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by narfanator
Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Lojban and Genie Wishes
Replies: 11
Views: 2666

Lojban and Genie Wishes

So, some friends and I were debating the ways to "beat" the genie question. My first suggestion was: "Grant this wish and all future wishes in the spirit with which they were asked." Of course, you can still find a "bad" interpretation of this, which leads to the though...
by narfanator
Tue Sep 18, 2007 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: LARP games I haven't heard of
Replies: 12
Views: 2338

Lookup theatrical LARPs. Alot of them are under copyright, so you'd have to pay to run them, and require a somewhat dedicated GM staff (dedication depending on both time frame (afternoon to weekend) and player count (I've seen some as low as eight and others as high as sixty). There's a system in th...
by narfanator
Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Cannonballs
Replies: 14
Views: 4770

Directrix would be be a line tangent to the point at which the vertical velocity is zero, and farther from the center of the earth. I suspect that this is not actually a straight line, but is matched to the curvature of the earth (making it usually flat), but I haven't done the math and don't know o...
by narfanator
Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0218: "Nintendo Surgeon"
Replies: 98
Views: 36062

Surface area when considering friction appears in either or both of the normal force and friction coeffecient terms, as it has to do with the pressure (force per unit area) between the surfaces. If you make sure that between you and the slide there is always water, the water will act the same way as...
by narfanator
Fri Feb 02, 2007 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion [Moved from General 26/03/07]
Replies: 362
Views: 71518

What makes reality itself function like it does? Why is light bright and dark dark? What is a photon made of? What the hell are quarks made of? Why is it human nature to fight if that just gets humans killed? Why do people need to believe in god? If god exists, why doesn't he just come on down and ...
by narfanator
Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0123: "Centrifugal Force"
Replies: 91
Views: 43597

There's no gravitational feild in a centrifuge! I might be misunderstanding you, but if you're trying to say that significantly increased gravity, coupled with a correspodingly massive normal force, would cause similar problems to catch in a centrifuge? Yeah, no. Things fall faster, but the geometri...
by narfanator
Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion [Moved from General 26/03/07]
Replies: 362
Views: 71518

Have you been touched by his noodly appendage?
by narfanator
Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion [Moved from General 26/03/07]
Replies: 362
Views: 71518

Or we could reemember that all of science is a model, and has no other bearing upon reality. The world appears as if there was a big bang, and after that it doesn't matter if there really was or not.
by narfanator
Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0123: "Centrifugal Force"
Replies: 91
Views: 43597

Instincts tell me you're wrong about general relativity.

There doesn't have be acceleration for there to be a force.You first sum the forces on a object, and then find it's acceleration. If forces cancel out, that doesn't mean they're not there.
by narfanator
Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119851

That episode was fantastically written.
by narfanator
Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0123: "Centrifugal Force"
Replies: 91
Views: 43597

Okay, I just spent waay to long trying to disprove the first of your statements, with math and everything, only to realize what you actually meant. But, no, you're missing my point. It's not gravity /at all/ that's creating the pressure differential. It's the damn floor. If you had a cloud of gas in...
by narfanator
Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion [Moved from General 26/03/07]
Replies: 362
Views: 71518

Woot, fun discussion. A number of things: Proof By Irrellevancy: If we assume a, and that makes b irrellevant, then in considering b, we must assume not-a. Example: If I assume I do not exist, further questions are pointless. Therefore, I will assume I exist. Fate: Complete predetermination and free...
by narfanator
Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0216: "Romantic Drama Equation"
Replies: 90
Views: 30289

Is that (-x)^2 or -(x^2)? Likely the latter, but I want to make sure.
by narfanator
Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0123: "Centrifugal Force"
Replies: 91
Views: 43597

No. Won't work like that; you're forgetting the transfer of motion. If you accelerate a car, say, by putting on the gas, the wheels push against the ground and that push is transfered to the frame of the car by the axle. The car is now being pushed, and thus the foward-facing surfaces of the car pus...
by narfanator
Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Genetics in Biology
Replies: 25
Views: 6249

Recessive genes would be the answer, unless there's something funky about O. But... Something odd.

