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Is it a stupid idea to have another word for twelve?1007:09, 4 June 2012
List506:54, 4 June 2012
Is there such a thing as a homosexual who isn't radical for Eugene Delgaudio?001:53, 25 May 2012
Any Gossip Girl fans here?103:27, 3 May 2012
Am I the only one that doesn't get Barbra Streisand?003:11, 25 April 2012
I hate videogame publishers023:26, 17 April 2012
other kin106:28, 9 April 2012
Brilliantest cat evar020:43, 7 April 2012
Wagwan015:17, 29 March 2012
tonight's south park really sucked801:06, 16 March 2012
Is anybody getting emails from me?103:11, 15 March 2012
Wouldn't it suck if it turned out they were right?002:58, 14 March 2012

Is it a stupid idea to have another word for twelve?

I mean, who thought it'd be good to organize things according to dozens?

Supposedly, Sumerians had their number system based off of the number sixty. I asked my father about it once and he said sixty was divisible by more numbers than ten, so it did sort of make sense. But why would having more multiples be easier?

"Shut up, Brx."23:38, 3 June 2012

Do you mean more factors?

Mjollnir.svgListenerXTalkerX00:42, 4 June 2012

That is what I meant. I think. Been a while since grade school math (although you remember and you're older than me... I are stupids)

"Shut up, Brx."01:31, 4 June 2012

to the first question, not really; many things have more then one word. According to the dictionary; its mid english, old french and then Latin for 12; though a cursory glance looking at some online site revealed only 1 to also have synonym English word in the first 16 numbers.

to the second point; stop pushing that 10 centric worldview!

il'Dictator Mikal01:37, 4 June 2012

The Romans. There was 12 ounces in a Roman pound and 12 pounds in a Roman stone. A carat of diamond is 1/144 Roman ounces. There was 12 lines in an inch and 12 inches in a foot. I could go on if you like. The old myth that you can't multiply in Roman numerals disappears if you know to work in 12s instead of 10s like you were taught.

Pi 3:14 (talk)01:54, 4 June 2012

I thought the problem with multiplying in Roman numerals was their lack of positional notation?

Mjollnir.svgListenerXTalkerX02:02, 4 June 2012

Again that is limiting the problem to our way of thinking. CXII = C + X + II so if you wish to multiply it by XIV you multiply (C+X+II).(X+IV) = C.X + C.IV + X.X + X.IV + II.X + II.IV = M + CD + C + XL + XX + IIX = MDLXIIX. You can make your life even easier thinking of IV as V - I.

Pi 3:14 (talk)02:25, 4 June 2012


Still, Roman numerals take up all kinds of space

"Shut up, Brx."02:38, 4 June 2012

Thanks, Pi, good stuff. Can you illuminate me on the Sumerians?

"Shut up, Brx."02:12, 4 June 2012

The Sumerians had a weird system that could have been base 10 if they had wanted. They got to 59 by writting 5 ten symbols and 9 one symbols, but instead of writing 6 ten symbol, they put 1 one symbol in the next position. 60 has the nontrivial factors, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20 and 30, where as 10 only has 2 and 5. My guess that it is because 60 is divisble by 1,2,3,4,5 and 6, they liked it for dividing circles.

Pi 3:14 (talk)02:50, 4 June 2012

Dividing circles?

"Shut up, Brx."03:07, 4 June 2012

You can learn a lot from circles, for example you can use a sequence of circles to construct an approximation of the squareroot of 2.

Pi 3:14 (talk)03:19, 4 June 2012

Has the list been published? How do people know if they are on it or not?

(((Zack Martin)))04:56, 4 June 2012

If their post gets deleted, they know they're on the list/not on the list.

"Shut up, Brx."04:57, 4 June 2012

It'd be great if I could make a user group that isn't allowed to edit this page, but I realize that's asking way too much.

