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by Waterhouse
Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: REAMDE Excerpts Available
Replies: 10
Views: 4771

REAMDE Excerpts Available

Hey, fellow fans, pardon the minor diversion, but were you aware that two excerpts from the new novel REAMDE are available on Neal's facebook fan page? http://www.facebook.com/TheNealStephenson Bonus - if more people 'like' the fan page, more excerpts will be released. The next threshold is at 5k an...
by Waterhouse
Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 33091

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

Pretty funny, but, I have to say that an epidural isn't at all mind-altering, which I think was the gist of the punchline. It's just a pain signal blocker that they place part way down the spine so that labor pains won't be able to make it up to the brain. It doesn't cause euphoria or impaired cogni...
by Waterhouse
Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 95515

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

SirMustapha wrote:...Nobody has fond memories of the 80's/early 90's because of the New Kids on the Block, after all.

Nostalgia does not discriminate.
by Waterhouse
Sun Nov 14, 2010 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0818: "Illness"
Replies: 116
Views: 35260

Re: 0818: "Illness"

Praying that disease
Will leave the ones you love and
Never come again.
by Waterhouse
Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 39524

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:And I'm pretty sure that ought to be "foris"

We are the music makers. And we are the dreamers of dreams.
by Waterhouse
Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 39524

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:…The fuck? You registered in 2007. You have 48 posts.

Dude, I was totally pulling your leg.
by Waterhouse
Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 39524

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

Dear Sirs:

I just registered on these forii to say, this epic thread used to be better back in the classic phase, around the first two pages or so. But something keeps drawing me back.

Thank you
by Waterhouse
Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0731: "Desert Island"
Replies: 119
Views: 28951

The Tune for the Alt-Text

I checked over all the comments and no one else suggested that the tune might be "The William Tell Overture" or, if you like "The Presidents Song", by the Animaniacs - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvy0wRLD5s8
This is what I immediately heard it as in my head as I read it.
by Waterhouse
Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0436: "How It Happened"
Replies: 168
Views: 37857

Re: "How It Happened" Discussion

vinayak wrote:Why isn't anyone talking about the alt text? I can't figure out its meaning.

See my earlier post. I believe this comic is supposed to show a historic moment in the history of this joke.

[edit] Sorry for the unnecessary redundancy.
by Waterhouse
Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0436: "How It Happened"
Replies: 168
Views: 37857

Re: "How It Happened" Discussion

I just read the whole thread and realized that my reaction was different from all others so far. When I read the title, it seemed clear that this was a glimpse at a historic moment, the only question being what the "It" in "How It Happened" is. `I know what "it" means w...
by Waterhouse
Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Java generics and interfaces
Replies: 5
Views: 1757

Re: Java generics and interfaces

Have you solved it yet? If not, I'd be happy to help you further. It might help if you would show us some more complete code. There isn't enough context to determine what the problem is with the small sample you gave.
by Waterhouse
Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0413: "Mistranslations"
Replies: 110
Views: 21207

Re: "Mistranslations" Discussion

Sometimes love don't feel like it should...
by Waterhouse
Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Going Dutch"
Replies: 35
Views: 4837

Re: "Going Dutch"

I'll add one more voice to the din and say that I have certainly heard this and related terms and I would assume that people would understand me if I were to use them. I'm a native English speaker from Northeast United States. Another variant: "Dutch date" - A romantic outing where the man...
by Waterhouse
Mon Mar 03, 2008 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0391: "Anti-Mindvirus"
Replies: 377
Views: 82306

Re: "Anti-Mindvirus" Discussion

Winning is a state of mind. Once, when it was the day after the superbowl, I was talking with a group of friends, among whom was my future wife, but whom I was not even dating at the time. Someone said "Does anyone know who won the superbowl?" Without a moment's hesitation, she answered, &...
by Waterhouse
Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Deceptively
Replies: 22
Views: 4323

