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by ThirdParty
Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?
Replies: 14
Views: 3974

Re: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?

A more interesting question though is how many one-click win boards there are. Discounting first-click mines, this should be computable, though I'm not exactly sure how to go about it. Hmm. Let's assume a 16x30 board (480 total tiles) with 99 mines. (So, 381 non-mines.) Here are two facts about eve...
by ThirdParty
Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 126467

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

The word I personally miss the most when speaking English is an equivalent of the Hebrew word תתחדש. It's a super-common word you say to someone whenever they got something new (a haircut, a shirt, a gift, anything at all). It combines "I noticed you got something new", "I like your ...
by ThirdParty
Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 883, in contrast, contains very little birdseed, no matter how much is added. Over a dozen helicopter-loads are delivered every day, and nobody can figure out where it's all going. It's a mystery!
by ThirdParty
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1742
Views: 250758

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Uber's driverless taxis began operation in Pittsburgh today. I realize that this might seem like old news, since a driverless taxi service has been operating in Singapore for three weeks already, but it still seems worth taking note of since they're the first driverless taxis in the U.S.
by ThirdParty
Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89854
Views: 7260499

Re: Random natterings

I was listening to NPR in the car today and they had a story about elephants. Apparently some study found that the population of elephants in Africa had declined by a third over the past decade, due mainly to poaching. The report went on to say: "According to so-and-so, an expert from the such-...
by ThirdParty
Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 126467

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

The plural of dwarf should be "dwarves", not "dwarfs". Interestingly, the only country where they're equally popular is Poland , everywhere else "dwarfs" is more popular. I'm inclined to use "dwarves" as the plural of the noun, but "dwarfs" as the p...
by ThirdParty
Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 126467

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

I'd like to propose that we bring back " flet ". A flet is a part of a room that is distinguished from other parts. Unlike an alcove or a nook , it is not delimited from other parts by barriers such as walls or curtains; it may be delimited by a distinct floor covering, such as carpet vs. ...
by ThirdParty
Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Logic Puzzles - Admittedly, not naturally equipped to solve them...
Replies: 17
Views: 8303

Re: Logic Puzzles - Admittedly, not naturally equipped to solve them...

I think it's fair to say that everyone who does logic puzzles has gotten stuck at some point, and used a hint or even looked up an answer. Not everyone will have gotten stuck on this particular puzzle, but everyone will have gotten stuck on some puzzle or other. Getting stuck doesn't reflect on how ...
by ThirdParty
Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 829 is unoccupied. If you would like to rent office space, please contact the tower manager.
by ThirdParty
Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 821 is not out of order. It's in exactly the right place. The other floors are the ones that are out of order. If all of them were correctly rearranged, 821 would be fine.
by ThirdParty
Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 814 contains an Olympic-size swimming pool filled with sulfur trioxide.

Also a sign: "No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk."
by ThirdParty
Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 805 contains a Warcraft sequel full of elves.
by ThirdParty
Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 801 has 148 empty beer bottles on the floor. It seems probable that one of them is not like the others, and just doesn't belong.
by ThirdParty
Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 11419

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

Bees evolved their honey production to create a food that could tide them over a single winter, not fuel a voyage to Alpha Centaurus. Reference #1: Bees making the Kessel Run faster than humans. But Kessel is at Gliese 1132 , not Alpha C. Where Kessel is at rather depends on how many parsecs one ma...
by ThirdParty
Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8631
Views: 1506146

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

This one starts as 1714, but quickly loses its way and becomes 631 instead.

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Spoiler:
1714+631.jpg
by ThirdParty
Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 749 contains another portal to Floor 327.
by ThirdParty
Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 733 contains a celebration with lots of delicious cake. Honest! Come see for yourself!
by ThirdParty
Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 868948

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Liberals are trying really, really hard to tie Russians to conservatives ... Russians have no reason to be fond of conservatives, as conservatives have been the more confrontational warmongering party toward Russian, China, and Iran for years. I agree that the Kremlin has no reason to be fond of co...
by ThirdParty
Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 723 contains: ⋅  Another portal to the other end of Floor 722 . ⋅  Part of a portal to Floor 720 . ⋅ A portal that might go to Floor 166 . ⋅ A portal that once went to Floor 721 . ⋅ A well-hidden portal to Floor 254 . ⋅ A portal that ...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jul 24, 2016 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 716 is not actually in the skyscraper, but instead is in a small building a couple blocks away. In the stairwell between Floors 715 and 717 there is a helpful sign posted: If you are looking for Floor 716, please climb down 715.5 flights of stairs, exit via Floor 0's east-facing stoma, walk tw...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jul 24, 2016 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 13000

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

I've heard all of the following pieces of advice: ⋅ You should get an average of 8 hours of sleep per night. (Sleeping too much is associated with depression; sleeping too little interferes with intelligence.) ⋅ You should go to sleep at the same time each night, and wake up at ...
by ThirdParty
Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 549
Views: 64598

Re: "par", "pair", "peer", "pour" and "tour".

