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by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"
Replies: 23
Views: 5619

Re: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"

I'm sure there is a list of hey we'll pay you x if there is time to air this ads. More than likely, there's a waiting list for which, if time permits, the advertiser gets the privilege of paying the full $5M for 30 seconds of air time. Knowing the NFL's propensity for extracting as much cash from t...
by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 7243

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

Proof that if all children were called Logan, chickenpox would be eliminated from the globe. I wonder if we can do the same for Malaria, and what the optimum name would be? More funding for research! "Buzz"? Like, why bother linking Sarahs and chicken pox at all? For a similar reason to w...
by rmsgrey
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 2017 in review
Replies: 1
Views: 1897

Re: 2017 in review

Breath of the Wild (also Super Mario Odyssey). Epic Nintendo gaming - I've not played a modern open world game before, but the word is that BotW's take on it is pretty unique. I don't know that it'll age so well as some older Zelda games have, but in the current context it's a standout game. Life is...
by rmsgrey
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Xena: Warrior Princess (Lucy Lawless)
Replies: 7
Views: 2302

Re: Xena: Warrior Princess (Lucy Lawless)

I know something about Greek mythology and have some idea of the chronology of events, unlike the show's writers, so their blatant anachrony just rubs me the wrong way. Some of her adventures take place during the Trojan War (~1200 BC); others involve Julius Caesar and other early(ish) Roman Emperor...
by rmsgrey
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4948
Views: 673742

Re: Doctor Whom

(As to starting to seriously watch the Female Doctor season, it's probably doable. They do tend to reset and ((dis)continuity nods and back-references aside) make it a case of "You can start watching from here" upon each new version. That said, if you're only watching Thirteen because of ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4948
Views: 673742

Re: Doctor Whom

Given that the new Doctor was last seen plummeting from a great height, it's unlikely, but not entirely impossible, that her casting is just trolling, and she'll regenerate again shortly into the first episode. Yeah, I don't think it's likely. The Doctor's nemesis, The Master has been a woman for a ...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"
Replies: 34
Views: 5612

Re: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"

sotanaht wrote:I'd vote for the "I will lead the fight" guy.


I favour that nice dark-skinned chap myself.
by rmsgrey
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1946: "Hawaii"
Replies: 28
Views: 4852

Re: 1946: "Hawaii"

I recognize that Randall is as, errr...., bemused as any of us You use that word , but I do not think it means what you think it means. You mean "ceemused" isn't the same thing only even more so? Shall I demuse you all? That'd be quite eemusing. I'm quite femused to find out what's next -...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1946: "Hawaii"
Replies: 28
Views: 4852

Re: 1946: "Hawaii"

squall_line wrote:
cellocgw wrote:I recognize that Randall is as, errr...., bemused as any of us


You use that word, but I do not think it means what you think it means.


You mean "ceemused" isn't the same thing only even more so?
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 938
Views: 216951

Re: Board games anyone?

We've played some more Gloomhaven - managed to complete the first scenario on the third attempt - the second attempt was a disaster and we didn't even get into the third room; the third attempt was fairly close - my friend's Spellweaver burned out shortly after opening the third room (but did end wi...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 110
Views: 18651

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

I read one review that stuck with me. A woman who was now trim said she felt shamed and awful for ever having been a large person after seeing Shallow Hal. I'm sure she felt the way she felt about it, but the message of the movie is the exact opposite of that: The premise is that Jack Black's c...
by rmsgrey
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RPG without humans
Replies: 34
Views: 6441

Re: RPG without humans

Is roleplaying an elf/dwarf/ hobbit actually hard for anyone already immersed in nerd culture ? Or is that just game makers giving us a super easy option? Hobbits are easy - they're rural English c. 1930. They're Jane Marple's neighbours in St Mary Mead. Sure, they live in burrows rather than house...
by rmsgrey
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 5125

