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by thinglie
Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: If you could make your own CS curriculum, how would it work?
Replies: 10
Views: 2706

Re: If you could make your own CS curriculum, how would it work?

A knowledge of at least one high-level programming language is assumed. If not, go take the degree in Programming. Encourage students to find solutions to the problems which bother them about how they use their computer every day to begin with. Whistle down, teach those who don't know C its basic sy...
by thinglie
Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Shooting yourself in the foot: Part two
Replies: 50
Views: 5429

Re: Shooting yourself in the foot: Part two

MOO-code:

@create $limb called leg
@verb leg:walk
@edit leg:walk
$walk_utils:walk(this);
.
walk
by thinglie
Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: A tool for advanced typography on the Web
Replies: 4
Views: 599

Re: A tool for advanced typography on the Web

Not true. The problem is in the output of layout engines, which don't know how to do this sort of stuff. Until CSS3 gives us control over kerning (and then probably only on Presto, Gecko, and WebKit), we're stuck with bodging kerning together.
by thinglie
Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: A tool for advanced typography on the Web
Replies: 4
Views: 599

Re: A tool for advanced typography on the Web

It already does ligatures. What I mean is that it will automatically apply a kern to certain letter pairs without using a ligature. eg. Instead of: Washington it would produce: <span style="letter-spacing: -0.1em">W</span>ashington -0.1em tends to be about right - comparison with the outpu...
by thinglie
Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: A tool for advanced typography on the Web
Replies: 4
Views: 599

A tool for advanced typography on the Web

Dunno if this is the right place to put this, but here goes... http://code.google.com/p/type/ It's basically a type prettifier for the Web. It's not TeX, but it does produce nicer-looking documents than layout engines do by themselves. There's a demo and comparison here: http://www.squiggle.org/~dav...
by thinglie
Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The single best computer food
Replies: 205
Views: 42360

Re: The single best computer food

Yes. I started another topic in a different forum, he pointed it out so I asked the mods to merge.
by thinglie
Thu May 28, 2009 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The single best computer food
Replies: 205
Views: 42360

Favourite hacking food

What's your favourite food for hacking?

Until recently, I consumed copious amounts of Heinz Tomato Soup while hacking. Just recently, though, I've started eating a lot of toast. Now all I need is a compact classic Macintosh.
(bad joke over.)
by thinglie
Thu May 21, 2009 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0586: "Mission To Culture"
Replies: 156
Views: 26765

Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

This is now on the wall of my music classroom. Don't know how long it'll stay there.
by thinglie
Wed May 20, 2009 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Wolfram|Alpha
Replies: 77
Views: 10473

Re: Wolfram|Alpha

By magic, I had it try and work out 8 stone in inches.

Clearly, this is fail.
by thinglie
Wed May 20, 2009 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Popular linux shell
Replies: 16
Views: 3036

Re: Popular linux shell

bash isn't bad, but the zsh is much more powerful overall. But zsh is harder to find support for, so bash is probably best for a beginner.
by thinglie
Sun May 17, 2009 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Danger Mouse Releases Blank CD-R To Spite EMI
Replies: 12
Views: 1611

Danger Mouse Releases Blank CD-R To Spite EMI

"DJ Danger Mouse famously fought with EMI over his Beatles/Jay-Z mashup, 'The Grey Album,' and now seems to be battling with the label again. Rather than release his latest album and face legal issues with EMI, Techdirt is reporting that Danger Mouse will be selling a blank CD-R along with lot...
by thinglie
Sat May 16, 2009 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"
Replies: 24
Views: 3729

The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Once upon a time, the most useful phrase to have memorised in a language was "Where is the nearest [your nationality] embassy?" But now, you need to change the language on your electronic devices, possibly because you ordered one from China/Japan to get it before everyone else, possible be...
by thinglie
Sat May 16, 2009 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Ampersand Appreciation Society
Replies: 47
Views: 8821

