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by mathmannix
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1664: "Mycology"
Replies: 47
Views: 8331

Re: 1664: Mycology

It's completely insane that this lifecycle of cow -> snail -> ant -> cow -> etc. managed to evolve at all, complete with the weird intermediate zombie-ant-mind-control stage... I was tempted to think "How marvelous is God's creation!" but I think that one might be one of the devil's.
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 12894

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

Here's Somerville, Mass. 's, which is apparently one of the places The Artist has lived: Contents [hide] 1 History 2 Population density contradictions 3 Hill Links 4 Somerville Museum note 5 More about the seven hills 6 Too much emphasis on crime? 7 George Dilboy 8 Map request 9 NPOV - Demographics ...
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"
Replies: 57
Views: 23473

Re: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"

I was going to ask When did he start switching to using only metric in these? because having to do calculations in my head so often hurts my dumb American brain. But I guess, always? Looking back at old What-Ifs, it looks like... always. I just thought I remembered people from other places complaini...
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 110333

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

So, to those who believe this to be the 5th (?) canonical Star Wars movie, it's a prequel (rather than an interquel), yes?

Are any of the new characters from Ep. 7 (like the cantina owner) in it?
by mathmannix
Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 18374

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Actually, only three out of fifty have borders made entirely out of straight edges. Actually, no states have straight edges. The straightest edges are still great circles. OK, so here's my trivia question for the day: What state has the shortest border length? Going with the above-alluded-to, so-ca...
by mathmannix
Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1024181

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't see any reason to doubt Trump's sincerity, and there are a lot of Americans who agree with him. But I don't... any time I hear such strong anti-Muslim rhetoric, I think about this poem . It would be a horrible precedent to set if we could exclude people based on religion. Which is not to say...
by mathmannix
Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 25095

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

OK, so... I really disagree with a couple of the "killbot hellscape" scenarios. As I see it, scenario #3 is basically our current, real-life world. Robots and computers have to follow human orders above everything else, because they are not self-aware, and they have no self-preservation at...
by mathmannix
Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1024181

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I trust Nate Silver more than any other commentator... He was right (and I was wrong) about Biden, I hope he's right again. However it is funny how the conversations I hear have gone from "Trump won't make it to the debates" to "Trump won't last" to "Trump will get murdered...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1607: "Supreme Court"
Replies: 65
Views: 13020

Re: 1607: "Supreme Court"

Really? So what stops Obama from just appointing 500 democrats? Article III of the United States Constitution leaves it to Congress to fix the number of justices. Bit of a checks and balances there. See above, when FDR tried to raise the limit (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_Procedures_Refo...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 21709

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

Ehh, eventually the rest of the world will come around and accept U.S. (formerly "Imperial") measurements as the correct standard. I'll explain why they're better. *Volume is probably the worst. So much unnecessary math to do unit conversion. Strongly disagree, volume is the best. (And thi...
by mathmannix
Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 21709

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

Once our solar system consumes itself, days and years will cease having any meaning. Crap, I made myself sad. Unlike hours, minutes and seconds, which clearly have obvious objective meanings? :P Well, seconds are defined based on the radioactive decay of cesium, right? No reason that should change ...
by mathmannix
Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 12328

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

This is essentially how I learned it as well. "Red & Black, Friend of Jack; Red & Yellow, Harm a Fellow." Of course, while Red & Yellow, the Coral Snake, is venomous, they are pretty docile. If you see one in your path, you can literally step over it, and be on your way. The w...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: most words with fewest different letters
Replies: 16
Views: 7821

Re: most words with fewest different letters

I interpret your statement to mean, A group of one letter, which contains the most possible words [1], to which another letter can be added to produce a group of two letters which contain the maximum amount of words for a group of two letters produced in such a manner [this turns out to be 3], to wh...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: New Star Trek Series in January 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 4517

Re: New Star Trek Series in January 2017

I assume that the new series will be in the reboot continuity? I just hope it's not a reboot version of Next Generation, with a younger alternate-universe Picard or something, maybe on the Stargazer with the Crushers. Ehh, maybe that wouldn't be too bad... but seriously, I hope they come up with som...
by mathmannix
Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: jedi blood transfusions
Replies: 20
Views: 5143

Re: jedi blood transfusions

Well... yes according to Darths and Droids anyway!

http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0086.html
by mathmannix
Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 64048

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

The thing about (most?) religions is that if you really believe your religion, then you know deep in your heart that it is the only true way, and everything else is just made-up lies. (At least this goes for the ones I know anything about.) So, (A) you want to convince other people (adults in partic...
by mathmannix
Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd outside of xkcd.com
Replies: 132
Views: 78267

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: 4517

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: 5437

"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: 24962

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: 8469

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: 9626

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: 15785

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: 8133

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: 12570

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: 126
Views: 29112

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: 10160

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: 6466

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: 12570

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: 8424

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: 697
Views: 69372

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: 12309

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: 30284

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: 30284

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: 30284

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: 58
Views: 9786

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: 12309

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: 58
Views: 9786

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: 697
Views: 69372

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: 58
Views: 9786

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.)

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