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by sparkyb
Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Specific Rim
Replies: 121
Views: 35189

Re: pacific rim

*Here's a small selection of the stuff I saw coming from miles away that I remember You forgot the one that I found the most predictable (or at least that I noticed most that I was predicting at the time): Scientist is confused that there are only 2 Kaiju when his calculations say there should be 3...
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 232349

Re: Controversial opinions about food

gmalivuk wrote:There are some parts, such as tripe and subcutaneous fat and tails, which I avoid eating in recognizable form mostly because of the texture. If you can get rid of that by grinding it into a paste with a bunch of other parts, then I'm good to go.


Enjoy your pink slime.
by sparkyb
Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Where to find financial data
Replies: 9
Views: 2380

Re: Where to find financial data

You might find Yahoo (or any equivalent site) blocks you if you try to download large amounts of data via a script. I know from personal experience that Google demands you solve a Captcha if you try to search or translate too often in a short period of time. You don't know until you try. If that pl...
by sparkyb
Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Where to find financial data
Replies: 9
Views: 2380

Re: Where to find financial data

This data is available freely on sites like yahoo finance, but downloading them one by one and concatenating them is both very long and very boring, which also means prone to human error. I'm not sure where you could find the data already in a machine-readable form, hopefully you'll find that, but ...
by sparkyb
Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Specific Rim
Replies: 121
Views: 35189

Re: pacific rim

I just saw it not expecting much and had a great time. It is totally predictable but it knew how to get my adrenalin pumping and the effects were pretty good. I saw it in 3D (just because that's what the showtime I wanted happened to be) and it was the first movie where I actually enjoyed it being i...
by sparkyb
Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal 2 : Princess No-Knees 3 : Jump Harder
Replies: 833
Views: 172997

Re: Portal 2 : Princess No-Knees 3 : Jump Harder

I started the co-op with my sister, but had to stop partway through because I realized she hadn't finished the single player and wasn't understanding the mechanics we were getting to. So I do still need to find someone to start over and do the whole co-op with. You don't mention what platform, which...
by sparkyb
Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9232617

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

A bird has been trying to break into my side door in my kitchen insistently for the last 20 minutes and it is kind of freaking me out. Go away bird. Don't you see that you can't get in? What do you want to be in here so badly for anyway?
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 612481

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Sandry wrote:How would folks feel about Sunday, 7/28 at 4 PM on Boston Common and folks who want to hang around until 7 PM can stay and see Two Gentlemen of Verona?


This works for me. Where on the Common? The gazebo like you mentioned before, or near the fountain (closer to Park Street for your whininess)?
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Three non-mixing fluids in a tube?
Replies: 35
Views: 10241

Re: Three non-mixing fluids in a tube?

According to this video I saw on YouTube, you can create a cylinder with not 3, not 4, but 5 non-mixing liquids. Corn syrup, dish soap, water, oil, and rubbing alcohol. He even colored them in the order of their density to make a rainbow of sorts. The video shows how to do this yourself.
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 254312

Re: Board games anyone?

I have one complaint though, which could just be my inexperience - early family expansion seems a little too crucial to success. This is why I hate Agricola. I always come in spectacularly last. It's not even funny my inability to compete with my friends. By not growing my family fast enough, I don...
by sparkyb
Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2009206

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I just saved you 48 bytes. Now only 107 to go. Good luck.
by sparkyb
Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2009206

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Link wrote:I've managed to get my firmware binary down to 2155 bytes (it was previously 3574 bytes!). 155 bytes to go before it'll fit.