"Shut up, Brx."05:01, 4 June 2012

You could write a Mediawiki extension or two to do that, i.e. allow people to create/manage their own groups, and pick which groups get read/edit permission in their userspace.

You'd want to introduce the notion of a "Group owner", and allow users to create groups with themselves as owner, and then add/remove members and delete groups they own, but not groups owned by others or groups owned by the system.

Go buy yourself a book on PHP and give it a go. Even if this site never accepts the end product, you could learn a valuable skill.

(((Zack Martin)))05:05, 4 June 2012

Lol, all that so I can hold a conversation on RationalWiki without encountering trolls and blowhards!

Nah, the current system works fine for me, but thanks for the suggestion.

"Shut up, Brx."05:07, 4 June 2012

All that and you might learn something which could turn out useful.

(((Zack Martin)))06:54, 4 June 2012

Is there such a thing as a homosexual who isn't radical for Eugene Delgaudio?

I'm on Public Advocate's mailing list, and I don't take the fool too seriously, but after a million hysterical emails about how he needs more money and gays are on the brink of conquering the world I am starting to get saturated.

Here's a pic that came with the latest email. It's of him and some other jackass that hates gays. Not gay

"Shut up, Brx."01:53, 25 May 2012

Any Gossip Girl fans here?

This plot-line about Chuck trying to find his mother because only a relative could have donated blood to him is ridiculous. Blood is blood. They could have just hooked him up with Type 0- and he'd have been fine. And with someone as wealthy as Chuck Bass, it's not like the hospital would have been scrimping. Had it been a kidney that needed to be donated, that would be plausible. The writers really dropped the ball on this one.

"Shut up, Brx."03:56, 10 April 2012
"Shut up, Brx."03:27, 3 May 2012

Am I the only one that doesn't get Barbra Streisand?

I've listened to a couple of her songs (Somewhere and another that starts with an s), and I'm not impressed. I usually keep a very open mind to music, but I don't get why she's so huge (or was, a few decades ago).

"Shut up, Brx."03:11, 25 April 2012

I hate videogame publishers

And this may tip the scales to me hating Ubisoft the most (congrats, EA, you're number 2 on my shitlist).

"Shut up, Brx."23:26, 17 April 2012

I just came across this quote: I told my mom about my pain in my back and the phantom wings and she said it was because im in front of the computer all day and not because I have wings. This makes me feel marginalized and oppressed, now i know how trans people feel when they are told they dont have dicks or vaginas.

Man, I can't stand furries and their ilk. I have no issues with other kinks or supposed deviancies, but furf**s really make my skin crawl. It's not really rational, either. When you get down to it, a furry is no different than a leather daddy, right? Just dress-up and roleplay. The only real argument I might have is that in sexualizing children's cartoon characters, furries risk attracting children. Thus they should keep their fucked up activities entirely behind closed doors. As for the whole "dragon trapped in a human's body" crap, I'm thankful we're too far from medical science for that to currently be an issue (although the South Park episode Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina, where Kyle's dad gets plastic surgery to become a dolphin, was pretty disturbing). I guess ultimately it's your body, but I'm pretty sure that after a certain point desire your desire to change your body borders on mental illness (but if you recognize the face in my signature, you'll also recognize that that's a whole other discussion). And I'm not hating on the transgender. That, to me, seems understandable, unlike wanting to be part tiger or whatever.

"Shut up, Brx."03:32, 15 March 2012

Sometimes I've looked at the carefree life dogs have, at least well cared for dogs, and thought, wouldn't it be cool to be a dog? No career, no ambition, nothing to learn, just eat, crap, fuck (or maybe not, if they've taken away your gonads... but I'm not sure they realise what's going on, so they hopefully don't miss them), get patted and told "good boy"/"good girl", go for walks, chase lizards and birds, lie around sleeping.... Maybe that's part of why some people, psychologically, want to be animals, because being human is so fucked up... and while it has its definite advantages, sometimes its hard to see them...

