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by Pathway
Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Explain a concept to a human 2000+ years ago!
Replies: 39
Views: 3924

Re: Explain a concept to a human 2000+ years ago!

Could you explain your interpretive-dance notation? I don't get it. Are the V<^> supposed to represent positions of the arms?
by Pathway
Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hello Kitty AR-15 (yes, a Hello Kitty Rifle)
Replies: 22
Views: 6924

Re: Hello Kitty AR-15 (yes, a Hello Kitty Rifle)

I await with glee the mass-marketing of these weapons with the name "Goodbye Kitty".
by Pathway
Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Explain a concept to a human 2000+ years ago!
Replies: 39
Views: 3924

Re: Explain a concept to a human 2000+ years ago!

I frame it as "people 2500 years ago don't have a modern mathematical education. To educate someone with a modern mathematical education, it 5 to 10 years. Assuming you can impart a modern mathematical education faster seems silly". So you'd have to go back to first principles in many cas...
by Pathway
Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Read any good biographies recently?
Replies: 8
Views: 2257

Re: Read any good biographies recently?

Another really good Gandhi biography is The Life and Death of Mahatma Gandhi by Robert Payne. Bowerman and the Men of Oregon by Kenny Moore, a book about the life of the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, is awesome if you're into track. Moore is a gentleman and a scholar. How many Olympic athletes are ...
by Pathway
Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you just bought
Replies: 120
Views: 17178

Re: Books you just bought

Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons.

Now library books... I've gotten, read, and returned at least 15 of those since the new year XD.
by Pathway
Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Cthulhu! (Well, Lovecraft in general)
Replies: 69
Views: 17422

Re: Cthulhu! (Well, Lovecraft in general)

Are there any Cthulhu Mythos writers who aren't terrible? It seems like Lovecraft & friends set up something spectacular and then a great many people have spent the last 70 years making it suck with terrible pastiches. As for Lovecraft's writing style, in addition to the above, his casual racis...
by Pathway
Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Explain a concept to a human 2000+ years ago!
Replies: 39
Views: 3924

Re: Explain a concept to a human 2000+ years ago!

Natural Selection: Things that are weaker are less likely to live. NEXT! P.S., I think I cheated >.> Yeah, you'd also have to explain to them that traits such as the strength are passed on by parents. Actually I took a strict definition of natural selection. I'm not describing how natural selection...
by Pathway
Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Explain a concept to a human 2000+ years ago!
Replies: 39
Views: 3924

Re: Explain a concept to a human 2000+ years ago!

To explain electrolysis, would you just have to describe what happens from a macroscopic perspective? Or would you have to teach Aristotle (for example) about the way electrons are transferred, why that happens, etc.? Also, keep in mind (this is re: your statements in the Creationism thread) that al...
by Pathway
Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism
Replies: 914
Views: 90518

Re: Creationism

For example, many creationists believe that the grand canyon was mostly made all at once. After the flood, there was a lot of dirt build up where the canyon is now, and a lot of water behind it . When the water broke over this, it dug through the softer dirt very quickly, and after most of the wate...
by Pathway
Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism
Replies: 914
Views: 90518

Re: Creationism

I hate when people throw out some random period of time as being 'not enough.' It will cease to irritate me only when such an argument is accompanied by mathematically sound arguments to the effect that the development of life during such a time period is unlikely. That has never happened. So what e...
by Pathway
Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Coincidence?
Replies: 2
Views: 2061

Re: Coincidence?

I hate to be the one to say this, but "beaten to death" != "accident."
by Pathway
Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books everyone seems to like that you think are bad
Replies: 129
Views: 10358

Re: Books everyone seems to like that you think are bad

Yay! I'm controversial!
by Pathway
Sat Jan 12, 2008 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math bloopers heard in math classes
Replies: 252
Views: 34904

Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

I'm going to pretend mikek didn't say that for fear of cutting my wrists. Cut your wrists, man.* It's a valid statement. A more appropriate definition for i is the number whose square is -1. There are two of these numbers, but they're indistinguishable so we can call them i and -i without loss of g...
by Pathway
Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math bloopers heard in math classes
Replies: 252
Views: 34904

Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Haha, I definitely PENIS what you mean.
by Pathway
Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books everyone seems to like that you think are bad
Replies: 129
Views: 10358

Re: Books everyone seems to like that you think are bad

The Bible. Fiction? Let's use a more 'Basically Decent' term. How about 'metaphorical'?. That particular substitution stretches the original intent of the epithet to its breaking point. It interests me that the first word that came to mind to replace "Fiction" was "fictitious." ...
by Pathway
Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math bloopers heard in math classes
Replies: 252
Views: 34904

Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Is that lan(x) the natural logarithm of x? If so, that's pretty funny.
by Pathway
Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books everyone seems to like that you think are bad
Replies: 129
Views: 10358

Re: Books everyone seems to like that you think are bad

I'm so so sorry, and I known I shall be destroyed for saying such, but...I didn't much love American Gods, I just found it slow and not in the slightest bit compelling and I was willing it to end. There is nothing you can do to redeem yourself for what you have said just now. So I just finished it ...
by Pathway
Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Good Old Games
Replies: 24
Views: 2816

Re: Good Old Games

System Shock 2
Freespace 2
Homeworld (the original, not Cataclysm or 2)
Civilization II, III (IV isn't really that old but the point is Civ for the win)
Master of Orion II

Also, Descent I, II, III.
by Pathway
Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Can a 5-Year-Old Consent to Suicide?
Replies: 107
Views: 9386

Can a 5-Year-Old Consent to Suicide?

http://www.kptv.com/news/14064839/detail.html Summary: Couple commits suicide, kills their 5-year-old child. The father had recently been diagnosed with cancer and wrote the following email. In the e-mail, Kuca had said: "There was a decision we both made long ago that should anything life-thre...
by Pathway
Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Old one.
Replies: 6
Views: 1385

Re: Old one.

I remember when you could get away with not posting in the intro thread. And when I posted more than once every week or so.
by Pathway
Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Calculus explanation
Replies: 12
Views: 1797

Re: Calculus explanation

I guess the party's over here, but I would like to mention that for the Intermediate Value and Mean Value Theorems, it's really good to draw a picture and maybe label some stuff.
by Pathway
Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0363: "Reset"
Replies: 133
Views: 34001

Re: "Reset" Discussion

Weeeee! I'm pushing the button!

So addictive.
by Pathway
Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism
Replies: 914
Views: 90518

Re: Creationism

trilobites fossilize easily, different species are easy to identify, and they are heavily studied for commercial reasons. What commercial reasons? I, uh, didn't know there was a big trilobite market. Is it just because they're a commonly known fossil, and established patterns of research get more f...
by Pathway
Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?
Replies: 257
Views: 25122

Re: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?

The actual religion is something more than just their practice of it. Is it? That is what I said. Perhaps it deserves more than just a bare "yes," which was my first inclination. I don't think that religions should get a pass on their holy books' passages of "Kill the unbelievers&quo...
by Pathway
Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?
Replies: 257
Views: 25122

Re: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?

Mosc, I'm going to have to disagree, not because of the natures of any given faith, but because of the flexibility of the human mind. Islam was a religion practically engineered, from the start, to have a single, uniform belief with a perfect religious consensus. A sophisticated theocratic/legal sy...
by Pathway
Wed Dec 26, 2007 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: sets, trilogies, series of books that dont get worse
Replies: 100
Views: 11484

Re: sets, trilogies, series of books that dont get worse

Sir_Elderberry wrote:Ender saga...ok, they get worse, but they're still good at the end. That is, the first is the best, and the others are just a little less awesome.


This post is just to make sure that everyone notes that you didn't say "Bean saga."
by Pathway
Tue Dec 25, 2007 7:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Uncontrolled Wii gaming may result in rape by the family pet
Replies: 31
Views: 3754

Re: Uncontrolled Wii gaming may result in rape by the family pet

Jack Thompson is so excited right now!
by Pathway
Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?
Replies: 257
Views: 25122

Re: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?

"No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God." ~Bush This is just asking for a retort; Since when has Bush been a good example of ANYTHING? It was the OLDER Bush. The smarter, more moderate one. T...
by Pathway
Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?
Replies: 257
Views: 25122

Re: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?

