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by shimavak
Sun Mar 11, 2007 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1230068

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by shimavak
Sun Mar 11, 2007 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Irrational fears
Replies: 562
Views: 76479

I used to have a terrible fear of peak oil. Back when I first read about it, I became incredibly depressed for about 2 days. On the third day, I woke up, and I continued my depressing thoughts about that idea. Then I had a thought, and it all fixed itself, and I have not rightly feared it since. My ...
by shimavak
Sat Mar 10, 2007 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: MythBusters
Replies: 183
Views: 14618

You realize they have a script? And OH&S is by far the most boring subject in science. I have no trouble believing that she may be an intelligent lady. If she is performing a script and is not wearing goggles because the script says not to, then the Kari we watch is not the real Kari, in which ...
by shimavak
Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: MythBusters
Replies: 183
Views: 14618

I think I may be in the minority here, but I cannot agree that Kari is hot. I absolutely can not stand her flagrant disregard for safety on the show! In fact, of the assistants, the only one who regularly engages in some sort of attempt at being safe is Grant! I'm sorry but for a lass to appear beau...
by shimavak
Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Issues getting geek girlfriend
Replies: 497
Views: 68401

I may be somewhat close to on top: I was about 19. This was also my second final year in undergrad.

Good times.
by shimavak
Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 696967

...you arent going to get ticketed or thrown in jail by the nerd police... *Sirens and flashing blue and red lasers* Officer: Excuse me, sir, Do you know why I have pulled you over? Nerd: I swear I wasn't going to use a d20 for my spot check officer. I was only joking. Officer: Be that as it may, y...
by shimavak
Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 696967

How about: Cruelty is in the eyes of the bee holder. In which case, I don't think any of us are in a position to judge cruelty at the moment. That is, unless, of course, the dragon happens to be one of those dragons that has bees in its mouth and when it opens its mouth it shoots bees at you. That w...
by shimavak
Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 696967

thefiddler wrote:Yes, Shimavak, you get bonus points. Whee! :D


Yay!

<mopey>Yay, someone noticed that I posted. I didn't get any responses to my introduction, though perhaps it was not verbose enough. *Tear*</mopey>
by shimavak
Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 696967

First of all, I am not a damsel in distress. :evil: Secondly, what dragon? >.> Do I get bonus points for thinking: I ain't no damsel in distress, and I don't need to be rescued; so put me down, punk. Maybe you'd prefer a maiden fair... Edit: Or rather, do I get to bestow any bonus points to any oth...
by shimavak
Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 'Stewardesses' is allegedly the longest English word that
Replies: 283
Views: 46147

As an aside, I always have enjoyed Beowulf, doubly so because it was basically my mothers degree in college.

Well, truly her undergrad degree was "Old English Epic Poetry From 800AD" or some such thing; basically, Beowulf.
by shimavak
Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Airplane On A Treadmill
Replies: 304
Views: 79475

I really want to throw my previous answer in here because I still think it is awesome. It goes along the lines of the question as presented by Janook, many moons ago, wherein he states that we may assume the engines can provide an infinite amount of thrust. Given this infinite amount of thrust, we w...
by shimavak
Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stupid People Stories Thread
Replies: 266
Views: 28347

But the real question is, do you know which way to go to the mall? I mean, this is Important Stuff! You could die tomorrow wearing unfashionable clothes! I'm afraid that were I to die tomorow even knowing the location of the mall --and having been there-- would not be enough to save me from that fa...
by shimavak
Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0229: "Graffiti"
Replies: 223
Views: 65243

I sure can! Let me see here...

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by shimavak
Sun Mar 04, 2007 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0230: "Hamiltonian"
Replies: 103
Views: 47699

Point of fact, my edit there was because I submitted with truly spelled "truely." I was debating misspelling it in the edit just to spite the darn thing.
by shimavak
Sun Mar 04, 2007 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0229: "Graffiti"
Replies: 223
Views: 65243

Actually, if you must know how awsome that particular machine is, I shall let you in on a little secret -- but you must promise not to tell! I pulled it from a dumpster. A solid Athlon 3200+ dropped into an ASUS board. I just don't understand people. I could have, were I a cruel person, used all of ...
by shimavak
Sun Mar 04, 2007 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0229: "Graffiti"
Replies: 223
Views: 65243

I am reminded of a simpsons episode. I will only say:

<Nelson>"ha, ha!"</Nelson>

<very tall man>Do you find something comical about my appearance when I'm driving my automobile?</vtm>
by shimavak
Sun Mar 04, 2007 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0230: "Hamiltonian"
Replies: 103
Views: 47699

What is truly frightening is that it has taken this long! What has science come to...

edit: I hate the word truly
by shimavak
Sun Mar 04, 2007 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0229: "Graffiti"
Replies: 223
Views: 65243

