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by ThirdParty
Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A Monkey and a Typewriter
Replies: 66
Views: 23282

Re: A Monkey and a Typewriter

2. A million monkeys each type until they have typed both strings at least once. ... Which string tends to appear earlier? (In the case of TH vs HH, I know that exactly 1/4 of all strings should have HH preceding TH, and the remaining 3/4 have TH preceding HH, assuming that we count "THH"...
by ThirdParty
Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 82544

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Vroomfundel wrote:Well, then it's top 1000 roots, strictly speaking, not words
Yes, but "root" may not have been on Randall's list, and "words" was sufficient to get the general point across. "word-parts" would have been hopelessly vague.
by ThirdParty
Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 293744

Re: Stinky Pinky

XTCamus wrote:Bimodal Operation
Junction function?
by ThirdParty
Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Efficient Winter Lighting
Replies: 32
Views: 4948

Re: Efficient Winter Lighting

In your situation, deal with the electronics that you have. If you aren't sure, walk around your room at night and look for the telltale glow of LED lights. Tvs, Monitors, dvd players, etc etc, all of these consume power because they're on standby. Try to keep the ones you don't use on a power stri...
by ThirdParty
Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 293744

Re: Stinky Pinky

XTCamus wrote:Mirth Dearth!
Yes, of course. Your turn.
by ThirdParty
Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Stinky Pinky
Replies: 2128
Views: 293744

Re: Stinky Pinky

Since humorless situation doesn't seem to have gone anywhere, let's try a more literal clue:
Spoiler:
laughter shortage
by ThirdParty
Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Efficient Winter Lighting
Replies: 32
Views: 4948

Re: Efficient Winter Lighting

Efficiency considerations aside, I think my landlord might object if I tried to install a geothermal borehole in my apartment. Even drilling a borehole to my downstairs neighbor's furnace would probably violate the "no alterations" clause of my lease. For someone who doesn't have much cont...
by ThirdParty
Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Efficient Winter Lighting
Replies: 32
Views: 4948

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: 4948

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: 19051

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: 19051

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: 293744

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: 293744

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: 293744

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: 293744

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: 293744

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: 293744

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: 19051

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: 293744

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: 5301

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: 5301

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: 293744

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: 293744

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: 12210

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: 19051

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: 293744

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: 293744

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: 19051

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: 293744

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: 1905

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: 12176

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: 19051

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: 293744

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: 4319

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: 12210

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: 12210

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: 12210

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: 2522

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: 12210

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: 293744

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.

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