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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Sat May 05, 2012 12:51 pm UTC

Perhaps change the way you write one of them? Recently I started crossing my z's because they looked too similar to 2's otherwise. I could still do with a decent way to write rho.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby yurell » Sat May 05, 2012 1:17 pm UTC

When writing equation, '2' and 'n' always get me, because if you write the '2' with a curl at the bottom it's the same hand motion as writing 'n', so muscle memory kicks in.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby RollingHead » Sat May 05, 2012 1:35 pm UTC

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:Perhaps change the way you write one of them? Recently I started crossing my z's because they looked too similar to 2's otherwise. I could still do with a decent way to write rho.

I had to, but it still doesn't come naturally.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby yurell » Sat May 05, 2012 1:37 pm UTC

You can try cursive z's ... that's what I always do in handwriting in general (but be careful to curl the tail, otherwise it could start looking like a 3).
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Daimon » Sat May 05, 2012 10:38 pm UTC

Today I learned you can`t have the username, "FUCKWINDOWS" on Windows XP. Yes, I wanted to play a 60 mb windows game that won`t work with wine. Yes, I have browser based anime games in the background. I`m addicted to them.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PhoenixEnigma » Sat May 05, 2012 10:46 pm UTC

Is, by chance, the machine name also "fuckwindows"? I seem to recall you can't name the computer and an account (or maybe just one of the initial accounts?) the same thing.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Daimon » Sat May 05, 2012 10:50 pm UTC

PhoenixEnigma wrote:Is, by chance, the machine name also "fuckwindows"? I seem to recall you can't name the computer and an account (or maybe just one of the initial accounts?) the same thing.


I don`t know what it was named. Probably, "Shitty OS" is my guess. I don`t remember the whole naming-process for windows XP that well. Maybe I just typed it twice.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Menacing Spike » Sat May 05, 2012 10:58 pm UTC

Daimon wrote:Yes, I have browser based anime games in the background. I`m addicted to them.


Reminds me of my little sister, and wow, these games are all shit.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Daimon » Sat May 05, 2012 11:03 pm UTC

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Daimon wrote:Yes, I have browser based anime games in the background. I`m addicted to them.


Reminds me of my little sister, and wow, these games are all shit.


I`m addicted to them; what can I say? I just love games where the only goal is to get more stats for the sake of getting more stats with some theme behind it.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ptolom » Sun May 06, 2012 2:00 pm UTC

TIL: Briquette charcoal can't get hot enough to forge steel, but does produce enough sparks to cover my arms in tiny, painful burns.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kewangji » Sun May 06, 2012 9:32 pm UTC

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:I could still do with a decent way to write rho.

Write it as a P combined with an L, peut-être? Make the L's curve quite sharp. Not too wild a change, I would say.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Sun May 06, 2012 9:43 pm UTC

I actually mean a lowercase rho. If you were too, then I've no idea what you mean.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kewangji » Sun May 06, 2012 9:54 pm UTC

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:I actually mean a lowercase rho. If you were too, then I've no idea what you mean.

Oh. Lowercase I would solve with one of these: a) tiny little spiral distinct from an e by definitely not touching itself, b) extend the tail of an e very far, c) simply a very 90-degree'd e.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Sun May 06, 2012 10:03 pm UTC

I think either our handwriting is significantly different and/or we're still not referring to the same letter. Look at the wikipedia page on rho. The letter I'm trying to write is the middle one, ρ. Not the curly one next to it. As you can see, this is the one that comes up most often in the things I'm doing, by far. The letter I'm trying to disambiguate it from is p.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Shivahn » Sun May 06, 2012 10:10 pm UTC

Ptolom wrote:TIL: Briquette charcoal can't get hot enough to forge steel, but does produce enough sparks to cover my arms in tiny, painful burns.

Hardwood is best charcoal!

Also, even sparkier, so watch out for that.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kewangji » Sun May 06, 2012 10:11 pm UTC

Well, bugger. Apologies for not reading the wikipedia article fully before answering. Er. Maybe tilt a p extremely much? Make your p pointy and your rho round?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Sun May 06, 2012 10:19 pm UTC

Here's how I do it.

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Firstly, there's that curl to the left on my rho that my p doesn't have. Secondly, with my p the stroke goes straight all the way to the top of the circle, while in my rho it's more of a smooth transition. It's also more of an oval or egg shape in my rho, where the p is more circular.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Sun May 06, 2012 10:33 pm UTC

Although my p is less rounded, it's usually not enough of a difference to easily tell them apart. Even consciously trying to make the p straight and rho rounded, it's not really good enough. But the little curl on the rho will definitely do. So thanks, Zarq!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Chuff » Mon May 07, 2012 1:19 am UTC

I write most of my letters from the bottom, so I write rhos from the top and it ends up looking reasonably distinct.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Mon May 07, 2012 6:22 am UTC

my Rho's resemble the letter 'p' rotated 45 degrees counterclockwise. Personally, I dislike the letter Chi.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby ExplodingHat » Mon May 07, 2012 9:42 am UTC

"Ash tray" is Pig Latin for "trash".... :shock:
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Daimon » Mon May 07, 2012 9:49 am UTC

Vieto wrote:my Rho's resemble the letter 'p' rotated 45 degrees counterclockwise. Personally, I dislike the letter Chi.


