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by Soupspoon
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 151
Views: 28676

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Just passed a guy in a park blowing bubbles. Well, using the dunked-rope trick to envelop a lot of air, like they do. And every now and then blowing smaller smoke (vape?) bubbles into them, for various effects ranging from several 'small' (football-sized!) bubbles sitting in the bottom of the big cl...
by Soupspoon
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 5621

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

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by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 5621

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

Has anyone detected the rippling waves of winsomeness when two small, cute cats get into close proximity and eventually hug?
by Soupspoon
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2087: "Rocket Launch"
Replies: 14
Views: 3132

Re: 2087: "Rocket Launch"

http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=57558&mode=view The leftmost crossing (the second in total) of this zoom-and-crop slice is the anomaly (anti-aliased border notably whites-out the other dash it crosses, unless the two ends were redrawn in afterwards, notably a pixel or two off-line t...
by Soupspoon
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2087: "Rocket Launch"
Replies: 14
Views: 3132

Re: 2087: "Rocket Launch"

The (deliberate, I'm sure) extra-wide confluence of the jinking paths could be where the lower path (four-time crossing boosters) merely scrape against the upper (final stage) and depart to their destructive end or the fifth and final victorious crossing of the ultimately jubilant boosters as they r...
by Soupspoon
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2087: "Rocket Launch"
Replies: 14
Views: 3132

2087: "Rocket Launch"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/rocket_launch.png Title text: NASA tries to coordinate launch timing with the Care Bears' cloud castle, but unfortunately sometimes collisions with stray Care Bears are unavoidable, so they just try to make the fairings sturdy and hope for a glancing impact. That looks ...
by Soupspoon
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 722505

Re: Doctor Whom

And she was really disillusioned about aliens. Well, when she didn't entirely miss the alien goings-on... Tate/Noble had her good bits, but the OTT character-acting was a turn-off for me in both pre-Who and Who material. Clever-but-too-clever. She was essentially DoctorDonna far too much (even with...
by Soupspoon
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 722505

Re: Doctor Whom

Whichever way, I'm sure Thirteen, like Ten (who had the Raxacoricofallapatorians to refer to numerous times, and Bannakaffalatta in full as asked) knew how to say his name from the start and was entirely doing it out of mischief (put-on-the-back-foot antagonism of Tzim/T'zim/T'Zim-Sha for psychologi...
by Soupspoon
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 4512

Re: 2086: "History Department"

That would be a historic development!
by Soupspoon
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test
Replies: 11
Views: 2467

Re: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test

What is the evolutionary advantage to self-cleaning for a bundle of instinctual processes that is never in a situation to see it's reflection, like an underwater creature? Could be an extension of the "don't get needlessly frightened of one's own shadow, but do get frightened of other shadows ...
by Soupspoon
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 4512

Re: 2086: "History Department"

Randall exposed the scandalous inefficiency of History Departments, for a start. 17/Dec/2018. A day that will be recorded in the annals of infamy by… someone. Probably. Maybe. After we fire the current lot and get a new set trained up, surely…
by Soupspoon
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Average Difference between 2 Dice
Replies: 14
Views: 2172

Re: Average Difference between 2 Dice

I last played (vanilla) ?A?D&D no later than... '91 or' 92, if I've not forgotten a later time. I couldn't even tell you for certain that there were no D20s involved, but I rather imagine I probably just threw a designated number of D6s according to various requests by the person running that ga...
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 6218

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

It's possible that (with suitable adjustments for time-zones in use by each party) checking when the expkainxkcd wiki entry gets autopopulated by the relevant editing-bot could give you a "no later than" timestamp for when any given comic appears (maybe "and no earlier than 15 minutes...
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Average Difference between 2 Dice
Replies: 14
Views: 2172

Re: Average Difference between 2 Dice

Xanthir wrote:So rolling a green 5/red 6 gives a +5 result?

Yes.

(I may have now edited a little more into that post than you just read, BTW, as I thought of more to say. But you obviously get the idea.)
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Average Difference between 2 Dice
Replies: 14
Views: 2172

Re: Average Difference between 2 Dice

I always quite liked the old "Babylon 5 Dice" method. One red D6, one green (or other pre-arranged differentiation, at a push). Roll them both, use the lowest one of the two as an offset to the success level. If it's red it makes the value negative, green makes it positive. Doubles are exa...
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1286
Views: 101276

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1253 doesn't seem to be getting anywhere with two cranes, so they try something similar yet different…
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by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 4512

Re: 2086: "History Department"

What we need is to have a year when nothing happens. Or else one big thing that is an open-and-shut subject.

Let's see… hmmm… *riffles through diaries* …how does 2023 suit everybody?
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1286
Views: 101276

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1251 has an engine careering in reverse at 90 gallons to the mile.[/quote]
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite Mathematical Equation
Replies: 87
Views: 14292

Re: Favorite Mathematical Equation

BioTronic wrote:Integral z squared dz
from one to the cube root of three

(Doesn't rhyme, in English English. ;))

From physics:
P1V1/T1 = P2V2/T2

From QI:
y=ln(x/m-as)/r²
If I back-formed it again correctly without being an idiot, can be re-resolved to: merry=x-mas
by Soupspoon
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 8255

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Every Good Boy Deserves Favor (or Fudge). (Learning to read music, the lines in the treble clef from bottom up. The Moody Blues used that for the title of an album.) Of course, being British, they spelled it "Favour". Although for my teachers it was actually spelt "Football" whe...
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 8255

