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by firechicago
Tue May 13, 2014 1:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3490931

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I really should make a list or something of peculiar mentality differences between what I hear from people in America, and what I perceive here. The biggest has to be the fact that servers in the US seem to link their self-worth to people participating in the "hi, how are you" choreograph...
by firechicago
Tue May 06, 2014 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631170

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Drumheller769 wrote:Can we assume "serious" involves some threat to me and my own?

Not really, since the cases that we're talking about are mostly around burglary, which generally doesn't involve physical harm.
by firechicago
Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631170

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

$100 an hour for a police officer? Where can I sign up? Even if that is correct, that is still only 7000 an hour, and there is no way it took them 14 hours to figure out this was a false alarm. Also, what speising says. Giving police a personal interest in over-responding seems like a bad idea. I'm...
by firechicago
Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: I am angry - yet another keeping-track-of-stuff-thread
Replies: 100
Views: 71137

Re: I am angry - yet another keeping-track-of-stuff-thread

The weird idea that skinny is beautiful just irritates me. Women who feel that they should loose weight for cosmetic reasons beyond what makes them feel comfortable just make me feel angry and that warps my perception. If you have beliefs about what constitutes an aesthetically appropriate weight f...
by firechicago
Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: I am angry - yet another keeping-track-of-stuff-thread
Replies: 100
Views: 71137

Re: I am angry - yet another keeping-track-of-stuff-thread

Seriously AngrySquirrel, on your picture on the right FAID thread you look beautiful. You have a nice balance in weight. You should know that not all men like skeletons. I'm not sure how you decided that looking good for men was high on AngrySquirrel's priority list, given that she never mentioned ...
by firechicago
Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631170

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

But those salaries have to be paid anyway. Police, at least in the US, are generally paid hourly. And they get time and a half overtime when they get pulled out for something like this. So it's entirely possible that all or most of those 70 officers were pulling down $60-$100 per hour in pay + over...
by firechicago
Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631170

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Oh, yeah, he's an idiot. On many topics and I cannot imagine you'd get much worse as a spokesman against federal overreach or whatever. I think he'd have a MUCH stronger case for federal overstepping if he A. paid his goddamned fees. Yes, they probably suck, but just not paying fees to the governme...
by firechicago
Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631170

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I am shocked, shocked to discover that the current far-right cause celebre, Mr. Cliven "How dare the government charge a fee for grazing rights on government land" Bundy is the type of person who uses phrases like "The Negro" and openly wonders whether we weren't all just better ...
by firechicago
Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 29084

Re: Definition of Marriage

One of the biggest issues with the "let's just make it all into one big contract" approach is that lots of the legal rights and duties of marriage as currently constituted have to do with how third parties (especially regulated companies and the government) treat the married couple. For on...
by firechicago
Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 29084

Re: Definition of Marriage

I think the argument (when it's actually coherently presented as a logical argument and not as a religious dictum or just some variation on "gay sex? yuck!") goes something like this: Marriage as an institution is primarily intended to create stable, committed, opposite-sex couples committ...
by firechicago
Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Estimators for attendance.
Replies: 3
Views: 2209

Re: Estimators for attendance.

If this is a large event I would also be very surprised if everyone who RSVPs actually shows up. Depending on the nature of the event and your relationship with the attendees you might only see half of those people on the day. So your estimate should be something like pY*y + pM*m where y is the numb...
by firechicago
Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 179474

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

I've seen this argument a lot recently, and I find myself growing increasingly uncomfortable with its pat legalistic nature. If Free Speech is a real and valuable thing in society, then that value has to consist in something more than a legal restriction on government action. It's possible for free ...
by firechicago
Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Telltale's The Wolf Among Us
Replies: 1
Views: 1586

Telltale's The Wolf Among Us

Anyone else playing Telltale's new point'n'click'em'up? As a fan of the comics, I've really enjoyed seeing this lore taken back to its grittier, more personal roots. I felt like the series started to go downhill when it focused less on the petty, squalid struggles of the refugee fables and more on E...
by firechicago
Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Replies: 146
Views: 44522

Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Probable improvements: ⋅ More early-game customization. It looks like you select a funding nationality, and then colonists, and so on. It's not clear whether this will be "give me Korea's cultural ability and Siam's unique building and the Maya's unique building" or more like th...
by firechicago
Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Do I not understand genetics, or do I not understand math?
Replies: 26
Views: 4894

Re: Do I not understand genetics, or do I not understand mat

Also, to respond to KA, your math is basically right: If your ancestors have stayed in one place for more than a couple generations, you're almost certain to find "incest" in the form of 3rd or 4th cousins marrying. And if you had perfect geneaological records you could probably find a com...
by firechicago
Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Do I not understand genetics, or do I not understand math?
Replies: 26
Views: 4894

Re: Do I not understand genetics, or do I not understand mat

If a person occupies two different slots on your family tree, then their parents also occupy two different slots, and ther grandparents and their great grandparents and so on. Suppose you only had one grandfather (your parents were half siblings). Therefore you only have three grandparents (2^2 minu...
by firechicago
Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631170

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

What does IRV have to do with the electoral college? There's no reason you couldn't have IRV within the electoral college system.
by firechicago
Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mod Madness 2014 : The Announcement
Replies: 542
Views: 126265

Re: Mod Madness 2014 : The Announcement

As for OTTers being extremely inclusive, of course we are, in fact, if you've ever opened the Time Thread to read something, you're already one of us and we'll be very happy once you decide to delurk and become a Revealer the Recent :) *Opens arms* And this is exactly why the rest of the forums fin...
by firechicago
Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Swords & Potions
Replies: 193
Views: 45386

Re: Swords & Potions

Is Xkcdia still active? I just got hooked on this game and would love to play with other forumites. Sn is firechicago, just like here.
by firechicago
Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631170

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I'm not sure any Christians actually claim that God literally authored the Bible. It's more or less agreed however that he was the inspirator/instructor/...whatever you call it.. for it. There absolutely are Christians who belive that God dictated the Bible word for word to the various scribes who ...
by firechicago
Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176618

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

I'm sorry, could you please elucidate the difference between me taking half of your Ormcoin denominated assets, and me doubling the number of Ormcoins in existence and granting all the new Ormcoins to myself? Not everything that takes away value is theft. The government takes money out of my payche...
by firechicago
Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631170

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

For the sake of playing devil's advocate, what exactly is wrong with this? Nothing, if your premise is that this whole "democracy" thing is officially a failed experiment and you just want to say "fuck it" and explicitly establish an oligarchy. If, on the other hand, you actuall...
by firechicago
Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is the ideal structure for a carbon tax?
Replies: 47
Views: 14924

Re: What is the ideal structure for a carbon tax?

Kit. wrote:Unless those are Giffen goods (which coal probably is).

Not when natural gas is as cheap as it has been recently.
by firechicago
Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Imminent Hard Disk Failure
Replies: 4
Views: 12307

Imminent Hard Disk Failure

Looking for help/advice on how to best deal with a laptop that's throwing up warning of imminent hard disk failure. So about 4 months ago, my laptop (a HP dv6t Quad edition running Windows 7) started throwing up warning messages about imminent hard disk failure. At the time I was in the middle of a ...
by firechicago
Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 164914

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

So now that we've had the game between the Seattle Globetrotters and the Denver Generals, when do the Broncos and the Seahawks play?
by firechicago
Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Measuring the effectiveness of drug policy
Replies: 17
Views: 6586

Re: Measuring the effectiveness of drug policy

That's where drug policy comes in - drug law enforcement provides a way for police to target individuals they know to be engaged in difficult to prove criminal activity with an easy to prove crime with a custodial sentence. In this way large numbers of criminals are kept off the streets without the...
by firechicago
Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is the ideal structure for a carbon tax?
Replies: 47
Views: 14924

Re: What is the ideal structure for a carbon tax?

An econ friend of mine (who admittedly does not believe in anthropogenic global warming, so, grain of salt and all that) put up one argument that I had a hard time countering; it may not be economical to reduce carbon emissions now, and may in fact stymie reaching a more developed technology that i...
by firechicago
Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 449415

Re: Questions For The World

Suzaku wrote:There's nothing like that that I've ever encountered in Japan; it's not a Christian country after all.

