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by Gobo
Mon May 23, 2011 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 36205

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

Ok, so it is a relatively obscure Star Trek reference that I feel many readers will not get. It's one of the most popular episodes of the later seasons. It's not obscure. How would they even tell each other, or their children, who "Darmok" was, or what and where Tanagra is, or what a frea...
by Gobo
Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 85260

Re: 0882: "Significant"

Minecraft has had a statistically significant impact on my dissertation at p<0.05.*


*(Actually this is fine. It's just that I don't work on it at home anymore. Work-life balance and leaving your job at the office is important, even if it's a virtual life stacking cubes.)
by Gobo
Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 25344

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

Chiming in in support of the American system requiring out-of-major coursework.

I am working on a PhD in a field I discovered because of an elective class I took to satisfy a core curriculum requirement. I never would have found this, somewhat obscure, field otherwise.
by Gobo
Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0854: "Learning to Cook"
Replies: 134
Views: 25809

Re: 0854: "Learning to Cook"

The place to iterate this is at the "Does it taste good?—Kinda" point. If this persists it means that you're not learning from your experience. You have to cook more frequently to retain the lessons learned and/or take better notes about your results. Seems like there are three main points...
by Gobo
Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 73927

Re: " One Two" Discussion

One wonders when some physicist is going to cross disciplines and finally solve all of the soft sciences' research questions. Imagine the accolades that person would receive.
by Gobo
Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16730

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

As someone who has actually run for public office (lost by 96 votes) I've got a different take on things. First, political parties in the United States are brand names. Like Coca-Cola or Chevy, people gain an emotional connection to one or the other from certain early experiences and they stick to t...
by Gobo
Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0615: "Avoidance"
Replies: 75
Views: 16366

Re: "Avoidance" Discussion

This was my answering machine message for a while: ( [This text] indicates my wife's voice.) Hello. You have reached [Gina and Adam] . No one is available to take your call. To proceed in English, press 1 now. pause You have chosen to proceed in English. If this is correct, press 1 now. pause You ha...
by Gobo
Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0604: "Qwertial Aphasia"
Replies: 118
Views: 27135

Re: "Qwertial Aphasia" Discussion

"QWERTY" having an adjectival form makes me happy. As a certified speech-language pathologist and researcher of communication disorders, I swear today that I will do everything in my power to get "Qwertial Aphasia" added as a diagnostic category. I've got until 2012 to get it in...
by Gobo
Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0566: "Matrix Revisited"
Replies: 201
Views: 33831

Re: "Matrix Revisited" Discussion

My thoughts on the sequels went like this: Reloaded : Well that was... interesting. It might have been good if it was setting things up for a big finish. I'll withhold my judgment until I've seen part three. Revolutions : Nope. They both sucked. I'm not bothered by the "batteries" thing at...
by Gobo
Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0537: "Ducklings"
Replies: 150
Views: 46844

Re: "Ducklings" Discussion

I'm a little slow, so could someone explain to me what the joke in this comic is? Ducklings follow in a row, so if we could make the first duckling follow the last duckling we'd get an endless loop of ducklings following each other. Obviously this would never work in practice; the absurdity of the ...
by Gobo
Sun Sep 28, 2008 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: U.S. Army Unit to control "Civil Unrest" on U.S. soil
Replies: 42
Views: 4911

Re: U.S. Army Unit to control "Civil Unrest" on U.S. soil

I don't believe it is a conspiracy. But I do believe it is blatantly against our laws. Having a federal Save-your-ass-from-a-hurricane unit is a damn fine idea. If we've come to the conclusion that the state-controlled Guard is inadequate (and I don't think we're there at all) and a Federal disaster...
by Gobo
Sun Sep 14, 2008 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Cut in their prime
Replies: 87
Views: 11289

Re: Cut in their prime

Anybody remember Earth2? It was on a while ago. Got much the same treatment by NBC that Firefly got from Fox. Episodes shown out of order, screwing up the narrative. Scheduled for 7pm on Sundays! No advertising. They renewed that piece of crap SeaquestDSV for three years after canceling the good sci...
by Gobo
Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best sentence ever
Replies: 58
Views: 12600

Re: Best sentence ever

The "Overheard in " websites have some of the greatest sentences.

