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by LatwPIAT
Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 102101

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

I always hated the significant digit system. It is all well and good for small numbers to avoid an illusion of precision, but it falls apart with large numbers. Like the 4 000 000*1.15=4 000 000 mentioned before. Even if it is avoiding some false precision, I normally wouldn't consider 600 000 of s...
by LatwPIAT
Sat Oct 09, 2010 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 102101

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

It WAS a quick arithmetic thing, not order of operations. *sigh* People being silly and missing the obvious point. Pedantic. I perfectly understood what the purpose of the task was, thank you. I'm merely opposed to its use, on the grounds that it teaches bad form when it comes to order-of-operation...
by LatwPIAT
Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 102101

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

5th grade field trip to planetarium (paraphrase): "We calculate how far away a star is based on how big it looks and how big it actually is. We calculate how big a star actually is based on how far away it is and how big it looks." The first time he made these statements were in different...
by LatwPIAT
Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0566: "Matrix Revisited"
Replies: 201
Views: 33773

Re: "Matrix Revisited" Discussion

Three and a half pages of people decrying the Matrix and/or it's sequels an no mention of how it butchered scenes from Ghost in the Shell? Ah well. I think my problem with the Matrix was that when I watched it last summer, I (and I still) don't like the Heroic Bloodshed -style of action. The large l...
by LatwPIAT
Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: This is idea fuel for SciFi
Replies: 94
Views: 9447

Re: This is idea fuel for SciFi

I was brain-dead one day and watched some soft-sci-fi series called Lexx, mainly just trash (So Bad It's Good, but still trash.) but they had an intresting place called "Water and Fire" which were two twin planets orbiting a sun. In between these two plantets, the heroes' space ship got st...
by LatwPIAT
Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:15 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 404158

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

My teacher has a tendency to throw jokes around, especialy integrated into the learning: On sustainable devlopment: When you have a mummy whale and a daddy whale, they go off to make small little baby whales. But if you don't have enough mommy or daddy whales, what happens then? On extra time: It ap...
by LatwPIAT
Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fun with Portal Guns
Replies: 233
Views: 18685

Re: Fun with Portal Guns

I'd say the best way to produce energy would be to have an empty pool with a portal on the bottom and a portal overhead, then fill it with water. A stream of water will commenc, and we can place a water wheel in between. Gravity will keep the water flowing, and we'll have an near-infinte source of e...
by LatwPIAT
Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Amusing answers to tests
Replies: 393
Views: 61786

Re: Amusing answers to tests

I have a habit of finishing long before time, and my teacher lets ever page have the "Name:" field, so I always alternate between my name and "I like pie!" I'm planning to change it to "The cake is a lie!" though. Also, I was once given a question where i had to add a b...
by LatwPIAT
Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Subtitling vs. dubbing
Replies: 147
Views: 21722

Re: Subtitling vs. dubbing

I think that movie was called "Life is wonderful" in English. Yeah, they really got the languages right in that movie; The Italians speak Italian, the Germans speak German, and the American speaks American, all with native dialects. On a similar notice, I'd recomend Kukushka (The Cucko, or...
by LatwPIAT
Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Subtitling vs. dubbing
Replies: 147
Views: 21722

Re: Subtitling vs. dubbing

Hmmmm. I can't say much since I all I've ever watched is GitS and GitS:SAC and a Korean movie about a former rapist who falls in love with a disabled person. (Really good BTW) The first two were dubbed and the latter subbed. When it comes to other languages, I haven't tried French lately, but I pref...
by LatwPIAT
Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 212112

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

School was a long time ago but I remember a few. Flowers for Algernon Total waste of time and depressing to boot. I liked it. However, I read the original short story, which is so short you could have read it one the bus, rather than the full-scale novel which was written later. (I think the drepre...
by LatwPIAT
Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: sets, trilogies, series of books that dont get worse
Replies: 100
Views: 11775

Re: sets, trilogies, series of books that dont get worse

The Vorkossigan Saga becomes better as the series progress, gaining a major raise in quality third book (Second in the chronology, skip the third, (Or don't it's still a good book)) and onwards.
by LatwPIAT
Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Favorite Movie Quote?
Replies: 101
Views: 15892

Re: Favorite Movie Quote?

Too bad she won't live. But then, who does?

Is perfectly delivered at the end of Blade Runner.
by LatwPIAT
Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Characters you've fallen in love with
Replies: 195
Views: 32329

Re: Characters you've fallen in love with

NEEDS MOAR DES...
No.

I'm supprised no-one has mentioned Zev from Lexx yet. Considering the whole point of her character was to be a nyphomaniac supermodel...

Not that I do anyway.
by LatwPIAT
Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Watchmen - Spoilers like a Psychic Undersea Gargant!
Replies: 719
Views: 76809

Re: I am sad. Watchmen

ooooh, there's a costume , Dollar Bill's outfit. Looks pretty cool to me. The style is a little different than the original comic book (although, the only picture I can find is black and white in the second "Under the Hood" excerpt) but it follows it pretty closely and looks pretty seriou...
by LatwPIAT
Sat Dec 22, 2007 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How do you read?
Replies: 136
Views: 22719

Re: How do you read?

I tired to find an accurate answer for your question but then my head poped, just a it does every time I imagine new colours. I do not read aloud in my head. Words manifests as, well, words. They are not audial, nor visual, they are just mental. If I tired explain it further than that, I would proba...
by LatwPIAT
Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]
Replies: 182
Views: 44233

Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Dirk Gently <3 The problem with the HHGTTG movie wasn't the plot, since as has been noted, that kept changing in the radio series/books/telly show anyway. The problem was that, in paraphrasing the original sources, the movie script removed all the funny bits. They replaced "This is obviously s...
by LatwPIAT
Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 212112

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

Being a Norwegian, we have to read, you guessed it, a few Norwegian books. Not to bad, I happened to like a few of them. However, some were pure crap: "I et speil, i en gåte." (In a mirror, in a riddle) by Jostein Gardner. Some peope like his books and they are highly regarded in society b...
by LatwPIAT
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Watchmen - Spoilers like a Psychic Undersea Gargant!
Replies: 719
Views: 76809

Re: I am sad. Watchmen

The Comedian rambling to Moloch for example.. In film, this would just be one long monologe. In the comic, the panels give the impression of a caged individual, like an animal pacing in it's cage looking for a way out. In film, this will probably result in a guy bouncing around the room like an idi...
by LatwPIAT
Mon Dec 03, 2007 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime? A "Genre"?
Replies: 99
Views: 9705

Re: Anime? A "Genre"?

Well, most of those are conventions of other genres when used in Anime. Asuka's character in Neon Genesis Evangelion is very much an archetype, but she would be ut of place in, say, Ghost in the Shell. And could be immediatly picked as being out of place. As I've said, people can mmediatly pick tha...
by LatwPIAT
Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime? A "Genre"?
Replies: 99
Views: 9705

Re: Anime? A "Genre"?

Ligne Claire. Clair Line. A way to draw used by both Will Eisner (Spirit) and Hergé (Tintin) and a bunch of other people, especially Franco-Belgian comic artists. Mange/Anime. Another way to draw used by other people. Both have distinct ways to draw, in the case of Ligne Claire, with clear lines and...
by LatwPIAT
Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2413286

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hello. I'm LatwPIAT. It can't be pronounced; it's a contradiction. Like xkcd, it's not meant for normal pronounciation, but it can be done. For those particulary interested, it stands for "Light Anti Tank Weapon, Projector Infantry Anti Tank." a British anti tank weapon from WWII. I'm inte...

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