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by nirvana_grace
Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0695: "Spirit"
Replies: 337
Views: 220434

Re: "Spirit" Discussion

They'll be fine. It's warm there. There's sunlight, and wind, and a place to stand. Not to mention a sibling, a couple of cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, etc. All within shouting distance. It's not like they're drifting off into the Big Dark. Like the Voyager twins. Or Pioneer. :twisted:
by nirvana_grace
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 63530

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

Hmmmm. Using a transport device to increase pressure at the core of the planet? If the pressure increases sufficiently, we'd get fusion. Which means . . . "Any efficiency-advanced Prius is indistinguishable from Monoliths." -with apologies to Mr. Clarke, for abusing both his Law and his no...
by nirvana_grace
Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0669: "Experiment"
Replies: 99
Views: 25980

Re: "Experiment" Discussion

How does one milk a spherical cow?
by nirvana_grace
Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
Replies: 121
Views: 46765

Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

I dunno from academia. But the business response should be more like: "That's great! Send an explanation to our Center of Excellence in Hyderabad. And make sure you do it before the end of the month!" :evil:
by nirvana_grace
Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16411

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

U.S. politics is (are?) far more nuanced than you all give it credit for. It's just that the spectrum of opinions plays out during the primary rather than in the general election. That's something I hadn't considered. Thanks for that. I read, years ago, about how a multiparty, parliamentary system ...
by nirvana_grace
Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0659: "Lego"
Replies: 265
Views: 58493

Re: "Lego" Discussion

Persona wrote:But the thing I'm wondering the most about is the alt text... Why ask for Grandpa when the comic just implied that the house is gone after disassembly?

Is the house gone?
by nirvana_grace
Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0652: "More Accurate"
Replies: 131
Views: 39902

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

" . . . Cro-Magnon University Prof. Ogg has invented the 'arrow' -- an autonomous weapon which, released by the inventor, flies by itself to the target and, witnesses claim, is capable of killing a Neanderthal with no physical contact to its wielder. " -- Neolithic News Network It's all ju...
by nirvana_grace
Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0650: "Nowhere"
Replies: 80
Views: 16463

Re: "Nowhere" Discussion

My Black Lab doesn't understand this. And that's why I prefer my cats.
(I like my dog. But I wish she had a clue about "personal space.")
by nirvana_grace
Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0649: "Static"
Replies: 111
Views: 28947

Re: "Static" Discussion

"I wear 2 wrist straps in normal life. When I go to swap-out some RAM, I take one off and feel like a wild man." 8)
. . . with apologies to Mr. Miller.
by nirvana_grace
Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 58008

Re: "Scary" Discussion

I traveled here from the year 1968, to tell people talking about how this list makes them feel old: Uh, sorry, but not yet. Wait until you realize that you've always been out of time. Feeling old is when you realize that you don't even have time to accomplish your most-passionately desired objective...
by nirvana_grace
Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Caster Semenya FINALLY Looks Like a Woman!
Replies: 24
Views: 2234

Re: Caster Semenya FINALLY Looks Like a Woman!

Somewhat relevant: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,sss6-243-297%20--%208030-8-1X2X3X4X5X6X7X8-9,00.html (huh. Apparently I do have time-enough on the board . . . :wink: ) The article concerns a transsexual (male-to-female) runner. This person was serious-enough to keep detailed records an...
by nirvana_grace
Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Caster Semenya FINALLY Looks Like a Woman!
Replies: 24
Views: 2234

Re: Caster Semenya FINALLY Looks Like a Woman!

Would an athlete with AIS be able to be competitive the she is? As you say, testosterone is important in building muscle - could she plausibly get the musculature she has while completely insensitive to it? I honestly don't know the answer to that question. I do have difficulty believing that testo...
by nirvana_grace
Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Caster Semenya FINALLY Looks Like a Woman!
Replies: 24
Views: 2234

Re: Caster Semenya FINALLY Looks Like a Woman!

