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by ThirdParty
Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: scalia dead
Replies: 238
Views: 29217

Re: scalia dead

When I think of textualism, I will always think of Scalia's dissent in King v. Burwell (2015), which was probably the last Scalia-authored opinion I read. It was about an ambiguity in the Affordable Care Act, caused by sloppy drafting. (The Republicans had been unable to prevent the Act's passage, b...
by ThirdParty
Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: scalia dead
Replies: 238
Views: 29217

Re: scalia dead

I disagree with some of his decisions, but I did not want him dead. I did, or at least I thought I did. I hated him more than any other political figure. His philosophy of jurisprudence--neither an honest activism nor a respectful originalism, but instead a willfully-blind textualism--treated law a...
by ThirdParty
Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Take a penny leave a penny.
Replies: 2203
Views: 283294

Re: Take a penny leave a penny.

I add a hologram to the event horizon.

There is now a hologram on the event horizon of a massive black hole where a pile once was.
by ThirdParty
Sun Feb 07, 2016 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Take a penny leave a penny.
Replies: 2203
Views: 283294

Re: Take a penny leave a penny.

I double the post yet again, adding the necessary corners to the sugar.

There is now a player, an exploded tribble stone, and a sexdecuple post (one in each corner) in Sugartesseract, which is in the pile.
by ThirdParty
Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8624
Views: 1438809

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Here's a much worse version of 391, using a meme that was referenced in the title text of 1046. The title text is loosely based on the caption in 550.

Recombinant-Mindvirus
Mindvirus.jpg
Cons: ruined the lives of everyone who reads XKCDSW.
Pros: invented a new hobby.
by ThirdParty
Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Can you try to reconstruct a proto-conlang?
Replies: 16
Views: 4626

Re: Can you try to reconstruct a proto-conlang?

Yay, a new one! (I tried to build a conlang family myself to post, but realized I'd screwed it up when I noticed "/w/ changes to /ɰʷ/" in one of my evolution rules. :wink: Maybe I'll get it working at some point.) Here's a first try at reconstructing the second conlang: "Tegak ugi-at ...
by ThirdParty
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Can you try to reconstruct a proto-conlang?
Replies: 16
Views: 4626

Re: Can you try to reconstruct a proto-conlang?

So you pointed out Lang 4's g in "paga." It's pronounced [paga], but the orthography should say "paka." I overlooked that, sorry. Okay, so it originated as a "k". That more-or-less solves the g problem. Transcriptions will come later when I can more easily copy and pas...
by ThirdParty
Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Can you try to reconstruct a proto-conlang?
Replies: 16
Views: 4626

Re: Can you try to reconstruct a proto-conlang?

Lazar: you make some excellent points about which directions changes are most likely to flow in. But I still don't like your "g"s and "t"s: I think you're looking at things too superficially: L1, L3 and L6 all agree that it's a guttural (dorsal or pharyngeal) consonant. I don't s...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Can you try to reconstruct a proto-conlang?
Replies: 16
Views: 4626

Re: Can you try to reconstruct a proto-conlang?

Fun! I'll play... The first thing I notice is that Language 5 seems to have dropped the final letter of every word. I think that's a mutation, so I reconstruct: Language 5: Pluzia Uxri Axtsa Xambulo agelan Tsure Pago op pluzile axten Next, let's clean up the soft consonants: Language 2 has suffered ...
by ThirdParty
Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1627: "Woosh"
Replies: 26
Views: 6095

1627: "Woosh"

Image
Title text: "It also occasionally replies with 'Comment of the year', 'Are you for real', and 'I'm taking a screenshot so I can remember this moment forever'."

Usually I find xkcd's in-jokes funny, but this one went over my head.
by ThirdParty
Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Take a penny leave a penny.
Replies: 2203
Views: 283294

Re: Take a penny leave a penny.

I take a lot.

There is now a Blu-Ray player plugged into an Oculus Rift set (turned off) and 0.454 kilograms of radiation in the pile.
by ThirdParty
Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8624
Views: 1438809

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

627+1619:

1619+627.jpg
Bonus: tech support advice! Almost any computer problem can be solved by following this simple three-step process: step 1, reinstall operating system; step 2, reformat hard drive; step 3, reboot computer.

[edit: fixed link]
by ThirdParty
Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Take a penny leave a penny.
Replies: 2203
Views: 283294

Re: Take a penny leave a penny.

I replace the other obsolete item.

There is now a Blu-Ray player plugged into a television set (turned off), one nickel, and a lot of radiation in the pile.
by ThirdParty
Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Take a penny leave a penny.
Replies: 2203
Views: 283294

Re: Take a penny leave a penny.

