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by Brooks
Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 68244

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

It's a good comic, but look at the terrible kerning between the T and the E in "HATE".
by Brooks
Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help! 6-dimensional geometry problem
Replies: 12
Views: 2177

Re: Help! 6-dimensional geometry problem

Thanks for the followup! I am going to read that a few more times until I understand it :) Also thanks for the concrete drill example (har). You're absolutely right, for established products. You're going to want the least expensive drill that meets your requirements (quality being a requirement as ...
by Brooks
Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help! 6-dimensional geometry problem
Replies: 12
Views: 2177

Re: Help! 6-dimensional geometry problem

Thanks for the thoughts. The evolutionary algorithm makes a lot of sense. I'm proceeding thus: - Create random set of 100,000 points in 6D space - Create a random set of 4 points for my product nodes - For each of the 100,000 points, calculate distance to *closest* of my 4 points - Average of those ...
by Brooks
Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help! 6-dimensional geometry problem
Replies: 12
Views: 2177

Re: Help! 6-dimensional geometry problem

Thanks -- spacing the points equally on a ball makes a lot of sense. Two questions: what *radius* for the ball? No point should be all the way at the edge, it seems. And, more tellingly of my math issues -- how do I go about finding equally spaced points on an n-dimensional ball? I really appreciate...
by Brooks
Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help! 6-dimensional geometry problem
Replies: 12
Views: 2177

Help! 6-dimensional geometry problem

Problem: Identify the best 6-dimensional coordinates to place a series of nodes so as to minimize the average distance from a random spot in the 6D volume to one of the nodes. Each axis of the volume can be considered to run from -20 to 20. Examples: In 2D square, the optimum spot for one node is i...
by Brooks
Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0570: "New Car"
Replies: 72
Views: 20711

Re: "New Car" Discussion

The alt text makes more sense now that I am no longer misreading it as "pennies." I was trying to figureout *why* you'd want to enlarge pennies, who in the world would be a potential customer, and why it would be hard to connect with them.
by Brooks
Fri Sep 26, 2008 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0481: "Listen to Yourself"
Replies: 173
Views: 36872

Re: "Listen to Yourself" Discussion

It's part of the sad irony of life that those of us with two brain cells to rub together know that we're morons.
by Brooks
Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0467: "X Girls Y Cups"
Replies: 217
Views: 63320

Re: X Girls Y Cups Discussion

I'm really suspicious of the numbers. Yes, posting the comic has changed the numbers, sure. But take "7 girls 3 cups," which Randall has at 2, but which Google has at 45 , most of which clearly have nothing to do with this comic and were in existence long ago. And then there's "7 girl...
by Brooks
Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0443: "Know Your Vines"
Replies: 167
Views: 31927

Re: "Know Your Vines" Discussion

Also, I don't think shoelaces would be the best thing. They'd too easily cut off circulation. They're too thin and not a good kind of rope. If you're playing with thin rope like shoelaces, you want to tie loops with square knots so they won't get tighter, and leave a finger's worth of slack. And, o...
by Brooks
Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0443: "Know Your Vines"
Replies: 167
Views: 31927

Re: "Know Your Vines" Discussion

As someone else said, discarded clothing works. Also bootlaces. Also most packs have some amount of nylon ribbon or webbing or elastic which can be removed. And sometimes the pretend bondage thing can be hot -- "put your hands right here and here, and *do not* move them." It can be lame an...
by Brooks
Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9368872

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Color blindness can be a blessing. I was at lunch with a friend at a place with a great view. He says "wow, it would sure suck to live next to that light pink house." I say, "what light pink house?"
by Brooks
Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Giving a card for pharm school acceptance?
Replies: 3
Views: 1037

Re: Giving a card for pharm school acceptance?

joeframbach wrote:
Brooks wrote:- "[unintelligible scribbles]... get used to it!"

haha I like this one.

I was thinking about using an old pill container to deliver the message instead of a card. Yea or Nay?


Yea, if you twerk the childproof cap to make it impossible to open without tools.
by Brooks
Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Giving a card for pharm school acceptance?
Replies: 3
Views: 1037

Re: Giving a card for pharm school acceptance?

- "Congrats on getting into pharmacy school! My demands are as follows: ritalin, viagra, morphine."

- "Congrats on getting into farmacy school. I am sure you will raise the best cattle ever!"

