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by McLurker
Wed Jun 06, 2007 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0273: "Electromagnetic Spectrum"
Replies: 221
Views: 75140

I'm another one who can tell if a TV is on, even if there is no sound. I don't really notice it unless I think about it- but it is very obvious to me when the TV is turned off.
by McLurker
Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Presidential Primaries
Replies: 79
Views: 11284

fjafjan wrote: I remember hearing an historian


Probably OT, but I really hate that phrase.

A historian.
by McLurker
Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Surprising things you have learned today
Replies: 100
Views: 14902

djn wrote:
I also just realized that I miss BSD/GPL flamewars. I haven't had anything to do with one for years.


That's because BSD is dead. :wink:
by McLurker
Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russian Nuclear Threat
Replies: 112
Views: 14865

I wonder if this is simply because a lot of time and money was put into developing missile defence during the cold war, and the people who thought they were going to clean up selling us security against nuclear annihilation aren't going to give up on their systems easily, even though it's now obsole...
by McLurker
Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russian Nuclear Threat
Replies: 112
Views: 14865

A sad response to American sabre-rattling, but inevitable. What the hell did they think the Russians were going to do? And the idea that this shield is to protect against "rogue states" is stupid. There is the slimmest possibility Iran or North Korea may one day be able to produce a nuke. ...
by McLurker
Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483538

I've finished Cowboys for Christ . I just saw this mentioned on a blog earlier today and thought about picking it up ... how was it? Well, I loved it. Starts off as a comic satire, really. The suspense and horror elements kick in later. Not the scariest thing I have ever read (not that I am a horro...
by McLurker
Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: What forthcoming films are you looking forward to?
Replies: 65
Views: 12541

Belial wrote:Is stardust based on the Gaiman book by the same name?



Yep.

Which is a big part of why I'm looking forward to it so much.

Here's Dunstan meeting Una for the first time

Image
by McLurker
Mon Jun 04, 2007 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9563
Views: 1191614

Staying Alive- By Cursive.

Not the Bee Gees.
by McLurker
Mon Jun 04, 2007 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: What forthcoming films are you looking forward to?
Replies: 65
Views: 12541

What forthcoming films are you looking forward to?

For me, it has to be Stardust.

Based on one of my favourite books, featuring a great cast, and from the trailer it looks as if it going to be visually stunning. I can't wait.

What films due out in the near future are you all dying to see?
by McLurker
Mon Jun 04, 2007 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483538

You can get Accelerando free on the author's website.

There's not that much sex, and most of it happens earlier on, when the characters aren't so posthuman.
by McLurker
Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch reality TV show winner will get kidney
Replies: 23
Views: 4317

It also wont' be a bad idea, if terminally ill people were actually given such a choice, to pick from candidates to carry their legacy for an organ. This could lead to some really nasty stuff "I don't want a homo getting my liver" "Can I make sure my kidney goes to a white guy?"
by McLurker
Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brilliant Idea... sort of
Replies: 32
Views: 6374

Ghona wrote:You know what they should have? A viking who's also a firefighter. Torn between his dual urges to set things on fire and put out fires, he resorts to the one thing both sides have in common - hitting things with an axe.


And carrying women off over his shoulder.
by McLurker
Wed May 30, 2007 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism
Replies: 914
Views: 93557

Maybe this belongs on the confession thread- but I used to be a creationist Shock! Horror! It seemed like a good idea at the time. What is interesting is that I managed to graduate with a first in a chemistry and biology degree at the time! My experiences mean that, while I hate the stupid falseness...
by McLurker
Wed May 30, 2007 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0270: "Merlin"
Replies: 51
Views: 21395

Jadestone wrote:
And stick-merlin is pretty sweet.


