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by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1279
Views: 43649

Re: A Game of Commitment

When at 50.0656°N, 5.7145°W.
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 7412

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

(also "spouse" and "sibling" are starting to look weird) That often happens if the family get-together has a free bar. (I can't keep track of my cousins, most of the time. Luckily, though the marriages of my direct cousins that produced the various 'removed' ones were often not ...
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 16269

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

gmalivuk wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:
the universally prescribed English vocabulary

The what now?

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AliensSpeakingEnglish
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 16269

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Sableagle wrote:They often apologise for their non-native English, making me wonder whether I should respond to the apology with thanks for their excellent English.

To do this I have sometimes been known!
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 16269

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

There is a whole world of people who are less than perfect at English, and they aren't stupid because of it. IME, furriners speek Inglish gudderer. Of those that speak English at all, and thus likely know at least one language more than I do, you'd mostly find them using the universally prescribed ...
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1236
Views: 188750

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

So, I reckon we're probably less likely to abandon British Summer Time, because if we're perverse enough to split from Europe we're perverse enough to not do the same thing as Europe off our own back. Also having a bit of schadenfreude ('scuse my Deutsch) about British fishermen getting 'asked' not ...
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7994
Views: 619542

Re: Trump presidency

And now he's threatening to pull out of the WTO … (And, in a comment really needed in another rather makes the Brexit Fallback position worse, eh? I mean, we could have an entirely separate deal-on-everything with the US, but if all deals with the US must favour the US (or someone cancels them, out ...
by Soupspoon
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 16269

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

In Arabic, it gets more mixed up than that: "I live in a big house with my parents, my two sisters and my brother, I sail every weekend in the summer and I was a teenager," the last part in past tense identifying the time at which the earlier parts in present tense were true. That sounds ...
by Soupspoon
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Generalized" polygons?
Replies: 10
Views: 1607

Re: "Generalized" polygons?

The sequence of polygonal numbers isn't (at least as I see it) as simple as a number n for f(x) where f(x)=f(-x). It relies upon the union of f(x-1) and the (unfilled) polygon g(x) that is the perimeter extant of f(x), and the special case of f(0) being 1, so that for squares length 1 sides is 4x1 m...
by Soupspoon
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15001
Views: 2395714

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

This is how a more normal person rises above his own balloon effigy. And on his home turf too! Class.

Why here in Humorous News Items? Because of Sadiq Khan's response.
by Soupspoon
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3381
Views: 687515

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Last night the saga involved layers of reality. A team of two (of which I was one, though not sure which one) were checking for people with excessive… competence…? like being far too genre-savvy, thus belonging to the next universe over(??) and needing dealing with, as we then slip over to the next ...
by Soupspoon
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1279
Views: 43649

Re: A Game of Commitment

Mxorning
by Soupspoon
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1279
Views: 43649

Re: A Game of Commitment

Mnanding
by Soupspoon
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 16269

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

RandomMarius wrote:One of the first big words I learnt to use correctly was malapropism.
Could you imagine the time I could not tell people I was suffering a temporary lethologica, then.
by Soupspoon
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 16269

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Ray Kremer wrote:I find this comic to be very ironic!

:wink:

I didn't think it was at all ferocious.
by Soupspoon
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 44
Views: 5808

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

netsplit wrote:Who would win in a fight, the Hulk or a high pressure jet of chlorine trifluoride?
Whichever it was, it'd be angry and green.

Call me when it's all over.
by Soupspoon
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7994
Views: 619542

Re: Trump presidency

I don't think I've seen one claim against his opponents that hasn't been (arguably more) true about Trump. The latest being a twitterrant about anonymous sources of news from the person who hear "lots of people saying" things, has had a 'credible' source tell him about birth certificates, ...
by Soupspoon
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 92245

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I have had relatives for whom "cook" sounds like "kook" (long, and lower) not "cuck" (short, not-so-low), and I presume it's from them (amongst other things) that I have half a chance of saying "poor" as inflected like "pooer" rather than straight-vo...
by Soupspoon
Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 122
Views: 22094

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

Is a "Contraception App" really contraception if it just tells you when to use a contraception*? Whether it's accurate or not (and however much it is guessing or not) when it tells you to use contraception you're then supposed to use one of the forms of contraception that it seems to be cl...
by Soupspoon
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 583838

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Anybody interested that Russia are playing with their soldiers (and some Chinese ones too)?
by Soupspoon
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 44
Views: 5808

