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by Ghavrel
Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0879: "Lamp"
Replies: 151
Views: 37197

Re: 0879: "Lamp"

Red Hal wrote:What are you, some sort o' hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliaphobe?

Yes, BTW.


Just a guy whose major required extensive writing and whose teachers would have blasted him for needlessly obfuscating verbosity. :wink:
by Ghavrel
Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0879: "Lamp"
Replies: 151
Views: 37197

Re: 0879: "Lamp"

Red Hal wrote:It were neither overly long nor needlessly wordy.

You majored in sciences, didn't you?
by Ghavrel
Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Madness Begins
Replies: 476
Views: 53873

Re: The Madness Begins

And yet Twilight doesn't filter to Mormon Abstinence Porn Given the spirit of the wordfilters [math, science, &c.] I think it rather more appropriate for Twilight to be filtered into something along the lines of "literature." Perhaps "Bram Stoker's vision." The parentheses a...
by Ghavrel
Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Madness Begins
Replies: 476
Views: 53873

Re: The Madness Begins

Dear SB If Thor is a word filter that causes a serious problem in a Dear SB powwow (such as making it look like someone is suicidal when that person isn't), please PM a mod and we will deal with that. Otherwise it is only a few days and harmless. Honestly, that was really my only concern. The rest ...
by Ghavrel
Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Madness Begins
Replies: 476
Views: 53873

Re: The Madness Begins

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:
Ghavrel wrote:Surely Thor are better attitudes to take than "screw off while we have our fun,"

By what measure?


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By her measure, of course. :mrgreen:
by Ghavrel
Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Madness Begins
Replies: 476
Views: 53873

Re: The Madness Begins

I don't like this. No me gusta. As has been repeated endlessly in this powwow, if you don't like it, come back in a week. And if you need help, we can provide it. Surely ther http://img.ie/11a28.gif e are better attitudes to take than "screw off while we have our fun," especially that con...
by Ghavrel
Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0879: "Lamp"
Replies: 151
Views: 37197

Re: 0879: "Lamp"

snipped because I care for humanity Either you are kidding, or you are Exhibit A of why xkcd haters tend to be so passionate. The second paragraph was largely bullshit, but the first was just a needlessly wordy explanation of the joke. It's funny because you expect the o http://img.ie/11a28.gif ne ...
by Ghavrel
Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What are the xkcd forums about? I seriously don't know.
Replies: 131
Views: 12326

Re: What are the xkcd forums about? I seriously don't know.

I have the strangest hunch that about 14 more hours of sleep deprivation and a strong entheogen would show me this thread for the key to enlightenment that it is. Granted, 14 more hours of sleep deprivation and a strong entheogen would show me my friend Catherine as avatar of Ubasti, She of the Oint...
by Ghavrel
Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Team Respect: Bringing Respect to PAX and beyond.
Replies: 393
Views: 46497

Re: Team Respect: Bringing Respect to PAX and beyond.

. It's more akin to first putting ticker tape across the door of the shop reading "warning, warning, jokes being told on the premises that involve the subject of slavery " in case a former indentured laborer might walk in while inside people tell a joke who's punchline relies on the fact ...
by Ghavrel
Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 125956

Re: Does God Exist?

No, he's saying that "god" is a concept that is already defined with a relatively well-understood cultural, historical, and philosophical meaning. But this is patently false, even within a single religion. A comparison of the largely apophatic theology of Meister Eckhart with, say, that o...
by Ghavrel
Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 125956

Re: Does God Exist?

Of course, for someone who rejects reason completely, this whole thing doesn't make sense, but on the the premise that reason is correct (since we are using reason to prove something), and since reason dicates that empiricism is the only way to arrive at any valid philosophical premise, this proof ...
by Ghavrel
Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 125956

Re: Does God Exist?

premise1: we can arrive at truth through reason ... The two premises, like all philosophical premises, are supported through observable evidences. Please correct me if I am wrong, but it seems to me that as these observable evidences are grounded in empiricism, using them to support premise 1 is a ...
by Ghavrel
Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 125956

Re: Does God Exist?

