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by rmsgrey
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

Hmm, does Australia have a pretty bad history like Britain’s? Or are they a happy group? Ask an Aborigine, if you can find any... Or there was the "modern" prison at Port Arthur in Tasmania (replacing the previous policy of transporting Tasmanian convicts to an even smaller island nearby ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

You can hardly avoid the subject with American history to be fair, what with the civil war that happened, and the ~ 20% of Americans living today descended from slaves. I think that was my original point - that Black Panther's references to the history of the slave trade resonate more with American...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

I didn't keep track of links so I guess I'll stop here, particularly since it's not clear to me what the point being argued is.
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: Black Panther

↶ Wikipedia has an estimated 15% of slaves dying in the Middle Passage. "An estimated 15%" isn't inconsistent with "nearly 20%". Incidentally that same Wikipedia article points out, "During the 18th century,... British slavers carried almost 2.5 million [slaves]." Also...
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: Black Panther

Dude, chattel slavery on this scale was not that common. The forced movement and dehumanisation of over 1 million people in the name of slavery was not really that common. And again, roughly 20% of slaves going through the Middle Passage died. That's not counting those who died during capture and d...
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: Black Panther

Did the slave trade have a greater historical impact than the opium wars? YES. The opium wars had a moderate impact on the development of one admittedly major country. Slavery had a greater impact on the development of entire continents. Child labor? That was so ubiquitous throughout history that i...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: Black Panther

Not to be a splitter here, but on terms of importance to history, the inhuman suffering of millions of people is not nearly as important as how the whole thing has impacted the formation of the world since. The slave trade has had an enormous impact on every country in the Americas, and the trade i...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 2443

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

I see Randall's subtext interpreter is active in this strip.
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: Black Panther

it's frankly hilarious that you characterize the british colonization of turtle island as "american history" you realize y'all were doing the colonizing , right? there was no america yet, it was you. it's american history as well since it's how america got started, but it is british histo...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Disney, Fox, MCU
Replies: 5
Views: 722

Re: Disney, Fox, MCU

They already tried doing a kinda-XMen/mutants with the Inhumans (at least in TV land). They could do an emergence-of-mutants story, particularly if the sudden rise in mutancy gets blamed on some cataclysmic event - like, say, a battle with Thanos in which the powers of the infinity gems get unleashe...
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: Black Panther

↶ Between the efforts of the British education system, and the British media, I'm more aware of British efforts in stopping the slave trade (establishing Sierra Leone, the Royal Navy going on anti-slavery patrols, etc) than of the previous contributions to the slave trade. I mean, you did at least ...
by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: Black Panther

Yes, there are bits that are relevant to British history, but the worst excesses of British colonial history center around India, not Africa. Um, are you for serious right now? They were bad in different ways, but you can't say it was worse than Africa/Caribbean. Of course, I have come across peopl...
by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 3338

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

The point of 1==x rather than x==1 is to avoid bugs of the "oops, I typed = rather than ==" variety. x=1 will compile (it's an assignment). 1=x will not. (You can't assign to an immutable). So, it catches a particular kind of common bug. Jose Ah. I'd not encountered that reason before. Ye...
by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 10429

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

I'm not talking about "acts", I'm talking about decisions. What are your criteria whether a decision belongs to the "navigation" system or to the "control" system, and what results are produced by applying these criteria to a decision to change lanes? In short, control...
by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 3338

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

Is "return 1+thing" another Yoda-style idiom like the stupid "if 1==x" nonsense? What is the "if 1==x" nonsense? How else would you compare x to one? Unless you mean it should be "if x==1", for which I'm agnostic (it's just what I'm used to, and I can see the...
by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: Black Panther

↶ yeah i feel like feeling like it is irrelevant has more to do with whiteness, certainly my black british friends have also been excited about this and it isn't like the topics of racism and colonialism/imperialism are not relevant to uk history It even has the line "the sun will never set on...
by rmsgrey
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 6673

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

xtifr wrote:So far, the Unicode Consortium have balked at accepting any made-up languages


I expect most made-up languages are supported by Unicode (a lot are supported by ASCII) - it's the made-up graphemes that the Consortium presumably draw the line at.
by rmsgrey
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 10429

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

In which case, they'll be isolated enough to not have the opportunity to murder (they may not have started isolated, but they ended that way...) So "self-correcting" in the same sense that the heat-death of the universe would be self-correcting: everything you care about might be gone, bu...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 10429

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

If most humans turn into murderers suddenly, then it's a mostly self-correcting problem. Once the dust settles, there'll be lots of dead murderers, and the cast majority of survivors will either be non-murderous, or sufficiently isolated to not have the opportunity to murder. Or the survivors will ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 10429

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

If most humans turn into murderers suddenly, then it's a mostly self-correcting problem. Once the dust settles, there'll be lots of dead murderers, and the cast majority of survivors will either be non-murderous, or sufficiently isolated to not have the opportunity to murder.
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 25
Views: 7554

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

I had a thought regarding Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy this morning. I dunno if this is a particularly novel or interesting thought, but I hadn't considered it before. Given what is known about the powers and capabilities of the Infinite Improbability Drive, is it possible that Magrathea never e...
by rmsgrey
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 199
Views: 12603

