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by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 423296

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

The main issue is that early editions of D&D had very tight fluff/crunch integration - just look at things like the non-human level caps and the rigmarole for high level Druids in 2nd Ed - but that's been largely dropped over subsequent editions. Paladin ethos is a holdover from that era, and is...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 423296

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I think part of the problem I'm having is that while it would be relatively easy to let the players all be spec-ops ninjas or HECU Marines and any of the mentioned systems would handle that with little-to-no need for additional twerking, I want the party to all be members of the Science Team, with ...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2106: "Sharing Options"
Replies: 22
Views: 4459

Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Perhaps more pertinent than giving your information to hostile foreign governments: also giving your information to a hostile domestic government, which tends to be in a stronger position to exploit it. That’s ridiculous—we ALL know that domestic governments are never hostile, right? *looks around ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2106: "Sharing Options"
Replies: 22
Views: 4459

Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

The Snide Sniper wrote:I feel attacked by this comic.


Why? Are you a hostile foreign government?
by rmsgrey
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 423296

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Something like Delta Green - the Call of Cthulhu spinoff about current day agents defending Earth from Outsiders, and keeping the government from going all Weyland-Yutani on any remains (or live specimens) might be a better starting point. A lot depends on what era of the Half Life setting you're go...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 22
Views: 2971

Re: Aquaman

speising wrote:Also, there are really a lot of Batindividual movies already, but Aquadude is still much fresher.


You mean he's not washed up?
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 22
Views: 2971

Re: Aquaman

So Aquaman has the highest box office for any film based on a DC property, having passed The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Not allowing for inflation. I did not predict this. I did not predict it, but I'm not terribly surprised. - Inflation offers a big boost. - Thanks to Marvel, comic boo...
by rmsgrey
Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"
Replies: 28
Views: 5629

Re: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"

I'd have thought that something that split red from blue would be more popular. At least with general voters; possibly not with people who believe that their position relies on exploiting the other colour... The problem is it doesn't do that. The split goes right down the middle of the "red&qu...
by rmsgrey
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2100: "Models of the Atom"
Replies: 34
Views: 6010

Re: 2100: "Models of the Atom"

No, you are evading the burden of proof. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. If you want to claim that the text is speaking of atoms then it's up to you to prove it. A few vague parallels just don't cut it. But the evidence is solid -- it is in written texts that can be physically ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"
Replies: 28
Views: 5629

Re: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"

I'd have thought that something that split red from blue would be more popular. At least with general voters; possibly not with people who believe that their position relies on exploiting the other colour...
by rmsgrey
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2101: Technical Analysis
Replies: 31
Views: 5946

Re: 2101: Technical Analysis

It's also possible to extract value from a stock independent of its actual value, provided enough other people consider its value to be high enough. The long term value of a stock is only relevant to whoever ends up holding it long-term - for short-term purposes, it's only the currently perceived va...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2101: Technical Analysis
Replies: 31
Views: 5946

Re: 2101: Technical Analysis

So "technical analysis" is a piece of jargon from the world of finance, rather than an English phrase. Okay, I guess The More You Know...
by rmsgrey
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2100: "Models of the Atom"
Replies: 34
Views: 6010

Re: 2100: "Models of the Atom"

da Doctah wrote:That Bohr model also made a lot of us think the solar system was just a huge fluorine atom. (Until NdeGT kicked out one of our electrons and turned it into oxygen.)


Nah, it was always an O- ion.
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2099: "Missal of Silos"
Replies: 26
Views: 6387

Re: 2099: "Missal of Silos"

qvxb wrote:Also, remove Thermonuclear War from the games list.

The game in Wargames was Global Thermonuclear War.

Interesting thing I learned while checking my recollection: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ ... -war-plans
by rmsgrey
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 8049

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

somitomi wrote:Even if the axis label was later revealed to be backward, I fail to see how anyone could think a hammer is better than an axe even for a second. An axe can do anything a hammer can, but it also has a blade for crying out loud.

When's the last time you cut your finger sharpening your hammer?
by rmsgrey
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 8049

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

I don't suppose anyone here kept reading Erfworld? It's astonishing that's gone on as long as it has; it was rather baffling and unfunny during its time alongside The Order of the Stick at giantitp.com . But it springs to mind for its use of the legendary Arkenhammer, opposed by the mighty Arkenpli...
by rmsgrey
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 247187

Re: Board games anyone?

The Mysterium cards actually have a careful design behind them - each card has something like 7 elements deliberately included, to make sure that there are plenty of dream cards that match any given person/place/thing card. Using Dixit cards instead of the dream cards means you miss out on those del...
by rmsgrey
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 8049

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

xtifr wrote:Dr. Who fans are probably upset at how far down (up?) the chart screwdrivers are located.


