Search found 120 matches

by ducksan
Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"
Replies: 41
Views: 20031

Re: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"

Plants are constantly turning water into sugar and other important organic molecules...and animals are constantly converting those organic molecules into other organic molecules and oxidizing them back into carbon dioxide & water. Furthermore, in liquid water the molecules themselves are consta...
by ducksan
Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 57623

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

This one is just sobering.

I have no remark other than that.
by ducksan
Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: What is the secret of this poem?
Replies: 2
Views: 2505

Re: What is the secret of this poem?

You got it. Granted, no one in the real world had any idea how to approach it, but the magical internets do tend to be different.
by ducksan
Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: What is the secret of this poem?
Replies: 2
Views: 2505

What is the secret of this poem?

A little unsure whether to post here or the Language/Linguistics subforum. Apologies if it's more suitable over there for -any- reason. I designed this piece of poetry around a unifying theme. See if you can figure it out. I may offer hints, but as I have no idea of the difficulty level (could be in...
by ducksan
Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Ultimate glitch thread
Replies: 51
Views: 8512

Re: Ultimate glitch thread

That KotOR bug is just weird. It's a recent enough game that you'd think it wouldn't be there, but that's oversight for you. I don't know what this counts as, and it may be an emulator bug (which don't really count), but I was fighting Death in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon a few days ago, and whe...
by ducksan
Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Ultimate glitch thread
Replies: 51
Views: 8512

Re: Ultimate glitch thread

Reminds me of Terra's magic in Final Fantasy 6. I think the damage was capped at 65536, and her Ultima could easily do more; the screen displayed 9999 but the game may or may not have actually truncated the damage to this four-figure value. Either way, any higher than 65536 in the calculations, and ...
by ducksan
Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Ultimate glitch thread
Replies: 51
Views: 8512

Re: Ultimate glitch thread

Another favorite is underflow glitches/bugs. Pokemon and the online RPG Kingdom of Loathing had these; the latter saw its economy entirely break due to one. If anyone has more, or can explain them better than I'll attempt to below, I'd love to hear it. Pokemon were never meant to be obtained at leve...
by ducksan
Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gizmodo Girl Writes Scathing "Magic" Article
Replies: 61
Views: 13450

Re: Gizmodo Girl Writes Scathing "Magic" Article

EmptySet wrote:It sure would be terrible to date someone who plays silly games for a living! I can't imagine that any girl would want to date a professional footballer or Olympic medalist.

Zing.
Very well done. I guess I'm a bit biased against normal sports, but still. :D
by ducksan
Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Ultimate glitch thread
Replies: 51
Views: 8512

Re: Ultimate glitch thread

If you scroll down this video, you will also see an amazing glitch that the devs for this game posted before closed beta started. The car...does a flip. That is incredible. Thank you for sharing. I was watching a stream of someone messing around with a super mario bros rom and a tool that randomly ...
by ducksan
Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Ultimate glitch thread
Replies: 51
Views: 8512

Re: Ultimate glitch thread

The concept of a negative coefficient of friction is amazing. You GAIN speed by contacting a surface parallel to your direction of movement. To add another glitch, Sonic 3 & Knuckles has a screenwrap/underflow/whatever it's called bug. If you find a way to lock the camera in place and jump off t...
by ducksan
Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Ultimate glitch thread
Replies: 51
Views: 8512

Re: Ultimate glitch thread

My opinion on Gameshark is typically "no" when I'm messing around with games (because I can't be bothered to find and turn on codes), but I also love to watch how far you can push the engine before it flips you off and crashes. They're a big "what if..." with regards to changing ...
by ducksan
Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Ultimate glitch thread
Replies: 51
Views: 8512

Re: Ultimate glitch thread

Pokémon is infamous for being pretty much broken in half. I can't think of any game series with as many possibilities to wreak havoc on your save file. I might post some glitch vids a friend and I did, especially from when we ran our Pokémon glitch website about five years ago. I've heard of the 'de...
by ducksan
Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Ultimate glitch thread
Replies: 51
Views: 8512

Re: Ultimate glitch thread

Um. The Pokemon "run" is neither a "play through" nor a "glitch". It's a plain "hack". I love speed runs. I'm fine with game cheats. But don't get the two muddled up. :P The run I've listed could be done on any Game Boy Color with a Pokemon Yellow cartridge i...
by ducksan
Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Ultimate glitch thread
Replies: 51
Views: 8512

Ultimate glitch thread

Ever since I was a kid, I've loved to see video games have unexpected bugged/glitched side effects. This thread is for the discussion of any glitches you've seen firsthand, heard of, want explained, or are able to explain to the rest of us. Kill screens, save corruptions, graphical errors, anything ...
by ducksan
Wed May 25, 2011 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 184683

Re: #903: Extended MInd

Dear lord, the philosophy trivia works. Took several dozen links at most, starting from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and it came dangerously close a couple of times beforehand.
by ducksan
Sat Aug 28, 2010 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Amphotericity of Aluminium hydroxide
Replies: 2
Views: 934

