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by lu6cifer
Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Modern Library's Top 100 novels of the 20th Century
Replies: 45
Views: 8294

Re: The Modern Library's Top 100 novels of the 20th Century

mikhail wrote:3 versus 11 for me. There's a greater SF content in the readers' list though, which would tend to bias a sample of readers from the XKCD forum.


11 vs 18 for me, but that's only because I've made the board's list somewhat of my personal reading list.
by lu6cifer
Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Nationality's Role in College
Replies: 7
Views: 1369

Nationality's Role in College

I'm Asian, and my parents say that because of the high competition between Asian students, it's harder for us to get into top colleges; i.e., Asian kids set a higher precedent.

But how much of that is actually true? How much does your nationality play a role in getting into college?
by lu6cifer
Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Need an outlet other than facebook
Replies: 9
Views: 1430

Re: Need an outlet other than facebook

How about music? Do you play an instrument? Or maybe painting?
by lu6cifer
Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Typing code
Replies: 26
Views: 4097

Re: Typing code

It actually depends on the text editor for me. When I use something like Gedit or Notepad++, my hands will be in the home row When I use emacs, my left hand moves about an inch to the left so my pinky has a stronger position on that ctrl key But someone really should invent a programmer's keyboard t...
by lu6cifer
Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: PC != Windows
Replies: 190
Views: 135885

Re: PC != Windows

It seems like what we have here is a reverse proprietary eponym , or something similar. Instead of a specific brand being the generic name for the product of that brand, the specific brand (Windows) is instead being referred to by its generic product (PC)....even though an OS != computer, the relati...
by lu6cifer
Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: AP Physics C Textbook
Replies: 2
Views: 3239

Re: AP Physics C Textbook

Our school used the Halliday and Resnick books. They were very comprehensive, and each chapter had 100+ problems and exercises at the end. I don't know if you know about cramster , but their website offers the odd-numbered answers to the problems in many math and science textbooks--including Hallida...
by lu6cifer
Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Algebra 2?
Replies: 21
Views: 3006

Re: Algebra 2?

From what I remember, here's a rough outline of my Alg2 course: Learning about different properties and field axioms (distributive property, associative, etc...) Solving linear equations(via substitution, linear addition, matrices), graphing linear equations, reading graphs Inequalities, graphing in...
by lu6cifer
Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Modern Library's Top 100 novels of the 20th Century
Replies: 45
Views: 8294

The Modern Library's Top 100 novels of the 20th Century

What're your thoughts on these lists? Link here: http://www.randomhouse.com/modernlibrary/100bestnovels.html Both lists here for quick reference: Board's list: 1. ULYSSES by James Joyce 2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce 4. LOLITA by ...
by lu6cifer
Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Least Epic Religious War?
Replies: 87
Views: 18127

Re: Least Epic Religious War?

kernelpanic wrote:
TheChewanater wrote:Internet Explorer vs Google Chrome

(We all know what the best browser really is).

But we all fear saying its name for fear of *gasp* being wrong and getting yourself shoulder-deep in shit


It's Links in graphical mode, of course.

Speaking of Links,

Links browser vs Lynx browser
by lu6cifer
Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: End of humanity.
Replies: 47
Views: 8644

Re: End of humanity.

Spoiler:
Aliens in the form of Satan will come to our world, collect our children for integration with the Overmind, thus halting the proliferation of our species
by lu6cifer
Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: finding the statistically best Hangman word
Replies: 62
Views: 21657

Re: finding the statistically best Hangman word

I've used "Brobdingnagian" before. Sometimes the best strategy is to use a really obscure word. Though that can also backfire. I've sometimes guessed the word "syzygy" prior to any letters in hangman games because nobody thinks anyone will guess 'y' or 'z', hence, it's used very ...
by lu6cifer
Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tran Logacy
Replies: 99
Views: 26447

Re: Tron Legacy

I like that they brought Jeff Bridges back. But, I'm actually disappointed with the light cycle demonstration. The original Tron's light cycle battle seemed much faster and much more intense than this. Tron Legacy's light cycles look bulky and slow, and the fact that they can create curved light wal...
by lu6cifer
Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)
Replies: 149
Views: 461714

Re: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)