You have to get it down to 2000 bytes, not 2048? I have no idea what this is a firmware for, but a non power of two limit seems odd.
by sparkyb
Sat Jul 06, 2013 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3533786

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

The Pittsburgh airport is nice in that the moving walkways have signs everywhere saying "stand on the right, walk on the left". Of course then there's people who that pretend they're blind and stand all over the place anyway. This is actually a personal pet-peeve. I think the "stand ...
by sparkyb
Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Hangover Thread
Replies: 56
Views: 18616

Re: The Hangover Thread

Carbonation has nothing to do with hangovers, they are caused by how "hard" the alcohol is. I had thought a lot of the effects of a hangover was just from the dehydration since alcohol is a diuretic. That's why you will be less hung over if you do remember to drink lots of water after you...
by sparkyb
Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:13 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 612481

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Ah, I totally forgot I had a friend's BBQ to go to on Saturday. I may try to do both if a meetup is still happening, but I'm doubtful that I'll be able to.
by sparkyb
Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2009206

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I've used ++x from time to time, although I generally prefer to use the postfix form where practical For some reason x++ seems to be considered standard (at least among new programmers) with ++x being used only occasionally when necessary, but it really should be the other way around. The most comm...
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 762216

Re: Doctor Whom

It is hard to really answer your question without giving too many spoilers, but I'll say a few things. "Blink" is a series 3 episode that I think is my overall favorite episode so far. I don't remember too much else about series 3 because it was a long time ago that I saw it. Without spoil...
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3533786

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

In college I lived in a fraternity house. We had two kitchens, a main industrial kitchen used by our chef for most people, and a small kitchen in a back room behind the office that a small number of people used who did their own cooking because they had special dietary restrictions. Anyway, the smal...
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0052: "Bouncy Balls"
Replies: 28
Views: 10532

Re: What-If 0052: "Bouncy Balls"

This reminds me of when Sony dropped/launched 100,000 bouncy balls for an amazing Bravia advert.
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 612481

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

I don't have plans so I'd potentially be up for something.
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2009206

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Did you see how much memory it was taking up? Did it go on a spree where for some reason it was allocating more and more memory instead of crashing? It isn't allocating any memory, it is just writing into unallocated (at least not to it) memory. There's a decent chance it would crash, but it depend...
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Python: Seeing all output in script mode
Replies: 7
Views: 5917

Re: Python: Seeing all output in script mode

If scripts are short enough for this to be useful, I can't imagine they'd be long enough that adding in the print statements would take that much time. I think you're exaggerating saying "no one ever uses print statements in example scripts". I've been coding python for over 10 years and h...
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A little rant (math vs. maths)
Replies: 202
Views: 76887

Re: A little rant (math vs. maths)

But even though the logic I tried to present didn't hold up, I'm pretty sure that mathematics is still a mass noun anyway. And the abbreviation of "statistics" is "stats", not "stat" (which is a shortened latin term meaning roughly "at once", from statim). :)...
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2009206

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

As it is written, if the length of s is odd, this will overrun the end of the s, write t to areas of memory after s that you probably shouldn't touch, and possibly go on forever unless it happens to hit another null byte. This is why you should declare s as const char*. Since it is meant to be sourc...
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Python: Seeing all output in script mode
Replies: 7
Views: 5917

Re: Python: Seeing all output in script mode

Aside from running the script in the debugger and stepping line by line through it, I don't think there is a way to have Python print out all intermediate results. I can't really imagine wanting this behavior. Running any non-trivial script and seeing the output of every single line without any cont...
by sparkyb
Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Nginx 404/403
Replies: 1
Views: 1652

Re: Nginx 404/403

I would say that getting a 404 or 403 is most likely the site itself and not anything about your machine. Getting an error page like that is still a response from that server which I believe is all the downforeveryoneorjustme service is looking for, so it would consider that site "up" even...
by sparkyb
Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Clever High School Math Problems
Replies: 31
Views: 13991

Re: Clever High School Math Problems

That is rather neat. Is there a way to prove uniqueness? I was able to solve it, but then I also tried to prove. I gave up and tried Googling, and found this solution which I think is a valid proof of the answer's uniqueness. However it didn't satisfy me. The problem statement said it could be solv...
by sparkyb
Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9232617

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

teenidle wrote:anyway i'm watching Control and so far it's a movie about how Ian Curtis was a dick.

