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Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lemon Water vs Gatorade vs Water
Replies: 15
Views: 7879

### Re: Lemon Water vs Gatorade vs Water

Here is one study comparing the efficacy of sports drinks to water: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18461208 Sports drinks to coconut water, bottled water, and sports drinks: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3293068/ Sports drinks to distilled water and lemon tea: http://www.ncbi.nlm.n...
Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How does linkedin know who I know?
Replies: 18
Views: 12703

### Re: How does linkedin know who I know?

Chen wrote:Well what if THOSE people did give access to their gmail contact list?

Dingdingding. Basically that.
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical coincidences
Replies: 18
Views: 5904

### Re: Mathematical coincidences

I found an interesting coincidence involving h2o, continued fractions, and the math constant e. First reduce h2o to (2, 1, 1, 8) (half the numbers are in the chemical formula and the other half are atomic numbers). Then type "continued fraction (2, 1, 1, 8)" into wolfram alpha to get 43/1...
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Getting the attention of registration staff?
Replies: 5
Views: 5341

### Re: Getting the attention of registration staff?

As the others have said, persist. Also, if you have email addresses for folks. Email them, too. Get a paper trail. The probability of someone fucking something up for you (and consequently you not discovering the mistake until graduation, which happened to me), is fairly high when things are frantic...
Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Books
Replies: 378
Views: 253517

### Re: Math Books

Modern calculus books: who's using what? I need to freshen up on some basic Calculus. I still have my older edition Larson, Hostetler, and Edwards book, but I am curious what books people are using these days for Calc 1 and 2, which would include up through multiple integration (though perhaps less ...
Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3160420

### Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Dear parents: "oh, he threw rocks at your cat? Well, he's just 11, it's natural" "Yeah, he's 11, not 2. Start being fucking parents, you assclowns, before I forget all the lessons my parents taught me and start throwing rocks at you" is exactly what I would say if I caught someo...
Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the average value of a currency?
Replies: 21
Views: 6342

### Re: What's the average value of a currency?

Average value in what units? Dollars? Rupees? I would probably go with the median price of a universal commodity, like the Economist's Big Mac Index. (i.e. if oil is a million Turkish Lyra, 100 USD and 80 Euro a barrel, the USD would be the median currency.) On the other hand, that's easy to game. ...
Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the average value of a currency?
Replies: 21
Views: 6342

### Re: What's the average value of a currency?

In that case, money could conceivably be made by converting a (very large, to allow for fees) sum of US Dollars into Sterling Pounds, then Euros, then back to US Dollars. Such transactions would soon make the exchange rates consistent. (I also just checked on XE.com, and (1 USD to GBP to EUR) = (1 ...
Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the average value of a currency?
Replies: 21
Views: 6342

### Re: What's the average value of a currency?

In that case, money could conceivably be made by converting a (very large, to allow for fees) sum of US Dollars into Sterling Pounds, then Euros, then back to US Dollars. Such transactions would soon make the exchange rates consistent. (I also just checked on XE.com, and (1 USD to GBP to EUR) = (1 ...
Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3160420

### Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Is there no civilized way to eat a muffin in the proximity of a keyboard? Is there no way?
Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the average value of a currency?
Replies: 21
Views: 6342

### Re: What's the average value of a currency?

Average value in what units? Dollars? Rupees? Doesn't matter I guess, it's easy to convert. Is it? The conversion from US Dollars to Pound Sterling to Euros does not always result in the same answer as the conversion directly from US Dollars to Euros. For instance, converting 1 USD to GPB to EUR re...
Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the average value of a currency?
Replies: 21
Views: 6342

### Re: What's the average value of a currency?

Average value in what units? Dollars? Rupees?
Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Solving Lights Out
Replies: 15
Views: 4716

### Re: Solving Lights Out

http://math.stackexchange.com/questions ... e-solution

This just popped up. Might be of interest.
Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3160420

### Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

NIH grant review process is really, really frustrating. Like, super friggin' frustrating.

"There is no evidence to support this approach."

No evidence? What about those three studies I cited. Did you even read the proposal?
Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Tritium and fusion power
Replies: 3
Views: 2058

### Re: Tritium and fusion power

Yeah, basically that. One of the concepts for tritium breeding in fusion reactors that has been floating around is encapsulating the reactor in a vessel containing liquid lithium, which will serve as the heat exchanger and for tritium production. Unsure if that's still a leading idea. (Only glanced ...
Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: first radiation constant as 3/8th?
Replies: 5
Views: 1890

### Re: first radiation constant as 3/8th?

What if cheese was actually waffles?
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3160420

### Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Magnanimous wrote:I just realized I've been washing my clothes with fabric softener. Stupid badly labeled bottle.

On the plus side, so soft!
Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 850040

And, my leasing office let me out of my lease early, since they found a tenant! That's basically \$1000 straight into my pocket.
Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot
Replies: 55
Views: 9900

### Re: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot

Aren't magnetic compasses already distorted by degrees due to pole shifting? Is the pole shift compensated? The cellphones would probably have littler chance than a sudden pole reversal. Well assuming aircraft navigation is the same a boat navigation. Yes for a short answer. It is. My most recent F...
Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The percent button on Casio calculators
Replies: 6
Views: 4839

### Re: The percent button on Casio calculators

I've always found the % button confusing and useless. Does anyone know the historical reason of why it's there in the first place? Accounting. Seriously, if you ever sit down with an older CPA or banker, and watch them punch things into a calculator, it's a.) astounding to watch and b.) completely,...
Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How can I tell if Im good at "Real Math"? + Emphasis anxiety
Replies: 11
Views: 4652

