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by Æshættr
Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Bay Area Meetups
Replies: 92
Views: 96414

Re: Bay Area Meetup, Summer

I won't be able to make it up there tonight. Maybe next time.
by Æshættr
Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:06 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Bay Area Meetups
Replies: 92
Views: 96414

Re: Bay Area Meetup, Summer

I also work during the week, so the evening would be preferable. I'd prefer a location near BART, since traffic and parking are things I'd rather not deal with.
by Æshættr
Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"
Replies: 96
Views: 24097

Re: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"

Finally my avatar becomes appropriate!
by Æshættr
Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: OFFICIAL! MEETUP: San Francisco, CA - June 26, 2010
Replies: 72
Views: 23429

Re: OFFICIAL(?) MEETUP: San Francisco, CA - June 26, 2010

Sounds good to me. I'll pencil it in on my calendar.
by Æshættr
Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Turing Completeness in weird places
Replies: 32
Views: 19454

Re: Turing Completeness in weird places

There are examples of building computing fortresses in Dwarf Fortress. It's a bit of a daunting task to actually build a dwarfputer, and as far as I know, nobody has proven it to be Turing-complete. Memory could possibly be done in a flip-flop fashion with many wells of water and pressure plates. Lo...
by Æshættr
Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:53 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Your Major?
Replies: 133
Views: 20746

Re: What's Your Major!?!?!

I recently added a second major. I'm now majoring in Physics and Applied Mathematics, with a minor in Computer Science. I would have gone for a second minor in Chemistry, but that would require another semester of work.
by Æshættr
Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:05 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Math/Phys double major vs. Phys major w/ Math and CS minors
Replies: 3
Views: 967

Re: Math/Phys double major vs. Phys major w/ Math and CS minors

This is actually close to what I'm doing. I'm taking a double major in physics and mathematics (emphasis in applied mathematics), with a minor in CS. At my university, there is a lot of overlap between these three areas, so there's a lot of double-counting units going on (allowed up to a certain num...
by Æshættr
Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:49 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 161905

Re: Your Schedule

Well, I'm taking five classes next semester (fifth year Physics/Applied Mathematics major): Microeconomics - A GE course. I've been putting off my GE for a while. Technical Writing - Another university required course. I just looked at the book and it looks very useless. Electrodynamics (2 nd semest...
by Æshættr
Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:33 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Pencils!
Replies: 74
Views: 11705

Re: Pencils!

I use a 0.9mm Sumo Grip . I like this line of mechanical pencils for a number of reasons: 1) It has an eraser housing that twists and functions much like a click eraser. The eraser inside is about half as long as a regular click eraser. 2) The eraser housing comes off easily enough that refilling th...
by Æshættr
Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Laptop decoration: Do you do it, and which way is "up"?
Replies: 48
Views: 19607

Re: Laptop decoration: Do you do it, and which way is "up"?

I never put stickers on my laptops. I do the opposite: I take every sticker and case badge off as soon as I get them.
by Æshættr
Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 61981

Re: You might be a physics major if...

YMBAPM if . . .

you have devised several (usually impractical) ways to destroy or otherwise render the earth uninhabitable.

you argue that mathematics is a language, and that physics really is the most pure science.
by Æshættr
Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Buoyancy problem - solvable?
Replies: 2
Views: 2165

Buoyancy problem - solvable?

Hello all, I was helping someone with their physics homework yesterday, and we came to a problem that stumped me. It's been a while since I touched fluid mechanics, so perhaps I'm forgetting something. Anyway, the statement of the problem, verbatim from the book: A 2.0cm thick block of soap is float...
by Æshættr
Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ordering from Amazon to Sweden
Replies: 15
Views: 4235

Re: Ordering from Amazon to Sweden

I lived in Sweden last year and I had similar problems. As far as I know, they don't ship to Sweden (for reasons that are beyond me.) Your best bet is to ship it to a friend/relative in the states (if you have any), and then have them ship it to you. Keep in mind that new goods shipped international...
by Æshættr
Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your favourite phrases, quotes and lyrical exerpts.
Replies: 141
Views: 21791

Re: Your favourate phrases, quotes and lyrical exerpts.

fjafjan reminds me of a thing my father used to say: "God giveth, and the trash man taketh away." Some of my favorites are: "There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It's a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The troub...
by Æshættr
Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fun Bike-Theft Deterrents :D
Replies: 62
Views: 5651

