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by orthogon
Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 68645

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

The way I've always though about the mirror one is that what the mirror actually does (a reflection across the plane of the mirror) is equivalent to a 180 degree rotation about the vertical axis of the mirror followed by a left-right reflection. We perform the rotation subconsciously because we see...
by orthogon
Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 68645

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

WIMP wrote:... It's not actually possible to reproduce what the mirror's doing, because it's pulling your front through your back, not doing any rotations that you can mimic in reality.


Eurgh. I feel unusual.
by orthogon
Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 40511

Re: 1144: Tags

I have used LaTeX occasionally to prettify an assignment, and from that and things said by frequent users, I got the impression that it is both powerful and pleasant to work with. You can try it right here in the forum using the "imath" button! Like this: $z=\sqrt{x^2+y^2}$ . Oh, I rememb...
by orthogon
Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 40511

Re: 1144: Tags

Garnasha wrote:...Damn, that became a rant...

Such an admission is normally indicated by </rant>. Unmatched, of course.
by orthogon
Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 40511

Re: 1144: Tags

... And now, to address a different breed of people with obsessive compulsive tendencies, let me write this: 10 For X = 1 to 10 20 For Y = 1 to 10 30 print "I must accept that the world be imperfect;" 40 Next x 51 Next Y Improperly nested loops will cause Undefined Behaviour in certain in...
by orthogon
Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1142: "Coverage"
Replies: 62
Views: 18738

Re: 1142: "Coverage"

Angelastic wrote:
orthogon wrote:I have had the pleasure of performing the 4'33" myself. We did a jazz version...

Have you heard the techno remix by New Waver?

I have now! The challenge is to keep dancing through the breakdowns, and still be on the beat when it comes back in.
by orthogon
Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1142: "Coverage"
Replies: 62
Views: 18738

Re: 1142: "Coverage"

Maybe it's Nicholas Cage performing John Cage in the background instead? I believe that's the score to 4'33" written in the white space over the fighters' heads, isn't it? :D Forgive my pedantry, but no, I don't think it is. The Wikipedia entry mentions a number of different scores, including ...
by orthogon
Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1142: "Coverage"
Replies: 62
Views: 18738

Re: 1142: "Coverage"

ahammel wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:John Cage broadcasts live commentary on a cage match from within a Faraday cage...

That part may be a problem.


Slightly on a tangent, but is it possible that John Cage has in fact given a posthumous performance of his 4'33"?
by orthogon
Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1142: "Coverage"
Replies: 62
Views: 18738

Re: 1142: "Coverage"

We have a screened room (Faraday cage) in the lab. It's been dismantled, moved and reassembled three times now. Our suspicions that it might not have retained its original radio-frequency properties were aroused when we discovered that you can make a perfectly acceptable GSM900 phone call from insid...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 25353

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

Then there's the whole vexed issue of how continental Europeans use the decimal point and the comma the other way round, making a misunderstanding of three orders of magnitude quite likely. Well, here in Czech Republic we don't use any marks to separate the thousands, for example: 32 452,5. I never...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 69522

Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Jackpot777 wrote:Well, I could say purple monkey sparkle dishwasher, but that just makes no sense.


... but you did say it, and now we all know your password.

Best wishes to all of you who are having to deal with this stuff.
by orthogon
Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 25353

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

The pronunciation taught in schools here in the UK is to group by thousands, so 3141592653 would be written 3,141,592,653 and pronounced (as we now use American 'illions) Three billion, one-hundred and forty-one million, five-hundred and ninety-two thousand, six-hundred and fifty-three *. Dates are...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 25353

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

(which I totally believe should be "Twenty-Twelve" and not "Two Thousand Twelve" (or especially "Two Thousand and Twelve"!!) like its still a novelty to be in a year that doesn't start with 19. This. I accepted "two thousand", but assumed we would say "t...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 25353

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

While we're talking about date formats, I have to give a shout out to the "struct tm", which has days of the month starting from 1 but months starting from zero, a redundant day-of-week member, and years counted from 1900. Pure evil genius.
by orthogon
Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 25353

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

We used to do that in the uk and had to change the order some time in the 1990s. (Does anybody remember how and why? Were our DNS servers changed or was it just a client-side change? The Internet is strangely silent on the issue...) I found the answer: the backwards (i.e. right-way-round) domain-na...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 25353

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

Ah, Brits do actually speak "Month Nth" amongst themselves? I thought it was universally the other order with variations in formality ("the Nth of Month", "Nth Month", "N Month"). That format is even used in writing quite a lot, even by the government: http:/...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 25353

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

The modern British phrasing "Nth Month" has always struck me as completely ungrammatical -- yes I know, dialects and all that and it is ungrammatical in American English but not British English, but what I mean is that is seems like the coinage of that phrasing must have been very jarring...
by orthogon
Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 21404

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

Angelastic wrote:It's true! I'm Randall, and so is my wife.

Nice try, but I know for a fact that your wife is Spartacus. And you're not Randall, you're a very naughty boy.
by orthogon
Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 21404

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

jay35 wrote:Does he read the forum threads?

