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by Pez Dispens3r
Wed May 10, 2017 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 13435

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

I know Judge John Hodgman has spent a lot of energy on this issue. I was once in the US, though, and ordered a burger at a McDonalds. The person at the counter wanted to clarify my order. "Do you just want the sandwich?" I was paralysed, thinking I'd somehow mis-ordered. "No," I ...
by Pez Dispens3r
Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 5014

Re: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

Is the existence of plasma-based lifeforms and carbon-based lifeforms mutually exclusive, though? If Venusians are representative of the most common form of life, there are still innumerable planets where lifeforms that are like us should have evolved – even if they're comparatively rare. Your theor...
by Pez Dispens3r
Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Edge of Tomorrow
Replies: 39
Views: 8373

Re: Edge of Tomorrow

Seemingly normal guy with special abilities who always appears to be taller than they actually are describes essentially every Hollywood film ever. I don't think you've found a meaningful common denominator here.
by Pez Dispens3r
Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 18906

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

*Kat* wrote:If he was looking for inane elementary/middle school fiction there plenty of series which were worse.


Animorphs isn't inane.

*Kat* wrote:And plenty that were better.


You're simply wrong.
by Pez Dispens3r
Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Voyager recovery
Replies: 9
Views: 2420

Re: Voyager recovery

Hah, fair enough. I think I would give Pascal favourable odds in comparison to this gambit, though.
by Pez Dispens3r
Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: X-Men: Future Days of Past
Replies: 82
Views: 21502

Re: X-Men: Future Days of Past

I didn't really feel that to be honest. Though maybe it's because I don't see it as an US or a Them, because that's not how evolution works. The Neanderthals interbred with humans, and the humans interbreed with the mutants and all the DNA gets mixed up anyhow into a new mutant species. But it does...
by Pez Dispens3r
Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Voyager recovery
Replies: 9
Views: 2420

Re: Voyager recovery

tomandlu wrote:
Pez Dispens3r wrote:It's almost as if there isn't a single practical purpose to sending out those golden records.


Pascal's wager?


I don't follow.
by Pez Dispens3r
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Voyager recovery
Replies: 9
Views: 2420

Re: Voyager recovery

Well 1.6 light years isn't exactly close. I know, right? It's like if we spotted, somehow, a Voyager-like satellite from an alien civilisation that came that close to earth, we'd still have no chance in hell of recovering it. Never mind that spotting it from that distance would be impossible anyway...
by Pez Dispens3r
Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Pictures for Sad Children is gone
Replies: 30
Views: 31249

Re: Pictures for Sad Children is gone

bigglesworth wrote:Campbell also set up the site so that it wouldn't appear on archive.org , which gets its resources elsewhere.

It's almost as if artists can expect to have exclusive rights to their own work.
by Pez Dispens3r
Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 27253

Re: Definition of Marriage

Heisenberg wrote:
Pez Dispens3r wrote:There was a curious instance, for example, where initial draft reforms for the UK Marriage Act allowed for brothers to marry brothers, and sisters to marry sisters, due to curious wording.

Is that bad? Why shouldn't two brothers be allowed to marry?

Nope, not playing.
by Pez Dispens3r
Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 333088

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Like other people said, I more got the vibe that she didn't want to have sex because of it being a church, the risk of getting caught and her dead kid lying right there. But that might be tunnel vision because I remember it from the books that way. And I don't know. I think they were trying...
by Pez Dispens3r
Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Gaming laptop
Replies: 16
Views: 10922

Re: Gaming laptop

Why a gaming laptop, and not a desktop from parts? (With the savings spent on a netbook, second-hand iPad, etc?)
by Pez Dispens3r
Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 27253

Re: Definition of Marriage

For my contribution, I think marriage should be something that is defined narrowly and interpreted broadly. "Defined narrowly" for legal reasons, and "interpreted broadly" because life is messy and throws up weird things the legislature doesn't expect. There was a curious instanc...
by Pez Dispens3r
Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 27253

Re: Definition of Marriage

speising wrote:i'm thinking of some victorian-era literature, but can't point to anything specific.

