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by Ghona
Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rich People Who Don't Feel Rich
Replies: 110
Views: 13149

Along with a few other overwhelming factors I think the desire to "be successful" is one of the biggest things in the way of the average American being happy. Life is about more than being happy. I disagree. Life is about prolonging the life of the species, which makes human beings more h...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Natural vs. Unnatural
Replies: 40
Views: 6822

All of them are "natural". Since they're all, in some sense, bastards.



I can use Shakespearean definitions if I want.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wreck the universe and some science fiction stories!
Replies: 10
Views: 3035

Um... I'd reinvent the aether.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lets fix global warming.
Replies: 239
Views: 23200

Gravity is a low density method to store energy. I'm rather surprised that it was economical -- do you have a more concrete reference, even a web page? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumped-storage_hydroelectricity Relevant quote: Taking into account evaporation losses from the exposed water surface ...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bizarre facts
Replies: 234
Views: 45504

Here are some from my newspaper: Number of Americans who aren't aware that the Earth revolves around the sun: 1 in 5 Percentage of Americans who've never heard of global warming: 13 Genghis Khan thought food could be left on the floor for half a day and still be safe to eat. Thither is farther from...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bizarre facts
Replies: 234
Views: 45504

My fact: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826, fifty years to the day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Adams' last words were an anguished, "Jefferson lives!" but actually Jefferson had died a few hours earlier. Although they were origina...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lets fix global warming.
Replies: 239
Views: 23200

Use Bussard's fusion reactor design. Set up a plant somewhere where nobody really cares about the ecosystem, like, say, the Sahara desert. Use the fusion plant's electricity (and solar power if you really want) to pull carbon dioxide out of the air, and convert it into a manageable form. Heck, if yo...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Non-existing physical constructs
Replies: 198
Views: 31932

Mini-planets - just a few meters diameter - which still have a sensible amount of gravity, so you can walk around them without being crushed. And preferably so they could hold an atmosphere. Any idea if this much would actually be possible, with a suitably dense material? I can just imagine a big r...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Non-existing physical constructs
Replies: 198
Views: 31932

Perfect circles
three sided squares
two nested pairs with just one number

+12 points to anyone who gets the reference

Also, something that transmutes elements into other elements without wasting energy. (some sort of perfect fusion/fission reactor) Yay perpetual motion machine
by Ghona
Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0299: "Aeris Dies"
Replies: 187
Views: 54760

seriously though why didn't they just use a phoenix down? a phoenix down doesn't bring people back to life, it removes the KO (knocked out) status effect and restores a small amount of HP, it does not restore life to the dead. Although it does remove death from the undead. In FF5 there's a scene wh...
by Ghona
Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I Think I Witnessed Ball Lightning
Replies: 40
Views: 6290

Does anyone have enough spare time and access to parts to build one of these?

That would answer the question for sure.
by Ghona
Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0297: "Lisp Cycles"
Replies: 86
Views: 26066

It's a slippery slope, isn't it? Where do you stop? Rate yourself on this scale: 0: I can code on a computer, but I have no idea what a computer really is or how it works. 1: I have a vague idea of the components the computer is made of, but I wouldn't be able to assemble one from parts. 2: I can e...
by Ghona
Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0244: "Tabletop Roleplaying"
Replies: 212
Views: 47886

The Omniscificer might very well get the result "we have no option but despair" on his knowledge check. Not really. He should be theoretically able to glean knowledge of the Sarrukh and the Pun-pun exploit in general, know things that would otherwise be meta-knowledge, and petition a deit...
by Ghona
Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0244: "Tabletop Roleplaying"
Replies: 212
Views: 47886

Lester :P wrote:Too much thought, in DnD a simple bag of holding placed inside an portable home will do a whole bunch of damage.


Meh, it'll only teleport a relatively small radius to the astral plane. Not that bad.
by Ghona
Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0296: "Tony Hawk"
Replies: 48
Views: 19542

like eating a chocolate sandwich, two bars of chocolate glued together with chocolate sauce. I'm not sure if that is meant to be delicious or terrible. Chocolate is good, but that's a lot of chocolate. What if it was white chocolate on the top, with a filling of dark chocolate on top of a piece of ...
by Ghona
Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book you are proudest to have finished...
Replies: 137
Views: 16111

Tolkien did write in a very high style--it's not for everyone. It wasn't his "high style" that bothered me, it's that I'm a skimmer by nature and when you spend three pages describing the same tree*, I find that I've skipped on ahead without reading a word. But it was a really big tree.
by Ghona
Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: ending to harry potter 7 (spoiler)
Replies: 178
Views: 31211

Apparently Rowling originally had a much longer epilogue, but was forced to prune it down.

I think she said that she was going to release it at some point...
by Ghona
Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Levitating
Replies: 56
Views: 7968

From what I've heard, there's a similar trick done by fakirs. Rather infamous, really, climbing a rope that seems unsupported. The secret to it is the rope is actually just on the outside of a jointed wooden core, and when enough force is put on it the pieces lock together, effectively becoming a st...
by Ghona
Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many digits of Pi do you know?
Replies: 445
Views: 108309

All of them. There are only ten, it's not a big deal to know them all.

Where they are? That's a completely different question.
by Ghona
Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0231: "Cat Proximity"
Replies: 180
Views: 47510

my friend Catherine and I had a one sided conversation about music during the Baroque period the other day. His ideas concerning the evolution of 4-part harmony were intoxicating. So umm...I just got a rediculous idea for bar-o-que. It's a barbecue where people celebrate all things Baroque. Good th...
by Ghona
Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: So Sad
Replies: 58
Views: 9111

Yakk wrote:I prefer 21/7 myself.

