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by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2389392

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Felstaff wrote:
addams wrote: The confederate flag and a rainbow Peace sign together. Some how the two can be fused.

Image


wow.

This seems to me to be something that BHG would have, after altering a city's schedule to have the Gay Pride parade at the same time as the KKK rally.
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 64719

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

loberto wrote:More accurate (exact I think) for feet in one meter: 1250/381. 1250 feet equals 381 meters, and is the exact height of the Empire State Building.


39.37 cm/12 in (for US. Survey feet, the only right kind of feet)

0.3048m = 1 international foot (the wrong foot)


-says the surveyor
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 52967

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

gmalivuk wrote:
I'm pretty sure that "YMMV" is a TV Tropes invention.
[citation needed]



Yeah, it comes from the EPA estimated mileage for vehicles (and subsequent reporting requirements for manufacturers) - which, if I recall correctly, began in the late 70s or early 80s.
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 121333

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I agree with the sentiment of the strip today, and would add that I have similar problems with other writers, including James Redfield's Celestine Prophecy , as well as Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth books. The early principles in each case seem evident enough, but about midway they get more and m...
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 121333

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Brace wrote:There's also the fact that she is referring to all tribes as one homogeneous people and ignoring that, yes, there were tribes who had permanent lodgings and lived agrarian rather than nomadic hunter-gatherer existences.


Rand never let little things like 'facts' cloud her judgement.
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 52967

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

The music is gratis mostly terrible ftfy. And of course, YMMV. Which amounts to "The music may or may not be mostly terrible". Except that you used TV Tropes lingo, therefore making you automatically wrong. Gee, thank you! All my music ceased to exist thanks to that logical impossibility....
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 121333

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I admire and have taken a lot of inspiration from Rand, and actually enjoyed both Atlas Shrugged and more so the Fountainhead. I particularly admire the parts about not being pulled around by guilt. Really, I never saw it as "therefore, be an asshole" but rather "therefore, don't let...
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 52967

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:The music is gratis mostly terrible


ftfy. And of course, YMMV.
by eran_rathan
Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 52967

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

his y-axis is not labelled.
by eran_rathan
Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Asteroid mining is here?
Replies: 66
Views: 11218

Re: Asteroid mining is here?

Perhaps that's what's actually needed: the late great Robert Heinlein suggested as much back in 1950 in his book The Man Who Sold the Moon, in which a huckstering, hypestering businessman manages to get boots onto the lunar surface by hook and occasionally by crook - and a huge space-based industry...
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1046: "Skynet"
Replies: 86
Views: 26354

Re: 1046: Skynet

Linux0s wrote:Too self aware? Sounds like Skynet got too stoned.


Or is Keanu Reeves.


Holy crap.

Keanu Reeves is a Terminator. This explains his complete lack of facial expressions.

whoa. dude.
by eran_rathan
Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1043: “Ablogalypse”
Replies: 91
Views: 29141

Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

isn't that just a made up swear word from judge dredd comics? I think you'll find that's "Drokk", "Grud" (as in "Grudd on a greenie") and "Stomm"; "Krog", "Sneck" and "Frunt" get a look-in if you expand the universe into 2000AD ....
by eran_rathan
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korean rocket launch (womp womp)
Replies: 44
Views: 7182

Re: North Korean rocket launch (womp womp)

Paint me highly sceptical about the idea of western intelligence analysts who have access to "classified imagery sources" not trolling the NK missile folks by telling them a complete lie. Certainly possible... but it seems like they should've picked something to blame that required NK to ...
by eran_rathan
Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 55665

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

3. You state that Gary Johnson is one of the sanest politicians in the USA. While I don't necessarily disagree with the sentiment, without quantification, the only thing that the statement really says with any accuracy is that there is at least one politician that is less sane than Gary Johnson. Ma...
by eran_rathan
Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study Suggests Politicians Should Be Chosen at Random
Replies: 38
Views: 6044

