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by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 9354

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

As long as one realises that the Comic Code Authority (I think it is) was a huge barrier against getting LGBTQ++ characters into (mainstream!) comics for years. They are arising now, but obviously the whole canons of DC and Marvel can't be Trans-washed in one fell swoop.
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7197
Views: 535942

Re: Trump presidency

Well, the Fake News Awarda, which seems to be (from a seemingly earlier-in-the-loop Fox News article 1 ) have suffered from a bit of an overload of interest, but, once I stopped getting the default "there is a problem" text 2 , I got the following, which I thought I should share.. <Error> ...
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 5708

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

Your cute little pup,
He rolled in the grass in play.
Now found in spring rolls.
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 10419

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

ucim wrote:So then, how does one come to become Buddhist?
Wrong way round. The question is how a Buddhist comes to become one. With everything.

:P
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rate the avatar above you
Replies: 3914
Views: 334219

Re: Rate the avatar above you

It is an actual avataroid avatar! On the assumption that you intend it to be so, I 100% associate your avatar character with you. 10/10 Gingeriness to it. Not sure I dare say the same for mine. And Pfhorrest is right about my vexillogical avatar origins, though I wasn't going to post again merel...
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 4969

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

I have (as 'plot' demands) that leg-molasses one a lot. Not every night, not every dream, not all of any dream, but usually when I'm in a hurry and not otherwise on/in/with a vehicle. (Where I usually have a different problem, like apparently I've atarted driving then gone into the back seat, so I c...
by Soupspoon
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 20273

Re: Winfrey presidency

And history has not yet woven the tapestry enough to tell whether he truly ended up as a similarly adjectived President. (Though if he keeps "proclaiming" things that already are (whilst otherwise saying things that obviously aren't), I can see which way that tide is going. I've been await...
by Soupspoon
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84337

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

There's also "backs to(/against) the wall, lads!", the homophobic shout out when one of 'them' comes into the room, obviously incapable of not sodomising any fellow man not conveniently obscuring the relevant entry-point. Yet, confusingly, most often used against the openly-camp-gay who is...
by Soupspoon
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RPG without humans
Replies: 34
Views: 5894

Re: RPG without humans

Is this considered "too cartoony"?
by Soupspoon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84337

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Eebster the Great wrote:It's better than Glaxo, Burroughs, Wellcome, Smith, Kline, Beecham, & Co.

Indeed it is. For that Oxford Comma alone!

*shudder*
by Soupspoon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 5708

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

Are "profound" and "confound" opposites? Yes. Why or why not? Profound is for those that deliberately set out to colonise a new land and get rich. Confound is for those that were Transported to Australia for trying to be less poor. Justify your position. I am here, in the middle...
by Soupspoon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Most realistic magic system and areas for improvement
Replies: 27
Views: 7249

Re: Most realistic magic system and areas for improvement

You can't insist that there is no rationality (within a context) to magic, either. It can be outright weird, still, such that (normally, if not always!) a Discworld wizard trying to levitate a heavy weight with his mind is going to effectively trying to balance that weight onto his squishy brain (ou...
by Soupspoon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84337

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

But I've always made the same assumption to (Anglicised) pronunciation as you. I'm a big fan of pronouncing words the way they're spelled, but if you listen to a Bayer commercial ( here's one ), it really sounds a lot more like "bear" than like "bay-er". In an old job, colleague...
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rate the avatar above you
Replies: 3914
Views: 334219

Re: Rate the avatar above you

5/10 - Clearly a Moose Supremacy rallying flag, and half the world is not a Moose.
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7197
Views: 535942

Re: Trump presidency

I think most abbreviation that can be pronounced are pronounced. People even pronounce "SQL" as "sequel" even though it has no vowels. SCSI (one vowel, but not where it could be useful) is delightfully open to interpretation. (Be honest, you probably go for "Scuzzy" ra...
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84337

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I've never heard of the word "Bayer" before, Based on the capitalisation, I'm assuming it's the name Bayer, as in the German firm called Bayer Pharmaceuticals (or various other variations upon the name, over time). Which means we're probably pronouncing it wrongly, anyway. (Indeed, Wiki h...
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rate the avatar above you
Replies: 3914
Views: 334219

Re: Rate the avatar above you

It's a… penguin?

