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by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 7097

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Fungo4 wrote:The second guy in the strip, who contributes nothing,

He has a cute hat!
by Copper Bezel
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 7097

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Well if this was it, that was a pretty lame joke. Way below XKCD norms. I think it was a play on magnified sizes that backfired. And speaking of magnified ... at the angle Cueball is holding his camera, if the bird is "a mile up" then it's gotta be like 2-3 miles away. And that doesn't lo...
by Copper Bezel
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 7097

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

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Well done, sir or madam XD
by Copper Bezel
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 7097

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Seems unlikely that this was accidental, if you look in the page source the path to the uploaded image is: //imgs.xkcd.com/comics/birdwatching_huge.png it would seem that it was intended to be "huge" for some reason. Yeah, explainxkcd's theory seems right that it's meant to resemble looki...
by Copper Bezel
Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 288
Views: 45277

Re: 0802: "Online Communities 2"

One would assume. "Forums" broadly in the existing map is about the land area of Google Buzz, or maybe three Reddits.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 5431

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

Google search tells me that this is an obscure Linux-based text editor meant to bring the functionality of Emacs to the interface of Wordstar, a text editor that is as old as Emacs, but died in the 80s.

...

Yes, yes you may indeed be the only one using that.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 286
Views: 20532

Re: Science-based what-if questions

There's a section for that? I have lots of shipping thoughts! = O
by Copper Bezel
Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 34
Views: 2625

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

Perhaps so, and perhaps the usage communicates or reinforces our illusory separation from the animal kingdom. I don't think that's the cause of the usage, at the very least. On your aside, I'd have every reason to believe that at the very least H. neanderthalensis would be very difficult to think of...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 34
Views: 2625

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

Egocentrism on this level of abstraction is just practical, though. In an everyday context, when we need to invoke the concept of "animals", it's rarely useful to include human beings. God, the vast majority of people rarely think of birds as dinosaurs most or any of the time and birds are...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 34
Views: 2625

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

Needn't be anything philosophical or hierarchical. "Non-human animals" is a commonly useful category of things. We usually exclude animals and people from the category "objects" and so on as well. We know what is referred to. At a basic level, the way in which conspecifics are us...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 5431

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

To be clear, since there always seems to be a lucky-10,000-aire on this, gedit is also available on Windows, but I can see why it wouldn't place in this ranking! Well, you're spot on that I didn't know this. However, should anyone know this? :P For people like me who are the apparent target audienc...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 5431

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

What about inserting grep into your eyes?
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 5431

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

If I happen to be on a (random) debianesk system and have to edit a couple of files, I'll probably use gedit. Well, unless there's already a terminal pointing at the right folder, then I'll use nano. But I'm mostly on windows, so my options are Atom, Sublime, VSCode and Brackets, which are pretty m...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 286
Views: 20532

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Perhaps a variation on "Richie Rich"?
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 5431

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

I use it because I'm not a developer. = P I'm sure there's lots of good stuff in there, but without smart line wrapping....
by Copper Bezel
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 3355

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

Point taken.

Soupspoon wrote:Does an arbitrary GIMP program have the same "tableness" as an arbitrary Photoshop program, though?

I have nothing to add to this except that you're the very best, Soupspoon. XD

Edit: Hmm, what about the tableness of Excel vs. the tableness of Dreamweaver?
by Copper Bezel
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 3355

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

Pick an Aristotelian causal dimension and there's a way of defining a word according to it, and the context defines which one is relevant, including the immediate context of attached modifiers. I suppose very obvious ones simply become oxymorons, like "failed success", but almost all thing...
by Copper Bezel
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 286
Views: 20532

Re: Science-based what-if questions

You make a valid point, but now the construction question's even harder!
by Copper Bezel
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: About Sin-gi-jeon
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: About Sin-gi-jeon

Is this a rhetorical question? If so, what is your point? Your video gives a pretty decent demonstration of the rockets' effectiveness. Just going on that demo, one hwacha wouldn't substitute for a line of archers, but if I understand the battlefield mechanics at all, it would be very likely to brea...
by Copper Bezel
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 286
Views: 20532

Re: Science-based what-if questions

It's a matter of taste at that point what counts. A solid gold house will not stand. An ordinary house with aluminum siding plated with gold leaf isn't very interesting. What you want is somewhere in between those extremes, but it's entirely up to your preference in this hypothetical. Especially sin...
by Copper Bezel
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 3355

