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by merrak
Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: A Conundrum of Eggs
Replies: 1
Views: 7673

A Conundrum of Eggs

I started writing brief stories that contain mathematical riddles. I'm shooting for something similar to a lesser-known work by Lewis Carroll called A Tangled Tale . The first story is about a girl who would rather fish off the edge of the universe than solve a recursion riddle she's given. Link- ht...
by merrak
Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I want to learn something
Replies: 31
Views: 10968

Re: I want to learn something

Learn to draw. I'm a math/science type person myself, and I find it relaxing to stretch the other side of my brain :)

Pen and paper is all you need - or a digitizing tablet.
by merrak
Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What are your favourite online sources for news?
Replies: 22
Views: 16583

Re: What are your favourite online sources for news?

I always read the headlines on the Wikipedia front page. Otherwise, BBC.
by merrak
Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How to make teachers friendlier and easier to talk to?
Replies: 16
Views: 14391

Re: How to make teachers friendlier and easier to talk to?

... For professors who hold office hours or optional tutorials, I found going to those almost always lead to good relationships with the profs in question, and would eventually drift off to a more friendly chat towards the end instead of strictly class material stuff. I suspect part of that is the ...
by merrak
Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 18096

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

Next week's what-if: What happens when you spill that bottomless drink? Better yet: what exactly would constitute a bottomless drink which is either half full or half empty? (Hurray for transfinite sets). Let's not overlook the practical problem: how would one even drink from a bottomless cup? The ...
by merrak
Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 18096

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

jib wrote:Each of his wings still has an end. Really endless wings would be circular or something.


The other ends extend infinitely far into hammerspace.
by merrak
Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ever gotten a shock from mains electricity?
Replies: 47
Views: 18918

Re: Ever gotten a shock from mains electricity?

When I was little (about 4-5) I stuck a finger into an outlet. I quickly formed a hypothesis on what would happen, but I had to repeat the experiment to be sure...
by merrak
Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: First XKCD comic strip that you saw
Replies: 39
Views: 14271

Re: First XKCD comic strip that you saw

http://xkcd.com/207/ I still remember this one because there used to be a traffic light near me where the "questionably legal maneuvers" saved quite a bit of time. Found it on a Livejournal community that aggregated comics. Edit: I don't find the Ackermann function horrifying. Perhaps, the...
by merrak
Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats and the Weird Things They Do
Replies: 69
Views: 11979

Re: Cats and the Weird Things They Do

Cathy wrote:Cats, I love them. I baby talk to them, and I'm not sure why. Also, they "talk" to me, I meow and they meow back. <3


Mine will do this. Sometimes when I'm talking to other people in the room, he'll think I'm talking to him and start meowing.
by merrak
Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats and the Weird Things They Do
Replies: 69
Views: 11979

Re: Cats and the Weird Things They Do

... :lol: If I'm in the kitchen and alone in the house, the Bastard will mew as if he is dying until I pick him up and carry him around like a baby. During this minor love-fest, he will purr and rub against me yet will only put his front paws on my right shoulder (It cannot be the left shoulder!) a...
by merrak
Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: "Illuminated Hypertext Manuscript" Digital Novel
Replies: 6
Views: 5647

Re: "Illuminated Hypertext Manuscript" Digital Novel

I for one, read through and loved it. I'm generally not a good judge on writing so I couldn't say one way or the other as far as that, but I enjoyed the story and the artwork is beautiful. Thanks :) That is encouraging to hear. I like the presentation -- the art is gorgeous. I would recommend sendi...
by merrak
Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: things to do before you die
Replies: 46
Views: 8153

Re: things to do before you die

Wiskie wrote:1. Own a house with an inner (interior?) courtyard. Something like this:
12. Own a car (even temporarily) that has a market price over $60,000


If you wait long enough, inflation will make this one easy.
by merrak
Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: "Illuminated Hypertext Manuscript" Digital Novel
Replies: 6
Views: 5647

Re: "Illuminated Hypertext Manuscript" Digital Novel

I stopped reading when I got to the point (page 3, chapter 1, a leaf something or other) where the cat's curiosity was peaked, rather than piqued. Not that that's a terrible mistake to make, and normally I don't care, but I was already unimpressed with the writing. Sorry to hear that, but thanks fo...
by merrak
Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats and the Weird Things They Do
Replies: 69
Views: 11979

