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by DavidSpencer
Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mental Block (Android version of Psychopath)
Replies: 0
Views: 2550

Mental Block (Android version of Psychopath)

A few of you may remember the block-pushing Flash puzzle game Psychopath . One of its players made (with permission) a similar game for Android called Mental Block, which you can see here . It's free with no ads. I thought it might appeal to the XKCD demographic. So, how far can you get? There are 5...
by DavidSpencer
Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106043
Views: 36600990

Re: 1190: "Time"

I was worried for a terrible moment that we were completely underwater. Which would have been a less than satisfactory ending.
by DavidSpencer
Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106043
Views: 36600990

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm disinclined to think that the OTC is made up on the fly. Others have mentioned foreshadowing (which I agree with) but I also couldn't see putting that kind of time pressure on oneself. With 24 new frames coming out per day, he would have to do a huge amount of work to keep up even if he was two ...
by DavidSpencer
Wed May 22, 2013 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 59603

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"

Not to me. I don't really have colours for punctuation marks, and since most of the time text is in black (i.e. not the colour it 'should' be) it doesn't make a whole lot of difference if it happens to be, say, red or green because it's a comment or a literal or something. Syntax highlighting doesn...
by DavidSpencer
Mon May 20, 2013 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 59603

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"

Out of curiosity, are there any programmer synesthetes here (seems likely)? Is syntax highlighting annoying?
by DavidSpencer
Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Squish the bug
Replies: 20
Views: 4996

Re: Squish the bug

Yep, exactly! Well done. I've always liked that this problems seems initially to most people to be completely impossible, but once you think about it in terms of guessing the bug's strategy instead of its location it becomes straightforward for someone with knowledge or an intuition about co...
by DavidSpencer
Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Squish the bug
Replies: 20
Views: 4996

Re: Squish the bug

eulerIV wrote:Do you know its stepsize and/or where it starts?


No, you only know that its stepsize is constant. You know nothing about where it starts.
by DavidSpencer
Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Squish the bug
Replies: 20
Views: 4996

Squish the bug

None of my searches turned anything up; hopefully this hasn't been posted before. A bug sits somewhere on the line of integers, extending to positive and negative infinity. Every second, this bug moves some constant integer distance on the line, always in the same direction. It disappears from its p...
by DavidSpencer
Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread
Replies: 1141
Views: 177921

Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Humpty Dumpty never says he's an egg.
by DavidSpencer
Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 350290

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

My computer science teacher -

"Reproduction: it's in the genes."
by DavidSpencer
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Not as easy as 1 2 3
Replies: 56
Views: 13465

Re: Not as easy as 1 2 3

Spoiler:
If someone asked the question "Did Italy win World War <n>" 100 years from today, would the answer be "yes"?
by DavidSpencer
Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Funny Yahoo! Answers answer
Replies: 12
Views: 2120

Re: Funny Yahoo! Answers answer

Google informs me that there's a site called http://yahoolaughs.com with a ton of these.

One I like a lot from there is this one.
by DavidSpencer
Sun May 29, 2011 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Has anyone ever made a word square?
Replies: 27
Views: 6769

Re: Has anyone ever made a word square?

Goplat wrote:It doesn't get any better than that :D


I propose the following word square:

I
by DavidSpencer
Sun May 29, 2011 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Whine about your smarts
Replies: 161
Views: 17400

Re: Whine about your smarts

I know, it's mainly a confidence problem with me. As I said, I don't have many people that I can be friends with to start with (because of the whole intelligence intimidation thing), and my social skills are subpar at best, I try to make up for it by helping people. I'm afraid to alienate even the ...
by DavidSpencer
Sun May 29, 2011 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 33851

Re: Gifted Education

I can't speak knowledgeably on the effects of gifted programs on average students, but I have to disagree with the idea that gifted programs help gifted students only minimally. I could probably talk for a while about how my elementary school program helped me and those around me mature and gain cri...
by DavidSpencer
Sun May 29, 2011 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd sightings in your hometown (and other places)
Replies: 384
Views: 110112

Re: xkcd sightings in your hometown (and other places)

Zombie Marie Curie was quoted in my paper, in reference to John Edwards and "trying to be great".

Here
by DavidSpencer
Thu May 26, 2011 12:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Have You Changed Your Religion?
Replies: 92
Views: 9647

Re: Have You Changed Your Religion?

I was born into and raised by a Protestant family. I do still believe in God and trust in Jesus, but I have to admit that I wonder if I would be a Christian if I wasn't raised that way. I see that having faith puts me in a small minority in this poll! One thing that I have found, though, is that my ...
by DavidSpencer
Sun May 22, 2011 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2390817

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

Confession: I've never watched a Star Wars through to the end either. Nor have I watched or read any Lord of the Rings all the way through, unless The Hobbit counts (prequels? I dunno). Or Star Trek, except for that one that came out recently (which I watched with a friend). I know, pretty bad... On...
by DavidSpencer
Sat May 21, 2011 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Everything Must GO? Several months until the Rapture?
Replies: 301
Views: 25872

Re: Everything Must GO! One Week until the Rapture!

CorruptUser wrote:We should find some of his believers and stomp around really hard so they think it's an earthquake.


That reminds me of a prank idea I heard about that involves going out at night and laying empty sets of clothing around the streets for people to find when they wake up.
by DavidSpencer
Thu May 12, 2011 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Equation for Permutations of Game of Chess ?
Replies: 14
Views: 11203

Re: Equation for Permutations of Game of Chess ?

