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by eHalcyon
Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 41795

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

I use Firefox's top-right search window quite often to type my passwords then copy-paste them into a field for this very reason. Is that the same Firefox search bar that sends, in plaintext, what you type, as you type it, to {insert search provider here}, for predictive query completion? Don't hit ...
by eHalcyon
Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 40174

Re: 0965: "Elements"

I felt Order of the Stick did this joke better with the Titanium Elemental and the Chlorine Elemental . Not quite the same. The OotS comics reference the concept of Elementals that is common in the Fantasy genre (and which I believe comes mostly from Norse mythology... but I'm not certain). This co...
by eHalcyon
Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 40174

Re: 0965: "Elements"

Would this also make him an alchemist? He could probably make it look like he was turning lead into gold. But on further thinking, in the Avatar:The Last Airbender universe they have to have a nearby source for the elements to bend it, so unless Mendeleev is carrying around at least one atom of eac...
by eHalcyon
Sat Jun 07, 2008 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)
Replies: 544
Views: 259836

Re: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)

did this before my exams for a bit of a confidence boost but turned out being just a bit arrogant. I write to relieve stress as well. I suggest you read through your work and edit it though: challenge me too it and i There was at least one other similar mistake and I couldn't keep reading. :P
by eHalcyon
Mon Jun 02, 2008 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: shirt.woot designs
Replies: 5
Views: 2011

Re: shirt.woot designs

10/10 for the concept, but 7/10 for execution 7/10 is still pretty good; I would have given myself lower. I'm a mediocre artist at best - I can only handle cartoony work, and then just barely at that. "Rloveution" is awesome. :D Thanks. I didn't manage to win in that derby though, and not...
by eHalcyon
Fri May 30, 2008 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: shirt.woot designs
Replies: 5
Views: 2011

Re: shirt.woot designs

The derby theme this week is "Imaginational Symbols". Basically you had to create a national symbol for an imaginary nation. Here's an emblem for the Pica Republic . http://s3.amazonaws.com/wootdesigncontestentries/eHalcyon/The_Pica_Republic-x7f1jh-s.jpg Motto: "Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit ...
by eHalcyon
Mon May 19, 2008 4:03 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Wikipedia: the MOST reliable source?
Replies: 36
Views: 4296

Re: Wikipedia: the MOST reliable source?

you know, you could also do what I tend to do: copy wikipedia's sources. however, to succeed at this (in the rare chance your teacher checks your works cited), you must only use information that wikipedia's sources verify example: I have a project due for world history at the beginning of next mont...
by eHalcyon
Mon May 19, 2008 3:52 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)
Replies: 79
Views: 6609

Re: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)

Ha, on our first midterm for Complex Variables For Engineers, the class average was 20%. In the end, 40% of the class failed, while 40% of the class got A+. :?: But anyway, in Canada, it's pretty much gotten to the point where grades don't matter anymore, because they're a terrible representation o...
by eHalcyon
Fri May 16, 2008 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)
Replies: 79
Views: 6609

Re: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)

GCM wrote:Is this university level? I'm doing A-Levels right now, and an A is 80 as far as I know.


Yes, university level. Don't get me wrong - there are also some classes where the average is closer to 50. :P
by eHalcyon
Thu May 15, 2008 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)
Replies: 79
Views: 6609

Re: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)

Sometimes I miss grading curves (I grew up in the States), but when you don't have one, and you do well, it's extra nice. I think curves would be bad for engineering, as they may give you a false idea of how good you are. Frankly, I'd only trust people who got really high grades without a curve to ...
by eHalcyon
Thu May 15, 2008 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)
Replies: 79
Views: 6609

Re: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)

This is why you always, ALWAYS ask what you'll be provided with on (or allowed to bring to) an exam. Formula sheet? Laplace tables? Integrating tables? Calculator? Graphing calculator? Precedence means nothing. Ask every time. Everything is so standard at my University, you just kinda get used to i...
by eHalcyon
Thu May 15, 2008 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)
Replies: 79
Views: 6609

Re: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)

Just found another reason for Engineering to suck: I had an exam this afternoon for Mathematical modeling. Nothing too hard, a bit of Euler methods, a bit of Newton. Random silliness about the steps we'd take to model a reactor or distillation column. Fairly simple. And one of the questions was to ...
by eHalcyon
Thu May 15, 2008 5:41 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Self Taught? (merged: Autodidacticism)
Replies: 14
Views: 2129

Re: Self Taught? (merged: Autodidacticism)

Has anyone else found that cool-looking textbooks make the subject more fun? It shouldn't matter, but I seem to be hopelessly superficial :? About half of my classes didn't have textbooks. The other half mostly used them for homework questions; I rarely ever study out of a textbook. My friend in en...
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)
Replies: 544
Views: 259836

