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  1. 6 days ago on The Duplex

    In a random survey of other people around the house, 100% said that she couldn’t remember how to.

  2. 6 days ago on Betty

    It’s easy to make scales lie. Won’t make you an ounce lighter, though.

  3. 7 days ago on MythTickle

    Really? Aardvark never hurt anyone.

  4. 20 days ago on Rudy Park

    Wouldn’t surprise me. As a near-vegan I can confirm that ordering a “veggieburger” in a place you’ve never been to before takes “voyage of discovery” to a whole new level.

  5. 21 days ago on Shoe


  6. 30 days ago on FoxTrot

    They may also not have come in yet. Plus some people (up to 35% of the population, depending which source you read) never develop some or all of them at all.

  7. about 1 month ago on Betty

    “Truth” is the wrong word anyway, because too many people hear it as one half of a binary choice. “Fact” is better – provided it’s also recognised that “facts” are often approximations or simply our best interpretation of things at the time – and that there may be other, or more precise, interpretations.

    (Does the Moon orbit the Earth? Yes. Well – no. It’s more accurate to say that they both orbit their joint centre of mass – which happens to be well within the Earth, but still quite a long way away from its centre. But they don’t quite do that either, because of the peturbations introduced by other bodies in the solar system. And so it goes.)

  8. about 1 month ago on Dilbert Classics

    Yes – what so many people fail to grasp is that most subjects at school are as much or more about teaching you the disciplines to be able to think and to organise your efforts as they are about “facts”. In truth, I used my university mathematics exactly once during four decades in IT (a very minor bit of first-year stuff to do with matrices); but I was problem-solving all the time.

    (And, yes – as soon as someone says “recursion”, a solution becomes pretty obvious. It’s the programmer’s equivalent of trying proof by induction.)

  9. about 1 month ago on Dilbert Classics

    Yeah, they really don’t like it when their exercises go wrong. I did one course where, at one point, they wanted us (a group of programmers) to solve the Tower of Hanoi puzzle (Google it if you don’t know it). Now the thing is – Tower of Hanoi is a really good example of a particular sort of programming problem, so we all knew it well anyway – so any one of us could likely have done it. But I’d also recently seen an article about an 8-year-old girl who’d watched her father and spotted an entirely different, really simple solution* – so I explained it to everyone, then just got on with it, and the rest let me. We got horribly bawled out for not doing things the “team” way.

    *Two rules. (1) Every odd move, move the smallest disk to the “next” rod, always going in the same direction (if the rods are in a line, wrap back to the other end when you need to). (2) Every even move, make the only legal move that doesn’t involve the smallest disk.

  10. about 2 months ago on Thatababy

    It has to be observed that it invites a rather obvious, if somewhat terse, critical response…