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by pogrmman
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14297
Views: 2028875

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Quick note, this is a filthy stupid rich neighborhood with private security. The reason taxes are so low is that the association pays for everything. (aka none of the money they spend leaves the neighborhood). If the case is as bad as they think, the couple should settle for a quick payout on their...
by pogrmman
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 2950

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

My graph-related OCD is going nuts... the graph rotation is off by ninety degrees. Time is the dependent variable gosh darn it! Shame you're not an astronomer, they're used to axes going in weird directions. Speaking of, am I the only one who looked at this and thought of the Hertzsprung-Russell di...
by pogrmman
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3409
Views: 406495

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Louisiana teacher arrested at school board meeting for questioning superintendent's pay increase . How is that possibly grounds for arrest? At least from what they’ve got in the article, she seems not to have been doing anything. That’s Orwellian. Sure, the district isn’t pressing charges, but what...
by pogrmman
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1936: "Desert Golfing"
Replies: 23
Views: 2202

Re: 1936: "Desert Golfing"

serutan wrote:When golfing in the desert, one does have to be careful not to be overzealous about tracking down lost balls.

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Ahh! Cholla really sucks. I’d hate to be that guy.
by pogrmman
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1936: "Desert Golfing"
Replies: 23
Views: 2202

Re: 1936: "Desert Golfing"

I had a similar reaction — my family and I were playing poker. The very first thing I did this year was lost a hand. I can say I was playing poker for like 11% of the year! I never really get into mobile games. People always suggest them to me, and I play them for a few days, then the app just sits ...
by pogrmman
Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner
Replies: 59
Views: 3914

Re: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner

Anyway, I didn’t like how they took away the ambiguity of Deckard being a replicant. I really enjoyed that part of the original movie, and I think elminating much of the ambiguity kind of defeats that aspect of it. Besides, if you are taking the theatrical cut as gospel (though idk why anybody ...
by pogrmman
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 39975

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

(You seem to have missed Cronus, but which (theoretically discovered) way round with Jove I wouldn't know.) Jupiter is rather more visible than Saturn - even at its dimmest, Jupiter is brighter than any star (except the Sun); Saturn has two to five stars brighter than it, depending on relative posi...
by pogrmman
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1928: "Seven Years"
Replies: 51
Views: 7510

Re: 1928: "Seven Years"

Just to re-iterate what everybody else has said: this comic was super touching. It brought back a lot of the memories of the couple extra years I was able to spend with my grandmother because of a great surgeon. Even though it wasn't that long ago (only a few years), it still makes me realize how lu...
by pogrmman
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 4849

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

Admittedly, it is really dependent on what you’ve grown up with. My “comfort” scale is something like this. It’s pretty detailed at the high end because I have a lot of experience with those sorts of temperatures (it’s over 85°F something like 160-170 times a year at home on average), but not at the...
by pogrmman
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4224
Views: 287430

Re: Trump presidency

Well, there’s yet more to be upset about: Trump is shrinking at least two of the National Monuments that were under review earlier this year — by a significant amount. This is horrible. From what I’ve seen, it looks like Bears Ears is a basically unspoiled version of Mesa Verde that was having issue...
by pogrmman
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 4849

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

Fahrenheit for weather, Celsius for water. It's what they were made for and what they are good at. Think about the usable portion of the scale. Where I live 0°F and 100°F are about equally common. We very very rarely use numbers above 100 or below 0, but they do happen occasionally. In Celsius that...
by pogrmman
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4224
Views: 287430

Re: Trump presidency

Well, the GOP tax bill has passed. As expected, it was pretty much a party line vote with one Republican aiding with the Democrats because the bill raises the deficit (a lot!). I’ve seen other sources that say that a full version of this bill wasn’t even available until a few hours before it was pas...
by pogrmman
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 109
Views: 6021

Re: Let's talk about Net Neutrality in 2017

Honestly, I think the bigger issue even than net Neutrality is how these telecoms are able to operate as monopolies by carving up service-areas to avoid directly competing for customers, and colluding with each other to lobby local, state and the federal government to lock out competitors. All the ...
by pogrmman
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 109
Views: 6021