Having internal sex organs that contradict the sex assignment of the outer genitalia is a necessary and sufficient condition for hermaphroditism, no? (correct me if I am wrong). I believe, though I'm not anything like an expert, that the requirement is possession of both sets of functional organs. ...
by nirvana_grace
Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Caster Semenya FINALLY Looks Like a Woman!
Replies: 24
Views: 2234

Re: Caster Semenya FINALLY Looks Like a Woman!

I believe I read Semenya has Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. Basically, a 46,XY human but lacking androgen receptors. Default human external genitalia is "female" and relies upon an androgen switch (2 months post-conception, I think?) to initiate a change to external "male" geni...
by nirvana_grace
Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0630: "Time Travel"
Replies: 147
Views: 29897

Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

I traveled here from the year 1968 to say, "This comic reminds me of Tom Hauptman, time-traveler and bartender at Callahan's Place."
by nirvana_grace
Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0626: "Newton and Leibniz"
Replies: 213
Views: 58729

Re: "Newton and Leibniz" Discussion

Leibnitz v. Newton. I Hopital gets resolved, eventually.
by nirvana_grace
Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0625: "Collections"
Replies: 137
Views: 34781

Re: "Collections" Discussion

Pratchett is dying. Someday even the names Shakespeare, Caesar, and Khufu (. . . dare I say it? even "Munroe") will be spoken for the last time. The universe doesn't care. But I do. I know those names. I grok in wonder at their accomplishments. I mourn the loss, even as I rejoice at having...
by nirvana_grace
Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0616: "Lease"
Replies: 124
Views: 25845

Re: "Lease" Discussion

Heh. Just wait until you realize your parents had exactly the same thoughts. Few moments in my life were scarier than realizing that my best role-models were not the calm, uber-competent, earth-bound astronauts they appeared to be; and were, in fact, making it up as they went along. :shock:
by nirvana_grace
Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0614: "Woodpecker"
Replies: 163
Views: 31411

Re: "Woodpecker" Discussion

Noticed that the woodpecker's tail is not in contact with the tree.
Perhaps I should acquire a second hobby . . . :wink:

plus, "Awwwww."
by nirvana_grace
Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0597: "Addiction"
Replies: 122
Views: 20850

Re: "Addiction" Discussion

Monika wrote:
Whispering wrote:I work the graveyard shift so I'm up already.

Why is the late night shift called graveyard shift anyway? It's not as if work on graveyards took place at night, is it?


Resurrectionists?
by nirvana_grace
Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0595: "Android Girlfriend"
Replies: 120
Views: 27050

Re: "Android Girlfriend" Discussion

sje46 wrote:HOLY CHRIST WHAT IS SHE DOING TO HIS HEAD
Is anybody else disturbed by this? She is clearly sticking her probiscis into his head, and "nomming" his brains!


Same initial thought. Although, in my case, it roused memory of "Brain Bugs" in Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers.
by nirvana_grace
Mon May 11, 2009 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0582: "Brakes"
Replies: 103
Views: 30080

Re: "Brakes" Discussion

Ahhh, you're done-for! :wink:
by nirvana_grace
Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0568: "Well 2"
Replies: 105
Views: 24651

Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

I have no problem with aging; it's the idea of a universe without me that I cannot abide. I dislike aging. Physically, I dislike the wearying minor aches, the accumulation of scars, the loss of function (feel free to insert obligatory E/D joke here -- although that's not what I mean :wink: ). Menta...
by nirvana_grace
Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?
Replies: 119
Views: 19266

Re: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?

I'm currently reading Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World. I hear it in "his" voice -- the voice that I remember from Cosmos. I've listened to enough of Neil Gaiman reading his own work, that I hear his stories in his voice when I read them. Otherwise, I hear a "neutral" interna...
by nirvana_grace
Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2376729

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

My earliest memory is angry crowds on television, outside of Nixon's White House. I earned a degree in Physics. I was an English Major after that. I know enough VB to be dangerously ill-informed. But, because I know more than anyone else around me, they keep asking me "computer questions."...

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