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by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 10739

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

The Jewish calendar does have a kind of similar thing, with months that track the lunar cycle precisely (which of course does not align precisely with the solar cycle) and a 13th month that's fiddly in ways I don't exactly recall to keep the whole thing from drifting wildly out of sync with the sola...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8592
Views: 811199

Re: Trump presidency

"I know you're not thinking. You never do." - "I'm sorry?" I already hated Trump, but now I actively regret that I'm not physically close enough to punch him in his smug stupid face. (Partly because this strikes a particularly personal chord with me. My father used to berate me ...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Is is better to think of methods as active (X does Y to Z) or passive (Y is done to Z by X)?
Replies: 4
Views: 3064

Re: Is is better to think of methods as active (X does Y to Z) or passive (Y is done to Z by X)?

I'm so barely a programmer that I don't even deserve the "Software Engineer" on my resume, but when first learning OOP, I asked about something like this imagining that there is a "ball" object that I want to "kick", and someone explained to me that instead of "I&q...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 9332

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

i get scam and other spam calls pretty much constantly plus my mom is a fucking nutcase whose life is always falling apart and i have NO FUCKING TIME FOR ANYTHING so i just dont answer my phone at all anymore. everything goes to voicemail, i'll check it when i have a chance, if you don't leave a mes...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3403
Views: 752874

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I dreamt that I wasn’t fondly reminiscing of a camping trip. Not dreaming about the trip itself, just dreaming about sitting around the house remembering the trip.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 81
Views: 15690

Re: Class vs class

you did see the part in the OP about how I'm not judging all of those particulars one at a time, but just throwing a bunch of stuff out there for a rough picture of the kind of axis I'm looking for a name for? I don't see an RV in a driveway and think "this person is a boor", any more than...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 48599

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

Adam Smith is a great reference for talking about this. Smith didn't say anything about "capitalism". He talked about free markets, or a "natural system of liberty". Marx talks at length about "capitalism", as did earlier socialist thinkers, who first coined the term, a...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 81
Views: 15690

Re: Class vs class

Yeah I don't have any problem with people who have poor impulse control so long as they keep it to themselves. Someone can't stop eating and gets fat from that? Not my problem, good luck to them on overcoming that. Someone gets too horny too easily and rushes into unsafe sex and catches an STD? Not ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 81
Views: 15690

Re: Class vs class

Either I'm deeply misunderstanding your reasoning, here, or you quite literally don't understand what the problem is behind a "No, I'm not bigoted against X, Because I Am Part of X" defense is. There are circumstances where that response is applicable; they are pretty rare, and none of th...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 48599

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

I throw harsh language around because I'm generally angry all the fucking time because my life is shit and I don't have the peace of mind to be calm about things, especially things that I've been over and over and over with a thousand different people a thousand times and don't have any fucking pati...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 81
Views: 15690

Re: Class vs class

No, it's just a thought that's been rolling around in my head since a while back when I ranted about some asshole rednecks (a term which, to me, doesn't mean "manual laborer", but a specific variant of the low-class type of person I'm thinking of) and someone said that was classist, which...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 11443

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

Entertainment is an aesthetic quality.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 81
Views: 15690

Re: Class vs class

Not sure which sense of "class" you're using there, Thesh. The people who own the actual houses in the neighborhood around the trailer park where I live are definitely of higher economic class than me, because, you know, they can afford real houses. (But hey, cool to learn you're another V...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8592
Views: 811199

Re: Trump presidency

One thing I've been wondering, just overhearing conversations about this online and the incredulousness some people express at Kavanaugh's denials (which, given his mannerisms, I'm convinced are lies, but would not seem like ludicrous claims from a more trustworthy person), is how uncommon is it to ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 81
Views: 15690

Re: Class vs class

No, it's just a thought that's been rolling around in my head since a while back when I ranted about some asshole rednecks (a term which, to me, doesn't mean "manual laborer", but a specific variant of the low-class type of person I'm thinking of) and someone said that was classist, which ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 48599

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

That's a world view and none of that is in the definition of capitalism. You can have whatever opinion you want on the subject, but your opinion will carry more weight if you used terms in the same way the rest of society does. It's not a worldview, it's the definition of the thing that people who ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 48599

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

not unless they're leveraging their prior ownership of something to extract that wealth from someone with less, it's not
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 48599

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

markets do not constitute capitalism. markets are organic. capitalism is not.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 81
Views: 15690

Re: Class vs class

I didn't know what the phrase "rolling coal" meant, but looking it up on Wikipedia just now: Rolling coal is a form of conspicuous air pollution, for entertainment, for public display of aggression toward others, or for protest.[3] Some drivers intentionally trigger coal rolling in the pre...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 81
Views: 15690

Re: Class vs class

It's basically an extension of the "your right to swing your fist ends at my face" principle. The common feature of all the behaviors on the "low class" end of this scale are their in-your-face-ness, the way they force themselves upon you. Some of them I consider straight up unet...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 8723

