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by UmbralRaptor
Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0308: "Interesting Life"
Replies: 256
Views: 52229

Going with traffic will get you somewhere. Going against will get you run over. Not all change is bad, but the vast majority is. Planning ahead and slowly building off of where you currently are will get you more adventures where you do more. The nail that sticks up gets the hammer Is it worth it?
by UmbralRaptor
Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do nerds turn you on?
Replies: 191
Views: 20745

There needs to be some sort of geek singles club. I haven't met any geeks of either gender since I finished school. I think this came up in the "Alone" thread as well. You could always do what I did and go through the memberlist looking for people that live near you. Most people have &quo...
by UmbralRaptor
Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd's: 10,000 reasons why mankind is doomed
Replies: 285
Views: 35801

#164: The fact that people are worried how we've fucked the planet up, when they should realize how amazing we are as a species and how far we've come, I'm mean come on humans fucking own the planet. Fuck you giraffe. We still haven't filled the air with as many highly corrosive gases as cyanobacte...
by UmbralRaptor
Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Raptors with opposable thumbs
Replies: 46
Views: 7611

And even "worse" ... with the latest advances in cybernetics, just because a raptor doesn't have a opposable thumbs, doesn't mean it can't have robotic opposable hands of some sort. Cyborg gun-wielding raptors. Huh. How about an appropriately modified F-22? (Because namespace collisions a...
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Half Life 2 and its modalicious friends!
Replies: 12
Views: 2803

Beaten HL1, OP4, and HL2 on hard. (No, I'm not going back and redoing Blue Shift on hard. I breezed through easily enough on medium) I've played around with only a few mods, though. (Mainly TFC and CS for Half Life 1. Also a bit of Garry's mod for Half Life 2) [urlhttp://www.hylobatidae.org/minerva/...
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Aug 25, 2007 2:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Raptor/Human shapeshifting
Replies: 87
Views: 6864

Belial wrote:
The problem with being a raptor is they didn't look nearly as cool as xkcd / Spielberg make out, what with being all covered in proto-feathers and having ridiculous tails.


Nonsense. The feathers are badass.
Moreso if you're the kind of raptor that flies...
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd's: 10,000 reasons why mankind is doomed
Replies: 285
Views: 35801

But Durandal lived in a universe that would collapse in on itself... #141: I think, therefore I am. This may be shortened to 'I am'. "I am what I am?" :shock: #143: Transhumanism and the like. (But this is a doom I have relatively little trouble with) #144: That thinking, reading, and espe...
by UmbralRaptor
Wed Aug 22, 2007 4:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Best error messages?
Replies: 238
Views: 34255

I'm guessing it was Windows 9X (if not earlier). One time in XP, I accidentally booted up without any keyboard plugged in. No error messages, but the lack of typing ability threw me for a moment...
by UmbralRaptor
Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What month? or Here's your sign!
Replies: 61
Views: 6163

According to these sorts of lists, Capricorn. Never mind that the sun was actually in Sagittarius at the time... :roll:

Edit: That was oddly appropriate.
by UmbralRaptor
Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd's: 10,000 reasons why mankind is doomed
Replies: 285
Views: 35801

#138 The Big Rip. (Unless we find a way of escaping the universe...)
by UmbralRaptor
Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The body during exertion.
Replies: 66
Views: 5478

peter wrote:What can you people run a mile in?

I can do 6:30, with little trouble or fatigue.

I've never been able to beat 7:00, even when I'm in good shape :oops:
by UmbralRaptor
Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Best error messages?
Replies: 238
Views: 34255

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/raptor_87/sc2koverflowerror.png I have 1 Gig of RAM, and DOSBox was set to use 32 Meg. The game ran just fine. This one isn't quite an error, but... http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/raptor_87/strangeupdatemessage.png ...I do wonder what would have happen...
by UmbralRaptor
Mon Aug 20, 2007 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0305: "Rule 34"
Replies: 196
Views: 114401

http://us-p.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/Kaa-Hahhnn/Kaa-Pump_it_Up.jpg Here is your answer, (yadayada, do not press unless over 18, etc. 'sif that'd stop you) Does that also count as porn of Harry Turtledove's World War series? (Or are the Lizards too different from Raptors?) LOOK, ALRIGHT. THERE'S PORN ...
by UmbralRaptor
Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868039

Castaway wrote:No, i was adding on to you. Not being sarcastic. Curse the internet's lack of emotion conveyance...
While not grammatically correct, emoticons of various types do (partially) compensate for that.