Re: Cats and the Weird Things They Do

Paddington would just love to be outside. He stares out windows for hours in all areas of the house. If that window has some sunshine in it, BONUS! I have a feeling we would be drowning in dead and dying mice and rabbits if he was let out. Unfortunately, we live on a major street with cars and truc...
by merrak
Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats and the Weird Things They Do
Replies: 69
Views: 11979

Re: Cats and the Weird Things They Do

Every time I play with the laser pointer I'm reminded of this comic ( http://xkcd.com/729/ )

After he is done chasing it he usually takes a nap. I'm almost certain this is what he is dreaming about.
by merrak
Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats and the Weird Things They Do
Replies: 69
Views: 11979

Re: Cats and the Weird Things They Do

One of my cats gets the midnight crazies some times. He'll run around the house at full speed, running up and down the stairs or in circles. He does this during the day some times, but more often at night. I have a cat that gets crazy when it's low-level light time. I swear that's the only time I'v...
by merrak
Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: "Illuminated Hypertext Manuscript" Digital Novel
Replies: 6
Views: 5647

Re: "Illuminated Hypertext Manuscript" Digital Novel

Image

Chapter 19 posted.
by merrak
Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats and the Weird Things They Do
Replies: 69
Views: 11979

Re: Cats and the Weird Things They Do

I was looking at it for a moment, not really knowing why in the world you were posting this picture of an empty room. Then I looked down and read the quote. Then I looked back up. And I got it! I probably should have given a hint about what to look for :) The bent blades on the edges are from the i...
by merrak
Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats and the Weird Things They Do
Replies: 69
Views: 11979

Re: Cats and the Weird Things They Do

http://www.anorthogonaluniverse.com/images/see-it.jpg When we bought our house we found out it came with a cat. He's strictly an outdoor cat because my indoor cat does not get along with other cats at all. The outdoor white cat will sit on the windowsill and stare into the house all day... 7 days a...
by merrak
Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats and the Weird Things They Do
Replies: 69
Views: 11979

Re: Cats and the Weird Things They Do

Cat stories! ... One more while we are a it: our cat absolutely hates other cats. Once he was forced to live with one that shared the sentiment for a few days: they kept fighting. We kept locking up our cat after separating them, because he is xboxhuge, and thus seemed to be the agressor. A few day...
by merrak
Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats and the Weird Things They Do
Replies: 69
Views: 11979

Re: Cats and the Weird Things They Do

poxic wrote:
merrak wrote:So far the most logical explanation I have is that the air return duct is, in fact, a gateway to another dimension causing small nearby thread ends to dance around in a most fascinating, near-lifelike manner.

Fixed. :D


While that certainly makes much more sense... it is a lot less fun.
by merrak
Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats and the Weird Things They Do
Replies: 69
Views: 11979

Cats and the Weird Things They Do

For the past few weeks my friend Catherine has taken up residence inside a mostly empty closet in an unused bedroom in my house. He will stand in the corner, back to the door, staring at the floor. The backside of an air return duct sticks out a bit from one of the walls. So far the most logical exp...
by merrak
Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My office door is SO much more interesting now.
Replies: 5
Views: 5005

Re: My office door is SO much more interesting now.

I always kept a printed copy of the one about math teachers by my office doors ( http://xkcd.com/263/ ). Sadly I had to throw it out because it had followed me for so long it had become unreadable. I suppose I could always make a new one - but it wouldn't have been on as many adventures.
by merrak
Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: "Illuminated Hypertext Manuscript" Digital Novel
Replies: 6
Views: 5647

"Illuminated Hypertext Manuscript" Digital Novel

This is an illustrated novel ("illuminated hypertext manuscript") I've been working on. I thought some people here may like it, since it's all about math and language (not so much sarcasm, but I've been known to fib). It's really a series of four stories. The first is about a mathematician...
by merrak
Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:07 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Disputing tuition fees
Replies: 9
Views: 3643

Re: Disputing tuition fees

I think most schools cut off tuition refunds within a couple of weeks. Since it is usually stated in their policies, you will probably not get a refund. It couldn't hurt to state your case - but since the ball is probably not in your court you may want to handle it very carefully.
by merrak
Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you have programmed
Replies: 93
Views: 39909

Re: Games you have programmed

I once made a clone of "The Light Corridor" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Light_Corridor using OpenGL. It was pretty slick (I thought). The premise was the same as TLC, namely, you had a paddle and chased a ball down a long corridor. If the ball struck an object it would bounce back - a...
by merrak
Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.
Replies: 254
Views: 169776

Re: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.

