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by Bloopy
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 2202

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

My sister and I will have a crazy amount of toys and books to clean out of our parents' house at some point. I'm not very materialistic as an adult but still have various things stored on the floor, plus my dining table covered in random stuff. :? I found a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying...
by Bloopy
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 5885

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Sometimes trying to open a banana from the stem end goes very wrong and you end up squashing it etc. to get it open. However, I've never managed to open one from the other end without getting a significant amount of dirt under my fingernails, so stem it is.
by Bloopy
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:10 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 3519

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

Also, is ordering other people to kill equivalent to committing the murder yourself? He's only rumoured to have murdered one person with his own hands: his niece. Yes - ordering a crime to be committed is equivalent to having committed the crime itself (see RICO statutes, 18 U.S.C. ch. 96, ss 1961–...
by Bloopy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:14 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 3519

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

Mutex wrote:and secondly it costs MORE to execute someone than imprison them for life. The money saved by getting RID of the death penalty could be spent on hospitals etc.

Ah, true, at least in the USA. Not so much other countries with a less rigorous process.
by Bloopy
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 1980s PCs
Replies: 5
Views: 1225

Re: 1980s PCs

Not long after posting this thread I tried to write to the Super Star's hard drive and stuffed it a bit, but the drive doesn't seem to be completely out of action. Plus we can still play games on floppy or maybe find a replacement drive. It had a collection of BASIC games and things which are diffic...
by Bloopy
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:18 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 3519

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

How about going with an example of a "sane" and cold-blooded killer, such as a hitman who mainly just does it for the money? Hitler was (almost?) driven mad by his physical health problems and so on, so not necessarily of sound mind. Also, is ordering other people to kill equivalent to com...
by Bloopy
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are Vitamin Supplements Toxic to Non-Human Animals?
Replies: 14
Views: 1063

Re: Are Vitamin Supplements Toxic to Non-Human Animals?

No specific knowledge, but given chocolate gives dogs theobromine poisoning (not itself an vitamin/etc, but could have an analogue substance in a 'harmless' bulkifier in a vitimin tablets that is not harmless in the presence of a pet's differing set of native enzymes) and also that excess vitamin-C...
by Bloopy
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13380
Views: 1392492

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

On the topic of words English may or may not have: can anyone thing of an adjective of a person that means they have a good memory? Something akin to "rememberful", but an actual word people use. The closest I can think of is "retentive" but that seems ambiguous out of context a...
by Bloopy
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 107287

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I sincerely hope xkcd Analytica is making millions off of our data by now.
by Bloopy
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 3716

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

And by extension, Jean, eg. in the case of Jean-Louis "Jack" Kerouac.

I have a bit of an interest in odd diminutives due to a particular website I contribute to. One of the ones that looks silly now is Lol for Laurence / Lawrence / Lowen, as in the case of Lol Coxhill, Lol Tolhurst etc.
by Bloopy
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Get Out
Replies: 9
Views: 2916

Re: Get Out

I was reminded of the bit Key & Peele did on Family Matters. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x34t5ik :lol: :lol: I liked Get Out, though not enough to want to see it again. The sudden switch from "haha what's going on" to "oh, so that's what's going on" was a bit sudden. I ...
by Bloopy
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 9978

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

TL;DR - If you know a car is going to stop when you step into the street, why not simply step into the street whenever you like? You can already be reasonably sure (at least here) that most human drivers will try to stop for pedestrians, whether or not the pedestrians have legal right-of-way. Physi...
by Bloopy
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Nine digit puzzle
Replies: 3
Views: 3602

Re: Nine digit puzzle

Almost too challenging for me but got it eventually. I used a bit of dumb trial and error. 381654729 I thought checking for divisibility by 7 would be the snag to rule out a lot of possibilities so I aimed to sort that out much earlier than the linked solution. I put the 5 in place and put 2,4,6,8 i...
by Bloopy
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What are 10 future out of the box technologies/inventions
Replies: 8
Views: 2430