Re: The Ampersand Appreciation Society

That's actually quite interesting. You can tell the "et" is there very clearly, more clearly even than in today's ampersands of similar design. For example, look at the second from the left in that image posted by 6453893. It's a very similar style, but because of the decoration of the &qu...
by thinglie
Sun May 10, 2009 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Ampersand Appreciation Society
Replies: 47
Views: 8821

Re: The Ampersand Appreciation Society

gmalivuk wrote:
thinglie wrote:For those without Unicode

Pretty sure all of that was basic ASCII...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ASCII_full.svg

Those are the only printing characters in ASCII.
by thinglie
Fri May 08, 2009 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Ampersand Appreciation Society
Replies: 47
Views: 8821

Re: The Ampersand Appreciation Society

I might have to bite the • and say I was wrong. While I'd like to join the ♣, I don't see too many people using the @ symbol the same way we use &, so my initial thought fell a bit ♭. We use % and currency symbols more widely, perhaps we should make them an ∫ part of the alphabet first. Somebod...
by thinglie
Fri May 08, 2009 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Ampersand Appreciation Society
Replies: 47
Views: 8821

Re: The Ampersand Appreciation Society

ABCDEFGHIJLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ&@.

Perhaps we do have a 28-letter alphabet after all...
by thinglie
Sat May 02, 2009 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?
Replies: 119
Views: 19433

Re: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?

Gojoe wrote:I uh. I do not hear a voice persay. I see what is going on. And the voice is that of the character (what my brain makes for his voice). Does that make sense? It is like I am watching a movie in my head...

Same here. Odd.
by thinglie
Sat May 02, 2009 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Ampersand Appreciation Society
Replies: 47
Views: 8821

Re: The Ampersand Appreciation Society

What's that one on the far right? Looks swirly and nice.
by thinglie
Fri May 01, 2009 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Place to learn Latin?
Replies: 21
Views: 2553

Re: Place to learn Latin?

http://www.cambridgescp.com/page.php?p=clc^top^home

Start at book one. Cover the grammar rules before blindly moving on. It's a great way to learn.
by thinglie
Fri May 01, 2009 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Ampersand Appreciation Society
Replies: 47
Views: 8821

The Ampersand Appreciation Society

& . Even the default font on phpBB has an interesting, if not entirely pretty, ampersand. (On Windows at least) Some of my favourite ampersands are those in Donald Knuth's Computer Modern fonts: CMAmp.png Articles on ampersands: http://www.typography.com/ask/showBlog.php?blogID=98 Hoefler & ...
by thinglie
Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0574: "Swine Flu"
Replies: 166
Views: 40282

Re: Swine Flu

Hmm. Twitter isn'y as dumb as some people think it is. Yes, sometimes it's full of shit, and I am partly responsible for generating that shit sometimes. But some of the time it can be a deeply insightful bag of shit, which inspires you and turns your day around.
by thinglie
Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]
Replies: 2356
Views: 443296

Re: Show the world your desktop! [Killing 56K since January]

In addition to the one posted before:
desktop.png
Yes, that is a Cairo dock at the bottom, and yes, that is a reasonably clean desktop.
desktop.png (1.39 MiB) Viewed 5010 times
by thinglie
Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]
Replies: 2356
Views: 443296

Re: Show the world your desktop! [Killing 56K since January]

Code: Select all

[david@larry:~]$


Srsly.
by thinglie
Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Updating comic 256 (Map of Online Communities)
Replies: 21
Views: 3019

Updating comic 256 (Map of Online Communities)

Holy shit, the internet has changed since 2007. Facebook has replaced MySpace as the dominant social notworking site. Twitter is an up-and-coming hit that's not even included on the map. bebo has replaced Piczo as the shitty teenager's social network, and is rapidly losing users to the Windows Live ...
by thinglie
Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8673
Views: 1860619

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Spot the difference!
by thinglie
Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rate the signature above you
Replies: 916
Views: 130862

Re: Rate the signature above you

+10 for caring about spelling.

-7 for dissing socialism.

