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by pogrmman
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 2993

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

When I look at the product reviews on, say, Amazon, I like to look at some of the top ratings as well as a few of the bad ratings. Gives me a sense of scale. Almost invariably the worst ratings seem to be coming from someone who did not RTFM. I do that too. What drives me insane is the number of ba...
by pogrmman
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3409
Views: 406856

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'm surprised I haven't seen this yet in this thread -- it happened a few days ago. 9 people were found dead in a trailer in San Antonio. They were undocumented immigrants being trafficked, and they died of heat exhaustion. This whole week, it's been right around 100 in Central Texas, and not droppi...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 2993

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

When I look at the product reviews on, say, Amazon, I like to look at some of the top ratings as well as a few of the bad ratings. Gives me a sense of scale. Almost invariably the worst ratings seem to be coming from someone who did not RTFM. I do that too. What drives me insane is the number of ba...
by pogrmman
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4233
Views: 288117

Re: Trump presidency

Forget sex, forget gender, forget orientation - if you can keep up, you should be able to serve, full stop. I'm in complete agreement here. Why should any of that matter to military service? I don't get why people make things like this an issue. If you are physically able to participate in the mili...
by pogrmman
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4233
Views: 288117

Re: Trump presidency

Forget sex, forget gender, forget orientation - if you can keep up, you should be able to serve, full stop. I'm in complete agreement here. Why should any of that matter to military service? I don't get why people make things like this an issue. If you are physically able to participate in the mili...
by pogrmman
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 3467

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

I'm not sure what it'd be like from an airplane. I'm not going to find out either (I'll be on the ground under totality -- it just so happens to be on my way back to school). I wonder if any flights will be rerouted slightly or timed a bit differently specifically to hit the eclipse. It seems like t...
by pogrmman
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Chess!
Replies: 86
Views: 18359

Re: Chess!

My biggest issue in chess probably with the endgame. I can usually play the opening and middle game to the point where I go into the endgame with an advantage in material (and sometimes position), but I'm not able to capitalize on it. I do best when I can force a checkmate before then. Memorizing t...
by pogrmman
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 869
Views: 198972

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I pronounce them the same in quick speech, but if I'm carefully annunciating (like giving a speech), I pronounce them differently. "Then" has more of a schwa sound, and "than" has a much less reduced sound.
by pogrmman
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Chess!
Replies: 86
Views: 18359

Re: Chess!

My biggest issue in chess probably with the endgame. I can usually play the opening and middle game to the point where I go into the endgame with an advantage in material (and sometimes position), but I'm not able to capitalize on it.

I do best when I can force a checkmate before then.
by pogrmman
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Chess!
Replies: 86
Views: 18359

Re: Chess!

So, I've got a question about a game I just played against my brother. Neither of us have played chess for a while, and I'm not sure how my response to the opening was. I was black, and the game started 1. e4 c5 (so Sicilian defense), then 2. d4 d5, leading to 3. dxc5 dxe4. I'm wondering if my play ...
by pogrmman
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 6202

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

This one is great!

I, too, didn't get the ICP part (but I'm oblivious about pop culture). Either way, this is a really good comic. I think it's one of the best ones in a while.
by pogrmman
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is in your pockets / purse? Every Day Carry discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 7705

Re: What is in your pockets / purse? Every Day Carry discussion

I... don't understand the point of a figure eight knot yet. I know how to do it, I just don't "get" how to use it. Lol, I'll figure it out eventually, lol. I guess I can use the figure-eight knot as memory-device on the piece of string. From wikipedia : The figure-eight knot or figure-of-...
by pogrmman
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1615
Views: 235172

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Chen wrote:
Thesh wrote:Is there a single sport or game in the future that doesn't lead to a bad episode of Star Trek?


The baseball DS9 episode was a great one.


