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by mathmannix
Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Operate on the Last Number!
Replies: 149
Views: 7441

Re: Operate on the Last Number!

I take the product of its integer factors.

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by mathmannix
Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Word association, rounded to the following letter
Replies: 685
Views: 57203

Re: Word association, rounded to the following letter

Nickel -> Thomas Jefferson -> Sally Hemings -> Ernest Hemingway -> shark* -> Jaws -> Amity Island -> Martha's Vineyard -> JFK Jr. -> The Contest [Seinfeld episode] -> Master of my Domain -> Master of the House -> Thernardier -> Thermidor -> French Revolution -> Jacobin -> Jacobite -> Bonnie Prince ...
by mathmannix
Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1587: "Food Rule"
Replies: 86
Views: 10529

Re: 1587: "Food Rule"

Surely, even if the calf foetus didn't achieve cowhood until it was born, it would still be an animal product like milk or eggs and therefore not vegan. Oooh, good point. Although commercially available eggs are not usually fertilized, most people don't check and/or don't really care (as long as th...
by mathmannix
Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 26643

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

I feel like I should point out that when I said this If an enemy uses a hospital as a base of military operations, then it becomes a legitimate target. Yes, it's sad when innocent people die, but their deaths aren't on the military that has to make the call to bomb the hospital; their deaths are on ...
by mathmannix
Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 26643

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

If an enemy uses a hospital as a base of military operations, then it becomes a legitimate target. Yes, it's sad when innocent people die, but their deaths aren't on the military that has to make the call to bomb the hospital; their deaths are on the cowards who tried to use them as a shield. No. L...
by mathmannix
Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 26643

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

If an enemy uses a hospital as a base of military operations, then it becomes a legitimate target. Yes, it's sad when innocent people die, but their deaths aren't on the military that has to make the call to bomb the hospital; their deaths are on the cowards who tried to use them as a shield.
by mathmannix
Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?
Replies: 56
Views: 8373

Re: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?

51. Dinosaur Pac-Man.
by mathmannix
Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1587: "Food Rule"
Replies: 86
Views: 10529

Re: 1587: "Food Rule"

So, did anyone else have the song "Eyes Without a Face" running through their head after reading the comic?
by mathmannix
Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?
Replies: 56
Views: 8373

Re: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?

48. If you had all the time in the universe, and could travel to far-off planets by merely wishing it, would you hang around earth for long? I mean, especially once your loved ones are all gone... and it's a big universe, so much to explore! They're not gone, they're just on vacation.
by mathmannix
Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Word association, rounded to the following letter
Replies: 685
Views: 57203

Re: Word association, rounded to the following letter

Harvest -> autumn -> leaves -> pages -> books -> library -> conservatory -> study -> test -> quiz -> answers -> questions -> The Riddler -> Gotham -> Gordon -> Sesame Street -> Grover -> Ernie -> Ernie Hudson -> Hudson River -> East River -> New York Harbor -> New Jersey -> Jersey -> Isle of Man
by mathmannix
Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?
Replies: 56
Views: 8373

Re: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?

42. They may have popped out for a bit of tea. (Or possibly a liquid that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.)
by mathmannix
Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Uxbridge English Dictionary
Replies: 123
Views: 24939

Re: Uxbridge English Dictionary

Isolate: what I say when I oversleep

Crisis: what happened when her brother hit her

Sea legs: the ova of a pinniped

Intonation: within the land of the pedal phalanges

Ventricle: when your circular diagram is still dripping
---> Drive-in: when that's over with
by mathmannix
Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Set of particular numbers
Replies: 14
Views: 2474

Re: Set of particular numbers

If n is the product of 26 "digits" (aka integers 0-9) AND n>0 then : (1) n is the product of 26 integers 1-9, i.e. none of them are zero. (So your statement 0^0=1 is irrelevant.) But that would mean that A would be at least 26 (if a...z were all 1), so it couldn't be 2 or 5 as in your exam...
by mathmannix
Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] 2017 Solar Eclipse, Aug 21st, Western Kentucky
Replies: 2
Views: 4626

