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by Rook
Fri May 30, 2008 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8671
Views: 1832833

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

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Other things I still find a little freaky: Jell-o, keyboard nubbins, and the noises your mom makes when we're in bed. But only a little.
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by Rook
Fri May 30, 2008 8:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Superglue, Q-tips and powertools...
Replies: 77
Views: 8160

Re: Superglue, Q-tips and powertools...

Duck tape always get my in the mood to modify something, even if it doesn't really need to be modified. So this. The last time I actually did anything with duckt tape* was to patch a hole in my jeans. It ain't pretty, and it'll probably fall to bits in anything more than a light shower, but at leas...
by Rook
Fri May 30, 2008 7:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Inefficiencies
Replies: 94
Views: 7336

Re: Inefficiencies

Beer. Beer is horrendously inefficient, and it doesn't even taste that great. Cider is a little better, since it's both linearly stronger, and nicer by orders of magnitude. Give me a few shots of Jaegermeister any day though, and we can raise a toast to efficiency. I realise Vodka is traditional, bu...
by Rook
Fri May 30, 2008 6:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8671
Views: 1832833

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

My first attempt after a few clicks of random button.

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Women, eh?
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And to the C&H people, have you ever heard of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal? "Sadism with a Smile" isn't their tagline, but it probably should be. Linky.
by Rook
Fri May 30, 2008 5:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The naming system in Western society (is messed up).
Replies: 28
Views: 4526

Re: The naming system in Western society (is messed up).

The reason things get named after people more often than given any of the type of names suggested is simply this: "Explorer's Thrust" as a name, is made of suck. Or rather, almost any name the inventor comes up with will not stick for a variety of reasons, the primary two being obscurity a...
by Rook
Fri May 30, 2008 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0430: "Every Damn Morning"
Replies: 184
Views: 36973

Re: "Every Damn Morning" Discussion

This is usually me, except that it stops at about the second or third stage; I can remember odd details, but the majority fades away. Last last night there was something involving an open plan mall, and a fast food place, and a distinct lack of strawberry milkshake. It was a horrendously realistic o...
by Rook
Wed May 28, 2008 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0429: "Fantasy"
Replies: 81
Views: 18709

Re: "Fantasy" Discussion

Does this actually count as lucid dreaming, since the guy is awake? In any case, looks like I'm not the only person that lets fantasy scenarios run off in directions that aren't exactly what I'd like. It's worse when I'm half falling asleep from fatigue, because then I lose the ability to differenti...
by Rook
Wed May 21, 2008 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0426: "Geohashing"
Replies: 224
Views: 39579

Re: "Geohashing" discussion

Sweet, now I have another reason to get myself a GPS. Yes, I could just look on the map, memorize the major landmarks on the way to and around the location, and go, leaving my map at home. Like I usually do when going just about anywhere :oops: But that method has a tendency to fall apart under tree...
by Rook
Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0413: "New Pet"
Replies: 251
Views: 60723

Re: "New Pet" Discussion

Great comic, I can totally see myself doing this. I know I'm nit picking, but isn't the external camera superfluous? Since the hamster ball they're using is transparent? Cool anyhow. Also, you might want Swedish wheels instead of mecanum wheels? I've never really understood how the latter are suppos...
by Rook
Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 565515

Terminal control with ncurses

I've been learning ncurses recently to help with a project I'm working (get a nicer looking GUI). I've been making fairly good progress, but I was wondering if anyone knows how to open a new terminal window using C code, or how to change the dimensions of the current terminal? I tend to leave theter...
by Rook
Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Christians Should Beat Up The Homeless (if they want)
Replies: 201
Views: 12377

Re: Christians Should Beat Up The Homeless (if they want)

Ahhhh.... no. Sorry. This is a straw-man argument. God carrying a whipping stick over everyone threatening to give them severe pain if they commit evil is not the sole alternative to evil not existing, by a long shot . Have you considered God physically preventing evil (a "bubble wrapped"...
by Rook
Tue Apr 08, 2008 2:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: This blows my mind!
Replies: 311
Views: 33142

Re: This blows my mind!

Optical illusions are MADE OF GAY.