But you also have the allamaraine! episode to counter that...
by pogrmman
Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Henry's law and its effect on Nitrogen in the ocean
Replies: 5
Views: 1928

Re: Henry's law and its effect on Nitrogen in the ocean

Thank you very much for your answer. Yes, I guess that makes sense. It would also tend to suggest that Co2 is very easily absorbed when it comes into contact with water. Also, is there a chart or formula that shows solubility of the various gasses? Yep -- CO2 is really soluble -- partly because it ...
by pogrmman
Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Quick Theano Question [SOLVED]
Replies: 1
Views: 1667

Re: Quick Theano Question [SOLVED]

Well, sorry to bump my own post, but I'm a complete doofus. Adding minibatches isn't going to be hard at all -- I realized that I can just pass in a nested list of examples, and get out an array that contains the results for each example. I don't even have to change any code! Also, having added mome...
by pogrmman
Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Quick Theano Question [SOLVED]
Replies: 1
Views: 1667

Quick Theano Question [SOLVED]

Hi everybody, I've been messing around with Theano a bit for machine learning, and have been loving it. I've got a pretty basic neural network class working great -- I've done training on various examples, and done great. For instance, I just did a stacked autoencoder on the abalone dataset , and wi...
by pogrmman
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 7707

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

You know what they say about statisticians: they can take any data, and make them say anything make the data fit the conclusion.

It reminds me a lot of this comic, too. You know, that stuff doesn't vary a ton across different areas.
by pogrmman
Fri May 26, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1615
Views: 235172

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

This rocket is designed as an orbital rocket, so it should be able to reach orbit.

My guess is they had issues with their trajectory that wasted delta-v.

Even going suborbital is pretty impressive!
by pogrmman
Fri May 26, 2017 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 165950

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Adding spice to food after it's cooked, does not work. It doesn't taste right. Spice needs to be cooked into the food, not put on like a lid afterwards. I'd rather eat non-spicy food than add spice afterwards. It's like baking brownies, but instead of putting sugar in the batter you sprinkle it on ...
by pogrmman
Thu May 18, 2017 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 45
Views: 8158

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

(The 'classic' Cyrillic thing is that restaurants are "pectopah"s ("Ресторан"). You might hit the back-to-back-Ks or reversed-N, and then there are those that are even more obviously Greek, but a lot of them are non-wierd symbols, albeit a number of times used weirdly.) I have t...
by pogrmman
Thu May 18, 2017 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1838: "Machine Learning"
Replies: 22
Views: 4776

Re: 1838: "Machine Learning"

I really enjoyed this comic! I don't think he's criticizing ML in general -- it's as if this character was trying to teach himself, saw all the linear algebra, didn't understand what was going on, threw a bunch of random linear algebra together, and decided "meh, good enough". ML is a fasc...
by pogrmman
Sun May 14, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1836: "Okeanos"
Replies: 27
Views: 4700

Re: 1836: "Okeanos"

I'm super happy Randall has introduced this to me. It is a great distraction. It's especially nice because I'm sick now, and have something to do.
by pogrmman
Thu May 11, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Basic Question Involving Functions (Python)
Replies: 18
Views: 4998

Re: Basic Question Involving Functions (Python)

I'm trying to learn a programming language, and after some research decided to explore Python. But my first difficulty with Python involves functions. I can't seem to figure out how to use them, or how they work. Are they related to functions in mathematics? My stumbling block is that I have troubl...
by pogrmman
Tue May 09, 2017 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 869
Views: 198972

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

For me, with the caught/cot merger, I pronounce talk/tock, walk/wok, and other pairs like that slightly differently. It's variable, but it's almost like I barely pronounce the l. If there were such a thing, I'd say I use an "l colored vowel". There is a slight movement of my tongue when I ...
by pogrmman
Tue May 09, 2017 12:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8626
Views: 1464928

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

SecondTalon wrote:
Coyne wrote:DS9.jpg
...and I thought it was just a model for a lame TV series...


Hey, I know it's all in good fun and everyone's entitled to opinions and all that, but get the fuck off my planet.


Yeah! What planet do you live on where DS9 was a lame series?
by pogrmman
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who likes BREAD?
Replies: 172
Views: 65370

Re: Who likes BREAD?

