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by sonar1313
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 45
Views: 1800

Re: 2084: "FDR"

angelus911 wrote:According to Wikipedia, the Crete earthquake was July 21, 365. Is he using another source?


He did say the date faded from memory, after all.
by sonar1313
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 27
Views: 1449

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

Fun Fact: The reason Canada gets all jagged and random at the top edge is because the Mercator projection makes things look so much bigger as you go north; what you're seeing up there is the Planck scale granularity of space-time itself breaking up our coastline. I thought it was because nobody cou...
by sonar1313
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 27
Views: 1449

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

Everyone's got it all wrong. Canada is to the south. It is! North is just water. A whole hell of a lot of it.
by sonar1313
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 1261

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

I've often thought middle latitudes were the best. You get actual seasons, and you don't have to deal with 24 hours of daylight or 24 hours of sunlight. I tend to agree, but this time of year, when the trees have mostly shed their leaves and winter is about to begin in earnest, does get a lot of pe...
by sonar1313
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7071

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Having a day, even just one day, when literally everyone is off work all day is simply not possible in our modern world. This isn't the Old Testament where the only thing people had to worry about was whether they had enough flour and oil in the house, and even doctors could take off because nobody...
by sonar1313
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 2946

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

So 1896 was, like, degrees of magnitude less annoying than your average New Year's Eve? Yeah, I'll take the occasional fireworks over the breathless media coverage designed to inflame passions that in turn increase ratings. I may be able to turn off the TV, but I can't necessarily turn off all the ...
by sonar1313
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7071

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Here's the exact sort of thing I'm talking about w/r/t early voting: https://www.yahoo.com/news/5-million-votes-already-cast-democrats-lead-florida-142628572--election.html TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With one day left before Election Day, more than 5 million voters have already cast ballots in the bat...
by sonar1313
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 2946

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

So 1896 was, like, degrees of magnitude less annoying than your average New Year's Eve? Yeah, I'll take the occasional fireworks over the breathless media coverage designed to inflame passions that in turn increase ratings. I may be able to turn off the TV, but I can't necessarily turn off all the p...
by sonar1313
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5591

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

But on the topic of elections in general and predictions influencing how people vote: I can understand that the closeness or foregone-ness of a particular race might encourage or discourage people to vote at all, but one thing I've never understood is predicted outcome influencing how people vote. ...
by sonar1313
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7071

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Quizatzhaderac wrote:establishing new ones requires a lot of effort and high level collusion of the major political parties.


Good thing the major political parties don't spend much effort or explore many avenues trying to gain or stay in power.
by sonar1313
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7071

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

- US voting would take place on Election Day only. What about special elections? Primaries? School budgets? - National holiday which is absolutely required for all but essential people like emergency personnel. So after you vote, what do you go do? Can't go shopping. Can't go to work. Can't go to a...
by sonar1313
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7071

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Personally I think absentee voting should be limited to people overseas. If you're out of state, you can have a ballot mailed to you, bring it sealed to a local polling place, open it there, and have them transmit the result back to your clerks. My state is voting on no-reason absentee voting this ...
by sonar1313
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7071

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Personally I think absentee voting should be limited to people overseas. What about people with mobility problems? Getting to the polling place at all is a big issue for a <em>lot</em> of people. And heck, why should "overseas" be the deciding factor? Maine is closer to the UK than it is ...
by sonar1313
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7071

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Agree with cryptoengineer and DavidSh, allowing ballot selfies is a terrible idea that would eliminate the assurance that people can vote their conscience without undue persuasion. I actually can't even figure out what "harm" Randall believes the laws are doing? There are First Amendment ...
by sonar1313
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 5594

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Meh, I think it is due to incompetence and the sheer difficulty of asking one person to run a multi-trillion dollar operation that is supposed to govern 320 million people. Doesn't explain how other countries manage... Do they? Which other countries operate multi-trillion dollar budgets to govern 3...
by sonar1313
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 6035

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

Didn't say you don't need the bad things, but I do say that's not what people mainly enjoy or the reason they go see the movie. Do you have a definition of "reason" that's separate from "cause"? Because they will not see or enjoy the movie without the bad things. True, it' s not...
by sonar1313
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 6035

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

That said, I do find "cringe comedy" completely unwatchable, to the point that it makes me physically uncomfortable. It's a thousand times worse than watching a blank screen. Maybe it's because I feel more inclined to sympathize with the character than laugh at them. 'Car crash' comedy, w...
by sonar1313
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 6035

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

It doesn't have to be. Bad things are necessary, but often not sufficient. Drama can have happiness contrast the sadness, and that can be very satisfying, but it's a contrast. Comedy can be holistically intelligent, and that's done by finding novel or subtle ways to make the characters do/ say idio...
by sonar1313
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 5594

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Meh, I think it is due to incompetence and the sheer difficulty of asking one person to run a multi-trillion dollar operation that is supposed to govern 320 million people. Doesn't explain how other countries manage... Do they? Which other countries operate multi-trillion dollar budgets to govern 3...
by sonar1313
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 6035

