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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby no words » Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:01 pm UTC

Hi, I'm mel, from australia. Thought I'd poke my nose in. Got a 3 year old son, named Jet, and drink a lot of coffee and chase him around all day. How's it going kids?

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby FermiumBalloon » Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:25 am UTC

Hello, all!
I've been reading xkcd for a while, but it didn't occur to me until just now to check out the forums. I'm 18 years old and currently a first-year physics student, and interested in virtually all things scientific.
From what I've seen here so far, it seems I'll enjoy this forum quite a lot!

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Postby Monika » Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:08 pm UTC

Welcome to the forum and enjoy yourself! What does the text on your avatar say?
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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby voicedotter » Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:31 pm UTC

arghh I have been slacking yet again. Oh well at least I have a reason. I was away from my computer and had no internets.

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I enjoy sunsets and long walks on the beach with my pet iguana, ignius IV.
Please excuse the typos in this post. I'm typing this using my Itouch, because I am an asshole.


Welcome. I like coconuts so I'm sure I'll like you. I am also a bit odd as well. We should start a club. We could have t-shirts and everything. I also use my Itouch to web browse and make comments on some sites, but not this one because it is too good for that. Iguanas are awesome by the way.

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WEWT more longtime readers, first time posters. I love that. The computer science room is up stairs, then make a 180 degree turn and go through the door to your left. Never EVER GO THROUGH THE DOOR TO YOUR LEFT ALWAYS MAKE IT TO YOUR RIGHT. Sorry bout that just yea please head my warning.
Hope you and your geek/nerd/whathaveyou family stay together for a long time. Sadly I'm the main geek in my family when it comes to computers.

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I do mathematics professionally, I'm finishing up my last year in academics. Leaving due to family concerns...

Specifically, I have a son on the autism spectrum, just diagnosed this year. We've been doing FloorTime (google it! it's cool!) with him, with great effects -- I'd be happy to get a PM if anybody wants to talk about it.

I also have a infant son. He is cute, stubborn, and the world's worst sleeper.

My wonderful husband stays home with the kids, not originally by choice (he graduated at a bad, bad spot in the economy) but he's making the best of it now.

In order, I usually check the Mafia forum, the mathematics forum, then General, LSR, Logic Puzzles, and Books.

Thanks for the community, I want to become a more contributing member....


Well welcome. You already know how to find those rooms if you want to find them. We just need to see your ID and then it will be all good.


no words wrote:Hi, I'm mel, from australia. Thought I'd poke my nose in. Got a 3 year old son, named Jet, and drink a lot of coffee and chase him around all day. How's it going kids?


I'm from NZ. If I come off a bit harsh to you I'm sorry. It will be because of the rivalry between our countries when it comes to most things.
Everything is running smoothly at hotel xkcd enjoy your stay. We gave you a family room so your kid can stay as well.


FermiumBalloon wrote:Hello, all!
I've been reading xkcd for a while, but it didn't occur to me until just now to check out the forums. I'm 18 years old and currently a first-year physics student, and interested in virtually all things scientific.
From what I've seen here so far, it seems I'll enjoy this forum quite a lot!


Well welcome to the forums. The forums are crazier than the comics for your information.
I think you will enjoy the physics room as well as the science room.
We do hope you enjoy the "hotel"

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby KennyIs2Grif » Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:24 am UTC

Let's summarize in one word shall we? Sarcasm. I love it and will never stop using it. I'm a 17- year old asshole currently residing in Aurora, CO. Name, Kenny. I've been reading the comics and I absolutely love them, Pure genius in my opinion. So yeah, that's that... Schadenfruede :mrgreen: .

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby Bean_Delphiki » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:30 am UTC

I'm 30 years old, married with two kids [6 (boy) & 4 (girl)]. I live in York, PA.

I work as an engineer with a rather large company in the defense industry. I do human factors engineering so it's not like I'm building a sharper bullet or anything, but when everything is said and done it's all part of the same game. I've been at it for 7 years, so I guess I'm ok with the whole war-helping thing, but the work sits hard on the soul...so to speak. The worst part is that I'm a relatively smart and creative person...probably like the rest of the community here...so it's difficult to deal with new ideas and concepts which are intended to bring war more efficiently. In other words, it's one thing to say "I design motors...it's not my fault that the military needs motors"...it's another thing to say "I think that if somebody will listen to my ideas, I can make new systems which bring more lethality, more cheaply, and more quickly". Of course the ideas have an angle where they'll make war better because they'll allow less Soldiers and civilians to die and all that rationalizing shit...but who am I kidding? I bet the engineer who first put hydraulic recoil on a cannon felt pretty positive about himself and his accomplishment. However, it didn't work out too well for a couple of million Soldiers and civilians during WWI...