Re: Amphotericity of Aluminium hydroxide

I'm sure you meant "either", not "neither". With that out of the way: In acid, the OH - in the compound reacts with acid: Al(OH) 3 + 3 H + --> 3H 2 O + Al 3+ (The Al 3+ cation exists in a hydrated form, but this is the simplified equation.) In base, another OH - can be added to t...
by ducksan
Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Looking for some reactants (things that go boom... ish)
Replies: 23
Views: 3053

Re: Looking for some reactants (things that go whimper... is

I'd have to say carbon dioxide generation is the safest. It is roughly the only gas you can generate completely safely (besides explosion risk) in a home environment; the remainder of the gases are flammable (e.g. hydrogen), require corrosives to make (oxygen, high% peroxide can flip a shit and make...
by ducksan
Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Diluting 18M Sulfuric acid to 6M in a volumetric flask?
Replies: 23
Views: 6120

Re: Diluting 18M Sulfuric acid to 6M in a volumetric flask?

...Why? in my school we sometimes use 36 (or was it 26?) M HCl... As long as you use common sense, you'll be OK. Hydrochloric acid goes no higher than 12-13 M in water. You'd have to liquefy the gas to get more of it in one place, presumably. Also, does anyone know what the pKa of methanesulfonic a...
by ducksan
Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Diluting 18M Sulfuric acid to 6M in a volumetric flask?
Replies: 23
Views: 6120

Re: Diluting 18M Sulfuric acid to 6M in a volumetric flask?

Sulfuric acid simply loves hydrogen bonding to water, which there isn't much of at all in the fully concentrated stuff. When any bond is formed, heat is released, and the H-bonds that are worth about ~5-10% of a normal bond (between the atoms in question) represent a good deal of heat let out when t...
by ducksan
Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Oxygen>Carbon Dioxide
Replies: 6
Views: 2101

Re: Oxygen>Carbon Dioxide

Potassium superoxide (KO 2 , contains O 2 - ) is produced by burning potassium in air. Its reactions often have oxygen gas as a product. Some of the reactions can be found at (instead of trying to paraphrase them here): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_oxygen_generator http://en.wikipedia.org/w...
by ducksan
Sat Aug 29, 2009 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Human random numbers
Replies: 61
Views: 17344

Re: Human random numbers

God dammit, I picked 17. I can almost guarantee that it just looks more random, that's what I figured. It's a prime number, that might have something to do with it.

...But 12? I have no ideas about that one.
by ducksan
Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Of Steel and Silly Putty
Replies: 17
Views: 2170

Re: Of Steel and Silly Putty

Forming a bond releases energy. Except the noble gases and other substances at very high temperatures, you'll basically never see lone atoms, as they'd be free radicals. Really, pressure and heat are more conducive to breaking bonds, which requires energy instead. If you had a box full of hydrogen a...
by ducksan
Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Of Steel and Silly Putty
Replies: 17
Views: 2170

Re: Of Steel and Silly Putty

Ben: Thermodynamics are king. Busting up sugar is hugely exothermic (enthalpy, H), which is a major contributor to the change in free energy (G) and thus where the equilibrium lies. Exothermic = H is negative and heat is given off, and this usually holds true when things react with oxygen, a set of ...
by ducksan
Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Of Steel and Silly Putty
Replies: 17
Views: 2170

Re: Of Steel and Silly Putty

I've indeed wondered what happens when you tear paper in half - I guess you must be doing something to the cellulose, pulling it out of the tangles it was in before or something along those lines. I rather enjoy chemistry, but really had no idea how to think about it. Charlie's right, plastic is ind...
by ducksan
Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a chemistry major if...
Replies: 139
Views: 41922

Re: You might be a chemistry major if...

A few things that happen(ed) to me, as a chemistry fanatic (and a major, to fit the thread): (going back to the Tylenol thing) You hear about a new drug on TV/etc. and immediately go to look up its structure, toxicity, metabolites, class of drug, (e.g. opioids, which I would hope you don't see too o...
by ducksan
Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Fuck
Replies: 39
Views: 5636

Re: Fuck

(More) stuff from the Wiki page, much of which matches what I've seen in dictionaries: The potential Germanic cognates include "fock", Swedish for penis, and "fokka", to strike or copulate. The meaning of "strike" gives potential Latin cognates (Indo-European, after all...
by ducksan
Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Flourine and nitrogen
Replies: 11
Views: 1469

Re: Fluorine and nitrogen

The nitrogen source for the reaction is the vastly more reactive ammonia (NH 3 ) or its protonated form, ammonium (NH 4 + ), the latter as NH 4 F. HF or F 2 are the fluorine sources. God knows how fast N 2 and F 2 react, but clearly not fast enough. The fluoride isn't that reactive. Don't breathe it...
by ducksan
Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Organometallics: Why no alkylsodiums?
Replies: 10
Views: 1618

Re: Organometallics: Why no alkylsodiums?

