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by Catmando
Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0107: "Letter to Mom"
Replies: 44
Views: 11075

Re: What-If 107: "Letter to Mom"

I find it pretty cool I live on the walking route.
by Catmando
Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 366690

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Spoiler:
I assume this sets the stage for Harry to get surprised by some encounter with Flamel in the future. There's no way he can dismiss it indefinitely.
by Catmando
Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Free Will
Replies: 728
Views: 141825

Re: Definition of Free Will

Self-reference does happen. The self-reference is that the PKIC machine is computing it's own future. Yes, you are right. I was concentrating on another part of the experiment (or perhaps misreading it). Once such a machine is part of the system, the problem occurs. So, it doesn't even matter. Perh...
by Catmando
Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 366690

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

New chapter up . My only speculation as of right now is that Quirrelmort borrowed the immortality scroll, using it failed, and now he's feeling the adverse effects. I think this is way too obvious, though--I guessed it as soon as the scroll was mentioned, but then it was strongly implied, "...
by Catmando
Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Effectively writing Long sentences in English
Replies: 36
Views: 12491

Re: Effectively writing Long sentences in English

One thing I've always found odd is that some long sentences are easy for me to follow, like the one in gmalivuk's first post, while others are very difficult for me and have me reading and re-reading. The latter is the effect he was talking about, I think, but what is the problem here: me, or just b...
by Catmando
Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How much does university cost in your country?
Replies: 32
Views: 40900

Re: How much does university cost in your country?

And 100k is like the price of a home in my area, so a degree for me is like buying a whole 'nother house and spending four years intensively fixing it up and hoping to sell it for enough that I only have to work till retirement to get by. That said, it's *still* a good bet to go to school. Almost a...
by Catmando
Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:28 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How much does university cost in your country?
Replies: 32
Views: 40900

Re: How much does university cost in your country?

I'm currently looking at John Carroll University, which is, per year, $32,130 in tuition, $9,610 in room and board, and $1,050 in fees, for a grand total of $42,790. This is not uncommon for private universities. Of course, practically no one pays the full amount. There are several types of aid in A...
by Catmando
Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1097: "A Hypochrondiac's Nightmare"
Replies: 45
Views: 11662

Re: 1097: "A Hypochrondiac's Nightmare"

Can a hypochondriac intelligibly think, "What if what I fear isn't what will kill me?" I don't know that it's just hypochondriacs. It could apply to almost anyone. I don't know how true it is (too lazy to search for it), but I read that in 2001 the death rate for heart disease GREATLY exc...
by Catmando
Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1097: "A Hypochrondiac's Nightmare"
Replies: 45
Views: 11662

Re: 1097: "A Hypochrondiac's Nightmare"

Can a hypochondriac intelligibly think, "What if what I fear isn't what will kill me?"
by Catmando
Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Being an Effective Team Leader
Replies: 5
Views: 2718

Re: Being an Effective Team Leader

Firstly thanks for the replies, guys. Don't become captain if you don't really want to. A lot of captaincy for many things is actually organisation - you have to make sure people turn up on time and all stick to the same schedule. This means that you will have to deal with people who don't reply to ...
by Catmando
Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Being an Effective Team Leader
Replies: 5
Views: 2718

Being an Effective Team Leader

My high school senior year is fast approaching (I've got two more weeks of summer left) and almost immediately into it the academic challenge team starts practice. We've got a new teacher heading the team, expectations will be running higher, and with three leadership positions open (captain, co-cap...
by Catmando
Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:02 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Khan Academy.
Replies: 29
Views: 19116

Re: Khan Academy.

Sal has done a great service to the world of education. That said, he got extremely lucky and it is very unfortunate he decided not to make Khan academy a distribution platform where anyone, or a vetted group of people, could submit videos, track the related data and build tools to assist in furthe...
by Catmando
Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1951
Views: 405747

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I would agree that "moist" is one of the most uncomfortable non-vulgar words. If you count vulgar words, "queef" would be at the top of the list. You can't even say queef without feeling weird about it. "Squick" and "squee" each make me feel weirder than &quo...
by Catmando
Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 154496

