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by pogrmman
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1725: "Linear Regression"
Replies: 27
Views: 6275

Re: 1725: "Linear Regression"

538 just tried to use this graph as a key argument for an article: https://espnfivethirtyeight.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/ades_chua.png I'm seeing a crossbow: http://i.imgur.com/YbX36j3.png I agree with you, but the article does mention that while this isn't a particularly strong correlation in fi...
by pogrmman
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3415
Views: 207922

Re: Trump presidency

According to AP, Trump is asking for a $54B increase in the defense budget.

Sorry for linking to a tweet, but they haven't published an article yet on it.

The put out an article on it, so the link is updated.
by pogrmman
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 485
Views: 45714

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Why do we say "scuba" as /skubə/ "skooba" and not /skjubə/ "skyooba"? We say "Cuba" as /kjubə/. Hmm. Interesting question. At first I thought it might be because it's an acronym, but "CUNY" is /kjuni/. Then I thought it might be the "s", b...
by pogrmman
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 822
Views: 183870

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Mega85 wrote:Do you pronounce "herbivore" with an initial /h/? I do, even though I don't use a /h/ in "herb".


Nope -- I also pronounce herb without it as well.
by pogrmman
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0446: "In Popular Culture"
Replies: 142
Views: 34735

Re: 0446: "In Popular Culture"

yosemitehalfdome wrote:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:%22In_popular_culture%22_content#In_popular_culture

My life is complete. Time to activate the implosion of the blogosphere.


Hurrah!

I like how this is literally the only thing in the whole section.
by pogrmman
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 6472

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

I've never liked the ?'s and !'s added to chess moves. They're just a subjective commentary on the game, and they can be wrong. Unless everyone runs them through Stockfish or something to somewhat qualify them before I see them. I've only done it in pretty obvious situations -- like the time my opp...
by pogrmman
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13193
Views: 1219853

Re: Today I Learned

My little Peach Tree is Booming its little heart out. The flowers are a pretty pink and very delicate looking. What is surprising is these little blooms have survived a near constant pounding of rain And gale force winds. They look delicate; But, they are Tough little Peach Tree Blossoms. How will ...
by pogrmman
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 6472

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

O-O ?!

I really liked this one. The title text is great (!)

It's been ages since I've played chess. I should get back into it.
by pogrmman
Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who likes BREAD?
Replies: 171
Views: 61893

Re: Who likes BREAD?

I just picked up a loaf from the store. Are you saying you bought the flour itself and mixed multiple grains together to bake? Correct. I don't really buy bread very often anymore, cheaper to bake it myself, and I get exactly what I want! Good bread from a local bakery can be upwards of $5 a loaf, ...
by pogrmman
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8491

Re: 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

funky_nickie wrote:Looks like xkcd recognizes the annexation of Crimea, which makes me very, very sad. :(


I thought it was yellow at first!

Well, he's recognizing the de facto situation...
by pogrmman
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731555

Re: Police misbehavior thread

LaserGuy wrote:Just going to leave this here.

French Police Sodomized Young Black Man By Accident: Investigators


How can that be accidental? Seriously -- the excuse they have in the article seems weak, especially when mixed with all the rest of the stuff it says happened to the guy.
by pogrmman
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 485
Views: 45714

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Mega85 wrote:Do you use "there's" for "there are"? I use it interchangeably with "there're".


I hardly ever use "there're". "There's" is what I use the vast majority of the time.
by pogrmman
Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 822
Views: 183870

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

My "want" vowel is the same as "punt" and "hunt", so /ʌ/. "Won't" is the same as the vowel in "own" and "phone", so /oʊ/.
by pogrmman
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3415
Views: 207922

Re: Trump presidency

**I'm not even exaggerating here. Clinton won a bunch of districts in really red states that defaulted the local seats to Republicans because the Democrats were too inept to people file the proper paperwork. Democrats have this personal ambition problem where they'll refuse to run their best guys b...
by pogrmman
Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 59
Views: 9407

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

I used to do that all the time when I was learning Russian (I started age 16, have learnt Spanish as a second language at school since I was 5). I think at first your brain just goes 'foreign language, must respond'. My grandmother said when she moved to Bolivia and learnt Spanish, at first she wou...
by pogrmman
Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 59
Views: 9407

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

I just had a bit of a brainfuck moment. I got out of my Spanish conversation class (which is obviously entirely in Spanish), and the first thing I heard was a Russian professor telling me, "Здравствуйте, как дела?" It took me by surprise and I needed to process it for an awkwardly long tim...
by pogrmman
Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3415
Views: 207922

Re: Trump presidency

If local Dem meetings are focusing on what they can personally do nationally, they're gonna get depressed. If you don't have a Democratic mayor/council, start there. If you do, move up to state legislature representatives. If those are dems, go to congressional representatives. No matter the answer...
by pogrmman
Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who likes BREAD?
Replies: 171
Views: 61893

Re: Who likes BREAD?

I've been perfecting a basic, rustic yeasted loaf recently -- I'm a big fan of sourdough, but as a college student, I don't have the time to maintain a starter. Instead, I've been baking on Saturdays with a slow fermenting yeasted bread. I've been getting delicious results. I still need to work on s...
by pogrmman
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3415
Views: 207922

Re: Trump presidency

A former prime minister of Norway has spoken of his shock after he was held and questioned at Washington Dulles airport because of a visit to Iran three years ago. Kjell Magne Bondevik, who served as prime minister of Norway from 1997-2000 and 2001-05, flew into the US from Europe on Tuesday aftern...
by pogrmman
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What is lemonade?
Replies: 15
Views: 4982

Re: What is lemonade?

