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by markfiend
Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

We already have a word for big... big. And large. And sizable. And bulky. And voluminous. And great. And massive. We also have platonic love, romantic love, parental love, filial love, so why not a word for a mythical, deified personification of love? Point taken. Actually worse than meaningless be...
by markfiend
Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Final thought, Slavery in the Hebrews time was very different from what we know today. Citation very much needed. It's hardly a controversial claim he's making there. I don't think there's anyone who believes that ancient slavery looked anything like either Anglo-American triangle trade slavery, or...
by markfiend
Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Similar to the many ancient Greek gods and goddesses who were personifications of various natural forces as well as more abstract concepts (in some cases to such an extent that the concept and the god who personifies it are almost indistinct), the modern monotheistic god is a personification of the...
by markfiend
Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

It's not meant to conclude anything at all like the ontological argument, No, I got that. ;) though it draws from the same meta-concept of God (something having maximal perfections) that the ontological argument does, as it's addressed at the same crowd who make such arguments. But whereas the onto...
by markfiend
Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

I hope no-one minds but I was AFK all weekend, and I may be slightly thread-necroing on here... J Thomas : you surmised that because I characterised a "transcendent experience" as "entirely explicable"... It sounds like your experience was one you didn't get a lot of value from, ...
by markfiend
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 345190

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Going double-barrelled (like some people do (for example Hercules Grytpype-Thynne)) wasn't an option as we both have three-syllable surnames as it is. My wife has two four-syllable surnames, and a five syllable first name, so what. Breaks half of the databases out there. Fair enough. I do not mean ...
by markfiend
Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 38076

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

silkox wrote:Would be even more effective if the sheeple's pupil was anatomically correct in the form of an actual sheep pupil:Image

Yeah but that's a sheep's eye, not a sheeple's eye.
by markfiend
Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

I don't know how to talk about transcendent experiences. But if you have one, it makes Pascal's wager make sense. Before the experience, you live in a world where nothing is certain, where morality mostly means you stick up for your friends right or wrong because they'll go away if you don't, where...
by markfiend
Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

My personal thought would be as follows. The issue with the first verse is that it appears that God was the one that would be happy, but I believe it is others. There is no sense that God or even Elisha is happy with the 2 Kings verse you quoted this time. The following is a way better answer for y...
by markfiend
Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 345190

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Monika wrote:Guys can also adopt their wives' names.

And a lot of women don't change their names when they marry. My wife didn't.

Going double-barrelled (like some people do (for example Hercules Grytpype-Thynne)) wasn't an option as we both have three-syllable surnames as it is.
by markfiend
Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Given some of the things described in the old testament... Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. ... even if the gods were real, I wouldn't worship this immoral monster. (There are numerous other examples in the OT, but I can't be bothered tracking them all ...
by markfiend
Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

doogly wrote:I'd be delighted to! I have this drafted paper that shows the trinity is not actually all fully divine to within five sigma. No journal is touching it though. Fucking scientists.

*doffs cap*
by markfiend
Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

the White Queen wrote:Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
by markfiend
Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

God created Jesus; Jesus's purpose is to rule the earth: Lord can mean king not just god. God also is used in many contexts in the bible; satan is described once as "god of this system of things". "One Substance" Jesus being created entirely by God and a reflection of him. Hypot...
by markfiend
Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

I'm not going to rehash your whole post; I think we're more in agreement than I at first suspected. :mrgreen: I wind up with this kind of result almost every time I look at the details. It winds up being not "X is true" or "X is false". It turns into "X explains the limited ...
by markfiend
Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

As long as Israel does not use nukes, it doesn't much matter whether you believe in Israeli nukes or not. They will make no difference in your life. But if Israel chooses to nuke your nation then Israeli nukes suddenly become one of those things that are true whether you believe in them or not. The...
by markfiend
Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

For example, does Israel have nuclear weapons? I don't know anybody who seriously doubts it. But the evidence is weak. There's a difference between the claim that "Israel has nuclear weapons" and the claim that "the god of Abraham as described in the old testament texts exists"....
by markfiend
Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Fire Brns wrote:my friend the athiest

I bet I'm athier than him.
by markfiend
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90629

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

This crosses a line and yet... Brings up a very good point. Just like "Adam and Steve", "Abel and Eve" is also immoral, probably even more immoral. I stand here right now and challenge every single atheist/agnostic in this thread to prove to me that incest is moral. Go! (No, I'm...
by markfiend
Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1000: "1000 Comics"
Replies: 147
Views: 49865

Re: 1000: "1000 Comics"

d'oh!

You are, of course, correct. :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
by markfiend
Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1000: "1000 Comics"
Replies: 147
Views: 49865

Re: 1000: "1000 Comics"

Keybounce wrote:
Splarka wrote:
Keybounce wrote: Are there any numbers between 1001 and 1024 that have rational square roots?


1004.89?


Ok, any integers?

