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by mattmacf
Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0389: "Keeping Time"
Replies: 213
Views: 53139

Re: "Keeping Time" Discussion

foot roll motha fuckas!!!
by mattmacf
Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: So, who wants to help me buy computer hardware, eh? eh?
Replies: 17
Views: 3978

Re: So, who wants to help me buy computer hardware, eh? eh?

One thing I noticed is that you're paying a whole bunch for a really whizbang motherboard. I'm not sure what features you're looking for in a mobo, but SLI seems to be pretty much out of the question for your price range. Unless you're running two top of the line cards together, you'll get better pe...
by mattmacf
Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep patterns
Replies: 207
Views: 14327

Nightshift FTW!! I'm a night owl by nature and my work schedule tends to exacerbate that. Weekdays I work 10:30pm-4:30am or thereabouts. Ive got classes 5 days a week either early mornings (8:30am) or evenings (6:30pm) so sleep tends to be between 10am-6pm with a nap in the morning if I need it. I'v...
by mattmacf
Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0302: "Names"
Replies: 131
Views: 30453

Heh, great comic. I've had this happen before, but I tend to just make a game out of it. It's fun to see how long I can go without a) finding out the girl's name or b) letting on that I don't know her name. I've yet to have the latter happen and I've gone as far as the third date before inadvertentl...
by mattmacf
Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0301: "Limerick"
Replies: 76
Views: 22865

This makes me wonder what Randall's slashdot id is.... Believe it or not, I actually found this webcomic from Randall's slashdot sig. His username (or the one of somebody doing a really good job pretending to be him) is Council . Nonsubscribers to slashdot can only see the most recent 25 posts, but...
by mattmacf
Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0281: "Online Package Tracking"
Replies: 69
Views: 28513

But it's such a rush of elation when you refresh and it suddenly jumps from Norfolk to Minneapolis. But then you realize that Minneapolis is in the exact opposite direction of where it should be headed and your package is now going to take another two days to get to you because some dipshit at UPS ...
by mattmacf
Wed May 09, 2007 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pardon Paris Hilton!!!!!!!!!!!!1111
Replies: 118
Views: 20107

Meh, I'm not surprised. It's called cultural capital. The spoiled bitch thinks she's above the laws of us ordinary folk and (for the most part) she's right. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if she skates on this. Remember kids, the justice system is only for those without the cash to get around...
by mattmacf
Wed May 09, 2007 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcdia
Replies: 574
Views: 93329

Alright folks, I think it's time to bring a bit of reality into this conversation. These ideas of massive zeppelins and polystyrene islands are great and all, but I honestly don't think this idea will float (pun intended). I think what we should be focusing on (before discussing schematics for float...
by mattmacf
Wed May 09, 2007 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Chess: Game 2
Replies: 60
Views: 16536

r . . q k b . r p . . b . p p p . . . . p . . . . . . Q P . . n . . . . . . . . . . N . . . . . P P . . P P P P R . B . K B . R Qf3 r . . q k b . r p . . b . p p p . . . . p . . . . . . . P . . n . . . . . . . . . . N . . Q . . P P . . P P P P R . B . K B . R
by mattmacf
Wed May 09, 2007 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9560
Views: 1157761

Dave Matthews Band - Ants Marching

It's 75F and sunny out and I don't have a damn thing to do today. It's definitely a Dave kinda day 8)
by mattmacf
Mon May 07, 2007 10:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math earnings
Replies: 25
Views: 6121

I'd definitely second the actuary idea. I was considering it for a while as math tends to come easily to me and the money is incredible . The only thing you have to consider is the fact that the (from what I gather) the work is unimaginably dull. An actuary, as the joke goes, is simply an accountant...
by mattmacf
Mon May 07, 2007 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Chess: Game 2
Replies: 60
Views: 16536

r . . q k b . r p Q . n p p p p . . . . . n . . . . . p N . . . . . . P . . b . . . N . . . . . P P . . P P P P R . B . K B . R Seeing as I can't think of anything better to play (and this thread needs a kick in the ass), lets go with Nxe5 r . . q k b . r p Q . . p p p p . . . . . n . . . . . p n ....
by mattmacf
Fri May 04, 2007 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Faith vs Belief
Replies: 28
Views: 4355

LE4dGOLEM wrote:
mattmacf wrote:I'm not sure I make a distinction. If I believe in something, I have faith that it is true. Conversely, having faith in something means I believe in it.



Perhaps not! You may have evidence that it is true as well!


