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by Felgraf
Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0693: "Children's Fantasy"
Replies: 139
Views: 31971

Re: "Children's Fantasy" Discussion

He'll need that for all the physics he'll have to do to show he's not crazy. Doing physics does not prove your not crazy. In fact, as a physics grad student, I wish to argue the opposite. I'm pretty sure almost *all* of my fellow grad students in physics are at least a little cracked in the head! /...
by Felgraf
Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 104188

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

torritorri wrote:
Felgraf wrote:The real problem with simulating a universe is...

If you can simulate an entire universe, how sure can you be that you yourself are not within a simulated universe?


You mean, something like this?


That... that was an interesting thing to read right before bed.

/Okay, really going to bed now!
by Felgraf
Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 104188

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

The Swiss patent office reference implies that desert guy is Einstein. I think Feynman or Tesla would be my choices for Masters of Reality, but Einstein works too. ... Oh, man, phrasing it like that caused some sort of bizarre He-Man/Physicist mashup to start being birthed within my brain. "BY...
by Felgraf
Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 104188

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

That was my Layman's consideration anyway. However, I hadn't really thought about a creator being existing in infinite space/time. I could be nothing but a bunch of fucking rocks, or the mindless tapping of one of those Shakespeare monkeys at a typewriter for that matter. That's depressing. I don't...
by Felgraf
Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 104188

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

Man, the whole 'infinite desert' concept has me thinking about the Discworld now. Damnit, where is my copy of Small Gods? /You have to walk a lonesome desert... So, is this a simulation of the universe minute by minute or is it just meant to run a simulation if the stones were read? And can he ever,...
by Felgraf
Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0383: "Helping"
Replies: 358
Views: 99323

Re: "Helping.png" Discussion

Dammit, now emo crap is taking over XKCD. Weak like emo poetry. Stick figures are not the adequate medium for conveying what's actually going on here. I've always been put off by intentional vagueness masquerading as brilliant subtlety when what really happens is people read what they want to into ...
by Felgraf
Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 192077

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

I had a pretty good plan for holing up when I was at College.. the problem is that it was very location specific. This is more of a "Survive until help/army" arrives scenario (Because I honestly *do* think most modern armies would be able to take out a zombie uprising, given that there are...
by Felgraf
Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Applications 2008
Replies: 141
Views: 11515

Re: Applications 2008

I went through that nerve-wracking experience earlier this year/at the end of last year, when I applied for Graduate School. THAT was fun. Especially when it looked like I wasn't going to get in anywhere, and would need to find a job for a year until I could re-apply...
by Felgraf
Sat Dec 15, 2007 1:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Outlook.
Replies: 43
Views: 2957

Re: Outlook.

The best I can describe myself is a 'cynical optimist'. Although when it comes to personal troubles (having issues geting into a gradschool, etc), I always work under the assumptionthat everything is going to work out alright in the end, which it often seems to. I am pretty much the eternal optimist...
by Felgraf
Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: G-Man Theories
Replies: 50
Views: 8910

Re: G-Man Theories

Well, I have to wonder if the G-Man is in some way linked to Aperture. It could explain his teleporation abilities.
by Felgraf
Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Secret
Replies: 29
Views: 2435

Re: The Secret

Nah, you didn't offend. I generally try to take a pretty laid back approach to the internet...

(So... Not Serious Buizzness, I suppose. =P. )
by Felgraf
Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Secret
Replies: 29
Views: 2435

Re: The Secret

*Sighs* But I'm not talking about optimism, or having a desire burn so strong that you wish to go get it. Those are fine. Those are good . (Well, often good. These desires can also be used to bring about base ends, such as "I really want Bob's money and wife. I think I'm going to kill him!) Out...
by Felgraf
Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Secret
Replies: 29
Views: 2435

Re: The Secret

Holocaust? It's the fault of those killed for not thinking positively enough about their escape! They must not have really wanted to escape, or it would have happened! Living in poverty? It has to be your fault: You're just not thinking positively enough! Enslaved? Your fault! If you thought hard e...
by Felgraf
Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Secret
Replies: 29
Views: 2435

Re: The Secret

Well, here's my major problem with "The Secret": If good things come to you because you really want them... it implies that bad things happen to people because they 'weren't thinking positively enough'. Holocaust? It's the fault of those killed for not thinking positively enough about thei...
by Felgraf
Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What would you do if time travel was real?
Replies: 246
Views: 29086

Re: What would you do if time travel was real?

I think Pratchett has summed up at least some of the history-changing ideas pretty damn well. "There are indeed such things as parallel universes.. .... and they branch. But, and this is important, not all the time. The universe doesn't much care of you tread on a butterfly. There are plenty mo...
by Felgraf
Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Splitting Sides
Replies: 63
Views: 4896

Re: Splitting Sides

STRETCH. Stretch stretch <i> stretch </i>.

