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by bmonk
Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0923: "Strunk and White"
Replies: 94
Views: 25801

Re: 0923: "Strunk and White"

From "The Elements of Style" by Strunk and White:  "The subject of a sentence and the principal verb should not, as a rule, be separated by a phrase or clause that can be transferred to the beginning." A few bonuses: Never utilize an enormous, pseudoerudite word when a diminutive...
by bmonk
Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0923: "Strunk and White"
Replies: 94
Views: 25801

Re: 0923: "Strunk and White"

Well-written? I doubt it. Yes, technically flawless, but probably bloodless and unreadable; like the inverse of a JK Rowling thing. There won't be any split infinitives, but /why/ not --- just because Shakespeare abhorred them, a lot of people now claim it's a crime to use them? To unnecessarily sp...
by bmonk
Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0921: "Delivery Notification"
Replies: 93
Views: 20598

Re: 0921: "Delivery Notification"

For example, why does UPS tend to leave those notes when someone is home, far more often than the other delivery services? I've had it happen to me twice this year. Would it kill them to ring the doorbell? Or explain to me why, on more than one occasion, the UPS guy has left a package out in the ra...
by bmonk
Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0918: "Google+"
Replies: 158
Views: 52173

Re: 0918: "Google+"

Facebook is blocked at my job (like it is for most people), but if G+ takes off I could see our IT dept blocking the whole Google domain too and that would suck. I take it you have an incredibly incompetent IT department? Yes. Yes I do. The thought of an incredibly incompetent IT department depress...
by bmonk
Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 64570

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

I'm just left wondering what sort of anagrams we can make from this comic.
by bmonk
Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0916: Unpickable
Replies: 110
Views: 30571

Re: 0916: Unpickable

Shouldn't the 5x5 Rubik's Cube have two of the colored squares peeled off and swapped for extra security? I thought any combination of mixed colours is possible with Rubix cubes. Am I wrong? Yes, if you swapped a middle square with a corner square it would be unsolvable. I had this problem. Trying ...
by bmonk
Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0913: "Core"
Replies: 95
Views: 21834

Re: 0913: "Core"

Time for a game of Lava.
by bmonk
Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0909: "Worst-Case Shopping"
Replies: 56
Views: 13326

Re: 0909: "Worst-Case Shopping"

Vacuum cleaners: only 2000 watts - hmm I only really want to go over each bit of carpet once, and if a sandstorm blows through my room id feel better knowing I had the extra power. better get the 3000watt machine. And I'll need the little obtuse rectangle attachment for when the fridge falls over a...
by bmonk
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 39521

Re: 0900: "Religions"

Here is a question for all of you: While we know that something like the actual Second Coming of Christ would kinda prove once and for all that Christianity was the real deal after all, what sort of absolute proof would be needed to be able to say to all the Christians that their religion is false?...
by bmonk
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0907: "Ages"
Replies: 87
Views: 24703

Re: 0907: "Ages"

A pet peeve has forced me to join just so I could point it out:The beginning should be non-sapient,not non-sentient.Babies are sentient,and thats a fact.Whether they are sapient is debatable. Signing out. Another option: non-sophont, or non-speaking. IN fact, "infant" means just that, ety...
by bmonk
Wed May 25, 2011 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 186743

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

The editing of links to get to/avoid "Philosophy" reminds me of Stile in <i>Juxtaposition</i> when he makes a bet inside the room with the citizen that there will be cheating on the next bet--and then makes a bet that allows, even encourages, cheating.
by bmonk
Wed May 25, 2011 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 186743

Re: #903: Extended MInd

Nicad wrote:I find it interesting that the alt text seems to be more of a focus of discussion than the actual comic. :)

Because the comic is just self-evident?
by bmonk
Tue May 24, 2011 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 36178

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

Aren't there single-word "metaphors" for common concepts even in the english language? According to one show i heard, the word "metaphor", which come from greek, originally meant only "carry/move/transport", refering to purely physical action, and that in fact, it's st...
by bmonk
Mon May 23, 2011 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 36178

