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by mathmannix
Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd outside of xkcd.com
Replies: 132
Views: 71816

Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

Eradicating parasites is generally considered okay. Look at guinea worm for a more macro example. As long as they keep backup copies of it saved in a lab. (Which they will.) In case we need the polio to fight another disease. Or, you know, space polio sends a probe to destroy us in a few hundred ye...
by mathmannix
Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: New Star Trek Series in January 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 4173

Re: New Star Trek Series in January 2017

Yeah, what's with the shows in the last few years that you have to stream online? I mean, I'm sure there are many people out there who have tablets or whatever, who prefer to watch their TV shows on a bus, train, or airplane, but I like my TV to actually be on my TV in my living room. I pay for basi...
by mathmannix
Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: "Programming" book for toddlers?
Replies: 3
Views: 3504

"Programming" book for toddlers?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51nC2etXv2L._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg So... I came upon this last night. It seems to be a brand new book, so I'm guessing nobody here has bought/read it yet, but I'm intrigued (but reticent to purchase a book without a "look inside" button.) Still, ...
by mathmannix
Wed Oct 28, 2015 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 20498

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

golden.number wrote:and let's not even mention the poor children born on the 13th day of the 13th month

Lousy Smarch weather!
by mathmannix
Mon Oct 26, 2015 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Gotham
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Re: Gotham

Unfortunately, tonight will be the first episode I won't be able to watch, as I'm really looking forward to Supergirl, and for some stupid reason the DC Comics tri-network (multiverse?) is now competing with itself. (I guess I should just be glad that neither of the CW's Flash and Arrow shows is als...
by mathmannix
Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"
Replies: 46
Views: 8259

Re: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"

No bell prize for you!
by mathmannix
Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 12774

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

Anyway, Hamlet is just a fanfic of Amleth: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2212 Wow, just ... wow. I did not know that until just now. So... basically, Shakespeare came up with a new name by just anagramming "Amleth" ? Not even a good anagram, just moving the last letter to the front. So, ...
by mathmannix
Thu Oct 15, 2015 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"
Replies: 32
Views: 7202

Re: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"

Randall is so smart - so much very, very much smarter than me - that I'm afraid to even question his use of the spelling "triath o lon." But I really suspect it's an error. The comic has now been fixed, but for the historical record, here is how it originally looked: http://i.imgur.com/gu...
by mathmannix
Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 9790

Re: 1590: "The Source"

A cup of sugar, added covertly to his fuel tank, will solve that problem. A well known myth. Have you ever tried this? (Reference to snopes dot com deleted as xkcd flagged it as spam. :-() No, I'm not quoting an urban legend: I'm quoting some BS I made up on the spot. You just happened to make up t...
by mathmannix
Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Uxbridge English Dictionary
Replies: 119
Views: 23184

Re: Uxbridge English Dictionary

Forboding: def. 1 - the purpose of a ship def. 2 - of or pertaining to the front of a ship def. 3 - of or pertaining to a group of between three and five (exclusive) ships def. 4 - the chime produced by between three and five (exclusive) quarterstaffs def. 5 - the chime produced by between three and...
by mathmannix
Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1583: "NASA Press Conference"
Replies: 43
Views: 8979

Re: 1583: "NASA Press Conference"

While the guys were harassing Luke, I don't think his life was in immediate danger; it's not like they had pulled a blaster on him. I think being a Jedi knight calls for a little more restraint in using your light sabre, when (A) it's not really necessary to cut the guy's whole arm off, leaving him ...
by mathmannix
Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Misparsed phrases
Replies: 8
Views: 5657

Re: Misparsed phrases

On the other hand, "Squirrel rescued after hurricane attacks" could be interpreted in at least three ways (two of which are virtually identical): [The] squirrel [was] rescued after [the] hurricane attack[ed the coastline] [The] squirrel [was] rescued after attacks [on the coastline made by...
by mathmannix
Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 9790

Re: 1590: "The Source"

"High-pitched hum" is an oxymoron. A hum is specifically a low -pitched continuous sound. What you have, if it's high-pitched and continuous, is a whistle . What? Can't you tell the difference between someone humming and whistling at the same pitch? (well, the same average pitch, anyway; ...
by mathmannix
Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Operate on the Last Number!
Replies: 149
Views: 6950

Re: Operate on the Last Number!

