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by Anachrome
Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Grammar Books for French/German/other languages?
Replies: 1
Views: 1716

Re: Grammar Books for French/German/other languages?

According to my Greek/Latin teacher, such books do exist (I'd asked because I wanted to learn a couple languages for to read Calvino, Kafka, etc., and she happens to be fairly fluent in German). However, they would tend be very descriptive (as opposed to prescriptive)--since Latin/Greek/other dead l...
by Anachrome
Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why do people begin sentences with the word "and"?
Replies: 23
Views: 8420

Re: Why do people begin sentences with the word "and"?

I feel like this is relevant: Ancient Greek (insofar as I understand) has the word δε, which gets put at the beginning of sentences a lot: ο λιθος καλος εστι. οι ανθρωποι δε τον λιθον τυπτομεν. [The rock is goodly. And the men hit the rock] I usually leave it out of translations--it doesn't really h...
by Anachrome
Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1749534

Re: Today I Learned

TIL that goodliness is a word. This makes me happy.

It also prompted the thought: what units would goodliness be measured in?
by Anachrome
Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Mathematical Exactness
Replies: 13
Views: 3059

Re: Mathematical Exactness

I expect that what I'll actually end up doing is making a system for rational numbers and complex integer bases, and then adding further capabilities on a case by case basis (base sqrt(x) seems like it'd be simple enough to implement by itself). Which actually just raised another question for me (an...
by Anachrome
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Mathematical Exactness
Replies: 13
Views: 3059

Re: Mathematical Exactness

Thanks for all the great responses guys, I'll see if I can answer your questions and cetera now. If you want to roll your own, then yes, functional languages like Haskell are very well suited to the task. Students of functional programming often do a simple CAS as part of their studies. That seems l...
by Anachrome
Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Mathematical Exactness
Replies: 13
Views: 3059

Mathematical Exactness

For a couple of projects I'm working on, it makes sense to have a way to use mathematically exact numbers in my code (e.g. representing sqrt(2) as sqrt(2) instead of trying to approximate it). Before I start trying to reinvent the wheel, though, I'd like to know if anything like this has been done b...
by Anachrome
Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who else really wants a mini-series followup to this comic?
Replies: 10
Views: 3221

Re: Who else really wants a mini-series followup to this com

UniqueScreenname wrote:
philsov wrote:
Spoiler:
Image
Spoiler:
Barrel Boy - Going whereever the sea takes him
Spoiler:
Ooh, this looks like a fun game ~
by Anachrome
Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd sightings in your hometown (and other places)
Replies: 384
Views: 117613

Re: xkcd references

I don't think 'subliminally' is the word I'd use, but I have seen it around a lot (xkcd seems to be pretty popular, actually, or at least more than I would think). Especially in other webcomics: I've seen Suriving the World, Bunny, and QC all make references in one way or another to xkcd (even if it...
by Anachrome
Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Knot Tying (The string/rope kind)
Replies: 47
Views: 13207

Re: Knot Tying

Does shibari count ?

On a more related note, I remember using double-eight knots when I used to rock climb, and I know I have a huge book of knots somewhere around here. I'll have to go find it later...
by Anachrome
Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Funny idea. Could be better. Why not help?
Replies: 9
Views: 2626

Re: Funny idea. Could be better. Why not help?

http://media.fukung.net/images/1221/detention_dumbteacher.gif That is...remarkably reminiscent of 1984. That's probably an overly strong analogy, but, I find it really bothersome* that people can be so insistently stupid and still think they have some claim to authority in an education setting. Do ...
by Anachrome
Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Funny idea. Could be better. Why not help?
Replies: 9
Views: 2626

Re: Funny idea. Could be better. Why not help?

http://media.fukung.net/images/1221/detention_dumbteacher.gif That is...remarkably reminiscent of 1984. That's probably an overly strong analogy, but, I find it really bothersome* that people can be so insistently stupid and still think they have some claim to authority in an education setting. Do ...
by Anachrome
Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Eclipse does weird things with CRLF; Can it be fix'd?
Replies: 7
Views: 3815

Re: Eclipse does weird things with CRLF; Can it be fix'd?

And just for the sake of being thorough, I ran the program in eclipse and got this output: new line Well, that's just weird. Unfortunately I'm not an expert in Eclipse, so I dunno if that's configurable or just a bug. A lot of stuff is configurable though, so have a poke around. I'll have a look ar...
by Anachrome
Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Eclipse does weird things with CRLF; Can it be fix'd?
Replies: 7
Views: 3815

Re: Eclipse does weird things with CRLF; Can it be fix'd?

