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by Quenouille
Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Your Major?
Replies: 133
Views: 21231

Re: What's Your Major!?!?!

Pure and Applied Math, minor in multidisciplinary science studies.
by Quenouille
Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Bad at math
Replies: 15
Views: 2075

Re: Bad at math

But if that thing is drunk you'll need to simulate a random walk.
by Quenouille
Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:12 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Tips for studying for finals
Replies: 19
Views: 3064

Re: Tips for studying for finals

I don't speak with authority on this, but from what I've heard polyphasic sleep seems like a rather poor advice: the transition is rather brutal and it may take awhile to get adjusted, in the meantime you aren't doing anything productive. Also, if you miss a nap/oversleep, the results may be disastr...
by Quenouille
Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Subjects you wish you were good at?
Replies: 87
Views: 11305

Re: Subjects you wish you were good at?

Speaking as a math major, I wish I was better at the sciences, or at least pick them up as intuitively as math. Especially biology, chemistry and neurobiology.
by Quenouille
Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 Olympics winner
Replies: 35
Views: 3008

Re: 2016 Olympics winner

The Utilitarian wrote:
el_loco_avs wrote:Should Olympics be profitable?

If they're not, what city is going to want to host them?


I can't imagine Beijing having turned a profit, and for some reason that clearly didn't seem to be the point of the exercise.
by Quenouille
Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: WTF. Lady suing neighbor for smoking in own home
Replies: 32
Views: 3586

Re: WTF. Lady suing neighbor for smoking in own home

Oh god, the paragraph even begins with ''In an age when...'' and now I can't get this voice out of my hand.
by Quenouille
Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hitler skull a woman's.
Replies: 14
Views: 2582

Re: Hitler skull a woman's.

This reminds me of 11th century crusaders digging up fake relics to inspire troups and establish their authority.
by Quenouille
Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: FCC plans to back Net Neutrality
Replies: 65
Views: 5234

Re: FCC plans to back Net Neutrality

***Edit*** It seems like the FCC's backing of this goes along with protecting citizens' freedom to view what they want on the internet, regardless what it is or how it effect's the company. Are you equating fighting for civil liberties with fighting against socialism? Perhaps I'm reading this wrong...
by Quenouille
Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:02 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: xkcd's effect on your appreciation of science/maths
Replies: 67
Views: 9644

Re: xkcd's effect on your appreciation of science/maths

Hm, while this is a rather old thread, I just want to say that at the time this thread was made, I didn't know what a derivative was. I'm now majoring in mathematics, with a minor in interdisciplinary science. I guess the comic really helped overcome the idea, drilled into me through highschool, tha...
by Quenouille
Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:38 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Homework Marathons
Replies: 3
Views: 937

Re: Homework Marathons

It's surprisingly fun to do it the other way around: rush everything on the first day you get it as if it's due tomorrow, and sit on it for a month. Although I did a project two months in advance (had figured that I wouldn't have had time otherwise), turned it in, been told by the teacher it was ver...
by Quenouille
Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why Do Mathematicians Play Go?
Replies: 23
Views: 2485

Re: Why Do Mathematicians Play Go?

As far as I know, Beautiful Mind is the only one, although I wouldn't be surprised if there are others.


There's also pi.
by Quenouille
Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: brain in a vat
Replies: 214
Views: 26653

Re: brain in a vat

Open the discussion in a different language, one a human is not/less likely to know in the context of the test. The human will expect to speak english, and might be confused. The AI's response is entirely dependent on what he knows from context, i.e. if he expects you to speak english given tha...
by Quenouille
Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:43 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Math majors: what are you doing now?
Replies: 9
Views: 1370

Re: Math majors: what are you doing now?

achan1058 wrote:There are lots of modelling that needs to be done in business, science, logistics, etc.


