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by Euphonium
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 3066

Re: 1911: Virtue Signalling Volume 7

In my experience, people are usually most offended by things that are really offensive. On the Devil's Advocate side, I offer the very existence of the term "microaggression". What is it, exactly, about that that upsets you? Why is it so incomprehensible that the small things you do might...
by Euphonium
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 53
Views: 3700

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

ericgrau wrote:I noticed the least populated areas were in the midwest (around Wyoming-Utah-Colorado and surrounding areas) and wondered why this was.


So that's definitely not the Midwest...
by Euphonium
Mon May 29, 2017 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 43
Views: 6022

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

First year law: I'm just a bill and I'm sitting here on capitol hill Second year law: how to get away with murder Third year law: how to get away with treason Fourth year law: how to get away with war crimes Pretty sure law school in the US is a three-year post-graduate course. And I feel safe assu...
by Euphonium
Thu May 18, 2017 2:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 43
Views: 6022

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

(The 'classic' Cyrillic thing is that restaurants are "pectopah"s ("Ресторан"). You might hit the back-to-back-Ks or reversed-N, and then there are those that are even more obviously Greek, but a lot of them are non-wierd symbols, albeit a number of times used weirdly.) I have t...
by Euphonium
Thu May 18, 2017 2:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 43
Views: 6022

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

eSOANEM wrote:I feel like that's probably more true of students learning Greek than Russian actually.


I wouldn't know. Russian and Ukrainian are the only languages with a non-Latin script I've ever studied.
by Euphonium
Wed May 17, 2017 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 43
Views: 6022

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

Zohar wrote:So anything that isn't the Latin alphabet is "not a letter" suddenly? :roll:


I was trying to express, in a facetious manner, the experience of a new student's first encounter with Cyrillic.
by Euphonium
Wed May 17, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 43
Views: 6022

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

Survey of Medieval Russian History: and then it gets worse Sociology of religion: it's not about social protest, except when it is Reformation Europe: can't we all just get along? (answer: no) Survey of Imperial Russian History: and then it gets worse Nationality and Religion in the Russian Empire: ...
by Euphonium
Sun May 14, 2017 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 8407

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

Peak modernity, folks. Peak modernity, right in this thread.
by Euphonium
Sun May 14, 2017 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 15591

Re: How would you change the U.S. tax system?

0% income tax on all income up to $50,000 per household member. 100% tax on all income above $50,000 per household member. You know this is supposed to be Serious Business, right? Yes, and I'm completely serious. With your system, why would anyone spend time getting advanced degrees Are you serious...
by Euphonium
Wed May 03, 2017 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 15591

Re: How would you change the U.S. tax system?

0% income tax on all income up to $50,000 per household member. 100% tax on all income above $50,000 per household member.
by Euphonium
Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Editors
Replies: 267
Views: 103580

Re: Editors

My preferred text editor consists of piping assembly code into as, chosen such that the opcodes output will be, when read byte-by-byte, the ASCII values of the text I wish to output.

I prefer nasm's syntax, but as will accept input on stdin.
by Euphonium
Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What is log² x?
Replies: 11
Views: 2906

Re: What is log² x?

For iterated functions I see f (n) (x) more frequently than f n (x). This smells like a context issue - I expect f (n) (x) to be the n th derivative without context. Of course, there is no reason to put derivatives inside of big Ohs... I've never seen higher-order derivatives expres...
by Euphonium
Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 7567

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

I think the team on stilts might have something of a height advantage. I see lots of goaltending calls in their future. It would be interesting watching them try to protect the dribble. Dunno - I'd put only one guy on stilts. He wouldn't play defense, but just hang out near the paint at the offensi...
by Euphonium
Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:17 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Help with a "research paper"
Replies: 13
Views: 7197

Re: Help with a "research paper"

Sableagle wrote:We read that one in school.

The central truth of English Literature classes is that they make reading, once a pleasure, into a chore that is somehow at once entirely dull and intensely irritating.


