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by Apeiron
Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0857: "Archimedes"
Replies: 137
Views: 32134

Re: 0857: "Archimedes"

Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, or the hostage gets it! Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time with more firepower. Henry Ford A good conscience is a continual pain in the ass. Benjamin Franklin A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows who let the dogs ...
by Apeiron
Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 162778

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/world_according_to_americans.png Alt text: It's not our fault we caught a group on their way home from a geography bee. And they taught us that Uzbekistan is one of the world's two doubly-landlocked countries! Maybe it's just me, but am I missing something here? I see a ...
by Apeiron
Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 15019

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

The plural of dwarf is dwarves. The plural of forum is fora.
by Apeiron
Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 53264

Re: 832 Tic-Tac-Toe

Fractal you say? Maybe because that is what it is called. http://www.stonybrook.edu/philosophy/fractal/2Tic.html Hah, brilliant, only that that version is a lot worse, because it doesn't have squiggly, poorly drawn lines (who needs rulers?) and is far less prone to mistakes! After all, THAT is what...
by Apeiron
Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Poll: Male or female singers?
Replies: 38
Views: 8000

Re: Poll: Male or female singers?

I never quite understood why someone would have a preference in gender of the singer. It might not be preference, so must as tendency. i don't seek female vox, but they tend to appeal to me more often and more than male voices. Then there are people who think that the music they like says something...
by Apeiron
Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Poll: Male or female singers?
Replies: 38
Views: 8000

Re: Poll: Male or female singers?

Male, prefer female. i prefer their voices and i'd rather Madonna tell me i make her feel like a virgin than David Gahan saying he feels me. But it's mostly the voices. Would i rather wear a shirt made of fine cotton or burlap? Would i rather drink fine wine or mud with rocks in it? That's generally...
by Apeiron
Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 86548

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Fucking magnates. How do they work?
by Apeiron
Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 82548

Re: 0806: Tech Support

I hate that stupid elitism; and that's considering that I belong to that area . I am a computer programmer, I know "a minimum of two programming languages", and I feel sorry for the computer "illiterate". They need someone to tell them "have you tried turning off Caps Lock?...
by Apeiron
Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 35417

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

Did anyone else catch the MC Hawking reference in last week's Simpsons? i squeeled with geekish delight... confusing my poor wife. Stephen's contribution to to gangsta rap is almost as great as to physics.
by Apeiron
Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0780: "Sample"
Replies: 135
Views: 22034

Re: Sample (#780) discussion

Throw in some car alarms or sirens for added infuriation.
by Apeiron
Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0778: "Scheduling"
Replies: 159
Views: 43107

Re: "Scheduling" discussion (#778)

echoechoecho wrote:I signed up to this forum to make this very important observation.

Is that pizza guy holding the pizza SIDEWAYS?!


This.

If my pizza guy did that he'd get no tip and nasty call to his boss.
by Apeiron
Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 169528

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

Those of you making a distinction between "atheist" and "agnostic" do realize that they are not mutually exclusive, right? Theism/Atheism simply refer to theistic BELIEF, while Gnosticism/Agnosticism refer to whether or not you feel you have KNOWLEDGE of something. Theist simply...
by Apeiron
Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0759: "3x9"
Replies: 135
Views: 39801

Re: "3x9" Discussion (#759)

A quick bit of algebra shows that this will work for any two numbers where: \begin{eqnarray*}a \times b & = & a \times \sqrt{b^2} \\ & = & a \sqrt{b^2}\\ & = & \frac{b^2}{a} \\ \therefore a^2 & = & b \end{eqnarray*} It's not all that exciting; try it with 2 and 4, or...
by Apeiron
Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: An Online Game to Test Language Development
Replies: 3
Views: 1288

Re: An Online Game to Test Language Development

Slightly simpler -- I'd like to build an Omegle variant where you can only communicate using colored geometric shapes. Would communication conventions arise? As long as it can't become chat roulette! *shudder* Hmm. That could work if the players some reason to cooperate (or compete). My idea of a 3...
by Apeiron
Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: An Online Game to Test Language Development
Replies: 3
Views: 1288

