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by ThirdParty
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 476
Views: 38875

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Nah, I think it's stress. There's basically five possibilities: "I cannot win" = The speaker is not able to win. "I can not win" = The speaker is able to lose, but isn't eager to do so. "I cannot win" = The speaker is not able to win, and is frustrated about that. "...
by ThirdParty
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 476
Views: 38875

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Why is onomatopoeia different in different languages? While English speakers say that ducks go "quack", German speakers say that frogs go "quak". Strange. Why the disagreement of what animals sound like? Part of what's going on in this particular example is that English has a lo...
by ThirdParty
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 476
Views: 38875

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I tried a bunch of other variants on Google Ngrams. "Sweetart" is nearly as popular as "Sweetard", and preceded it slightly: link.

("sweet'art" is also present and slightly before "sweetart", but I can't seem to make the URL work for showing it)
by ThirdParty
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question
Replies: 12
Views: 2248

Re: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question

I find it most intuitive to just use the basic definition of conditional probability: P(H|E) = P(E&H)/P(E) = P(E&H)/[P(E&H)+P(E&~H)] Identify the set of possible worlds consistent with the evidence. Figure out what proportion of those worlds (weighted by their prior probabilities, if...
by ThirdParty
Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question
Replies: 12
Views: 2248

Re: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question

The original probability that Helena would inherit the gene but none of her 3 sons would inherit it from her was 50%^4 = 6.25%. The original probability that Helena would not inherit the gene was 50%. So, given the information that Helena's 3 sons did not inherit the disease, the probability that He...
by ThirdParty
Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1072 has been dropped and is falling, but hasn't hit the ground yet. It has no windows, so the people inside aren't sure what's going on. They're making jokes like "did someone forget to pay the gravity bill?" They sure will be surprised when they go splat in another second or two.
by ThirdParty
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Thinking in words, and noticing errors
Replies: 15
Views: 3036

Re: Thinking in words, and noticing errors

I sometimes dislike when details about a character or location are revealed gradually (for example: "Her long hair waved in the wind" two chapters after introducing the character) because of it conflicting with the image I had in my mind. Yeah, I don't have that problem. Heck, the author ...
by ThirdParty
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock
Replies: 15
Views: 2066

Re: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock

I think this explains the phenomenon. Aha! Yes, that's helpful. I had no idea that clock displays cycle each segment rather than just having them all on at once, but it makes sense that you wouldn't want to risk an "8" being dimmer than a "1". It can actually happen even when my...
by ThirdParty
Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock
Replies: 15
Views: 2066

Re: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock

Try looking at other things through your glasses while brushing your teeth. Divide the world into things that do and things that don't look different that way. A second copy of the alarm clock (they were on sale X years ago, so I bought two) also displays the phenomenon. Nothing else in my house di...
by ThirdParty
Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock
Replies: 15
Views: 2066

Re: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock

I doubt it. The clock's display looks like a standard numeric LCD that composes each number out of seven line segments; it's not a dot matrix. I don't have a fancy camera available, but I tried taking a picture of the clock with my cell phone. It looks normal in the picture. I also tried applying th...
by ThirdParty
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock
Replies: 15
Views: 2066

Toothbrush, glasses, and clock

I've been inspired by the recent moiré comic to ask a question that I've been wondering about for a couple of years: I have an electric toothbrush, a pair of eyeglasses which correct for nearsightedness, and a digital alarm clock-radio. It is possible to use any two of these three items simultaneous...
by ThirdParty
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1066 has been invaded by Normans.
by ThirdParty
Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Elementary probability
Replies: 5
Views: 1357

Re: Elementary probability

That depends what you mean by "reasonably certain". If the answer is intended to be "292", then the question is presumably intended to be "If each letter has an independent 40% probability of receiving a reply, how many letters do you need to send out so that you have at le...
by ThirdParty
Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

In the event of a sudden loss of skyscraper pressure, oxygen masks will drop down from Floor 1062 to the floors below.
by ThirdParty
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 476
Views: 38875

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

For me junk is kind of a middle ground, between thing that's definitely wanted, and thing for which removal is definitely wanted. Same, though I also use "junk" for things whose removal I definitely want but am not presently able to effect. To me, both trash and garbage are dirty, junk is...
by ThirdParty
Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 476
Views: 38875

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Is there a difference between "trash" and "garbage" to you? For me, they're synonyms. I've read that historically there was a difference. Garbage referring to food waste. They're not quite synonyms for me. I think I use "garbage" for "stuff that should be gotten r...
by ThirdParty
Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 6746

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

The effect of freezers on bread turns out to be something everyone on the internet has an opinion on, so I try to avoid the subject by just eating all my bread as soon as I get it. I just popped in to share my opinion on the effect of freezers on bread: they ruin it. No matter what you do to defros...
by ThirdParty
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 476
Views: 38875

