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Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:00 pm UTC
Topic: 1551: "Pluto"
Replies: 39
Views: 9381

Re: 1551: "Pluto"

That's no heart. It's Pluto the dog's head:

Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:31 am UTC
Topic: 1505: "Ontological Argument"
Replies: 278
Views: 41941

Re: 1505: "Ontological Argument"

The Ontological Argument always reminded me of a series of commercials that Keystone Light had made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-makFGa4opQ The Ontological Argument for God seemed to me to go along the lines of: "Wouldn't it be great if God was omnipotent? And wouldn't it be great if God w...
Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:30 am UTC
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 25509

Re: 1501: Mysteries

"Magnets" ought to be in the upper right-hand corner.
Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The War on Women
Replies: 96
Views: 16755

Re: Ongoing attacks on modern medicine, and half of all peop

You know, if women were smart, they'd vote these jackholes out of office. (I know I plan to.) I mean, these idiots are trying to make your life worse, and you want to re-elect them? In addition to what other people have said about it not being an election cycle Not an election cycle? Everyone in th...
Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help with Converting to Polar Coordinates
Replies: 10
Views: 3498

Re: Help with Converting to Polar Coordinates

I need a little help with converting a nonlinear system to polar coordinates. I'm a bit stuck and could use a point in the right direction (this is for homework). the system is xdot = y + x[(x^2) + (y^2) -1]*sin(1/(((x^2) + (y^2) -1)^2)) ydot = -x + y[(x^2) + (y^2) -1]*sin(1/(((x^2) + (y^2) -1)^2))...
Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Limit of a series
Replies: 26
Views: 5860

Re: Limit of a series

Sooo, I just had my final exam in real analysis, and since I'm far to impatient to wait for solutions to the exam, I'm curious how my answer to the bonus question holds up (everything else I've been able to google/compare to the book). The bonus question was: Does the series 1+1/2-1/3+1/4+1/5-1/6+....
Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Solve this Puzzle
Replies: 8
Views: 1332

Re: Solve this Puzzle

Next time, choose a more descriptive title. "Solve this Puzzle" tells us NOTHING about what you want to do.
Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Variation of the pigeonhole problem (in more ways than 1)
Replies: 2
Views: 1904

Re: Variation of the pigeonhole problem (in more ways than 1

This is something related to work Im doing using excel Suppose I have n zones, each with a value x_n attached to them and suppose I want to put these zones into m regions, 1<m<n, such that if more than one zone is in a given region the value of the region y_m is equal to the value of the sum of the...
Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mimimum number of words for a language
Replies: 47
Views: 14039

Re: Mimimum number of words for a language

Bassoon wrote:English has no single-word equal of the German "schadenfreude,"

"Gloating"?
Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The War on Women
Replies: 96
Views: 16755

Re: Ongoing attacks on modern medicine, and half of all peop

You know, if women were smart, they'd vote these jackholes out of office. (I know I plan to.)

I mean, these idiots are trying to make your life worse, and you want to re-elect them?
Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finding points on a perimeter
Replies: 13
Views: 2256

Re: Finding points on a perimeter

Given a cloud of co-ordinate points that contains more than 3 different positions, what is the most efficient method to work out which points form the perimeter? For example - using the astronomical constellation of orion, all the stars except for the central one in the belt form the perimeter of a...
Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Well Ordering an Infinite Set
Replies: 9
Views: 1764

Re: Well Ordering an Infinite Set

dshizzle wrote:I see. There's no cure for stupid is there.

No, but it can be battled.
Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Efficient method to find lattice points
Replies: 4
Views: 2044

Re: Efficient method to find lattice points

Giallo wrote:Hi everybody!
Given the normal vector to an m-plane in Rn (n > m), is there any efficient method to find lattice points (ie: points with integer coordinates) on that plane?

Yes. Google for "linear diophantine equations in three variables". Dr. Math has a good explanation.
Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:30 am UTC
Topic: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"
Replies: 68
Views: 20001

Re: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"

Proginoskes wrote:"History is made by men who do not consider the consequences of their actions." -- Robert Anton Wilson, The Historical Illuminatus! Trilogy

Wilson's claim translates as, "History is made by idiots."