I wait until he's gone and then leave a penny.

There are now one television set (turned off) and one penny in the pile.
by ThirdParty
Thu Dec 17, 2015 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is ThirdParty?
Replies: 30
Views: 1987

Re: Where in the world is ThirdParty?

Are you south of the G22 highway? You can find the highway by typing Jiaozhou bay in google maps. If you are east of it where the answer is vague, pretend it continues straight. Yes, I'm south of the G22 and/or of the portion of Hai'er Road in Qingdao that continues to the coast after the G22 runs ...
by ThirdParty
Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is ThirdParty?
Replies: 30
Views: 1987

Re: Where in the world is ThirdParty?

Lawrencelot wrote:Are you within 50 kms of the seacoast?
Yes, I am.
by ThirdParty
Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is ThirdParty?
Replies: 30
Views: 1987

Re: Where in the world is ThirdParty?

emlightened wrote:Are you east of Yinchuan?
Yes, I am east of 106°16'E.

I encourage you to come with more interesting questions than just over/unders on my latitude/longitude. Try to figure out what the river is, or whether I'm near a major city, etc.
by ThirdParty
Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Two Oracles - a statistics problem
Replies: 74
Views: 10761

Re: The Two Oracles - a statistics problem

I'm late to the thread, but here's my two cents on the original problem. Consider two universes you might be in: First universe: There was a 9/14 chance that Oracle 1 would say "75%", Oracle 2 would say "90%", and you would win. There was a 3/14 chance that Oracle 1 would say &qu...
by ThirdParty
Sun Dec 06, 2015 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is ThirdParty?
Replies: 30
Views: 1987

Re: Where in the world is ThirdParty?

Lawrencelot wrote:Are you in China but outside Hongkong and outside Taiwan?
Yes. What made you suspect that I might be?
by ThirdParty
Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is ThirdParty?
Replies: 30
Views: 1987

Re: Where in the world is ThirdParty?

[Over 48 hours ago:]
Lawrencelot wrote:Are you in Ulster, China, or India?
Yes.
by ThirdParty
Sat Nov 28, 2015 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is ThirdParty?
Replies: 30
Views: 1987

Re: Where in the world is ThirdParty?

[48 hours ago:]
patzer wrote:Are you in Ulster, Munster, or Asia?
Yes. (As they are defined on their respective Wikipedia pages.)
by ThirdParty
Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is ThirdParty?
Replies: 30
Views: 1987

Re: Where in the world is ThirdParty?

given that the sign on the wall is in English. I assume one of you has actually zoomed in on the photo to make sure that what I gave you was a transcription of the sign and not a translation. Also note that there are also some other words on the sign which I didn't list because I judged them to be ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Nov 26, 2015 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is ThirdParty?
Replies: 30
Views: 1987

Re: Where in the world is ThirdParty?

patzer wrote:Are you in Scotland or Wales?
careyhammer wrote:Second
No. I am in neither Scotland nor Wales.
by ThirdParty
Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is ThirdParty?
Replies: 30
Views: 1987

Re: Where in the world is ThirdParty?

Free fact: From where I'm standing, there's some stuff visible which might provide useful clues if you could see it, but which didn't appear in the picture I posted. For example, behind me there's a red car that I've got a pretty good view of: I can see which side the steering wheel is on, read its ...
by ThirdParty
Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is ThirdParty?
Replies: 30
Views: 1987

Re: Where in the world is ThirdParty?

patzer wrote:Are you in Afro-Eurasia?
Lawrencelot wrote:Second
Yes.

(I'm using Wikipedia's definition of "Afro-Eurasia". It includes Iceland but not Greenland, the Azores but not Bermuda, Mauritius but not the Kerguelens, Timor but not New Guinea, and Japan but not the Aleutians.)
by ThirdParty
Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is ThirdParty?
Replies: 30
Views: 1987

Re: Where in the world is ThirdParty?

patzer wrote:Are you in England?
careyhammer wrote:Second
No; I am not within the present borders of the British constituent country of England.
by ThirdParty
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is ThirdParty?
Replies: 30
Views: 1987

Re: Where in the world is ThirdParty?

The buildings with little circular windows in triangular roofs are not uncommon in the UK; I've seen quite a few of them. Old factories or workshops, I think. Location must be a former industrial area. Riverside walkway reminds me a bit of the River Thames as it passes through London. But the rest ...
by ThirdParty
Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is Lawrencelot?
Replies: 45
Views: 2427

Re: Where in the world is Lawrencelot?