Re: Deceptively

A puddle that is deceptively deep is truly deep but the quality of being deep causes confusion about it's true nature; however, in the example, [...] I'm really ADD, so I can't concentrate on your pedantic words given your horrible use of punctuation. Do we really need to go back to elementary scho...
by Waterhouse
Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Deceptively
Replies: 22
Views: 4323

Re: Deceptively

Well said.
by Waterhouse
Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Deceptively
Replies: 22
Views: 4323

Re: Deceptively

Sounds like AHD and Mr. Brians agree that it's required for one to "make clear which meaning [one] intend[s]." So it's not correct to simply say, "The pool was deceptively shallow", but it is correct to say, "He broke his teeth diving into the deceptively shallow pool."
by Waterhouse
Sat Feb 23, 2008 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Deceptively
Replies: 22
Views: 4323

Re: Deceptively

Sorry. What I meant was "Can you provide any examples from established/accepted sources or commentary/style-guides?"
by Waterhouse
Sat Feb 23, 2008 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Deceptively
Replies: 22
Views: 4323

Re: Deceptively

Can you provide an example of that usage? [edit:] From American Heritage Dictionary Usage Note: When deceptively is used to modify an adjective, the meaning is often unclear. Does the sentence The pool is deceptively shallow mean that the pool is shallower or deeper than it appears? When the Usage P...
by Waterhouse
Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Design Inference
Replies: 1
Views: 953

The Design Inference

I'd like to discuss the book The Design Inference by William Dembski. I'm fairly well-versed in mathematics and probability and was able to follow along with it, but I was wondering if anyone else here has read the book and would like to discuss its merits. Please, I'd like to keep the topic of this...
by Waterhouse
Sat Feb 23, 2008 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Deceptively
Replies: 22
Views: 4323

Re: Deceptively

'Fraid not. Firstly, you didn't all say the same things: The original question, by J.Action, was how to word the idea that something was shallow but seemed deep using the word "deceptively." The first reply, from Owehn, said that it could be either "deceptively shallow," or "...
by Waterhouse
Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Deceptively
Replies: 22
Views: 4323

Re: Deceptively

... Someone is wrong on the internet! I respectfully disagree with all of you. Neither use is correct. Deceptively should be used to describe a true quality which is yet deceptive. A puddle that is deceptively deep is truly deep but the quality of being deep causes confusion about it's true nature;...
by Waterhouse
Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Triple or Nothing
Replies: 56
Views: 9581

Re: Triple or Nothing

What gives? The question implies the following: how can it be that the gambler, apparently paradoxically, has a chance to win infinite money with a very low risk? The answer is simply that the imagined setup is contrary to the way that the "house" operates in reality. In any game of chance...
by Waterhouse
Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: help needed with some Cyrillic text.
Replies: 19
Views: 3733

Re: help needed with some Cyrillic text.

As near as I can tell, it's a place-name. Maybe Smorod Nova = New Smorod?
by Waterhouse
Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 57453

Re: "Real Programmers" Discussion

bbctol wrote:I still like the "magnetized needle" one more.

This is actually a reference to a comment made by Randall in a speech:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=k9RsByTnHFQ

... at about 0:39
by Waterhouse
Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: CHORD
Replies: 3
Views: 2236

Re: CHORD

I did a project based on CHORD some years ago and I found it intriguing. I can't speak to any implementation details, since my project was just built on top of it and took that for granted. As far as simulating a multiple point network, I would head towards running multiple instances of some server ...
by Waterhouse
Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 878
Views: 255132

Re: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]

i like pi wrote:give me some curse words in german, and their meaning

Vergassen Sie "bitte" zu sagen. ;)
by Waterhouse
Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 878
Views: 255132

Re: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]

"Scheiß-" ist auch ein toller Präfix vor fast jedem Nomen: Scheißwetter, Scheißkerl, Scheißhaus (das heißt aber Toilette) Nicht zu vergessen sind die Wörter und Kombinationen mit Arsch, Arschloch, Arsch mit Ohren, Arschkriecher (brown noser), Arschgeige... Ich dachte dass, "toll"...
by Waterhouse
Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Ludwig Wittgenstein
Replies: 11
Views: 2511