Yes, but this is almost verbatim.
Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:24 am UTC
Topic: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"
Replies: 68
Views: 20001

Re: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"

"An army of lovers can be beaten." -- Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

"History is made by men who do not consider the consequences of their actions." -- Robert Anton Wilson, The Historical Illuminatus! Trilogy
Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:19 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Designing a function
Replies: 5
Views: 1768

Re: Designing a function

EvanED wrote:Well, one thing you could do is just pick a base function like x2. Figure out what it's integral is from 0 to 10 (333.33..), then just multiply by whatever will make it be around what you want. For instance, (2/3)x2 will put the integral at 222.

BZZZZZZZT! WRONG!

222.222...
Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Well Ordering an Infinite Set
Replies: 9
Views: 1764

Re: Well Ordering an Infinite Set

2^d is the number of subsets of D. If I give you a subset S of D, can you produce a well-ordering of D? Make sure that if S and T are well-orderings of D, then they produce different well-orderings.
Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Logarithmically growing function with finite limit at infini
Replies: 10
Views: 3038

Re: Logarithmically growing function with finite limit at in

gfauxpas wrote:Because look, I can do this: g(x) = ln(ax) - ln x. This clearly converges to ln a...

Faster than you might think.

Spoiler:
ln(ax) - ln(x) = ln(a) + ln(x) - ln(x) = ln(a) is constant.
Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racist Twitter user jailed for 56 days
Replies: 62
Views: 8331

Re: Racist Twitter user jailed for 56 days

Liam Stacey, a 21 year old student, was jailed for making racist tweets about a soccer player who nearly died on the field. Here is a video that captured all of his uncensored tweets. Obviously, it is some pretty hateful stuff, but I was shocked to find that this is the kind of thing that could lea...
Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Replies: 35
Views: 6243

or we could be reasonable and use airports.... We're talking about \$280k flying cars. What part of that is supposed to be reasonable? The part where you get to fly to places, and that that is worth any money. "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need ... roads." (Someone had to say it.)
Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Walker thinks women don't need money
Replies: 32
Views: 5149

Re: Walker thinks women don't need money

[snip] Which is pretty disgusting, but not surprising coming from Wisconsin. How could this be constitutional? Hey, don't take cheap shots at my state just because our governor is an ass. We're not all backwards. We have a successful recall petition going through, and we also had an equal pay enfor...
Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Batman equation
Replies: 27
Views: 34232

Re: The Batman equation

eSOANEM wrote:
Proginoskes wrote:
Spoiler:
(This is a really nasty thing to do, despite the overall elliptical shape, because around theta = 40 degrees, there are two curves.)

That's an odd way of spelling three.

Yes, but there are two for some values of theta as well.

Nyah!
Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona outlaws trolling
Replies: 59
Views: 8712

Re: Arizona outlaws trolling

Revisions of AZ internet harassment bill planned. Vogt said Wednesday that the bill would be amended to say those harassing communications must be directed at a specific person and must be "unwanted or unsolicited." Those updates did not appear yet on an online version of the bill viewed ...
Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CISPA: Worse Than SOPA.
Replies: 93
Views: 97172

Re: CISPA: Worse Than SOPA.

What is it with Congress??? Every week, they seem to be writing a new bill designed to make life more difficult for us (who elected them in the first place).

Maybe they'll run out of acronyms and this idiocy will stop ... (I can only hope)
Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Batman equation
Replies: 27
Views: 34232

Re: The Batman equation

Nice one! I will make sure to use one of these on the upcoming test for my students. Thanks a lot :D Jacob This finally made it to school.failblog.org, where someone posted: For extra credit, have them convert it to polar coordinates. (This is a really nasty thing to do, despite the overall ell...
Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Guess the sequence.
Replies: 25
Views: 7214

Re: Guess the sequence.

King Author 3 Taking a stab at 3. Differences are 1,2,3,4,2,1,3,4,2,1,3,4,2,1,3 which appears fairly regular, apart from the beginning. If you leave the first 2 off, I could come up with a gazillion rules.. Or if it started with 1,3, 4. It's just the 2 that doesn't fit in.. Else f(n)...
Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Examples of terrible science in fiction
Replies: 195
Views: 52520

Re: Examples of terrible science in fiction

SlyReaper wrote:THE ELECTRONS ARE ANGRY!!! ಠ_ಠ

THE ELECTRONS ARE CHARGING!!!
Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:22 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Am i the only one that thinks the ACT is crap? <.<
Replies: 27
Views: 9213

