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by Matsi
Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trash Collection is Socialism?!!
Replies: 104
Views: 6275

Re: Trash Collection is Socialism?!!

Why is trash collection a natural monopoly? There's no real infrasture required, just the trucks, really. I would think it's pretty similar to package delivery in that regard, and we manage to have multiple companies willing to deliver packages. In Amsterdam where I live most parts of the city have...
by Matsi
Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0812: "Glass"
Replies: 119
Views: 28018

Re: 0812: Glass

Physics is angry with the two folks because "we" are trying to find the Higgs Boson... I mean, is that the joke? That doesn't really have any humour or many any sense, not even in Randall's own terms. Sure it does, it's just absurd humour. The kind I like the best. Like that old joke I ha...
by Matsi
Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 86505

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

My thoughts on this are that astrology philosophy as currently practiced--the stars and planets directly control our lives--is absolute crap. Horoscopes predicting our lives is also crap. However, I've run into too many devious Scorpios, air headed Aquariuses, skeptical Virgos, and Geminis who just...
by Matsi
Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Christian claims we are morally obligated to believe in God.
Replies: 72
Views: 8721

Re: Christian claims we are morally obligated to believe in

But a disbelief in God is not because you forgot that God existed, or that you were never aware that he existed; it's a deliberate choice that we make to accept the evidence of God's existence or deny it. It's a choice whether or not to have faith, essentially. As such, unlike most false beliefs, i...
by Matsi
Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 47663

Re: "RPS" Discussion

Zylon wrote:That's spaghetti sauce. "Tomato sauce" is just that... pureed tomatoes with preservatives and minimal spices added.


If you choose to live your life believing that, i will not stop you. But if you were somehow coerced, scratch your chin now and I will send help.

edit: tasty help!
by Matsi
Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 47663

Re: "RPS" Discussion

My experience with tomato sauce is that it's very basic pureed tomatoes. pureed? sure, you could take the easy way out by just using your blender, but real tomato sauce is made by first blanching and skinning the tomatoes, chopping them up finely, sautéing some onions and garlic in olive oil, addin...
by Matsi
Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Patrick Swayze Dies @ 57
Replies: 9
Views: 821

Re: Patrick Swayze Dies @ 57

Does this mean i have to stop celebrating Patrick Swayze Christmas?
by Matsi
Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Breaking Bard
Replies: 209
Views: 71568

Re: Breaking Bad

I just wanted to say that that last episode, especially the ending, was one of the most impressive things I've ever seen. Kudos to the writers.

I completely agree with ameretrifle's analysis btw.
by Matsi
Tue May 26, 2009 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How did you learn to program?
Replies: 60
Views: 5469

Re: How did you learn to program?

I was about 8 or 9 when i got this 5"25 floppy disk filled with games written in basic, some of which had bugs that ended the program and took you into the GWBASIC environment. It took some time to understand what it was, but after i found a book in the library I was hooked. Later I discovered ...
by Matsi
Tue May 26, 2009 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Website software...
Replies: 18
Views: 1075

Re: Website software...

I think your supposition of Rails would be the best bet, especially if you want to have fun (as you indicate). I've been playing with Rails 2.3.2 for about 2 weeks now on a new project, I need to produce something that works by the end of the week but I'm pretty sure I'll have all the functionality ...
by Matsi
Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Unusual ways of thinking/Oddities of the mind
Replies: 15
Views: 1260

Re: Unusual ways of thinking/Oddities of the mind

Screature wrote:[snip] but is it possible for energy with no mass to be conscious?


Energy with no mass? You mean photons? Well, given the way a single photon behaves during the double-slit experiment, you'd think it was consciously trying to deceive us!

edit: Wave or particle! Pick a side!
by Matsi
Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Sunflower Seed Shells
Replies: 7
Views: 1028

Re: Sunflower Seed Shells

Many people never complained after eating sunflower seeds with shells for years, THEN suddenly were taken to hospital having intense pains to get their appendix removed. But the same goes for people who have never eaten sunflower seed shells. Unless there is evidence that in most of the cases from ...
by Matsi
Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Help NASA name Node3 ... Serenity!
Replies: 81
Views: 7701

Re: Help NASA name Node3 ... Serenity!

<snipped my post> 1) It's just the advertising contract that Hulu (and other sites) have. Don't blame them, blame... um... basic tenets of economics. 2) Were you mad at NASA when they had the significantly less cool name of "Node3"? Are you mad at every space name you find less appealing ...
by Matsi
Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Help NASA name Node3 ... Serenity!
Replies: 81
Views: 7701

Re: Help NASA name Node3 ... Serenity!