You could get an upper bound on the maximum number of legal moves from a position (it's somewhere less than 8 pawns * at most 4 legal moves per pawn, plus 3 kings+knights * 8 legal moves for kings and knights, plus 2 bishops * 13 legal moves for bishops, plus 2 castles * 14 legal moves for castles,...
by DavidSpencer
Mon May 09, 2011 1:21 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Calc or Stats
Replies: 24
Views: 5071

Re: Calc or Stats

I took both this year (Calc BC, not AB) on alternating days, and I have the same teacher for each class. From my viewpoint, calculus is better for someone who likes and is good at math, whereas stats would be better for someone who mostly wants an AP math credit. It seems that stats contains a coupl...
by DavidSpencer
Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 350290

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

My calc teacher was talking about how dependence on calculators is increasing in American schools (not in a "Kids these days" kind of way, but just in general). I don't know if retelling something that actually happened counts as an "awesome quote", but he had a past calc student...
by DavidSpencer
Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13394
Views: 1414299

Re: Today I Learned

pseudoidiot wrote:Where at? I went to such a school in Arkansas.

The North Carolina School of Science and Math
by DavidSpencer
Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13394
Views: 1414299

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that I was accepted to a highly prestigious math and science boarding school for high school juniors and seniors. I also learned that I really enjoy playing keyboard live in concert and I want to try it again sometime. In other words, my today was amazing and very fulfilling :D
by DavidSpencer
Fri Apr 08, 2011 12:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8636
Views: 1545985

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

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Spoiler:
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"Your addiction is correlated to loss of productivity, p<.01." "Yeah, but miiiiinecraft!"
by DavidSpencer
Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza
Replies: 172
Views: 15160

Re: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza

W h a t ? -> Eh?
I r r a t i o n a l -> odd
I think
DavidSpencer wrote:l o g i c -> rhetoric
m e t r i c -> Roman

missed the list. It was one edit too late. Not too important, though.
Wow, this wordfilter makes me happy.
by DavidSpencer
Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Has anyone ever made a word square?
Replies: 27
Views: 6769

Re: Has anyone ever made a word square?

Code: Select all

T E S T
A G A R
L A N E
E D G E
by DavidSpencer
Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza
Replies: 172
Views: 15160

Re: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza

m o u t h -> bone-box

EDIT: (multiple times)
GenericPseudonym wrote:irregardless => irregardless

r e g a r d l e s s
Yes, this is getting a bit crazy!

l o g i c -> rhetoric
m e t r i c -> Roman
by DavidSpencer
Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Game of Life Conjecturing
Replies: 4
Views: 862

Re: Game of Life Conjecturing

This page has a list of objects which have not been constructed by gliders, but I don't know if it's been proven that any of them can't be constructed. Isn't it impossible for a Garden of Eden pattern to be stable? I thought it would be its own predecessor.
by DavidSpencer
Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza
Replies: 172
Views: 15160

Re: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza

"This general solution works for any finite real."
by DavidSpencer
Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza
Replies: 172
Views: 15160

Re: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza

I love the phrase "computer science".
r e a l -> imaginary
d i g i t s -> fingers
by DavidSpencer
Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 63757

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

Has anyone else noticed the lengths of sequences tend to clump together? I looked at this a couple of years ago. I don't remember everything clearly, but I think it has to do with the fact that (3n+1)/2 is very close to 3(n/2)+1 - the second is always 1/2 greater because the one isn't halved. If me...
by DavidSpencer
Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2053
Views: 616706

Re: Something on Youtube

gametaku wrote:In celebration of pi day.

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1948828


I've heard some other "what pi sounds like" video before, but it wasn't nearly as good as this one! Very nice.

Calculus parody of Tik Tok
by DavidSpencer
Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Has anyone ever called you a genius?
Replies: 85
Views: 9807

Re: Has anyone ever called you a genius?

My typical response is, "You have never met a real genius." Yes, and it irritates me to no end. The most effective come back to "you're really smart" that I've discovered so far is "for some value of 'smart'." Haha, perfect! One fairly serious reply and one humorous re...
by DavidSpencer
Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Has anyone ever called you a genius?
Replies: 85
Views: 9807

Re: Has anyone ever called you a genius?

All the time. It's gotten to the point where I have difficulty disclosing an insecurity or doubt with academics or school work without the retort "NO! You're a genius/stop making yourself seem dumb/you know you're smart, etc." Apparently, the qualifications for gifted intelligence at my s...
by DavidSpencer
Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Song Identification!
Replies: 458
Views: 174057

Re: Song Identification!

Well, I've got a bit more info. Singer was definitely male, probably from around the 70s/80s, I'd call it mid-tempo, not incredibly fast but not slow either and the siren/alarm was more electronic than the song you posted. Miami 2017 by Billy Joel seems to work, but it's not a very well known song....
by DavidSpencer
Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your name an anagram of?
Replies: 384
Views: 46477

Re: What is your name an anagram of?

Oregonaut wrote:Rage on out.

A true goon?
by DavidSpencer
Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Time Signatures
Replies: 120
Views: 18665

Re: Favorite Time Signatures

e/pi? (not really)
Ridiculous
by DavidSpencer
Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your name an anagram of?
Replies: 384
Views: 46477

Re: What is your name an anagram of?

Vapid Sec Nerd
Paved Cinders

I was hoping I could do something more interesting with "nerd".
by DavidSpencer
Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1951
Views: 403160

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

"Indisputable" - surely anything can be disputed if one doesn't mind being wrong?

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