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Re: Today I Learned

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:00 am UTC

roc314 wrote:no sexism is too minor to be ignored.
Bravo.

Anyway, I learned that libPNG is a lot easier to use than its overly complex example makes it look.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby JayDee » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:02 am UTC

d33p wrote:Today I learned my Foe list sorts itself alphabetically, instead of by degree of suckitude, which I had secretly hoped for.
That could be nice. It would mean that the forum software would have to be able to evaluate how sucky each foe is, which is tricky.

Then, if it knew how to judge people for suckitude, it could add people to the foe list (or to a probationary foe list) without having to go through that whole click click click rigmarole.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby d33p » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:04 am UTC

I was thinking like, I could rate people's suck factor on a scale, and then the software would say, "Based on your preferences, you might also dislike So-And-So."
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zak » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:04 am UTC

Like Fora-Tivo!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Quixotess » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:05 am UTC

roc314 wrote:stuff

And let's be clear we're not speaking for Meowgan. I personally was amused mainly by the juxtaposition of "I've been called out for bad behavior in the woman thread, I should think more about that" and "LOL BOOBIES"

But a person making a comment about her cleavage may be looking for comments, but she may not be looking for the comments you thought were appropriate. Y'know? Just like a person in a dance club may be looking for fun, but she may not be looking for you.

Also, roc, you're still sensitive. *pokes you with a feather*
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby JayDee » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:06 am UTC

d33p wrote:I was thinking like, I could rate people's suck factor on a scale, and then the software would say, "Based on your preferences, you might also dislike So-And-So."
That's even better.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zak » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:07 am UTC

Heh, boobies.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby sophyturtle » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:08 am UTC

indeed.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby sje46 » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:11 am UTC

Is it okay to use it to satirize Paris Hilton?

"That's hot."
or my favorite variation
"That's hott."?

Wait, is it wrong to even mention this particular imbecilic public figure in this classy forum?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Luthen » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:30 am UTC

Yes, yes it is.

Today I learnt that when you make a Mobius strip with 3 half turns and cut it down the middle the result is very tangled and knotted.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby ACU-LP » Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:20 pm UTC

That my boss, no matter how emphasised something is, will miss it completely.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby yohanleafheart » Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:05 pm UTC

d33p wrote:I was thinking like, I could rate people's suck factor on a scale, and then the software would say, "Based on your preferences, you might also dislike So-And-So."


That would be a great addition. Maybe ask the guys at Ok-Cupid to try something similar?

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Klapaucius » Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:40 pm UTC

Today I learned that Dungeons and Dragons is roughly the greatest thing ever.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Chfan » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:05 pm UTC

Ooh! Ooh! What's my suck factor?
Just FYI, the guy isn't avatar isn't me. But he seems pretty cool.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Torvaun » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:21 pm UTC

Chfan wrote:Ooh! Ooh! What's my suck factor?
OVER 9000!!!!!!!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby pseudoidiot » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:30 pm UTC

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zeroignite » Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:06 am UTC

Yesterday I learned that "Staying Alive" and CPR both go at 90 BPM.

Today I learned that some people get offended if you didn't watch the Super Bowl.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Actaeus » Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:04 am UTC

I learned that Chfan will never give up on asking awkward and impossible questions. He's like an eight year old... "Mommy, why did the secret police take away Bobby's daddy?"

Talk about naive.


I also learned that one should probably avoid the fora just after writing a paper about Stalin. Yeesh.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Luthen » Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:35 am UTC

Today I learnt how much not practising my flute for weeks is going to hurt.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby raptor.fortress » Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:41 am UTC

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby rnew » Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:39 am UTC

If you book a very important meeting with a lecturer to come and visit you at your current place of work (which could decide whether you pass or fail the year) he will be at least 40 minutes late currently. I wonder if he'll turn up at all

edit: 11.10 still not here. and no communication to say why he never arrived. What a tool.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Joshlyn » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:24 am UTC

Today I found these forums and they feel awesome! :D
I'm gonna need lots of time to read all of this. There's soooo much interesting read here, I'm gonna be busy for ages! :P
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby existential_elevator » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:31 am UTC

[the day before yes]T[er]day I learned:

So. Without looking at a clock - the Roman numerals displayed on it for 4..?

Spoiler:
IIII
Yeah, weird, huh?

