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by demeteloaf
Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0401: "Large Hadron Collider"
Replies: 215
Views: 65616

Re: "Large Hadron Collider" Discussion

Durr hurr, hadron = hardon durr hurr I just realized I've been saying it wrong for all of these years. Spoonerisms FWT! Technically, that's a malapropism. A spoonerism is when you switch sounds in two words to get an entirely new meaning. ("the queer old dean" instead of "the dear ol...
by demeteloaf
Sat Sep 15, 2007 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0316: "Loud Sex"
Replies: 139
Views: 179192

I had a friend who built an elliptical pool table for some sort of math project, with a pocket at one focus, and the other focus marked with a dot. If you placed a ball on the dot, You could shoot the ball in any direction and (as long as it had no side spin or something) it would end up in the pock...
by demeteloaf
Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0302: "Names"
Replies: 131
Views: 31703

I think the seinfeld episode where he ends up calling the girl "Mulva" is one of the best examples of this phenomenon.
by demeteloaf
Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0255: "Subjectivity"
Replies: 86
Views: 28676

Posting the thread before the broken link to the comic is fixed shows dedication!
by demeteloaf
Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0253: "Highway Engineer Pranks"
Replies: 112
Views: 44825

google is actually right Ummm... what? I used to drive that way every day coming home from high school, and I've never seen anyone ever do that weird U-turn thing to get from the riverway to Boylston st. You can just take a left onto brookline ave and then bear right onto boylston, like all the car...
by demeteloaf
Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0253: "Highway Engineer Pranks"
Replies: 112
Views: 44825

As someone who learned to drive in boston, and some of my first solo driving experiences were driving The Jamaicaway to get to and from school every morning and afternoon, I have to agree with the alt text completely. One good thing about learning to drive in Boston, no amount of awful driving or bi...
by demeteloaf
Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:54 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: XKCD Meetup September 2007!
Replies: 651
Views: 138629

For hotels, i just want to say that as long as you're reasonably near a subway stop, proximity to cambridge isn't that necessary. I would look around for hotels in other areas near train stops, and see what rates you can get there. Looking at expedia, it's possible to get a room at the airport for <...
by demeteloaf
Wed Mar 28, 2007 4:14 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: XKCD Meetup September 2007!
Replies: 651
Views: 138629

I'll be taking the Greyhound from Harrisburg, PA to the nearest spot, in western Boston. 4-mile walk. Anyone want to join me on the trek from the station to our meet of destiny? That's dumb. Why not just take the bus into south station and then take the subway from there. Turn a 4 mile walk into a ...
by demeteloaf
Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "Not Good Enough" club thread
Replies: 98
Views: 12982

SATI: 800 Math, 740 Verbal
SATII: 800 Latin, 790 MathIIC, 790 Physics, 690 Writing
AP:
Physics B -4
Statistics - 5
BC calc - 5
US history - 4
English Lit - 4
AB Comp Sci - 5
US Govt. + Politics - 5

4 years of debate, glee club and model UN.

Not good enough. :)
by demeteloaf
Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "Not Good Enough" club thread
Replies: 98
Views: 12982

I guess i'm in the club too.

I didn't really put that much effort into the application, because i kinda wanted to go to college farther away than across the river from my house, though.
by demeteloaf
Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0240: "Dream Girl"
Replies: 207
Views: 115667

Apparently the first comic went up with a typo.

looks like the new coordinates are a basketball court/playground in Cambridge, MA
by demeteloaf
Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 3 door problem
Replies: 88
Views: 29528

I recently had to explain this to a small group, I have found that when explaining the problem you can change the numbers and imagine that you start with 100 doors, select 1, open 98, This immediately keyed people in on what was happening. Anyway, orthogonal to the thread but i thought it was appro...
by demeteloaf
Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 1/3 of a gram of water? That's unpossible!
Replies: 47
Views: 6856

ummm, what? 1 mole of water weighs 18.0153 g I'm not sure where you're getting the 1 gram from... currently, Avogadro's number is defined as the number of molecules in 12 grams of carbon-12, it has nothing to do with water. While I agree that we do need to have a better standard for the kilogram, i ...
by demeteloaf
Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0224: "LISP"
Replies: 74
Views: 32714