It's the beard on a stick figure that looks good.
by McLurker
Wed May 30, 2007 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22917

Ok lets say this is the highest rate for a "liberation". The only comparison of the "good" bieng done, I can think of would be Mahmood Ghaznavi attacking India to steal gold and saying it was for Islam, or the pope calling for the crusades, because he wanted more power. I think ...
by McLurker
Wed May 30, 2007 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483538

I've finished Cowboys for Christ. Now its onto The Execution Channel, a fairly dystopian SF novel. It starts with a nuclear explosion, and things are going downhill for most of the characters from there on.
by McLurker
Wed May 30, 2007 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0270: "Merlin"
Replies: 51
Views: 21395

Memento is one of my favourite films.

I've yet to read The Once and Future King. but I have seen The Sword in the Stone which was (very loosely) based on it.
by McLurker
Wed May 30, 2007 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Madeline McCann and Defining Child Neglect by Culture
Replies: 49
Views: 9390

SilverWolfe wrote:I read on the intertubes this morning that the parents are scheduling to meet The Pope this week.

Meet him for what???

This story has gone media-insane :(


Maybe they think he nabbed her? It's not as if he is allowed to have kids naturally...
by McLurker
Wed May 30, 2007 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Surprising things you have learned today
Replies: 100
Views: 14902

Note that Westerners didn't really settle this country until the 19th century, so my perspective on things may be different :) Even more surprising (at least to me) was that the Maori came to New Zealand around 1300 (or so, don't quote me on that). For some reason, I always find this sort of thing ...
by McLurker
Wed May 30, 2007 11:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brilliant Idea... sort of
Replies: 32
Views: 6374

Ghona wrote:You know what they should have? A viking who's also a firefighter. Torn between his dual urges to set things on fire and put out fires, he resorts to the one thing both sides have in common - hitting things with an axe.


He just needs a name, now.
by McLurker
Tue May 29, 2007 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many would it take?
Replies: 360
Views: 51353

Unlimited. It should be trivially easy to get a bunch of wee kids locked in a room kicking the crap out of each other in under a minute. In fact, it's stopping wee kids from kicking the crap out of each other that requires skill. You might have to injure a few to let them know they should go for a s...
by McLurker
Tue May 29, 2007 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boy kills massive hog
Replies: 52
Views: 17550

I was wondering at the mentality, too.

"Here's something so different from our everyday experience as to be almost miraculous"

"Let's KILL it!"

The people in this article seem like the kind of people who, if they saw an angel, would try to pull its wings off.
by McLurker
Tue May 29, 2007 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Santa Claus
Replies: 110
Views: 16483

Damn. I just voted for the exact opposite of what I think. Anyway, I think kids don't have to believe Santa Claus is real to enjoy the story, any more than they need to be told Harry Potter or whoever is real. Fine if very young kids believe it, but why deliberately tell them somethign you know to b...
by McLurker
Tue May 29, 2007 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9563
Views: 1191614

Tower of stregth- The Mission
You are all passion and heart
When I lay in your embrace
And heaven is in your kiss
Salvation lies just a touch away
by McLurker
Tue May 29, 2007 10:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brilliant Idea... sort of
Replies: 32
Views: 6374

Vampiric stealth ninja pirates perhaps? For some reason, this made me think of Dr McNinja The problem with your term is it loses the cool word "vampirates". And stealth is redundant- ninjas are known for it. So its Ninja Vampirates. Or Vampiratic Ninjas. From Hell, perhaps? And shouldn't ...
by McLurker
Tue May 29, 2007 10:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boy kills massive hog
Replies: 52
Views: 17550

The picture definitely looks faked to me.

Still, no matter what size it is- hunting with a pistol? WTF. If you take 9 shots to kill something, you shouldn't have been hunting it.