I take the product of its integer factors.

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by mathmannix
Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Word association, rounded to the following letter
Replies: 554
Views: 50006

Re: Word association, rounded to the following letter

Nickel -> Thomas Jefferson -> Sally Hemings -> Ernest Hemingway -> shark* -> Jaws -> Amity Island -> Martha's Vineyard -> JFK Jr. -> The Contest [Seinfeld episode] -> Master of my Domain -> Master of the House -> Thernardier -> Thermidor -> French Revolution -> Jacobin -> Jacobite -> Bonnie Prince ...
by mathmannix
Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1587: "Food Rule"
Replies: 86
Views: 9833

Re: 1587: "Food Rule"

Surely, even if the calf foetus didn't achieve cowhood until it was born, it would still be an animal product like milk or eggs and therefore not vegan. Oooh, good point. Although commercially available eggs are not usually fertilized, most people don't check and/or don't really care (as long as th...
by mathmannix
Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 25545

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

I feel like I should point out that when I said this If an enemy uses a hospital as a base of military operations, then it becomes a legitimate target. Yes, it's sad when innocent people die, but their deaths aren't on the military that has to make the call to bomb the hospital; their deaths are on ...
by mathmannix
Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 25545

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

If an enemy uses a hospital as a base of military operations, then it becomes a legitimate target. Yes, it's sad when innocent people die, but their deaths aren't on the military that has to make the call to bomb the hospital; their deaths are on the cowards who tried to use them as a shield. No. L...
by mathmannix
Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 25545

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

If an enemy uses a hospital as a base of military operations, then it becomes a legitimate target. Yes, it's sad when innocent people die, but their deaths aren't on the military that has to make the call to bomb the hospital; their deaths are on the cowards who tried to use them as a shield.
by mathmannix
Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?
Replies: 54
Views: 7804

Re: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?

51. Dinosaur Pac-Man.
by mathmannix
Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1587: "Food Rule"
Replies: 86
Views: 9833

Re: 1587: "Food Rule"

So, did anyone else have the song "Eyes Without a Face" running through their head after reading the comic?
by mathmannix
Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?
Replies: 54
Views: 7804

Re: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?

48. If you had all the time in the universe, and could travel to far-off planets by merely wishing it, would you hang around earth for long? I mean, especially once your loved ones are all gone... and it's a big universe, so much to explore! They're not gone, they're just on vacation.
by mathmannix
Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Word association, rounded to the following letter
Replies: 554
Views: 50006

Re: Word association, rounded to the following letter

Harvest -> autumn -> leaves -> pages -> books -> library -> conservatory -> study -> test -> quiz -> answers -> questions -> The Riddler -> Gotham -> Gordon -> Sesame Street -> Grover -> Ernie -> Ernie Hudson -> Hudson River -> East River -> New York Harbor -> New Jersey -> Jersey -> Isle of Man
by mathmannix
Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?
Replies: 54
Views: 7804

Re: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?

42. They may have popped out for a bit of tea. (Or possibly a liquid that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.)
by mathmannix
Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Uxbridge English Dictionary
Replies: 119
Views: 23184

Re: Uxbridge English Dictionary

Isolate: what I say when I oversleep

Crisis: what happened when her brother hit her

Sea legs: the ova of a pinniped

Intonation: within the land of the pedal phalanges

Ventricle: when your circular diagram is still dripping
---> Drive-in: when that's over with
by mathmannix
Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Set of particular numbers
Replies: 14
Views: 2336