- "[unintelligible scribbles]... get used to it!"
by Brooks
Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actual Drnukenness!
Replies: 1358
Views: 346126

Re: The drnuk thread

Alcohol and stimulants work great together. Hence the ever popular rum & coke. The caffeine keeps you functional enough to do crazy/stupid things when you are so drunk that you would usually have the good sense to pass out.
by Brooks
Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Myth of the One (Relationships, not Matrix)
Replies: 94
Views: 8028

Re: Myth of the One (Relationships, not Matrix)

The question mixes up subjective and objective judgments. Of course, with 6 billion people on earth, there are going to be multiple people that any of us would be highly compatible with. However, we are subjective and irrational beings. It is possible to run into someone who affects us so strongly t...
by Brooks
Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153680

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

Definitely a good and thought provoking comic, as we can see from the comments here. But I think it only addresses half the story. The comic itself is fair, and like many others here I've seen this kind of thought process in person. But I think it has more do do with gender stereotypes than with gen...
by Brooks
Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Oenophiles?
Replies: 3
Views: 1865

Re: Oenophiles?

I used to be a fan of Smoking Loon for cheap (often $6 on sale!) cabs and merlots. But the past couple of times I had it I was disappointed. I don't know if they've ramped up production or changed vineyards or if my taste just changed, but I'm not really buying it these days I have not seen Three Bl...
by Brooks
Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 4-dimensional game?
Replies: 54
Views: 20425

Re: 4-dimensional game?

As stereoscopic displays become more commonplace, doesn't this get more feasible? Representing 4D in 3D has to be more intuitively grasp-able than representing 4D in 2D, right?
by Brooks
Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9368872

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Best parts of the Packers losing: we won't have to hear endless inane Favre / Brady comparisons (old / young, passion / precision, short hair / long hair, first name with B / last name with B, etc), and there will be fewer commentator types struggling with sentence constructions that have two "...
by Brooks
Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: I've got a bone to pick with the gentlemen down at Near East
Replies: 15
Views: 3000

Re: I've got a bone to pick with the gentlemen down at Near East

Miles Invictus wrote:Oil does not dissolve into water -- physically speaking, you can't combine them.


Nonsense. That's what emulsifiers are for. Maybe the recipe called for licithin in fine print?
by Brooks
Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Oenophiles?
Replies: 3
Views: 1865

Oenophiles?

Any wine people here? Favorite varietals / wineries / etc? Tips on good affordable bottles?

Me, I'm primarily into reds, and especially Bordeaux style blends, but I like it all.
by Brooks
Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 180105

Re: Making the world a weirder place

I glad folks liked the cone mayhem story. Those were good times. A similar bit of weird-making involved the same friend, the same station wagon, and the same rural neighborhood. When I say rural, I mean suburban, except the snooty type of suburbia that is too elite to have basic amenities like sidew...
by Brooks
Sat Jan 19, 2008 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Eulerian time travel theorem
Replies: 53
Views: 5028

Re: The Eulerian time travel theorem

And Atlanteans. Don't forget them! Based on all of the evidence available, it does seem far more plausible that, when the Atlanteans realized their civilization was doomed, they put all of their Secret Energy into transporting Euler into their future so that the fruits of their knowledge would not ...
by Brooks
Sat Jan 19, 2008 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 180105

Re: Making the world a weirder place

Back when I was younger and behavior that is even mildly disrespectful to authority was much less likely to get one shot, tasered, or shipped to Gitmo, a friend and I had some projects intended to make the world weirder. One of these involved our habit of driving his parent-provided station wagon ar...
by Brooks
Sat Jan 19, 2008 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that require a certain partner
Replies: 26
Views: 3603

Re: Words that require a certain partner

You're not going to see a whole lot of thither without hither. Or nilly without willy. Torn takes up, asunder, or apart, but asunder pretty much wants torn (or, occasionally, rent). And of course, love is always followed by pain. Er, or did I lose track of the conversation?
by Brooks
Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0367: "Fandom"
Replies: 158
Views: 26583

Re: "Fandom" Discussion

Cheney / Voldemort 2008!

