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by Bloopy
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 538 hats riddle
Replies: 20
Views: 1484

Re: 538 hats riddle

SirGabriel's answer assumes that you see who is wearing each hat. No communication rules out the possibility of seeing their faces. However, the puzzle neglects to mention anything that would prevent you from identifying the chosen 3 by height. Or alternatively by their position in the studio relat...
by Bloopy
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Illustrated Math Function
Replies: 8
Views: 4640

Re: Illustrated Math Function

Answer enclosed here for the record: The images were obtained using the polygamma function: y = ψ (x) (1), for x = -1 to 2. The two primates are frowning (negative), giving -2*Apéry's constant. The first missing image could be quite gross considering a log of the number 2...
by Bloopy
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 22
Views: 913

Re: Use of mythological referents

Yeah, I thought about "insurmountable" and "arduous" and "hopeless" but it just ain't quite the same meaning. FYI, here's the sentence where I wanted to use it (discussing the practicality of a Maxwell's Demon for sorting particles): The Demon would find that, after a ...
by Bloopy
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Heat loss in a spaceship
Replies: 36
Views: 3757

Re: Heat loss in a spaceship

The 1993 movie Lifepod is hugely relevant to this thread. The one escape pod first gets annoyingly hot and then later freezing cold as they're battling trying to keep the systems working. I guess they were in the heat of the sun but drifting away from it. I can't remember the exact details.
by Bloopy
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 22
Views: 913

Re: Use of mythological referents

Some kids will be able to retain a larger vocabulary size, so it's good to throw a few challenging words in for them. I'd say keep it. "Sisyphean" is a great word with no synonym to my knowledge. If it's in the context of a Sisyphean task, you could say insurmountable task, but I don't thi...
by Bloopy
Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Isosceles triangles and circles : puzzle connection
Replies: 15
Views: 1279

Re: Isosceles triangles and circles : puzzle connection

So you have theoretically 81/3=27 as maximal number of shapes. But the reachable maximal number is far less. Are you sure it's far less? I hope I understood the puzzle correctly. I got 24 distinct isosceles shapes on my first attempt so I'd guess 27 could be possible. edit: Just noticed I could edi...
by Bloopy
Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1759
Views: 318519

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

Sounds like an absolute bully to me. It didn't come across very well then. Clown would be more accurate. He did his best to make maths as enjoyable as possible for everyone. He was one of the friendliest teachers. I don't remember the context of the handicap one, but the kid probably fell off his c...
by Bloopy
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1759
Views: 318519

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

I also had a high school teacher (for maths and then statistics) who was so funny that I eventually started writing down things he said. Any students of his would immediately recognise who I'm talking about. He's now the principal of the school and I hope he's still imprinting his catchphrases on ge...
by Bloopy
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Graph theory terminology
Replies: 16
Views: 3164

Re: Graph theory terminology

those words aren't used in mathematics for anything else It's definitely satisfying to pick words that don't conjure up distracting thoughts from within your domain. I tried "link" but went off it quickly as it's become a buzzword. If you combine it with anything it looks like a top-level...
by Bloopy
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: var == 'value' vs 'value' == var
Replies: 20
Views: 4205

Re: var == 'value' vs 'value' == var

I fondly recall watching a colleague write a Yoda condition in SQL, but the funny part was that my boss is a self-taught programmer and didn't expect it to work at all. After many years of dealing with data which has unique IDs, I'm a bit rusty on .equals, but that one might actually be useful on oc...
by Bloopy
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Graph theory terminology
Replies: 16
Views: 3164

Graph theory terminology

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graph_theory
A graph in this context is made up of vertices, nodes, or points which are connected by edges, arcs, or lines.


