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by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 285489

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: 12069

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: 2444

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: 285489

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: 285489

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: 89854
Views: 7246992

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: 5037

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: 18825

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...
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Another gambling game
Replies: 17
Views: 3965

Re: Another gambling game

phlip: I agree completely with your solution, but I don't see how it differs from the one I posted above.
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Photosynthesis question
Replies: 29
Views: 6315

Re: Photosynthesis question

It might turn out to be historical accident. If there's just not any simple evolutionary pathway whereby the gene for green chlorophyll could mutate into a gene for a purple photosynthetic pigment, then a green plant species wouldn't be able to mutate into a purple plant species. And the existing pu...
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Another gambling game
Replies: 17
Views: 3965

Re: Another gambling game

do you mean risk to be; low-risk = guaranteed 5% gain high-risk = 50% chance of 50% loss and 50% chance of of 60% gain? Yes, that's right. See dudiobugtron's post for why some perfectly-rational people would choose the low-risk option while other perfectly-rational people would choose the high-risk...
by ThirdParty
Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Another gambling game
Replies: 17
Views: 3965

Re: Another gambling game

First, use your perfect reasoning ability to deduce the true moral theory. If the true moral theory entails that it's reasonable to act as you want other people exactly like you to act, even if you have no actual influence on their actions, then: Let P be the probability that each individual plays. ...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Comparative phrase...
Replies: 9
Views: 3895

Re: Comparative phrase...

"[x] is useful at nothing so much as [y]" My best interpretation is that this means "There does not exist [z] such that [x] is useful at [z] so much as [y] is useful at [z]", in other words, [y] is more useful than [x] in all situations. No, I don't think so. Try: "There do...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Absence of Michio Kaku
Replies: 5
Views: 2148

Re: Absence of Michio Kaku

not everyone knows that the title of that comic, "Love," is a cleverly hidden cypher for Kaku. Oh, I don't know about "cleverly". It's just a simple shift cipher with progressively-increasing shifts and separate wheels for the consonants and vowels: the 1st consonant before &quo...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Person/Persons/People
Replies: 11
Views: 3675

Re: Person/Persons/People

Thanks, goofy, those examples are helpful. I think they satisfactorily establish that "people" has long been able to function as a plural noun. I withdraw my claim that constructions such as "Four people were walking along the street together" are at all dubious. However, I'm not...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Slurries in Cooking
Replies: 8
Views: 4661

Re: Slurries in Cooking

As the granules swell they become, in essence, gooey balloons filled with water. The problem is that wet granules can stick to each other, so the starch forms lumps immediately. This tends to prevent water from reaching granules in the center and leads to a lumpy sauce or other liquid. That is why ...
by ThirdParty
Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Slurries in Cooking
Replies: 8
Views: 4661

Re: Slurries in Cooking

I have been told, to use flour to thicken something, mix it with a small amount of cold water before adding it to whatever you want to thicken. Yes, yes, I know how to make a slurry. What I don't understand is why it works. Why is it necessary to stir my thickener into a small amount of liquid, bef...
by ThirdParty
Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Slurries in Cooking
Replies: 8
Views: 4661

Slurries in Cooking

If I try to stir flour directly into some hot gravy to thicken it, the gravy gets lumpy; but if I stir the flour into a tiny bit of the hot gravy first, and then stir the resulting slurry into the rest of the gravy, it comes out smooth. Similarly, if add a whole can of cold milk to a can of condense...
by ThirdParty
Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Person/Persons/People
Replies: 11
Views: 3675

Re: Person/Persons/People

Perhaps analogy could be helpful here. I propose that "people" is to "persons" almost exactly as "cattle" is to "cows". It's also not terribly dissimilar to how "clientele" is to "clients", and has at least some things in common with how &q...
by ThirdParty
Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Stock Brand Comparisons
Replies: 5
Views: 3827

Re: Stock Brand Comparisons

I think you've called it correctly: condensed products tend to be cheaper per calorie than uncondensed products, due not having to ship (and store) as much water. You'll want to taste it to make sure it tastes as good as what you're used to. (Store brands aren't necessarily low-quality; they're just...
by ThirdParty
Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Quick cheap simple vegetarian food
Replies: 19
Views: 10130

Re: Quick cheap simple vegetarian food

Black beans (from a can, or a big batch in a slow cooker), plus whatever summer squash you have, plus whatever peppers, tomatoes, ears of corn, cheese, leafy green or anything else that strikes your fancy. Serve it with rice, or tortillas. If you're out of tortillas and don't have time to cook rice...
by ThirdParty
Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Highest and lowest vowel density
Replies: 18
Views: 18493

Re: Highest and lowest vowel density

Are proper names accepted? If so, "Aeolia" is 5:1. How 'proper' do proper names have to be. For example, you could call your child something like, "Leoeoeoeoeoeoeoeoeoeoeoeoeoeoeo" and win the contest pretty quickly. I've been assuming we're limited to, at most, proper names whi...
by ThirdParty
Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Highest and lowest vowel density
Replies: 18
Views: 18493

Re: Highest and lowest vowel density

steewi wrote:Phonologically, the densest you usually get is something like "strengths", which is /strɛŋθs/
Depending on how you analyze syllabic consonants, that might be improvable to "strengtheners" (/strɛŋθn̩r̩s/).
by ThirdParty
Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Closest known exo-planet discovered
Replies: 135
Views: 11926

Re: Closest known exo-planet discovered

A habitable planet within spitting distance(as interstellar distances are concerned) would be fantastic news. Um. See Nick Bostrom's paper ( pdf ) on why discovering that our planet is relatively non-unique would be a bad omen for our future. Anyhow, what we really need to do is adapt to outer spac...
by ThirdParty
Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Highest and lowest vowel density
Replies: 18
Views: 18493

Re: Highest and lowest vowel density

Does "y" count as a consonant even when used as a vowel? If so, "rhythmlessly" is 1:11.

