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by markfiend
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 2623

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

da Doctah wrote:Worst advice anyone ever gave anyone, in any context: "Just be yourself".

I dunno, it seems like a tautology to me. Who else am I going to be?
by markfiend
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 4413

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

I'm assuming that Halifax refers to the one in Nova Scotia rather than the one in the People's Republic of Yorkshire. We're not that much colder than that there London up 'ere. Bradford, Yorkshire, is not listed. It's titled "where to live" so of course Bradford, Yorkshire, is not listed....
by markfiend
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 4413

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

I'm assuming that Halifax refers to the one in Nova Scotia rather than the one in the People's Republic of Yorkshire. We're not that much colder than that there London up 'ere.
by markfiend
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 3617

Re: Re:

da Doctah wrote:It's really starting to get on my nerves that people keep using Vulcans as the canonical case for no emotions.

Yeah, fair enough. Mea culpa.
by markfiend
Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 3617

Kit. wrote:You can control how you feel; that's what your prefrontal cortex is for.

And it's trainable.

Not exactly.

We might be able to control (to a degree) how we react to stress but that first burst of adrenaline is an entirely involuntary reaction. We're humans, not Vulcans.
by markfiend
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 3617

Re: 1911: Defensive Profile

Wooloomooloo wrote:I must have a different locale set - my translation reads "I have 99 problems, but you getting offended by something I said is never going to be one of them. Deal with it. Your problem. Not mine."...

Which, in turn, translates as Randall's third frame.
by markfiend
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 3617

1911: Defensive Profile

Image

Title Text:
NO DRAMA ZONE -> If I've made you sad, you'd better not tell me, because I am TERRIFIED of that situation and have NO IDEA how to handle it.


Randall trolling the deplorables again?
by markfiend
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 4400

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

JudeMorrigan wrote:Don't forget the mice.

:mrgreen:
by markfiend
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 3285

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

orthogon wrote:By the way, has anyone else in the UK (or beyond) felt like they're coming down with a cold for the last three or four weeks, without it either developing into the real thing or going away?

YES! Constant low-grade sniffly nose but no other symptoms?
by markfiend
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 4400

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

...if intelligent alien life exists it is most likely as far as we know to have evolved on a very earth-like world to a very human-like form. As far as we actually know that's the only way things actually work. That's not just a sample-size bias, it's physics, applied physics and etc. Non-human int...
by markfiend
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 2787

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

Wheeljack wrote:First officer: "So, do we need to be asleep while we fly through?"

What you did there. I see it. :mrgreen:
by markfiend
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 4076

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

Note the typo "Magnetohydrodyanmics" in the title text
by markfiend
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 3328

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

You know, other continents do exist. It's not so much my ethnocentricity as my trite stereotyping. The behavior strikes me as quite American. After all, "Fuck Glaciers" is the official position of the U.S. Government in 2017. Also, I couldn't find a hemispheric map of glacial erratics, so...
by markfiend
Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 3328

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

If you can't move a glacial erratic, then it needs a name: http://www.geologicnow.com/images/chapter14/Figure1.jpg The above map also shows that the action in this comic must be taking place in the northern part of the continent, because there are no glacial erratics in the south. You know, other c...
by markfiend
Thu May 25, 2017 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 3304

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

Soupspoon wrote:An interesting read.


From that article:
Is there a role for Lamarckian mechanisms in modern evolutionary theory?

At the level of specific mechanisms, yes. At a deeper level of causes, though, the answer is a resounding “no”
by markfiend
Wed May 24, 2017 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 3304

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

jonhaug wrote:Isn't it so that epigenetics has somewhat put Jean-Baptiste Lamarck back in the scientific ranks?

No, not really.
by markfiend
Thu May 04, 2017 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1832: "Photo Library Management"
Replies: 23
Views: 3418

Re: 1832: "Photo Library Management"

speising wrote:
markfiend wrote:Slightly OT but I always wondered why no-one ever invented a digital "camera" that was the shape/size of a roll of 35mm film, for use in an analog SLR.

you mean, like one of those?

Yes, exactly like one of those. Thank you. :lol:
by markfiend
Thu May 04, 2017 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1832: "Photo Library Management"
Replies: 23
Views: 3418

Re: 1832: "Photo Library Management"

Slightly OT but I always wondered why no-one ever invented a digital "camera" that was the shape/size of a roll of 35mm film, for use in an analog SLR.
by markfiend
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 441
Views: 39694

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Zamfir wrote:you can make gold-oxide based glass, somewhat coloured perhaps

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranberry_glass
by markfiend
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 6643

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

<meta>
Most political discussions on the forums probably come out as a 0-0

Actually, most political discussions on the Internet probably come out at 0-0
</meta>
by markfiend
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14636

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

gothick wrote:I'm guessing us metric people can't buy a 591.47ml bottle—is the nearest we've got the 500ml bottles? Or does that even vary among metric countries?

600ml bottles aren't uncommon; generally they're marketed alongside 500ml bottles with conspicuous "20% extra FREE!" signage.
by markfiend
Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 9660

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

HES wrote:
markfiend wrote:OTOH the Eye also kept plugging the MMR/Autism link long after it was discredited, so there's that.