Stretching before you exercise is good. It makes you cramp less, makes you less likely to tear a muscle, and just makes you more flexible overall.
by Felgraf
Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Interesting Roleplaying and LARP Stories
Replies: 149
Views: 19513

Re: Interesting D&D Stories

In a campaign (that was lovingly titled "The Frelled Up Campaign", because it was in no way, shape or form, serious.. it was in ths campaign that our DM realized the foolishness of DMPC'S...), I played a wizard. An 80 year old wizard. I bargained with the DM to buy down my wisdom so that I...
by Felgraf
Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Would you survive the apocralypse
Replies: 260
Views: 13251

Re: Would you survive the apocralypse

Grey Goo is pretty unlikely scenario (And, unlike Zombies, rather hard to prepare for. You're basically just f*cked.). There are several obstacles. First: Nanomachines that don't break apart in UV light. UV seems to destroy even most viruses, and virri and bacteria are what a lot of nanotech is most...
by Felgraf
Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...
Replies: 193
Views: 37009

Re: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...

I'm not sure of the age, but I actually got into (and a good chunk through) the first grade without being able to read. My parents were concerned that I might be 'slow' in that area. My first grade teacher (man, she was great!) disagreed, and said that she felt that I simply wasn't reading phonetica...
by Felgraf
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do the Theists explain the holocaust
Replies: 278
Views: 18086

Re: How do the Jews and other Christians explain the holocaust

From a religious perspective (not that I necessarily believe this, but it's an interesting argument:) Why should any God save us from what we can fix ourselves? If we simply think of other people as people, and treat them as such, many problems would fade away. But we all too often think of others ...
by Felgraf
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tipping, Gratuity, Charity, what's fair or not fair?
Replies: 195
Views: 10751

Re: Tipping, Gratuity, Charity, what's fair or not fair?

I try to tip at least 20%, and this is why: I am under the impression that, if you are in a tipping job (waitress, for instance), the IRS assumes you make X money in tips every night. Even if you don't wind up making that much, you are still expected to pay taxes as if you did . Thus, a waiter or wa...
by Felgraf
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ideas, quick
Replies: 9
Views: 1213

Re: Ideas, quick

As in Chapel Hill, North Carolina? I smegging grew up there ! And will be going back on monday at the latest, hopefully. Hrm. Something to do... I was never there while in college, nor was I terribely social. Well, you could go to Duke Park and go hiking, but that might be a ways out of your way (I ...
by Felgraf
Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall Munroe Facts
Replies: 222
Views: 28795

Re: Randall Munroe Facts

Randall Munroe decided to see what would happen if he uploaded different parts of his psyche into a computer. The one containing his Id was accidentally connected to the internet by a foolish custodian, where it escaped into the wilds of cyberspace. Today, this fearsome, terrifying creature is known...
by Felgraf
Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do the Theists explain the holocaust
Replies: 278
Views: 18086

Re: How do the Jews and other Christians explain the holocaust

It happened because people were able to think of other people as things. That is, I think, where most 'evil' starts. Once you start thinking of another person (or yourself) not as a living human, but as a thing , whether it be to 'help', to 'use', to 'destroy', or some other reason, you start down a...
by Felgraf
Fri Dec 07, 2007 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: No Browser Eating Rickrolls!
Replies: 14
Views: 124313

Re: So, turns out fucking up peoples computers isn't that funny

I must have missed something so.... huh? In the "Discuss this comic" thread for "Trolling", some people were posting links to not just Rickrolls (which are Okay), but to "Infinite Rickrolls" or simillar such things: Cursor evading, constant java-window poping, music pl...
by Felgraf
Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What **should** you be doing right now?
Replies: 1272
Views: 93871

Re: What **should** you be doing right now?

Quanutm physics homework, a small powerpoint on Giant Magnetoresistance, and reading over a Quantum Physics takehome final.