Are proper names accepted? If so, "Aeolia" is 5:1.
by ThirdParty
Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hyphen, hyphen, where did you go?
Replies: 18
Views: 6873

Re: Hyphen, hyphen, where did you go?

Just yesterday I was reading a novel (the copyright date was 1995) and hit a sentence that badly needed a hyphen. Unfortunately I've forgotten the sentence and can't seem to relocate it, but it was something like "Asturias valiantly defended itself and precariously united Moorish forces, losing...
by ThirdParty
Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Person/Persons/People
Replies: 11
Views: 3675

Re: Person/Persons/People

My take: "Persons" is the correct plural of all senses of the word "person". "People" refers to a group of persons, functioning as a collective entity or as an uncounted mass. So: ⋅ "Our two peoples are so different that any peace between us can be only t...
by ThirdParty
Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Ordering of five or more players
Replies: 5
Views: 1823

Re: Ordering of five or more players

I executed the following code. (Sorry for how ugly it is. I'm not a programmer.) <html><head><script language="JavaScript"> var followedYet = new Array(6); followedYet[0] = [2,1,0,0,0]; followedYet[1] = [0,2,1,0,0]; followedYet[2] = [0,0,2,1,0]; followedYet[3] = [0,0,0...
by ThirdParty
Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why is calculus such a big deal?
Replies: 11
Views: 2918

Re: Why is calculus such a big deal?

I never got very far in calculus, and ended up in a non-math field, but there are still two calculus-y things that seem to come up occasionally in everyday life. Rates of change in rates of change : Second and even third derivatives come up sometimes in everyday life, and it's useful to be able to g...
by ThirdParty
Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hitori Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 4263

Re: Hitori Composition

Snark wrote:Unfortunately, that puzzle doesn't require use of Odd Man Out.
Oops, you're right. My "red herring" turned out a little too greenish.

Here's a new try at using both "Odd Man Out" and "Sandwich" in a 4-by-4-with-4 matrix:
Spoiler:

Code: Select all

3 3 4 3
4 1 1 2
1 3 2 4
2 4 3 4
by ThirdParty
Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hitori Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 4263

Re: Hitori Composition

Since nobody's attempted it yet, maybe I'd better share my strategy for composing Hitori puzzles: Suppose that I wanted a Hitori puzzle that required both Heuristic 4 ("Odd Man Out") and Heuristic 5 ("Sandwich") to solve. I start with a blank matrix of the size I ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: General Economics Stuff
Replies: 118
Views: 40281

Re: General Economics Stuff

Now, you'll note from the scale of the graph that debt, on a nation-state level, tends to be somewhat lower than what some people consider acceptable for an individual. Does it? I'm trying to picture what the individual analog of GDP is. All the business that is conducted on my property or by peopl...
by ThirdParty
Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Related Rates Help
Replies: 8
Views: 3597

Re: Related Rates Help

relative velocity is simply the difference of the vleocity vectors - since the velocity vector's directions are at right angles Pythagoras is adequate to find the magnitude: sqrt(9^2 + 10^2) - no need to decompose by componets - no need for calculus beyond finding the 2nd velocity The question didn...
by ThirdParty
Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Related Rates Help
Replies: 8
Views: 3597

Re: Related Rates Help

I've forgotten everything I ever knew about calculus except how to take the derivative of a polynomial, so I had to find a solution to the problem that didn't require any of this "implicit differentiation" gobbledygook. Fortunately, this proved doable. First, we switch to a reference frame...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hitori Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 4263

Re: Hitori Composition

I'm wondering about how 'elegant' non-square puzzles are compared to square ones. A 7x5 matrix (or 14x5 matrix!) using integers 1 through 7 also scores -7.2 on your scale, but it seems like it should get a different score. Different in which direction? Hitori is a close cousin of Sudoku, and Sudoku...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hitori Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 4263

Re: Hitori Composition

Oops, fixed the typo in H1. Not sure what you mean by H5 being a special case of H4, though. They're very different. (They do overlap in the case of three-of-a-kind-in-a-row, which can be treated as a special case of either, but that's the only overlap.) Edit: for example, here are two small puzzles...
by ThirdParty
Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hitori Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 4263

Hitori Composition

I was playing some mindless computer-generated Hitori puzzles and started wondering whether I could make a "better" one than the ones the computer was generating. I had enough fun fiddling with the problem that I thought I might share. Definition of a Hitori puzzle: For our purposes, a Hit...
by ThirdParty
Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: I like cake and ice cream
Replies: 2
Views: 1614

Re: I like cake and ice cream

Here's my solution: I replace "I" with "J" throughout to avoid confusion with the numeral "1". The only thing that could get carried into the ten-thousands place is 1, so C=1. I decide to try R=0, because it can't be 1 and the thousands place looks unlikely to add u...
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How did Israel come to exist?
Replies: 21
Views: 10011

Re: How did Israel come to exist?

I mostly agree with BattleMoose's account, plus mosc's addendum that "Palestine" included the Transjordan, but I have a couple of additions regarding motivations. the Ottoman Empire was on the wrong side and basically after the war ceased to exist ... World War II happened You make the con...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What world shattering disasters worry you?
Replies: 61
Views: 8344

Re: What world shattering disasters worry you?

Political disaster. "Imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever." Military technology at this point is sufficiently powerful that if a Taliban-esque government got control of the world, any rebellion could be easily suppressed and their ideology could be propagated indefinitely. For ...

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