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by mathrec
Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Those are really fun, WOnder93! I'd quite like to know how they're generated though. Any chance you could explain (in terms a complete idiot like me might understand) what a Markov chain is? You take a body of text and for each word in that text you figure out what words come after it and how frequ...
by mathrec
Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Well, I was in the Canadian wilderness cut off from all communications last week. And it ended ? Well, I'm not even remotely ketchuped, but I poked around enough to give a tip of the hat to mikrit. I didn't mention the Zanclean flood until May. My signature is a bit out of date. The end is more here...
by mathrec
Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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taixzo wrote:Erm. Oddly, it seems to be a very bad idea to search "leopard on keyboard" with safesearch off.

*unsee* *UNSEE*

Really, I don't think "Erm." is strong enough.
by mathrec
Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Valarya wrote:Language must be bringing in all the OTTer friends. First kenmelken, now me.

It's a party! I brought guacamole.

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by mathrec
Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Want a mind blowing theory, that, as far as I know, is less controversial? The Holographic Principle: all the information inside a three dimensional space can be encoded on its surface. The wikipedia article is here . Although the article mentions string theory, I think it is actually independent o...
by mathrec
Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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There's been quite a discussion about math and relativity. I had to think about what to quote... <snip> I usually snip my quotes pretty heavily, but there is some context here, so I've left this exchange pretty much intact, but I did highlight the specific parts that I'm responding to: I do...
by mathrec
Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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There's been quite a discussion about math and relativity. I had to think about what to quote... Mmm. Everything is relat ed ive. For example: every way we have of giving directions becomes arbitrary at a certain point. Left and right are relative to the direction you're looking, north south east an...
by mathrec
Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Later, I heard a linguist and author talk about the effect the Internet has had on language. What struck me in particular was his discussion of how, nowadays, made-up words can gain a currency they never could have previously. So, which words are the not made-up ones? I got a nice smile out of this...
by mathrec
Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Regarding UKL, I agree that The Left Hand of Darkness is an important work, and it is definitely something that should be on the reading list of anyone with a passing interest in speculative fiction. Or feminism. Or, frankly, books. On the other hand, I've always struggled quite a bit with The Disp...
by mathrec
Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Gah! I just looked back on a whim, and my Newpage of the Beast post got pushed BACK one and is now at the bottom of 665 :( A previous post somewhere in the thread must've been deleted for some reason... I went back and looked at my page-topping puzzle. It was at the top of page 576, but it's droppe...
by mathrec
Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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I had to skim again :-( but at least I caught this bit of creativity from yappobiscuits. Thank you...it's stuck in my head, so I'll thank you now, because I may start cursing you in a little while. Badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger mushroom mushroom Molpy molpy molpy molpy molp...
by mathrec
Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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buffygirl wrote:For mathrec

I'll wear it proudly. Thanks for the great manip work!
by mathrec
Thu May 30, 2013 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 29798302

Re: 1190: "Time"

DirectiONG! [spoiler] http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/4c88a187c682234f519bea9af122c467c846c2fd39c46c236e1ace2466aaf390.png Walking east along the sea, in the morning (can we determine what frames were morning?) If they were walking east along the sea shore for days, then they would have to...
by mathrec
Thu May 30, 2013 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I was rereading the Cassini what-if, and I was struck by this line: To explain, let’s consider one more scenario. Namely, what if this change were made on our Earth, over a fairly short time? We’re assuming that all the material is magically shifted around, so there are no massive tsunamis or earthq...
by mathrec
Thu May 30, 2013 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

mscha wrote: Well, obviously, we meet at the beach, once we figure out where it is (whether Madagascar, Molpygascar, Cassini Madagascar or elsewhere), at the time the OTC takes place (which we hardly had any hits for – yet – but given the Molpyberries and grapes (or whatever they're called now), it...
by mathrec
Thu May 30, 2013 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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... One of the neatest thinks about the Pythagorean theorem is that the ancient Egyptians knew that it was true, but did not know why. The elegant proof was left for a later civilization. One of the neat things about history is that you can hear stories that aren't necessarily true. There is substa...
by mathrec
Wed May 29, 2013 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Giving up ketchup in favor of skimming, but I still managed to generate a wall: See? It's ALL related! I salute thee, fellow believer in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things ! Cool! And you know, that's actually a Douglas Adams book I've never read. :shock: But I'm going to have to remed...
by mathrec
Wed May 29, 2013 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Let's have ONGother go at this... http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/817a3cd5b726aaa1bd1da6d7aeefa4fd8a61adf1ef3faa27b0d1735c28701699.png ETA: Cactus? Or small palm tree-like plants? OMR!! This is exciting. So, mscha, I've been completely unimpressed with the folks at that botany site. They a...
by mathrec
Tue May 28, 2013 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

With all these corners, it must be a square dance... It could be a dodecahedron. those are pretty awesome. Why are there no dodecahedron dances, anyway? Who says there aren't? Granted, you'd need exactly 96 people to make a grid square qualify as a dodecahedron, but it can be done. Might be doable ...
by mathrec
Tue May 28, 2013 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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mscha wrote:Say, has anyone seen our One True Milliner recently? She hasn't posted since Friicositetranewpix night...

