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- Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:12 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1446: "Landing"
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### Re: 1446: "Landing"

Why didn't they use a propellant they knew would work in space, then? And his screws didn't work properly, either, right? So basically, he's hanging on by really weak gravity? Ahh... What's wrong with obsessing over Philae? *looks at the hundreds of xkcd-style drawings and counting on papers, digita...

- Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:42 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1446: "Landing"
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### Re: 1446: "Landing"

I'm working on a comic strip now. It sort of looks like an xkcd comic stylistically, but with shading and is hand drawn. It's titled "Dreams of Philae..." and is about Philae managing to detach from the comet and goes out to explore the cosmos, and learning about the universe. Canonically,...

- Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:27 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1446: "Landing"
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### Re: 1446: "Landing"

I hate all the comments on other forums saying how he's a waste of money :s I want to punch them in the face... they don't understand science... Indeed. To say that the first attempt at a scientific objective was a waste of resources because it wasn't as successful as it could have been is to ignor...

- Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:20 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1446: "Landing"
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### Re: 1446: "Landing"

Philae seems so much more like a girl xD I've been calling him a her all this time... But yeah... he's left in the cold now... (and don't worry, your sentence made perfect sense, hehe) I don't care that he's a robot. I'd do anything to go up there (up? down? ambiguous directions don't really work in...

- Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:12 am UTC
- Forum: School
- Topic: So I just toured the MIT campus...
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### Re: So I just toured the MIT campus...

Dthen I just had the most random picture in my head. xD *insert King-Kong style scene on the dome building* Randall portrays the furry fandom as a fetish. It isn't a fetish. There's the furry fandom, and the furry fetish. One can be a furry without having a furry fetish. Lots of furries do have a fu...

- Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:00 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1446: "Landing"
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### Re: 1446: "Landing"

I drew this yesterday before I found out about how much data Philae transmitted, but it still fits the personification of Philae. It's based off of the children's book, "Goodnight Moon." Prepare your feels. It's best if you read the text in the image first if you can, but because the image...

- Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:48 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1446: "Landing"
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### Re: 1446: "Landing"

I'm afraid there could be some mistakes in it. Still, I hope you find it readable and, more importantly, enjoyable. PHILAE: [Yawns.] "Rosie, I'm getting sleepy. I think I have to close my shutters for now." ROSETTA: [Swallows.] "Okay." PHILAE: "We had one space of a tim...

- Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:53 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1446: "Landing"
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### Re: 1446: "Landing"

Aw, poor Philae. http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=42734 Nice drawing, Girl-With-A-Math-Fetish. Thankies :v Yeah... I've been really depressed and so worried about her. It's been eating at my heart all day today... I don't believe in faith, but I do hope with all my might that the odds ar...

- Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:11 am UTC
- Forum: School
- Topic: So I just toured the MIT campus...
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### Re: So I just toured the MIT campus...

You have every reason to hope to get in, but if you do not, which may be a statistical likelihood (these things can be difficult to predict), know that there are smart people and engaging projects and incredible opportunities literally everywhere ; try not to get too caught up in the applications &...

- Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:00 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1446: "Landing"
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### Re: 1446: "Landing"

The worst thing is that we are guaranteed a bad ending. At best bittersweet. This is why I hated to study history - I knew that every historical figure I've grown attached to will eventually die and every empire will fall. I guess, in a way. And as long as Philae remains anchored, once she gets a b...

- Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:55 am UTC
- Forum: Your art and links
- Topic: Philae Now [my "additional updated panel" to Landing]
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### Philae Now [my "additional updated panel" to Landing]

She can't do science if she isn't still alive... And just... from an emotional perspective alone... she went all the way there... she made it... only to trip right before the finish line of the marathon... poor, poor Philae... It's like the ending scene to Wall-E, only we're not guaranteed the happy...

- Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:43 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1446: "Landing"
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### Re: 1446: "Landing"

May I just say: Damn you, Randall, for making me (and probably most of us) believe that Rovers and Landers have human feelings and emotions. I'm so sad that poor little Philae is lying on it's side, doing its job as good as it could. When I found out that she might not make it, I started to cry. Ho...

- Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:36 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1446: "Landing"
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### Re: 1446: "Landing"

I drew a little picture xkcd style a bit earlier today... because poor Philae... :c Dammit, Randall! Anthropomorphizing Philae is making her potential loss agonizing. "Rosetta? Are you there? Please help me... I'm scared... I'm dying and I'm scared... please... please... please... " http:/...

- Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:07 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Favorite math jokes
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### Re: Favorite math jokes

Moole wrote:Why did the topologists insist that their relationship had lasted "up to and including the point of the breakup"?Spoiler:

This one I understood.

BWAHAHAHAHA xD

- Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:18 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Favorite math jokes
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### Re: Favorite math jokes

Why are topologists the best people to be monogamous with?

They understand flexible invariant relationships really well.

(alright, that was a bad joke). xD

They understand flexible invariant relationships really well.

(alright, that was a bad joke). xD

- Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:12 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Favorite math jokes
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### Re: Favorite math jokes

Monika wrote:Girl-With-A-Math-Fetish wrote:I guess you could say I love my math problems long and hard, and I want to throw them on the table and do them all night long... x'D

You are not kidding about your math fetish

Not at all

- Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:40 am UTC
- Forum: School
- Topic: So I just toured the MIT campus...
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### So I just toured the MIT campus...

It was awesome! And after talking to the people there, I'm awfully confused. Half of me is saying there's no doubt I'll get in with my level of nerdiness and the stuff I do in my spare time. The other half of me is telling me I have absolutely no chance what with a 3.4 GPA and very few formal things...

- Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:09 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Question on Mandelbrot Set
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### Re: Question on Mandelbrot Set

It's simple!

It's defined by an iterative process, as you said, and it exhibits principles of self-affinity, and it is not differentiable at any point, and such :V

It's defined by an iterative process, as you said, and it exhibits principles of self-affinity, and it is not differentiable at any point, and such :V

- Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:29 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]
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### Re: The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]

Blah, y'all are missing the point with my example... forget about it.

- Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:02 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]
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### Re: The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]

A couple things. You can completely remove the bit about how to find a Riemann integral. I'm known on that site to ramble, and that's what people generally like about me there x'D The bit about 'it's not exactly 0' is incorrect. The probability of selecting a single point from a normal distribution...

- Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:02 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]
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### Re: The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]

I thought IQ was a gaussian distribution - like isn't it, more or less, supposed to be "okay, rank everyone from best to worst and now fix them to a gaussian distribution"? Yes, but the IQ test only includes integer values. As an aside, I would drop the comment about your IQ being 160. It...

- Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:48 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: the proof is trivial!
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### Re: the proof is trivial!

The proof is trivial! Just view the problem as a bipartite multiset whose elements are compact unbounded-fan-in circuits.

Last time I checked it didn't autoupdate itself xD

Last time I checked it didn't autoupdate itself xD

- Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:17 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]
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### Re: The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]

To me, it seems you are arguing about something people never actually say, a strawman of sorts. When someone say an "average" person, I don't think anyone means a man perfectly at the middle, but a certain range, maybe about half a standard deviation from the mean. That's why I included t...

- Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:06 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]
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### Re: The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]

As far as the pure math is concerned, your point can be summarized as "the mean is not generally the same as the mode", regarding distributions. Regarding the more social aspect of your point, there is some value in it. It is worthwhile to note that any specific combination of traits is e...

- Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:05 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]
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### Re: The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]

I don't think, at least colloquially, anyone would ever consider "normal" to mean "exactly average". I would say that in conventional usage, it's probably more correct to say that "normal" is everyone within 1 standard deviation of the mean. IMHO as soon as you define ...

- Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:17 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]
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### The Ironic Paradox of Normalcy [Is my argument sound?]

Note that I originally wrote this for a different site--one that's very uneducated overall. That's why I explain the "baby" topics that everyone already knows on here. But something occurred to me recently--that normalcy is ironically and paradoxically (depending on how you look at it) ab...

- Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:06 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: the proof is trivial!
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### Re: the proof is trivial!