Where do the people with sparkling lemonade live? I've never been served a sparking lemonade before (then again, I don't drink too much lemonade). It's just lemon juice and sugar. That's it. Nothing else is needed. I've had excellent lemonade with other flavorings in addition to the lemon (like blue...
by pogrmman
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 37 Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 4065

Re: 37 Questions

I guess I'll go: Tattoos................................0 Piercings..............................0 Marriages..............................0 Divorces...............................0 Children...............................0 Surgeries..............................1 Fired a gun.............................
by pogrmman
Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:26 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 11083

Re: What-if 0153: Hide the Atmosphere

ConMan wrote:Am I allowed to ask what happened to reference number 1?


Looks like it is fixed
by pogrmman
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3415
Views: 207922

Re: Trump presidency

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/316853-"President"%20trump-taps-neil-gorsuch-for-supreme-court Neil Gorsuch picked for SCOTUS nomination. Could be worse. Edit: Hopefully it could be worse. This guy might be pretty bad anyways. Looks like he stands for some ugly things here and ...
by pogrmman
Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3415
Views: 207922

Re: Trump presidency

4 and a half new pages have been added since I was last here. That was about 19 hours ago. I do not know how to respond in this situation. Help? Which situation are you talking about? The forum posts or the president? Probably the forum posts, this is moving crazy fast. I think that the Democrats d...
by pogrmman
Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3415
Views: 207922

Re: Trump presidency

4 and a half new pages have been added since I was last here. That was about 19 hours ago. I do not know how to respond in this situation. Help? Which situation are you talking about? The forum posts or the president? Probably the forum posts, this is moving crazy fast. I think that the Democrats d...
by pogrmman
Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1548
Views: 213104

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

It took decades of hybrid breeding of tomatoes that ended up bland as can be. Now with the miracle of genetic engineering, we can expect all the flavor back in years. http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/science/better-tasting-tomatoes-genes.html Unfortunately, we may be too late. Taste tests show tha...
by pogrmman
Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 11083

Re: What-if 0153: Hide the Atmosphere

I like this one, but I think I liked the other 153 better.

Also, where is citation 1 in this one? It starts at 2...
by pogrmman
Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Explosions and Unobtainium, as pertains to video game physics
Replies: 9
Views: 2098

Re: Explosions and Unobtainium, as pertains to video game physics

I believe the shockwave would diffract around the corner. I'm not sure the extent of the diffraction, so I can't tell you exactly what it would do to you. I imagine that depending on how close you are, it would be somewhat attenuated. EDIT: This may be of some interest. (It's about exactly what you ...
by pogrmman
Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3415
Views: 207922

Re: Trump presidency

Anyone getting the impression a lot of this is a shoot first, ask questions later sort of approach? It seems like they decided to cast the widest net they could get away with, just for the sake of them being Muslim immigrants. What about all of the Gulf States? Those are primarily Muslim as well......
by pogrmman
Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3415
Views: 207922

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, it sounds like people from those countries are now pretty much trapped in the US. It is awful in so many ways. It's terrible -- two of my good friends (one of whom is my roommate!) are effected by this ban. They're both here on student visas, and I'm worried about how this will effect them. I...
by pogrmman
Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9538

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

On the one hand, what's really meant is "for an equivalent thing", but it's hard to compare since there isn't, you know, really an equivalent thing, due to the other things. So it is kinda like counting something twice to include cost.... I agree, they aren't exactly equivalent. I own a 1...
by pogrmman
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9538

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

I know this is tounge-in-cheek, but he is missing a couple drawbacks of reflectors, like coma, astigmatism, difficulty of figuring, central obstruction, and field curvature. I know those can be fixed, but with a Newtonian, you need pricy optics to do it.

EDIT: I'm very much a reflector guy though.
by pogrmman
Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8786

Re: 1790: "Sad"

I did not think of Seasonal Affective Disorder OR the political landscape. My honest first thought was that this was an Intensely personal comic. This was my first thought as well. Maybe it's because I'm basically trying to ignore the deluge of politics everywhere, but my initial impression of this...
by pogrmman
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8786

Re: 1790: "Sad"

I did not think of Seasonal Affective Disorder OR the political landscape. My honest first thought was that this was an Intensely personal comic. This was my first thought as well. Maybe it's because I'm basically trying to ignore the deluge of politics everywhere, but my initial impression of this...
by pogrmman
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Samsung publishes Galaxy "Explosive battery" report
Replies: 6
Views: 3154

Re: Samsung publishes Galaxy "Explosive battery" report

That's really interesting that it's due to the thinness of the phones.

I wonder if they could make a more structurally sound thin phone by sacrificing some weight. It seems like that could help with the problem.
by pogrmman
Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8786

Re: 1790: "Sad"

jozwa wrote:Well that's a depressing comic


It reminds me a lot of me around this time last year...
Spoiler:
I was really upset with myself and just didn't feel anything at all. I was also doing certain... things... to try and feel stuff


On another note, I wonder if Randall is doing OK?
by pogrmman
Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3415
Views: 207922

Re: Trump presidency

Some issues appear to be off limits for park system officials now that Trump is in office. Badlands National Park tweeted several times about the rising concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the implications of climate change, noting at one point, “Burning one gallon of gasoline put...
by pogrmman
Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 822
Views: 183870

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I say citizen with an /s/ always.

Caramel is [ˈkʰɑɹmɫ̩] for me.
by pogrmman
Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1788: "Barge"
Replies: 27
Views: 4448

Re: 1788: "Barge"

The real question is: what is the name of the barge? Bargey McPaperDeck? USS Haha I gotcha? This isn't the barge you're looking for In the tradition of the current Spacex barges, I suggest the Kiss My Ass or So Much for Subtlety . I would have gone with "Funny, It Worked Last Time..." Or ...
by pogrmman
Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 176
Views: 27219

Re: News in brief


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