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by ThirdParty
Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Efficient Winter Lighting
Replies: 32
Views: 4921

Re: Efficient Winter Lighting

Energy-efficient bulbs are better because there are much cheaper methods of producing heat than electricity. So if you have an electric heater, getting efficient bulbs will result in zero change, but if you have oil/gas/wood, you'll save money. Okay, that makes sense. Burning gas at a power plant a...
by ThirdParty
Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Efficient Winter Lighting
Replies: 32
Views: 4921

Efficient Winter Lighting

I live in an all-electric apartment complex. The largest portion of my electric bill, during winter months, is due to electricity I've used to heat my apartment. Today I received a monthly newsletter from my landlord, that including "tips for saving energy". They included: ⋅ Turn...
by ThirdParty
Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does space differ from time?
Replies: 78
Views: 18960

Re: How does space differ from time?

to add any description of time like information, requires a time like dimension in my calculations. Is that right or wrong? Wrong, I think. Certainly it's not obviously right. Consider this picture from Egan's explanation of his trilogy: http://gregegan.customer.netspace.net.au/ORTHOGONAL/00/PM.002...
by ThirdParty
Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does space differ from time?
Replies: 78
Views: 18960

Re: How does space differ from time?

time is different from the other dimensions: it's got a different sign in the distance formula Do I not always need a time like dimension, one I cannot say is space like? No, not particularly. In our universe, if someone spends an hour (as measured by an outside observer) riding his horse 10 miles ...
by ThirdParty
Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

Not to derail the thread, but we can define a word's rhyme class as its last stressed vowel sound plus all sounds following that vowel. Under this definition, "prescription" belongs to rhyme class /ɪpʃən/, "restriction" belongs to /ɪkʃən/, "racecar" belongs to /eɪskɑr/,...
by ThirdParty
Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

XTCamus wrote:Humdrum Conundrum
Nope. I want a more perfect rhyme than that.
by ThirdParty
Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

Okay, then: what do people suffer in a humorless situation?
by ThirdParty
Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

XTCamus wrote:Close! ... the answers are palindromes.
In that case, perhaps "racecar radar"?
by ThirdParty
Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

Dang. I considered "prescription restriction" and ruled it out on the grounds that it didn't rhyme. Guess I should have been more open to trying slant rhymes.

Here are my best ideas on "Auto Tracker", none of which are very satisfying:
car radar
limousine magazine
cart chart
by ThirdParty
Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

Prescription circumscription?
by ThirdParty
Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does space differ from time?
Replies: 78
Views: 18960

Re: How does space differ from time?

why can't you specify the whole history at once? Certainly you can do that. Of course, if you want it to be the case that Event Q within the simulated universe was caused by Event P within the simulated universe, rather than merely happening after P, it had better be the case that: (1) your method ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

This is probably not it, but it crossed my mind and was funny, so I thought I'd share:

command   line in the sand
by ThirdParty
Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: New game : Shootlet
Replies: 57
Views: 5211

Re: New game : Shootlet

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by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: New game : Shootlet
Replies: 57
Views: 5211

Re: New game : Shootlet

This thread should maybe be in Forum Games? Anyway, here are two ways to score 14 using the current sequence: PUG, EX, ZAnY, VROoM (This can be reduced to 13 if you'll accept ZAY instead of ZAnY. Wiktionary , Urban Dictionary .) PUG, EX, VeRY, ZOoM, A By the way, wouldn't scoring be easi...
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

Instruction obstruction?

I also thought of "mandate constraint", "program dam", and "sequence fence", none of which quite rhyme...
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

UniqueScreenname wrote:Cancer answer
That's the one. Good job!
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: New abstract game : Exasott
Replies: 56
Views: 12150

Re: New abstract game : Exasott

Since there seems to be some confusion, here is a sample opening, using the original rules, whereby Player 1 can disrupt any attempt by Player 2 to mirror Player 1's play from the get-go. Player 2 only wins by mirroring if Player 1 messes up; there's no need to change the game rules. Disrupting a ho...
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does space differ from time?
Replies: 78
Views: 18960

Re: How does space differ from time?

People experienced time as very different from space before they discovered those principles. Time is different from space because time has a direction, even though I'm not really sure why. Let's not confuse relative directions with absolute dimensions. We use the following relative directions: &sd...
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

Nope, keep trying!
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

Okay; let's go back to "growth". What would you call a solution for unwanted growths?
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does space differ from time?
Replies: 78
Views: 18960

Re: How does space differ from time?

I have heard it said that three dimensions of time and one of space is deterministic in the same way that three dimensions of space and one of time is, so I assume from that that conscious beings could exist there too I'm not sure that any meaningful distinction can be drawn between a 3s1t universe...
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

XTCamus wrote:Release Statement
Liberation declaration?
Emancipation Proclamation?
by ThirdParty
Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Credibility
Replies: 6
Views: 1881

Re: Credibility

most people say that you can't disregard what someone says based solely on who's presenting it I think you've misinterpreted the principle. If both Hawking and the alchemist propound the same theory, I shouldn't conclude that Hawking is wrong simply because the alchemist agrees with him. The fact t...
by ThirdParty
Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "New" Information in the Universe
Replies: 59
Views: 12045

Re: "New" Information in the Universe

It depends upon how we're defining 'complexity'. I recall this starting a huge discussion a while back, most of which focussed on how we define 'complex' e.g. is a star whose particles outnumber those of a brain more or less complex than a brain? Describing the position and small-scale properties o...
by ThirdParty
Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does space differ from time?
Replies: 78
Views: 18960

Re: How does space differ from time?