An Online Game to Test Language Development

Imagine a game where the only way to communicate with other players is through some highly abstract system that is not provided to the users; they must invent it. Perhaps the avatars have speech bubbles over their heads that show basic geometric shapes in various colors (or shades of gray or fill pa...
by Apeiron
Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Virtual Currency Idea Sketch
Replies: 12
Views: 2347

Re: Virtual Currency Idea Sketch

I apologize for being boring, but: There also will be bills or coins- it will be useful for some transactions to occur without access to the internet or for people to buy cocaine, child porn, or AK-47s. Trustworthy institutions will be able to sell notes that say "on presentation of this note ...
by Apeiron
Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Virtual Currency Idea Sketch
Replies: 12
Views: 2347

Re: Virtual Currency Idea Sketch

Apeiron, clear something up for me. Why do we need unique pieces of information to serve as a currency? As long as we've got a solution to the authentication problems, and all the information is stored (only!) on a central computer, anyway, why not just have, instead, a table of all the parties who...
by Apeiron
Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Virtual Currency Idea Sketch
Replies: 12
Views: 2347

Re: Virtual Currency Idea Sketch

interesting idea. as Vaniver poins out, inflation could be an issue but it seems to me that this currency is specially designed to allow government intervention in a local economy, presumably during a downturn. if the credits could be removed from circulation when things started to swing up, it cou...
by Apeiron
Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Virtual Currency Idea Sketch
Replies: 12
Views: 2347

Re: Virtual Currency Idea Sketch

* What is the likelihood of any timestamps producing the same CRC32? Quite high; about 1 in 77000. (that is, after about 77000 timestamps, there is about a 50% chance that two of them have the same CRC32 (assuming CRC32 uniformly distributes its results)). Crap. Any ideas on a fix? The example time...
by Apeiron
Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Virtual Currency Idea Sketch
Replies: 12
Views: 2347

Virtual Currency Idea Sketch

Caveats: 1) iANa Economist, just someone fascinated by currency/money and computers 2) i reply only to helpful posts 3) It's a sketch, not a bill before Congress or the UN. Don't take it seriously and please forgive me if i ramble. Here goes: The idea is a global virtual currency that could be used ...
by Apeiron
Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ideal Currency Denominations
Replies: 47
Views: 5320

Re: Ideal Currency Denominations

i like the idea of the sticker price being the actual price. When i mentioned that in a Slashdot thread some guy went off the handle talking about how various levels of gov't could use that to hide tax increases. When i lived around the US military community in Germany the AAFES stores rounded price...
by Apeiron
Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Happy Pi Day!
Replies: 12
Views: 1626

Re: Happy Pi Day!

i got married on this year's Pi Day at 1:59pm. If this is true, you are the coolest guy that has ever cooled. I repeat. Coolest. guy. i'll see if i can scan and post the wedding invites. We used my aunt's cell phone to determine when i would walk up to the platform and when my sister would start si...
by Apeiron
Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ideal Currency Denominations
Replies: 47
Views: 5320

Re: Ideal Currency Denominations

Wow! What a lively discussion. Thanks for the input. i'll look in to the ternary thing in a bit. i found that 1, 2 and 5 work very well, as does 1, 3, and 5. But 3 is prolly less useful because doing math with 2 is much easier. In the US, i'd like to see the abolishment of the penny, then round all ...
by Apeiron
Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Happy Pi Day!
Replies: 12
Views: 1626

Re: Happy Pi Day!

i got married on this year's Pi Day at 1:59pm.
by Apeiron
Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ideal Currency Denominations
Replies: 47
Views: 5320

Ideal Currency Denominations

Is there any sort of ideal set of currency denominations?

If you were making currency denominations, how would you do it and why?

This is in relation to my general interest in money/currency and to setting details for D&D.

