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by Bloopy
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: stop walking on the escalators
Replies: 103
Views: 24901

Re: stop walking on the escalators

A local rock band here made a song called Escalator about the very issue of people standing still: https://open.spotify.com/track/2D9ZdM1VmQ2t9FfxgeJiDp Escalator etiquette isn't great here in Auckland because of the lack of non-edible subways, but things could improve now that they're building a co...
by Bloopy
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can Renesemee catch on?
Replies: 43
Views: 1241

Re: Can Renesemee catch on?

What's disturbing is not the name itself, but the fact that parents have managed to spell it so many different ways already (none of which match OP's spelling, funnily enough). My parents considered calling me Christopher, but settled on Paul, partly to save me time and effort. :lol: If I constantly...
by Bloopy
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"
Replies: 20
Views: 1794

Re: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"

If you screen it in black and white, it elicits rave reviews from Béla Tarr fans.
by Bloopy
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Longest Chess Word
Replies: 6
Views: 1337

Re: Longest Chess Word

cabbageheaded (13) gets some usage.

Might be able to form a longer word in German. So far I've seen Gehegedach (10).
by Bloopy
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 223778

Re: The worst film you've seen

Haha, I love Kill Bill. It makes sense within its own universe where things are exaggerated (especially the sound effects). I'll agree that most of the cruel characters aren't particularly likeable, and so Vol. 2 isn't as great because of all the talking. But O-Ren Ishii and Gogo Yubari in Vol. 1 ar...
by Bloopy
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 3330

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

I propose a third option, neither. Discovery and invention simply split unimportant hairs for semantic and legal purposes. Chimpanzees have been shown to take blades of grass, push them into ant hills and pull out delicious ants. Did it discover or invent this? Doesn't matter, it is a product of th...
by Bloopy
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Twin Peaks Returns : Damn Fine Coffee
Replies: 4
Views: 1832

Re: Twin Peaks Returns : Damn Fine Coffee

Continuing spoilers through Ep.8: So... the atomic bomb opened a rift to the Black Lodge (and myriad other dimensions), a spirit thing birthed a plethora of souls, Bob among them, and Mr. Homn and the Fat Lady sent Laura to Earth to save it? Seems about right (although I've seen some...
by Bloopy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 1980s PCs
Replies: 2
Views: 474

Re: 1980s PCs

It's BASICA, the version seen here: http://www.os2museum.com/wp/dos/dos-3-3/
by Bloopy
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 1980s PCs
Replies: 2
Views: 474

1980s PCs

This is our first PC from 1986 when I was 2. Not sure if I should be surprised that its name doesn't return any Google results, but it's a Super Star XT-6 made in Taiwan - an IBM XT clone which no doubt infringed on a patent or two. In a big up yours to third millennium electronics, both it and the ...
by Bloopy
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 223778

Re: The worst film you've seen

It's funny that Shyamalan's other work gets a lot of mentions, because my most hated is The Sixth Sense. Maybe I could've appreciated it a bit as an adult instead of seeing it at about age 16, but it's too late. Seeing it a 2nd time is categorically ineffective, which makes it the antithesis to one'...
by Bloopy
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of
Replies: 747
Views: 229714

Re: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of

I don't even remember whether this fellow was the main character. I remember him as dark haired but balding and tall, someone deep but nasal voice). I only saw the last part of the film. Dark-haired but balding could be Billy Crystal in Mr. Saturday Night (1992). I haven't seen it though so I don't...
by Bloopy
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 38521

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

Im not drawing any momentum from the rope. The momentum of the system is 0, I am not changing that. The energy is being extracted from food. Kick yourself away from the block. You and the block will both move, and then recoil back to each other. When you are at v=0, kick it again. You and the block...
by Bloopy
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 38521

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

BlackSails wrote:The rope is massless, but it isnt unstretchable.