GHW Bush did indeed say that. According to my colleague (I just wanted to say that word) above, George Bush Sr. said something to the effect that he was uncertain, or plainly lacking favor of the idea of atheists being citizens of the united states. The only part of the quote I remember is his reaso...
by Pathway
Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Tom Bombadill makes no sense and so's your face
Replies: 89
Views: 13178

Re: Tom Bombadill makes no sense and so's your face

All I really remember about Tom Bombadil is that his appearance signified about 20-25 pages of terrible poetry and elements of the storyline that seemed compeltely irrelevant. I remember just wanting to get his part of the book over with. I loved the poetry and the sequence made a lot of sense, so ...
by Pathway
Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Negative Exponential Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1466

Re: Negative Exponential Question

Err... yeah, my bad. Either work with a loose definition of "looks like" or ignore the labels and axes. I really wasn't about providing an accurate graph, there... more of a general shape kind of kick.
by Pathway
Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Negative Exponential Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1466

Re: Negative Exponential Question

To be more explicit: -B*d ij is your exponent, not just B. What you're doing is taking e, which is approximately 2.718281828, and raising it to the (-B*d ij ) th power. e x , for ANY number x, is just an extension of e 2 = e * e. e 3 = e * e * e. ... etc. If you graph f(d ij ) versus d ij , it shoul...
by Pathway
Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Daniel Pinkwater
Replies: 12
Views: 2755

Re: Daniel Pinkwater

BORGEL!
by Pathway
Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: William Lowell Putnam Competition
Replies: 73
Views: 8906

Re: William Lowell Putnam Competition

Well, it's not so much that the statement in the problem was necessarily false as it is that it makes sense only if you assume they define their concept of a 'polynomial' in such a way that those of degree 0 are excluded. Here's hoping they agree with me.
by Pathway
Mon Dec 03, 2007 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: William Lowell Putnam Competition
Replies: 73
Views: 8906

Re: William Lowell Putnam Competition

For those of us who did not take the Putnam this year, it would be nice if you actually stated the problem you're discussing rather than assuming that everyone else has seen the problem. http://www.unl.edu/amc/a-activities/a7-problems/putnamindex.shtml This should satisfy all your official problem ...
by Pathway
Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: William Lowell Putnam Competition
Replies: 73
Views: 8906

Re: William Lowell Putnam Competition

I got A3 correct, but that's it. I'm hoping the Putnam people consider 'choose' notation closed form. I should have expanded it out in that it was fairly simple but time was running out and I didn't want to make a stupid arithmetic error. (3k choose k) is just a fancy way of writing a few factorial...
by Pathway
Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: William Lowell Putnam Competition
Replies: 73
Views: 8906

Re: William Lowell Putnam Competition

I don't remember which numbers were which for the most part, so I'm going to just reference problems descriptively :D Primarily, does anyone know if the solution for the hyperbola one is actually 'Area=4,' or if that's just the "obvious" wrong answer? If anyone who didn't take the test is...
by Pathway
Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: William Lowell Putnam Competition
Replies: 73
Views: 8906

Re: William Lowell Putnam Competition

So how'd everyone do? I guess we didn't contract not to talk about the questions afterwards, so we're probably ok if anyone wants to speak in depth.

B1 was kinda easy. I think I had almost a valid proof on A6 too. Otherwise I definitely need to learn a bit more about stuff.
by Pathway
Sat Dec 01, 2007 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: William Lowell Putnam Competition
Replies: 73
Views: 8906

Re: William Lowell Putnam Competition

Regarding your problem,

Spoiler:
It's fairly easy to see that we want to find the probability that floor[ (x+y)/(2y) ] mod 2 = 0. I don't see how to proceed from here yet.
by Pathway
Sat Dec 01, 2007 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: William Lowell Putnam Competition
Replies: 73
Views: 8906

Re: William Lowell Putnam Competition

I am taking it tommorow. Everybody, please do really bad, so I can stand out :D It should be fun, free lunch, math, coffee perhaps, whats there not to like. Here is a warmer: If two real numbers x,y are chosen at random from (0,1), using the value Pi, express the probability that the closest intege...

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