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by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1772: "Startup Opportunity"
Replies: 13
Views: 3321

Re: 1772: "Startup Opportunity"

Hello, I am Terry Pratchet, and I approve this message. Is this Ouija interference? Apparently this is interdimensional, so not necessarily post-mortem. Or maybe it's that potentially heroic airline pilot who is still waiting for that hijacking to foil combined with a typo? In the universe I'm typi...
by rmsgrey
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Spidey Take 3: Iron man edition
Replies: 19
Views: 2874

Re: Spiderman: Homecoming

Izawwlgood wrote:I just want to see a super hero movie that isn't an origin story. And hopefully this one will be a kind of snapshot into post-uncle Ben existence. An already established Spiderman.


Have you tried Superman Returns?
by rmsgrey
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 8352

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

OK, I go back to my original position. "You" is the subject of "Who are you?". Therefore, if you say "It is me.", then you'd logically say "Whom are you?", if you are the kind of person who says "whom". Right? :mrgreen: I think I need to see that wr...
by rmsgrey
Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 46360

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

I notice that I am confused. The problem with the laws of thought is that they are absolutes, yes? Any assertion that there are no absolutes is itself an absolute, yes? It is asserted that axiomatic mathematics deals with absolutes when there are no absolutes, yes? If you can handle all three of tho...
by rmsgrey
Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 8669

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Ribbons annoy me, but mostly because of the screen space they waste. Even without ribbons, my browser has the top window border, an old-school pull-down-menu row, a tab bar, an address bar, a frequently-used-bookmarks bar (which is technically the same thing as a ribbon, since I also have "boo...
by rmsgrey
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 80 Days
Replies: 3
Views: 1725

Re: 80 Days

I've made more than half a dozen trips, with one or two that over-ran the time limit, and the fastest down below 50 days. My 10 achievements include 5 for completing trips in under 50, 60, 70, 80 and any number of days, 1 for visiting 20 cities in a trip, 1 for not visiting any banks, and 3 for even...
by rmsgrey
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 8669

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Apparently this is the minority interpretation of the comic, but I took it as "the older you get, the more things you have to relearn because previous versions got obsoleted and replaced by new ones with different design choices so getting old is an increasing stream of UI changes" Meanwhi...
by rmsgrey
Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Spidey Take 3: Iron man edition
Replies: 19
Views: 2874

Re: Spiderman: Homecoming

It is kinda weird that Iron Man is telling Spiderman that he's not ready yet, since he's the one who dragged him into Civil War. Granted, that was a conflict where no one was actually trying to kill him, but still. I hope they won't play that angle too much, because while "beginning super hero...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 46360

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

Look up definition by extension and definition by example. Both concepts of definition that don't require a full, formal description of the thing defined.
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 17838

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Moreover, asking someone "Are you sure?" isn't ignoring their advice. Maybe not, but it is (literally) questioning their judgement, and the suggestion that you'd keep asking the question until you got the "right" answer is a pretty deadly one... If you ask people for advice and ...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 9800

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

I have a friend I keep recommending to watch Labyrinth someday. 2001, I'd recommend to anyone who is interested in the history of cinema, but not to someone who's just looking to be entertained. It has some incredible scenes, but it's also incredidbly ambitious in some of the ideas it attempts to po...
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 17838

Re: 1761: "Blame"

The Brexit may not happen. No one really wants it. Sort of the Emperor's new clothes, but when someone in charge admits the guy is naked, everyone else will deny it and try to score points from them. There was a half hearted attempt to by-pass a vote in parliament, which is needed to start the exit...
by rmsgrey
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 8608

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

There's an outsider pattern in real life - someone from a foreign culture (or sub-culture) comes along and studies the secrets of a stable/mature (sub-)culture and, because they don't carry the same unquestioned assumptions, they ask "obvious" questions that turn out to have deep and illum...
by rmsgrey
Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 8608

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

In an ideal world, there'd be a brilliant Tibetan actor (who could be cast without causing friction with China) who could play the role perfectly; in this world, it's hard to imagine someone doing better than Tilda Swinton. I don't see what would be better about that unless this hypothetical actor ...
by rmsgrey
Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 8608

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Those are really bullshit excuses. His excuse is "I can't imagine being able to show a character so it's not seen as a sex symbol or a racial stereotype"? That really shows a lack of imagination on behalf of the director. Again, just make a non-bullshit Asian character. Take Ming Na Wen o...
by rmsgrey
Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 8608

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Yeah, the Ancient One in the original comic might have aspired to be a stereotype if he had a few more panels to develop in rather than only being there to do some off-panel training of Stephen Strange and then be betrayed and murdered by one of his most trusted disciples...
by rmsgrey
Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12350

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

So if you progress from amused, do you then become bemused?
by rmsgrey
Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Super-Epic-Mega-Crossover thread (Spoilers)
Replies: 11
Views: 2337

Re: The Super-Epic-Mega-Crossover thread (Spoilers)

Also, given that the timeline on Earth seems to be affected all the time (I mean, starting with the Reverse Flash killing Barry's mother, and the fact that Time Pirates are a thing that exist), you really have to wonder why Flashpoint was so different. Nora Allen's death was presumably part of the ...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 581
Views: 61010

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I am less than 2 weeks away from 100% completing Pokémon Picross, a free-to-play game, without spending any money. If I do nothing else with my life, at least I have this. I got there a while back... It leaves you with a bit of an empty feeling when you realise there's even less point to the daily ...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22084