Written about the Victorian era or in the Victorian era? If the latter, definitely made up.
by Pez Dispens3r
Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A Political Allegory of sorts.
Replies: 20
Views: 8700

Re: A Political Allegory of sorts.

Convince smaller B-Z countries that there is money to be had in asteroid mining, nuclear weapons and weaponised satellites. (This is after I've become a billionaire venture capitalist, of course – by putting most of my investments in asteroid futures, other investors will think I'm onto something ho...
by Pez Dispens3r
Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 27253

Re: Definition of Marriage

Children were typically raised by the community/tribe until modern civilization. That's a broad statement to make without any reasoning or reference. In historical-anthropological circles this sort of thing is still very much an open debate. (Hint: a lot of the earlier research was misleading, assu...
by Pez Dispens3r
Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 333088

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Martin discusses the scene and his involvement with it . (Text of the post under the spoiler.) I think the "butterfly effect" that I have spoken of so often was at work here. In the novels, Jaime is not present at Joffrey's death, and indeed, Cersei has been fearful that he is dead him...
by Pez Dispens3r
Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 333088

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Rape and spoilers I know this probably won't be a popular opinion, but you're all disgusted by the rape scene (I'll admit it was pretty rape-y, but Cersei did hug him a few times as well), yet I've heard nothing about Wildlings needlessly and brutally killing an entire villa...
by Pez Dispens3r
Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 163897

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

that should be obvious by now. boycotting someone, just because you are unhappy with them, is wrong! Nope, something much more mundane. Money. Because of health problems, the vaporizing of my retirement when Wall Street folded and my company went bankrupt, and limited local options, I can't afford ...
by Pez Dispens3r
Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 163897

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

To draw a parallel to Denmark, where the cartoon drawings of the Muhammed caricatures sparked widespread unrest, complete with demonstrations and even bomb- and death threats: When other newspapers subsequently refused to print these drawings, it was not because the original papers had been sanctio...
by Pez Dispens3r
Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What is "Natural" - Is "Organic" the same thing?
Replies: 44
Views: 18107

Re: What is "Natural" - Is "Organic" the same thing?

I would have agreed with anyone who said the "organic" label was bullshit, until I started buying cans of "organic" chick peas and found them to be fluffier, tastier and, yes, more expensive than their non-"organic" counterparts. Since then I've come round to the idea t...
by Pez Dispens3r
Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 163897

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Brandnew wrote:I wasn't talking about the GOP, I was making a hypothetical example of how two parties might find common ground through compromise. Truth be told, I had a couple of Swedish parties in mind.


You have a mainstream conservative party that's willing to throw farmers under the bus?
by Pez Dispens3r
Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 163897

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

malthrax wrote:#ad-hominems_abound


Well I played the person and the argument.

Both were unimpressive.
by Pez Dispens3r
Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 163897

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

we've got one rabidly anti-immigration party who are also in favour of free trade. You're cute. The Republican approach to world trade would be better described as "unilateral free trade". That is, not free trade at all, or at least not when a level playing field would hurt American inter...
by Pez Dispens3r
Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 163897

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

It's called a double standard. Like how pro-gay rights people try to vilify and censor the word "faggot" as being offensive and "derogatory toward someone based on their beliefs and preferences", but the same people use the word "homophobe" with all the hate and unplea...
by Pez Dispens3r
Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 377823

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Komodo Dragon
2G
Creature – Lizard
Deathtouch
2/3

Simple but effective common, I think. Serves a dual purpose as both an early attacker and a late-game chump blocker. Meh in constructed but solid in limited.

