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by Air Gear
Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0171: "String Theory"
Replies: 89
Views: 39367

rlo: Gelsamel is right about it not really counting as testable, but not quite for the right reason. As I understand string theory, there's a dynamical field variable known as the "string coupling constant" which affects quite a bit. In short, we know the proton decay time is really, reall...
by Air Gear
Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hey measure theory kids!
Replies: 19
Views: 6432

Countable and measurable are two different things. For example, using Lebesgue measure on R (basically, the length of the interval), (0,1) has measure 1, (-1, 1) has measure 2, the whole real line has measure infinity, countable subsets have measure 0, and some uncountable subsets like the Cantor se...
by Air Gear
Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Things you can do
Replies: 99
Views: 24939

Ah, some things I can do... -Go on this one Quakeworld server and do some pretty badass rocket/grenade jumping tricks -Actually feel proud about being part of, and possibly a player in, the rebirth of Quakeworld -Procrastinate a little more on my now-late paper as well as other work for over fall b...
by Air Gear
Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Things you can do
Replies: 99
Views: 24939

Ah, some things I can do... -Go on this one Quakeworld server and do some pretty badass rocket/grenade jumping tricks -Actually feel proud about being part of, and possibly a player in, the rebirth of Quakeworld -Procrastinate a little more on my now-late paper as well as other work for over fall b...
by Air Gear
Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Type xkcd with your forehead
Replies: 200
Views: 37754

dsxodcfe

Uh, wow.

*edit* Attempt 2, this time trying to hit a key AGAIN if the letters which came from the first smash do NOT contain the target:

xokm xcrd

*edit 2* I bet you're trying to see who uses Qwerty and who uses Dvorak off of what the smashes give!
by Air Gear
Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 52
Views: 16126

Think of Europe or Canada as socialist and America as capitalist, and that's the difference for a significant number of discussions today. I think that's how Air Gear means it. corporatism, as I've heard it called, which is basically the corporate welfare state What are you considering 'corporate w...
by Air Gear
Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Things you can do
Replies: 99
Views: 24939

Ah, some things I can do... -Go on this one Quakeworld server and do some pretty badass rocket/grenade jumping tricks -Actually feel proud about being part of, and possibly a player in, the rebirth of Quakeworld -Procrastinate a little more on my now-late paper as well as other work for over fall br...
by Air Gear
Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Things you can do
Replies: 99
Views: 24939

http://www.fat-pie.com/love.htm It really touches the heart. And some other organs. Thats horrible! But also very funny. If it had been saladfingers, I would have almost expected it. Welp, thanks to you, I realized that I'd never seen Salad Fingers before...of course, that has changed now. The firs...
by Air Gear
Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The epic tale of many dimensions hits the big screen!
Replies: 23
Views: 9145

In short, no interpretation of additional dimensions has anything physical going for it at the moment. Fair enough. Maybe my opinions would change if I actually studied string theory, but 4 dimensions is enough for me. String Theory is becoming increasingly unpopular anyway, at least from the opini...
by Air Gear
Sat Oct 14, 2006 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The epic tale of many dimensions hits the big screen!
Replies: 23
Views: 9145

If you want to believe in string theory and that there are more than 4 dimensions (of which there is absolutely no proof), it is generally accepted that they are space dimensions. Ok, I'm going to throw my thoughts into this...the whole "multiple time dimensions" thing isn't really any mo...
by Air Gear
Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Procrastination
Replies: 23
Views: 7748

My paper on "Two Divergent English Views of the Revolution in France" (hey, we had to make up a topic based on the authors we've read) will officially be late in 20 minutes! Ah, not caring anymore...
by Air Gear
Sat Oct 14, 2006 9:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Attention Music Aficionados
Replies: 66
Views: 20600

I haven't been listening to much lately...don't know why, but finding new music just hasn't been happening. Some things that are on the playlists, though: K-pop J-rock (this one's the growing one lately, come to think) Certain late '90s albums like before Incubus, Glassjaw, and the Lostprophets lear...
by Air Gear
Sat Oct 14, 2006 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: another number sequence
Replies: 26
Views: 10970

Gelsamel wrote:So when's the first time we get a 4 in there? A 5?


>>Never, 3 is the highest.


Aw, I was hoping that it would take a bit longer than that...
by Air Gear
Sat Oct 14, 2006 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: another number sequence
Replies: 26
Views: 10970

*groans*

THIS one!