Did you get that off of PointlessSites or were you the one that submitted it to PointlessSites? xD

- Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:18 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: The Three Squares Problem
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### Re: The Three Squares Problem

Yeah. arccot (n) = arctan(1/n), and arctan(x) is basically x for small input, so Sum arccot(n) = Sum arctan(1/n) ~= Sum 1/n. (This is in no way rigorous, but with some work it can be made to be) Wait, how does sum arctan (1/n)~= sum (1/n)? My teacher sucked at explaining trig proofs and stuff like ...

- Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:58 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: The Three Squares Problem
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### Re: The Three Squares Problem

Something approaching 0 in the limit isn't a sufficient condition for the limit to actually exist. The most well known example being the harmonic series which is the infinite sum of 1/N, which clearly goes to 0 as N tends to infinity, but yet the series diverges. I'm not super familiar with inverse...

- Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:25 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: The Three Squares Problem
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### The Three Squares Problem

I'm pretty sure everyone here is subscribed to Numberphile on YouTube. If not, subscribe to them. Like. Now. One of their recent videos as of this post is about the The Three Squares Problem Now they do a geometric solution and all, but I'm more curious about a trigonometric solution with infinite o...

- Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:55 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: What is the incorrect answer to this question?
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### Re: What is the incorrect answer to this question?

There is no valid response for the same reason there is no set of all sets that do not contain themselves. How is it like that paradox? I mean, I can see that in terms of self-referentiality, but it seems more like the "this statement is false" paradox, not the recursive set of all sets p...

- Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:55 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: What is the incorrect answer to this question?
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### What is the incorrect answer to this question?

Is this an existing paradox? If so, would it be possible to actually provide a "correct" incorrect answer since it's not Boolean in nature?

- Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:32 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems
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### Re: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems

It's the same reason why that guy bought 60 watermelons from the supermarket, what he wanted 60 watermelons for, and how he even managed to carry 60 watermelons back to wherever he wanted to keep them. Because math is more awesome than reality, and thus doesn't care to be bound by its limitations. M...

- Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:25 pm UTC
- Forum: School
- Topic: Whee, 12th Grade!
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### Re: Whee, 12th Grade!

Ah, the last year of high school. I sometimes feel a twinge of regret that I didn't take something slightly more useful and/or challenging like accounting or criminal law instead of the questionably useful computing courses that were on offer, but if I did that I probably would have regretted letti...

- Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:06 am UTC
- Forum: School
- Topic: Whee, 12th Grade!
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### Whee, 12th Grade!

Today's my second day of my last year of grade school! My schedule is as follows: P1: AP Chem P2: Hon Econ/Gov P3: AP Calc AB P4: Graphic Arts 2 P5: AP Psych P6: AP Lit P7: Digital Media 4 I would have been in BC this year if it weren't for that pesky PreCalc teacher that made my life miserable! But...

- Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:14 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Favorite math jokes
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### Re: Favorite math jokes

I don't know if these have been posted before, but they're ones that I think I've made, so... yeah. 1. Want to come back to my place and map my topology? 2. A psychologist shows a mathematician into a round room, and tells her to sit in the corner. She picks an arbitrary point along the circumferenc...

- Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:29 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
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### Re: Favorite math jokes

I stole this from another forum, its great. Once upon a time, (1/T) pretty little Polly Nomial was strolling through a field of vectors when she came to the edge of a singularly large matrix. Now Polly was convergent and her mother had made it an absolute condition that she never enter such an arra...

- Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:48 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
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A newlywed husband is discouraged by his wife's obsession with mathematics. Afraid of being second fiddle to her profession, he finally confronts her: "Do you love math more than me?" "Of course not, dear - I love you much more!" Happy, although sceptical, he challenges her: &qu...

- Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:41 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Just a short little math joke...
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### Re: Just a short little math joke...

Moole wrote:You should consider reading the thread here: forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=5683 - it's full of math jokes (which have all been thoroughly checked for mathematical accuracy, naturally)

Oh yay!

- Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:47 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Just a short little math joke...
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### Just a short little math joke...

I'm pretty proud of this one xD What conjectures that if you pick a number, and if it's even halve it, and if it's odd triple it and add one, and repeat this process as many times as needed for this new number, you'll eventually pass out from exhaustion? The Collapse Conjecture! See wut I did there?...