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by rrwoods
Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Witness
Replies: 9
Views: 4718

Re: The Witness

I really, really like this game. I think it's a bit unfair to say that the game throws you to the wolves re: puzzle concepts; with one very specific exception* the game has a "training wheels" type area for every symbol you see. And to be honest, the fact that those areas *aren't* forced o...
by rrwoods
Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 278186

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

A while back I wondered what would happen if a spell had Deathtouch, like Puncture Blast has Wither. It took me on a really long trip through the history of Magic the Gathering, but I eventually came out with the solution :P First, get an Ogre Slumlord . Then use Artificial Evolution on it, changin...
by rrwoods
Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Replies: 87
Views: 24760

Re: Guardians of the Galaxy

Sweet, thanks! Off-hand I remember that
Spoiler:
the last two songs are from "Vol. 2", I specifically remember there being two but not which ones they were,
but I could be wrong.
by rrwoods
Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Replies: 87
Views: 24760

Re: Guardians of the Galaxy

So this is great etc etc. Anyone happen to know the order of the songs used in the film? Amazon has "awesome mix vol 1" for sale, but it's for sure not in the correct order because it has a song not even in the film, and the song used in the first scene is definitely not the one listed on ...
by rrwoods
Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 23665

Re: 1146: "Honest"

The line in the second panel is really awkward sounding. Is it a reference to something? I can't imagine a real person ever lumping "trying really hard all the time" in with being "confused and scared" like that. This comic hit home pretty hard for me. I can understand why you'd...
by rrwoods
Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Liquor Thread
Replies: 1264
Views: 250605

Re: The Liquor Thread

Seconding/Thirding/Fourthing/whatever Hendricks as a really good G/T. Personally it's my favorite G/T, especially when you add a slice of cucumber.
by rrwoods
Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28469
Views: 3017200

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

dhokarena56 wrote:hideous festival of debauchery and wanton perversion known as Anthrocon

aaaaaaaaaaaaand foe'd.
by rrwoods
Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 366314

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Er, actually, it doesn't work because the additional cost on the first ability isn't affected by the second ability... Move along, nothing to see here!
by rrwoods
Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 366314

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Another for the Scorching Mist implementation pile: Scorching Mist - U/R Instant As an additional cost to cast Scorching Mist, you may pay U/R. Each mana spent to pay Scorching Mist's mana cost must be a different color. If you spent U to cast Scorching Mist, counter target activated ability. If you...
by rrwoods
Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 200797

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stan

miedvied wrote:Your participation in all aspects of school pre-uni are compulsory

Speak for yourself? About half my classes towards the end of high school were elective.
by rrwoods
Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 62905

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

So the beer cans come closest, but everyone else screaming "GAWD my country already does this" doesn't make any sense to me. Most of the stuff that's been posted is nowhere close to the concept presented in the comic.
by rrwoods
Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28469
Views: 3017200

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

if there exists some number Y such that X = Y, we can show X = Y and Y = X, so X = X. That doesn't work, because it assumes Y = Y. Reflection of equality is a Peano axiom, transition of equality is a Peano axiom, and symmetry of equality is a Peano axiom. None of them can be used to prove the other...
by rrwoods
Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28469
Views: 3017200

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Oop, sorry, my memory is rusty. Yes, addition of natural numbers is defined as:

a + 0 = a
a + S(b) = S(a + b)

where S is the successor function.
by rrwoods
Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28469
Views: 3017200

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

adho wrote:Edit: Hold up, how can you not assume x - x = 0? How do you prove that something is equal to itself?

These two questions are different. "x = x" is an axiom; "x - x = 0" is not, and, in fact, neither is "x + 0 = x". These are provable statements.
by rrwoods
Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28469
Views: 3017200

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

by rrwoods
Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 387520

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I think you mitigate (possibly eliminate) the risk of being too obvious by staying away from the song lyrics themselves, possibly to the point of deliberately avoiding the words used to describe the scene in the song. Don't say "mirror" or "ceiling", say "reflection" an...
by rrwoods
Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 387520

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Oh man, you totally need song references everywhere too. Empty wine bottles, full champagne bottles, mirrored ceilings.
by rrwoods
Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Liquor Thread
Replies: 1264
Views: 250605

Re: The Liquor Thread

I just got my scotchy scotch scotch back, and I has a happy. Finished off what was left of the Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or last night.

So much scotch... I'll have to take a picture and throw it up here at some point :-)
by rrwoods
Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28469
Views: 3017200

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

My 'favorite' is "I'm not going to argue with you." The impression that the word "argue" was negative took me years to shake. In fact I'm still not sure I've shaken it.
by rrwoods
Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Liquor Thread
Replies: 1264
Views: 250605

Re: The Liquor Thread

Cocktails involving scotch: Rusty Nail.
by rrwoods
Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28469
Views: 3017200

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

"SO" doesn't imply being engaged. "Fiancé[e]" does.
by rrwoods
Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 914
Views: 210982

Re: Board games anyone?

