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by Judah
Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: World's oldest man EVER?
Replies: 8
Views: 2504

Re: World's oldest man EVER?

* a number that just happens to be the same as God claimed the maximum human lifespan when he nerfed humans for the second [third? I forget how many times God has nerfed humanity] time (after Methuselah). Oddly enough, those who insist on using the Bible as scientific evidence aren't remotely inter...
by Judah
Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 42848

Re: 1256: "Questions"

teelo wrote:In before some extremely bored individual takes the time to compile a list of answers to all those questions.

You called it.
by Judah
Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0091: "Pwned"
Replies: 23
Views: 12046

Re: 0091: "Pwned"

A guy named Eigen Lenk went ahead and created this a couple of days ago. The server's usually fairly active, and the game turns out to be surprisingly fun.
by Judah
Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0015: "Mariana Trench Explosion"
Replies: 55
Views: 17866

Re: What-if 0015: Mariana Trench Explosion

The attempts at humor are getting lame now. "The answer to your question is that nothing would happen. But. I can make up an equation which would give me a more interesting answer." Yay.
by Judah
Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1117: "My Sky"
Replies: 58
Views: 16069

Re: 1117: "My Sky"

nolaviz wrote:"Mom". "Wow". Upside-down man. Anyone else see what I see?
Ah, that's really clever.
by Judah
Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:39 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0014: "Short Answer Section I"
Replies: 86
Views: 46586

Re: What-if 0014: Short answer section.

Postby JamesOwen » Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:39 am UTC mathrec wrote:I was surprised to see that Randall got the relativistic doppler effect wrong (?!) The ratio of the velocity to the speed of light is v/c = (1-r)/(1+r), where r is the ratio of the frequencies (source/observed). I would choose a ratio of...
by Judah
Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:59 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0006: "Glass Half Empty"
Replies: 94
Views: 43886

Re: What-if 0006: Glass Half Empty

You know, I've thought this for a long time, but surely it should be the pessimists who view the glass as half full, and the optimists as half empty. If you view a glass as half full, that means that you think of the natural state of glasses as being empty. "Most glasses are empty, but this on...
by Judah
Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0095: "The Sierpinski Penis Game"
Replies: 18
Views: 17979

Re: 0095: "The Sierpinski Penis Game"

If you search for Sierpinski, the first several results you get will tell you about the Sierpinski Triangle . I know what the Sierpinski triangle is. I still don't get the joke. Oh—now, I see there's some consonance between "Sierpinski" and "penis". Is there really nothing more ...
by Judah
Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0095: "The Sierpinski Penis Game"
Replies: 18
Views: 17979

Re: 0095: "The Sierpinski Penis Game"

Can someone explain the joke to me?
by Judah
Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1034: "Share Buttons"
Replies: 82
Views: 29950

Re: 1034: "Share Buttons"

gmcleod wrote:I'm only familiar with the first two, I think the third button is reddit, and I have no idea what the fourth is.
4th is Google+.
by Judah
Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 38933

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

Of course it's a Jewish religious symbol. And it's fine for Jews to use it. But it's one of those symbols that you really can't use as a non-Jew without very unfortunate implications. Can't speak for the European perspective, but from an American perspective there's nothing negative associated with...
by Judah
Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: ⋘ Rules for 'Individual XKCD Comic Threads' ⋙
Replies: 15
Views: 160247

Re: ⇱ Rules for "Individual XKCD Comic Threads"

Ugh, I can tolerate people who use words like "fora" if they know how to use them, but "this fora" is pretentious ignorance.

