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by zachbarnett
Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: IRC channel for puzzle-lovers
Replies: 0
Views: 2785

IRC channel for puzzle-lovers

Apologies if this post is improper, I think it might interest some of you. I've created an IRC channel for puzzle-lovers to share and solve puzzles collaboratively: #solvepuzzles on irc.freenode.net. (To join from your browser: http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=solvepuzzles ) To try to get more ...
by zachbarnett
Fri Mar 29, 2013 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41713164

Re: 1190: "Things that are on my side for 600, Alex!"

I think it would be great if Megan + Randall built a zipline from castle to castle.
by zachbarnett
Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41713164

Re: 1190: "Things that are on my side for 600, Alex!"

Join the IRC discussion:

#xkcd-time on irc.foonetic.net
by zachbarnett
Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41713164

Re: 1190: "Things that are on my side for 600, Alex!"

Yarr, it be-did a direct hit. Remove the cob wobs from your armaments; this be war.
by zachbarnett
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41713164

Re: 1190: "Time"

I've added an announcement about the IRC channel (#xkcd-time on irc.foonetic.net) to davdy22's thread summary. An overview of the last 2000+ posts on this thread Feel Free to Bump Countdown to next update: http://www.webcountdown.de/?a=gxMXfoy Latest frame (auto updates) : http://imgs.xkcd.com/comic...
by zachbarnett
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41713164

Re: 1190: "Time"

We are talking about this comic via IRC.
Join us. What is the zoom going to reveal?

#xkcd-time on irc.foonetic.net.
by zachbarnett
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41713164

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm kind of hoping there isn't a "payoff" that you guys seem to want. The way I see it, this comic is a lot like life. There's no real plot in life. Things aren't being pushed forward constantly by the narrative. Things tend to happen day-by-day, one moment at a time. Somethings build up ...
by zachbarnett
Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41713164

Re: 1190: "Time"

If anyone wants to discuss this via IRC, I've created a channel for it: #xkcd-time on irc.foonetic.net.

I'm enjoying all of this speculation.
by zachbarnett
Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41713164

Re: 1190: "Time"

Wow. A genuine mystery to solve. I already like this strip. So, here's what I assume about the story: 1) Story won't end with the "End Of The World." It's too predictable and wouldn't be too interesting. 2) Something WILL happen. Alt-text asks us to wait. In this case, not finishing the s...
by zachbarnett
Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Cipher Challenge
Replies: 8
Views: 4371

Re: Cipher Challenge

A close friend and I have been working tirelessly on this challenge over the past week or so. We're positively stuck on what we think is level 10. Perhaps you can help. The level has a poem on one side of the page. We've tried a whole slew of decryption techniques, most of which involve using th...
by zachbarnett
Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Graduate School Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1915

Re: Math Graduate School Advice

That's an excellent answer. I highly appreciate your considered advice. Let's hope that this philosophy plan works out.
by zachbarnett
Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Graduate School Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1915

Re: Math Graduate School Advice

So far, I have studied group theory and combinatorics. But I don't have a particularly deep knowledge of either. Basically, I want to learn more, and I am willing to teach a lot in order to study for free. Bash philosophy all you want. That's fine with me. But might someone actually try to answer my...
by zachbarnett
Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Graduate School Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1915

Math Graduate School Advice

Hi there. I graduated from Pomona College in May, where I majored in philosophy and minored in math. I am currently teaching math at an all-girls private school in Los Angeles. I am applying to graduate schools in philosophy, currently, but I am contemplating switching to math. With a math minor fro...
by zachbarnett
Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Interpret this sequence 1893 900 5 1040 ...
Replies: 14
Views: 7499

Re: Interpret this sequence 1893 900 5 1040 ...

is this the sort of puzzle that would elicit an 'oooOOO!!!' reaction when the sequence-generating-rule is revealed?
by zachbarnett
Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Programming Language Alignment Chart?
Replies: 32
Views: 33329

Programming Language Alignment Chart?

In my CS class, the topic of creating an alignment chart (lawful good, lawful neutral, etc.) for programming languages came up. Let's decide in this thread how it would look, and once we have some consensus, I (or someone else) will post the result. Possible Languages: Ajax Basic C C# C++ Haskell Ja...
by zachbarnett
Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Take a penny leave a penny.
Replies: 2227
Views: 316310

Re: Take a penny leave a penny.

I leave one shotgun of evil.

There are now 99 pennies and three shotguns of evil in the pile.
by zachbarnett
Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability Paradox
Replies: 10
Views: 1964

Probability Paradox

Suppose we select a real number at random.

Whatever number we pick, the probability of selecting it was 0.

How can an event with probability 0 happen?
by zachbarnett
Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 153378

Re: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox

Most resistance to .999... = 1 stems from intuitions that are plausible but false for the real numbers (given how mathematicians have constructed the real numbers). Alternative number systems can be constructed that allow for the possibility of infitesimal non-zero numbers, and in such number system...
by zachbarnett
Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Troll Math: FLT
Replies: 6
Views: 3321

Re: Troll Math: FLT

A^n + B^n + 2(AB)^(n/2) = D^n For all odd n the left side is irrational and the right side always rational therefore n must be an even integer. This is the mistake. Even if n is odd, the left side is not necessarily irrational. If AB is a perfect square, the left side will be rational. Let A = 1, l...

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