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by Eebster the Great
Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 173212

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

It is. There are just some party-poopers who still think fun should only ever be a noun, and who will therefore claim that you're wrong when you use it as an adjective. Well, I think when "fun" was first used as an adjective in the mid-19th century, it was incomparable, so it isn't just a...
by Eebster the Great
Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 723004

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Thank you so much for clarifying so many of my doubts. As far as I know, there is no such thing in reality as an inertial frame of reference? (Among a multitude of other things in reality that limit our accuracy...sigh) I'm not sure what you mean by this. There is no single absolute reference frame...
by Eebster the Great
Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 489895

Re: Favorite math jokes

That is exactly how my teacher explained it. The limit does not exist, but it doesn't exist in a specific way. It increases without bound, and putting infinity is simply a shorter method of indicating that. My textbooks called infinite limits "behaviors" when it introduced them, but ackno...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 723004

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

As far as I know, there is no such thing in reality as an inertial frame of reference? (Among a multitude of other things in reality that limit our accuracy...sigh) I'm not sure what you mean by this. There is no single absolute reference frame, but any reference frame can be considered inertial. A...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 489895

Re: Favorite math jokes

I think it's safe to say that if the basics of limits are being taught, that we're assuming the extended real line. That's how I was taught calculus and limits, at least. That's true. The joke definitely works better with something unambiguous like \lim_{x \to 8} \frac{1}{(x-8)^{2}} = \inft...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 489895

Re: Favorite math jokes

But that limit doesn't exist... But it increases without bound. Infinite limits are perfectly well defined. Unless of course the limit coming from opposing sides isn't equivalent. Which is what I believe hawkmp4 was going for. Maybe if the limit was a limit from the right side... Depending on the c...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 489895

Re: Favorite math jokes

hawkmp4 wrote:But that limit doesn't exist...

But it increases without bound. Infinite limits are perfectly well defined.
by Eebster the Great
Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 173212

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

bigglesworth wrote:fourfold, fivefold &c. ?

Twofold and threefold do not mean the same as twice and thrice. I think you just have to settle with four times, five times, etc.
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 489895

Re: Favorite math jokes

There is a quote (from some famous mathematician I think) saying "A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems" A chategory is just a "collection" of objects and arrows between objects. In this example. a mathematician is an arrow from coffe ---> theorems. In cha...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 349536

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

You'd need to go back to the discussion. It was about a child named April May June ... or was it May June July? Oh, OK. But . . . "it turned out that in 2006 a German court granted parents the right to name their son November." Why would you need a court ruling to allow you to name your k...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 349536

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

"other kids"? That's the entire substance of the argument here? (I'd suspected it was, but wanted to wait until someone said it) - Kids will always find something to attack if they want to be mean to someone in the schoolyard - and grade school is a tiny fraction of someone's life. I shou...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42084

Re: "Retro Virus" Discussion

The whole comic confused me. Is the XP guy an ordinary dude getting harassed by Linux assholes? That would be the most straightforward interpretation, but Windows users don't generally call their PCs "boxes." But beyond that, Linux isn't new . . . at all. It was released in 1991. XP was 20...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 349536

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

But yes, I know what a cooper is. I'm not an idiot. My point is that surnames frequently become first names, Cooper in particular. Your response is like saying that all people named Smith should work in metallurgy and all people named all people named Johnson should be the son of somebody named Joh...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 349536

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Your response is like saying that all people named Smith should work in metallurgy... My response? I was just picking nits at Aodhan No, no, I was responding to Aodhan. Sorry for the confusion. I wish this forum had a multi-quote option. Hey, I did not know what a cooper is, and I am not an idiot :...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 349536

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

...wooden staved vessels of a conical form, of greater length than breadth, bound together with hoops and possessing flat ends or heads... Or barrels , if you wanted to be a little less loquacious. Well according to Wikipedia, which is where he got that definition, vessels made by coopers are calle...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 723004

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

wbbaxterbones wrote:Eebster, the conversation that I started at the top of the page might answer your question.