0/10 for flight ability, 7/10 for swim-ability (knocking some points off for the drag-inducing headwear).
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 10419

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

however, it would be interesting to see if an abstract, machine based religion emerges. The question is could you observe that religion ? And understand it for what it is. And what are the chances that they're calling you their omniscient/omnipotent deity, rather than some other random imagined dei...
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4118
Views: 546885

Re: The Darker Side of the News

How long before the "Hang on, did we just do what we thought we did?" realisation? And then if they didn't have a specific "Ooops!" procedure, they'd be wondering if they could send the "all clear" (despite it never being not clear). Some amount of time less than the 1...
by Soupspoon
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84337

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

For me, it's bear/lair/pair to rhyme with "air" (if 'add a consonant to the beginning' can be called rhyming, rather than repetition) with one syllable, all the others are "( x )ae+uh" disyllabic constructions, give or take. Hearing "bear", etc, with such a mid-digraph ...
by Soupspoon
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4118
Views: 546885

Re: The Darker Side of the News

According to the BBC they sent out oops emails after 18 mins and oops texts after 38 mins but that seems waay too slow - and does suggest that someone had to do it manually... Why would it take 20mins longer to send out the text? How long before the "Hang on, did we just do what we thought we ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The End of the F***ing World
Replies: 7
Views: 2018

Re: The End of the F***ing World

I saw this, a while ago. Excellent short-form drama. Quirky. Interestingly edited. Develops characters you don't initially think will develop at all. Without going into the Spoiler, I don't think CU's 'spoiler' actually Spoilers because the doubt is contrary to my expectations. But if there's room f...
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 136
Views: 21223

Re: Thomas Fire

Mud quenches Fire
Fire ???es ???
??? ???es Mud

(How soon until we see which new disaster fills in the blanks, do you think?)
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 10352

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

Yup. I've seen the county-by-county maps used to show "look, it's red everywhere (except for some splodges over at the coasts, etc, that just happen to be some of the largest and densest-by-population metropolitan areas, but that doesn't really suit our message that most of the area of ...
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 10352

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

I took the 'approximate location within the state' part to mean that attempts to place the mini-voters across the states had to be done, smudgily, by shoving otherwise unknown group-locations into a pattern generally matching a population density hot-spot map. Data pertaining to "this particula...
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14856
Views: 2318121

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

You know in Mythbusters when they make molds of their own bodies for the ballistics gel. $20 says these guys were trying to do something like that. My favorite part though is that they put the person's head in a plastic bag before surrounding it with cement. I used plastic wrap over my shoulders an...
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 20273

Re: Winfrey presidency

How does that Mark Twain quote go, about clubs wanting him as a member? Not sure about Twain, but it was Marx (Groucho) who said one or more variation upon the theme of "Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member". (Aha, a fellow Marxist...
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 7080

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

Speaking of cars, I used to own a 1980 VW Golf, the one that was sold as the Rabbit in the U.S., i.e. the first series. According to a Wikipedia, the basic model of that series weighed 790 kg, while the basic model of the current series (the seventh) weighs 1351 kg, a 71% increase. How much bigger ...
by Soupspoon
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 7080

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

somitomi wrote:someday I will come up with a shorthand for "portable computer" and will use it for everything from smartphones to laptops from that day.

P.C.

8-)
by Soupspoon
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 16857

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

+0+00-

(Just been looking at x3balanced for the series x=2n. Interesting patterns.)
by Soupspoon
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 16857

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

+0+0-0
by Soupspoon
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 10352

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

(Several people came to post whilst I was rushing back home regretting having not taken my second emergency USB power pack with me. I expect ninjas and other treatments of the issue, once I read the interim.) Those not yet eligible to vote due to age (but not through being Scandiwegian rather than L...
by Soupspoon
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 20273

Re: Winfrey presidency

orthogon wrote:If we ever got rid of the monarchy in the UK, I'd want to replace them with "national treasures" like David Attenborough.

That's just a cop out because they won't let us elect President McPresidentFace!
by Soupspoon
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 120
Views: 18069

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

(Various) Local government influence(s) could be as bad as national/global government control. J.D. ("Boss") Hogg in charge of your final country-mile of Hazzard County InternetCo? Or the influence of Omni Consumer Products over Detroit's city-wide infrastructure? Dr Raymond Cocteau of San...
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 16857

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 16857

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 16857

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 10352

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

I've heard that Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck get a substantial number of votes in every presidential election cycle. That *definitely* sends a message, but I'm not exactly sure what that message is. That some people think that their vote… {exaggerates Scots accent} …Disney matter? :) :arrow: 8-)
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 120
Views: 18069

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

bantler wrote:The entire issue will be moot soon enough.
Some Google/Musk Philanthropists/Assholes will eventually figure out how to beam free-internet over the earth.
Well, memetically, Elon would be the ideal one to follow up on Nikola's free utility dreams…
by Soupspoon
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 16857

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

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