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by curious and questioning
Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So, I'm going to a math state competition next month
Replies: 19
Views: 1612

Re: So, I'm going to a math state competition next month

Kurushimi wrote:Also, I live in Florida. If you do too, that'd be epic.

Alas, I am in New York. I'd like to say that maybe we can meet nationally, but since I'm on the B team for the local area, that seems unlikely. Best of luck, though!
by curious and questioning
Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So, I'm going to a math state competition next month
Replies: 19
Views: 1612

Re: So, I'm going to a math state competition next month

I am going to a math state competition next month too! *high fives* Either this is rather common, or we're in the same state (if you don't mind sharing that information online...). I wasn't going to act any more nerdy than I already do, but I reference xkcd in my daily life far too often as it is. a...
by curious and questioning
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Perfect Moments In Music
Replies: 396
Views: 204153

Re: Perfect Moments In Music

I feel kind of silly for not posting about something deep and elitist like classical music or post-rock or whatever because I really should bother to listen to those but I haven't. I really like the chorus of By the Way by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. don't care for the verses, but the last time the c...
by curious and questioning
Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your Eye
Replies: 318
Views: 48226

Re: Post your Eye

pictures taken from larger ones of me, that's why they're small.
I like pictures of eyes, so I felt I should contribute.
Both these are atypical: I wear glasses but not makeup usually.
by curious and questioning
Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body
Replies: 1607
Views: 194532

Re: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body

I can also lock my wrists behind my back when my right elbow is pointing upwards (near my head) and my left elbow is pointing downwards(near my torso). That is the position I start with. And then, I continue and everybody's grossed out. And I laugh. The funny thing is, my niece wanted to be special...
by curious and questioning
Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teacher seeking student feedback on tests
Replies: 25
Views: 2737

Re: Teacher seeking student feedback on tests

Could you explain the problem with 5c, though? You're worried that students will mentally insert a "not" into the sentence and thus get it wrong? I don't see how that's different from any true/false question. The question makes it easy to skim and think "objects... table... hey, we t...
by curious and questioning
Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body
Replies: 1607
Views: 194532

Re: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body

Then there's also something freakish I can do with my arms. But it's difficult to explain. For a start, I put my right hand between my shoulder blades, with my elbow next to my head. More or less, that is. Then I grab it with my other hand, with my left elbow next to my torso. Then -and this is the...
by curious and questioning
Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mental experiments, How do/can people solve problems?
Replies: 25
Views: 2133

Re: Mental experiments, How do/can people solve problems?

[quote=polymer]It's the fact that you wouldn't have to memorize every single scale for a mode, you would only have to know the intervals for the mode. When thinking of a chords, you wouldn't think of the letters associated with the keys, you would remember your root note and work off the intervals f...
by curious and questioning
Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: They Might be Giants
Replies: 35
Views: 57492

Re: They Might be Giants

http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=8150 Factory Showroom's good too and hasn't been mentioned yet... it, John Henry, and Apollo 18 are my favorites right now. Also, if you're going to start with a compilation, Dial A Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants has the same stuff as User's Gu...
by curious and questioning
Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8673
Views: 1863626

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Spoiler:
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Doug's response to everything was to drop an exploding cat on it. You'd be surprised how often it worked.
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by curious and questioning
Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:12 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trouble Installing Ubuntu 8.10
Replies: 12
Views: 1595

Re: Trouble Installing Ubuntu 8.10

I think a friend of mine whose computer I attacked with kubuntu a few months ago has a linksys adapter like that, and it involved ndiswrapper (using windows drivers on a linux system) and many problems. I'll ask her about it and report back.
by curious and questioning
Thu Nov 20, 2008 4:03 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trouble Installing Ubuntu 8.10
Replies: 12
Views: 1595

Re: Linux on a 2nd HDD

This hasn't ever happened to me, but I will make slightly educated guesses in an attempt to help. It seems like the easiest thing to do is to make absolutely sure your install CD is okay (burn one slower if necessary- 4x top speed, and check for errors), reformat/repartition the second hard drive, a...
by curious and questioning
Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd feed for Facebook, FTL
Replies: 6
Views: 1451

Re: xkcd feed for Facebook, FTL

I had xkcd feed installed, but I didn't use it for looking at the comic. The alt-text not being mouseover just wasn't as good. It was about making my profile look pretty and showing off that I like geeky things.
by curious and questioning
Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:52 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trouble Installing Ubuntu 8.10
Replies: 12
Views: 1595

Re: Linux on a 2nd HDD

Ubuntu uses Grub . There's sometimes an option where the Ubuntu install CD will detect a second OS and ask if you want to dual boot with it. I've never tried it with >1 hard drives attached to my computer, so I don't know if it will shrink and repartition to keep both OSes on one drive or think to i...
by curious and questioning
Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!
Replies: 782
Views: 68786

Re: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!

