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by Bloopy
Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems
Replies: 254
Views: 45042

Re: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems

Because the biggest assumption that you need to make is that the problem already includes all of the relevant data you need to solve the problem. This. The Wikipedia article on problem solving may also be useful. Ignoring the possibility that the balloon pops isn't much of an assumption. You know f...
by Bloopy
Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: X is Y in French
Replies: 15
Views: 5740

Re: X is Y in French

I agree that both are correct and just parse differently. To me it seems natural to make X the word you're translating from, and Y the word you're translating to.
by Bloopy
Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The Pronunciation of Sudo
Replies: 92
Views: 58971

Re: The Pronunciation of Sudo

I had read it in my head as sue-doe, even once I knew what I meant, but I'll change with time I think. Though chances are I'll never actually hear it or need to pronounce it out loud.
by Bloopy
Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: If "Troll Science" actually worked...
Replies: 9
Views: 6520

Re: If "Troll Science" actually worked...

jseah wrote:What do you mean by "troll science".

Have a look at the images on http://trollscience.com and you should start to get the idea. :P
by Bloopy
Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Safe forum for children to discuss/collaborate with adults?
Replies: 10
Views: 4979

Re: Safe forum for children to discuss/collaborate with adul

There are some sites that let you set up a free phpBB forum, eg. http://www.foroomy.com or http://phpbb.net

Etiquette Hell is one of the tamest forums that comes to my mind if an existing, established forum is what you're looking for.
by Bloopy
Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Illustrated Math Function
Replies: 8
Views: 9335

Illustrated Math Function

I take a mathematical function and run it on each number from a set of four consecutive integers. Unfortunately the universe is being particularly hostile today, and returns the output as four images that crudely represent each of the four answers. If you think you know the function I used, describe...
by Bloopy
Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ulysses
Replies: 23
Views: 14169

Re: Ulysses

Bumping this because I read Ulysses last year. All of last year, it took me at least 12 months. I'd heard of Joyce as a kid because of his vocabulary and made-up words, and always wanted to read something by him without having much idea of what it'd be like. The first quarter was kind of readable, b...
by Bloopy
Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you never finished
Replies: 280
Views: 169443

Re: Books you never finished

The Catcher in the Rye. I read about two thirds I think, though I wasn't hugely into it. I wrote an essay on it for school which was due before I'd finished reading. Used Cliffs Notes to help me, and after I'd analysed it I couldn't be bothered to finish the book.
by Bloopy
Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: One Question Quiz
Replies: 7
Views: 4834

Re: One Question Quiz

Nitpick:
Spoiler:
The bet was for money in the rich man's wallet, but he'd pulled the wad of £50 notes out.
by Bloopy
Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What PIE do you like best?
Replies: 46
Views: 17133

Re: What PIE do you like best?

I guess my favourite is a savoury beef/steak pie. It's really the pastry I love though, so most fillings will do just fine.
by Bloopy
Thu May 29, 2014 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Solid Universe
Replies: 47
Views: 17018

Re: Solid Universe

What if your universe is either closed back on itself or infinite? Have matter distributed reasonably evenly in all directions, and let gravity cancel itself out. To allow people to walk on your inverse planets, perhaps they could be rotating inside a magma sphere, which is held in place by force f...
by Bloopy
Mon May 26, 2014 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Solid Universe
Replies: 47
Views: 17018

Re: Solid Universe

Obviously such a universe would collapse under its own mass. What if your universe is either closed back on itself or infinite? Have matter distributed reasonably evenly in all directions, and let gravity cancel itself out. To allow people to walk on your inverse planets, perhaps they could be rota...
by Bloopy
Sun May 25, 2014 7:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 54553

Re: What is your current housing situation?

Here in central Auckland, about 15% of apartment buildings are on rented land. Can the landowner refuse to renew the lease, and demand that the buildings be torn down? Not normally no, but only because of explicit clauses in the lease. A building of notable size would typically have a perpetual lea...
by Bloopy
Thu May 22, 2014 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 54553

Re: What is your current housing situation?

I'm confused by the 'own a condo but rent the land' option. Is that common abroad? Here in central Auckland, about 15% of apartment buildings are on rented land. The land is owned by major investors or indigenous trusts. It's called a leasehold property. These sorts of leases get renewed for long p...
by Bloopy
Tue May 20, 2014 1:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 54553

Re: What is your current housing situation?

