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by kjsharke
Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1008: “Suckville”
Replies: 99
Views: 40857

Re: 1008: “Suckville”

Seems that the fan of Detroit is in Knoxville. Pfft. Near to perfect weather. And; really good food. I have been to Detroit. But; It was a quick trip. I know nothing about what living there might be like. It is like everywhere else. "The difference between Heaven and Hell is the company you ke...
by kjsharke
Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1008: “Suckville”
Replies: 99
Views: 40857

Re: 1008: “Suckville”

How sweet. Someone loves Detroit, because, it is home. Lucky you. ... But. But. Detroit was famous for having crap weather. Notice that I mentioned that I currently live in Knoxville. Detroit is not my home, though I have a lot of friends there. But thank you for making my point in two ways: I love...
by kjsharke
Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1008: “Suckville”
Replies: 99
Views: 40857

Re: 1008: “Suckville”

Economic downturn or not, its still a city with a great culture. I'll try to explain in terms of Knoxville bars, but I hope this makes sense in general: My favorite bar here is Union Jack's. When you sit at the bar, you would never think "this is comfortable" but it just seems to fit, I c...
by kjsharke
Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29654

Re: 930: Days of the Week

I'm kinda sad that the week progresses in a clock-wise fashion, while in polar graphs theta increases in a counter-clockwise fashion... Except it's not a polar graph, it's a graph of periodic time. Clocks go clockwise (ha) too. It would make less sense going the other way. Chemists often use Mullik...
by kjsharke
Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0923: "Strunk and White"
Replies: 94
Views: 25847

Re: 0923: "Strunk and White"

For anyone thinks that Strunk and White give good grammar advice (as the alt text suggests), this: http://chronicle.com/article/50-Years-of-Stupid-Grammar/25497 is a good read (written by someone who actually knows what they're talking about). (Sorry for the lack of proper link -- I assume that I'm...
by kjsharke
Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words which nearly all languages use
Replies: 54
Views: 10109

Re: Words which nearly all languages use

I thought most Romance languages used some form of "ordinator" to mean "computer." Nope, pretty much just French, far as I know. In Spain, they feigned ignorance when we said 'computadora' -- silly American, trying to use cognates. My mouth has a hard time throwing 'ordenador' o...
by kjsharke
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kilogram losing weight...
Replies: 70
Views: 8832

Re: Kilgram losing weight...

Why did we ever change it? Assuming we know the maximum density of water, it's utterly trivial to calculate the mass of a kilogram. Water doesn't compress very much, but you still need both temperature *and* pressure to be defined exactly if you're going to have a liquid set your standard. And good...
by kjsharke
Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Computational Chemistry- Where to start?
Replies: 21
Views: 6957

Re: Computational Chemistry- Where to start?

In terms of programs, in addition to what's been named, NWChem is pretty common. It used to be an academic license, but I'd heard an open source version was recently released. If you want to try to understand the code, and don't care that it runs as fast as possible , I think pyquant can be nice. ed...
by kjsharke
Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Noob with a Goal (Programming 101 help)
Replies: 17
Views: 1823

Re: Noob with a Goal (Programming 101 help)

The last update was Nov 2, 2010. It's still a maintained document. Somewhat maintained... I don't know about that page, but this C. J. Silverio pointer is currently kinda funny. In general, ESR's site is useful though, plaintext email rocks. For the OP: You said you had already read the links provi...
by kjsharke
Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Floating space?
Replies: 12
Views: 1532

Re: Floating space?

I think the 'easiest' way to do it would be to go into space and 'trap' the space there, I don't think a vaccum would be very easy to replicate on earth. Or is it? Sure, everyone loves to work with vacuums! (a lot of 'hurry up and wait' in my limited experience, but I still liked it) The problem: h...
by kjsharke
Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia
Replies: 24
Views: 3190

Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Opposites: == FOOF == http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2010/02/23/things_i_wont_work_with_dioxygen_difluoride.php Just because of this: fluorine starts to dissociate into monoatomic radicals, thereby losing its gentle and forgiving nature. FOOF doesn't really know variety though, it explodes upo...
by kjsharke
Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Sorting and some parallellism
Replies: 42
Views: 3364

Re: Sorting and some parallellism

That's really cool, if you upload the code I may have to try to remember Java :) These are just my lunchtime thoughts, which you should take with salt (because I am out of ham?) But I'd be interested in whether they work out: My first thought was that you might try a bucket sort to create smaller su...
by kjsharke
Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Disguised forms of 2
Replies: 114
Views: 13238

Re: Disguised forms of 2

BlackSails wrote:
kjsharke wrote:
I mean 2*pi*hbar=h -- I like to cancel that out, I don't think it makes it any more obviously near 2, but it takes less ink. YMMV


Only evil people put things in terms of h. Everything should be in terms of hbar.


Mwahahaha!