So having evidence means that I can't have faith in something?
by mattmacf
Fri May 04, 2007 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Faith vs Belief
Replies: 28
Views: 4355

I'm not sure I make a distinction. If I believe in something, I have faith that it is true. Conversely, having faith in something means I believe in it. I also find it curious that the only difference in your definitions is that faith is a subset of belief that lacks "logical proof" or &qu...
by mattmacf
Fri May 04, 2007 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Chess: Game 2
Replies: 60
Views: 16536

r . . q k b . r p Q . n p p p p . . . . . n . . . . . p . b . . . . . P . . . . . . N . . . . . P P . . P P P P R . B . K B N R Gee, this thread kinda died. Let's get this game started again guys. Let's go with something painfully safe and indecisive. Nf3 r . . q k b . r p Q . n p p p p . . . . . n...
by mattmacf
Fri May 04, 2007 11:18 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: The technical thread
Replies: 436
Views: 74333

I do computer work for a living(well sorta living :-) ) but I am trying to make a CD of useful programs for fixing computers. I am also thinking of making a second CD for virus cleaning. I am in the process of looking for helpful programs. If anyone has any suggestions it would be nice. I have a fe...
by mattmacf
Fri May 04, 2007 10:58 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: The technical thread
Replies: 436
Views: 74333

If it helps, when I start amarok I get an error "xine was unable to initialize any audio drivers" [url=http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&q=%22xine+was+unable+to+initialize+any+audio+drivers%22&btnG=Google+Search[/url]GIYF[/url] In short try running as root (diagnost...
by mattmacf
Wed May 02, 2007 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The four fours problem
Replies: 78
Views: 25087

82 = 4^(5/2) / .4 + sqrt(4) 1. too slow! 2. you aren't allowed to do 4^(5/2) 3. you lose! Haha, my bad. I explained the .4th root thing a couple posts ago (I think it's on the first page). And yes, I was very late posting that. I tend to multitask when posting and get sidetracked terribly easily :P...
by mattmacf
Wed May 02, 2007 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The four fours problem
Replies: 78
Views: 25087

82 = 4^(5/2) / .4 + sqrt(4)
by mattmacf
Wed May 02, 2007 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The four fours problem
Replies: 78
Views: 25087

35 = gamma(4)*gamma(4) - 4/4
36 = gamma(4)*gamma(4) + 4 - 4
37 = gamma(4)*gamma(4) + 4/4
by mattmacf
Wed May 02, 2007 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The four fours problem
Replies: 78
Views: 25087

Re: The four fours problem

For instance, there's nothing in the above rules that would outlaw the following for 31: 31 = (4+4) * 4 - floor(sqrt(sqrt(4))) but there's probably a better way to do it. Haha very creative! I like it. Personally I was thinking something along the lines of 31 = 4^5/2 - 4/4 Where 4^5/2 really equals...
by mattmacf
Wed May 02, 2007 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The four fours problem
Replies: 78
Views: 25087

Because I really don't like the way 11 and 13 were done with the 4^2 thing (and because I'm OCD like that), I submit

11: gamma(4)*sqrt(4)-4/4
13: gamma(4)*sqrt(4)+4/4
by mattmacf
Wed May 02, 2007 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The four fours problem
Replies: 78
Views: 25087

The four fours problem

A fun problem a former history professor gave to me an a friend to keep us occupied during class :lol: Using only four 4's in whatever combination, using as many operators as you desire, create a representation for each of the first 100 whole numbers. A couple examples to get you started: 0: 4 + 4 -...
by mattmacf
Wed May 02, 2007 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Wikipedia game
Replies: 100
Views: 18322

thats the funny thing about this game, is you can get from article to article in the same amount of steps in completely different ways. Indeed, I think that's all part of the fun of it Just got it! First Date -> El Segundo, CA -> ZIP Code -> Delivery Point -> Apartment -> Bedroom Thats 5! I had a s...
by mattmacf
Tue May 01, 2007 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Wikipedia game
Replies: 100
Views: 18322

Questions (game) to Wilhelm scream in 5 The "original" challenge. Questions (game) -> Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead -> Tony Award -> Academy Award -> 50th Academy Awards -> Wilhelm scream I submit: xkcd to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 3 (no cheating!) I reject yours because it's ...
by mattmacf
Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Wikipedia game
Replies: 100
Views: 18322

xooll wrote:Walrus to Ondes Martenot in three steps.

