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by FourTael
Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1199: "Silence"
Replies: 107
Views: 19353

Re: 1199: "Silence"

Oh, John Cage, if only your art was born in the modern world of monochromatic wooden planks and piles of candy from which people are free to take as they please, you might have been more accepted for your brilliance.

Brilliance in getting people's money in exchange for feeding them BS.
by FourTael
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 54554

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

rainspeaker wrote:
FourTael wrote:Was that a reference to Cats in the alt-text?

Quite the reverse: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennelly%E ... side_layer


Oh. Well. I'm not all that interested in astronomy.

Well, sort of, but I've had trouble getting into studying it.
by FourTael
Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0206: "Reno Rhymes"
Replies: 217
Views: 74628

Re: Reno Rhymes: Offensive / respectless re My Lai?

That's the point. That's why the other stickman refuses to participate further. I think Randall's being pretty clear that such jokes aren't in good taste. The tasteless joke also secures BHG's place as sociopath. The first 5 times I read it, I just thought he was done because there were no more rhy...
by FourTael
Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 54554

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Was that...

Was that a reference to Cats in the alt-text?
by FourTael
Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 23218

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

Edit: I'm mostly interested in nutrition urban legends these days, but there are quite a few others that annoy me. Hokay - One widely popular urban legend is that "natural" sucrose (cane or beet sugar, for example) is healthier than high fructose corn syrup. The physiological effects of t...
by FourTael
Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 23218

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

Why is it that whenever I hear some strange new urban legend for the first time, it's always in the course of someone saying it isn't true? Because all the currently popular urban legends are accepted as fact, not yet exposed as urban legends. We have more than ever, and if I listed a dozen here yo...
by FourTael
Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 25670

Re: 1146: "Honest"

rhomboidal wrote:Is that Tyler Durden on the left there...?


Two physicists.
by FourTael
Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 69907

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

You know what's most interesting to me? Just how many different answers that question has gotten. Now, we could use this to disprove science because clearly a random group of people (not entirely random, but enough for my point to stand) don't have 100% accuracy at answering questions, there is no a...
by FourTael
Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 62283

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

The comforting thing about conspiracy theories is that the ones that actually have any evidence... have evidence. The fact of the matter is that conspiracies leave paper trails. Lots of them. All you have to do is look and you can find tons of evidence. So far, I've found (2) things that sound like ...
by FourTael
Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1074: "Moon Landing"
Replies: 164
Views: 36257

Re: 1074: "Moon Landing"

But ... how is this like a politician or a police officer? We're not talking about people who are going to be in a position of power. I don't see how the situations are analagous. I was just commenting that people who desperately want power are exactly the wrong people to have it. I think anyone wh...
by FourTael
Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1074: "Moon Landing"
Replies: 164
Views: 36257

Re: 1074: "Moon Landing"

frinklabs wrote:Why AREN'T we going to Mars? It is apparently technically feasible.

Better yet, why are the Chinese wasting their time with low-earth-orbit stations? Why don't they mount a Mars mission?


Money and politics.
by FourTael
Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1074: "Moon Landing"
Replies: 164
Views: 36257

Re: 1074: "Moon Landing"

Obvious self-reference (surprised not brought up yet): http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/conspiracy_theories.png Also, I too agree Hubble should be in that list. Sure, Spirit and Opportunity were cool and all, but Hubble was fixed . I just find that cool for some reason. Oh GODS do I hate confirmation bi...
by FourTael
Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1074: "Moon Landing"
Replies: 164
Views: 36257

Re: 1074: "Moon Landing"

Oh, Neil DeGrasse Tyson... how I love you sometimes and hate you with the power of a thousand burning suns other times. As to the comic... Y'know, I tried to argue, but I find that I'm unable. We got to the moon so soon after simply achieving heavier-than-air flight. And now... nothing. It's actuall...
by FourTael
Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0998: "2012"
Replies: 63
Views: 17188

Re: 0998: "2012"

The reason everyone is blase about the end of the world is because the government does not want to create a panic. You think there's a government, man? There's no government, man! It's all a computer simulation, man, to control your mind, man! The Matrix is F-in real, man! How do you not get that, ...
by FourTael
Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0998: "2012"
Replies: 63
Views: 17188

Re: 0998: "2012"

So I was just playing a game...

The current scenario has the Greeks (Atlanteans) meeting the Mayans and whatnot.

It's 12 years old.
by FourTael
Thu May 05, 2011 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 228
Views: 90512

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

Hey, I didn't bring up biological engineering. I was just pointing out that it is very useful aside from making goats that you can milk for spider silk.
by FourTael
Thu May 05, 2011 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 228
Views: 90512

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

HopDavid wrote:
FourTael wrote:
I'm not saying we should wait until we can grow a space elevator from a seed. Just that, looking far into the future,


Arguing about the far future is akin to discussing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.