Can you get any sort of modelling job in science with a Baccalaureate or do you usually need at least an MS? Not that I don't plan to stick with academia, but it's good to know your other options.
by Quenouille
Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Zombies, Research, and My Senior Project
Replies: 17
Views: 2343

Re: Zombies, Research, and My Senior Project

As another example, this is what some grad students have come up with, related to the important and interesting subject of disease modeling and population dynamics.
by Quenouille
Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The where are you going to Uni 2009 thread
Replies: 43
Views: 4684

Re: The where are you going to Uni 2009 thread

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Pure and Applied Math, minor in multidisciplinary science.
by Quenouille
Sun Jul 26, 2009 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I didn't know where to put this, so...
Replies: 3
Views: 1075

Re: I didn't know where to put this, so...

http://xkcd.com/263/ seems appropriate.
by Quenouille
Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Zap Zap Whump: Taser sets man on fire?
Replies: 13
Views: 939

Re: Zap Zap Whump: Taser sets man on fire?

That seems like a rather straightforward case: douse a mannequin in petrol and tase it, see if it catches. Repeat to pinpoint required dose if necessary. Best way to prove whether it was the taser or the cigarette lighter that did it. (still probably the taser 'though) Not that there aren't abusive ...
by Quenouille
Mon Jul 06, 2009 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Examples of vectors
Replies: 16
Views: 1988

Re: Examples of vectors

I guess this is a good thread to ask a similar question: What isn't a vector, or vector space? I took an (intro, freshman) class in linear algebra this winter and we didn't go over the vector space chapter, which was only 10 or so pages in the manual anyway. I glossed over it, and it basically said ...
by Quenouille
Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:23 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Money vs. Studying something I want
Replies: 13
Views: 2047

Re: Money vs. Studying something I want

Well, first things first: can you double-major, or take econ as a minor? Is there a mathematical finance degree? Is econ something you like (regardless of the money), or that you just couldn't see yourself doing ever were it not for the paycheck? I can't provide sources, but I think applied mathemat...
by Quenouille
Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Natural math versus foreign language aptitude
Replies: 13
Views: 3975

Re: Natural math versus foreign language aptitude

It's weird, I've always felt that music, writing and math used the same brain area. When I write an essay I usually see each paragraph or sentence as having their own rhythm, color and geometrical spacing, and each (written) language has their own. I became interested in math because I thought I rec...
by Quenouille
Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grad school in the US with european BSc
Replies: 3
Views: 789

Re: Grad school in the US with european BSc

I don't, but may I recommend the phdcomics forums? It would seem like an even better place to ask.

http://www.phdcomics.com/proceedings/
by Quenouille
Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:29 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What do other countries teach about The united states?
Replies: 78
Views: 9704

Re: What do other countries teach about The united states?

I'm from Québec, and I had a North American History class at some point. Most of what I recall about the American Revolution campaign was that the British dominated the naval war, and won 16 out of the 20 (or so) major ground battles. Washington led two american victories on Christmas Eve and New Ye...
by Quenouille
Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The greatest enemy of capitalism
Replies: 56
Views: 6531

Re: The greatest enemy of capitalism

There is no need for hyperboles where reality can provide examples. Outsourcing the job to third world countries' children will and does make the shoemaker more competitive. The rest of the argument has been covered. Am I correct in saying that there are two different views of ''acting in your own s...
by Quenouille
Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Deciphering a book from scratch: good way to learn?
Replies: 7
Views: 1354

Re: Deciphering a book from scratch: good way to learn?

Thank you all for the feedback. I'm taking a german class this fall as an elective but I was impatient, I think I'll keep it for after I have at least a grounding in the basics. I've tried something similar to this, and it was really frustrating. The vast majority of "words" aren't in the ...
by Quenouille
Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Deciphering a book from scratch: good way to learn?
Replies: 7
Views: 1354

Deciphering a book from scratch: good way to learn?

I'm currently considering picking up a german novel and already have a dictionnary. I barely know anything about german aside from counting up to ten. My question is, is the extra effort worth it in terms of better retention versus steeper learning curve? Has anyone done a similar thing and would ha...
by Quenouille
Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2418102

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

My name's vincent, I'm 20 and I live in Montreal and will so for the next 3 years at least, but I would really like to study/live abroad. I have a DEC (Cegep Education Diploma, sort of a useless general education degree between high school and university) in social sciences, and one half-done in lit...
by Quenouille
Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:44 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Yearbooks
Replies: 36
Views: 3388

Re: Yearbooks

Am I the only one who didn't pick it up and generally see them as pointless? I seem to be in the minority at the least.
by Quenouille
Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Maximize the post:views ratio! (if you look, you must post)
Replies: 36982
Views: 2504064

Re: Maximize the post:views ratio! (if you look, you must post)

Asymptotically coming toward 1 and representing.

