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by Bloopy
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 30786

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

Im not drawing any momentum from the rope. The momentum of the system is 0, I am not changing that. The energy is being extracted from food. Kick yourself away from the block. You and the block will both move, and then recoil back to each other. When you are at v=0, kick it again. You and the block...
by Bloopy
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 30786

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

BlackSails wrote:The rope is massless, but it isnt unstretchable.

Well, the puzzle doesn't mention that it's unstretchable. It also doesn't mention that the rope isn't some sort of wormhole or portal you can just reach into and draw some momentum from.
by Bloopy
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 215
Views: 5106

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

I was thinking about the Hollywood connection, as it seems to me that Hollywood itself has a responsibility for a lot of the problematic social attitudes. I'm thinking in particular of the movie trope (roughly this TVTropes trope ) where the guy suddenly, without warning, grabs and kisses the girl....
by Bloopy
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 215
Views: 5106

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

CorruptUser wrote:The people that go into politics are the popular, outgoing kids in high school that rarely got rejected for dates

True for the good-looking ones. But some only have the outgoing attribute and had to get into the position of power first to get anywhere.
by Bloopy
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 30786

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

I liked this post: @jasondrake: That approach is so much easier: Go to one side of the block. You are probably warmer than the block. You emit radiation roughly isotropically, but the block will absorb some part and emit it isotropically again. In total, you get a bit of net thrust, and you move ...
by Bloopy
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A Fun Math "Puzzle" [Solution]
Replies: 2
Views: 456

Re: A Fun Math "Puzzle" [Solution]

This particular one has been showing up on Facebook a lot in the last few months. Rather than testing maths, it mainly just tests whether people look closely enough at such an irritating post to notice that the symbols in the last line have been altered. I certainly didn't, and it just made it all t...
by Bloopy
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Twin Peaks Returns : Damn Fine Coffee
Replies: 2
Views: 1312

Re: Twin Peaks Returns : Damn Fine Coffee

I enjoyed S3, but not enough to be jumping to watch it again any time soon. I suppose it was to be expected, but my main gripe is that they just kept piling on the paranormal stuff. In the original series you mainly just had Bob & Mike, the lodges/grove, dreams and visions, the communications re...
by Bloopy
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3262
Views: 573914

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I've neglected to post my most ridiculous dream from last year here. I dreamt it after I found out I was being made redundant from work, and immediately after a dream about a family member being diagnosed with cancer (albeit curable). It may even be my most epic ever: There was a touristy bar with i...
by Bloopy
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Bill Gates regrets
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

Re: Bill Gates regrets

If the so-called firmware interrupt was just a reboot, it's hardly missed. Had it taken you into a menu, it might be a different story.

Also, this way we can blame Gates for 'Loss'.
by Bloopy
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Screw the Nobel Peace Prize--witness Baking Soda!
Replies: 7
Views: 742

Re: Screw the Nobel Peace Prize--witness Baking Soda!

At first I thought the corporation you were trying to defeat was a startup company founded by your underarm bacteria.
by Bloopy
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 538 hats riddle
Replies: 20
Views: 2062

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: 4946

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: 1356

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: 4459

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: 1356

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: 1700

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: 1763
Views: 325652

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: 1763
Views: 325652

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: 3651

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: 4844

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: 3651

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: 3520

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: 5048

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: 9361

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: 15627

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: 15627

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: 15627

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: 27
Views: 9144

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: 5185

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: 5027

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: 5185

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: 4148

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: 9944

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: 3396

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: 3396

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: 89782
Views: 6523488

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: 89782
Views: 6523488

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: 89782
Views: 6523488

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: 89782
Views: 6523488

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: 1852
Views: 413341

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.

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