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by Penguin
Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Rotation Ciphers
Replies: 25
Views: 9588

hermaj wrote:Jenny sounds like Gin-ny


I don't see how that's true at all; the two are pronounced very differently, at least where I come from. One has an e sound and one has an i sound.
by Penguin
Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pancake Problem
Replies: 56
Views: 17788

Zink wrote:... and we could just as well switch the colours on all of the balls.


Wow, your subject changed halfway through that sentence from pancakes to balls.
by Penguin
Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0168: "Reverse Euphemisms"
Replies: 43
Views: 21717

It's supposed to be "euphemisms".
by Penguin
Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: locker problem solution
Replies: 28
Views: 19930

CarTalk once did a version with a million lightbulbs with pullchains. Exactly the same reasoning, only a little bit harder to work out by brute force :P
by Penguin
Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0166: "Misusing Slang"
Replies: 47
Views: 19808

Still, you'd agree that to most, the phrases "that song is pwned" and "that song pwned" are pretty significantly different in meaning, no?
by Penguin
Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 3-way duel
Replies: 25
Views: 11250

If U hits W, it turns into a shootout between U and V. 6/9 of the time, V wins. 1/9 of the time, V misses and U hits, so V loses. 2/9 of the time, both miss so it repeats. Clearly, V is much more likely to win than U. If U misses (intentionally or not)... If V hits W, we get a similar shootout betw...
by Penguin
Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: locker problem solution
Replies: 28
Views: 19930

The lockers that will be open are those whose states have been changed an odd number of times (because those changed an even number of times, with only two possible states to choose from, will end up effectively unchanged in the same state they started in: closed). Since student 1 changes all locker...
by Penguin
Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nobel Prize
Replies: 13
Views: 5183

I'm saying "yay for Smoot" too on principle - chalk up another Nobel Prize for MIT alumnae :)
by Penguin
Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 3-way duel
Replies: 25
Views: 11250

If U hits W, it turns into a shootout between U and V. 6/9 of the time, V wins. 1/9 of the time, V misses and U hits, so V loses. 2/9 of the time, both miss so it repeats. Clearly, V is much more likely to win than U. If U misses (intentionally or not)... If V hits W, we get a similar shootout betw...
by Penguin
Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Obscene word games (f*cking jacket, ass-car)
Replies: 131
Views: 40576

... I've never in my life heard anyone pronounce "saw" like "soar" without the r. "Soar" has a long o.
by Penguin
Wed Oct 04, 2006 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0166: "Misusing Slang"
Replies: 47
Views: 19808

My dad used to tease us by saying things were "groovy". Heh.

lemurs1: notice the "IS".
by Penguin
Tue Oct 03, 2006 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0165: "Turn Signals"
Replies: 54
Views: 20878

You could also just check while parked, if you're curious and want a safer (and more legal) method to check...
by Penguin
Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0165: "Turn Signals"
Replies: 54
Views: 20878

I like it when my windshield wipers have a frequency of 1/2 that of other people's turn signals. It happens more often than turn signals matching up because I can stop and start the wipers at will, and they also have three speeds from which to choose. :)
by Penguin
Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 605315

I demand to know why the population of Massholes on this forum so disproportionate!! I also demand to know which city those of you who haven't yet mentioned your city are from. (demeteloaf, i invented rain, and others...) And why you live in such an abysmal state. Heh. I've said it before and I'll s...
by Penguin
Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0163: "Donald Knuth"
Replies: 36
Views: 20154

There are two kinds of people in the world: (1) who start their arrays from 1, and (1) those who start their arrays from 0. I'd heard most of the others before, but this one really amused me. I think I had to read it twice to understand it, and then couldn't stop laughing for a good five minutes. W...
by Penguin
Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Monty Hall Problem
Replies: 116
Views: 49859

It was in the season 1 finale "Manhunt", if you're curious. Good episode... then again, they all are :)
by Penguin
Tue Oct 03, 2006 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0148: "Mispronouncing"
Replies: 42
Views: 18166

When I was little, my dad used to ask me what was on the back of the penny and I would respond with "the Lincoln Temorial". Now that I've begun taking Japanese in school, I also derive amusement by attempting to figure out how to write words in Katakana, which usually involves some horribl...
by Penguin
Tue Oct 03, 2006 12:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Obscene word games (f*cking jacket, ass-car)
Replies: 131
Views: 40576

But after reading and listening to the clips on this page about "Canadian rising" (the linguistic phenomenon that encompasses the "aboot" thing), I realize that I can't hear the difference because I totally do that all the time . My English most definitely includes Canadian Risi...
by Penguin
Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ?ereh sdrawkcab gnihtyreve epyt uoy od yhW
Replies: 34
Views: 13803

Greetings, my stealthy comrade!

If I were you, I'd keep the statements about the raptors hush-hush... we don't want them finding out any more of the phases of our plan :)
by Penguin
Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Monty Hall Problem
Replies: 116
Views: 49859

I just saw this now, sorry for not responding earlier.


Spider wrote:Indeed it did, I love that show! :)

I think it's because I desperately want to be Charlie...


