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by szarka
Wed May 12, 2010 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 42130

Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

BTW, Wikipedia did score a win vs. the OED recently: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/short ... sipho.html
by szarka
Wed May 12, 2010 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 42130

Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

IMHO, you can't blame xkcd for someone mistakenly (or purposefully, for that matter) creating an article. It should have been obvious that it was a joke, since the word "malapropism" didn't exist in the 1490s...
by szarka
Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0476: "One-Sided"
Replies: 111
Views: 28854

Re: "One-Sided" Discussion

Best. Alt text. Ever.

Well, at least the best in months.
by szarka
Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0440: "Road Rage"
Replies: 94
Views: 29688

Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Note to self: never piss Randall off. Just thinking of this strip makes him the bigger BOFH... /me kowtows
by szarka
Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0439: "Thinking Ahead"
Replies: 164
Views: 27529

Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

On a depressing (possibly overly thought-out) note, if anyone ever wanted to put an end to xkcd, they could just e-mail Randall with every possible comic suggestion possible. :cry: One day a student came to Moon and said, "I understand how to make a better garbage collector. We must keep a ref...
by szarka
Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0403: "Convincing pickup line"
Replies: 100
Views: 34063

Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

I think this one makes it into my top ten xkcd comics! :)

Ironically, if a woman ever used this line on me, I might have to propose marriage.
by szarka
Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0393: "Ultimate Game"
Replies: 165
Views: 43826

Re: Ultimate Game

It's been over twenty years since I've played D&D, but I still have my battered, old basic set somewhere in the attic... Hearing about Gary's death made me sad. How nice to see such a great tribute on xkcd to a guy that gave so many of us joy, and probably kept more than a few of us busy and the...
by szarka
Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0383: "Helping"
Replies: 358
Views: 104098

Re: "Helping" Discussion

I agree that this is a difficult comic to interpret--maybe not the best-executed xkcd, though to be fair it's also a challenging subject. I've decided to read the main panel as the guy visiting the girl in a padded cell, and the smaller panels as a flashback to an episode that resulted in the suicid...
by szarka
Mon Dec 24, 2007 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: dsicrete math: getting a jump on reading
Replies: 7
Views: 1602

Re: dsicrete math: getting a jump on reading

You might find the lecture notes linked in this blog post a good warm-up. It's undergrad level, but it has a nice selection of the topics usually covered in a "discrete math" course.
by szarka
Mon Dec 24, 2007 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Knot Theory Books
Replies: 8
Views: 1827

Re: Knot Theory Books

Can't say I've actually read the book, but I saw a presentation by the author of Why Knot? and it was good fun. This is probably the book I'd buy as an Xmas gift for a budding mathematician.
by szarka
Mon Dec 24, 2007 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What symbol do you use (in proofs) for contradiction?
Replies: 11
Views: 15204

Re: What symbol do you use (in proofs) for contradiction?

My analysis prof calls the head-butting arrow thingie "Bulgarian contradiction". I think that's in honor of another prof at my school who uses it, but I'm never sure. Like many truly funny people, it's sometimes difficult to know when he's joking...
by szarka
Sun Dec 09, 2007 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0354: "Startling"
Replies: 159
Views: 24014

Re: "Startling" discussion

The thing that scares me the most about all of this is that we're probably fairly close to being able to back up to computer and become effectively immortal. As Woody Allen observed, I'd rather be immortal by not dying. And, actually, IMHO we're closer to that than we are to "backing up to dis...
by szarka
Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math software (Numerical, graphical, or CAS)
Replies: 21
Views: 2738

Re: Favorite math software (Numerical, graphical, or CAS)

I have wanted to learn LaTeX for years, but haven't had motivation (i.e. was never required to learn it) and haven't found the right resource to learn it from. I'd like to learn how to use it just to make nice technical documents for my classes. The Not So Short Intro to LaTeX is pretty painless. Y...
by szarka
Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What symbol do you use (in proofs) for contradiction?
Replies: 11
Views: 15204

Re: What symbol do you use (in proofs) for contradiction?

Argh! I edited the poll to add a "something else" category and it reset everything. Bug or feature? Hard to say...

Anyway, I usually just use words, but my analysis prof may have converted me to the head-butting arrow thingie...
by szarka
Sat Dec 08, 2007 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What symbol do you use (in proofs) for contradiction?
Replies: 11
Views: 15204

What symbol do you use (in proofs) for contradiction?

What symbol, if any, do you use to express contradiction when writing proofs? (The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List shows several alternatives on p.19 and suggests that there's no consensus.)
by szarka
Sat Dec 08, 2007 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How do you end your proofs? QED, box, ...
Replies: 107
Views: 20955

Re: How do you end your proofs? QED, box, ...

