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by llamapalooza
Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Scheme Makes Me Not Want to Code Ever Again
Replies: 64
Views: 7016

Re: Scheme Makes Me Not Want to Code Ever Again

You think "I know how to program in python, why is scheme so hard" It's not really "hard" that I'm struggling with, as much as "inefficient and obtuse." (In fact, I'd probably like the class a bit more if they tried to make it harder. I mean, our Scheme implementation ...
by llamapalooza
Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Scheme Makes Me Not Want to Code Ever Again
Replies: 64
Views: 7016

Re: Scheme Makes Me Not Want to Code Ever Again

I think there may be big problems with the course that I might be transferring onto the language. The prof has just "forgotten" to mention those convenient, usable functions like cdddr and list-ref. I should probably wait to judge the language until I have a bit better command of it and kn...
by llamapalooza
Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Scheme Makes Me Not Want to Code Ever Again
Replies: 64
Views: 7016

Scheme Makes Me Not Want to Code Ever Again

So I have done some programming in Python on my own but nothing particularly serious, but it seems like a really nice language. It "clicks" for me and I've really enjoyed simple scripting in it. Now I'm taking my school's intro to CS course because I was thinking of majoring in it. I reall...
by llamapalooza
Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "off of"
Replies: 80
Views: 13346

Re: "off of"

No, no, you see, had I said it like I naturally would, "I help my Uncle Jack off of a horse," then the meaning comes across that he's not "into that kind of thing;" he was just stuck on top of his equestrian mode of transportation.
by llamapalooza
Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Uniting Speech and Writing: the Half-Mark.
Replies: 37
Views: 10909

Re: Uniting Speech and Writing: the Half-Mark.

But you'd use a letter to relay what happened this week to someone, just like you might that phone call to someone you haven't seen in a long time. And bringing in email doesn't make sense, because it also uses written communication, so you’re just enhancing my point that written communication is us...
by llamapalooza
Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Uniting Speech and Writing: the Half-Mark.
Replies: 37
Views: 10909

Re: Uniting Speech and Writing: the Half-Mark.

A letter serves the same purpose as a phone call, but uses written language.

In terms of a symbol to use, what about a question mark without a dot at the bottom? It's like you're taking away the period (the part that makes it end the sentence) but keeping the part that identifies it as a question.
by llamapalooza
Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Fuck
Replies: 39
Views: 5711

Re: Fuck

I've actually noticed that a lot of slang, especially neologisms, in English seems to be very versatile, even without modifying the word at all. Look at "pimp" (or even "pimpmobile"). Sure, you have, "I spoke to the pimp about a ho." But there's also "That's so pim...
by llamapalooza
Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Vwl Rfrm
Replies: 53
Views: 5961

Re: Vwl Rfrm

To be honest, I've never understood why a "y" can be a consonant; you're just using an "ee" in a diphthong. Same with "w" as "oo" much of the time.
by llamapalooza
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "off of"
Replies: 80
Views: 13346

Re: "off of"

Slightly off-topic: When you people keep posting "go in the house," it makes me think of "the dog goes in the house," indicating a little mess to be cleaned up. "The dog goes into the house" means he's entering, not defecating. "Off of" sounds completely natur...
by llamapalooza
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Vwl Rfrm
Replies: 53
Views: 5961

Re: Vwl Rfrm

But in "dnt knw whr th q s n ths dmnd thtr" you have significantly more trouble. On the plus side, no more arguing about "theatre/theater."

Edit: Also, this would be the death of pronouns, as both "you" and "I" would be omitted completely.
by llamapalooza
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Vwl Rfrm
Replies: 53
Views: 5961

Re: Vwl Rfrm

But then we get to a word like "queue" and nobody has any idea what the hell is going on anymore.
by llamapalooza
Sat May 30, 2009 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0590: "Papyrus"
Replies: 242
Views: 58168

Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

To the people that love Comic Sans, you don't need to argue about the "message" it sends. We understand the concept of appearing informal or being "fun" and, yes, there can be a place for it. The problems are twofold: 1. Comic Sans is fucking hideous . No letters should ever be s...
by llamapalooza
Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Factorial and Googol
Replies: 9
Views: 2663