### Re: How can I tell if Im good at "Real Math"? + Emphasis anx

I pulled out my course catalog, the applied math and general math degrees look very similar. What are the notable differences? Applied math programs generally focus on two things: methods and applications. Applied math courses teach you how to connect abstract mathematical principles to model real-...
Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How can I tell if Im good at "Real Math"? + Emphasis anxiety
Replies: 11
Views: 4652

### Re: How can I tell if Im good at "Real Math"? + Emphasis anx

I think I'm decent at math, but I feel like about 90% of that is me faking it. Welcome to the world. Impostor syndrome is common, but it's (possibly increasingly) normal. The only thing you can do is try, and to periodically re-evaluate your priorities. You've been good enough so far, obviously. Bu...
Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Looking for 3D modeling software recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 3480

### Re: Looking for 3D modeling software recommendation

I think that you don't actually need stress computations, but rather static load computations (which computes forces, rather than stresses). Fasteners are rated for loads, so that's probably what you really want. Computing specific stress fields in your components isn't going to do you much good; yo...
Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Looking for 3D modeling software recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 3480

### Re: Looking for 3D modeling software recommendation

Google SketchUp has has some addons or whatnot specifically for woodworking, if that's what you're trying to do. I haven't played with it yet, but I did see an ad for it in a recent Family Handyman magazine. There are also other packages specific for woodworking that are pretty nice. http://www.wood...
Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Aluminium Foil = Aluminium Tube?
Replies: 2
Views: 1377

### Re: Aluminium Foil = Aluminium Tube?

Given long enough time in contact, they probably will. Aluminum is interesting. Aluminum is highly reactive with oxygen; this is why aluminum powder can make an explosion more powerful. However, when aluminum is in contact with air, it undergoes a process called passivation. Essentially, this forms ...
Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3160420

### Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

How do the lenses of my glasses get so much grease on them? Seriously, where the fuck is it coming from? do you have really long eyelashes? that's where most of the schmoots on my glasses comes from...my damned eyelashes are always touching the inside of the lenses I do, actually, so I figure that'...
Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0002: "SAT Guessing"
Replies: 62
Views: 18980

### Re: What It: SAT Guessing – wrong basic assumptions

Are you arguing that the math in the "What If" is wrong, or that the fundamental premise underlying the SAT is flawed? In the latter case, does that really have anything to do with What If? Third, your whole argument regarding games is naive, and in places wrong. Read Glued to Games by Sco...
Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Seating around a Table
Replies: 12
Views: 3715

### Re: Seating around a Table

Finally gave in and looked at the page, good thing too, wasn't anywhere close to the solution. Funny how missing a simple thing can make such a difference in complexity. The basic way to solve this problem is to use the fundamental principle of counting, then the inclusion exclusion principle. Obvi...
Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3160420

### Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

How do the lenses of my glasses get so much grease on them? Seriously, where the fuck is it coming from?
Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Seating around a Table
Replies: 12
Views: 3715

### Re: Seating around a Table

Also if anyone has a good hint for a probability text I'd love to have it, my experience with probability is relegated to google. Ross (which I linked above) is very good. Also, clues to the solution in the spoiler This is known as the Menage problem: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9nage_problem
Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Seating around a Table
Replies: 12
Views: 3715

### Re: Seating around a Table

This sounds suspiciously like a homework problem, and I believe the exact problem is in Ross . Edit: didn't pay enough attention to your intro. Nevertheless, I distinctly recall solving this problem in my probability course. If it is not a homework problem, I can dig up the solution. I'm too tired a...
Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3160420

### Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

The doxycycline is causing massive heartburn.

Like, dear god this hurts. I'm in the process of moving and have almost no food in the house to help suppress the acid, and I have no antacids.

Holy hell this hurts so bad.
Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot
Replies: 55
Views: 9900

### Re: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot

What I'm always sceptical about considering Airbus (and fly-by-wire, drive-by-wire etc. in general) is that you give the computer control over everything and completely give up the physical connection between the controls in the cockpit and the rudders themselves. While the computer can interpret t...
Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot
Replies: 55
Views: 9900

### Re: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot

pseudoidiot wrote:How much is manual and how much is automatic now-a-days? I'm assuming this varies greatly by aircraft.

I read this, and for some reason envisioned an airplane with a shifter. *FWOOOSHSHHH* chk *FWOOOOOOOOOSHHHH* chk *FWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSHHHH*
Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Moral Issues with Saving for College
Replies: 23
Views: 9036

### Re: Moral Issues with Saving for College

Its best to think of this in terms of the goal- maximize college graduates. If thats what you are trying to do, does it make more sense to offer subsidized loans to people with college savings accounts, or people without? The problem is that you are looking at the loans as "reward" and th...
Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot
Replies: 55
Views: 9900

### Re: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot

I saw coming attractions for some new Denzel Washington film wherein he plays a drunken pilot who somehow manages to land a plane after catastrophic engine failure by pulling out of a dive upside down and then rotating it. Legit? Not from a dive from cruising altitude, under those conditions. The t...
Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 850040

Assuming that there are no last-minute issues, in less than 6 hours my fiancee and I will own a house. O_O
Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: School
Replies: 74
Views: 48124

### Re: Some general academia rant

Ah, thought you were in Massachusetts for some reason. My mistake. Physics is kind of bad-off in terms of immediate job prospects. But then again, you just have to know how to apply yourself. Physics underlies everything, so if you have an area of specialty, find what it most applies to. Even take m...
Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: School
Replies: 74
Views: 48124

### Re: Some general academia rant

You left off the internet/arpanet! How could you? Too cliche. :D Yes, while many of those things do have, somewhere down the line, an application to possibly blowing things up, I find it strange that this jump always gets made. Let's say you get paid by the Army to more efficiently schedule mainten...
Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: School