I love bread- I don't know if you all have heard of No-Knead Bread before? https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11376-no-knead-bread It's very easy and makes amazing bread. I have, but I don't use no-knead recipes. I find I get a better result with kneading followed by a few stretches and folds duri...
by pogrmman
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4214
Views: 718226

Re: Today I Made:

Chili-lime chicken thighs. They were good -- kind of last minute. I marinated them with lime juice, a roasted jalapeño, and garlic. I wish I'd had a tomatillo to use instead of the lime, but tomatillos are hard to find in the middle of Iowa, and I didn't want to walk to Walmart on the off chance the...
by pogrmman
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 23228

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]

Internarional observers have said that the referendum was not done on a level playing field, and was marred by a large police presence at polling stations and explicitly breaking the law by counting unstampted ballots. According to the document, many "no" campaigners were arrested and/or ...
by pogrmman
Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 23228

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]

So, Turkey is having a referendum on wether or not to expand presidential powers today. A lot of people, including myself, see it as a move by Erdogan to consolidate further power (i.e. become more authoritarian). They are counting the vote now, but as it stands "yes" is winning by a slim ...
by pogrmman
Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4214
Views: 718226

Re: Today I Made:

That sounds really great. I've never had any good gluten-free pizza or bread. I'm very glad I can eat gluten. It's amazing stuff and adds a nice texture. Speaking of which, I did sourdough pancakes again. I love it because they are light and fluffy, but still have a bit of chew to them that is nice....
by pogrmman
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 292
Views: 55153

Re: 0802: "Online Communities 2"

fathermocker wrote:I wish this comic would get updated.


It would be neat to see how it's changed in the past seven years. I wonder where this forum is there? It's probably too small to be seen...
by pogrmman
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 9752

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

For me the main thing for using Vim is that I don't have to move my arm to cursor keys all the time while coding. It's not about speed, I just think it's easier for my arms because I don't have to hover them over the keyboard all the time. While coding I tend to move the cursor around a lot going b...
by pogrmman
Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 9752

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

I'm stuck in 2010 with a smattering of 1995-2000. Emacs is better than vim by the way, though I like Notepad ++ too. I've never tried sublime, but you have to pay for it?! Screw that. I'm not serious enough to buy a text editor. It'll be interesting to see how CAS9 works out in reality. I'm excited ...
by pogrmman
Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1806
Views: 415642

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

I'm starting to re-read Ada right now. I finished it a week or so ago, and it is better now being re-read -- especially the first few chapters. Those can be hard to get through without reading them really carefully. It is a great book though, just in general. I really enjoy reading a few pages, than...
by pogrmman
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105397
Views: 32930316

Re: 1190: "Time"

GnomeAnne wrote:EThe ETA TA:
Another Blitzer!
Welcome!
And Hi pogrmman.


Hi to you too!

Admittedly, I don't spend much time in this thread because I haven't read the whole thing. I love the OTC though. It is what first got me hooked on xkcd.

I love seeing what crazy stuff you guys come up with in this thread.
by pogrmman
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4214
Views: 718226

Re: Today I Made:

Last night, sourdough bread. This morning, sourdough pancakes. It was the first time I've made sourdough pancakes in ages. They were delicious. Slightly chewy, but still with nice fluffiness. They were slightly sweet, with a nice, mild tang. Excellent with butter and syrup. They are also fun to make...
by pogrmman
Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105397
Views: 32930316

Re: Time

Slightly related: http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=54548&t=1 I made this in a high school wood shop. It was going to have a glass door, but I ran out of Time and changed the design. We were supposed to make a table, but there were enough students the professor didn't pay attention to...
by pogrmman
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 17837

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Huh, thought it was radiation. On further inspection, yup, ethylene gas. To be fair, some fruits are irradiated for pest control. I'm not sure if bananas are or not. Well, they can clearly irradiate themselves ... ;) (And lookee there at the chart on that page... :D) The chart they use is great :D ...
by pogrmman
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 17837

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

CorruptUser wrote:Huh, thought it was radiation. On further inspection, yup, ethylene gas.


To be fair, some fruits are irradiated for pest control. I'm not sure if bananas are or not.
by pogrmman
Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 17837

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Actually, bananas are eaten pretty soon after being picked; cargo ships are much faster than they were back in the 1920's. It's surprisingly a problem for bananas, since they have to be treated with radiation so they turn yellow sooner. Radiation? That's new. When I was young, it was ethylene (or s...

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