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by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1119
Views: 135039

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Diadem wrote:So I think it's only fair if you guys give us back New York Nieuw Amsterdam.

You mistyped Nouvelle-Angouleme (as did I, because there's an e-circumflex in there somewhere), as the 'original' name... :P
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 20926

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

GlassHouses wrote:the Soo pronunciation is an Anglophone thing. I wonder where that comes from?
According to Johnny Cash, it was a boy...
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1119
Views: 135039

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

elasto wrote:Since when was government saving money a bad thing..?

When it also helps the French? ;)
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 19871

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

pogrmman wrote:
CorruptUser wrote:Huh, thought it was radiation. On further inspection, yup, ethylene gas.


To be fair, some fruits are irradiated for pest control. I'm not sure if bananas are or not.


Well, they can clearly irradiate themselves... ;)

(And lookee there at the chart on that page... :D)
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 9693

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

somitomi wrote:
hetas wrote:2K17

*screams internally*

That's two kiloseventeens, i.e. 34,000. (Case dismissed!)
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What is log² x?
Replies: 11
Views: 4407

Re: What is log² x?

Apart from differentiating log (n²) from (log n)² in "log en squared", that at least makes sense without overloading the superscript-2's meaning. You cannot "square" a function (rather than the result of a function) and whilst I acknowledge that trig functions are so notated (at ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 9693

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

The Baseball Team Playing Basketball and the Boxers Playing Basketball are the most definite suggestion that the competition is basketball, but given that many of the other are going to be variously mismatched to the game ( whatever sport is being played) those teams may just not be taking part corr...
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1119
Views: 135039

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I'm not young, but (as far as I'm concerned) my vision of a UK passport has always been of a... burgandy..? ..yes, I think so... dignified-looking red passport. Looking it up, it looks like I may have misremembered this, though, as I travelled abroad (in Europe) prior to '88. But blue... makes me th...
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 19871

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Actually, bananas are eaten pretty soon after being picked; cargo ships are much faster than they were back in the 1920's. It's surprisingly a problem for bananas, since they have to be treated with radiation so they turn yellow sooner. Radiation? That's new. When I was young, it was ethylene (or s...
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Help me create a mini-timeline
Replies: 3
Views: 2207

Re: Help me create a mini-timeline

2050: The One-Year Time Machine
2049: The One-Year Time Machine
2048: The One-Year Time Machine...

*cough*

How scientific/fictional? Arbitrary-length nanofilaments? Room-temperature superconductors? Portal technology?
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 18701

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

After your students accept the idea that no "sky surface" exists, and that the color is coming from the air itself, then we can go to the next level, And then after all that, Truman Burbank, you find out the truth ... https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/AAEAAQAAAAAAAAYwAAAAJGM4MWIzMGQ1LTRhNWQ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 549
Views: 64633

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

On a more serious note, I learned a while back that it's called "útátjáró" (~"road crossing") in railroad jargon. It does make sense, but it didn't occur to me before that railroad worker's wouldn't call it a railroad crossing. Related, if not quite the same, there's a canal bri...
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 18701

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Why are people assuming Randall is siding with Blue Air Woman? I don't know about people, but I'm assuming that because he made the same argument himself in What-if 141. I think Simpler Explanation Woman is a stopped clock (with no minute hand!) in a similar vein to #1717 's "am I sure I want ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 18701

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Yeah, you can't ignore that Blue Air Woman is also Tiny Birds In Wings Woman. The first explanation is like Electrical Fluid, as a better explanation than diving straight in to Cooper Pairs or somesuch. The second (at the very best) explains why longer wings have more lift (all else being equal, whi...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 93
Views: 16576

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

There was a conversation at the hospital, the other day, whether a door sign saying "dietitian" was wrong, and should it have been "dietician". It turns out both are right. But (to me, as well as the relative concerned) the latter (irregularly formed) version looks more correct t...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 18274

Re: Logan

Prexactly.

(Thus the horror. Impending, at least.)
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 18274

Re: Logan

(Have been leaving it uncountered, as insufficient Chekhovian proof, either way, but new point just occurred to me.) There's a Fridge Horror (in TVTropes terms, though I haven't yet checked if they've got this noted), in that Laura's still a young girl. She hasn't stopped growing yet, one would imag...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 18274

Re: Logan

They talk about the kids being trained to be soldiers, I don't find it unlikely they knew how to use firearms Soldiers with their specialities (for which the spoiler point is a point*)... Non-mutant weaponry needs ammo, can misfire or otherwise break, can be taken away (or can be difficult to even ...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 18701

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

For a moment, I thought Randall had been reading some recent threads, but there's subtle differences of focus, so probably not...

*mumble mumble stupid copypasta errors*
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 18274

Re: Logan

Left this thread until I'd seen the film, and interesting direction it's taken. Dealing with it in the opposite direction, Logan never spoke (notable) Spanish to the girl (or anybody else, with south-of-the-border background), whilst obviously understanding (slightly more than me) her favoured speec...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 45
Views: 9161

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

somitomi wrote:So what is Machine Learning?

