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by black_hat_guy
Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26096
Views: 2560824

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. The vision center of your brain suffers a severe trauma and now you see colors everywhere you go.

I wish I could think of a good wish for every time I thought of a good corruption.
by black_hat_guy
Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Analogy Game
Replies: 107
Views: 10596

Re: The Analogy Game

Your mum is like a multinational corporation, she is really fuckin big.

Time
by black_hat_guy
Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Epiphany about Opera!
Replies: 2
Views: 2933

Re: Epiphany about Opera!

Nessun dorma would be awesome like that.
by black_hat_guy
Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 30271

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

by black_hat_guy
Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can You Count?
Replies: 2423
Views: 245421

Re: Can You Count?

2^6
by black_hat_guy
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26096
Views: 2560824

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. Over the next 224.7 days, the extra body in Earth's orbit pulls Venus closer to Earth. This makes the attraction to Earth and the water planet even stronger, eventually causing Venus to crash into Earth. All of humanity is killed except for a few people who happen to be on the International...
by black_hat_guy
Tue May 01, 2012 12:47 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Learning Ability Test (Now Idiot-Proof!)
Replies: 13
Views: 7163

Re: Learning Ability Test (Now Idiot-Proof!)

Well, many thanks to everyone who participated, especially those of you who suggested improvements. There appears to have been a technical problem, so I'll have to get the rest of the data from another source.
by black_hat_guy
Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Learning Ability Test (Now Idiot-Proof!)
Replies: 13
Views: 7163

Learning Ability Test (Now Idiot-Proof!)

For school, I have to conduct an experiment to determine the effect of age on learning ability. I will be testing people on their ability to become familiar with the rules of an elementary cellular automaton (Rule 90) and answer questions about it. If you are already familiar with Rule 90, please do...
by black_hat_guy
Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:59 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 405116

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

"The French Revolution started out pretty well, but then a bunch of people just lost their heads." - My AP World History teacher.
by black_hat_guy
Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 22042

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

I can see why people would support deciding education at a state level, but schools should be required to teach actual facts, no matter what their state says.
by black_hat_guy
Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26096
Views: 2560824

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. All bicycles instantly cease to exist.

I wish I could comprehend uncountable infinities.
by black_hat_guy
Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Invading Mexico
Replies: 54
Views: 7149

Re: Invading Mexico

I meant morally justified. Vae victus , in most codes of ethics, is not a good justification. Basically, is there some philosophical or practical reason not to invade Mexico if we run out of space? For example, does the Mexican government have legitimacy if that many people would rather be in Americ...
by black_hat_guy
Sun Nov 06, 2011 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Invading Mexico
Replies: 54
Views: 7149

Invading Mexico

In case you don't already know, there are a lot of Mexicans who want to live in America. Because our immigration system makes it so hard for them to legally do so, a lot of them enter illegally, at great danger to themselves and detriment to society. I have long been a proponent of making it easier ...
by black_hat_guy
Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321637

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I would have posted before, but I forgot my password.
by black_hat_guy
Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Combustion catalyzed fusion
Replies: 14
Views: 2237

Re: Combustion catalyzed fusion

Do electromagnets necessarily need to "use" electricity? When an electromagnet first turns on, there would be an increase in magnetic potential, but during normal operation, do they have more resistance than ordinary conductors?
by black_hat_guy
Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Proposal For A New Law; The Home Religious Acts
Replies: 88
Views: 11789

Re: My Proposal For A New Law; The Home Religious Acts

Is it, though? Parents can and should be allowed to share what they believe with children, but they shouldn't be allowed to make children behave in racist, homophobic, or sexist ways, or force them to take part in their religion. The first amendment does not protect such actions. Constitutionally, t...
by black_hat_guy
Mon May 30, 2011 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do matter and anti-matter annihilate in the first place?
Replies: 38
Views: 7191

Re: Why do matter and anti-matter annihilate in the first pl

A good model for particle physics is that anything that doesn't violate the laws of physics will happen. When a particle and its antiparticle collide, that point in space has a lot of energy and zero charge, baryon number, etc, so many potential particle pairs can be formed. This may not be why matt...
by black_hat_guy
Wed May 25, 2011 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 187182

Re: #903: Extended MInd

Wow. Only 22 links from Dominique Strauss-Kahn to philosophy.
by black_hat_guy
Sun May 01, 2011 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Desalination and the Global Water crisis
Replies: 22
Views: 4137

Re: Desalination and the Global Water crisis

In particularly water strapped areas, you probably *could* charge a premium for the water, allowing a company to make an acceptable profit using more expensive generation -- but that's not a very ethical choice. Sure it is. They need water and you're giving it to them. Unless you're a government or...
by black_hat_guy
Sun May 01, 2011 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deficit reduction problem
Replies: 63
Views: 8400

Re: Deficit reduction problem

The government should just print a bunch of money to pay off their debts. While this would decrease the value of the dollar, our debts are not stated in terms of value. They are stated in terms of US currency, regardless of how much you can buy with it. The problem of inflation is irrelevant. Why sh...
by black_hat_guy
Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Magnetic graphite
Replies: 6
Views: 5069

