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by Ranbot
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 1315

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

UK winters are mild compared to continental regions of the North America and Asia at the generally the same latitude and elevation where temperatures average 10 to 20 degrees C lower than the UK. Continental areas make up for their bitter cold winters with some gloriously warm, commonly clear, and ...
by Ranbot
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 1315

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

Growing up in northern Oregon, I always wondered why people on TV got so excited about going to the beach.....Now, having briefly visited the Bahamas in my late teens, I reflexively correct my friends when they suggest a "beach trip" to e.g. Seaside. We don't have a beach, we have a coast...
by Ranbot
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 1315

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

45°N is southern France , northern Mediterranean in general, (former) Yugoslavia, Ukraine, miles and miles of bloody Uberwald Russia, various -Stans and (China/Mongolia) n /China/Russia-again, a slice through northern Japan(/Russia), skip the Ocean to sort of do the Oregon Trail in reverse in the U...
by Ranbot
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 1315

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

Middle latitudes? Does that extend as far up as to where it is often officially dreich? (Right now it's a very wet and blustery dreich, as opposed to merely insidiously wet, where it isn't wet enough to dispel the midges, but it feels like it should have been.) ((Oh, and sunset is about now, it see...
by Ranbot
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts
Replies: 15
Views: 1880

Re: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts

...I just found him so unapologetically Straight White Man... it was just such a bro-y show. I can see that... I think the stereotypical middle-aged nerdy button-down straight white man is part of Hodgman's "brand" and it might not be to everyone's sense of humor, but I don't think he nee...
by Ranbot
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts
Replies: 15
Views: 1880

Re: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts

I've been listening to episodes of Judge John Hodgman recently and I think it's very funny. Listeners send in problems or dilemmas they are having, and "Judge" John Hodgman listens, comments, and makes a ruling. Some rulings are fast, some slow, many times he interviews the person(s) on th...
by Ranbot
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 357783

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Any good two player games on Steam atm? My husband and I enjoyed Portal 2, Sanctum and Serious Sam together, but hard to find something fun? Have you tried Magicka ? This game is a pure fun, friendly fire from fellow magicians included. Co-op up to 4 people... There is also Magicka 2 , which is mos...
by Ranbot
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 2149

Re: 2077: "Heist"

...heard (or rather, read) the word "heist" for the first time. As a German, I wonder how you pronounce it, as we have a ton of words that would rhyme with it. You can play audio of UK and US pronunciation of "heist" here: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/pronunciation/englis...
by Ranbot
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2078: "Popper"
Replies: 19
Views: 1686

Re: 2078: "Popper"

WriteBrainedJR wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:
Megaryuu wrote:I don't get it. Is this a reference to something?

It's a reference to Karl Popper

Or, at least, nobody has proven that it isn't a reference to Karl Popper :roll:

This joke can go on forever! Wait... what I really mean is one has proven this joke cannot go on forever. :lol:
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 2149

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Paulmichael wrote:Well, guess we finally got the prequel to https://xkcd.com/705/

and in time for Christmas!
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 2149

Re: 2077: "Heist"

...heard (or rather, read) the word "heist" for the first time. As a German, I wonder how you pronounce it, as we have a ton of words that would rhyme with it. You can play audio of UK and US pronunciation of "heist" here: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/pronunciation/englis...
by Ranbot
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 357783

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Any good two player games on Steam atm? My husband and I enjoyed Portal 2, Sanctum and Serious Sam together, but hard to find something fun? Don't Starve Together is 60% off now ($5.99) and you get two copies. That's a pretty unbeatable price. I played the mobile version of the Don't Starve predece...
by Ranbot
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 121102

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I heard ARK was kinda bad. Yeah... I know some of the larger dinos can have structures on them. Kinda figured there were catapults of what have you that could be built. Be weird if there weren't. Maybe I am not giving ARK enough credit... but still I would like something more multi-player combat fo...
by Ranbot
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 121102

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Someone should buy the rights to Dino-Riders and make a game out of it.... I'm imagining a Battlefield franchise installment or reboot Enemy Territory. So... ARK . I hear it's.... okay. I actually thought of ARK, but as far as I can tell it doesn't do much more than using dinos as basic transport. ...
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 121102

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I understand you now. I thought the meme, dated as it is, showed the potential for a Dino-Riders based game.
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 121102

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Weeks wrote:whoa...it's like i'm in 2008 again.

2008? What did I miss? The Dino-Riders cartoon aired in 1988 and a some toy action figures were made, but there's been nothing since that I am aware of... but I certainly could have missed something.
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2413

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

The (still) only viable uses for spacecraft are research and communication satellites ... I would not belittle the importance of communications. Worldwide trade, industry, emergency response, efficiencies, and personal wealth improvements [for technologically-advanced nations, at least] owe a lot t...
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bad Movies You Love
Replies: 284
Views: 47480

Re: Bad Movies You Love

5th Element came out around the time my hormones were pumping, so the Mila Jovovich's topless scene and the weird medical wrap outfit was a funny time for me. It is a great campy movie. In that case, Starship Troopers. A total campy fun fest that hit all the right buttons for me as male teenager. R...
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 121102

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Someone should buy the rights to Dino-Riders and make a game out of it.... I'm imagining a Battlefield franchise installment or reboot Enemy Territory.
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by Ranbot
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wanted: Your Loss Memes
Replies: 19
Views: 3303

Re: Wanted: Your Loss Memes

by Ranbot
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 18733

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

My only concern is that voting reform will occur in blue states, making them more fair in favor of Republicans, and suppression will continue to get worse in red states, making them less fair in favor of Republicans. It can swing both ways, just like the current system can. The point is getting to ...
by Ranbot
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 18733