Re: Set of particular numbers

If n is the product of 26 "digits" (aka integers 0-9) AND n>0 then : (1) n is the product of 26 integers 1-9, i.e. none of them are zero. (So your statement 0^0=1 is irrelevant.) But that would mean that A would be at least 26 (if a...z were all 1), so it couldn't be 2 or 5 as in your exam...
by mathmannix
Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] 2017 Solar Eclipse, Aug 21st, Western Kentucky
Replies: 2
Views: 4236

Re: [US] 2017 Solar Eclipse, Aug 21st, Western Kentucky

Yeah, while the Point of Greatest Eclipse is in western Kentucky, the total eclipse is in a band that goes through 12 states from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. Including such large cities as Salem OR, Lincoln NE, Kansas City MO, Nashville TN, and Charleston SC. I doubt all their hotels will be ...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 357673

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Shouldn't the Good Samaritan in this story be protected by the Good Samaritan Law , though? The law seeks to encourage bystanders to do good deeds, without the fear of being prosecuted for inadvertently causing damage. I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that he was doing a good deed; he...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA finds liquid water on Mars
Replies: 30
Views: 6971

Re: NASA finds liquid water on Mars

Whizbang wrote: *insert Jeff Goldblum gif here*

OK!
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by mathmannix
Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 98799

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

Character identity spoilers: I know I worry too much, but… do you think this movie might have too many villains? According to this and other articles, it looks like there are at least four – Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, and Dom...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707864

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The Constitution was based directly on the moral ideas from the Bible, held by the Christians, Deists, and humanists of late 18th century America, and thus is completely compatible with Christianity. And Atheists, Muslims, and Jews. [Thomas Jefferson discussion] Yes, I never meant to say it was ONL...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1581: "Birthday"
Replies: 59
Views: 9651

Re: 1581: "Birthday"

Does this mean that TGI-Fridays, Outback Steakhouse, and all of the other national chains who came up with their own birthday tunes can start singing the regular 'Happy Birthday' to people? I still don't know why it took me until just now to discern that as the reason for the awful pseudo-birthday ...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 363
Views: 94262

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Hehe, that reminds me how in Pirates of Penzance, there is a joke based on "often" and "orphan" being homophones. Those of us in the musical in high school had to concentrate to say both of them as "offen", as neither of them was naturally pronounced that way to us.
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89767
Views: 6362884

Re: Inspirations

My take on it is basically, most of us hate the idea of having only two candidates to choose from, but the momentum behind our two-party system is way too big to stop at this time (it's been this way since the Civil War. Changing it now would probably take another one of those, or something equally ...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Adding a possessive to franchise names
Replies: 10
Views: 3955

Re: Adding a possessive to franchise names

Well, if Randall does it, it's good enough for me, I guess?
Randall Munroe (in title text of 1581) wrote:I guess I need to apologize to my parents, friends, and the staff at Chuck E. Cheese's for all the times I called the cops on them.
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707864

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'd argue that Christianity is incompatible with the constitution; according to the Bible, "Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death", and I would argue that would be against the Eighth Amendment. That's not at all a part of Christianity. That's from Exodus 21, which...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Monty Hall oddity - is this right?
Replies: 15
Views: 2252

Re: Monty Hall oddity - is this right?

The thing everybody should remember about the Monty Python Hall problem is that it is never strictly better to not switch - depending on the situation, which may or may not be clear to the chooser, it's either better to switch, or it's the same probability to switch - so why not switch? A host that...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707864

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

But if you had two candidates that were otherwise identical, apart from one thinking that catholics can be presidential, and another thinking otherwise, wouldn't you be influenced to vote for the non anti catholic candidate? And isn't any question that can influence a reasonable fraction of the ele...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707864

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

A trap question is a question that is going to make you look bad no matter how you answer. Establishing what the world views of a candidate are is not a trap; it's due diligence - if you were a Muslim, wouldn't you want to know if a candidate thinks Muslims should not be allowed to be President? We...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 707864

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I was thinking in the same sense that it was a trap to ask the conservative Christian couple with their private bakery what would happen if a gay couple wanted them to cater their wedding (when realistically it never would have come up), and then make it into news. In this case, just because public ...

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