你们好。 我是个美国的中国人。我会说中文, 可是我不太会写和读。 I'm not really sure if i wrote correctly, but "Hi guys. I'm a chinese american(abc). I can speak chinese, but i can't write or read it that well. Isn't simplified the standard in china? There's a reason it's called FAN ti zi. (fan=annoying) ...
by lu6cifer
Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:09 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 163467

Re: Your Schedule

Going into Junior year/11th grade of high school:

AP US History (We abbreviate that to APUSH at my school, anybody else do that? It's convenient and catchy)
English 3 Honors
AP Biology
AP Electromagnetism
AP BC Calculus
Spanish 4 Honors
P.E.
by lu6cifer
Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overrated Games (spoilers)
Replies: 111
Views: 18184

Re: Overrated Games (spoilers)

Re: The Marathon Screenshot. Couldn't you fullscreen it beyond that? I mean... well, a lot of the screenshots you see for System Shock show this enormous hud that takes up most of the screen... Sshock1.gif But.. you could fullscreen it beyond that and still have access to all of the buttons and kno...
by lu6cifer
Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overrated Games (spoilers)
Replies: 111
Views: 18184

Re: Overrated Games (spoilers)

Maybe it's just because I played Doom a bit when I was younger and never played Marathon, but I don't think those graphics are better at all. Sure, maybe the individual sprites are better drawn , but in the Doom screenshot I can see that you're on a narrow pathway with corpses in front of you and m...
by lu6cifer
Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 33661

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

Willl wrote:Hmm, strange, nobody's said it yet...

MY INTEL CARD AND I


FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU! Get out of my head!
I was just about to login to say that.

And what's this about no full screen flash support? Works fine here, with KDE4 and an Nvidia card.
by lu6cifer
Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overrated Games (spoilers)
Replies: 111
Views: 18184

Re: Overrated Games (spoilers)

I think Doom is a bit overrated; a much better game of that time period was Marathon, produced by Bungie, and quite underrated. Marathon had wonderful gameplay, an immersive plot, and graphics that made Doom's graphics look pisspoor. The reason it wasn't as popular was because it was a Macintosh gam...
by lu6cifer
Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft!
Replies: 323
Views: 31580

Re: Starcraft!

So, did anyone happen to watch the heritage league tournaments on youtube?

They put 9 of the best starcraft players + TossGirl in a tournament, which produced a bunch of epic match ups, such as
Boxer vs Nada, Nal_ra vs Savior, etc..
by lu6cifer
Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Least Epic Religious War?
Replies: 87
Views: 18127

Re: Least Epic Religious War?

I have a cold right now, so I'm thinking:

Puffs vs Kleenex
by lu6cifer
Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite piece of classical music
Replies: 72
Views: 6891

Re: Favorite piece of classical music

I play the piano, so most of my favorites are piano pieces. Especially those written by Romantic composers (Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff) Usually, Rachmaninoff's pieces are more melodious than Liszt's; the Rach 3 (Here's one with only the piano part: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPQzctf_wIk), and ...
by lu6cifer
Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 348579

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Obligatory Seinfeld reference to naming your child "Seven" or "Soda".
by lu6cifer
Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ulysses
Replies: 23
Views: 14164

Re: Ulysses

So, how many times have people even attempted Ulysses? I've tried it three times myself.
by lu6cifer
Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Dereference operator position
Replies: 7
Views: 2776

Dereference operator position

When defining pointers, which do you prefer: int* x; int *x; int * x; I find that most tutorials show it the second way, but that, for me, gets kind of confusing. For example, if you do typedef int *x; and then you do x y; y is of type int* (notice the star directly after the int), right? but if you...
by lu6cifer
Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Writing a text editor in C
Replies: 2
Views: 1499

Writing a text editor in C

I've been trying to learn C / C++ on and off for quite some time, and I know the basics (data types, loops, pointers, arrays, a little bit on structures, and some other stuff) but I haven't had any time to really focus on it until this summer. Point is, I want to write a text editor--no matter how s...
by lu6cifer
Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Creepy/scary movies?
Replies: 66
Views: 7024

Re: Creepy/scary movies?

I agree with whoever mentioned The Thing; seriously creepy movie, and often overlooked.