Re: [US] 2017 Solar Eclipse, Aug 21st, Western Kentucky

Yeah, while the Point of Greatest Eclipse is in western Kentucky, the total eclipse is in a band that goes through 12 states from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. Including such large cities as Salem OR, Lincoln NE, Kansas City MO, Nashville TN, and Charleston SC. I doubt all their hotels will be ...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3409
Views: 406255

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Shouldn't the Good Samaritan in this story be protected by the Good Samaritan Law , though? The law seeks to encourage bystanders to do good deeds, without the fear of being prosecuted for inadvertently causing damage. I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that he was doing a good deed; he...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA finds liquid water on Mars
Replies: 30
Views: 7268

Re: NASA finds liquid water on Mars

Whizbang wrote: *insert Jeff Goldblum gif here*

OK!
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by mathmannix
Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 103415

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

Character identity spoilers: I know I worry too much, but… do you think this movie might have too many villains? According to this and other articles, it looks like there are at least four – Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, and Dom...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807902

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The Constitution was based directly on the moral ideas from the Bible, held by the Christians, Deists, and humanists of late 18th century America, and thus is completely compatible with Christianity. And Atheists, Muslims, and Jews. [Thomas Jefferson discussion] Yes, I never meant to say it was ONL...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1581: "Birthday"
Replies: 59
Views: 10405

Re: 1581: "Birthday"

Does this mean that TGI-Fridays, Outback Steakhouse, and all of the other national chains who came up with their own birthday tunes can start singing the regular 'Happy Birthday' to people? I still don't know why it took me until just now to discern that as the reason for the awful pseudo-birthday ...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 363
Views: 98977

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Hehe, that reminds me how in Pirates of Penzance, there is a joke based on "often" and "orphan" being homophones. Those of us in the musical in high school had to concentrate to say both of them as "offen", as neither of them was naturally pronounced that way to us.
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89839
Views: 6897337

Re: Inspirations

My take on it is basically, most of us hate the idea of having only two candidates to choose from, but the momentum behind our two-party system is way too big to stop at this time (it's been this way since the Civil War. Changing it now would probably take another one of those, or something equally ...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Adding a possessive to franchise names
Replies: 10
Views: 4071

Re: Adding a possessive to franchise names

Well, if Randall does it, it's good enough for me, I guess?
Randall Munroe (in title text of 1581) wrote:I guess I need to apologize to my parents, friends, and the staff at Chuck E. Cheese's for all the times I called the cops on them.
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807902

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'd argue that Christianity is incompatible with the constitution; according to the Bible, "Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death", and I would argue that would be against the Eighth Amendment. That's not at all a part of Christianity. That's from Exodus 21, which...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Monty Hall oddity - is this right?
Replies: 15
Views: 2410

Re: Monty Hall oddity - is this right?

The thing everybody should remember about the Monty Python Hall problem is that it is never strictly better to not switch - depending on the situation, which may or may not be clear to the chooser, it's either better to switch, or it's the same probability to switch - so why not switch? A host that...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807902

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

But if you had two candidates that were otherwise identical, apart from one thinking that catholics can be presidential, and another thinking otherwise, wouldn't you be influenced to vote for the non anti catholic candidate? And isn't any question that can influence a reasonable fraction of the ele...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807902

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

A trap question is a question that is going to make you look bad no matter how you answer. Establishing what the world views of a candidate are is not a trap; it's due diligence - if you were a Muslim, wouldn't you want to know if a candidate thinks Muslims should not be allowed to be President? We...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807902

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I was thinking in the same sense that it was a trap to ask the conservative Christian couple with their private bakery what would happen if a gay couple wanted them to cater their wedding (when realistically it never would have come up), and then make it into news. In this case, just because public ...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does Randall Munroe have any social network presence?
Replies: 10
Views: 5213

Re: Does Randall Munroe have any social network presence?