Ah! Is it possible to have AB blood with the recessive trait for O?
by narfanator
Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion [Moved from General 26/03/07]
Replies: 362
Views: 71518

Amalgamation of encountered wisdom. Faith is where you stop asking why; but that doesn't necessarily mean faith in a god-like being. There only a few logical reasons to have faith, and all of those are logical extrapolations from illogical things - Belief in a god comforts some people, so it is logi...
by narfanator
Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119851

Hmm, okay, harking back to Vandole's thing on the social effects of not having the woman's choice decide the responsibilities of the man; that such a law would cause more single mothers and be bad for society. The problem of pushing the responsibility of contraception onto the woman is easily solved...
by narfanator
Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: More about xkcd number and other big numbers
Replies: 92
Views: 17990

Hurm; I guess the Zeno's paradox thing is niftier to me due to other experiences with four-dimensional objects.

Try thinking of yourself as a four-dimensional object. It's trippy.
by narfanator
Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119851

I dunno, I find Vandole's point kinda compelling. I'm going to think on this one, because I still don't like the idea of having one person's fate dictated by another in such a matter.
by narfanator
Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119851

Had a talk with people about this over dinner. Arrived at some good conclusions. The starting point is whether, given that the woman choses, the man bears any responsibility after that.... Me mum is of the opinion that the initialact of sex necessarily includes acceptance of responsibility for anyth...
by narfanator
Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: More about xkcd number and other big numbers
Replies: 92
Views: 17990

You're right. I'm sorry I had forgotten about that. It's negative infinity from the other side, which means that it would be the smallest number unless we simply considered it's magnitude. Thus the proper formula would be

lim of abs(1/x) as (x->0)
by narfanator
Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Things worth paying attention to.
Replies: 39
Views: 9913

Wait, they confirmed dark matter? That's awesome!

Does dark matter necessarily imply antigravity; that is, dark matter gravitically repels normal? I seem to remember that was part of it, but I'm not certain.
by narfanator
Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: More about xkcd number and other big numbers
Replies: 92
Views: 17990

You mean, what is it... Zeno's Paradox? Might, not really sure. I look at it this way; Zeno would be right, but for two things: Each step in his paradox takes half the time as the previous step, baring acceration. At some point, the distance between you and the final destination is less than your wi...
by narfanator
Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: More about xkcd number and other big numbers
Replies: 92
Views: 17990

Then you wanted

limit of (1/x) as (x->0)

Which is infinity.

However, inifinity is not a number. It is a limit. Can't get there from here.
by narfanator
Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment (split from abortions)
Replies: 28
Views: 4926

Warning; immenent derailment! Feel free not to take up this derailment. We need space anarchy. Because anarchy (good, proper anarchy, not this destructivism crap) is spiffy, but can't really work on a planet, due the "problem of shared habitat" and, to a lesser degree, "problem of dis...
by narfanator
Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment (split from abortions)
Replies: 28
Views: 4926

This is going to sound very strange, I think, coming from someone from Berkeley, but - After consideration and exposure to popular media, there are cases in which I am for the death penalty. The strange bit comes in because it's the crazy people that should get it - not that I really know if this ca...
by narfanator
Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119851

I am fascinated by this aspect of the argument:

If it's the woman's right to choose, why should (or should not) the guy be held responsible for the results of the woman's choce?
by narfanator
Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 695578

Greetings!
First post in Biggest Number.

Electrical Engineering junior at RPI, but I grew up in Berkeley, CA. Avid gamer of many varieties, including that fantistical, tiny nitch of civ-RPGs.
by narfanator
Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: More about xkcd number and other big numbers
Replies: 92
Views: 17990

I feel geeky, and I'm new.

My entry:
F->^((F->^FF)F)F

1/0 is technically undefined; there is no number such that zero multiplied by that number results in a 1. More entertaining would be 0/0, as that it is any number.

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