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by SquareRootofBlue
Thu May 17, 2012 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Traveling in Europe
Replies: 25
Views: 7177

Re: Traveling in Europe

One thing you may want to consider is flying via Iceland instead of direct to London. Iceland's got beautiful scenerary and I found the locals to be very friendly and speak excellent English. For some reason it's often ovrelooked. It's expensive but worth it, I'm definitely going back some day. I al...
by SquareRootofBlue
Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Slang.
Replies: 54
Views: 7525

Re: Slang.

Love some of the comments so far, especially bunny hug and bubbler. Allow mw to give you an insight into the wonderful, weird beguiling and bemusing world of British slang, specifically from the North West of England... Pie eater - someone from Wigan-a town famous for it's pies. Supporters of Wigan ...
by SquareRootofBlue
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Social experiment
Replies: 13
Views: 2628

Re: Social experiment

Count me in, I'm from England. Surprised there haven't been more volunteers.
by SquareRootofBlue
Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK to get £100m more for science
Replies: 11
Views: 1528

UK to get £100m more for science

The budget's just been announced and it looks like good news for science in the UK. Budget's £100m extra for science http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12838102 UK space given boost from Budget http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12833654 The Chancellor George Osborne has found ...
by SquareRootofBlue
Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British gov. wants all sex websites blocked by default
Replies: 54
Views: 13390

British gov. wants all sex websites blocked by default

Broadband firms urged to block sex websites to protect children http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/dec/19/broadband-sex-safeguard-children-vaizey Yes, this is the same Ed Vaizey who was at the centre of the recent debacle on net neutrality. Here's the Guardian's take on it (spoilered for size): ...
by SquareRootofBlue
Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning tortured
Replies: 429
Views: 47055

Re: Bradley Manning tortured

I'm appalled as the rest of you to hear about the conditions Manning is being held in I can understand the use of isolation as a last resort given what he had access to but I can't believe there isn't a better way to go about this. The exercise restriction and lack of bedding seem unnecessarily rest...
by SquareRootofBlue
Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [UK] North West
Replies: 21
Views: 29458

Re: [UK] North West

Food courts are fine for meetings in small groups for short periods but we may want to find somewhere better, especially if we get more interest. for those of us who are of age, book in at the ibis for the night and then tear it up overnight as well? Sounds good to me. Spirit/axm is always a good co...
by SquareRootofBlue
Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [UK] North West
Replies: 21
Views: 29458

Re: [UK] North West

Manchester here, January's fine for me, venue-wise Madlab (http://madlab.org.uk/) in the Northern Quarter of Manchester is a very geek-friendly place.
by SquareRootofBlue
Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 264113

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Thanks Grop, that's it OK, sounds interesting. I just have one other which is about a man who sit on a mountain top meditating, he slows his perception of time down to a point where he sees the rise and fall of empires and the landscape change over thousands of years. I remember reading about it in ...
by SquareRootofBlue
Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 264113

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

I read about a book about a Frenchman who keeps hearing from the older generation that things were better in their day. Handily he somehow has access to a time machine and goes back a generation, hears the same thing there, and keeps going back, eventually he ends up back in the stone age. That's li...
by SquareRootofBlue
Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 264113

Need help finding a book I know nothing about

I read about a book about a Frenchman who keeps hearing from the older generation that things were better in their day. Handily he somehow has access to a time machine and goes back a generation, hears the same thing there, and keeps going back, eventually he ends up back in the stone age. That's li...
by SquareRootofBlue
Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Food crisis in Niger
Replies: 78
Views: 8134

Re: Food crisis in Niger

What obligations? I really hope you're trolling here, we didn't just screw them during Colonial times. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavily_Indebted_Poor_Countries You realize the Western response for decades has been to ship grain, and things have gotten worse, not better, right? Yes, usually litt...
by SquareRootofBlue
Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Food crisis in Niger
Replies: 78
Views: 8134

Re: Food crisis in Niger

I don't know how anyone can complain of overpopulation in a country so blighted by war, crop failures and famine. As stated in the article the 300% inflation in food prices is caused by (presumably mostly foreign) speculators. Poverty is a real issue here. People can't afford to buy the artifically ...
by SquareRootofBlue
Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Food crisis in Niger
Replies: 78
Views: 8134

Food crisis in Niger

Niger's markets are full yet famine shadows the dusty roads http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/01/niger-famine-food-crisis The billboard propped up at the side of the dusty road offers what the land it stands on cannot provide : a sack of grain, the top prize in an advertising campaign sponsor...
by SquareRootofBlue
Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Comics that IMHO should have been in volume 0
Replies: 2
Views: 757

Comics that IMHO should have been in volume 0

I've not long received my copy of xkcd volume 0 and I love it! One thing I don't understand, though, are some of the comics Randall left out, I know he had 600 to choose from and he couldn't include them all but I personally think the following should have made it, what does everyone else think? Fan...
by SquareRootofBlue
Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [uk] Manchester meet
Replies: 9
Views: 3226

Re: Manchester meet

Manchester is large enough to have a respectably largish geek community and some are going to be XKCD fans. The ones who aren't are just waiting to be converted :D . Monday may be a little short notice for word to get around other XKCDers who may want to join us but I'm open to suggestions. Also, wh...
by SquareRootofBlue
Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Kindle, Nook, E-Reader and other Ebooks
Replies: 106
Views: 26189

Re: Ebook readers discussion.

