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  1. about 15 hours ago on F Minus

    I don’t think many (any?) asteroids are round; and Phobos and Deimos, for example, are basically slightly rounded rocks. Perhaps instead of referencing size one could appeal to amount of gravity; that would screen out the rocks.

    I think you’ll find that I said I rather liked Akin’s definition; I never said I thought it should be forced on astronomers. Specialists have specialized meanings for some words, so that “work” to a physicist isn’t the same as “work” to most non-physicists. I never use “linguist” to mean “polyglot,” though many people do. But if non-specialists should not force their less-precise definitions on specialists, neither should specialists bully non-specialists into accepting their definitions. From a lexicographical standpoint, definitions should be based on actual usage, not a specialist group’s fiat.

  2. about 15 hours ago on The Argyle Sweater

    “The Bible also says everything is evil.” Source?

    “The Bible has nothing on a waffling caring mother.” It’s grammatical, but so is Chomsky’s “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.” And about as meaningful.

    Your remarks about culture seem to imply that you don’t think such a thing exists. It’s not that hard to work out what ideas and practices are typical for a given society. In the OT period, for example, staying alive was difficult, so some people were willing to trade liberty for life, especially if the owner was decent (more likely in some cultures than others).

    That said, slavery does tend to degrade human dignity, and modern technology makes it increasingly pointless except as a way of expressing dominance, which is also unhealthy.

  3. about 15 hours ago on Wallace the Brave

    Poor Rose! That joke would’ve worked better in print.

  4. about 15 hours ago on Wallace the Brave

    “Lepre” isn’t a prefix; “leprechaun” is an Irish word of uncertain etymology. That means, of course, it was the work of ALIENS!!

  5. about 16 hours ago on Ten Cats

    Are you off your meds or on your drugs? I can’t tell from here. ;)

  6. about 16 hours ago on Ten Cats

    You just had to milk the joke, didn’t you? ;P

  7. about 16 hours ago on Sherman's Lagoon

    How do I know you’re not lying?

  8. about 16 hours ago on Pot-Shots

    Psalm 16:11?

  9. about 16 hours ago on Pickles

    Oh, sure! Blame Weird Al! you’re really just an accordion-hater. Or a polka-hater! Well, we’ve got barrels ready to roll out, and one of them may have your name on it! ;P

  10. about 17 hours ago on The Fusco Brothers

    Mercy!