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by webgiant
Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 95076

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

Again, I'm not saying the stars and planets are in control. I'm saying it looks like a clock. And confirmation bias only counts as a snark when you assume I'm working with known personalities and fitting them into their natal horoscopes. I had a few friends toss me random birthdates without telling...
by webgiant
Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 95076

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

As for aura perception, just because you can perceive something does not mean you can manipulate it. And if you can manipulate it, that doesn't mean you can do something useful with it. There are just too many irrational assumptions made about these things. I can't imagine how Randi would test such...
by webgiant
Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words which are different depending on the profession
Replies: 16
Views: 2894

Words which are different depending on the profession

My favorite is "unionization".

If you're into labor rights, then its "union-ization."

If you are a chemist, then its "un-ion-ization."
by webgiant
Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do capacitors work?
Replies: 12
Views: 1634

Why do capacitors work?

Two conductor plates separated by an insulator...holds a charge???

Its all black magic to me. And I use capacitors to hold a charge in circuits.

I'm not saying they don't work, I'm saying they shouldn't work.
by webgiant
Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 28988

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

I don't get this comic at all.. Why the mirror? He wants the photons to be able to travel back home. He probably should have used three mirrors at right angles (corner retro-reflector) so they would actually reflect straight back at their source ;) So what he's really doing is sharing the death of ...
by webgiant
Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0813: "One-Liners"
Replies: 93
Views: 30199

Re: 0813: One-Liners

I think two and three need to be switched. There just aren't all that many action movies with gun-toting mathematicians, while there are tons of movies where accountants turn out to be the evil masterminds. Which is just wrong. There need to be more gun-toting mathematicians! Stephen Hawking's wheel...
by webgiant
Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0812: "Glass"
Replies: 119
Views: 31202

Re: 0812: Glass

Physics is angry with the two folks because "we" are trying to find the Higgs Boson... I mean, is that the joke? That doesn't really have any humour or many any sense, not even in Randall's own terms. Sure it does, it's just absurd humour. The kind I like the best. Like that old joke I ha...
by webgiant
Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 95076

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

My thoughts on this are that astrology philosophy as currently practiced--the stars and planets directly control our lives--is absolute crap. Horoscopes predicting our lives is also crap. However, I've run into too many devious Scorpios, air headed Aquariuses, skeptical Virgos, and Geminis who just...
by webgiant
Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 95076

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

[Astrology stuff] Which Zodiac do you follow and why? I think the Traditional Astrology Natal Horoscopes are fairly accurate in predicting personality, and are completely inaccurate past the point of birth at predicting anything else. And I don't think the stars are controlling our lives. I think o...
by webgiant
Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 95076

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

There is a strong argument that there was no historical Jesus. Oh, I always thought his existence had been proven... The existence of a historical Jesus has been proven to roughly the same extent as the existence of Socrates. While there may be a "strong" argument against a historical Jes...
by webgiant
Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0812: "Glass"
Replies: 119
Views: 31202

Re: 0812: Glass

Physics is angry with the two folks because "we" are trying to find the Higgs Boson... I mean, is that the joke? That doesn't really have any humour or many any sense, not even in Randall's own terms. Sure it does, it's just absurd humour. The kind I like the best. Like that old joke I ha...
by webgiant
Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 95076

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

Interesting that an "Aura" is described as a crazy phenomenon. In case you didn't know: It has been scientifically proven that all humans have Aura. An Aura is nothing but an electromagnetic field caused by the fact that current runs through our bodies. If you declare that Auras don't exi...
by webgiant
Sat Oct 30, 2010 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0812: "Glass"
Replies: 119
Views: 31202

Re: 0812: Glass

Just because the girl said "Okay Physics. . . " why can't the disembodied voice be God? Isn't the Higgs-Boson supposed to be the "God particle?" It is. But physicists wouldn't try to talk to God, would they? They'd talk to "physics" it's like when you're working on an ...
by webgiant
Sat Oct 30, 2010 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0812: "Glass"
Replies: 119
Views: 31202

Re: 0812: Glass

I've always thought of physics as quite stupid: you can't convince it to do anything differently from the way it has always done things, no matter how you try. And it claims all the "new discoveries" are really stuff physics has been doing all along, we just haven't noticed physics doing ...
by webgiant
Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0812: "Glass"
Replies: 119
Views: 31202

Re: 0812: Glass

hrasdt wrote:Would it be more disturbing if they were actually intending for the water to change to blood, or if "Physics" just made it happen out of mischief?


"Black Hat Guy" wasn't in the comic, so it's a safe bet blood wasn't the intention.
by webgiant
Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0812: "Glass"
Replies: 119
Views: 31202

Re: 0812: Glass

I've always thought of physics as quite stupid: you can't convince it to do anything differently from the way it has always done things, no matter how you try. And it claims all the "new discoveries" are really stuff physics has been doing all along, we just haven't noticed physics doing t...
by webgiant
Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 95076

Companies ARE using homeopathy to reduce healthcare costs

It still doesn't work, but they're still using it to reduce healthcare costs, so there's a slight flaw in the comic argument. Here's the argument: most health care is obtained unnecessarily. Parents take their kids in for antibiotics when they have the flu, or take them to a doctor for a cold. A sim...
by webgiant
Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0305: "Rule 34"
Replies: 196
Views: 113464

Re:

My faith in Rule 34 has been shattered. I was stunned to discover that, unless my google skills have failed me, nobody has photoshopped any naked pictures of Bill Gates. Surely this would be an obvious thing to find online. Just obvious. Rule 34 just says there's porn of it, not necessarily the typ...
by webgiant
Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0305: "Rule 34"
Replies: 196
Views: 113464

Re: "Rule 34" Discussion

"Storm-chaser porn" seems to predate the XKCD comic by about as long as the existence of personal video cameras: In search of the perfect storm The race for ever more sensational "torn porn" is on by Wayne Curtis "Torn porn" is porn because some people are turned on by ...
by webgiant
Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0305: "Rule 34"
Replies: 196
Views: 113464

Re:

"If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions." Thing is .. what would gas chromatography porn *look* like? :D Most of it is bestiality porn (nude mice): http://www.springerlink.com/content/p15567813q470294/ The detail that the website URL contains the word "Springer" is com...
by webgiant
Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0623: "Oregon"
Replies: 141
Views: 42561

Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Oregon Trail II was the first game I ever tried to pirate accidentally destroyed (yeah, thats it, accidentally destroyed). Fortunately I was never dumb enough to pirate accidentally destroy another game at the middle school library, but the librarian remained mad at me about the brand new copy of Or...

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