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by Nimz
Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2814936

Re: Confessional Thread - Now with a newt idol!

Confession: I have been unfair to raisins. I'm still not a raisin fan, but this weekend I was really hungry and the only food available was a trail mix of nuts, M&Ms, and raisins. I didn't really feel like picking them out . . . and . . . it was pretty good. I'm still not gonna go out and buy a...
by Nimz
Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Subtitling vs. dubbing
Replies: 147
Views: 21436

Re: Subtitling vs. dubbing

I think I've seen that movie. As I recall, the actor seemed like he genuinely was from the United States. What finally broke the ice between the soldier and the boy was when the soldier offered some candy to the boy, right? I just watched a movie in French. At one point, late in the movie, the sub s...
by Nimz
Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Amusing answers to tests
Replies: 393
Views: 60884

Re: Amusing answers to tests

This was an answer one of the students gave on my final today, and it amused me. I don't get the funny part... Is it that he calculated the second integral using substitution when he could've just expanded the term and gotten the first integral? I think the student noticed that (x+1) 3 could be exp...
by Nimz
Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2814936

Re: Confessional Thread - Now with a new idiot!

I was amused when I noticed four consecutive holidays: Pi day (3/14), The Ides of March (15/3), Palm Sunday (03/16), and St. Patrick's Day (17/03). The first one is the most meaningful to me. Spoilered for being wik. My confession: that I want to be a raptor for fun. I even made up a stage name, cho...
by Nimz
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2814936

Re: Confessional Thread - Now with a newt idol!

Whoops - I forgot to throw this quote in with my last post. Confession: I am waay too angry at the moment... I'm keeping it under control fine, but it can't be good to have so much bottled up inside - I need a way to release stress... You could go for a hike... literally. When the sun is out, go wal...
by Nimz
Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Subtitling vs. dubbing
Replies: 147
Views: 21436

Re: Subtitling vs. dubbing

Every so often, i.e. when I binge on (subbed) anime, I get used to hearing the foreign language (in this case, Japanese). Then, when I hear something out of the blue in English, it sounds strange. Perfectly understandable, but strange. I actually find that strange sensation to be somewhat pleasant. ...
by Nimz
Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Oh no! We forgot how to say... math... stuff!"
Replies: 294
Views: 92304

Re: "Oh no! We forgot how to say... math... stuff!"

I know what one-to-one and onto mean and I can't remember which one is injective and surjective. The way I do it is by remembering that surjective is the silly one, because surjectivity is easy to satisfy for any function just by changing its "range set" (is there a word for this?). The w...
by Nimz
Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2814936

Re: Confessional Thread - Can't Please the Cheese

Hmm, I really want to become a computer geek too, but I have no idea where to start. Confession: I don't even know enough about it to know what I need to learn I cannot recommend David Macaulay's The Way Things Work enough. It starts with explanations of basic mechanical principles, then shows how ...
by Nimz
Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Oh no! We forgot how to say... math... stuff!"
Replies: 294
Views: 92304

Re: "Oh no! We forgot how to say... math... stuff!"

One thing that I really do hate is that I never can seem to keep in my head the whole mess of one-to-one, onto, injective, and surjective. I know what one-to-one and onto mean and I can't remember which one is injective and surjective. I remember which is which and I forget what the corresponding me...
by Nimz
Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: XKCD Animation
Replies: 9
Views: 2130

Re: XKCD Animation

I thought that was Also Sprach Zarathustra :) I have to agree that the speech was almost unintelligible. I can make most of the words out if I have headphones on, but even then the sound you used for each planet coming in completely masked the words at times. E.g. I only know you said "Lisp&quo...
by Nimz
Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]
Replies: 182
Views: 43900

Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

On the actual Infocom game I only got as far as getting the Artificial Tea Substitute (my first time getting to that point I instinctively threw the ATS at the nutrimat). I played the flash version a couple days ago and (after several hours and liberal doses of the help file) finally got 400/400.
by Nimz
Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Binary Noob question
Replies: 7
Views: 1369

Re: Binary Noob question

If you have a one carry, just carry the 1. If you have a two carry, just carry the 10 (you can think of it as 0 in the next column, 1 in the column after that). And so on. Another way of thinking about it: what would you do in regular decimal if you had to carry a ten or a hundred, etc.? It's essent...
by Nimz
Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many digits of Pi do you know?
Replies: 445
Views: 107255

Re: How many digits of Pi do you know?

