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by Ciega
Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0556: "Alternative Energy Revolution"
Replies: 232
Views: 73472

Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

This comic gets a round of applause, for starting off thoughtful (renewable energy), getting rapidly scary (Tripods) and then suddenly silly (don Quixote). Usually we just get either normal-to-scary or normal-to-funny. And I also am familiar with that sketch; there were two posters of it in my spani...
by Ciega
Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0207: "What xkcd Means"
Replies: 482
Views: 73187

Re: "What xkcd Means" Discussion

This is rather amazing how many of us do all these things.... There are no interesting floors where I am now, but I used to have great fun with the sort-of-random placement of colored tiles among gray ones at my elementary school. More uniquely, I pay attention to where the corners and edges of thin...
by Ciega
Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0552: "Correlation"
Replies: 154
Views: 51428

Re: "Correlation" Discussion

i actually very recently got into an argument about this in a chat. turns out, the actual statistical definition of "implies" is different from the day to day usage, and it does actually mean "proves", which is what my argument was, that it does imply causation, but doesnt prove...
by Ciega
Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0539: "Boyfriend"
Replies: 145
Views: 40915

Re: "Boyfriend" Discussion

I don't get the use of the box and whisker graph. Especially with the point off to the right. Wouldn't a bar or pie graph be more useful? ...no, not to show that she's an outlier... A bar or pie graph could show that he spends a lot more time with her than with other people, but it wouldn't show th...
by Ciega
Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you like that no one else has heard of
Replies: 88
Views: 20629

Re: Books you like that no one else has heard of

Speaking of books that publishers felt squeamish about, there's A Bomb Built In Hell by Andrew Vachss. It can be read online here http://www.vachss.com/av_novels/bomb.html All his books, really, although I've met one person who had heard of him. I only discovered them because the title and font of S...
by Ciega
Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Real that's what she said moment in school
Replies: 132
Views: 14910

Re: Real that's what she said moment in school

A friend of mine is on the Quiz Bowl team at her school and got a nice TWSS once, when they were practicing using the actual buzzers. She correctly answered a question about Latin first... other team's leader: Why didn't you push the button? I thought you were supposed to know Latin! guy who's takin...
by Ciega
Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:51 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 870
Views: 219646

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

A few days ago in choir the director asked us what period the piece we were about to sing was from, and got into a disagreement with one of the baritones (who is a music major) about whether it was middle or late Baroque. It all sounds very scholarly up to that point, but the way he (the student) ex...
by Ciega
Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:03 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Pretend you're a drama geek for a moment
Replies: 22
Views: 2246

Re: Pretend you're a drama geek for a moment

Our drama club used lines from that year's particular performances. For instance, the year they did Seussical the Musical, the shirts said "A person's a person, no matter how small!" on the back. And usually the front had part of the graphic they used for the posters.
by Ciega
Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)
Replies: 277
Views: 36339

Re: What (physical) bookmarks do you use and recommend?

I prefer my bookmarks thick-ish, since I put them entirely inside the book. If they're heavier than the book's paper, it's still easy to find them by riffling (is that the right word?) the pages, and ones that stick out at the top just get bent. This sometimes leads to problems with paperbacks, when...
by Ciega
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 47318

Re: Books that made you cry

At the end of the The Way The Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald, when the author vividly described the rape and murder, I balled for at least twenty minutes. God yes. Did you see that coming? Someone in my literature class claimed she saw that coming-- I mean, that it was those two girls and not th...
by Ciega
Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How many?
Replies: 28
Views: 4296

Re: How many?

I put three, but sometimes it's more or less, depending on what else I have to do that week. And sometimes I get distracted from books completely for a short time by internet stuff-- most recently this comic and TV Tropes.
by Ciega
Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1747571

Re: Today You Learned

Today I learned that not all the addresses you can type into your browser start with http://. It's not something I'd ever thought about before.
by Ciega
Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 69416

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

I had an English teacher in high school who really annoyed me. I guesss overall she wasn't a bad teacher, but she would say blatantly incorrect things and it seemed like she didn't really care. Sometimes she told us incorrect definitions to our vocabulary words. Since she's the one who chose them, I...
by Ciega
Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "Ouch" moments in school
Replies: 514
Views: 54723

Re: "Ouch" moments in school

I had what I thought was going to be and ouch moment in Chemistry 1 last year. The teacher was very fond of giving extremely hard/long tests. But he did warn us about them in advance. This particular one was going to be graded the way they do standardized mulitple-choice tests, giving -1/4 point for...
by Ciega
Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:50 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 399965

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

My high schol chemistry teacher, Mr. Stratton, said a lot of cool things, but the one I remember best is the speech he gave before the big unit on balancing equations in Chem 1. He warned us that it was a big subject with a lot to remenber and the test at the end of the unit was going to be difficul...
by Ciega
Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2378268

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi all. I'm 17 years old and I live in Wisconsin. In the fall, I'll still be 17 but I'll be in Iowa going to college. Neither I nor any of my RPG characters can decide on a specialty. As for why I'm here, someone linked me to the comic last week, I liked it, and I was impressed by the number and var...

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