3/10. I challenge someone to rate my signature.
by thinglie
Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization IV Vanilla PBEM
Replies: 537
Views: 49299

Re: Civilization IV Vanilla PBEM

Is it too late for new people to join? I have the v1.71 patch, but I haven't yet tried the PBEM feature.
by thinglie
Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2713
Views: 283963

Re: Mornington Crescent

Well, you've certainly trapped me in a reverse shunting loop. You've pretty much forced me to head straight to King's Cross St. Pancras. Ha! You won't bog this game down into a Parsonian trap! Now, we just need the next move not to be anywhere in a foreign country...
by thinglie
Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Good News, Bad News
Replies: 8750
Views: 899042

Re: Good News, Bad News

Good news: You have cookies!
by thinglie
Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2713
Views: 283963

Re: Mornington Crescent

As detailed very thoroughly in Section 23.1 of Chapter 12 of Stovold's three-part compendium, The Big Mornington Crescent Almanac , I'm going to make a long distance maintenence diversion to Parson's Green . In accordance with the rules invoked in this particular instance, the next move must not hav...
by thinglie
Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Campaign for free sheet music (libre, not gratis)
Replies: 8
Views: 1039

Re: Campaign for free sheet music (libre, not gratis)

I'm not saying you can't make a living off it. I certainly plan to make more than tuppence per copy. But I can also add a clause restricting distribution of unmodified versions of it. Basically, it would be more sensible for me to use a Sampling license. Hence I proclaim Creative Commons to be the l...
by thinglie
Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Campaign for free sheet music (libre, not gratis)
Replies: 8
Views: 1039

Campaign for free sheet music (libre, not gratis)

OK, I'm up to here (vague indication) with this now. Music should be free. Once upon a time, people made music as part of their lives - Men's magazines of the time had more sheet music than naked ladies. All made available free to perform anywhere and to anybody you wanted, because copyright hadn't ...
by thinglie
Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: iPhone
Replies: 47
Views: 5436

iPhone

Yes, I've become an heretic. I've converted. For now, my brethren, I will recieve shortly an iPhone. From O2. Hooray. I hope I made the right choice. The tariff alone eats up enough of my monthly income. Reasons I shouldn't have got an iPhone: http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/5-reasons-to-avoid-ip...
by thinglie
Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0523: "Decline"
Replies: 79
Views: 15607

Re: "Decline" Discussion

Graphy-relationship-starved-guy returns! Hooray!
by thinglie
Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Maximize the post:views ratio! (if you look, you must post)
Replies: 36982
Views: 2494531

Re: Maximize the post:views ratio! (if you look, you must post)

Clearly, this is an epic:

FAIL!!
(with apologies to irate moderators)

There are 18,000 views and only 3,000 posts. You fail. http://www.youfail.org/
by thinglie
Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What do you play?
Replies: 274
Views: 36969

Re: What do you play?

Eventually I want to learn to play piano, flute, and drums. It's a bad idea to say, "I want to learn this instrument, that instrument, and the other instrument" simply because we're all different, and we find playing certain instruments easier or harder because of that. For example, I tri...
by thinglie
Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: LilyPond in the Math!
Replies: 4
Views: 811

LilyPond in the Math!

I proposed that the [ math] tags should have LilyPond support.

gmalivuk wrote:To gauge actual demand for that, you could post about it in the Music forum.


So here I am, posting about it in the music forum! Isn't that something?
by thinglie
Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Great Britain censoring Wikipedia
Replies: 55
Views: 4531

Re: Great Britain censoring Wikipedia

I'm not being censored on the page about the album, but I can't view the Image: album cover picture.
by thinglie
Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 153216

Re: What OS do you use?

Firstly: WHY do all GNU/Linux users default to Ubuntu? It's full of flaws. I don't even see it as a geek toy, more of a newbie's way in to the GNU/Linux world. I've always used Fedora. It's fast. It's nice. It's cutting-edge, but stable at the same time. If you really want Debian or an Ubuntu-like O...
by thinglie
Sun Dec 07, 2008 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many digits of Pi do you know?
Replies: 445
Views: 108391

Re: How many digits of Pi do you know?

As many as are displayed on my calculator :( : 3.141592654

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