Own my own apartment/condo with a mortgage in Auckland, NZ. One bedroom, live by myself. I'm with a few other users in that the terminology "rent land" in the poll doesn't quite fit me, since the building is on freehold land. My unit title is effectively a small share in the land title. Wh...
by Bloopy
Mon May 19, 2014 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Cutting off a finger
Replies: 31
Views: 19500

Re: Cutting off a finger

I have never felt pain worse than a bee sting whilst cutting my fingers or during the time immediately following. Many times, I did not realize that my finger had been hurt until receiving some outside stimulus That sounds about right. If someone was trying to cut your finger with a blunt knife or ...
by Bloopy
Mon May 12, 2014 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Was Pluto Ever a Planet?
Replies: 8
Views: 2193

Re: Was Pluto Ever a Planet?

Pluto was a planet because we chose to categorise it as a planet. We didn't discover anything that excluded it from our existing definition and made us wrong. In the 1970s we discovered that Pluto is really tiny, but it was still over twice as wide and ten times as massive as the largest known aster...
by Bloopy
Mon May 12, 2014 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Cutting off a finger
Replies: 31
Views: 19500

Re: Cutting off a finger

Tony Iommi had a couple of fingertips ripped off, but said he was too shocked to feel anything at first. He had skin grafts, and talks more about what it's like after the fact: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/black-sabbath-s-tony-iommi-interviewed-for-guitar-world-magazine-s-holiday-issue/ Everythi...
by Bloopy
Fri May 09, 2014 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help Feynman's Dad
Replies: 32
Views: 6371

Re: Help Feynman's Dad

But, more specifically, thermodynamics. Systems always go to their lowest-energy state whenever they can. You would no more expect a system to persist in a high-energy state than you would expect water to flow uphill or the Earth to heat the Sun. That's one of the (comparatively few) places where t...
by Bloopy
Thu May 08, 2014 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help Feynman's Dad
Replies: 32
Views: 6371

Re: Help Feynman's Dad

The problem is earlier in the question: He said, "I understand that when an atom makes a transition from one state to another, it emits a particle called a photon." "That's right," I said. Not to knock Feynman, but...not exactly. He should have seen this coming. When an atom mak...
by Bloopy
Mon May 05, 2014 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Hannibal (NBC T.V. series)
Replies: 32
Views: 18960

Re: Hannibal (NBC T.V. series)

I enjoyed season 1. I found the 1st episode confusingly implausible, with the psychology pals doing the FBI's frontline work, but I got used to the show after that. I didn't recognise Gillian Anderson! I find Mikkelsen's Hannibal to be an entertaining but dislikeable character. Which is not a bad th...
by Bloopy
Mon May 05, 2014 3:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Burned, Buried or Dumped?
Replies: 84
Views: 21860

Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Buried, preferably in an environmentally friendly way. The same as OP in other words. Feed me to the insects and leave some kind of mark at the surface so relatives can visit the site of this great feast.
by Bloopy
Sun Apr 27, 2014 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Present for a Chemistry Student
Replies: 10
Views: 3102

Re: Present for a Chemistry Student

If you still like the idea of a custom key ring, you should be able to make it for much cheaper using a website like Zazzle.
by Bloopy
Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Only possible pronunciation for FAQ:
Replies: 14
Views: 9282

Re: Only possible pronunciation for FAQ:

Saying the word 'gooey' in a professional context just to save 1 syllable. I say it very occasionally, but I cringe at the thought of it.
by Bloopy
Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1747874

Re: Today I Learned

As a New Zealander, what I found really weird was learning that the United Kingdom is even smaller than NZ. For such a small place, their influence on the world is disproportionately huge.
by Bloopy
Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"
Replies: 41
Views: 13554

Re: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"

I interpret these comments to say that, yes, the physics are backwards and Randall should have said that you weigh more at the poles. However, he seemed to be (illogically) supporting his (incorrect) assertion with the idea that poutine makes you fat. So did he somehow make two wrongs and get a rig...
by Bloopy
Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Jokes involving words with multiple meanings
Replies: 6
Views: 4656

Re: Jokes involving words with multiple meanings

quarkcosh1 wrote:If you want to know some words with multiple meanings here is a link: http://www.spellingcity.com/multiple-meaning-words.html. It would be nice if I could find a complete list of them.

Here you go:

Image
by Bloopy
Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Why" is the Euler-Mascheroni constant near sqrt(1/3)?
Replies: 10
Views: 5847

Re: "Why" is the Euler-Mascheroni constant near sqrt(1/3)?