There are more than 525,600 minutes in a year. Rent was WRONG!! When I first learned this at age 13 (from a reeeeeeally geeky friend) I was crushed. He'd destroyed one of my favorite songs. Now it just makes me chuckle. How so? 365 days in a year*24 hours in a day*60 minutes in an hour=525600 minut...
by curious and questioning
Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 141731

Re: Cool word list

whimsical! hyperbolic! quintessence! All of these words amuse me greatly. Found out about quintessence(quintessential was the form, I think) in fifth grade when the people who already knew all of the normal spelling words were allowed to find random ones from the dictionary to study. A teacher prais...
by curious and questioning
Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Halloween is coming! (horrible franken-thread)
Replies: 326
Views: 30059

Re: Halloween is coming! (horrible franken-thread)

This year I am Death from the Sandman comics. In formal wear, from the beginning of Season of Mists... don't want to post a pic with my face visible, but it's not the same without the eye makeup, so maybe I'll GIMP something tomorrow. Skirt made of too much tulle over leggings, a bodice over a turtl...
by curious and questioning
Sat Oct 25, 2008 3:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your eyesight!
Replies: 137
Views: 12398

Re: Post your eyesight!

people who can't imagine wearing contact lenses because of poking-things-in-eyes: This is what I used to think. It is not actually that bad, eventually, and I very much like having peripheral vision. You don't realize what you're missing peripherally until you wear contacts for a while, then glasses...
by curious and questioning
Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your Favorite Song Ever
Replies: 42
Views: 4137

Re: Your Favorite Song Ever

Iron & Wine- "Such Great Heights" (*sigh*) why do you like this version more than the Postal Service one? "Birdhouse In Your Soul"- They Might Be Giants I don't know. Even though at any given time I probably like other songs more, the other ones are always changing. Birdhous...
by curious and questioning
Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Weird Al - Whatever You Like
Replies: 9
Views: 1672

Re: Weird Al - Whatever You Like

I'm surprised the original is #1. That's in the States, right? I hadn't even heard of it until I read this topic, and I listen to a good bit of radio. Here in the US, I've heard the original on the popular radio stations (not by choice, they play a pop station on the school bus). I couldn't say spe...
by curious and questioning
Thu Sep 25, 2008 2:09 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 164835

Re: Your Schedule

(sophomore; high school) 1. regents physics (I should probably learn this stuff before AP. Easy, at least so far. I love physics as a subject, and the teacher is awesome.) 2. gym is a requisite class, alternates with a second period of physics every other day 3. global history 2H (wishing I'd taken ...
by curious and questioning
Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: XKCD book club September, Cat's Cradle
Replies: 6
Views: 2109

Re: XKCD book club September, Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle is one of my favourite books. The first time I read it (about a year ago?) I couldn't stop thinking about the end for days... it was the first thing written by Vonnegut I read, I love his writing now. I don't know why I like it and due to that this post is kind of useless, but I would h...
by curious and questioning
Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:06 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 404657

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

My physics teacher is awesome. *compares something to a mule* me: How do you know about mules? Were you in a circus or something where you could observe them? teacher: Yes, actually, I was in a circus. *takes a few tennis balls from his desk and juggles them for a few minutes, also balancing a metre...
by curious and questioning
Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Am I crazy?
Replies: 57
Views: 5138

Re: Am I crazy?

*I am mentally arguing with myself* Wait, how do I know this isn't all in someone else's head? I could just be a fabricated character in some story. I hope it isn't like in my last NaNoWriMo novel, I'm pretty uncaring regarding my characters... Christine((main character in said nano)), are you there...
by curious and questioning
Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Misheard Lyrics
Replies: 98
Views: 11539

Re: Re:

and then of course there's the hymn about Gladly, the cross-eyed bear. I knew about that, and was aware of what it actually was, but I still managed to think for years that the line in You Oughta Know (Alanis Morisette?) was "the cross-eyed bear that you gave to me." I thought that they w...
by curious and questioning
Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: theremin
Replies: 13
Views: 2330

Re: theremin

... if you positioned your body right, you could pick up AM radio stations... ?!? That's not supposed to happen. What did you do ? I have a theremin which I made at the beginning of the year for science fairs. It is of the make-spooky-noises variety and not the play-serious-music one. I want someda...
by curious and questioning
Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8673
Views: 1863626

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

I think I've seen this one before, probably in this thread, but here it is anyway. http://xkcd.com/255/

edit: second one is new. I think. After looking at any edit for too long it seems obvious.

edit2: Second=first displayed.
by curious and questioning
Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:19 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: copying files between hard drives using kubuntu live CD?
Replies: 7
Views: 2239

Re: copying files between hard drives using kubuntu live CD?

