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"We TOLD you it was hard." "Yeah, but now that I'VE tried, we KNOW it's hard."
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eraycollins
84 days ago
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Suggest having this strip at hand when reading Cathy O'Neil's book, Weapons of Math Destruction.
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vl
83 days ago
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Instead of algorithms it should be machine learning of course.
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Covarr
84 days ago
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For the last time, Joe, an algorithm can't explain why kids love the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch!
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chusk3
84 days ago
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My life in a nutshell
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alt_text_bot
84 days ago
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"We TOLD you it was hard." "Yeah, but now that I'VE tried, we KNOW it's hard."
JayM
84 days ago
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ROFL. :)
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amemait: roachpatrol: the-real-seebs: sptrashcan: roachpatrol: prokopetz: I’m usually pretty...

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roachpatrol:

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sptrashcan:

roachpatrol:

prokopetz:

I’m usually pretty particular about the sorts of traits that get assigned as humanity’s “special thing” in sci-fi settings, but I have to admit that I have a weakness for settings where the thing humanity is known for is something tiny and seemingly inconsequential that it wouldn’t normally occur to you to think of as a distinctive trait.

Like, maybe we have a reputation as a bunch of freaky nihilists because we’re the only species that naturally has the capacity to be amused by our own misfortune.

Alien: Why are you happy? You’ve been seriously injured!

Human: *struggling to control laughter* Yeah, but I can imagine what that must have looked like from the outside, and it’s pretty hilarious.

Alien:

Captain XXlr’y: First Officer Jane The Human, your olifactory protuberance is severely damaged! Why is this a matter for mirthful celebration???

First Officer Jane The Human: A SPARKLY LITTLE POMERANIAN THING WITH A GODDAMN UNICORN HORN CHASED ME STRAIGHT INTO A WALL! OH MY GOD! DID YOU SEE THAT? I RAN STRAIGHT INTO THE WALL. 

Captain XXlr’y: Yes I just observed this sequence of events! It was terrible!

 First Officer Jane The Human: OKAY WHO GOT THAT ON CAMERA, I WANNA SEE. 

Captain XXlr’y: So you more fully understand that this is a situation you should never get into again?

First Officer Jane The Human: SO I CAN SEND THE VIDEO TO MY MOM!

Captain XXlr’y: For… for the solicitation of maternal concern…?

First Officer Jane The Human: NO, BECAUSE SHE’LL THINK IT’S HILARIOUS TOO. 

Sidetrack but: I am of the opinion that we will be known as the Throwers. The biomechanics of our shoulder joints, which allow us to hurl things farther, faster, and more accurately than any other animal, set us apart almost as much as our intelligence. And indeed our dominance as a species on Earth has a lot to do with applying that intelligence to throwing more better.

When the aliens come visit via seventh dimensional space fold like sensible people, I can only imagine their reaction when we ask them to point out where they come from so we can fling our ambassadors at them.

That would be fascinating. Imagine if, for whatever reason, they were simply very badly adapted to throwing, and never picked up the habit. And the first time they saw someone toss a thing to someone else, they’d just be like “why did you … drop that thing sideways?”

oh my god that’s fascinating. imagine a bunch of alien species that never evolved a socket joint. like, tentacles or hinges, that’s it. maybe some pivoting paired bones like our radius and ulna. then we show up and we’re like ‘haha watch this’ and windmill our arms and the Zygosian ambassador gets really grossed out. 

later some aliens are like ‘so, as remarkably throwy guys, what’s your opinion on this mathematical acceleration experimentation tensile device one of our philosopher kings recently invented?’ and show humans a little desk-sized catapult. 

Heeeee I do like the idea of a tiny catapult.

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eraycollins
175 days ago
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They don't call it throw weight for nothing.
denismm
175 days ago
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In Phil Foglio's Buck Godot series, humanity's big thing is having invented popsicles.
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skorgu
175 days ago
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This is delightful. I'd read all these books.

Too poor to live.