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

I sometimes have that thing where I'm supposed to be asleep, but I'm lucid, and start wondering whether this happens every night, and I just forget about by morning, or if this is an unusual occurrence after all. It's happened enough that I can remember it having happened, but still no idea whether ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RPG without humans
Replies: 34
Views: 6441

Re: RPG without humans

I've been wondering if there's any scifi/fantasy media of any form (movies, books, etc, not just games) that doesn't feature humans at all. Flatland In general, fantasy (and other fiction) works off a baseline of "like what you're used to in real life, except where otherwise stated", so a...
by rmsgrey
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 213045

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

Why is this an issue for you, may I ask? I'm opposed to DRM on general principle - at best, it has no benefit to me as a consumer; at worst, it imposes a performance cost, opens security vulnerabilities, and, in the past, some forms of DRM have caused actual hardware damage to machines. Anything DR...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 213045

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

It's already coming out with a 20% discount on the first week, so I will probably just get it on launch day. Yeah, with the rate they've been going at porting FFXIII and FFX, I also expected it but it took longer than I thought it would. I am very pleasantly surprised about FFXV though. Let me know...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 5941

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

Mouseover: “"Since there's no ending quote mark, everything after this is part of my quote. —Randall Munroe” You screwed up the various quotemarks there. Should be " ' "since.... - Randall Mundroe ' " :P It didn't help that your editor jumped into matching curlies, but I don't t...
by rmsgrey
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 4587

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

There certainly are precedents for conditional inheritance - one that's been around a while is "entailment" - where you "own" property in the sense that you have use of it, but don't own it in the sense that you cannot dispose of it - it passes to a specified individual instead. ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 7378

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

This phenomenon seems to run counter to shrinkflation, which affects goods sold in shops, as opposed to restaurants. Perhaps because you notice the size whilst you're still in the restaurant? A couple of examples of shrinkflation I've noticed particularly in the last year or two: Toblerones with mi...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 938
Views: 216951

Re: Board games anyone?

Pandemic march confusion resolved It turns out some of the legacy cards had slipped in the box after our first game and the three epidemic cards ended up in the wrong place. My friend's wife checked the deck and those were the only cards out of place. One of the less good changes from Season 1 ...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 10735

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

Velo Steve wrote:A little odd seeing this 16 months after the fact.


How long does it take for the raw data to hit the public domain?
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 938
Views: 216951

Re: Board games anyone?

Just finished February with a win so we're out of funding now. That word on the street doesn't sound too appealing :shock: I'm kind of confused about [March] 3 extra epidemic cards at the beginning of March. Unless we missed something there was no explanation what they're for? re: march: It'...
by rmsgrey
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 6048

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

A recurring problem in computer security (and computing in general) is that most hardware and software is designed to work when used correctly, with the tacit assumption that anyone trying to use it is going to do so in good faith and with at least a minimal degree of competence and understanding. T...
by rmsgrey
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 221
Views: 77026

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

HES wrote:So far we're consistently one death behind... which one of them was secretly replaced by a robot?


We're well within the projected error bars still.
by rmsgrey
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 938
Views: 216951

Re: Board games anyone?

Yeah, word on the street is that March and April are generally reckoned to be the toughest months. Our May was unsettlingly easy - once again, we started with both Well Stocked cards in the initial draw, and we won after only a few turns each, with no Plague Cubes on the board. Also, before starting...
by rmsgrey
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 10703

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

That San Jose one. Is that California or Costa Rica? (World's largest pair of same-named cities.) Is that some sort of weighted average, or minimum population per city, or something? I'd assume largest smaller city just from the name of the statistic. Otherwise, you're pretty much just saying "...
by rmsgrey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 8172

Re: 1935: "2018"

The Gregorian calendar was created to stabilise the date of Easter ... This "Easter" to which you refer: is this the festival whose date can vary by five weeks from one year to the next? Thank goodness they added that one-day fix every 400 years. :twisted: Wasn't it 3 days every 400 years...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1936: "Desert Golfing"
Replies: 24
Views: 5041