Well that sours my opinion of Ian Hislop

It was more Phil Hammond's fault than Hislop's really. He had the good grace to admit he got it wrong... eventually.

see wikipedia
by markfiend
Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 9660

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

...but Libyans killed mostly Americans on Pan Am 103 (bound for New York)... I might be veering into tinfoil hat territory but IIRC Private Eye has some evidence that it was actually Iran behind the Lockerbie bombing. OTOH the Eye also kept plugging the MMR/Autism link long after it was discredited...
by markfiend
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 9095

Re: 1790: "Sad"

To be honest, if you had polled people on the right 8 years ago they would have been worried / upset about what might happen with the Obama Presidency. Now the lft is worried about a trump Presidency. We survived Obama, we will survive Trump. Yes but the right was worried about whether or not Obama...
by markfiend
Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 9095

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Randall: inbox me hun?
by markfiend
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 5125

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

Yes, that quote does seem to be "prescribed" as you pointed out, but it definitely sounds like the author meant "proscribed." So, yeah... point taken, objection withdrawn. Edit: My objection to the original(?) wording is that selling someone a "prescribed chemical" imp...
by markfiend
Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 5125

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

I have one phone number. The only folk I know with multiple numbers are "purveyors of rare herbs and proscribed chemicals".
by markfiend
Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 10331

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

I use screen+irssi :mrgreen: GOOMHR
by markfiend
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 8881

Re: 1779: "2017"

OK seriously? In an ideal world I would be an anarcho-syndicalist. However I recognise that in the real world, government is necessary. I prefer my government to be of a decidedly socialist flavour. Further... **On a side note, are you by any chance one of those liberals that constantly shouts in fa...
by markfiend
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 8881

Re: 1779: "2017"

Shooting fascists isn't silencing dissent, it's self-defence. Anyway. Trump supporters do want to take away my friend's life. She won't be able to afford any more chemo without The Affordable Care Act. I'm not actually "one of those liberals who" anything. My own political views are pretty...
by markfiend
Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 8881

Re: 1779: "2017"

I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt on this one and assume that this was a really inappropriate joke that made nobody laugh. No joke about it. The only good fascist is a dead fascist. Edit: Anyway, I though that according to various right-wing-arseholes, saying this sort of carp online i...
by markfiend
Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Programming Language Alignment Chart?
Replies: 32
Views: 28330

Re: Programming Language Alignment Chart?

php:
Any language that contains both array_search($needle, $haystack) for array search and strpos($haystack, $needle) for string search must be chaotic evil.
by markfiend
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1781: "Artifacts"
Replies: 35
Views: 4831

Re: 1781: "Artifacts"

cellocgw wrote:I take it you are thinking of this one?
AsimovShotgun.PNG

:lol: Let you google that for me

Yes indeed. Thanks.
by markfiend
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 8881

Re: 1779: "2017"

Flumble wrote:
Sableagle wrote:
Flumble wrote:*does English have a good pejorative for being negligent/rash/short-sighted/careless/childish/unthinking?
"Trump supporter."

Kind of, but I'm looking for the English word, not the American one. :wink:

Brexiteer
by markfiend
Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 8881

Re: 1779: "2017"

Stargazer71 wrote:Your attitude simply exemplifies the way that liberals argue. That's all.

[citation needed]
Your attitude exemplifies libertarians. You completely lack reading comprehension.

Again, I'm not arguing with you I'm laughing at you. That's all.
by markfiend
Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1781: "Artifacts"
Replies: 35
Views: 4831

Re: 1781: "Artifacts"

Title text "I didn't even realize you could HAVE a data set made up entirely of outliers." also known as the "shotgun plot" Dunno 'bout that -- unless you're using the gangster short-barrel version :twisted: a shotgun blast produces a pretty well-organized pattern on the target....
by markfiend
Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1781: "Artifacts"
Replies: 35
Views: 4831

1781: "Artifacts"

Image
Title text "I didn't even realize you could HAVE a data set made up entirely of outliers."

also known as the "shotgun plot"
by markfiend
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 8881

Re: 1779: "2017"

Modern liberalism in a nutshell. Free discourse is too much work. Work to silence dissent and move forward. Who's being silenced? I'm just laughing at their pathetic trolling. You too cupcake. :lol: ETA: And you TheGhost . "Sheeple" LMAO what a precious snowflake you are. Second edit: I c...
by markfiend
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 8881

Re: 1779: "2017"

I'm going to perform at Uncle Donald's inauguration in January. I can't decide between "Another Brick in the Wall" and "You're No Good". I vote for the KMFDM version of "You're No Good". Rebecca Ferguson has said yes, but only if she can sing Strange Fruit ( source )
by markfiend
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 8881

Re: 1779: "2017"

come on, 2016 was awesome, we had TAY, "meme terrorism", the beginning of the end of fake news, trump giving an epic dressing down to said fake news purveyors, some epic moments in trolling from people like sargon, feminism continuing to overtake parody... all around, it's been a pretty a...

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