Re: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)

<3 Rhyme. I like your poem a lot eHalcyon. I enjoy your style a lot. My favorite poems have rhyme and rhythm much as yours does. Share more so that I have things to compare to as I work on my skill 8) My style is extremely variable. I've written a few Shakespearean sonnets (iambic pentameter ftw!),...
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)
Replies: 79
Views: 6609

Re: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)

i'm currently only in highschool, but i intend to take computer engineering once i'm finished with all this highschool business. and i saw this thread and went "oh snap!" but after reading all the posts, it still sounds like a jolly good time. i've yet to figure out what to do in life (i'...
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: life of pi yann martel....
Replies: 8
Views: 1971

Re: life of pi yann martel....

If you haven't read The Princess Bride , half of it is fictional author's notes. I reccomend reading it. I haven't read it but I think I will eventually. The movie was good. :P Here's what I didn't understand. How was the cook/hyena killed twice? If you mean once as the cook and once as the hyena, ...
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 4:39 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Self Taught? (merged: Autodidacticism)
Replies: 14
Views: 2129

Re: Autodidacticism

Practice.

Practice, practice, practice. For math - do problems from the textbook. Find other problems that you can work on. For a language - talk to people and immerse yourself in the environment.
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 4:36 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)
Replies: 79
Views: 6609

Re: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)

I'm an engineering student at the University of Alberta. First year is general; you specialize in the second. I just finished second year in computer engineering (software option). Is it hard? Hecks yes. It's completely screwed up my sleeping pattern. Due to 8am classes, I had to wake up at 6am almo...
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 4:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Creative Writing, a book perhaps
Replies: 67
Views: 5426

Re: Creative Writing, a book perhaps

I write a lot of poetry. Short stories come up sporadically once in a while. For longer prose, my only experience has been in nanowrimo. I learned of it in 2006 and jumped in. I managed to complete the challenge (50,000 words) both that year and in 2007 and I look forward to 2008, but neither of the...
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)
Replies: 544
Views: 259836

Re: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)

I'd love some feedback. I've written many poems in many different styles. Here's one of my favourites. It's not as out of season for me - I'm Canadian and, at least where I live, we still had snow less than 3 weeks ago. :P I know that rhyme is no longer "cool," but I'm still fond of it. Jo...
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: shirt.woot designs
Replies: 5
Views: 2011

shirt.woot designs

Ok, some background information to start. woot.com is a site that sells a single product per day. It's actually a pretty brilliant marketing strategy. Wiki for more info. shirt.woot.com is similar, except that it sells a daily t-shirt. The main site deals mostly in electronics and gadgetry. shirt.wo...
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 3:01 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Academic accomplishments (formerly: I made Honors Geometry!)
Replies: 28
Views: 2836

Re: Academic accomplishments (formerly: I made Honors Geometry!)

I was in full IB (International Baccalaureate). My score on the IB exams wasn't all that impressive, but more than passable. More brag-worthy - I was class valedictorian for high school. More recently - I went into the Engineering program at the University of Alberta. My first year GPA came out to 3...
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 2:44 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Wikipedia: the MOST reliable source?
Replies: 36
Views: 4296

Re: Wikipedia: the MOST reliable source?

Wikipedia shouldn't be used as an actual source but is incredibly useful as a jumping off point. I doubt your teachers would choose joeschmoephysics.com - if they're worth their salt, they would be against both. What you should be looking for are accredited, trusted websites. For example, an article...
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)
Replies: 277
Views: 36338

Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)

I can't bear to fold the pages. Bookmarks all the way. That said, I don't have special bookmarks. Most of what I read is from the library; I just use the "receipt" they give me (the piece of paper with the due dates). I almost never lose my bookmarks, though if it happens to fall out it is...
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 309118

Re: What is your favourite book?

I have many favourite books. My favourite genre is Fantasy, though not so much Sci-Fi. It makes it all the stranger that four of my favourites are the books of the Otherland series by Tad Williams. It really worked for me because, although it is Sci-Fi, it actually encompasses a whole host of other ...
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: life of pi yann martel....
Replies: 8
Views: 1971

Re: life of pi yann martel....

I read Life of Pi about three years ago for grade 11 English. I used it, along with The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, for a "minor project". I spent all Spring Break on it. If you're interested, you can read my thoughts here . With regards to the line that "this book will make you believ...
by eHalcyon
Wed May 14, 2008 1:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2378151

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi all. My name is Eric. I've been an xkcd reader for a long time, though I've never felt compelled to join the forum. To be honest, the reason I joined is to shamelessly advertise something, but I do intend to be active here. I just finished my second year of Engineering at the University of Albert...

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