Thanks!
by Apeiron
Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: manca - one syllable per word language
Replies: 8
Views: 3702

Re: manca - one syllable per word language

i like this as a thought experiment. i'd like to see how far you can push it. Do you have a site for this? You'll hit a wall, i think, when you run out of one syllable permutations. It might also have the same issues as Ro . i suggest placing the letters that change closer to the front. Where they w...
by Apeiron
Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Have (got) to - 've got to - 've gotta - gotta
Replies: 9
Views: 2509

Re: Have (got) to - 've got to - 've gotta - gotta

Got is one of the worst words in English. It's a catch all verb that's eroding our vocabulary.
by Apeiron
Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: IPA information
Replies: 59
Views: 79572

Re: IPA information

I am almost 100% certain that all characters used in SAMPA represent distinct sounds. No, not all of them . There are several sounds represented by pairs of characters, though I don't think any of them are used in English. So if you are just focusing on English, I'm not sure why you'd prefer someth...
by Apeiron
Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 101126

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall

Ones - My girlfriend does this several times a day. Ones? Plural one? WtF? If there's more than one, it wouldn't be ONE. If it is one, it can't be plural. The case where one can be plural is if one is the name of the items in question. A dollar bill is a one, if you have five of them, you have 5 one...
by Apeiron
Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Emoticon punctuation?!
Replies: 15
Views: 5903

Re: Emoticon punctuation?!

In the language i'm building, punctuation is at the beginning. In English, punctuation goes at the end. If you're using emoticons in English, they go at the end and after the real punctuation.
by Apeiron
Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "off of"
Replies: 80
Views: 11993

Re: "off of"

Get off of the horse. Get off the horse. The "of" is redundant and carries no meaning. It's a tick... a bad habit that people keep doing without thinking. The prevalence and duration of the mistake are irrelevant. Wrong is still wrong 1000 years later and if it achieves 100% saturation. If...
by Apeiron
Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: An easy puzzle: Russian Roulette
Replies: 18
Views: 4038

An easy puzzle: Russian Roulette

Bad guys captured you and are going to make you play Russian Roulette. They spin the 6 round cylinder, and pull. *Click*. They give you a choice... to spin again, or pull without spinning again. If you live, they'll let you go. If you lose, well....

1) Spin, then pull
2) Pull now
by Apeiron
Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 323659

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

You already posted that same link in this same thread. Either participate in actual discussion, or don't spam your website here.
by Apeiron
Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: IPA information
Replies: 59
Views: 79572

Re: IPA information

Since IPA can be hard to type and display for a lot of people, I would recommend X-SAMPA , an ASCII adaptation of IPA. i've made my own system i call 'I Can't Believe It's Not SAMPA' . IPA is untypeable, SAMPA uses multiple characters for single sounds, so i use this creation of mine. It's usefulne...
by Apeiron
Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Grammar Nazi, Soup Nazi, etc.
Replies: 30
Views: 6005

Re: Grammar Nazi, Soup Nazi, etc.

Gramma Nazi is french for "You pointed out my mistake and that hurts my feewings, so I'm going to call you names and be dismissive.".
by Apeiron
Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The case for upper case K for Kilo
Replies: 42
Views: 5350

Re: The case for upper case K for Kilo

Token wrote:What about the case for not using such notation at all?


It's not on topic of using consistent notation, but i'll bite, what about it? What is the case for not using such notation? How should we compress all those zeros and have it still be user friendly? Exponents?
by Apeiron
Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The case for upper case K for Kilo
Replies: 42
Views: 5350

The case for upper case K for Kilo

Here goes: K as in kilo should be capitalized because it's a multiple of the unit in the same way that M is mega and m is milli. Hecto could go to H, deca goes to D, disambiguating it with deci. Multiples will all be caps, fractions will all be lower case. Simple and consistent, no arbitrary "i...
by Apeiron
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 130155

Re: Words you love.

Changeante (sounds like shonjzwa)

It's in the lyrics Stereolab's Lo Boob Oscillator (that's the song title [not kidding]). The way Laetitia says it... it sounds like the most beautiful thing in the world.

/my first post here

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