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by Cabhan
Wed Jan 23, 2008 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Herbert book?
Replies: 27
Views: 4113

Re: Favorite Herbert book?

I liked Dune a lot. The rest of the series just lost so very much.

But he's a bit like Orson Scott Card for me. I've read the Dune / Ender series, and nothing else.
by Cabhan
Wed Jan 23, 2008 5:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bus Driver Refuses to Allow Goth "Freaks" on Bus
Replies: 257
Views: 16186

Re: Bus Driver Refuses to Allow Goth "Freaks" on Bus

I think we can all agree that the driver probably went a bit too far. But I'm in general agreement with the "What the hell?" attitude towards someone who thinks it the right thing to do to to be walked around on a leash and call that love. That doesn't strike me as a particularly healthy r...
by Cabhan
Wed Jan 23, 2008 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Meat Loaf
Replies: 12
Views: 2781

Re: Meat Loaf

I only own Bat out of Hell, but talk about a fabulous album. And baseball was forever ruined for me with Paradise... Also, I remember a friend of mine went to a Meat Loaf concert when I was in 8t or 9th grade, and he was telling me what he thought "that" was from "Anything for Love&qu...
by Cabhan
Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C# regular expressions (in lexical analysis)
Replies: 11
Views: 3133

Re: C# regular expressions (in lexical analysis)

Under the typical construction of NFAs from an RE, IIRC, it will be possible to reach an accepting state from any state in the NFA. So if you were to follow the NFA's execution, as long as you are never in the situation where you are currently at no state, the read portion of the input is a prefix ...
by Cabhan
Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C# regular expressions (in lexical analysis)
Replies: 11
Views: 3133

Re: C# regular expressions (in lexical analysis)

Alrighty. So after some consultation with my roommate, we have decided that this is very definitely possible. However, we are not so certain on whether or not its implementation exists (having said that, I have never used C#, so I'm not exactly an authority on that domain). I found someone who asked...
by Cabhan
Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 43234

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

Well, except that supernatural, by its very definition, means outside of the natural. Magnetism was once labeled supernatural, until we learned that it wasn't. Such is the way of science: nothing is known until it is known (for sufficiently liberal definitions of "known"). But I think we c...
by Cabhan
Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Cthulhu! (Well, Lovecraft in general)
Replies: 69
Views: 17604

Re: Cthulhu! (Well, Lovecraft in general)

I'm with McCaber on the love of Shadows Over Innsmouth. The Whisper in Darkness was also enjoyed by me. And the whole series with the cats coming from the moon...that one was just trippy. I'll grant that maybe his imagery isn't the best, but I have generally found his stories very interesting to rea...
by Cabhan
Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C# regular expressions (in lexical analysis)
Replies: 11
Views: 3133

Re: C# regular expressions (in lexical analysis)

Excluding C# specifically, your question makes no sense to me. For instance, in your examples, neither of those matches.

Maybe you can explain what you mean by potential? I mean, a string either matches a regular expression or it doesn't. There's really not any grey area here.
by Cabhan
Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Movie treatments of books (Merged: Bastardizing Books)
Replies: 174
Views: 25672

Re: Movie treatments of books

I'm a little sad that there's only been a tiny mention of the Golden Compass. Not only did the movie cut out everything interesting from the books, but it was also just a terrible, terrible movie. As a movie, there was no plot or character development, and no reason for anything that happened to hav...
by Cabhan
Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: How to move the cursor
Replies: 48
Views: 12053

Re: How to move the cursor

hjkl all the way. I used the arrow keys originally (don't we all?), but I'm at the point now where I instinctively enter command mode when I'm not typing. Combine hjkl with f, F, b, and w, and you've got full navigation without having to even lift your hands.
by Cabhan
Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Brian Hugh Warner (Marilyn Manson)
Replies: 9
Views: 2670

Re: Brian Hugh Warner (Marilyn Manson)

I was a fan of Manson for a while a while back (he was actually my first concert). I got into him right when GAOG came out, though I'm not a huge fan of that album. I really liked Antichrist Superstar and Holy Wood in particular, and a few songs off of Mechanical Animals. And I agree that he was rat...
by Cabhan
Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 241532

Re: Fire and Ice?

