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by Kimble
Fri May 04, 2012 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1051: "Visited"
Replies: 66
Views: 22212

Re: 1051: "Visited"

I searched for <"a pioneer of literary social realism"> and didn't get any hits. I went back to post 1 to try to find other clues to whom it could be and saw the link for "third novel". I said to myself, "Aha! I'll just mouseover that to see what it links to!" That didn...
by Kimble
Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0731: "Desert Island"
Replies: 119
Views: 29731

Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Does anyone know what tune the alt-text is supposed to be sung to? It seems to have a rhyming scheme, but the syllabic pattern is too irregular for a poem. Except for a missing unstressed syllable, it's perfect iambic octameter (or tetrameter, perhaps) in my Standard American English accent: ... Te...
by Kimble
Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 64144

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

Values I found from quick Googling: Planck energy = 1.956 GJ Pressure at core = 360 GPa Prius combined MPG* = 49.5 MPG English Channel minimum width = 34 km Total = 3.36301177... *calculated by me as the average of the highway and city ratings of the 2010 model Not quite as close as I expected, but ...
by Kimble
Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Creating my own dictionary - special software? Excel?
Replies: 3
Views: 1332

Re: Creating my own dictionary - special software? Excel?

You could try Excel, but put all your different types of tags in one column. So, pretending that each cell is in brackets, you might have something like: [*takushiidoraiba] [taxi driver] [noun] [travel, occupation] [takushii] [taxi] [noun] [travel] When you want to study all your travel words (or wh...
by Kimble
Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Songs With Gunshots
Replies: 42
Views: 43735

Re: Songs With Gunshots

Weird Al Yankovic's "Polkas on 45" (the medley on In 3-D) has a gunshot in its version of Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe."
by Kimble
Sat Nov 22, 2008 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Song Identification!
Replies: 458
Views: 203566

Re: Song Identification!

I was listening (and posting) during my lunch hour and my work PC doesn't have sound, so I couldn't listen to the local station's website. Once I got home and remembered to look, I tried -- but the station I heard it on is actually locally-owned and doesn't have a playlist yet. It does have a compet...
by Kimble
Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Song Identification!
Replies: 458
Views: 203566

Re: Song Identification!

Here's a song I heard on a top-40 station in the car. The lyrics were a guy singing to a secret lover in a standard R&B style, with a slight vocodery or ProTools-y voice modification, mostly close to the piano line (see below). The piano part is all eighth-note chords, mostly minor-sounding (to ...
by Kimble
Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Solitaire with no possible moves
Replies: 7
Views: 2591

Re: Solitaire with no possible moves

I did 10 million trials each with draw-3 and draw-1. Results: Draw-3: 64689 positions with no moves. Draw-1: 41 positions with no moves. If anyone's interested in verification, my Perl snippet (and half-hearted explanation) follows: Each card is a number between 0 and 25, representing its type. Even...
by Kimble
Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Count the triangles
Replies: 15
Views: 3457

Re: Count the triangles

I got Puck's numerical answer of 4784: 444 that "point" in each primary direction (N/E/S/W) and 752 in each secondary direction (NE/NW/SE/SW). My formula for an n-by-n square, counting the original as 8-by-8 ( not 16-by-16) is: 8 * [ n(n+1)(2n+1)/3 + sum(...
by Kimble
Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0468: "Fetishes"
Replies: 163
Views: 48737

Re: "Fetishes" discussion

I also thought of Russell's paradox first when seeing this, and that (along with the one L) annoyed me. However, converting fetishes to true statements and the list to the set of provable statements makes the analogy as close to perfect as I can tell. Bravo, Randal(l). I don't know enough about what...
by Kimble
Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: you're floating through space II
Replies: 38
Views: 4070

Re: you're floating through space II

More on the tetrahedr ons a glued to each other (obnoxious geometry/algebra to follow): Let ABCD and ABCE be the two tetrahedra glued to each other. Let s be the length of a side. Let O be the center of triangle ABC. Let F be the midpoint of BC. BF = s/2 AF = DF = (s√3)/2 FO = 1/3 * AF = ...
by Kimble
Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: you're floating through space II
Replies: 38
Views: 4070

Re: you're floating through space II

"...I believe a truncated tetrahedron with edge length 1 would contain the unit sphere" I don't think it does. Edge length 1 would corresponds to a normal tetrahedron with edge length 3, which obviously doesn't fit a unit sphere. Oops. Looks like the edge length would be just under 5/3, w...
by Kimble
Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: you're floating through space II
Replies: 38
Views: 4070