I do what I do because of the Soldier. I have two basic religions, Christian and Soldierian. I know, I know, it's stupid making a religion around people who's job it is to unleash savagery on behalf of a government's agenda. But if a Soldier (a normal Soldier of course...there's assholes in every human population subset) tells me to run into a wall as hard as I can, I'll probably do it (it would also help if said Soldier was ranked above Specialist and below Colonel...not that I don't love and respect Specialists, but a Specialist will really enjoy screwing with a motherfucker and I can just picture them saying "again...again...again" while my wife does a face-palm and walks away...he/she wouldn't be being an asshole, just a Specialist, if that makes sense...and not that I don't love and respect Colonels and above, but there's something about Colonels that scares the shit out of me...never talked to anybody higher). There's really no way I can defend the "religion" on rational grounds....it's kinda just the way it is.

Also a Christian as stated above. I consider myself a gnostic, agnostic Christian...to be exact. Part of me hates saying that because it makes me feel like I'm trying to be cool..."You posers are into punk rock. I'm into Ramones-derived-lyrics, with Dolls-based-song-structure music only manufactured on one block in Queens..." But it's also just kinda how it is, and it helps to get as many modifiers out front when introducing one's religion to another. Basically, I think that we should keep learning and studying around our religion, instead of just saying, "I'm a christian. Now, help me attach these rubber testicles to the back of my automobile"...but I also think that we're not meant to know everything, so don't go crazy about it. If your religious faith is dependent on the sun orbiting the earth, instead of the other way around....then your religious faith is probably retarded. If God wanted everyone to be so fucking certain (as these assholes are) of the answers to the universe, why doesn't he just write them in the sky with stars? We're never going to know everything, and your reaction to areas of uncertainty is what defines your religion. Atheism is a religion as much as any other...in my opinion at least. Am I wrong? Please help me understand better.

Um...sometimes I drink and then post retarded crap usually dealing with the incredibly important moral crisis of the day. I promise I'll try to keep that to a minimum.

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby Monika » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:45 pm UTC

Hi Bean_Delphiki, welcome to the forum and enjoy yourself here!

Bean_Delphiki wrote:I have two basic religions, Christian and Soldierian. ... I consider myself a gnostic, agnostic Christian...to be exact.

Interesting.

If God wanted everyone to be so fucking certain (as these assholes are) of the answers to the universe, why doesn't he just write them in the sky with stars?

Maybe He|She has already done that?

We just don't understand the star language.

Atheism is a religion as much as any other...in my opinion at least. Am I wrong? Please help me understand better.

It's a religion in the same way as not believing in elves is a religion. I.e. not.

There is a long thread somewhere (in "Serious Business"? not sure right now) that discusses this ... I think the title was simply "Religion".
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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby Bean_Delphiki » Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:06 pm UTC

Maybe He|She has already done that?


First off, good catch on the he/SHE thing.

We just don't understand the star language.


I think that it's cool and wonderous to think that God could communicate to us through the layout of the stars...but until it's done in a clear and scientifically verifiable language, my previously stated religious stance in valid...agnostic...you give me more answers, I'll give you more questions.

It's a religion in the same way as not believing in elves is a religion. I.e. not.


I could not have said it better. Humans have been talking about elves for centuries...who are you (generic "you"...not YOU) to say that they don't exist simply because you haven't seen one?...it's a religious decision (in the way that I define religious decisions). I understand and respect the stance that says "nothing exists until you PROVE that it does"...but how do aethiests function in a world without considering and passing faith/judgement on things that they don't know? How do you form a hypothesis for further study?

I also understand that you're not going to war for your belief that human performance in a vigilance task will improve when ambient illumance is below 3 ft-candle (or whatever the damn unit is)...but there are some sciency type questions where you have to make a real decision in the real world with your uncertainty well-defined ("hey guys, should we fire up the Large Hadron Collider. I'm pretty sure that the earth won't implode, but I'm limited to 144 decimal places in my calculations")...("hey guys, why should we do this study on making golden retriever puppies 40% fluffier, some asshole (like me) is just going to find a way to weaponize our science and kill half the planet")...

Can aethiests really exist without relying on faith at any time?....I'm asking, it's not a rhetorical question.

Faith (and more especially faith-based-behavior-in-the-presence-of-uncertainty) is my definition of religion. Now you could just flip a coin at moments of decision (or 12-sided die...nerds!) and follow what it says. But then I think you're just putting your faith in statistical chance, and that's still a behavior with which you chose to deal with uncertainty.