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

That second point (ranked voting) is the real fix...how the hell can we possibly change to any kind of ranked voting... ....my whole thought process that lands me in the same place as you: We need to change the voting system. Ranked voting works in Maine to elect House representative . Maine [and N...
by Ranbot
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: InspiroBot
Replies: 20
Views: 1295

Re: InspiroBot

Hiroshima and Nagasaki might not agree with you there, InspiroBot...
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by Ranbot
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: InspiroBot
Replies: 20
Views: 1295

Re: InspiroBot

I just learned that InspiroBot may also be a source of new political memes! (because we need more of those, right?? :roll: )

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by Ranbot
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: InspiroBot
Replies: 20
Views: 1295

InspiroBot

Is your life is lacking inspiring sayings set against motivational backgrounds? Worry no longer, because AI technology now gives you an unlimited supply of motivation! Meet InspiroBot ! InspiroBot explains itself best, "I am an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts o...
by Ranbot
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 2880

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

When Captian Falcon was put in the original SSB it made sense because a decade had not passed since the last F Zero release. It is like Chrono Trigger at this point. Yeah I guess, but F-Zero's best attribute was being released at the same time the SNES console was released. Otherwise F-Zero was a v...
by Ranbot
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 2880

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

In my ignorance, I had to Google this title, and I learned of other playable characters. I vaguely knew there were a lot of characters in the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate but wasn't following it closely and I looked it up too. For everyone else: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-11-01-super...
by Ranbot
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 18733

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

In addition to Ranbot's point, one must again be reminded that complex, nuanced multi-dimensional politics is flattened into a simple line by the system. Agreed completely. And that gets back to the root problem [as I see it] of the politics ruled by two parties - the duopoly. We need a strong bloc...
by Ranbot
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 18733

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

... "lunatic reactionary" (which is where the Republicans are today)... "Moderate" as in the arithmetic mean between the most radical progressives and those lunatic reactionaries is fine... but that's basically what the Democrats are... the closest we have are the moderates, the...
by Ranbot
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 18733

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

...We need to change the voting system. :) And of course, it bumps into the same problem you're highlighting about the challenges of asking the duopoly to give up their control of power. Personally, I've been working on building a case that could convince partisans that the duopoly itself is a bigg...
by Ranbot
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 18733

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

I have a theory that our two party system is... ...an economic duopoly? Yesterday I listened to a great Freakonomics podcast, "America's Hidden Duopoly" that evaluated US politics as you would a limited choice market (monopolies, duopolies, etc.). The parallels are very interesting. It's ...
by Ranbot
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5322

Re: Ethics of Research

jewish_scientist, It looks like you want to arrive at a binary yes or no answer that doesn't really exist for the several questions you pose, even if one ethical framework or another can support a yes or no. Anyone thinking about your questions will very quickly (like in <30 seconds) find ways to ju...
by Ranbot
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Altered Carbonara
Replies: 9
Views: 3697

Re: Altered Carbonara

I finished watching this recently and it was just OK. I watched 5 episodes months ago, dropped it for a while and then came back to it to finish recently. It has some really high points and some really low points. A very gritty sci-fi world exploring the society-changing technology with plenty of ac...
by Ranbot
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5322

Re: Ethics of Research

For the former question though, it is so obviously false I cannot imagine people having entertained the 'yes' position. An consequentalist could argue that because inventions that improve the welfare of people rely on scientific knowledge, a person able to collect and disseminate that knowledge mus...
by Ranbot
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: caution knowledge you may not want
Replies: 9
Views: 1509

Re: caution knowledge you may not want

Knowledge the OP may not want: The first post's random launching of ideas at the proverbial wall to see what sticks is either stupid, trolling, or both. Regardless, it's a dumb way to start a discussion and pretty much guarantees the discussion will go nowhere. I also couldn't help noticing that phi...
by Ranbot
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 3742

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

Either way I care not: I'm driving a huge ass-truck, not a car. As opposed to a huge-ass truck? No, No... I'm sure Flumble used that hyphen intentionally and he drives an ass-truck like this: My, the posters on here must be getting younger . it's true I'm a newer member around here, but I can learn...
by Ranbot
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Help With My Alternate Earth
Replies: 7
Views: 4619

Re: Help With My Alternate Earth

(edited) Reminds me of the Bree Creek Quadrangle, which many geology students (Structure class, specifically) suffered through. It's an alternate Earth geology map very loosely inspired by Tolkien's Middle Earth that was the basis of a series of geology class/homework exercises. https://imgur.com/g...
by Ranbot
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 121102

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I mean, if you want to ask for money on something that is less than version 1.0 that's fine, as long as you are very upfront with that fact. If people want to gamble on an unfinished product, that's their prerogative. I just won't be one of them. Yeah, I have my preferences for how i think the worl...
by Ranbot
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Help With My Alternate Earth
Replies: 7
Views: 4619

Re: Help With My Alternate Earth

(edited) Reminds me of the Bree Creek Quadrangle, which many geology students (Structure class, specifically) suffered through. It's an alternate Earth geology map very loosely inspired by Tolkien's Middle Earth that was the basis of a series of geology class/homework exercises. https://imgur.com/g...
by Ranbot
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 10007

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

If I was leaving a warning I would write a detailed [and probably very boring] explanation of the danger, origin, effects, studies, etc. in as many languages as possible. I like this...We shouldn't talk down to an advanced civilization ("Don't go here!"), but tell them what it is, and let...

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