By which I mean, when I say one my thoughts are usually along the lines of OH CRAP MY EYES. But once I calm down they're pretty cool. With this one, I got clockwise at first, then saw the shadow and got it to go anticlockwise. And now it won't go back. Graargh.
by Rook
Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Christians Should Beat Up The Homeless (if they want)
Replies: 201
Views: 12377

Re: Christians Should Beat Up The Homeless (if they want)

...Omniscience, omnibenevolence, and omnipotence. The problem is that if God has all three of these traits, then the existence of evil is problematic. Totally not, and I've never really got what the problem is supposed to be. Omniscience means all-knowing right? But it's also implied that God is no...
by Rook
Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why You're Visited
Replies: 60
Views: 7994

Re: Why You're Visited

i dont have one yet but i want one of these . I see the jurassic park theme in your future! I have a number of heads/faces dotted around my room. Some are busts, others are more 2 dimensional. My favourite is a glass block depicting a lion's head (made to look like a cast, meaning the face has dept...
by Rook
Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Catchphrases
Replies: 149
Views: 11076

Re: Catchphrases

Current phrase-of-the-day: 'Metric Fuckton'. Cracks me up every time, I now plan to find every opportunity to use it :D
by Rook
Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0405: "Journal 3"
Replies: 237
Views: 39491

Re: "Journal 3" discussion

I kinda read it as: "You took my Hat. You took my Hat".

So, is the classhole Black Hat guy again?
by Rook
Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Difficulty getting off the computer at night
Replies: 60
Views: 4306

Re: Difficulty getting off the computer at night

I have a similar problem to the OP, and I think that half of it is the fact that I need my computer for work. It just also happens that I can waste a lot of time on it. This is utterly infuriating, because I know how much of my time it wastes, and I would like nothing more than to shut it down, put ...
by Rook
Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's in a name?
Replies: 249
Views: 21156

Re: What's in a name?

My first name is Glen because it isn't Alex. This makes more sense than it might seem to; my father's name is Alex, so in true Scottish fashion it was going to be mine as well. My mother wasn't having any of it though, so now this is what I've got. A little annoyingly, it's an English language word,...
by Rook
Tue Apr 01, 2008 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Christians Should Beat Up The Homeless (if they want)
Replies: 201
Views: 12377

Re: Christians Should Beat Up The Homeless (if they want)

How I've always thought of free will, and reconciling it with Omniscience, is to compare the Universe to a video game. Allow me to elaborate: in a typical 16-bit era video game, you know what is going to happen, broadly at least. The major events of the game are set out at compilation. The individua...
by Rook
Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Catchphrases
Replies: 149
Views: 11076

Re: Catchphrases

Another thing I do is when I find a word I like, I'll use it profusely. (<-- word of the while). Likewise, and also for certain phrases with me. A sort-of group meme among most of the people in my class, myself included, is to ridiculously overuse the Koolaid "Ooh Yeaaah!!" at any time wh...
by Rook
Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new voice
Replies: 58
Views: 5352

Re: A new voice

Patrick Stewart or Sean Connery. Or occasionally, and I can't believe nobody else has said this yet, Jeremy Irons. Though to be honest I can sound evil enough by myself.
by Rook
Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 647680

Re: EVE Online

well i think i might get into a cruiser before i go hardcore into the learning skills, i'd like to fly some thing other than a frig. I did get some of the learning skills though; Analytical Mind level 2, Instant Recall level 3, Iron Will level 3, Learning level 3, and Spatial Awareness level 4. I d...
by Rook
Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pinball Wizards and Witches
Replies: 10
Views: 2075

Re: Pinball Wizards and Witches

Ticked yes, but I honestly haven't played in years. About ten of them, iirc :( Only reason I say yes is because I remember that when I did play, I bloody loved it. Mostly because of a few times I kept going on one play for an obscenely long time, because I kept getting free balls. Can't recall what ...
by Rook
Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 647680

Re: EVE Online

Signed up as Kaja Valentine. She's pretty new, but combat focused, so she should be packing a lot more punch relatively soon :wink:
by Rook
Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 647680

Re: EVE Online

beginning to finish up the war and everybody is itching to reset almost everybody and stop shooting pos. opened sniggwaffe for recruitment which everybody should join btw :mrgreen: Seriously considering it. How strict are you on the 'no PC corp alts that aren't in Pandemic Legion' thing? My only ot...
by Rook
Thu Mar 06, 2008 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Myst
Replies: 148
Views: 28172

Re: Myst

This fix is completely independent of what version of Quicktime you use. I run Vista (shudder), and have downloaded every Quicktime update that it has prompted me with (including updates that come with Itunes). Compatibility mode automatically changes the way the OS interfaces with QT, making the v...
by Rook
Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 647680

