1133: "Up Goer Five"

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby orthogon » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:10 pm UTC

splasho wrote:I was interested in trying this restriction myself so I hacked together a text editor which only accepts words (and their inflections) from the 1000 most common list from Wiktionary. It's so frustrating trying to describe anything technical. If anyone wants to try it the URL is splasho[dot]com/upgoer5


Brilliant! I came up with this, with apologies to the Bard:

Now is the year's cold time of our sad mood
Made beautiful summer by this city's sun;
And all the sky's white things upon our house
In the deep middle of the water hidden.
Now are our heads tied up with pretty leaves;
Our dark, used arms hung up as memories ;
Our loud attention sounds now happy talking,
Our fighting-walking songs now pretty music.
Bad-faced fight god made straight his face's front;
Instead of riding horses in strong clothes
To scare the hearts of men from the other side,
He dances cat-like in a lady's bedroom


Adjectives are in particularly short supply!

Edit: It's "sun" not "son" in line 2, and I guess therefore that York is the city.
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby Dr. Diaphanous » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:37 pm UTC

Nice. Is that still in iambic pentameter?
Sorry I mean: Nice. Does that still go small sound-big sound five times in each line?


[quote="mathmannix"](For the Grouped-Together States.)[quote]
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby ijuin » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:39 pm UTC

I think that proper names of people, places, organizations, etc. would be an acceptable exception to the vocabulary list, unless we really want to describe people only by their role or accomplishments rather than by name.

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby Dr. Diaphanous » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:26 am UTC

I just realised that the website has this to say (click 'hints'):

THE UP-GOER FIVE TEXT EDITOR wrote:'TECHNICAL' WORDS CAN BE 'ENCLOSED' IN SINGLE QUOTES IF, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU NEED TO 'DEFINE' THEM.
YOU CAN REFER TO PEOPLE BY CALLING THEM MR SURNAME OR MRS SURNAME (E.G. MR OBAMA). IF YOU WANT YOU CAN CHEAT SLIGHTLY USING THIS, FOR EXAMPLE REFERRING TO MR HYDROGEN AND MRS OXYGEN.
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby Coyne » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:01 am UTC

My little effort: Stellar evolution.
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby orthogon » Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:17 am UTC

Dr. Diaphanous wrote:Nice. Is that still in iambic pentameter?
Sorry I mean: Nice. Does that still go small sound-big sound five times in each line?

Thanks. Yes, I tried to keep the five-times-small-sound-big-sound way of writing. Mr Shakespeare didn't always follow it exactly anyway.
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby J L » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:04 pm UTC

Klear wrote:In any case, I would be more glad to write the books in the first place, but such a job does not make it easy to make enough money. Also, writing a whole book is a lot less easy than writing a short story, which is what I usually write. But I can dream, right?

Actually, that's what you should do, and what I keep telling myself, too. You got that absolutely right; money doesn't play a significant part in it.

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby Klear » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:58 pm UTC

J L wrote:
Klear wrote:In any case, I would be more glad to write the books in the first place, but such a job does not make it easy to make enough money. Also, writing a whole book is a lot less easy than writing a short story, which is what I usually write. But I can dream, right?

Actually, that's what you should do, and what I keep telling myself, too. You got that absolutely right; money doesn't play a significant part in it.


Yeah. There are time when I want to write. There are times when I have inspiration and then there are times when I have time to write. Lately, there hasn't been much overlap of these two =(

I have written a play for an amateur troupe and it's been relatively successful. I think I'll focus on writing more plays rather than trying finish a novel at last. At least with the plays I have a guarantee that it will be used and appreciated.

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby jbkellynd12 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:14 pm UTC

This seriously needs a poster in the xkcd store, like, soon

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby Starguy256 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:22 am UTC

That script is great. Here is how an internal combustion engine works.

The inside fast fire make goer works by making fast fires happen a lot of times very quickly inside of the make goer. It makes a car move. If the fast fires happen outside the make goer you are having a bad problem and will not drive your car today.

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby gmalivuk » Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:09 pm UTC

Klear wrote:In the land where I live, we use the same word for the red thing and for the thing I wanted to write. That is what gave me the idea that you can maybe use it.
It can be the same thing here, too, it just isn't as much.
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby TheSmiddy » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:57 am UTC

jbkellynd12 wrote:This seriously needs a poster in the xkcd store, like, soon


+1. There has been a void I have been feeling my entire life, only once this comic was created did I realise what it was: this comic, as a poster, in my office.

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby mathmannix » Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:55 pm UTC

Dr. Diaphanous wrote:
mathmannix wrote:(For the Grouped-Together States.)

You are from Grouped-Together States of Man-who-found-your lands-are-not-part-of-Biggest-Lands-group.


