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Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 151153

### Re: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox

This part is, I think, what bugs me so much. If an infinitesimal is defined as \frac{1}{n} where n=infinity, then you're arguing that there's a case where \frac{1}{n}=0 . I can't reconcile this. In fact it is quite easy to reconcile. If an infinitesimal is defined as you describe, it is not a real ...
Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 151153

### Re: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox

Two things, and I'll drop this: Why is the definition of the sum of a convergent series defined to be the limit? Simply saying "Because it is" isn't going to fly. You know how to add two numbers together. By induction, you know how to add any finite number of numbers. But the grade-school ...
Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 151153

### Re: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox

All real infinitesimals are zero. Lies. I refuse to believe that an inherently nonzero, albeit ridiculously small, number equals zero. Perhaps I'm unclear. I don't want to hear some recycled "argument" which relies on "previously established" rules, because these rules presuppos...
Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 151153

### Re: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox

You have now had a chance to think about the Archimedean property. It still says that for any positive real number r, there is a positive integer n such that 0<\frac{1}{n}<r . Next, AWA, are you familiar with the trichotomy property of real numbers? It states that for any real number x, that number...
Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 151153

### Re: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox

Actually, I am, but even if we use the geometric limit formula, it presupposes that 0.999...=1. (On the topic of limits, I'm unconvinced that a the sum or a convergent series equals the limit; if someone could enlighten me in that regard, I'd be much obliged, though I'd need a fairly convincing proo...
Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 151153

### Re: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox

phlip wrote:So... you're trying to "construct" a number by looking at other, irrelevant numbers?

Essentially, in the same way that Zeno's paradox deals with supposedly "irrelevant" numbers.
Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 151153

### Re: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox

But, I'm intending to construct the repeating decimal. I'm just stopping along the way. If we can suppose that We're trying to reach (0.4368,0), then we can construct that by first plotting (0.4,0), then (0.43,0), then (0.436,0), and finally (0.4368,0). Here, I'm trying to construct (1,0) by infinit...
Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 151153

### Re: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox

I didn't read the entire thread, so I don't know if this was addressed already, but my main beef with the whole 0.999... = 1 thing is this: If one were to plot the point (1,0) on a graph, one would expect that it would be identical to the point ((0.999...),0). However: If you construct the point tha...
Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:01 am UTC
Topic: 0668: "Pandora"
Replies: 93
Views: 28606

### 0668: "Pandora"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/pandora.png Link: http://xkcd.com/668/ Alt-text: What? Oh, no, the 'Enchanted' soundtrack was just playing because Pandora's algorithms are terrible. [silence] ... (quietly) That's how you knooooooow ... Comment: Never used Pandora, myself; I can find music on my own. *c...
Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:03 am UTC
Topic: 0612: "Estimation"
Replies: 109
Views: 24869

### Re: "Estimation" Discussion

Gah, lost by a few seconds.

Anyway.

I generally experience this with torrents, but not much else.
Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:05 pm UTC
Topic: 0574: "Swine Flu"
Replies: 166
Views: 35960

### Re: "Swine Flu" Discussion

On Twitter feeds An odd regression Swine flu outbreak Is not really that big a deal. I mean seriously; all of what, 4,000 people have gotten infected? Out of the 6-point-something million in the world? And nine deaths. Nine. Find something serious to worry about, like the sorry state of the global e...
Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:39 am UTC
Topic: 0556: "Alternative Energy Revolution"
Replies: 232
Views: 67042

### Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Great comic...

I was waiting for one of the tripods (great pseudo-trilogy) to Cap one of the people...ah well...
Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: The Art of Computer Programming
Replies: 5
Views: 1975

### The Art of Computer Programming

I just heard about this...novel, for lack of a better word. Since I'm not a computer programmer, I have no reason to read this.

I was wondering, however, whether any of you have. If so, I'd like to hear your experiences, since apparently TAoCP is one of the doorstoppers.
Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:58 pm UTC
Replies: 204
Views: 40222

The comic made me chuckle, the alt-text made me "Awww...", mostly because I am that strange kid. If anyone in my homeroom sees this, please talk to me. It might be the most important ten minutes of your life. In any case, my dad and I have a little in-joke that goes along the lines of: Me:...
Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Best meal you ever had
Replies: 40
Views: 4965

### Re: Best meal you ever had

Admittedly, I don't have the widest selection to choose from, but possibly my favorite meal is one I had at a local restaurant, where I ordered baby back ribs, crab bisque, and chocolate mousse for dessert. The bisque was absolutely delicious, the ribs fell of the bone as I picked them up, and the m...
Fri Nov 28, 2008 5:19 am UTC
Topic: 0174: "That's What SHE Said"
Replies: 140
Views: 66755

### Re: "That's what SHE said" discussion - HELP! Monster!

Your mom's diabetic! Wait she really is...damn. I'm so sorry...
(this has happened, either for real or pantomimed with friends, waay too many times for me to care about.)
Fri Nov 28, 2008 5:01 am UTC
Topic: 0510: "Egg Drop Failure"
Replies: 124
Views: 48264

### 0510: "Egg Drop Failure"

Comic: http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/egg_drop_failure.png Link Alt-text: I hear my brother Ricky won his school's egg drop by leaving the egg inside the hen. Commentary: Ah, memories. I loved the old egg drop. I failed the test, but passed the course. This is my first discussion thread! :D Hope it liv...
Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Pipe-organ music!
Replies: 28
Views: 20108

### Re: Pipe-organ music!

Not exactly "more epic" than TaFiDm, but the Little Fugue in G minor is, I think, one of the more fun songs to listen to, as well as play.
Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Fugues
Replies: 17
Views: 3645

### Re: Fugues

I was about to suggest Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565), until I saw Eitel suggest it in the last post on the page (some kind of psychic-ninja).

