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by JimsMaher
Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 10066

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

I've defended Randall's abstract signifiers, and I've shared an inclusive theory of personal meaning. I'm sorry if I couldn't convince you of the value in either. I need to work on that, but elsewhere. This isn't the proper forum. Sigh ... due to the gross misunderstandings here alone ... regretfull...
by JimsMaher
Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 10066

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

Copper Bezel wrote:
JimsMaher wrote:Please don't trivialize what has already been labeled as a serious topic.

So this is a troll then.
No.
Weeks wrote:I'M AN HUGE FAN (HUGE FAN) OF STRAR TERRK THE MEXT GENATION AND I LOVE THE SARCASM AND TEH WIT

But this is.
by JimsMaher
Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 10066

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

I think you misunderstand the tackiness of what you're doing. Norms of tackiness are irrelevant in cases of personal belief. Please don't trivialize what has already been labeled as a serious topic. Or should we be in the habit of telling children they aren't allowed to care about what happens to t...
by JimsMaher
Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 14525

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

Has anyone identified the class of ship that Gnome Ann is leading the Enterprise in?
by JimsMaher
Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 10066

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

I think that connecting this specific comic with his death is way out-of-line (even, and perhaps particualrly, if it is done in jest). ... I know it's not easy to deal with the subject directly, and putting such things into unfamiliar contextualizations can be upsetting. But some people need to lau...
by JimsMaher
Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 10066

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

I'll reframe the theory then. Supposing the comic was intended as a response to Yelchin's death, then we should presuppose good faith, so it follows that Mr. Munroe's purpose was to show respect and memorialize Mr. Yelchin's unfortunate passing. Inferring where the 1701 starship would be in relation...
by JimsMaher
Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 10066

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

Oh, I see what you did there JimsMaher. I see what you did. You took what was a (hopefully) witty post concerning the previously unmentioned link between rocket ships at the number of the post and dissected it beyond all recognition. If this post had been a sphere, you sliced it up that thinly, you...
by JimsMaher
Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 10066

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

I guess the NCC1701  would be somewhere off to the right and varying between top and bottom dependant on whether or not you had a red shirt on. That's the correct answer. This 1701 st xkcd comic appeared three weeks before the 50th anniversary Star Trek Beyond film is to be released. The comic show...
by JimsMaher
Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 10066

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

Fast & Crashes are Safe : for Black-boxes Slow & Crashes are Dangerous : for bugs on the highway If the scale of safe-to-dangerous is a measure of the likelihood of fatality, then in fairness I should point out that I was once driving at about 100kph on the highway and smacked into a moth t...
by JimsMaher
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1700: "New Bug"
Replies: 30
Views: 7401

Re: 1700: "New Bug"

I'd like to salt my emojis with bugs. That is to say, how can I glitch up my texts and forum posts? I know that years ago there were occasional issues on here with posts overlapping others or themselves. I wish I had them bookmarked. Is that still a bug in some browsers? I think it was in Firefox ci...
by JimsMaher
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"
Replies: 21
Views: 5415

Re: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"

Suppose, in a hundred years or whenever, when today's hyperlinking protocols is obsolete, some philanthropic organization takes stewardship of addresses as they would pass into obsolescence. They might redirect queries to archived versions or, if lacking a preserved version, provide the most relevan...
by JimsMaher
Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 8430

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

Imagine Antman (of the MCU) zaps one of these anthropods and it grows to the size of a house cat. How transparent do you think it would be? As clear as an aquarium tank; like colorless gelatin; a glass of green tea; or black coffee? Here's a visual list of larger transluscent animals Moreover, would...
by JimsMaher
Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 8430

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

My understanding of microscopic was generally <1mm. Atleast that's what I was taught. I'm not saying there is only one factor here, I'm just trying to highlight the most significant one. I read size as the most well-defined and pronounced factor of demodex remaining unseen. Measurably they exist at ...
by JimsMaher
Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 8430

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

Could you really identify them with your naked eye? If I caught them moving - easily. A moving 0.3mm speck is very easy to spot. So I'll say that "shyness" is critical for these little buggers to remain undetected. Their small size helps too (no need for complex camouflage mechanisms when...
by JimsMaher
Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 8430