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

I agree that a utility type situation makes the most sense for companies. It’s blatantly stupid that while many ISPs have more or less de facto monopolies, they’re regulated as if they don’t. Even if there is nominal competition (like ATT/TWC (now Spectrum) in my area), it’s clear that they are beha...
by pogrmman
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1922: "Interferometry"
Replies: 22
Views: 2756

Re: 1922: "Interferometry"

I realize that it's not customary to post something about the content of the comic in the thread about the comic, but I was delighted to wake up this morning and read an XKCD about something that I work on. I build electronics for three radio telescopes that are part of the Event Horizon Telescope,...
by pogrmman
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner
Replies: 59
Views: 3914

Re: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner

I just got back from seeing it. I thought it was pretty good, though it also could’ve been better. I wasn’t a huge fan of the gratuitous nudity. Yeah, it kind of has implications about the culture and stuff, but it seemed out of place — especially when you think about the old one. I thought there co...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 863
Views: 198712

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I, too, learned cursive in elementary school with the teachers saying that everyone else would expect me to use it. Nobody cared, so I stopped. But, I’ve switched back to cursive because it turns out that I can write in cursive legibly much faster than I can print legibly. So, it’s good for notes. I...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A measure of slowness?
Replies: 6
Views: 791

Re: A measure of slowness?

That chart comes from the paper "On the dimensionality of spacetime": http://space.mit.edu/home/tegmark/dimensions.html . Basically if we had a different number of space and time dimensions, our laws of physics would need to be radically different to support life. Can I just point out how...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 752

Re: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Happy thanksgiving everybody! It’s always been a really huge thing in my family, so I came over 1000 miles back to my house for it. When I was little, it always seemed like my grandparents invited literally everybody they’d ever met over for thanksgiving. Now it’s dwindled down to the more core fami...
by pogrmman
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 6494

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

Ah I was referring more to southeast texas which had a low dollar value. North texas has the big money and west texas isn't as good but still ok. So I suppose East of the I-35 and a limited distance West of it. I saw a lot of trees in Google Maps satellite view. It was hard to get street view on mo...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Maximizing 2 Variables
Replies: 19
Views: 1518

Re: Maximizing 2 Variables

To give a real world example of an objective function: say you’re designing a telescope with two curved mirrors. No matter what, it’ll have some things that mess up the view, but most importantly coma, astigmatism, and spherical abberation. You cannot minimize all of these at the same time if you ha...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 6006

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

It had been a bit since I lived there (close to downtown, so there's also the heat island affect to rise temps more), but "summer" which is actually August-September weather-wise in San Diego, gets (according to another online temp monitoring source) over 90 Degrees about 12 times during ...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 6006

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Going off of Randall's source monthly average highs in San Diego in the summer are never above 76.4F. It would be left on the chart of Mexico City . Although I guess you'd need to know more statistical data than weatherbase.com provides. It had been a bit since I lived there (close to downtown, so ...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 6006

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

I'm curious what motivated his city selection. I mean, seriously, a few cities from the US that are included: Lubbock Casper Flagstaff A few cities that aren't included: Denver Seattle San Diego Phoenix What? I'm surprised by Lubbock's placement -- it does get pretty hot in the summer (maybe its so...
by pogrmman
Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 6006

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

I like this comic. I’m definitely the “loves heat, hates cold” kind of person. I love a long, hot summer with lots of sun. Though I did decide to go to college in Iowa, which is really cold (it’s still weird to me that it can remain below freezing for so long). Supposedly last winter yet was one of ...
by pogrmman
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 2983

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

Around here, it is usually the hour that is dropped. "Ten to", or "Quarter past", where the hour being referred to was mentioned earlier in the conversation. Elsewise, it will be a straight-forward "Twelve-fourty-two". The cost/benefit ratio between a syllable or two v...
by pogrmman
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of gravity.
Replies: 32
Views: 2558

Re: Speed of gravity.