But yeah, this was a good comic. The best humor is based on truth, and it does seem like a whole lot of people "grew" out of Star Wars and into the Ronpaul.
by Brooks
Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Obvious" factoring
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

Re: "Obvious" factoring

Wow. Thanks, everyone. This has helped me immeasurably. I know this is super basic stuff for you folks, and I really appreciate the time you took to explain this in such detail. I'm performing at a significantly higher level on practice tests and am feeling fairly confident about the test itself. Th...
by Brooks
Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Obvious" factoring
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

Re: "Obvious" factoring

I'm struggling with this. Using 8x 2 + 17x - 21: -(17) +- sqrt((17 2 ) - (4 * 8 * -21)) ------------------------------------- 2 * 8 -(17) +- sqrt(289 - (4 * 8 * -21)) ------------------------------------- 16 -(17) +- sqrt(289 - (4 * 8 * -21)) ------------------------------------- 16 -(17) +- sqrt(28...
by Brooks
Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Obvious" factoring
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

Re: "Obvious" factoring

Whoa. Smart people here. Thanks. I'm going to go digest that.

If it's not asking too much, can you show me how that works for my example 8x2 + 17x - 21 ?
by Brooks
Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Obvious" factoring
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

Re: "Obvious" factoring

Thanks for the heuristic on factoring. That does help. But I'm not understanding the application of the quadratic equation. I know how to use it to solve for X, but the problem I'm having is with questions that require factoring equations into smaller equations for simplification and cancellation. I...
by Brooks
Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Obvious" factoring
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

"Obvious" factoring

So I'm preparing for the GMAT. And it all seems pretty basic. Except the bane of my high school existence has come back to haunt me 20 years later: factoring of polynomial equations. Many of the advanced math questions involve factoring "obvious" things, like 8x 2 + 17x - 21 into (8x - 7)(...
by Brooks
Tue Dec 25, 2007 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: word manufactory
Replies: 46
Views: 7097

Re: word manufactory

Hopeloveless: The state of knowing you're in love with someone who doesn't feel the same.
by Brooks
Mon Dec 24, 2007 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494368

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

In the last two companies for which I've worked, management has tended to substitute the word metrics whenever they're asking for reports or measurements. Ah, that is annoying. Metrics is a fine word, in the business context, when it's used to mean "standards by which we will measure things.&q...
by Brooks
Sun Dec 23, 2007 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494368

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Sheeple Whenever used, it just permeates a certain smugness, and 9 times out of ten can be replaced with the words, "people who don't think, walk, talk, and act just like me" Argh, yeah, that one drives me insane. It manages to be condescending, sophomoric, arrogant, ad hominem, cute-in-t...
by Brooks
Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494368

Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Several threads in here about words you love, pretty words, and so on. But how about annoying, ugly, and awkward words? Me, I hate "irrespective." Ugly word. "Regardless" is pretty much always a better choice, being stronger, prettier, and more clear. Of course, that leads some c...
by Brooks
Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Foreign languages in dreams?
Replies: 48
Views: 24578

Re: Foreign languages in dreams?

Yeah, I have definitely used languages I barely know in dreams; I also don't subscribe to the idea that dreaming in a language is indicative of fluency. For me, the times when I've really gotten up to speed in French (my one semi-fluent language) the sign has been when portions of my internal monolo...
by Brooks
Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that are fun to mispronounce
Replies: 169
Views: 27626

Re: Words that are fun to mispronounce

What, no monty python fans? Or is it just taken for granted that it's kunigget? I'm also a firm believer that those annoying little bugs are guhnats. That's especially entertaining when someone from the midwest corrects you and insists that they are "midges," in which case you can respond ...
by Brooks
Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Foreign languages in dreams?
Replies: 48
Views: 24578

Foreign languages in dreams?

I had a unique (for me) language based dream that's made me wonder about how second languages fit into our brain in general, and especially in dreams. In the dream, I was traveling in France with random people who were, I think, Americans. At some point, we needed to find an office building. But we ...
by Brooks
Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Altruism Thought Expiriment
Replies: 36
Views: 4187

Re: Altruism Thought Expiriment

On a side note, the above quote mentions the media and its fascination with cruel actions. Why is it that human beings prefer hearing about "cruel" acts? I can't speak to the altruism side, but this bit at least is clear to me. The news, by definition, is about the unusual. Like the old s...
by Brooks
Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The end of freedom
Replies: 68
Views: 8948

Re: The end of freedom

Freedom in the abstract means you are not obligated to do things you don't want to do. Some people choose to apply this to laws and difficult situations, and those who are serious and not just engaging in sophistry can fairly be said to be free if they genuinely believe that, say, having a gun to th...

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