But Heisenberg still totally matters in QFT, and momentum is still greater than m v, so that doesn't answer my question.
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 723004

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

OK, I have an unrelated question. It's the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Some sources say it is m \Delta v \Delta x \ge {\hbar \over 2} , while others say it is \Delta p \Delta x \ge {\hbar \over 2} . But these aren't equivalent--isn't p = \lambda m v ? Which is it? While posting this I just rea...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 349536

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Looking at class lists for younger people in my school, I have seen Cooper (several times) and Mackinnon as first names, a Mostyn, and pointless alternate spellings Emmanual, Jakeb, and Daine. I know several people with the first name Cooper. It isn't that rare. Those other names are rare, but not ...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 723004

Re: Consequences of Velocity -> Mass

So my question is, if you have a powerful-enough engine, couldn't you eventually put in so much energy that you turn into a black hole (because your mass increases)? Yes. Increasing your energy density indefinitely will, eventually, cause you to form an event horizon. That's assuming some sort of m...
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why shouldn't we kill off a large percentage of the Earth?
Replies: 198
Views: 30434

Re: Why shouldn't we kill off a large percentage of the Earth?

I still find it obvious that reducing consumption is preferable to all of these. Every death you are listing here is a murder used as a tool to increase or maintain wealth. You are literally killing people and taking their money, one way or another.
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0690: "Semicontrolled Demolition"
Replies: 158
Views: 33531

Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

ConMan wrote:
PeteThePessimist wrote:.9999 repeating is not equal to 1, it is equal to .5

No, it's a number half-way between 1 and the largest real number less than 1!

That actually demonstrates the contradiction in "largest real number less than 1" pretty nicely.
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 349536

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

How is that ironic? because gay used to primarily mean happy. Which still doesn't make it ironic, just coincidental. Nah, it is ironic in its coincidence. From Webster's Online: Main Entry: iron·ic 1 : relating to, containing, or constituting irony <an ironic remark> <an ironic coincidence> Main En...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 349536

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Andromeda is a rubbish name for a girl, because of the whole "andro-" thing. IMO "To think of a man." Hm... it's not great, is it? I don't know, it depends on how you interpret it. By that knowledge, wouldn't it be an awful man's name? :D Well of course, it's not a man's name at...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your favourite phrases, quotes and lyrical exerpts.
Replies: 141
Views: 22262

Re: Your favourate phrases, quotes and lyrical exerpts.

fjafjan wrote:"I have nothing against Republicans, Just Republican policies"-The (actual) Stephen Colbert

I don't think I've ever actually seen him out of character. Where did you see this?
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Misheard phrases from childhood
Replies: 91
Views: 17443

Re: Misheard phrases from childhood

I just found out a few days ago that the phrase I always heard as "You've got another thing coming" should be (or at least, originally was) "You've got another think coming." But since the two are pronounced essentially the same, there is no way for me to know who says which, so ...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0685: "G-Spot"
Replies: 98
Views: 46698

Re: "G-Spot" Discussion

From anectdotal evidence, the G spot can be found only after a woman has become well aroused via other means, there is no magic On button for orgasm (at least not in the pelvic region of most women), it's much more like a keyboard, to do most of the useful things, you have to hit a number of keys i...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iraq to sue Israel over destroyed reactor
Replies: 22
Views: 2048

Re: Iraq to sue Israel over destroyed reactor

Perhaps if you're posting a picture in a thread about the middle east, you should include the middle east in your picture? :D ... Perhaps the post was edited, but at the time I see it Sharlos's image does include the Middle East, at the right side of the map. The only part of the world it doesn't r...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iraq to sue Israel over destroyed reactor
Replies: 22
Views: 2048

Re: Iraq to sue Israel over destroyed reactor

Oh, so NOW the state of Israel exists, huh? How convenient... Actually, Isreal should counter-sue for all the rocket damage and stuff. Well, maybe not sue Iraq, but some of it's other neighbors. If we get them all wrapped up in legal battles maybe they won't have actual battles. Isn't it just Iran ...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0685: "G-Spot"
Replies: 98
Views: 46698

Re: "G-Spot" Discussion

Lucasvm wrote:Excuse me, but exactly how hard can it be for serious scientists to determine once and for all if it exists or not?