Oh hey, replies. Cool. Yeah, I believe bonds only reach about 75% ionic IIRC. This is the Cs-F bond, again IIRC. C-Li is apparently more stable, which is interesting because bonds with a higher electronegativity difference tend to be more stable. This is usually because it's oxygen or fluorine bonde...
by ducksan
Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 406147

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Immoral Immortal 1BBR Creature - Undead Horror 3/3 Wither, lifelink It devours other souls to further its own wretched existence. I also did this one, posted minutes after the first guy to do it: Hammer of Judgmental Might Legendary Artifact - Equip WWRR Equip (2/W)(2/R) Equipped creature gets +1/+...
by ducksan
Sat May 30, 2009 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 406147

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Gallavanting Whippersnapper WG Creature - Human Zealot 1/2 Haste, vigilance Whenever Gallavanting Whippersnapper deals combat damage to a player, you may pay 1G. If you do, put a copy of Gallavanting Whippersnapper into play. Get off my lawn, you damn kids! Next card: I'm feeling legendary, so try E...
by ducksan
Fri May 29, 2009 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A quick chemistry question, to settle an argument
Replies: 8
Views: 1432

Re: A quick chemistry question, to settle an argument

pH 8 represents a hydroxide concentration of 0.000001 M. Stomach acid is typically 0.1 M HCl. It's a drop in the bucket unless you drank quarts or even gallons of it.
I'd be surprised if that's enough to make a difference if mere ounces of the solution were consumed.
by ducksan
Fri May 29, 2009 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Organometallics: Why no alkylsodiums?
Replies: 10
Views: 1618

Re: Organometallics: Why no alkylsodiums?

Huh. I probably just searched for butylsodium and gave up. What I'd like to see is information on their synthesis and reactivity, even if it is analogous to alkyllithiums. It'd be cheaper to make alkylsodiums, so there must be a reason this does not find industrial usage. I'll post anything I find h...
by ducksan
Fri May 29, 2009 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A quick chemistry question, to settle an argument
Replies: 8
Views: 1432

Re: A quick chemistry question, to settle an argument

My guess? People consume antacid solutions that must be at least that strong. Strong base or not, the pH is still only 9. No matter what base is used to achieve a given pH, the [OH - ] concentration is going to be the same, and a dilute solution of baking soda/milk of magnesia/etc. wouldn't even hel...
by ducksan
Fri May 29, 2009 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Organometallics: Why no alkylsodiums?
Replies: 10
Views: 1618

Organometallics: Why no alkylsodiums?

The carbon-lithium bond is known to exist in a variety of unique compounds, particularly butyllithium, used as one of the strongest bases known to modern chemistry. The C-Li bond is frequently approximated as C - Li + because of how it reacts, but it is covalent. Its formation from butyl chloride an...
by ducksan
Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fun things to do with dry ice?
Replies: 17
Views: 5627

Re: Fun things to do with dry ice?

Dry ice bombs can be cool. BUT, you should follow these precautions - I didn't the only time I tried one and decided never to do it like that again. It stayed pressurized for a week, and picking up and throwing it resulted in an immediate explosion. 1. Consider hanging it from a tree or something. T...
by ducksan
Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 482556

Re: Favorite home experiments

A few miscellaneous comments. Hydrogen production from lye and aluminum proceeds first by the dissolution of aluminum oxide by hydroxide, then the hydroxide attacking the aluminum metal itself. The product is a compound I don't know much about, sodium aluminate (Na 3 AlO 3 ) and hydrogen. Tie the ba...
by ducksan
Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help with chem 12 titration lab- Without origional material!
Replies: 5
Views: 1009

Re: Help with chem 12 titration lab- Without origional material!

The first one seems to be just an oxidation from iron(II) to iron(III), and the second one is...effectively missing a reducing agent. Wait...figure out the concentration of H 2 O 2 ? I don't see where it fits in here...if peroxide reacts with permanganate (which it might, I dunno) then this might ma...
by ducksan
Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sun-powered device converts CO2 into fuel
Replies: 39
Views: 3375

Re: Sun-powered device converts CO2 into fuel

Making methane to sequester it is absurd. As it's been said, the stuff is far too good as a greenhouse gas if it escapes, and it's a raw material. If you didn't want methane for some reason - and you'd have to be crazy not to, because there are dozens of ways to make it into more important compounds...
by ducksan
Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sun-powered device converts CO2 into fuel
Replies: 39
Views: 3375

Re: Sun-powered device converts CO2 into fuel

Amazing. I love the concept of making liquid fuels from carbon dioxide and water, and this is a big step.
Methane can be used by itself or converted to heavier hydrocarbons. Good stuff.
by ducksan
Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: 69 births from one woman
Replies: 12
Views: 1789

Re: 69 births from one woman

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feodor_Vassilyev This is the woman (or rather, her husband in the article's name.) Really says something about society back then that no one would bother to remember her name . This couldn't have been simple luck. The odds are so low as to be, from a practical standpoint...

Go to advanced search