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eraycollins
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Holodomor.
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rebel-timelord: wetwareproblem: wetwareproblem: Unfriendly fucking reminder that the best...

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rebel-timelord:

wetwareproblem:

wetwareproblem:

Unfriendly fucking reminder that the best predictor of mass shootings is not mental illness, but being an angry young white man who has recently experienced rejection and has easy access to guns.

Bringing this back because it makes terrible people angry. And I’ll add a note to all the people saying “But you’d have to be mentally ill to do that!”: Mental illness is, by definition, abnormal. Does “mediocre white boy is so entitled that he resorts to violence when told no” really sound particularly unusual to you?

I devoted my entire graduate studies and thesis on mass school shootings, multiple murderers, and criminal psychology and I can tell you that this is in fact completely true and is suported by an unbelievable amount of emperical, quantifiable data that I slaved over for years. 💯

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dukeofwulf
212 days ago
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Exhibit 15372 on why Trump won: Hypocrisy. Stereotypes are bad, except when applied to white males. I don't care if you're right, you're alienating a lot of people, and you won't win the culture battle that way. Use some tact.
sirshannon
212 days ago
Heh.

OH GOD IT IS ALL TRUE

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Humans function in an imagined reality.
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all houses matter: the extended cut

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oh boy

i’m revisiting this comic that i did two years ago to include common arguments made by opponents of the comic. i have a hard time distilling these thoughts into structures that aren’t analogies, and analogies by their very nature are simplifications. if they do their job right, they at least make the reader consider how another side sees an issue. “okay. i can at least understand why it would be looked at that way, even if i don’t.”

my biggest problem isn’t even people who take issue with the analogy. it’s people who have argued against it via things like fire safety protocols. “actually, it’s a good idea to wet down a house if it’s near a fire. so what’s your point?”

the point is, all lives do matter. but lives in mortal peril need more immediate consideration than those that aren’t. that’s not to say there aren’t different levels of jeopardy in everyone’s lives, all of which need to be addressed. there’s always someone with a worse situation, and we get to decide which one to put our energy into. that’s how it’s always been. yes: all lives matter.

but i have the luxury of getting in my car today, getting pulled over for an expired sticker, and having a reasonable expectation that i’ll only receive a ticket instead of four bullets to the torso.

right now, a lot of people don’t have that luxury. “black lives matter” never meant “only black lives matter.” it means they matter as well. as much as. i am not black. i don’t feel devalued by that assertion in the slightest. why on earth would i?

good luck out there today, friends. and whatever your opinion is, be patient in the comments when voicing it. it’s worth the conversation, and i won’t put a lid on it if it’s done respectfully.

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skittone
379 days ago
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"Save the Whales" doesn't mean "Fuck All Other Aquatic Mammals".

It means "holy shit, whales are in a bad place and it's mostly our fault--let's help them and fix this shit". Imagine that in title case. Touch screen keyboards suck.

PS: Black Lives Matter
dukeofwulf
380 days ago
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“'black lives matter' never meant 'only black lives matter.'”

Fair enough, but lots of people are misinterpreting it that way, and the phrasing is specifically exclusionary. "So what? Why do I care what those people think?" Well, you're trying to rally people to the cause, right? Clear messaging is a part of that. I'd prefer something like "Police: Stop Killing Black Men"; this reduces to "Stop Killing Us", which is a great chant. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/files/2014/09/StopKillingUs.jpg

ETA: Adding a "too" to the end of "Black Lives Matter" would do the same.
adamcstephens
377 days ago
Actually the phrase isn't "specifically exclusionary". People interpret it to be exclusionary, but it isn't "Only Black Lives Matter".
dukeofwulf
376 days ago
So? Communication is subjective. All I'm saying is, if your message isn't getting across to people you're trying to reach, try clarifying. The phrase is apparently divisive, so improve it.
adamcstephens
376 days ago
I agree that perhaps they could tweak the messaging to get the support of more people, but in the end I also think that quite a few people aren't going to care/agree no matter what they do.
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