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby Monika » Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:41 pm UTC

Well if you want to add to your two religions of Christianity and Soldierism a third religion of no-elves-no-fairies-no-gnomes-no-ghosts-no-flying-spaghetti-monster-no-invisible-pink-unicorn-no-dragon-in-my-garage-no-Zeus-no-witchcraft-no-mermaids that's fine with me. But I won't call my non-belief in mermaids a religion. (BTW the word is spelled atheists, not aethiests.)

You might like this: http://www.churchofreality.org.
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Postby Bean_Delphiki » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:03 pm UTC

Thank you for the advice and the conversation.

(BTW, it would be Solderianism, not Soldierism)

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby TheWeeklyDrivel » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:42 pm UTC

Howdy, all o' you. I've been reading xkcd for quite some time now, though I never ventured into the forum until now. After exploring for a bit, I find it's pretty great. However, the main reason I'm posting here is to establish that I am not a spambot and I am not trying to sell you anything. For the most part I'm just a lurker, so it's unlikely that my posts will be found generously throughout the forum. I assure you, though, my presence will be more than enough awesome to compensate. :P

All righty, then, toodeloo!

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Postby xdegenerate » Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:14 pm UTC

I don't often read xkcd, but I decided to join the forums anyway, as there seemed to be pretty interesting discussion going on.

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby minkis » Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:21 pm UTC

Hello all! I'm gonna go with the cliched "first time caller, long time listener" bit, as it applies to the internet. I read this comic on a daily basis (with the exception of the year twenty-ten, as I was in Afghanistan making people like Bean_Delphiki run into walls as hard as they can). One of my goals in life is now to ride a rollercoaster, whilst playing a game of chess. I'm not even gonna bother linking to the comic, cause I'm sure you all know which I refer to. Of course, I'm not allowed to use [url], so I wouldn't be able to link to it if I wanted to! Clever girl...

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Postby Monika » Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:57 pm UTC

Have you seen the photos of the other people who have done it?
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Postby minkis » Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:44 pm UTC

Absolutely, and I applaud them all! Ive been on some of those rides, and know exactly where the camera is.

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Postby SecondTalon » Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:45 pm UTC

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby Magnanimous » Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:56 pm UTC

I've been reading xkcd for a few years, and I think it's time to actually join the forums... Long time lurker, first time poster. I'm 19, and I'm a sophomore at UW in Math/CS. Hi everyone!

I feel like I should have done this a while ago.

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Postby OBrien » Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:03 pm UTC

... the hell dude?
Spelling and grammar can go screw themselves.

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby Giant Speck » Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:09 pm UTC

Magnanimous wrote:I've been reading xkcd for a few years, and I think it's time to actually join the forums... Long time lurker, first time poster. I'm 19, and I'm a sophomore at UW in Math/CS. Hi everyone!

I feel like I should have done this a while ago.

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Postby Lazar » Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:34 pm UTC

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Postby grythyttan » Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:14 pm UTC

Welcome magnanimous. I hope you like it here. It feels like you've been here a year already.
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Postby Hope_ » Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:02 am UTC

Hi :) I'm Hope, female, 19, from Britain but currently over in North Carolina to study for a few more months.
My boyfriend has been singing the praises of the forums for as long as I have known him, especially the wonderful and helpful views on the LS&R, so I started reading them (now we're officially dating) and I love them. :)
I'll just go back to lurking and occasionally posting in the LS&R now. :)
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Postby Hawknc » Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:36 am UTC

What is Donna saying in your avatar? I feel like I should know it, seeing as it's one of my all-time favourite shows, but I can't quite make it out...

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby Hope_ » Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:58 am UTC

Hawknc wrote:What is Donna saying in your avatar? I feel like I should know it, seeing as it's one of my all-time favourite shows, but I can't quite make it out...


I don't actually know.. it was the best Donna one I had in my gif folder that was the right size. I really wanted to use Donna and I really wanted a gif. :P
But now it's kind of annoying me that I don't know either. Hmm.
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Postby Chuff » Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:33 am UTC

Welcome Magnanimous and Hope! I hope you both lead magnanimous existences here.
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Postby Zarq » Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:43 am UTC

Do you have a bigger version of the image?
You rang?

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Postby voicedotter » Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:03 pm UTC

well rather than go through and quote a lot of people I'm just gonna say welcome to the Hotel xkcd. We have everything you need. If you want some help just ask the (usually) friendly staff. Beware the basement, I heard there are raptors down there, and don't go through any doors to your left.