Re: Your Schedule

I finally got my schedule for next year in the mail. I'll be a senior in high school. Algebra III & Stats Spanish IV Physics Everyday Law Food Basics and Nutrition English 111 OCC 1st semester English 112 OCC 2nd semester Theology IV Pre-Calculus OCC MTH 175 1st semester Calculus OCC MTH 180 2nd...
by Catmando
Wed May 02, 2012 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Short Story, "The Spring of Twenty Eight"
Replies: 1
Views: 4770

Short Story, "The Spring of Twenty Eight"

Hi, I recently wrote a short story called The Spring of Twenty Eight (the name isn't really important): https://docs.google.com/document/d/14ikyOwBV8aAFfdQYBZK4HgA2WuPrtLVvoIJZOebZ7PE/edit It's a Lovecraft-inspired story a friend of mine pushed me to write over the past few weeks, and I should warn ...
by Catmando
Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simplify
Replies: 15
Views: 4174

Re: Simplify

Okay, I see what I did wrong. I assumed it was (stuff/8)/stuff instead of stuff/(8/stuff). I redid the problem earlier today and got a much better answer, and after checking (stuff/8)/stuff it seems I did it right in that respect. WA says that's

[math]-\frac{x^4y^4}{4(x^4-y^4)^2}[/math]

Thanks!
by Catmando
Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simplify
Replies: 15
Views: 4174

Re: Simplify

I got this comparatively bizarre answer \frac{1}{16(x^2+y^2)^2} which I suppose could be a bit more elegantly expressed as \frac{1}{(4x^2+4y^2)^2} I'm currently working back through my work to see where I went wrong (I've already found one mistake, as the above is actually my second ...
by Catmando
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0095: "The Sierpinski Penis Game"
Replies: 18
Views: 17211

Re: 0095: "The Sierpinski Penis Game"

I'm pretty sure the joke is that the person who put penis in the largest triangle has won because they said it the "loudest" (that's the version of the penis game I've seen). Either that or the intent is for them to be able to continue the game endlessly because there are infinite spaces w...
by Catmando
Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 27507

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

I'm not sure what made me laugh more—the comic or this thread. And about the nature of white beret guy, I always thought he was an existentialist. I can't say I'm very picky about what term I use though. That might bother SirMustapha, but what doesn't?
by Catmando
Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1022: "So It Has Come To The Claw"
Replies: 96
Views: 24441

Re: 1022: "So It Has Come To This"

I'm disappointed. I want to use this sometime during this period (I'm in web dev) and haven't gotten the chance. Oh well. I'm sure I'll get the chance later. Anyone used it yet?

EDIT: SUCCESS!
by Catmando
Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1021: "Business cat"
Replies: 70
Views: 24041

Re: 1021: "Business Plan"

I didn't find the joke all too funny, but the art was great. I can't believe I actually miss the colorless comics. Initially I thought it was great when Randall started consistently adding a little color.
by Catmando
Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why do people begin sentences with the word "and"?
Replies: 23
Views: 7926

Re: Why do people begin sentences with the word "and"?

I think that in many written cases it's just done to take advantage of the pause produced by the use of the period. Consider poxic's example: "I bequeath my entire estate to my loyal spouse of many years. And to my friend Catherine." I believe that a dash would have been more appropriate i...
by Catmando
Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Obscure branches of math?
Replies: 67
Views: 14967

Re: Obscure branches of math?

How about cellular automata? It seems pretty obscure to me. I've seen mentions of it here and there by a few people on the Internet, but precious little more than that, and certainly nothing in school, lessons or otherwise.
by Catmando
Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable
Replies: 166
Views: 40765

Re: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable

I agree—caps are more like yelling than anything. I think that if you want to add volume emphasis, you could do it in more subtle ways, like making the emphasized text slightly larger. I've seen it done once before, and it had the intended effect on me. What if it's only used for emphasizing single...
by Catmando
Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable
Replies: 166
Views: 40765

Re: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable

To me, all-caps looks like yelling, rather than emphasis. Some people (mostly men) use volume for emphasis (as opposed to the more pitch-based 'feminine' emphasis), but not to the degree I feel caps would be justified. Even then, I find all-caps a lot harder to read and they break the flow of the w...
by Catmando
Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 866
Views: 169336