Edit: You people reply to fast! ;)
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868039

Confession: I never posted a good introduction in the introductions thread. (It's there, but not especially great) ...would it be worth doing a proper one?
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd's: 10,000 reasons why mankind is doomed
Replies: 285
Views: 35801

#110 My state's board of education. (multiple times) #111 The popularity of fundamentalism. Or any sort of -ism along the lines of what George Orwell described in his essay on Nationalism. #112 Innumeracy (more generally than the earlier listing). Although I'm only familiar with the problems in the ...
by UmbralRaptor
Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0303: "Compiling"
Replies: 136
Views: 44564

Consequently, a great way to get people to think you're doing a lot of work and/or know a lot of computers is to set up some sort of while loop to just constantly display a steady stream of text. Excuse me. I have a program to write. Assuming you use Windows, make a batch file somewhere in your pat...
by UmbralRaptor
Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Zombies! - A Mega-Merg'd Thread
Replies: 171
Views: 15694

Bugs wrote:Hmm, is it still necrophilia if your partner is undead?
I vaguely recall something about the correct term being innecrophilia.

I don't suppose I could do the whole "get inside, get/make a bomb, and take out a whole bunch of zombies at once" thing, could I?
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0298: "Tesla Coil"
Replies: 99
Views: 37291

Arancaytar wrote:Except the one that says "These terms may not be amended in any way by the Purchaser of this Universe." :P

The source code of this universe wasn't GPL'd? :(
by UmbralRaptor
Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I must complain about my incontinent physics prof
Replies: 111
Views: 11168

I was thinking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage Wrap something in a conductor, and flux inside becomes disassociated from flux outside. Or does that not work that way? It works for electric fields and (possibly for different reasons?) photons, but I thought you needed Iron or the like to ...
by UmbralRaptor
Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I must complain about my incontinent physics prof
Replies: 111
Views: 11168

Yakk wrote:The tin can you are wrapped (read: space ship) in will probably cause more than a bit of problem for your compass, however.
Doubtful, the metallic parts of the ship will be made out of things things like Aluminum and Lithium. Not exactly ferromagnetic...
by UmbralRaptor
Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0298: "Tesla Coil"
Replies: 99
Views: 37291

Even though it would be a disaster, it would be pretty damn awesome to be able to fly at the demise/failure of all science. Not really. I had a dream like that. It ended up with Elder Things ended up destroying the universe, and everyone (including myself) dieing in bizarre and horrible ways. Many ...
by UmbralRaptor
Fri Aug 03, 2007 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0298: "Tesla Coil"
Replies: 99
Views: 37291

This would have to be one of the more terrifying comics/ideas I've seen...
by UmbralRaptor
Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0293: "RTFM"
Replies: 86
Views: 26424

Uncyclopedia wrote:Linux has been known for it practical applications in such hardware as:
# 2-slice toasters


Actually, that was FreeBSD
by UmbralRaptor
Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How (and how fast) do you type?
Replies: 94
Views: 11482

Fairly standard touch typing, last tested at 60 wpm. (but for some reason I keep on estimating it at 40 wpm.) Five fingers accross two hands, no looking, 80-95 WPM. I creep out people in my office when they come stand at my desk, and I look up at them... and keep typing. Most of them just say "...
by UmbralRaptor
Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Three Wishes
Replies: 91
Views: 11374

the human perl script wrote:1. 2 blessed scrolls of genocide
2. 2 blessed scrolls of genocide
3. 2 blessed scrolls of genocide
You play too much nethack.
by UmbralRaptor
Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0289: "Alone"
Replies: 208
Views: 55141