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

This reminds me of our Fire Assembly Point, which is about 3 metres away from our building and next to a door on the adjacent building that's plastered with the full-house of Hazchem labels. At the last fire drill, I asked our Facilities guy to remind me why it was ok for that to be the assembly po...
by Soupspoon
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 44
Views: 5808

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

I got introduced to that whole blog-section of (more or less, and usually more!) cautionary compounds back on its original, host with a link to the onomatapoeiac FOOF. But it's when you get shown the C 2 N 14 (H 0! ) that it gets exciting. I mean, Fluorine isn't good for your health because of its o...
by Soupspoon
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1279
Views: 43649

Re: A Game of Commitment

:!:
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1279
Views: 43649

Re: A Game of Commitment

:arrow:
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome
Replies: 37
Views: 7360

Re: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome

That was (apparently, if not itself an urban legend) because the effects team didn't think they could mock up Saturn's rings properly (or not to Kubrick's satisfaction, anyway). Though with it being easier to make a Jovian-based star than a Cronian one (FCVO 'easy') it make 2010 easier to justify by...
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15001
Views: 2395714

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

There was some cool research into savings based lotteries, where you got a ticket if you deposited some money into a savings account. Every month, the bank pays out to a winner from interest payments. The savers get slightly reduced interest, but an incentive to save as well. Big Lotto was not happ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 44
Views: 5808

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

You forgot to put the universal red circle & slash "not allowed" symbol in the middle of the hazard array.! A red circle alone is the "not allowed" part of UK road signs ¹. Which makes the No Smoking sign (red circle and diagonal bar atop fuming cigarette sigil) look like &q...
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 44
Views: 5808

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

There deserves to be a few more portmanteau signs based upon the various ones in the range. And beyond.
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 260
Views: 13233

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

I'm maybe away this weekend (and if not then, then maybe the next, or maybe the next - it's complicated, and still cannot be entirely planned for yet!) but not for so long out of touch that it will affect play (just my concentration). Apologies in advance though if I need to be prodded at all. (Will...
by Soupspoon
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1279
Views: 43649

Re: A Game of Commitment

Goodnight!
by Soupspoon
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1279
Views: 43649

Re: A Game of Commitment

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Da, but the black bear sleeps in the woodcutter's old abandoned hut.
by Soupspoon
Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 1279
Views: 43649

Re: A Game of Commitment

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The swans fly late over St. Petersburg, this year.
by Soupspoon
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 260
Views: 13233

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

Moves 1: Attack Left-Up 2: Move Right-Down 3: Move Left-Down 4: Attack Left-Down 5: Move Down W: Push Left-Up Thoughts Of course I'm going to attack Heu#4. Which could still (boringly) defend or be grabbed by 1 to take it out of reach, but that'd rather leave Heu#1 spent and vulnera...
by Soupspoon
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 139461

Re: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"

The first item in the latest of BBC Radion 4's "More Or Less" goes through the journey speeds in LOTR, which may interest people. (I'm not sure if that's geofenced for online listening, but I think there's a full downloadable podcast too, still. Haven't checked, as I'm far from up-to-date ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 24400

Re: Firearms Regulations

I have various problems with the various counts of "these are Home Invasions" given the document (full of highly specific gems like how the presence/absence of a Native American/Alaskan head-of-household skews probabilities of various outcomes or sub-outcomes) says it can't even rely on a ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 260
Views: 13233

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

In effect,. 1) Apply/increment an "intent to grab" count upon anything at self+direction, if not empty, or* self+direction+direction if that one isn't, 2) Rerun, and if self+direction is empty and* the self+direction+direction has an intent count of exactly 1, then enact that movement back...
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 92245

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Well, "eyrie" is essentially homophonic with its noted alternate spellings of (at least) "aerie", "aery", "ayrie" and "eyry" plus different words "eerie"(/"eary" - like an ear!?) or "airy"(/"hairy" with a dropp...
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 24400

Re: Firearms Regulations

According to the DOJ there are around one million home invasions per year. One wonders why/how there are so many in a country where a potential home invader has to consider the possibility of armed resistance. (I also tried to find anything useful about this, but this rather took the edge off the z...
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 260
Views: 13233

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

No you're right. The funny rules on the first post¹ actually say: A warrior still counts as being “grabbed” even if they cannot move any closer to the performer of the action. All this really does is mean that in this scenario the green hex counts as being grabbed by two people and therefore does no...

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