical which includes a song called "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," which, while funny, is fairly inaccurate.) You think so? You should check out an unconscious bias test . The res...
by Karilyn
Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1328: "Update"
Replies: 54
Views: 13927

Re: 1328: "Update"

What's even more annoying is when an update does not require just a reboot, but a series of them (see: os x software updates) ! I don't remember OSX having nearly as many reboots as Windows does. On the other hand, I once had a Macbook Pro's powerbrick light on fire, sooooooooooooooo... does this m...
by Karilyn
Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118395

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

One option is wait until it isn't so painful any more . Which is something that should happen with literally any event that causes grief. And no, you don't need hypnosis or drugs or brain surgery for that to happen, but if rejection is still too painful a year or more later, some sort of therapy ma...
by Karilyn
Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118395

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Well, I'm 30, and I still feel ashamed that I'm not more emotionally/socially developed. For me, that's where defensiveness comes from; if I were OK with where I am and how my emotional development has gone, I wouldn't feel a need to defend my lack thereof. Didn't always seem so hard, though. Seems...
by Karilyn
Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118395

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

There is no emotionally mature reason to break your friendship just because your request for closer intimacy was rejected. Hypothetical: I'm long-time friends with a woman. I realise that I have romantic feelings for her, and tell her so, hoping she'll be amenable to a more intimate relatio...
by Karilyn
Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118395

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Maybe we can take this to PMs if you want to go any further, I want to kind of veer back to the comic a bit: 1. Do women say they want nice guys? This seems to be a frequent refrain from the nice guys being criticized in the comic. Where do they get this idea? 2. Do women actually want nice guys? N...
by Karilyn
Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118395

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

As a woman, I want to interject this one thing here: This was the results from one of the better studies I've seen with regards to rape. http://www2.binghamton.edu/counseling/documents/RAPE_FACT_SHEET1.pdf The end result? 98.3% of men would not, or probably would not commit rape if given the opport...
by Karilyn
Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118395

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

But outside the office, relationship-wise, the ladies felt that the guy owed his girl door-holding, a majority of the checks, walk on the outside of the street, the general line-up of traditionally-expected courtesies. The guys agreed with the whole line of thinking thus far, but then asked, "...

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