Re: Am i the only one that thinks the ACT is crap? <.<

Be all that as it may, the point of the SAT and ACT isn't to measure intelligence, but to measure whether you've learned the things in high school that you're expected to have learned in high school. ... which always reminds me of the opening lines to Paul Simon's "Kodachrome": "When...
Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona outlaws trolling
Replies: 59
Views: 8712

Re: Arizona outlaws trolling

Revisions of AZ internet harassment bill planned. Vogt said Wednesday that the bill would be amended to say those harassing communications must be directed at a specific person and must be "unwanted or unsolicited." Those updates did not appear yet on an online version of the bill viewed ...
Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:37 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Am i the only one that thinks the ACT is crap? <.<
Replies: 27
Views: 9213

Re: Am i the only one that thinks the ACT is crap? <.<

I hear that a tenth ring of Hell is being built for people who write multiple-choice tests. They get to choose their punishment; it's one of:
(a) being burned for eternity,
(b) being boiled for eternity, or
(c) being cut up into pieces and reassembled for eternity.
Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona outlaws trolling
Replies: 59
Views: 8712

Re: Arizona outlaws trolling

Djehutynakht wrote:
Proginoskes wrote:
Djehutynakht wrote:They're gonna need a bigger prison.

It'd be cheaper to build a fence around the state.

You have a point.

They have a fourth of that covered already, I believe.

As of January 2010, it was a tenth of a fourth.

The problem is they can't hire enough Mexicans.
Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding and drinking
Replies: 27
Views: 11049

Re: Coding and drinking

How about programming and taking magic mushrooms? This would never work. Things like staring at the sky and turning off lights becomes way more important than coding. I bet you'd get some pretty crazy designs if you managed it though. Documentation would be even better. I heard that computer progra...
Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 297561

Re: So Romney is the One

sourmìlk wrote:Better than a bigoted extremist

Not if you want the Democrats to win again. Romney would have a better chance against Obama than Santorum would.
Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona outlaws trolling
Replies: 59
Views: 8712

Re: Arizona outlaws trolling

Not sure what cops you're used to, but the ones here are usually too busy dealing with crimes like murder or drug dealing, or you know, black guys in nice cars. Somehow I doubt the cops in Arizona will find time off from both their actual work and their important job of harassing people with brown ...
Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Doctors Cure Racism! (Well...)
Replies: 55
Views: 7556

Re: Doctors Cure Racism! (Well...)

Also: A study was done of 1000 people. Their heads were removed, and NONE of them wanted to shoot a person of the opposite race afterwards. Conclusion: Decapitation cures racism. NONE of them wanted to shoot a person of the opposite race afterwards the opposite race ...what is this I don't even... ...
Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding is English?
Replies: 32
Views: 7733

Re: Coding is English?

There is a COBOL-like programming language called Chef, where code looks like recipes. (I thought of this when I saw your banana() function.)

Or you could avoid words all together and go for Piet, where programs look like Mondrian's paintings ("squares").
Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona outlaws trolling
Replies: 59
Views: 8712

Re: Arizona outlaws trolling

Princess Marzipan wrote:
Proginoskes wrote:Oh, wait, the police don't have to obey the law! (I forgot where I lived for a moment there.)
Yeah, Earth?

I actually live in ... I live in Arizona!

(starts crying)

There, I said it! ... I can't help it ...
Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:52 am UTC
Topic: Insult Generator
Replies: 19
Views: 10977

Re: Insult Generator

Proginoskes wrote:Nice stupid algorithm, you lazy bastard.

In case anyone cares, I did not originally intend an obscenity here; it was just the worst possible to grade to give (F minus, minus, minus). It also works as profanity, though.
Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Second Law of Thermodynamics: STFU
Replies: 26
Views: 12235

Re: Second Law of Thermodynamics: STFU

The Second Law of Thermodynamics only applies to the entire closed system (i.e., the Universe). It's possible to violate it locally. (The fact that you are alive is proof of this.) *** HOMEOPATHY JOKE *** Q: Did you hear about the homeopath who forgot to take his medicine? A: He died of an overdose.
Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 297561

Re: So Romney is the One

If you go to http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/primaries.html , it looks like Santorum is crying in that picture.

So I guess the Republicans are going to run a flip-flopper for President.