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by folmerveeman
Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 24700

Re: 1152: "Communion"

snorre wrote:Mammalian red blood cells don't contain DNA, so the victim must be either fish, bird or reptilian

Oh god.. OH GOD

Spoiler:
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raptor jesus is upon us!
by folmerveeman
Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Consciousness of the world around me
Replies: 9
Views: 3047

Re: Consciousness of the world around me

I'm sorry I didn't mean any negative sentiments, I guess I just misinterpreted you, I guess just getting like a pocket book and going out into nature is the (best) way to go :) thanks either way
by folmerveeman
Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Consciousness of the world around me
Replies: 9
Views: 3047

Re: Consciousness of the world around me

I know this looks like a petty or stupid question, but 'teach yourself' doesn't really hhelp me:P
by folmerveeman
Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Consciousness of the world around me
Replies: 9
Views: 3047

Consciousness of the world around me

As 'a kid' (I add the marks because I am still only seventeen) I was never really interested in the world around me. My family, in contrast, is very interested in nature. They can recognise most birds, plants, weeds, mushrooms and other wildlife instantly, and even talk ages and ages about the stars...
by folmerveeman
Tue May 15, 2012 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simplification of trigonometric functions
Replies: 4
Views: 3120

Re: Simplification of trigonometric functions

Yessir! :P We have all the addition/subtraction formulas, double-angle, half-angle, etc, but for example I'll show you the work I did on Sin4x - sin6x = 0 Okay, so first I decided to cut the numbers in half, and then just just in the end divide all the answers by two too so that leaves us with: Sin2...
by folmerveeman
Tue May 15, 2012 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simplification of trigonometric functions
Replies: 4
Views: 3120

Simplification of trigonometric functions

Okay, I'm sorry if this classifies as 'asking you to do my homework' but I really don't mean it that way! For our pre-calculus class we got a worksheet with 50 problems on simplification of trigonometric functions. I myself am very apt at this, but some of the problems really stump me and my classma...
by folmerveeman
Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Some "Easy" stuff about black holes
Replies: 51
Views: 8013

Re: Some "Easy" stuff about black holes

To your second point, the event horizon marks the boundary between where light can escape and can't escape. Of course, if close to the horizon, to escape the light would have to be directed at the right angle (away from the black hole). And by the time the light got away from the hole it would be t...
by folmerveeman
Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Some "Easy" stuff about black holes
Replies: 51
Views: 8013

Re: Some "Easy" stuff about black holes

Hello, I am not well versed in the matter, in fact this is info I dug up as well, but I believe I can answer one or two questions to some extent. :) 1. You are describing a Kerr black hole, which is essentialy a rotating black hole which, instead of being a single point singularity, is a rotating s...
by folmerveeman
Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Some "Easy" stuff about black holes
Replies: 51
Views: 8013

Some "Easy" stuff about black holes

Hi there xkcd, after doing some basic research on black holes, I've come up with a couple of concepts that baffle me, and a couple of questions regarding those concepts :P So could you guys maybe enlighten me? 1. Ok, so 'normal' black holes have one point of singularity, yet rotating black holes hav...
by folmerveeman
Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Pushups
Replies: 18
Views: 15603

Re: Pushups

Basically what I'm going for is stomach and arms, thats the only thing that's important to me :P so then I'd be fine either way right?
by folmerveeman
Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Pushups
Replies: 18
Views: 15603

Re: Pushups

Ok cool thanks! I really wish I had something available to do pullups with, but I won't have that available until july or so :P Does putting my legs up on something increase the potency of the workout?
by folmerveeman
Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Pushups
Replies: 18
Views: 15603

Pushups

First of all, I really didn't know where to put it,s o that's why I put it here. Sorry if it's in the wrong section of the forum! But I've been doing pushups a lot in the past months, and this consists of doing 3 sets with increasing amounts of reps at night. I started at 7 and am up to 20 now But I...
by folmerveeman
Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Pi in fraction form
Replies: 17
Views: 5426

Re: Pi in fraction form

Oh ok, too bad! I thought it was pretty cool regardless :)

So is that fraction the way the calculator defines Pi then?
by folmerveeman
Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Pi in fraction form
Replies: 17
Views: 5426

Pi in fraction form

When messing around with my calculator today (ti-84) I found out that the seventh power of Pi is actually a perfect fraction, I don't have my calculator at my house right now so I can't give it, but you can do it on your own. It's something like 22 million divided by 7030 Is this something major? Or...
by folmerveeman
Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Psychology: Graph on behaviour
Replies: 9
Views: 2267