Meh, it only lists flathead and phillips. Not that a phillips-head spear wouldn't make for an effective twist on Gungnir (Odin's spear).
by rmsgrey
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 8103

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

humbug. Pay per month for 0-1 book and buy for more? What about OVERDRIVE?! Free unlimited audiobooks through your library card. Not every book, and sometime you have to place a hold, but it goes up to 2x speed and Libby (still overdrive but different app) can go faster (but lacks wishlists). Hated...
by rmsgrey
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 6209

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

"Grok" is a Martian word. I thought it was Vulcan for "to fully understand and grasp all aspects of" as a transitive verb. 'Must've been been because the example given was "Spock groks." That meaning is correct, but not the language (or source work, I guess). It's from...
by rmsgrey
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Stellaris - MOO3 the bettering
Replies: 25
Views: 8132

Re: Stellaris - MOO3 the bettering

↶ Yeah, just... don't give a shit about the "score" at the end. It's a meaningless point counter. Did you have a satisfying game that ended nicely? If so, you won. Which is fine for games that only display the final "score"; games that have some additional benefit to "winni...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 22
Views: 2971

Re: Aquaman

It just felt weird for the villain to have this ecological argument that the good guys not only never counter but don't even try to address. The whole "surface dwellers are destroying our oceans" bit has been a recurring idea in the comics, but never really been resolved there either - to...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Stellaris - MOO3 the bettering
Replies: 25
Views: 8132

Re: Stellaris - MOO3 the bettering

Yeah, just... don't give a shit about the "score" at the end. It's a meaningless point counter. Did you have a satisfying game that ended nicely? If so, you won. Which is fine for games that only display the final "score"; games that have some additional benefit to "winning...
by rmsgrey
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Stellaris - MOO3 the bettering
Replies: 25
Views: 8132

Re: Stellaris - MOO3 the bettering

Semi-arbitrary end-game conditions are a mixed bag - on the one hand, managing the transition from long-term development to short-term points-grab is a significant strategic choice. On the other hand, the points-grab phase and the hard cut-off mean that having a star empire that would collapse the f...
by rmsgrey
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 6234

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

We know you meant "from...to", but what you said was "between...and", and "between" is unordered. When talking about something with a natural ordering, "between X and Y" should be said such that X comes before Y. For example, I have an official document on ha...
by rmsgrey
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 6507

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

and definitely much more if it was written instructions... On the Internet, nobody knows you're a crow. (Though those new touchscreen things don't work at all with beaks. Old-fashioned keyboards it is. peck, peck, peck...) Most types of touch-screen should be fine - only some capacitive touch-scree...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 6507

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I'd phrase it differently, which is more impressive: ⋅ Japanese crows come up with the idea independently; British crows come up with the idea independently. ⋅ Japanese crows come up with the idea independently; British crows learn from watching TV. On both cases: crows have a c...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 748271

Re: Doctor Whom

I'm more bothered about something from this episode not getting any sort of resolution than about dangling hooks from past episodes. They spend the first few minutes of the episode doing the Justice League opening on a BBC budget (never mind how someone managed to travel from the UK to a Pacific...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2093: "Reminders"
Replies: 10
Views: 3274

Re: 2093: "Reminders"

Another way of looking at it is that we're offloading more of our routine cognition onto devices - people have used paper as an external memory for centuries, and various other reminders and records for even longer. This way, we have more mental capacity for the important stuff - like remembering th...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 6234

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

↶ It's striking that only about 15% of the population enters the New Year later than London, despite there being almost half the planet between the Greenwich Meridian and the International Date Line. But the half between the Date Line and Greenwich contains the majority of the land masses, plus the...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 6507

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

My favourite "clever girl" moment for the corvids was after a BBC documentary about clever crows in Japan using traffic at pedestrian crossings to open stolen nuts, flying down to put the nuts in front of the wheels of the lead vehicle while people were crossing, waiting while the lights ...
by rmsgrey
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 6140

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

somitomi wrote:But if metric units are involved, you can just use prefixes properly and say "the Earth is 150 gigameters from the Sun" instead of nonsense like "million kilometers"


How would you express the volume of the observable universe in metric units using prefixes properly?
by rmsgrey
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 6234

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

It's striking that only about 15% of the population enters the New Year later than London, despite there being almost half the planet between the Greenwich Meridian and the International Date Line.
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 6507

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

In my time at university, I observed that the tourists who incautiously brought picnics to the river banks would get terrorised by the local geese and swans into giving up their sandwiches.
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 5841

Re: 2086: "History Department"

J%r wrote:If they've covered everything until the Jurassic period then they're 99.96% done.


Last I checked, everything before the invention of record-keeping gets passed off to other departments under the heading "pre-history".
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2087: "Rocket Launch"
Replies: 14
Views: 4114

Re: 2087: "Rocket Launch"

The (deliberate, I'm sure) extra-wide confluence of the jinking paths could be where the lower path (four-time crossing boosters) merely scrape against the upper (final stage) and depart to their destructive end or the fifth and final victorious crossing of the ultimately jubilant boosters as they ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2087: "Rocket Launch"
Replies: 14
Views: 4114

Re: 2087: "Rocket Launch"

Tried to follow the dotted line trajectories and saw he had visually "merged" the two on the last loop of the dogfight. That way the ? ? ? winner is indeed indeterminate. Nice artistic touch. To my eyes, it looks like they cross 4 times then kiss and diverge, meaning it's the boosters tha...
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 748271

Re: Doctor Whom

Martha felt like a person. I read recently that she was written out after one season because the fans didn't like her though, which I found surprising, although depressingly I think I can guess what was behind it... Reactionary, socially conservative Doctor Who fans might not be something invented ...
by rmsgrey
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 7339

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

Amazed that a thread still wasn't up this late in the day. It's vanishingly rare for threads to go up before the comic does. The later the comic goes up, the later the comic thread does. I put up the thread at noon Pacific time; I'm pretty sure Randall had already had the comic up for quite a while...
by rmsgrey
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2085: "arXiv"
Replies: 16
Views: 5365

Re: 2085: "arXiv"

profit-taking intrinsically implies extracting resources TANGENT WARNING Why do you believe this? Not the guy you're asking, but: How can you take a profit out of a system without extracting anything from the system? It seems pretty tautological to me that taking something out of the system takes s...

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