Translation: "It was hard and I struggled with it; therefore it's pointless."
by Euphonium
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8771

Re: 1790: "Sad"

JPatten wrote:
Mutex wrote:
JPatten wrote:We survived Obama, we will survive Trump.


I love how in your mind that logically follows.


Would it have been better to say "We survived Bush, we will survive Trump?"


"We survived cold, tough steak and day-old bread, of course we'll survive this cup full of poison and piss."
by Euphonium
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8771

Re: 1790: "Sad"

JPatten wrote:We survived Obama, we will survive Trump.


"We survived a nice steak dinner, of course we'll survive this cup full of poison and piss."
by Euphonium
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8771

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Oh jeez. Look, I'm not happy about the election either. But what is it about Randall and so many other babies lol If shutting up and taking it is what you think characterizes adulthood, I'd hate to see the kind of world those adults would create. that think it's a good idea to keep dwelling on it, ...
by Euphonium
Tue Oct 06, 2015 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"
Replies: 61
Views: 8767

Re: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"

Or it could just be that you're really clumsy with your drinks.
by Euphonium
Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)
Replies: 87
Views: 13084

Re: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)

Is he wrong to draw a comparison between transgendered people and Dolezal? Maybe. Is this transphobic? No. Nowhere in his post does he express any hatred, dislike, disapproval, etc. of transgendered people But it's not about a given individual's personal feelings! What matters is the broader system...
by Euphonium
Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do people here and xkcd hate liberal arts maors so much?
Replies: 113
Views: 13471

Re: Why do people here and xkcd hate liberal arts maors so m

There's objectively something to be said about students who go above and beyond. If the essay question was 'discuss the sociopolitical elements that lead to the rise of the Third Reich' and you list those elements, sure, that's the right answer. If your listing is organized, supported with specific...
by Euphonium
Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do people here and xkcd hate liberal arts maors so much?
Replies: 113
Views: 13471

Re: Why do people here and xkcd hate liberal arts maors so m

Is there a place in the economy for the skills that you are learning? Why in the hell is that relevant? It's not a goddamn trade school. The importance of the humanities is very closely related to the fact that it is not directly transferable to economic benefit for the capitalist class. The humani...
by Euphonium
Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 234606

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

Nineteen Eighty-Four. Holy shit, what utter trash.
by Euphonium
Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Where Is Your Source For New Music?
Replies: 29
Views: 46943

Re: Where Is Your Source For New Music?

Austin City Limits or the guests on Prairie Home Companion, usually.

I used to be able to say Letterman, but :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
by Euphonium
Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 161455

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last concert: LA Philharmonic, about two weeks ago.

Next concert: Steely Dan, in Albuquerque, about a month from now
by Euphonium
Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:15 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Title for grad student teaching a class?
Replies: 16
Views: 10749

Re: Title for grad student teaching a class?

Well, I'm a Graduate Teaching Assistant in mathematics at my local university. Starting in the fall I'll be teaching a course full time. I'm caught debating what to have the students call me. Mr.? Professor? First name? I have my students call me by my first name. However, some feel uncomfortable w...
by Euphonium
Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:14 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Changing modern education into old style
Replies: 5
Views: 6005

Re: Changing modern education into old style

Moved to the School subforum where it belongs. How would it affect the education? Not the stuff we learn but how we "learn" it. I took my father's schoolwork and compared it to my schoolwork and his was short and straightforward, also requiring him to do the work. Mine was just underline ...
by Euphonium
Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What makes a RPG a RPG?
Replies: 183
Views: 22202

Re: What makes a RPG a RPG?

Rocket propulsion.

