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  1. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Bloom County 2015 3 months ago

    I wouldn’t under-estimate BB’s ability to do other cartoonists’ characters. Some of his occasional regulars are dead-ringers for George Booth characters.

  2. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Betty 3 months ago

    In university, I had one professor who gave open-book exams, where we could bring all our notes. The only catch was that the exam was long and little time was given, so there really was no time to make use of our notes. He also gave one (also open-book) that had three large groups of questions from which we got to choose two groups of questions to do. Before we started the exam, he “apologized” for the fact that he was only able to give us an hour for a two-hour exam. Anyone who actually read all the questions before choosing two groups were very unlikely to have time to answer them, and most people were unable to complete the exam.

  3. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Bloom County 3 months ago

    Actually, it seems like members of the military (even or perhaps especially top command) are much less inclined to get us into wars than non-military leaders (lawyers or not). The military doesn’t actually benefit much from war, unlike the so-called military complex, consisting mainly of companies supplying military needs, which evidentally has considerable lobbying power.

  4. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Calvin and Hobbes 5 months ago

    “Crushes” are not uncommon in prepubescent boys and girls (and not necessarily just at about six years). I experienced this (in both directions) at various ages from 4 through 12. I can’t remember feeling anything quite like what Hobbes describes, but I certainly was very shy about it.

  5. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Candorville 5 months ago

    Well, I suppose he could be regarded as an anchor baby of Canada, giving him the convenience of being able to move here without special permission and take advantage of our government health-care coverage, for instance, EXCEPT that he has renounced his Canadian citizenship, so he isn’t actually Canadian anymore. On the other hand, he really does sound like a very unpleasant person.

  6. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Dilbert Classics 5 months ago

    It sounds more like he’s expecting to be a BIG rat. (Oh wait, maybe that is the pointy-haired boss.)

  7. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Bloom County 2015 5 months ago

    When I say that some things in science require faith, I mean that in a limited way. For example, I’m aware of one theorem that is known to be unprovable, but that is nonetheless generally accepted to be true. If it is in fact false, it should be possible to prove that, and no one has done so yet.

  8. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Bloom County 2015 5 months ago

    The theory of dark matter may require some faith (and it isn’t the only thing in science that does), but it has a fairly well-defined role that doesn’t impose any restrictive and arbitrary code of conduct on humankind, or any code of conduct at all, in fact. Dark matter simply exists, or doesn’t, and it should be possible to support or rule out its existence by scientific tests. God, on the other hand, is a vague and untestable concept that is easily manipulated to support various personal agendas and prejudices.

  9. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Bloom County 5 months ago

    But that’s mainly to improve your employability – which admittedly does impact your sex appeal. Still, you seemingly have no idea how much time and money goes into maintaining her appearance.

  10. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Betty 6 months ago

    Somehow reminds me of the study that spawned the popular maxim that most of your body heat is lost from your head. Turns out that’s true – if your head is bare and the rest of your body is bundled up to insulate it against heat loss. You’re still going to lose a lot more body heat if you’re naked, however.