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by sonar1313
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 2473

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: 2180

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: 2180

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: 2180

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: 2473

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: 2180

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: 2180

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: 2473

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: 2473

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: 2980

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: 2473

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: 2473

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: 41
Views: 2102

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: 2473

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: 2473

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: 2473

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: 2980

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: 5429

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: 2980

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: 5429

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: 2980

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: 5429

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: 5429

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: 5429

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: 5429

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: 1473

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

That thing looks like my congressional district.
by sonar1313
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7810

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

On other fora, I have found myself identifying non-native English-speakers by their flawless use of English about as often as I have been able to identify a native speaker of a Germanic of Slavic language by distinctive grammar slipping through into their English. Aha. Sableagle is none other than ...
by sonar1313
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1831: "Here to Help"
Replies: 21
Views: 7201

Re: 1831: "Here to Help"

Case study: Tesla Motors' recent struggles with fire and OSHA compliance. Software people seem to routinely overestimate their competence in dealing with the physical world --to the detriment of their workers. And importance as well. This is a passage from a Wired article that (perhaps unfairly, bu...
by sonar1313
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 4666

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

If dark matter is bees I am NEVER going out into space EVER.
by sonar1313
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 3537

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

To be fair, in terms of repair/replace a defective electronic item still under warranty, when the manufacturer gives you a replacement, they're typically taking your defective unit and refurbishing it to become someone else's replacement, or to sell off at a discount. They're not typically just tos...
by sonar1313
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 4483

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

It's not just in sports. I've worked with people in IT whose last names were Megahed, Hacker and Ping. Of course, those names may have existed before computers, but nonetheless they are cool names to have while working in computers. I know a guy named Hammer. He's a judge. Judge Hammer. He's a very...
by sonar1313
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 4483

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

The NFL has seen the aptly named cornerbacks Reggie Corner (obviously) and Quentin Jammer (for the uninitiated, "jamming" is a technique in which a defender tries to disrupt a receiver at the start of a play). He missed the whole first season with an injury from his last college bowl game...
by sonar1313
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 4483

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Isn't it common for people with a profession in their surname to actually do it for a living? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/8967602/A-persons-surname-can-influence-their-career-experts-claim.html I remember there was a hitman called 'The Shooter', that would certainly make i...
by sonar1313
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 4483

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Soupspoon wrote:A notable miss with this guy! I mean, he should have taken up golf instead!

Or tennis.
by sonar1313
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 4483

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Baseball doesn't have to wait for Kevin Slurve. Bob Walk - an unfortunate name for a pitcher if ever there was one - was a member of the 1980 World Series champion Phillies.
by sonar1313
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5616

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

Soupspoon wrote:
DavidSh wrote:The second of these is within 900 nautical miles of more of northern Canadian islands. Possibly a few more amateur basketball courts. If the Inuit play basketball.
I believe they have 50 words for "moving violation".

And the NBA still won't enforce any of them.
by sonar1313
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5616

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

What? No Erdos numbers in the calculation? I would be mildly surprised if any active NBA player has a finite Erdos number. On the other hand, I would also be mildly surprised if no active NBA player has a finite Kevin Bacon number. -- And, indeed, Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons), has a Kevin Bacon ...
by sonar1313
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5616

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

The "sandwiches eaten during play" graph is likely inaccurate. NBA players are crazy about PB&J's, and, of course, insanely finicky about what kind they have. Trainers have tried to take them away (too sugary) with mutinous results. http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/page/present...
by sonar1313
Tue May 22, 2018 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3550

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

Newspapers!? The "news" in those could be hours old. Almost a day old, even! This is 2018. (If you're reading this then. If not, "hi, person from the future!"). If it's more than 5 minutes old, it's not "news" anymore. It's "history". To me there's a certain ...
by sonar1313
Mon May 21, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3550

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

Anyone assuming the trustworthiness of newspapers in the paper age should look up the shenanigans of H.L. Mencken and William Randalf Hurst. Mencken described in detail the invention of news at the local level: hearing rumors in a bar, making up the details, and for the important part: sharing it w...

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