Re: Fun Bike-Theft Deterrents :D

This reminds me of Cryptonomicon, when Alan Turing had a bike with a weak link in his bike chain and a weak tooth in one of the gears. Whenever the two lined up, the chain would fall off of the bike. He used that as a theft deterrent. Having a relatively prime number of teeth and links ensures that ...
by Æshættr
Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Remote PC boot without Wake-On-Lan
Replies: 14
Views: 13614

Re: Remote PC boot without Wake-On-Lan

Disclaimer: I may or may not be right. I've really never tried this. From what others have said, you just need to make a short circuit between the two power pins on the motherboard. The simplest way I can think of doing this is by hooking them up to the two ends of a transistor, and connecting the b...
by Æshættr
Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Simplest way to create a GUI?
Replies: 30
Views: 17252

Re: Simplest way to create a GUI?

I second NetBeans. It's basically a Java IDE with a GUI for GUI-building (i.e. you don't need to know much, if any GUI-related code to make it work.) It also has the advantage that it's free.
by Æshættr
Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dual PSUs for a computer?
Replies: 8
Views: 3308

Dual PSUs for a computer?

So, here's the situation that I'm looking at: I'm building what (I hope) will be a more-or-less-always-on home server that is nearly silent and has a large storage capacity. I've already picked out hardware for this computer. I'm looking at an atom based system, and I've narrowed the choice down to ...
by Æshættr
Sun May 31, 2009 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Books
Replies: 379
Views: 270054

Re: Math Books

I'm looking for a book on Complex Analysis that has emphasis on applications to physics (and/or other sciences and engineering.) The book that I have (Title: Introduction to Complex Analysis Author: H.A. Priestly ISBN: 978-0-19-852562-2) is entirely too focused on proofs, has scant hints at applicat...
by Æshættr
Thu May 28, 2009 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Tips for someone starting to run?
Replies: 3
Views: 1099

Re: Tips for someone starting to run?

Thanks for the advice, both of you. To clarify, when I said 3/4 km, I meant 0.75km rather than a range from 3 to 4 kilometers. I would look at getting better shoes, but I can't yet fit them into my budget. The time I got blisters was from when I went running in a pair designed for walking rather tha...
by Æshættr
Thu May 28, 2009 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Food and Fitness Plan for Fencing
Replies: 12
Views: 1960

Re: Food and Fitness Plan for Fencing

Yet another safety tip on lunges, this time for the back leg: keep the sole of your back foot on the ground. A proper lunge will give tension along the length of your back leg, while an improper lunge will put the pressure on your knee and will mess it up a lot faster.
by Æshættr
Wed May 27, 2009 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Food and Fitness Plan for Fencing
Replies: 12
Views: 1960

Re: Food and Fitness Plan for Fencing

I'm not sure how much you know about the different forms of fencing, but I forgot to mention in my last post that you may want to place emphasis on different muscle groups depending on which type of fencing you eventually decide on (not that you really have to choose, but most people stick to one fo...
by Æshættr
Wed May 27, 2009 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Calculator Thread!
Replies: 86
Views: 8157

Re: The Calculator Thread!

Primary: TI-84 Plus Not as fancy as the TI-89, but it's allowed on a lot of tests where the 89 is explicitly forbidden. Mine also has the full version of the periodic table application. Secondary: TI-36X Solar I've had one of these since my middle school days (one was stolen, so I had to get it repl...
by Æshættr
Wed May 27, 2009 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Tips for someone starting to run?
Replies: 3
Views: 1099

Tips for someone starting to run?

So recently, for various reasons, I've decided to put running into my existing training regimen (which, at the moment, is fencing and weight lifting.) Currently, the best stretch of running I can do is about 3/4km before slowing to a walk for a while. Ideally, I'd like to get myself to the point at ...
by Æshættr
Wed May 27, 2009 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Food and Fitness Plan for Fencing
Replies: 12
Views: 1960

Re: Food and Fitness Plan for Fencing

I'm 21 and I started fencing (Épée) in September. I had a different problem than mollusc: my arms would get tired long before my legs. Particularly, I found that I did not have enough strength in my forearms and deltoids. It really does depend on what kind of prior training you have done. As far as ...
by Æshættr
Fri May 08, 2009 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Duke Nukem Forever. Seriously.
Replies: 197
Views: 29446

