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by Ranbot
Fri May 03, 2019 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 133
Views: 6291

Re: Avengers: Endgame

Welp, my expectations were met. I'm sure people will be bemoaning the minutae of the mechanics forever, and it would have been nice if that wasn't the case. But it hangs together well enough, and it's not like the other movies were completely tight either. Agreed. It's enjoyable, it generally ties ...
by Ranbot
Thu May 02, 2019 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4744

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

Angua, maybe we can get around the whole problem of defining health. If we define healthcare as 'any good or service designed to improve health' and define a health care system as, 'any social system designed to provide healthcare'... Environmental consulting companies test and clean up soil, water...
by Ranbot
Thu May 02, 2019 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"
Replies: 35
Views: 4012

Re: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"

So the arrow on the scale indicates it keeps going to the right... I wonder what else could be hidden over there? Hm, as a chemist, I would like to question the ordering here: I doubt, that chemistry is more dangerous than Meteorology, in terms of the number of people killed per year by the two fiel...
by Ranbot
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2137: "Text Entry"
Replies: 34
Views: 4400

Re: 2137: "Text Entry"

With modern "smart" TVs or digital players (e.g. Roku, Chromecast, AppleTV, etc.) i'm actually surprised the text search functions aren't done through phone app. I have a relatively new (~2 years) Sony smart TV that connects to my WiFi, has built in apps, blah blah... but a clumsy looking ...
by Ranbot
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ads on the night sky
Replies: 8
Views: 1739

Ads on the night sky

Pepsi has signed up with a Russian tech startup to be the first to project an advertisement on the night sky with a network satellites. This is not a joke. Please read more here: https://futurism.com/pepsi-orbital-billboard-night-sky I bring this to SB, in part, to make people aware; but more import...
by Ranbot
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2136: "Election Commentary"
Replies: 13
Views: 2927

Re: 2136: "Election Commentary"

"A LOT OF ELECTION COMMENTARY JUST CONSISTS OF UNNECESSARILY CONVOLUTED WAYS TO..." ...FILL NEWS MEDIA SCHEDULES
FTFY
YW :roll:
by Ranbot
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Competition Is Bad. There's An Alternative.
Replies: 64
Views: 7531

Re: Competition Is Bad. There's An Alternative.

DNA and ideas are both information. Both are properly handled using information theory and computation . That is the basis of the theory of two local ordering processes . Other points don't bear on the matter until we're past step 1: DNA and ideas are both information. We've been through this, ucim...
by Ranbot
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 123
Views: 15949

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

Waldo wrote:I need to break my long, long forum silence to say that it's a travesty that Volcano didn't win. But maybe that's just my inner bitter geologist and outer bitter geologist finally finding something to agree on.

Agreed. This travesty breccias my heart. Too many people take Volcano for granite.
by Ranbot
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 691691

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

... "I support Indie Developers (but only because I see them on Steam)" new 'customers' Someone wanting to use an easy interface to find/buy/play their games is bad? It's not so much the "wanting" as the "limited to". My days of combing the web for indie games are over...
by Ranbot
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 691691

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

... "I support Indie Developers (but only because I see them on Steam)" new 'customers' Someone wanting to use an easy interface to find/buy/play their games is bad? ...but I can still see it doing some good towards the stated aim of donations outwith of Patreon and a renewed product-reco...
by Ranbot
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts
Replies: 19
Views: 8349

Re: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts

Two more good podcasts... 1. Twenty Thousand Hertz - " The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds. " I was skeptical at first, but I'm hooked now. I, like probably many people, am more focused on visuals and take sounds for granted, but they are far more intere...
by Ranbot
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2127: "Panama Canal"
Replies: 20
Views: 3797

Re: 2127: "Panama Canal"

Why would it need an aqueduct? Intersections work for automobile traffic. Just make a four-gated lock in the middle where they cross.... At least for ships small enough to turn in the middle of the intersection. Or for ships with thrusters that can pirouette in place. You could solve the problem of...
by Ranbot
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3490112

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Talking about youtube's interface: recently youtube has decided to polute my search results with decidedly unrelated videos. For instance, if I'm looking for the "9th symphony", the results 9 to 12 are tagged with a tiny "related" label and are: mozart's requirem, vivaldi's four...
by Ranbot
Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Definitive rankings of -- french fries?
Replies: 15
Views: 4185

Re: Definitive rankings of -- french fries?

I always prefer a good crispy fry... steak or waffle fries will never do. 5-Guys type of fry for me or a crispy curly fry like Arby's... but at most places I pass on the fries...just not worth it. I'm a little weirded out that someone would rank Del Taco's fries so highly. They're a very average cri...
by Ranbot
Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3490112

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

You also might want to check out Altra shoes too. https://www.altrarunning.com/why-altra.html The wide toe-box is one of Altra's trademark features* across all their shoes. Altra shoe toes look more like a paddle than a point. I am a casual runner and I have a wide foot... I discovered Altra a few ...
by Ranbot
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3490112

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Some Vibrams were my first pair of expensive shoes, but they wore out just as quick as the cheap ones so I stopped after three pairs. Not surprising with the thin materials... Altra might be a little better, but shoes designed for running are generally not built to last forever, and I would include...
by Ranbot
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3490112

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

...every shoe I’ve tried on is way too fucking narrow in the toes... My dad has feet that spread out at the toes quite a bit... You also might want to check out Altra shoes too. https://www.altrarunning.com/why-altra.html The wide toe-box is one of Altra's trademark features* across all their shoes...
by Ranbot
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 294
Views: 50626

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

InSight has deployed it's seismometer with an protective shroud. To counteract the weather and temperature variability on Mars, they built the seismometer out of different materials than are typically used on Earth. Details are in the linked article below. Of course this is in addition to the feat o...
by Ranbot
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 7642

