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by Soupspoon
Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Simple Writer poetry for the Holiday Season
Replies: 11
Views: 4254

Re: Simple Writer poetry for the Holiday Season

Umm, that was just my hitting of the "Font colour"* and "s" buttons, above here, whilst retyping the text painstakingly typed into the XKCD SimpleWriter (with the problems I have already explained with that). No, I tell a lie, I remember now that I straight copypastaed the text f...
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 13048

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

All three of those I'm very meh on. Honeycrisp are too sweet for me, I like 'em much more tart. Arkansas Black, Winesap, Johnathan, Cripps Pink, Pink Perl, Gravenstein for me. Thanks. The Pink Pearl ? SERIOUSLY? Pink Perl #!/etc/bin/perl use strict::mistress; use warnings::safeword; use Ddatch; my ...
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 10055

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

Mjb wrote:I guess "That Other One" is because anything with "Indian" in it would be racist.
Belated thoughts that this might be "the one that is not named after a dog. Or the dog..."

Nah, probably not.
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 10055

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

I learnt that when it came up in a cryptic crossword. You know, something like "Unite and divide around one US state" (but probably better). I like that clue. But I'm much better at setting (or appreciating the setting up) than the solving. Makes me want to inflict some more upon you, tho...
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Three words, one solution
Replies: 53
Views: 5594

Re: Three words, one solution

(Meant to come back on this one.)
I might have gotten it with more or less as the extra clue, but it probably would have been too easy. ;)
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 10055

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

So, for anyone who appreciates these things, so far as I can tell, the following are the Real State / Randall State combos, ordered alphabetically except where it seemed better to move them. ⋅ Alabama => Bandana ⋅ Alaska => Alberta ⋅ Arizona => Verizona ⋅ Arka...
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 10055

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

Fridays continue to be early... Roald Dahl actually got married in New York, not far over from his renamesaked state. An interesting fact that I recall hearing whilst I was geohashing, a few months back. The nature of my knowing this interesting fact not, itself, something that I think is an interes...
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 13048

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

gormster wrote:Oh Randall, did you not learn your lesson from last time? Fruit opinions are the spawn of hatemail.

With apples, there is always the temptation....
by Soupspoon
Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 167
Views: 25190

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

I'm led to believe that when I mention Manuel , of Fawlty Towers fame, this short character from that all-too-brief series will mean something internationally. (There's a lot of radio he's famous for, as well, from narrating Narnia stories to being Dr John Watson in Sherlock Holmes dramatisations, b...
by Soupspoon
Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 13048

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

There once was a lady from Hyde,
Who ate a green apple and died.
While her lover lamented,
The apple fermented,
And made cider inside her inside.
by Soupspoon
Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Meter of A Midnight Summer's Dream
Replies: 2
Views: 1893

Re: Meter of A Midnight Summer's Dream

I was under the impression that Shakespeare almost always wrote in iambic pentameter and had the rhyme scheme: (A B A B C D C D E F E F G G) However, Act 1 Scene 2 of A Midnight Summer's Dream does not follow this at all! You're describing the Shakespearian sonnet, there. (Alternate rhyme-schemes f...
by Soupspoon
Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 776709

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

If it weren't gameable by unofficial business alliances, I'd suggest asking how much it would take for them to stay, then offering half that suggested amount as incentives towards competitors creating jobs in the area, and a quarter to smaller, unlinked businesses. Or somesuch.
by Soupspoon
Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 13048

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

A simple answer to the question in the title text would be that you happened to bring a bag of apples with you and could plant the seeds. That wouldn't result in just one type of apple... Even if it was a bag of just one type of apple. Even if you had just one apple. You might not even be so constr...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Simple Writer poetry for the Holiday Season
Replies: 11
Views: 4254

Re: Simple Writer poetry for the Holiday Season

Ah, functionally the same, rather than merely able to copy the aesthetics. I did not pick up on that. PM (about to be) sent, to save further OTicity. OnTopic: When the snowman snow man brings the snow, Well he just might like to know, He's put a great big smile on somebody's face. If you jump into y...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 37 Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 4407

Re: 37 Questions

Motherfuckers. All that effort to format it for nothing. Wait for the OP to change their post from the obvious facebook ("Then go into status and paste it.") original? I nearly went back and retroed mine to your style, but I decided not to for the moment. But with a topper post adding its...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'
Replies: 29
Views: 6085

Re: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'

I don't even like carting my photoId counterpart to my driving licence about, on the few occasions I have had to. Once I discovered that I'd lost my debit card out of the same pocket that I still had my equally-sized licence card, because I hadn't zipped it up properly. The troubling irony is that I...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 13048

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

(I wander in, check, find a new one, wonder if I'm going to be OP again, and find that I'm spared the effort by just one minute.... ;) ) If you don't like the apples from that tree, plant some of its apples' pips, grow some more trees and try those apples. If/when you get apples you like, learn to g...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Simple Writer poetry for the Holiday Season
Replies: 11
Views: 4254

Re: Simple Writer poetry for the Holiday Season

'Mary' became red in the main window and appeared also in the lower window but I could continue writing words in the main window. Seems to be the intended functionality. Type a missive of whatever length, see which words (singled out below) need replacing and do so, repeat until no more such denote...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'
Replies: 29
Views: 6085

Re: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'

Yeah, exactly, this pretty much discriminates against the poor who are more likely not to have passports (it's less common in the UK than in the states), and it's a pretty expensive document to have if you're not going to be using it for anything other than ID for healthcare. 76% of UKians have pas...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 26979

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Think of "The Taking Of Pelham 123". One knows that the train set off from Pelham (which I don't really have any more idea about than I might also know why/where one would pick one's feet in Poughkeepsie) and obtains various passenger protagonists/antagonists at a series of decreasing &quo...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'
Replies: 29
Views: 6085