Well, the puzzle doesn't mention that it's unstretchable. It also doesn't mention that the rope isn't some sort of wormhole or portal you can just reach into and draw some momentum from.
by Bloopy
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 530
Views: 16831

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

I was thinking about the Hollywood connection, as it seems to me that Hollywood itself has a responsibility for a lot of the problematic social attitudes. I'm thinking in particular of the movie trope (roughly this TVTropes trope ) where the guy suddenly, without warning, grabs and kisses the girl....
by Bloopy
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 530
Views: 16831

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

CorruptUser wrote:The people that go into politics are the popular, outgoing kids in high school that rarely got rejected for dates

True for the good-looking ones. But some only have the outgoing attribute and had to get into the position of power first to get anywhere.
by Bloopy
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 38521

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

I liked this post: @jasondrake: That approach is so much easier: Go to one side of the block. You are probably warmer than the block. You emit radiation roughly isotropically, but the block will absorb some part and emit it isotropically again. In total, you get a bit of net thrust, and you move ...
by Bloopy
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A Fun Math "Puzzle" [Solution]
Replies: 2
Views: 873

Re: A Fun Math "Puzzle" [Solution]

This particular one has been showing up on Facebook a lot in the last few months. Rather than testing maths, it mainly just tests whether people look closely enough at such an irritating post to notice that the symbols in the last line have been altered. I certainly didn't, and it just made it all t...
by Bloopy
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Twin Peaks Returns : Damn Fine Coffee
Replies: 4
Views: 1832

Re: Twin Peaks Returns : Damn Fine Coffee

I enjoyed S3, but not enough to be jumping to watch it again any time soon. I suppose it was to be expected, but my main gripe is that they just kept piling on the paranormal stuff. In the original series you mainly just had Bob & Mike, the lodges/grove, dreams and visions, the communications re...
by Bloopy
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3285
Views: 598671

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I've neglected to post my most ridiculous dream from last year here. I dreamt it after I found out I was being made redundant from work, and immediately after a dream about a family member being diagnosed with cancer (albeit curable). It may even be my most epic ever: There was a touristy bar with i...
by Bloopy
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Bill Gates regrets
Replies: 6
Views: 4370

Re: Bill Gates regrets

If the so-called firmware interrupt was just a reboot, it's hardly missed. Had it taken you into a menu, it might be a different story.

Also, this way we can blame Gates for 'Loss'.
by Bloopy
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Screw the Nobel Peace Prize--witness Baking Soda!
Replies: 7
Views: 1188

Re: Screw the Nobel Peace Prize--witness Baking Soda!

At first I thought the corporation you were trying to defeat was a startup company founded by your underarm bacteria.
by Bloopy
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 538 hats riddle
Replies: 20
Views: 2707

Re: 538 hats riddle

SirGabriel's answer assumes that you see who is wearing each hat. No communication rules out the possibility of seeing their faces. However, the puzzle neglects to mention anything that would prevent you from identifying the chosen 3 by height. Or alternatively by their position in the studio relat...
by Bloopy
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Illustrated Math Function
Replies: 8
Views: 5308

Re: Illustrated Math Function

Answer enclosed here for the record: The images were obtained using the polygamma function: y = ψ (x) (1), for x = -1 to 2. The two primates are frowning (negative), giving -2*Apéry's constant. The first missing image could be quite gross considering a log of the number 2...
by Bloopy
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 2803

Re: Use of mythological referents

Yeah, I thought about "insurmountable" and "arduous" and "hopeless" but it just ain't quite the same meaning. FYI, here's the sentence where I wanted to use it (discussing the practicality of a Maxwell's Demon for sorting particles): The Demon would find that, after a ...
by Bloopy
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Heat loss in a spaceship
Replies: 36
Views: 5014

Re: Heat loss in a spaceship

The 1993 movie Lifepod is hugely relevant to this thread. The one escape pod first gets annoyingly hot and then later freezing cold as they're battling trying to keep the systems working. I guess they were in the heat of the sun but drifting away from it. I can't remember the exact details.
by Bloopy
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 2803

Re: Use of mythological referents

Some kids will be able to retain a larger vocabulary size, so it's good to throw a few challenging words in for them. I'd say keep it. "Sisyphean" is a great word with no synonym to my knowledge. If it's in the context of a Sisyphean task, you could say insurmountable task, but I don't thi...
by Bloopy
Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Isosceles triangles and circles : puzzle connection
Replies: 15
Views: 2211

