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by CZeke
Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 450892

Re: Favorite math jokes

So why don't most mathematicians go around proving the unsolvability of the general quintic?

They're not Abel.
by CZeke
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1131: "Math"
Replies: 156
Views: 28648

Re: 1131: "Math"

So remember this strip and its smug certainty that Dewey always beats Truman, and those who disagree are saying MATH IS WRONG?

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I really hope we get a followup.
by CZeke
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 72057

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

paha arkkitehti wrote:relocating all our most important cities inland because of rising seal levels.


I know what you meant, but I hope somebody draws a picture of what you actually typed.
by CZeke
Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 72057

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

heritage.org? you comin in here with bad jokes? On the contrary, the way Randall presented this strip, that's exactly the kind of source we should be looking at. He said "When people say 'the climate has changed before', this is what they're talking about." No, this is what they're talkin...
by CZeke
Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1583: "NASA Press Conference"
Replies: 43
Views: 9671

Re: 1583: "NASA Press Conference"

How seriously do you think we're supposed to take this talk of "ruining"? Obviously I don't mean from beret guy, but the alt-text seems to be half serious about it.

(It's also kind of a funny coincidence with today's chainsawsuit comic.)
by CZeke
Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 450892

Re: Favorite math jokes

Did you hear about the physicist whose work was not only derivative, but derivative of someone who himself had stolen his work from a second scientist -- who stole his from yet a third?

What a jerk.
by CZeke
Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1255: "Columbus"
Replies: 93
Views: 22437

Re: 1255: "Columbus"

Ugh. Being mistaken is not "making stuff up".
by CZeke
Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1159: "Countdown"
Replies: 77
Views: 18482

Re: #1159: Countdown

Oh, never noticed the reply.

flicky1991 wrote:
CZeke wrote:This is comic number 1159.

...Relevance?


11:59 is one minute to midnight. It's highly relevant to countdowns.
by CZeke
Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Save my brain from this LaTeX bug
Replies: 12
Views: 9127

Re: Save my brain from this LaTeX bug

Thanks, all! I can't believe I never tried xulaus's idea before...
by CZeke
Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Save my brain from this LaTeX bug
Replies: 12
Views: 9127

Re: Save my brain from this LaTeX bug

I would like to celebrate the fifth-and-a-bit anniversary of this thread by bumping it -- this bug is still happening, umpteen upgrades later, and still driving me crazy. Any insights from those who weren't here in '07?
by CZeke
Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1159: "Countdown"
Replies: 77
Views: 18482

Re: #1159: Countdown

Guys. You guys.

This is comic number 1159.
by CZeke
Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 22638

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

Sometimes I love this character, but sometimes I wonder why xkcd needed a Doctor Hobo or Chef Brian.
by CZeke
Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1131: "Math"
Replies: 156
Views: 28648

Re: 1131: "Math"

Ah, but perhaps you could show that some other kind of proof exists without actually exhibiting one... I can't, and I'm not going to work on it. Maybe somebody else can. But -- what's the difference between showing that a proof exists that white wins, compared to proving that white wins? Nothing. I...
by CZeke
Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1131: "Math"
Replies: 156
Views: 28648

Re: 1131: "Math"

Ah, but perhaps you could show that some other kind of proof exists without actually exhibiting one...
by CZeke
Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1131: "Math"
Replies: 156
Views: 28648

Re: 1131: "Math"

Not impressed with this one -- and on a normal day, I'd like to think Randall wouldn't be either. In order to paint his opponents as stupid, he's being deliberately obtuse himself. There's a huge difference between saying MATH IS WRONG and thinking there's something funny about poll results. Polling...
by CZeke
Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"
Replies: 70
Views: 22109

Re: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"

Don't get me started! I watched that Apollo 13 movie the other day and I swear half the dialogue was just lifted wholesale from mission transcripts! How lazy is that? Cute, but point-missing. Apollo 13 was an actual dramatization with actors doing their best to show us what it was like for the peop...
by CZeke
Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"
Replies: 70
Views: 22109

Re: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"

I'm not trolling, though I'm not surprised you thought so; I did overreact a bit. This strip just came as a (forgive me) perfect storm of what's wrong with xkcd. What Randall tried to do here is something that almost any other comic could get away with: a "dramatization" of something funny...
by CZeke
Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"
Replies: 70
Views: 22109

Re: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"

Oh, for #$@%'s sake...

Look, Randall, the stick figures are one thing. I think it's pretty dubious to call yourself a cartoonist when that's all you draw, but whatever, I can't do faces either. But you didn't even WRITE this one!
by CZeke
Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 651778

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Relax, this can't be the last xkcd. He would want to sum up everything the comic was about, and there's no gratuitous or casual sex in this one.