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

This is just one of the oldest questions in aesthetics: Why do we enjoy watching bad things? Horror is watching scary things, drama is watching sad things, comedy is watching stupid things, mystery is watching things that don't make sense, action is watching dangerous things. It doesn't have to be....
by sonar1313
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 6035

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

I would love rollercoasters if I could teleport onto them after the first giant hill. However, there is no such corollary for horror movies. Not only does paying money to be scared sound kinda dumb, I also don't care for most movies or stories where the plot comes about because the main characters a...
by sonar1313
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 5594

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

If there really is such a "vast" number of things that governments suck at so terribly, I'm sure it would be easy for you to draw up a list. Go on, I'll wait. Yes, it is rather easy: You'll notice that sonar1313 has listed things the US government has sucked at, generally due to chronical...
by sonar1313
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 5594

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Here's the thing about the public sector: it can be held accountable by the electorate. Also, being anti-government, but then placing your faith in the courts, is insane. Who decides who gets to sit on those court benches? Pro-limited government (i.e. libertarian) is not the same thing as anarchist...
by sonar1313
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 6913

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

I still don't see why we can't just have a single universal time. Sure 00:00 might be the middle of the day some places and the middle of the night others, but what's it matter? It's just a number. If "lunchtime" is about 04:00 because that's when the sun is at it's zenith for the day, wh...
by sonar1313
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 5594

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

As a more or less "anti-Statist" (I prefer libertarian, of course) I can tell you that general distrust of Congress isn't the root reason for that viewpoint for - I would guess - the vast majority of those who hold it. Distrust of Congress is the most bipartisan thing we have in this coun...
by sonar1313
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 5594

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

but there are also a vast number of things that the government does with absurd inefficiency, and the root of that is in the bureaucracy rather than the legislative branch. Government just isn't good at most of what it tries to do and it has a natural tendency to grow. If there really is such a &qu...
by sonar1313
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 5307

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

>90% of unknown calls from my area code are spoofed scammer calls (I live in a different area code than my phone's area code). Mostly of the "we're calling because you have previously taken a cruise with our company..." variety. I've never been on a cruise, so I never let them get past th...
by sonar1313
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 5594

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

but there are also a vast number of things that the government does with absurd inefficiency, and the root of that is in the bureaucracy rather than the legislative branch. Government just isn't good at most of what it tries to do and it has a natural tendency to grow. If there really is such a &qu...
by sonar1313
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 5594

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

I think the anti-Statist position you saw people adopting may have been a reflection of the general American distrust of our Congress. For those who have been elected to enact laws in order to solve society's problems, government involvement is the default solution that they'll go for first, as tha...
by sonar1313
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 5594

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

qvxb wrote:Hint: The opinion is political and angers both Rush Limbaugh and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


The fastest and best way to achieve a socialist paradise is to throw all non-whites out of the country?
by sonar1313
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 6913

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

Because if you're trying to decide whether to call someone in China, you have to sit there wondering if 10 PM is a rude time to call, or not. The "just a number" is what we use to know what people in different parts of the globe are doing. Isn't it symmetrical with timezones? You have to ...
by sonar1313
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 10529

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

There are countless rules of composition for painters, poets, architects, and other artists, by which we can objectively judge the quality But are those rules "objectively correct rules for judging art"? Different rules yield different results - the rules that have been found useful are s...
by sonar1313
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 6913

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

I still don't see why we can't just have a single universal time. Sure 00:00 might be the middle of the day some places and the middle of the night others, but what's it matter? It's just a number. If "lunchtime" is about 04:00 because that's when the sun is at it's zenith for the day, wh...
by sonar1313
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 10529

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

It was putting the urinal in an art museum that made Fountain art. If you don't like the response it evoked in you, then you're free to call it BAD art on that account. But art doesn't have to be good just to be art in the first place. And beauty is certainly not the only quality of good art, thoug...
by sonar1313
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 6913

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

I'm gonna use this time system to set a new marathon speed record. Some time during the summer. In Nome.
by sonar1313
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 10529

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

(In architecture, at a minimum buildings¹ should stand on their own. ;)) ¹ Yes, even mid-terrace rebuilds, because what if each next-door needs to be rebuilt! I actually did mean "stand on their own" in the most literal sense possible, as in "can physically bear its own weight withou...
by sonar1313
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 10529

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

I think when people say "my six-year-old could do that", they don't mean specifically that , as a faithful reproduction; they mean that what the artist has produced requires only the artistic abilities of a six-year-old, and are therefore disappointed. The problem with this so-called art ...
by sonar1313
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 10529

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

What makes something art in the first place is just its being presented to an audience. What makes something good art is if it evokes the right mental response in the audience. "Right" might mean according to the artist, according to the audience, according to some objective standard of w...
by sonar1313
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 10529

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

Am I a clueless art person if I look at the "Orange, Red, Yellow" painting and genuinely believe my kid could make that? Could s/he? Like, maybe if someone told hir "put this particular color here" s/he could reproduce it as a technician if someone had already figured out what t...
by sonar1313
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2047: "Beverages"
Replies: 17
Views: 3204

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

That thing looks like my congressional district.

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