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by Dojji
Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 44194

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

I don't know about anyone else, but I want to personally thank Mr. Randall for his restraint and tact on the subject of Florida.
by Dojji
Sat May 26, 2012 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23385

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

The sherman antitrust act is in place so it's not like free market would result in an anarchistic road warrior society run by men on the top floors of skysrapers. If I remember correctly government control of supply and demand can do worse than the free market. I like how you challenge assertions I...
by Dojji
Thu May 03, 2012 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 85540

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

The real problem isn't that children forget the math that is taught to them, the problem is that math (and every other subject) is taught as something separate from life, and in such a boring way. Math is most readily and enjoyably learned by living life and seeing that math is a part of everything...
by Dojji
Thu May 03, 2012 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 85540

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

It's part of general American anti-intellectualism to be proud of inability to think. Wow, you really CAN shoehorn an irrelevant anti-American rant into everything. Feature that. As a substitute teacher in math class (during a break in my career as a software engineer), a seventh grader asked when ...
by Dojji
Wed May 02, 2012 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 85540

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

I accompanied my fiance to a meet up with some high school friends she hadn't seen in 17 years, and this exact sentiment arose in the course of their reminiscing. She turned to me and said, "can you think of any time you have had to use algebra since high school?", but wasn't amused when ...
by Dojji
Wed May 02, 2012 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 85540

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

music is not one of my strong suits. Probably just means you never took the trouble to really understand it. I've found that music and logic go hand in hand a lot better than most mathohpiles are prepared to understand. There's some modern "musical" artists that give it a bad name, but as...
by Dojji
Wed May 02, 2012 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 85540

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

I spent years and years being told how learning Latin would improve my English vocabulary. However, I used my english vocabulary to figure out the latin vocabulary. I'm not going to argue that learning the language was a bad idea, it probably improved my critical thinking skills and definitely gave...
by Dojji
Wed May 02, 2012 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 85540

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

This is one of those comics that makes me wonder if I'm living in an alternate universe. I have heard the same arguments against music, speaking a foreign language, etc.. i kind of think math got it relatively light compared to some other subjects. As for cooking, I have to assume the comic means s...
by Dojji
Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1045: "Constraints"
Replies: 86
Views: 42755

Re: 1045: Constraints

On a related note, the software company I used to work for toyed with the idea of switching from 80 characters per line to the twitter-standard 140. I understand the origin of the 80-character line, but is it still relevant in this day and age? Does restricting programmers to 80 characters similarl...
by Dojji
Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1045: "Constraints"
Replies: 86
Views: 42755

Re: 1045: Constraints

A bit contrived. Doesn't everybody find guidelines help ideas? Just keeping lengths minimized never opens possibilities. Quite reversely, since the users verily will Xerox your zeitgeist. Sometimes you don't want to open possibilities. There's a reason that society has rules. People like rules. The...
by Dojji
Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 58811

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

I'm not sure what to say about Dojii's claim that the US Navy is providing us with extra-cheap imports because our control of the oceans lets us intimidate foreigners into dropping prices. How does that fit into your idea that China hurts our economy by selling stuff so cheap? (Through manipulating...
by Dojji
Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 58811

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

Are the US interests abroad that our military protects worth 6% of GDP? Quite possibly. Don't underestimate what control of the oceans means for us. A lot of that military spending goes to the Navy to maintain the ships, crew strength and technology to exert a high level of control over the open oc...
by Dojji
Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 58811

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

That's my other problem with the phrase. It masks the issue by broadening what the anti-abortionist is against, making them sound like they want NO rights for ANYONE. By the same token, as is often pointed out, calling yourself 'pro-life' seems counter to being in favor of the death penalty or want...
by Dojji
Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 58811

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

You know, that's weird. I always felt that the LIBERAL position was the slightly more bigoted one. Theirs is the hand from which the race card is almost always played. More to the point, it always does seem to be the left that insists on dividing us up into races in the first place, and that's the t...
by Dojji
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 58811

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

There are more rubs than that. For instance, I said "kill", not "murder". There are various ways a human (or person) can be killed without it falling under the legal definition of murder. Many anti-abortionists will indeed call abortion murder. Personally, I think that stark del...
by Dojji
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 58811

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

I know my irony was clumsy, but is yours even more underplayed? So you're not anti-science, anti-anything-to-do-with-race-religion-gender, not a rabid pro-lifer... in short, pretty liberal in your views Holy flaming fishnuggets. Is that really what it's come down to? Has it really reached the point...

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