Aside from lucky guessing, reason is indeed the only way to arrive at truth. Hm. This statement should be provable through reason, if true. I don't think it is. Of course, you run into incompleteness theorems with things like this, but I really think that only furthers my point. I apologize for the...
by Ghavrel
Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Creationism Still Taught In Many American Classrooms
Replies: 172
Views: 16722

Re: Creationism Still Taught In Many American Classrooms

Oh, good. I was waiting for the part where someone would come along and completely ignore the founding precepts of Christianity to make a snarky comment about Levitican laws. That sounds exactly like what Christians are doing! Ignoring Christianity to crap on other people with dogma and superstitio...
by Ghavrel
Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"
Replies: 116
Views: 28273

Re: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"

Someday someone has to explain the point of minecraft to me. I tried it, but the game doesn't seem to have a point. What is the purpose of the game (except wasting time)? What is the point of any game besides wasting time? To answer the question you probably wanted to ask, it's virtual legos with m...
by Ghavrel
Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Creationism Still Taught In Many American Classrooms
Replies: 172
Views: 16722

Re: Creationism Still Taught In Many American Classrooms

Hopefully, one day the American fundamentalist movement will get past Chapter 1 of their holy book. I know they're slow readers, but come on! There's some really choice things in the later bits about the death penalty.... Yes, like the part saying people should be put to death for working on Sunday...
by Ghavrel
Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Team Respect: Bringing Respect to PAX and beyond.
Replies: 393
Views: 46497

Re: Team Respect: Bringing Respect to PAX and beyond.

Also, Gabe encouraged the group who'll be wearing the "Team Rape" T-shirts, chatting to them on Twitter without asking them not to and stuff. So... yes, there are more offensive T-shirts related to this. That people would do this is just upsetting, and it really highlights the need for a ...
by Ghavrel
Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7744
Views: 778759

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Neigh.

Crystal ware.
by Ghavrel
Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 710621

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

Menacing Spike wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:Doesn't cooking destroy the seeds, or did that get changed and I missed it?


Cooking the seeds - yes, cooking the helmets - no.


Cooking helmets destroys seeds.
by Ghavrel
Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:58 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Reactions to your Major
Replies: 344
Views: 61771

Re: Reactions to your Major

I think this is actually a pretty fair question of a math major because the application space is large but often pretty distinct from the major. I have a friend who is a math major, and wants to be an actuary. Others, to go into CS-related fields, and others to do pure math research - the question ...
by Ghavrel
Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7744
Views: 778759

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Camera: Phone
USB flash drive: Phone, Music player, actual flash drive
Wallet: Sonofa... there it is.
Graphing Calculator: yeah, but my roommate will be cheesed when I wake him up to ask. :p
by Ghavrel
Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7744
Views: 778759

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Google Earth has the moon. But I'm unsure what the loading times are. Let's go with "maybe."

A book in a language other than English?
by Ghavrel
Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188015

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

Ah, no problem. I was wondering exactly how I'd managed to mess up talking about my major. :p
by Ghavrel
Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188015

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

No, but that's because reality works a bit differently from a bloodstream, particularly where its borders are. If something can affect me, it is either part of my reality or you're using different definitions again. This seems like an axiomatic statement to me, but okay. Not least of which are all ...
by Ghavrel
Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188015

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

If he can interfere, he's by definition part of this reality. Uh... why? Are you part of someone's bloodstream when you give them an IV? EDIT: A more substantial objection might be that you're framing the situation incorrectly by making God a subset of reality, rather than making reality a subset o...
by Ghavrel
Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188015

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

What you are describing seems to me to be a combination of panentheism and the Orthodox concept of creating energies. It makes sense to me, but I believe something rather similar.
by Ghavrel
Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 710621