I've got a CyBook Gen3 ebook reader but haven't really been using it because I'm put off by the clunky interface and some other things. For example I don't like the fact that if you put multiple documents in a folder e.g. if you have different chapters or volumes in a book that they won't be listed ...
by SquareRootofBlue
Sat Oct 10, 2009 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [uk] Manchester meet
Replies: 9
Views: 3226

[uk] Manchester meet

I live near Manchester and wondered if anyone would be interested in a meet any time this week (I've got all this week off work). For anyone who's not familiar with it there's a lot of variety and a lot to do, currently all the universities have not long started back and the student quarter's always...
by SquareRootofBlue
Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Geek VS Nerd
Replies: 47
Views: 6475

Re: Geek VS Nerd

I identify as a geek but when people make distinctions (I've not heard nerd used much at all around my-part of the world, geek seems to be a catch-all for a technical person) nerd is always the more derisory term. I think the venn diagram is very good, unfortunately, whenever geek vs nerd is defined...
by SquareRootofBlue
Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Breathtaking art
Replies: 11
Views: 3064

Breathtaking art

I've just found this video through Reddit: http://www.flixxy.com/ukraine-talent-sand-animation.htm Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won the "Ukraine's Got Talent" competition. She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and "sand painting" skills to int...
by SquareRootofBlue
Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile
Replies: 102
Views: 22499

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

I hope this isn't considered bumping but I think I have an interesting contribution make. Mine's a 2001 Corsa (Opal) C (don't have a picture of it handy so I linked to one I found on Google) unfortunately everything's manual, central locking's as fancy as it gets and it drinks twice as much petrol w...
by SquareRootofBlue
Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How to present a gift
Replies: 3
Views: 754

Re: How to present a gift

Nerdy or not it's still a hoover and most women don't take kindly to being given paraphernalia related to cleaning/domestic work as gifts. If you're getting her something else as well don't make this the main present. As for presentation if it has glowing lights on it like the ones in the video abov...
by SquareRootofBlue
Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Becoming Less Cynical/Negative
Replies: 32
Views: 4368

Re: Becoming Less Cynical/Negative

What sorts of things generally make you smile in the few split seconds before the cynicism cloud descends? Explore those things. Interesting, for me, generally none. Also, is the OP cynical or is it just depressive realism? Is it useful to make that distinction here? I wasn't so much a cynic as afr...
by SquareRootofBlue
Tue May 26, 2009 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Open source communism
Replies: 18
Views: 3983

Open source communism

Wired are currently leading with a very interesting article http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/17-06/nep_newsocialism? currentPage=all about how free collaborative software is essentially the modern day version of communism. My question to XKCDiers is can such a comparison really b...
by SquareRootofBlue
Sat May 02, 2009 10:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why I love the swine flu
Replies: 60
Views: 4606

Re: Why I love the swine flu

I'm sorry SJ Zero but you sound a bit naive to me. Unfortunately the world really hasn't got more boring it's just that a lot of stuff is under reported. There are, for example, 5 countries in South America at war right now. Take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ongoing_wars In Britain every I...
by SquareRootofBlue
Fri May 01, 2009 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IBM's Watson to follow in footsteps of Deep Blue on Jepoardy
Replies: 1
Views: 611

IBM's Watson to follow in footsteps of Deep Blue on Jepoardy

12 years after IBM's Big Blue defeated Garry Kasparov at chess, the US computer giant has developed a program to play Jeopardy http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6180469.ece Sounds interesting but I don't think it'll be as interesting or as significant as Kasparov vs D...
by SquareRootofBlue
Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I've become boring - What's your hobby?
Replies: 62
Views: 6531

Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

I make pots! I love that one of the birds doogly, what does the writing say? Also I can sympathise with the OP but inspite of having a technical job I still have geeky side projects (although I don't get much time to work on them either and most have been abandoaned for months). One of my recent on...
by SquareRootofBlue
Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Matrix themed sigs for the 10th Aniversary
Replies: 11
Views: 1117

Matrix themed sigs for the 10th Aniversary

In honour of the 10th aniversary of th Matrix and the acompanying XKCD comic I thought I'd have a Matrix-themed sig. I chose 'You think that's air you're breathing now?' as it was proably the single-biggest mind-bending line from the first film. maybe I can start something here, any takers?
by SquareRootofBlue
Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2351841

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi everyone, long time lurker here, I actually remember finding these fora ages ago while on the interwebs late at night and was amazed to find a community of people like this who were just like me. Then I didn't visit for ages and couldn't remember the site's address. Quite some time later I made a...

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