"Wouldn't it be great if, instead of stinging you, bees rescued you from quicksand?"
Little girl, Brookfield, IL.
by Gobo
Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is a "climax"? (In literary terms.)
Replies: 11
Views: 4052

Re: What is a "climax"? (In literary terms.)

Have you read Aristotle's Poetics ? This stuff is all originally from that. All these terms and concepts are adapted from drama. If terms are unclear, there might be some variations in how different people have adapted it to literature. The beginning of a story (the "Inciting incident") sh...
by Gobo
Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 1000 blank white cards
Replies: 40
Views: 7418

Re: 1000 blank white cards

Oh man, I haven't thought about this in years. Going back through my cards, I found these: What's in Your Wallet? (aka the most broken card in the history of collectable card games) Gain control of any card that target player controls. (Illustration is of a hand removing a credit card from a wallet)...
by Gobo
Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are bands that make you smile?
Replies: 52
Views: 5076

Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Apples in Stereo

Dethklok
by Gobo
Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World of darkness
Replies: 323
Views: 45115

Re: World of darkness

Belial wrote:Ideas aren't really the problem, for me, it's mostly party cohesion and motivation.


In the old Changeling, quite often we'd say "screw the WoD" and go into the Dreaming for an adventure.

In other words, we played D&D with our Changeling characters.
by Gobo
Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.
Replies: 239
Views: 61410

Re: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.

The story is like a game of telephone. Somewhere along the chain someone was completely delusional, a fraud, or deceived. You can't tell from the finished narrative where that happened. Forget the film, are you even 100% certain Zampano existed?
by Gobo
Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Origins of Intelligence
Replies: 40
Views: 4979

Re: Origins of Intelligence

I read an interesting Animal Behavior text that hypothesized that intelligence arose from deception. In it's most basic form, organisms will mask their intentions through routine behaviors like pooping away from predators, or hiding resources, but in it's more complex forms, deception recognizes th...
by Gobo
Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Dark Tower series?
Replies: 24
Views: 3509

Re: The Dark Tower series?

To those talking about the ending: spoiler There is no way to know. I think that thematically it probably mirrors the endings in the other King novels. IT and The Stand suggest that you are probably right. It is interesting that the fate of the universe(s) hinges on the fact that this one g...
by Gobo
Sat Aug 02, 2008 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Favourite Nintendo Series
Replies: 63
Views: 7388

Re: Favourite Nintendo Series

Zelda II is the only (non-handheld) Zelda I haven't played to completion. I got halfway though as a kid before trading the cartridge away, and I'm at about the last palace on Virtual Console, but I find I just don't care. The plot isn't so compelling and the gameplay is just awful. Zelda II's big co...
by Gobo
Sat Aug 02, 2008 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Dark Tower series?
Replies: 24
Views: 3509

Re: The Dark Tower series?

I bought and read all of the books two years ago. (Although I read them out of order, so I should probably reread them sometime) Something I've been puzzling over by the end of the seventh book (serious serious spoilering) all but the last to beams of the tower have fallen. So what I'm wonderin...
by Gobo
Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.
Replies: 239
Views: 61410

Re: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.

1. Would that be my comment on how the book imitates the house in the movie? 2. Also, as far as Zampano's blindness goes, remember that the film doesn't actually exist. 1. Yes. 2. It doesn't matter. At face value, it's another degree of separation between the supposed events of the narrative and th...
by Gobo
Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.
Replies: 239
Views: 61410

Re: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.

I love unreliable narrator stories and House of Leaves is the king of them all. There's another layer of unreliable narrator people are forgetting about. Zampano was a blind man writing a critical essay about a film. His personal assistant was narrating the visuals to him, thus her interpretation of...
by Gobo
Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1713
Views: 375070

Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender

That was what I saw, but there has to be more to it than that since Aang was lying about the lightning wound being what blocked his chakra. He was actually blocked because he had refused to give up his attachment to Katara. According to the Guru and the Air monks that trained him, as long as he main...
by Gobo
Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1713
Views: 375070

Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender

Was anyone else confused by the lack of details on
Spoiler:
how Aang unblocked his seventh chakra?

I wish I had Tivo, because I missed that.
by Gobo
Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1713
Views: 375070

Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender

It's on! Yay!
by Gobo
Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Unpopular movie opinions
Replies: 187
Views: 20995

Re: Unpopular movie opinions

Forrest Gump isn't supposed to be a real person, he's an allegory. It's the Everyman story in 20th century America. You were taking all of that plot literally?
On that level, I wouldn't like it either.