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

I've never had a tantrum spiral. Probably because the first order of business is to smooth the entire fortress and then set my now close-to-legendary engravers to work carving depictions of cats, cheese, and horrifying demons on every square inch of the walls and floors.
by Ghavrel
Sat Nov 27, 2010 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188015

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

None of these things sound particularly consistent with what humans would write. At least, I don't know of any humans who would write anything like this. And I know a lot of humans from a lot of religions and religious persuasions. Ugh. You know humans from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, v...
by Ghavrel
Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 57766

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

I opted out. I'm sitting in Logan now, and about thirty minutes ago I was planning to go through the backscatter. Two hours of sleep has made me compliant, I guess. Then I saw the damn thing. More precisely, I saw people being herded through it and forced to put their arms over their heads while the...
by Ghavrel
Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain your avatar!
Replies: 1628
Views: 154697

Re: Explain your avatar!

Vieto wrote:I am The Master!

I think that is sufficient explaination for my avatar, even if it were on an English Test.


And not from the rinky-dink new versions, to boot!
by Ghavrel
Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 710621

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

Damn my preconceived notions about things their categories. I figured they were some sort of separate thing, but now that I think about it it does make sense that they would be treated as creatures. Now I'm thinking I should see if I can edit the megabeasts and make them multiple tiles across... I ...
by Ghavrel
Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:03 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Reactions to your Major
Replies: 344
Views: 61771

Re: Reactions to your Major

Lately I've been worried about having to double major if I want an interesting job. I know next to nothing about the jobs one can get as a math major (although I expect they are not few in number), so I can say little about what is "interesting." What I do know is that actuaries make more...
by Ghavrel
Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 95953

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

I stopped studying Latin last year, after studying it for nine years. I miss it, now that I've forgotten what it was like. :( I'm in my fifth semester of French, and I'm spending the next semester in Paris (contingent upon receipt of a visa). I'm in my third semester of Ancient Greek; we've learned ...
by Ghavrel
Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27070

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

These are also things I usually don't argue about, because there is no end. And that's fine, but you need to realize that coming into conversations about these things and saying "Why are we discussing this? It can't be proven either way" is going to elicit responses that are similar to mi...
by Ghavrel
Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27070

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Hey, the yes or no will always be just an opinion. This is not provable either way. I'm not exactly sure what that is supposed to imply... surely things which are not provable either way provide better discussion than things which are. Things that aren't provable either way include religion, politi...
by Ghavrel
Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27070

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

what you're looking for is trisomy G, which refers to the cause (3 copies of the same chromosome, specifically 21) and the order in which it was identified (7th). Yes, this is not in dispute. But the discussion at hand is whether the phrase "trisomy G" is ever shortened to "tri G,&qu...
by Ghavrel
Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's that one logical fallacy called?
Replies: 19
Views: 5939

Re: What's that one logical fallacy called?

What would this fallacy be called? I heard this one during the Mosque debate, naturally it was on Fox News: "Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims." Or, in formal form: All X are not Y , but all Y are X . Well, it isn't a formal syllogistic fallacy because nothing...
by Ghavrel
Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27070

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Is there any good gender-neutral equivalent to "hey man"? I tend to say "dude" (as in "geez, dude" or "duuuuude") pretty freely to non-males because nothing else has the same ring to it... You could say "hey bra" and then claim you were referring to...
by Ghavrel
Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27070

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Of course, this raises an interesting question: Why didn't he post these, instead of that emo crap he's been releasing lately? There are lots of reasons that a person dealing with serious issues would release emo crap. Let's focus on the positive. We are enjoying the comics now, and it seems like w...
by Ghavrel
Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27070

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

You, I guess, assuming the "joke in very poor taste" was naming the kid "Trig" in the first place. (Apparently "Tri-G" is an alternate term for Down Syndrome or something.) Wait, what . That can't be. ... Down syndrome, or Down's syndrome (primarily in the United Kingd...

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