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by aaronasterling
Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0867: "Herpetology"
Replies: 72
Views: 19096

Re: 0867: "Herpetology"

There's sort of a science fail here which makes me sad :( Lizards are squamates. Why single out lizards for inclusion in ornithology when birds and the crocodilians are both archosaurs? He's making ornithology polyphyletic and making herpetology even more paraphyletic than it already is. For shame f...
by aaronasterling
Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0851: "Na"
Replies: 207
Views: 46672

Re: 0851: "Na"

Wow.

I came to the forum thinking that a math/physics joke went over my head for a change. Instead, I was thoroughly disappointed to find out that it was just a lame not math/physics joke.

So has that Mustapha character been around? I think I actually agree with him for once.
by aaronasterling
Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 53520

Re: Math or Science

But isn't math in the domain of science? Absolutely not. If mathematics was done scientifically, one would, e.g. "prove" Pythagoras Theorem by making a lot of paper triangles and doing the measurement to make sure the theorem adequately predicts the lengths. One would cut out triangles wi...
by aaronasterling
Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 53520

Re: Math or Science

Math is an inextricable part of any exact science, so I don't see how one could prefer one above the other really... Uhhh.....Because science is not an inextricable part of math in any way, shape or form? In other words, sciences (either real sciences or liberal arts wankery) could drop out of exis...
by aaronasterling
Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 53520

Re: Math or Science

Since CS and programming is 99%+ mathematics, I vote that. Not only that. I think it's definitely worth noting that pure math is a thing which is why I outright reject the assertion that math is part of physics. I think this is beyond comparing apples and oranges, I think that trying to find a winn...
by aaronasterling
Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "
Replies: 127
Views: 30561

Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Can someone explain the Aye one to me? >.> I get most XKCDs, but some math ones fly over my head, and it would suck not to get one made by Bill Amend This is the only one that made me smile, the others were groaners. Anyway, the square root of minus one doesn't exist, but some drunk mathematician t...
by aaronasterling
Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs?
Replies: 104
Views: 12822

Re: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs

I'd say it's not irrational so long as you take a similar view on people procreating when they could instead adopt one of many children in need of a home. Ignoring the fact that your analogy is not an equivalent to the OPs position, trying to draw parallels between children and dogs is not a produc...
by aaronasterling
Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1545946

Re: Today I Learned

TIL: Going into the new-age forum of fora of which I have been a long time member, starting a thread where I offer to pay them 20% of the value of their homes spread out over the remaining months until December whatever 2012 whatever the end of the world whatever at which point I would gain title to...
by aaronasterling
Sun Nov 07, 2010 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Ternary operator (compact 'if') in Python?
Replies: 14
Views: 4357

Re: Ternary operator (compact 'if') in Python?

Why bother with a dict? The Python version I'm using (2.6.6) implicitly casts booleans as numerics when used as a subscript: This isn't actually correct (although your conclusion is) aaron@aaron-laptop:~/code/tmp$ python Python 2.6.5 (r265:79063, Apr 16 2010, 13:09:56) [GCC 4.4.3] on linux2 Type &q...
by aaronasterling
Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1545946

Re: Today I Learned

existential_squirrrel wrote:
Boys are really confusing... I swear guys are an alien species from another planet


Uhh....I think you've got that backwards. I'm pretty sure that I'm pretty not confusing. Women on the other hand...
by aaronasterling
Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 53520

Re: Math or Science

This is quite frankly nonsense. One would still be able to postulate, discuss and prove theorems about ℝ 3 under the euclidean metric if one lived in and had only ever experienced a six dimensional calabi-yau space. Mathematics is in no way dependent on reality. Lawrence Krauss and several other as...
by aaronasterling
Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 53520

Re: Math or Science

I stand corrected, although in the case of african greys, their ability to count is somewhat controversial. And appears to be a recent trait (and perhaps also one that they need to learn from humans - i.e. is not intrinsic/innate, which it appears to e for us humans). Regardless, the ability to lea...
by aaronasterling
Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs?
Replies: 104
Views: 12822

Re: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs

Just to vibe with the current trend of the thread, I'll note that I vastly prefer mutts for the simple reason that I don't endorse inbreeding and that is at the root of pretty much every modern breed. If I was to get a purebred, it would either be a Jindo, Carolina Dog or other primitive hunting dog...
by aaronasterling
Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20908
Views: 2717614

Re: Postify your facerity

TaintedDeity wrote:I'm still not seeing a downside! The fun never stops!


Unicorn h8t3r
by aaronasterling
Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: PHP Examples in real applications.
Replies: 18
Views: 2790

Re: PHP Examples in real applications.