This is about as close to a pi day post (in my time zone - it's pi day already, for most of the world) as I'm going to get, so I'm posting in the pi thread, why not. I must say that the above comic is a bit disappointing - the itsy bitsy numbers don't quite make it to the first zero. :cry:
by Nimz
Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Proficiency with LaTeX
Replies: 86
Views: 14174

Re: Proficiency with LaTeX

I haven't much used the native picture environment in LaTeX, and I won't have access to a LaTeX compiler for a few days, so I was wondering if I got this picture of a Reidemeister 2 move correct. Spoilered for length. \begin{picture}(200,100) \put(0,0){\line(1,2){12.5}} \put&...
by Nimz
Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: XKCD Animation
Replies: 9
Views: 2130

Re: XKCD Animation

You really should check the (not-so) fine print at the bottom of the comic page... http://imgs.xkcd.com/static/somerights20.png This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License . This means you're free to copy and share these comics (but not to sell them&#...
by Nimz
Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 1 question randomness test!
Replies: 78
Views: 6182

Re: 1 question randomness test!

I should've also added that you shouldn't be able to predict a number based on the preceding numbers. 35897932384626433832795028841971... is an infinite sequence that I happened to truncate at that point. If you know where to look, you can predict the next number in that sequence, but if you didn't...
by Nimz
Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 6+8=11
Replies: 9
Views: 3591

Re: 6+8=11

Actaeus wrote:
Spoiler:
196+225=69
81+160=27
5+13=18
12+12=14
one small error.

I made no error in applying my pattern, so maybe I have the wrong pattern. Consequently, maybe 1+1=1, as you originally stated. I'm confused now, and I'm sorry if I confused you. :?
by Nimz
Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 6+8=11
Replies: 9
Views: 3591

Re: 6+8=11

I see the pattern, e.g. 196+225=34 81+160=27 5+13=18 12+12=14 but the only place that pattern seems to break down, based on what you gave, is 1+1. To answer your question, 1 is not a prime; it is a unit. Thus, there's no reason 1 being an identity for primes should, a priori, extend to 1 being a...
by Nimz
Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finding a monic polynomial given a root
Replies: 6
Views: 2124

Re: Finding a monic polynomial given a root

Cycle wrote:
Nimz wrote:Some Galois Theory can show that the irreducible polynomial with that root has degree 6.


Spoiler:
Eisenstein's criterion is way easier. :wink:

But it's so much fun using overpowered tools! Just ask any United Statesian! :mrgreen:
by Nimz
Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: I can maek werds!
Replies: 18
Views: 5029

Re: I can maek werds!

huh. well. So scene 2 of the first one is implying that the artifact has made the inquisition spanish? hmmm. It all seems very disconnected, but you kept me reading all the way through. That's gotta count for something. It kind of has the feel of the credits in Monty Python and the Holy Grail - to b...
by Nimz
Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 6+8=11
Replies: 9
Views: 3591

Re: 6+8=11

If that's so, wouldn't 1+1=0?
by Nimz
Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: 10,000 B.C.
Replies: 18
Views: 2565

Re: 10,000 B.C.

I saw a billboard for this movie and thought, "Looks like an updated version of One Million B.C.".



Then I noticed the pun.
by Nimz
Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is the empty set compact or not?
Replies: 14
Views: 6340

Re: Is the empty set compact or not?

SlyReaper wrote:the empty set is obviously bounded

I can't convince myself that the empty set is bounded. After all, what is the infimum? +infinity. What is the supremum? -infinity. That doesn't seem very bounded.
by Nimz
Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finding a monic polynomial given a root
Replies: 6
Views: 2124

Re: Finding a monic polynomial given a root

Based on the 1.505787 value you gave, I assume you mean (2+2 1/2 ) 1/3 , and not 2 1/3 +2 1/2 . When you have nested radicals, the process is kind of like peeling an onion - you want to get rid of a radical, move everything nonradical to the other side, and repeat. (It also works when you don't have...
by Nimz
Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9232868

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

I was looking at an old KJV Bible the other day, opened to 'The Parable of the Vinegar' [sic] (which is why that particular Bible is called a Vinegar Bible) and saw something amusing on the opposite page. Luke 21:23-24 reads: But woe unto them that are with child, and to them which give suck, in tho...
by Nimz
Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0394: "Kilobyte"
Replies: 138
Views: 40681

Re: "Kilobyte" Discussion

1012? What kind of compromise is that? An average I believe you're specifically referring to a mean. It can't be just any average, as a median or a mode are both impossible to take from just two values, and in fact a mode is impossible to take from any set that involves purely unique values. ;) Meh...
by Nimz
Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))
Replies: 311
Views: 32743

Re: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))

[smug]I've used the equation in spaceiscurved's avatar ( Gμν = (8πG/c4)Tμν ) and possibly knew what I was doing. General Relativity isn't so bad when you look at it from a mathematician's viewpoint, although the physical meaning is apt to get lost that way.[/smug]
by Nimz
Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0393: "Ultimate Game"
Replies: 165
Views: 44932

