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by eran_rathan
Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1318: "Actually"
Replies: 76
Views: 14162

Re: 1318: "Actually"

Flumble wrote:
eran_rathan wrote:Edit: dammit, ninja'd.

You call that ninjaing? You're almost 4 hours late! :shock:


I need to finish reading the thread before replying. I'm going to go commit seppuku now, for the heinous crime of not finishing the thread.


:oops:
by eran_rathan
Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1318: "Actually"
Replies: 76
Views: 14162

Re: 1318: "Actually"

The best anyone can (accurately) say about the shape of the Earth is that it's within a narrow error of a given surface... Some look at Everest and see a god. Some look at Everest and see a challenge. Some look at Everest and see the worst-case error from an oblate spheroid. Marianas Trench and Haw...
by eran_rathan
Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where do Serious Business conversations happen in real life?
Replies: 19
Views: 10236

Re: Where do Serious Business conversations happen in real l

It depends on the movie - sometimes we talk about it, afterwards (sometimes we talk through it, though it makes Katie (the hostess) mad ;)).

Other times its just background noise.
by eran_rathan
Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90038
Views: 8012871

Re: Unfetched hashes and turtle-excluding devices

I don't know if this is the right thread, but I found this on the internet and it was too funny not to share. WARNING: Do not click this link if you are in a place where it would be inappropriate to laugh out loud. http://9gag.com/gag/agyOxmx I had to shut the door of my office I was laughing so ha...
by eran_rathan
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 20707

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

Here's a reason why you can't reasonably say that Jesus is one of multiple ways to God: if there were other ways to God it would have been both stupid and cruel for Jesus to have been crucified. As would be destroying the food sources of a nation and killing all first-borns on the land. I'm not qui...
by eran_rathan
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0079: "Lake Tea"
Replies: 59
Views: 15805

Re: What-if# 0079: Lake Tea

Showsni wrote:Of course, this What If has dodged the whole question of milk.



Pfffft. Heretic.

;)
by eran_rathan
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nominating the ISS Partnership for the Nobel Peace Prize
Replies: 22
Views: 8193

Re: Nominating the ISS Partnership for the Nobel Peace Prize

As much as I love the ISS, and think that the ISS partnership is deserving of the prize, I'd love to see another space race. Seriously - look at how quickly technology evolved between 1930 to 1970 - I'd love to see the military or politicians freak out when the Chinese drop a manned mission on the M...
by eran_rathan
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 412588

Re: Questions For The World

Hey, Brits! What's the deal with your lawyers, or barristers, dressing all old-timey? I'm sure I could google this, but I also want to know if you guys also think it's ridiculous, or if you think our American lawyers are uncivilized in their normal clothes. As a Californian (man I'm getting a lot o...
by eran_rathan
Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 501254

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

1. Defeat the IDF in open battle 2. Conduct a terror/guerrilla campaign of such magnitude and violence that if forces Israel to come to terms 3. Continue indefinitely in the current situation and hope for a miracle 4. Accept the peace that Israel has offered, which I might add is a great deal more ...
by eran_rathan
Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0079: "Lake Tea"
Replies: 59
Views: 15805

What-if 0079: "Lake Tea"

Lake Tea

What if we were to dump all the tea in the world into the Great Lakes? How strong, compared to a regular cup of tea, would the lake tea be?
Alex Burman


Weak, bordering on homeopathic.




For a tea joke, I like the initial burn, but the rest was, well.... 8-) weak.
by eran_rathan
Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where do Serious Business conversations happen in real life?
Replies: 19
Views: 10236

Re: Where do Serious Business conversations happen in real l

A friend of ours hosts a weekly dinner/movie night at her house, wherein her partner cooks food and everyone else brings snacks, wine, beer, etc. They also invite random folks to come hang out as well, and we've made some very lasting friendships that way.
by eran_rathan
Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3373
Views: 673389

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Someone genetically engineered or found (aliens?) these creatures who looked like the Swedish Chef , except they were about 7 ft tall and super strong. They were called Flumbles. All difficult labor was given to the Flumbles, who weren't very bright, but if told how to do something would keep doing ...
by eran_rathan
Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Doing naughty art of your comic characters...
Replies: 13
Views: 9157

Re: Doing naughty art of your comic characters...