Re: What are 10 future out of the box technologies/inventions

:D I used to play with 3D Movie Maker on Win95 so I guess I got a head start. Unfortunately I think I lost my creations. Exactly how it'd work, I'm not sure. The extreme method would be shows and films where under the hood, the actors simply make a variety of expressions, speak every phoneme instead...
by Bloopy
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 3330

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

I wonder if Inverse Code Golf would work slightly better. Write a seemingly pointless program and see if anyone can come up with a problem that it solves.
by Bloopy
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What are 10 future out of the box technologies/inventions
Replies: 8
Views: 2430

Re: What are 10 future out of the box technologies/inventions

Surfaces that never get dirty or mouldy, perhaps by digesting the dirt somehow (the next step beyond self-healing paint). Seats and furniture that can shrink and expand to accommodate different-sized people or for storage/moving purposes. Swarms of microbots that can do things like shave your face/l...
by Bloopy
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: stop walking on the escalators
Replies: 104
Views: 29280

Re: stop walking on the escalators

A local rock band here made a song called Escalator about the very issue of people standing still: https://open.spotify.com/track/2D9ZdM1VmQ2t9FfxgeJiDp Escalator etiquette isn't great here in Auckland because of the lack of non-edible subways, but things could improve now that they're building a co...
by Bloopy
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can Renesemee catch on?
Replies: 43
Views: 3070

Re: Can Renesemee catch on?

What's disturbing is not the name itself, but the fact that parents have managed to spell it so many different ways already (none of which match OP's spelling, funnily enough). My parents considered calling me Christopher, but settled on Paul, partly to save me time and effort. :lol: If I constantly...
by Bloopy
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"
Replies: 23
Views: 3850

Re: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"

If you screen it in black and white, it elicits rave reviews from Béla Tarr fans.
by Bloopy
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Longest Chess Word
Replies: 6
Views: 2520

Re: Longest Chess Word

cabbageheaded (13) gets some usage.

Might be able to form a longer word in German. So far I've seen Gehegedach (10).
by Bloopy
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 231778

Re: The worst film you've seen

Haha, I love Kill Bill. It makes sense within its own universe where things are exaggerated (especially the sound effects). I'll agree that most of the cruel characters aren't particularly likeable, and so Vol. 2 isn't as great because of all the talking. But O-Ren Ishii and Gogo Yubari in Vol. 1 ar...
by Bloopy
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 5498

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

I propose a third option, neither. Discovery and invention simply split unimportant hairs for semantic and legal purposes. Chimpanzees have been shown to take blades of grass, push them into ant hills and pull out delicious ants. Did it discover or invent this? Doesn't matter, it is a product of th...
by Bloopy
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Twin Peaks Returns : Damn Fine Coffee
Replies: 5
Views: 2528

Re: Twin Peaks Returns : Damn Fine Coffee

Continuing spoilers through Ep.8: So... the atomic bomb opened a rift to the Black Lodge (and myriad other dimensions), a spirit thing birthed a plethora of souls, Bob among them, and Mr. Homn and the Fat Lady sent Laura to Earth to save it? Seems about right (although I've seen some...
by Bloopy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 1980s PCs
Replies: 5
Views: 1225

Re: 1980s PCs

It's BASICA, the version seen here: http://www.os2museum.com/wp/dos/dos-3-3/
by Bloopy
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 1980s PCs
Replies: 5
Views: 1225

1980s PCs

This is our first PC from 1986 when I was 2. Not sure if I should be surprised that its name doesn't return any Google results, but it's a Super Star XT-6 made in Taiwan - an IBM XT clone which no doubt infringed on a patent or two. In a big up yours to third millennium electronics, both it and the ...
by Bloopy
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 231778

Re: The worst film you've seen

It's funny that Shyamalan's other work gets a lot of mentions, because my most hated is The Sixth Sense. Maybe I could've appreciated it a bit as an adult instead of seeing it at about age 16, but it's too late. Seeing it a 2nd time is categorically ineffective, which makes it the antithesis to one'...
by Bloopy
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of
Replies: 747
Views: 239260

Re: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of

I don't even remember whether this fellow was the main character. I remember him as dark haired but balding and tall, someone deep but nasal voice). I only saw the last part of the film. Dark-haired but balding could be Billy Crystal in Mr. Saturday Night (1992). I haven't seen it though so I don't...
by Bloopy
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 42355

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

Im not drawing any momentum from the rope. The momentum of the system is 0, I am not changing that. The energy is being extracted from food. Kick yourself away from the block. You and the block will both move, and then recoil back to each other. When you are at v=0, kick it again. You and the block...
by Bloopy
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 42355

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

BlackSails wrote:The rope is massless, but it isnt unstretchable.