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby rnew » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:35 am UTC

I always thought it was IV
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby existential_elevator » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:38 am UTC

Spoiler:
Nope. We just assume that to be the case because we use our schema for roman numerals rather than our empirical experience of viewing a clock when we try and recall that information. I can't believe I never consciously realised before.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby yazdi » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:58 am UTC

zeroignite wrote:Yesterday I learned that "Staying Alive" and CPR both go at 90 BPM.

Today I learned that some people get offended if you didn't watch the Super Bowl.

And today you'll learn that CPR actually goes at least at 100 BPM ;)

And I learned that I'm much too susceptible to want things I'm not sure I actually need. But I want that DSLR....

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby rnew » Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:14 pm UTC

existential_elevator wrote:Linky

Today I learned: Stuff about clocks. Also he google images shows clocks with both IIII and IV as 4 so I'm still not completely convinced
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby existential_elevator » Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:22 pm UTC

You'll note most of the ones using IV are drawn, or in diagrams. The actual photos of actual clocks, however, use IIII. Apart from that one, but it totally doesn't count because on closer inspection it was clip-art, not a photo. Keep an eye out from now on, though, and you'll notice it.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby rnew » Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:34 pm UTC

I actually bothered going on wikipedia to check this out and theres a whole section on it. The reasonings for having IIII are cool aswell, including
Wiki wrote:clock makers need only a single mold with a V, five I's, and an X in order to make the correct number of numerals for their clocks: VIIIIIX. This is cast four times for each clock and the twelve required numerals are separated:
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby ACU-LP » Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:01 pm UTC

*checks my parents old grandfather clock*
Nope, its IV.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby pseudoidiot » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:30 pm UTC

I'm going to be obsessively checking clocks with Roman numerals now. Goddammit.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Felstaff » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:30 pm UTC

ACU-LP wrote:*checks my parents old grandfather clock*
Nope, its IV.

You have a cheap grandfather clock! As the son of a chronophile, all the finest watch-&-clockmakers use IIII instead of IV. I think it was Hawick who popularised it in the seventeenth century. All Swiss clocks use IIII.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby BMW787 » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:38 pm UTC

Today I learned C++ strings are not the same as Java strings. :oops:
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Megatriorchis » Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:07 pm UTC

Today I learned that the items sold in the Dollar Store are hardly ever priced at just a dollar!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby pseudoidiot » Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:22 pm UTC

I learned there's such a thing as Online Gamers Anonymous.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Mmmm, Pi » Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:24 pm UTC

yazdi wrote:
zeroignite wrote:Yesterday I learned that "Staying Alive" and CPR both go at 90 BPM.

Today I learned that some people get offended if you didn't watch the Super Bowl.

And today you'll learn that CPR actually goes at least at 100 BPM ;)

And that the chorus of the song "Nelly the Elephant" with the trumps in has exactly 15 beats at 100 BPM, so if you do it twice you've done the 30 beats you need to do before the two beaths.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby TheKrikkitWars » Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:55 pm UTC

yazdi wrote:And I learned that I'm much too susceptible to want things I'm not sure I actually need. But I want that DSLR....


Just buy it, you won't regret it, assuming you're willing to learn about photography, rather than just pose.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Pirate.Bondage » Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:59 pm UTC

I learned that getting up 45 minutes earlier to get free breakfast at Denny's is totally worth it.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby TheKrikkitWars » Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:08 pm UTC

Felstaff wrote:
ACU-LP wrote:*checks my parents old grandfather clock*
Nope, its IV.

You have a cheap grandfather clock! As the son of a chronophile, all the finest watch-&-clockmakers use IIII instead of IV. I think it was Hawick who popularised it in the seventeenth century. All Swiss clocks use IIII.


The Grenwich Observatory (who are responsible for originally defining the time standard, and are thus definitive) uses IIII http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/Greenwich_clock.jpg

However, the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster (best known for housing Big Ben) uses IV and it's not exactly cheap and badly made, or insignificant, is it?
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/Cleaning_Big_Ben.jpg

I think it would be best to accept that both are equally acceptable, and have little bearing on the rest of the clock... I happen to know of a Polish fellow living in Carlisle, who made truely astonishing mechanical clocks and watches by hand right up until the mid 80's (when he himself was in his 90's), are you going to claim that because they weren't following the swiss convention they are instantly just rubbish?

And I think you'l find that your father is not a Chronophile, but an Horologist.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Chfan » Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:36 pm UTC

Today I learned that I am a naive douche on the fora.

How did it take me that long? (Damn, I did it again!)
Just FYI, the guy isn't avatar isn't me. But he seems pretty cool.


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