My ら's look like 5's. Personally, I dislike ソゾツヅノン。

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Whelan » Mon May 07, 2012 10:03 am UTC

My 5s look like 3s and my 4s look like 9s. My 0s have been known to mutate into 6s when I'm not paying attention. Sometimes a 1 decides it wants to be a 7. 2s and 8s behave themselves; I like 2s and 8s.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby TimelordSimone » Mon May 07, 2012 10:59 am UTC

I cross my 7s to avoid them looking like 1s. (I also cross my Zs, I guess so they don't look like 2s? I have no idea, to be honest.)
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kewangji » Mon May 07, 2012 1:06 pm UTC

I dot my t's and cross my eyes.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Mon May 07, 2012 6:24 pm UTC

Today I Learned: how to cook sausages and bacon. You might think this is a very basic skill everyone should have, but I had never tried it. But I've tried it and so far have not died from food poisoning, so I'm calling it a success.

I expect my general level of health to deteriorate from now on.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Mon May 07, 2012 6:48 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:I expect my general deliciousness of meals to increase from now on.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Mon May 07, 2012 6:49 pm UTC

That too.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Mon May 07, 2012 6:53 pm UTC

I'm just saying, your looking at it from the wrong perspective :P
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SurgicalSteel » Tue May 08, 2012 1:19 am UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Today I Learned: how to cook sausages and bacon. You might think this is a very basic skill everyone should have, but I had never tried it. But I've tried it and so far have not died from food poisoning, so I'm calling it a success.

I expect my general level of health to deteriorate from now on.
From context, I'm guessing you mean those little breakfast sausages? If by chance you mean the larger sausages of the italian, polish or spanish variety, could you share your recipe for success? I've never had much luck with those except on a barbeque, and I'm not allowed to barbeque at my apartment anymore.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Djehutynakht » Tue May 08, 2012 5:13 am UTC

Vieto wrote:I'm just saying, your looking at it from the wrong perspective :P



Well, the trick now is to create some amazing combination of healthiness of maybe not so tasty food and the deliciousness of tasty food.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Tue May 08, 2012 6:30 am UTC

SurgicalSteel wrote:
SlyReaper wrote:Today I Learned: how to cook sausages and bacon. You might think this is a very basic skill everyone should have, but I had never tried it. But I've tried it and so far have not died from food poisoning, so I'm calling it a success.

I expect my general level of health to deteriorate from now on.
From context, I'm guessing you mean those little breakfast sausages? If by chance you mean the larger sausages of the italian, polish or spanish variety, could you share your recipe for success? I've never had much luck with those except on a barbeque, and I'm not allowed to barbeque at my apartment anymore.

I haven't the foggiest idea what a "breakfast" sausage is. These were normal sausages consumed at meals that weren't breakfast. They were Cumbria sausages if I recall, so no they weren't Spanish, Italian or Polish.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Daimon » Tue May 08, 2012 9:41 am UTC

Vieto wrote:I'm just saying, your looking at it from the wrong perspective :P


Wait, you`re going to correct someone`s spelling and then.....

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Tue May 08, 2012 10:30 am UTC

Daimon wrote:
Vieto wrote:I'm just saying, your looking at it from the wrong perspective :P


Wait, you`re going to correct someone`s spelling and then.....

What?

He wasn't correcting anyone's spelling. His typo is entirely devoid of irony.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby ArgonV » Tue May 08, 2012 11:36 am UTC

SurgicalSteel wrote:
SlyReaper wrote:Today I Learned: how to cook sausages and bacon. You might think this is a very basic skill everyone should have, but I had never tried it. But I've tried it and so far have not died from food poisoning, so I'm calling it a success.

I expect my general level of health to deteriorate from now on.
From context, I'm guessing you mean those little breakfast sausages? If by chance you mean the larger sausages of the italian, polish or spanish variety, could you share your recipe for success? I've never had much luck with those except on a barbeque, and I'm not allowed to barbeque at my apartment anymore.

Not anymore, what happened? :mrgreen:

I get great success with enough butter, relatively low heat and patience. If I cook bratwurst in the pan, I usually let them cook for 20-30 minutes. Even better, use a contact grill. I get great results with mine and I can't even control the temperature on it. It's also more healthy, since the fat is allowed to drip out into a reservoir. But don't forget to turn them :wink:
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby shawnhcorey » Tue May 08, 2012 12:35 pm UTC

TIL what paracosm means.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby emceng » Tue May 08, 2012 12:58 pm UTC

YIL about this in a supposed 'science' book http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphic_fi ... phic_field

It pissed me off and now I'm not sure I want to finish the books.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Tue May 08, 2012 2:32 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:I haven't the foggiest idea what a "breakfast" sausage is. These were normal sausages consumed at meals that weren't breakfast. They were Cumbria sausages if I recall, so no they weren't Spanish, Italian or Polish.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby philsov » Tue May 08, 2012 7:21 pm UTC

Also it has a very unique flavor. If I were to take normal sausage and remove the casing it would not be the same. At least, not here in the states.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Magnanimous » Tue May 08, 2012 9:49 pm UTC

emceng wrote:YIL about this in a supposed 'science' book http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphic_fi ... phic_field

It pissed me off and now I'm not sure I want to finish the books.

I only know about morphic fields because of Doctor Who.

... And yes, they should stay in science fiction.
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