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by Cal Engime
Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1355: "Airplane Message"
Replies: 84
Views: 22029

Re: 1355: "Airplane Message"

Her criticism of FGM is praiseworthy, but she doesn't limit her criticism to FGM. She's on the record saying that she thinks all of Islam has to be "crushed," and any Muslims who don't practise FGM just aren't real Muslims. Reason : Should we acknowledge that organized religion has sometim...
by Cal Engime
Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1355: "Airplane Message"
Replies: 84
Views: 22029

Re: 1355: "Airplane Message"

I'm only being a pain in the butt here because I'm still pissed off at Brandeis U. caving to the religious nuttery and disinviting Ayaan Hirsi Ali to their graduation ceremony. Ali herself has said that "tolerance of intolerance is cowardice." She is intolerant of Islam . You wouldn't wan...
by Cal Engime
Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1355: "Airplane Message"
Replies: 84
Views: 22029

Re: 1355: "Airplane Message"

Airplane? How have I lived 31 years on this planet and never heard Americans calling an AEROPLANE an airplane?!?! :lol: This is the most hilarious Americanism I have ever heard. I love you guys... but really? What do you call that special vessel that operates under water, you know the one with the ...
by Cal Engime
Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:18 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"
Replies: 59
Views: 16057

Re: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"

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I'm pretty sure this was the origin story of Freakazoid.
by Cal Engime
Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"
Replies: 58
Views: 21224

Re: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"

The Latin is a bit weird - it says "who to milk the men milk themselves?" It should be something like "quis mulgebit ipsos mulgentes?" - Who will milk the milkers? (Can't find a Latin word for milkman, strangely enough :P) I would write, "Quis mulgebit ipsos gerulos lactis?...
by Cal Engime
Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1233: "Relativity"
Replies: 46
Views: 19453

Re: 1233: "Relativity"

That's my favourite unit... I especially like the notion of negative Helen - ugliness that will launch 1000 ships in the opposite direction. Isn't the SI unit the millihelen though? Probably, but launching a single ship doesn't sound too impressive to me. Perhaps, but it makes sense that the base u...
by Cal Engime
Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1233: "Relativity"
Replies: 46
Views: 19453

Re: 1233: "Relativity"

I'm german and I have no idea what Randall meant with "Gedankedank". "Gedanke" means "thought". "Dank" means "gratitude". So "thoughtgratitude"? Maybe he meant "Gedankengang" (train of thought)? But that still wouldn't be funny ,...
by Cal Engime
Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1136: "Broken Mirror"
Replies: 45
Views: 12064

Re: 1136: "Broken Mirror"

by Cal Engime
Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1115: "Sky"
Replies: 84
Views: 21238

Re: 1115: "Sky"

To think there are millions of Antipodeans who don't even know they're walking around upside down! I'm so glad I live on the "up" side of Earth.
by Cal Engime
Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 26445

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

EDIT: Why is there a code that changes Paul's name as two words with a space in the middle to "Ronpaul" on this board? If there is some kind of meaning there, I don't get it. It's a title of respect, like "the Rambam." Randall is such a huge supporter that he refuses to let anyo...
by Cal Engime
Mon May 14, 2012 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1055: "Kickstarter"
Replies: 72
Views: 27033

Re: 1055: "Kickstarter"

Maybe it's just me, but I don't know what Kickstarter is (and therefore this is sort of lost on me besides the fact that Black Hat Guy is in the video and therefore I know something interesting is going to happen). Someone care to elaborate? Kickstarter.com is a site to raise funds to reprint your ...
by Cal Engime
Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"
Replies: 68
Views: 20699

Re: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"

As I'm sure a lot of foreign readers will be coming to this thread to find out what this is a reference to, "don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" is an order famously given at the Battle of Bunker Hill in the American Revolution. It's become something of a cliché, and most pe...
by Cal Engime
Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1001: "AAAAAA"
Replies: 92
Views: 23537

Re: 1001: "AAAAAA"

All this chatter about cultural expectations of body image and still no explanation of what the appeal of a rotating bed is supposed to be. xkcd forum posters, I am disappointed.
by Cal Engime
Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 62294

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

One may wonder to what extent these things happened before Wikipedia (or, indeed, before the internet). Probably it was more rare, but fact invention and lazy reporting are hardly something new. It is beautifully explained in today's strip though. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathtub_hoax
by Cal Engime
Sun May 29, 2011 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0904: "Sports"
Replies: 128
Views: 30163

Re: 904: "Sports"

Thread title needs a leading zero.
by Cal Engime
Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 61072

Re: 0889: Turtles

aegiswings wrote:ok, enough arguing.

Can we all just agree that this is the worst. xkcd. ever?