I made a ntfs partition the same size as the old hard drive and copied the files over with dd. The computer didn't boot from it, but I installed kubuntu in the remaining space and am now distracted playing with it. If I really need Windows I can switch the hard drives again. Thanks again to everyone...
by curious and questioning
Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: copying files between hard drives using kubuntu live CD?
Replies: 7
Views: 2239

Re: copying files between hard drives using kubuntu live CD?

I did switch the hard drives at one point, so dd copied to the correct one. From what I could tell, it seemed like I could resize the partition/just add a linux one in the remaining space, so it was worth a try... it didn't boot XP after that, though, and back in Windows (on the old drive) it looks ...
by curious and questioning
Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:32 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: copying files between hard drives using kubuntu live CD?
Replies: 7
Views: 2239

copying files between hard drives using kubuntu live CD?

I'm trying to switch my laptop's hard drive with a new one. The old hard drive came with the computer (which is a Thinkpad T42, I don't think that's relevant, but...) and has a larger NTFS partition, "IBM_PRELOAD" (around 32 GB) with Windows XP Professional and a smaller "IBM_SERVICE&...
by curious and questioning
Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Coldplay
Replies: 23
Views: 3736

Re: Coldplay

The track 'Life in Technicolor' doesn't actually have any lyrics as far as I'm aware. I read an interview or something saying that it used to have lyrics but when someone commented that it would make a good single they removed the lyrics. I'm having some trouble finding it now, of course... I read ...
by curious and questioning
Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Coldplay
Replies: 23
Views: 3736

Re: Coldplay

My favorite Coldplay song is Don't Panic. It is amazing at making me calm. It's not that I dislike the new album, it's just too happy, and too many layers. Coldplay are *the* band to listen to for sadness, in my experience. The closest to a sad song on Viva La Vida is maybe Yes (although the iTunes ...
by curious and questioning
Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: They Might Be Giants
Replies: 133
Views: 23318

Re: They Might Be Giants

what is they might be giants MOST romantic song? Museum of Idiots is... well, it's one of their songs that's about love and not, say, presidents, so that counts as romantic, right? I've Got A Match, too. I don't know about *most* romantic... That's how you get good grades, folks: listen to TMBG. I ...
by curious and questioning
Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Google Trends
Replies: 158
Views: 17663

Re: Have you seen THIS?

Certhas wrote:more people have used google to google "google"

sometimes I'll just type "google" into the address bar and hit the enter key... it takes me to the Google search for google. So not completely stupidity. Note that I do end up at a website from which I can google things...
by curious and questioning
Wed May 28, 2008 2:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13427
Views: 1772218

Re: Today You Learned

Today I learned how straightening irons work.
Coincidentally, my straightening iron may need some time with a screwdriver before it works again. If it works again.
by curious and questioning
Sat May 17, 2008 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Tips and Tricks of studying
Replies: 15
Views: 2117

Re: Tips and Tricks of studying

When I'm trying to remember things (like notes for an exam), something that can really help is making it into a song, or at least a rhythm, and repeating it over and over. I do this when studying, although alone in my room - singing about the effects of the Tokugawa Shogunate on Japan, for example, ...
by curious and questioning
Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0416: "Zealous Autoconfig"
Replies: 104
Views: 32759

Re: "Zealous Autoconfig" Discussion

I was kind of interested in maybe installing ubuntu someday before this comic. Now, I'm wondering what I can clear off my hard drive/if I can fit a useful install in a gigabyte or less, as soon as possible.
by curious and questioning
Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!
Replies: 782
Views: 68786

Re: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!

espire wrote:If Cowtown were under the sea, then the cow would not live in Cowtown. It would drown in Cowtown.
Maybe it's a manatee. Sea cow.
by curious and questioning
Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Xkcd Superelite Marching Band/Drum Corps
Replies: 67
Views: 13576

Re: The Xkcd Superelite Marching Band/Drum Corps

Anyone ever been in the same situation? Not in marching band. But last year (eighth grade, right before all the musicians from the middle schools were brought together into the high school), there were two concert band periods for the grade. One had the two trombones, the one tuba, and one of the b...
by curious and questioning
Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:00 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Senior Yearbook Quotation
Replies: 98
Views: 10292

Re: Senior Yearbook Quotation

Allium Cepa wrote:I've got a huge book of random quotes that has so many great ones.

What book? want.

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