(This comment really ought to have been left by the guy above me.)
by Judah
Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 38933

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

I thought this comic was lame. If you can connect two points you can draw the last line. No protractors necessary. Presumably Randall knows this, but I still don't get the joke.
by Judah
Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0810: "Constructive"
Replies: 130
Views: 44242

Re: 0810: "Constructive"

Can't possibly be worse than that Hebrew CAPTCHA I got the other day. surtacq תםתהתפלזת It's Hebrew for 'tamatahatplzat,' apparently. Maybe it means something similar to emahtskcblvdt . Actually it's תבותהתפלות Which transliterates to Tevothatfilot, which could be derived from automatic translation...
by Judah
Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 108422

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

"who" can refer to many people, and yet takes a singular verb when it is the subject of a question. At first I thought "No it doesn't," but then I thought of sentences like "Who thinks that they can...?" However, when "to be" is the verb in the question, &quo...
by Judah
Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 108422

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

Subject is a syntactic category. It has nothing to do with what word is most important. The subject is the element that infects the verb for number. In your first sentence the subject is "there". In your second sentence the subject is "a book". "There is a thing that...&quo...
by Judah
Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 108422

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

Since the "something" in question is hitherto unknown to the person being addressed, it has to be formally established as a referent before anything else can be said about it: that's the function of the phrase "There is something", which I see as analogous to declaring a variabl...
by Judah
Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 108422

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

"There's a book" and "On the table is a book" are interesting sentences. I don't think I've ever pondered what the subjects of those sentences are. Is the subject of the first sentence "there", or "a book"? Is the subject of the second sentence "On the t...
by Judah
Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 108422

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

I don't understand why your second paragraph calls the argument against it "shitty". Seems to me that it's a pretty good argument against it It's a shitty argument because "that literally means the opposite of the intended meaning" is overbroad. It would also deem all examples o...
by Judah
Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 108422

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

"There's something about which I need to talk to you." as opposed to, "There's something that I need to talk to you about." Allow me to point out that this is a false dichotomy. Both versions can be avoided if one follows that other recommendation of the stylists: "Avoid th...
by Judah
Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 108422

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

And there's absolutely no chance that "I could care less" is an example of this alleged mode of communication. To be fair, while I definitely find myself saying "I could care less" purely out of spite for the people who whine about it, it isn't pronounced the way we'd expect for...
by Judah
Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 108422

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

"There's something about which I need to talk to you." as opposed to, "There's something that I need to talk to you about." I just have to butt in and say that the second version sounds much better to me. The first sounds very stilted. Allow me to point out that this is a false ...
by Judah
Sun Oct 23, 2011 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: עברית! (Hebrew, obviously)
Replies: 92
Views: 27210

Re: עברית! (Hebrew, obviously)

Hi all, Apologies for breaking into the thread and the low-level necro. Hopefully this is on-topic enough to mitigate rage. I have a quick question for a story I'm writing. How would a Biblical* Hebrew speaker say the number 144000? How about transliterated into Latin characters? I started by looki...
by Judah
Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Idioms that don't make sense
Replies: 60
Views: 17626

Re: Idioms that don't make sense

How is that a misunderstanding? Because as the expression is commonly used, it means that one['s whole body] has actually escaped, whereas Job would have meant anything but. What about "scaring the living daylights out of someone"? It is said that daylights is 18th century slang for someo...
by Judah
Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Idioms that don't make sense
Replies: 60
Views: 17626

Re: Idioms that don't make sense

"He made it by the skin of his teeth." I think this expression carries a general sense of "by the narrowest possible margin", like "by a hair". However, it originates from a misunderstanding of a Biblical quotation: "I have escaped with [only] the skin of my teeth...
by Judah
Wed May 11, 2011 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0896: "ZOmbeis"
Replies: 125
Views: 31973

Re: 0896: "Marie Curie"

Gregu wrote:So far noone corrected this, but being Polish I feel obliged - "Marie Curie" is actually "Marie Skłodowska-Curie".
I can't say it surprises me that the first part of her name people dropped was Skłodowska.
by Judah
Tue May 12, 2009 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Crucial mistake" and "Fatal error"
Replies: 7
Views: 1621

Re: "Crucial mistake" and "Fatal error"

I would say that "crucial mistake" implies multiple mistakes, of which one was crucial while the other ones would not have led to great consequences, i fit weren't for the crucial one. I agree. As to the main question, I would use (/believe I have heard used) terms like "fatal error&...

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