Re: EVE Online

None of you guys are related to goonswarm by any chance? Those guys seem a little nuts. Before their match the commentators went off on a little spiel about how they once went around in a load of noob ships ganking frigates, and consistently winning :? :lol: Impressive amounts of Caldari stuff field...
by Rook
Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 647680

Re: EVE Online

Is anybody else watching the Alliance Tournament? It's airing all this week on a live feed if you're interested:

http://www.eve-online.com/evetv/tunein.asp

Just click the grey 'Tune In' button to be linked to an appropriate feed.
by Rook
Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 647680

Re: EVE Online

I'd join that corp. Sounds like a helluva lot of fun :twisted:

I assume this is like moral piracy? As in, only ice people with questionable business ethics? (or who we just don't like, but yeah)


Fun Fact: Did you know that Firefox spellchecker recognises 'helluva' as a word, but not 'Firefox'?
by Rook
Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 647680

Re: EVE Online

Question: what's up with the materials needed to build a battleship costing more than a pre-built battleship? Specifically, if you were to try and buy all the minerals needed to manufacture a Rokh, you would be paying out about 4.5 times as much as you would for a new one. Basically, WTF? I was give...
by Rook
Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 245185

Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

I never finished VII until just recently, until after I'd seen Advent Children in fact (even though I'd attempted it before), and I have to say that if I had finished it before getting the closure that AC gives to the game, I'd probably have been left hating it, the ending at least. The words 'open ...
by Rook
Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Myst
Replies: 148
Views: 28172

Re: Myst

Well, shit. We can only pray for a second revival at some point in the future. I just hope the communities don't die this time; after the first shutdown, all the fan sites and guild forums and such were just dead. It was kind of eerie, but mostly just sad that everything fell apart like that. If we ...
by Rook
Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A survey of people who read this subforum regularly
Replies: 28
Views: 4629

Re: A survey of people who read this subforum regularly

Maybe once. Now I'm down to just standard shyness. Basically I have removed the idea of girl = possible love interest from my head; I'll work up to that if it looks like things might be going that way. Otherwise, there's no real difference in gender to me, other than a few obvious etiquette/tact thi...
by Rook
Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Being pumped up for SCIENCE
Replies: 11
Views: 1868

Re: Being pumped up for SCIENCE

Tsk, look at you talking when there's SCIENCE to do! Anytime I get a brainwave (in any discipline really); normally ideas come to me slowly, and writing anything down is difficult. If I get a good one though, and maybe a similar person to bounce thoughts off of, I can throw out page after page of re...
by Rook
Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Line Transformation Problem (maybe vectors)
Replies: 10
Views: 1646

Re: Line Transformation Problem (probably not vectors)

Okay, here's the visuals I promised. The first shows the input values from the jostick on the X and Y axes, and the hours around the edge represent some simple extreme positions the joystick can be in (I was sat in front of my clock, and it felt easier this way. Trust me). I should also point out th...
by Rook
Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Line Transformation Problem (maybe vectors)
Replies: 10
Views: 1646

Re: Line Transformation Problem (probably not vectors)

Rook You didn't provide enough information. What happens with lines, that initially had other directions? I cooked up some images earlier to help myself visualise it, I'll post them tomorrow later today when I have five minutes. Need sleep now. PS: thanks for the help so far, this really is one bit...
by Rook
Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Line Transformation Problem (maybe vectors)
Replies: 10
Views: 1646

Re: Vector Problem

Whoops... did I say vectors were involved? I may not have meant that. Let me describe it more... wordily. Imagine a 2-axis graph. Draw a line from 0,0 to 0,10. Call it line 'a'. Now draw another line from 0,0 to 10,10. Call it 'b'. What function do you use to transform 'a' into 'b'? It's not straigh...
by Rook
Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9228689

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

I. Hate. Bid-snipers.

My hate for them burns like a thousand suns, etc. Especially Belgian ones.


Lesson learned: be willing to pay what an item is worth, or don't expect to get it.[/whinge]
by Rook
Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 565515

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

This is less of a "Help!" than it is a general query: is there actually any way of vector transformations in C with a fairly brief amount of code? (Note: not 'simple', just short. And just a confirmation of the existence or lack thereof of working code would be nice, so I don't waste my ti...
by Rook
Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Line Transformation Problem (maybe vectors)
Replies: 10
Views: 1646

Line Transformation Problem (maybe vectors)

Hi maths, I need to transform a vector (0,1) into vector (1,1)*, but it's been a while, and I can't seem to recall any vector manipulation formulae, and my textbooks and notes are inaccessible right now. Any help, or even just directions to a good teaching site/page, would be...

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