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9126 Demetrios18th Mar 2014 09:20:35 PM from Mount Prospect, Illinois , Relationship Status: Wishing you were here
[up][up]That might be harder, though. Nobody wants to be poor. tongue
9127 Fighteer18th Mar 2014 10:44:04 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Geronimo!
@Nohbody: Although not explicitly stated as such, covering the planet in a layer of soda cans that thick would undoubtedly eliminate all organic life via any of numerous mechanisms.
9128 petersohn19th Mar 2014 05:11:32 AM , Relationship Status: Hiding
9129 KylerThatch19th Mar 2014 05:40:04 AM , Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
Took me a while to get it, but I got it. 2 combines with 2 to make 4, which combines with the other 4 to make 8, which combines with the other 8 to make 16.
A cotton heart and a button eye
You are the apple of my eye
9130 Nohbody19th Mar 2014 06:42:32 AM from Somewhere in Dixie , Relationship Status: Mu
"In distress", my ass.
@Fighteer: Yeah, but it's not quite as dramatic as the Hair Dryer of Doom or relativistic baseballs. tongue
9131 Tangent12819th Mar 2014 08:27:13 AM from Virginia , Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
2048 is some kind of slide-puzzle game where you merge numbers into greater and greater powers of 2.

I tried it a few days ago, for some reason it never hooked me.
Do you highlight everything looking for secret messages?
9132 petersohn19th Mar 2014 08:29:37 AM , Relationship Status: Hiding
I had to look it up on Explain xkcd. Now I can't stop playing.
9133 ShadowHog19th Mar 2014 09:41:56 AM from Earth , Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
I learned about it from somebody on Doomworld over the weekend.

This is the game in question. It is insanely addicting.
Moon
The faster you go, the slower time goes. The same rule applies to how close you are to a gravitating body. Astronauts ultimately experience time slower because the effects of velocity on time dilation are greater than the effects of decreased gravity. You have to be much farther from earth, apparently, for the two to cancel out, afterwards it guess you start experiencing time faster. But what point is that at?
twitter - @pricekr
9135 DeMarquis19th Mar 2014 06:11:46 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
re 2048, I read that the best way to win is to cluster all your highest value tiles in one corner. Good luck.
Humanity is the species that must test every possible wrong idea to destruction before choosing the right ones.
9136 KylerThatch19th Mar 2014 06:19:28 PM , Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
Easier said than done.
A cotton heart and a button eye
You are the apple of my eye
9137 DeMarquis19th Mar 2014 06:32:27 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
I've been playing all day, and havnt won yet.
Humanity is the species that must test every possible wrong idea to destruction before choosing the right ones.
9138 Nintendork6419th Mar 2014 07:40:19 PM from In the crypt of the Necro Dancer, zone 4-4 , Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
I say, have you seen a Triforce around here?
I've been hooked for the last few hours, thanks. Has anyone been able to beat it yet? My highest tile is 512, and highest score is 7092.
9139 DeMarquis19th Mar 2014 07:41:14 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
You and I are about even. It wouldnt be fun to play if you could beat it in a day.
Humanity is the species that must test every possible wrong idea to destruction before choosing the right ones.
9140 KylerThatch19th Mar 2014 08:34:02 PM , Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
My best attempt, I got to the 1024 tile.
A cotton heart and a button eye
You are the apple of my eye
Not Actually Indie
You mean the rich countries that don't clearcut ginormous swathes of rainforest to make room for farming purposes, like Brazil? Or countries where they burn cow (or local equivalent) chips for heat in spite of the noxious stuff it releases?

The deforestation in Brazil is done mainly to make room for cattle ranches to serve first world markets (rainforest can actually regenerate from slash and burn subsistence agriculture, but won't regrow over pasture, and local markets don't provide the demand that makes the ranches profitable.) In terms of air pollution, people who're burning buffalo chips for fuel are responsible for much less than people who're end-users of a few tons of coal per year, leaving carbon dioxide out of the equation entirely.

Is making the developed world poor again a viable solution to environmental damage? Hell no. Would it actually result in lower levels of environmental damage if implemented? Hell yes.
...eventually, we will reach a maximum entropy state where nobody has their own socks or underwear, or knows who to ask to get them back.
9142 Clarste20th Mar 2014 04:19:38 PM , Relationship Status: Non-Canon
One Winged Egret
Didn't cattle farming cause the Sahara Desert? The beef industry is one of the biggest offenders in environmental damage.
9143 Matues20th Mar 2014 04:23:18 PM from eye on the horizon , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
WARGLFLARG
Cows are causing environmental damage!

Let's eat more hamburgers! That'll show them!
9144 Fighteer20th Mar 2014 04:26:55 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
I think the Sahara has been that way for ages, like, since before cattle farming was a thing. Of course, there's desertification of sub Saharan Africa
twitter - @pricekr

Managed to get a 4096 tile. :p Scored 50464.
9147 KylerThatch20th Mar 2014 05:09:55 PM , Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
It doesn't end when you get the 2048 tile?
A cotton heart and a button eye
You are the apple of my eye

It tells you you won but you have the option to stop or continue.
I'm pretty sure the Sahara is just in the correct latitude for deserts, but it has expanded at least in part thanks to our efforts.
9150 DeMarquis20th Mar 2014 10:53:07 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Your thinking about the Sahel, which expanded once the nomads who helped graze it disappeared.
Humanity is the species that must test every possible wrong idea to destruction before choosing the right ones.

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