If I'm writing a proof by hand I used "QED". In LaTeX, I use an open box.

Thanks to Wikipedia, though, I'm thinking of adopting ὅπερ ἔδει ποιῆσαι where appropriate...
by szarka
Sat Dec 08, 2007 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math software (Numerical, graphical, or CAS)
Replies: 21
Views: 2738

Re: Favorite math software (Numerical, graphical, or CAS)

I could probably argue that TeX/LaTeX should be included, but I don't really believe it myself; that said, as frustrating as TeXing can be, I am more than a little enamored with how it comes out. Mmmm ... so gorgeous. Yeah, I wanted to vote for LaTeX. I started using it heavily this year and I stil...
by szarka
Sat Dec 08, 2007 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0354: "Startling"
Replies: 159
Views: 24014

Re: "Startling" discussion

Quixotess wrote:...And as a US citizen, "aught" is not something I say. It's like "thee" or "thou".


You must not own a shotgun.
by szarka
Sat Dec 08, 2007 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0354: "Startling"
Replies: 159
Views: 24014

Re: "Startling" discussion

I usually have the converse problem. "Wow, there is a black man running for president. It was only 50 years ago when it wasn't socially acceptable for them to share a bathroom." The speed at which we are changing is astonishing. It may seem like "Wow, that was 10 years ago..." b...
by szarka
Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0354: "Startling"
Replies: 159
Views: 24014

Re: "Startling" discussion

This comic is so dead on it's scary... ;)

Reminds me of a favorite song by Daniel Amos: "It's the eighties, so where's our rocket packs?"
by szarka
Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0331: "Photoshops"
Replies: 113
Views: 27688

Re: "Photoshops" Discussion

I was let down when the alt text didn't reference Baudrillard...
by szarka
Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 104929

Re: "Exploits of a Mom"

Sophia wrote:It's funny, earlier today my husband and I decided that we should name one of our children Sudo. After reading this comic, we we changed our mind ;)


But, wouldn't it be useful to be able to say, "Sudo, clean up your room!" and such? You gotta do it!
by szarka
Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 104929

Re: "Exploits of a Mom"

SEN5241 wrote:Oh, and the younger brother's name is probably Timmy'; sudo rm -rf / #


Maybe. But how many schools do you know that don't run on Microsoft crapware?

ksr17 wrote:Come on boys, no "ultimate MILF" comment yet!?


Goes without saying, really. ;)
by szarka
Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I want to learn more math
Replies: 16
Views: 3274

Re:

What do I need to learn to have a good foundation in mathematics? I want to learn enough so that I can go in any direction I want. The first step would be learning basic set theory and mathematical logic, including how to write simple proofs. Your school might have a course called "Discrete St...
by szarka
Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Good Math Books
Replies: 12
Views: 3021

Re: Good Math Books

I'm trying to get back into maths in general, and certain types in particular. I used to be pretty good at it, but my last high school math class (pre-calc -- yes, I know, not stunning, but, well, yeah) was taught by a woman who didn't teach us math. Instead she taught us how to punch things into g...
by szarka
Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Graduate-Level Math Courses
Replies: 10
Views: 2601

Re: Graduate-Level Math Courses

For your specific situation, you might get some pretty on-target advice over here:

http://www.urch.com/forums/phd-economics/
by szarka
Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:01 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Good Math Books
Replies: 12
Views: 3021

Thanks for the suggestions. My school's library happened to have a copy of Hoffman and Kunze, so maybe I'll give that one a shot.
by szarka
Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many digits of Pi do you know?
Replies: 445
Views: 104886

I know 3.141592, which is more than most folks I run into on a daily basis. I believe this number of digits hits the happy medium between impressing and scaring members of the appropriate gender.
by szarka
Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Good Math Books
Replies: 12
Views: 3021

On the topic of searching for good math books, can anyone recommend a good proof-based book about linear/matrix algebra? I don't care whether it has exercises and such but I do want it to have lots of proofs that aren't "left as an exercise for the student". Essentially, I want something t...
by szarka
Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Good Math Books
Replies: 12
Views: 3021

For econometrics, I like William Greene's Econometric Analysis . It's a graduate-level text, but since you're also asking about abstract algebra and group theory I'm going to assume that you're no stranger to calculus, linear algebra, and probability. I've only read a bit of Concrete Abstract Algebr...
by szarka
Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10921
Views: 2296371

ObIAmNotASpambotPost:

Oh, crap. There's a forum on the xkcd site? As if I wasn't already wasting enough time because of xkcd...

In other news, my No Raptors shirt arrived a few days ago and it was an instant hit with my friends. :)

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