Colbert said on the Today Show that NASA told him they'd name it Colbert if he won. Their incentive is good PR. Mass appeal. A sense of humor. Reaching out to we young people. (I had no idea anyone thought Serenity was cool.) UnAmericans need to use an IP address shield to view: http://www.hulu.com...
by Matsi
Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: kid paints 60 ft penis on parents roof
Replies: 18
Views: 2414

Re: kid paints 60 ft penis on parents roof

Meaux_Pas wrote:My boyfriend paints athletic fields for a living. Once upon a time, he arrived at work to find a field covered in dicks.


You mean there was a football game being played?
by Matsi
Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $1,000,000,000,000 (ONE TRILLION)
Replies: 23
Views: 2813

Re: $1,000,000,000,000 (ONE TRILLION)

Zamfir wrote:Verbs are not and they wasteful. :b

You accidentally a verb...

I have nothing to say on topic besides that I'd call that number a billion.. (using the long scale here in the Netherlands)
by Matsi
Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4512
Views: 818316

Re: Today I Made:

I made stock today which I will be using in a soup tomorrow, and I made burgers from ground beef, a bit of onion and garlic, soy sauce, an egg, bread crumbs, a chili pepper, some ginger and tiny pieces of bacon. edit: It's stock from pig btw.. pig's feet to be exact. Mostly bone and skin, it's start...
by Matsi
Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Merry Hell (AKA When Food Attacks!!!)
Replies: 23
Views: 2769

Re: Merry Hell (AKA When Food Attacks!!!)

I instantly thought of an anecdote when i saw the title: When my sister was very little (so was I though, only 2 years older), she once mistook a jar of sambal (Indonesian chili paste) for strawberry jam.. after a spoonful went into her mouth, there was the loudest, longest continuous cry i have hea...
by Matsi
Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 685
Views: 252246

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook

@Zohar's last recipe: I think this could be improved by adding meat, unless you want to keep it vegetarian. But the protein will add savor while the fat will vastly improve the texture of that soup. Half a pound of pork should do the trick.
by Matsi
Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian MPs want to cheat in votations, refuse new system
Replies: 17
Views: 1273

Re: Italian MPs want to cheat in votations, refuse new system

The Italian government is notoriously corrupt, they have pretty much had a change in government every year for the past 60 years. It is a bit of a nightmare, this article is nothing new. Well, at least the Italian government is often held responsible for their fuck-ups. It seems to me they are just...
by Matsi
Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Help NASA name Node3 ... Serenity!
Replies: 81
Views: 7701

Re: Help NASA name Node3 ... Serenity!

Wow, that was stupid of me. I thought I had read the preceding posts...? Obviously my vision was selective. I'm not sure this post helps you in any way. On one hand, you are honest and reasonable, but you also admit you are stupid. On the other hand, you are abusing punctuation by ending a sentence...
by Matsi
Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Father at 13
Replies: 45
Views: 4111

Re: Father at 13

Interesting point is that in the past, teenage births would be entirely normal, and it makes me feel very prudish - as a race - that we now consider them to be horrible evil hell-spawns. Actually, I think that attitude saddens me more than the fact that children are having children. Why does it sad...
by Matsi
Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Eggsperiment
Replies: 34
Views: 4464

Re: Eggsperiment

I think the only effect that adding salt to the water has is to raise the boiling point, which means your eggs will be done faster than when using unsalted water. Whenever I cook eggs, I place them gently in a pan with cold, unsalted water, making sure all the eggs are completely under water. Then b...
by Matsi
Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0533: "Laptop Hell"
Replies: 95
Views: 23549

Re: "Laptop Hell" Discussion

rtconner wrote:so apparently there are stalactites and stalagmites in hell then.

Well, obviously they're made out of human blood and the tears of the sinners, but there are stalactites and stalagmites in hell.
by Matsi
Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mental experiments, How do/can people solve problems?
Replies: 25
Views: 1862

Re: Mental experiments, How do/can people solve problems?

(...)If sheet music was presented as numerical intervals for example, you could start wherever you wanted on the piano since the intervals represent the same thing no matter where you start. This just doesn't work. There is a difference between something played in one octave or another, higher octa...
by Matsi
Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Songs With Gunshots
Replies: 42
Views: 38135

Re: Songs With Gunshots

There's a huge number of reggae songs that use gunshots. This is mainly due to the fact that people on Jamaica used to show their appreciation for a song by shooting their guns in the air. This practice was banned though, which led to the exclamation "boh!" to emulate a gunshot. Anyway, on...
by Matsi
Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Blue wine??
Replies: 9
Views: 1912

Re: Blue wine??