Well, it's not
Spoiler:
United States of Columbus (or Columbia?)

so, how about "Grouped-Together States of New-Found-Half-of-World-Ball" ?
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby Milnoc » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:35 pm UTC

jbkellynd12 wrote:This seriously needs a poster in the xkcd store, like, soon

How about now?

http://shop.xkcd.com/products/up-goer-five-poster

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby gmalivuk » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:19 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:
Dr. Diaphanous wrote:
mathmannix wrote:(For the Grouped-Together States.)

You are from Grouped-Together States of Man-who-found-your lands-are-not-part-of-Biggest-Lands-group.


Well, it's not United States of Columbus (or Columbia?)
Right, because Columbus wasn't the one credited with discovering that the Americas are not part of Asia, so he isn't the man who found our lands are not part of Biggest Lands group.
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby Pfhorrest » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:15 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:Well, it's not United States of Columbus (or Columbia?)

No, but it very well could have been.
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby bmonk » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:23 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:
Dr. Diaphanous wrote:
mathmannix wrote:(For the Grouped-Together States.)

You are from Grouped-Together States of Man-who-found-your lands-are-not-part-of-Biggest-Lands-group.


Well, it's not
Spoiler:
United States of Columbus (or Columbia?)

so, how about "Grouped-Together States of New-Found-Half-of-World-Ball" ?


"Grouped-Together States of Man-who-made-maps-to-sell-himself-really-well"?
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby skybrian » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:36 am UTC

Hello everyone who likes to write about the pictures of funny stick people and other ideas. These are my first words to this part of world talking space so I hope it is okay to write to you.

A friend wrote a phone thing for phones of the green guy. You can use it to send simple words to talking space. I used it here but it isn't as easy as with the huge search added talking space. You need to cut and put the words into the thing for looking at talking space. Still, we hope it will be fun for someone.

(The place of the phone thing is not allowed here but you can find it by searching for "green guy phone thing".)

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby orthogon » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:24 pm UTC

skybrian wrote:Hello everyone who likes to write about the pictures of funny stick people and other ideas. These are my first words to this part of world talking space so I hope it is okay to write to you.

A friend wrote a phone thing for phones of the green guy. You can use it to send simple words to talking space. I used it here but it isn't as easy as with the huge search added talking space. You need to cut and put the words into the thing for looking at talking space. Still, we hope it will be fun for someone.

(The place of the phone thing is not allowed here but you can find it by searching for "green guy phone thing".)


I am allowed to write world wide thing places so here is the place you mean. The phone thing your friend made looks good but my phone is full up.
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby skybrian » Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:07 pm UTC

"World wide place" is better. Thanks!

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby Rikeus » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:11 pm UTC

I go to a learning place and learn things so that one day I can use the things that I learn to tell other people how to make things.

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby Djehutynakht » Wed May 13, 2015 2:36 pm UTC

For those of you who haven't seen, Randall Munroe is publishing a new book, Thing Explainer, in which he tries to explain a number of somewhat complex topics, like tectonic plates and datacenters, using the same format as the Up Goer Five comic.

This should be interesting.

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby Damon » Thu May 14, 2015 6:01 pm UTC

Here is my explanation of how your eye operates like a camera obscura (it was tough because "upside" isn't one of the 1,000 words):

Light moves in straight lines. When light moves through your eye opening and hits the back of your eye, the light from the top of a thing lands at the bottom of the back of your eye and the light from the bottom of a thing hits the top of the back of your eye. This is why your brain has to turn the picture over to make sense of it.

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby mrob27 » Thu May 14, 2015 7:59 pm UTC

On Hudson the book cover is different!
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The differences I spotted are:
  • No titles "cool rock", "hot rock" (lower-left)
  • No space capsule (in Corvus, above words "sea floor")
  • Hydra is labeled "Group of stars named for a pretend fish" instead of Monoceros "…after… horse"
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby Coyoty » Fri May 15, 2015 12:10 am UTC

The diagram looks like Up Goer Five is a launching system for a hot air balloon seen in the middle.

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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby Angelastic » Thu May 28, 2015 11:54 pm UTC

I guess since this thread has already been revived, I'll post this video of Marian Call, Molly Lewis and co. singing Space Oddity using the top ten hundred words.
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby Pfhorrest » Thu Nov 12, 2015 1:33 am UTC

Apparently Randall got together with the people who make Minute Physics and made Up Goer Five in video form, called How To Go To Space.
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Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Postby buttered_cat_paradox » Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:46 pm UTC

[Hope it's ok to revive this thread]

Allow me to introduce Gist -- an online game inspired by Up Goer Five/Thing Explainer. :)
The goal is to come up with simple definitions for complex concepts.

In addition to being fun (and introducing people to some unusual vocabulary), Gist is a part of a research project; the results will help computers deal with some tricky natural-language-processing tasks.

Thanks! Would love to hear any feedback you might have.
http://gist.butteredcatlabs.com/ .


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