Alright, doing as you suggested: // crlf.cpp #include <iostream> int main() { std::cout << "new\r\nline"; return 0; } and in the teminal: ./crlf | xxd - crlf.hex crlf.hex is like so: 0000000: 6e65 770d 0a6c 696e 65 new..line which looks like it's outputting correctly(0d0a). This makes me t...
by Anachrome
Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Eclipse does weird things with CRLF; Can it be fix'd?
Replies: 7
Views: 3815

Re: Eclipse does weird things with CRLF; Can it be fix'd?

No, actually, I'm running Linux (Mint); normally I would just terminate lines with a \n or std::endl, but these are recv()s from an IRC network, and end in CRLF by nature of the protocol. I could do some string-manipulations on each line to essentially remove the \r from the end, but that seems like...
by Anachrome
Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Eclipse does weird things with CRLF; Can it be fix'd?
Replies: 7
Views: 3815

Eclipse does weird things with CRLF; Can it be fix'd?

So in a program I am writing/testing using Eclipse (C++, it matters/anyone cares), I have a couple logging functions that terminate lines with CRLF ("\r\n"). Unfortunately, the Eclipse console displays '\r' as a newline, instead of as a pure carriage return, causing CRLF to be treated as a...
by Anachrome
Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Base Conversion Program
Replies: 4
Views: 1473

Re: Base Conversion Program

1. You still get a floating point exception when base == 0 Oopsies. I just sorta put that as a last minute check; never tested - it's fix'd now. 2. Not sure where the choice for larger bases came from, (guess there's not so much a standard for base 47, eh), might want to at least make it compatible...
by Anachrome
Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 38548

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

I wonder how many of you got the homeopathy reference before reading the alt text. Because I didnt and now I feel like my intellect failed me on this one. I actually thought it was a reference to "imma just splash this paper with some paint, and maybe a square trololol" style modern art u...
by Anachrome
Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Base Conversion Program
Replies: 4
Views: 1473

Base Conversion Program

A quick little program I wrote up in my spare time, it converts a number from decimal to any nonzero integer base. I want to do a bit more with it, but I figured I'd post here to get you guys' opinions on it. code: #include <iostream> #include <string> #include <vector> #include <cmath> #include &qu...
by Anachrome
Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"
Replies: 62
Views: 20331

Re: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"

I think any process of determining whether or not a planet is 'habitable' is going about it backwards - life-forms adapt to their surroundings, for the most part - it's not important that a planet be able to support life as it is for a planet to watch the genesis of *some* kind of life, and let evol...
by Anachrome
Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Abbreviation Expansion
Replies: 11
Views: 2433

Re: Abbreviation Expansion

Alright. That does seem like an interesting thing to do, but it seems far more complex than necessary for what I was doing here. Perhaps if I ever come back to this, I'll try something like that, but at the moment it's more of a side project, so I probably won't be doing any more work on it. Since I...
by Anachrome
Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Abbreviation Expansion
Replies: 11
Views: 2433

Re: Abbreviation Expansion

I apologize for the delay, I've been swamped in schoolwork and've been working on a couple of other projects (this is more a side thing). Nonetheless, I have a few things to ask concerning Yakk's suggestion, mainly - I really don't get what you're trying to say at all. So do you think you could elab...
by Anachrome
Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Abbreviation Expansion
Replies: 11
Views: 2433

Re: Abbreviation Expansion

RoadieRich what you have drawn is a data structure known as a prefix trie. A prefix trie isn't quite what is needed, because we want FUN to map to both FUNction and FoUl Node. An "abbr" trie would, however, solve the problem. The structure of the trie would be nearly identical, except we ...
by Anachrome
Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Abbreviation Expansion
Replies: 11
Views: 2433

Re: Abbreviation Expansion

I think building a regex would handle that simply, and would be more easily adapted to handle your ambiguity levels, or any other pattern matching. Although regex is part of c++011, this may require boost or another library, depending on your compiler. This does seem like a good idea. I hadn't thou...
by Anachrome
Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Abbreviation Expansion
Replies: 11
Views: 2433

Abbreviation Expansion

So in the midst of working on a whole bunch of other projects, I got this idea, which as far as I know hasn't been done before, and took a couple minutes to code it (which then turned into an hour because I was trying to code late at night after taking a sleeping pill, but I digress). It basically t...
by Anachrome
Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hypothetically would you fight god to save your soulmate?
Replies: 92
Views: 13009

Re: Hypothetically would you fight god to save your soulmate

So what is God's rapport with the Lovecraftian Godbeings? Since if he hasn't really done anything to put him in their favour, I doubt it'd be that hard to ensure that he gets in their way. > Challenge God to summon Lovecraftian Godthings > He is forced to summon them, likely resulting in everyone in...
by Anachrome
Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Is there an alternative to this try/catch block?
Replies: 20
Views: 4926

Re: Is there an alternative to this try/catch block?

