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by bcoblentz
Thu May 26, 2011 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 184685

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Whoever started the 'Get to philosophy' page basically asked people to edit every article so that this observation holds true. A 2008 version of the page says it worked for about 80% of all articles. The current version says 93%. Seen in this light, along with the fact that most of the hyperlinks in...
by bcoblentz
Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 29884

Re: 0890: Etymology

To quote William Shatner, my favorite Star Wars cast member: "Get a life."
by bcoblentz
Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 20681

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

squareroot wrote:Euge!
Brilliance, I detect!
How long until there's a douchebag registry set up??


http://dontdatehimgirl.com/home/
by bcoblentz
Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0782: "Desecration"
Replies: 101
Views: 25287

Re: "Desecration" discussion (#782)

I am actually not too bothered by the mistakes on their own, but in the context of Randall being kind of nitpicky (there are a lot of comics that play on this little quirk, if you haven't noticed) they are inexcusable. And it is just dumb as hell when people say "Nono he does it ON PURPOSE, we ...
by bcoblentz
Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0782: "Desecration"
Replies: 101
Views: 25287

Re: "Desecration" discussion (#782)

"So the last three comics all contained typing/spelling/factual errors... Randall just doesn't even care anymore." I think that there's a possibility of all the errors being intentional. Maybe they're a riddle or something to that effect. "What do you call a webcomic author who, judg...
by bcoblentz
Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0782: "Desecration"
Replies: 101
Views: 25287

Re: "Desecration" discussion (#782)

Heh, amusing, but after going through all the old comics and noticing that heads are often completely detached from their possessors' bodies, the last panel really bugs the crap out of me.
by bcoblentz
Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 38961

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

Yikes, this one's a real stinker.
by bcoblentz
Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0617: "Understocked"
Replies: 115
Views: 22761

Re: "Understocked" Discussion

The alt text rings especially true for me; my first (and so far, only--thanks Administration) semester of grad school I was drunk more than half the time.
by bcoblentz
Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about sample size
Replies: 9
Views: 1339

Re: Question about sample size

Yes, it was a pilot study. But the problem is that all of these studies seem to be pilot studies which then aren't followed up, and cited as evidence anyway. How frequent does the event have to be? If it's something contrary to ordinary experience, like one's thoughts having an influence on the exte...
by bcoblentz
Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about sample size
Replies: 9
Views: 1339

Re: Question about sample size

He's an electrical engineer with a PhD in psychology. I can see how an electrical engineer would think he knew a lot of advanced physics without actually knowing much from a theoretical standpoint, and how someone with a PhD in psychology would think he knew a lot about how to conduct bullshit studi...
by bcoblentz
Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about sample size
Replies: 9
Views: 1339

Question about sample size

I was reading a blog about some study that "proved" good intentions of others can magically cause people to feel better, but the study only surveyed 62 people. I commented on it saying the number of people surveyed was too small to be worth anything and the crazy parapsychologist who runs ...
by bcoblentz
Sun Dec 21, 2008 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Explain to me why this wouldn't work
Replies: 17
Views: 2362

Re: Explain to me why this wouldn't work

When are people going to realize that their perpetual motion / free energy / FTL / cube doubling / circle squaring ideas are always wrong?
by bcoblentz
Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: D'oh
Replies: 15
Views: 1676

Re: D'oh

So associating each neighborhood with a rational number rather than a point of x is the way to go?
by bcoblentz
Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: D'oh
Replies: 15
Views: 1676

Re: D'oh

I don't remember if we specifically did that (probably, when I wasn't paying attention) but it seems pretty easy to prove (and I probably would have on the test): since every point of X is an isolated point, each point has a neighborhood which contains no other point of X. Then you have a 1-1 corres...
by bcoblentz
Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: D'oh
Replies: 15
Views: 1676

D'oh

School this semester has taken a backseat to some more pressing personal problems. As a result, I didn't do much studying for the final exam in analysis, and I haven't been getting a lot of sleep either, a deadly combination. One of the exam exercises was to prove that every uncountable subset of th...
by bcoblentz
Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I hate physicists
Replies: 24
Views: 3730

Re: I hate physicists

Your reasons for hating physicists are ridiculous. A physicist and a mathematician are having a discussion in the computer lab right now, and the mathematician is talking about an "impossible" hypothetical , but what he doesn't realize is he's just describing a vacuum tube. It sounds like ...
by bcoblentz
Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: That feeling you get...
Replies: 31
Views: 3675

Re: That feeling you get...

I was working on what should have been (and probably is, but I can't see it) a fairly straightforward proof of convergence for a sequence and ended up discovering Jacobsthal numbers . I almost missed my train but I figured out the recursion relations and the closed form expression given in the artic...
by bcoblentz
Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How much topology is there in graph theory?
Replies: 11
Views: 2123

How much topology is there in graph theory?

I don't have any head at all for topology but graph theory seems like it might be kinda cool, and I was thinking about studying that if algebra turns out to be more of my thing. Thoughts?
by bcoblentz
Tue Nov 25, 2008 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free energy?
Replies: 39
Views: 4010

Re: Free energy?

Of course I meant free energy in the colloquial, pseudoscientific sense. While I know less physics than any of the other physics majors I graduated with, I know enough not to be amused by that joke.
by bcoblentz
Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free energy?
Replies: 39
Views: 4010

Re: Free energy?

