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by WriteBrainedJR
Wed May 29, 2013 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: Why is everybody ignoring me?

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. हमार मँ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed May 29, 2013 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: The frame is getting broken and nobody reads what I writ

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. हमार मँ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed May 29, 2013 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 35445

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

How do you think the Watcher would fare against a drenched Balrog? Since one of them is a Maiar who's free to use his power because he's not holding back and pretending to be some sort of human wizard, and the other is essentially a colossal squid, I'm thinking it would be less of a fight and more ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed May 29, 2013 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: This is bad. The pyramid is too large already...

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. हमार मँ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 24, 2013 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Please ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 24, 2013 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"
Replies: 73
Views: 18144

Re: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"

I always disliked the "Sticks and stones..." phrase because it implies that verbal/emotional abuse is not as damaging as physical abuse. That's not particularly true at all. We have suicides to prove it. You don't get that saying at all. It's not something people say to other people. It's...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 24, 2013 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"
Replies: 73
Views: 18144

Re: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"

I grew up instinctively accepting "sticks and stones", I still believe it's true on a gut level, and I think this is the first time since my early teenage that I've ever seen any evidence that anyone but me had ever heard of it. Granted, Randal is siding with the people who I always end u...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 24, 2013 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Please ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 24, 2013 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Please ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed May 22, 2013 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Please ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue May 21, 2013 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1205: "Is It Worth the Time?"
Replies: 76
Views: 26474

Re: 1205: "Is It Worth the Time?"

Just so you know, you've basically described organic composition of human capital. If you instead were creating a machine then it would be regular organic composition of capital. This process is how an economy free of restrictions allocates labour between production for consumption and production f...
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue May 21, 2013 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Please ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue May 21, 2013 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Please ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon May 20, 2013 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 64718

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision"

Similarly, I was very surprised to hear that most people don't remember anything before their 4th year Do you mean age 4, which is the beginning of their 5th year, or their 4th year, which begins at their third birthday? Either way, I suspect a lot of people have scattered memories from age three o...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon May 20, 2013 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

Klear wrote:
WriteBrainedJR wrote:
Klear wrote:
bmonk wrote:
Steve the Pocket wrote:
WriteBrainedJR wrote:
Klear wrote:My house is full of traps.

There's a horse in aisle five.

Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul.

Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails.

My house is full of traps.

My house is full of traps.

My house is full of traps.

My house is full of traps.
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon May 20, 2013 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"
Replies: 84
Views: 19096

Re: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"

Can we start a movement to reinstall the thorn (Þ) back in the English language as the "th" letter? At the very least, it'll get rid of the "ye olde shoppe" bollocks. As long as the movement also advocates eliminating the rediculous extra "e" and doubled-consonant at t...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon May 20, 2013 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

Klear wrote:
bmonk wrote:
Steve the Pocket wrote:
WriteBrainedJR wrote:
Klear wrote:My house is full of traps.

There's a horse in aisle five.

Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul.

Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails.

My house is full of traps.

My house is full of traps.
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 17, 2013 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 64718

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision"

I also don't know, if it's uncommon when I immediately and automatically see numbers on my mental number line (also letters in alphabet, years, months, days, hours have their own number lines). Is that what everyone does or not? I do not see anything in association with numbers. I do immediately as...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 17, 2013 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

Sandor wrote: AlexTheSeal wrote: I'm pretty disturbed by the "Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed" section, though. White face paint... The Best of David Hasselhoff... and a fresh whole rabbit. I'm not seeing The Best of David Hasselhoff, but I do see The 2009-2014 Outlook for Wood...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 17, 2013 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 64718

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision"

One thing that has always shocked me about synesthesia is how common it is. I remember the subject coming up in a group of friends of mine, and in the end I felt rather left out, as I was pretty much the only one without any form of it. Also, if you think about it, number-colour synesthesia is kind...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 17, 2013 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"
Replies: 84
Views: 19096

Re: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"

Can we start a movement to reinstall the thorn (Þ) back in the English language as the "th" letter? At the very least, it'll get rid of the "ye olde shoppe" bollocks. As long as the movement also advocates eliminating the rediculous extra "e" and doubled-consonant at t...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed May 15, 2013 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 63815

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

Except, "the real meaning of the word" is nothing more or less than what real people mean when they really use it. Technically, the "real meaning s of the word" are defined by common understandings between speakers of various dialects/members of various discourse communities (de...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed May 15, 2013 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 63815

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

It's like "fruit" might have historically meant "sweet things from trees" but as people found more and more types of plants it became clear that the term wasn't very useful if there wasn't a good way to make the term meaningful and predictive. So, fruit has one definition, and v...
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue May 14, 2013 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1205: "Is It Worth the Time?"
Replies: 76
Views: 26474

Re: 1205: "Is It Worth the Time?"