Since the well-known public accounts are not touched, he probably has something else. He almost certainly has something private, only for his close friends and family. It could be a secret account on Twitter or Facebook, something more obscure, or... since he's obviously quite good at that sort of s...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Monty Hall oddity - is this right?
Replies: 15
Views: 2410

Re: Monty Hall oddity - is this right?

The thing everybody should remember about the Monty Python Hall problem is that it is never strictly better to not switch - depending on the situation, which may or may not be clear to the chooser, it's either better to switch, or it's the same probability to switch - so why not switch?
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807902

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Ben Carson says he would not approve of a muslim president "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that," he told NBC's Meet The Press. And the Republican party continues being insane. It seems to me like NBC trapped him with ...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How would you punctuate these?
Replies: 9
Views: 3887

Re: How would you punctuate these?

Derek wrote:
mathmannix wrote:Commas are proscribed for separation of direct quotes

You mean "prescribed". "Prescribed" means required, "proscribed" means prohibited. This can be a source of confusion since the first syllable is unstressed in both words.

[facepalm]
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Word association, rounded to the following letter
Replies: 685
Views: 57203

Re: Word association, rounded to the following letter

Profanity -> Curse -> Hex -> Witch -> Endor -> Ewok -> Chewbacca -> Chewbacca Defense -> Johnnie Cochran -> Jackie Chiles -> Kramer -> Kramer vs. Kramer -> The War of the Roses -> The Wars of the Roses -> Richard III -> Tudors -> Queen Elizabeth
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: American Media Obsessed With British Queen's Record
Replies: 53
Views: 9324

Re: American Media Obsessed With British Queen's Record

I'm pretty much bound to have the royal family somewhere in my family tree, going back far enough. So I must be somewhere in line for the throne. If enough people randomly fall ill and die, that means I'd be king! Why would I be against the monarchy when there's a small chance I could be the next k...
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807902

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm a little concerned that Scott Walker thinks that the American flag looks like his lapel pin. The image is huge, so you'll just have to follow the link: https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/gettyimages-488667878-e1442460020461.jpg?quality=65&strip=all&strip=all [Edited to s...
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 44744

Re: Creationism sub-thread

If your child is too young to be reasoned with, they won't understand why you're hitting them. This is why the best (possibly only) time you should spank a child is immediately after what they did wrong. If you build an association of (temporary, non-scarring) pain with doing something that could b...
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How would you punctuate these?
Replies: 9
Views: 3887

Re: How would you punctuate these?

Commas are proscribed for separation of direct quotes (although some prefer colons.) Well, I am not a grammarian, but I think the idea behind commas is that they mimic pauses in spoken speech* which are necessary for clarity. And if you just said "Isn't she the one who said when will we stand u...
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 44744

Re: Creationism sub-thread

Whoa, so you're comparing spanking to child abuse? I consider it child abuse to NOT spank your child, presuming the child needs it. I could go on, but that's a different topic, which a mod ended with this... ok, this has gone on as long as is useful. We won't change any minds here, and it's starting...
by mathmannix
Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 44744

Re: Creationism sub-thread

Why is there so much hatred for creationism and creationists? Okay, I get it, you think creationism is a bunch of malarkey, and it doesn't fit with your personal non-theistic worldview. So we disagree. But this seems to go way beyond that, to saying that people are foolish or worse by choosing to be...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 12383

Re: 1577: Advent

Estimating even the LD 50 is hard. Judging by this paper , the LD 50 for ingestion should be around 1-3 GBq. Polonium-210 has a decay constant of about 5 × 10 -8 , so even taking the low estimate of 1 GBq, you would need around 2 × 10 16 atoms, or 30 nmol. That would be a solid 7 μg, just for a 50%...
by mathmannix
Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14293
Views: 2028240

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

To add to my statement without merely editing: Yours includes that human beings are capable of figuring out how the universe works with only* our very limited minds and available tools. I do not accept that. * - i.e., without God's inspiration and guidance. God is the source of all goodness, truth, ...

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