Re: Ludwig Wittgenstein

One thing to know about Wittgenstein is that his work varied drastically during his life. He wrote a major work, his 'Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus' when he was, I think, in his twenties, which basically offered this terribly bleak and anti-individualist point-of-view, but then ended up looking at ...
by Waterhouse
Thu Nov 29, 2007 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 878
Views: 255132

Re: Sprich Deutsch! [German practice]

Ich danke Ihnen für das Machen dieses Themas. Ich lerne Deutsch auch, aber von den Büchern, und nichts in Schule. Folglich, spreche ich sie nichts zu gut! Wenn sehen Sie meine Störungen, bitte, mir helfen.
by Waterhouse
Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Psycholinguistics and Priming
Replies: 3
Views: 2136

Re: Psycholinguistics and Priming

I don't know if she's done work specifically on priming, but certainly Dr. Kanwisher at the MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences Lab has studied brain activity in response to pictures. You can google it yourself.
by Waterhouse
Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Automaticaly Connecting to a Secure site
Replies: 5
Views: 1706

Re: Automaticaly Connecting to a Secure site

Your basic strategy is this: 1. Use a network library with HTTPS to make a POST request to the ACTION element of the login form... <FORM name="login" method="POST" action="../servlet/SelectDispatcher"><font class="Head">Login</font><br> User Id (4-8 a/n charac...
by Waterhouse
Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Automaticaly Connecting to a Secure site
Replies: 5
Views: 1706

Re: Automaticaly Connecting to a Secure site

That's heavily dependent on the way that the website works and the type of security they are using. It's probably possible to reverse-engineer the website by looking at the page sources and/or using some other techniques and then to include logic in your program that does what your browser would do....
by Waterhouse
Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: More java help
Replies: 3
Views: 1332

Re: More java help

Please let us know whether you were able to figure or if you still need help.

Can you highlight just the portion of the code that you are trying to change and what you'd like for it to do?
by Waterhouse
Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning Language by Reading a Translation of a Known Text
Replies: 21
Views: 3959

Re: Learning Language by Reading a Translation of a Known Text

I used to play the Sims (yes, yes, I know :roll:), but around a month in I decided to change the language to French. I adapted quickly because I needed to know what I was instructing my Sims to do. Immersion method, but in a very limited way. Plus, you learn colloquialisms, strange words, and turns...
by Waterhouse
Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Burden of Java Libraries
Replies: 12
Views: 2301

Re: Burden of Java Libraries

1. I respectfully disagree. If you've written some sort of UI class that has to import two dozen other classes (layouts, labels, various fields, etc.), then nobody in their right mind wants to read through all that import mess when one or two wildcard imports would suffice. Everybody knows which JL...
by Waterhouse
Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning Language by Reading a Translation of a Known Text
Replies: 21
Views: 3959

Re: Learning Language by Reading a Translation of a Known Text

... Doesn't look bad. Thanks ...Hehe, now I translate it myself and you can correct my English. Why did you choose 'Alice in Wonderland'? There are certainly more books that you know very well. Some of the terms used in 'Alice' are quite old, which means you aquired some knowledge that you'll be ab...
by Waterhouse
Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What editor do you use?
Replies: 124
Views: 20927

Re: What editor do you use?

From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9RsByTnHFQ at about 00:40
Randall wrote:... A magentized needle and very good hands.

XKCD wins the thread.
by Waterhouse
Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning Language by Reading a Translation of a Known Text
Replies: 21
Views: 3959

Re: Learning Language by Reading a Translation of a Known Text

I guess, for me, it's a simple and informal way to learn a little when I have a bit of free time. I find it fun to read a familiar story and rediscover it in a new way. That actually answers your first question of "Warum." Children's literature is a good place to start, although I take you...

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