I prefer the style of always returning true on success, and throwing an exception if anything at all goes wrong (i.e. it failed for whatever reason). If it's throwing an exception upon failure, doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of returning true on success? I.e. there isn't really a situation...
by Anachrome
Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Is there an alternative to this try/catch block?
Replies: 20
Views: 4926

Re: Is there an alternative to this try/catch block?

The more often you need a try/catch block, the more likely you'd be better off without them. Here's another thing I'll keep in mind ~ But all good things in moderation. Nobody likes Java style exception hell. Indeed. I remember when I was writing an IRC bot in Java. I really hate that language... B...
by Anachrome
Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Is there an alternative to this try/catch block?
Replies: 20
Views: 4926

Re: Is there an alternative to this try/catch block?

For an unrecoverable error, use an exception. Let me elaborate on this slightly... for errors that are unrecoverable at the spot they arise , use an exception. For instance, it may well be that the code constructing an object can handle an error with the construction; the point is that the construc...
by Anachrome
Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Is there an alternative to this try/catch block?
Replies: 20
Views: 4926

Is there an alternative to this try/catch block?

I'm working on a class (an IRC bot, for those curious) using Winsock, and in the event of an error connecting to the server or some other network problem, it throws an exception. Since there really isn't any way to recover from this from the code itself (a network error is almost invariably the faul...
by Anachrome
Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 100158

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Microscopic cog wrote:
band: iLiKETRAiNS
song: Sirens
Nice ambient postrock band.


I recently found out about this band, really digging their latest album but I heard their older albums are quite different from it.

They are, but not drastically so: It's a subtle but noticeable difference.
by Anachrome
Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 210745

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

He was one of the writers I read, along with Jules Verne, Daniel Defoe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allen Poe, Jack London, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc. Nobody told me I shouldn't be reading these authors until I got to second grade and had a teacher so freaked out by ...
by Anachrome
Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 100158

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

(in no particular order): band: 8 Bit Weapon song: 2D Died Parody of 'American Pie', but good in it's own right too; their other music is good too, really great chiptune band. band: she song: Atomic Very catchy chiptuney/synthy song. band: iLiKETRAiNS song: Sirens Nice ambient postrock band. band: D...
by Anachrome
Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1749534

Re: Today I Learned

TimelordSimone wrote:
Anachrome wrote:TIL that widower does not, in fact, mean a man who kills a husband, dies, or in some other way causes a woman to become a window.

I love this typo.

Oops. =0 0=
I did the same thing when I googled the word too. > >
by Anachrome
Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Synesthesia: Do you have it?
Replies: 126
Views: 25804

Re: Synesthesia: Do you have it?

I don't think I have synesthesia, id est I don't literally 'see' numbers as colours, but certain numbers I associate strongly with certain colours. 2 is a red type; a sort of vibrant mahogany maybe? 3 Is yellowish, but somewhat dulled, and 7 is the same but dulled further, 8 is the same kind of oran...
by Anachrome
Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1749534

Re: Today I Learned

TIL that widower does not, in fact, mean a man who kills a husband, dies, or in some other way causes a woman to become a window.
by Anachrome
Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 306132

Re: The radical idea that women are people

How about "gals and gallers?" The problem here is that it's always "male word, and then feminized version of male word." Never the other way around. I'd love to be able to say something like that, but I don't think that English has a clearly recognized suffix for mascilizing(?) ...
by Anachrome
Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 306132

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Or maybe I could just say 'guys and guyesses'? Why not just 'people' ? Usually I do say 'people' or 'everybody'. It's more for the sake of being different that I'd use anything else. How about "gals and gallers?" The problem here is that it's always "male word, and then feminized ver...
by Anachrome
Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3534333

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Possibly unwanted thoughts/advice: Regardless of your beliefs they have to be your own, no pastor will be able to convince you of God's existence with his faith, likewise no atheist will be able to convince you that there is no God unless you come to that conclusion yourself and not through the...
by Anachrome
Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 306132

Re: The radical idea that women are people

I always considered the gender-neutral definitions of 'man' (for humanity or an unknown person) and 'guys' (for people) as separate definitions from their male-specific ones. Like homonyms or something. (I don't know how correct that is, pedantically speaking, though, and my dictionary defines guy a...
by Anachrome
Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Some Favorite Quotes (merged: Post-a-quote)
Replies: 467
Views: 54756

Re: Some Favorite Quotes (merged: Post-a-quote)

Can I just include the entirety of Catch-22? I'll settle on "Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy." Or this: "What are you talking about? You mean they pray to the same God we do?" "Yes, sir." "And He listens ?" Or perhaps: "Why i...

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