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

I was told not too long ago in my AP Government class that World War II is an example of the invisible hand theory because it fixed the economy.
by Catmando
Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:25 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 154496

Re: Your Schedule

Junior in high school: 1. English III This is a nice class, if a little slow. The teacher loves me. It's pretty easy, but I keep getting stupid grades (e.g. 3 questions missed on a really easy test I could've aced). My grade is still an A, though, so it's not like I have anything to complain about. ...
by Catmando
Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable
Replies: 166
Views: 40765

Re: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable

I saw some discussion farther up the page about using archaic variations of words, and I think it's worth mentioning I like to use "fora" instead of "forums." Technically both are accepted, but fora just sounds cooler if you ask me. Also, regarding putting punctuation like period...
by Catmando
Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Uniting Speech and Writing: the Half-Mark.
Replies: 37
Views: 10318

Re: Uniting Speech and Writing: the Half-Mark.

This is a case where I think language has somewhat failed us when it comes to clarity, but where I try my best to follow the rules of language anyway. My compromise is reordering how I would say it when I have to type or write it: "I'm off Thursday; do you want to go out that day?" I think...
by Catmando
Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 366690

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Well, they all are basically "do what you need to at any means necessary." There are variations, like Hermione's aversion to rule-breaking and Harry's extreme view on death and Dumbledore's abstruse motives, but generally they all act the same . If we imagine for a second that Harry is th...
by Catmando
Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9337
Views: 1308724

Re: Minecraft

I think part of the reason I can't go on the Minecraft forums is that I was spoiled by the Dwarf Fortress community. I seriously believe that at least 90% of the people on the Minecraft forums act like they're under 12 years old. I've never gotten into the DF community, I just browse their forums. ...
by Catmando
Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9337
Views: 1308724

Re: Minecraft

I think if I did that my keyboard would have a lot more blood on it. That is not a fun place. It make me angry. I tend to stay away from most of the subforums that are actually about the game. Having been there for 2+ years the threads all look the same at this point, except somehow dumber . I stil...
by Catmando
Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9337
Views: 1308724

Re: Minecraft

Is anyone else an avid Minecraft forum user? I typically match my time in the actual game with my time on the forum browsing threads and such.
by Catmando
Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 366690

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I think it would be more interesting if each character represented a kind of morality. I don't think that's the case, though. They all act the same if you ask me, if for different reasons. Hm? They certainly have different reasoning methods and different preferences. What would it look like to repr...
by Catmando
Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 366690

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

New author's note: Update 12/25: Decided not to split 78. It's finished at >17,000 words, but I want to finish at least Ch. 79 before publishing anything, because 78 ends on a major cliffhanger. On the plus side, I think the end of Ch. 78 gets us back into the main flow of action again. All of this...
by Catmando
Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:40 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 352222

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

My Chemistry teacher's former students have compiled lists of his quotes. Apparently they're legendary. I only have one memorable one from this year, though. He was talking about particle accelerators and briefly went over the one in Fermilab. His closing comment was, "They recently shut down t...
by Catmando
Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 366690

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Anyone else really beginning to get tired of all the webs of deception? I'm not really having trouble keeping up with it, but it's all beginning to be the same—x is lying to y is lying to z is lying to x and so on and so forth. It's like everyone is trying to pull a Dumbledore and run as many Xanat...
by Catmando
Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0991: "Phantom Menace"
Replies: 110
Views: 34248

Re: 0991: "Phantom Menace"

I don't know what's wrong with you guys—or Randall, for that matter. TPM was my favorite movie of the whole series. :( The whole 6 movie series? I can see that TPM isn't bad , there are good scenes, and good elements in the story, but it failed to capture the tone of the original trilogy, and that'...
by Catmando
Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0991: "Phantom Menace"
Replies: 110
Views: 34248

Re: 0991: "Phantom Menace"

I don't know what's wrong with you guys—or Randall, for that matter. TPM was my favorite movie of the whole series. :(
by Catmando
Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 33243

Re: 0990: “Plastic Bags”

Personally, I prefer the self-checkout - I don't buy that much myself, so it's quick as long as nobody is in front of me in the line, and I can usually bag my own, although I might have to wave off a bagger. I find the baggers to be the inefficient ones - they'll do things like put your milk and br...

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