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by Znirk
Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1270: Functional
Replies: 171
Views: 47186

Re: 1270: Functional

Eebster the Great wrote:WC3, a game I am very familiar with for reasons I won't get into, ...

Does it date me that I first parsed this as Wing Commander 3?
by Znirk
Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 20993

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

It would take my looking up some language documentation (and of course it would help if I knew what language this is). It wouldn't take you infinite time, wouldn't it? Unlikely, but as I read it the conversation had shifted to "Is this simple enough for you to parse" (implicitly with no o...
by Znirk
Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 33548

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

A study recently showed that tap water in Prague is healthier that any bottled water on the market. People are still buying it though. Most places have stricter contamination limits on tap water than bottled. This is because a bottle going over the limit means "take this off the shelf and sell...
by Znirk
Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 20993

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

But you do, that's what I'm saying. You look at that, and literally cannot know what will happen just by looking at it. Your brain processes it, simulates the results, even if it does not actually go through each of the 10,000 iterations the way a computer would. I'm saying that that brain simulati...
by Znirk
Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1991
Views: 486732

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

emceng wrote:So I constantly see dominate used instead of dominant.

That must be very annoyance.
by Znirk
Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Translation game
Replies: 7
Views: 5042

Re: Translation game

Turns out you can just pile a few sentences together with commas in English where a German translation could do with a bit more ... y'know ... syntax. I'll assume you wanted "cut down" and "sacrifices". Die Waffenkammern der Hölle sind Heimstätte des blutigen Kriegsherrn. Auf sei...
by Znirk
Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Band Names
Replies: 6
Views: 1108

Re: Band Names

Tales of Titans: Postmodern prog-rock, with more unabashed celebration of the glorious past than irony. They played under the name The Seeds of Strife from 2002-04, until the big éclat and subsequent departure of bassist Dan S. Frankenheimer, who still claims to hold some mysterious form of copyrigh...
by Znirk
Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1259: "Bee Orchid"
Replies: 96
Views: 27078

Re: 1259: "Bee Orchid"

Off topic: I haven't read or seen Fight Club yet, I know there is a twist, I know that everybody knows it, and somehow I've avoided spoiling it for myself. The trouble is, I'm never in a mood to watch the movie or read the book, but I intend to at some point. If you're up for advice: Don't bother. ...
by Znirk
Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 410060

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

You're making the fundamental mistake of assuming that Potterverse magic might make any sort of sense.
by Znirk
Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 313423

Re: Stinky Pinky

dudiobugtron wrote:Blunt Grunt


... is what I was thinking of. Go ahead. (And yes, good guesses, Jedelmania.)
by Znirk
Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 313423

Re: Stinky Pinky

brusque infantryman
by Znirk
Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"
Replies: 123
Views: 38013

Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

willpellmn wrote:Hilarious though these names may be, their humor is a flash in the pan which is unlikely to stand the test of ages. [...] I hope the decision is made by someone fully cognizant of its gravitas.


Ah, the old conflict between gravity and levity ...
by Znirk
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 313423

Re: Stinky Pinky

Chaste waste?
by Znirk
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:54 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0058: "Orbital Speed"
Replies: 106
Views: 69544

Re: What-If 0058: "Orbital Speed"

Footnote 9 looks a bit incomplete from here. Using song beats to help measure the passage of time is a technique also used in CPR training, where the song "Stayin' Alive" is used to . It's used to give the person applying CPR an idea of what the frequency of heart compressions should be. A...
by Znirk
Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 224075

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

dès à présent: 'as of immediately', 'ab sofort'.
by Znirk
Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Ease of distinction vs information density in written charac
Replies: 6
Views: 5737

Re: Ease of distinction vs information density in written ch

Also, I believe it's reasonably accepted that almost all scripts are derived ultimately from ideographic ones and that the natural progression seems to be that certain characters for monosyllabic words get used to represent that syllable. At this stage you either end up with a syllabary or, return ...
by Znirk
Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Ease of distinction vs information density in written charac
Replies: 6
Views: 5737

Re: Ease of distinction vs information density in written ch

Before anything else, I think you need to maintain a clearer distinction between 'language' and 'script'. The "true form" of any natural language (ignoring sign languages for now) is speech. Writing is a representation of speech (ignoring true ideograms, but who even uses those?) This does...
by Znirk
Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 294
Views: 141390

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Land of Confusion as performed by Katzenjammer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSRxWVegp7s) Wuthering Heights , The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF0VaBxb27w). Of course it'd be hard to make this song any more annoying that Kate Bush's version. I don't like Mond...
by Znirk
Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 45593

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

"Clearly"? You're begging the question now: It only seemed that I was begging the question because you left out the supporting argument in the sentence which followed the "Clearly". The bit about a consequence of the negation of the "Clearly" idea being that awareness ...
by Znirk
Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 45593

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

All this talk of simulation reminds me of http://www.xkcd.com/505/ So, would the people simulated by the array of rocks be conscious according to the definitions that we are working with? Big question, that question. I'm not getting the feeling that we are all working with the same definitions, whi...
by Znirk
Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 45593