(I half-kid because I love. This would be a spectacular comic to go out on.)
by CZeke
Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 29367

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

I'm stunned that the Epitaph of Stevinus isn't an actual epitaph that starts out "There once was a man named Stevinus..." Who thought that he was a gen-i-us Using some rope He hung weights on a slope (Or it could be that Randall's deceivin' us) Bravo sir! Well played. Agreed... but boy is...
by CZeke
Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1100: "Vows"
Replies: 53
Views: 16670

Re: 1100:" Vows"

This had better prompt the officials to finally ban genjutsu.
by CZeke
Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 29367

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

I'm stunned that the Epitaph of Stevinus isn't an actual epitaph that starts out "There once was a man named Stevinus..."
by CZeke
Thu May 31, 2012 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 40989

Re: 1061: "EST"

Fun fact: 0.9144 wasn't a random choice. It's the number of meters in a yard.
by CZeke
Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0946: “Family Decals”
Replies: 195
Views: 78742

Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Uh, guys? Tiberius wasn't asking what alt-text was. He was confused by the text itself.
by CZeke
Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 123188

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Anyone else having a Comic Sans moment with this Peters thing? It's so weird to discover a whole subculture that hates something you always thought was totally innocuous. This one *really* says something about the person : http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/11/07/science/20111107-tattoos-17.html ...
by CZeke
Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0946: “Family Decals”
Replies: 195
Views: 78742

Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

That would be awesome. You'd be the decal equivalent of a cuckoo bird. (Ever read about cuckoo birds? Don't.)
by CZeke
Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 38093

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

Mmhmm, mmhmm... and how would you rate it if this weren't a final exam?
by CZeke
Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 38093

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

Oh, is that how "xkcd" is pronounced? I always wondered.
by CZeke
Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 38093

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

Elenzil: Incredible! That's the one I'd put on my wall. It's SirMustapha's thing. It's why we keep him around. Maybe so, but he's right about this one. I had the same reaction, wondering how Randall managed not to know about the back cover. Sure, it's always bugged me that light doesn't "defrac...
by CZeke
Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0955: "Neutrinos"
Replies: 159
Views: 38829

Re: 0955: "Neutrinos"

Good points, weak strip. The premise is funny enough, but there's no punchline.
by CZeke
Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0946: “Family Decals”
Replies: 195
Views: 78742

Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

I wasn't sure what to make of the alt-text either. Does Randall ever post in these threads to clear up questions like that?
by CZeke
Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 450892

Re: Favorite math jokes

The proof of this begs the question -- Stop right there. We agree on everything except your use of this term. Begging the question is the specific logical fallacy of assuming at some point what you're trying to prove. If something's already proven and you're just using it, there's no assumption, so...
by CZeke
Fri Apr 08, 2011 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 450892

Re: Favorite math jokes

Let's say a dead fly, then.
by CZeke
Fri Apr 08, 2011 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 450892

Re: Favorite math jokes

I don't see how this begs the question. Fermat's Last Theorem has been proven, and I see no invalid algebraic steps in this proof. One would need to find out whether the statement he proved is used somewhere in the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. I'm no expert on this (or on any math, at this point...
by CZeke
Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 450892

Re: Favorite math jokes

Only if you count the empty sandwich as a vegetarian subsandwich. Otherwise you could slap a chunk of ham between two strips of bacon and get a counterexample.
by CZeke
Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 450892

Re: Favorite math jokes

After reading this entire thread, I've decided the real joke is the way somebody inevitably reposts each joke two pages later. As Brian Clevinger says, the best joke is the one that's on the reader. someone on another forum I frequent and I were talking about Laplace transforms, and how when I was l...
by CZeke
Sun Jul 18, 2010 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mrs. Perkins' beehive
Replies: 3
Views: 782

Re: Mrs. Perkins' beehive

The side length I got for that arrangement is sqrt(3)/6, which is about 0.28868. I think it's the best you can do with three hexagons...
by CZeke
Sun Jul 18, 2010 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What exactly do you do for math research projects?
Replies: 19
Views: 3920

Re: What exactly do you do for math research projects?

^ Agreed. That sums up my B. Math honours project and even my M. Math thesis nicely. Research at the doctoral level is more demanding, but even there, I get the impression that most PhD theses don't prove anything too huge and original... especially in pure math. Applied mathies can at least run sim...
by CZeke
Sun Jul 18, 2010 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mrs. Perkins' beehive
Replies: 3
Views: 782

Mrs. Perkins' beehive

There's been a lot of interest in packing n squares into the smallest square possible, but how about hexagons? I was pondering today, for origami-related reasons, how to get two equal hexagons from a square and make them as big as possible. Two isn't really ideal anyway (you seem to get a better rat...
by CZeke
Mon May 31, 2010 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 55611

Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

Sheesh, if I'd known this would happen, I'd have used a different example. Pride parades are certainly debate-worthy, but that debate is totally off-topic here. I did have a bit of a "OK, Randall uses autistic as an insult, he obviously doesn't want readers like me, everybody does secretly hate...

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