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by jpers36
Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 39333

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

This looks like a job for Pedantic Man! The OP was implying that American English was somehow independent of British English rather than evolved directly from it, so the "e" in judgement was an illegal alien come to interfere with the purity of American's bodily fluids. The person you wer...
by jpers36
Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0150: "Grownups"
Replies: 147
Views: 83918

Re: 0150: "Grownups"

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Alt Text: "I've looked into this, and I can't figure out a way to do it cheaply. And I guess it wouldn't be sanitary."

I just noticed the actual comic hadn't been posted to the thread ...
by jpers36
Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 43635

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Zylon wrote:This looks like a job for...

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A mantis dressed like a bat!


FTFY
by jpers36
Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83660

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

It's entirely logical and factual that white people discriminate against black people and that white people as the dominant group see their way of naming children as the only right way. This type of blanket statement can set race relations back almost as much as the stories you're attacking. It all...
by jpers36
Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83660

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

I have no idea. Maybe King James, who sponsored the first widespread English-language Bible, wanted to legitimize his name as a "Christian" one? This could be checked by taking a look at a pre-AV English bible, such as Wycliffe. I just checked, and Wycliffe uses James: http://wesley.nnu.e...
by jpers36
Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83660

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Are you really sure? I was under the impression that John was the English version of Johannes, as in the apostle. I never had the impression Johannes and Jonathan were the same name. Either/or. John can be a given name in itself as the English version of Johannes, or it can be a nickname for someon...
by jpers36
Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83660

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Diadem wrote:Dick is an unfortunately surname. But what is wrong with 'Richard'. How does it shorten to dick?


English convention.
by jpers36
Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83660

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

hifi wrote:I knew a girl called Portia.

Yes, the idea came from Porsche.


As other people have pointed out, Portia is Shakespearean.

In high school, I knew a girl called Porsche.
by jpers36
Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1010: "Etymology-Man"
Replies: 84
Views: 31678

Re: 1010: "Etymology-Man"

just as terribly thought out as carrying liquid nitrogen in an elevator. (if it spills it will evaporate, push all the oxygen to the top of the lift and kill everyone inside due to it being 270,000 times compressible and heavier than air.) It takes several minutes to lose consciousness without oxyg...
by jpers36
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1005: "SOPA"
Replies: 128
Views: 67253

Re: 1005: "SOPA"

... even to the text of the bill... I think most citizens generally assume nowadays that the text of a bill being considered is either unreadable due to legalese (such as the PATRIOT Act) or just plain unavailable (such as Nancy Pelosi's comment about PPACA that "we have to pass the bill so th...
by jpers36
Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1005: "SOPA"
Replies: 128
Views: 67253

Re: 1005: "SOPA"

Sluggy Freelance is participating as well. Red State isn't shutting down, but is restricting its main page posting to anti-SOPA articles for the day.
by jpers36
Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1005: "SOPA"
Replies: 128
Views: 67253

Re: 1005: "SOPA"

Forgive my ignorance on the issue, (I've heard about this in passing since October, but it seemed to mostly come from people complaining that they won't be able to continuously torrent GB's of copyrighted material 24/7) but how does this affect a site like XKCD? Some imply that the slightest mentio...
by jpers36
Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25693

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball, but tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.
by jpers36
Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25693

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

tastelikecoke wrote:I don't know for you but for me, some other politicians (or "politicians") are already as interesting as him. Like that guy surrounded by virgin bodyguards.


Qaddafi's dead ...
by jpers36
Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 65500

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

VelociraptorEvader wrote:70 Meters or 70 Metres? I cringe every time I see Meters being used for distance instead of counting units.


Here in the US, we don't have a word "Metre".

(no offense intended)
by jpers36
Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176686

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Take a European cultural group -- the Dutch. Point to where they live on a map. Pretty easy, if you know a bit of geography. Now take an American cultural group -- Dutch Americans. Now point to where they live. The southern shore of Lake Michigan, in a swath stretching roughly from Holland, Michiga...
by jpers36
Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176686

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

I noticed a few people have been making this error, so I feel the need to point out that the District of Columbia (aka Washington, DC; aka DC) is not a state. It is a special district and not part of any state. There is a separate state called Washington on the other side of the country. I mean no s...
by jpers36
Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188634

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

Continuing ... The intersection between natural and supernatural are those events which have a supernatural (e.g., materially unobservable) cause and a natural (observable) effect. This is the situation that Billy Graham and many others have analogized to one's eyes and the wind: the effect (movemen...
by jpers36
Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188634

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

And how does the innate desire for transcendence in any way imply God? I never said that. Don't build straw men. I'm sorry. I failed to read your post accurately. I stand corrected. Another question then: Are such desires (or "innate religiosity", as you say) valid reasons to investigate ...
by jpers36
Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188634

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

Mapar wrote:And how does the innate desire for transcendence in any way imply God?


