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by ThirdParty
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1066 has been invaded by Normans.
by ThirdParty
Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Elementary probability
Replies: 5
Views: 2331

Re: Elementary probability

That depends what you mean by "reasonably certain". If the answer is intended to be "292", then the question is presumably intended to be "If each letter has an independent 40% probability of receiving a reply, how many letters do you need to send out so that you have at le...
by ThirdParty
Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

In the event of a sudden loss of skyscraper pressure, oxygen masks will drop down from Floor 1062 to the floors below.
by ThirdParty
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 107885

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

For me junk is kind of a middle ground, between thing that's definitely wanted, and thing for which removal is definitely wanted. Same, though I also use "junk" for things whose removal I definitely want but am not presently able to effect. To me, both trash and garbage are dirty, junk is...
by ThirdParty
Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 107885

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Is there a difference between "trash" and "garbage" to you? For me, they're synonyms. I've read that historically there was a difference. Garbage referring to food waste. They're not quite synonyms for me. I think I use "garbage" for "stuff that should be gotten r...
by ThirdParty
Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 21226

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

The effect of freezers on bread turns out to be something everyone on the internet has an opinion on, so I try to avoid the subject by just eating all my bread as soon as I get it. I just popped in to share my opinion on the effect of freezers on bread: they ruin it. No matter what you do to defros...
by ThirdParty
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 107885

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Um, according to my favorite dictionary, "SCUBA", "tuba", and "lieu" are all /ju/ in Britain and /u/ in the U.S. I thought the puzzle was what "SCUBA" is doing in this category when U.S. English doesn't usually yod-drop after /k/ the way it does after /t/ or /...
by ThirdParty
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 107885

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

/skj/ is a pretty complicated consonant cluster. There are no perfect comparisons to lend one particular pronunciation more weight ("Cuba" is a Spanish proper noun, "CUNY" is an acronym and not widely known, neither starts with an s, and "skew" is spelled with a differ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 107885

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Why do we say "scuba" as /skubə/ "skooba" and not /skjubə/ "skyooba"? We say "Cuba" as /kjubə/. Hmm. Interesting question. At first I thought it might be because it's an acronym, but "CUNY" is /kjuni/. Then I thought it might be the "s", b...
by ThirdParty
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Take a penny leave a penny.
Replies: 2227
Views: 333341

Re: Take a penny leave a penny.

I put the tale of the Alice's Restaurant Massacree, with a four-part harmony, in the middle of the pile of garbage. There are now three pennies, an Alaskan Elim, the tale of the Alice's Restaurant Massacree, with a four-part harmony, a bass line, a melody, and negative one year without posts on the ...
by ThirdParty
Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 107885

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

flicky1991 wrote:You'd have to show me a plural-looking singular that truncates without the "s" to convince me that the same applies to "mathematics".

"economics" to "econ"?
by ThirdParty
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1042 contains faculty offices for about a twentieth of the LUXS physics department.

(It's a very big department. The xkcd Skyscraper attracts a lot of physicists.)
by ThirdParty
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1038 is another floor owned by the Lowermost University of the Xkcd [sic] Skyscraper. It consists mainly of laboratories for the Departments of Pedagogy, Penology, and Proctology. It is difficult to tell which are which.
by ThirdParty
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 107885

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

And there's doubtless disagreement about things such as "There is a team who play football" and "There are a team who play football" I believe the former is the American standard and the latter is the British standard. I was thinking the reverse. According to OED , you can say &...
by ThirdParty
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Thinking in words, and noticing errors
Replies: 15
Views: 10258

Re: Thinking in words, and noticing errors

When you have a thought, do you tend to think it in words and sentences? Mostly. I feel like my working memory can hold about 12 things . Each thing can be a word, a location, a simple image, or a sound. In principle I can think with any of them. (e.g. Counting to ten in words, on my fingers, by im...
by ThirdParty
Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1027 believes itself to be a prime number, but is mistaken.
by ThirdParty
Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1024 contains a hydroponic coffee plantation, converting Floor 1022's productivity into beans that Floor 1023 can process into gourmet coffee.

