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by drewster1829
Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 62927

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

I am not an AGW denier, a denier is a unit of fabric measurement or a defunct unit of currency. I am not a denialist, that is a term used to cast a negative light on anyone who doubts the AGW hypothesis. I prefer the term skeptic, but among the hardcore AGW followers who insist on calling me a deni...
by drewster1829
Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 62927

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

Aha! Step one of my evil plan is complete! Soon I will ready for Step 3: Profit! Where I am take over the world. Muhahahaha! Woah, Step 4 is PROFIT!!! Step 3 is ???? For the most part, it's assumptions all the way down. Not turtles. This. Awesome. :D I used to be a conspiracy theorist, but now I'm ...
by drewster1829
Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 493359

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Words that make me cringe: Irregardless Inflammable Unthaw Melty (from food ads on TV) Vay-cay (Really? Is vacation just one too many syllables?) Words that are fine unless they're pronounced a certain way: Italian (when people say "Eye-talian," I say "Oh, from Eye-ta-lee?") Espe...
by drewster1829
Thu May 26, 2011 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 186659

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

(Why am I getting an error about jsMath TeX fonts at the top of the page?) You have javascript turned off. It does that to me too when I don't have javascript enabled. To read what's in spoiler tags you need javascript turned on. It also allows things like [imath]\displaystyle\sum\limits_{n=1}^\inf...
by drewster1829
Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30908

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

The text annotation definitely doesn't work for non-commercial entities. I have received numerous advertisements from the government in which they • Reminded me of free services they provide which I might want to make use of • Explained new benefits available to some people (not me, I'm too rich) w...
by drewster1829
Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot
Replies: 453
Views: 56233

Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot

What I'm saying is that insufficient evidence that it did influence him is being taken as proof that it didn't. But that doesn't even fucking matter. And you're saying that there's been a bunch of violent right-wing rhetoric, Giffords was the obvious target of Loughner, and therefore, he must have ...
by drewster1829
Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot
Replies: 453
Views: 56233

Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot

Thanks for the replies! I just wanted to make sure it hadn't actually turned into an official party. (I consider "Tea Party" to refer to what is more broadly known as the "Tea Party Movement," and is an idea, set of ideas, and loosely-defined as almost any political movement is b...
by drewster1829
Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot
Replies: 453
Views: 56233

Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot

Yeah, that might be a new low for him... wait, what authority does Fred Phelps have that people give him even 2 seconds worth of attention again? A Megaphone. That usually suffices for most religious quackery. The Westboro Baptist Church came to my university a few months ago, and I'm pretty sure t...
by drewster1829
Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The media would have us believe there was a "mystery launch"
Replies: 40
Views: 6433

Re: The media would have us believe there was a "mystery lau

Aliens shot down California missile The mystery missile that was fired off the coast of California has been solved according to Colleen Thomas, a Pleiadian contact. She says the US government was firing an ICBM at Iran and was intercepted by the Pleidians. Soon after President Obama ordered another...
by drewster1829
Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The media would have us believe there was a "mystery launch"
Replies: 40
Views: 6433

Re: The media would have us believe there was a "mystery lau

Good God, look at the comments in that link. There are people who will obviously believe that it was a rocket launch until the day they die. If you show them an identical contrail that is produced by an airplane, they say "But I know it was a rocket! The government is covering it up!" If ...
by drewster1829
Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help me with fields!
Replies: 18
Views: 2897

Re: Help me with fields!

Thank you, Yakk and drewster1829, this is not only enlightening, but beautiful too. Thank you for your living voice behind the screen, it helps much more than textbooks. It's my pleasure, and I hope it helps. It sounds like you see math the way I do, a rarity with the majority of people I regularly...
by drewster1829
Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help me with fields!
Replies: 18
Views: 2897

Re: Help me with fields!

Yeah, I was really just using at a starting point to explain why all fields have prime power order, which is a good thing to know. Because all finite fields are extension fields of the integers modulo p a prime (or rather, they contain an isomorphic copy of the integers mod p), right? And whatever ...
by drewster1829
Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3070869

Re: Postify your facerity

I Am Raven wrote:I know, I came across the photo, and I was like "The way the hands are positioned, the way something is strechted, the ring on the hand. It's like... Oh my God.:shock:"


What has been seen....cannot be unseen :!:
by drewster1829
Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What do you use to shave?
Replies: 74
Views: 8419

Re: Poll: What do you use to shave?

For that really thick facial hair, I can't recommend the Merkur Open comb razors enough. That is a BEAUTIFUL razor. How do comb razors work, anyway? I first learned about them a couple weeks ago, and I don't know anything about them. In fact, I don't even know how double-edged safety razors work, a...
by drewster1829
Sun Aug 22, 2010 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What do you use to shave?
Replies: 74
Views: 8419

Re: Poll: What do you use to shave?