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

To me, this was one of most irritating of all Star Trek episodes. I mean, isn't every language intrinsically built on referents and idioms? The whole premise that a universal translator exists but doesn't work because of this makes no sense at all. Bothers me to this day. I had that same response. ...
by bmonk
Wed May 18, 2011 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 39521

Re: 0900: "Religions"

I'd like to know what all the doomsayers would think if the Rapture did not come. Will they accept the end of the world was miscalculated or would they think they did not deserve salvation? Also, this Saturday is my neices' birthday. Could we postpone the Rapture? Don't worry about, we'll just resc...
by bmonk
Wed May 18, 2011 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 39521

Re: 0900: "Religions"

some Islamic Judeo-Christian faith "Over the Edge" - one of my favorite role playing games had "Mid-eastern Compromise" as a major religion. Did they use the Orange Catholic Bible? As I recall, in Dune's universe, most religions amalgamated East and West, like the Zensunni (and ...
by bmonk
Tue May 17, 2011 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 81744

Re: 899: "Number Line"

if all of you think of prime numbers, just hearing prime, then what's a prime minister? A prime minister is obviously a minister that you cannot divide equally into smaller ministers. I finally understand the mind of a mathematician. I nearly had sex = I had sex. It's like that old joke: In the hig...
by bmonk
Mon May 16, 2011 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 81744

Re: 899: "Number Line"

My favourite argument for the 0.99 = 1 thing is using Order Theory. The set of real numbers is a dense ordering, therefore 0.99 recurring is equal to 1. The calculus argument (using limits) is also pretty effective. 0.99bar can be shown to be arbitrarily close to 1.00--and so there is no difference.
by bmonk
Fri May 13, 2011 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0898: "Chain of Command"
Replies: 73
Views: 20675

Re: 0898: "Chain of Command"

One thing that's always bugged me about the whole big red button thing: if you push it, where would the missiles go? It seems like you'd need to specify. It's already done: They're aimed at the capitals and military installations of various countries no one likes. All you have to do is press go. Of...
by bmonk
Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"
Replies: 58
Views: 33805

Re: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"

Once in philosophy class we disproved the Null Hypothesis. So now I know the world means something.

The question now is what does it mean?

I'm just afraid that the Universal Correlation is an inverse correlation.
by bmonk
Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30442

Re: 0890: Etymology

What I find strangest about the parsecs discussion is that nobody ever brings up special relativity. Higher speeds give you a shorter distance in your own frame of reference, so your speed can be measured by the distance you appear to be covering, even if you're doing a straight line through empty ...
by bmonk
Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30442

Re: 0890: Etymology

Just being pedantic here: you can absolutely have a shockwave in space. It's one of the main features of a supernova. It is primarily composed of the exploding material, rather than a free wave through an existing medium, but it's still a shock wave. Personally, I can ignore the various scientific ...
by bmonk
Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30442

Re: 0890: Etymology

You may be missing the point here... Sure, there may be falcon-equivalents in the Star Wars Galaxy that the ship is named for....but how likely is LUKE to know what one is? I mean, he comes from a freaking desert planet! I certainly don't know the names of all the weird species that are on my own f...
by bmonk
Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 71876

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

"Irving Goldstreet" Which means I have to make only Jewish porn?
by bmonk
Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0878: "Model Rail"
Replies: 98
Views: 32701

Re: 0878: "Model Rail"

You need a larger scale, like say 1:8 live steam, with a model of that in S (1:64) scale, with a model in 1:512 scale, and then...