Re: Duke Nukem Forever is over

There's an interesting website that details some of the major events that have happened during the development of DNF. It also lists some pretty major things that took less time (World War II, for example.) The list can be seen here. It's kind of sad to see it go. Hopefully the project will be given...
by Æshættr
Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Battle School Slang
Replies: 12
Views: 3424

Re: Battle School Slang

I don't have the book with me, so the only example I can think of off-hand is the usage of the word "ho" as a greeting (in place of hello.) It's been about three years since I last read the book, but the only other examples that come to mind are the insults that they use.
by Æshættr
Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20910
Views: 2942509

Re: Postify your facerity

It's been a while since I posted a picture here. I have a medium-bad case of helmet hair in this photo.
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by Æshættr
Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I need a high performance laptop
Replies: 30
Views: 3558

Re: I need a high performance laptop

Asus has some really nice laptops in this range. Unfortunately, the one that may fit your needs best (the G71G-Q2 ) is, unfortunately, only on the U.S. newegg site, and doesn't specify what type of memory/how much can be put into the laptop (Asus doesn't even have that model on their website yet.) A...
by Æshættr
Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Do you shut your computer down at night?
Replies: 45
Views: 4184

Re: Do you shut your computer down at night?

For me, it depends on the computer. Right now I'm living very far away from my desktop, so I just use WOL to turn it on when I need to transfer files to/from it. Since I rarely use it from over here, I just turn it off instead of bothering with sleep mode. My laptop is a different story. I usually j...
by Æshættr
Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 10,000th Living Day
Replies: 65
Views: 11316

Re: 10,000th Living Day

As it turns out, mine will be on Tuesday November 4th, 2014 (which will be particularly easy for me to remember, since it's an election day for me.)
by Æshættr
Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:05 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [Uppsala, Sweden] UppCon, anyone?
Replies: 9
Views: 20832

Re: [Uppsala, Sweden] UppCon, anyone?

Likewise, I wish I had seen this sooner. UppCon was only about a 30 minute walk from my flat.
by Æshættr
Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0514: "Simultaneous"
Replies: 144
Views: 28712

Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

What makes this doubly hilarious for me is that I just got back from an astrophysics exam.
by Æshættr
Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How much space are you actually using on your hard drive?
Replies: 110
Views: 9160

Re: How much space are you actually using on your hard drive?

My free space took a big jump recently (bought a 1TB drive), so I now have about 45% free space (considering my laptop, external hard drives, and my desktop.) It's difficult to really tell how much space I have, since I've been migrating stuff from my first two externals to the new one. On the subje...
by Æshættr
Sun Dec 07, 2008 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Holodecks: What would you do?
Replies: 99
Views: 7040

Re: Holodecks: What would you do?

Using the holodeck as a workspace sounds like a cool idea. I think it'd be really cool to use the holodeck to connect to other people who have holodecks and use it as sort of a forum or 3D IRC. This idea could be made even cooler with multiplayer games. This could even be useful if you used it as a ...
by Æshættr
Sun Dec 07, 2008 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tabbed browsing.
Replies: 38
Views: 3305

Re: Tabbed browsing.

Usually I just browse in a random fashion. I use saved sessions, so on a normal day I'll have about 15-30 tabs open (today is not so normal with 46.) I wish there was some sort of "Stop Loading All Tabs" command in Opera - that might make it all slightly more manageable. (That is, instead ...
by Æshættr
Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Intruder!
Replies: 14
Views: 2004

Intruder!

So, this morning I woke up to the sound of something metal hitting something else metal in my kitchen (studio apartment, so my "kitchen" is next to my desk and loft bed.) I heard someone go out into the hall, and my door was left slightly ajar (letting some light in.) "No big deal&quo...
by Æshættr
Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 390274

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

A quote from my high school physics teacher:
"Education is the process of telling progressively smaller lies."

I've found this to be very true since then.
by Æshættr
Thu Sep 18, 2008 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I Hosted A Formal LAN Party [Pics]
Replies: 25
Views: 2886

Re: I Hosted A Formal LAN Party [Pics]

Themed LAN parties, what a brilliant idea! I'll definitely be hosting one of these soon.
by Æshættr
Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is this possible on the cellphone?
Replies: 10
Views: 1825

Re: Is this possible on the cellphone?

I believe you can download google maps to your phone if it has the Java runtime enviro. Shouldn't need an internet connection. Not a home internet connection. It does, however, require that your phone use the internet, which is subject to charges from your carrier. What I'm looking for (and, I woul...

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