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Post by SuperTed » Thu Jan 12, 2006 1:22 pm

If anyone's still reading this thread then here's one to bake your noodle (as the Oracle might say)

http://www.planarity.net/

Devilishly fiendish, wot? :twisted:
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Post by Aswepe » Fri Jan 27, 2006 7:40 am

The first two were pretty easy. Number three had me scratching my head though.

A cool site. Good for a short diversion.

Looking for little challenge. Try this Intelligence test. Warning - its biased toward English speakers.

http://intelligence-test.net/part1

Post your score if you dare. No time limit. (I got 26 after an hour).
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Post by Rumpska » Thu Mar 16, 2006 10:50 pm

Looks like they finally did it.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... +xp+on+mac


I wonder if it works with Vista.



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Look at that... same as OSX... they really need to be original. Even the little thing taht says "start search" is almost exactly the same as OSX's Spotlight, which is a white magnifying glass on blue background, not visa versa, and it's facing the other way. And you see the plus sign and two arrows at the bottom? Looks like there's a dock, too, just like another familiar operating system... :roll: Ahhhhhh

Although they did seem to get the clear/shiny before Mac.... I must admit that looks nice, but I don't give them credit for it.


Windows sucks...
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Post by Sam Gamgee » Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:21 pm

So, second day of an ordinary U of Chicago
third-quarter intro linguistics course, right? And we're going around the
room, saying our names, our major, and the languages we've studied.
Nothing complicated.

So I say, "Hi, I'm Stephanie, I'm a linguistics major, and I know a bit of
Japanese and German, and I've taken four years of Latin, but I don't
really speak them, and I taught myself a little of Tolkien's elvish."

And my teacher responds, "Which one? Quenya or Sindarin?"

:lol: :lol: :lol:

And turns out someone else in the room had used Quenya to get into
the college - he attatched a Quenya writing sample to his application...
Thank goodness no one said Klingon, because I think I went through
enough of that last night as a (now-previous!!-)friend was showing me
a website full of klingon song translations...
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Post by esteban » Sat Apr 01, 2006 7:11 pm

Sam Gamgee wrote:

And my teacher responds, "Which one? Quenya or Sindarin?"

:lol: :lol: :lol:
That's excellent. I had wondered myself which one you used for the lyrics of The High Place, etc.

I had a friend that would take notes in class using the Elvish alphabet,
got him in trouble once. He blamed it on me, for showing it to him in the first place. I never took it THAT far :wink:
Ecce quam bonum et quam iucundum habitare fratres in unum.

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Post by Sam Gamgee » Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:25 pm

Hmm... Ok, I 'm currently writing a paper, so naturally,
I have to find ways to procrastinate. As I was just looking up a quote
from Aristotle, I began to wonder which was the correct pronunciation:
the NicomaCHEan Ethics or the NicoMAchean ethics.


*<TANGENT>*
(I strongly suspect the first because Greek pronunciation rules are
different, and that second pronunciation is definitely the Latin-style rule
emphasis that English normally uses. But I thought I'd check, because
while I originally thought anyone who called the author of The
Confessions "AugustEEN" was stupid and it was obviously "AuGUStine",
I realized that the pronunciation all depended on whether you wanted
to keep the emphasis where it would have been with its original Latin
ending "-ius" (but you have to make the emphasized vowel long in
english a lot of the time) and would have gotten AugusTINius -->
AugustIN --> AugustEEN as opposed to dropping the ending first and
then applying the rules of emphasis --> "augustINius --> AuGUstin.
Ok. Well this was a breaking moment for me, and I thought it was
interesting, so I decided to share it, but mainly because I don't feel like
writing my paper right now, and where better to tell people my latest
trivial linguistic thought than Geekland? After, all there's a disclaimer.
Twice)
*</TANGENT>*

OK.... so I looked "Nicomachean" up on dictionary.com, but they didn't
have it. Instead, they had a list of similar but wrong words and a "adds
related to your search". So I clicked on "ads for Metaphysics". I was
curious. What kind of snappy slogan were they going to have?
"Metaphysics of Kant - you'll sound so intelligent, YOU won't even
understand what you're saying!" or something liek that...?

Nope.