Good times. I am actually not in the rest room at the moment; but it is when I am most often actually able to read the fora (every time I see that I think flora! The flora of the fora?) so you may find some posts from me on the great porcelain throne. I think I may have you beat on my work computer....
by shimavak
Sun Mar 04, 2007 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0229: "Graffiti"
Replies: 223
Views: 65243

I must be simply insane, as I am the first to mention the beauty of taking one's laptop to the stall. Thus the existential writings may be spread to others throughout the world! And they'll never know that it comes from your stall time! I do realize that some people think me wierd for it, my fianceÃ...
by shimavak
Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Issues getting geek girlfriend
Replies: 497
Views: 68401

As a good reference, there is always the wiki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales The basic idea is that scientific notation adopted the idea of the short scale, where each new decrement indicated a factor of 10^3 (1000). In the long scale, each new decrement is the square of the pre...
by shimavak
Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 696967

So what the hey; I've been moderately rude, I suppose, by not doing so before now, but here I am! I am here, my men are here, but soon YOU will not be here! Regardless, what does one usually say in such an introduction so belated? I am one known as the shimavak, with me are my wits and my +2 dagger ...
by shimavak
Sat Mar 03, 2007 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0230: "Hamiltonian"
Replies: 103
Views: 47699

They're all physics equations, covering general relativity, electromagnetism, statistical mechanics, two formulations of classical mechanics, and quantum theory. From left to right. Girl #1: Rotation matrix Hard to read, but probably Einstein's tensor equations of General Relativity Christoffel sym...
by shimavak
Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm bleeding to death
Replies: 342
Views: 51105

Oooh, cookie! Tastes like GPS!
by shimavak
Fri Mar 02, 2007 4:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm bleeding to death
Replies: 342
Views: 51105

I wasn't going to say anything, but my own ---self-righteousness--- desire to inform others (curse be it) has gotten the best of me... Acetylsalicylic acid (a.k.a. asprin) is not the same as salicylic acid. Though they both are benzoic acids, the asprin variety has an acetyloxy group where the other...
by shimavak
Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0225: "Open Source"
Replies: 71
Views: 29498

Well, my assumption was that they were thugs sent from big-oil, hence, Big Oil thugs. Notice B and O are capitalized, implying a proper noun relationship...
by shimavak
Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0218: "Nintendo Surgeon"
Replies: 98
Views: 36190

I really wonder if I am one of the few who saw the #137 and thought: Alpha!?

Please tell me 137 is still hip in the physics world! There are a few folks in the department here that know and love it, but not as many as you'd think. So sad for an Eisenstein Prime to fall so far from grace.
by shimavak
Fri Oct 13, 2006 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Plane on a conveyor belt
Replies: 143
Views: 64292

The plane cannot take off if it is motionless relative to the ground. I contested this point earlier. I have not yet seen anyone provide a rebuttle to that portion of my analysis of the situation. My major fault was in assuming that the belt was operated such that it held the plane stationary, in w...
by shimavak
Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Plane on a conveyor belt
Replies: 143
Views: 64292

Re: Soliloquy

Soliloquy, you haven't answered my question: If the plane starts at rest, and the conveyor belt moves backwards at 1 m/s, does the plane move? If you say yes, can you explain why, if there is no friction between the plane and the wheels? I could offer one possible explanation, if you'd like: Rotati...
by shimavak
Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Plane on a conveyor belt
Replies: 143
Views: 64292

Aha! I will now shift my conclusion to agree with Phlip. I was not clear on the meaning of one of the statements in the problem, and (mis)interpreted it as follows: I read: The conveyor belt is spinning at a speed equal to whatever speed the plane would be moving forward if the conveyor belt were no...
by shimavak
Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Plane on a conveyor belt
Replies: 143
Views: 64292

But I believe you said the key, it requires an airspeed of some certain value. We have a zero ground speed due to the belt, and no wind, so therefor we have a zero airspeed. The plane will no longer take off due to any sort of aerodynamics of the wing shape. Rather, the only thing which would make i...
by shimavak
Thu Oct 12, 2006 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Plane on a conveyor belt
Replies: 143
Views: 64292

Stuff about friction There is no wind, and there are no forces acting on the plane besides the friction between the wheels and the conveyor belt, and the engines. Yes, there is gravity. my bad. There's no friction between the wheels and the plane. Is there any inertia to the wheels? If there isn't,...
by shimavak
Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Plane on a conveyor belt
Replies: 143
Views: 64292

To imply from this that the plane is stationary even when the engines are going is wrong, as said by many people above. I believe that we are interpereting the problem in two different ways. I am imagining that the plane is being held in a specific horizontal position by the conveyor belt. I suppos...
by shimavak
Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Plane on a conveyor belt
Replies: 143
Views: 64292

I agree with the assertions put forward by Ephphatha; however, I disagree on the result. I propose the following assertion: It has been stated that the jet must, by the definition of the scenario, never move with respect to the immobile ground, and therefor the air attached to the ground (assuming n...

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