Re: Psychology: Graph on behaviour

Haha that is true :P But the powerfulness/powerlessness is derived from a theory of mine that most negative emotions/actions come from a feeling of powerlessness. For example, if a bully takes your lunch money, and your careful arguments don't convince him to give it back.. and you really need that ...
by folmerveeman
Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Psychology: Graph on behaviour
Replies: 9
Views: 2267

Re: Psychology: Graph on behaviour

How about (feeling of) Powerfulness/Powerlessness on one axis and introversion/extraversion on the other?
Would that be more specific?
by folmerveeman
Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Psychology: Graph on behaviour
Replies: 9
Views: 2267

Re: Psychology: Graph on behaviour

Not a pysch person, but I would imagine you would have a rather hard time coming up with an objective way to measure hopelessness or altruism in order to have relative values to plot. Just sortof handwaving "Yeah, that guy is pretty hopeful, and fairly altruistic, so he goes here on the graph&...
by folmerveeman
Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Psychology: Graph on behaviour
Replies: 9
Views: 2267

Psychology: Graph on behaviour

First of all, I'm really not sure if this belongs here, but mods: feel free to move this topic if necessary :) Right off the bat I want to state that I have 0 experience with psychology, but I still consider myself an amateur, and I tend to psycho-analyse a lot of actions of a lot of people, and gen...
by folmerveeman
Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Green Tea VS Water
Replies: 40
Views: 31303

Re: Green Tea VS Water

Hmm, interesting reads, and I guess that even if the antioxidants are 'bad' or neutral green tea is good for you :) And I didn't want to do it because of the antioxidants anyway, but it seemed a good extra pro :P

Also I would like to apologise for my condescending tone :)
by folmerveeman
Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Green Tea VS Water
Replies: 40
Views: 31303

Re: Green Tea VS Water

Izawwlgood wrote:I want to point out that consuming antioxidants is one of the biggest health scams since snake oil.


Do enlighten us with your wisdom..
by folmerveeman
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Green Tea VS Water
Replies: 40
Views: 31303

Re: Green Tea VS Water

Okay thanks! I'll try to drink like three or four cups a tea a day then, and I'll look into getting decaf :) Thanks for your help!
by folmerveeman
Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Green Tea VS Water
Replies: 40
Views: 31303

Green Tea VS Water

Hey there XKCD-ians :) Normally I drink about a litre of water a day (as 'extra' of sorts) while doing stuff on my computer in my room, but recently I've come in contact with the oh so yummy green tea. Seeing as green tea has next to no calories, lots of antioxidants and some vitamins and minerals, ...
by folmerveeman
Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Socialist literature
Replies: 40
Views: 40116

Re: Socialist literature

And I'm not really sure Das Kapital is probably the best thing to read without some backgrounding knowledge on it. And to be honest, unless it's got Karl Marx as the author, most people in this country aren't going to understand the subtle play you're going for there. Hell, they don't even know wha...
by folmerveeman
Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Socialist literature
Replies: 40
Views: 40116

Re: Socialist literature

Are you looking for fiction or non-fiction? For non-fiction you could start with the classics: Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto Either, really. However Das Kapital is a good recommendation! But I already read The Communist Manifesto (though I'll still buy it as a book). Keep in mind, I have ...
by folmerveeman
Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Socialist literature
Replies: 40
Views: 40116

Socialist literature

Heya people, I'm looking for socialist literature to take on my trip to the USA next school year :)
To clarify, I'm looking for the political kind, not the 'free the animals' kind :P

Does anyone have any recommendations?
by folmerveeman
Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning languages in a year
Replies: 13
Views: 2906

Re: Learning languages in a year

If you want a truly "alien" language, you're definitely going to need to cross language families. No matter where you go in Indo-European you're not going to go half as far as Chinese, Arabic, Swahili, or Salish. That's just for grammar, too. Finding a language without a decent number of ...
by folmerveeman
Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning languages in a year
Replies: 13
Views: 2906

Re: Learning languages in a year

He only learns Germanic and Romance languages there though, I am wondering about learning Russian as a Dutch person (Since Russian is almost entirely alien to me, as far as I know) I think he's going to learn Thai next... and has a post on "alien" (you mean alien= harder?) languages... ht...
by folmerveeman
Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning languages in a year
Replies: 13
Views: 2906