The key here isn't about the cost benefit for you to save time in your life, but to generate a cost/benefit ratio that can improve society. I believe in the maxim "pay yourself first." I value time very much, and money shockingly little. So at least for me, the application is absolutely t...
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue May 14, 2013 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

Silverfishes are about the only animals able to metabolize cellulose without the aid of any symbionts :) (I learnt that doing online research on whether it was worth to seriously fight their occasional presence in our home. Short answer, it isn't, as long as you don't mind them eating your wallpape...
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue May 14, 2013 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 63815

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

I think whales testing drugs would be interested in finding similar animals. For humans, genetic similarity and physical or functional similarity tend to go hand-in-hand, because we evolved in a similar environment to many other mammals. That's not true for aquatic mammals. If you test a drug on pi...
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue May 14, 2013 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1206: "Einstein"
Replies: 76
Views: 15350

Re: 1206: "Einstein"

rmsgrey wrote:WRICK to WRITE is an unusual step...

Yes, it is. You can't even say, "but what if we're going by phonemes rather than letters?" Two phonemes changed, as well.
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue May 14, 2013 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 63815

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

I'm still not convinced that classifying animals based only on genetic lineage is the way to go. According to that tree of life site, whales are closely related to hoofed mammals. I guess that's pretty cool. And if your interests lie in learning how whales evolved, that's highly relevant informatio...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon May 13, 2013 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 63815

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

Is there an online Phylogenetic tree tool, where you can type in 2 species names, and get a visualization of the Phylogenetic tree/network that links the them? Keep in mind that as far as eating goes, though, those distant relationships matter much less than that lobsters are marine and have adapte...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon May 13, 2013 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

Alt-text: "In retrospect, it's weird that as a kid I thought completely random outbursts made me seem interesting, given that from an information theory point of view, lexical white noise is just about the opposite of interesting by definition." Because young children are generally passio...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon May 13, 2013 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 63815

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

On the flip side, you can't define "dinosaurs" without incidentally including "birds". You just can't. Given the flexibility of language and the breadth of human creativity, I think statements in the form of "you can't say A without mentioning B," are almost always bad...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon May 13, 2013 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

Klear wrote:My house is full of traps.

There's a horse in aisle five.


(Sidenote: it seems like horses come up a lot in xkcd. Randall must like horses.)
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon May 13, 2013 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 63815

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

On the flip side, you can't define "dinosaurs" without incidentally including "birds". You just can't. Given the flexibility of language and the breadth of human creativity, I think statements in the form of "you can't say A without mentioning B," are almost always bad...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon May 13, 2013 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 63815

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

On the flip side, you can't define "dinosaurs" without incidentally including "birds". You just can't. Given the flexibility of language and the breadth of human creativity, I think statements in the form of "you can't say A without mentioning B," are almost always bad...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 10, 2013 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1206: "Einstein"
Replies: 76
Views: 15350

Re: 1206: "Einstein"

Forget sandwiches. I'm going to keep trying to prove that Einstein was wrong about insanity.
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 10, 2013 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0044: "High Throw"
Replies: 58
Views: 23834

Re: What-If 0044: "High Throw"

Forgetting about giraffes, shooting blood and drumsticks for the time being, the question of throwing vertically has to be looked at from the human standpoint. What-If postulates that a horizontal throw into a direction changing device is a reasonable way to approach the problem. I don't have the m...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 10, 2013 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 39569

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

Alt-text: "In retrospect, it's weird that as a kid I thought completely random outbursts made me seem interesting, given that from an information theory point of view, lexical white noise is just about the opposite of interesting by definition." Because young children are generally passio...
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0041: "Go West"
Replies: 30
Views: 12327

Re: What-If 0041: "Go West"

peewee_RotA wrote:if we charged a fair interest rate on the hour we gave up every spring we'd get 1.02 hours back every fall

And THAT'S why it's called "daylight savings time," rather than "daylight loaning time."

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