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by Pfhorrest
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bored and Horny, or: suggestions for a lazy Friday night
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: Bored and Horny, or: suggestions for a lazy Friday night

have you tried masturbating?
by Pfhorrest
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 2153

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

There is a sense in which people say that a given day “is” an event happening at some time on that day, e.g. “today is the big beach party” even if said party is actually only in the two hours following noon. In that sense, December 24th “is” Christmas Eve, even if said eve is actually, like all eve...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 38
Views: 1673

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

"Spirit Level" already sounds like it should be some kind of mystical weapon or something; like, something that mows down souls or something. The "...of Doom" version just sounds like it got turned to the dark side.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Good Plaice
Replies: 64
Views: 13442

Re: The Good Plaice

Hopefully this isn't too spoilery, but tonight's episode reminds me of a quote I keep hearing in leftists corners of the internet: "There is no such thing as ethical consumption under capitalism."
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13412
Views: 1570968

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

TIL that the average American gets over a billion dongs every year. Because "dong" is the Vietnamese unit of currency and it's so weak against the US dollar that a billion of them is below the mean personal income in the US. A megadong is apparently just $43.07 right now. So for all you gu...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 651867

Re: Trump presidency

I think that comparison is insulting to hammers. I know some very smart hammers. At least, they sure smart if you miss the nail and hit your thumb instead.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite Mathematical Equation
Replies: 87
Views: 11497

Re: Favorite Mathematical Equation

n + 1 = n U {n}
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 1436

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

"Grok" is a Martian word. I thought it was Vulcan for "to fully understand and grasp all aspects of" as a transitive verb. 'Must've been been because the example given was "Spock groks." That meaning is correct, but not the language (or source work, I guess). It's from...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 700526

Re: Doctor Whom

I am not familiar with the "NPC" meme, unless it's just the old-timey pen-and-paper RPG slang meaning basically "unimportant person" (the likes of whom The Doctor has never met), but it sounds like there's something more to it than that?
by Pfhorrest
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 651867

Re: Trump presidency

Even if their own paychecks were on the line, which I don't think they are, they can always pass a special bill to address just that, and not address anything else. Though I guess by that reasoning they could also just piecemeal pass special bills to fund specific things as those specific things get...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 2046

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

You know sometimes people do things for reasons other than to make money, right? I mean, those people still need to make money, but sometimes they can make it in other ways and still have time to do other things that they just want to do for their own sake, and don't have to or want to charge for? I...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 1436

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

Heimhenge wrote:
speising wrote:
zjxs wrote:Mixing Martian into English is an even worse idea.


I don't grok that.


Even though I wasn't directly quoted, probably a reference to my earlier suggestion of "Barsoomiforming".


:whoosh:

"Grok" is a Martian word.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 651867

Re: Trump presidency

PAstrychef wrote:if the afterlife is so much better than this one, why aren’t there mass suicides to get there?

Sometimes there are. You've probably seen a couple in the news over the decades.

Most religions claim that that doesn't work, though, because suicide is a sin that sends you to hell instead.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 651867

Re: Trump presidency

To be fair, I'm not sure how else making Mexico pay for the wall was ever supposed to be interpreted? Obviously we couldn't just sent them an invoice, so I always figured that "make Mexico pay for it" bit was intended to mean that the US would somehow treat Mexico disfavorably in order to ...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Winnie the Pooh song melody origins?
Replies: 4
Views: 511

Re: Winnie the Pooh song melody origins?

I think it was "The Princess Switch".

And yeah, I'm pretty sure the music I heard was actually "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"/"Carol". That's a really close match. Thanks!
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 2016

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I once freaked out an Australian friend for a moment when he made some comment about black crows, and I replied "Oh yeah, your crows are black down there, like your swans. That's weird." and for a brief shining moment his world was turned upside-down (or would that be right-side-up since h...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Winnie the Pooh song melody origins?
Replies: 4
Views: 511

Winnie the Pooh song melody origins?

I was recently watching some silly Christmas romcom Netflix original movie with my girlfriend, and a bit of incidental music played in a scene that I could swear was the exact same melody to which the lines "Deep in the hundred acre wood / where Christopher Robin Plays / you'll find the enchant...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The Codex Quaerendae
Replies: 6
Views: 3260

Re: The Codex Quaerendae

The first essay of this new Codex is up, kind of. The new Introduction page, with an overview of the project and an outline/table of contents, at least.

The Codex Quaerendae.

First proper essay, Against Fideism, to come in two weeks.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 2554

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

Quizatzhaderac wrote:"Majestic" seems to have roots directly related to greatness; so, yes, it seems totally fair to say that's inverse to physical size.