I took the plunge and ordered a used Townsend Special - 11/16 Square Point Full Hollow and a Fromm Razor Strop . I'm so excited to use a REAL straight razor! I learned that the "Shavette" type (with replaceable blades, such as the Parker SRW that I've been using) are far less forgiving due...
by drewster1829
Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56566

Re: "1996" Discussion

This brings back memories...I found a Timex Sinclair 1000, with the Z80 processor, a 16KB RAM expansion module, and three cassettes (the cassettes were unopened) of programs...one is Frogger, at a garage sale for $10 about 10 years ago. It works! I wrote some simple programs and saved them on casset...
by drewster1829
Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What do you use to shave?
Replies: 74
Views: 8419

Re: Poll: What do you use to shave?

I don't shave. I merely direct all my manly alpha rage at my hair follicles until they detach themselves from my face in sheer submissive terror. This is the face I make: http://lovebryan.com/friends/mikebelleme/data/upimages/rj_rage_face.jpg Aaaah! I think that scared MY facial hair into falling o...
by drewster1829
Thu Aug 05, 2010 6:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What do you use to shave?
Replies: 74
Views: 8419

Re: Poll: What do you use to shave?

which is a non-destructive polishing process done with a leather strop and no abrasive. How can you have a non-destructive polishing process? ...by using a leather strop and no abrasive. Do you want me to count the number of micrograms of metal potentially removed through stropping, and calculate h...
by drewster1829
Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Media and 2000's Paranoia
Replies: 49
Views: 7278

Re: The Media and 2000's Paranoia

I'd be more worried about Pakistan if I were you... btw: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence." :mrgreen: I like it! I've never heard of Hanlon's razor before. :P Edit: Once you have done that, anyone is free to hand you a belief system, and that w...
by drewster1829
Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Media and 2000's Paranoia
Replies: 49
Views: 7278

Re: The Media and 2000's Paranoia

Thanks for the response, GoC...you could ignore my last sentence. I was pretty tired when I wrote all of that. I was just calling out Occam's razor, as I believed that's what you were referring to when you said to go with the simplest explanation that fits the available (to the observer) evidence. I...
by drewster1829
Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Media and 2000's Paranoia
Replies: 49
Views: 7278

Re: The Media and 2000's Paranoia

Creationism is a philosophical issue. Everything is a philosophical issue. Are we allowed to call any viewpoints stupid? What does the word "idiot" mean to you? You're talking about calling a viewpoint stupid, which is different than calling a person an idiot (or stupid, if you prefer). I...
by drewster1829
Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0770: "All the Girls"
Replies: 95
Views: 29329

Re: "All the Girls" (#770)

As for the comic, ::sigh::. Randall, get out of my head! He stole this one from me, I think. LIke, from about two days ago, give or take. You told your girlfriend that you think you're lucky to have her because she's your favourite out of all the girls that are in love with you, but that you'd drop...
by drewster1829
Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Media and 2000's Paranoia
Replies: 49
Views: 7278

Re: The Media and 2000's Paranoia

!This. One can be a non-idiot and not believe in evolution. And !this also. What you call truth I call liberal political opinions, and claiming them as objective truth is an attempt to short-circuit discussion and institutionalize your values. Creationism is a philosophical issue. Disease is a pers...
by drewster1829
Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0770: "All the Girls"
Replies: 95
Views: 29329

Re: "All the Girls" (#770)

I bet I can find gay couples with a foot or more length difference. Must. Not. Make. This. Into. Innuendo. With a bit of interracial mixing you can easily get a two foot length difference. D-d-d-dammit! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS! You beat me...
by drewster1829
Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What do you use to shave?
Replies: 74
Views: 8419

Re: Poll: What do you use to shave?

$25 for four cartridges, I'm well aware that it's probably relatively expensive to make such sharp blades - but this is ridiculous! Ohh well, I'm going to need one anyway - there's certain places I do try with a straight razor. What? I mean my armpits, get your mind out of the gutter. I'm willing t...
by drewster1829
Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What do you use to shave?
Replies: 74
Views: 8419

Re: Poll: What do you use to shave?

I use a standard foil electric shaver, when I don't just let it grow (which is too often, I'm lazy when it comes to shaving). I've never used a 'proper' razor though - my father uses an electric shaver, so that's how I was taught to shave... razors seem sharp and scary :roll: I am in literally the ...
by drewster1829
Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What do you use to shave?
Replies: 74
Views: 8419

Re: Poll: What do you use to shave?

when travelling I try to do my best with a knife. otherwise a use an electric,too lazy to use an actual razor. lol, I considered adding a "knife" option when making the poll...I'll edit it in, thanks to your post. :D Coming from someone who just recently ended his (bitter failure of a) be...
by drewster1829
Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What do you use to shave?
Replies: 74
Views: 8419

Poll: What do you use to shave?

