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by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9378726

Re: Inspirations

My take on it is basically, most of us hate the idea of having only two candidates to choose from, but the momentum behind our two-party system is way too big to stop at this time (it's been this way since the Civil War. Changing it now would probably take another one of those, or something equally ...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Adding a possessive to franchise names
Replies: 10
Views: 4749

Re: Adding a possessive to franchise names

Well, if Randall does it, it's good enough for me, I guess?
Randall Munroe (in title text of 1581) wrote:I guess I need to apologize to my parents, friends, and the staff at Chuck E. Cheese's for all the times I called the cops on them.
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1190902

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'd argue that Christianity is incompatible with the constitution; according to the Bible, "Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death", and I would argue that would be against the Eighth Amendment. That's not at all a part of Christianity. That's from Exodus 21, which...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Monty Hall oddity - is this right?
Replies: 15
Views: 2757

Re: Monty Hall oddity - is this right?

The thing everybody should remember about the Monty Python Hall problem is that it is never strictly better to not switch - depending on the situation, which may or may not be clear to the chooser, it's either better to switch, or it's the same probability to switch - so why not switch? A host that...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1190902

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

But if you had two candidates that were otherwise identical, apart from one thinking that catholics can be presidential, and another thinking otherwise, wouldn't you be influenced to vote for the non anti catholic candidate? And isn't any question that can influence a reasonable fraction of the ele...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1190902

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

A trap question is a question that is going to make you look bad no matter how you answer. Establishing what the world views of a candidate are is not a trap; it's due diligence - if you were a Muslim, wouldn't you want to know if a candidate thinks Muslims should not be allowed to be President? We...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1190902

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I was thinking in the same sense that it was a trap to ask the conservative Christian couple with their private bakery what would happen if a gay couple wanted them to cater their wedding (when realistically it never would have come up), and then make it into news. In this case, just because public ...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does Randall Munroe have any social network presence?
Replies: 10
Views: 5805

Re: Does Randall Munroe have any social network presence?

Since the well-known public accounts are not touched, he probably has something else. He almost certainly has something private, only for his close friends and family. It could be a secret account on Twitter or Facebook, something more obscure, or... since he's obviously quite good at that sort of s...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Monty Hall oddity - is this right?
Replies: 15
Views: 2757

Re: Monty Hall oddity - is this right?

The thing everybody should remember about the Monty Python Hall problem is that it is never strictly better to not switch - depending on the situation, which may or may not be clear to the chooser, it's either better to switch, or it's the same probability to switch - so why not switch?
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1190902

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Ben Carson says he would not approve of a muslim president "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that," he told NBC's Meet The Press. And the Republican party continues being insane. It seems to me like NBC trapped him with ...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How would you punctuate these?
Replies: 9
Views: 4532

Re: How would you punctuate these?

Derek wrote:
mathmannix wrote:Commas are proscribed for separation of direct quotes

You mean "prescribed". "Prescribed" means required, "proscribed" means prohibited. This can be a source of confusion since the first syllable is unstressed in both words.

[facepalm]
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Word association, rounded to the following letter
Replies: 757
Views: 81447

Re: Word association, rounded to the following letter

Profanity -> Curse -> Hex -> Witch -> Endor -> Ewok -> Chewbacca -> Chewbacca Defense -> Johnnie Cochran -> Jackie Chiles -> Kramer -> Kramer vs. Kramer -> The War of the Roses -> The Wars of the Roses -> Richard III -> Tudors -> Queen Elizabeth
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: American Media Obsessed With British Queen's Record
Replies: 53
Views: 11471

Re: American Media Obsessed With British Queen's Record

I'm pretty much bound to have the royal family somewhere in my family tree, going back far enough. So I must be somewhere in line for the throne. If enough people randomly fall ill and die, that means I'd be king! Why would I be against the monarchy when there's a small chance I could be the next k...
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1190902