Re: Learning languages in a year

Yes, it's definitely possible, but you do need to clarify what you mean by "learn" a language. If you mean up to a conversational level (e.g., you can do most day-to-day activities, but perhaps not follow news reports, college lectures, academic articles, etc.) then you can if there's a p...
by folmerveeman
Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The internet and Language
Replies: 5
Views: 1632

Re: The internet and Language

Language acquisition, which is the locus of the majority of changes, is mostly a matter of hearing spoken language, so huge written corpora are largely irrelevant. But in the modern age we have loads of every language available for reading, and you get confronted with your language every day. If th...
by folmerveeman
Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The internet and Language
Replies: 5
Views: 1632

The internet and Language

Will the internet stunt the evolution of languages? We all know that languages can change rapidly, just look at our current English and the english of 500 years ago, where it's hard to decypher but still English, and then the English of 1000 years ago, which isn't even recognisable as english! The i...
by folmerveeman
Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning languages in a year
Replies: 13
Views: 2906

Re: Learning languages in a year

Russian, Greek, French, and Dutch/Frisian/English/German are all Indo-European languages, although from different branches (Slavic, Hellenic, Romance, and Germanic, respectively). So they all share a distant root. In terms of alphabet, both Latin and Cyrillic (which is used to write Russian) are ba...
by folmerveeman
Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning languages in a year
Replies: 13
Views: 2906

Learning languages in a year

Is it possible to learn a completely alien language in a year? With in a year I mean staying over abroad for a year, for example, going to university (for an english study) in Russia for a year. I also mean without prior knowledge! The reason I ask this is because I think it would be totally awesome...
by folmerveeman
Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6511

Re: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

Yeah but even if we stop outputting CO2 right now, there's still the abundance floating around in the atmosphere
by folmerveeman
Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6511

Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

One mole of CO2 has a volume of 22.4 litres One mole of C (as graphite) has a volume of approximately 6 cm3 (graphite has a density of 2.09-2.23 grams per cm3, one mole of C is 12.01 grams) If we manage to harvest CO2, wouldn't it be very easy to store it as graphite and basically do away with the l...
by folmerveeman
Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: French conversation
Replies: 2
Views: 2677

French conversation

Bonjourr :P For school I have to prepare an oral conversation in French, so I was wondering if you people could give me a hand and check it (as it is so far) Sartre: Bonjour étranger! Hahahahahahahahahahahahaa bonjour Albert Camus: Bonjour? Aujourd'hui n'est pas un jour bonne! Sartre: Pourqu...
by folmerveeman
Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Triangulation (In need for a better topic title too :P)
Replies: 3
Views: 1064

Re: Triangulation (In need for a better topic title too :P)

http://i54.tinypic.com/25a28et.jpg (Sorry, the picture was too big to embed) On a one-dimensional plane you need two points. When you have but a single point you don't know on which side of the point the object is located, like you can see on the first picture. With distance s1 from point a there a...
by folmerveeman
Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Triangulation (In need for a better topic title too :P)
Replies: 3
Views: 1064

Triangulation (In need for a better topic title too :P)

You are probably familiar with triangulation. Triangulation is using three reference points so you can find the position of any object in a 2d plane. For a single-dimensional plane you would need two reference points, yes? For a 3d plane you would need four points This leads to the simple deduction:...
by folmerveeman
Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Taking stuff for granted (or: How not to)
Replies: 14
Views: 2203

Re: Taking stuff for granted (or: How not to)

But me realising I take that stuff for granted didn't magically flip a switch that makes me appreciate the things. I know what I want to fix, just not how to. I don't know how to gain the appreciation and how to show it, nor do I know how to make sure I don't end up taking everything for granted aga...
by folmerveeman
Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Taking stuff for granted (or: How not to)
Replies: 14
Views: 2203

Re: Taking stuff for granted (or: How not to)

Sorry but this seems like a moot point: you've realised you take things for granted. You've decided not to do that any more. What help are you expecting? You now have to work out exactly what you're taking for granted and we can't help with that. I want to not do it anymore, but I don't know how to...
by folmerveeman
Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Taking stuff for granted (or: How not to)
Replies: 14
Views: 2203

Re: Taking stuff for granted (or: How not to)

I disagree. Without getting into whatever the things are, removing them from your life for an extended time (several months) will allow you to appreciate them again when they are returned. This is difficult to do with people. The only way I learned was by experience - namely, losing people I took f...

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