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by Euphonium
Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:17 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Help with a "research paper"
Replies: 13
Views: 5199

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: 4664

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: 4664

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: 4664

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: 7070

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: 11540

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: 10700

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: 10700

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: 218216

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: 44601

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: 436
Views: 145228

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: 8991

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: 4858

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: 19273

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: 285132

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: 285132

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: 285132

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: 5743

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: 285132

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: 9046

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: 11792

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: 12732

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: 12732

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: 10854

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: 12687

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: 12687

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: 52421

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...
by Euphonium
Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 52421

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Furthermore, since all people are entitled by the mere fact of their existence to an equal share of social wealth (as everyone who's not a freedom-hating collectivist already knows), that means that if anyone's stealing anything, it's those who have more than the social mean stealing it from those ...
by Euphonium
Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 52421

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Erm, theft is dishonestly appropriating someone else's property. Dishonesty is a really important part of the definition, as you will find if you're ever trying to prosecute people for theft. Furthermore, since all people are entitled by the mere fact of their existence to an equal share of social ...
by Euphonium
Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 52421

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Hmm... I guess if you're living in the US, you have at least some motivation to get acquainted with Rand... That might be the reason for the disagreement. I don't think the Tea Party can call themselves libertarians truthfully. I don't think anyone who advocates capitalism can call himself a libert...
by Euphonium
Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 52421

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

The way her views get expressed (at least in the parts of the US I have been in) can be summarized as somewhere between "look after yourself, and don't worry about anyone else" and "screw the poor/non-creatives! They are holding us better people back!" Among other things, she ha...
by Euphonium
Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"
Replies: 61
Views: 13819

Re: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"

One thing Randall seems to ignore, though (unless I didn't read carefully enough) is, if you drop Mt. Denali from space, how much of it would actually be left to impact once it reached the surface? I have no clue on what order of magnitude the loss due to ablation would be, so I don't know if it wou...
by Euphonium
Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1243: "Snare"
Replies: 40
Views: 8737

Re: 1243: "Snare"

Pretty sure the ring is Fermilab and the shaft is I-55, though I-55 is more like 290 miles than 260.

Still.

WTF is the winch, though? The arch/Busch Stadium, somehow?
by Euphonium
Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0051: "Free Fall"
Replies: 29
Views: 12260

Re: What-If 0051: "Free Fall"

Really disappointed that there was no Clint Eastwood mention.
by Euphonium
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1184: "Circumference Formula"
Replies: 102
Views: 29592

Re: 1184: "Circumference Formula"

Iranon wrote:Ouch, this hits close to home.
I've gotten used to notation being horribly butchered in the social sciences


Huh?
by Euphonium
Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 64273

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

There was a single reply that made my co almost break down in tears "just google it." What makes these sorts of responses even worse is that there is literally zero reason to assume the person hasn't already googled it. A Google search for an answer, if successful, is much faster than pos...
by Euphonium
Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend me a good short story author...
Replies: 48
Views: 53634

Re: Recommend me a good short story author...

Anton Chekhov
by Euphonium
Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a poem or poet
Replies: 11
Views: 4347

Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Anna Akhmatova
by Euphonium
Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music with crescendos?
Replies: 41
Views: 13704

Re: Music with crescendos?

miles01110 wrote:Bolero?


Indeed. A single, fourteen-minute-long crescendo.
by Euphonium
Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 64273

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

Moderator: DON'T BUMP OLD THREADS MAKE A NEW ONE *LOCKS THREAD* I have yet to see a valid explanation of this rule. I suspect it's just for the moderators' own egos, so they can say "I moderate an Internet forum with 10,000 discussion topics" rather than "I moderate an Internet forum...

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