For the record:

1113213211
31131211131221
13211311123113112211

So when's the first time we get a 4 in there? A 5?
by Air Gear
Sat Oct 14, 2006 4:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 52
Views: 16126

I guess the major point of this, as a whole, is that "American capitalism" is a massive oxymoron. Well, it depends on where you draw the line between capitalism and socialism. Government accounts for something like 30% of national spending (I think it's actually lower, but oh well), which...
by Air Gear
Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hey measure theory kids!
Replies: 19
Views: 6432

Yeah, sorry, I remember that my math prof made a definition for "tail end" long ago and I forgot to cite it :oops: Yeah, "tail end" as in there exists an n such that every digit past the n-th is in S, as you said, TwoBuy. Remember, I'm math/physics, so...that's the physicist part...
by Air Gear
Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 52
Views: 16126

certain sectors of the economy, with defense contractors as a major, influential sector, do make tons of money off of it. They do, but it would be better for the economy *in general* if defense spending was minimized to the necessary (not just to maintain our arsenal, but to maintain our edge). It ...
by Air Gear
Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hey measure theory kids!
Replies: 19
Views: 6432

I disagree, they are all rationals as they end in the integer S. They all end in digits that are in S... So, A sub {1,2} contains numbers like 0.1221122121... which could easily be constructed to be irrational. I think Air Gear has the right idea... Also note that it's just the tail end being const...
by Air Gear
Fri Oct 13, 2006 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hey measure theory kids!
Replies: 19
Views: 6432

I'm pretty sure they're both uncountable. After all, if I'm not mistaken, you can use Cantor's diagonal argument and break the assumption that there's an enumeration of the set. Likewise, it's probably possible to consider that, in a sense, the tails map to the reals by considering the reals in base...
by Air Gear
Fri Oct 13, 2006 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 52
Views: 16126

Conventional war made the US what it is today. That sort of war required massive manufacturing capabilities - it created jobs and trade faster than any peacetime campaign could have. That wouldn't happen to the same extent now because that sort of resource-heavy war just isn't fought anymore. If it...
by Air Gear
Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The epic tale of many dimensions hits the big screen!
Replies: 23
Views: 9145

I'm probably on this one, but when there was the whole thing talking about how we're collapsing the wavefunctions, blah blah in "The Tenth Dimension" (the animation on the site)...I had to shudder. Seriously, that reeks of the whole "let's try bringing free will into physics, as if it...
by Air Gear
Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hey measure theory kids!
Replies: 19
Views: 6432

Hey measure theory kids!

Hey measure theory kids! In real analysis awhile ago the prof came up with a question for us to consider that she didn't know the answer to since, well, she'd just thought it up randomly and it was a tricky one. Well, now she's thought about it a bit...asked other profs...and we really don't know, s...
by Air Gear
Thu Oct 12, 2006 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Being Shallow
Replies: 61
Views: 16467

Yeah, this is off-topic and could be its own thread, but it's interesting how so many people here were wasted in their early years and are now kinda...out of it. I know I'm one of those people. As an example, I was getting 1-1 education in math...would have been nice to have gotten that in other are...
by Air Gear
Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0169: "Words that End in GRY"
Replies: 51
Views: 39286

You know, the thought of mauling people who use that one "riddle" makes me feel all warm inside like a mug of hot chocolate after being out in the snow.
by Air Gear
Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 52
Views: 16126

From what I heard from people who WERE keeping track of this, the nuclear weapon tested was likely under 1 kiloton. 1 kiloton? ONE kiloton? Hey, you hear that? That's the US, Russia, UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and even South Africa (just due to history, you know) LAUGHING. Seriously...
by Air Gear
Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Being Shallow
Replies: 61
Views: 16467

So there's the whole "looks vs. personality vs. status/etc." sort of decision being made for relationships. Ok, whatever...one thing that comes to mind is that all of them are transient, with "status" being the least transient. According to that logic, YOUR logic needs to be diff...
by Air Gear
Sat Oct 07, 2006 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 5-point problem
Replies: 20
Views: 8395

Ah, yes, the thread I signed up to post in! Though I'm probably wrong with this, I'd think that it'd be a lot easier to just fold up the square world and make all considerations on the torus. My guess, after looking at it that way, would be... ...you'll have to forgive me, first, for not unfolding t...
by Air Gear
Sat Oct 07, 2006 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 689534

Hey, 23/M/Portland, OR at the moment, dealing with my senior year in math/physics and figure out what's happening afterward, since my performance so far doesn't look too grad-school-ish...I'll spare you all the rest.

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