Re: Study Suggests Politicians Should Be Chosen at Random

You also have to recognize the fact that there was a pretty crucial error in who the legions were loyal to and who had command over those legions in terms of the governance.m The whole, let's give two people lots of power and large armies idea was bound to not go so well. It's one of the really spe...
by eran_rathan
Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study Suggests Politicians Should Be Chosen at Random
Replies: 38
Views: 6044

Re: Study Suggests Politicians Should Be Chosen at Random

Yeah, but the Consuls were primarily military leaders and the biggest reason for having two was to be able to field two separate armies and to maintain a chain of command if one of them died while in the field. Also, their civil duties were largely administrative by the end of the Fourth Century (p...
by eran_rathan
Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 73755

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

It always amazes me how damn shallow the ocean is, and how quickly 1ATM / 10m can stack up. At 500m (the range of a reasonable swimmer), you're out of the range of most subs. At 11km (~10 mins in a car), it's just you and Cthulhu. Cthulhu is a lot shallower than 11km, more like 5km. R'lyeh ("p...
by eran_rathan
Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 30909

Re: #1042: "Never"

You're so vain, you probably think this comic is about you. "I'll bet you think this comic is about you. Don't you? Don't you?" :D Aw, man! Now I 'got clowns in my coffee. +1 internets to each of you. I got the first joke pretty easy. The second one I don't think I get, unless it's just t...
by eran_rathan
Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 30909

Re: #1042: "Never"

EpicanicusStrikes wrote:
Nylonathatep wrote:
Apeiron wrote:You're so vain, you probably think this comic is about you.


"I'll bet you think this comic is about you. Don't you? Don't you?" :D


Aw, man! Now I 'got clowns in my coffee.


+1 internets to each of you.
by eran_rathan
Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 69385

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

Part of the problem is that that $100 cost to the insurer comes as the result of heavy negotiation that brought the sticker price down from $150. Maybe what we really need is a law requiring providers to charge private and commercial buyers the same amount. (Of course, that would be irrelevant if w...
by eran_rathan
Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 69385

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

Hypothetical scenarios don't need to be probable in order to be usefully analogous to real-world situations. Do note that the original premise is founded on the notion of one person controlling all water in an area without simply owning the entire area outright, which isn't possible in the vast maj...
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 69385

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

To the other, no, government should not break up monopolies or mess with the voluntary economy at all. The fact that you need water to survive is neither Joe's fault not his responsibility. He's given you a choice: pay the ten grand or go without water. The consequences of that choice are on you. B...
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 69385

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

I feel like this is using a different notion of a big government then most people use. I've rarely seen debate over whether the government should be able to do its assigned job or not. Even Ayn Rand believed the government had to have the power to uphold its role, the disagreement is over how big t...
by eran_rathan
Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1038: "Fountain"
Replies: 78
Views: 20218

Re: 1038: "Fountain"

JimsMaher wrote:
whateveries wrote:Wouldnt the average squirrel be...but I ? Oh! I get it US Imperial measurements mean your cocktail umbrella's are much larger. No wonder you guys need to be 21 before you can legally drink.

JimsMaher wrote:Squirrels are crazy enough to be test pilots.


THIS is getting sigg'd.
by eran_rathan
Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1033: "Formal Logic"
Replies: 132
Views: 37847

Re: 1033: "Formal Logic"

meh.

This joke did not contain bobcat. Would not use again.
by eran_rathan
Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 28253

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

Belial wrote:
SirMustapha wrote:frankly, this disdain and mockery towards humanities and arts are not compatible with intelligent and cultured people.