Magnolia on the other hand, pretends it has levels, but it's really just pretentious bullshit.
by Gobo
Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1713
Views: 375070

Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender

Yes. One of the reasons they are airing them all in one week is that almost everybody (except for you and me, apparently) have seen them already.

The DVD is coming out very shortly after the air date.

Edit to add—
Correction: apparently four of the six remaining episodes have leaked.
by Gobo
Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1713
Views: 375070

Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender

For those of us who haven't torrented the rest of season 3: July 14: Ep. 52, "The Western Air Temple" July 15: Ep. 53, "The Firebending Masters" July 16: Eps. 54 and 55, "The Boiling Rock" (one hour) July 17: Ep. 56, "The Southern Raiders" July 18: Ep. 57, &qu...
by Gobo
Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Favourite Nintendo Series
Replies: 63
Views: 7388

Re: Favourite Nintendo Series

I love playing Metroid but they're just too damn hard for me to finish. I had to vote for Zelda instead.
by Gobo
Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: your favourite EPIC movies.
Replies: 62
Views: 6090

Re: your favourite EPIC movies.

These truly epic films bring the viewer into the world of immensity and grand scale that the movie deals with. The Matrix just talked about it, interspersed with extremely cool action scenes. Hadn't thought about it that way, but you're absolutely right. 300 is not because the whole battle lasts a ...
by Gobo
Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: your favourite EPIC movies.
Replies: 62
Views: 6090

Re: your favourite EPIC movies.

Should we divert the thread to talk about our definition of epic before arguing over rankings. There are movies mentioned that don't really fit in the category. n. 1. An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero. 2. A literary...
by Gobo
Fri Jun 20, 2008 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: what is The Happening about?
Replies: 53
Views: 7389

Re: what is The Happening about?

I was told that the "twist" ending is telegraphed so blatantly that most people will have figured it out within about 20 minutes.

Is anyone else concerned about the upcoming Avatar the Last Airbender adaptation? I'm questioning whether Shyamalan has the chops.
by Gobo
Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 30133

Re: "SUV" Discussion

You know how many miles you can WALK with a gallon of gas? Not many. A gallon of gas is heavy. I'd leave the gas behind if I were walking. Before I went back to grad school, I had a 50 mile daily commute to and from work. We could have moved closer to my work except that there was no freakin' town ...
by Gobo
Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Unpopular movie opinions
Replies: 187
Views: 20995

Re: Unpopular movie opinions

Has anyone ever met a girl who likes sin city? I'm yet to find one. I know two. Probably more, I haven't asked most of the girls I know, just the ones who saw it with me. My wife liked it but felt lost. She wishes she'd read the books first. Anyone else here want the two hours of their life back th...
by Gobo
Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: They Might Be Giants
Replies: 133
Views: 23315

Re: They Might Be Giants

Thank you Nougat. I'm listening to "They'll Need a Crane" But I JUST was listening to "The Cap'm" from "The Else" Oh me yarm! I love this song, it's SO rocking! So here's a question - what is they might be giants MOST romantic song? We danced to Another First Kiss at o...
by Gobo
Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Modern movies to blow 50's directors' minds
Replies: 186
Views: 51697

Re: Modern movies to blow 50's directors' minds

Torvaun wrote:
Gobo wrote:I had a long ass-boring

I don't want to know.


Leave my hymens hyphens alone.
by Gobo
Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Modern movies to blow 50's directors' minds
Replies: 186
Views: 51697

Re: Modern movies to blow 50's directors' minds

Similarly, no action/drama movie could impress Buster Keaton, who would likely say of Titanic : "In my day we floated a real jail down a real river, and really acted while standing on it, because that's how you really do it. Faking things just looks fake, no matter how extravagant it is. Actin...
by Gobo
Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Modern movies to blow 50's directors' minds
Replies: 186
Views: 51697

Re: Modern movies to blow 50's directors' minds

I'm thinking about films that could truly not be made in the old times. I don't think most directors would be that impressed by just effects, since they'd expect that things would become more sophisticated as time went on. I would show Unforgiven to John Ford and John Wayne. The Western is the earli...

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