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by jack
Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Characters you've fallen in love with
Replies: 195
Views: 31770

Re: Characters you've fallen in love with

Keira Knightley in Love Actually and Bend it Like Beckham. In fact I'd fall in love with her if she was just washing the dishes.

Meg Ryan in You've got Mail and French Kiss

River from Firefly

Boomer from BattleStar Galactica (the new one)
by jack
Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0383: "Helping"
Replies: 358
Views: 105393

Re: "Helping" Discussion

Has anyone heard the famous story of Abraham Lincoln and the piglets? That's interesting, I've never heard that story. It paints altruism as pure selfishness, but it's not really. Why would he feel bad if he didn't help? Because he feels empathy for the sow and the piglets. If he didn't feel that t...
by jack
Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How to deal with unstable roommate?
Replies: 22
Views: 4774

Re: How to deal with unstable roommate?

Ask first if there's anything you can do to help her with her problems at work. Then I would say that you want her to move out unless she agrees to figure out some guidelines for loud phone calls; have a strict cut off time. After which she has to go outside to make the call or wait until the next d...
by jack
Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3404
Views: 764513

xkcd dream

Had a dream about xkcd last night. Basically it was a muddle of various scenes in Empire Strikes back and Return of the Jedi, where xkcd was Luke Skywalker and Maddox of http://maddox.xmission.com/ was Darth Vader. I had the scene where Maddox tells xkcd he's his father. And then another where Maddo...
by jack
Fri Oct 12, 2007 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Avatars! (Attn: Tegan)
Replies: 320
Views: 32200

How did you choose your current profile pic?

Mine is a visualisation of the aftermath of this joke: In a dark, narrow alley, a function and a differential operator meet: "Get out of my way - or I'll differentiate you till you're zero!" "Try it - I'm exp(x)..." Later, same alley, same function, but a different operator: &quo...
by jack
Fri Oct 12, 2007 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0328: "Eggs"
Replies: 166
Views: 33457

Re: "Eggs" Discussion

So, how do you like your eggs in the morning?

Over easy... like my men.
by jack
Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)
Replies: 277
Views: 36069

Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Use a bookmark. You barbarians!
by jack
Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many digits of Pi do you know?
Replies: 445
Views: 106322

Re: How many digits of Pi do you know?

I would just go to one of those PI remembering contests and when it's my turn I would just start saying something like this : 4 1 --- = 1 + -------------- PI 4 3 + ------------ 9 5 + ---------- 16 7 + --------- 25 9 + -------- 11 + ... and run away before I get beaten to death by people with more ef...
by jack
Fri Sep 28, 2007 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are Chimps People Too?
Replies: 10
Views: 1758

Re: Are Chimps People Too?

Stephen Pinker covers the language ability of chimps and other animals in his excellent book "The Language Instinct" I'm no expert, but it seems clear that human brains are hard wired for complex grammar, large vocabularies, and being able to convey complex ideas and emotions through langu...
by jack
Fri Sep 28, 2007 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: car.. cdr... car...
Replies: 23
Views: 2715

Re: car.. cdr... car...

Here's the complete list caaaar caaadr caaar caadar caaddr caadr caar cadaar cadadr cadar caddar cadddr caddr cadr car cdaaar cdaadr cdaar cdadar cdaddr cdadr cdar cddaar cddadr cddar cdddar cddddr cdddr cddr cdr To expand them replace each d with cdr and each a with car. I don't think anyone really...
by jack
Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: What is in Your Clipboard?
Replies: 3686
Views: 613102

Re: What is in Your Clipboard?

I do this all the time with my friend on Msn. Mostly it's some innane code snippet.

My current Ctrl-V is actually a link to my blog, so I won't post it because it would look like blatant thread hijakc advertising type thingy.
by jack
Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are Chimps People Too?
Replies: 10
Views: 1758

Re: Are Chimps People Too?

Well. Why not? We're pretty much drowning in a flood of evidence that a number of apes, chimpanzees and gorillas in particular, are no less capable of learning, language, self-awareness, creativity and empathy than any human. I'd say we're running out of substantive reasons to distinguish a human f...
by jack
Fri Sep 28, 2007 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many digits of Pi do you know?
Replies: 445
Views: 106322

Re: How many digits of Pi do you know?

To be honest I only know 3.14159

But to be honest that's more accuracy than I ever need, until I get round to building that planet sized death ray.
by jack
Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0321: "Thighs"
Replies: 194
Views: 47759

Re: "Thighs" Discussion

"Something in your thighs it seems
Is all I've ever wanted"
by jack
Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: So I have been fighting the power
Replies: 60
Views: 5638

Re: So I have been fighting the power

Good on you for standing up to nonsense rules. If I were you I would point out to the principal about the back door. If they're really serious about security it should be locked and only key holders should go that way, every one else needs ID to go the front way. I don't think it's necessarily bad t...
by jack
Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite Mathematical Equation
Replies: 87
Views: 18513

Re:

CodeLabMaster wrote:I always found this to be a cooler one:

Image


That is my new favourite. What an Earth is it?

It looks familiar, is it something to do with the Riemann hypothesis and Ramanujan?
by jack
Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Guns, Germs and Steel
Replies: 14
Views: 3021

Re: Guns, Germs and Steel

Yakk wrote:The tricky part is finding something for the user to do. :)


That is always the tricky part ;-)
by jack
Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Information Overload - Augmenting memory
Replies: 44
Views: 5593

Re: Information Overload - Augmenting memory

There is actually discussion of how practically close we are to real augmented memory attached to the brain, in Kurzweil's "The Singularity is Near" The books is kind of breathlessly optimistic about the future of technology, but I seem to remember the book describing one experiement where...
by jack
Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Guns, Germs and Steel
Replies: 14
Views: 3021

Re: Guns, Germs and Steel

I really enjoyed the book. I agree with the Bill Gates quote on the back cover to the effect of "this explains how we got where we are". It's an insightful and clear portrayal of our history and our nature, imho. I'm currently reading The Third Chimpanzee by the same author; I've literally...
by jack
Sun Sep 23, 2007 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Arrested For Being Right
Replies: 141
Views: 16564

Re: Papers please!