0/10 Not funny. Disapprove. -ST
by Euphonium
Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 316129

Re: Gun Control

I'm afraid I don't see the relevance. Yes. Racism is a thing. It needs to be reduced, and people should act racist less. This seems...trivial, and fairly far afield from gun control. ? Racism isn't individual dickishness--that's "merely" prejudice. Racism is systemic and structural--it's ...
by Euphonium
Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 316129

Re: Gun Control

I'm afraid I don't see the relevance. Yes. Racism is a thing. It needs to be reduced, and people should act racist less. This seems...trivial, and fairly far afield from gun control. ? Racism isn't individual dickishness--that's "merely" prejudice. Racism is systemic and structural--it's ...
by Euphonium
Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 316129

Re: Gun Control

I thought Gone with the Wind made a decent argument for why an armed society might actually be pretty civil. Not because someone might draw their gone and shoot you dead (that would be murder and you'd probably end up hanged), but knowing that you might face serious consequences for any egregious i...
by Euphonium
Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Whee, 12th Grade!
Replies: 6
Views: 6862

Re: Whee, 12th Grade!

Jorpho wrote:Ah, the last year of high school. I sometimes feel a twinge of regret that I didn't take something slightly more useful


Fuck "useful."

It's not a goddamn trade school.
by Euphonium
Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 316129

Re: Gun Control

I thought Gone with the Wind made a decent argument for why an armed society might actually be pretty civil. Not because someone might draw their gone and shoot you dead (that would be murder and you'd probably end up hanged), but knowing that you might face serious consequences for any egregious i...
by Euphonium
Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What would you Force them to read?
Replies: 26
Views: 11314

Re: What would you Force them to read?

Orientalism - Edward Said The Order of Things and The Archaeology of Knowledge - Michel Foucault Dialectic of Enlightenment - Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno The Wretched of the Earth - Frantz Fanon The Invention of Tradition - Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger, eds. The Social Construction of Rea...
by Euphonium
Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: We need to focus on educating the below average.
Replies: 72
Views: 13351

Re: We need to focus on educating the below average.

I wouldn't hire someone with 5 degrees, it screams "I have no desire to work" I wouldn't hire someone with 5 STEM degrees, it screams "I have no interest in the fact that there's a world full of people who by and large are not me and who have experiences and subjectivities different ...
by Euphonium
Thu May 15, 2014 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"
Replies: 65
Views: 15058

Re: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"

There should be a rule that if you fail a lawsuit, you pay a small percentage of the damages you were seeking. That would curb these ridiculous demands, and the over the top suing culture in general. What an utterly nonsensical idea. There are plenty of cases that might lose but nevertheless are le...
by Euphonium
Thu May 15, 2014 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"
Replies: 65
Views: 15058

Re: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"

Odds that John-Theodor: Anderson is a "sovereign citizen"?

The weirdly-punctuated name is a common thing for them.
by Euphonium
Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1356: Orbital Mechanics
Replies: 36
Views: 11668

Re: 1356: Orbital Mechanics

Everything I know about orbital mechanics I learnt from playing Orbiter, oh and the sources I dug up while I wrote much of the key material in most of the relevant articles on Wikipedia, like: Oberth effect, Rocket, Rocket engine, and these articles likely helped the people that wrote Kerbal; so so...
by Euphonium
Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1330: "Kola Borehole"
Replies: 88
Views: 14451

Re: 1330: "Kola Borehole"

bachaddict wrote:
Eutychus wrote:Randall needs to revise his theology. The Bible describes Hell as a place of punishment for the devil, not somewhere he rules over.

It will be where satan lives/exists eventually though.


The Eastern Orthodox churches, and an increasing number of Catholic thinkers, will probably disagree with you.
by Euphonium
Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1330: "Kola Borehole"
Replies: 88
Views: 14451

Re: 1330: "Kola Borehole"

Title text: "Tonight's top story: Lucifer, the Prince of Darkness, died in his home this morning at the age of [unintelligible rune]. Due to the large number of sharks inhabiting his former kingdom, no body could be recovered." Randall needs to revise his theology. The Bible describes Hel...
by Euphonium
Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 62042

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

There's also a problem with arguing that the intuitive, "common law" definition of theft includes taxation - most people don't consider taxation to be theft, so, if your formulation of "theft" includes taxation, then it doesn't match the common intuition about theft. All that ar...

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