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

Perhaps they're the largest ubiquitous species living on us due to the limit of our awareness, to include their typically unnoticed effect. Consider the rate of dermatological problems associated with them as compared to how common they are. Correct me if I'm wrong, but a minority of the populous ha...
by JimsMaher
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 8430

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

Actually, the reason we don't typically see demodex doesn't appear to be purely a size issue. They're about 300 um across, which is small, but within the real of visibility. They seem to be translucent and photo-phobic, so I guess that explains why I've never seen them. I just did a more thorough c...
by JimsMaher
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 8430

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

There are critical thresholds at work here: combustion (regarding oxidation) and being visible to the naked eye (regarding the anthropods). Actually, the reason we don't typically see demodex doesn't appear to be purely a size issue. They're about 300 um across, which is small, but within the real ...
by JimsMaher
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 8430

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

There are critical thresholds at work here: combustion (regarding oxidation) and being visible to the naked eye (regarding the anthropods). To be clear, these aren't fluid measures and don't really suffer from Sorites paradox or the like; whereas, for example, a fear of heights might. And I think it...
by JimsMaher
Sat May 14, 2016 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1679: "Substitutions 3"
Replies: 29
Views: 7790

Re: 1679: "Substitutions 3"

I don't know where you think "Bloop" is coming from. It is not any of the substiutions (which is easily verified ) and, in fact, "bloop" (regardless of case) isn't present anywhere in the source. Needless to say, that non sequitur "Bloop" was original to the news outle...
by JimsMaher
Sat May 14, 2016 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1679: "Substitutions 3"
Replies: 29
Views: 7790

Re: 1679: "Substitutions 3"

Updated my site to include the new substitutions: http://104.236.207.5/ Site updates every 5min via RSS feeds. source code: https://github.com/UltramaticOrange/xkcd_news The sampling I took had 3 substitutions total out of the first 30 headline-plus-blurbs that loaded. So I'm wondering, is the purp...
by JimsMaher
Thu May 12, 2016 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1679: "Substitutions 3"
Replies: 29
Views: 7790

Re: 1679: "Substitutions 3"

Whovians → Big Bang Theorists Note: My signature below is a quote from Charles Babbage about a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The question that vexes me now is wether or not I should invert the substitution for "poem"? Tennyson and Babbage ... were they Facebook friends or did Babbage follo...
by JimsMaher
Wed May 04, 2016 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 16349

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

Ye olden illuminations oft made use of extended emdashes and variform squiggly bits. I should add that unicode already has swung (~) and wavy dashes (〰 U+3030), for instance, if you don't need your snakes to be emojified. Otherwise, things could get complicated just sorting out how to snake . For ex...
by JimsMaher
Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1670: "Laws of Physics"
Replies: 46
Views: 11638

Re: 1670: "Laws of Physics"

One of the more pervasive lessons of US basic military training aims to get rid of, in part, the flinch mechanism. I've seen officers with graduate degrees laugh loudly from simply making someone flinch. And yet, when all is said and done, they'll say, "sometimes it's good to flinch". They...
by JimsMaher
Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 12156

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

The study of the logic of questions is called erotetics or erotetic logic. SEP gives a decent overview in their Questions article. Relevant to the recent concerns here: A question is valid when it has a correct answer (that is, if one exists) and does not have a corrective answer. A correct answer i...
by JimsMaher
Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 12156

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

This might just be a case of prescriptive versus descriptive grammar usage. Given Bob's feelings, he should've said "yes," whether she was asking "would" or "will". Further details would have been required to make arrangements for a date, so clarification was needed reg...
by JimsMaher
Sat Mar 12, 2016 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 12156

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

I maintain that a simple "no" would almost always get interpreted as "No, I haven't stopped killing and eating my neighbors," which itself means, "I continue to kill and eat my neighbors." Context is key here. What is the most common scenario for asking that specific q...
by JimsMaher
Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 12156

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

My point was that loaded questions of that form are only possible at all because people are insufficiently logical with their use of language No, they're possible because language is not first-order logic, and questions can imply false information just like statements can. "You haven't stopped...
by JimsMaher
Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1648: "Famous Duos"
Replies: 44
Views: 7739

Re: 1648: "Famous Duos"

