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by ImTestingSleeping
Mon May 09, 2011 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 425922

Re: WoWzers!

and yeah, I cannot wait for AQ. Fuck it, they can rehash content that's more than 5 years old; most of their playerbase haven't played it, and ZA/ZG is fairly different than vanilla ZA/ZG. Now that I see that they're putting in entirely new boss fights/mechanics, I am more willing to be okay with t...
by ImTestingSleeping
Sun May 08, 2011 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 425922

Re: WoWzers!

From what I'm gathering here and what I've gathered in some others fora posts about Cataclysm, there seems to be a great deal of dislike. I have to to say though... I love this expansion in nearly every aspect of it. It reminds me of vanilla WoW very much, but I can't put my finger on why. Even look...
by ImTestingSleeping
Mon May 02, 2011 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Recommend one artist
Replies: 1012
Views: 239496

Re: Recommend one artist

Emancipator - Lionheart

Electronic goodness
by ImTestingSleeping
Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 12771

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

I'm from Australia, not the UK, but here your acceptance is based entirely on academics, and you apply after receiving your final grades, so by the time you make your application, you can be fairly certain of whether or not you stand a chance of getting in, which is similar, I think, to how it work...
by ImTestingSleeping
Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss
Replies: 2
Views: 1523

The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss

After a bit of a search, I wasn't able to find a post on the recently released second book of Patrick Rothfuss's trilogy and thought I'd start one up. I have to say that I once more found myself falling in love with Rothfuss's writing style and tore through the book in a matter of days, but I have s...
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0879: "Lamp"
Replies: 151
Views: 31773

Re: 0879: "Lamp"

That's what grosses people out? A strip about ejaculation? Have you been to the rest of the internet? Some people need to chill out and appericiate the fact that people with ann intellect such as Mewtwo's can loosen up and enjoy some toilet humor once in a while. I raise your generic "chill ou...
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0879: "Lamp"
Replies: 151
Views: 31773

Re: 0879: "Lamp"

This is how I would feel if I saw the Wall Street Journal put out an article about Lindsay Lohan's latest antics.
by ImTestingSleeping
Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ever felt "off your game" mathematically?
Replies: 15
Views: 2318

Re: Ever felt "off your game" mathematically?

Welcome to grad school? And remember that almost everyone else feels exactly the same way. Don't let impostor syndrome get you down, but don't use it as an excuse not to study like crazy either. I had never heard of imposter syndrome. That's really interesting stuff, but I guess I'm talking about s...
by ImTestingSleeping
Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ever felt "off your game" mathematically?
Replies: 15
Views: 2318

Ever felt "off your game" mathematically?

Title says it all. Anyone else ever get bad math streaks? Sort of like writer's block for a mathematician?
by ImTestingSleeping
Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0872: "Fairy Tales"
Replies: 74
Views: 20004

Re: 0872: "Fairy Tales"

Absolutely fantastic. My favorite of his from the last few weeks.
by ImTestingSleeping
Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 21261

Re: 0871: "Charity"

Just a thought: if you really cared, you would dedicate your entire life to eradicating human suffering. Every hour and every cent would either go into your own survival or someone else's. You would live on as little as you could, to support as many people as you could. That's how much suffering th...
by ImTestingSleeping
Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 21261

Re: 0871: "Charity"

Charity is such a strange concept to me. I really think there are some very interesting things going on socially when someone asks you to donate. I really believe that most people wouldn't donate anonymously (reminds me of this Curb Your Enthusiam clip ). That skewed motivation to donate isn't a bad...
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 425922

Re: WoWzers!

You've all heard it before. Expecting a game which has always been founded on PvE to provide balanced PvP is the path on which madness lies. The more abilities they add to keep us happy, the more difficult it becomes to find the balance.
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How difficult is a Real Analysis class?
Replies: 79
Views: 18659

Re: How difficult is a Real Analysis class?

I'm glad to hear you're doing well. I worry about students who seem to really push themselves, because I always think they're going to start defeating the point of pursuing the education. The end game should always be your happiness. A higher education most certainly leads to a happier life and we'r...
by ImTestingSleeping
Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Revelation From A Dream
Replies: 8
Views: 1386

Re: Revelation From A Dream

My God! You realize what this means!?

*rushes into room, locks door*

*engages in 7 year research via montage à la A Beautiful Mind/Good Will Hunting*

*unlocks door, comes out with 100 page proof*

I've done it! The secret to mathematics is to listen to Pink Floyd while working!
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability Paradox
Replies: 10
Views: 1886

Re: Probability Paradox

I would be interested in what the actual probability distribution is if you asked someone to pick any real number "at random". Would probably look very strange!
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 12771

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

Grades are by their very nature a comparison to other students. I don't see how you could get around that. I disagree with this at a fundamental level. Grades should (and occasionally do), correlate solely with how much of a given set of material the student has mastered. Contrary to the above stat...
by ImTestingSleeping
Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 12771

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

For example, I TA for a calculus class at my college. Coming in, over half the class doesn't know their unit circle. They don't know what sin(0) equals. I have a math degree, and I confuse my cosine/sine values all the time. Someone mentioned the unit circle a couple months ago, and I had to look i...
by ImTestingSleeping
Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0866: "Compass and Straightedge"
Replies: 94
Views: 18971

Re: 0866: "Compass and Straightedge"

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1887#comic

I see today's comic going another way entirely...
by ImTestingSleeping
Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0866: "Compass and Straightedge"
Replies: 94
Views: 18971

Re: 0866: "Compass and Straightedge"

A ruler which constructs friends? A ruler to rule them all?
by ImTestingSleeping
Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:36 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 12771