I wish I could get my hands on the universe's source code. First, I would make intelligence proportionate to beauty. Second, I would make kinetic energy = 1/2 * m *v^3 just to see what would happen. In one of my physics classes the professor set up an excel spreadsheet, that had a graph of a planet...
by demeteloaf
Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: That's why they call it a 'unit'
Replies: 29
Views: 6956

My favorite unit will probably still always be the Smoot
by demeteloaf
Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0206: "Reno Rhymes"
Replies: 217
Views: 75611

aldimond wrote:
LE4dGOLEM wrote:Even "indivisible by"


But then you'd have to end your line in a preposition! The horror!


Yeah, that's something up with which we will not put!!
by demeteloaf
Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0206: "Reno Rhymes"
Replies: 217
Views: 75611

"I just shot a man in reno..." what does that imply?

:P
by demeteloaf
Mon Jan 01, 2007 2:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Physics Question: PSI in a big lake vs. small lake
Replies: 12
Views: 3793

the shape/amount of the water means nothing as long as you are measuring at the same depth. In fact, if you take a barrel full of water and stick a long thin tube that goes out the top of it, and fill that tube with water, you can often get the barrel to explode because the pressure at the bottom of...
by demeteloaf
Fri Dec 15, 2006 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0197: "Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 54
Views: 25681

Well, after reading the news post about what the graph actually represents, i guess it is closer to what i would expect. In my mind, when i see these piecharts, i think of the each turtle/artist on its own, and which i'm most likely to think of when i hear that name. And in that case, when i hear ra...
by demeteloaf
Fri Dec 15, 2006 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0197: "Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 54
Views: 25681

I liked it too, but you really think that Raphael is better known as an artist than a ninja turtle? And that the opposite is true of Michelangelo? I probably would have switched those two. Upon seeing this comic for the first time, i had the same thought. Raphael is too little turtle, and michaelan...
by demeteloaf
Sat Dec 09, 2006 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0194: "Penises"
Replies: 130
Views: 43046

penises (that's the correct form; don't argue with me I'm an English major) pfff....silly english major. Everybody knows it's "penii" The plural would be "penii" if it was spelled "penius". In Latin (the language from which English derives somewhere between 60 and 80 p...
by demeteloaf
Sat Dec 09, 2006 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0123: "Centrifugal Force"
Replies: 91
Views: 43702

Hey uhm... I suppose Im a little confused about your centrifugal force. I am not going to say that there is no force there, indeed there is a force. But i think it would make everyone life easier if we refer to centrifugal force as a classification rather than a force. In bond's situation, the wall...
by demeteloaf
Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nulinity
Replies: 25
Views: 5266

Doesn't n^0=1 for all n? Wouldn't that mean 0^0=1? I suppose that's consistent with "n/n=1 for all n", if 0^0=0/0. 0^0 is considered an indeterminate form. (along with 0/0, infinty/infinity, 1^infinity, infinity-infinity, etc.) Basically it means that even though it's undefined, depending...
by demeteloaf
Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0194: "Penises"
Replies: 130
Views: 43046

The title of this thread wins.

:)
by demeteloaf
Sat Nov 11, 2006 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pancake Problem
Replies: 56
Views: 19889

Easiest way to look at it in my mind.

With 3 pancakes, there are 6 "sides" overall: 3 of the sides are white, 3 of the sides are black.

Of the 3 black sides, 2 out of the 3 have the other side being black as well.

Therefore, the probability is 2/3 that the other side is black.
by demeteloaf
Wed Sep 27, 2006 4:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 696780

19/m/Home in MA, currently in VA for college.

Physics major who's been steadily reading the comic for a while now, and decided i should register for the forums.

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