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by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"
Replies: 204
Views: 94475

Re: "Locke and Demosthenes" Discussion

I could, in theory, seek out a pirated ebook version and read that in order to judge the book without regard to the man who wrote it, but any legal way of me reading the book moves money out of my pocket towards him. I guess that I really am living in the future when people have forgotten about the...
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0479: "Tones"
Replies: 239
Views: 39267

Re: "Tones" Discussion

I'm sorry to say that I've got to respectfully disagree with the idea that making cellphone rings sound like normal phone rings would be a good idea. I'm old enough to remember the days before ring tones. Whenever one person's cellphone got called, everyone with a cellphone would immediately reach f...
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0477: "Typewriter"
Replies: 86
Views: 15073

Re: "Typewriter" Discussion

I've seen typewriters as recently as 1995 in the office. The last one I saw was being kept in use because that particular office still had a lot of forms that used carbon paper, so the typewriter was the only option. That was right around the point where ink-jet printers finally got cheap enough tha...
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0397: "Unscientific"
Replies: 160
Views: 40451

Re: "Unscientific" Discussion

On the question of whether math is a science, I'd be remiss if I didn't link to an essay that a good friends of mine wrote in defense of the claim that it is:

http://andrewlias.blogspot.com/2004/08/is-mathematics-science.html
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0397: "Unscientific"
Replies: 160
Views: 40451

Re: "Unscientific" Discussion

It seems that criticisms of Mythbusters tend to fall into three general categories: 1) Misunderstanding what the show purports to be. Adam and Jamie are on record stating, repeatedly, that Mythbusters isn't doing science. 99% of the complaints about rigor and experimental methodology can be dismisse...
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0339: "Classic"
Replies: 271
Views: 41416

Re: "Classic" Discussion

Well, the irony here is that it is the Boomers who are in control of the modern recording industry and who are, thus, the ones who are diligently preventing the success of any artists who have a surplus of talent.

It's a conspiracy I tells ya!

Edit: Grammatical edits.
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0333: "Getting Out of Hand"
Replies: 107
Views: 21957

Re: Getting Out of Hand

I tried a new technique with my girlfriend, to good effect. Afterwards she happily asked me where I had learned how to do it. I said, "The internet."

The look she gave me could have carved a chicken.
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0307: "Excessive Quotation"
Replies: 80
Views: 25786

Re: "Excessive Quotation" Discussion

Once, when me and my friends were going through a toll booth, I leaned out the window, waved my hands and said, "These are not the droids you are looking for."

It may well have been my finest moment.
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0304: "Nighttime Stories"
Replies: 211
Views: 52284

I'd put any of Anne McCaffrey's books about dragons firlmy in the "Fantasy" camp because, hey!! Book about dragons!! Does it use sci-fi tropes to create interest in the actual dragons? Maybe. Is the book about how the characters use sci-fi "things" to go on an adventure to learn...
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Fri Aug 17, 2007 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0304: "Nighttime Stories"
Replies: 211
Views: 52284

Needless to say, though, all of them are way above par as far as writing goes. this doesn't mean what you think it means. "Above par" is bad. That depends on the game. Golf isn't the only sport to use the concept of par, although it is one of the few games where a low score is better than...
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0304: "Nighttime Stories"
Replies: 211
Views: 52284

Renegades of Pern and All the Wyers of Pern were also very Sci-Fi. I have a hard time calling the rest of the series Fantasy tho, given the lack of magic and mysticism. If it weren't for the dragons, the books could almost pass for generic fiction. Except for, you know, the telepathy and teleportat...
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0304: "Nighttime Stories"
Replies: 211
Views: 52284

To put it more plainly: the proof of the putting is in the eating. Given Cards stated beliefs, I think that its fairly clear that the man is a conservative at heart. btw, i heart you for getting the quote right, but its pudding, not putting. Argh! I know that. Sadly, my fingers have a way of wander...
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0304: "Nighttime Stories"
Replies: 211
Views: 52284

Oh, BTW, despite his feelings on homosexuality, Card is a democrat. He recently wrote about this in a column, and how it made his life difficult when he lived in Utah. He voted for Bush both times because he felt Bush was the lesser of two evils. No doubt, the reason so many others did as well. My ...
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0304: "Nighttime Stories"
Replies: 211
Views: 52284

Re: so question

So question for you all: Card writes a weekly column on world affairs. He is against homosexuality (wants laws against it) and pre-marital sex - he is also a supporter of Bush. In addition he is a member the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have never read Card books and after reading...
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 43925

Raptors! Always around every corner, just waiting for you to drop your guard. Learning that real Velociraptors were small and covered in feathers saddened me. I don't feel like that's a knowledge, that's one of those "considering we think they're related to brids, it might make sense if they w...
by Some 'Splainin' to Do
Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 43925

*sigh* I think I'm going to have to get my hacker girlfriend to teach me coding from ground zero. Otherwise, I'll never catch up with you guys. I mean, this comic made ZERO sense to me because I don't know anything about codes....:( I have a lot of work ahead of me. Well, basically, a GOTO statemen...

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