Re: you're floating through space II

For 2: You could visit the four corners of a regular tetrahedron with height 3 (insphere 1). That would be a travel distance of 2+3*sqrt(24)= about 16.7 The two circles method is sqrt(2)+pi*2*sqrt(2)*2= about 19.2 I don't think you will find anthing more optimal ...
by Kimble
Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Fifi's Clues
Replies: 6
Views: 1686

Re: Fifi's Clues

Building on the above posts: liON Ears faT WOrm deaTH REEl __FO URn -- I guess? farSI X-ray cheeSE VENt slEIGH Trip beNIN Eagle -- haven't checked a map, though hoT ENough ...which leaves FIVE, of course. Maybe there's a French book that contains that? I can't think of any, though. Maybe...
by Kimble
Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 89656

Re: Mnemonics you love

My high school biology teacher gave us "Play Cool Or Fool Get Schooled" (or "fooled got school", or some combination thereof). It's so bad it's good. [The initials are the same as those of the taxonomical groupings, excluding kingdom, by descending size.] Least favorite: "Ho...
by Kimble
Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0450: "The Sea"
Replies: 128
Views: 24946

Re: "The Sea" Discussion

I don't think of myself as having a dirty mind, but I got the intended message immediately. I think the phrase "one of those pumps," as opposed to " a pump," is what led me to the imprurient conclusion. Also, does anyone else see anything phallic in the moon + reflection? As Geor...
by Kimble
Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: More Chess Puzzles
Replies: 34
Views: 2493

Re: More Chess Puzzles

1 I will list all the possible responses to prove it. first consider the white square bishop if it moves anywhere but bxe4, then nf5 # if bxe4, nb5#. next consider the black square bishop the pawn and the knight on g6, if they move, nb5# should the knight on d1 move to anywhere but c3, nb5# if nc3,...
by Kimble
Sat Jun 14, 2008 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Chess Puzzle
Replies: 18
Views: 3248

Re: Chess Puzzle

If we start with 1. Qg5 Qxg5+ 2. Ka6 BxA7 3. c7 ..., then I see Black's next move as 3. ... Qa5+, which forces 4. Kxa5; then, Black responds with 4. ...Kb7, from which Black gets both of White's pawns leading to a draw, I think. Not quite -- 5. bxa7 would win, since after 5. ... Kxa7 6. c8=Q, Black...
by Kimble
Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Chess Puzzle
Replies: 18
Views: 3248

Re: Chess Puzzle

I think Q g5 is the crucial line (Qxg5, K a6) Blacks only hope is to sacrifice the bishop but has no luck since the c pawn quickly marches. If Black places his queen to the last rank in order to stop promotion, b7 is checkmate. You're close but .... ..... if black sacrifices his bishop ...
by Kimble
Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Chess Puzzle
Replies: 18
Views: 3248

Re: Chess Puzzle

OverBored seems to have it. Here's what I was thinking before reading that: 1. Ka6 Qe2+ 2. Ka5 Qh5+ and we've gone nowhere. My first thought was for the White king to run to b1, but the direct approach would draw to 2. Kb3 Qg3+. I don't think White can force a win with just a queen exchange ...
by Kimble
Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Would you kindly share your webcomic reading list?
Replies: 377
Views: 161890

Re: So what other webcomics do you kind folk read?

Read at 00:00 every M/W/F: xkcd, Shortpacked!
Read ofen enough to bookmark: Cat and Girl
Nice in small amounts: Toothpaste for Dinner
Would've read religiously: Perry Bible Fellowship
Used to read way back when: Megatokyo
Next up for archive digesting: Questionable Content
by Kimble
Thu May 22, 2008 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2418166

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I'm Kimble (not my real name). I live in the Nashville, TN graticule. I have a BS in computer science and some credit toward an MS in math. I've previously worked as a web-app designer. My most unique interest in this crowd would probably be spectator sports -- just about everything else has its own...
by Kimble
Thu May 22, 2008 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A Chess situation
Replies: 23
Views: 2827

Re: A Chess situation

ansain: you may be interested in replying to my second question a few posts above yours: "what could happen if the white king gets involved?" well, white could protect his pawn from black's knight. Treating the game as White's king on a1, either side can pass at will: Maybe not. After 1. ...

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