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Postby joshz » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:06 pm UTC

voicedotter wrote:Hotel xkcd.
You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave?
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Postby voicedotter » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:30 pm UTC

joshz wrote:
voicedotter wrote:Hotel xkcd.
You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave?


no you never are allowed to check out.

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Postby Hope_ » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:31 pm UTC

Zarq wrote:Do you have a bigger version of the image?


I assume you're referring to me..

I think she's saying 'How not terrible?' from the start of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chGfbH8L ... re=related Not sure why I have a gif of that but *shrugs*. :)
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Postby paulagostinelli1 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:21 am UTC

i suppose i should do one of these, hola fora!

i've been reading the comics for a long time (since about #80 or #90) and frequently end up at these boards via google searches but never actually decided to contribute.... until i saw the xkcdsw thread.

so i am here and glad to be!

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Postby kingbob » Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:54 am UTC

Hi all my name is Jake. im a freshman physics major and i love this comic. i only recently started reading them, but i just sat at my laptop and read them all one by one. :P anyway, i cant wait to get to know as many of you as i can! my other interests include starcraft 2 and playing the saxaphone.

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby winkerVSbecks » Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:16 pm UTC

Hi,

I'm big fan of the comic and have been reading it for quite some time now but, never bothered to check the forums for some reason. Looks like a fun place :)

BTW the puzzles sub forum is awesome!

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby Boingloing » Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:14 am UTC

Hello, I'm boingloing. I'm a high school student who was recently hooked on the xkcd comic series. I enjoy math, science, music, language, and learning, but I seriously hate homework. Thankfully, I've managed to shorten my high school journey down to three years instead of the usual four(let's hope I don't regret it) I enjoy being around smart people as long as I can keep up with what they're talking about. I really like to play games, my favorite being tetris. I play the violin, and I'm a pretty good singer.

I
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computers.

I've been into computer science since I was a youngster (I used to mess around with applescript in elementary school, remember mac OS9? XD) I used game maker for most of my 'programming' as a kid. I have tried and failed to learn other languages because that creative spark is gone. I started to learn Python. I know basic HTML because in middle school someone teased me for not knowing it and I decided to do something about it.
Fun Fact: My first girlfriend's first line to me was: "So I heard you like HTML and stuff. I do, too"

I tend to set really high goals and not achieve them. why? because I hate to practice(unless it's my violin). I guess that's gonna keep me out of MIT, but I don't know what I even want to do in college, yet...

I have a tendency to ramble.

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Postby Monika » Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:15 am UTC

Boingloing wrote:I
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computers.

I like your typesetting.

Fun Fact: My first girlfriend's first line to me was: "So I heard you like HTML and stuff. I do, too"

Awesome :) .

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby Captain Waffles » Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:47 am UTC

Ah, what to put in here.

Well, my name is David. (Captain Waffles is my nick-name :P)

15 and in highschool. It's the bee's knees, i'm telling you...

A little new to forum life, so may take me some time to warm up here, but I found xkcd... forever ago. I have no idea, just now getting into the forums though.

I like music and art, however art can sometimes escape my narrow frame of realism. I'm also a fan of literature, but some what of an analytical prick when it comes to reading books, can never just enjoy something. :roll:

I am also an aspiring vocalist, however these days it's not quite as easy to just ditch home and be a rock star.

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby Boingloing » Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:48 am UTC

Captain Waffles wrote:Ah, what to put in here.

Well, my name is David. (Captain Waffles is my nick-name :P)

15 and in highschool. It's the bee's knees, i'm telling you...

A little new to forum life, so may take me some time to warm up here, but I found xkcd... forever ago. I have no idea, just now getting into the forums though.

I like music and art, however art can sometimes escape my narrow frame of realism. I'm also a fan of literature, but some what of an analytical prick when it comes to reading books, can never just enjoy something. :roll:

I am also an aspiring vocalist, however these days it's not quite as easy to just ditch home and be a rock star.




Dang your story is so similar to mine, starting at "15 and in high school" to the end :D
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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby Captain Waffles » Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:53 am UTC

Boingloing wrote:Dang your story is so similar to mine, starting at "15 and in high school" to the end :D


Are you a nerdy Block Rocker? 8)

I saw your thread on composing, unfortunately my post hasn't been approved on it yet. :(

Do you play any instruments?

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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby Boingloing » Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:56 am UTC

I play the violin and "the sing" as I call vocals :P
I am learning the vibraphone/marimba which is basically a little piano as well.
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Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Postby Captain Waffles » Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:59 am UTC

I just make alot of noise :D

I draw most of my inspiration from the late 80's and 90's, so not everyone would consider it "Singing" per se... Although I can also pull off some mean Broadway :P


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