Re: Isosceles triangles and circles : puzzle connection

So you have theoretically 81/3=27 as maximal number of shapes. But the reachable maximal number is far less. Are you sure it's far less? I hope I understood the puzzle correctly. I got 24 distinct isosceles shapes on my first attempt so I'd guess 27 could be possible. edit: Just noticed I could edi...
by Bloopy
Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1763
Views: 335682

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

Sounds like an absolute bully to me. It didn't come across very well then. Clown would be more accurate. He did his best to make maths as enjoyable as possible for everyone. He was one of the friendliest teachers. I don't remember the context of the handicap one, but the kid probably fell off his c...
by Bloopy
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1763
Views: 335682

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

I also had a high school teacher (for maths and then statistics) who was so funny that I eventually started writing down things he said. Any students of his would immediately recognise who I'm talking about. He's now the principal of the school and I hope he's still imprinting his catchphrases on ge...
by Bloopy
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Graph theory terminology
Replies: 16
Views: 4364

Re: Graph theory terminology

those words aren't used in mathematics for anything else It's definitely satisfying to pick words that don't conjure up distracting thoughts from within your domain. I tried "link" but went off it quickly as it's become a buzzword. If you combine it with anything it looks like a top-level...
by Bloopy
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: var == 'value' vs 'value' == var
Replies: 20
Views: 5733

Re: var == 'value' vs 'value' == var

I fondly recall watching a colleague write a Yoda condition in SQL, but the funny part was that my boss is a self-taught programmer and didn't expect it to work at all. After many years of dealing with data which has unique IDs, I'm a bit rusty on .equals, but that one might actually be useful on oc...
by Bloopy
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Graph theory terminology
Replies: 16
Views: 4364

Graph theory terminology

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graph_theory
A graph in this context is made up of vertices, nodes, or points which are connected by edges, arcs, or lines.


Could also throw links & ... in the mix, or:

Drags & traps?
Spaghetti & meatballs?
2x4s & sycamores?
by Bloopy
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:25 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: FEEDBACK: what if ? GLOBAL WINDSTORM
Replies: 4
Views: 3949

Re: FEEDBACK: what if ? GLOBAL WINDSTORM

There's already a thread for this one. It's available to read online since it was released as a preview to the book:
viewtopic.php?t=109758
by Bloopy
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 5667

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

Velo Steve wrote:RAW, no color balance works for me.


Fixing your photos up in software later ain't no crime in my books. It can really make them 'pop': :P
by Bloopy
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 10676

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Alright, who pointed their vacuum cleaner at their monitor?
by Bloopy
Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 17803

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

There are examples of purple being used for BBQ, Salt & Vinegar or something spicy, probably when the preferred colour was already taken by something else. Ranch isn't a core flavour here so I'm yet to try it. Doritos may be the only example available though. This takes the game to another level...
by Bloopy
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 17803

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

What?! Blue is for paprika (sweet pepper)! It weirds me that you haven't even listed that flavour —conversely, salt & vinegar isn't too popular outside of the UK. Also it doesn't make sense for cheese & onion to be green: if either of those ingredients is green, you'd better throw it away. ...
by Bloopy
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 17803

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Caramel and lime have been wronged the most. I almost never drink coffee, but coffee-flavoured things can be great too. I can understand the rest of the low scorers even if I don't agree with any of them. Of course, some of these can vary a lot. I like those mint leaf sweets, but otherwise mint is a...
by Bloopy
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Steering showdown
Replies: 29
Views: 12650

Re: Steering showdown

At first I assumed I did something closer to 10&2, but in fact the top 2 spokes of my steering wheel where I put my hands are at 9&3. With the length of my arms and the way my steering wheel is adjusted, 10&2 is too much of a stretch and now I'm definitely happy to keep it that way. Even...
by Bloopy
Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What is lemonade?
Replies: 15
Views: 5872

Re: What is lemonade?

There is such a thing as drinkable "lemon juice" from concentrate, it's just extremely uncommon. But in the context of ordering lemon juice from a restaurant menu, the name ought to work because you wouldn't expect to receive the stuff used for cooking. :wink:

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