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by jpers36
Fri May 11, 2012 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

If I own a home and beautify it and the surrounding property, are my neighbors obliged to help fund that? After all, my beautifying my home improves the view from their home and the overall quality of the neighborhood and thus their property value. I challenge you to show me a way in which I can be...
by jpers36
Fri May 11, 2012 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1054: "The Bacon"
Replies: 55
Views: 27015

Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Also something that irks me, I read the passage under the comic as being the right hand guy's thoughts at a later date, like he is re-calling this event, but then the confusion wouldn't have been there as he would have heard thebacon said and not had to have read it himself. So that's where I think...
by jpers36
Thu May 10, 2012 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0955: "Neutrinos"
Replies: 159
Views: 45230

Re: 0955: "Neutrinos"

The Moomin wrote:
mfb wrote:No, you don't expect anything there. It was just a joke, and even that works in two dimensions only.



The three dimensional argument has fallen flat?


There was no depth to it.
by jpers36
Thu May 10, 2012 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 65898

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

It's amusing for this comic to come up because I'm going to college this fall and I still have no clue what major to pick. I have no idea what to do with my life, so getting a Ph.D in Undecided sounds pretty cool about now. Three quick questions for you I'm not asking for a response here, just hopi...
by jpers36
Thu May 10, 2012 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

By all means, go right ahead and pursue happiness by turning yourself into a drug-addled schizophrenic. Please be my guest. I'll continue pursuing happiness by a life as an honest, just, productive individual. We'll see who is successful by any rational definition of the term. How about you guys ag...
by jpers36
Wed May 09, 2012 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1051: "Visited"
Replies: 66
Views: 22207

Re: 1051: "Visited"

Let me just shortcut this Wikipedia/Philosophy thing and link to the Extended Mind comic thread.

(edited to fix link and comic name)
by jpers36
Thu May 03, 2012 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Um, if you'd actually read it all the way, you'd see that a full recount would have shown Gore the winner. Part of the legal issue was the argument that the type of recount Gore was asking for wasn't legal and that to recount, it'd require a full state recount, which, as the article points out, wou...
by jpers36
Wed May 02, 2012 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

That being said, I do think that one very simple but positive change to the electoral college would be for a State's electors to be able to be split, where if a state had 10 electors, and one candidate got 60% of the popular vote within the state, then they would be given 6 electors, and their oppo...
by jpers36
Wed May 02, 2012 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Um, if you'd actually read it all the way, you'd see that a full recount would have shown Gore the winner. Part of the legal issue was the argument that the type of recount Gore was asking for wasn't legal and that to recount, it'd require a full state recount, which, as the article points out, wou...
by jpers36
Wed May 02, 2012 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 58403

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

Belial wrote:
SirMustapha wrote:
Belial wrote:Let's take a moment to discuss how drastically mis-calibrated your sense of what's "serious" is.


No, let's not. You carry on using your god powers to deliver poetic justice to the people you don't like


As you wish.


Never thought I'd see the day.
by jpers36
Wed May 02, 2012 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

If all of the above were true, and we were dealing with a white president, I genuinely believe we'd have the same conspiracy theorists saying the same nonsense. And I'm not being disingenuous. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/11/us/politics/11mccain.html In the most detailed examination yet of Senato...
by jpers36
Wed May 02, 2012 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Actually, it was proven after the fact via independent recount that Gore did in fact win and had the recount gone through, would have taken the White House. Ideological lie. The results of the study showed that had the limited county by county recounts requested by the Gore team been completed, Bus...
by jpers36
Wed May 02, 2012 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 88048

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

jgh wrote:Can't do maths? I've got a wonderful deal for you, potatoes, 19p a pound, three pounds, for you, special offer, a quid. Ok, tell you what, 90p, and that's cutting me hand off.


My inability to solve this is more an issue of language than math :P .
by jpers36
Wed May 02, 2012 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 88048

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Magnanimous wrote:...and people wouldn't lose their shit when a sports player does something statistically unlikely.


I understand math and I still enjoy when unlikely things happen in sports. It's OK to value story over statistics in entertainment.
by jpers36
Tue May 01, 2012 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

So is being wrong, but you just can't help yourself, can you? You're free to name a communist "regime" that wasn't interfered with by capitalists in general and the United States in particular. Yep, them evil capitalists, tripping up Stalin all the time. If the USA hadn't existed, he woul...
by jpers36
Tue May 01, 2012 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Which part? Both? Are you claiming the capitalism of industrial revolution era London was corrupted by communism? Or are you saying that communist governments, like Cuba, haven't been interfered with by capitalists? The whole "X just hasn't been done pure enough before!" schtick is passe .
by jpers36
Tue May 01, 2012 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Sad, but true. Always has been and always will be. Whether DEATH is necessary to deal with violent rebels, I can't really say. How would you deal with communist rebels seeking to destroy the NYSE as a political statement? The assumption being that, roles reversed, I'd be willing to engage in such t...
by jpers36
Tue May 01, 2012 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

drakvl wrote:I was first inspired to pick up Atlas Shrugged thanks to a story arc over at Sluggy Freelance...


I'm blanking here. Which story arc was that?
by jpers36
Tue May 01, 2012 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Kaylakaze wrote:Yes it is. We've never seen a purely communist society, at least not on a large scale, that had no capitalism influencing them and we have seen purely capitalist societies with no communism influencing them.


