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    Oh wow, I don't think I've seen Mr Munroe as political as he's been this last week.
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    I had a big paragraph on my thoughts vis-a-vis Munroe's political comics, but instead, I will discuss the physics of Dragons: Draconic bones are obviously made out of some anti-gravity mineral. it accumulates on their home plane, and drifts off into space when their bodies decompose. This is why dragons kill and eat their parents.

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    Ridley, from the Metroid games, is reported as to appear in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. I don't know any of these games myself, but pictures of Ridley look sort of draconic.

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    Have we reached the point where telling people about their voting rights is "getting political" or "taking sides"?
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    Rathalos is also an Assist Trophy.

    And Charizard is a character, too. At least, Lance the Dragon Trainer considers Charizard enough of a dragon to have one.

    Plus, Alolan Exeggutor is in it. That's a dragon, too, but it can't fly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Killjoy View Post
    Have we reached the point where telling people about their voting rights is "getting political" or "taking sides"?
    I hope not. I was just saying, that's slightly more "political" than "elections are stressful" or "here is a map representing some interesting statistics."
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    I hope not. I was just saying, that's slightly more "political" than "elections are stressful" or "here is a map representing some interesting statistics"
    I think the map would have been more interesting if he had coded position importance and candidate chance to win separately. As is, it boiled down to essentially "here are the challengers you have probably heard about from the sources I listen to".
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    I'm being old and forgetful, sue me. Also, I still think he made more comics this time (?)

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    Rathalos is also an Assist Trophy.

    And Charizard is a character, too. At least, Lance the Dragon Trainer considers Charizard enough of a dragon to have one.

    Plus, Alolan Exeggutor is in it. That's a dragon, too, but it can't fly.
    I'll never accept Exeggutor as a dragon
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    Does bowser count as a dragon, at least in his upgraded form?
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    Didn't we have a similar joke a month ago? or at least something along the lines of "complaining about things nobody has ever said"?
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    This is a bit different -- this isn't imagining a horrible opinion and then looking for it or reacting preemptively to it... this is realizing from someone else's reaction that there's a horrible opinion out there you didn't know about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Killjoy View Post
    This is a bit different -- this isn't imagining a horrible opinion and then looking for it or reacting preemptively to it... this is realizing from someone else's reaction that there's a horrible opinion out there you didn't know about.
    Alternatively, the friend is the one imagining the horrible opinion and then reacting preemptively, and in this comic he's looking at it from the outside perspective of "somebody else says that people are reacting to this opinion"
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    I love the gag in the alt-text about throwing shade on the wall. I had to think about it for several seconds before I started laughing.

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    2018-11-16: Blackhat, you are a terrible person! Not that we didn't already know that....

    What if we redefined the pound to be exactly one kilogram, and redefined the foot to be exactly 33.3333333 cm?
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    I love the gag in the alt-text about throwing shade on the wall. I had to think about it for several seconds before I started laughing.
    I suspect he thought of that joke first and wrote the comic to justify it.
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    Just get on with the times and use metric already.
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    I have a deal for the rest of the world.

    We'll switch fully to metric, if you switch to a sensible decimal notation... 100,000,000.00 instead of 100.000.000,00

    And while we're at it, let's all agree to a sensible date notation, YYYY-MM-DD.
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    I have a deal for the rest of the world.

    We'll switch fully to metric, if you switch to a sensible decimal notation... 100,000,000.00 instead of 100.000.000,00
    People use 10.000.000.000,1?
    Over here, we use 10 000 000 000,1.

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    And while we're at it, let's all agree to a sensible date notation, YYYY-MM-DD.
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    People use 10.000.000.000,1?
    Over here, we use 10 000 000 000,1.
    Yes. Causes some confusion on docs coming out of South America, which is where I see it a lot.

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    What's wrong with DD/MM/YY(YY)?
    YYYY-MM-DD is unambiguous compared to the DD-MM vs MM-DD confusion.

    YYYY-MM-DD sorts naturally, without the need for a special sort function, in spreadsheets etc.
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    The nice thing about yyyy-mm-dd is that sorting alphabetically is the same as sorting by date. I have no preferences apart from that.

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    So it just popped up on my newsfeed, but They actually are redefining the kilogram.
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    So the plank constant is no longer defined in terms of the limits of measurability before you make a black hole? It's now defined in terms of the limits of measurability before you need a better meter measuring device?
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    Quote Originally Posted by keybounce View Post
    So the plank constant is no longer defined in terms of the limits of measurability before you make a black hole? It's now defined in terms of the limits of measurability before you need a better meter measuring device?
    I think you've confused the Planck constant, which is used to relate the energy carried by a photon to its frequency, with the Planck *length*--although even then, the Planck length is not the minimum measurable distance and never has been, that's an error many people make.

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    I thought the idea was that to measure smaller and smaller distances requires more and more energy, and that at the plank length, to get more accurate distances would require so much energy that you'd make a miniature black hole, hence it was the smallest possible distance that could be distinguished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Killjoy View Post
    I have a deal for the rest of the world.

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    And while we're at it, let's all agree to a sensible date notation, YYYY-MM-DD.
    Please make sure you get Japan in on this deal. There's a unit of 10000 (万) to confuse people, and a second date system based on the emperor. Right now, due to his abdication, we literally don't know what next year is going to be called. It's a headache for computer systems and calendar makers.
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    I think the US did try and convert to metric back in the 80s? It didn't stick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhantomFox View Post
    I think the US did try and convert to metric back in the 80s? It didn't stick.
    Metric has been an official measurement system in the US since 1866. The problem is that US customary units are also an official system of units.
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    I thought the idea was that to measure smaller and smaller distances requires more and more energy, and that at the plank length, to get more accurate distances would require so much energy that you'd make a miniature black hole, hence it was the smallest possible distance that could be distinguished.
    Wait, what? What?! I've never heard anything like that. To the best of my memory Planck length (and Planck time) is just what you get when you take the universal constants and stick them in a bag and shake them really hard calculate the smallest sensible unit of length from them. Or am I confusing it with some other measurement?

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    Please make sure you get Japan in on this deal. There's a unit of 10000 (万) to confuse people, and a second date system based on the emperor. Right now, due to his abdication, we literally don't know what next year is going to be called. It's a headache for computer systems and calendar makers.
    I thought Japan was really big on the sensible yyyy/mm/dd format since adopting the western calendar? At least that's how I see it in most Anime (which I guess might not be perfect representation of Japanese culture)
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    Wait, what? What?! I've never heard anything like that. To the best of my memory Planck length (and Planck time) is just what you get when you take the universal constants and stick them in a bag and shake them really hard calculate the smallest sensible unit of length from them. Or am I confusing it with some other measurement?
    That's what I thought too.
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    Just get on with the times and use metric already.
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