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by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.
Replies: 39
Views: 5354

Re: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.

Okay, okay. I'm not unaware that there are people who say BvS and did not like it. But most of its audience did like it, (about 63% per rotten tomatoes) But not enough to turn out for the sequel. It's been a while since I heard the figures, but wasn't it more like 30% than 60% of the people who tur...
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1930: "Calendar Facts"
Replies: 32
Views: 5200

Re: 1930: "Calendar Facts"

gd1 wrote:Did you know that Toyota Truck month drifts out of sync with the Mayan calendar because of nutation of the Mason-Dixon Line? Apparently scientists are really worried.

Are they worried because people are saying things like that as though they make sense? Because that would make sense.
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 213873

Re: Board games anyone?

So, I backed the second edition Kickstarter for Gloomhaven. So did a lot of other people. There were some production issues, and some shipping issues, but I now have just shy of 10 kilos of processed wood pulp (mostly - there's some plastic in there too) including a number of mystery packages, a 52 ...
by rmsgrey
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0483: "Fiction Rule of Thumb"
Replies: 305
Views: 57779

Re: "Fiction Rule of Thumb" Discussion

all this did was remind me how much Donaldson sucks at making up words. I've only read his Thomas Covenant books, but I didn't find a single made-up word in them (aside from proper nouns and derived terms). I did find a lot of gratuitously obscure words - going well beyond what would make it onto a...
by rmsgrey
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.
Replies: 39
Views: 5354

Re: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.

Specifically to your point, "the world isn't ready for you" is not a theme of the movie at all. We never get to see any regular people react to Superman in any way during MoS so this is all based on some bullshit line from Pa Kent but that guy tells people to hide in an underpass when a t...
by rmsgrey
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0407: "Cheap GPS"
Replies: 99
Views: 20631

Re: 0407: "Cheap GPS"

Monox D. I-Fly wrote:Why is it only "hot", warm", and "cold"? Where's "cool"? Sorry for my nitpicking.

This sort of GPS is never cool...
by rmsgrey
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 45049

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

(You seem to have missed Cronus, but which (theoretically discovered) way round with Jove I wouldn't know.) Jupiter is rather more visible than Saturn - even at its dimmest, Jupiter is brighter than any star (except the Sun); Saturn has two to five stars brighter than it, depending on relative posi...
by rmsgrey
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.
Replies: 39
Views: 5354

Re: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.

... and some pretty good ideas behind it all. Are there or are people just seeing whatever they want in the whole mess? Seems kind of like reading tealeaves- if you stare hard enough and bring enough outside information, it starts seeming like you can see something meaningful in it. Disclaimer: I h...
by rmsgrey
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 45049

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

(You seem to have missed Cronus, but which (theoretically discovered) way round with Jove I wouldn't know.) Jupiter is rather more visible than Saturn - even at its dimmest, Jupiter is brighter than any star (except the Sun); Saturn has two to five stars brighter than it, depending on relative posi...
by rmsgrey
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.
Replies: 39
Views: 5354

Re: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.

Batman v Superman is still the top DCEU flick, for mine. Holy shit, a bot. Goddamn that is some good programming to go this long without being noticed, but here we see the mistake. Good game, Programmer. This AI is fantastic. To be fair, there are a lot... okay, a few good things about BvS - there ...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1928: "Seven Years"
Replies: 52
Views: 13189

Re: 1928: "Seven Years"

Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
by rmsgrey
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1927: "Tinder"
Replies: 18
Views: 3035

Re: 1927: "Tinder"

RogueCynic wrote:I have never seen Tinder. Do people still use it?


I think they mostly use lighter fluid nowadays...
by rmsgrey
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 346416

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

From what I understand they're pretty different from the original. I enjoyed both of the recent games a lot. Yeah, the original is a lot more simulation while the remakes are a lot more "gamey" - for instance, in the original, the rank structure is based on the number of active soldiers -...
by rmsgrey
Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 213873

Re: Board games anyone?

