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by am3930
Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 55696

Re: 1078: "Knights"

At the least it throws a wrench in the plans of those who just memorize opening moves.

Just saying that if you can give your pawns bows you can put the queen on whichever side you feel like.
by am3930
Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 55696

Re: 1078: "Knights"

So there are seriously people who will look at a comic about an unconventional (illegal) chess strategy and complain about the botched set up? Why not just assume that the board was set up wrong for the sake of tactics. If the most powerful piece isn't where your enemy expects it to be (in a move by...
by am3930
Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1074: "Moon Landing"
Replies: 164
Views: 36745

Re: 1074: "Moon Landing"

Some people are always going to want to be the first to do something, to get their names in history books at any cost. Some have put more thought into it then others and have a better understanding of the risks. If that's the kind of person you are so be it. A great many things would never have happ...
by am3930
Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1074: "Moon Landing"
Replies: 164
Views: 36745

Re: 1074: "Moon Landing"

I always wondered if anyone ever analyzed this footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C5_dOEyAfk

Hard to fake acceleration due to gravity.
by am3930
Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1063: "Kill Hitler"
Replies: 278
Views: 70165

Re: 1063: "Kill Hitler"

I've always thought that the premise would make for a bad-ass alternate history story. You have some scientist or whatever realize that some idiot has gone back in time and altered history. After much research and crap it comes out that it was an alternate version of himself who used the opertunity ...
by am3930
Thu May 31, 2012 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 45625

Re: 1061: "EST"

Redefining the second would be catastrophic. People seem to be forgetting all the units that are based on it. Suddenly you have to recalculate the Newton, Pascal, Watt, Joule, etc... To much work. Aside from that I wonder what the point is to any absolute time scale. Unless someone comes up with som...
by am3930
Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188162

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

This might not be the best comment to toss out but I can't help but to think extremist atheist are worse then extremist Christians simply because if Christians are right it matters what people believe while if atheist are right it doesn't really. Belief in something and disbelief are simply two diff...
by am3930
Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A different idea about the Universe
Replies: 33
Views: 4764

Re: A different idea about the Universe

At any rate, cosmological constants can make equations look nicer, but I have always hoped we would discover that they don't actually exist. When a property of the universe becomes set in stone, I think it limits our imaginations. An example being: the folks who think we'll never figure out FTL spa...
by am3930
Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks just did it - 90 000 Afghanistan documents leaked
Replies: 120
Views: 14286

Re: Wikileaks just did it - 90 000 Afghanistan documents lea

I for one am not happy about the thought about leaked intel. Most of it is useless to the masses. Civilians in other countries wont be able to find much use or meaning in it. The only people who could really find any use for it are propagandist and the enemy. But overall I'm pretty shocked that no o...
by am3930
Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0771: "Period Speech"
Replies: 107
Views: 40459

Re: "Period Speech" discussion (#771)

I always wondered why no one has taken piracy to the highways. There's something inherently bad ass about a bunch of guys pulling up beside a car, breaking a window and bridging the gap with a plank before crawling across with muskets and trying desperately just to survive the process as the entire ...
by am3930
Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0771: "Period Speech"
Replies: 107
Views: 40459

Re: "Period Speech" discussion (#771)

So no talk about who would win in that fight? I'm thinking that as long as the gun is fully loaded that guy will probably win. On the other hand if he only has one or two bullets he'd probably focus on the other people who are actually armed and then the guy with the laptop takes him by surprise. On...
by am3930
Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0770: "All the Girls"
Replies: 95
Views: 29356

Re: "All the Girls" Discussion (#770)

My animals are told things like this on a regular basis. They like being the best animals we currently have. And I know more then a few female midgets. Three are related to me. It's kind of disturbing to see people connect different size couples with pedophilia when your 70ish grandmother is about f...
by am3930
Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 41403

Re: "Workaround" discussion

I heard something earlier that takes the cake on incredible tech support problems. My grandmother was having some serious problems with her new phone. It turns out that no one bothered to tell her to charge it. ------------------ What really scares me is that I remember when I was little and thought...
by am3930
Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 41403

