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by Mirkwood
Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0019: "Tie Vote"
Replies: 57
Views: 15581

Re: What-If 0019: Tie vote

Ok, so it's not just literally "well, there was no majority that time; everyone, please cast your vote again and lets see if it's different...". It's argument and persuasion and so on until a majority opinion arises. Not just an ongoing re-running of the poll, but a debate. The way it was...
by Mirkwood
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0019: "Tie Vote"
Replies: 57
Views: 15581

Re: What-If 0019: Tie vote

Am I the only one who finds the concept of "deaths per second" hilarious?
by Mirkwood
Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 24328

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

Opinions are indirectly subject to correction, because (good) opinions are derived from facts. It's awkward to call an opinion incorrect, but you achieve the same thing by calling the underlying facts incorrect.
by Mirkwood
Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 27207

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

I think a major problem with this is that food tends to be perfectly edible past its stated "use by" date, and can sometimes be bad before the date. Everyone's fridge is a little different, and other factors contribute to spoilage, making the "use by" date an educated guess at be...
by Mirkwood
Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1093: "Forget"
Replies: 125
Views: 20980

Re: 1093: "Forget"

(Illustration: how many people who have served in the military have forgotten why Jane Fonda is considered evil?) At the risk of answering a rhetorical question, it's because she was not just against the Vietnam war but actually supportive of the Viet Cong. She said their treatment of prisoners was...
by Mirkwood
Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1090: "Formal Languages"
Replies: 90
Views: 25392

Re: 1090: "Formal Languages"

I interpreted the comic entirely differently and still found it hilarious. See, I thought the convention on "formal languages" was referring to the use of formal speech and whatnot, with a lot of prescriptivist rules about how to use it. The joke in the alt text is funny because so-called ...
by Mirkwood
Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1073: "Weekend"
Replies: 53
Views: 14612

Re: 1073: "Weekend"

Of course days of the week "exist", and have precisely the same ontological status as every other entity: they are demarcated from otherwise uncategorized reality by an act of selective attention by a knowing subject, just as the movements of the Sun, Earth and Moon are Again I must point...
by Mirkwood
Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1073: "Weekend"
Replies: 53
Views: 14612

Re: 1073: "Weekend"

*No clue if I'm using the word 'screed' correctly. **No clue if 'on an aside' is a cromulent phrasing. According to the Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition , as taken from Dictionary.com, a screed is "a long or prolonged speech or piece of writing". I don't...
by Mirkwood
Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1073: "Weekend"
Replies: 53
Views: 14612

Re: 1073: "Weekend"

herdi42 wrote:I don't really get the title text: who is the other Garfield? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garfield_% ... guation%29 has so many of them.


One is Garfield the cat, the other is President James A. Garfield, who you would naturally expect to be better at presidential speeches.
by Mirkwood
Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1073: "Weekend"
Replies: 53
Views: 14612

Re: 1073: "Weekend"

The last panel doesn’t make sense. We can’t make it Saturday forever, since Saturday’s whole point is that it is followed by a day (Sunday), where there is no work. It’s can’t be both Saturday, and followed by a Saturday. So at best, every second day could be Saturday. But then, we shall call those...
by Mirkwood
Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 35918

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

In the intro to The Fresh prince of Bel Air , we see that "a couple of guys, who were up to no good" is no less than five people. If there had been only two of them, surely our titular hero's mother would not have said "You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air", and we...
by Mirkwood
Sun May 27, 2012 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 19373

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

Err, while the discussion about the usefulness of middlemen in the economy is very interesting and all, wasn't the joke in the comic that they're not really doing anything? They're not producing the designs because they're crowdsourcing, they're not middlemen because they're using "already-in-p...
by Mirkwood
Tue May 22, 2012 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1057: "Klout"
Replies: 83
Views: 33389

Re: 1057: "Klout"

Klout uses the fact that the information they gather is public as justification, but that misses a crucial point: the whole is more than the sum of its parts. It's not an invasion of my privacy if someone happens to see me walking into my house and as such knows I'm at home, but if they have a track...
by Mirkwood
Sun May 13, 2012 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1054: "The Bacon"
Replies: 55
Views: 23112

Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

um... can someone explain this one? I don't get it... The man says he's not upset because his wife "brings home the bacon", meaning she earns enough money to sustain the both of them. However, "thebacon" is the name of an opioid, a group of drugs which soothes people, relieves s...
by Mirkwood
Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1043: “Ablogalypse”
Replies: 91
Views: 25904

Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Google search results are not good indicators when it involves web popularity compared to a normal word. "Special" (i.e., average) people search for a site on Google when they want to access it, instead of using the URL---that doesn't mean that Tumblr is used more in language than the word...
by Mirkwood
Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1033: "Formal Logic"
Replies: 132
Views: 34198