Personally, I don't hunt for sport. but, if someone does they should be humane about it.
by McLurker
Sun May 27, 2007 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Snog Lyrics
Replies: 518
Views: 105843

So he would buy her things and kiss her hair To show he was for real And she would take those gifts and kisses Though just stringing him along She knew about those wooden boys It's an empty love to fill the void "Pinocchio, oh boy, how your nose has grown!" So he would cry, "Liar, li...
by McLurker
Sun May 27, 2007 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Trying to remember a quote about anarchy...
Replies: 15
Views: 2878

by McLurker
Fri May 25, 2007 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Waiting Until Marriage (FOR SEX - Hah! Take that, euphmism!)
Replies: 206
Views: 30190

There are also times of the month that are safe If you have a regular cycle. If you take your temperature and check your cervical mucus everyday and know what all the changes mean. If you kept track for months before relying on it. If you don't have unprotected sex in the fertile or maybe fertile t...
by McLurker
Fri May 25, 2007 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22917

Re: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes

- I never supported the war in Iraq and still don't. - If they sent me back again I'd go willingly and do my best to accomplish the mission even if I disagree with it personally. Would you say a soldier who refused to take part in the war because they disagreed with it would be wrong to do so? Shou...
by McLurker
Fri May 25, 2007 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I saw PIRATES last night!!!! (Spoiler-free)
Replies: 46
Views: 8558

Hot Fuzz! Now that was a film. I don't like many popular comedy films but that was pure gold (Yep, I saw it on the day it came out. Ner ner, etc.) You know how long we had to wait to see The Last King of Scotland - a film with Scotland in the title, with a Scottish co-star, a central character obses...
by McLurker
Fri May 25, 2007 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483538

Charles Stross! Always good to read some Charlie. I lent my copy of "scratch monkey" to a friend and never finished it/got it back. You can get print copies of Scratch Monkey? I've seen it on his website, but never got round to reading it as I'm too easily distracted to read something as ...
by McLurker
Fri May 25, 2007 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483538

Charles Stross! Always good to read some Charlie.
by McLurker
Fri May 25, 2007 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I saw PIRATES last night!!!! (Spoiler-free)
Replies: 46
Views: 8558

I'm jealous, I won't se it until tonight.

Still, I'm glad we're not still in the days when Brits had to wait months before big films came out over here.

Still, looking forward to it :D
by McLurker
Fri May 25, 2007 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Freedom of choice
Replies: 67
Views: 11377

I was goign to post my own sarcastic version of this poll.

But the software insisited I provide at least two poll options.
by McLurker
Fri May 25, 2007 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483538

Cowboys for Christ If you liked The Wicker Man, you will love this book. It's by the film's director (I had no idea he was an author) Young Beth and Steve, a gospel singer and her cowboy boyfriend, both Christian members of a no-sex-before-marriage pact they call 'the silver ring thing', leave Texa...
by McLurker
Fri May 25, 2007 11:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Towel Day May 25th!
Replies: 138
Views: 23460

Pirates is coming out tomorrow.. Bahahahaha. I'm seeing it this evening. Not bringing my towel, though- not a good idea to mix one's fandom. And it's a first date, so want to avoid looking too weird until she's come to know me well enough to tolerate my weirdness. I have my towel now, though, and i...
by McLurker
Fri May 25, 2007 11:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Flying a kite with a stranger
Replies: 81
Views: 15182

Flying a kite with a stranger

In the last Choices comic, Randall asked I wonder what percentage of not-obviously-busy people on the street would say yes to kite-flying with a stranger. This looks like a job for Science! Ok, then; here comes the Science! It works, bitches. Well, a poll on a website with no care in the selection o...
by McLurker
Fri May 25, 2007 11:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Surprising things you have learned today
Replies: 100
Views: 14902

America was discovered over 500 years ago - that seems like plenty of time for something to become "traditional"... Yeah but nobody really settled here until Jamestown in 1607. And that's totally not enough time for something to become traditional. That's North America, potatoes are South...
by McLurker
Fri May 25, 2007 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0268: "Choices: Part 5"
Replies: 112
Views: 27415

It's Neil Young.

I love this ending.

Title text: I wonder what percentage of not-obviously-busy people on the street would say yes to kite-flying with a stranger. This looks like a job for Science!


It's not quite Science, but it's the best I can do for now.

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