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

ISSUE: The Borg can't even effectively assimilate one ship on an exploratory mission. WORKAROUND: Reboot the franchise ISSUE: Fans are so attached that we can't even properly reboot the franchise without connecting it to the original as an alternate universe spinoff in the vein of Equestria Girls t...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Smallest animal
Replies: 18
Views: 3663

Re: Smallest animal

Even Trichoplax has the capacity to reproduce in a controlled mode that a transmissible cancer lacks. The thing is, both you and Liri seem to agree that this cancer is definitely not an individual organism. I get the value of pointing out clever counterexamples, but do these sorts of distinctions ac...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Smallest animal
Replies: 18
Views: 3663

Re: Smallest animal

Yeah, the trouble is in the article; at what point does it become an animal? The cancer is definitely animal life and definitely parasitic, but it's not really an organism and doesn't have a reproductive mode that really helps to identify individuals. It's more like a parasitic infestation than it i...
by Copper Bezel
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?
Replies: 22
Views: 2120

Re: Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?

Richard Dawkins had an interesting response to this somewhere where he pointed out that wheels are also just not very good at getting around by themselves - they need roads.
by Copper Bezel
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2835
Views: 525663

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

That's fascinating! It does seem like a malformed question, though; I would have thought one would be more likely to need a figure for aardwolves / hr per nautical miles / hr / kg!
by Copper Bezel
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9903

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

orthogon wrote:These assumptions simply don't apply to air or glass.

Glass is green, though? = o
by Copper Bezel
Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9903

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Transmitted and reflected light are equally distinct phenomena. "It's because of the color of air, but air is actually dichromatic" is certainly a possibly reasonable answer. I think it's also more honest than the received and rarely understood soundbite. 3. An interesting question would b...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9903

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

I still don't get the people who don't want anything past "air is blue". The one time we actually go on to say something interesting, that actually tells you a bit about how the world works, and somehow it's no good. It's not about people asking why colors happen, which is certainly a goo...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9903

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

I always found these color questions a bit backwards. It seem like we probably evolved color vision to maximize contrast in the landscape, thus forming receptors for sky/water and vegetation, with red to stand out from that backdrop. The range of visible light isn't arbitrary, though. Hard UV doesn...
by Copper Bezel
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 4232

Re: 1815: "Flag"

svenman wrote:
Copper Bezel wrote:
svenman wrote:395 : 553
You people need to be slapped. Periodically, at the very least.
Admittedly, I could have reduced that to 5 : 7, but that would have made the significance of that ratio even more obscure.

Dead pixels and the Pirate Bay? I don't get it.
by Copper Bezel
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 4232

Re: 1815: "Flag"

svenman wrote:395 : 553

You people need to be slapped. Periodically, at the very least.
by Copper Bezel
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Minimum population question
Replies: 50
Views: 12601

Re: Minimum population question

Bringing back the dead does seem a timely subject for this thread. = o
by Copper Bezel
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 4485

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Orientationalizify.
by Copper Bezel
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 4485

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

That's just the way I saw it; I experienced a full-on gestalt shift when i read CB's post. Nevertheless, looking at it again, the occlusion of her ponytail suggests an unnatural amount of neck rotation if we're really seeing her back. Mainly I just wanted to riff on the handshake thing, though. Yea...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 4485

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

She could also just be turned such that we're seeing her back....
by Copper Bezel
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 7197

Re: Free Will

In the context, you seemed to be arguing that "even if souls do/did exist, that doesn't/wouldn't allow people free will, because the soul would be controlling the person, not the person being a free-willed-thing itself". I don't understand why you would make that argument if, when that ar...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 7197

Re: Free Will

Yeah, that's the big difference to me. Ignoring stochasticity, because it's more obviously irrelevant.... Determinism is not fate, it is not an outside force, and it's still orthogonal to any question about "free will" that has meaning on a human level and 99% of the arguments historically...
by Copper Bezel
Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 7197

Re: Free Will

The fact that you don't know what you're going to choose doesn't mean your choice is free in any satisfying sense of the word. I honestly think it does, but that just goes back to LaserGuy's response that "free will" is too poorly defined to argue about in this sense. Because at that poin...
by Copper Bezel
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 5620

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

It's not a term that makes a lot of sense to me, either, it just seems to be the one in currency. It doesn't in any way resemble a hamburger to me. That'd have the top and bottom rounded, at least. It most resembles, to me, three parallel bars in a squarish shape. It had honestly never occurred to m...
by Copper Bezel
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 5620

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

The icon with binoculars! That should make it easy to find. As if little pictures of binoculars aren't already overloaded for all the different kinds of search you can do, why not use them for the "launch conditions editor" (whatever the hell that is...)? Guys, there's a reason why we sto...

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