Mother of fuck



What a terribly unfortunate name. I expect he'd get nowhere in polite society. I wonder what his mother was thinking when she named him.
by eran_rathan
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tennesse Abortion Bill to Name Names
Replies: 70
Views: 35945

Re: Tennesse Abortion Bill to Name Names

Great. Now give us an objective measure for flagrantly :| Option A: Remove 'flagrant'. Option B: If the judges decide it is unconstitutional in anything other than a split decision, it shall be considered flagrant. I really like this idea, btw. I vote for Option B, but with a slight change: instead...
by eran_rathan
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1032: "Networking"
Replies: 123
Views: 36534

Re: 1032: "Networking"

If it was bobcat, I'd say that it came in the mail. Since it's a polecat, I'm guessing it was found on a pole. For the benefit of non-Americans here, "polecat" is a common nickname for the American Skunk (yes, those guys who spray horrible stinky stuff on you when frightened). iiiinterest...
by eran_rathan
Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1026: "Compare and Concave"
Replies: 74
Views: 30286

Re: 1026: "Compare and Contrast"

I was expecting the title text for this comic to make a Summer Glau reference. Curiously, "Shall I compare thee to a Summer Glau?" (in quotes) doesn't get many Google hits; even if you remove the "a" the hit count is still quite low. When I was first talked into going and seeing...
by eran_rathan
Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1026: "Compare and Concave"
Replies: 74
Views: 30286

Re: 1026: "Compare and Contrast"

BAReFOOt wrote:(And, does „A SUMMER’S EVE“ have a special meaning?)



ahem.
by eran_rathan
Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 174340

Re: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash

Well, sorry, you can't pick and choose with a tax system. You can't say "Give me a tax break for using my own private army instead of relying on the nation's military." You still have to pay your fair share for defending the country even if you have your own private army on top. You can't...
by eran_rathan
Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 174340

Re: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash

And yes, we paid for this out of pocket, because neither of us had insurance, and it was cheaper than having kids and/or her committing suicide. I'm curious why IUDs were out of the question... but I guess that could be private. Some women can't use IUDs as their immune systems may try to attack th...
by eran_rathan
Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1026: "Compare and Concave"
Replies: 74
Views: 30286

Re: 1026: "Compare and Contrast"

Am I the only one who’s bothered that he didn’t write „thou“ instead of „thee“? Google search with quotes: "compare thy to a summer's day" - about 419 results "compare thou to a summer's day" - about 915 results "compare thee to a summer's day" - about 880,000 results ...
by eran_rathan
Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised
Replies: 319
Views: 33833

Re: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised

Greyarcher wrote:Trying to build a proper foundation for knowledge is blippery.


This will become part of my signature.
by eran_rathan
Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 174340

Re: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash

quantumcat42 wrote:Do you maintain that any moral opposition to birth control is necessarily misogynistic?


Why should your morals have anything to do with someone else's healthcare choices?
by eran_rathan
Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 174340

Re: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash

Apologies for off topic but 3000 dollars! Surely that can't be right. If insurance companies are reallypaying that for normal BC pills then US health care is going wrong somewhere. Is this a special medical requirement rather than normal BC? If so this sounds like what insurance is there for. My wi...
by eran_rathan
Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised
Replies: 319
Views: 33833

Re: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised

sourmìlk wrote:I know what length dilation is. That's why the objectively correct answer is a formula and not a constant.


which is entirely dependent on your reference frame, which is arbitrary.
by eran_rathan
Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised
Replies: 319
Views: 33833

Re: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised

sourmilk wrote:True from all viewpoints consistent with reality.


heh. I'm going to point again to the idea of inertial and non-inertial reference frames - how far is it from New York to Boston?

A. Depends on how fast you are going, and in what direction.
by eran_rathan
Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised
Replies: 319
Views: 33833

Re: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised

As an additional exercise, define "objective". We are, we just understand its limitations. What do you think those are? (I know that there exist some, I'm just wondering what you think there are). Well for one, the idea that everything has a truth value, and two, that some method of reason...
by eran_rathan
Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised
Replies: 319
Views: 33833

Re: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised

I added that logic and observation (i.e. as separate entities) were necessary for determining truth. Bolshevik: I said that it was an improper application of logic as its based on demonstrably false premises. I'm confused, I thought this board was pro-science. Why are we suddenly dismissing logic a...

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