Meh, if adnapemit has one running then there's not much point in starting one myself.
by ThirdParty
Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Where in the world is Lawrencelot?
Replies: 45
Views: 2427

Re: Where in the world is Lawrencelot?

I found you on Moyenne Island in Seychelles: 4°37'14"S, 55°30'26"E. Edit: Here's the proof that I found you: Lawrencelot 10-23-15.jpg And here's where you can find me: TP 11-23-2015.jpg P.S.: No need to strain your eyes; the sign reads " Warm Welcome / BED & BREAKFAST / ALL EN-SUI...
by ThirdParty
Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Take a penny leave a penny.
Replies: 2203
Views: 283294

Re: Take a penny leave a penny.

I look inside the book, and immediately regret it. A wolverine is sitting on an indestructible metal block, which contains a fire-retardant file folder, which contains a badly-burnt book, which contains the fire-retardant file folder again, which still contains the badly-burnt book, which still cont...
by ThirdParty
Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Take a penny leave a penny.
Replies: 2203
Views: 283294

Re: Take a penny leave a penny.

Since the book is already on a file, I put it in a file folder. Interestingly, the flames are extinguished. I was kind of expecting them to set the whole folder on fire. There is a badly-burnt book in a fire-retardant file folder. You cannot open the book without first removing it from the folder.
by ThirdParty
Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ei <-> ie: English speciality?
Replies: 24
Views: 5195

Re: ei <-> ie: English speciality?

Does anybody know the statistical frequency of the occurrence of "ei" vs "ie"? Ideally this should be weighted by frequency in the corpus. After a bit of googling and creative dictionary searches, my impression is that there are about twice as many words containing "ie"...
by ThirdParty
Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How many rooms are there in the tower?
Replies: 26
Views: 4819

Re: How many rooms are there in the tower?

More optimizations, possible fastest solution? tl;dr: I think I can do it in 3.83n moves, and I'm not sure it can be done in less. – In order to finish, the player has to observe that a specific light changes when they change a light n rooms away. Since they don't know its initial state, th...
by ThirdParty
Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Take a penny leave a penny.
Replies: 2203
Views: 283294

Re: Take a penny leave a penny.

I add back all of the missing Oxford commas.

There's a tainted tiara, zombie-SirGabriel on a skewer holding another skewer, a Grammar Nazi named username5243, and a term paper marked down to 91% for no apparent reason.
by ThirdParty
Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How many rooms are there in the tower?
Replies: 26
Views: 4819

Re: How many rooms are there in the tower?

Here's a solution that's approaching maximum efficiency (albeit low elegance): ⋅ Turn the first light on, pick a direction, and travel in that direction, turning other lights off, until we become confident (see below) that we've looped around the tower. ⋅ Then turn th...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How many rooms are there in the tower?
Replies: 26
Views: 4819

Re: How many rooms are there in the tower?

I did a simulation of a hundred-room tower with random initial lighting. vicariggio's algorithm solved it in 4518 steps; jaap's solved it in 3033 steps; emlightened's solved it in 594 steps; and mine solved it in 216 steps. I also calculated the theoretical worst-case scenario for each strategy. vi...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How many rooms are there in the tower?
Replies: 26
Views: 4819

Re: How many rooms are there in the tower?

Vytron: your solution appears to be identical to vicariggio's in all details. Maybe you misread his. I'm a little disappointed that people haven't yet acknowledged the brilliance of my solution. Maybe if I explain it in words rather than algorithmically. The following isn't quite identical to the al...
by ThirdParty
Sat Oct 03, 2015 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How many rooms are there in the tower?
Replies: 26
Views: 4819

Re: How many rooms are there in the tower?

Here's a solution that's significantly more efficient than jaap's and significantly more elegant than emlightened's: ⋅ Declare M, N, and i as integer variables whose initial values are all set to 0; arbitrarily define one door of the starting room as leading "forward" and the ot...
by ThirdParty
Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How many rooms are there in the tower?
Replies: 26
Views: 4819

Re: How many rooms are there in the tower?

Here's a solution that's significantly more efficient than jaap's and significantly more elegant than emlightened's: ⋅ Declare M, N, and i as integer variables whose initial values are all set to 0; arbitrarily define one door of the starting room as leading "forward" and the oth...
by ThirdParty
Sat Oct 03, 2015 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How would you punctuate these?
Replies: 9
Views: 3849

Re: How would you punctuate these?

My first reaction is that you should omit the punctuation inside the quote, and instead indicate within-quote intonation using your verb choice: 2A. Did she say , "I like that show"? 3B. She seriously exclaimed , "I love that show"? 4C. She's not the one who asked , "Do you ...

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