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This is so pathetic. *shakes head*

Um...yeah... so... about that Toqueville, huh.... I guess I am still
overanalytical enough to write papers at the moment so I'd better use
it while it lasts...
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Post by bb » Mon Apr 17, 2006 11:35 pm

Offhand, I'd say that if you can post a 172-word digression on
syllabic pronunciation emphasis as a means to getting out of
writing a paper, you have indeed found your calling.

I would be happy to post a similarly long digression that
discusses the number of ways one can zero a register on
the Dec PDP-10 architecture in one instruction (I think it's
about 55), but a) nobody (else) cares, not even Fred, and
b) I don't have a paper due...

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Post by Prog Music's Frank » Mon Apr 17, 2006 11:47 pm

If we actually had a PDP-10 around to try it on that would be pretty fun...

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Post by Venividi » Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:54 am

I have never seen a PDP-10, but at my first computer job we had a PDP-8. The System Administrator noticed that the disk drive would whine at a various pitches depending on what sector of the disk was be accessed. So being a geek, he naturally wrote a program to make it play "Jingle Bells" by access the appropriate sectors!

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Post by Prog Music's Frank » Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:31 pm

So, can anyone tell what following these instructions would result in????


Ingredients:
1. 532.35 cubic centimeters gluten
2. 4.9 cubic centimeters NaHCO3
3. 4.9 cubic centimeters refined halite
4. 236.6 cubic centimeters partially hydrogenated tallow triglyceride
5. 177.45 cubic centimeters crystalline C12H22011
6. 177.45 cubic centimeters unrefined C12H22011
7. 4.9 cubic centimeters methyl ether of protocatechuic aldehyde
8. 2 calcium carbonate-encapsulated avian albumen-coated protein ovals
9. 473.2 cubic centimeters theobroma cacao
10. 236.6 cubic centimeters de-encapsulated legume meats (sieve size
#10)

Instructions:

To a two liter jacketed round reactor vessel (Reactor #1), with an
overall
heat transfer coefficient of about 100 BTU, add ingredients one, two and
three with constant agitation.

In a second two liter reactor vessel with a radial flow impeller
operating
at 100rpm, add ingredients four, five, six and seven until the mixture
is homogenous.

To Reactor #2, add ingredient eight, followed by three equal volumes of
the homogenous mixture in Reactor #1.

Additionally, add ingredient nine and ten slowly, with constant
litigitation.
Care must be taken at this point in the reaction to control any
temperature rise, which may be the result of an exothermic reaction.

Using a screw extrude attached to a #4 nodulizer, place the mixture
piecemeal on a 316SS sheet (300 x 600mm). Heat in a 460K oven for a
period of time that is in agreement with Frank and Johnston's first order rate
expression, or until golden brown.

Once the reaction is complete, place the sheet on a 25C heat-transfer
table, allowing the product to come to equilibrium.


The last three ingredients are something of a giveaway if you think about them...

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Post by bb » Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:37 pm

chocolate cake, of course!


(he said bravely, after getting half-way through the
ingredients list. It's probably something else entirely and
I will be embarrassed. Oh well, I'm hitting submit anyway...)

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Post by Prog Music's Frank » Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:07 pm

Chocolate Chip cookies. That's why you have your nodulizer...and I guess they have peanuts in them?? (de-encapsulated legume meats)

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Post by Sam Gamgee » Fri Apr 28, 2006 9:26 am

Wow. I'm impressed!! :shock:

Oh, did I ever tell you about the nerdy conversations I get into at this school? I don't think so. So... this arose out of the conversation by someone not trying to be funny, he was intending to have a standard social discourse (you get points for trying Dan, really).

DAN: So if you were any sub-atomic particle, what would you be? I'd be an electrino.
ALEX: No, you'd be a strange quark!
DAN: No, actually I'd be a tau electron.

...yeah.... I was amazed.

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Post by Prog Music's Frank » Fri May 05, 2006 1:17 pm

Did anyone see the last Mythbusters?? Adam and Jamie made a rocket powered with a salami. If that's not geekfactor 10 I don't know what is.

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Post by Thimon » Fri May 05, 2006 1:56 pm

Didn't saw it but it sounds totally awesome.
Did it go up?
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