Wouldn't "inverse to physical size" mean that smaller things are more majestic? Inverse to smallness (size-1), maybe?
by Pfhorrest
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)
Replies: 24
Views: 4899

Re: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)

I'm very happy to report that over the past couple of months, development on Eternal has really taken off, as a couple of fans have chipped in a ton of time and effort to really polish a bunch of things up way beyond my expectations for what I thought I would get done this year. One of them also has...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 1469

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

lots of countries have their own calendar regardless of how much they celebrate Western New Year, most notably China. I was just wondering about this myself earlier today. There isn't one definitive epoch used with the Chinese calendar system, there are at least two different traditional ones and t...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 1949

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

Do billiards as in thousand-billions have anything to do with the game played with hard balls on a felt-covered table?
by Pfhorrest
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 2153

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

Compare also great 5 -grandparents , meaning great-great-great-great-great-grandparents. Wow. I've never see that expression before (though I have heard someone say "great to the n th "). It really seems to better express the depth/distance of the relationship. I don't think I've ever see...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 2153

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

I'd say the latter, because it's not several eves, it's the eve of (the eve of (the eve of (the eve of (...)))), and exponential notation is usually used for recursive applications of a function.

Compare also great5-grandparents, meaning great-great-great-great-great-grandparents.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 2153

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

According to Bob and Doug, the Twelve Days of Christmas are Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year's, New Year's Eve, Wrestling Boxing Day, and then there's two Saturdays and Sundays in there which makes nine, and the other three are the Mystery Days.
by Pfhorrest
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 2554

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

Is that not an ocelot?
by Pfhorrest
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 700526

Re: Doctor Whom

I was in San Diego for Thanksgiving and saw this and wondered if Doctor Who was referencing that of if there's a better-known Tim Shaw? (Or if the joke is just that the alien's name sounds like a mundane Earth name?)
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 4094

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Yeah, a sane, well-designed language would have similar sounds attached to similar meanings (and vice versa). English, having started as a way for Norman men-at-arms (French-speaking) to chat up Saxon barmaids (German-speaking) and cheerfully adopted large chunks of vocabulary from Latin and later ...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Will robots replace programmers?
Replies: 14
Views: 1250

Re: Will robots replace programmers?

why would a robot want anything? because we built it that way.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 2733

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

This guy is me. I joke that "tech support hates me", because normal run-of-the-mill problems that tech support is equipped to handle, I am also usually equipped to handle, so by the time I call on tech support, it's something really, really bizarre. Either that or I had some kind of total ...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 2890

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

That is awesome and it reminds me of an old New Yorker magazine cover about how New Yorkers see the world, with an extremely detailed New York map in the foreground, like New Jersey in no detail behind it, the rest of the US in sparse detail behind that, and a tiny Japan on the distant horizon. I’ve...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Good Plaice
Replies: 64
Views: 13442

Re: The Good Plaice

Unspoilered because more general: the whole premise of the show just begs for an explanation of its greater cosmogony. Who created (or how else came to be) the celestial beings like Michael and assigned them to their roles and decided that humans should be judged and rewarded and punished or even co...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 52
Views: 4269

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

Pfhorrest, large universes would be more likely to naturally evolve brains than small universes would be, sure. But they would also be more likely to evolve Boltzmann brains, and more of them. This phrasing doesn't make sense to me. In the sense of "universe" I was using, the classical im...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 52
Views: 4269

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

I think a segue of the conversation got lost. You were talking about how BBs don't have to just pop fully formed out of nothing, but can just arise as a consequent feature of a spontaneous low-energy event, like the one our universe is supposed by some to have come from, but smaller and more probabl...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 2452

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

Yeah as a human I've never felt particularly threatened by the prospect of a single menacing dog (including wolves as dogs here). At most it gets one bite in and then its throat is within reach and it's game over thanks to the power of opposable thumbs that enable such super-moves as grabbing things...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 2272

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

I feel sorry for all of those average American families who, after having two healthy full children, only got half a child from their third pregnancy.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 52
Views: 4269

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

That seems like it re-frames the problem as "big universes* are less likely to spontaneously arise than small ones". If we can also say (as seems intuitively plausible to me at least) that big universes are more likely to develop brains in them than small ones, it seems like the problem go...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 2389

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

I'm saying at that step you quote to imagine that we do that, make it happen on purpose (I hadn't considered gyroscopic effects, not sure if that throws a wrench in all of this). Everything after that is an exploration of what seasons on such a world look like, if you do that. It might be more clear...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 2389

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

Make the planetary tilt 90° (sign really being irrelevant well before this point, if it ever was). At hemispherical mid-summer, no sunset your side of the equator; At hemispherical mid-winter, no sunrise; At each hemispherical equinox, all points of the planet get equal equal day and night (excludi...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 2272

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

(and maybe outside that range too) Most definitely. Some of my friends keep talking about their third leg. I doubt anyone has fewer less than 0 leg, but if you suffer from phantom pain, do you have an imaginary leg? Can't be, because then it would also be a real leg (possibly a negative real leg) f...

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