(((Zack Martin)))06:28, 9 April 2012

Brilliantest cat evar

"Shut up, Brx."20:43, 7 April 2012

tonight's south park really sucked

I mean, I'm not really for the excessive TSA measures, but what really irked me was their inference that seat belts were just "big government." The racial stereotypes on the TSA agents were kinda reprehensible, too. Also, I don't like anything that might make the heinous Cartman look sensible. I think they should just start killing him every episode like they used to do with Kenny.

"Shut up, Brx."05:03, 15 March 2012

I live in a city where a helmet is not required to drive a motorcycle, but you can be pulled over and ticketed (and hassled) for not wearing a seat belt in an automobile. I thought it was pretty funny. Not the among the best, but I enjoyed it. As for the racial stereotypes, you thought that was reprehensible? If you were offended by that, then South Park may not be the show for you.

PACODOGwoof, bitches05:11, 15 March 2012

I felt as though in this case, the racial stereotypes were not presented in their typically absurd fashion.

And when it comes to not wearing a seat belt, I sympathize with "big government" for not wanting to scrape your brains off the asphalt. Another thing I didn't mention was that they seemed to be going after (so called) frivolous lawsuits. I would say, if you invent a machine that can suck out someone's intestines, you better have a good lawyer ready.

I've been taking South Park a lot more seriously of late. A lot of the opinions they put forth on their show are quite simply wrong (I'm thinking of Cartman's Silly Hatecrime and of everytime they mention/allude to global warming). Yes, it's just a cartoon, but it's a cartoon which takes on political matters- and some people take the opinions of South Park as though they were pundits. I've seen a few discussions on global warming shut down by people recalling "Manbearpig." I think that the creators of South Park should be more responsible with their content if they wish to continue presenting on serious issues.

"Shut up, Brx."05:28, 15 March 2012

Please, for your own sake, get back your sense of humor or stop watching the show.

Best quote: Randy Marsh, to a cop outside his bathroom window, while sitting on the toilet: "No, I was talking to 'my asshole!' C'mon, asshole, let's get back to work."

PACODOGwoof, bitches05:36, 15 March 2012

Actually, the second sentence by Randy was intended for his real butthole, not the officer. Maybe you just have to see it. Man, I sure know how to ruin a joke.

PACODOGwoof, bitches05:46, 15 March 2012

I thought it was rather entertaining. And...well, it's SOUTHPARK. They go out there.

Dumpling (talk)05:16, 15 March 2012

**spoiler alert** FYI, I just tried pooping the other way on the toilet, as mentioned on the show. My thoughts? Not bad, actually. I don't, however, recommend it for anybody that doesn't have an open mind. Or if you are an atheist obese.

PACODOGwoof, bitches05:29, 15 March 2012

AHAHAHAHA! -slow clap- Nice.

Dumpling (talk)05:43, 15 March 2012

Doesn't seem like it leaves much space for your man-bits. It's gotta be uncomfortable having it touch against the cold porcelain. But still, props for trying, bold pioneer of the lavotories!

"Shut up, Brx."01:06, 16 March 2012

Is anybody getting emails from me?

Because I sent out a few emails in my much bemoaned absence, and I got no confirmation of receipt.

"Shut up, Brx."02:51, 14 March 2012

I remember sending out emails to Ty, Blue, and UHM. Ty doesn't seem to be interested in speaking to me, so I've few questions there (I wouldn't be surprised if he simply screened all emails with my username or powerword in it), but Blue usually responds to my emails and UHM gave no indication of having received it.

Which makes me sad...

"Shut up, Brx."03:11, 15 March 2012

Wouldn't it suck if it turned out they were right?

By they, I mean cranks of course.

What if, against all evidence, Obama turned out to be a Kenyan Muslim? Terry Hurlbut would be fucking insufferable!

What if water really did have memory?

It would be the fulfilling of the Galileo gambit...

"Shut up, Brx."02:58, 14 March 2012