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Um, according to my favorite dictionary, "SCUBA", "tuba", and "lieu" are all /ju/ in Britain and /u/ in the U.S. I thought the puzzle was what "SCUBA" is doing in this category when U.S. English doesn't usually yod-drop after /k/ the way it does after /t/ or /...
by ThirdParty
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 476
Views: 38875

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

/skj/ is a pretty complicated consonant cluster. There are no perfect comparisons to lend one particular pronunciation more weight ("Cuba" is a Spanish proper noun, "CUNY" is an acronym and not widely known, neither starts with an s, and "skew" is spelled with a differ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 476
Views: 38875

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Why do we say "scuba" as /skubə/ "skooba" and not /skjubə/ "skyooba"? We say "Cuba" as /kjubə/. Hmm. Interesting question. At first I thought it might be because it's an acronym, but "CUNY" is /kjuni/. Then I thought it might be the "s", b...
by ThirdParty
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Take a penny leave a penny.
Replies: 2203
Views: 268613

Re: Take a penny leave a penny.

I put the tale of the Alice's Restaurant Massacree, with a four-part harmony, in the middle of the pile of garbage. There are now three pennies, an Alaskan Elim, the tale of the Alice's Restaurant Massacree, with a four-part harmony, a bass line, a melody, and negative one year without posts on the ...
by ThirdParty
Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 476
Views: 38875

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

flicky1991 wrote:You'd have to show me a plural-looking singular that truncates without the "s" to convince me that the same applies to "mathematics".

"economics" to "econ"?
by ThirdParty
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1042 contains faculty offices for about a twentieth of the LUXS physics department.

(It's a very big department. The xkcd Skyscraper attracts a lot of physicists.)
by ThirdParty
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1038 is another floor owned by the Lowermost University of the Xkcd [sic] Skyscraper. It consists mainly of laboratories for the Departments of Pedagogy, Penology, and Proctology. It is difficult to tell which are which.
by ThirdParty
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 476
Views: 38875

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

And there's doubtless disagreement about things such as "There is a team who play football" and "There are a team who play football" I believe the former is the American standard and the latter is the British standard. I was thinking the reverse. According to OED , you can say &...
by ThirdParty
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Thinking in words, and noticing errors
Replies: 15
Views: 3036

Re: Thinking in words, and noticing errors

When you have a thought, do you tend to think it in words and sentences? Mostly. I feel like my working memory can hold about 12 things . Each thing can be a word, a location, a simple image, or a sound. In principle I can think with any of them. (e.g. Counting to ten in words, on my fingers, by im...
by ThirdParty
Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1027 believes itself to be a prime number, but is mistaken.
by ThirdParty
Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1024 contains a hydroponic coffee plantation, converting Floor 1022's productivity into beans that Floor 1023 can process into gourmet coffee.

Considered collectively, Floors 1022 thru 1024 represent another perpetual motion machine.
by ThirdParty
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1012, logically enough, contains faculty offices and lecture halls for the Lowermost University's Department of Sciuriology.
by ThirdParty
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1009 contains the main dining hall for LUXS students, some lab space for the LUXS Department of Biology, a supply room for the LUXS Department of Epidemiology, and several demo arenas used by the LUXS School of Medicine. Large fans ensure that the dining hall is kept at negative temperature an...
by ThirdParty
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1007 contains the administrative offices for the Lowermost University of the Xkcd [sic] Skyscraper. ("Study at LUXS, achieve Success.") The rest of the University is located on other, higher floors. (In some cases much higher. Some students have over an hour's elevator ride between t...
by ThirdParty
Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 995 contains all floors (and only those floors) which do not contain themselves.
by ThirdParty
Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8589
Views: 1340563

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

So much can be done with 1759. I ran out of energy to work on this one, but thought I'd share the half-finished product anyway:

1759 with icons.jpg

Geography tip: you can safely assume that any place you've heard of is larger and more important than any place you haven't.
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 951 contains a showcase displaying baseball memorabilia for the "New Orleans Cajuns": pennants, trophies, signed balls, framed rookie cards, etc. It's a perfectly normal-seeming floor. (There's just one minor puzzle: no such team exists. So where all the memorabilia came from is a my...
by ThirdParty
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 939 contains a colony of bats who wonder would it would be like to be human.
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 933 has a bunch of U.V. lamps. It's where people from Floor 932 go when they want a tan.
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 929 is under arrest for the murder of Floor 921. Floor 929 has the right to remain silent. Anything Floor 929 says may be used against it in a court of architecture. Floor 929 has the right to consult a draftsman; if it cannot afford a draftsman one will be appointed for it.
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

On Floor 917, nobody finishes their
by ThirdParty
Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 137933

Re: 1446: "Landing"

taixzo wrote:Rosetta has landed - but Landing has not been updated. I wonder if Randall will add a final closing frame for this?
Yeah, he really should. Wonder if he just forgot.
by ThirdParty
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1130
Views: 46608

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 898 is a perfect square. It doesn't contain anything of interest, probably due to its lack of voluminousness.

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