You answered your own question.
Keybounce wrote:31 * 31 = 961
32 * 32 = 1024
Pick an integer between 31 and 32 :wink:
by markfiend
Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 345190

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

I stand corrected. I'd heard of neither Artemis, Fowl nor Entreri.
by markfiend
Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1000: "1000 Comics"
Replies: 147
Views: 49865

Re: 1000: "1000 Comics"

My favourite in the kilocomic is

WOPR: Would you like to play a game?
STICK-DAVID: No.
by markfiend
Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 345190

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

ShootTheChicken wrote:I really like gender-ambiguous names. My current favourite is Artemis.

How is Artemis as a gender-ambiguous name? Artemis is (was) unambiguously a goddess.
by markfiend
Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: My Unix CLI manifesto, aka why PowerShell is the bees knees
Replies: 111
Views: 90952

Re: My Unix CLI manifesto, aka why PowerShell is the bees kn

To be fair, ESR actually has reasonably nice things to say about XML in that link which you posted before. His most damning critiques are (1) that it's overkill for simpler formats, (2) the data is lost in the markup (both related things which JSON alleviates to a large degree), and (3) that it doe...
by markfiend
Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: My Unix CLI manifesto, aka why PowerShell is the bees knees
Replies: 111
Views: 90952

Re: My Unix CLI manifesto, aka why PowerShell is the bees kn

Derek wrote:I suspect that any program manipulating sufficiently complex data will end up creating an ad hoc, informally-specified, bug-ridden, system to represent objects in data

Like XML or JSON? (I kid... mostly.)
by markfiend
Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: My Unix CLI manifesto, aka why PowerShell is the bees knees
Replies: 111
Views: 90952

Re: My Unix CLI manifesto, aka why PowerShell is the bees kn

Main point:
Text streams are a valuable universal format because they're easy for human beings to read, write, and edit without specialized tools. These formats are (or can be designed to be) transparent.
by markfiend
Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 65107

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

Given modern cladistics and phylogenetic nomenclature, isn't the Kingdoms, phyla, classes, orders, families, genera, species thing obsolete now anyway?
by markfiend
Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 65107

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

Order of sharps: "Fat Cats Go Down And Eat Beef"
Order of flats: "Bad Eggs Are Disgusting, Generally Causing Farts"
by markfiend
Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 64621

Re: 988: "Tradition"

RAGBRAIvet wrote:
HiFranc wrote:Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas is You

That version is a remake; "All I Want For Christmas Is You" was originally done by Vince Vance and the Valiants and was released in 1989 — before Ms. Carey ever began her recording career.

No, they're two different songs with the same name.
by markfiend
Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: My Unix CLI manifesto, aka why PowerShell is the bees knees
Replies: 111
Views: 90952

Re: My Unix CLI manifesto, aka why PowerShell is the bees kn

So if I give you a steak knife and ask you to rip a sheet of plywood for me (or I give you a table saw and ask you to help slice some cheese), and you whine, you're a bad workman? If it's reasonable to pair ls with sort with sort , why does ls sort things itself? Do the developers of ls just like a...
by markfiend
Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: My Unix CLI manifesto, aka why PowerShell is the bees knees
Replies: 111
Views: 90952

Re: My Unix CLI manifesto, aka why PowerShell is the bees kn

This is the crux of my argument: They don't work on "any stream of bytes", if you define "work" to mean "work in a usable way". This is why find has to know how to exec things, and why ls has to know how to sort things: because xargs and sort don't work on the outputs ...
by markfiend
Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 64621

Re: 0988: "Tradition"

Noone even mentioned "Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)" by The Darkness. :( Granted, this is likely to be largely confined to the UK, since that's where they're from, and I wouldn't for a moment expect to see it represented on anything like this. But it's by far the most listenabl...
by markfiend
Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 64621

Re: 0988: "Tradition"

I'll just leave this here...
by markfiend
Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: My Unix CLI manifesto, aka why PowerShell is the bees knees
Replies: 111
Views: 90952

Re: My Unix CLI manifesto, aka why PowerShell is the bees kn

What you say here... abstractly, passing objects between process instead of just a stream of bytes ... well, I'm ignoring that word "abstractly" here for the sake of argument, but at some level, your object will have to be represented by a stream of bytes. The Unix tools already work on &q...
by markfiend
Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 64621

Re: 988: "Tradition"

HiFranc wrote:Walking in the Air (from the animation The Snowman)

Interesting factoid: The version that gets all the airplay (and made all the money) is the one sung by Aled Jones. The version that was actually in The Snowman was sung by Peter Auty.
by markfiend
Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0987: "Potential"
Replies: 42
Views: 15822

Re: 0987: "Potential"

Anyone else think that the Giant Deathbot looks a bit like the Alien Attack thing in Sim City 2000?

(See image on this random blogosphere post)
by markfiend
Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 24745

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

The saddest part is that the misinterpretation is likely the correct interpretation. The journalist almost certainly intends to say percentage points, but only says percent. The drooling masses then misinterpret the misstatement for the same reason the journalist made the mistake in the first place...
by markfiend
Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?
Replies: 83
Views: 58319

Re: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?

I will always try to avoid offending someone... unless I intend to offend them. :twisted: Someone getting upset over the word picnic , for example, can go hang IMO. :mrgreen: Also, the attempt to be Basically Decent can lead to the euphemism treadmill. Example: There is a charity in Britain which su...

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