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by macronencer
Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"
Replies: 151
Views: 107961

Re: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"

Randall seems to be under the impression (see the tooltip on the diamond image) that Google still allows the "+" prefix. Unfortunately, those morons discontinued it, which is why I'm currently using DuckDuckGo in protest. And the fact that Google declared itself as "Big Brother"...
by macronencer
Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congratulations on the Hugo!
Replies: 9
Views: 5085

Re: Congratulations on the Hugo!

I was there! The speech was brilliant.

However, apparently a citation is needed...

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by macronencer
Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:06 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"
Replies: 151
Views: 107961

Re: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"

Randall seems to be under the impression (see the tooltip on the diamond image) that Google still allows the "+" prefix. Unfortunately, those morons discontinued it, which is why I'm currently using DuckDuckGo in protest.
by macronencer
Mon May 06, 2013 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Geohashing
Replies: 12
Views: 30538

Re: Geohashing

I don't have much time for geohashing these days but I used to go a lot, and I still enjoy it when I can.

I also wrote a SONG about it! Here's a video - hope you all like it :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ih4V5uR1Mk

It's OK, you can click. This is not a Rickroll :roll:
by macronencer
Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9348088

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Someone please enlighten me: how does one pronounce "CisHet"?

It's like "Cif". I'm suffering serious hard/soft C paranoia here.
by macronencer
Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9348088

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

I'm a wuss and plan to let it carry on growing, as I don't want to expose the underneath :( I lost both my big toenails a few years ago so I have some experience of this (I let mine grow back, and it took 18 months!) I recommend using something like tea tree oil every day to keep it sterile, and yo...
by macronencer
Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9348088

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Just thought you folks might like to see this Raptor Counter a friend of mine made at work. I added the Post-It based digits, and later the extra sticker from the xkcd store too :)
by macronencer
Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Hot debate about probability on Richard Wiseman's blog
Replies: 18
Views: 2844

Re: Hot debate about probability on Richard Wiseman's blog

This has been an interesting journey for me and I've come to realise a couple of things: (1) Probability has a greater philosophical component than I realised (even though I knew it was there). (2) Many puzzles of this form have apparent official 'correct' answers, and it seems that this may be misl...
by macronencer
Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Hot debate about probability on Richard Wiseman's blog
Replies: 18
Views: 2844

Re: Hot debate about probability on Richard Wiseman's blog

antonfire: OK, I do understand where you're coming from now. Thank you for taking the time to explain. Is this actually just the frequentist vs. Bayesian debate? There's a really interesting article here about that... http://lesswrong.com/lw/7ck/frequentist_vs_bayesian_breakdown_interpretation/ If I...
by macronencer
Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Hot debate about probability on Richard Wiseman's blog
Replies: 18
Views: 2844

Re: Hot debate about probability on Richard Wiseman's blog

I want to thank you all for getting so involved in this - it's getting very interesting! I like the python script, very neat! I understand the point about the algorithm of choice making a difference, of course. The point I'm having trouble with might be considered a philosophical one, and I can't re...
by macronencer
Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Hot debate about probability on Richard Wiseman's blog
Replies: 18
Views: 2844

Re: Hot debate about probability on Richard Wiseman's blog

Thanks for the comments, all of you. So you actually think that the procedure followed by Richard (the chooser of the blue stone) is relevant? I thought that conditional probability questions such as this one were supposed to be answered from the point of view of the observer. All the information we...
by macronencer
Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Hot debate about probability on Richard Wiseman's blog
Replies: 18
Views: 2844

Hot debate about probability on Richard Wiseman's blog

Hi folks. Richard Wiseman's Friday Puzzle has stirred up a hornet's nest, as it sometimes does. This time it's roughly evenly polarised, which is quite interesting and relatively unusual. Sorry if this counts as "done to death" - I'm not entirely sure it's not a variant of the Monty Hall p...
by macronencer
Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0689: "First Design"
Replies: 141
Views: 52211

Re: "First Design" Discussion

When I did this my idea was just like a bucket and then the robot could just stay underneath the thing that drops the balls and catch them all Many thanks for being the first person to explain this fully. I had to read most of the way down the first page before I found your comment and finally unde...
by macronencer
Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0630: "Time Travel"
Replies: 147
Views: 30373

Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Well, this is interesting... I'm from 1965. I guess I'm in too :|

Do I have to learn a funny handshake?
by macronencer
Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0630: "Time Travel"
Replies: 147
Views: 30373

Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Generation ((109^n)/pi)+i. The first time you see this, copy and paste it into your sig on any forum, add one to i and subtract this new value of i from n. Social experiment. I can't make sense of this. Am I supposed to re-write it as "Generation ((109^(n-i-1))/pi)+i+1"? Or have you left ...
by macronencer
Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0630: "Time Travel"
Replies: 147
Views: 30373

Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

This one reminds me of one of my fave gags from the excellent cancelled 3D animation series, "Father of the Pride", in which Roy Horn says to Siegfried: "I am going to travel forward in time and scowl at you... I have arrived."
by macronencer
Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:16 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: iPhone Geohash App
Replies: 22
Views: 12046

Re: iPhone Geohash App

Update: I'm now beta-testing fixes from Casey, helping him sort out the bugs. Hopefully he'll be releasing a new version before long - it may have some new features too - watch this space!
by macronencer
Sat Jul 25, 2009 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: iPhone Geohash App
Replies: 22
Views: 12046

Re: iPhone Geohash App

A quick update: I am now in contact with Casey, and he says he will investigate the issue with the 30W rule.
by macronencer
Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:39 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: iPhone Geohash App
Replies: 22
Views: 12046

Re: iPhone Geohash App

The future can't be hashed, because you don't have the stock exchange info (unless you do, in which case, gimmeh!) Yes it can be hashed - week-ends use Friday's opening number, and anywhere east of 30W uses yesterday's. So, I (being in the UK) should be able to calculate tomorrow's meet-up place ri...
by macronencer
Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 99225

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Sigh. I knew this would happen when I read the alt text. I think RM miscalculated here because this hornets' nest about Rand is totally unnecessary! The comic would have been equally funny without that reference.
by macronencer
Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0514: "Simultaneous"
Replies: 144
Views: 29684

Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Wait a minute... sex + relativity?