Could also throw links & ... in the mix, or:

Drags & traps?
Spaghetti & meatballs?
2x4s & sycamores?
by Bloopy
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:25 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: FEEDBACK: what if ? GLOBAL WINDSTORM
Replies: 4
Views: 3128

Re: FEEDBACK: what if ? GLOBAL WINDSTORM

There's already a thread for this one. It's available to read online since it was released as a preview to the book:
viewtopic.php?t=109758
by Bloopy
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 4626

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

Velo Steve wrote:RAW, no color balance works for me.


Fixing your photos up in software later ain't no crime in my books. It can really make them 'pop': :P
by Bloopy
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 8624

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Alright, who pointed their vacuum cleaner at their monitor?
by Bloopy
Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 13844

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

There are examples of purple being used for BBQ, Salt & Vinegar or something spicy, probably when the preferred colour was already taken by something else. Ranch isn't a core flavour here so I'm yet to try it. Doritos may be the only example available though. This takes the game to another level...
by Bloopy
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 13844

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

What?! Blue is for paprika (sweet pepper)! It weirds me that you haven't even listed that flavour —conversely, salt & vinegar isn't too popular outside of the UK. Also it doesn't make sense for cheese & onion to be green: if either of those ingredients is green, you'd better throw it away. ...
by Bloopy
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 13844

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Caramel and lime have been wronged the most. I almost never drink coffee, but coffee-flavoured things can be great too. I can understand the rest of the low scorers even if I don't agree with any of them. Of course, some of these can vary a lot. I like those mint leaf sweets, but otherwise mint is a...
by Bloopy
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Steering showdown
Replies: 25
Views: 8076

Re: Steering showdown

At first I assumed I did something closer to 10&2, but in fact the top 2 spokes of my steering wheel where I put my hands are at 9&3. With the length of my arms and the way my steering wheel is adjusted, 10&2 is too much of a stretch and now I'm definitely happy to keep it that way. Even...
by Bloopy
Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What is lemonade?
Replies: 15
Views: 4734

Re: What is lemonade?

There is such a thing as drinkable "lemon juice" from concentrate, it's just extremely uncommon. But in the context of ordering lemon juice from a restaurant menu, the name ought to work because you wouldn't expect to receive the stuff used for cooking. :wink:
by Bloopy
Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Thinking in words, and noticing errors
Replies: 15
Views: 3665

Re: Thinking in words, and noticing errors

When you have a thought, do you tend to think it in words and sentences? : No When reading a story, do you automatically picture the locations and characters in your mind's eye? : Yes Do you typically tend to notice errors in spelling, whether your own or other people's? : Yes My thoughts are prima...
by Bloopy
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What is lemonade?
Replies: 15
Views: 4734

Re: What is lemonade?

If I order lemonade I'll be surprised if it isn't carbonated, but I'll still accept it as delicious lemonade. I might wonder why they don't just call it juice or punch.
by Bloopy
Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 37 Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 3927

Re: 37 Questions

Tattoos................................0 Piercings..............................0 Marriages..............................0 Divorces...............................0 Children...............................0 Surgeries..............................2 Fired a gun............................Fairground air...
by Bloopy
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: how do you pronounce 2016?
Replies: 85
Views: 9262

Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

In my mind I intend to say two thousand and sixteen, but the 'and' isn't always audible. Twenty- hasn't caught on with me. I suspect I haven't heard it nearly as often because it doesn't save as many syllables as nineteen-. An American once told me I was doing it wrong when I was teaching English wi...
by Bloopy
Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Up Goer 5: The Game
Replies: 6
Views: 2998

Re: Up Goer 5: The Game

P.S. Now that I think about it, there's no way "Goer" is a popular word, is it? Do people actually use it? The most common usage in news articles seems to be things like Church-goer or party-goer. Apart from that it's quite popular here to use goer to refer to a motivated person or succes...
by Bloopy
Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Up Goer 5: The Game
Replies: 6
Views: 2998

Re: Up Goer 5: The Game

Very nice! Any particular reason for scoring plurals and so on separately? The original Up Goer 5 makes quite a lot of use of plurals and the -ing suffix on top of the base list of words. Whereas Gist rewards me for writing things in more convoluted ways: likes to eat ants would like to eat an ant e...
by Bloopy
Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89736
Views: 6157248

Re: Random natterings

I'd suggest fully immobilising a person before doing that due to the neck thing I've seen porn videos where they tie a rope to the hair and I think this is what they do. The other end of the rope is sometimes connected to a hook in the nether regions so if the participant tries to straighten their ...
by Bloopy
Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89736
Views: 6157248

Re: Random natterings

ucim wrote:I'd assume it's a completely different capcha.