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

][...] if our world were a virtual environment, and my perceptible body a simulated construct within it, then my first assumption would not be that my mind is that of an entity existing independently of the virtual world which just uses my sim-body as an avatar, but that my consciousness is simulat...
by Znirk
Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1242: "Scary Names"
Replies: 111
Views: 29049

Re: 1242: "Scary Names"

Nah, The Helvetica Scenario is a crappy spy novel starring a graphic designer. Other titles in the series include The Frutiger Conundrum, The Impact Event and The Arial Narrow Escape.
by Znirk
Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 45593

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

What would a virtual consciousness be? Would it be distinct from other consciousnesses in any way other than running on virtual hardware? Ah. Sorry to be unclear, I'm not trying to establish different kinds of consciousness here. My point is that if our world were a virtual environment, and my perc...
by Znirk
Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 45593

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

Are you saying that your experience of self is of something distinct from your brain, eyes and emotions? In that case, my response is "You're probably wrong". [...] If virtual realities were sufficiently realistic, we might get into a situation where we could not tell if we were living in...
by Znirk
Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 45593

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

Yeah, ok so it just split into two questions. 1. Why do human beings go around telling each other they have subjective experience? 2. Why do I, orthogon, feel like there's a me that's somehow attached to my brain, looking through my eyes, feeling my emotions etc? Any old computer could do (1): 10 P...
by Znirk
Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"
Replies: 68
Views: 22829

Re: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"

thevicente wrote:The one I hate most is The Nokia Tune.

For a short while I used a recording of the actual Gran Vals as my ringtone. It was a self-challenge to pick up calls within the first 20 seconds or so, before it gets to THAT phrase.
by Znirk
Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1239: "Social Media"
Replies: 34
Views: 11292

Re: 1239: "Social Media"

In short, we're overly dependent on the status quo, .... Including the political (liberal democracy) and economic (capitalism) status quo. I don't really understand the figure-8 diagram in section 2 of this page: http://www.resalliance.org/index.php/key_concepts If someone does, I'm open to a conve...
by Znirk
Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"
Replies: 68
Views: 22829

Re: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"

I used to have Arrow Striking the Trusty Servant - "Message for you, Sir" for incoming texts.
by Znirk
Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall
Replies: 216
Views: 43927

Re: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall

Not sure what you're driving at with the expectations question. ["Table Expectations"] Epic world saving quest? Empire building power gathering sandbox? Bunch of murder hobos gathering treasure? Fantasy Fing Vietnam? Fantasy Special Ops? Drama-driven socialization? Beer and Pretzels? Enjo...
by Znirk
Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2643
Views: 551904

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Right, Borderlands 2 is back. What do I want, base game + season pass? I'm pretty sure nobody understands the DLC options for Borderlands 2. And yes, I do include in this the people who wrote the descriptions on Steam. Right now, the situation seems to be this: The season pass, which according to t...
by Znirk
Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall
Replies: 216
Views: 43927

Re: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall

Cool, much thankage to both of you first of all. This looks ... useful. DSA 4th edition? (just curious) Regardless of mechanics, each gaming group is going to have table expectations. What are your groups table expectations? It's mainly 4.1 with a few bits from version 4 (e.g. the spellbook is the o...
by Znirk
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall
Replies: 216
Views: 43927

Re: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall

So am I reading the forum rules correctly that it's better to recycle a related thread from two years ago than post a new one? I'd like some very general advice for a new GM. I'll soon be taking over an established group who has been playing monthly-ish for about two years (including myself as a pla...
by Znirk
Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 38728

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

Would polysemy differ from homonymy in a way that could be represented on the Euler/Venn diagram? From two minutes of Google research it seems to come down either to etymology or something to do with the speaker/listener's perception, which surely inevitably has a fuzzy boundary. If it's etymology,...
by Znirk
Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 38728

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

Maybe homophones which are heteronyms (aka fair/fare) are rare in Spanish, but there are some, especially if you consider adding/removing accent marks to be different spellings (papa, si, etc.). I myself was confused when learning Spanish between "pero" and "perro", but apparent...
by Znirk
Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1233: "Relativity"
Replies: 46
Views: 19272

Re: 1233: "Relativity"

rivulatus wrote:We all know Einstein had a great ass no matter what speed he is traveling at.

Certainly at all speeds which he ever did travel at. However, at relativistic speeds the Law of Conservation of Ass becomes a little more complicated.
by Znirk
Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1233: "Relativity"
Replies: 46
Views: 19272

Re: 1233: "Relativity"

So what is it she was right about?
by Znirk
Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"
Replies: 104
Views: 22815

Re: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"

markfiend wrote:
CharlieP wrote:Indeed. Closely related to the one that claims it's wrong to issue speeding tickets etc. while a single rapist or murderer is at large.

Known generally as "the Nirvana fallacy"

I thought that was to assume that with the lights out it's less dangerous?
by Znirk
Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"
Replies: 104
Views: 22815

Re: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"

I think Randall is referring to the creaky old argument that says, "We shouldn't spend any money on space exploration until we've solved all of the problems here on earth." (Poverty, hunger, over-population, racism, reality shows, etc.) That's a bit of a strawman, though (delivered by the...

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