Just played Race for the Galaxy this weekend. Not a bad game.
by rrwoods
Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28469
Views: 3017200

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Pant: iTunes is reading comments in my hosts file. I want to update my phone to iOS 5, but iTunes claims it can't contact the software server. Googling the problem leads me to tons of links where people are suggesting adding the line "# 127.0.0.1 gs.apple.com" to your hosts file to fix the...
by rrwoods
Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal 2 : Princess No-Knees 3 : Jump Harder
Replies: 833
Views: 161820

Re: Portal 2 : Princess No-Knees 3 : Jump Harder

There are a ton of co-op levels in the base game that can be done with one player. People on speeddemosarchive had a field day with that.
by rrwoods
Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Strange but delicious combinations (Merged: Weird Snacks)
Replies: 256
Views: 46753

Re: Strange but delicious combinations (Merged: Weird Snacks

Sweet potato chips (parsed as [sweet potato] chips, not sweet [potato chips]) and hummus.
by rrwoods
Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 278186

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

Amusement of the day was someone managing to get Ludevic's Abomination out, only to have me keep tapping it with my Avacynian Priest. That's one badass priest. I love that card so much. At my prerelease I got triple Avacynian Priest. Tappy tappy! I tapped down someone's trampler-mill-yourself-for-t...
by rrwoods
Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 278186

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

This is important so even though it's been said I'm going to repeat it: So for some reason my revised lightning bolt is super different from an M12 lightning bolt, requiring me to purchase a new one No no no no no no no no no. You can play your revised Lightning Bolt anywhere cards named "Light...
by rrwoods
Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 278186

Re: magic cards dumped; general magic discussion ensues

seems sub-par in control decks compared to something like Consecrated Sphinx or Sun Titan. You're probably right. The one thing it has going for it over those cards is that it costs 3, which means you can play it and have backup earlier than you would those other cards. I don't have enough metagame...
by rrwoods
Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7788817

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/detail.nhn?titleId=350217&no=31 OH GOD. DO NOT OPEN THAT PAGE. DO NOT READ THAT STORY. DO NOT SCROLL DOWN SLOWLY. DO NOT HAVE YOUR EARPHONES ON WITH VOLUME HIGH WHEN YOU SCROLL DOWN SLOWLY. Unless you're not easily scared, that is. I mean, it's not that scary if y...
by rrwoods
Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 404640

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

While you can mathematically deduce from the 4th wall (you can see everyone with blue and brown eyes and count them.) and create a mathematical model, they can not. Incomplete information does not make producing a mathematical model impossible. Since they are all perfect logicians (and everyone kno...
by rrwoods
Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 278186

Re: magic cards dumped; general magic discussion ensues

12 Island 8 Plains 4 Seachrome Coast 4 Geist of Saint Traft -- 1WU 2/2 hexproof; attack=make tapped+attacking 4/4 flying token, exile token at eoc 4 Sundial of the Infinite 4 Ponder 4 Think Twice -- reprint from TSP 4 Mana Leak 3 Mental Misstep 4 Negate 3 Apostle's Blessing 4 Dismember 4 Snapcaster ...
by rrwoods
Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2132558

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Felstaff wrote:core tenant

Dammit, I actually left the page before I realized what you said here.
by rrwoods
Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7788817

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

I'm at this stage in my life where lots of my friends/acquaintances are getting engaged/married. I'm happy for all of them but I can't help but feel weird about it. Maybe because I still feel pretty young at heart. Ditto. One of my friends is married, has a 1-year old, and has another on the way. I...
by rrwoods
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7788817

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Famous Amos needs to stop changing (or maybe just screwing up) their gorram recipe. The other day my cookies were underbaked. Now they're flat and overbaked. They were perfect for years!
by rrwoods
Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 278186

Re: magic cards dumped; general magic discussion ensues

Also, it just doesn't work in draft and the official line is "never mind". Here's how I imagine the conversation going. Concerned Drafter: "But in draft, everyone will be able to see the back of the card in the pack, and possibly in my draft pile unless I hide it somehow." Desig...
by rrwoods
Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 278186

Re: magic cards dumped; general magic discussion ensues

They're printing on the backs of the cards.

...

Words. There are none.
by rrwoods
Fri Aug 12, 2011 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: counterintuitive results on risk of ruin and covariance
Replies: 3
Views: 1263

Re: counterintuitive results on risk of ruin and covariance

1.: The standard deviation for each hand is still the same, as the game did not change. The only thing where it gets more complicated is the standard deviation for the sum of both hands. Your calculation is strange, as it scales the result with the square of the individual standard deviations. Var(...
by rrwoods
Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: counterintuitive results on risk of ruin and covariance
Replies: 3
Views: 1263

counterintuitive results on risk of ruin and covariance

Two things. 1. There's a particular casino game that when played a particular way yields a player advantage. I know the expected value and standard deviation of the game in terms of initial bet. I also know "the covariance" of the game -- that is, I know the value cov(X, Y) where X and Y a...
by rrwoods
Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: variance of a population given characteristics of subpops
Replies: 0
Views: 575

variance of a population given characteristics of subpops

For some population P of size n, I have mutually exclusive sub-populations P 1 , P 2 , P 3 , ..., which collectively represent all of P. I know the number of elements n i in each subpopulation, and I know each subpopulation's mean and variance. Computing the mean of P is easy; a weighted average of ...

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