Re: Factorial and Googol

Wow, that's a beautifully simple approximation. Thanks for the link!
by llamapalooza
Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Factorial and Googol
Replies: 9
Views: 2663

Factorial and Googol

Pondering this today, and I'm not sure if there's an elegant way to solve it: What is the smallest integer n such that n! > one googol? I tried this in Python: a, b, c = 10**100, 1, 1 while c < a: b += 1 c = b*c print b and it yielded 70; this seems to be right: 1197857166996989179607278372168909873...
by llamapalooza
Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0470: "The End Is Not For A While"
Replies: 140
Views: 28402

Re: "The End is Not for a While"

Damn, you bring this up while the RNC is in town and now I feel compelled...
by llamapalooza
Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Clarkkkkson vs. xkcd
Replies: 81
Views: 19375

Re: Clarkkkkson vs. xkcd

How does A(xkcd, xkcd) hold up?
by llamapalooza
Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Amusing answers to tests
Replies: 393
Views: 61773

Re: Amusing answers to tests

Wouldn't it be simpler to just write "an appropriate question for this course, and answer it" as your answer? You wrote it out...
by llamapalooza
Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A new 9-dots riddle
Replies: 31
Views: 7191

Re: A new 9-dots riddle

Am I missing something here? • • • • • • •  • • Now draw a line from the leftmost dot to the rightmost dot, then back over it until you've fulfilled the "exactly four lines" requirement. The rules seem to contradict themselves about whether you can do this-- I interpreted it as "r...
by llamapalooza
Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I'm done being afraid of calculus
Replies: 41
Views: 6218

Re: I'm done being afraid of calculus

Advice: Calculus really isn't that scary. It has this whole cultural stigma surrounding it that I don't really get. The fact of the matter is, it's a set of relatively simple concepts that most people could grasp if they put the effort in. It's really just ways to describe rates of change (slopes), ...
by llamapalooza
Tue May 27, 2008 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Amusing answers to tests
Replies: 393
Views: 61773

Re: Amusing answers to tests

On the AP Calc. AB Test (which I was just taking for fun) I wrote (having run out of time and forgotten the whole of Differential Equations, since they weren't covered in my non-AP class): No time... Have a nice day! :) For a question asking me to evaluate a limit (again, at the end of the time limi...
by llamapalooza
Fri May 02, 2008 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies you turned off before you were half-way through.
Replies: 216
Views: 30652

Re: Movies you turned off before you were half-way through.

Happy Feet.

So. Boring. It was supposed to have a great message or something but it was just so horrifically uninteresting that I couldn't see it through.
by llamapalooza
Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability has always been my weakness.
Replies: 10
Views: 6500

Re: Probability has always been my weakness.

Macbi, it should be 100 minus your answer; you found the probability of all the ones we don't want.
by llamapalooza
Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability has always been my weakness.
Replies: 10
Views: 6500

Re: Probability has always been my weakness.

Layton's Apprentice Saves the Day!
by llamapalooza
Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability has always been my weakness.
Replies: 10
Views: 6500

Re: Probability has always been my weakness.

Hah! I was right about which problem it was! Anyway, as I said, When you get to the face cards one, consider which cards matter; you can turn over any number of cards before the joker, but you really only need to consider the face cards and the joker for your calculations. The 48 extraneous cards ca...
by llamapalooza
Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Software
Replies: 143
Views: 169304

Re: Can't find good math software

For Mac OS X users, the application Grapher comes with your computer and is surprisingly useful. It doesn't do everything, but it can handle surprisingly complex graphing (incl. 3D and animated) and it will correctly display a ton of quite complex and difficult-to-display mathematical notation (whic...
by llamapalooza
Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability has always been my weakness.
Replies: 10
Views: 6500

Re: Probability has always been my weakness.