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Never Eat Shredded Wheat (compass points, in clockwise order) rhymes and scans. Most of the mnemonics I use these days aren't rhymes ('clever' in other ways, if at all) but this is the one given me from my very much younger days (Cub Scout era). I think I just used the word "WE" (rather th...
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 5210

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

Just occurred to me: The One Ring was a Horcrux. (Or, rather, the Horcrii/Horcruxen were as derivative of such older examples as most of the rest of the stories.)
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 274
Views: 24607

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

There must be something in the air, as the pieces at the bottom of the board are trying to attack it. I should have checked my correction for potential corrections. In fact, had I left it like I wrote it, you would likely have done what I meant with one piece. :P Never mind! 1) Grab Up 2) M...
by Soupspoon
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 8255

Re: 2084: "FDR"

(In my school the two things that were mentioned were Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima and Nagasaki) (/is tempted to make a Math s XOR Grammar comment. :mrgreen:) It's likely that "Hiroshima and Nagasaki" are joined together as a single, fixed phrase in a lot of people's minds. I perfectly unde...
by Soupspoon
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 8255

Re: 2084: "FDR"

But I have the impression that mnemonic rhymes are more prevalent in the US. It might be more the Anglosphere, That benefits from this trick, here. Our language has such language roots, It from the world of words recruits. You need to rhyme the digit "Four", And have matched endings all g...
by Soupspoon
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 8255

Re: 2084: "FDR"

SalSomer wrote:(In my school the two things that were mentioned were Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima and Nagasaki)

(/is tempted to make a Maths XOR Grammar comment. :mrgreen:)
by Soupspoon
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Building a chair out of glue
Replies: 6
Views: 1312

Re: Building a chair out of glue

The low-cost variant of that experiment is a bottle of wood glue and a steady hand.. I aint got the patience. I'd rather scratch-build a glue-deposition robot, that can be used repetitiously, consistently or adjustably to investigate optimum timings and quantities upon the end-product. Which would ...
by Soupspoon
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Building a chair out of glue
Replies: 6
Views: 1312

Re: Building a chair out of glue

I suggest an experiment with an actuator-driven glue dispenser and an X/Y(/Z)-plotter with a suitable template and schedule to follow I mean, that's 3d-printing. Not even like 3d-printing, but it is . Laminarity might mean it's not as good as 'cast' volumes, but I suspect that the tricks you'd need ...
by Soupspoon
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Will robots replace programmers?
Replies: 15
Views: 3478

Re: Will robots replace programmers?

If robots replace programmers still they need programmer for themselves, so into my opinion they can't replace fully. If the pattern becomes advanced then their is the possibilities of advance jobs for programmers. in last AI can not be as smart as human programmers to be successful. AI can work on...
by Soupspoon
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 274
Views: 24607

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

Curious to see what I submitted, I find I need to note the following typo (sleep-deprived) errors corrected. Hopefully acceptable/compatible with what you're already doing. 1: Attack Left-Up 2: Move Left-Down 3: Attack Up 4: Attack Right-Down 5: n/a W: Move Up (yeah, I know I just came from ther...
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 5129

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

It's a plausible reason at least. It would be preferable to crash land on land than out in the middle of open ocean. Rescue is much faster and easier the closer you are to civilization after all. One could argue that the Greenland ice-cap is only a slight improvement over open ocean. Especially if ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 5210

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

TIL: I once worked in a small office opposite a garage (car/light-van repairing type) that we could see arc-welding happening in. May not have been entirely wired 'to code' (office and/or garage and/or the private road itself that we both were on), so this was the first time I learnt the value of su...
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 5129

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

I can't remember when I first learnt "angles, areas, distances - pick no more than two of these to be consistent" for planar plans of spherical surfaces.

(I'm a big fan of gnomonic projections, to a limit. But you also can't beat a good rhumb line.)
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 722505

Re: Doctor Whom

It was… interesting. Addy was such a similar-looking character to Dooley in ep2 that I didn't realise it wasn't him for a longer time than I ought to admit. Also thought Phyllis Logan was Penelope "Harriet Jones"/"We know!" Wilton, silly me. Spoiler responses, and other things: E...
by Soupspoon
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding for Kids
Replies: 9
Views: 3382

Re: Coding for Kids

Not sure if that's available outside the iPad world, but I spent not a little time with Gladiabots (gateway timing out for me, but it's a link that might work when you check it) , myself, a bit unstable on my Android (ironically?) and maybe a bit combat-focussed but boy does it get you thinking abou...
by Soupspoon
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 5129

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

sotanaht wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:
qvxb wrote:Where will the proposed wall between the US and Mexico actually be?

Berlin. They do the best walls!

That wall didn't even last 30 years, if you want something that will last talk to the Chinese.

Send in Michael Knight. It won't last much longer.
by Soupspoon
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: In sympathy for those with snail-like email, tortuously tortoise-like?
Replies: 4
Views: 2353

In sympathy for those with snail-like email, tortuously tortoise-like?

(There's no seemingly appropriate Fleeting Thoughts thread for this.) People here will remember using 28.8k modems, and even much slower, and yet being able to email (or even usenet) easily enough at the time. Is it a valid argument that one should feel the need to drive for 10 minutes to email some...
by Soupspoon
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 5129

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

qvxb wrote:Where will the proposed wall between the US and Mexico actually be?

Berlin. They do the best walls!
by Soupspoon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 5176

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

Grizzlies don't have bare hands, though. They have bear hands.

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