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by WibblyWobbly
Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I Learned
Replies: 13058
Views: 973012

Re: Today I Learned

Internetmeme wrote:It turned out that after the above offering of blood, the chemistry worked


This is why I suggest to the department head that we sacrifice a grad student to the GPC every semester. Plus, you get an idea of how polydisperse grad students are.
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)
Replies: 3
Views: 702

Re: The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)

zjxs wrote:
zjxs wrote:I'm excited about trucknet, railnet, and shipnet.



Oh, and skynet. Turns out it's just a bunch of 777s with hard drives.


And in the future, the Amazon Death Data Star

"That's no moon! That's my porn collection!"
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Felstaff wrote:Is 16 Mag 7063 the date the warrant expires?

On 17 Mag, they're going to declare they still didn't find anything. That night, I'm getting hyper-wasted on future-booze.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2302
Views: 236665

Re: The Darker Side of the News

... between them they could give £2M/wk and they'd still each be better paid than anyone I know. That's one eighth of a billion dollars a year, which wouldn't fund مدينة مصدر inside any of their lifetimes, but it's money people were willing to pay for branded rucksacks and t-shirts, season tickets ...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13473
Views: 1543154

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4515 Here lies the path of the "Total Solar Eclipse" for 2017. That eclipse and another one in April 2024 both pass very close to a town near where I grew up (Carbondale, IL). The local university has an astronomy club that I'm sure will have a field day with both.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 37 Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 1555

Re: 37 Questions

Tattoos...............................0 Piercings.............................0 Marriages.............................0 Divorces..............................0 Children..............................0 Surgeries.............................2 Fired a gun...........................Yes Quit a job..........
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 87
Views: 5800

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Alan Thicke sudden heart attack at 69?

He wasn't as influential to me as John Glenn, but I watched the shit out of some "Growing Pains" when I was a kid.
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 4599

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

kevo31415 wrote:If you called me on the phone and asked "Is this Kevin?" and I answered, "Yes, this is he," would you correct me?


Yes, but only to request you say instead "I am he" and then break out into "I Am the Walrus."
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 319
Views: 27095

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

Despite the very best efforts of mathematicians - Sets have never been defined. Sets can't be defined. Yet the pattern of relationships between sets does exist, can be described, and doesn't rely on us defining Sets. Indeed, the attempt to define Sets simply muddies the water when the only thing of...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Geometric Growth vs. Geometric Pattern
Replies: 3
Views: 677

Re: Geometric Growth vs. Geometric Pattern

This is what I thought: Arithmetic Pattern: T n = T n-1 + something Geometric Pattern: T n = T n-1 * something Exponential Pattern: T n = T n-1 ^ something Arithmetic Growth: T n = T n-1 + something Geometric Growth: T n = T n-1 * something Exponential Growth: T n = T n-1 ^ something Then I found t...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9519
Views: 838203

Re: What are you listening to?

Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Karn evil 9, 1st impression, part 2 (aka Welcome Back my Friends). Scott Manley introduced his latest livestream with the opening lyrics, and I couldn't resist giving the original a listen. I can see this leading to an ELP marathon. RIP Greg Lake. And I had forgotten, but...
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 4743

Re: Racism debate split from elections thread

Probably went a bit overboard, didn't I?

Well, if I literally had that choice, I'd probably vote for homelessness and then kill myself anyway. But I'm depressed already, so ... not the best person to vote on that.
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 4743

Re: Racism debate split from elections thread

Is it because the word "racism" has become diluted that people voted for Trump despite his racism-based campaign, or is it because those people aren't bothered by the racism itself? What about the people who were bothered by the racism, but not enough to keep them from voting for Trump. S...
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 11954

Re: News in brief

You could drive to work and have your entire music collection with you to listen to. Only if your music collection is tiny. To bring along a recording of all speech ever spoken by every human being ever you'd need nearly half a million of such trucks. So clearly this truck is utterly insufficient. ...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Your first link does not say what you claim. It says that there are 15,000 coal-related deaths per PWh in the USA. Wikipedia tells me the USA produced just over 1.5 TWh from coal in 2013. That is 0.0015 PWh. Multiplying by 15,000 deaths per PWh gives a total number of annual coal-related deaths in ...
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13473
Views: 1543154

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Zamfir wrote:
KnightExemplar wrote:American Pharoah won the Triple Crown. First time a horse has done that in 37 years.

What won the other years? Ponies, camels?

Llamas. Crafty llamas.
by WibblyWobbly
Fri May 15, 2015 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13473
Views: 1543154

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Is there any discussion on here about the "Dad makes his daughter a real princess by negotiating with the Egyptian and Sudanese governments to request a couple acres that both countries admit they don't care about defending In addition to what others have said, it doesn't appear to be just 'a ...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri May 15, 2015 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13473
Views: 1543154

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I don't know, someone going to another continent and planting a flag to claim a country seems colonial, or imperial, or something. Is it because it's Africa, though? He's not representing another sovereign state, so he's not really forming a "colony", as it is, and he hasn't yet started e...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri May 15, 2015 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13473
Views: 1543154

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Man asks both countries if he can have a piece of land they're not using, and they say sure" = "colonialism Wikipedia says, unsurprisingly, that it's more complicated. The countries are in debate about another more important piece of land that the Brits once swapped between the countries ...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu May 07, 2015 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13473
Views: 1543154

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

For the benefit of my American friends, I should explain that this is a shock something on the scale of Ralph Nader suddenly becoming the Governor of Texas. That certainly would be something, because his official place of residence is in Connecticut. He could move. Or does have to be born there? Fu...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed May 06, 2015 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Greatest Mathematician of all time?
Replies: 65
Views: 12585

Re: Greatest Mathematician of all time?