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

This makes me wonder where the attack "panthers" in Team America fall on the plot. Are they big or small/cute or not?
by Ranbot
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 7642

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

Where would Schrödinger's cat plot?
by Ranbot
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 5457

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

UK winters are mild compared to continental regions of the North America and Asia at the generally the same latitude and elevation where temperatures average 10 to 20 degrees C lower than the UK. Continental areas make up for their bitter cold winters with some gloriously warm, commonly clear, and ...
by Ranbot
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 5457

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

Growing up in northern Oregon, I always wondered why people on TV got so excited about going to the beach.....Now, having briefly visited the Bahamas in my late teens, I reflexively correct my friends when they suggest a "beach trip" to e.g. Seaside. We don't have a beach, we have a coast...
by Ranbot
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 5457

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

45°N is southern France , northern Mediterranean in general, (former) Yugoslavia, Ukraine, miles and miles of bloody Uberwald Russia, various -Stans and (China/Mongolia) n /China/Russia-again, a slice through northern Japan(/Russia), skip the Ocean to sort of do the Oregon Trail in reverse in the U...
by Ranbot
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 5457

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

Middle latitudes? Does that extend as far up as to where it is often officially dreich? (Right now it's a very wet and blustery dreich, as opposed to merely insidiously wet, where it isn't wet enough to dispel the midges, but it feels like it should have been.) ((Oh, and sunset is about now, it see...
by Ranbot
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts
Replies: 19
Views: 8349

Re: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts

...I just found him so unapologetically Straight White Man... it was just such a bro-y show. I can see that... I think the stereotypical middle-aged nerdy button-down straight white man is part of Hodgman's "brand" and it might not be to everyone's sense of humor, but I don't think he nee...
by Ranbot
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts
Replies: 19
Views: 8349

Re: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts

I've been listening to episodes of Judge John Hodgman recently and I think it's very funny. Listeners send in problems or dilemmas they are having, and "Judge" John Hodgman listens, comments, and makes a ruling. Some rulings are fast, some slow, many times he interviews the person(s) on th...
by Ranbot
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 388032

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Any good two player games on Steam atm? My husband and I enjoyed Portal 2, Sanctum and Serious Sam together, but hard to find something fun? Have you tried Magicka ? This game is a pure fun, friendly fire from fellow magicians included. Co-op up to 4 people... There is also Magicka 2 , which is mos...
by Ranbot
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 7377

Re: 2077: "Heist"

...heard (or rather, read) the word "heist" for the first time. As a German, I wonder how you pronounce it, as we have a ton of words that would rhyme with it. You can play audio of UK and US pronunciation of "heist" here: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/pronunciation/englis...
by Ranbot
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2078: "Popper"
Replies: 19
Views: 4771

Re: 2078: "Popper"

WriteBrainedJR wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:
Megaryuu wrote:I don't get it. Is this a reference to something?

It's a reference to Karl Popper

Or, at least, nobody has proven that it isn't a reference to Karl Popper :roll:

This joke can go on forever! Wait... what I really mean is one has proven this joke cannot go on forever. :lol:
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 7377

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Paulmichael wrote:Well, guess we finally got the prequel to https://xkcd.com/705/

and in time for Christmas!
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 7377

Re: 2077: "Heist"

...heard (or rather, read) the word "heist" for the first time. As a German, I wonder how you pronounce it, as we have a ton of words that would rhyme with it. You can play audio of UK and US pronunciation of "heist" here: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/pronunciation/englis...
by Ranbot
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 388032

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Any good two player games on Steam atm? My husband and I enjoyed Portal 2, Sanctum and Serious Sam together, but hard to find something fun? Don't Starve Together is 60% off now ($5.99) and you get two copies. That's a pretty unbeatable price. I played the mobile version of the Don't Starve predece...
by Ranbot
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 707
Views: 148533

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I heard ARK was kinda bad. Yeah... I know some of the larger dinos can have structures on them. Kinda figured there were catapults of what have you that could be built. Be weird if there weren't. Maybe I am not giving ARK enough credit... but still I would like something more multi-player combat fo...
by Ranbot
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 707
Views: 148533

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Someone should buy the rights to Dino-Riders and make a game out of it.... I'm imagining a Battlefield franchise installment or reboot Enemy Territory. So... ARK . I hear it's.... okay. I actually thought of ARK, but as far as I can tell it doesn't do much more than using dinos as basic transport. ...
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 707
Views: 148533

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I understand you now. I thought the meme, dated as it is, showed the potential for a Dino-Riders based game.
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 707
Views: 148533

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Weeks wrote:whoa...it's like i'm in 2008 again.

2008? What did I miss? The Dino-Riders cartoon aired in 1988 and a some toy action figures were made, but there's been nothing since that I am aware of... but I certainly could have missed something.
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 7357

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

The (still) only viable uses for spacecraft are research and communication satellites ... I would not belittle the importance of communications. Worldwide trade, industry, emergency response, efficiencies, and personal wealth improvements [for technologically-advanced nations, at least] owe a lot t...
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bad Movies You Love
Replies: 289
Views: 60028

Re: Bad Movies You Love

5th Element came out around the time my hormones were pumping, so the Mila Jovovich's topless scene and the weird medical wrap outfit was a funny time for me. It is a great campy movie. In that case, Starship Troopers. A total campy fun fest that hit all the right buttons for me as male teenager. R...
by Ranbot
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 707
Views: 148533

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Someone should buy the rights to Dino-Riders and make a game out of it.... I'm imagining a Battlefield franchise installment or reboot Enemy Territory.
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by Ranbot
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wanted: Your Loss Memes
Replies: 19
Views: 7664

Re: Wanted: Your Loss Memes


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