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by mathmannix
Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525088

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't think I've said this before (here), but one of the weirdest things I've always found to be true about this election is this: Bill Clinton was born in August 1946. George W. Bush was born in July 1946. Donald Trump was born in June 1946. They're all almost exactly the same age. (And of course...
by mathmannix
Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 4777

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

Did anybody else think Skrillex was a Pokémon?

No?

Me neither then...
by mathmannix
Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1709: "Inflection"
Replies: 32
Views: 3504

Re: 1709: "Inflection"

So, we have a non-English/non-Japanese character being used, so that native English speakers know how to pronounce an abbreviation that's gone from English-to-Japanese-to-English. And most people still say it wrong, even with the "help", since it should be poe-keh-mawn, not POE-key-mawn. ...
by mathmannix
Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1143:"Location"
Replies: 84
Views: 40950

Re: 1143:"Location"

So now I guess the guy in the house is constantly racking up Pokeballs?
by mathmannix
Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"
Replies: 43
Views: 8131

Re: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"

wouldn't "simple division" indicate it would take 6.3 x 1031 fireflies?
3.8E31 / 0.0006 = ?
by mathmannix
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1709: "Inflection"
Replies: 32
Views: 3504

Re: 1709: "Inflection"

I wonder if there are any languages where instead of just singular and plural, there's a third form for two of something. It seems like a common trope for three or more to be treated as significant, so it's logical that that might carry over into language. Yes, Arabic has this. (Possibly all Semiti...
by mathmannix
Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89580
Views: 5269269

Re: Random natterings

Jumble wrote:The UK's new Foreign Secretary, ladies and gentlemen....

You guys should make him the Prime Minister. I always liked how David Cameron has royal ancestry, and this Johnson fellow is descended from George II.
by mathmannix
Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Two-Child Swing for Children's Swingset
Replies: 3
Views: 2103

Re: Two-Child Swing for Children's Swingset

Thank you Deva, helpful as always!
by mathmannix
Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Two-Child Swing for Children's Swingset
Replies: 3
Views: 2103

Two-Child Swing for Children's Swingset

Hey Y'all. When I was a kid (in the 80's), we had a swing like this on our swingset in our back yard: http://i.imgur.com/VnpZ4sC.png (FYI, we called it a teeter-totter, but to many people that term means a see-saw, i.e. a wooden board that pivots vertically in the middle. My sister and I were always...
by mathmannix
Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2127
Views: 254311

Re: Stinky Pinky

room bloom

location carnation
by mathmannix
Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2127
Views: 254311

Re: Stinky Pinky

Yes. (They are at least perfect rhymes to me, although apparently they have different IPA spellings. So.)
by mathmannix
Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2127
Views: 254311

Re: Stinky Pinky

Yay.

king's sword
by mathmannix
Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2127
Views: 254311

Re: Stinky Pinky

liar fryer?
by mathmannix
Fri May 20, 2016 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2127
Views: 254311

Re: Stinky Pinky

seemly unseamly

...

(okay, that's not a word, but I wanted to use it anyway.)
by mathmannix
Mon May 09, 2016 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2127
Views: 254311

Re: Stinky Pinky

SirGabriel wrote:figure out what kind of junk I'm talking about

hauls balls?
by mathmannix
Mon May 09, 2016 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2127
Views: 254311

Re: Stinky Pinky

SirGabriel wrote:truck junk

lugs drugs?
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 24219

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

BTW, HELL to the NO on putting Wilson on any currency (Wilson was actually on a very high denomination bill used in the Treasury system, I believe). Wilson was a fan of "Birth of a Nation", signed off on the income tax and Federal Reserve system, got us into WWI after campaigning on NOT g...
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 24219

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

The only non-President currently on a bill is Alexander Hamilton (on the $10 bill), but he was the first Secretary of the Treasury and the founder of the nation's financial system, as others have pointed out, so he deserves to stay. The other non-President currently on currency is the Native Americ...
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 623
Views: 195239

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

well, was there a walnut in the ball?
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Superman's Key
Replies: 8
Views: 2389

Re: Superman's Key

Oops, you're right. Yeah, the key on Supergirl could have just been regular gold (or something cheaper like lead) and it would be too heavy for a normal human to lift. No need for it to have been made of dwarf star material...
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 24219

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

On the other hand, Andrew Jackson was a stone cold badass. The man won a duel against a superior marksman by devising the "let him shoot first and miss so I can take my time aiming strategy." Naturally, no plan survives first contact with the enemy, but Jackson still won by employing the ...
by mathmannix
Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Superman's Key
Replies: 8
Views: 2389