They still can't even tell if female ejaculations are real. This is not really an old science.
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your favourite phrases, quotes and lyrical exerpts.
Replies: 141
Views: 22262

Re: Your favourate phrases, quotes and lyrical exerpts.

Oh, I don't think that was the idea. The first quote is a positive statement about science. It's saying 'if you're afraid of something you don't understand, then don't freak out, run away or attack it, the way your instincts are screaming at you to do; instead, set the emotion aside and try to unde...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your favourite phrases, quotes and lyrical exerpts.
Replies: 141
Views: 22262

Re: Your favourate phrases, quotes and lyrical exerpts.

"I'm disagreeing with you. That doesn't mean I'm not listening to you or understanding what you're saying; I'm doing all three at the same time." - The West Wing Awesome. "A scientific approach to the examination of phenomena is a defence against the pure emotion of fear." - Tom...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 489895

Re: Favorite math jokes

Oh, well I got that, I just thought there was a double meaning. I guess the problem with jokes on the computer is that they lack depth . . . Not every sciency joke is weighty and dense with meaning. Some are just fun little quips like that one! Of course, I just thought I was an idiot and missed so...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 723004

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

If light can't escape black hole, then can time? wat Time is a dimension, not a substance. Time does not flow. I mean, if i would invent time-travel machine, because my home-world was sucked up by homeworld...would going back in time bring my homeworld back? wat again I don't know what you mean by ...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 489895

Re: Favorite math jokes

Also, I still don't get the Hilbert space joke. I haven't taken linear algebra, so I might not get it easily. It's a play off of the well-known phrase "In space, no one can hear you scream." Oh, well I got that, I just thought there was a double meaning. I guess the problem with jokes on ...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 489895

Re: Favorite math jokes

Whats 7 - 9? -2? Thanks. :D Huh. Am I supposed to read the -2 as "Mine is/Minus Too/Two" or "Negative Two". I think I might very vaguely get the joke. VERY VAGUELY. Joke? You seem to be in the wrong thread. Also, I still don't get the Hilbert space joke. I haven't taken linear a...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 489895

Re: Favorite math jokes

Ivora wrote:Whats 7 - 9?

-2?
by Eebster the Great
Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Do E-Harmony's 29 Dimensions form an Orthogonal Basis?
Replies: 17
Views: 2720

Re:http:/ Do E-Harmony's 29 Dimensions form an Orthogonal Ba

I imagine the individual questions aren't meant to be in only one dimension or another, but rather might count for a point or whatever in two or more dimensions. For comparison, consider the (much cooler) OkCupid matching scheme: They give you a match percentage based on how you answer questions in...
by Eebster the Great
Sat Dec 26, 2009 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Do E-Harmony's 29 Dimensions form an Orthogonal Basis?
Replies: 17
Views: 2720

Re: Do E-Harmony's 29 Dimensions form an Orthogonal Basis?

I doubt they are linearly independent. There is probably at least one question which is essentially a linear combination of previously asked questions (making said question technically worthless), given how proud they are of the large number of questions asked. But people can interpret questions di...
by Eebster the Great
Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Do E-Harmony's 29 Dimensions form an Orthogonal Basis?
Replies: 17
Views: 2720

Re: Do E-Harmony's 29 Dimensions form an Orthogonal Basis?

I would guess that the 29 dimensions are linearly indpendant, but they do not span the entire set of all human qualities. I doubt they are linearly independent. There is probably at least one question which is essentially a linear combination of previously asked questions (making said question tech...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Integration of e^( x^2)
Replies: 24
Views: 4222

Re: Integration of e^( x^2)

antonfire wrote:Hm, are there any other "closed form" limits for which there is a "closed form" expression for the thing?

Sure, a to a. :)

But for any limits that are algebraic and not equal, I suspect the integral would not be algebraic.

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