I never said that. Don't build straw men.

Mapar wrote:Irony.


Snark.
by jpers36
Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188634

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

I'm still unclear on what your purpose is in this talk about purpose. The way I interpreted Conor's question was something like this: Imagine you were you, or at least as much a scientist as you are now, knowing the scientific things about the world you know now, and having the cognitive faculties ...
by jpers36
Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188634

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

Seeing as a provided citations to books and papers covering roughly 10,000 pages worth of material, I find it highly unlikely that you even managed to touch 1% of 1% of the material I cited. Claiming that my citations didn't meet your standards, when you openly admit to not reading them, is somewha...
by jpers36
Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188634

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

By the way sorry to heard about your car-flipping. Thanks; considering how ruthless we've been in our arguments, you guys are all right. I'm fine, though I was a little bit shaken. Here's where my car ended up. It was certainly exciting.... And yes, I drive a Corolla. Don't hate. It gets good gas m...
by jpers36
Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 58588

Re: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"

Hasn't anyone noticed that this is wrong? I haven't looked at the best moves for O bit, but the best move for X is always to go in the middle. Also on tracking through a game I got stumped until I realised that a cross that should be red was actually black. It's not wrong. Assuming perfect play fro...
by jpers36
Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188634

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

Animals are pure E-programs; angels are pure H-programs; humans (while alive) are combined H/E-programs that collapse to souls (pure H-programs) if the E-section is disassembled (death). G, of course, has full read/write access to H: and E: at all times. "What is man that You are mindful of hi...
by jpers36
Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88811

Re: 0806: Tech Support

June 2007 ME: I've been using your cable internet service for a month now and I can't get a speed better than 1KB/minute, when I get a connection at all. COMCAST: Well, let me ping your cable modem. I'm seeing a connection. ME: Well, the modem's cable light is on, but the connection is bad. Ping tim...
by jpers36
Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 102477

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

Karilyn wrote:FYI: You count to 100 on two hands using one thumb as a 5, and the other hand having fingers be 10 with the thumb being 50.

9 on the 100 scale looks the same as 5 on the traditional finger counting scale.


Forget that, I can count to 1024 on my two hands.
by jpers36
Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 292
Views: 75105

Re: 0802: "Online Communities 2"

Atomsk wrote::P There's River Tam in core region of Blogosphere.


Sorry, but that's TPM = Talking Points Memo.
by jpers36
Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 292
Views: 75105

Re: "Online Communities 2" Discussion (#802)

sje46 wrote:In the forums section, there's a really small island between Something Awful and JLA forums. It's probably the smallest island on the map, but it's really hard to tell what it is. Anyone have any ideas?


XKCD Forum?
by jpers36
Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0800: "Beautiful Dream"
Replies: 116
Views: 31760

Re: "Beatiful Dream" discussion (#800)

As a side-effect, this will teach you how to be a leader and dominate reality. Which means, you can continue straight to social engineering / mind hacking in general (which is also used in politics, marketing, etc.). But please don’t use it in a way that hurts others too much. You might hurt yourse...
by jpers36
Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 187
Views: 92069

Re: "Password Reuse" Discussion (#792)

Zamfir wrote:Security is a balance between convenience and security...


That's a bit recursive.
by jpers36
Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0767: "Temper"
Replies: 159
Views: 44623

Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

I seem to recall that there was a family-owned business somewhere like Pittsburgh PA where Fred Rogers was a board member. There was a union, and a strike, and Fred (I call him that because half the board members were named Mr Rogers) was not particularly a leader in the negotiations but he was sup...
by jpers36
Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0734: "Outbreak"
Replies: 126
Views: 28746

Re: "Outbreak" Discussion

This is the opposite of a plan a friend and I had a few years back. First, we put out a typical romantic comedy, except that during the end scene (a wedding) the movie would end with a zoom in (with ominous violins) to something/someone innocuous. Then, put out a sequel that's a horror movie followi...

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