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by rmsgrey
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 2207

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Yeah, a sane, well-designed language would have similar sounds attached to similar meanings (and vice versa). For you, and mostly you, there is Lojban . :!: I'm happy with my crazy, naturally developed language, thanks, where "ghoti" is a defensible spelling of "fish" and "...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 2207

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Yeah, a sane, well-designed language would have similar sounds attached to similar meanings (and vice versa). A well-designed language would do no such thing: it would be more likely for things you misheard to make sense in it, so you would lose a layer of error-correction. But the thing you mishea...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 2207

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Yeah, a sane, well-designed language would have similar sounds attached to similar meanings (and vice versa). Why on Earth would those have to be features of a good language? Are there any such languages? Even among intentionally designed ones, it seems an unreasonable expectation. Because it means...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 2207

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Yeah, a sane, well-designed language would have similar sounds attached to similar meanings (and vice versa). English, having started as a way for Norman men-at-arms (French-speaking) to chat up Saxon barmaids (German-speaking) and cheerfully adopted large chunks of vocabulary from Latin and later G...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 953
Views: 223175

Re: Board games anyone?

One warning for later in the campaign - you want to be playing somewhere that allows open flames since there's something that requires fire. If not, there's a workaround that you can look up when you get there. At first, I was like "Whoa man! Serious spoiler there, telling Zohar to advance his...
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 953
Views: 223175

Re: Board games anyone?

I played a first game of Charterstone this week. It was fun. The first game was very limited in what we could do, but we still unlocked some new gameplay elements. I wonder how individual each person's charter is going to end up being. Each charter has its "native" tech tree - buildings t...
by rmsgrey
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 1619

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

Don't destroy it. Jeff Goldblum needs it in order to interface with the alien mothership!

I mean, you didn't think it was just a regular Apple laptop they used?
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0065: "Twitter Timeline Height"
Replies: 102
Views: 23189

Re: What-If 0065: "Twitter Timeline Height"

So, how does "The idea of having 'an equal chance of getting every number from 1 to infinity'" violate the Second Axiom? If every number has the same chance of being picked, then the chances of getting any number at all is either 0 (if each number has 0 probability of being picked) or inf...
by rmsgrey
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

I hear people born in the 2010s have smaller feet than the national average in their home country. on a related note: I have more than the average number of legs (and I will guess that most of you reading this do too) With probability one , everyone has either more or less than the average number o...
by rmsgrey
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

I hear people born in the 2010s have smaller feet than the national average in their home country.
by rmsgrey
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4963
Views: 689572

Re: Doctor Whom

I've just seen Ep 11.9, It Takes You Away, which to my mind is the best of the series. Quite interesting as a sci-fi story, a genuine twist, lots of emotion, nice tie in with The Woman Who Fell To Earth. Eh, it all felt a little too contrived. It's hard to take a threat along the lines of "Tha...
by rmsgrey
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 1993

Re: 2079: Alpha Centauri

Anyone who's played the original Civilization knows that you don't launch until you can get transit time under about 20 years.
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 2618

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Yes, well, given that "great literature" is stuff that is supposed to have already gone through a crap filter, you wouldn't expect Sturgeon to apply. While Sturgeon did say "90% of everything is crap", I don't think me meant that to be applied recursively--if it were, you could ...
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4963
Views: 689572

Re: Doctor Whom

I'm slowly coming to the belief that the TARDIS not only translates spoken language, but also gives you the appearance of belonging - so, so long as you don't force someone to think too hard about you, they treat you as part of the crowd and, generally, ignore things like anachronistic clothing.
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 2194

Re: 2077: "Heist"

sotanaht wrote:Title text: But he has a hat AND a toolbox! Where could someone planning a heist get THOSE?


They get them in a cut or as an unshown part of a planning/execution montage.
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 357867

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I third Keep Talking. It's as hectic as you want it to be (it's a good way to reflect on how you perform under time pressure) and it's good fun with two people ...and excellent when some people happen to come over. Also it's a real life-saver if you ever come across a bomb with five wires and a big...
by rmsgrey
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 2618

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

SDK wrote:I hate roller coasters too, but that's mostly just because they discriminate against tall people.


And short people.
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 32
Views: 4698

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

Then I thought about the fact that every comic with the same number as a year of XKCD's existence was posted in 2018, and the first fact suddenly seemed a lot less cool to me :lol: Are you predicting that xkcd will not last 75 more years? Yes. I look forward to seeing you admit you were wrong! ;) D...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 2003

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

Pfhorrest wrote:Then you secede from whatever the successor state is and declare yourself the sole surviving remnant of the old regime.

It worked for Taiwan. Kind of.


You mean the Republic of China?
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2461

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

xtifr wrote:if anyone can push the technology to the point where space manufacturing becomes economically feasible, China can


And the first major industrial accident in orbit is liable to trigger Kessler syndrome...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5443

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

So far as gravity exerts a force on an object based on its (gravitational) mass, the object's acceleration under that force is determined by its (inertial) mass. Under classical mechanics, the fact the two masses are in fixed proportion (numerically equal with appropriate units chosen) is an empiri...
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 3144

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

Soupspoon wrote:They should lose their internet privileges! And remove the vowels from their keyboards so we can tell who they are if they sneak back on!!