Well, the puzzle doesn't mention that it's unstretchable. It also doesn't mention that the rope isn't some sort of wormhole or portal you can just reach into and draw some momentum from.
by Bloopy
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 27301

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

I was thinking about the Hollywood connection, as it seems to me that Hollywood itself has a responsibility for a lot of the problematic social attitudes. I'm thinking in particular of the movie trope (roughly this TVTropes trope ) where the guy suddenly, without warning, grabs and kisses the girl....
by Bloopy
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 27301

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

CorruptUser wrote:The people that go into politics are the popular, outgoing kids in high school that rarely got rejected for dates

True for the good-looking ones. But some only have the outgoing attribute and had to get into the position of power first to get anywhere.
by Bloopy
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 42355

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

I liked this post: @jasondrake: That approach is so much easier: Go to one side of the block. You are probably warmer than the block. You emit radiation roughly isotropically, but the block will absorb some part and emit it isotropically again. In total, you get a bit of net thrust, and you move ...
by Bloopy
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A Fun Math "Puzzle" [Solution]
Replies: 2
Views: 1338

Re: A Fun Math "Puzzle" [Solution]

This particular one has been showing up on Facebook a lot in the last few months. Rather than testing maths, it mainly just tests whether people look closely enough at such an irritating post to notice that the symbols in the last line have been altered. I certainly didn't, and it just made it all t...
by Bloopy
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Twin Peaks Returns : Damn Fine Coffee
Replies: 5
Views: 2528

Re: Twin Peaks Returns : Damn Fine Coffee

I enjoyed S3, but not enough to be jumping to watch it again any time soon. I suppose it was to be expected, but my main gripe is that they just kept piling on the paranormal stuff. In the original series you mainly just had Bob & Mike, the lodges/grove, dreams and visions, the communications re...
by Bloopy
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3316
Views: 628015

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I've neglected to post my most ridiculous dream from last year here. I dreamt it after I found out I was being made redundant from work, and immediately after a dream about a family member being diagnosed with cancer (albeit curable). It may even be my most epic ever: There was a touristy bar with i...
by Bloopy
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Bill Gates regrets
Replies: 6
Views: 5284

Re: Bill Gates regrets

If the so-called firmware interrupt was just a reboot, it's hardly missed. Had it taken you into a menu, it might be a different story.

Also, this way we can blame Gates for 'Loss'.
by Bloopy
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Screw the Nobel Peace Prize--witness Baking Soda!
Replies: 7
Views: 1797

Re: Screw the Nobel Peace Prize--witness Baking Soda!

At first I thought the corporation you were trying to defeat was a startup company founded by your underarm bacteria.
by Bloopy
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 538 hats riddle
Replies: 20
Views: 3405

Re: 538 hats riddle

SirGabriel's answer assumes that you see who is wearing each hat. No communication rules out the possibility of seeing their faces. However, the puzzle neglects to mention anything that would prevent you from identifying the chosen 3 by height. Or alternatively by their position in the studio relat...
by Bloopy
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Illustrated Math Function
Replies: 8
Views: 5734

Re: Illustrated Math Function

Answer enclosed here for the record: The images were obtained using the polygamma function: y = ψ (x) (1), for x = -1 to 2. The two primates are frowning (negative), giving -2*Apéry's constant. The first missing image could be quite gross considering a log of the number 2...
by Bloopy
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 3648

Re: Use of mythological referents

Yeah, I thought about "insurmountable" and "arduous" and "hopeless" but it just ain't quite the same meaning. FYI, here's the sentence where I wanted to use it (discussing the practicality of a Maxwell's Demon for sorting particles): The Demon would find that, after a ...

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