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

That's well and good in math courses, which generally have a very linear progression, but in other coursework it's not always fair to assume that people who have taken the intro will have had the same experience and material as anyone else. That's a very good point. I honestly couldn't comment on m...
by ImTestingSleeping
Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:02 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 12771

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

If I'm understanding you correctly, you're effectively claiming that if a professor is not failing at least (however many %) of his students he is probably compromising instruction? I'm desperately trying not to set up a strawman here, but are you seriously claiming that "quality = difficulty&...
by ImTestingSleeping
Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 12771

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

Really, the lack of preparation is indicating that the failure should have happened earlier. People will probably learn at different rates. Teaching at a rate so that the slowest person can pick up and master the skill, even presuming adequate preparation, seems somewhat wasteful -- because anyone ...
by ImTestingSleeping
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 12771

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

Also, logically, if a teacher teaches well, few to no students should fail. I thought your entire post put grade inflation and its consequences into perspective, but I don't agree with what one sentence. How do we define teaching well? Say we have a calculus 1 course in an average undergraduate col...
by ImTestingSleeping
Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 12771

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

Spoiler'd for flagrant venting: I dislike bell curve grading. Seriously, FUCK bell curves, and FUCK you if you believe in bell curves as the ideal grade distribution. :evil: Grades need to be an objective indicator of individual performance, not a comparison among students. I'm attending a public u...
by ImTestingSleeping
Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 20826

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

I don't care about flying cars. I want holograms. Life would be better with holograms. Blue ones which flicker occasionally. We have those already. They're called Heliodisplays, and they cost like 58,000 USD. Although slightly less wavy displays that were actually practical/affordable for normal pe...
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 20826

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

More than flying cars I would like to see better subways and train systems in the US. I think most people realize incentivized public transportation is the future. They're also being made faster and more efficient which is exciting to see. This is how I see transportation in cities operating in the ...
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 20826

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

http://www.terrafugia.com/ Billed more as a plane you can drive than a flying car, they claim to expect production to start by the end of the year. Of course you have to have at least a light sports pilot's license,and you're not going to be landing at the office unless you office has a runway, and...
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Infinity and Paradoxes
Replies: 5
Views: 1176

Re: Infinity and Paradoxes

You can't rearrange a series which isn't absolutely convergent. If you are looking for something strange, then I would offer the fact that for any conditionally convergent series \sum a_n , for any number x there exists a rearrangement of \sum a_n such that \sum a_n =x. [Edit] Whoops, didn't notice ...
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 20826

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

I don't care about flying cars. I want holograms. Life would be better with holograms. Blue ones which flicker occasionally.
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Resizing images
Replies: 3
Views: 1020

Re: Resizing images

If you attach the image to your post, the forum will automatically resize it if it's too big - you can then click on it to get a full-size version. There's no way to automatically resize an off-size image, though... you'd need to do that yourself. I guess I should clarify that the reason I wanted t...
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Resizing images
Replies: 3
Views: 1020

Resizing images

Hi, I was making a post earlier and was wondering if there was some function which allowed for a simple way to resize an image on the forum. Something like [img=100x100][\img]. Any chance one exists or could be implemented? And before anyone says, I could just not be lazy and resize it with other so...
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:19 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 12771

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

Is it really that big a problem? I mean, there is nothing inherent and sacred about the letter C that indicates "average understanding." If it turns out that an A- indicates average understanding and that an A indicates good understanding, that's fine, just as long as everyone realizes th...
by ImTestingSleeping
Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:45 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 12771

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

If a professor decides to lower the average grade I think you have to be careful with a statement like, "If a professor decides to lower the average grade". The actual grade inflation is a result of the true problem in my opinion, which is that students are allowed to maintain a GPA which...
by ImTestingSleeping
Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 12771

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

In the end, is this about institutions making their "customers" happy by handing out the grades they want, but not what they deserve? Yes. That's the case for private institutions mainly I suspect and I see how that could be a very uphill battle to change, but what about state institutions?
by ImTestingSleeping
Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Farseer and Tawny Man Trilogies
Replies: 12
Views: 6925

Re: Farseer and Tawny Man Trilogies

I think it may be my favorite series in the genre. In the fantasy genre, you often see "Oh it had good plot, but it lacked X..." or "Oh it had good characterization, but it missed on Y..." People ask for book recommendations which have certain characteristics. I feel like Robin H...
by ImTestingSleeping
Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 12771

Grade Inflation in the US

Hi xkcd goers! I searched the forum briefly and couldn't find a discussion focused on this (which surprised me). I know that my little undergraduate school's average student GPA is a B+. When I heard this I wasn't surprised, but the figure is staggering nonetheless. It isn't just that professors are...
by ImTestingSleeping
Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:38 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Thoughts on math homework in college
Replies: 27
Views: 4656

Re: Thoughts on math homework in college

This thread has run its course for my original purposes (the semester is already well under way). However, it is always interesting to hear about different grading systems. I for one am interested in people's thoughts on exams now that you bring it up, doogly. It seems that the US education system o...
by ImTestingSleeping
Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 425922

Re: WoWzers!

mike-l wrote:Al'Akir 25 finally down. God I hate that fight. Also nabbed 25 H Halfus which is stupidly easy with the changes.


Grats :D Quite the feat.
by ImTestingSleeping
Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Poisson vs. Binomial
Replies: 8
Views: 3600

Re: Poisson vs. Binomial

Basically, it depends on what they give you. In your problem, they have given you an exact probability that 1% of parts require rework. If, instead, they told you that, say, 1 out of every 20 samples requires rework, then you'd want to use the Poisson. I don't wholly agree with you here. They could...

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