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by Jonathan589
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 109
Views: 34383

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

Derek, you're right to find the hole in my 10% argument that was intended to be humourous and fell flat on the long ton! I stand by my pronunciation one though. English 'rules' have always been very bendable according to where an imported word came from, which accent was used to pronounce it and had...
by Jonathan589
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 109
Views: 34383

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

I’ve grown up with both Imperial and metric units so mentally use whatever fits what I’m doing. I’m not bothered which way it goes but I think the new Lost In Space sounds silly when they talk about ‘pounds’ of fuel that I need to divide by 2000 or maybe 2240 to get tons. The American ‘cup’ idea and...
by Jonathan589
Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1729: "Migrating Geese"
Replies: 33
Views: 7409

Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

If that twin-engined goose had had eight, it would have been a Spruce Goose!
by Jonathan589
Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1552: "Rulebook"
Replies: 43
Views: 9675

Re: 1552: "Rulebook"

Dr What wrote: Some show dogs were poisoned in March this year, but not eaten. Maybe there's something about eating a dog in the rulebook; or maybe they didn't use chocolate. I remember the killing of a Crufts prize-winning red setter in March, which was done with poisoned meat given after the show...
by Jonathan589
Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 38507

Re: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"

to Pfhorrest: Apologies for misattribution--now fixed--and I understood your point and was trying to seek a method where the harvester could jump the gun. Assuming Randall's graph was a result of careful observation, there must be a rationale, but I am a bear of little brain, merely fluff.
by Jonathan589
Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 38507

Re: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"

But then we're back to the problem of how someone could have run for 27 seconds but only survived for 24 seconds, which one of the data points on the plot says, and which we were trying to make sense of in this thread. Can Harvesters anticipate and start heading in the right direction before the pe...
by Jonathan589
Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 38507

Re: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"

I know little of ice hockey except what I read in Wikipedia a moment ago, but it must certainly have been a relief to hockey players that The Great One's capture cut the death rate in that sport down from scores per game to just one every now and then.
by Jonathan589
Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"
Replies: 61
Views: 16410

Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

I'm still missing the joke about birds turning into rain; I thought the joke was all the birds in the world wondering where to go now that it was raining, and all of them posting the question online as well as (of course) tweeting it. That would make a big trend.
by Jonathan589
Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: The "What-If?" Book
Replies: 129
Views: 103193

Re: The "What-If?" Book

Man, books still use dust jackets in this day and age? Shouldn't we have dust-repellent paper now? I could certainly do with dust-repellent paper because the dust settles on the top rather than the front, back and sides of a vertically-lodged book on a shelf. A teacher of mine used to keep his book...
by Jonathan589
Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: The "What-If?" Book
Replies: 129
Views: 103193

Re: The "What-If?" Book

I've never noticed an explanation for the What-if logo, so I've always assumed it represented a question of "What might happen if you attempted to feed a T Rex to a sarlacc?" Forget the practicality of doing it, what if you did? It was great to see Randall's answer on the book jacket. The...
by Jonathan589
Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: The "What-If?" Book
Replies: 129
Views: 103193

Re: The "What-If?" Book

I've never noticed an explanation for the What-if logo, so I've always assumed it represented a question of "What might happen if you attempted to feed a T Rex to a sarlacc?" Forget the practicality of doing it, what if you did? It was great to see Randall's answer on the book jacket.
by Jonathan589
Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Mod Madness 2014 SFI Question Compliation Thread
Replies: 18
Views: 10204

Re: Caribbean English

Whew. It does give me great relief, bothers me not at all now I know the reason, and my dose is not in the slightest out of joint. Thank you all for the reassurance that I haven't let something wicked in without realising.

Jonathan
by Jonathan589
Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Mod Madness 2014 SFI Question Compliation Thread
Replies: 18
Views: 10204

Caribbean English

I am an egg and do not understand why the entire forum--since Sunday--has suddenly been translated into a sort of Jamaican English. Accessing it from different computers gets me the same result, accessing anywhere else does not. I see no other puzzled comments about it. I didn't do nuthin'. It wasn'...
by Jonathan589
Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"
Replies: 77
Views: 20830

Re: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"

I'm happy with the extended prefixes idea. I once included a "Gigatree" in a comment about billions of trees in a forest, and it seemed to work fine. The human population of the world exceeds seven Gigapersons. Oh, but we already use a tonne as shorthand for a Megagram, and have developed ...
by Jonathan589
Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 35549

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

hadrian wrote:Am I the only one who finds its quite interesting that “someone buys a vibrator” and “earthquake magnitude 1” happen at almost the same frequency?

Cause and effect: vibrator sales lead to the earth moving for someone.
by Jonathan589
Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 145
Views: 38430

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

I was saying to the wife only the other day that our modern family gathering, silent around the TV, each individual with his head buried in his favourite netbook or eepad, is a somewhat natural outcome of the banishment of colloquy from the school. My wife used words to me that we wouldn't have said...
by Jonathan589
Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 25810

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

"The whole process of claiming a colony (on land already occupied by other people) is awfully arbitrary in the first place." Absolutely right: go west young man, there's nobody there cept a few pesky savages. But they can keep it as long as the grass grows and the water runs. And did anyon...
by Jonathan589
Fri May 13, 2011 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0898: "Chain of Command"
Replies: 73
Views: 18099

Re: 0898: "Chain of Command"

Some of the comments in this thread make me wonder why the writers zoom in so fast every time, and they tempt me to invoke Godwin, but whatever about the detailed accuracy of Randall's awareness of the US's system of button-pushing to protect us all, I think the comic's simplicity is elegant, the mo...
by Jonathan589
Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0878: "Model Rail"
Replies: 98
Views: 29769

Re: 0878: "Model Rail"

Departing--on Track 49--from the whole HO/H0 thing, we've been presented with a mise-en-abyme, that idea of standing between two mirrors and watching yourself go off to infinity. Hamlet's play within a play and fractal self-similarity and the Inception film's dreams within dreams have it too. (I use...
by Jonathan589
Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"
Replies: 108
Views: 23378

Re: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"

Should you ask me whence these trochees Why they started in the childhood Of the modern generation It was not just Teenage Mutant Power Ranger Ninja Turtles No it started long before then In an earlier carnation I was brought up on Longfellow On his tales of Hiawatha Hero tales of Hiawatha It was me...

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