Making Skynet...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Blog About Paradoxes
Replies: 6
Views: 4837

Re: Blog About Paradoxes

Yeah, I love Zeno's stuff. I did cover it, but I did it in late December, so it has a distinct Christmas theme. I think I'll go back and edit it soon. I got down to "First Post- the Preface Paradox", dated January, and that appeared to be the first, in reality as well as by title and time...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 30
Views: 6118

Re: Consequences of climate change

This is a self-explanatory link: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-does-the-u-s-look-like-after-3-meters-of-sea-level-rise/ (Excepting the expected raw-link-abbreviation behaviour by the forum, but hover-over will still tell you.) Another treatment: https://www.quora.com/What-percentag...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Blog About Paradoxes
Replies: 6
Views: 4837

Re: Blog About Paradoxes

Look into Zeno's padadoxes (or paradoxen? ;)) many of which boil down to halving. The Achilles/Tortoise one (swift Achilles will never catch the tortoise) sometimes gets incorrectly conflated by the arrow one (an arrow in flight is not moving) by Achilles loosing an arrow at the tortoise, instead. A...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3305
Views: 618438

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Interesting night, lots of dream sequences. Early on (I think, if it wasn't a later memory-rerun-within-a-dteam thing) I was in Iceland and commuting by plane for four or five consecutive days. A low cost (but flashily super-jumbo-like, and huuuge windows) plane that took the route of the local majo...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: assassins creed
Replies: 40
Views: 2191

Re: assassins creed

As I am debanned. Consider me as designated target (in potentia) when you get round to starting the next signups. I look forward to being offed again. But this time by someone with class... ;)
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: assassins creed
Replies: 40
Views: 2191

Re: assassins creed

Argh! I am undone! Hoist be the petard that I gave to someone else!

(And note that it was six times out of nine that four players are cyclic, I'd not included the case that already happened. Shushing now)
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 20926

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Others are mainly focused on mispronunciations, but what I enjoyed was the interplay between the word meaning and the word itself. Makes for a lesser known version of the "why is 'dyslexia' such an awkward to spell word?", "isn't 'abbreviation' a long word?" and of course that '...
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1817: "Incognito Mode"
Replies: 11
Views: 3339

Re: 1817: "Incognito Mode"

Whizbang wrote:If you browse in Incognito Mode for more than four hours, seek medical attention.

If you're browsing in Incognito Mode seeking medical attention, you have done something you shouldn't. Or are about to.
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: assassins creed
Replies: 40
Views: 2191

Re: assassins creed

(It'll loop five times out of nine, I think, but that doesn't help at all... Didn't see Faubi make their move, though, is this assumed due to no target clashing? Told you I was a n00b at this. I really don't know.) Because it's going to be no less wrong, on average, my new target is Sabrar , because...
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1081 writes a letter to the Bishop of Metz about getting the floor numbering shenanigans back into parity.
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1077 is keeping out of the argument...
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: assassins creed
Replies: 40
Views: 2191

Re: assassins creed

It won't be "everyone targets the person before them on the list", but it's as good a guess as anything, and could be funny to see a whole chain of people doing nothing useful, if anybody else thinks the same as me...

Sabrar, I choose you!
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two secrets
Replies: 20
Views: 6269

Re: Two secrets

Far non-optimal solution (not even sure it needs a spoiler, but here it is) might be to: Ask about set {a,b} and then {1..N}\{a,b} for every distinct a,b pairing (loop-within-loop as: a=1..N-1; b=a+1..N), until you get the answer to the first question to be identical to the answer to the sec...
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 20926

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

For me, "boh-nah-fie-di" is the pronnciation I'm most used to. The trailing voiced vowel (less 'pretentious' than an 'æ'-like ending), but otherwise anglicised away from the "classical scholar" style of presumed 1 Latin. And "Can I see your bonafides?" (i.e. identity do...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 20926

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I don't think I did that with epitome, but I did with foreign and aisle. Remember the mantra, passed down from mother to daughter as the latter is about to go through the ceremony of marriage... Just so she knows what to do. "Aisle. Alter. Hymn" (The joke doesn't work when you kno...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1070 is home for Harry, from the North.
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?
Replies: 22
Views: 5023

Re: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?

I once worked in a helium factory. It wasn't a very nice job, because of the leaks, but the owner was very sympathetic and we all spoke highly of her.
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 20926

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Mutex wrote:Rule of thumb with pronunciation - If two people pronounce a word differently, and one way is the most obvious way to pronounce it, the other one is probably correct.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyQvjKqXA0Y

(And, IRL, Cholmondley-Featherstonehough...)
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 57
Views: 10326

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

I DARE you to name 1 place that does not contribute to the global ecosystem in someway. It may not be obvious and the effects may not be immediate, but doing anything anywhere on this planet affects everything everywhere else. Stripped of the few simple caveats I gave (and that you can go back and ...

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