Isn't that incest?
by macronencer
Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0503: "Terminology"
Replies: 292
Views: 48443

Re: Terminology

I think everything I wanted to say about the map has already been said, so I just want to add this: I live in England, and everyone I know says "Middle East", not "Near East". Maybe "Near East" is a "continental" thing in Europe? Or perhaps we're just the USA'...
by macronencer
Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 33318

Re: "Depth" Discussion

wolfticket - what can I say? A great answer, and on a postcard too. Thank you.
by macronencer
Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 33318

Re: "Depth" Discussion

Yeah, yeah, OK. But according to the buildings shown in the first picture , the grass should be at ground level, otherwise it makes the log scale wrong. Ergo the grass is at ground level. Happy now? This could be a building in a place with a lower ground level than the buildings shown in "Heig...
by macronencer
Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 33318

Re: "Depth" Discussion

Yeah, yeah, OK. But according to the buildings shown in the first picture, the grass should be at ground level, otherwise it makes the log scale wrong. Ergo the grass is at ground level.

Happy now?
by macronencer
Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 33318

Re: "Depth" Discussion

Nice composite, but of course the grass shouldn't be on top of the roof. How to combine the two and maintain the correct scales? Hmmm... answers on a postcard. :shock:
by macronencer
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 33318

Re: "Depth" Discussion

themuffinking wrote:
Amarantha wrote:
themuffinking, in Height Discussion wrote:Also, I hope to Feynman that Wednesday's comic will be called "Depth".


Only off by a few days :)


BOW BEFORE MY FUTURE KNOWLEDGE

My next prediction:

The last movie ever made will be 200 hours long...
[ SNIP ]


I'll have what you're having.
by macronencer
Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 33318

Re: "Depth" Discussion

segmentation fault wrote:ok he was definitely high when he made this one :)


No, he was deep. He was high when he did the last one :D
by macronencer
Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 33318

Re: "Depth" Discussion

cooldude76 wrote:Also, did anyone notice the "Norm Bridge" in the background? Whatssat About?


It's "Northbridge". Google it. :)
by macronencer
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 33318

Re: "Depth" Discussion

My question would be: what are sperms and ova doing on a CPU chip anyway? That must have been a VERY strange party...
by macronencer
Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 33318

Re: "Depth" Discussion

Randall has outdone himself. Again! This is something Escher would be proud of.
by macronencer
Tue Sep 16, 2008 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0472: "House of Pancakes"
Replies: 185
Views: 43380

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Netrilix, you win the prize. Nicely done! My story is a little like yours. Ordered the book, got it late last week (Friday? Not sure), finished it (well, sort of) last night. I still have the Whalestoe letters to read, and if MZD thinks I'm actually going to read every word of those ridiculous lists...
by macronencer
Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0472: "House of Pancakes"
Replies: 185
Views: 43380

Re: Far reaches of XKCD

So while walking to the library to pick up House of Leaves. I was thinking. How many X*D readers decided to start reading -- or in my case finish House of Leaves. Then, as any self respecting connoisseur of all things google I decided to Google Trends the terms [ House of Leaves] and [Danielewski]....
by macronencer
Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0472: "House of Pancakes"
Replies: 185
Views: 43380

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Ridill wrote:After reading the comments about this book in this thread, I went ahead and picked it up today.
I have a feeling I'm not the only person who did this, seeing as how it took 4 bookstores to find one that wasn't sold out.


Heh. Randall should hire himself out as a marketing channel :wink:
by macronencer
Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0472: "House of Pancakes"
Replies: 185
Views: 43380

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

I got a full color version from Barnes and Noble for about 20 dollars, and that was about two weeks ago. I'm glad I saw it and remembered it was a book I was interested in. You should probably check one if it's convenient. Was it really full colour? Wikipedia seems to imply that there TWO-colour an...
by macronencer
Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0472: "House of Pancakes"
Replies: 185
Views: 43380

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

I got a full color version from Barnes and Noble for about 20 dollars, and that was about two weeks ago. I'm glad I saw it and remembered it was a book I was interested in. You should probably check one if it's convenient. Was it really full colour? Wikipedia seems to imply that there TWO-colour an...
by macronencer
Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0472: "House of Pancakes"
Replies: 185
Views: 43380

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

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by macronencer
Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0458: "Regrets"
Replies: 130
Views: 31038

Re: "Regrets" Discussion

What the hell is Epic Movie?

Anyway, I'd like to point out that the search depicted would also match "I should have kissed her on the face". :twisted:

P.S. @markfiend - coolest. avatar. ever.
by macronencer
Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 199098

Re: "Purity" Discussion

I just read all 14 pages, and this discussion is really interesting. A bunch of people have said that math is applied philosophy. What if philosophy is applied love? ...Well, think about the very derivation of the word "philosophy". Plus, the idea of love being the basis is pretty xkcdian...
by macronencer
Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 199098

Re: "Purity" Discussion

1. A is A. And A is A because we have defined A to be A. why? what does it mean for A to be A? and how do you know that <whatever this means> follows from <you defining A to be A>? I was saying that symbolic logic can't ever be shown with certainty to relate to reality. But it doesn't really matter...

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