I have a random collection of art. Most of the pieces have some kind of mathematics background - some more than others. :mrgreen:
http://merrak.deviantart.com/
by merrak
Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:21 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Choosing an Area of Research
Replies: 1
Views: 2240

Re: Choosing an Area of Research

I can't say anything about question #2 directly - but I would think that answering question #2 would help you answer the first question. Perhaps find a few journals in your area and see what is current. I don't know about anybody else, but I sort of "fell into" my research area because it ...
by merrak
Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:13 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Making your own quizzes
Replies: 8
Views: 4431

Re: Making your own quizzes

So, after learning the names of all the countries on sporcle, as well as the flags and other tidbits of information, I was thinking it is quite a good way of learning facts. So, I was wondering if there was any easy (and ideally free or very cheap) software for making quizzes yourself - eg so I can...
by merrak
Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:11 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Have a Gradate Assistant now what?
Replies: 5
Views: 3077

Re: Have a Gradate Assistant now what?

The class support part is a bit more vague as from what I can find it could include answering questions the students have well in class, and labs which means my hours are done in class, or I could have to do grading which puts my hours outside of the class room. Or some mixture of both, and other w...
by merrak
Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:08 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Should I study computer science?
Replies: 6
Views: 3785

Re: Should I study computer science?

You should end up with a solid background in programming if you finish a CS degree. But as was already mentioned, the subject does go much deeper. I suppose it really depends on what you want to do with your degree.
by merrak
Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Labyrinth Puzzle
Replies: 15
Views: 3505

Labyrinth Puzzle

Inspired by this comic: http://xkcd.com/246/ Most of us have heard the riddle. You are a prisoner of the temple and are shown two doors. The priestess explains that one leads to certain death, while the other would let you free. Each door is guarded. You are allowed to ask either of the guards preci...
by merrak
Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Software you use for organizing your stories?
Replies: 4
Views: 6159

Re: Software you use for organizing your stories?

I wrote a C program that merges input files into whatever output I desire (the full story, outline, specific profiles, etc), then pushes everything into LaTeX, where it is compiled again. I wouldn't recommend this Rube Goldberg-like story management solution - but it sure was fun procrastinating!
by merrak
Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:55 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Opinion on makeup quizzes/tests?
Replies: 18
Views: 4608

Re: Opinion on makeup quizzes/tests?

I'm a TA, and this is the first semester I'm teaching a course in Algebra 2 (it's sort of a remedial math class, I'd hate to say that but it's true, for students that didn't do great on the ACT), and I was wondering what people's opinion on makeup quizzes/tests are (opinions from anybody-- students...
by merrak
Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Open Source Undergraduate Math Texts
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

Re: Open Source Undergraduate Math Texts

My linear algebra class used Jim Hefferon's book. It was pretty good, though the professor mostly used it to assign technical / computational exercises, and did his own thing in lectures and wrote his own homework problems. The introductory real analysis course, the advanced calculus courses (the f...
by merrak
Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Open Source Undergraduate Math Texts
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

Open Source Undergraduate Math Texts

I was curious if anyone here used an open source math text as the primary text for a course. If so, what were your thoughts?
by merrak
Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0068: "Five Thirty"
Replies: 22
Views: 12273

Re: 0068: "Five Thirty"

This has bugged me for a while: does anyone know what "You're out of ointment and out of time" refers to?
by merrak
Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0946: “Family Decals”
Replies: 195
Views: 87548

Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Sometimes it's tempting to buy a set of family stickers so I can go around adding random new members to people's families. I doubt they would notice for a while, if at all.
by merrak
Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2417226

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi. I'm R. Watson. I'm 28 and a mathematics professor. I also belong to the "lurked for years but just joined" club.

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