Ah yeah, forgot that part. Maybe rflrob lives in a house with very old copper piping?
by Matsi
Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28528
Views: 3100611

Re: Rant Thread

I am struggling with the "Some of them are wrong" part... It conjures up a lot of disturbing images.
by Matsi
Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 685
Views: 252246

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook

I made some Snert today (Traditional Dutch split-pea soup) and thought I'd share the recipe: *snipsnipsnip* Note that the symbol for grams is 'g'. Not 'gr'. Thanks, fixed. Not sure what i was thinking 0.o Seriously, try the cabbage soup. I think I will this weekend. Cabbage always sounds like such ...
by Matsi
Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Blue wine??
Replies: 9
Views: 1912

Re: Blue wine??

The only thing i can think of is that there are trace amounts of sulfide in wine, and some chemical reaction turned some into sulfates while you were washing up, causing the blue colour.
by Matsi
Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready to Live Forever? Regeneration
Replies: 39
Views: 4054

Re: Are you Ready to Live Forever? Regeneration

It's offtopic, so I'll PM a video or two to you. But in shorthand: No, it doesn't. Torturing animals has nearly zero effect on profit. It certainly doesn't produce a profit, but I've never seen any compelling evidence that shows thoroughly tortured and sodomized meat is less profitable than non-tor...
by Matsi
Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: How to Cheat at Cooking
Replies: 34
Views: 4337

Re: How to Cheat at Cooking

Well, you can't do much wrong with most fish, if you buy it fresh and don't overcook it. I don't have any specific recipes i can think of right now though, but there's probably a lot good recipes if you google the fish of your choice. A simple basic recipe with fish is to season it lightly with salt...
by Matsi
Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 685
Views: 252246

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook

I made some Snert today (Traditional Dutch split-pea soup) and thought I'd share the recipe: 500 gr Split Peas 1 Pig's Trotter (Or just some meat on a bone, about 300 g should suffice in that case) 4-5 leafs of Laurel 2 Large Onions, chopped 2 Large Potatoes, diced 1 Large Carrot, chopped 200 g Dice...
by Matsi
Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Best meal you ever had
Replies: 40
Views: 5049

Re: Best meal you ever had

It could well have been the hostility towards our Mums. We love our Mums. Sorry, no offense meant to your mum ;) I would hazard a guess that 75-80% of us do not engage in fine dining with any kind of regularity, as there is a huge population of starving students on the xkcd fora, who, although we R...
by Matsi
Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Meat Rarity Poll
Replies: 181
Views: 17300

Re: The Meat Rarity Poll

As cooked as it can get without burning. At what temperature? i can cook your meat at 70C for a very(very very very) long time without it burning.. That doesn't mean it will taste good after wards. I prefer medium rare myself, preferably with some kind of rub that will caramelize to make the outsid...
by Matsi
Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Implicit Association Test
Replies: 43
Views: 4182

Re: Implicit Association Test

Well, I am "as white as can be" as well but also showed moderate preference for black people over white people. Now it is true that both my roommates are coloured (one of em really can't be described as black) people (from Suriname, ex-dutch colony), but the majority of the people I know a...
by Matsi
Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Poultrygeist, Chicken of the Dead
Replies: 0
Views: 624

Poultrygeist, Chicken of the Dead

I was debating with myself whether to post this here, and finally decided to do it. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462485/ Warning! This film contains nudity, gore, strong language and an overdose of satire. And i simply love it! It's a Troma Team release ( http://www.troma.com/ ), but it is one of th...
by Matsi
Sat Nov 29, 2008 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Replies: 33
Views: 4870

Re: Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia

It has some great episodes, some that just fail. But it's definitely worth following imo.

I just love shows that make you cringe with displaced shame intentionally. Taking jokes and stereotypes too far ftw!
by Matsi
Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Last Night's Heroes
Replies: 12
Views: 1561

Re: Last Night's Heroes

If you have followed Heroes, you would know that it is not a scifi show but just drama. The pretentious pseudo-scientific and overly religious voice-overs at the start and end of every show are a major clue to that.

I still watch it every week though. Please help me...
by Matsi
Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Wine!
Replies: 104
Views: 38063

Re: Wine!

It's a little too cheap and nasty to be really good, but it's going very well with my curry. I am just replying here so i can quote this and tell you that i actually laughed out loud for a while. "Goes well with curry" :lol: I am no oenophile but i cannot imagine any red wine that would n...

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