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by markfiend
Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Iain M. Banks
Replies: 124
Views: 172338

Re: Iain M. Banks

I'm gutted.
by markfiend
Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:34 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 28879

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

Bah. Randall missed the obvious answer. "When the ravens leave the Tower of London, the Kingdom will fall."
by markfiend
Fri May 31, 2013 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 35477

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

JTL wrote:Did anyone else misread the title as Doors of Turin?

And now I'm thinking in-universe again and misunderstood you to mean Túrin Turambar
by markfiend
Wed May 29, 2013 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 35477

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Can somebody explain this comic? What are those doors? What does saying “frenemy” do to them? Why is it funny? No I don’t even plan on watching The Hobbit. Fantasy is to sci-fi what astrology is to astronomy and what religion is to science. Stupid fantasy is stupid. And made for stupid people. (And...
by markfiend
Wed May 29, 2013 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 35477

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

I loved the LOTR films but I'm not so familiar with the intricate lore, so maybe I'm the only one who thinks it a little weird that the Elf word for 'friend' is Melon? There must be so many puns in the Elfish/Human bilinguals of their society (assuming that melons exist at all in Middle Earth). In-...
by markfiend
Wed May 29, 2013 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0047: "Alien Astronomers"
Replies: 42
Views: 30256

Re: What-If 0047: "Alien Astronomers"

Steve the Pocket wrote:"Earthshine" sounds like something a hippie would name their kid. Or possibly their band, if they're a bit less stupid.

True fact: Gala Wright, the daughter of former Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright, has the middle name "Starshine".
by markfiend
Wed May 29, 2013 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 35477

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

side wrote:Surely the password is in dwarvish, not elvish, as it's a dwarf city!

It's the gate out onto the Elvish land of Hollin. The "speak friend and enter" bit is in Elvish (technically Sindarin) too. (pedo mellon a minno IIRC)
by markfiend
Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 31706

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

You tend to attract people that are somewhat similar to you. I've read plenty of stories of guys on the forums whom before they worked on improving themselves attracted drug addicts, bipolar women, people who would slash their tires or throw shit through their windows when they were in a bad mood. ...
by markfiend
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 31706

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

FireZs wrote:PUA tactics can help with not fucking it up

See, I have a good deal of difficulty believing that.
by markfiend
Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1177: "Time Robot"
Replies: 51
Views: 10851

Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

amulshah7 wrote:
moocow2024 wrote:The time robot has one red eye lol.


Yeah, I noticed that. Is there a reason for that? Also, I like how the clock shows 10:10 (one of the most common times to show up on a clock in ads, media, etc.).

On an analogue clock, 10:10 makes the hands look like a smile.
by markfiend
Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 31706

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

paradoxa wrote:For those that want to paint pickup artists with a brush a mile wide, I ask: Do you hate salesman?

I hate door-to-door salesmen that won't leave me the fuck alone when I say I'm not interested. Interesting comparison.
by markfiend
Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 29059

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

Hey, sorry to have left this thread "hanging"... The text that we know today as The Gospel of Matthew is probably not the text referred to by Papias by that name. "Matthew" wrote originally in Greek whereas Papias calls the text a translation. (Admittedly this may be Papias's mis...
by markfiend
Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:42 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 29059

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

Go back to the sources people: the gospels themselves. The nativity stories come solely from Matthew and Luke*, but their two stories don't reconcile with each other. The Shepherds are in Luke but not Matthew, the Magi are in Matthew but not Luke. Herod's "slaughter of the innocents" (a st...
by markfiend
Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?
Replies: 287
Views: 34803

Re: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?

Something like the recent drug related story of a girl who climbed high voltage power lines wouldn't happen to me. I think that story is a flat-out lie. I simply do not believe that any amount of cannabis smoke would make you believe that a power-line pylon was actually a bridge. (Also, the notion ...
by markfiend
Wed May 02, 2012 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131078

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

What on earth are you talking about? I point out that Clinton supervised the state-sanctioned killing of a mentally incompetent black prisoner who meets all the requirements for clemency and you power right past it. Don't even notice. I don't think that anyone claims Clinton was perfect. Personally...
by markfiend
Wed May 02, 2012 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131078

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Karilyn, Your anecdote about begging resonates with me; I too have been homeless. In retrospect I think I misunderstood what you were claiming when you said that it was possible to easily earn the rent by begging. I apologise and retract the "self-serving" bullshit claim about what you sai...
by markfiend
Wed May 02, 2012 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131078

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Further to Kaylakaze's point: the entire "birther conspiracy" is blatantly racist. In their eyes, a black man simply cannot be a "Real American". The $30 minimum rent is purely token of course, and is something that a person could relatively easily make by begging on street corne...
by markfiend
Wed May 02, 2012 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131078

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I agree. I had been reluctant to comment on it before you did earlier and I gave you a cookie for it. I want to make sure it's clear that my statement that Nazi Germany had heavy aspects of socialism (racially charged socialism, but socialism nonetheless), was one of historical and academic relevan...
by markfiend
Wed May 02, 2012 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131078