Re: Ultimate Game

My thoughts when reading the comic (and shortly thereafter): haha, death is playing an RPG with an RPG nerd. hmmm... alt text - I guess someone named Gary (presumably one of Randall's friends would be why I'm in the dark about who this guy is) died recently (I'm so tired right now, btw, that I didn'...
by Nimz
Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Studying and Homework Habits
Replies: 17
Views: 2425

Re: Studying and Homework Habits

When I'm sleep deprived, I can tell - I have myself a canary that dies near the onset of impairment. My canary is the ability to think of words. My mathematics processing is so ingrained that when I can't think of that word I can still maintain accuracy in maths, but not speed. So I may be (read: am...
by Nimz
Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Summing of digits in numbers
Replies: 19
Views: 3713

Re: Summing of digits in numbers

Actually, working out what the generating function is directly isn't as bad as I first thought. After all, squaring 1+...+x 9 and squaring that answer gets you most of the way there. Then you just multiply that answer by x+...+x 9 . I got as far as squaring the first time and starting with squaring ...
by Nimz
Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4413
Views: 819727

Re: Anime!

Lucky Star has been added to my rotation, as has the sub of R.O.D. the TV. I've seen the dub, years ago, but not in order. And I didn't remember seeing Anita flipping Nenene off before, either. I can't help laughing when watching LS. Definitely kawaii overdose.
by Nimz
Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How do you read?
Replies: 136
Views: 22531

Re: How do you read?

I may have somewhat overstated the importance of my inner narrator. I drive around and even when I am acutely aware of my surroundings I don't have any voice saying "car" or "traffic signal" or the likes. But when words are explicitly involved, I have to hear them to believe that...
by Nimz
Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 243017

Re: How'd you come up with your username(s)?

3H or 3B ? I'm guessing 3B, if they're darker, but it's been a while since I've used anything but a pacer. I think 3H. Aren't default #2 pencils 2H? 3s are darker than 4s, but lighter than 2s, is what I was saying there. I thought #2 pencils were HB. I'm sure of it because I'm around them at work e...
by Nimz
Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How do you read?
Replies: 136
Views: 22531

Re: How do you read?

I have two new observations that I hadn't made previously in this thread. 1) After having been typing Dvorak for a little while now, I can hear the words as I type them now, not just the letters. 2) For the most part, "hearing is believing" is how I feel about what I read and write and abo...
by Nimz
Wed Mar 05, 2008 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Summing of digits in numbers
Replies: 19
Views: 3713

Re: Summing of digits in numbers

Wouldn't the simplest non-bruteforce method for calculating number of ways to get all the sums be to use generating functions? g 1 =x+x 2 +x 3 +x 4 +x 5 +x 6 +x 7 +x 8 +x 9 g 2 =1+x+x 2 +x 3 +x 4 +x 5 +x 6 +x 7 +x 8 +x 9 g 3 =1+x+x 2 +x 3 +x 4 +x 5 +x 6 +x 7 +x 8 +x 9 g 4 =1+x+x 2 +x 3 +x 4 +x 5 +x ...
by Nimz
Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: (unofficial) xkcd 2008 Calendar
Replies: 5
Views: 2193

Re: (unofficial) xkcd 2008 Calendar

If only fingers had mouseover abilities, what kind of world might we live in? *cues That 70's Show -esque fantasy sequence, but gets interrupted* else, that is pretty awesome. However, I am deeply disturbed by the first "February 28", the first "March 28", the first "Novembe...
by Nimz
Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Am I crazy? OR How do you imagine others on the fora?
Replies: 234
Views: 16082

Re: Avatars and Perception

I'm currently still using my 'easonal avatars' (behold, no pasted hat!) and plan to continue using it literally for one season (i.e. 3 months). That means I'll change it sometime in Ma--holy crap - this month already! I've had a new one in the works for a while now, but haven't gotten around to resi...
by Nimz
Tue Mar 04, 2008 7:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))
Replies: 311
Views: 32743

Re: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))

Well, I got back my second Galois Theory midterm (aced the first one with little studying). I was disappointed that I only got 108%. I got all 10 points for the extra credit, but I missed 2 points on proving a theorem, where the proof was in the book. Not bad for ~5-10 minutes of studying, though. I...
by Nimz
Tue Mar 04, 2008 7:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lurkers!
Replies: 151
Views: 10852

Re: Lurkers!

Since I've already stated my lurk status, and since counting Forum Games posts seems to be the new meme in this thread, I appear to have 33 uncounted posts. This is strange, because I only have 23 Forum Games posts (I went thru all 12 pages of my posts and used my browser's find feature, then discou...
by Nimz
Tue Mar 04, 2008 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 489791

Re: Favorite math jokes

A chemist was trying to make a solution, but he couldn't get anything to work. He asked his mathematician friend if perhaps maths could shed some light on how to come up with the solution. Together they were able to come up with a polynomial that described the desired reaction. The mathematician lo...

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