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm a little concerned that Scott Walker thinks that the American flag looks like his lapel pin. The image is huge, so you'll just have to follow the link: https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/gettyimages-488667878-e1442460020461.jpg?quality=65&strip=all&strip=all [Edited to s...
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 56817

Re: Creationism sub-thread

If your child is too young to be reasoned with, they won't understand why you're hitting them. This is why the best (possibly only) time you should spank a child is immediately after what they did wrong. If you build an association of (temporary, non-scarring) pain with doing something that could b...
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How would you punctuate these?
Replies: 9
Views: 4532

Re: How would you punctuate these?

Commas are proscribed for separation of direct quotes (although some prefer colons.) Well, I am not a grammarian, but I think the idea behind commas is that they mimic pauses in spoken speech* which are necessary for clarity. And if you just said "Isn't she the one who said when will we stand u...
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 56817

Re: Creationism sub-thread

Whoa, so you're comparing spanking to child abuse? I consider it child abuse to NOT spank your child, presuming the child needs it. I could go on, but that's a different topic, which a mod ended with this... ok, this has gone on as long as is useful. We won't change any minds here, and it's starting...
by mathmannix
Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 56817

Re: Creationism sub-thread

Why is there so much hatred for creationism and creationists? Okay, I get it, you think creationism is a bunch of malarkey, and it doesn't fit with your personal non-theistic worldview. So we disagree. But this seems to go way beyond that, to saying that people are foolish or worse by choosing to be...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 15984

Re: 1577: Advent

Estimating even the LD 50 is hard. Judging by this paper , the LD 50 for ingestion should be around 1-3 GBq. Polonium-210 has a decay constant of about 5 × 10 -8 , so even taking the low estimate of 1 GBq, you would need around 2 × 10 16 atoms, or 30 nmol. That would be a solid 7 μg, just for a 50%...
by mathmannix
Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712730

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

To add to my statement without merely editing: Yours includes that human beings are capable of figuring out how the universe works with only* our very limited minds and available tools. I do not accept that. * - i.e., without God's inspiration and guidance. God is the source of all goodness, truth, ...
by mathmannix
Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712730

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

it is a little fascinating to see what bending you have to do when faced with the preponderance of scientific evidence against creationist accounts, like watching someone really good at limbo, but mostly it is horrifying. Well, that's really what evolution and most paleontology and astronomy looks ...
by mathmannix
Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712730

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

But they didn't have a priest nor witnesses, so they couldn't have been. God Himself married them, and He definitely trumps priests who act in His name. Regarding the implied incest of their children: Adam and Eve were genetically perfect, genetically pure. Not in some racist Nazi way, but free fro...
by mathmannix
Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 15984

Re: 1577: Advent

Cue discussion of the effect on life expectancy of eating a chocolate every day. Assuming a small, good quality chocolate and no allergies to it the life expectancy would probably go up. I know I would be happier getting a delicious chocolate everyday and happy people theoretically live longer. The...
by mathmannix
Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 131708

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Yes, I know how regional accents work, thanks. The confusion is what regional accent has the rhymes and homophones you're describing, because it doesn't match anything I can think of. Do "pal" and "Paul" also sound the same for you? How about "Powell"? I know of the CO...
by mathmannix
Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8673
Views: 1864061

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Hopefully not from your doctor, anyway.
by mathmannix
Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712730

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

But they didn't have a priest nor witnesses, so they couldn't have been. God Himself married them, and He definitely trumps priests who act in His name. Regarding the implied incest of their children: Adam and Eve were genetically perfect, genetically pure. Not in some racist Nazi way, but free fro...
by mathmannix
Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 131708

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

EDIT: oh, I mean "Al" in "Goo-al" as in the name short for Albert or Alfred. I think everyone gets that you meant that, what's confusing is why on earth you pronounce Al and owl as homophones. OK, first of all I guess I should have said "goo-al" looks to me like it rhy...
by mathmannix
Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 40927