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

After all, the Holocaust was the death of 4.9 million to 6.0 million Jews. And maybe 3 million Soviets (POWs and civilians), two-and-a-half million Poles, half a million Roma, more than a quarter of a million disabled people, and, and, and... Somewhere between 11 million and 17 million were killed ...
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

I don't think anyone "should" have sex. No one "deserves" sex. It's not a prize you get for being successful, or clever, or nice, or good-looking, or decent, or indecent, or articulate, or young, or caring, or whatever. It's not a prize, period. It's ok to look for sex, as it's ...
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Most of the people who become interested in PUA are lonely introverts who haven't been properly socialized. They most likely tried to find love through openness and honesty; that simply doesn't work unless you have natural game. When you're in a position where you don't tend to naturally attract fe...
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

J Thomas wrote:Try to be a good example here. Show your empathy for whargarbl8? How does he feel? How does he feel when you act this way? What does he really want? What would an empathetic person so about that?

I don't want to fuck whargarbl8.
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Really, what is your solution for the men who have no success with your method? There are lots of them out there. Should they just accept their lot as being frustrated and alone? What to do when focusing on the self leads to brutal and hurtful rejection from the opposite sex? In which Wharrgarbl8 r...
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Because you genuinely care how another person feels? Empathy? Basic fucking humanity? So you treat other well because it affects YOU through empathy. How is this any different from what I said? You treat other people well because it affects YOU! Your first argument for treating people well is liter...
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Asclepion wrote:The correct response from a neg is a punch in the balls.

FTFY
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

There is a difference between asking yourself "what can I do to enhance and/or better present my pleasant and interesting attributes?" and asking yourself "what can I do to make this person think or act the way I want?" Why would you want to enhance your presentation? Seriously,...
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

...your opponent... If you think women are your opponent, you should not be surprised that you're not having a great deal of luck interacting with them. If you look at it just so, he came out kind of a winner. If he had tricked her into having sex with him, and then they got into a continuing relat...
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

<meta>Wow, with PUAs, Randall's found an even deeper well of idiot flame-bate than with the Libertarians.</meta>
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

trying to make friends with someone you're in love with What. The. Fuck. How can you be in love with someone you're not even friends with? That makes no sense. Lol, guys, there are many pathologies and non-pathologic states, in which this is possible. If only because love is a different emotion tha...
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Marlayna wrote:trying to make friends with someone you're in love with

What. The. Fuck.

How can you be in love with someone you're not even friends with? That makes no sense.
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

SwL wrote:tl;dr (actually did read)
No you've missed the entire point:

Treating women as a "target", calling your interactions with other people a "game", this whole adversarial approach to interpersonal relationships... makes you an asshole.
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Holograph wrote:Offended because hateful assholes were talking about how they were getting laid when I weren't

This comment is not just aimed at you, but as you brought it up...

Any PUA or MRA talking about how often they are getting laid is almost certainly lying.
by markfiend
Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272539

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

XKCD Fan wrote:tl;dr

eightbitman wrote:tl;dr

Translation: eightbitman and XKCD Fan think their desire to get a fuck outweighs women's desire to be treated like human beings.

We already know you're willing to lie for sex. So how far are you willing to take it, guys? Hypnosis? Rohypnol? Hold her down with a knife to her throat?
by markfiend
Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90936

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

A theory which is perfectly reasonable for one set of experiments may be utterly disproven with a different set. Since we can't predict what experiments will be possible in the future, we can't predict how fast our theories will be disproven. But I don't think that this is the case at all. For exam...
by markfiend
Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90936

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Divine Command Theory would be correct, yes. But if you know that name then you are of course aware that there are forms of moral objectivism (or more generally, moral universalism) besides Divine Command Theory, are you not? Ones which make no appeal to the supernatural, or any other arbitrary aut...
by markfiend
Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90936

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

I'm a little behind on this thread, busy elsewhere, but I just want to comment: I hope nobody is offering (or accepting) "I'm a relativist" as an excuse, like "it's ok, I'm not an absolutist -- I'm a relativist!" Because that's not really any better. The problem with "absol...
by markfiend
Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90936

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

I have met people like that too. You think they're wrong. I think they're wrong. Maybe before we argue against them we should find somebody here who wants to argue in their favor. Otherwise you're preaching to the converted. Heh. We did have some earlier in the thread but they seem to have abandone...
by markfiend
Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90936

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

So what you're saying is that you want new releases of the Bible, every few years? Like Linux, or the DSM? No, not at all. I'm convinced that we're talking past each other here. The Christians I'm talking about claim to be moral absolutists . They claim that there is an eternal, extrinsic moral aut...
by markfiend
Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90936

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

You certainly have no case if you argue that the Christians of today have a moral failing in the fact that the Christians of some point in the historical past did not condemn slavery. You would have to argue that the Christians of today prefer a tradition of tolerance of slavery to taking an active...
by markfiend
Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90936

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Isn't the problem not slavery in itself, but that under slavery bad things can happen to people and they have no recourse? Not in my opinion. Claiming ownership over another human being is an affront against human dignity and self-determination second to none. Is wage slavery so much better? When p...

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