Re: Superman's Key

Superman's Key is huge, in some versions bigger in size than Superman, so your numbers would be off. Actually, in both the episode of Supergirl and in the animated movie of All-Star Superman, the key looks like a normal-sized house key. Apparently he used to have a giant golden key* that also posed...
by mathmannix
Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Superman's Key
Replies: 8
Views: 2389

Superman's Key

OK, so I presume* that this is the right forum for this question. But I don't really read comic books, and I have never had a Superman comic. I'm catching up on the Supergirl TV show, and just started the episode (the aptly named "Solitude") wherein Supergirl and Jimmy Olsen go to the Fort...
by mathmannix
Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2127
Views: 254311

Re: Stinky Pinky

PsiCubed wrote:Academia macadamia?
Yup. Your move.
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2127
Views: 254311

Re: Stinky Pinky

SirGabriel wrote:scholastic lunatic?
nope
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2127
Views: 254311

Re: Stinky Pinky

scholarly nut
by mathmannix
Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2127
Views: 254311

Re: Stinky Pinky

flicky1991 wrote:sandwich association

both could be "club"...
I'll guess sub club though.
by mathmannix
Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2127
Views: 254311

Re: Stinky Pinky

flicky1991 wrote:Prince hints?

:P

Wow, that was a while ago. So... sure? Probably what I was thinking of? Your turn.
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"
Replies: 52
Views: 9835

Re: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"

cyanyoshi wrote:Hope you all like salty alien water!

Why on earth would it be salty?
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0147: "Niagara Straw"
Replies: 26
Views: 6591

Re: What-If 0147: "Niagara Straw"

Is anyone else disappointed that the item about which the linked review was written is apparently no longer available, or at least no longer explicitly mentioned? I would buy it... for science, yeah, that's it!
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"
Replies: 57
Views: 10411

Re: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"

OK, so there are non-metric units in this article, like mph and (thank heavens) degrees (of arc). And G as a unit of force. Only one of those three examples is non-metric. Degrees are "non-metric but accepted for use with metric units". g (note the lower case) is not a metric unit either....
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"
Replies: 57
Views: 10411

Re: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"

MPH I presume you mean? But degrees are what I think in, instead of metric radians. It's Babylonian base-60, not metric base-10. And G is its own artificial unit, like astronomical units. (You can say what 1 G is in Newtons, or in feet per second per second)
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1664: "Mycology"
Replies: 47
Views: 4979

Re: 1664: Mycology

It's completely insane that this lifecycle of cow -> snail -> ant -> cow -> etc. managed to evolve at all, complete with the weird intermediate zombie-ant-mind-control stage... I was tempted to think "How marvelous is God's creation!" but I think that one might be one of the devil's.
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 7502

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

Here's Somerville, Mass. 's, which is apparently one of the places The Artist has lived: Contents [hide] 1 History 2 Population density contradictions 3 Hill Links 4 Somerville Museum note 5 More about the seven hills 6 Too much emphasis on crime? 7 George Dilboy 8 Map request 9 NPOV - Demographics ...
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"
Replies: 57
Views: 10411

Re: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"

I was going to ask When did he start switching to using only metric in these? because having to do calculations in my head so often hurts my dumb American brain. But I guess, always? Looking back at old What-Ifs, it looks like... always. I just thought I remembered people from other places complaini...
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 89564

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

So, to those who believe this to be the 5th (?) canonical Star Wars movie, it's a prequel (rather than an interquel), yes?

Are any of the new characters from Ep. 7 (like the cantina owner) in it?
by mathmannix
Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 11888

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Actually, only three out of fifty have borders made entirely out of straight edges. Actually, no states have straight edges. The straightest edges are still great circles. OK, so here's my trivia question for the day: What state has the shortest border length? Going with the above-alluded-to, so-ca...
by mathmannix
Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525088

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't see any reason to doubt Trump's sincerity, and there are a lot of Americans who agree with him. But I don't... any time I hear such strong anti-Muslim rhetoric, I think about this poem . It would be a horrible precedent to set if we could exclude people based on religion. Which is not to say...
by mathmannix
Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 16370

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

OK, so... I really disagree with a couple of the "killbot hellscape" scenarios. As I see it, scenario #3 is basically our current, real-life world. Robots and computers have to follow human orders above everything else, because they are not self-aware, and they have no self-preservation at...
by mathmannix
Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 525088

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I trust Nate Silver more than any other commentator... He was right (and I was wrong) about Biden, I hope he's right again. However it is funny how the conversations I hear have gone from "Trump won't make it to the debates" to "Trump won't last" to "Trump will get murdered...

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