Mega85 wrote:Yeah. [pʰʊə̆ɹ] for "pour" would be a hypercorrection.
Just for my own reference, am I at least right in thinking that "yore", "your", and "you're" should rhyme with "pore", "poor", and "tour" respectively?
by ThirdParty
Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 549
Views: 64598

Re: "par", "pair", "peer", "pour" and "tour".

By "pour", did you mean write "poor"? I've never heard of "pour" being pronounced [pʰʊə̆ɹ]. Well, I meant what I wrote, but it's probably a hypercorrection. Neither [ʊə̆ɹ] nor [ɛn] occur in my casual speech--[ʊə̆ɹ] goes to [əɹ] before /j/ and to [ɔɹ] in other contexts,...
by ThirdParty
Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 549
Views: 64598

Re: "par", "pair", "peer", "pour" and "tour".

I'm an American English speaker (South Midland region). My intuition is that some of them have diphthongs in them and some of them don't. par [pʰaɹ] power [pʰæʊ.əɹ] pair [pʰeɪ̆əɹ] payer [pʰeɪ.əɹ] peer [pʰiə̆ɹ] pyre [pʰaɪ̆əɹ] pore [pʰɔɹ] pour [pʰɔɹ ~ pʰʊə̆ɹ] (casual ~ careful) tour [tʰu.əɹ] pure [pʰj...
by ThirdParty
Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 13000

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

As an aside, you really should be getting 8 hrs of sleep [citation needed] 8-) Ooh, let's talk about sleep! I've heard all of the following pieces of advice: ⋅ You should get an average of 8 hours of sleep per night. (Sleeping too much is associated with depression; sleeping too little in...
by ThirdParty
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8631
Views: 1506146

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

169 + 1708:

Dehydrangry.jpg

One symptom of dehydration is an inability to control one's violent impulses ... hey, let go of my other arm!
by ThirdParty
Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 13000

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Evidently, from the tone of the replies, I must have stated my thesis too strongly. I meant to be asserting a rule of thumb, not some sort of ironclad law. (While still gently suggesting that harry.lime's recommendation that we aim for clear urine is overshooting the mark a little.) Urochromoanalysi...
by ThirdParty
Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 13000

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Hydrated = Your urine is clear Actually, this is by far the most common bit of pop hydration advice you will get from friends and strangers, and it is not based on a single bit of science. You are evil, and wrong. [Citation Needed] Do we really need a citation? Can't we reason it out? There are two...
by ThirdParty
Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 692 contains twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves, and a pear tree. The partridge, assuming there w...
by ThirdParty
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 6978

Re: My wife and I's...

my mind quickly settled on "Me and my wife's..." as how I would phrase that. The question is: why is the pronoun in the accusative case when it is not the object of a verb? I supppose one analysis is that "me" isn't just the accusative form, but the default, used whenever it's n...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 6978

Re: My wife and I's...

After considering all the options, I've decided that "my wife and myself's favorite book" is the least bad. You have a wife, you have a self, and they jointly have a favorite book; problem solved. To my ear, "my wife's and my" sounds best This sounds good because it's a grammatic...
by ThirdParty
Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 661 contains a flock of headless chickens being tended to by robotic cockroaches which are being controlled by an AI which is plotting to convert the entire solar system into paperclips. (How tending to a flock of headless chickens contributes to this goal is unclear. Perhaps the AI expects th...
by ThirdParty
Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 654 is being excreted by a caterpillar.
by ThirdParty
Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 644 contains some appalling ululation, as well as a bit of wailing and gnashing of teeth, emanating from one of the floors above it.
by ThirdParty
Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 631 contains a perfect copy of all floors not containing perfect copies of themselves.
by ThirdParty
Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

On Floor 609, all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.
by ThirdParty
Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 553 contains no perpetual motion devices.
by ThirdParty
Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Fivethirty McFivethirtface was named by an online poll.
by ThirdParty
Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 527 contains the ruins of a previous meth lab.
by ThirdParty
Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1239
Views: 67081

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 513 contains a banana spider silk protein milk goat herd.

(For those of you who have trouble parsing compound nouns: that's a herd of goats which have been genetically engineered to produce milk containing proteins derived from the silk of banana spiders.)

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