Am I the only one thinking that Arya is somewhat unrealistic? I mean, I really like her character, but (iirc) she's 11 years old. Just always strikes me as a bit unbelievable.

And spi and mosc, welcome to the group of those of us waiting desperately for the next one!
by Cabhan
Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0369: "Dangers"
Replies: 283
Views: 73138

Re: "Dangers" discussion

It makes me sad that podbaydoor uses the word "haberdashery" so effortlessly. Am I the only one who had to look it up? (I assume not, since my Google search box gave "define:haberdashery" as a suggested search). Is it now appropriate for me to, the next time a friend takes out kn...
by Cabhan
Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:14 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: University-Co-Op or not to Co-Op
Replies: 16
Views: 4795

Re: University-Co-Op or not to Co-Op

I attend Northeastern University, at which co-op is a supported part of the curriculum. My program is 5 years, with built-in time for 3 6-month co-ops. Though I haven't done any of mine yet (starting in July), I think it's one of the best programs a university can offer. Particularly in a field like...
by Cabhan
Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Shakespeare (Programming Language)
Replies: 11
Views: 7345

Re: Shakespeare (Programming Language)

Well, for what it's worth, I first saw that language just over a year ago, and I rather love it.

Having said that, I operate a Windows-free environment, so I can't share the binary. But rock on, and good luck.
by Cabhan
Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 169502

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

I'm Computer Science, but I can imagine this happening. Something about LL(1) languages. I shall now be forever warier.
by Cabhan
Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0347: "Brick Archway"
Replies: 100
Views: 21952

Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Breakout saved my life in middle school.

Though I imagine that with the right sort of trampoline / RC-car combo, you could play real-life Breakout easily enough...

And Thanksgiving break is coming up...
by Cabhan
Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0345: "1337: Part 5"
Replies: 136
Views: 34614

Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

The Dread Pirate Roberts reference was my favorite part of xkcd ever. I am a little confused as to why the RIAA guy in the first panel is thanking Stallman. I feel like it was supposed to be Elaine instead. And as if Stallman wasn't enough! Cory Doctorow came back! My brain...it explodes with awesom...
by Cabhan
Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0344: "1337: Part 4"
Replies: 118
Views: 23170

Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

This comic was absolute win. Stallman, DMCA, DVD Jon, and xargs in one comic!
by Cabhan
Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Replies: 40
Views: 6490

Re: Rocky Horror Picture Show

I rather love RHPS, and I think I've memorized most of the movie by this point. I've only seen it live once, but I had no voice, so I'll be going again, I'm sure.

And going to see it live requires a certain special attitude, but if you have it, it can be so much fun.
by Cabhan
Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0337: "Post Office Showdown"
Replies: 155
Views: 28891

Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

I do this all of the time. Especially now that I take martial arts :).
by Cabhan
Wed Oct 10, 2007 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 109480

Re: "Exploits of a Mom"

This comic rocked hard. A thousand times.
by Cabhan
Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482191

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted! An licorice mine appears 500' below sea level under Hawai'i. Best get started!

I wish I found tea to taste as good as Diet Coke.
by Cabhan
Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)
Replies: 277
Views: 36376

Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

I'm with the faux-bookmark crowd. I can't believe that you are all proposing that I actually disfigure my books!! I will grant that it is generally absurd to purchase a bookmark. But if you get one with a book, or you have any random thin device laying about, it is far cleaner and happier than a dog...
by Cabhan
Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Strong Female Protagonists
Replies: 101
Views: 21745

Re: Strong Female Protagonists

I've only read a few Mercedes Lackey books (the first three of "The Elemental Masters"), but I didn't enjoy them that much. Maybe her more fantasyesque stuff is better. I dunno. I'm reading right now Elizabeth Haydon's "Symphony of the Ages" series. The main character is female, ...
by Cabhan
Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0324: "Tapping"
Replies: 85
Views: 17658

Re: "Tapping" discussion

I do this all the time. Maybe not the Jurassic Park theme, but definitely tapping and playing bongos on my desk.