I saw that movie in the theater, in Nottingham, on my 2 day whirlwind drive around England. Unfortunately I remember very little of it because I was very hungover.
by sparkyb
Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Good, cheap RAID controller
Replies: 7
Views: 11505

Re: Good, cheap RAID controller

I guess I don't know what the difference between real and fake is. By fake I had assumed you meant software raid (which is pretty useless imo). Sorry I couldn't be of help.
by sparkyb
Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Uh-oh. It's a Youtube party and you're up next. What do you show 'em?
Replies: 2150
Views: 740867

Re: Something on Youtube

Hamster in a wok (set to Yakety Sax). The music really makes it. This just makes me so happy.
by sparkyb
Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Good, cheap RAID controller
Replies: 7
Views: 11505

Re: Good, cheap RAID controller

I don't know too much about this, but I'm just using the RAID controller built into my motherboard. I thought for motherboard SATA controllers this was pretty standard these days. It definitely is a hardware RAID. I needed a different RAID device driver (instead of the standard SATA or IDE emulation...
by sparkyb
Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: python module installing and distribution root directory
Replies: 3
Views: 3016

Re: python module installing and distribution root directory

While EvanED's directions are totally right, I wanted to add one additional comment. While running setup.py install is usually the right thing to do, even if you did want to install something manually (or just see what stuff got installed), 3rd party libraries go in c:\Python27\Lib\site-packages, no...
by sparkyb
Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Soylent (not the people variety)
Replies: 46
Views: 25601

Re: Soylent (not the people variety)

bouer wrote:Has anyone considered cooking with it? It looks to me like adding less water and frying it then topping it with maple syrup might be good.


Is that based on the description of a pancake batter-y taste/consistency? I'm not sure if that would imply that it could actually be made into pancakes.
by sparkyb
Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 612481

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Yeah. It's true that this time I was the only one at my polling place when I was voting, but I still saw plenty of people at work with those "I voted" stickers. I learned my lesson after the last special election, although to be fair, I didn't forget to vote or choose not to vote that time...
by sparkyb
Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mens Formal Wear Question
Replies: 64
Views: 13948

Re: Mens Formal Wear Question

Don't over-think it. You looked great in those pictures. That as definitely close enough to black tie to blend in. If anyone even looks closely enough to notice it isn't actually a tux, they still probably won't care.
by sparkyb
Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2009206

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I saw someone tweet:
Programming Skills: PRIMARILY RUBY AND PYTHON BUT I CAN USE ANY TYPE OF GEM TO CONTROL ANY TYPE OF SNAKE


So I replied:
So Perl and ASP would also be a valid combination?
by sparkyb
Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2669490

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Plus, the women's bathrooms are so much filthier, which causes some women to hover, which makes it even filthier... In my experience it is the men's room that is dirtier. One floor of my office had 2 single (uni-sex) bathrooms instead of normal public restrooms, and some women lobbied to declare th...
by sparkyb
Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Homemade Ice Cream
Replies: 9
Views: 9523

Homemade Ice Cream

I'm not much of a cook, but I love to make my own homemade ice cream. Yes, I do use one of those Cuisinart motorized frozen cylinder things that does all the work, but I like experimenting with the recipes. I'm curious to see if anyone else here makes their own ice cream and what flavors they like t...
by sparkyb
Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9232617

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Got a fairly passable photograph of the Supermoon setting over the mountains this morning. That is a great photo of the full moon, but this "supermoon" stuff is nonsense. It is at best a 10% difference from a normal full moon and I doubt anyone would be able to tell the difference if it w...
by sparkyb
Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: XBox One
Replies: 90
Views: 19596

Re: XBox One

The pictures the Kinect takes WILL be sent to Microsoft to sell to advertisers. The Kinect will enable things like video DRM. It will enable things like viewer limits on pay per view events. It will give advertisers feedback about when we're smiling during their commercials and when we're not. &quo...

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