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by Woxor
Sun Mar 07, 2010 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Have You Been Taught Things Which Aren't True?
Replies: 97
Views: 15253

Re: Have You Been Taught Things Which Aren't True?

"To convert to a percentage, you have to multiply by 100%. You can't write 3/5 = 60%."

That still pisses me off. I don't actually know if everyone considers this to be false, but I sure do.
by Woxor
Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I'm bad at maths. Any ideas why?
Replies: 36
Views: 4033

Re: I'm bad at maths. Any ideas why?

The beginning of math mostly sucks. It gets cool at calculus and beyond.
by Woxor
Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematics and intellect
Replies: 85
Views: 8507

Re: Mathematics and intellect

1) What is the second law of thermodynamics? 2) How many electrons in an atom of potassium? 3) How does a refridgerator work, i.e., cool things down? 4) What is a xylem? 5) What does it mean for a company to be highly geared? 6) What is bauxite? 7) What's the difference between mean and median? 8) ...
by Woxor
Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematics and intellect
Replies: 85
Views: 8507

Re: Mathematics and intellect

Just think how mathematicians are portrayed in pop culture, especially movies: smart, yet idiosyncratic and often a little insane. Yeah I was just thinking about how every math/physics guy in media tends to have 170+ IQ, socially inept or mentally unstable, eidetic memory. Pi, Big Bang Theory, Good...
by Woxor
Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 385243

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

"The Metamancer"
by Woxor
Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Russian Ninja arrested in Italy
Replies: 15
Views: 2731

Re: Russian Ninja arrested in Italy

Ha ha, I love that the ninja rode a bicycle.
by Woxor
Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

to keep up with what Obama is doing LOLOLOLOLOLOL

nyeguy wrote:If you had follow his links, you would see he purposefully posted several instances that described the UN not doing anything productive. That was his point exactly.

I dunno, I read thereisnoarticle.com all the time.
by Woxor
Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Surprise! Obama gave an amazing speech. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iRWjTDaT4JuS0nFj9APZAues8vjAD9CGFID00 No surprise to me--that's been his main function for the past 11 months. That and, you know, being the head of government, getting the US through two wars and a recession,...
by Woxor
Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Surprise! Obama gave an amazing speech.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/art ... AD9CGFID00
by Woxor
Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Norwegian Spiral
Replies: 41
Views: 4865

Re: Norwegian Spiral

Jeez, guys, this happens every year. The Nobel Peace Prize descends from a magical spiral in the sky and is given to the purest of heart and noblest of soul, and at the end of the year the recipient is sucked back up into the vortex. Why do you think everyone was so mad about Obama getting it?
by Woxor
Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is your ZIP code prime?
Replies: 90
Views: 6434

Re: Is your ZIP code prime?

My zip code is the product of two three-digit primes, which is pretty cool, cryptographically speaking.
by Woxor
Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: That'll get them to slow down...
Replies: 14
Views: 1473

Re: That'll get them to slow down...

"Hey Jim , is that a pole there?" "Why yes, Bob , I think it is." "And this is where we're expanding the highway?" "Yes, Bob ." "Well, I don't want to question Steve 's road planning abilities. Let's go get the steamroller, then." So I guess China's...
by Woxor
Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: God hates Higgs particles, sabotages LHC
Replies: 49
Views: 5103

Re: God hates Higgs particles, sabotages LHC

I wonder if mathematicians' thoughts are ever sabotaged by abominations from the future. If so, I can blame that for any and all mathematical shortcomings I've ever had.
by Woxor
Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

You compared Obama's deployment of troops to Afghanistan to Obama's continual maintenance of a troop presence in Germany. I was illustrating the absurdity of that comparison. I added your original comment back to the quote pyramid to make this point more obvious. I think there was a miscommunicatio...
by Woxor
Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Philwelch wrote:Pray tell, how many combat operations have US forces in Germany been involved in since January? How many casualties have they suffered? How much of Germany does the central German government actually control?

What the hell are you talking about?
by Woxor
Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

How is it? What am I mischaracterizing about his point? What am I oversimplifying about it? I'll let Belial give the definitive answers to those quesitons, but for starters, this: the Nobel Peace Prize can be given to those who look like they have the power to follow through with what they've promi...
by Woxor
Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Yes, but it would be outright subversive to add "and then he invaded Afghanistan." What? I'm not sure what you're saying, exactly. Yep. That's pretty much all I've seen from him. "Actions mean nothing. Just promise a bunch and you'll get praise." I have a hard time believing tha...
by Woxor
Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

That was the implication. If he wasn't holding Wilson up for comparison, then it was entirely irrelevant. My point was that just because someone argues that they're comparable doesn't mean they're saying Obama is better. Obama won an election. And there were action figures. This is the kind of thin...
by Woxor
Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Great. When I oversimplify or mischaracterize his argument I'll keep that in mind. Did you keep it in mind when you characterized Belial's argument as "screw doing stuff"? 'Cause if so, rock on, I guess. Did I misinterpret? I thought Belial was arguing that Obama did more to facilitate pe...
by Woxor
Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Whoops. My bad. And you have to promise everything to do with peace, but screw DOING stuff. Doing stuff is so overrated. I don't know why anyone does anymore. All the cool kids aren't doing anything! Founding the League of Nations >>>> Promising to give diplomacy a try. Seriously, the dude founded ...
by Woxor
Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8640
Views: 1570274

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Spoiler:
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Decided to go with a "what if David Lynch drew xkcd" theme. *shrug*
by Woxor
Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Can anyone maximize this expression?
Replies: 11
Views: 1393

Re: Can anyone maximize this expression?