Also, the Manchurian Candidate was kind of creepy, IMO (The old version, at least).
by lu6cifer
Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you never finished
Replies: 280
Views: 169421

Re: Books you never finished

I have way too many of these. Atlas Shrugged - I finished it, but I skimmed the last half. Jon Galt's 90 page rant I knocked down to about 10 pages. I read most of Atlas Shrugged, but I couldn't find the willpower to get through John Galt's rant--even though the entire book was just one, giant rant...
by lu6cifer
Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Could I get a bit of social support on this?
Replies: 28
Views: 2513

Re: Could I get a bit of social support on this?

Surely some of those arguments are meaningful discussions?
by lu6cifer
Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Classical Music Dying?
Replies: 106
Views: 10293

Re: Classical Music Dying?

I think we should all look at the bigger picture here: Sure, it's possible that classical music may be dying, but it's had a lifetime of at least 100-300 years or so (depending on the period). And what's more, orchestras/solo performers are still performing the music, the music is being used as soun...
by lu6cifer
Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: 09 AP Physics
Replies: 16
Views: 2414

Re: 09 AP Physics

For my school, free response #2 was the hardest, #3 was sort of hard, but #1 was pretty easy.
My teacher actually said he hadn't seen a questions like #2 in 15 years or so.
by lu6cifer
Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Jobs in Scientific Fields
Replies: 5
Views: 627

Re: Jobs in Scientific Fields

Writing articles for magazines like New Scientist? If you go on the New Scientist website they do have a job section on it. Even if they aren't in your area might give you an idea of what's available. Well, I'm not really looking for a job, I'm just curious, because it seems like most scientific jo...
by lu6cifer
Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Jobs in Scientific Fields
Replies: 5
Views: 627

Jobs in Scientific Fields

Are there any jobs that require expertise in a wide variety of scientific fields?
by lu6cifer
Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best Book Endings Thread [Spoilers obviously ahead]
Replies: 14
Views: 3163

Best Book Endings Thread [Spoilers obviously ahead]

Sorry if there's another thread like this, but I couldn't find one...

The ending to Of Mice and Men really shook me, and the ending to Lord of the Flies completely took me by surprise.
by lu6cifer
Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Early Science Fiction
Replies: 7
Views: 1590

Re: Early Science Fiction

In terms of early science fiction, I like Wells more than Jules Verne. But Journey to the Center of the Earth is probably my favorite "early" science fiction book. I think what I enjoy most about them is that there's more mystery involved in early sci-fi; more exploration and discovery, an...
by lu6cifer
Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Most Epic Religious War?
Replies: 28
Views: 5440

Most Epic Religious War?

How's that for meta?

So what's the most epic religious war? Emacs vs vi? Intel vs AMD? Mac vs PC vs Linux? Butter-side up vs Butter-side down?
by lu6cifer
Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Element to be Added to Periodic Table
Replies: 64
Views: 5774

Re: New Element to be Added to Periodic Table

If it's so heavy, they should call it your mom :)
by lu6cifer
Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0597: "Addiction"
Replies: 122
Views: 20850

Re: "Addiction" Discussion

So, how many of us do you think stay up until midnight every sunday, tuesday, and thursday to catch the comic this early?
by lu6cifer
Thu Jun 04, 2009 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: XKCD Book - ever?
Replies: 58
Views: 15273

Re: XKCD Book - ever?

It's June! Been waiting for the book to come out...
by lu6cifer
Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Browsers
Replies: 187
Views: 36659

Re: Browsers

To make a correlation, it seems like Firefox is like emacs---huge, with lots of plugins, add-ons, and attractive features which leads to its being slow and resource-hogging, but it can do a multitude of tasks. Meanwhile browsers like Chrome or Safari are more like vi--fewer features and less capabil...
by lu6cifer
Fri May 15, 2009 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Most geeky thing you've done recently.
Replies: 133
Views: 50133

Re: Most geeky thing you've done recently.

fwlbg wrote:Spending ages learning how to program random crap in Python is "geeky", right?


Ha! I'm actually in the process of making a radian timekeeper with python---The program displays the hour as it is, and then the minutes and seconds are in terms of wraps of the unit circle.

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