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by Pfhorrest
Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0708: "Sex Dice"
Replies: 93
Views: 32257

Re: "Sex Dice" discusion

Lots of girls play RPG's (including several girls I know). There are even girls on the internet! :shock: Yeah, I know, I jest. My best friend's wife used to game with us regularly (and she still games, just not with any "us" including me, since they moved away after getting hitched), as d...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0709: "I Am"
Replies: 152
Views: 42323

Re: "I Am" Discussion

Wait. Wait. I think I get it. God's counterpart is R2-D2 because God is YH-WH. ...Maybe? No, probably not. I don't get it. Considering that "I am that I am" has been (not uncontroversially) interpreted as etymologically related to "YHVH", I think that's a pretty good catch t...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0709: "I Am"
Replies: 152
Views: 42323

Re: "I Am" Discussion

For those not getting it: recall in Return of the Jedi, when they're captured by the Ewoks, and 3PO is worshipped as some prophesied god "the Golden One". And they carried him around in a fancy wooden throne. Remember? So 3PO is God, to the Ewoks at least... and R2 is his own personal Jesu...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0709: "I Am"
Replies: 152
Views: 42323

Re: "I Am" Discussion

Hahah, "[e]L O[h] - [i]M". I lol'd.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0708: "Sex Dice"
Replies: 93
Views: 32257

Re: "Sex Dice" discusion

TheoGB wrote:Don't get me started on 'PIN number' - some cashpoints here ever use it.

Cashpoint? Is that like an ATM machine? ;-)

[ducks]

Jackpoint wrote:I wanted to get some for valentines day...

Didn't we all...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0708: "Sex Dice"
Replies: 93
Views: 32257

Re: "Sex Dice" discusion

Your cousin was probably thinking of Onyx, the Game of Sexual Exploration. For up to six players! :-D

Also, I call foul on the last panel. There is clearly a GIRL playing that D&D game! I haven't seen a girl playing D&D since... the girl I lost my virginity to...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0703: "Honor Societies"
Replies: 234
Views: 53320

Re: Honor Societies

The statement "If 1,000,000 people join this group, I will change my middle name to Facebook" implies that the group creator will not change his middle name to Facebook if the group's member count never exceeds 1,000,000 people. Maybe my mind has just been addled by too much formal logic,...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0703: "Honor Societies"
Replies: 234
Views: 53320

Re: Honor Societies

The accepted interpretation of "If x join this group, p will happen" is "If this group's member count exceeds x, then p will happen. p will not precede the first time this group's member count exceeds x. If this group's member count never exceeds x, then p will never happen." Fa...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0701: "Science Valentine"
Replies: 133
Views: 33805

Re: "Science Valentine" Discussion

Analysis begs the question by assuming the etiology of happiness has something to do with the girlfriend. Or maybe I read it wrong. That was part of his hypothesis, which he found increasingly more difficult to defend. He hypothesized that she had made him happier; but looking at the data, he found...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 34532

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

axilog14 wrote:I thought the "disappears" rhyme was a bit painful

Why?
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 69087

Re: "Strip Games" Discussion

Strip monopoly anyone?

(Of course, that particular version involves a bit more than just stripping... but where's the fun if the game ends just when everyone's finally naked? That's when it's just getting started!)
by Pfhorrest
Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0693: "Children's Fantasy"
Replies: 139
Views: 32153

Re: Beauty of 'Kid's imaginations'

Long story short, the word is "he". I'm really getting tired of the confusion between grammatical gender and sex. I'm really getting tired of languages having grammatically irrelevant characteristics like gender built into their design. Person and number reference basic logical features t...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0690: "Semicontrolled Demolition"
Replies: 158
Views: 30220

Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Evolution: Men aren't descended from apes, but from a creature equally like an ape and a man. Actually, this is substantially correct. Humans and apes have each evolved from an ancestor which was neither human nor ape. Apes are distant cousins, not our forefathers. More technically, humans ARE apes...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 77678

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

It occurs to me that this may be the first forum thread in the history of web comics where a reader could have posted the word, "First!" as the first posting and it would have been both topical and witty. Perhaps that's why it didn't happen. This is not the first post. It is topical, inas...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 77678

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

Ah, reminds me of this... How many letters are in the ANSWER to this question? Just a few of the correct responses: 0 Four Exactly ten 42: it's the answer to life, the universe, and everything. I've always preferred, much more simply, "What is the answer to this question?" My favorite ans...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 46363

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

I think Pfhorrest answered the question well. Movement away from each other is not enough to cause time dilation. Two objects in constant motion away from each other will have clocks running at the same pace. The object that changes its velocity relative to the other is the one that experiences the...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 46363

