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by Drostie
Sat Oct 04, 2008 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0484: "Flash games"
Replies: 137
Views: 29028

Re: "Flash games" Discussion

I disagree with this comic! I have played lots of flash games. But I think that if you sum up all of the time that I played Morrowind or the Civilization games, you will find that either of those two numbers is larger, by an order of magnitude or so, than the sum of all of the flash games that I hav...
by Drostie
Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0434: "xkcd Goes to the Airport"
Replies: 107
Views: 30107

Re: xkcd Goes to the Airport Discussion

I'm getting everything except the first panel; I really don't see what's going on in that one. Look at the comic holistically. People trying to get to the right check-in desk (and/or the right airport). Someone having his lockpicks confiscated during the bag-search before getting on the plane. Some...
by Drostie
Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0400: "Important Life Lesson"
Replies: 242
Views: 49246

Re: "Important Life Lesson" Discussion

Also,

Congrats, Randall, on xkcd #400.
by Drostie
Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0400: "Important Life Lesson"
Replies: 242
Views: 49246

Re: "Important Life Lesson" Discussion

I was going down on a gal once when the Violent Femmes song "Blister in the Sun" came on. If you don't know Blister in the Sun, the moment you hear the opening line, you are morally obligated to slap a flat surface in two pairs of sixteenth notes, to go with the upcoming snare drum beat. S...
by Drostie
Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0397: "Unscientific"
Replies: 160
Views: 39983

Re: "Unscientific" Discussion

"If this were a commission for the National Academy of Sciences, your objections would be proper. But don't forget," he says, "this is a presidential commission. We should say something for the President." "I don't understand the difference," I said. " Why can't I...
by Drostie
Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 95620

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

The first thing I thought when I read this comic was "Someone is WRONG on the Internet! But... but... Randall! How could you?!"
by Drostie
Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0383: "Helping"
Replies: 358
Views: 104135

Re: "Helping" Discussion

The art is a bit taxed to its limit here, so just for the record: I believe the first panel is the top-right inset, with the man's right hand on the woman's shoulder. I just want y'all to notice that his left hand is actually away from her. It's not a backrub or a chokehold or anything like that; he...
by Drostie
Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hole-finding.
Replies: 83
Views: 9791

Re: Hole-finding.

Am I a bastard for thinking that the solution to this problem is "open your eyes and look for it" ...?
by Drostie
Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Ninja Monkey Thief
Replies: 41
Views: 9683

Re: Ninja Monkey Thief

Demmit you guys, you're overthinking this.

Ninja monkey thief throws shuriken. ~100 m of rope get.
by Drostie
Tue Sep 04, 2007 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0311: "Action Movies"
Replies: 196
Views: 62935

I support this comic. I would also support any of the US presidential candidates, if they publicly endorsed this comic at one of those pointless debates. "Mr. Obama, how do you feel about domestic issues?" "Well, I feel that domestically, we haven't had enough good action movies...&qu...
by Drostie
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 84513

Gwydion: (1) I have refuted your argument. My refutation was not "I don't like your solution; therefore it is wrong." Please don't misrepresent me that horribly ever again. (2) You insist that the Nash equilibrium is (2,2). Yes, that is a Nash equilibrium. Point of fact: Nash equilibria an...
by Drostie
Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 84513

I know skep has already attacked the "inductive solution," but I'd like to offer a more direct criticism of it: The proposed solution is of the form, "If I know that my opponent is choosing N, then I should choose N-1," followed inductively. In other words, this describes a sort ...
by Drostie
Thu Aug 16, 2007 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How common are daughters?
Replies: 12
Views: 3684

Solution: they use xkcd's random number generator, with 1-3 generating girls, and 4-6 generating boys.

The answer is exactly 0.
by Drostie
Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0297: "Lisp Cycles"
Replies: 86
Views: 24862

I only ever used Lisp because of the Joel on Software blog. They were talking about what an employer looks for when hiring a programmer; and one of the things was a strong feeling for recursion and the like. Joel spoke on at a bit of length about how a lot of CS majors stay in until there's a bunch ...
by Drostie
Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Infinite money!..Sort of.
Replies: 72
Views: 11681

Just to clarify: (1) Someone earlier said that this was the St. Petersburg (two-envelope) Paradox. It's not. The St. Petersburg Two Envelope Paradox is a situation where the expectation is a biased estimator of "the amount that is in the other envelope." Since the estimator is biased, of c...
by Drostie
Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three Hypothetical Armies
Replies: 37
Views: 8699