Considered collectively, Floors 1022 thru 1024 represent another perpetual motion machine.
by ThirdParty
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1012, logically enough, contains faculty offices and lecture halls for the Lowermost University's Department of Sciuriology.
by ThirdParty
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1009 contains the main dining hall for LUXS students, some lab space for the LUXS Department of Biology, a supply room for the LUXS Department of Epidemiology, and several demo arenas used by the LUXS School of Medicine. Large fans ensure that the dining hall is kept at negative temperature an...
by ThirdParty
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1007 contains the administrative offices for the Lowermost University of the Xkcd [sic] Skyscraper. ("Study at LUXS, achieve Success.") The rest of the University is located on other, higher floors. (In some cases much higher. Some students have over an hour's elevator ride between t...
by ThirdParty
Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 995 contains all floors (and only those floors) which do not contain themselves.
by ThirdParty
Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8659
Views: 1751756

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

So much can be done with 1759. I ran out of energy to work on this one, but thought I'd share the half-finished product anyway:

1759 with icons.jpg

Geography tip: you can safely assume that any place you've heard of is larger and more important than any place you haven't.
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 951 contains a showcase displaying baseball memorabilia for the "New Orleans Cajuns": pennants, trophies, signed balls, framed rookie cards, etc. It's a perfectly normal-seeming floor. (There's just one minor puzzle: no such team exists. So where all the memorabilia came from is a my...
by ThirdParty
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 939 contains a colony of bats who wonder would it would be like to be human.
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 933 has a bunch of U.V. lamps. It's where people from Floor 932 go when they want a tan.
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 929 is under arrest for the murder of Floor 921. Floor 929 has the right to remain silent. Anything Floor 929 says may be used against it in a court of architecture. Floor 929 has the right to consult a draftsman; if it cannot afford a draftsman one will be appointed for it.
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

On Floor 917, nobody finishes their
by ThirdParty
Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 210040

Re: 1446: "Landing"

taixzo wrote:Rosetta has landed - but Landing has not been updated. I wonder if Randall will add a final closing frame for this?
Yeah, he really should. Wonder if he just forgot.
by ThirdParty
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 898 is a perfect square. It doesn't contain anything of interest, probably due to its lack of voluminousness.
by ThirdParty
Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?
Replies: 14
Views: 4960

Re: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?

A more interesting question though is how many one-click win boards there are. Discounting first-click mines, this should be computable, though I'm not exactly sure how to go about it. Hmm. Let's assume a 16x30 board (480 total tiles) with 99 mines. (So, 381 non-mines.) Here are two facts about eve...
by ThirdParty
Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 160223

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

The word I personally miss the most when speaking English is an equivalent of the Hebrew word תתחדש. It's a super-common word you say to someone whenever they got something new (a haircut, a shirt, a gift, anything at all). It combines "I noticed you got something new", "I like your ...
by ThirdParty
Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 883, in contrast, contains very little birdseed, no matter how much is added. Over a dozen helicopter-loads are delivered every day, and nobody can figure out where it's all going. It's a mystery!
by ThirdParty
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 368318

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Uber's driverless taxis began operation in Pittsburgh today. I realize that this might seem like old news, since a driverless taxi service has been operating in Singapore for three weeks already, but it still seems worth taking note of since they're the first driverless taxis in the U.S.
by ThirdParty
Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90155
Views: 8806088

Re: Random natterings

I was listening to NPR in the car today and they had a story about elephants. Apparently some study found that the population of elephants in Africa had declined by a third over the past decade, due mainly to poaching. The report went on to say: "According to so-and-so, an expert from the such-...
by ThirdParty
Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 160223

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

The plural of dwarf should be "dwarves", not "dwarfs". Interestingly, the only country where they're equally popular is Poland , everywhere else "dwarfs" is more popular. I'm inclined to use "dwarves" as the plural of the noun, but "dwarfs" as the p...
by ThirdParty
Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 160223

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

I'd like to propose that we bring back " flet ". A flet is a part of a room that is distinguished from other parts. Unlike an alcove or a nook , it is not delimited from other parts by barriers such as walls or curtains; it may be delimited by a distinct floor covering, such as carpet vs. ...
by ThirdParty
Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Logic Puzzles - Admittedly, not naturally equipped to solve them...
Replies: 17
Views: 10842

Re: Logic Puzzles - Admittedly, not naturally equipped to solve them...

I think it's fair to say that everyone who does logic puzzles has gotten stuck at some point, and used a hint or even looked up an answer. Not everyone will have gotten stuck on this particular puzzle, but everyone will have gotten stuck on some puzzle or other. Getting stuck doesn't reflect on how ...
by ThirdParty
Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 829 is unoccupied. If you would like to rent office space, please contact the tower manager.
by ThirdParty
Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 821 is not out of order. It's in exactly the right place. The other floors are the ones that are out of order. If all of them were correctly rearranged, 821 would be fine.
by ThirdParty
Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1292
Views: 106399

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 814 contains an Olympic-size swimming pool filled with sulfur trioxide.

Also a sign: "No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk."

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