It doesn't have to be "Top Billing and Second Banana"
e.g. Garfunkel and Oates.
by JimsMaher
Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1615: "Red Car"
Replies: 73
Views: 14050

Re: 1615: "Red Car"

The poster doth protest too much, methinks. ... Don't worry! While we will certainly all judge you for your flash car, be assured that we know this is a logical mess. Sometimes logical messes are fun to unpack . More seriously: I believe the point of the joke is ego deflation, for the guy who is sh...
by JimsMaher
Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1615: "Red Car"
Replies: 73
Views: 14050

Re: 1615: "Red Car"

Comparing stuff to penises is common enough that there's an adjective for penis-like, "phallic". The part I don't understand is the primacy of the car-penis relation and its colloquial inference. That is, 'ostentatious car' => 'inadequate penile quantity' ... such that the antecedent may b...
by JimsMaher
Fri Dec 25, 2015 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1615: "Red Car"
Replies: 73
Views: 14050

Re: 1615: "Red Car"

Antinomies are fun. But I still don't get the car-penis relation. Pseudo-psychology is odd.
by JimsMaher
Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1581: "Birthday"
Replies: 59
Views: 11823

Re: 1581: "Birthday"

You're welcome. And thank you.

Re: copyright ... Pending impending appeal, the claims of copyright on singing the lyrics are invalid since lyrics, specifically, never transferred and were demonstrably never enforced originally.

::obligatory "that's layman speak" notice::
by JimsMaher
Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1544: "Margaret"
Replies: 80
Views: 15125

Re: 1544: "Margaret"

Otherwise known as Margaret the Destroyer, I will bring pain to the the Great One. Then again, maybe I won't.

* Peggy the Uncertain *
by JimsMaher
Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Crisis Room - SIGN UPS
Replies: 111
Views: 14392

Re: Crisis Room - SIGN UPS

Hello All! The development of space programs became top priority for many countries. This led to some issues in places where safety wasn’t a key concern or funding wasn’t readily available. Many countries now either have their own space program (mostly wealthier/larger ones) or are partners in an i...
by JimsMaher
Wed May 27, 2015 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 46414

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Doctor Feelgood ... It seems to all be over in the first round ... whoever survives after eliminating Doctor Strangelove. I'll say Strange beats Manhattan (Metaphysics Vs Physics). Fictional characters with demi-god level powers defeat all kinds of entertainers and entrepreneurs in any bracket that ...
by JimsMaher
Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Crisis Room - SIGN UPS
Replies: 111
Views: 14392

Re: Crisis Room - SIGN UPS

"Hang in there" ~ English language idiom, as early as circa 1970, derived from "Hang in there, Baby!" commonly utilized as a motivational poster , pre-internet. Imperative advice for patience or fortitude in the subject, i.e. the reader. Example: http://advertising.i5publishing.c...
by JimsMaher
Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Crisis Room - SIGN UPS
Replies: 111
Views: 14392

Re: Crisis Room - SIGN UPS

@Djehutynakht:
It's been just over a week since the last status update. Do we have an ETA for arrival on Mars, or bust?
by JimsMaher
Fri Feb 06, 2015 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Crisis Room - SIGN UPS
Replies: 111
Views: 14392

Re: Crisis Room - SIGN UPS

I don't understand how you can be so ardently against the right Honorable Senator ... he's just using a simple proof by contradiction. 1: Suppose that coal mines and factories are the cause of climate change. 2: Earth has coal mines and factories. 3: Earth and Mars have the same climate. 4: Mars doe...
by JimsMaher
Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Crisis Room - SIGN UPS
Replies: 111
Views: 14392

Re: Crisis Room - SIGN UPS

Point of order: we wouldn't need to change the climate on Mars, since it's already the same as Earth's. As you sit there in your chair with your data, we sit up here in ours with our data and our constituents and stuff behind us. I won’t get into the debate about climate change but I’ll simply point...
by JimsMaher
Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Crisis Room - SIGN UPS
Replies: 111
Views: 14392

Re: Crisis Room - SIGN UPS

@Djehutynakht:
Spoiler:
No preference. In reality, I'm a thirty-something dude, so if you want to play off that, or against it, it's entirely your call. Whatever best suits the game.
... HEY! I can see you reading my spoilers ya know. Pesky kids, get off my lawn!

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