At least I have less finals than in my undergard...
by Felgraf
Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Underrated & Obscure Games
Replies: 171
Views: 23760

Re: Underrated games

Earthbound. A quirky, underlooked RPG for the SNES. Came with its own strategy guide, which may also be the coolest strategy guide ever made. (IT CAME WITH SCRATCH AND SNIFF STICKERS!) It is one of the few videogames/rpg's to embrace the fact that it is a videogame, and the ending/final boss battle ...
by Felgraf
Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Free Rice
Replies: 88
Views: 9591

Re: Free Rice

*Not Spam* This is a neat website I found today. It's a game where every word you get correct, they donate 10 grains of rice to feed the hungry. The rice is generated by advertisements. http://www.freerice.com/index.php So far, I've generated about 1200 grains of rice. *eats* i'm still hungry... HP...
by Felgraf
Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Amusing science misconceptions
Replies: 161
Views: 25331

Re: Amusing science misconceptions

I'm not so sure. In physics, there are certainly some things that we are told, even at a highschool or college level, that are lies, simply because we're not quite equiped to understand and make use of the truth. For instance, "An electron has a magnetic moment (called Spin) because it is a bal...
by Felgraf
Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: emo cry baby thread: go down the road, not across the street
Replies: 146
Views: 8635

Re: The Whiny Thread

I'll whine that I hate grading papers. (As a Graduate TA).

I have more specifics related to this whine, but I think I'm actually, legally, not allowed to talk about it, due to privacy issues and whatnot, even if I don't name any names.
by Felgraf
Sun Oct 14, 2007 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal!
Replies: 385
Views: 58478

Re: Portal!

Heh, I played through Portal, beat the boss, and while the cinematic was playing, I thought "Wait, I thought there was supposed to be a Jonathan Coulton song in here somewhere! Where w.. oh, maybe this is it." *Listens* "Yep, that's gotta be Coulton."
by Felgraf
Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Zeppelins: Why we love them.
Replies: 88
Views: 5624

Re: Zeppelins: Why we love them.

The other day I came up with an idea for a fusion-age zeppelin. Or, rather.. an airship that's a Zeppelin backup. Basically, if you had cheap, easy, portable fusion reactors.. you could have a 'ship' style airship, with either powerful rotors keeping it aloft, or jets, or whatever, with a hidden, de...
by Felgraf
Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Morality?
Replies: 166
Views: 10499

Re: Definition of Morality?

While it doesn't define what morality/good/evil *is*, I do have a definition that could help flesh out where it *begins*. I found it in a Discworld novel, of all places, but I feel it's a pretty accurate definition. "There's no greys, only white that's got grubby. I'm surprised you don't know t...
by Felgraf
Tue Oct 02, 2007 4:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Halloween is coming! (horrible franken-thread)
Replies: 326
Views: 24578

Re: Halloween is coming!

Ah! I have it! ... I know that this is my third post in the thread, but I've realized an awesome costume to work towards. =)

I shall be Jareth, the Goblin King from Labyrinth.

Now I just need to find a very shiny blue coat...
by Felgraf
Mon Oct 01, 2007 4:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Halloween is coming! (horrible franken-thread)
Replies: 326
Views: 24578

Re: Halloween is coming!

Hrm. Upon further thought, going as one of the Endless (even though I haven't read all the Sandman comics yet) could be fun, but I don't particularly feel like dying my hair black... Two more that popped into my head while I was asleep (literally, my dream self stopped in the middle of the dream as ...
by Felgraf
Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Growing up like your parents?
Replies: 41
Views: 5091

Re: Growing up like your parents?

I'm already partially convinced I'm some sort of time-displaced, gender-swaped clone of my Mother, or something. I even get mistaken for her on the phone (since electronic media seems to filter out some of the low tones in my voice. Joy!) sometimes, and we think quite alike. And before my face fille...
by Felgraf
Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body
Replies: 1607
Views: 171523

Re: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body

Lessee... I seem to have a freakishly powerful immune system. I have not gotten "Oh god please let me die" sick in years, despite not having taken flu shots. Indeed, when my four suite-mates in college got some sort of mind-bendingly awful, week-long-lasting stomach virus (They were.. er.....
by Felgraf
Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:18 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Senior Yearbook Quotation
Replies: 98
Views: 9395

Re: Help: Senior Quotation?

Well, I *tried* to use the discworld quote of "Getting an education is a alot like a communicable sexual disease. It makes you unsuitable for alot of jobs and then you have the urge to pass it on." That was, unfortunately, considered unsuitable. I could reccomend a quote from Ozymandias, p...
by Felgraf
Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fantasies
Replies: 98
Views: 5488

Re: Fantasies

Superhero. Superhero, superhero, superhero. Holy crap , do I want the ability to fly, to the point where this has become a standard dream ability *even when I'm not lucidly dreaming*. I'll settle for just being able to make a Final Fantasy style airship, but personal flight powers would be very, *ve...
by Felgraf
Sun Sep 30, 2007 2:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Halloween is coming! (horrible franken-thread)
Replies: 326
Views: 24578

Re: Halloween is coming!

I think it might be fun to get a bunch of friends together and create some sort of Science-based Captain Planet Team. Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering... and, of course, Psychology would be heart. =P.

I have no idea what "Captain Science" would look like, though.

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