Next card: Loose Strands, Goblin Locksmith or Font of Inspiration
by Pez Dispens3r
Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4963
Views: 689516

Re: Doctor Whom

I liked it. I think the "ten regened into himself now I'm vulnerable" was dropped too lightly like if that were the case it makes less sense that he started to regen when he was shot by the astronaut but oh well I know that technically was a trick anyway. They could have easily spent ...
by Pez Dispens3r
Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4963
Views: 689516

Re: Doctor Whom

From memory there's a comment that "all thirteen of them" are here. Either way, they've heavily implied there are only thirteen doctors by having thirteen turn up. It might not turn out to be binding but it's certainly a statement. But they also said "all twelve". Th...
by Pez Dispens3r
Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4963
Views: 689516

Re: Doctor Whom

Spoiler:
From memory there's a comment that "all thirteen of them" are here. Either way, they've heavily implied there are only thirteen doctors by having thirteen turn up. It might not turn out to be binding but it's certainly a statement.
by Pez Dispens3r
Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4963
Views: 689516

Re: Doctor Whom

Angua wrote:
Spoiler:
Well, they only had 13 doctors to save gallifrey, including Caoaldi.

Indeed, this is quite exciting. They've deliberately painted themselves into accepting the rule of 13 canonology, here.
by Pez Dispens3r
Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 439347

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

krogoth wrote:"The amount of people speaking English gives it credit reguardlessly, of the amount of people speaking Chinese."

Is this a found quote, or one you made up? If it's not a found quote, can you find one?
by Pez Dispens3r
Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Gravitar
Replies: 45
Views: 13653

Re: Gravity

I haven't seen it, but a friend of mine had the primary issue of it sort of scare mongering space. We presently have a seriously lack of interest in space; we don't need a movie doing what Jaws did to summer beach tourism for the public approval. That said, I haven't seen it. Kinda seconding what e...
by Pez Dispens3r
Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Gravitar
Replies: 45
Views: 13653

Re: Gravity

It might be, Zohar, unfortunately. But you're in good hands with the director and he does give you moments to pause and breathe. After the initial assault, when he fully indulges in the panic of drifting off into space, it's a bit more standard action-adventurey.
by Pez Dispens3r
Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Gravitar
Replies: 45
Views: 13653

Re: Gravity

Another wrong detail - the text said they're 350 miles up. The ISS is only about 250 miles up. Or is this some different station that happens to look identical? They're actually referring to Hubble, there. I can already see from the trailer that the spaceship somehow disintegrates and then the debr...
by Pez Dispens3r
Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The etymology of wif, wer and mann
Replies: 10
Views: 7778

Re: The etymology of wif, wer and mann

I've just found wǽpen-mann, which might be the wer form of wifmann we were looking for. Or does it just mean soldier? (Weapon-man.)
by Pez Dispens3r
Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 182670

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

morriswalters wrote:We toppled governments that didn't suit us, democratic or not. Iran, Chile, maybe Australia

I know I'm a bit late to the party on this one, but maybe Australia? What are you referring to?
by Pez Dispens3r
Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The etymology of wif, wer and mann
Replies: 10
Views: 7778

Re: The etymology of wif, wer and mann

Any hints on where I could find more general information? I suspect there's a clear answer out there and someone's already found it, but David Crystal is frustratingly silent on this. (I've thumbed through An Encyclopedia of the English Language, The Stories of English and How Language Works, but co...
by Pez Dispens3r
Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The etymology of wif, wer and mann
Replies: 10
Views: 7778

Re: The etymology of wif, wer and mann

Is wermann the only spelling? I can't find an entry for it in Bosworth and Toller.
by Pez Dispens3r
Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The etymology of wif, wer and mann
Replies: 10
Views: 7778

Re: The etymology of wif, wer and mann

Thanks for the response, Aiwendil. Curiously, though, in the supplementa l entry for mann we have the fourth definition: 4. (4) an adult male person :-- Lífes man uir uię (uenerabilis), An. Ox. 3699. Hé sǽde . . . heó man ne wæs, Hml. S. 2, 78. Gif bescoren man stéorleás gange. Ll. Th. i. 38, 12. Ha...
by Pez Dispens3r
Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The etymology of wif, wer and mann
Replies: 10
Views: 7778

The etymology of wif, wer and mann

Hey all, I'm just looking for some clarification on how the terms wif , wer and mann were used in Old English. So far I understand that wif and wer referred to adult women and men respectively (regardless of whether they were married) but I've heard it two ways when it comes to mann . One way is tha...

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