Re: 1759: "British Map"

The circular line in Brussels really annoys me, since it almost goes full circle, but you need to transfer to the train that continues in the same direction as the trains turn back at the end of the line (to head to the other end of the same station). I think in Tokyo they're the inner and outer li...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 581
Views: 61010

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I am less than 2 weeks away from 100% completing Pokémon Picross, a free-to-play game, without spending any money. If I do nothing else with my life, at least I have this. I got there a while back... It leaves you with a bit of an empty feeling when you realise there's even less point to the daily ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 10442

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I've always wondered: why do people still grow red delicious apples? Is there anyone in this universe who likes them? Well, stores keep stocking them, and they wouldn't do that if nobody bought them. So there must be a good number of people in your vicinity who like them. They just aren't the sort ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22084

Re: 1759: "British Map"

What has always struck me as odd: until a few years ago a typical rail journey from Budapest to Vienna started at Budapest Eastern station, from where you'd travel westwards; then after approaching Vienna from the East you'd arrive there at the Western station! (Which was, and is, indeed to the wes...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 49
Views: 7406

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I mean, yeah, but there's roughly a billion other ways to kill someone in the Harry Potter universe, yes? I mean, that's what all those various light duels that aren't any shade of green are, presumably? I mean, leaving aside mundane execution methods entirely. It just seems really odd ...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12350

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

If you wolf-whistle at someone to get their attention (something that's not at all remarkable over here), is that likely to be misconstrued as sexual harassment in the US? Pretty much everything is likely to be misconstrued as sexual harassment in the US. This goes double for the US Armed Forces. I...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2549
Views: 392837

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

So there's this thing - a bundle of 151 games for $20 for charity. I was so hoping for Hadean Lands, but alas, not today. It is cheaper than it's ever been at the moment – but no, now is the time to buy Undertale and Life is Strange. http://store.steampowered.com/app/376240/ Solid choices. Word of ...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12350

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Pretty funny. By the way, dictionaries list catcalling as far broader than 'harasses women' —are they outdated or is it an american thing or is it a temporary focus? Ugh. Even simply typing the word into Google gives the more modern definition. Bad dictionary! Huh. Doesn't happen for me. Typing &qu...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 49
Views: 7406

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I think the morality of Groundhog Day is more complicated, as for the vast majority of the movie Bill Murray is essentially a god compared to everyone else in it, and it's difficult to apply the same moral judgments. It's not like he was told "You can escape if you achieve true love!" and...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12350

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Pretty funny. By the way, dictionaries list catcalling as far broader than 'harasses women' —are they outdated or is it an american thing or is it a temporary focus? Ugh. Even simply typing the word into Google gives the more modern definition. Bad dictionary! Huh. Doesn't happen for me. Typing &qu...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12350

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

AAaaaaaa! The cursor is wrong :( Only if you're on the wrong side of the screen... That's not how any of this works! Especially not the part about forcing prescriptivism through a 'universe control console' with an interface that looks like Windows 3.x. Honestly, the universe running on legacy shit...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12350

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

m1el wrote:AAaaaaaa! The cursor is wrong :(


Only if you're on the wrong side of the screen...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 8314

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

I've moved houses quite often. I've never labelled a box. Is it a normal thing to do? Do most people do it? Last time we moved, we used boxes labelled using an Xnn schema - X being a prefix indicating which room (or at least region) of the house to move it to; nn being a number. We also had invento...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 17838

Re: 1761: "Blame"

The Brexit may not happen. No one really wants it. Sort of the Emperor's new clothes, but when someone in charge admits the guy is naked, everyone else will deny it and try to score points from them. There was a half hearted attempt to by-pass a vote in parliament, which is needed to start the exit...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2549
Views: 392837

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Sokobond's not a bad little puzzle - it's a Sokoban-type game where you control one atom directly, which can then bond with other atoms using spare valences to then move around as a rigid group, with the goal of assembling a specific molecule out of the atoms present. As you progress through the lev...
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 49
Views: 7406

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Imagine someone coming up to you at a bar and flirting with you, and you start dating, and it goes wonderfully, everything they say is charming, you have so much stuff in common, you've never had a spark like you had with that person. And then you find out it's not because they're magically (no pun...
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2549
Views: 392837

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

It looks like you can claim Limbo for free from GOG.com if you have your GOG.com account linked to your Steam account. I always considered GOG.com to be one of Steam's big competitors, but I guess I understand the video game industry even less than I thought. With GOG Connect, you can pay for selec...
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1486
Views: 286292

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I am a little behind the times but I have almost completed A Link to the Past on the SNES (assuming it doesn't spring some even bigger boss fight on you after defeating Ganon) and I'm looking for another game to fill the empty cartridge slot in my life. Something with exploration and adventure, rat...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22084

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I grew up passing Pratt's Bottom several times a year...
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 581
Views: 61010

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Planetside and Planetside 2 have some multi-level tactics. The series is primarily an MMO shooter, but platoon leaders can set waypoints and draw on the map to give orders and coordinate logistics (setting up spawn points, constructing forward bases, supplying ammo for vehicles, etc). When there's ...
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 581
Views: 61010

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Yeah, in musing idly on the matter over the years, the best I've managed to come up with is the idea of throwing in a communications lag - rather than godlike knowledge of the entire theatre being available at all times, instead you know what's currently happening near your commander, and can exert ...

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