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by Apeiron
Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1069: "Alphabet"
Replies: 166
Views: 36480

Re: 1069: "Alphabet"

freded21 wrote:
neoliminal wrote:
We should just get consonant/vowel combinations like the Japanese. So much cooler to ask a question by adding a sound to the end of a sentence, ka?

Some people do do that, no?


Neither of those are questions.
by Apeiron
Wed May 30, 2012 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1062: "Budget News"
Replies: 36
Views: 13251

Re: 1062: "Budget News"

Pass the Monetary Reform Act and the national debt will be gone in two or three years. Then we can stop making interest payments on the national debt. That alone would allow republicans to have to toys they want and democrats to have the social programs they want.
by Apeiron
Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1045: "Constraints"
Replies: 86
Views: 40439

Re: 1045: Constraints

Well done, Randall!

Waladil wrote:Panel 2: Brevity is the soul of wit.


Brevity is wit.
by Apeiron
Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 30633

Re: #1042: "Never"

You're so vain, you probably think this comic is about you.
by Apeiron
Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 71754

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Punctuation Error: "So presumably there are big squid down there?" is marked as a question when it is a statement and should therefore end with a period. If it was* a question it should be, "Are there big squid down there?". Question marks mark questions. * Subjunctive mood is ar...
by Apeiron
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 243169

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Start up a dating site. I mean, if all guys have to do is "Be themselves" you ought to just RAKE in the money right? However, if it's complete bullshit, then you're in for a learning experience. Way to put in succinctly. Unfortunately for many guys 'who they are' around women they are att...
by Apeiron
Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 243169

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

This is bullshit. So we are suppose to equate ANY AND ALL attempts to pick up, go out with, or otherwise "score" with a girl as misogyny against or objectification of women? Further, we are also suppose to believe that acting on these ideas is simply a mental defect in our brains complete...
by Apeiron
Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 74879

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Apeiron's 10 Commandments of Child Naming 1) Thou shalt not give thy child a first name that is a last name (Kennedy, McKenzie) or the name of a place (Dakota, Madison). Exception - If the place was named after a person (Virginia, Georgia). 2) Thou shalt not make up a name. Pick an established non-s...
by Apeiron
Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 34025

Re: 0990: “Plastic Bags”

i have a pile of reusable bags and Whole Foods paper bags in the hallway. It's very rare for me to remember them. If they are in the car, i tend to leave them in the car. :(
by Apeiron
Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0984: "Space Launch System"
Replies: 94
Views: 22752

Re: 0984: "Space Launch System"

The only circumstance that the word "one" should EVER have an S attached to it is if "one" is the name of things we are talking about. For instance, if we are calling one dollar bills ones. One, as a quantity, should never be plural. One is the definition of SINGULAR. Most of the...
by Apeiron
Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0981: "Porn Folder"
Replies: 72
Views: 29267

Re: 0981: "Porn Folder"

Dear Randall,

Question marks mark questions.
by Apeiron
Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Terrorism
Replies: 53
Views: 6546

Re: Terrorism

While terms have become greatly muddled and propagandized, I always thought there was pretty broad support in the past for the idea that: Terrorism: A non-military force attacking targets that have no military value. Guerrilla (now Insurgent; see also Guerrilla Warfare being called Asymmetrical War...
by Apeiron
Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Would it help the economy to do less DIY/hire help?
Replies: 30
Views: 3939

Re: Would it help the economy to do less DIY/hire help?

The assumption is not that nothing is received, just that it the situation is sub-optimal. Obviously the shopkeeper receives a window, but he would have been better off if he had not lost is window and spent the money elsewhere. In addition, if the person doing the hiring would be better off doing ...
by Apeiron
Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable
Replies: 166
Views: 41016

Re: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable

Common usage doesn't automatically make something acceptable. In language it does. That's the problem. People think there's no right or wrong in language and that correcting someone is mean. It's wrong headed. The common usage CAN BE [b]WRONG[/b ]. It doesn't matter how popular or long standing the...
by Apeiron
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?
Replies: 106
Views: 14079

Re: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?

