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  1. 21 days ago on Invisible Bread

    I think the use of the tilde to mean “approximately” or “about” or other relational meanings is at least at common. For example, ~1 million years ago, when I first learned about (what I called) “symbolic logic”, I was taught to negate or “not” symbols/expressions by putting a line over them. There is at least one other symbol (sort of a flattened truncated “T” that I can’t remember how to squeeze out of this keyboard) that I think is used at least as much as the tilde for logical negation these days. So at first glance I did not understand the corrected tattoo on this cartoon saying bananas were “approximately” terrible. Check Wikipedia on the tilde and you will see how many uses it has had, in the past and continuing. Good answer in crosswords, too.

  2. about 1 month ago on Crabgrass

    Or a shiny electronic thing that (with significant but somehow ignored effort and cost) shows you all kinds of pictures and text and which is primarily designed to sell you stuff and/or get your information, but which you basically ignore and think is a great thing (toy? “communication” tool?) since you can buy stuff and share other stuff (comments? thoughts? vitriol? “wassup?”) almost without thinking, see interesting (and sometimes shiny) things created by other people, including both brilliant cartoons and endless cat videos (and, of course, porn), and share your views and other information, possibly including absurd “ideas”, but which in fact you use for hours each day primarily because you (we) are hopelessly addicted to it (and, as with the “best” infections, it tends to undermine its own cure/detox/rehab). And it took only around 20 years to take over much of human life (even though there’s no real evidence that it has really improved it for most people and things in general are mostly getting worse, but hey, there can’t be any connection there, right? e.g. the Twitter President). Now that’s a product!

  3. 3 months ago on WuMo

    Back on my first trip to Paris 50+ years ago, I found that some Parisians seemed to hate other French people, for their non-Parisian French accents if nothing else. Possibly justified or not, there are these silly stereotypes everywhere. Like most countries, both the USA and France have both very good and very terrible aspects. Also, the fact that there are “worse” countries doesn’t justify the terrible aspects of your own. For example, saying a country is better, much better, in some ways than today’s China or Putin’s Russia, is not really praise at all. Forget France for a moment. We have more than enough problems here.

  4. 3 months ago on WuMo

    Fear mongering based on the wild currency inflation (or was it deflation?) in the Weimar Republic, Venezuela, Zimbabwe or others is not really relevant to the current economies of most or all major countries (or even the Euro region) which have fiat currencies and fairly educated and sane people in charge. There can still be significant swings (I believe the British pound fell at least 10% against the US dollar right after Brexit), but that mostly effects international trade and not the insane inflationary destruction affecting internal economics and basic goods and services that the nightmare examples had. Admittedly, more significant shocks could happen (especially due to climate change or rampant unrestrained capitalism, which can – will? – also cause massive disruption and misery wholly independent of any monetary issues). But aside from that probably justified nightmare, so far, in major economies with fiat currency, those old nightmares of needing a wheelbarrow of money for a loaf of bread and money denominations having lots of zeros are really only based on unreasoning fear in place of understanding modern monetary facts and economics.

  5. 3 months ago on Nancy

    Maybe dcdete is that unaware. Could you briefly say why you (and others) think otherwise? I know it seems that it would be incredibly dense for dcdete to actually mean/believe what the comment says, but have you noticed what’s sometimes (or often?) posted on social media these days? Also, I am too lazy to try to look up dcdete’s comment profile or other history (if there is any).

  6. 3 months ago on Endtown

    Yeah, but as everyone knows humans aren’t the only ones who call, even in this “real” world. It gets weirder every day. Recently, my voice mail recorded a message that was a female robot voice saying: “Sorry. You did not reveal yourself to be human. Goodbye.” And don’t get me started on Captcha.I love Endtown.

  7. 4 months ago on Endtown

    You left out that it is the squares of those numbers in the equation!

  8. 4 months ago on Frog Applause

    Aren’t you also/really saying: If there is a God, and if God has made humans in God’s image, then God is an idiot?

  9. 4 months ago on Rudy Park

    Cheap prices! When does this date from again?

  10. 5 months ago on Endtown

    Patreon is easy and Aaron can be supported for as little as $1/month (or more, if you can afford it). I do wish he would at least post a patreon link at the bottom of this uclick page, like so many others do (hint, hint).