Re: Black Panther

So much about this movie was so great that I have difficulty putting it into words. I think quite a few white British people so far have only found it ok? I feel like there is a lot about it that is great because it is black that I have a hard time explaining and it reminds me of home, so I can't i...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 197861

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

6 is at the bottom of your list? is this a joke? I didn't play 6 until after 10, got into the world of ruin and reassembled most/all of the characters, but lost interest before reaching the final boss, and have never been tempted to go back and replay it. I know it's one of the ones that frequently...
by rmsgrey
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 199
Views: 12603

Re: Black Panther

Are we meant to believe that was the entire set of heart shaped herb in the world? Does T'Challa need a regular supply? We're told at the start of the movie that the heart-shaped herb is specifically created by exposure to vibranium and an unknown period of evolution. Also that it's the secret of t...
by rmsgrey
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 197861

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

Never played FF before, but got a copy of FF13 for $5 on xbox so I'm giving it a shot. At any given moment I am feeling 'this game is frickin amazing!' or 'this game is the worst thing ever and needs to die and never return!' Yeah, 13 is the most tightly controlled FF - at least until you get to ch...
by rmsgrey
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 199
Views: 12603

Re: Black Panther

Non-spoiler comments: Good story, lots of fun, fine performances, funny jokes, exciting action. They did a good job of being non-specific about ethnicity, by including dress-styles and body art of several different parts of Africa. This is accounted for when they give a brief history of Wakanda. Sp...
by rmsgrey
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1955: "Robots"
Replies: 25
Views: 2528

Re: 1955: "Robots"

Door-opening robots are an existential threat because they're a step closer to full automation and the obsolescence of everyone who's not one of the capital-owning overlords. Don't be ridiculous. Consumers are a crucial part of any modern economy - automated purchasing of random items to circulate ...
by rmsgrey
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"
Replies: 23
Views: 3888

Re: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"

CopiousWaistcoats wrote:You know, this might be fun, add the marathon element to sporting events.... More acceptable to sleep through too


Pfeh. Just watch 5 day test cricket matches...
by rmsgrey
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 913
Views: 198775

Re: Board games anyone?

@pseudoidiot Yeah, having to get all three supply centers down makes the game *dramatically* harder (but will help you out a ton in the later game, which I suspect is why it's there - you really want to have some cities regularly growing, and getting the [special thing you can do for supply-center ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1955: "Robots"
Replies: 25
Views: 2528

Re: 1955: "Robots"

cellocgw wrote:
Ignitus wrote:Seems like a missed opportunity to mention raptor intellegence



"Clever girl^H^H^H^H fembot!"


Are you meaning to imply that fembots aren't girls?
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 913
Views: 198775

Re: Board games anyone?

It was a fun way to win so fast and things pretty much had to be lined up just right, but it was pretty great getting to take advantage of our good fortune. Ummm... You know that bit on the "Build 3 new Supply Centers" objective card where it says "Mandatory"? Yeah. On the other...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 199
Views: 12603

Re: Black Panther

Okay, my post is veering off into a general movie rant. Steering it back -->- Without giving anything else away, how many Stingers for this one and about where are they in the credits? I can check TV Tropes, but it's hard visiting that page w/o getting spoilers along the way. Not seen the movie yet...
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Indie & Small Press Tabletop RPGs
Replies: 167
Views: 91908

Re: Indie & Small Press Tabletop RPGs

I'll take you up on the offer all powerful, almighty pseudoidiot: You know any storytelling focused RPGs in the fantasy, sci fi or survival horrors genres? Sounds like you might want to check out Fate - it does use specialist dice (4 6-sided dice with -,-, , ,+,+ and add the pluses and subtract the...
by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1954: Impostor Syndrome
Replies: 13
Views: 3630

Re: 1954: Impostor Syndrome

I, of course, am an expert on understanding the meaning of the phrase "Dunning-Kruger effect". Or am I?
by rmsgrey
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 62
Views: 6358

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

in order to inform me that you read my edited subject and now understand that I was joking. In his and everyone else's defense, changing the subject line isn't very noticeable, especially with quoted text. I didn't notice until you called it out. (In the comic threads, it's probably some obscure fo...
by rmsgrey
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 6673

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

I just see the debated aubergine as E348
by rmsgrey
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 51
Views: 4682

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

As you said, it's not a past relationship, so I think this situation is different. And BTW speising, just because it's a comedy doesn't mean we should expect less from the characters. Anyway, I haven't seen a ton yet, probably less than ten episodes, but I don't recall him complaining too much abou...
by rmsgrey
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 37
Views: 3679

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

randomiser wrote:I'm terribly disappointed to see that Randal Munroe did not make a comic for e-Day. It was even the e-Day of the century! 2.718 ==> 2/7/18. Sheesh! Why does pi get it's own day but e is forgotten about? :cry:


What are you on about? e-day is in late July, as all good little-endians know!
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 629
Views: 90876

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Yeah, from a design perspective, varied roles such that no one character can cover everything sufficiently is crucial to designing a multiplayer game (as opposed to a single-player game where you can team up with other people and play together). The trouble with such an intrinsically multiplayer set...
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 629
Views: 90876

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

My guess: Fantasy Greek or Roman sexy times are okay because they are in fantasy settings with mythology. And a black man on the run from the laws having sexy times? More close to home and not okay. My guess: first time it happens, media outrage! Parents concerned! Splashy headlines! Second time ar...

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