One result would be that about 16 years later violent crime would spike.
by Apeiron
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 32182

Re: Animal Rights?

Izawwlgood wrote:Jews don't have rights, they have uses. It's up to us, as responsible humans and stewards/custodians of this planet, to care for them. That includes not causing undue harm, minimizing suffering, and setting up zoos/breeding programs when the fucking things won't screw to save themselves in the wild.
by Apeiron
Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Would it help the economy to do less DIY/hire help?
Replies: 30
Views: 3939

Re: Would it help the economy to do less DIY/hire help?

My hope would have been: 1) Hiring more labor 2) Leading to hiring and promoting managers 3) New businesses starting to meet the demand 4) The newly employed workers and managers go shopping so the money keeps moving Basically, a Trickle Up theory. Thanks for the posts. Interesting stuff. By lookin...
by Apeiron
Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is this what caused the 2008 crash, or am I a moron?
Replies: 22
Views: 5895

Re: Is this what caused the 2008 crash, or am I a moron?

If you have 47 minutes to spare, learn what money is, and then hold that against the global debt crisis and the 99% movement.

The second half of the equation is wealth disparity.

Between those two vids you'll get a very clear picture of what's wrong, why and how to fix it.
by Apeiron
Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cannabis Legalization as a really obvious solution
Replies: 39
Views: 7649

Re: Cannabis Legalization as a really obvious solution

i don't want pot legalized (like water) i want it decriminalized (like booze).
by Apeiron
Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Would it help the economy to do less DIY/hire help?
Replies: 30
Views: 3939

Re: Would it help the economy to do less DIY/hire help?

My hope would have been:
1) Hiring more labor
2) Leading to hiring and promoting managers
3) New businesses starting to meet the demand
4) The newly employed workers and managers go shopping so the money keeps moving

Basically, a Trickle Up theory.

Thanks for the posts. Interesting stuff.
by Apeiron
Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A world without war
Replies: 40
Views: 7010

Re: A world without war

i'd be more interested in a world without injustice. Wars are the result of injustices, either causing them or righting them. Often conflict avoidance is resolution avoidance. Avoiding a fight often means the wronged party continues being wronged and the offender continues being the offender. Someti...
by Apeiron
Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Would it help the economy to do less DIY/hire help?
Replies: 30
Views: 3939

Would it help the economy to do less DIY/hire help?

If everyone that could afford it hired a housekeeping service, a lawnmowing service and so on... would that help the economy or unemployment in a meaningful way? Afford is a key word there. i wouldn't want someone who is scraping by to do this. i'm talking about people who can pay for it and still b...
by Apeiron
Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 26168

Re: 0963: "X11"

i like the idea of a generational revisiting of laws. It could allow us to do things like change: "well regulated" to "well supplied", so the people who are alive can understand it.

westrim wrote:*Reads thread.* *Hugs Windows laptop.*


^

i have never heard of it so i must be pretty happy.
by Apeiron
Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 29078

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

Most ratings systems on sites are pretty lousy. It costs the user nothing to post or to give any particular rating. i could give a 1 or a 5 with equal effort. Gimme a system where users have to pay a buck, or can rate only one thing per day. Maybe for every star you give you have to say something po...
by Apeiron
Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 31596

Re: 0951: "Working"

jpk wrote:And if you drive to the gym, you're paying money to drive to a place where you pay money to ride on a pretend bicycle.


Where i won't fall off the bike or be hit by a car or have inhale fumes from cars and can go for a swim right after in the middle winter.
by Apeiron
Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 28950

Re: 0947: “Investing”

In an economy with fractional reserve lending at interest where private banks can print money at will... savers are losers. Inflation is around 8%. Don't believe the politician figures, they've been rigging the numbers for a while now to make things seem less bad. Any investment that pays less than ...
by Apeiron
Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0946: “Family Decals”
Replies: 195
Views: 80902

Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

oh wow, this is a total GOOMHR moment! I live in Australia, these damn awful decals are ubiquitous. And annoying. Seems like just about every family car has a set depicting all family members. But I was recently driving and saw this: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6207/6104991541_2a8ab29600.jpg BMW...
by Apeiron
Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0946: “Family Decals”
Replies: 195
Views: 80902

Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

http://xkcd.com/946 http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/family_decals.png Title: “My decal set has no adults, just a sea of hundreds of the little girl figures closing in around a single cat.” Are these…common? I’ve never seen them before. Here in Virginia their fairly common.
by Apeiron
Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0945: "I'm Sorry"
Replies: 120
Views: 25951

Re: 945: "I'm Sorry"

apologising or asking for fogivenesss != feeling bad about an action you say "i'm sorry" if you have done something wrong, you can say it is you don't want to be forviven, or feel you do not deserve forgiveness, to me, saying "i apologise" sounds like they don't actually feel th...
by Apeiron
Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0945: "I'm Sorry"
Replies: 120
Views: 25951

Re: 945: "I'm Sorry"

I agree with this comic! My usual response is: "I'm sorry , I'm not guilty ." This stems from confusion caused by conflation of sorry and apology. "I'm sorry" is an expression of sympathy. "I apologize" is to accept responsibility. THERE IS NO AMBIGUITY HERE. It's a ma...
by Apeiron
Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 25206

Re: 0943: "Empirical"

This comic illustrates why requests in the form of questions are a bit screwy. "Will you pass the salt?", is a request for a prediction of whether you will pass the salt. "Please pass the salt", is a request to pass the salt.
by Apeiron
Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 43042

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

If this research means we get a super-powered and mostly nekkid Milla Jovovich, i'm all for it.
by Apeiron
Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 32128

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

KShrike wrote:Made me lol, which hadn't happened in a long time with Randall's comics.

'Bout time...

(Unless you are a gamer, in which case you get a PC because it's just easier to deal with, although having to put up with an inferior OS)


That's some mighty fine trolling, Lou.
by Apeiron
Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0928: "Mimic Octopus"
Replies: 166
Views: 43563

Re: 0928: Mimic Octopus

Octopi is wrong even if dictionaries include it. It's hyperforeignization Dictionaries are generally written by Descriptivists who think that language is whatever people are using, no matter how wrong it is. If enough people used octopepe as the plural some dumbass dictionary writer would slavishly ...
by Apeiron
Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0907: "Ages"
Replies: 87
Views: 21891

Re: 0907: "Ages"

A pet peeve has forced me to join just so I could point it out:The beginning should be non-sapient,not non-sentient.Babies are sentient,and thats a fact.Whether they are sapient is debatable. Signing out. This. Most life is sentient, despite the ignorance and laziness of Sci-Fi writers. It's not pe...
by Apeiron
Wed May 25, 2011 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 167460

Re: #903: Extended MInd

Found an exception to the "Philosophy" rule: Thoroughfare leads to Road, which in turn leads back to Thoroughfare. Also interesting. The path to philosophy went through mathematics in almost every case. It tends to be through either that or science, in my experience. The first few links i...
by Apeiron
Mon May 09, 2011 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0896: "ZOmbeis"
Replies: 125
Views: 29256

Re: 0896: "Marie Curie"

Remember kids:

If you do something and you have a penis, it's no big deal. But if you have a vagina, the same accomplishment is somehow astounding. Being brown, poor and not American helps too.
by Apeiron
Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 25634

Re: 0890: Etymology

Cranica wrote:I always chalked this sort of thing up to http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/M ... Convention


This should be the end of the discussion.
by Apeiron
Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 52446

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

There are no water shortages, only excesses of people (in relation to that areas ability to provide and the people's ability to use it effectively).

The banks took over the planet centuries ago.
by Apeiron
Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0876: "Trapped"
Replies: 90
Views: 16321

Re: 0876: "Trapped"

PROTIP: There is no “external world”. What your brain observes (the signals coming from your highly distorting, filtering and biasing senses), is reality to it. Yeah, this is why i mostly gave up on Solipsism (it's not useful or testable). Reality is what does not go away when you stop believing it...

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