In short, you could nearly double the number of nested models.
by bmonk
Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0877: "Beauty"
Replies: 91
Views: 21980

Re: 0877: "Beauty"

Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare. Let all who prate of Beauty hold their peace, And lay them prone upon the earth and cease To ponder on themselves, the while they stare At nothing, intricately drawn nowhere In shapes of shifting lineage; let geese Gabble and hiss, but heroes seek release From...
by bmonk
Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0876: "Trapped"
Replies: 90
Views: 19231

Re: 0876: "Trapped"

PROTIP: There is no “external world”. What your brain observes (the signals coming from your highly distorting, filtering and biasing senses), is reality to it. In fact there is no point in searching for such a external reality, as you can never prove its existence anyway. (How would you do that wi...
by bmonk
Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0873: "FPS Mod"
Replies: 105
Views: 31068

Re: 0873: "FPS Mod"

Just don't introduce this mod when you play "Lemmings". Poor little rodents...
by bmonk
Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30926

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

I don't know if it has been mentioned yet (I didn't read all the posts.) But it bothers me when I hear "A fraction of the cost." 4/5ths sure, 99/100ths not as good of a deal, 100/13 is still a fraction, what about 1/1. It's just a "myPrice/theirPrice exists." The only thing that...
by bmonk
Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0872: "Fairy Tales"
Replies: 74
Views: 24339

Re: 0872: "Fairy Tales"

Haven't you ever noticed that whatever you grow up with is, by definition, normal?

(Maybe that's why I'm always perpendicular to everyone else...)
by bmonk
Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30926

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

Well, it finally happened to me... Get out of my head Randal! This is the exact reason I stopped paying any attention at all to advertising. They spend a lot of effort learning to say things that sound completely different from what is actually true. One of my personal pet peeves is some car lots a...
by bmonk
Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 26090

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

Those are the servers that run on the ADD operating system...They have a fix, but you have to take it every day...
by bmonk
Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0866: "Compass and Straightedge"
Replies: 94
Views: 22634

Re: 0866: "Compass and Straightedge"

Squarely? Can you square a circle with just a compass and a straight edge? I forget. Yes. Yes you can. This just proves you didn't even bother to look up Lindemann. Oh, I'm sorry. Did tudza mean "perfectly" square a circle (i.e. to absolute precision)? Or did tudza mean realistically. It ...
by bmonk
Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0867: "Herpetology"
Replies: 72
Views: 20510

Re: 0867: "Herpetology"

He he he. It's just that early classification depended a lot on shapes, and most extant reptiles, being "lizard-like things", look generally a lot like many extant amphibian "newt-like things". But birds, despite being descended from the reptilian clade, aren't lizard-shaped. Of ...
by bmonk
Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 30572

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

What does everyone have against nanobots? I, for one, am looking forward to the day when an omniscient, all encompassing supercomputer devours us all. A sentient mass the size of our planet could live a much more rich and full life than anything that has ever lived. This comic did make me chuckle, ...
by bmonk
Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 25298

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

One advantage to a core curriculum spread out over all areas of study--it allows the students who don't quite know what they want to major in (which seems to be well over half of all students) time and exposure to the various possibilities so they can decide before they get too many unusable credits...
by bmonk
Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24597

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

Whoa - NSFW, she's not wearing a shirt! I'm reading this at work - I had to close it quick before anyone saw. I would like to know how many other comics there are where she is not wearing a shirt and we couldn't tell. Nobody in the history of XKCD has ever worn clothes. The whole comic exists solel...
by bmonk
Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 25298

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

Much American narrow-mindedness could be done away with by a sensible high school curricula requiring some broad religious studies. Much of America is so insular and uncultured that public school teachers themselves are ignorant enough to reward and even encourage nonsense opinions. Religious studi...
by bmonk
Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 25298

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

Hmmm--I agree with most of the posters, in part. The idea of a "Liberal Arts" education is to get a well-rounded base of knowledge, with some focus on one topic. If you want a more narrowly focused education, there are schools that offer it, such as Vocational Schools, or even some Institu...
by bmonk
Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0860: "Never Do This"
Replies: 110
Views: 53181

Re: 0860: "Never Do This"

cellocgw wrote:I don't use ancient technology like microscopes -- I always use my anopticon.


Nice Asimov reference.

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