That looks interesting, but yeah, it's pretty complicated! One thing that may or may not help is that min(a,b) can be rewritten as (a+b-|a-b|)/2. My instinct is to try to use that and the first derivative test (even though you're dealing with integers, it might give you a clue).
by Woxor
Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Whitehouse's War on Fox News
Replies: 110
Views: 7623

Re: Whitehouse's War on Fox News

Interesting editorial on this from the WSJ:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 43510.html
by Woxor
Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: translate Math comic in xkcd style
Replies: 6
Views: 1887

Re: translate Math comic in xkcd style

"I used to be normal," maybe?
by Woxor
Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama's Senior Moment
Replies: 22
Views: 2237

Re: Obama's Senior Moment

Wrong on history, here. Not only did Hoover spend more on public works programs than all previous presidents combined, but what made the Depression "Great" was a president who spent 10 years pushing a shitty economic policy. You can easily argue that the New Deal didn't end the Depression...
by Woxor
Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Whitehouse's War on Fox News
Replies: 110
Views: 7623

Re: Whitehouse's War on Fox News

Dangermouse wrote:It isn't anywhere near a first amendment violation--Saying "We don't like your coverage" does not constitute censure.

I think you might be confusing "censure" with "censorship."
by Woxor
Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Erepublik
Replies: 12
Views: 1993

Re: Erepublik

*Shameless plug for the eUSA below* I just got into this game, and it's really interesting. For all the USA xkcdians (usaxkcdians?), we at the eUSA are kind of in an embarrassing situation right now, but not nearly as much as we were recently. We were occupied by Russia, Indonesia, and I think Portu...
by Woxor
Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Whitehouse's War on Fox News
Replies: 110
Views: 7623

Re: Whitehouse's War on Fox News

Lycur wrote:How about a source that's not Fox news for the story?

For the most part, nobody else gives a shit. It's not news, and Fox is all-but-admittedly not a news station. Props to the White House for calling a spade a spade, and let's move on.
by Woxor
Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama promises end of "don't ask don't tell", also DOMA
Replies: 41
Views: 3542

Re: Obama promises end of "don't ask don't tell", also DOMA

Aikanaro wrote:I hate you for making so much sense.

Ha ha! If only this had been an Iraq thread.
by Woxor
Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama promises end of "don't ask don't tell", also DOMA
Replies: 41
Views: 3542

Re: Obama promises end of "don't ask don't tell", also DOMA

Bush = Leeroy Jenkins
by Woxor
Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama Quietly Ups Troops in Afghanistan
Replies: 27
Views: 2140

Re: Obama Quietly Ups Troops in Afghanistan

It also knocks down the "the Nobel prize will encourage Obama to act peacefully" argument as well. Actually, this only goes to show how useless it was to award the prize to Obama--not only has Obama done nothing in the past to merit the prize, it is now obvious that his current and future...
by Woxor
Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama Quietly Ups Troops in Afghanistan
Replies: 27
Views: 2140

Re: Obama Quietly Ups Troops in Afghanistan

Walter.Horvath wrote:The Nobel Peace Prize has no bearing on the situation whatsoever.

Except for the fact that this knocks down those "the Nobel prize will threaten our security by preventing Obama from sending more troops" arguments.
by Woxor
Tue Oct 13, 2009 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Autism becomes an asset in the workplace
Replies: 20
Views: 2069

Re: Autism becomes an asset in the workplace

Reminds me of "A Deepness in the Sky," by Vernor Vinge. They had this virus called "Focus" that would basically turn people into autistic geniuses, and it was used to enslave other worlds, etc.
by Woxor
Tue Oct 13, 2009 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

the folks on the right who are going nutso over him get to go - "Uh, well, I guess we don't have any reason to criticize him, then - just the Nobel Committee" Not likely. I'm guessing, "Obama admits to being a do-nothing president," or "Obama doesn't think he's as good as C...
by Woxor
Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Well as long as we're going to quote WSJ articles, I'll give them a chance to look good to you guys for once. I'd rate that passage "not terrible," but it's still self-serving and misleading; not exactly "good." We didn't enter either world war to save Europe; we just happened t...
by Woxor
Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704107204574469203986653982.html?mod=googlenews_wsj This is the print equivalent of making fart noises. "This Nobel Prize is a naked attack on the former president--and, by implication, on the country that elected him." Ha ha ha, yes, giving th...
by Woxor
Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Woxor, there still is the issue of "in the preceding year". Year preceding 2009 = 2008. What did Obama do in 2008? He said he would do all the things he's doing now and intends to do in the future. Like I said, his accomplishments were verbal. Your point underscores mine: that this award ...
by Woxor
Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

I think you're suggesting that the Nobel committee is trying to nudge Obama in the direction of peace. Which would make sense, except that when Thorbjoern Jagland was asked if the Nobel committee was trying to use the prize to influence American foreign policy, he said no. The committee says he won...
by Woxor
Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

I've read all of them. The fact that you fail to make logical sense and that I consequently reject your argument does not mean that I didn't read it. The award is a show of support, not a reward for achievement, but that is still meaningful. Please tell me a single constructive, exceptional thing O...
by Woxor
Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17304

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Philwelch wrote:But it's not premature to award him a fucking medal for them?

You obviously haven't read a word I've written.

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