Yoshisummons wrote:Dare I ask what a OCS is? The best candidates I could find were Only-Child-Syndrome, Oreo-Cookie-Syndrome, and Owl-Crime-Squad.


Officer Candidate School?
by eran_rathan
Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"
Replies: 54
Views: 15370

Re: What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"

I can read faster than that, as long as comprehension is in no way a factor. Yup, I just read 2000 words in just under 40 seconds. With even a little bit of retention. (It helped that it was the same 200 words 10 times, does that count?) I guess it depends on what you mean by "reading" a ...
by eran_rathan
Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90038
Views: 8012871

Re: Unfetched hashes and turtle-excluding devices

You must love someone or something a great deal to tolerate or even enjoy those conditions. For all I bitch about the people i have to deal with (not my bosses, or co-workers, they are all pretty awesome - mostly clients), i adore my job. I really do. Even being out in freezing cold (like yesterday...
by eran_rathan
Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14954
Views: 2351077

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

LiDAR doesn't work very well in deep woods (and can't, unless you're using a laser frequency that is high enough to go through trees, which puts you into xrays and high microwave - pretty sure no one wants that). Its also only as good as the control is - which is picked by humans. It doesn't need t...
by eran_rathan
Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14954
Views: 2351077

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

(surveying or engineering, for instance). On the surveying front, I've seen some dramatic improvements on lazer surveying, where pretty much the only thing the crew has to do is set up the posts, then send the info back to the drafting department. I could see it becoming even more automated. Yeah, ...
by eran_rathan
Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90038
Views: 8012871

Re: Unfetched hashes and turtle-excluding devices

If you wear a sky mask will the Police shoot you? I had a Skull ski mask. I thought it was funny, at the time. I needed it for riding. no - though folks look at you funny if you wear it into a store and don't take it off fairly quickly. and the freezing your eyes shut thing - that can happen, but n...
by eran_rathan
Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14954
Views: 2351077

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

The point where we simply don't have any work to do may be VERY far off. There is STILL a lot of labor intensive things that society could use. Do you suppose we could use more teachers? Don't you think we could have more judges and so forth for a more efficient justice system? Perhaps we could use...
by eran_rathan
Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if: chat thread
Replies: 120
Views: 109383

Re: What-If # 0076.5 Merry Xmas

mathmannix wrote:or today? (there isn't one yet...)


They generally post at noon on Tuesdays (GMT-5).
by eran_rathan
Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 501254

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

I'm speaking of modern history. And not in relation to Muslim against Jew, but the record of Muslim against Muslim. The European history on the other hand teaches them that they have no allies when push comes to shove, and they have the graves to prove it. There's a lot of violence in the Middle Ea...
by eran_rathan
Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 344694

Re: Gun Control

Anecdote for sure, but when I was in high school in NH 1995-1999, it was not uncommon to have a gun rack, with long gun, in the back of one's truck - at least during hunting season. Also, my high school had a shooting range, and regularly had firearms training classes run by the local National Guard...
by eran_rathan
Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28529
Views: 3101315

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I know that because I live in Biloxi, it's not really my place to complain about temperature, but it's going to be 19ºF (-7ºC) on Tuesday morning. Holy shit. that warm? delightful. (Its been -4 to -18 F here in the frozen north of Maine...and then today, its supposed to be 45 F, then tomorrow its g...
by eran_rathan
Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28529
Views: 3101315

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Sustainable, sustainable sustainable sustainable sustainable? Sustainable sustainable sustainable sustainable sustainable, sustainable sustainable sustainable.

Sustainable? Sustainable.
by eran_rathan
Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90038
Views: 8012871

Re: Unfetched hashes and turtle-excluding devices

Tomlidich the second wrote:what do people do? like, with their lives? how do i person?


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by eran_rathan
Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 501254

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

EMTP, yesterday wrote:When have they tried, BM? The Arab states have been on the defensive almost from day one.