Walrus -> Western Culture -> Symphony -> Ondes Martenot

I challenge you to get from the first date to the bedroom as quickly as possible (I managed in 5, but I'm almost certain there's a way to do it in only 4).
by mattmacf
Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0255: "Subjectivity"
Replies: 86
Views: 27400

Working link...
(EDIT: The OP's link works now. Disregard this post)
by mattmacf
Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Chess: Game 2
Replies: 60
Views: 16536

D'OH! that's what I get for jumping in mid-game and not really paying attention to my moves :|
by mattmacf
Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Chess: Game 2
Replies: 60
Views: 16536

r n . q k b n r p p . . p p p p . . . . . . . . . . . p . b . . . . . P . . . . . Q N . . . . . P P . . P P P P R . B . K B N R Let's get the king side developed... Nf6 r n . q k b . r p p . . p p p p . . . . . n . . . . . p . b . . . . . P . . . . . Q N . . . . . P P . . P P P P R . B . K B N R
by mattmacf
Sat Apr 28, 2007 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Chess: Game 2
Replies: 60
Views: 16536

r n b q k b n r p p p . p p p p . . . . . . . . . . . p . . . . . . . P . . . . . . . . . . . . P P P . P P P P R N B Q K B N R Gah! I missed the end of the last game :| Nice to see a new game already going though. And a queen pawn game to boot. These can tend to be terribly slow and cramped games,...
by mattmacf
Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Delusional cooperation
Replies: 13
Views: 3255

Interesting... I don't think it's spam and I don't think it's a bot. Notice the date OSfllwr joined; it was over four months ago. However, it does look like your run-of-the-mill troll. I vote that we lock this thread and let it die, perhaps to reopen it at some point in the future should need be...?
by mattmacf
Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The morality of being the other man/woman in cheating.
Replies: 73
Views: 15395

Re: The morality of being the other man/woman in cheating.

Imagine there are 3 people (I shall call them A, B, and C) and A and B are in an exclusive relationship, is person C doing something immoral if person B cheats on A with C? I'm going to go out on a limb here with a resounding NO! Regardless of circumstances, the blame falls squarely on B. While (de...
by mattmacf
Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 206
Views: 43332

. . . . b . k . . . . . R . . p p . . . . p p . . q . . . p . . . . . p . . . P B P . N . . . . P . P . . P P . . . . . . . K . Bc5 It keeps looking worse and worse for black. I think the d pawn is officially dead right now. The only saving grace I can fathom is that as the pawns start falling off,...
by mattmacf
Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2697
Views: 264418

At the risk of sounding like a n00b (I'm not terribly familiar with the game, although I have been digging through some of the annotated games), I'm hesitant to get into an outward flank inversion. I think the safest move to play at the moment would be to resume the loop, hoping for a chance of diag...
by mattmacf
Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2697
Views: 264418

Geez, Jesster I can't believe you're trying to establish dominance so early. At the risk of putting myself in spoon, I'm going to have to try the Wembley Park gambit to open the triangle for a possible lateral shift.
by mattmacf
Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lend me a hand, will ya...
Replies: 160
Views: 17893

My personal favorite (I used this one as a quote of the day for a class back in HS, although it can easily be adapted.) Reflect on the following quote by the famous General Robert E. Lee after his surrender at Appomattox: "My Dixie wrecked!" (although TBH, it would probably be funnier with...
by mattmacf
Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 206
Views: 43332

. . . . b k . . . . . . R . . p p . . . . p p . . q B p . p . . . . . . . . . P . P . N . . . . P . P . . P P . . . . . . . K . Alright, I'll give it a go. The only two moves I can think of are Kg8 and Qa5. This time my strategy is nothing more than "coin came up heads." By that token, Kg...
by mattmacf
Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 206
Views: 43332

Score one for white! A minor victory, but I believe this evens out the point total (depending on how you're counting). Again, I'm not sure if this is the best move, but I think it's a reasonably solid one. You're a bit too late on the move. Composing strategic discussion takes time huh? :) Haha ind...
by mattmacf
Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 206
Views: 43332

. . . . b k . . . . . . R . . p p . . . . p p . . q . p . p . . . . . B . . . P . P . N . . . . P . P . . P P . . . . . . . K . Rxh7 Score one for white! A minor victory, but I believe this evens out the point total (depending on how you're counting). Again, I'm not sure if this is the best move, b...
by mattmacf
Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Division by Zero (Please, no new threads about this)
Replies: 367
Views: 83517

Re: 0/0?

So I was wondering, since all the people here seem to be of a higher intelligence level than I, which one of those is the actual solution to 0/0? The problem with evaluating a statement as simple as 0/0 is that we don't know how big or how small the zeros are relative to each other (I'm not kidding...

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