Yes, and he posts too. In fact, apart from you and me, all the other participants are aliases belonging to Randall.
by orthogon
Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 21404

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

Oktalist wrote:I thought of adding "inb4 no it's not because projection blah" but it would have detracted from my point. :P


You could have just used the Peters, but then Randall would hate you.
by orthogon
Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 21404

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

This is the best one . Here is an intrinsic version . [Edit] Actually it looks a bit like a Mercator . I maintain that white still represents an area density of 1.0, but is arguably misleading since you wouldn't get the right answer by integrating dA in the projection . [Edit2] Presumably the Tardi...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 31360

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

I could make some serious comments about naive extrapolation, or ignoring the growth of competing words...but what comes immediately to mind is "Malkovitch Malkovitch. Malkovitch? Malkovitch. Malkovitch Malkovitch. Malkovitch!" :mrgreen: Ha. Malkovitch minds think malkovitch... "Stop...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1137: "LTR/RTL"
Replies: 63
Views: 25089

Re: 1137: "LTR/RTL"

It seems that the first abjads were RTL and the Greek alphabet broke away from this via a stage where lines were alternately rtl and ltr: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_alphabet#section_2 So rtl is the historical norm, and ltr is the novelty. Edit: Agreed about the smudging issue, and there's ...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1137: "LTR/RTL"
Replies: 63
Views: 25089

Re: 1137: "LTR/RTL"

Do there exist any sidescrolling platformers which feature an Arabic level, where the direction of scroll suddenly reverts to the right? If not, that game needs making! Edit: In fact, do Arabic ports of "Latin-language" (I forget the precise term) sidescrollers ever change the direction o...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1134: "Logic Boat"
Replies: 135
Views: 30764

Re: 1134: "Logic Boat"

shokoshu wrote:(Surgeons Warning: Contains no ninjas.)

On the contrary, the ninja just remains characteristically well hidden throughout.
by orthogon
Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1137: "LTR/RTL"
Replies: 63
Views: 25089

Re: 1137: "LTR/RTL"

Thanks to this comic I reported a bug in Firefox. Search for bug number 813923 in Mozilla's Bugzilla. (Apparently, I can't post URLs here.) I reported another bug on Chrome. http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=162244 So. It has come to this. notepad.exe is held up as a paragon of des...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1137: "LTR/RTL"
Replies: 63
Views: 25089

Re: 1137: "LTR/RTL"

It's best if you select the lines above and below as well. I just tried to post a RTL character stuck between two other characters on other lines, but it crashed my chrome tab... this thing is dangerous. Thanks. I tried pasting it into my Facebook status and was disappointed by the amount of chaos ...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1137: "LTR/RTL"
Replies: 63
Views: 25089

Re: 1137: "LTR/RTL"

asdfzxc wrote:Here's the isolated RTL character:
[‮[
It's between the two brackets. Copy to where you want it, delete the brackets, enjoy.


That's assuming you can select it, which is slightly trippy experience in itself...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 92200

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Dr. Diaphanous wrote:Nice. Is that still in iambic pentameter?
Sorry I mean: Nice. Does that still go small sound-big sound five times in each line?

Thanks. Yes, I tried to keep the five-times-small-sound-big-sound way of writing. Mr Shakespeare didn't always follow it exactly anyway.
by orthogon
Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 92200

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

I was interested in trying this restriction myself so I hacked together a text editor which only accepts words (and their inflections) from the 1000 most common list from Wiktionary. It's so frustrating trying to describe anything technical. If anyone wants to try it the URL is splasho[dot]com/upgo...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1136: "Broken Mirror"
Replies: 45
Views: 11638

Re: 1136: "Broken Mirror"

tsadi wrote:Logged in just to say that I totally Googled "eccles 9:2" to make sure I wasn't dreaming about BHG quoting the bible, LOL.

I thought it was from the recently discovered gospel according to Eccles from the Goon Show.
by orthogon
Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1134: "Logic Boat"
Replies: 135
Views: 30764

Re: 1134: "Logic Boat"

orthogon wrote:In the cartoon the boat appears to propel itself by some mysterious means.


Furthermore, it can't be a rowing boat because the human is facing in the direction of travel, to the extent that somebody can be said to be "facing" in any direction when they don't have a face.
by orthogon
Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1134: "Logic Boat"
Replies: 135
Views: 30764

Re: 1134: "Logic Boat"

On the other hand, we are discussing a different problem than the one in the comic, with wildly different rules. Sorry for the confusion - "comic" would have been clearer. Velexia didn't mention rowing either, so it hinges on whether his/her logic boat should inherit any unspecified featu...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1134: "Logic Boat"
Replies: 135
Views: 30764

Re: 1134: "Logic Boat"

If the ninja can't row the boat without moving then the dinosaur eats him. Supposing Ninja can row without moving (he's a ninja, of course he can!), then the dinosaur cannot learn to row from watching him. Come to think of it, who said anything about rowing? In the cartoon the boat appears to prope...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1134: "Logic Boat"
Replies: 135
Views: 30764

Re: 1134: "Logic Boat"

J Thomas wrote:If the ninja can't row the boat without moving then the dinosaur eats him.

Move the boat using the force, he must.
Oh, hang on, I'm thinking of a Jedi.
by orthogon
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 92200

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Oh man, surely Raptors in a Rocket has to be the next Hollywood blockbuster? Doctor Who beat you to it :D :D I consider myself ninja'd! I would say that truth is stranger than fiction, but I suppose in this case fiction is stranger than meta-fiction. In my defence, my version had alliteration.
by orthogon
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1134: "Logic Boat"
Replies: 135
Views: 30764

Re: 1134: "Logic Boat"

rhomboidal wrote:Title Text: Or a cabbage, for that matter.


Obviously you are planning on making Cabbage with goats' cheese and garlic butter
by orthogon
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 92200

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

The hardest thing about making this was probably not being able to use the word "raptor". OK, I've been trying to come up with a synonym for raptor, using the wiktionary list above. How about very-bad all-dead no-fly animal of early fly-animal type (from third big-animal age) (I missed ha...
by orthogon
Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 92200

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

The hardest thing about making this was probably not being able to use the word "raptor".
by orthogon
Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 27714

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

Yes, I meant landline. 0161 was Manchester, 0208 / 0207 was London, then three digits for area, and four random. Actually, the dialing code for London is 020. The 7 or 8 are part of the number , and new numbers can start with other digits other than 7 or 8. However, this has never really got throug...

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