'course, you tell that to someone, and they're like "Quoi?" Yay others who do it too!

Must concentrate on homework! And yet...I want to memorize the Jurassic Park theme!
by Cabhan
Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482191

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted! Unfortunately, you find so much enjoyment in reading this response that you forget to eat, and promptly die. You do rather enjoy it, though!

I wish I had a cool accent.
by Cabhan
Mon Oct 01, 2007 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: A little bit of help writing a shell script...
Replies: 3
Views: 1566

Re: A little bit of help writing a shell script...

Yup! Scripts run sequentially. If you want to run a process and then not wait for it, you can "background" the process. This is done by appending an '&' to the end of the line.
by Cabhan
Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male Contraceptives
Replies: 31
Views: 3585

Re: Male Contraceptives

I mean, I don't see this as getting much popularity in the find-random-girl --> have-sex-with-random-girl --> never-again-speak-to-random-girl crowd, but for people who are in a trustworthy relationship (and obviously no diseases), this could eliminate the pleasure-inhibition of condoms. Apparently ...
by Cabhan
Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482191

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted! But spending all of your hours servicing 4chan has obliterated your mind.

I wish there were more yodel-rock songs out there.
by Cabhan
Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Good News, Bad News
Replies: 8749
Views: 884037

Re: Good News, Bad News

Bad News: Now you can't kill them back.
by Cabhan
Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: car.. cdr... car...
Replies: 23
Views: 2757

Re: car.. cdr... car...

You are not worthy!

Heh, I actually had to use cadadr the other day, and a little piece of my soul died.

This picture made me happy, however.
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482191

Granted! The grues now inhabit the light. Nice going.

I wish it wasn't so hot in Boston right now. But not super cold. More like a pleasant, cool temperature.
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482191

Granted! Unfortunately, because you're asleep, you can't control your thoughts, and keep waking up every 5 minutes. You quickly lose from lack of sleep.

I wish that I was befriended by the squirrels.
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0321: "Thighs"
Replies: 194
Views: 49312

When Irish thighs are smiling?

You're just too good to be true...can't take my thighs off you!

The alt-text made me happy.
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Is there a good book for a complete coding novice?
Replies: 14
Views: 4150

I see this question get asked a lot on various forums, and it seems that Python is pretty popular these days as a first language. I personally learned Java first, but this was because it was the language used in the first class I took. Which brings me to point 1: is there a class you could take? Cla...
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Is bittorrent safe?
Replies: 6
Views: 3343

The basic lesson is this: LimeWire, BitTorrent, KaZaA, Napster, all of these simply allow you to download files from people. There is no "safe" way of downloading files. There is just downloading. Having said that, there are some basic rules you can follow. Never download an executable pro...
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone else have this problem with Diet Coke?
Replies: 55
Views: 4779

Ew.
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Retroactive deja vu
Replies: 61
Views: 6384

déjà vu. Yay changing my keyboard layout and not needing a Character Map or ALT-# combinations! More on topic, I had the dream thing going on for a while as a kid, and it's been coming back somewhat recently. Something will happen, I will "remember" it, and I can sometimes even predict w...
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Program for coding in Java on a Mac
Replies: 14
Views: 2452

Eclipse is basically the recommended one. It's probably the most popular these days, and just VERY, VERY powerful. Another popular one is Netbeans, which is developed by Sun. This also includes a GUI designer. I've never used it, but it is there. http://www.netbeans.org/products/?intcmp=1284 Then th...

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