Must attacks be adjacent, or may attacks be diagonal? Must moves be adjacent, or may moves be diagonal? Edit: Technicalities aside, I think I agree with the main thrust of this discussion. Movement is not too helpful unless one can move both before and after their attack. (Or perhaps, divide the mov...
by Drostie
Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0287: "NP-Complete"
Replies: 191
Views: 35042

I'd like to add to what Danderson said with my personal experience that Google does not provide optimal results. Now that they let you drag the line around to define sorts of "midpoints" that you'd like to traverse, you can see that the offered path is often suboptimal. Go ahead and try it...
by Drostie
Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0282: "Organic Fuel"
Replies: 142
Views: 37735

Zerael wrote:
evilbeanfiend wrote:look up how it's pronounced then :wink:

Ahh! English pronounciation can be so unpredictable ... :P

About as unpredictable as English spelling. *g*

(...pronounce turns into pronunciation in its noun form...)
by Drostie
Sat Jun 23, 2007 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How do you save your father?
Replies: 43
Views: 8817

I lean my head back to look up at the knotting on his hands.

Then, I provide him with instructions on how to untie it.

Simple.
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

"Temple" on (5,2) . . . can anyone guess what it links to? *headscratch*
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

death & Mother Teresa --> "Home for the Dying"
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

At the risk of stating the obvious, seppuku, of course, leads to death.
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Lock Box solution
Replies: 29
Views: 7356

Ah, I see. Yeah, I was assuming that the locks were built into the boxes, too.
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

Fixed SecondTalon's link, added "rock garden" and "origami":

link
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

The missing superhero, I now know, is Kid Flash (Bart Allen).
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

The yellow is "That '70s Show".
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

The thing linked to by all the games that aren't Snakes & Ladders, Backgammon, Scrabble, or Monopoly is "strategies."

I lol'ed.

Edit: also, the 3-letter drug is LSD.
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

(2,4) : Midnight Train to Georgia and High Time to Kill
Also, filled in several of the games, including Settlers of Catan and Backgammon, among the more obvious ones.

Merged with VTHodge's version: link
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

It is... I also saw Wolfenstein but the next 9-letter word is driving me crazy!
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

Made sure those were merged, and added "German" and "German shepherd" to (1,2):

link
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

Merged last three, added "war on drugs" and "colombia" to (2,1): link Like I said, matrix notation: (1,1) (1,2) (1,3) ... (2,1) (2,2) (2,3) ... (3,1) (3,2) (3,3) ... ... ... ... ... The way that you would naturally number the grid in base 5 arithmetic and English grammar, if you ...
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

linked magazines and comic books with "books," made sure the recent progress was all merged together just in case it wasn't:

link
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

Yep, Ocean's Twelve, and Plan 9 from Outer Space:

link
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

I'm not sure whether I progressed in sync with you, but I think I have some more movies:

link
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

Awesome!

Science and archaeology are in (4,1). Currently expanding on that.

Edit: Center element is "Earth Sciences," includes meteorology, weather, geology, rocks, and rock & roll. I'm going to play a little more with this before I post a link.
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Lock Box puzzle
Replies: 10
Views: 8691

Actually, yours is different because it's provided that *all* things which are not in locked boxes will be stolen -- not just *valuable* things. Which means they'll steal any keys we send, if those keys are not in locked boxes. As such, I don't think it's possible to complete your task. There is no ...
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

Rock on! Thanks for that.

I didn't see this earlier, but skep posted it in the other thread: here's a link to the progress done so far.

game!
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Funny Farm [solutions discussion]
Replies: 122
Views: 53308

Funny Farm [solutions discussion]

Some space to post words that you've gotten already! First off, we need a way to label screens. So, I'm going to propose that we go from (1,1) to (5,5). The starting screen is then (3,3). The numbering is normal matrix numbering, so the first coordinate is north-south, the second is east-west. the d...
by Drostie
Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three gods - True, False and Random
Replies: 65
Views: 35549

Capitalizing on the last puzzle's solution, I offer this one. I first introduce the "randomfinder" question, which goes as follows: I ask the person in the middle: "Is the 'exclusive or' of the truth-values of the following two statements true? 'Ja' means yes. The person to your righ...
by Drostie
Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What the crap is a Hypercube?
Replies: 23
Views: 5670

Edit: was beaten to the punch, but this was largely the same reasoning as the post right above: The region 1-9 takes up 9 digits. (Note that there's no 0 digit.) The region 10-99 takes up 90*2=180 digits. 189 digits so far. The region 100-999 takes up 900*3 = 2700 digits. 2889 so far. The region 100...

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