That's an ideological lie.
by jpers36
Tue May 01, 2012 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I'm just going to comment here that there is an important distinction between "capitalism" per se and a free market ... I don't disagree with what you say historically, and you're also right regarding the need to define terms. I disagree with the idea that your posited definition of capit...
by jpers36
Tue May 01, 2012 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I fail to see how taking a factual statement I made and switching words around to make it non-factual serves any purpose, unless it's some game you want to play to see how absurd a factual statement can be made by replacing words. My statement is no less factual than yours. As far as games ... I'm ...
by jpers36
Tue May 01, 2012 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Of course, implementing a communist society in an environment where people like you exist WOULD require harsh measures. Do you deny that violent rebels must be dealt with, regardless of the economic system? On a slightly less snarky note ... "Death is the solution to all problems - no man, no ...
by jpers36
Tue May 01, 2012 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Sadly, it's been my observation that delusions don't have consequences all that often. If ever a communist government had been allowed to form without the oppressive thumb of capitalist imperialism getting involved, then maybe we could see what the results would be. Of course, implementing a commun...
by jpers36
Tue May 01, 2012 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

One thing I am sure of is if you were allowed to have your way, there would be Walmart and Exxon gulags where anyone who wanted to form a union would be sent. Capitalism is evil and communism is good because if capitalists were in charge, they'd do exactly what communists have done whenever communi...
by jpers36
Tue May 01, 2012 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135260

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Kaylakaze wrote:reich-wing


Self-marginalizing apoplexy.

(I'm not an Objectivist)
by jpers36
Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 32965

Re: #1042: "Never"

It's a funny truth that the average listener and the average speaker will have different conceptions of the same sentence. The goal of creating a sentence is usually communication; therefore, the ideal is the sentence which communicates best to the average listener, not the one that matches best wit...
by jpers36
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 281192

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Agency isn't a "right", it's something you either have or don't have. The technique that I was discussing involved the "Jealousy" technique, in which you stop courting someone that you're already courting, and start courting someone else. The idea is that if she wasn't attracted...
by jpers36
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 281192

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

I'm suggesting that the first guy working on his social skills so that he has a higher chance of meeting that wonderful woman is a good thing. The fact that this also happens to make him more like the second guy isn't the point. Sorry, I didn't mean to suggest that you specifically took the positio...
by jpers36
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 281192

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

All of those except for "Intermittent reinforcement" and "Jealousy plotline" are forms of showing that you're not interested so that you have a chance to actually meet the person you're talking to rather than just being told to fuck off like every other guy (Hey, aren't people a...
by jpers36
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 281192

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Now here's a question for you: What if those manipulative tactics are used subconsciously by people who were born and raised with it all their lives? What if those manipulative tactics are ingrained into a person's personality? Would you still call it manipulation? Would you still say that the pers...
by jpers36
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 281192

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

To suggest that the first person needs to be more like the second in order to find true joy or meaning in life is, to put it bluntly, idiotic. Needs to be the same as =/= benefits from being slightly more like. One is good at meeting women, but not interested in a relationship. How is the one who i...
by jpers36
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 281192

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

SoaG wrote:Needs to be the same as =/= benefits from being slightly more like.


Sorry, but you're going to need more than one noun in this sentence if you want me to understand it.
by jpers36
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 281192

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Two people who are very good friends. One is a doctor of biochemistry, mentioned him early, very bright etc. Good catch. Awful at picking up women. Would never cheat on a girl, and would make a great father. Other has slept with more women than Casanova (no joke). Articulate, extremely high natural...
by jpers36
Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1025:"Rock Tumbler"
Replies: 50
Views: 20418

Re: 1025:"Tumblr"

I had that once. Raccoons in the attic and possums in the crawl space. It was a weird year. ... Addams, I am not sure exactly what it is, perhaps it is the seemly 'not quite' disjointed process of recording your thoughts,perhaps it is the personal and evocative content you include, but, for me, you...
by jpers36
Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1024: "Error Code Monkey"
Replies: 99
Views: 41785

Re: 1024: "Error Code"

You far sighted fools! There are not "four" water lillies like you claim! Get some glasses, you blind, befuddled, rabid bats. There are 'five' water lillies! Morans! No wonder the world is such a mess. Cripes! Oh. Whoops. My apologies. The 'fifth' lilly was a piece of omlette on my monito...
by jpers36
Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 94747

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

That's no true No True Scotsman!
by jpers36
Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0810: "Constructive"
Replies: 130
Views: 45441

Re: 0810: "Constructive"

eripsa wrote:Just to be clear: computers have already passed the Turing test ...


That's news to me. And to the Loebner Prize judges.
by jpers36
Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 28098

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

ysth wrote:I don't do Xtian holidays ...:


Valentine's Day is really a Hallmark holiday, at least the way it's celebrated nowadays.
by jpers36
Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 39201

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

or != xor

Although I guess dyslexia could play a role, seeing as how the or is right next to Xzibit.
by jpers36
Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0920: "Youtube Parties"
Replies: 45
Views: 15084

Re: 0920: "Youtube Parties"

See, I haven't had that problem. Wikipedia sometimes drags me in and TVTropes always does, but on YouTube I'm usually there just to hear-and-possibly-see my favorite music videos again and again; I seldom go looking for new stuff and when I do I'm unlikely to travel far. I think this is because, wi...

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