Not directly relevant but super-interesting: W.R.T merger event GW150914: "Despite the tremendous energy emission, the effects of the gravitational waves on a human located only one AU from the merger event would have been minor and survivable." Speaking of gravity wave events, you’ve pro...
by pogrmman
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 113
Views: 10258

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

It’s easier to list the veg I dislike-okra. And kale. That’s pretty much it. Otherwise, vegetables are a grand thing. It is for me too. My list of ones I dislike is also pretty short: kale. I’m tempted to add eggplant to that list, but that’d be unfair, given that I’ve only ever had mushy, slimy, o...
by pogrmman
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4224
Views: 287430

Re: Trump presidency

Spoilers because long and not directly related to Trump: I’m not exactly sure what he’s trying to get at with this tweet. IMO, just more of the same tactic he's used all along. Lie, deflect, ignore, do whatever he needs to do to keep the received narrative simple and the blame firmly on the desi...
by pogrmman
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4224
Views: 287430

Re: Trump presidency

Well, Trump is trying to deflect blame off of Manafort... . Somehow he is trying to shift blame onto the democrats? I’m not exactly sure what he’s trying to get at with this tweet. Also, it’s a blatant lie (assuming it did happen). In the very first paragraph of the indictment, it says “in order to ...
by pogrmman
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner
Replies: 59
Views: 3914

Re: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner

I REALLY wanted to see this in theaters — especially after my whole family gave it good reviews. They’re all big fans of the original. Unfortunately, they pulled this from the theater in town before I could see it (the disadvantages of going to school in a small town!) and I don’t think it’ll still ...
by pogrmman
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 113
Views: 10258

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

What are people’s favorite vegetables? It’s a tough choice for me — I love most vegetables. After careful consideration though, I’ve realized that it’s probably squash (though spinach is a close second). Summer squash is great, winter squash is great, spaghetti squash is great, roasted squash seeds ...
by pogrmman
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 5159

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

I see 4 patches of lens-flare in that picture, which could plausibly be the four Galilean moons. They are. I checked their positions that night after I took it and they correspond. I forget which one's which now. Camera is one of these , which drinks batteries and has no manual focus but does prett...
by pogrmman
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?
Replies: 30
Views: 2178

Re: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?

I do think it’s because dry ice is cheap and doesn’t leave any residue. It’s not like it sublimates all that fast — even a styrofoam cooler will keep it for a fair amount of time. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were cheaper than brine solutions — and even if it’s not, it’s much easier to use. There’s...
by pogrmman
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 6494

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

Next is Texas. Lots of farmland but low production, at least by dollar value. Everywhere except that Northern square. What happened to Texas? I see a lot of orchards. Are they low value? The vast majority of agricultural land in Texas is just range for grazing. If you look at the acreage devoted to...
by pogrmman
Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 6494

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

All interesting points, but what caught my eye the most is that you seem to know a lot of nice parks. Perhaps you could offer suggestions for one of my future vacation spots? There’s lots of cool stuff out there — especially if you enjoy outdoorsy stuff like camping and hiking. Just in terms of Nat...
by pogrmman
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4224
Views: 287430

Re: Trump presidency

Sessions announced an expansion of religious objections . Basically, government employees don’t have to prove their objections and tells government agencies to do as much as they can to protect those objections. It also announces some weakening on the Johnson Amendment — so churches may soon be abl...
by pogrmman
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 15779

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Meanwhile Sabadell, a major Catalan bank, is considering relocating in the event of a declaration on independence. It has called an extraordinary meeting of its board later on Thursday to discuss transferring its headquarters from Barcelona to another Spanish city. CaixaBank, another large Barcelon...
by pogrmman
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 15779

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Spain has suspended the Catalan Parliament. Frankly, I was pretty undecided on the issue, but the Spanish response to the whole thing hasn’t been great. I watched the king’s speech, and I didn’t like how much he focused on defending the law and the constitution. It’s ridiculous to me that he shamed...
by pogrmman
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 3873

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

Presumably it wouldn't be pills, just a box of loose powder. That’s not that bad. I once had a terrible headache on a road trip — the place where we stopped only had the painkiller (either aspirin or acetominophen) in powder form. It was an actual brand (I looked it up to be sure). I think it was B...

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