Wht gd wld tht d?
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5443

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

and there's inertial mass - how a body responds to forces (including gravitational) You could say otherwise (than the parenthetical). A bigger (gravitational) mass in a gravitational field (of another mass) is feeling a bigger pull because it is more mass being pulled (and, in turn, pulling back, i...
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2461

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

qvxb wrote:There will be passenger spaceships when there are casinos (and hookers) on Mars and Venus.

And vice versa.
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5443

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

...the standard kilogram is known to have changed mass over time (exactly how much is unclear) Well no, the standard kilogram has always stayed at exactly the same mass. Everything else in the universe has slightly changed mass over time. :D Well, kind of. I mean, there's the physical concept of ma...
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 953
Views: 223175

Re: Board games anyone?

I guess my end goal is to get my kids playing dungeons and dragons properly. I always viewed D&D as more of a gateway RPG than an end in itself. It's a perfectly serviceable system, and has a broad general appeal, but there are a lot of systems that do what they do better than D&D does, and...
by rmsgrey
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5443

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

If by pi you don't mean a specific number defined as exactly what it is defined as (which therefore couldn't drift), but the measured ratio of a circle's diameter to its circumference, then it's super easy to imagine what would make that drift across time and space, and we've seen it already: curva...
by rmsgrey
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5443

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

I would just like to say that this comic made me viscerally shudder. But I did enjoy learning from this thread that the kilogram is finally receiving a makeover. Bit disappointed that it had to come from fudging some other constants (they're supposed to be universal constants, can they even do that...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7378

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

A suitably amoral administration, acting in collusion Perhaps on election night, but what about afterwards? If the records still exist, then they can be opened. An argument could be made that it's important to preserve the records because {reasons}, without any reference to side effects. Once that'...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7378

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

However, they could destroy the record... ...or, a suitably amoral administration might choose to preserve the records, and avail themselves of the resulting voter profiles in the next campaign. I prefer that it be impossible to do this, as opposed to it being an integral part of the voting process...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 129
Views: 21721

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Hey, it was mid-Season 2 that Andromeda started its decline (by firing the mainliner). And it never jumped channels; just sharks. Otherwise it sounds a lot like your fable of executive meddling gone mad. It's a good thing I only ever saw the first two seasons of Andromeda. Glossing over the season ...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 953
Views: 223175

Re: Board games anyone?

pandemic season 2 strategy and choices, vague late game spoilers I think we have 3 upgrades on each character now. We ended up with most characters having double specialties. Radio operator became our 'medic' with the remote cube drop upgrade. Usually someone else would produce cubes and th...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 129
Views: 21721

Re: In my universe...

Hey, it was mid-Season 2 that Andromeda started its decline (by firing the mainliner). And it never jumped channels; just sharks. Otherwise it sounds a lot like your fable of executive meddling gone mad.
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 953
Views: 223175

Re: Board games anyone?

Anybody have a recommendation for me and my two 10 year olds? Trying to move past Monopoly and Settlers was way way too much for them. I'll second Forbidden Island/Desert (and presumably Sky though I've no personal experience with that iteration) Carcassonne is rather more child-friendly than Catan...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 953
Views: 223175

Re: Board games anyone?

(no real spoilers, just strategy discussion that you might want to avoid if you're a purist) Did your group settle on four characters that you play repeatedly? I feel like the best game end upgrades are the character abilities, meaning that we've kind of decked out a four-person team. We're...
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 953
Views: 223175

Re: Board games anyone?

We're still playing pandemic legacy season 2 and have been doing surprisingly well. My buddy made a spreadsheet to keep track of the infection deck and that's certainly helped. We also tend to do a lot of discussing about single actions or cubes and how they can be useful three turns later. We just...
by rmsgrey
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 532
Views: 90831

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Yes, why burn the gas far away to produce electricity and then use the electricity to produce heat when you can get better efficiency by burning the gas for heat directly? An obvious potential reason is because it's easier to use the infrastructure already in place to distribute electricity that yo...
by rmsgrey
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 2248

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Feynman complains in his book about the trig notation for exactly this reason: i.e. that it looks like multiplication. He invented his own notation for sin (a kind of sigma with a long top bit iirc). Personally I'm more disturbed by upper indices that aren't exponentiation. I've always been a littl...
by rmsgrey
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 2248

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Feynman complains in his book about the trig notation for exactly this reason: i.e. that it looks like multiplication. He invented his own notation for sin (a kind of sigma with a long top bit iirc). Personally I'm more disturbed by upper indices that aren't exponentiation. I've always been a littl...
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 3044

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

And it's ridiculous that one of the proponents for longer and longer copyright periods is Disney, whose iconic princess movies are mostly based on public domain stories and legends. One of the classic examples is the Jungle Book - which was out of copyright (in the US) less than a year when Disney ...

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