My own impression of the Wordpress and Joomla code was that it was pretty much garbage in both cases. I would recommend having a look at the code for the Kohana framework. It does use variable variables in certain situations (and there is nothing inherently wrong with this - just don't be an idiot a...
by aaronasterling
Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20908
Views: 2717614

Re: Postify your facerity

I... I fail to see a downside here... No dude, seriously, every time someone puts glitter on someone else against their will (i.e. every time someone opens a jar of the stuff in the same or adjacent state as someone that doesn't want it) George Bush sodomizes a unicorn. Might as well put up a pictu...
by aaronasterling
Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2553624

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

The one candidate that I actually found easy to follow summations of "here are my takes on X, Y and Z" (where those were areas I care about politically, and the candidate's views were ones I approve of) turned out to be running unopposed. I wonder if running unopposed and being able to ho...
by aaronasterling
Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20908
Views: 2717614

Re: Postify your facerity

Jessica wrote:<3 Van looks cute as always.


I'm not denying that for a second. And I'm sure that she has a real, live, beating heart in her chest unlike her doppelgänger. I hope I didn't offend anybody but the physical similarity is striking enough to comment on is all.
by aaronasterling
Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20908
Views: 2717614

Re: Postify your facerity

I was sitting in my car, intending to take my semi-daily photo of myself, when a guy about 20 feet away spotted me and stumbled backwards in shock (people in cars are very unexpected!) This was taken after I had mostly stopped giggling: http://i53.tinypic.com/1ju6bb.jpg Don't take this the wrong wa...
by aaronasterling
Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Ternary operator (compact 'if') in Python?
Replies: 14
Views: 4357

Re: Ternary operator (compact 'if') in Python?

Another alternative that's slightly more specialized that hasn't been presented is foo = bar or default I think that this is generally more readable than the full ternary expression but only works if you want to override any value for which bool(bar) is False, e.g. [], (), 0, False, None, ''. So thi...
by aaronasterling
Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Yo momma's so nerdy...
Replies: 40
Views: 6600

Re: Yo momma's so nerdy...

yo momma's so fat her circumference is [imath]3r\pi[/imath]
by aaronasterling
Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Yo momma's so nerdy...
Replies: 40
Views: 6600

Re: Yo momma's so nerdy...

[math]\lim_{m\to\infty}\sum_{k=0}^{m}yomomma/2^{k}=+\infty[/math]
by aaronasterling
Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Yo momma's so nerdy...
Replies: 40
Views: 6600

Re: Yo momma's so nerdy...

Yo momma's so fat her tattoo artist had to pass to the projective plane.
by aaronasterling
Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Eye contact with strangers
Replies: 68
Views: 6876

Re: Eye contact with strangers

Here on Maui It's considered rude to pass somebody by without acknowledging them in some way: usually a quick "howzit" with a smile. It's more rude to stare though. If somebody asks if they owe you money, it means they think they've been staring at you. On the whole, I like it as I'm norma...
by aaronasterling
Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:03 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Da Kine on Maui
Replies: 3
Views: 2129

Re: Da Kine on Maui

just sayin, but there are few from this fora in hawaii. we got like 3 on oahu, you, someone on kauai, and one on the big island. so....don't get your hopes up Well snap! Quick! Everybody move to Maui! It's got nice weather and Science City 1 ! And any aquarists in the crowd will get a thrill out of...
by aaronasterling
Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 53520

Re: Math or Science

Evolutionary speaking, science (as in conclusions based on observation) likely came first. We know most mammals are capable of observing and learning from their environments - even animals as simple as mice show rudimentary problem-solving behaviours. While far from formalised science, it is a refl...
by aaronasterling
Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 53520

Re: Math or Science

So now, the religious part done, if humans did not have rocks and spears to throw at other monkeys and fish, Totally OT but fix'd anyways. As you've restated your claim, I still disagree with it. You seem to be setting a higher bar for involvement in math than in physics. Specifically, you are clai...
by aaronasterling
Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 53520

Re: Math or Science

But math is a science! Math is most definitely not a science. I fail to see how the two are even related other than that some sciences happen to coincidentally employ some results of mathematics. The reason that it makes no sense to think of math as a science is that science is based on demonstrati...
by aaronasterling
Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Help Wanted
Replies: 36
Views: 77297

Python Coder Available

I'm an alright Python programmer on Maui looking for some coding opportunities. Either paid or open source preferably. I would also be willing to work unpaid on a closed source project for a cut of the potential profits. I'm used to using git but have used svn in the past. I can be contacted at aaro...
by aaronasterling
Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Da Kine on Maui
Replies: 3
Views: 2129

Da Kine on Maui

(defmacro aif (test-form then-form &optional else-form) `(let ((da-kine ,test-form)) (if da-kine ,then-form ,else-form))) Unfortunately, the people I know that understand that are all on the mainland, so they don't get it. Add to that the fact that I'm tired of spending two hours figuring out h...

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