If I have one piece of advice (without spoiling anything) it's to make sure to read everything carefully - and be willing to reread things before each new session so you don't forget things. We've taken to doing a couple of things to help track things during the game too - we put the plague cubes on...
by rmsgrey
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 213873

Re: Board games anyone?

I've been enjoying Vast this year and I'll have played every role once when we finish our session later today. For next year I'm looking forward to pandemic legacy season 2. We'll be playing it real time again: play each in-game month in the corresponding month of 2018. I've not played Vast for a w...
by rmsgrey
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 55
Views: 5557

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

There's crossovers for other characters - Magneto and the Avengers (also because his kids are/were on it), Xavier is on the Illuminati, Wolverine has been on basically every release in the Marvel universe... There's tons of crossovers, all the time, between characters and villains, and events set b...
by rmsgrey
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1926: "Bad Code"
Replies: 10
Views: 3092

Re: 1926: "Bad Code"

I've often wanted to see what would happen if all of the non-load-bearing walls in a house were taken out, but some of them have plumbing and electricity in them, so that makes it a bit tougher... Alternately, being able to properly identify a load-bearing wall is VERY crucial when remodeling a hou...
by rmsgrey
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 5903

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

I can think of few things more socially terrifying than D&D. At least with parties and things of that nature I can easily slip away or not talk and mostly listen. But usually hours of required interaction where my input can actually negatively impact things for other people? Ugh. Advantages of ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 55
Views: 5557

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Why are you saying it's not based on the mutant/not mutant designation? I really have no idea what you're basing this on except for saying "nuh-uh!". There have been plenty of stories of mutants being ostracized in comic books other than X-Men based on their mutant gene, it's not a phenom...
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 55
Views: 5557

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

I don't get what you're basing this opinion on. You don't have the venture very deep into the news archive to see people committing the same exact actions and being treated differently based on their social backgrounds, why is it so strange to see the same in comic books? Because this isn't based o...
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 8500

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

The general rule for units is that for specific situations where you're only dealing with one unit, imperial measures are generally better for everyday use. Once you move away from everyday human uses, or need to convert between different quantities, SI units are generally better. And it's generally...
by rmsgrey
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 55
Views: 5557

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

I'm not saying it hasn't been done well sometimes, but... Put it this way: some teenager suddenly catches fire and starts flying under their own power. In an XMen comic, a hysterical mob starts forming up; in a non-XMen comic, a cheering mob does... The underlying assumptions are different. Uh, yea...
by rmsgrey
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 55
Views: 5557

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

I'm not saying it hasn't been done well sometimes, but...

Put it this way: some teenager suddenly catches fire and starts flying under their own power. In an XMen comic, a hysterical mob starts forming up; in a non-XMen comic, a cheering mob does...

The underlying assumptions are different.
by rmsgrey
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 55
Views: 5557

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Do the X-Men and Avengers Universes even overlap? We may be off-topic here. Comics yes. Movies no(t yet. Depends on how purchase happy Disney gets) To be fair, aside possibly from Spiderman or the Hulk, most non-mutants don't really fit in the X-Men universe, and most mutants don't fit comfortably ...
by rmsgrey
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 8500

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

gmalivuk wrote:How much harder is it for a functioning adult to determine whether a number is below 32 than to determine whether a number is below 0, though?

A non-zero amount.

How small a difference does there need to be for an optimisation to no longer be worthwhile?
by rmsgrey
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 6508

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

I've been seeing a lot of ads recently for a "smart road" that lights up red green or white in suitable patterns to indicate hazards and create impromptu crossing points. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOy0wT1X_9g I've also seen a version where it shows a cyclist and a pedestrian conceale...
by rmsgrey
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 8500

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

It might be. Still, a degree Fahrenheit is a smaller range than a degree Celsius, so Fahrenheit offers more precision and therefore converting F to C seems objectively more awkward than vice versa. "mid 60s" or "18" - which is more precise? And it's not terribly useful to have m...
by rmsgrey
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 8500