I always walk through store alarms. Rethink this one. Or at the least, look up the relevant state laws. If a security alarm goes off that is sufficient for a store to hold you and check your bags. (If you refuse they can hold you until the police come if you think they plan on planting something on...
by jack
Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Arrested For Being Right
Replies: 141
Views: 16564

But some guy in a store that has to check everybody's receipt, that's a waste of my time. When you cook dinner, you do dishes. That's just the drill. Sure you could live in filth, but you'd rather not. When you do laundry, you clean the lint trap. That's just the drill. Sure you could catch your dr...
by jack
Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Arrested For Being Right
Replies: 141
Views: 16564

Who says it's the drill? The law doesn't.

This guy was a jerk with the cop. Sure, show a cop your license. But some guy in a store that has to check everybody's receipt, that's a waste of my time.
by jack
Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Arrested For Being Right
Replies: 141
Views: 16564

Depending on what state this was he should probably sue. When I lived in NY I used to regularly refuse to let people search my bags and check my receipts on the way out of stores. And I always walk through store alarms. Why? Because unless they suspect you stole something they have no right to detai...
by jack
Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Is there a good book for a complete coding novice?
Replies: 14
Views: 4102

Another vote for SICP, but only if they are somewhat adept in math already, or the exercises will be very difficult.

Otherwise playing around with Python and PyGame would be fun, or a bit of Javascript (writing a greasemonkey script would be a fun project to get them started).
by jack
Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The future of the military
Replies: 92
Views: 10610

As a result, there will no longer be so many cross and angry people with inferiority complexes and hate. Countries will not fight. You forgot religion, political ideology, skin color, lineage, proximity, handedness, whether one is pro or anti skub, and any number of idiotic reasons that people figh...
by jack
Wed Sep 05, 2007 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Irrational fears
Replies: 562
Views: 74721

There's not much to be afraid of in my life, so I ride my bike down mountains and over jumps, which I'm a little afraid of. I'm afraid of dying of old age. I'm also genuinely afraid of lightning. I don't think this is irrational though. It's random death in the form of tens of thousands of volts and...
by jack
Wed Sep 05, 2007 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Day 5 drawn out life (Grim Perspectives)
Replies: 114
Views: 58523

I laughed out loud at the Pirate and the DDR/Guitar Hero ones. Please try to be less funny, because I'm at work.
by jack
Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Annoying things that happened to you today
Replies: 1053
Views: 142480

I was sat outside a cafe reading a newspaper and half my lemon loaf blew off the table while I wasn't watching it.
by jack
Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you fled the US, where would you go?
Replies: 209
Views: 23332

I'm a British fella, and I recently did flee the USA, where I was working on a tech visa. I'm in Vancouver now, where I've lived for a few years before and I love it here. British Columbia has a magic triple combo of great outdoors, mostly friendly eco conscious folk that watch out for each other, a...
by jack
Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Peer-review my mathy blog post!
Replies: 23
Views: 3748

The number 1 or the number Pi can be pretty much applied to anything. I can define any length and decide to call it Pi units or 1 unit. Pi is as much a part of the universe as any other number But numbers like pi and e have properties which do appear in observable phenomena in the real world. For e...
by jack
Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The future of the military
Replies: 92
Views: 10610

Future of the Military, by Jack We will solve poverty and hunger using nano-technology, AI and other advanced science. People will spend less time working, and more time pursuing creative and leisure endevours. Personal wealth will be irrelevant in a world where objects can be constructed at will, a...
by jack
Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: cartoons
Replies: 3
Views: 1808

thanks!
by jack
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 278334

I'm often disappointed with books that win awards. Life of Pi for example, I picked it up because it became ubiquitous in book stores and had a shiny booker prize sticker on it. Another one was Journey to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture. I love travel books usually, and I love...
by jack
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Hardcover or Paperback
Replies: 56
Views: 10168

Paperback for reading and hardback for collecting, as has been said. For this reason I don't buy hardbacks unless I have to, because I only buy books I will read.
by jack
Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0310: "Commitment"
Replies: 119
Views: 32326

I'm getting married tomorrow. Is it wrong I find this a bit unnerving? So am I :) And all you need is to remember there's no "the one and only", there's just you, your spouse and your relationship you need to take care of. Finding another "one and only" is never an excuse. Best ...
by jack
Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Moleskine notebooks
Replies: 46
Views: 5044

haveblue, if you don't use your leather note book you won't use another one just because it's a popular brand.

why not just use your leather one? the alternative is it will stay on your shelf for about 10 years, and one day you will shrug and give it to a charity shop to sell for 10c
by jack
Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I'm not concious
Replies: 50
Views: 6375

The Turing test is subjective in essence because so is consciousness itself.
by jack
Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2349736

Jack. 35.

I have degree's in AI and Computer Science, meaning I learned to write useful programs, but I threw that all away to write video games.

Live in Vancouver, BC.
by jack
Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: cartoons
Replies: 3
Views: 1808

cartoons

I'm new to the site, and obviously a fan of xkcd.

I posted a cartoon of my own earlier, but since it was my first post it got deleted. I've now read and complied with the rules, so heres the cartoon again.


http://clownshoecartoons.blogspot.com/
by jack
Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What does this code do? -- a game
Replies: 52
Views: 9354

Currently I'm getting paid to play this game.

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