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

When reading the book, I pictured the sky as a kind of yellowish-brown sandy color, like in most of the NASA rover pics I've seen. (Apparently I remembered them better than I would have guessed.) https://xkcd.com/695/ shows a light pink, though, which doesn't look wrong. And yes, apparently at sunse...
by mathmannix
Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 29375

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

Hmm, now that I think about it, I do recall learning that "algae" were in three different kingdoms - blue-green algae in Monera, green algae (including Volvox) in Plantae, and I guess brown algae in Protista. Not sure about red algae, but I think it's a plant given those three choices. (Th...
by mathmannix
Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 15984

Re: 1577: Advent

At least it seems to be one of those advent calendars with chocolates in Cue discussion of the effect on life expectancy of eating a chocolate every day. If there's a chocolate in each of those tiny squares, it's probably an M&M Mini. (Or maybe a single chocolate sprinkle! Those are tiny boxes....
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 29375

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

In the five and six kingdom systems, kelp is in kingdom protista (or protozoa). I thought protists (as well as monerans, the fifth kingdom) were strictly monocellular. Is kelp a colony of monocellular organisms, some of which are specialized (as in the ones that are rootlike or seedlike)? Because t...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 131708

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

"goo-al" (rhymes with "new towel") Do you pronounce "towel" to rhyme with "fall" rather than "fowl"? No. (Confused). These words all rhyme to my ears: Al, bowel, cowl, dowel, foul/fowl, gal, howl, jowl, owl, pal, Powell, shall, towel, vowel, yowl. I...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 353239

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Honda after Honda Soichiro, the founder of the company. Suzuki after Suzuki Michio, the founder of the company. Mazda after Matsuda Jujiro, the de facto founder of the company (and also from Ahura Mazda; Jujiro seems to have made use of the coincidence). Toyota after the Toyoda family (hard to say ...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 17096

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

I stand by all I said. This would appear to be one of those internet situations where neither of us is going to change the other's mind, so I'll just leave it as "agree to disagree."
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 29375

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

Oh, I should add to my previous rant, that mushrooms are also commonly considered vegetables, despite being fungi. But they go in garden salads or on burgers, so there you are. And I guess vegetables can even include animals, if the sea cucumber is an example ! (Kelp can be a vegetable too. Wikipedi...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 131708

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Manoeuvre No word should have that many vowels in a row. Then you'll probably hate this page: https://www.wordnik.com/lists/words-with-four-consecutive-vowels And the word "queueing" has five - I said FIVE - vowels in a row. Oh me yarm! ;) Yeah, well, I know a word with lots more vowels i...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 17096

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

Another riff on the footprints poem (one with, I think, some theological import. Also includes the original poem at the top): http://adam4d.com/footprints-sand/ Oh gosh, as an ex-Christian, that brought back a whole lot of horrible feelings of what it was like to actually think that way. I can't sp...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 29375

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

Fish is a kind of meat. Biologically yes, in a culinary sense, not particularly [...] This is a distinction that eludes many people. Take the classic question, "is a tomato a vegetable or a fruit?" Many people answer "fruit" because biologically, a tomato is indeed a fruit, but ...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 353239

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Portia is a real name too, and it sounds just like Porsche. Portia and Mercedes would make great names for sisters, or a first and middle name. Born to Mr and Mrs Ford Well yeah, most * car companies are the founder's last name... Lamborghini, Chevrolet, Buick. (Lincolns are named after Abraham Lin...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Adding a possessive to franchise names
Replies: 10
Views: 4749

Re: Adding a possessive to franchise names

My wife corrects me all the time when I say "Panera's". It just sounds better in my head. I say "Meijer's" too (although I'm equally likely to say "Mee-jur", the way our old Garmin GPS pronounced it!) But I don't say Walmart's or Walgreen's *. We don't have Eckerds ** a...

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