If you don't agree, which one is worse?
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by Cal Engime
Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0880: "Headache"
Replies: 158
Views: 46112

Re: 0880: "Headache"

Readers who prefer the old 2D format should try viewing the comic with de-3D glasses.
by Cal Engime
Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0875: "2009 Called"
Replies: 111
Views: 54155

Re: 0875: "2009 Called"

So imagine you could transmit 3 words into the past. You can transmit them to anyone of your chosing, at any time in the past, but no more than 3 words. What would they be? "Glass is negative" to Benjamin Franklin. And of course, my message to the future would be, "any bagels left?&q...
by Cal Engime
Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0753: "Southern Half"
Replies: 193
Views: 59930

Re: "Southern Half" discussion (#753)

I think there's supposed to be a comma between globe and Asia ... indicating the Southern hemisphere in addition to Asia, Latin America (ie Central), Africa (ie Northern Africa, not just southern), and the Middle East. Emphasizing that most of the non third world countries were in the northern hemi...
by Cal Engime
Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177678

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

Copyrights and patents are not the only way governments artificially create and strengthen monopolies. Take any existing monopoly that is harmful (eg. it charges monopoly prices), after some analysis you will find that the reason other competitors are not entering the niche are barriers created by ...
by Cal Engime
Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177678

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

charonme wrote:so what kind of libertarian does one became after reading Rothbard and Mises? An "internet" one? or your "closet conservative" one? or a "L"ibertarian?
A Jewish one. Mazel tov!
by Cal Engime
Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177678

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

David Nolan was a guy who made a diamond shaped chart designed to make Libertarianism look like an attractive political philosophy or, in the form of The World's Smallest Political Quiz, convince people they already follow it. Multi-axis political charts aren't just Libertarian propaganda, and ofte...
by Cal Engime
Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177678

Re: Nolan Chart

by Cal Engime
Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24649

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

Finally, I do not think that today's political climate could tolerate the idea that the average man-on-the-street could be permitted to possess the power to create his own 9/11 at will by crashing his flying car at half the speed of sound into the building of anybody that pisses him off. Anybody wh...
by Cal Engime
Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 42128

Re: 843: "Misconceptions"

...Actually... no. The only portion that's really disproven are some events in the first 12 chapters of Genesis, or at least a literal interpretation of those events. And, as I've said before, there are plenty of arguments about WHY those shouldn't be interpretted literally. But the whole thing is ...
by Cal Engime
Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0827: "My Business Idea"
Replies: 98
Views: 28550

Re: 0827: "Business Idea"

anemic wrote:Sounds like Mr. Munroe saw The Social Network.
Well, Facebook has not yet made a profit.
by Cal Engime
Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0825: "Guest Week: Jeffrey Rowland (Overcompensating)"
Replies: 51
Views: 13870

Re: 0825: "Guest Week: Jeffrey Rowland (Overcompensating)"

glasnt wrote:Also, I like the umbrella in the scotch glass. Pure class ;)
That's what makes it a Scotch on the rocks!
by Cal Engime
Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27080

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

atomfullerene wrote:Its a reference to "A boy named Sue" by Johnny Cash and, presumably, the widespread dislike of trigonometry among the populace.

stinkin ninjas!
Sarah Palin's youngest son is named Trig.
by Cal Engime
Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 42314

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

Hey guys, can we not get into spurious historical arguments in the middle of my Methodenstreit? Thanks.
by Cal Engime
Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 34551

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

They're inside jokes to very large groups of people.
by Cal Engime
Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 42314

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

As far as the usefulness of economics without empiricism, Austrian economic theory apparently makes it possible to build a time machine and explain the financial crisis and the Great Depression before they happen . But call yourself an Austrian and you're non-mainstream, a crank, not a real scienti...
by Cal Engime
Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 34551

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

tenseiga wrote:oh k. Can someone explain this one to me? I dont understand the 9 silvers or the monk ladder reference.
The point is that they're inside jokes, completely meaningless to anybody but the characters in the comic and their contemporaries.

A message to the people of the future: Ni! 42! Inconceivable!
by Cal Engime
Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 34551

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

I liked "In the Sun", the others, alright but not my favorites. You should add Massive Attack and RJD2 to your list. You've probably heard the ones I linked to, being the theme-songs of House and Mad Men respectively. For RJD2, "Smoke and Mirrors" and my all time favorite, "...
by Cal Engime
Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 34551

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

I can just imagine all the complaints about the downfall of society that have been said in ages past. In "Wealth of Nations", people were complaining that education was declining rapidly due to poor standards. I'm sure many playwrights would complain about how the Theatre Industry was chu...
by Cal Engime
Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 42314

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

The problem with economics is that economists try to apply empirical methods from the natural sciences to the study of agents with free will acting under ever-changing conditions which cannot be subjected to experiment. Historical experience can be useful in guiding our thoughts, but the legitimate...
by Cal Engime
Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 42314

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

I'm making my first post just to say, as a physics major, maybe this isn't EXPLICITLY how I react to new information...but yeah, guilty as charged. I definitely tout the superiority of physics*, and I definitely think most of those other "fake" topics (like sociology!) make things complic...
by Cal Engime
Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0772: "Frogger"
Replies: 64
Views: 25139

Re: "Frogger" Discussion (#772)

jspenguin wrote:Been done before.
Yeah, but the title text made the comic.
by Cal Engime
Mon May 17, 2010 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0741: "Blogging"
Replies: 89
Views: 26188

Re: "Blogging" Discussion

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