Re: "Workaround" discussion

There was one thing I feel stupid for not figuring out. My mom lost a word document. I did some searching and stuff but unfortunately she was the one who found it. The reason this is a problem is that I really don't think I've gotten through to her that Save As is not a folder. Brilliant solution wi...
by am3930
Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0762: "Analogies"
Replies: 144
Views: 26892

Re: "Analogies" Discussion

And it's always been my understanding that the difference between metaphors and similes is that similes are empirically true while metaphors are false. A dog is like a cat but a dog is not a cat except in metaphor. "She bent like a blade of wheat on a breezy shore" is not empirically anyt...
by am3930
Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0762: "Analogies"
Replies: 144
Views: 26892

Re: "Analogies" Discussion

This is a case where the forum made me laugh a lot more than the comic. And unfortunately it looks like my mom is in fact a sexist. I think I'll have to talk to her on the subject but I don't think I'll be able to get very far since she has been cooking since she was nine. And it's always been my un...
by am3930
Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0760: "Moria"
Replies: 113
Views: 26386

Re: "Moria" Discussion

Kind of a downer but I'm probably over thinking. First off these are dwarfs, more or less professional miners and all that other crap so the odds of them digging a hole they can't climb out of start at nil. Second, in the event they do, they would probably dig into the side of the cave and use that ...
by am3930
Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0009: "Serenity is Coming Out Tomorrow"
Replies: 24
Views: 10924

Re: "Serenity is coming out tomorrow" discussion (#9)

I like to think the octopus accounts for something:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7idn3PcKBM

WTF, that's actually English.
by am3930
Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0759: "3x9"
Replies: 135
Views: 42537

Re: "3x9" Discussion (#759)

On a physics exam, a friend of mine couldn't remember whether a particular equation had "squared" or "times two" in it, so he decided to pick a number and try it both ways and see which one looked right. Unfortunately, he realized later, the number he picked was 2. 2^2 = 2*2 And...
by am3930
Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0755: "Interdisciplinary"
Replies: 102
Views: 18873

Re: "Interdisciplinary" discussion (#755)

This is kind of reminding me of all the fruitless discussions with my mom over movies, music, games, you name it. She's the sort who gets pissed at all the evils in the media; under no circumstances should anyone ever use profanity, sex, or worst of all, magic. All music should have a message along ...
by am3930
Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0755: "Interdisciplinary"
Replies: 102
Views: 18873

Re: "Interdisciplinary" discussion (#755)

Funny really. There are a lot of things I can enjoy without agreeing with: for example, the hell of a lot of musicians that think it's their job is to complain about class differences created by a way of life in which most people can pretty much rise or fall based off of their own merit. xkcd is a w...
by am3930
Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo
Replies: 129
Views: 28984

Re: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo

I'm always kind of amazed at some things that come about by accident. I had a math teacher once who's approach to word problems starts with assuming that everything is positive and ends with adjusting the problem until things make sense. All things considered I don't think she ever had the slightest...
by am3930
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0752: "Phobia"
Replies: 90
Views: 25938

Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

How is it that in terms of disasters no one has mentioned the Christmas special that combined the poor economy with a Christmas light display going sky-net leading to a battle between cyborgs and raptors that are smart enough to build light sabers and even throwing in the death of (a Muslim) Santa f...
by am3930
Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0755: "Interdisciplinary"
Replies: 102
Views: 18873

Re: "Interdisciplinary" discussion (#755)

So defensive over nothing. Pretty much every field has it's use at one level or another. And I hate to say it but I do believe we have a good while until we start running low on oil. The closer that day gets, the more profitable alternate energy will become provoking more and more engineers to be hi...
by am3930
Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0755: "Interdisciplinary"
Replies: 102
Views: 18873

Re: "Interdisciplinary" discussion (#755)

So why exactly are people so touchy over the simple fact that people are liable to have different levels of respect for the sort of courses that only someone in their field could comprehend and those where there is an unspoken understanding with the professor that the majority of the students will f...

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