I think we should be friends. I'm in school learning how to be Charlie now. My jock brother wants to be a Fed and everything! :)
by Penguin
Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 143155

There's also this "proof" which, while not constructed as a formal logical proof, certainly can help to drive the point home to some people: 1/9 = .1111... 2/9 = .2222... 3/9 = 1/3 = .3333... 4/9 = .4444... 5/9 = .5555... 6/9 = 2/3 = .6666... 7/9 = .7777... 8/9 = .8888... 9/9 = 3/3 = 1 = ....
by Penguin
Mon Sep 25, 2006 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Weighing Marbles
Replies: 48
Views: 41495

If you'd like to save some time I can dig up the .xls file I made for homework and upload it, or something. (Yes, an .xls file. I am an idiot at programming, but I can do stuff in Excel. Shut up - if you want to turn it into some magical codey thing, feel free.) It lists which coins go on which side...
by Penguin
Sun Sep 24, 2006 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Weighing Marbles
Replies: 48
Views: 41495

You're right about the good coin - I forgot that was part of the problem in class and not here as well. However, with the good coin, you can definitively tell if the bad coin is heavy or light for 40 of the 41 possibly bad coins (the exception being, of course, if the bad coin is the one coin never ...
by Penguin
Fri Sep 22, 2006 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Weighing Marbles
Replies: 48
Views: 41495

We did a problem just like this in my 18.310 (principles of applied mathematics) class... using non-adaptive weighing (ie, putting set groups of coins on the scale and then later working out which is the bad one) we had to design a spreadsheet that would let you find the bad coin out of 41 coins in ...
by Penguin
Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Monty Hall Problem
Replies: 116
Views: 49859

This problem also featured in an episode of Numb3rs, if anyone besides me watches it.
by Penguin
Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: English Officer
Replies: 33
Views: 15281

I don't even understand the question... there's something wrong with what? Like, grammatically? Are we looking for a spelling mistake, a factual inconsistency, or something more... sinister?
by Penguin
Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0154: "Beliefs"
Replies: 149
Views: 51633

Hmmm... considering I'm on a first-name basis with the man who personally discovered and dated the oldest rock on Earth (and have spent two weeks camping in Yellowstone with him), I would say that it's a little bit more than a "vague idea". And believe me, if you knew Sam, you'd know he kn...
by Penguin
Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hilbert's Hotel
Replies: 102
Views: 7458

wisnij wrote:Who wants to walk an infinitely-long corridor?


Us MIT kids don't seem to mind. ;)



... Sorry, I have nothing useful to contribute to the discussion.
by Penguin
Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0154: "Beliefs"
Replies: 149
Views: 51633

If god wanted to, he could have created the universe *yesterday*, and put all the evidence in place, put the physical processes in motion, and even neurologically imprint all of our memories so that, to *every* scientific line of inquiry, the universe would look 15 billion years old, despite its ag...
by Penguin
Thu Sep 07, 2006 4:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 605315

DejaVoodoo wrote:Hoping to go somewhere in Cambrige (the one that's not MIT, ;))


Wait, there's another college in town?

... d'you mean that little lib-arts school up the river?

:P
by Penguin
Sun Sep 03, 2006 4:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 605315

Balthos wrote:But, since it will still be cold blooded, places like Pittsburgh will be immune to the horrors visited upon the humans. Bwahahahahaha!


Pittsburgh is cold?

Wait, what's that make Boston, then? :P
by Penguin
Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Terror Island / Mere Happenings
Replies: 28
Views: 11125

I think they're movies.

Fermat's Last Tango is hilarious!
by Penguin
Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: this is what i expected to see on the comic some time ago
Replies: 6
Views: 3954

I'm more afraid of snakes on the complex plane... I can deal with real snakes, but imaginary ones? They never get off the motherfucking plane.
by Penguin
Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0150: "Grownups"
Replies: 147
Views: 75837

You should have been around for the most recent FIRST robotics competition. <I can't believe I'm saying this>Our robot was the best around at sucking up balls and spitting them out at high speed. No one could match us!</I can't believe I'm saying this> There was also the one two or three years ago ...
by Penguin
Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Marble Dropping
Replies: 33
Views: 21126

I like this game better! What is the minimum floor you have to drop a marble from to kill a raptor?

If the marble doesn't break, you get a bonus!
by Penguin
Wed Aug 30, 2006 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0150: "Grownups"
Replies: 147
Views: 75837

This is absolutely my most favoritest comic ever.

One step beyond making me warm and fuzzy - it made me squee. ^_^
by Penguin
Mon Aug 28, 2006 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: More fun with paradoxes
Replies: 48
Views: 20422

Re: More fun with paradoxes

Shellsh0ck wrote:This just sounds like an overcomplicated version of this paradox:

The statement below is true.
The statement above is false.


Which, in turn, is an overcomplicated version of this paradox:

This statement is false.
by Penguin
Mon Aug 28, 2006 5:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: We have Best thing, we need Scariest Thing!
Replies: 10
Views: 4965

Re: We have Best thing, we need Scariest Thing!

Yummy Tree Sap wrote:You mean Snakes on a Plant?


Wow, I definitely just misread that as "Snakes on a Planet" and didn't get it for a few minutes...

Can you imagine, though? Snakes on a Planet? "I WANT THESE MOTHERF@$ING SNAKES OFF MY MOTHERF@$ING PLANET!" Talk about overreacting.
by Penguin
Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0139: "I Have Owned Two Electric Skateboards"
Replies: 62
Views: 24771

Wow, you stay inside for the whole two weeks of peak foliage? Impressive!
by Penguin
Fri Aug 18, 2006 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0145: "Parody Week: Dinosaur Comics"
Replies: 16
Views: 9857

I'm submitting this comic to Best Thing Ever.

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