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by CatOfGrey
Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1237: "QR Code"
Replies: 64
Views: 22993

Re: 1237: "QR Code"

This is a modern analog for the classic PC joke: "Keyboard not recognized. Hit F1 to retry."
by CatOfGrey
Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0030: "Interplanetary Cessna"
Replies: 108
Views: 35079

Re: What-If 0030: Interplanetary Cessna

"But I've never seen the Icarus story as a lesson about the limitations of humans. I see it as a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive. " Daedalus, the father of Icarus, actually showed that wax wasn't the problem, as he flew successfully from Crete to Sicily. This showed conc...
by CatOfGrey
Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 92173

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Randall couldn't use "Water-making-air" for hydrogen?
by CatOfGrey
Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 50009

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

On a separate note - did Niels Bohr and Robert Oppenheimer really wager a dollar on the first nuclear weapons test? The story I heard was that they thought the nuke might ignite the ozone layer, removing most life from the planet. If it is true, I would wager that Bohr was betting for the disaster, ...
by CatOfGrey
Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1128: "Fifty Shades"
Replies: 41
Views: 12810

Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

Googled, then remembered Wishbone, then instantly thought of The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The dog, of course, being played by, well, the dog.
by CatOfGrey
Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simpler Elo Rating System
Replies: 10
Views: 3268

Re: Simpler Elo Rating System

Even if two players have the same score, one player winning against another still changes the score of both players. Yes, but it will change very little. Besides, if a new (the ranking on him isn't that accurate yet, because he didn't have many matches yet) player has a skill rank of 1200 and a vet...
by CatOfGrey
Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simpler Elo Rating System
Replies: 10
Views: 3268

Re: Simpler Elo Rating System

One thing that bother me about rating systems in general, and particularly the Elo rating system, is how confusing they seem to be. Particularly the K factors, and 1500 baseline. Why aren't there any simpler rating systems? For example, have a scale from 0 to 1 with scores asymptotically approachin...
by CatOfGrey
Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: True or False in Geometry
Replies: 17
Views: 6133

Re: True or False in Geometry

Ok, I can't believe this became an issue and started a discussion with my superior: True or False Two lines that have no common points are parallel. My answer is false, having skew lines in mind. He said it's true because I should just stick to the statement, and that parallel lines do not have com...
by CatOfGrey
Sat Aug 11, 2012 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1093: "Forget"
Replies: 125
Views: 25549

Re: 1093: "Forget"

BAReFOOt wrote:Who is that “CUNTON”, that Randall keeps mentioning?


It is also a Shiboleet of sorts, which not-so-secretly identifies people as typeface nazis.

Alternative: a Unix command that improves kerning on command line text.
by CatOfGrey
Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"
Replies: 90
Views: 24594

Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Kit. wrote:
Linux0s wrote:Immortality didn't make the list?

"Naturally, they give that away for nothing."


But, unfortunately, it comes with the shoes...http://xkcd.com/1065/
by CatOfGrey
Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 25654

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

If you post: "It's getting late, I gotta wreck the economy and start unnecessary wars early tomorrow" you sound like a senator. If you post "When are these idiots gonna reclassify weed off schedule I" you sound like a sensible teenager (and me). Well, I think the Ronpaul is also...
by CatOfGrey
Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 44204

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

How many of these have plays on words, or other bizarre or obscure references to state mottos or titles?

California's motto ('Eureka') is shared by a vaccuum cleaner manufacturer, for example.

And should North and South Dakota be offended that they have been lumped together as one, yet again?
by CatOfGrey
Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0231: "Cat Proximity"
Replies: 180
Views: 46611

Re: 0231: "Cat Proximity"

http://www.npr.org/2012/06/26/155792609 ... o-identify
Better link?

Now they have requested an increased budget to look for cheezburgers.
by CatOfGrey
Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 54512

Re: 1078: "Knights"

And yet no one mentions that the Bishops, not pawns are sometimes referred to as 'archers'. And in some opening systems, they actually function like archers, hiding in a corner and threatening from afar.... This also reminds me that Bishops are called 'elephants' in some places, which is warfare fro...
by CatOfGrey
Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 49380

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

Some questions... First - any word origin geeks know about the origin of the word "Couple"? The best I get is "bond" or "tie". Second - engineers with an electronics class - whatever a 'Couple' is, does that ever refer to anything other than two connected things? And, t...
by CatOfGrey
Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 49380

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

There are much better sources for these units. A "handful" is a unit of volume, not of quantity. A "handful" of marshmallows could be 5-7 (large) or 15-20 (small). The difference between "a few" and "several" around 4, and is based on the number of objects tha...
by CatOfGrey
Thu May 03, 2012 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 85560

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

ECK138 wrote:Student: "I hate story problems."
Teacher: "Life is just a bunch of story problems."


I consulted on a legal case recently. It was about four weeks of research, and a really big Excel spreadsheet.

The answer to my word problem: $45 - $89 million.
by CatOfGrey
Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 94029
Views: 7335217

Re: Count to a Million

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by CatOfGrey
Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1038: "Fountain"
Replies: 78
Views: 21623

Re: 1038: "Fountain"

bhoot wrote: (Also, he's a stick figure, so it doesn't take too much force to lift him :D )


Oh! Wait! Is this like freshman physics? Stick figures have no thickness, and are not impacted by friction, air resistance, or any other physical process that applies force that changes with velocity...
by CatOfGrey
Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Repercussions of the Arab Spring
Replies: 17
Views: 2561

Re: Repercussions of the Arab Spring

My crystal ball - pure opinion here. Egypt, Jan. 2013: More Islamist, more Sharia. Religious freedoms going away. Human rights not important under Sharia law. Possible bright spot coming from a lack of unity - Shi'a vs. Sunni factions might keep centralized power from forming. I'm deeply concerned a...
by CatOfGrey
Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 81397

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

I'm embarrassed to admit I know this much about those crap books, but Corbo's right: Renesmee is the result of a violent impact between "Esme" and "Renee". It can happen to anyone, even one of my favorite sci-fi writers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kage_Baker Her unusual first ...
by CatOfGrey
Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 81397

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Random Thoughts - My high school economics teacher defined the concept of Utility, then said "You all should name your firstborn daughter Utility, it's so important." He was a bit of a nut job, but then again, so was I, so I remember it, damn near 25 years later. Years later, when I was te...
by CatOfGrey
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 24742

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

Regarding the two red-line graphs, courtesy of atrahasis: Thought #1: I think this might be more interesting as a scatterplot of title words vs. subtext words. Thought #2: Looks like we've got increasing lengths over time. Can we do a linear model/time series analysis? Thought #3: Serial correlation...
by CatOfGrey
Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"
Replies: 62
Views: 20012

Re: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"

jonadab wrote:The Fermi paradox assumes facts not in evidence.


This was my first thought, too. Of course, that also ruins the punchline of the comic.

And most importantly, wingsuit material comes in 11 colors! I'm ready to fly.

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