Re: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'

And for those without passports, despite eligibility..? I let mine lapse (no imminent plans to go to a foreign country, Scotland excepted), as I've got a driver's licence, but there are people without those (assuming that's a fall-back option, given I'm sure it doesn't encode nationality, never mind...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 37 Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 4407

Re: 37 Questions

(I chose to quote-reply then remove the quoting. Equally viable. Don't like the answer alignments, but can't do much about that without [table] in the BBCode repertoir.) Tattoos.................................0 Piercings..............................0 Marriages.............................0 Divorce...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 776709

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It was hardly 'unsecured'. It was just not secured to the level expected, but even then more secure than other actual government servers (and prior government figures' own servers) have been proven to be. But the big damage that has been done (to the privacy of information and to Hillary's reputatio...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 54060

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I was actually deliberately, yet inexpertly for all that, mixing codes a bit (hence the 'ting', as well). Inner-city mish-mash. "Cyattie" (I don't know if that's the accepted rendering) seems to be a female-on-female trash-talking term for a 'certain kind' of woman, which I'm just slightly...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 776709

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

His book's literally called "the art of the deal", yes? A book written for him by a guy called Tony Schwartz 1 was called that, yes... After being unable to do any normal ghostwriter/ghostwritee interviews, he had to resort to sitting on Trump's office phone extension and work out (to coi...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 54060

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

If you remember back to when the fora was filtered into Nevisian dialect, it is common in many forms of Caribbean English as well. I fink dat's weir da British ting could of cam from, cyattie! (Or is you not a cyattie, but a dogheart babylon, amirite?) {{This poster is working well outside his sphe...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 776709

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And this morning on Twitter, the president-elect Finally Goes Too Far™ and calls for fascistic restrictions on expression: Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail! So, he's not looking to renew his ( f...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 6878

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

Flumble wrote:Can someone explain the difference (or lack thereof) between the new 'real' dimension and all the 'special' dimensions when adding a new layer to the reals/complex/quaterions/octonions (i.e. one iteration of Cayley–Dickson construction)?
Yes. I'm fairly sure someone can.

8-)
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to Make a Blender Quiet
Replies: 30
Views: 7428

Re: How to Make a Blender Quiet

...anyway, that solution incurs additional costs. Several square metres of plastic sheeting, enough to cover the floor, walls and perhaps ceiling and some means of sticking it there. Or save on that but ensure the availability of strong detergents and cloths. Consider bringing in your own luminol to...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 776709

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Reading up on the issue, it seems our Lone Ranger Elector has problems with the 12th Amendment, being something of a traditionalist. That's 212 years'-worth of new-fangledry that he doesn't believe the time has yet come for... :P
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to Make a Blender Quiet
Replies: 30
Views: 7428

Re: How to Make a Blender Quiet

morriswalters wrote:
Zamfir wrote:Now shoot your roommate, sell the blender.
:D

Just remember...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 776709

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Inb4 a general Texas Electors' Strike in solidarity with the one who quit. ;) 38 ECVs not cast would wipe out Trump's 270+ total (though still beat Clinton's figure). If reassigned to her , though, she actually gets exactly that magic 270. Boy, would that upset the applecart. I don't think it's like...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 10129

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

It is handier to notate, though, than doing a sum (for n-m+1 to m) of ln(x) and then raising that back up as a power of e, or somesuch alternate workaround. ;)
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1765: "Baby Post"
Replies: 8
Views: 3188

1765: "Baby Post"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/baby_post.png Title-text: [bzzzt] "REMEMBER TO CHECK IN FOR YOUR FLIGHT TO LONDON" "My wha-" [bzzzt] "YOUR UBER WILL ARRIVE IN FOUR MINUTES." I think little Miss Cueball is planning upon her getaway being upon a Routemaster ( inspired by..? )
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 776709

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Oh dear. Here was I thinking that Trump had mostly stopped being all wild and crazy Why would you think that? A vague hope that reality had struck home. From the "Hillary was a great opponent", rather than continuing to assert that he'd lock her up, to the "ACA has some good bits tha...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 776709

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Oh dear. Here was I thinking that Trump had mostly stopped being all wild and crazy (well, maybe not all , but mostly...) about the many things he used for electioneering purposes only... https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/e463c38bb60d84a30bbc169e9c074ca0c91fa3b7/0_0_593_248/master/593.png (Seems to hav...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to Make a Blender Quiet
Replies: 30
Views: 7428

Re: How to Make a Blender Quiet

Operate it only within a vacuum jar, supported upon dampened springs and the power chord left relatively loose. (At a place I worked there was of course a remarkably large reduction of noise when the lid of an otherwise rather noisy line matrix printer cabinet is properly closed before use. The pape...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 10129

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Reply to self, deliberately, to record my thoughts on the matter... The number of combinations is just ten choose five. That is, 10! / (5!*5!) which equals 10*9*8*7*6 / (5*4*3*2) This equals (2*9*2*7*2) / 2 which is 7*9*4 = 252 I gotta think through that "m choose n == m!/(n!²)" thang, the...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 10129

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

The number of combinations is just ten choose five. That is, 10! / (5!*5!) which equals 10*9*8*7*6 / (5*4*3*2) This equals (2*9*2*7*2) / 2 which is 7*9*4 = 252 I gotta think through that "m choose n == m!/(n!²)" thang, there. Doesn't sound right, to me, but you got the right result anyway...
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 167
Views: 25190

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

If we're talking about surprising people that you may never have heard of (rather than past celebrities that everyone, FCVO 'everyone', once knew about but deserve a final recognition after a period of obscurity) then I'm going to mention Eric 'Winkle' Brown , who died in February. Being an acquaint...

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