It's important to remember that different objects travel at different angles through space-time and yet experience the same physical laws. (Relative to some outside reference frame, the Earth could be traveling at half the speed of light northward or at half the speed of light southward; either way ...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

XTCamus wrote:Vocation Inflation?
That's the one. Congratulations! Your turn.
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hitori Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 4296

Re: Hitori Composition

Since nobody else offered one, here's my 6-by-6-with-6 solution. To beat it, you'll have to do one of the following: - Show that it isn't "maximally fun" (e.g. by showing how to solve it using only 8 of the 9 heuristics I listed above). - Give a matrix which requires all 9 heuristics and i...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: New abstract game : Exasott
Replies: 56
Views: 12150

Re: New abstract game : Exasott

Yeah, with smart play there's no problem. My post was mainly a reaction to the suggestion of having a computer play randomly until the endgame. If the computer is Player 1 and Player 2 decides to maintain horizontal symmetry, the computer needs to block seven of the eight pairs in the center column ...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: New abstract game : Exasott
Replies: 56
Views: 12150

Re: New abstract game : Exasott

Combinatorics123 wrote:Did you into account the isolated tokens?
They aren't relevant.
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: New abstract game : Exasott
Replies: 56
Views: 12150

Re: New abstract game : Exasott

Ok. Can you explain me why and how the player 2 (first case) is going to win? Well, I'll give you a major hint: The smallest stick is the only one Player 1 can use to break horizontal symmetry. Any other plays he might make can be mirrored by Player 2. ----- In other news, I really can't count. I'l...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: (Hopefully) new balance puzzle
Replies: 7
Views: 2486

Re: (Hopefully) new balance puzzle

Can I ask you what method you used? Well, I started out having read the problem like Snark did, where the weighings didn't have to be pre-programmed, and I arrived at this solution: 1. Test ABC against DEF. If ABC < DEF, go to 2.1. If ABC > DEF, switch the labels and go to 2.1. If ABC = DEF, go to ...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: New abstract game : Exasott
Replies: 56
Views: 12150

Re: New abstract game : Exasott

Oops, sorry about that. Apparently I can't count. I've edited my puzzles to accommodate the correct stick numbers.
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

XTCamus wrote:Position Addition?
flicky1991 wrote:Vocation multiplication?
Good tries, but not quite what I had in mind. I was picturing a single job growing until it ate up all my free time, rather than it being joined by a bunch of extra jobs.
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: New abstract game : Exasott
Replies: 56
Views: 12150

Re: New abstract game : Exasott

It might be worth observing that it is possible to lose during the early-game, particularly if one uses up all of one stick type. Here are three easy Exasott puzzles involving such blunders: Waste of Stick 1: Game history: 1. c2d4 e4f2 2. d5e5 Game board: 8 oooooooo 7 oooooooo 6 oooooooo 5 oooXXooo ...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: (Hopefully) new balance puzzle
Replies: 7
Views: 2486

Re: (Hopefully) new balance puzzle

Snark: I think we're supposed to specify all three trials in advance, before we have the results of any of them. Here's my solution, retaining your labeling of the coins as ABCDEFG: Test ABC vs. DEF, AD vs. BE, and AF vs. CD. ABC < DEF, AD < BE, AF < CD: AG are fake ABC < DEF, AD < BE, AF = CD: AC a...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

Let's see what people can do with "job growth".
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 291096

Re: Stinky Pinky

Okay, this looks fun. I'm gonna guess "cute lute".
by ThirdParty
Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89957
Views: 7571337

Push Polls

I just had the following telephone conversation: ⋅ RING! RING! ⋅ [I turn on my cell phone and speak my name into it.] ⋅ CLICK CLICK CLICK ⋅ ME: Hello? ⋅ HIM: Hello. ⋅ ME (slightly annoyed at his incompetence): This is [name]. ⋅ HI...
by ThirdParty
Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: God Gene
Replies: 38
Views: 5120

Re: God Gene

I accept that in principle one could measure how spiritual a person is, and look for correlations with various genes. Even if your measure of spirituality was crude, such as asking people "on a scale of 1 to 10, how spiritual are you?", finding a correlation with particular genes would be ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does space differ from time?
Replies: 78
Views: 18960

Re: How does space differ from time?

I never got past high school physics, and relativity is extremely counterintuitive for me, but here's my understanding: For any two points (x 1 , y 1 , z 1 , t 1 ) and (x 2 , y 2 , z 2 , t 2 ) in spacetime, the distance (or, technically, the "separation") between them is defined by the for...

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