Anyway, a fun fugue to learn would be Bach's Little Fugue in G minor (BWV 578). I find it rather fun to both play and listen to.
Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Marching Band.
Replies: 16
Views: 1892

### Re: Marching Band.

I'm currently in my high school's marching band, and we're currently seeded 4th in our group (should be 3rd, but w/e).

I play in the front ensemble, primarily as a marimbist.
Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Recommend one artist
Replies: 1012
Views: 242680

### Re: Recommend one artist

Haven't read through all 11 pages (on threads w/ 5 or more pages I read the first and last, then post), but I have to recommend E.S. Posthumous . You may recognize their work from the NFL on CBS theme, also known as "Posthumous Zone". All of the tracks on their first album stream freely on...
Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:12 am UTC
Topic: 0497: "Secretary: Part 4"
Replies: 149
Views: 21347

### Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Having read through all four pages of posts, I think that I can safely say that there is a definite possibility that Randall will continue this arc past this week (remember Journal?). Anyhoo, this comic was epic, and if you didn't get all the references that made it epic, then shame on you.
Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:49 pm UTC
Topic: 0494: "Secretary: Part 1"
Replies: 104
Views: 17924

### Re: "Secretary: Part 1"

I surprised that Mcama (that is what I am calling the xkcd president for now) doesn't have a big red button on his desk. Everything can use more Classhole, including the internet. What's the first thing BHG is going to ban, my guess is rickrolls. Definitely not, the first thing he'll do is punish p...
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:18 pm UTC
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 47986

### Re: "Steal This Comic" Discussion

I don't own an iPod. I own another mp3 player. And one time a relative gave me itunes gift money. So here's how it went: -Install itunes, since I don't use it because Mediamonkey is better -Buy songs from itunes -Can't play songs in any program, have to log back into itunes-store to 'authorize' -ge...
Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Triple or Nothing
Replies: 56
Views: 9080

### Re: Triple or Nothing

Sorry to gravedig, but I really like this problem and would enjoy its further discussion. So as to not be a random gravedigger, I present the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Petersburg_paradox . I read about this in a book once, and the book said that since the geometric mean of the...
Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:21 am UTC
Topic: 0468: "Fetishes"
Replies: 163
Views: 43198

### Re: "Fetishes" discussion

This was one of my favorites of all time. Randall, if you can make a t-shirt out of it, I will probably buy it. Major kudos. Silly Randall, all you need to do to make a complete list of all fetishes is to write down the set of everything. Rule 36, QED. Yeah, but then the list would need to contain ...
Wed Aug 27, 2008 5:16 pm UTC
Topic: 0468: "Fetishes"
Replies: 163
Views: 43198

### Re: "Fetishes" discussion

Sorry if this has been posted before, but...

Silly Randall, all you need to do to make a complete list of all fetishes is to write down the set of everything. Rule 36, QED.

Given the recent amount of meme comics, I'm surprised this wasn't in the comic, or at least the title text.
Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:36 pm UTC
Topic: 0452: "Upcoming Hurricanes"
Replies: 192
Views: 42237

### Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Lol'd hard on reading this one. Nice job, Randall.

I don't know which is better, Freud or cos(x)...

I don't get the "&" in "Where-The-Hell-Is-Bermuda"...can someone please explain?
Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:56 am UTC
Topic: 0452: "Mission"
Replies: 88
Views: 17473

### Re: "Mission" Discussion

In a *slightly* unrelated note, did anyone else notice that the Existentialist seems to have appeard in http://xkcd.com/328/? Behind a counter? Perhaps this is where he got his bakery-er-iffic beginnings.
Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:22 pm UTC
Topic: 0452: "Mission"
Replies: 88
Views: 17473

### Re: "Mission" Discussion

i have a few things to say regarding this comic and subsequent discussion thread 1) if this comic were turned into a t-shirt, it should involve some sort of joke involving cannibalism or a penis...preferably referring to the wearer (i.e. eat me...i might be a scone) 6) it's true that 68% of statist...
Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:19 pm UTC
Replies: 167
Views: 28118

### Re: "Know Your Vines" Discussion

Lol'd so hard when I read this. If only the BHM was there, he'd find some way to use the tent and a bobcat.

On a side note, Wikipedia says Virginia creeper isn't that hard to differentiate from poison ivy...something about creeper having serrated edges.
Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:28 am UTC
Topic: 0412: "Startled"
Replies: 127
Views: 29409

### Re: "Startled" Discussion

I was kinda expecting the BHM to whip around right before she says "Boo" and make a face or something, so that he would once again be in control of everything...maybe whip out the lightning from Tesla Coil...