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

How do they compare? Presuming that Object A was the one accelerating away from Object B and not vice versa (if A is a space ship and B is a planet, as you suggest), then your clock with you on Object A will show less time having passed than their clocks with them on Object B. This is due not to sp...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 181100

Re: "Purity" Discussion

Physics cannot be reduced as pure mathematics logic and philosophy would be purer than mathematics I like to treat the root elements of the various disciplines as a two-branch system based off of physics on the one hand (with a chain of abstracted disciplines similar to that depicted in the comic) ...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0681: "Gravity Wells"
Replies: 205
Views: 51249

Re: "Gravity Wells" Discussion

Okay, I love this, I really do, but YOU FORGOT PLUTO (forum readers: :roll:..."but wait I must explain!" ). No matter how many people claim that its not a planet, I refuse to accept this denial. It just makes sense, 9 planets, mathematically and aesthetically is logical. The problem is a ...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0681: "Gravity Wells"
Replies: 205
Views: 51249

Re: "Gravity Wells" Discussion

philip1201 wrote:I don't get the "an even more glorious dawn awaits".

It really should be "a still more glorious dawn awaits".

See second to last paragraph here (Google cache for highlighting).

Or a video or (most awesome) a music video.
by Pfhorrest
Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 46363

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

FWIW, I think you're all being imprecise about your notions of "egoism" and "altruism". You seem to be using them alternately to mean two different things each. In one sense of egoism , you're meaning "some concern for oneself", not necessarily to the exclusion of some ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 46363

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

Philosophy: The art of asking questions that can't be answered... Still beats religion: unquestionable answers to unanswerable questions. Seriously though, I think a better characterization along the lines of your quote there would be "the art of asking and answering questions about how to ask...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 46363

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

CorruptUser wrote:As one of my Philosophy teachers once said, "If it only works 'in theory', then it doesn't work in theory".

I've always preferred "In theory, practice and theory are the same, but in practice they often differ."
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 46363

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

A society based on Hedonism, for example, might have more overall happiness at first, but the lack of long-term investment (or proper childcare) is a severe problem. Not all hedonists are epicureans. ... As to the question of whether philosophy could develop a better science, whatever that would be...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 46363

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

I suppose this is where I disagree with you. I look around at my science colleagues and I see people who have (knowingly or otherwise) adopted an astonishingly varied philosophy of science, on which there is frequently very little common ground. The only reason scientific discussions don't devolve ...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 46363

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

What I mean is that in adopting the scientific method (however you want to construe "the scientific method") you are at least implicitly adopting some philosophical stance, and the soundness of your claims within the realm of science in turn depends on the soundness of the philosophy whic...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 46363

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

I know I'm coming into this discussion horribly late, but I'd like to reiterate a point that was made in passing a few pages ago: What you all are doing right now is philosophy . Even those of you trying to dismiss philosophy as irrelevant or inferior to science. If ever you are engaging in an argum...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0674: "Natural Parenting"
Replies: 100
Views: 21880

Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

chocolate.razorblades wrote:Take it apart and put it back together, but don't forget the anti-static wrist strap.

Or you could make like Largo from Megatokyo and just do it while naked.

Wait...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0671: "Stephen and Me"
Replies: 84
Views: 14985

Re: "Stephen and Me" Discussion

The 'volv-' in 'revolve' and 'evolve' and such, meaning "roll", actually does stem from the same root as 'vulva' (the Indo-European root 'wel-'). IIRC vulva derives its meaning of "womb" from an older meaning of "covering", thence from "wrapping", itself deriv...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0659: "Lego"
Replies: 265
Views: 53089

Re: "Lego" Discussion

On another note, I personally really enjoy the theory (I cannot remember the term for the life of me) where my existence is the only true thing in creation, where everything else is just a creation of my reality. I am God and everything in this world was simply created for my entertainment. Solipsi...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0659: "Lego"
Replies: 265
Views: 53089

Re: "Lego" Discussion

For the hell of things I may as well throw in my $0.02 for my interpretation of this comic, since it seems such a contentious issue: I interpreted it as a father (or other adult male guardian or role model) posing a thought-provoking philosophical question to his daughter (or other young female ward...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 06, 2009 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0659: "Lego"
Replies: 265
Views: 53089

Re: "Lego" Discussion

I was born in the unimaginable heat of creation. The atoms of my body were fused in the heart of stars. I am in, of and part of this universe. These molecules will, while life exists on this planet, become part of many life-forms over the aeons before the earth's eventual destruction returns me to ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0656: "October 30th"
Replies: 62
Views: 14809

Re: "October 30th" Discussion

Also, were we really supposed to believe there were thirty years between the two Doc Browns? I mean, really, Henry Spencer's wig does a more convincing job... That was an intentional joke in the movies. In Part 1, Doc of 1955 sees his 1985 self on Marty's camcorder, gasps, and says "I'm an old...

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