EMTP, a few minutes ago wrote:No one, least of all me, made the claim that the Arab states are "purely defensive and unaggressive" [sic].
by eran_rathan
Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1515930

Re: Today I Learned

Izawwlgood wrote:[url=theconversation.com/moving-testicles-frustrate-effort-to-calm-hippos-by-castration-21710]Hippos are weird[/url]


my work flags this as NSFW, lol.
by eran_rathan
Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1311: "2014"
Replies: 40
Views: 10267

Re: 1311: "2014"

When I travel out of the US I tell people I'm Canadian (I live close enough and follow enough of the politics I can fake it). :(
by eran_rathan
Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warming?
Replies: 1714
Views: 296857

Re: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warmi

I thought the whole point of global warming was unpredictability? What is your source on winners and losers? As for sea level rise, the higher the level the less of a storm it takes to do the damage that Sandy did. And over half the population lives withing 60 km of the sea. Most coastal cities are...
by eran_rathan
Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0077: "Growth Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 9308

Re: What-if 0077: "Growth Rate"

So, by the time the giant reaches 20 years old, they will have invented antigravity and moved into space, where their weight and bones are no longer a problem. They can continue to grow larger and larger and smarter and smarter, outwitting the rest of us in the competition for food and resources, e...
by eran_rathan
Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 501254

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

While not to interrupt the current proceedings, has anyone ever offered a solution wherein both sides give up Jerusalem, and make it an international city? Hear me out. It would be similar to the situation with Washington DC (or any of the Federal Cities in Russia) where the city would be essential...
by eran_rathan
Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 501254

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

While not to interrupt the current proceedings, has anyone ever offered a solution wherein both sides give up Jerusalem, and make it an international city? Hear me out. It would be similar to the situation with Washington DC (or any of the Federal Cities in Russia) where the city would be essentiall...
by eran_rathan
Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What did you get for christmas?
Replies: 27
Views: 7383

Re: What did you get for christmas?

This was, for me, a year of Hats. 1. warm fuzzy rabbit-fur hat - it's like a cat sleeping on your head. Very warm, also good for the sub-zero temperatures that I have to work in sometimes. 2. totally sweet black trilby, with herringbone pattern, for when in the office. 3. White panama, black and dar...
by eran_rathan
Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1515930

Re: Today I Learned

I started reading that, realized it was 4th Edition D&D (i think? Maybe 5th. Dunno, I stopped at 3.x, and never allowed splatbooks), and thought it was silly.

Besides, anyone can be beat by Tucker's Kobolds.
by eran_rathan
Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20908
Views: 2670597

Re: Postify your facerity

as terrible as it was, I thought they did Appa OK.

Also Aang's tattoos were well done. Other than that, it was god-awful.
by eran_rathan
Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20908
Views: 2670597

Re: Postify your facerity

It's been a while, but that's basically because I've now outsourced all my computer stuff to Appa, so I can get on with drinking sloe gin. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-SeEVeYPTDU0/UpMdzar8b4I/AAAAAAAAISI/KlsSIVV0DRI/s616-no/20131125_095207.jpg on the internet, noone knows you are a stuffed bu...
by eran_rathan
Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90038
Views: 8012871

Re: Unfetched hashes and turtle-excluding devices

well, shucks, Tom - have a virtual hug, if wanted. Sorry to hear you had a rough holiday season. :(
by eran_rathan
Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"
Replies: 54
Views: 15370

Re: What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"

lgw wrote:I love Asimov's writing, but he was a notorious letch (and proud of it! :) ) With 400 Asimovs, well, SF conventions would be interesting, to be sure.


Pretty sure that was a requirement those days (minus some of the Grande Dames, of course, though certainly not all of them).
by eran_rathan
Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90038
Views: 8012871

Re: unfetched hashes and turtle excluding devices

eran and shro, you have some lovely looking dogs :) thanks! [-ok, so this weird - I want to say thank you, as its a nice sentiment and I appreciate it, but I didn't have anything to do with his appearance, so now I'm over analyzing this and freaking out a little. My brain is a strange place. kinda ...
by eran_rathan
Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"
Replies: 54
Views: 15370

Re: What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"

24 for me, The Velveteen Rabbit.

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