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by Lothario O'Leary
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3241
Views: 556557

Re: What were your dreams last night?

As I've gotten older, I have noticed that I more often have some sort of cognizance while dreaming. Not necessarily an awareness that I'm asleep and dreaming; that rarely happens and if it does I tend to awake almost immediately (although rarely it leads to sleep paralysis). By cognizance, I mean t...
by Lothario O'Leary
Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 9406

Re: 1688: Map Age Guide

:( Does not have option for Byzantium at the start. Yeah, I initially assumed that the "Neither" option must be for Byzantium and was then surprised when it lead to relatively modern dates. What else, besides Byzantium, Constantinople, and Istanbul, has there been there? Kostantiniyye. St...
by Lothario O'Leary
Mon May 30, 2016 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 5882

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

Uncyclopedia used to have articles on every single World War from III to XXI. Got rid of most of them (as well as most of the rest of its "history" stuff) sometime in the late 2000s, unfortunately. EDIT: I wonder if you could conceivably build a trebuchet with intercontinental range. Sound...
by Lothario O'Leary
Mon May 30, 2016 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1686: "Feel Old"
Replies: 42
Views: 6339

Re: 1686: "Feel Old"

"Where were you when the wall came down?" "Probably at school because I was nine and that was a Thursday." Change Thursday to Tuesday and you get my situation with 9/11. (Though actually I must've been sleeping in bed, because from my timezone the whole thing happened in the mid...
by Lothario O'Leary
Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 28447

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

Depends how deep you're willing to go into things to find historic figures - historically, roughly 50% of people were women, and they all did stuff too... Stuff that got them recognized as very influential at the time? I mean, any country's history is going to have well enough major female figures ...
by Lothario O'Leary
Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"
Replies: 57
Views: 13233

Re: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"

So, apparently, as long as you use something sturdier than a swallow, it is a question of airspeed velocity.

*waits for the punsaw*
by Lothario O'Leary
Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 9174

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

1. Is the city actually 15% Muslim? 2. Sources, clarification on complete destruction by fire 3. The history article is very brief 5. Is this actually the largest inland city? 6. I clicked on a red link, did not find an article, is that normal? Moscow, Russia. I was just checking out the English WP...
by Lothario O'Leary
Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 9174

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

I thought that mine would be long, but there's so much archived that it's actually extremely short: 1. Is the city actually 15% Muslim? 2. Sources, clarification on complete destruction by fire 3. The history article is very brief 5. Is this actually the largest inland city? 6. I clicked on a red li...
by Lothario O'Leary
Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Coin flip problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1342

Re: Coin flip problem

This seems to be a different formulation of what is well known as either the drunkard's walk problem or the gambler's ruin problem (it's a bit easier to understand why the latter - consider a gambler who starts off with m dollars and bets 1 dollar on tails on each flip). I wasn't able to find a nice...
by Lothario O'Leary
Sat Feb 06, 2016 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 378
Views: 99070

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

@ PM2Ring: Thanks! And you are right that it was Gauss who found the sum over the first 100 integers at the age of six, but: His point was to one-up the legend of Euler's youth and show how you could sum up the first hundred tenth powers in under a minute by hand. That is a different story, and I'm...
by Lothario O'Leary
Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Greatest Mathematician of all time?
Replies: 65
Views: 15362

Re: Greatest Mathematician of all time?

Greatest by work actually achieved/done or by talent/potential? I nominate Galois as the greatest Mathematician measured by talent. Would you even know Gauss or Euler had they been shot at the age of 20? This (though Niels Abel, who survived a bit longer but also died very young, is a very close se...
by Lothario O'Leary
Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Trying to divide a spherical shell into equal-volume "wedges
Replies: 4
Views: 2555

Re: Trying to divide a spherical shell into equal-volume "we

IIRC, if you divide the diameter of a sphere into N equal parts, and cut the sphere perpendicular to it, the resulting slices will surprisingly have equal area (the long ones will be thin, and the short ones will be wide, and it happens to compensate exactly). Then you can join up a few neighboring ...
by Lothario O'Leary
Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite Fractals?
Replies: 7
Views: 2597

Re: Favorite Fractals?

I've always been partial to the dragon curve. This, and the Levy C curve (which is similar in idea but very different in result). I agree that the Sierpinski triangle is easy to draw (though, to be fair, I don't recall ever actually trying). My Koch snowflakes always end up bunched up on one side. ...
by Lothario O'Leary
Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Show us your articles! Or what's your Erdos number?
Replies: 185
Views: 236826

Re: Show us your articles! Or what's your Erdos number?

My parents are both biologists (the father, in particular, really sucks at math), but they both have Erdos numbers of 5 (through an article they both coauthored, and by several other paths for the father). I, however, despite being a mathematician, have no Erdos number, because I do not (yet) have a...
by Lothario O'Leary
Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: INT Function
Replies: 13
Views: 2314

Re: INT Function

I'll add a slight modification: 1. If x=0, x is an integer. Halt. 2. Else, save x/x as a variable y. 3. Do either of the algorithms above, with y standing for 1 (i.e. reverse sign if x<0, substract y, check if result =0, if so integer, if not check if result <0, if so not integer, if not repeat from...
by Lothario O'Leary
Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1622: "Henge"
Replies: 28
Views: 5865

Re: 1622: "Henge"

When it comes to the word henge , the first thing that comes in my mind is what they call the disguise jutsu in Naruto. Same for me, at least when I saw this thread now (too many Naruto fanfics). On-topic, I'm reminded of Twelve Mile Circle's article on ocean sunrises on the West Coast (of the US l...
by Lothario O'Leary
Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1624: 2016
Replies: 82
Views: 10783

Re: 1624: 2016

As of this date, there are only two people left in the whole world who were alive during the 1800s. And, it turns out, only four people who were alive during the 19th Century. I like pointing out that my grandfather was born in 1890 and my sister in 1980. I don't know how unusual a gap this large i...
by Lothario O'Leary
Fri Feb 05, 2016 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 6728

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

I've been having the same conversation with people at all the dollar stores here lately, in service of my looking for bottled iced teas. At some point I mention that I want the unsweetened types (always in short supply on the shelves) and sweeten them myself, leading to my having to explain that wh...

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