(I completely agree though)
by kjsharke
Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Disguised forms of 2
Replies: 114
Views: 13238

Re: Disguised forms of 2

Sorry, its the reduced planck's constant, and should be 2*pi in the denominator. I like that one, but you can cancel those things, no? 137*(electron charge)^2/((permittivity of free space)*planck's constant*speed of light) The point of all of these is that you can cancel them out to be 2. Or in the...
by kjsharke
Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The perfect writing tool (to write on paper. directly.)
Replies: 68
Views: 19612

Re: The perfect writing tool (to write on paper. directly.)

Perhaps I am alone in this? The PBR of pens: Bic Roundstic (black). For notes, the paper should be unlined sketch paper. (The pen is cheap enough that I don't mind giving one away, or losing it, and it generally writes well enough, but if it doesn't, I always have a backup. As Seymour Cray once said...
by kjsharke
Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Disguised forms of 2
Replies: 114
Views: 13238

Re: Disguised forms of 2

Sorry, its the reduced planck's constant, and should be 2*pi in the denominator. I like that one, but you can cancel those things, no? 137*(electron charge)^2/((permittivity of free space)*planck's constant*speed of light) Looking at triangles and obfuscating cosine: \frac{1}{e^{i*\arctan{\sqrt{15}...
by kjsharke
Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Is anybody here good with assembly/linker scripts?
Replies: 16
Views: 1974

Re: Is anybody here good with assembly/linker scripts?

I find an empty C program (return 0 and do nothing more), compiled with gcc and stripped is 4.6k. A classic "Hello, World!" is 4.7k (it is dynamically linked, so which libraries you use doesn't matter all that much as far as I can tell -- this has <stdio.h>, which is more than 100 bytes. T...
by kjsharke
Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: plant cell micrograph
Replies: 2
Views: 668

Re: plant cell micrograph

I assume this is homework? Try googling something more specific: include species or organelles. If you have journal access, there are some papers from the 60's on Chlamydomonas that I think have what you are looking for.
by kjsharke
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Writing math in class
Replies: 17
Views: 2832

Re: Writing math in class

I agree with others that LaTeX is the best solution for writing math, but for notes: paper/pen(cil). FWIW, my favorite was a sketch pad (no lines) and pen, though I wouldn't have been neat enough to pull that off as a freshman. Perhaps a case-specific solution: Mathematica/Maple/Matlab. I wouldn't w...
by kjsharke
Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 207699

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last: Bristol Rhythm and Roots (Bristol TN/VA) (bluegrass, folk, etc) * Rockin' Acoustic Circus (talented kids) * Sarah Jarosz * Corklickers (by accident, but they were great fun though) * Christabel and the Jons (local to me, small bar, no room to dance, bossanova!) * Ian Gilliam and the FireKings ...
by kjsharke
Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help Me Name The Cat!
Replies: 59
Views: 4832

Re: Help Me Name The Cat!

I like other animal's names: orca, bonobo (partially for Simon Green, partially just to say "No no bonobo!"), etc..

In this case, however, another vote for 'pants' (tell them 'the internet has decided' ? )

by kjsharke
Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: City Simulation Feasibility
Replies: 21
Views: 4995

Re: City Simulation Feasibility

The punchline is "you need to cheat". Modern computers cannot run a city of individually acting beings at human-reaction time resolution even with relatively simple rules. Or get a bigger computer? Make an "@home"/BOINC project :) If you relaxed some of those parameters, it migh...
by kjsharke
Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Neutron laser!
Replies: 30
Views: 10537

Re: Neutron laser!

The nearest thing in reality to a "neutron laser" which we really have are probably accelerator-based spallation neutron sources such as SNS and ISIS. Basically, a beam of protons is focussed electromagnetically, then fired at a target of tantalum, uranium or mercury - driving off a beam ...
by kjsharke
Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Smoking Bans, how do they (and should they) work?
Replies: 63
Views: 9781

Re: Smoking Bans, how do they (and should they) work?

The whole unpaid club thing you're referring to has nothing to do with businesses or employment. They're volunteers in a club. Why did you bring it up? Because it is the only real way companies can be legally involved in smoking (at least according to current law) - i.e. as a supplier/organizer/spo...
by kjsharke
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reducing the effects of acceleration on the human body
Replies: 123
Views: 17404

Re: Reducing the effects of acceleration on the human body

thedufer: I don't think you understand how acceleration causes damage. Mostly, it's from *differences* in the forces exerted on different parts of your body. A fluid greatly reduces many of those differences, especially if it's breathable (and if you also do something to take care of gases in the d...
by kjsharke
Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Searching for a conductive, inert material
Replies: 19
Views: 3647

Re: Searching for a conductive, inert material

Out of curiosity: why do you want the container to be conductive? It seems like it would be easier to use an insulating container (pyrex or ceramic?) and then electrodes of the desired material. Edit: Oh I see: I misread your setup and was thinking "container" instead of "mount"....
by kjsharke
Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Manufactoria - Make Turing Machines with Conveyor Belts
Replies: 350
Views: 126903