Hmm, I don't remember that puzzle! There's another one where you want the probability of turning over all the face cards first. Is that the one, or is this one of the three I'm missing? When you get to the face cards one, consider which cards matter; you can turn over any number of cards before the ...
by llamapalooza
Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: 0.999... = 1 relating to asymptotes
Replies: 9
Views: 2268

Re: 0.999... = 1 relating to asymptotes

This is a gross oversimplification, but in essence the asymptote will touch the axis "at infinity" (though such a point does not exist, but I digress). Since .999... has an infinite number of "9"s, you can think of it in a similar manner. As you "add" 9s on to the end, ...
by llamapalooza
Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best sentence ever
Replies: 58
Views: 12595

Re: Best sentence ever

One of the local newspapers ran a headline regarding high school football that was something like "Trojans Come From Behind!".
by llamapalooza
Sun Dec 09, 2007 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: tricky sums, i need help
Replies: 15
Views: 1918

Re: tricky sums, i need help

I think I have the same assignment as you, but as my Maths teacher can't come up with a reasonable conjecture himself to this rather ludicrous problem for the level of maths we've learned (yay IB! :roll: ) I'm seriously considering just going the route of literally answering the question "can y...
by llamapalooza
Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math software (Numerical, graphical, or CAS)
Replies: 21
Views: 2906

Re: Favorite math software (Numerical, graphical, or CAS)

I've always enjoyed Apple's Grapher that comes with every Mac. It's got its problems, but what doesn't?
by llamapalooza
Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Random thing that's bugging me: f(n) = 1, 3, 2, 4, 3, 5...
Replies: 24
Views: 3110

Re: Random thing that's bugging me: f(n) = 1, 3, 2, 4, 3, 5...

Wow, (-1)n is so simple, I can't believe nobody came up with it. I think we were all thinking in terms of continuous functions, since they make pretty graphs that noncontinuous ones don't, but that's in many ways a more elegant solution.
by llamapalooza
Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Random thing that's bugging me: f(n) = 1, 3, 2, 4, 3, 5...
Replies: 24
Views: 3110

Re: Random thing that's bugging me: f(n) = 1, 3, 2, 4, 3, 5...

Image Success! I've always been fascinated by graphs of this shape; Actually, I got the idea for this problem from this form, but I just couldn't come up with the coefficients. But, yeah, it checks out!
by llamapalooza
Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Random thing that's bugging me: f(n) = 1, 3, 2, 4, 3, 5...
Replies: 24
Views: 3110

Re: Random thing that's bugging me: f(n) = 1, 3, 2, 4, 3, 5...

Was just about to say that Philip, but yes, with the + it works out just fine. A way I was thinking about it: As we have noted, the sequence seems to grow about half as fast as the integers. So if we compare it with the sequence (n+1)/2, we see: 1, 3/2, 2, 5/2, 3, 7/2... 1, 3, 2, 4, 3, 5......
by llamapalooza
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Random thing that's bugging me: f(n) = 1, 3, 2, 4, 3, 5...
Replies: 24
Views: 3110

Re: Random thing that's bugging me: f(n) = 1, 3, 2, 4, 3, 5...

Note that we're using cos instead of your guess of sin... we want a function that'll go to its extremes on the integers... sin (pi n) is 0 for all integer n, it's 1 and -1 for n's that are an integer + 1/2. Damn! I even had a sin (bπx + cπ) in there at one point, but I confused them for a split-sec...
by llamapalooza
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 878
Views: 263961

Re: Sprich Deutsch! [German practice]

Mit meinem Macintosh, opt+u dann a, o, oder u macht ä, ö, oder ü. Ich weiss nicht was macht es auf die Fenster.


Es tut mir Leid, dass mein Deutsch so schlecht ist.
by llamapalooza
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Random thing that's bugging me: f(n) = 1, 3, 2, 4, 3, 5...
Replies: 24
Views: 3110

Random thing that's bugging me: f(n) = 1, 3, 2, 4, 3, 5...

Not for homework on anything. I was bored in my maths class today so I started trying to find a function for this pattern, and it turned out to be way more interesting than I expected. Spent a whole physics class on it, too. Anyway, the sequence is: 1, 3, 2, 4, 3, 5, ... (or simply, "two steps ...
by llamapalooza
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2412520

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Ummmmmm.......hi? I'm a high school Junior. I enjoy the maths, even if IB Mathematics is the slowest class e v e r. How can you spend a month on Induction?! But I digress... I like Nintendo a lot, I guess. Grew up on the stuff, and waited in line in 20˚F weather for it. I use a Mac. I would like to ...

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