Bah, I'm not going to try to figure out why this is wrong because there's no such thing as free energy so it's already not going to work.
by bcoblentz
Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ÿ
Replies: 67
Views: 5932

Re: Faster than the Speed of Light-Without violating relativity

I think it's pretty cool that a 16 year old with no real physics training was able to come up with a totally consistent theory that can be described completely by some pictures of cubes which explains the universe better than the silly things Einstein (a so-called "trained physicist") pull...
by bcoblentz
Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Life, the Universe and Everything
Replies: 4
Views: 1249

Re: Life, the Universe and Everything

Someone should put Schrodinger's Cat and 42 in a box with a radioactive sample that causes two guns to fire after a certain number of decays, and throw it down a bottomless pit so we never have to hear about either of them ever again.
by bcoblentz
Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Direct proof of compactness
Replies: 18
Views: 1777

Re: Direct proof of compactness

Yeah, that's along the lines of what I ended up turning in, but it seemed too easy so it made me uncomfortable.
by bcoblentz
Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Direct proof of compactness
Replies: 18
Views: 1777

Direct proof of compactness

Let K = {0} U {1/n : n ε N}. Show that K is compact without using the Heine-Borel theorem.

There's some kind of mental block preventing me from seeing how to do this. Not homework, in the sense that it's not a homework problem that is due in the future.
by bcoblentz
Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What is the name of this general class of figures?
Replies: 19
Views: 2250

Re: What is the name of this general class of figures?

It sounds to me like you're thinking about curves of constant width (which don't include cardioids, at least not in general--maybe there's some weird cardioid of constant width that isn't easy to visualize). They do have nice properties; investigate them!
by bcoblentz
Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: BA or BSc?
Replies: 19
Views: 3604

Re: BA or BSc?

The BA degree is usually meant for people who plan to become elementary or high school teachers. If you want to go to grad school, get a BS because the preparation in the core subjects like analysis and algebra will usually be more extensive. You'll also have to take a more diverse selection of othe...
by bcoblentz
Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Refinement to the Metric System
Replies: 24
Views: 2973

Re: Refinement to the Metric System

What a waste of time. How much more "intuitive" is it to replace prefixes from two ancient languages with...different prefixes from the same two ancient languages?
by bcoblentz
Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematics and Beauty
Replies: 42
Views: 5580

Re: Mathematics and Beauty

Well, it does look kind of like a hole.
by bcoblentz
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196582

Re: "Purity" Discussion

So the purity can probably be translated as fundamental. What is the basis for all science, what does it all come down to in the end. What can we all lean on for understanding and a common ground? Really it is math. And while it is pure because math only can be described by itself, it is not feasab...
by bcoblentz
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196582

Re: "Purity" Discussion

^.

Dologan wrote:For the concept of "purity" to make sense, some sort of contaminant has to exist. So what would the "contaminant" be in this case? Oh yeah, I think it's called "real life" :wink:


That's what bugs me. This whole pissing contest is too Manichean.
by bcoblentz
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196582

Re: "Purity" Discussion

Yeah, this comic is kind of funny, but it sidesteps the real issue (the alt text helps a little, though). What does purity have to do with anything? What does purity mean? If it means living in an ivory tower of abstraction, why should that even be something to be proud of? Why doesn't everyone just...
by bcoblentz
Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Majoring in Math
Replies: 48
Views: 7807

Re: Majoring in Math

In general it's a good idea to never listen to anything an economist says.
by bcoblentz
Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fourier
Replies: 4
Views: 1479

Re: Fourier

What kind of class is this for? If it's for high school, which is what it sounds like if you aren't going into the project already knowing what a Fourier transform is, you should be able to get away with saying that it resolves a signal into its component frequencies, and that different instruments ...
by bcoblentz
Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Qualified for grad school?
Replies: 4
Views: 1361

Re: Qualified for grad school?

Getting into grad school isn't as difficult as you think. You don't have to be a national contest winner or even a particularly brilliant mathematician. There are plenty of perfectly good math programs (and plenty of mediocre ones, like the one I'm headed for) all over the country that will accept y...
by bcoblentz
Fri May 16, 2008 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0424: "Security Holes"
Replies: 88
Views: 32909

Re: "Security Holes" discussion

Mellon.
by bcoblentz
Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Counterintuitive nature of symbolic logic?
Replies: 43
Views: 6024

Re: Counterintuitive nature of symbolic logic?

I think your problem is trying to read => as being a maths version of the English language construct "If.... Then", which it isn't, for the reasons you describe. Symbolic logic doesn't belong strictly to mathematicians. A => B is equivalent to the English language statement "If A, th...
by bcoblentz
Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math bloopers heard in math classes
Replies: 252
Views: 35384

Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

My analysis professor last quarter was Russian, so he occasionally omitted definite articles while lecturing. One day he wrote ≤ where there should have been <. After someone pointed it out he corrected it and remarked, "I have restored justice by creating strict inequality".
by bcoblentz
Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0408: "Overqualified"
Replies: 59
Views: 15894

Re: "Overqualified" discussion

I tried to do this once, but it didn't change the other person's mind, and I ended up doing some things I would later regret.
by bcoblentz
Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Amusing answers to tests
Replies: 393
Views: 60857

Re: Amusing answers to tests

On last quarter's EM final I barely knew how to do any of the problems so I wrote a nonsense 60-point bonus question. Not sure if I got any points for it but I passed the class... I also used the "comments" space on the course evaluation form to write about my professor standing up to mur...

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