In fairness, neither is Turkey, but it also has a significant creationist movement.
by firechicago
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So I heard you like youth unemployment...
Replies: 41
Views: 10558

Re: So I heard you like youth unemployment...

American Samoa is a very weird outlier, because they built a huge section of their economy specifically on arbitraging loopholes American minimum wage and trade law. American Samoa counted as part of America for the purposes of trade law (including being able to attach the all-important "Made i...
by firechicago
Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 449415

Re: Questions For The World

Re: Yankee Swap. Some know it as the White Elephant Exchange, Dirty Santa, or the even more offensive than Yankee Swap - the Chinese Auction. It's all basically the same game, but yeah.. I doubt you're going to find it under then name Yankee Swap anywhere but the South.... but you are going to find...
by firechicago
Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 449415

Re: Questions For The World

There are three distinct usages of Yankee that I'm aware of, and none of them are seriously offensive, though some have offensive undertones. Firstly, the term is applied (often self-applied) to a specific cultural group of rural New Englanders. If you hear people talk about a "Yankee accent&qu...
by firechicago
Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Representative democracy without elections
Replies: 29
Views: 10986

Re: Representative democracy without elections

Generally speaking, people think that the fact that legislators spend more of their time campaigning and fundraising than actually legislating to be a bad thing. This would guarantee that elected officials never left that baby-kissing, pandering election mode that everyone hates so much. After all, ...
by firechicago
Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 419086

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

Your eyes would be blue because if they were brown, everyone would've left on day 2 per my logic. Making it to day 3 made you realize that it wasn't a 98 looking at a 97 situation where the 97 think it's the others. Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see where my logic goes wrong in my soluti...
by firechicago
Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 419086

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

Your contention is that for any number of blue eyed people, all of them should deduce their eye color and leave on night 3.

So tell me, I'm living on the island. I see 99 blue eyed people. It is day 3 and no one left on night 1 or night 2.

What color are my eyes?
by firechicago
Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Kitchen Problems (and Solutions!)
Replies: 44
Views: 21245

Re: Kitchen Problems (and Solutions!)

seasoning meat creates unique issues. pour seasoning on, flip meat to get other side- hand now covered in meat juice, don't touch seasoning bottle! wash hands again. season. flip meat. dammit, meat juices again. i don't like going stabbity with things cuz the yummy internal juices tend to leak out ...
by firechicago
Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books necessary to catch references
Replies: 36
Views: 12930

Re: Books necessary to catch references

thudworm wrote:I'm quite sure that Macbeth is the play you're referencing here, specifically Act 2 Scene 2, if I'm not mistaken.

The idea shows up repeatedly throughout the play, in II.ii.64-67 yes, but most famously in V.i (the "Out damned spot" scene).
by firechicago
Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What did you get for christmas?
Replies: 27
Views: 8024

Re: What did you get for christmas?

A couple of nice pots and a skillet. ... I'm genuinely excited about them. I may need help. Nothing wrong with that! My biggest and most exciting gift was a good set of kitchen knives. A book I'll finish in 5-20 hours. A really good video game might amuse me for 40 or 50 hours. These knives, if I t...
by firechicago
Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1721613

Re: Today I Learned

TIL that the failure mode of marshmallows is taffy.
by firechicago
Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: DFTM: Spring 02 (Replacement England wanted)
Replies: 137
Views: 17249

Re: Diplomacy For The Masses: Spring '01

Apparently the pm issue is due to an ongoing spam deluge. davean (the forum admin) has solved this by throttling the amount of server time that can be used for the side of the board that handles logins and pms, which means that posting and reading posts runs fine, but logging in and anything connect...
by firechicago
Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: DFTM: Spring 02 (Replacement England wanted)
Replies: 137
Views: 17249

Re: Diplomacy For The Masses: Spring '01

Hello all, I am pleased to report that after the recent unpleasantness Chancellor Otto von BlueBamBismarck has been sacked, and I, Kaiser Wilhelm von Feuershickago, have taken direct command over the armies and navies of the German Empire. Bier und Bratwurst und die Helme mit den scharfen Punkte für...

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