Fair enough. I won't argue about future tech, then.
by FourTael
Thu May 05, 2011 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 228
Views: 90512

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

You don't think direct manipulation on the atomic or subatomic level would allow you to create materials and structures that biological engineering can't achieve? Well, considering the fact that cells work at the atomic level... not really. Remember: The human body doesn't work solely with carbon. ...
by FourTael
Thu May 05, 2011 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 228
Views: 90512

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

The advantage of biological engineering is that you're creating an organism that does whatever you need done for you. We built cars. We then built machines to build those cars. Then we built machines to build those machines. With biological engineering, the cars build themselves, and repair themselv...
by FourTael
Thu May 05, 2011 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 228
Views: 90512

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

I as well have every expectation that humans in the distant future will take advantage of high levels of biological engineering. Two problems, however: 1.) I tend to think we're much further away from those sorts of technologies than you think. Again, if we wait on them, we'll be waiting a while. 2...
by FourTael
Wed May 04, 2011 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0894: "Progeny"
Replies: 97
Views: 18794

Re: 0894: Progeny

Poker
by FourTael
Wed May 04, 2011 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 228
Views: 90512

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

While those are good ideas for use of microscopic organisms, I was thinking on a larger scale.

As in, a space elevator that builds itself (using a tree as a base).
by FourTael
Wed May 04, 2011 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 60285

Re: 0889: Turtles

PS. Zhuangzi knows what the fish enjoy because he spends time with them and believes that observation paired with reflection provides insight, wisdom, and understanding. In other words, he has a Theory of Mind for the fish. He is gently rebuking Huizi for presuming the impossibility of the knowledg...
by FourTael
Wed May 04, 2011 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 228
Views: 90512

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

Actually, I think that future tech will rely heavily on biological engineering. Why build something if you can design an organism that will build it for you several times over? Or an organism that shapes itself to your specific needs (Farscape, anyone?)?
by FourTael
Tue May 03, 2011 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 228
Views: 90512

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

I'd be happy just with 10,000 people off-earth. Preferably some near Earth, some on the moon, and some on Mars.

I'll be even happier once we spread outside the solar system.
by FourTael
Tue May 03, 2011 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 228
Views: 90512

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

I think there's a huge difference between never sending people back into space, and just not sending them until the technology has vastly improved to make it cheaper, quicker and safer. I doubt the human race is going to die out in the next couple hundred years. We can keep sending robots in the me...
by FourTael
Tue May 03, 2011 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 228
Views: 90512

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

as useful as it may be for scifi the odds of developing faster than light travel or even faster than light communication are very slim. Actually, I'm working on a system of FTL travel that uses quantum time (chronons and whatnot), as well as some stuff I'm working on with infinity. We don't really ...
by FourTael
Mon May 02, 2011 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 228
Views: 90512

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

Somehow our society has decided that conquering and occupying Iraq and Afghanistan is more valuable than exploring other worlds. Seriously, we have spent more money on said wars than on the past fifty-odd years of spaceflight total, and all that I can see we have gained from the wars is the war sup...
by FourTael
Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 60285

Re: 0889: Turtles

But Zhuangzi asked "how do you know I don't know" meaning he knew that Huizi knew that he didn't know. That. That absolute torturing of language instead of just answering the guy with "I don't" or "Because of X". ARHGAARGAHRAGH. That's why I hate that story. ok, enough...
by FourTael
Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 60285

Re: 0889: Turtles

So... he's become a Taoist? I can make this joke because I'm a Taoist. And, because it's a joke about Taoism, you can, too. ...Darnit. Someone already referenced Taoism in their post. Although, I think perhaps a better quote would be this: Once, when Chuang Tzu was fishing in the P'u River, the king...
by FourTael
Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 57375

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

"Rain forest mostly gone due to climate shifts."

I lol'd.

Mid-Pliocene, people. Mid-Pliocene.

It seems that, as the predictions get further away, they get more and more absurd and apocalyptic. Whatever happened to, "The future will be better tomorrow"?
by FourTael
Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 84339

Re: 0882: "Significant"

Ah, I remembered the logical fallacy related to this comic! It's called "The Prosecuter's Fallacy." Basically, if you run a DNA test that has a .1% chance of getting a false match against a database of 1,000 people, your chance of getting a false match is not .1%, but rather 63.23%. If you...
by FourTael
Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 84339

Re: 0882: "Significant"

This reminds me of that House episode where they try to run Hep C tests until they get a false positive. Also the one where the senator has a false positive HIV test. Anthonyjerome: Do you have a link to the majority decision or some news articles on the subject? I didn't hear about that case. Edit:...
by FourTael
Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0873: "FPS Mod"
Replies: 105
Views: 30860

Re: 0873: "FPS Mod"

This reminds me of the original Perfect Dark. I almost cried playing it because the death screams and the guys crying out "I don't want to die!" or "Why... me..."
by FourTael
Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rock, paper scissors chainsaw
Replies: 1637
Views: 162387

Re: Rock, paper scissors chainsaw

Stupidity
by FourTael
Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rock, paper scissors chainsaw
Replies: 1637
Views: 162387

Re: Rock, paper scissors chainsaw

MSG-induced headaches
by FourTael
Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rock, paper scissors chainsaw
Replies: 1637
Views: 162387

Re: Rock, paper scissors chainsaw

Weightless environments
by FourTael
Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count up in a somewhat complex way
Replies: 2547
Views: 259907

Re: Count up in a somewhat complex way

2210 (62)
by FourTael
Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rock, paper scissors chainsaw
Replies: 1637
Views: 162387

Re: Rock, paper scissors chainsaw

Time travel
by FourTael
Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count up in a somewhat complex way
Replies: 2547
Views: 259907

Re: Count up in a somewhat complex way

2200 (60)

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