Re: 1936: "Desert Golfing"

Me, I was unpacking, sorting, and repacking my Flash Point board game + expansions (base game and 7 expansions come in 3 boxes and 5 shrink-wrapped packages, so once you've opened them to play, you need to come up with a new storage solution. Happily, by ditching the insert and redundant tokens (mos...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 19098

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

I don't have a huge problem with it, considering it alongside the whole new identity thing they had going on with Darth Vader... Talking about past self as a third person could work. Yeah, between taking a new name as a symbol of separation from your prior self, taking a new name to protect yoursel...
by rmsgrey
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 8172

Re: 1935: "2018"

Brian-M wrote:(1582 is the year the Gregorian calendar replaced the Julian calendar. In October.)

In some places.
by rmsgrey
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1777: "Dear Diary"
Replies: 10
Views: 4379

Re: 1777: "Dear Diary"


He now just requires a little financial assistance from kind members of the public to help with his legal costs, and he will then share the damages from his wrongful arrest suit with whoever supported his defense...
by rmsgrey
Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 8172

Re: 1935: "2018"

ETA: but, yeah, this stuff is really hard in odd decades. If it's odd, subtract 2 years and then do the same test as for the even decades. I wouldn't call that really hard –it just takes time to internalize. I find working modulo 20 works just fine - the only time I might have trouble with it is in...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 4230

Re: 1934: "Phone Security"

The main caveats I can think of are (A) constructing a homemade EMP might be illegal How do you even create an EMP, other than by detonating a nuclear bomb? Some quick googling suggests an explosive charge wrapped in an electromagnetic coil. It seems the explosion disrupts the magnetic field in suc...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 938
Views: 216951

Re: Board games anyone?

We lost both March but won April, putting us 3-3 (lost first January). We unlocked sticker 60 and what follows in late March, which made a big difference. On the other hand, we're thinking we may have overdone the recons having now done all 5 initially available. April was helped by having applied b...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4948
Views: 673742

Re: Doctor Whom

While I enjoyed this Christmas Special, I second Jorpho's question. Also, on a related note: Is the implication here that the Brigadier would never have been born had not Twelve taken his (grand?)father a few hours forward in time? In which case Twelve would not have had the history that le...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1933: "Santa Facts"
Replies: 18
Views: 4060

Re: 1933: "Santa Facts"

I could actually believe there are (at least) 5 active warrants for his arrest. I mean he does a LOT of breaking in entering and maybe some stalking too, it's just a question of whether any jurisdictions have chosen to take the reports seriously enough. Also a long list of elf's rights violations (...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4948
Views: 673742

Re: Doctor Whom

Welp, that was a bit rubbish. Fine acting by everyone involved and some amusing gags, but questionable writing. Bit of a wasted opportunity. The whole plot is focused on this business of The Captain being fated to die, and then ... he doesn't? I don't get it. Of course, there's really o...
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you're embarrassed to admit you like
Replies: 32
Views: 10884

Re: Games you're embarrassed to admit you like

From the days of my (otherwise?) misspent youth, I was never really good at card games like Poker (I'd have to look the rules up 1 ) 1 Aces are 1 or 11 or e iπ or (P 1 V 1 /T 1 )-(P 2 V 2 /T 2 ) or 1- v² / c² , right? Or is that Mr Bun The Baker, when played straight after a Community Chest? The ba...
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 938
Views: 216951

Re: Board games anyone?

Same re: Gloomhaven. Luckily I have an existing couple that we already regularly play boardgames with, especially legacy stuff - we're working thru Pandemic Season 2 right now. When that's done, we have Gloomhaven and a new one - Charterstone - to work thru. I think we've got 2018 pretty much cover...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 4928

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

Long, Loooong ago, when home answering machines were a new thing (and ran analog, with cassette tapes...), I set the answer message to end with "...to leave a message, press STAR One now." And some people did. I'm assuming that did something specific in your local area - so far as I'm awa...

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