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

I find RationalWiki an amusing read sometimes specifically because it is basically a catalogue of all of the various obscure bad opinions people have had over the years, many of which I'd never heard of, but once reading about them, I suddenly start noticing people alluding to them everywhere . Like...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 81
Views: 15690

Re: Class vs class

The reason people "low" on my "class" (or whatever) scale having lots of money makes it worse to me is not because of a "new money" phenomenon, but more that poverty generates sympathy and somewhat excuses bad behavior -- and I consider the defining traits of the "...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8592
Views: 811199

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah addams I wasn't saying anything about the Turtle in particular with the "pay your housekeepers" bit, just covering all the bases with the metaphor, because it seemed like the "Libertarian" crowd might want to use the metaphor to say something like "your housekeepers sho...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8592
Views: 811199

Re: Trump presidency

We need humble housekeepers. I think this is a great metaphor. You want your housekeepers to be doing something ; you want the house to be nicer with them on the job than it is without them. But you also want them to be as invisible as possible. Your activities in your own house should not revolve ...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 81
Views: 15690

Re: Class vs class

I'm not really looking for a word to describe the kind of person I like; "classy" works fine for that, if I find I need one. I'm more wondering if there's an adjective to modify the noun "class" to describe the attribute that differs between those two types of people. Or another ...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 81
Views: 15690

Class vs class

Sorry if this is less clear than it could be, I'm really burnt out from a shit day week month life and keep forgetting to post this when I think of it over the past few days. There's a distinction between people I sometimes want to make, roughly speaking between the kind of person I would like to be...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)
Replies: 25
Views: 6930

Re: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)

The bug was that halfway between the motion sensor in the middle and the weapon display on the right was a seam in the landscape (“skybox”) texture wherein it didn’t wrap correctly. And this level is meant to be part of the single player campaign (there are no multiplayer maps in my mod, though ther...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 21934

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Does this mean that saying I've been more effected by the events of this week then I were by all what happen last week cores this week been to much too bare is correct English? Considering it took me four or five re-reads to parse what you were trying to say there, I'd think even a descriptivist wo...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 8032

Re: Half full or half empty?

I'm not just making up arbitrary willy nilly word-senses though, but considering the implications of generalizing the common word-sense and removing the baked-in context that's assumed (rightly, as obvious) in casual conversation, in the vein of the original snarky answer that "it's entirely fu...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 10739

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

We should just fix reality to be more convenient for timekeeping. Make days/months/years the same ratio (24 days a month, 24 months a year? years about 1.5x longer than they are now so days stay the same) and each always the same length. Divide days, hours, and minutes by that same ratio too, so a ...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 10739

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

We should just fix reality to be more convenient for timekeeping. Make days/months/years the same ratio (24 days a month, 24 months a year? years about 1.5x longer than they are now so days stay the same) and each always the same length. Divide days, hours, and minutes by that same ratio too, so a s...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 8032

Re: Half full or half empty?

I'm not saying that just being more dense is enough to be "more full", but that density becomes relevant, in a given context, to a more general sense of fullness. In the example in the first post, I never added anything but more water to the glass, until it reached a point that no more wat...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 8032

Re: Half full or half empty?

The second bucket will have to be filled with a bunch of something in the other liter to make that happen, so the second is more full.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 8032

Re: Half full or half empty?

Density becomes relevant if you consider something full when you can no longer put more into it. You can always put more in if you pack it in more densely.
by Pfhorrest
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 21934

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

You assume all dictionaries are trying to document usage rather than to shape it. If it’s not trying to document then you can hardly call it wrong for “failing” to do something it wasn’t trying to do. This is the core failing of all “descriptivism”. Describing language is not the only activity one c...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 8032

Re: Half full or half empty?

I’m not calling anything with just “somewhat less” than maximal capacity “mostly empty”, but things with MUCH less than maximal capacity, which is mostly everything, as even solid rock is much less dense than the densest that anything could possibly be.
by Pfhorrest
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8592
Views: 811199

Re: Trump presidency

By ‘liberals’ do you mean ‘Democrats’?
by Pfhorrest
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Thor: Ragnarok
Replies: 35
Views: 9594

Re: Thor: Ragnarok

Rewatching this on Netflix now, I noticed that Hela punctuated a sentence with "Sad!" and wondered if that was meant to be a Trump reference.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 8032

Re: Half full or half empty?

You'll note I did settle on a definition rather like that, and then removed the qualifiers to get a concept of absolute fullness. A volume is full if nothing more can be put into it; and, of course, empty if there is nothing in it. Nothing is ever really empty in an absolute sense (though, of course...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: When to Use Spoiler Warnings?
Replies: 32
Views: 5810

Re: When to Use Spoiler Warnings?

Can I upvote Weeks' post somehow?

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