Re: 1033: "Formal Logic"

"The reader is instructed to honk if (and only if) they love formal logic. After honking, they presumably still love formal logic, so they must honk again, and then again, ad nauseam. As someone else brought up, after sufficient honking they would stop loving formal logic, thus ending the terr...
by Mirkwood
Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1033: "Formal Logic"
Replies: 132
Views: 34198

Re: 1033: "Formal Logic"

Why would it cause constant honking?, the bumper sticker doesnt say "honk forever" it just says Honk. The reader is instructed to honk if (and only if) they love formal logic. After honking, they presumably still love formal logic, so they must honk again, and then again, ad nauseam. As s...
by Mirkwood
Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1023: "Late-Night BS"
Replies: 73
Views: 16681

Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Would the graves in Cambodia be marked with crosses? Really don't think Christianity was too big at the time (though Pol Pot would certainly have targeted it if it were). I just went to the Killing Fields in January. No crosses there. All the graves there are mass graves, so instead of putting indi...
by Mirkwood
Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 67273

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

I've got to agree with him on this one. I'm actually a big Twilight fan, but I was simply horrified by Bella going for "Renesmee". It's just so tacky. When the spelling checker puts a squiggly red line under your proposed name, that's a good sign you may need to rethink your choice.
by Mirkwood
Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 16559

Re: 0995: "Coin Star"

I prefer using vending machines rather than Coin Star. They accept small change as well and don't take a fee, besides their profit. I get something of delicious value in return. Of course, if you don't like what vending machines typically have to offer, then this isn't much of an option.
by Mirkwood
Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 29521

Re: 0990: “Plastic Bags”

In Belgium, as in the rest of the EU, for the past few years, plastic bags have had an environmental tax on them, so the supermarket chains collectively decided they wouldn't offer them anymore. Overnight the whole plastic bag problem simply disappeared as by magic. Sure, you can buy a new reusable...
by Mirkwood
Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 118
Views: 23441

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

Also, I'd like to note that real fun begins with having multiple languages installed (I need 3 daily), which are more than happy to mix up Z with Y and all possible symbols for you, including automatic switching said layout depending on currently focused window, field, outside temperature and possi...
by Mirkwood
Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 24727

Re: 0947: “Investing”

I'd say investing in stocks is actually a pretty nice idea right now. The market as a whole is down, but that doesn't mean everything is risky---now, you the opportunity to buy cheap stock that really doesn't have all that much risk attached. When the market gets back to it's normal point (or it's h...
by Mirkwood
Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0928: "Mimic Octopus"
Replies: 166
Views: 39129

Re: 0928: Mimic Octopus

Shouldn't the plural for vagina be vaginae? Sure, according to Latin grammar rules. In English, the main reason for applying foreign grammar rules (or any rules at all) is "It sounds better that way." Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so different people spell things differ...
by Mirkwood
Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0928: "Mimic Octopus"
Replies: 166
Views: 39129

Re: 0928: Mimic Octopus

I think the best way to solve the "octopuses" versus "octopodes" debate is to have the proponents of each duke it out in a variety of danger-filled arenae.
by Mirkwood
Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0885: "Recycling"
Replies: 59
Views: 12882

Re: 0885: "Recycling"

I've become deeply opposed to recycling ever since living in a city that charges per trash bag but recycling is free. It's fucking extortion. It's not extortion, it's an economic incentive. Subsidies and taxes affect the price of tons of stuff you buy, the only reason this one sticks out is because...
by Mirkwood
Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 21510

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

The first panel here I agree with completely. Even without the "or more" part, simply having "up to" makes it the most annoying thing in advertising. "Entire store up to 50% off" really means that some products may or may not be discounted at a maximum of 50%, however ...
by Mirkwood
Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"
Replies: 96
Views: 22275

Re: 830: "Genetic Analysis"

Everyone likes sex *Ahem* No, not everyone. I suggest you take a look at http://www.asexuality.org to avoid making that mistake again. *Ahem* Yes, everyone. I suggest you take a look at http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/everyone to avoid making that mistake again. For the lazy: Usage notes This can be ...
by Mirkwood
Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"
Replies: 96
Views: 22275

Re: 830: "Genetic Analysis"

Everyone likes sex *Ahem* No, not everyone. I suggest you take a look at http://www.asexuality.org to avoid making that mistake again. *Ahem* Yes, everyone. I suggest you take a look at http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/everyone to avoid making that mistake again. For the lazy: Usage notes This can be ...
by Mirkwood
Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"
Replies: 96
Views: 22275

Re: 830: "Genetic Analysis"

distractedSofty wrote:Everyone likes sex


*Ahem* No, not everyone. I suggest you take a look at http://www.asexuality.org to avoid making that mistake again.

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