It's really simple. All you need is an elevator with a blank button, some tape, a bit of paper and a writing utensil. Quick, try it with "Love". I was wondering if this was a follow up... ah, you know what's super romantic and geeky at the same time, and has always been both romantic and ...
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Three Wishes
Replies: 91
Views: 11374

1) Mastery over myself -- both in the Taoist sense, and with more physical control. 2) ??? 3) Something for the genie. Sort of like what Fox Mulder does. Or Aladdin. I'll need to take pains to convince the genie to be nice about these wishes. Upon further thought, the second one would probably be a ...
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: sci-fi technology
Replies: 46
Views: 6267

A Universal Constructor, with some stuff preloaded into memory (eg: designs proton-proton fusion reactors, spacecraft designs, more universal constructors, ...)
Say, one of the ones in Singularity Sky.
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0283: "Projection"
Replies: 118
Views: 34930

Naw. We're not all married/taken. Some of us are just old and/or unattractive. /positive outlook ...and somewhat bitter when we hear "all the good ones are taken" statements. It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine, regardless of the gender of the speaker. I'll shut up now. I didn't mean "...
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0283: "Projection"
Replies: 118
Views: 34930

And to all the sad people: I'm sure there's a geek out there for each of you. Don't lose hope. :) Given the way a very large majority (upwards of 90%) of female geeks seem to be in long term relationships (if not married), I'm having a hard time believing this. Especially since all of those very ra...
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0279: "Pickup Lines"
Replies: 148
Views: 47636

This isa probably in the wrong place but I didnt think it warrented its own topic. Firefox keeps cutting off half the alt text. Anyone know how to get it to display the whole thing? I cant find the option. It's a bug. You'll want Long Titles -- the only Firefox extension officially endorsed by XKCD.
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0279: "Pickup Lines"
Replies: 148
Views: 47636

Hybridelements wrote:"Hey babe, Euclidean geometry is the study of parallel lines - lines that never cross. Wanna go back to my place and study non-Euclidean geometry?"
This would backfire in all sorts of ways if she's a Cthulhu cultist...
by UmbralRaptor
Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26096
Views: 2560544

SilverWolfe wrote:I wish for a gorgeous dress and a pointy princess hat for our new dark age.
Granted, you are now mistaken for a witch and burned at a stake several days later.

I wish for a hard take-off Singularity.
(Or is that too easy to mess up?)
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0271: "Powers of One"
Replies: 114
Views: 43101


That was cool (if a bit more specialized).
by UmbralRaptor
Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0271: "Powers of One"
Replies: 114
Views: 43101

I feel vaguely sad that so many people are unfamiliar with the best video ever. =/ (It's a rather nice parody of Powers of 10)

(It also doesn't help that Google seems to have deleted all the copies of it that were floating around...)

edit: bad URL tag! Die!
by UmbralRaptor
Wed May 23, 2007 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0266: "Choices: Part 3"
Replies: 58
Views: 14568

Fuller wrote:Is this a prediction of what's going to happen when the LHC gets switched on later in the year?

Only if the universe is actually made out of paper.
by UmbralRaptor
Tue May 22, 2007 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 338666

Apparently I'm supposed to post here before saying things in other threads? :oops:

Platypus wrote:Hullo. I exist.
I don't.
by UmbralRaptor
Tue May 22, 2007 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: FanSci: Silver and Iron - Weaknesses of Mythical Creatures
Replies: 73
Views: 19020

I theorize that that's what they want you to think. Like vampires want you to think they're repelled by garlic, when in fact, they want you to season yourself for them. I'm reminded of Nightwatch (the book by Sergey Lukyanenko) for some reason. Some of the myths are accurate, some aren't, and some ...
by UmbralRaptor
Tue May 22, 2007 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0265: "Choices: Part 2"
Replies: 54
Views: 16146

That, or the people are talking _very_ fast. It's generally assumed that you are able to talk that fast in those sorts of special relativity problems. And you have sort of infinitely fast measuring system (or enough time so that you can get the photons from those ships approaching at >.999 c and fi...

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