It has a nice ring to it. And it is Biblically verified!

Sig figs, dude.
by Ghona
Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Percentage of reals rational
Replies: 74
Views: 12691

Zero probability, but having a probability of zero doesn't mean something can't happen.

Any particular number has a probability of zero of being chosen, but one number *has* to be chosen.

(this is one of the situations where nonstandard analysis would be really nice to use.)
by Ghona
Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favourite Erroneous "Proofs"
Replies: 194
Views: 43773

Image



Hmm?
by Ghona
Sat Jul 28, 2007 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 100713

The Oster Project. Because the fewer songs there are in a genre, and the more obscure it is, the better it has to be.
by Ghona
Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wha...how?
Replies: 34
Views: 5442

mrcheesypants wrote:
Phenriz wrote:
ehiunno wrote:and that stepmania thing just looks ridiculous. I am not a huge ddr fan, but wow.


only an accomplished river dancer could even try and come close to succeeding.


fix'd


I dunno. I've seen someone get a double A doing the William Tell Overture.
by Ghona
Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Is your favourite FF also the one you played first?
Replies: 56
Views: 8688

VI is my favorite, but I played I, IV, and Tactics before I got to VI. What's this "6" people keep talking about? Believe it or not, roman numerals and arabic numerals point to the same numbers... I know, it's hard to believe. Except in the final fantasy series numbering, where 2 points t...
by Ghona
Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: I can haz dead guy?
Replies: 18
Views: 2835

Correlation doesn't imply causation, but really, why take a chance?

"[MrOrMsOrMrsPoliticalLeaderOfPartyYouDislikeOrBillGatesAsAppropriate], there's a package for you. It contains a cat."
by Ghona
Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0162: "Angular Momentum"
Replies: 103
Views: 59565

How can you tell you're being accelerated if every point in your body is being accelerated at exactly the same rate? Why isn't it indistinguishable from every particle in the rest of the universe being accelerated at exactly the same rate? It's the jerk across your body that makes acceleration notic...
by Ghona
Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0153: "Cryptography"
Replies: 34
Views: 20743

Bluebottle wrote:You have all reminded me of this compression algorithm, called LenPEG. Better than any possible compression algorithm that could ever exist.

I've got one that can send any possible data using only two bits. Generality achieved sacrificing only a tiny bit of bandwidth.
by Ghona
Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0028: "Elefino"
Replies: 15
Views: 12460

Trampled.
by Ghona
Fri Jul 27, 2007 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0294: "Bookstore"
Replies: 144
Views: 31537

Can you give an example of a book held in high esteem by critics that is little but "witty wordplay and muddle without" plot? [/quote] Anything by Oscar Wilde? And, as I must in any topic regarding quality of literature, I shall now post a link to a literary masterwork, well known to scie...
by Ghona
Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0287: "NP-Complete"
Replies: 191
Views: 37726

Bleh. I decided (for some strange reason. I made this choice at 5am without any sleep) not to brute force it, more as to pick a random starting point, and then pick random items until the total was 15.05... However, while it might never find the seven mixed fruits, it did find the other solution of...
by Ghona
Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0294: "Bookstore"
Replies: 144
Views: 31537

Yeah, I've done this.

To be fair, though, it was the day before an AP test, and I wasn't going to buy a book which would become useless in two days. And I bought overpriced drinks.
by Ghona
Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Who wants a nuke? Anyone?!
Replies: 17
Views: 3051

I am now totally unphased when completely useless regulations setup in the post-9/11 panic turn out to be ... wait for it ... completely useless. Just another inane attempt in the long line of attempts to placate America's fears of terrorist attack by the pathetic group of people we call the US Gov...
by Ghona
Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0169: "Words that End in GRY"
Replies: 51
Views: 39567

How's this for a rephrased riddle: "In the English language there are at least three words in the common vocabulary that have an end which contains the letters gry in order. Angry and hungry are two of them. Name a third." It's Gryphon. I never said that it wasn't at the front end. Quote o...
by Ghona
Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0189: "Excercise"
Replies: 94
Views: 27232

I desperately need to do something about my poor WIS modifier. I seem to have a pitiful Sense Motive check and Search check, and I keep failing my Will saves for getting off of the computer and doing what I "ought" to be doing, like not staying up until four in the morning reading webcomi...
by Ghona
Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0179: "E to the Pi times I"
Replies: 161
Views: 54989

You know what the best anagram for Banach-Tarski is?

BanachTarskiBanachTarski!



Anyway, my personal favorite variant upon this is:

e^(i*pi)+1=0

You have the five most important numbers, the three basic operators, and an equals sign! What more could you want?
by Ghona
Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cybernations
Replies: 41
Views: 9046

Ahh, managed to register.

You know the best thing about their TOS?

Editable text fields.
by Ghona
Fri Jun 22, 2007 4:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hot Library Smut
Replies: 28
Views: 9459

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/4617/bookshop1mh3.jpg Great idea, Nice bookstore. It would be a shame if something happened to it. having a wood stove in the middle of a bookstore. Copy and paste the above into notepad. "You don't want to pay five hundred for this first edition? I guess I'l...
by Ghona
Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Epic Facepalm
Replies: 123
Views: 14404

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:EDIT: Proof the dumb ones are louder, and not always American:

Sweden declares that liking heavy metal music is a mental disability.


I see two ways to interpret this.

Does this it count as a pun or not?

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