It probably doesn't help, but I noticed these two integrals are a good approximation of each other geometrically, not just numerically: http://tinyurl.com/lapvty7 http://tinyurl.com/mtfh6s7 http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=plot+Harmonic%28x%29%2C+x%5E%28sqrt%283%29-1%29+for+0%3Cx%3C1
by Bloopy
Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1350: "Lorenz"
Replies: 178
Views: 88100

Re: 1350: "Lorenz"

The comic is rather daunting at first view, but it's great for coming back to later and finding something funny you hadn't seen before. So I really hope the issues get fixed.
by Bloopy
Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Only possible pronunciation for FAQ:
Replies: 14
Views: 9282

Re: Only possible pronunciation for FAQ:

Ef ay queue

Because for some initialisms, anything other than saying one letter at a time sounds goofy to me. Such as SQL, GUI, "wizdul" for WSDL and "jist" for GST. Of course it becomes unavoidable for longer ones, like WYSIWYG or "jazwep" for JSWEP.
by Bloopy
Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is this cool piece of furniture?
Replies: 7
Views: 10312

Re: What is this cool piece of furniture?

Tambour Filing Cabinet. The rolly slats are called a tambour door, apparently.
by Bloopy
Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3406
Views: 783308

Re: wa were you dreams last night?

I went to bed thinking about prediction and betting websites and dreamt I was the most unlucky person, hated by the universe or something like that. Doors tried to close on me. Things curled away when I tried to put sellotape on them. I didn't want to have a shower because I knew it would just alter...
by Bloopy
Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Which Female Singer has the most beautiful Voice?
Replies: 50
Views: 35540

Re: Which Female Singer has de most beautiful Voice?

Karyn Crisis has a beautiful voice in her own special way. ;)
by Bloopy
Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Things to do or see in France, Benelux or Germany
Replies: 3
Views: 5800

Re: Things to do or see in France, Benelux or Germany

Not sure about things outside of the tourist books, but if it was me, I wouldn't be able to resist seeing Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg. Going by my parents' photos of France, Strasbourg is stunning, as is the Millau Viaduct. Also looks like there's no shortage of old ruins and castles to freely ex...
by Bloopy
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Number substitution puzzle - multiplication
Replies: 21
Views: 6811

Re: Number substitution puzzle - multiplication

Demki wrote:For now, the problem from 2 weeks ago:
abc+def=ghi
abc-def=bdi

I wrote a program to solve this and found just the one solution:

Spoiler:
763+145=908
763-145=618


Allowing a,b,d or g to be 0 doesn't seem to introduce any other solutions.
by Bloopy
Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Find the final answer
Replies: 9
Views: 4578

Re: Find the final answer

After browsing around on http://www.numtech.com where the image is hosted, I think OP had found the right track: Q1 : alphabet substitution gives the word 'risk' Q2 : So maybe it is 2 in w h ite, 1 in p ink and 4 in bla c k to give 'hpc'? The company makes risk management software an...
by Bloopy
Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Easy Parabola problem
Replies: 17
Views: 3875

Re: Easy Parabola problem

Adam H wrote:Now make the transitions at y=0 smooth. :D


Aha, now sine comes in handy...

(T/2-|2x-T|/2)/s + sin(π*(|2x-T|+4s-T)/s)/(2π)


Another idea I had was to use the floor function as an alternative to piecewise. I think I'll call it 'flipping your lid'.
by Bloopy
Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Easy Parabola problem
Replies: 17
Views: 3875

Re: Easy Parabola problem

I played around with a few other crazy ideas, but it seems everyone's right about a sextic being the best option. I started with:

(1-x2)3

Then pushed it around with T and s:

1 + (1-((2x-T)/(T-2s))2)3 / ((T/(T-2s))2-1)3

And let WA simplify it:

1 - (s-x)3(x+s-T)3 / (s3(s-T)3)
by Bloopy
Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Easy Parabola problem
Replies: 17
Views: 3875

Re: Easy Parabola problem

Something like this might be a good starting point if s isn't too small compared to T:

y = 1-(1-2x/T)4

Putting s in there gets me something similar to somehow's earlier "symmetrical" form.

y = (1-(1-2x/T)4) / (1-(1-2s/T)4)
by Bloopy
Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Average Distance ot the Edge of a Square
Replies: 5
Views: 3557

Re: Average Distance ot the Edge of a Square

Rather, by curve length seems the most natural choice. True, especially considering the curve length is one side of the ratio we're trying to work out. Here's what I get for the average diameter by length along the perimeter, via the Pythagorean theorem: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=mean+of...

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