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by Alioth
Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26091
Views: 2544806

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You live in an antiseptic bubble and are eventually driven mad due to the total lack of human contact.

I wish the thermostats in the building where I work were set a couple of degrees warmer.
by Alioth
Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:40 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What is/was your college GPA?
Replies: 64
Views: 10305

Re: What is/was your college GPA?

I've got a 5.0/5.0 after 2 years at MIT... but this is easier than it sounds for several reasons. One, I used to think I wanted to do neuro/cognitive/linguistics stuff but have since switched to bioengineering with a healthy dose of CS, which I find significantly more challenging. Two, MIT doesn't c...
by Alioth
Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge
Replies: 144
Views: 16123

Re: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge

Does it make sense to take this plan, abstract it, and apply it to (say) situps? Use the same numbers, or something proportional to them?
by Alioth
Sun Aug 03, 2008 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!
Replies: 782
Views: 68458

Re: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!

I don't love you, you don't love me. We are not a happy family. I refuse to say I love you too. You're a giant purple dinosauroid monstrosity with a permanent child-molester grin.
by Alioth
Sat Aug 02, 2008 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!
Replies: 782
Views: 68458

Re: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!

Despite the intensity of the sun's heat, and the resultant cracks in the ground, there are, in fact, other places to stand in Mesopotamia. A frown and a smile are created by totally different muscle movements, and it is impossible to perform either of them upside down. A book based on a novel by som...
by Alioth
Thu May 29, 2008 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Sacred Moments in Fiction
Replies: 44
Views: 6466

Re: Sacred Moments in Fiction

The very very end of Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress -- "You listening, Bog? Is a computer one of Your creatures?"
by Alioth
Mon Mar 17, 2008 5:44 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: MIT Campus Preview Weekend
Replies: 4
Views: 1047

Re: MIT Campus Preview Weekend

Congrats to you all! And rest assured, we are preparing for you quite a weekend.
by Alioth
Sat Oct 06, 2007 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to learn java for cs ab test?
Replies: 11
Views: 2882

Re: How to learn java for cs ab test?

I second what's been said before, and add this one small pointer: they're quite fond of asking nitpick questions, like the difference between String s1 = "apple"; String s2 = "apple"; String s1 = "apple"; String s2 = s1; String s1 = "apple"; String s2 = new St...
by Alioth
Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Boston-area pre-meetup?
Replies: 13
Views: 3393

I'm up for it, but I second the request for T-accessible location.
by Alioth
Wed Sep 05, 2007 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Conceptually odd theoretical languages
Replies: 39
Views: 6801

Do you mean word frequencies, or acoustic frequencies, or...?

And you may be interested in the conlang Tenata, by Lila Sadkin, which has "dissolving lexical categories" as one of its founding goals.
by Alioth
Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Science books! Favorites and recommendations
Replies: 33
Views: 5633

Phantoms in the Brain, by V.S. Ramachandran. It's really neat, a little random and rambly sometimes, and well-aimed at the knowledgeable-layman crowd. Also, neuro/cognitive science FTW.
by Alioth
Sat Aug 04, 2007 8:07 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Other ACTIVITIES
Replies: 140
Views: 23076

Also, if you don't chance through the entertaining for free ticket thread, I and practicing up my poi skills and could put on a little show for you guys. I will try as hard as I can to get fire poi... otherwise I'll just use glowsticks. But it will be sweet. We could also go stargazing... a favouri...
by Alioth
Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Who is bringing instruments to play?
Replies: 28
Views: 6058

I'm bringing my voice.
by Alioth
Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0037: "Hyphen"
Replies: 77
Views: 44502

It's even funnier when [adjective]-ass is part of a string of adjectives. The right adjectives.

Some random on Craigslist wrote:HUGE ASS FUCKING BOAT behind your obnoxious truck
by Alioth
Sat Jun 30, 2007 5:02 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Other ACTIVITIES
Replies: 140
Views: 23076

Drop by MIT campus? Of course, it's likely that a large proportion of meet attendees will be students (including me), but it might be interesting to non-students.
by Alioth
Sun Jun 24, 2007 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A new "legless lizard" found...
Replies: 32
Views: 8963

Does anyone know if legless lizards have scutes/scoots/those specialized ventral scales that snakes have that help them move? Or do these lizards just get really good at undulating?
by Alioth
Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 336552

Hi, and hope I'm not interrupting a coherent discussion. I'm Alioth. I am indeed human, and not a spambot. I just graduated high school, and I'm off to MIT in the fall (\m/). Going to study biology and/or neuroscience. I have a bunch of weird hobbies: conlanging , making chainmaille , and spinning p...

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