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

I really don't understand the value of Celsius. Why hasn't it been replaced with Kelvin outside of the scientific community. It's better for everything except the range of day to day numbers and if we're going to claim that matters then Fahrenheit's makes me feel better. For subjective feel, both C...
by rmsgrey
Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 55
Views: 5557

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

What the heck you do title a sequel to "Infinity War"? "Nearly Two Decades' Peace" perhaps? Just long enough for the ones too young during or born after the current war to develop their powers, get their driving licences, register to vote and start another. It's traditional. We'...
by rmsgrey
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.
Replies: 39
Views: 5354

Re: Justice League

For example, we're told the Mother Boxes woke when Supes died, and that it's waking is what prompted whatzisface to use it on Victor, creating Cyborg. Yet BvS we see Wondy watching footage from some earlier time, prior to Supes dying as he wasn't dead when Wondy watched it, of a very active Motherb...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1922: "Interferometry"
Replies: 22
Views: 4389

Re: 1922: "Interferometry"

Flumble wrote:What about parentheses? If an opening one and a closing one are sufficiently far apart, do they form a really big ellipsis? Or would they cancel each other because of being each others antiparticle? )

Finally. That's been bugging me ever since 0859.
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 11906

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

Sableagle wrote:I note that there is neither row nor column for "a rampaging horde of European badgers." Is this omission intentional?


Have you ever tried to assemble a horde of European badgers, let alone get them to rampage? If you had, you might appreciate the reason of their omission.
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 45049

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

orthogon wrote:Are the Voyagers likely to ever enter another solar system?


Depends where you put the boundaries of a solar system - it's not like there are picket fences at 1 light-month out or anything...
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.
Replies: 39
Views: 5354

Re: Justice League

Superman is just as terrible as he was in the previous two DCEU movies (they somehow made him so unlikeable) I had the opposite experience here - I left the cinema thinking "at last, a real Superman!" - he doesn't really fit with the character from MoS and BvS, but he is a lot closer to b...
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 5903

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

xtifr wrote:When it comes to making friends, I think Pygmalion beat Victor Von Frankenstein by many centuries.

(Although I am a bit surprised to discover that Victor beat Geppetto by about 60 years. For some reason, I thought it was the other way around.)


$deity got there first...
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Thor: Ragnarok
Replies: 35
Views: 5399

Re: Thor: Ragnarok

Yep... but the movie would have been exactly the same if Odin hadn't disappeared at all. He could have been sitting in the retirement home where Loki left him and nothing would have changed, except for the out-of-nowhere cameo. Lazy. And the implications of Odin and Loki's relative power levels, lo...
by rmsgrey
Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Thor: Ragnarok
Replies: 35
Views: 5399

Re: Thor: Ragnarok

Part of Strange's job is "Don't let the universal order fuck itself". Hela is attempting to fuck said universal order. Better for Strange to get involved early. I understand Strange's motivations, but he didn't have anything to do with Hela. He didn't have anything to do with this movie. ...
by rmsgrey
Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.
Replies: 39
Views: 5354

Re: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.

Yeah, it's a lot less dark and edgy than BvS or MoS. I thought they did the characters pretty well provided you've never seen BvS so only have a garbled account of what happened in that movie rather than having seen the characters there to compare them with this movie's versions. Reports say the mov...
by rmsgrey
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1920: "Emoji Sports"
Replies: 23
Views: 5308

Re: 1920: "Emoji Sports"

moody7277 wrote:-The first recorded game of Hell Escape was written in 1320.


Orpheus and Persephone would like a word. Of course, they were playing under an old ruleset, so purists may choose to disregard their games.
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid
Replies: 36
Views: 4411

Re: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid

Every time we detect an asteroid from outside the Solar System, we should immediately launch a mission to fling one of our asteroids back in the direction it came from. This seems unnecessary to me. Solar systems are so far apart that they are basically never interact, meaning that they are closed ...

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