The greatest athlete was Jesse Owens, greatest actor was Marlene Dietrich, and Gauss is still the correct answer to the original question. If you have further questions, just let me know. Isn't it easier to fill in Gauss for every entry? You'll be wrong no matter what you choose. Seriously. I hope ...
by WibblyWobbly
Mon May 04, 2015 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Critique of "Choice Feminism"
Replies: 111
Views: 11682

Re: Critique of "Choice Feminism"

By way of comparison, it would seem quite ludicrous to suggest that by critiquing capitalism a Marxist was attacking wage labourers. It would similarly seem very odd to suggest that those critiquing Big Pharma hate people who work in pharmaceutical factories. Or that those who question our cultural...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1500: Upside-Down Map
Replies: 128
Views: 14389

Re: 1500: Upside-Down Map

On a clarification to my earlier post. If indeed you are referring to "southern Ireland" as "northern Ireland" having been rotated, this is also incorrect since the terms "United Kingdom" and "Great Britain" both already include "northern (southern) Irel...
by WibblyWobbly
Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Happy Super Pi Day, Everyone!
Replies: 37
Views: 2858

Re: Happy Super Pi Day, Everyone!

Meh, ISO is just an international agreement, no more or less correct than any other standard. Also, those damned Europeans probably use it, which makes it a gateway to socialism and godless anarchy. I prefer my god-fearing, gun-toting American date standards. God bless America, and God bless Pi(e) ...
by WibblyWobbly
Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Happy Super Pi Day, Everyone!
Replies: 37
Views: 2858

Re: Happy Super Pi Day, Everyone!

Meh, ISO is just an international agreement, no more or less correct than any other standard. Also, those damned Europeans probably use it, which makes it a gateway to socialism and godless anarchy. I prefer my god-fearing, gun-toting American date standards. God bless America, and God bless Pi(e) D...
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Irish MEP stages language strike over EU exclusion of Irish
Replies: 21
Views: 3410

Re: Irish MEP stages language strike over EU exclusion of Ir

There's also Scottish Gaelic, which comes from the same language family and shares some similarities, if I remember correctly, but enough difference that they're different languages. So it's easier and more accurate to call it "Irish" than simply "Gaelic".
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Raising secular children
Replies: 138
Views: 15920

Re: Raising secular children

Actually the basics of Secular morality is pretty simple, it starts with an examination of basic empathy: "How would I feel if I was on the receiving end of my own actions?". It doesn't take a belief in a higher power, just the observation that other entities with similar qualities as one...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2302
Views: 236665

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The tiny little town (5,000 people) I live in has a thing against, wait for it, Finnish people, specifically the people of Finnish descent who live in the town. From Wikipedia: The racial makeup of the town was 98.55% White, 0.19% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.14% from oth...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Seeking reference or proof for an integral inequality
Replies: 4
Views: 1488

Re: Seeking reference or proof for an integral inequality

This seems similar to something I was reading recently on Hölder's Inequalities . One such page was talking about the conditions under which Hölder is an equality, and they derived conditions very similar to what you're proposing, but in the slightly alternate form. Unfortunately, I can't find that ...
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13473
Views: 1543154

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I've been to Birmingham a few times, am I a Muslim now? Yes. The fact that you seem to have been unaware of this also makes you a secret Muslim, secret even to yourself. But if you were only passing through, you're just a casual secret Muslim. Sorry. Terrible joke. I stared at that story for a minu...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: saving the internet
Replies: 29
Views: 4331

Re: saving the internet

i have reason to believe, though admittedly its more of a hunch than anything, that the internet, or more specifically all computers connected to it, will permanently shut down sometime between now and the end of the year 2022. so, i've tasked myself with saving as much as i can offline. i'm starti...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1316
Views: 156125

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Thank heavens they pointed out that it wasn't really cars in your spine. That could have caused some confusion!!! Which would probably lead to a collision and corresponding traffic jam at about C5. And then there will be local news helicopters circling your spinal column, trying to get the best vid...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5234
Views: 604036

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Never go too far with a metaphor - it won't respect you in the morning.
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5234
Views: 604036

Re: Police misbehavior thread

No. It isn't normal to call every person out there racist. Even if the majority of people were racist, it would still not be valid to assume individuals are without further evidence. Coming from the assumption that white people are, by default, racist is itself quite racist indeed. The degree is di...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Washington Post: US senate report of CIA interrogation
Replies: 105
Views: 12160

Re: Washington Post: US senate report of CIA interrogation

Didn't Christopher Hitchens have a reversal of opinion on "enhanced interrogation methods" after being waterboarded (mildly) for a story? Makes one wish at times that you could force key members of government to undergo such procedures prior to their use to gain the perspective someone lik...
by WibblyWobbly
Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 58422

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Don't forget the effects of pie-deregulation lobbying directed by the oligarchs of Big Filling.
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ebola thread
Replies: 256
Views: 46618

Re: Ebola thread

Military docs and nurses are precious scarce resources (you should hear the recruiters beg) and cannot be sent to Africa without serious problems of many kinds (imagine if 5 or ten of them didn't want to go and went to the media with that.) You raise a lot of good points. This one requires some exp...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ebola thread
Replies: 256
Views: 46618

Re: Ebola comes to the US

Do we really need two threads on the same outbreak? I'd suggest "quite possibly" - it's not just "two threads about Ebola." The other thread is a little more focused on the reasons Ebola spreads so rapidly in countries without the same sort of healthcare/sanitation/government in...
by WibblyWobbly
Sat Sep 13, 2014 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems
Replies: 254
Views: 29841

Re: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems

Hello Twistar, The ant doesn't get crushed, There is no pesticide, Ants don't fall into a hole. Because problems provide all information prehand. A good word problem will provide what did happen. So it is supposed to provide all information of what happened, and all information is stated, so what I...

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