Re: Magnetic graphite

But what about the attraction? I could pick up the lead from about half a centimeter away and have it stick there.
by black_hat_guy
Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Magnetic graphite
Replies: 6
Views: 5069

Magnetic graphite

I had heard that graphite was diamagnetic, so, naturally, when I had a pencil, a strong neodymium magnet, and some free time, I tried to levitate little pieces of pencil lead. This didn't work, but I wanted to prove to myself that graphite was diamagnetic, so I tried writing on the magnet. I observe...
by black_hat_guy
Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nuclear energy
Replies: 545
Views: 90996

Re: Nuclear energy

If we don't use fission technology any more, where will we get technetium from? What about helium? There are four potential sources of helium, all of which are connected to energy production. (Natural gas, uranium fission, hydrogen fusion, and helium-3 fusion) Fusion and mining the moon are a long w...
by black_hat_guy
Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 26259

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

NOOOOOOOOO! I was going to say that, but I just had to link to a comic.
by black_hat_guy
Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Would an anti-matter donut have more calories?
Replies: 16
Views: 2459

Re: Would an anti-matter donut have more calories?

Qaanol wrote:If you look at an antimatter doughnut in the mirror, you can get a CP-symmetry violation...

You appear to be quite the expert on doughnut physics. If you don't mind, I have a few questions about things like jellytivity, frosting entanglement, and flavor confinement.
by black_hat_guy
Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics Essay
Replies: 2
Views: 917

Physics Essay

I am writing a physics essay for a contest. If any of you are knowledgeable about physics (I think you are), then I would appreciate your advice as to what I am getting right or wrong. It is unlikely that this essay will win. "Why then," you might ask, "should I edit it for you?"...
by black_hat_guy
Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"
Replies: 108
Views: 26624

Re: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"

Does anyone know if "trochee" is a trochee?
by black_hat_guy
Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0852: "Local g"
Replies: 159
Views: 43309

Re: 0852: "Local g"

Being further from the center of the earth means there is a stronger push "upward" due to the rotation of the earth around itself? Then wouldn't pole vaulting at night be much more efficient due to rotation around the sun? Actually, wouldn't it be better during the day, since the sun woul...
by black_hat_guy
Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 17609

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

Elbereth! Gilthoniel! Also, Randall was using copyrighted material in his comic. Tolkien's work should expire for another half century, IIRC. EDIT: Hmmm... http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Return_of_the_King#The_Land_of_Shadow (Curse the inability to use url BBCodes.) Beat me to it by one minute. I...
by black_hat_guy
Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Good News, Bad News
Replies: 8750
Views: 902762

Re: Good News, Bad News

Bad News: You're screwed.
by black_hat_guy
Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26096
Views: 2560824

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. Cookie dough ice cream exists, but you can't have any.
I wish I could control events that are random on a quantum scale.
by black_hat_guy
Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"
Replies: 96
Views: 25005

Re: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"

This comic would be almost as funny if real numbers were not called real. The alt-text implies that Randall has done this before to a professor, and the whole thing is kind of absurd if you think about it.
by black_hat_guy
Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Complete the Grid!
Replies: 1235
Views: 129512

Re: Complete the Grid!

E16?
by black_hat_guy
Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0848: "3D"
Replies: 107
Views: 19859

Re: 0848: "3D"

I read the first panel, got a little distracted by something, and still started laughing before I finished the comic. And since this looks like it's going into an actual string theory discussion, I'll link a fun video . Maybe not entirely related, but it's all I've got to add, and it seems somewhat...
by black_hat_guy
Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0848: "3D"
Replies: 107
Views: 19859

Re: 0848: "3D"

youre right. i cant see any reason to go beyond newton. i mean, things get shorter as they get really fast?!?! and what about that crazy theory with the "virtual particles" ?? that cant possibly have any practical use either... http://xkcd.com/808/ There is definitely reason to go beyond ...
by black_hat_guy
Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0848: "3D"
Replies: 107
Views: 19859

Re: 0848: "3D"

All ideas in this work are purely theoretical philosophical. Any resemblance to actual consequences is entirely coincidental.
by black_hat_guy
Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 17609

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

It always disappoints me when Randall does an inspiring strip and then ends it with a punch line. Some of his strips don't need punchlines. This one was pretty good though, despite the fact that I have not read Lord of The Rings (Cue people yelling at me for not experiencing a great piece of literat...
by black_hat_guy
Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0839: "Explorers"
Replies: 90
Views: 28306

Re: 0839: Explorers

Steve the Pocket wrote:I could totally see a whole series springing from this. Or even just a text story.

That would be awesome. (If he did it right, of course. Otherwise it would be very repetitive and annoying.) It could happen. "Explorers" is the kind of title that would make sense for a series.
by black_hat_guy
Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0839: "Explorers"
Replies: 90
Views: 28306

Re: 0839: Explorers

Knight shouldn't be so upset. The food's blocking Bishop, so Knight can just go to e1 and then capture it. [Edit]: On the other hand, Bishop can just capture the food and trap Knight on e1. Of course, then Bishop would also be trapped. the knight can totally get to that square in a few moves Only pr...
by black_hat_guy
Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Post number X wins
Replies: 110
Views: 20863

Re: Post number X wins

87... This could take a while.

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