Re: Manufactoria - Make Turing Machines with Conveyor Belts

I'm late to the parade, but here is an alternate challenge-- Seraphim took me a long time because I misunderstood the instructions: I thought you were given a string of reds and blues (as before), and you had to insert a green in the middle if it repeated itself, or trash it otherwise (so like Judic...
by kjsharke
Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0729: "Laser Pointer"
Replies: 107
Views: 25437

Re: "Laser Pointer" Discussion

The comic: cute, good for a smile. The alt-text: lame. The suggested alternate alt-text: "Just another typicaly lasey cat." Cat puns are too easy. cat /usr/share/dict/words | grep "cat" | wc -l 2257 It's true, but that doesn't make it a felon offense :) As for the alt-title-text...
by kjsharke
Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0729: "Laser Pointer"
Replies: 107
Views: 25437

Re: "Laser Pointer" Discussion

Felines with laser eyes? This could be very... 8) cat astrophic. YEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Ugh, keep up the bad puns like that and i'll go cat atonic Don't be such a sourpuss sophisti-cat, you know you love it. You've already given us puns in tripli-cat, you've got to figure someone would ...
by kjsharke
Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Leftism
Replies: 30
Views: 5719

Re: Leftism

Then I respectfully resubmit the question. I would like to know the economic principle that underlies the policies put forth by those we consider the Left since about the start of the 20th century. My concern is that if there is no principle or ideology behind those policies, they will be seen as b...
by kjsharke
Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Irrational Exponents
Replies: 8
Views: 2278

Re: Irrational Exponents

How about power series? Here, x isn't in the exponent, so we should know how to deal with it: e^x = 1+x+\frac{x^2}{2}+\frac{x^3}{3!}+\frac{x^4}{4!} \cdots If you were mad, you could work out power series for other bases, but you can also write other bases in terms of e 3^x = (e^{\ln (3)}...
by kjsharke
Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 34512

Re: What does the world hate about America?

We speak nominally the same language, which means that we don't make the same allowances for differences in manners and culture we do for "real foreigners" - when you ask where the "Restroom" is, we see it as a needless cicumlocution to avoid talking about perfectly normal bodil...
by kjsharke
Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Ready-made Space Habitat
Replies: 6
Views: 1119

Re: Ready-made Space Habitat

You've forgotten that the zero pressure of space would cause the "bubble" to expand until it bursts, so you would have to be incredibly sparing with the amount of oxygen you use. I disagree here.. the vacuum of space is doing no work, so you seem to be saying that a few grams of helium co...
by kjsharke
Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What's a log-meter?
Replies: 28
Views: 5207

Re: What's a log-meter?

Yeah, I agree. Decibels are convenient for talking about things that span several orders of magnitude, but the log itself isn't physically meaningful. Maybe a better example of log units is entropy: S=k ln(g) Entropy isn't a log unit in the sense of the original post though, k carries the units in ...
by kjsharke
Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain= ???? Bytes
Replies: 74
Views: 8230

Re: Brain= ???? Bytes

I'm somewhat familiar with artificial neural networks, which are greatly simplified versions of the squishy stuff in our heads. Here's how memory usually works in ANNs, in a nutshell. You've got a bunch of neurons with inputs and outputs, each of which is a real number. The first layer of neuro...
by kjsharke
Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Catcher in the Rye stinks or is it just me?
Replies: 70
Views: 13659

Re: Catcher in the Rye stinks or is it just me?

Also... I'm an English teacher (next year, after I get my license). I'd rather assign my students to read Crime and Punishment than Catcher in the Rye . I think it's a far more mentally improving work and has more merit. While I agree with you, I'd be impressed if you got a (non-self-selected) high...
by kjsharke
Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?
Replies: 97
Views: 10100

Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Man, I thought this one was obvious: potassium permanganate. Specifically, general/analytical chemistry is phenolphthalein. Food chemistry is tumeric (mostly curcumin, apparently), Organic chemistry is clear, Inorganic chemistry is many colored Just to round out the subjects: computer science -- cir...
by kjsharke
Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0637: "Scribblenauts"
Replies: 108
Views: 25044

Re: "Scribblenauts" Discussion

Err, what? QuarterToTomorrow didn't say anything about you personally, just gave some facts. The "wrong" in bold and capitalized letters? That pretentious bullshit with the exact numbers of GeV and what not? That post has "haha, I'm smarter than you" written all over it. I would...
by kjsharke
Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0631: "Anatomy Text"
Replies: 270
Views: 80470

Re: "Anatomy Text" Discussion

Concerning NSFW: If you are with a client of some sort, you shouldn't be looking at comics, it looks bad for the company. The fact that it is a salacious comic certainly brings more attention to the issue, but the real problem is that you are slacking off in front of a client. If you aren't with a c...
by kjsharke
Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0613: "Threesome"
Replies: 87
Views: 32469

Re: "Threesome" Discussion

Landak wrote:Has anyone pointed out that, as a physicist, I can provide solutions to the three body problem - albeit not in a closed form, and chaotic. The details were worked out by Lagrange, and a Finnish dude called Sundman (iirc).


Yes, but they would converge very slowly, is that any better?

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