I couldn't find a poll or thread that addressed this question on xkcd forums, so I figure I'd start one. I have a lot of trouble shaving, as my facial hair is very dark and thick, and it grows extremely fast (two days without shaving and I look like a homeless slob). I've tried cartridge razors, ele...
by drewster1829
Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Media and 2000's Paranoia
Replies: 49
Views: 7278

Re: The Media and 2000's Paranoia

phonon266737 wrote:Maybe we should all stop watching the news and go about our lives in ignorance!


Whenever I watch the news I feel even more ignorant. 8)

Unless I go read some /. articles or something, but even then...
by drewster1829
Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Personal Pet Peeves
Replies: 46
Views: 8440

Re: Personal Pet Peeves

Oh man, a personal pet peeve thread...I'd better put on a pot of coffee because I'm going to be here awhile. #1: When someone believes they are "open-minded," and that anyone who agrees with their opinion is also open-minded, yet anyone who disagrees is closed-minded (lots of these at univ...
by drewster1829
Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Media and 2000's Paranoia
Replies: 49
Views: 7278

Re: The Media and 2000's Paranoia

This makes me think of the most generic news report. :D

Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere (I can't remember if I first saw it on xkcd or somewhere else).
by drewster1829
Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why can't we just print money... ?
Replies: 124
Views: 27552

Re: Why can't we just print money... ?

Yeah, and at least they had paper money...considering something like 98% (I think) of U.S. Dollars exist in electronic form, it might be kinda hard to burn them for heat... It's approximately 10% in Currency M2 Money Supply for the US is 8.2 Trillion, with 800 Million in Currency. You mean $800 bil...
by drewster1829
Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why can't we just print money... ?
Replies: 124
Views: 27552

Re: Why can't we just print money... ?

To add to an illistration of what hyperinflation does to a country, in germany a women took bundles of money in a basket to buy essentials at a shop, she put the basket down to rest becuase it was heavy with all the money, and someone tipped the money out and ran off with the basket. the basket was...
by drewster1829
Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Student suspended for saying no to drugs
Replies: 44
Views: 4453

Re: Student suspended for saying no to drugs

The way the "rule of law" works, authority figures have to do that or else the system will collapse under its own weight. This is especially true for "catch all" crimes they charge you with if they can't figure out what to charge you with, but they think you did something wrong....
by drewster1829
Fri Apr 09, 2010 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Putnam
Replies: 33
Views: 3048

Re: Putnam

2009 was my first year taking it...I scored a 10. Better than a hoped for, but I only attempted the first problem in each session.

Congrats, duckshirt! I would love to score in the top 500 someday :D
by drewster1829
Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Wrong on the Internet: John Gabriel
Replies: 185
Views: 66744

Re: Wrong on the Internet: John Gabriel

This is seriously funny...I can't stop laughing!! :D
by drewster1829
Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I got a job as a math tutor at my University
Replies: 8
Views: 1584

Re: I got a job as a math tutor at my University

I started tutoring at my university last quarter, and I'll admit, I felt exactly like you did. There are still a lot of things I don't know how to do when asked about it, and if that's the case, I'll ask another tutor for help, then try to learn whatever it was that I didn't know about. I'll tell yo...
by drewster1829
Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why can't we just print money... ?
Replies: 124
Views: 27552

Re: Why can't we just print money... ?

Hence, the FDIC isn't some catchall to protect bad business practices as Drewster was suggesting. No, I was suggesting it increases costs, through higher insurance premiums, to banks who didn't make poor decisions. I agree with all of this, and the propping up of asset prices seems like a really ba...
by drewster1829
Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why can't we just print money... ?
Replies: 124
Views: 27552

Re: Why can't we just print money... ?

For example, Scott Sumner argues that the Fed actually had a tight monetary policy during our recent banking crisis. Mike Belongia makes a similar argument in this podcast with Russ Roberts as well as explaining that the Fed has a history of doing the wrong thing at exactly the wrong time. They see...
by drewster1829
Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0690: "Semicontrolled Demolition"
Replies: 158
Views: 34139

Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Why would you post that here? Of all places? Either your're a troll or invested into your beliefs to the point of stupidity. Neither of these things are good. It was in response to a post (which you didn't quote) about how 9/11 conspiracy theorists can't admit that people outside of our country hat...

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