The forum says she showed up yesterday, but didn't post.
by mathrec
Tue May 28, 2013 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Back from the Outside,... But as always, I'm glad that: -- I didn't miss the big End of Time. -- The OTT is still here and still active, and -- Peaceful Waiting in the OTT hasn't degenerated into "Oh yeah?!? Well, you're completely wrong, you drooling imbecile! And also, your mother eats carbo...
by mathrec
Tue May 28, 2013 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm concedONG...
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...she picked it up.
by mathrec
Tue May 28, 2013 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 29798302

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Interesting...whatever Megan picked up has been there since Cuegan first passed through the area: http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=36577&mode=view WhatIsIt.png It's resting atop one of the flat spots. Presumably not a molpy, since it hasn't moved since newpix 1579. Maybe some...
by mathrec
Fri May 24, 2013 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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So, I decided to jump into the poetry challenges, as penance for my limited interactions with the OTT. Naturally, of course, such jumping occurred in the deep end. I think this is a form-accurate double dactyl in which each line is an anagram of the corresponding line of the opposite stanza. My goa...
by mathrec
Fri May 24, 2013 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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I find myself doing a ketchup post. Too many thing that I have to chime in on. (If anyone doesn't have their jaw on the floor, just try to write two double dactyl lines that have meaning relevant to the forum and are anagrams of each other!) To quote Barney Stinson, "Challenge accep...
by mathrec
Thu May 23, 2013 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Dracomax wrote:
Kieryn wrote: EDIT: Oh wait, this is OTC specific right? Ooops I got a bad case of myxomaonetrues.

You have a bad case of what? Google has failed me for the last time!

*Attempts to force choke google*

Google can find that word now. It just sends you where you need to be.
by mathrec
Thu May 23, 2013 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Group poem! Given the current plot line of the OTC, maybe we should call this "Jabber-walky"? 'Twas midday, and the molpymurs Did dig and tunnel in the ground All flighty were the raptorbirds, And the beesnakes did abound. Next verse? OK, I'll give it a go: The baobab trees, tall and bent...
by mathrec
Thu May 23, 2013 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

@Everyone: "BlitzGirl numbers," and an important reminder. i don't mean to be rude, but I think we need to stop a moment and ask ourselves: What is this thread about? Inflating our egoes by comparing which one of us can provoke a certain user into responding to our posts the most, or ...
by mathrec
Thu May 23, 2013 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Alright. I did a Sestina. It wasn't easy, but damn if if was fun. I went for the 11 syllables per line rule as well, though apparently that isn't mandatory. Suffice to say I did a lot of counting on my fingers: In Time we heed certain creeds: the sea is big Revealed by our prophets: the river is sm...
by mathrec
Thu May 23, 2013 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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...This would be an interesting power given to BlitzGirl if when she returns... i don't mean to be rude, but I think we need to stop a moment and ask ourselves: What is this thread about? ...I'm just a person sitting in front of a screen. So is BlitzGirl, Valarya, tman2nd, Kieryn, Red Hal, Vytron, ...
by mathrec
Thu May 23, 2013 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Kevin Bacon numbers... do you have to be an actor to play that game, or will any old position on the credit list do? And if you have to be an actor, what if you didn't appear, but only provided background dialogue? Well, I don't know if appearing as an extra actually counts in the real world. (It d...
by mathrec
Thu May 23, 2013 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: Erdős numbers. I don't think the wider world would accept the premise that "publishing" here counts for the purpose. Sorry. By that calculation, so would emails, likely. I've corresponded with a person Erdős 1, but wouldn't think to call myself a 2... LOL. Clearly the wider world woul...
by mathrec
Thu May 23, 2013 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Re: Erdős numbers. I don't think the wider world would accept the premise that "publishing" here counts for the purpose. Sorry. By that calculation, so would emails, likely. I've corresponded with a person Erdős 1, but wouldn't think to call myself a 2... LOL. Clearly the wider world woul...
by mathrec
Thu May 23, 2013 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

http://ericrossacademic.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/historic-baobab-trees-of-senegal/ Perhaps Cuegan are in Senegal? Descendants of shipwrecked mariners in a deserted area- explaining why they have a grasp of building and ropes yet appear to completely lack for formal education, and don't understandin...
by mathrec
Wed May 22, 2013 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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...So I declare (for purposes of our own fun and games) that anyone I have quoted has an Erdős number of no more than 7, since you co-authored my post. (I'm guessing that I don't have the lowest Erdős number here, so someone else may be able to provide a lower number.) Anyone? Who has a Bacon numbe...
by mathrec
Wed May 22, 2013 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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...Yes, but what's the Erdős-Bacon number? You might think that I would have figured out my Erdős number before now, but I had not. Maybe I still haven't figured it out, but at least I've bounded it at no more than 6. (The link I discovered is Journal of Fusion Energy 10.2 (1991):157-72, which gets...
by mathrec
Wed May 22, 2013 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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...On a side note: Well done steaks are not burnt unless you don't know how to cook meat. While that may be true, it is immaterial to the post, because one of the recognised punishments of the inquisition is that we burn the steak at you.(as opposed to burning you at the stake)... I was under the i...
by mathrec
Wed May 22, 2013 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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YESCUEB ONG http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/adac2c8616ed9633aa3c2744085a9a33d1ddd777ea946d7d0bea19269ea5692d.png That makes complete sense. Hmm... maybe it's a suntree? It... it does?! Cueball, sometimes you just shouldn't open your mouth at all, because when you do, we see glazed babies. ...
by mathrec
Wed May 22, 2013 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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This was for mathrec, but it's not so good - sorry. I thought I could do better but no, not if I'm going to get any coma at all. (Please imagine, if you will, that the second half is to the right of the first half.) drent-fassee, drongd-vassi markings on baobab trees blair-witchy-spookiness brings ...
by mathrec
Wed May 22, 2013 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Vytron wrote:...*Steps out of time vortex*

I did it! I'm now in the present!
...
Thanks everyone for waiting for it with me! I truly appreciate all your efforts for making this thread as awesome as it is!

See Vytron out here among us! / Humongous treats, everyone!
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