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by Pfhorrest
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 10575

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

What makes something art in the first place is just its being presented to an audience. What makes something good art is if it evokes the right mental response in the audience. "Right" might mean according to the artist, according to the audience, according to some objective standard of wh...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: slightly better symbols for numbers
Replies: 6
Views: 1782

Re: slightly better symbols for numbers

While we're talking about better/different numeral systems, I'll share the system for procedural generating arbitrarily large numerals I came up with a while back:

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by Pfhorrest
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3161307

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

I wonder if perhaps German pillows are meant to be folded to the user's desired thickness, rather than laid flat?
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 615299

Re: Trump presidency

The 3/5ths compromise only gave slave states more power if you think the default alternative absent the compromise would be to not count slaves at all. The slaves states themselves would not have thought that the default: they would default to counting the slaves as full persons (for purposes of cen...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 5218

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

All of George Foreman's kids are named George Foreman.

Including his daughter.

Apparently that was a myth that I just fact-checked and found false.

(Not sure which is worse: that, or Frank Zappa's daughter named Moon Unit).
by Pfhorrest
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3161307

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

kill them

kill everyone

kill everyone in the fucking world

i dont even fucking care who it is

someone is going to die

someone will die

doesn't fucking matter who anymore

die you filthy motherfucker
by Pfhorrest
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3161307

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

fucker pretending to be a cop stole $2200 from me

real cops say there's probably nothing that can be done

may rant more later, too busy suppressing the urge to murder now
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 615299

Re: Trump presidency

I think that PUA analogy works well to explain Trump's relative success. Not all PUAs are equally "successful" either. But the ones who are, more so than other at least, didn't get that way because they are genius manipulators who discovered the secrets of women's strange alien brains. The...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 615299

Re: Trump presidency

Trump is just a rudderless attention whore. That translates into him "being good at appealing to his base", but that only requires a simple Pavlovian conditioning mechanism, no kind of crafty Machiavellian scheming that would belie any actual cognitive intelligence. Trump does a thing. It ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3161307

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Property values going up is a bad thing, not a good thing. Generally, stuff becoming more expensive is bad, not good. Also, the flipper did not facilitate that family getting their unit of housing, he merely jumped in between them and the seller to his profit and the family's loss. So your "bes...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)
Replies: 23
Views: 4485

Re: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)

beta 2 is due tomorrow night, and I took this screenshot tonight to remind myself of the bug in the landscape texture you see there, but despite that bug I thought the screenshot was worth sharing:

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by Pfhorrest
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 4113

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

I'd post an essay on my website about why I don't use social media in the first place, but nobody would see it so what's the point.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 39745

Re: Libertarianism

Some counterbalance/division of powers is good to prevent any one power structure from becoming overwhelmingly dominant. This distrust is generally expressed as a distrust of government in libertarian circles, but in reality, power structures are power structures and people are people. Too much pow...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 615299

Re: Trump presidency

Also worth remembering in this discussion is that things like the 3/5 compromise had the opposite opinions for and against it than you'd probably expect. The slave states wanted slaves to count as full persons for the purpose of representation, because that gave slave states more power , power that ...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3161307

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Lack of food isn’t nearly as big an issue as lack of housing (as in it’s less widespread and much more easily overcome), and cooking shows aren’t all about “look at HOW MUCH MONEY I spent on food!” but just about food that tastes good, while HGTV shows are almost entirely about the money. If it was ...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 4189

Re: Vegetarianism

Like all admins everywhere, ST is a Nazi fascist.

There, Godwinned, thread over, I lose.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3161307

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Housing is a desperate matter of life and death and HGTV makes game shows out of rich people playing with it for the entertainment of other rich people.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1087
Views: 198791

Re: Controversial opinions about food

I used to think that it was because it was an agglutination of worce (like “worse”, non-rhotically “wuss”) + ster (non-rhotically “stuh”), but apparently it was originally wor-ces-ster or thereabouts and the modern common British pronunciation is corrupt.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3161307

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

HGTV and all its flipper shows and such is disgusting bullshit turning a desperate matter of life and death into flippant entertainment for rich baby boomer housewives who never had to struggle a day of their fucking lives
by Pfhorrest
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 3757

Re: Half full or half empty?

But for a given volume/radius of black hole, you cannot add anything more without it becoming greater in volume/radius, so in that sense any size black hole is “full”.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 3757

Re: Half full or half empty?