Does it have to be on topic? Is there a topic?
by Quenouille
Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Real-world examples of -x * -y = +z
Replies: 66
Views: 8363

Re: Real-world examples of -x * -y = +z

You just gained a 20 dollars debt: + (-20)
you are now 20$ less rich.

You just lost that 20 dollars debt: - (-20)
you are now 20$ richer.
by Quenouille
Thu May 28, 2009 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What really burns me...
Replies: 87
Views: 7743

Re: What really burns me...

I hate it when people can't be creative, or refuse to do something original because it is slightly out of norm and they may end up with a lower mark. My roomate was asked to describe a room in german class, and he complained that it was a boring task. I told him to write about whatever he wanted and...
by Quenouille
Tue May 19, 2009 3:30 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Staying awake (split from Rules)
Replies: 59
Views: 8317

Re: Staying awake (split from Rules)

Well, if I remember correctly from psyc 101, the first 1h30 is straight deep sleep which will give you a majority of your physical energy, while REM-sleep will mainly cover your mental health. I wonder if one could live sleeping twice a day for 1.5 hour with a resilient enough mental constitution. I...
by Quenouille
Mon May 18, 2009 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Staying awake (split from Rules)
Replies: 59
Views: 8317

Re: Staying awake (split from Rules)

I have a similar question so I figure I wouldn't create another thread: You have 2-3 hours left before having to get up and show up for (exam, appointment, project due). How do you make sure you don't oversleep? If you're dead tired, somnambulism is the killer here (at least enough to close your fou...
by Quenouille
Sun May 17, 2009 6:15 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's your major?
Replies: 77
Views: 7610

Re: What's your major?

I'm also living in Montreal, and I also went to an IB high school for three times nothing. They could have told us the high school IB diploma is worthless without the IB CEGEP! *shakes fist* By the way, Quenouille, congratulations for being an IB survivor! Which high school did you go to? I went to...
by Quenouille
Sat Apr 25, 2009 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Staying awake (split from Rules)
Replies: 59
Views: 8317

Re: Staying awake (split from Rules)

You develop a resistance to coffee rather quickly doing this though. As an aside, isn't waking up from a one hour nap after a 30+ hour streak the most confusing moment ever? I did this yesterday, my first thought was ''wait.. what month are we?'' and I couldn't remember until I decided to look out t...
by Quenouille
Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:15 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's your major?
Replies: 77
Views: 7610

Re: What's your major?

Are you only taking 3 years of school? I have to have 120 credits to graduate, and plan on taking ~20 a semester from here on out, so I'll actually wind up with a lot more. That, and AP classes are what allow me to double major. Yes, we have a different system here in Quebec. One less year of unive...
by Quenouille
Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's your major?
Replies: 77
Views: 7610

Re: What's your major?

Major in math, minor in philosophy. My major is 66 credits out of 90, how do some of you fit so many together? summer classes?

I wished my univ offered minors in physics.
by Quenouille
Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics
Replies: 71
Views: 6767

Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Pit wrote:An essay on Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, in which everything you write is both true and untrue (myspychoticself)


I am curious as to who could potentially pull this off other than Mark Twain.
by Quenouille
Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Assassin
Replies: 56
Views: 8589

Re: Assassin

So infos aren't given out randomly? For instance, if it were random, you could have guy A, B, C form their own closed circle of the game while D through Z would never hunt or be hunted by them. I assume the DM just exchange A's infos to B, B's to C, C's to ... and Z's to A?
by Quenouille
Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Replies: 26
Views: 4721

Re: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

I agree with a lot of the points themselves. If he wrote it as a straightforward essay, I probably would have enjoyed and recommended it. I just felt like his method worked heavily against what he was trying to say. I must say Ishmael had much more visibility as a book than it would've had as an es...
by Quenouille
Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:18 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Unprofessional teacher reaction
Replies: 22
Views: 2542

Re: Unprofessional teacher reaction

Well, but this is how we see many religious people act, isn't it? I'm not sure this has to do with just religion. If a religious speech was given in which logic was so convoluted and twisted as to make their point (i.e. ID), it wouldn't be unusual for someone to blurp out and attack as the teacher ...

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