You'd be wrong! It was the BotDetect captcha, and it just speaks the same 5 letters/numbers seen in the image.
by Bloopy
Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89736
Views: 6157248

Re: Random natterings

Yakk wrote:Did you play sound?

Alas not. Let's assume it speaks it as one word and not letter by letter.
by Bloopy
Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89736
Views: 6157248

Re: Random natterings

It's not supposed to be a joy to solve CAPTCHAs, but I didn't mind this one:

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by Bloopy
Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1809
Views: 398948

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

ThemePark wrote:This must be it then.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAV5OIMA3Jc

Zathura is the movie sequel to Jumanji, and I watched it a few months ago, so it instantly rang a bell.

That game came out a decade too late. Check the description.
by Bloopy
Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1809
Views: 398948

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

Wow, I was not aware there could be so much games matching my description... Thanks for the list, but it still not there. Some more details: you could not select the protagonist, I think it was a boy/young man, The graphics looked much better than the ones you listed, more in Discworld1/MonkeyIslan...
by Bloopy
Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Combining Idioms. Portmanteau style
Replies: 26
Views: 10490

Re: Combining Idioms. Portmanteau style

Coincidentally, someone's set up a website to generate this sort of thing, and it's hilarious: The Idiomatic.
by Bloopy
Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's your favourite irrational number?
Replies: 78
Views: 18896

Re:

themandotcom wrote:The Euler-Masheroni constant (Yes, it is irrational!) :P

This... will be mine too. Thanks to playing around with it a bit in this thread.
by Bloopy
Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 10443

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

I know when I have low-grade dehydration because my right temporomandibular joint gets clunkier, haha. I've also noticed that I'm less likely to get leg/toe cramps if I drink a few beers as opposed to drinking just a little water. Maybe it's because the dehydrating effect of the alcohol comes on lat...
by Bloopy
Thu May 26, 2016 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are people required to burp?
Replies: 8
Views: 3063

Re: Are people required to burp?

With bad allergies, it's possible to swallow enough mucus to trap burps. So from personal experience I can say no, one's body doesn't have to burp. It can vomit instead!
by Bloopy
Thu May 26, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alkaline Food
Replies: 26
Views: 5074

Re: Alkaline Food

For getting a more alkaline diet, this book lists foods such as banana, celery, lettuce, mung bean sprouts, and spring onion.
by Bloopy
Thu May 26, 2016 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is math real?
Replies: 105
Views: 13343

Re: Is math real?

Something that can be falsified empirically can be experienced by the senses ... This is not true. You can't experience radio waves but you can empirically falsify all sorts of statements about them, for example. https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/2yrts7/rf_burns/cpchmzj ⋅ 500...
by Bloopy
Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is math real?
Replies: 105
Views: 13343

Re: Is math real?

You cannot see, hear, smell, taste or touch gravity. You can feel its effects manifest as weight or weightlessness. Unless we're being tugged at by some sort of Jedi mind power, it's a physical phenomenon, and the consensus seems to be that physical things are a subset of real things. Having said t...
by Bloopy
Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 103131

Re: 1663: "Garden"

The garden I got is not unique to me. There was already some history there when I loaded it. Once in a while someone else comes along and mucks about with the lamp settings or deletes an object.
by Bloopy
Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 12160

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

Benadryl for my friends with coughing fits and a rough drilling for my friends with benefits!

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