The claim that atomic matter is "mostly empty space" always perplexed me. In what sense is it "mostly empty"? If we look at the 95% confidence for electron density, most of atomic matter actually is filled, at least in a majority of states, though clearly not all. In this electr...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 615299

Re: Trump presidency

From the rest of his comment it sounded like he expected the next generation to replace it with something else. As I recall, some of the founding fathers themselves (at least Jefferson, I think?) were of the opinion that it probably would be. And our first constitution was peacefully replaced with t...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 3757

Half full or half empty?

Most of this is nothing new to most people here, but I found it an amusing line of thought to share: TL;DR: A glass drinking vessel filled halfway to its brim with water in a room at standard temperature and pressure at sea level on Earth is mostly empty . Is the glass half full or half empty? The i...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 6975

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

Is or was there an accent that pronounced “car” as “care” or “carriage” as “car-edge”?
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 39745

Re: Libertarianism

Can I create a new company without somehow conveying shares of stock/dividends to the government in this hypothetical scenario? If not, there's no meaningful difference from taxation. Of course. Though if you trade it publicly, the government can buy some of it just like anyone else. And if you end...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 39745

Re: Libertarianism

If they're just taking the stock/dividends and declaring it theirs, it is no more or less peaceful than taxation. How could it differ? Even if it were a forced sale, that's still coercion. A transaction isn't freely made unless both parties can legally say no. I think you're confusing two different...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 974642

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Say someone is some kind of highly trained ex-military killing machine, and also a gun nut so he has easy access to lots of weapons lying around his home. A jerkhole on the internet SWATs him over a video game dispute. The police get a no-knock warrant on the grounds of the internet jerkhole's claim...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 39745

Re: Libertarianism

There is no meaningful economic difference between the government holding 50% of the stock of all corporations in perpetuity to collect half the profit via dividends and taxing them all at 50%. But there's a super important political and ethical difference, the one that you profess to care most abo...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 39745

Re: Libertarianism

Government as a lender? How is it that everyone repeatedly fails to realize there are kinds of investment besides lending at interest? Owning a business isn't lending at interest. Owning a piece of a business isn't lending at interest. Owning lots of pieces of lots of different businesses isn't len...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 39745

Re: Libertarianism

It'd be interesting if we could switch to another form of government funding If a government needs revenue equivalent to an x% per capita income tax to function, it needs only to own x% of the productive capital of the country to collect that revenue without having to raise any taxes at all. This i...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1087
Views: 198791

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Wait what race is mayo supposed to be associated with? The only even vaguely ethnic association I can think of is that Americans think Europeans use too much of it / put it on too many things (like fries, which I tried with mayo only in the past year or two and now love). Also wtf is "brown sau...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 4189

Re: Vegetarianism

I would personally never kill an animal on purpose except for self-defense. "I am starving in the wilderness and have no other food options" could count as self-defense. I find food that is obviously part of an animal carcass to be pretty gross and don't want to eat it. Some foods indirect...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 16000

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

"Etymological fallacy" is a bullshit term. There's no failure of reasoning involved in committing it, it's just an appeal to something that whoever coined that term doesn't think matters, and disagreeing that it does matter is not a failure of reasoning. It's be like if there was a "h...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 16000

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Isn't "flutterby" the group noun for butterflies? Like "a murder of crows"; a flutterby of butterflies.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 5644

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Reading back over the topic more closely than I've been skimming, I think the point about time not being perceived in between operations of a thinking-machine (natural or artificial) is really the crux here. I want to expand on that by inviting you to consider how we perceive time. At any given mome...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 5644

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

An artificial person(-simulacrum) would need to make use of its qualitative experience in order to believably behave like a natural person, so in that sense there is such a pressure. I mean, you could build a system that takes sense-input and feeds it into a modeled consciousness that has no output ...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3161307

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

SecondTalon wrote:It’s Darmok and Jelad:The Novel

I love that this is in itself an example of the thing it's describing.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 5644

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

I don't think it is even a P-zombie. I think in the worst case scenario it is a sporadically semi-conscious nightmare entity gasping for consistency in a context where it flickers in and out of existence in a randomized, incoherent way, bits of its being perpetually torn apart and reinstantiated, a...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7989
Views: 615299

Re: Trump presidency

Honestly, my biggest takeaway from that is that most of the worst things the administration have done, the things that writer lists as "successes" (letting big business run rampant and unchecked, massive wealth transfer to the richest of the rich, further enlarging our already astronomical...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3161307

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

fun fact: as of this year all millennials are adults and no children are millennials.

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