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by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26091
Views: 2545535

Granted! Now your laptop has never been able to connect to the Internet. As a result of this modification to the past, you are now Amish, and unable to properly operate a zipper.

I wish that the students in my class understood finite automata.
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Small java problem
Replies: 8
Views: 2013

While that's true, I might argue that if it's not an assignment (as in, it might actually be used for something), that's another reason to use generics, not to not use them. Even if just to avoid the carpal tunnel syndrome associated with typing "(team)" 100 times. @asshammer I feel like I...
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Good News, Bad News
Replies: 8750
Views: 899007

Good news: You gnaw in just the right spot to end that terrible itch.
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 4:43 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Future Meetups... ?
Replies: 42
Views: 7560

I imagine that a huge thing like this one couldn't happen monthly, but I would love to have a monthly meetup or something.

And hey, a little creative GIMPing, and we've got xkcd comics for all of our meetups!
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Good News, Bad News
Replies: 8750
Views: 899007

Bad news: That's not entirely a dream, and there's a clan (corral?) of horses about to eat your face.
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0320: "28-Hour Day"
Replies: 142
Views: 86587

Basically, the schedule works in that on all nights not Friday or Saturday, the sleep cycle syncs up pretty well with night. And on Friday and Saturday, because you sleep in the morning, you have the nights free to do whatever you want. I spent like 5 minutes staring at this comic going "There'...
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Crazy Eddie's Discount Solar
Replies: 29
Views: 3193

First off, I now have Eddie Izzard stuck in my head. "Hi! I'm Crazy Eddie! I put babies on spikes! Do you want a rack of babies? We've got babies on racks!" I'm admittedly not particularly in-the-know about this sort of stuff, but it's always struck me that solar power (depending on where ...
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:53 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: XKCD Meetup Sept 2007 - "I was there" thread.
Replies: 315
Views: 50625

I was there! I was wearing the haiku shirt: "Haikus are easy / But sometimes they don't make sense / Refrigerator". And yes, I know that the plural of "Haiku" is "Haiku". I didn't design it :). I rather loved this event. Even if it wasn't as big, I feel like any excuse ...
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26091
Views: 2545535

Granted! But your mom turns it on and sees the naughty pictures you've taken with it and takes the camera away.

I wish that I wasn't balding so quickly.
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:32 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Reflection
Replies: 5
Views: 2535

Reflection

Just since I can't see anything else dedicated to post-meetup discussion. I just want to say that while I'm pretty new to the fora, I found the meetup to be an INCREDIBLE experience. It really was one of the most enjoyable days I've had in a while. Just making random nerd jokes with everyone, admiri...
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:41 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Home and End key not working in OS X
Replies: 1
Views: 1206

Well, the preferred way is to just use Command-Left and Command-Right. However, I know where you're coming from. I found the solution a while back: http://evansweb.info/articles/2005/03/24/mac-os-x-and-home-end-keys Note that some programs have their own keybindings that you will need to try and mod...
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is a good portable music player?
Replies: 39
Views: 3109

I had an older Creative Zen, and it just started messing up after a little less than a year. Probably fixed by now, but it's colored my impression of that line. I will, however, throw in a vote for iRiver. I owned the H120 for a while and now own an H320, and I absolutely love it. Neither of these i...
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0318: "Nostalgia"
Replies: 144
Views: 34053

Bakemaster wrote:Wow, why are all Randall's comics these days copies of his older ones?


I've been had :(.

On the other hand, I've actually had a discussion like this comic with my dad. It's true: the 30 year gap between him and me really does put me into another world entirely.
by Cabhan
Fri Sep 14, 2007 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Manga Thread of Pain
Replies: 161
Views: 99479

I don't pretend to be a gourmet of manga or anything, but I have enjoyed Love Hina (comedy: male landlord in an all-girls dorm) and Rurouni Kenshin (weird mix of historical and anachronistic fiction; + swords). I'm currently reading Bleach, Hellsing, Negima, and a bit of Inuyasha. I've been enjoying...
by Cabhan
Fri Sep 14, 2007 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0316: "Loud Sex"
Replies: 139
Views: 179038

I kind of wish I had a roommate who had loud sex, just so I could do this.

Actually, more importantly, I wish I had a girlfriend who wanted to have loud sex so as to concoct the aforementioned revenge.

In any case, this got a chuckle from me.
by Cabhan
Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do you pronounce your username?
Replies: 268
Views: 27837

I pronounce mine as Cahb-ahn, though I'm about 99% certain that this is incorrect. This is primarily due to the fact that the name is Gaelic, and the Gaelic languages are known for having somewhat randomly-assigned Roman letters to various sounds. ("Sidhe" is pronounced "She", &q...
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fencing! (By popular demand)
Replies: 104
Views: 9910

I fenced recreationally for many years: the first club I started going to was very epee-centric, and then I joined a sabre club. I always preferred sabre, it just had a bit more variation than the "Aim for the bicep" tactics that we used at the epee club. Having said that, I've never been ...
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 12, 2007 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Newb question: translating the fibonacci sequence to letters
Replies: 15
Views: 6525

Right...the inherent flaw here is that after you get past 26, you're somewhat SOL on letters. Anyway, I don't know if this works in Python (though it may, or there may be a function to convert ASCII values to their letters), but in C, the way I would do it is: char letter; letter = 1 + 'A' - 1; /* c...
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 12, 2007 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Creepy Old Man Goes To Mars
Replies: 15
Views: 12231

I particularly like the comment that no one at NASA is following his journey.

I'm also feeling a break-up coming along. I mean, at the end of this trip, nearly half of their dating life will have been spent in 100% isolation.
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 12, 2007 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer Science in High School
Replies: 78
Views: 12737

My school offered Programming 1, AP Computer Science 2, and AP Computer Science 3. All 3 are taught in Java (they switched from C++ like the year I got there). CS2 was for the AP A exam, and CS3 for the AB exam. My high school was actually pretty good: we had a good number of people who took the AP ...
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 12, 2007 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Pursuing a programming education
Replies: 8
Views: 2419

From what I know, the certifications tend to be more sysadmin-based, and even then, their importance is dependent upon the employer and the circumstances. The infinitely more reliable route is experience. A university education in Computer Science is a bit more than just programming: you'll also get...
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 12, 2007 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0315: "Braille"
Replies: 108
Views: 28608

Look at the href in the source. I guess he misplaced it.
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 12, 2007 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0315: "Braille"
Replies: 108
Views: 28608

0315: "Braille"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/braille.png Alt Text: The only big difference I've seen is in colors. Where the regular text reads "press red button", the braille reads "press two-inch button". Link: http://www.xkcd.com/315/ Y'know, I've always wondered...I mean, the Spanish always ...
by Cabhan
Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone have any humourous college courses?
Replies: 47
Views: 4120

None in college, but my high school Physics professor (yay Mr. Richards!) was fantastic. He liked to make all of his example about his mother-in-law. "So my mother-in-law falls off of a cliff x meters high. She comes to land at the bottom, which coincidentally is covered in sharpened bamboo spi...
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Recommend one artist
Replies: 1018
Views: 285377

The Edguy suggestion was pretty good. They actually sound a bit like Queensrÿche (particularly during the chorus). If you don't know Queensryche (yeah...only doing the umlaut once), they did an incredible concept album called "Operation: Mindcrime": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ej9thJm...
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientology Being Sued By A Country
Replies: 47
Views: 7537

Well, SpitValve has one valid point. Despite the fact that their beliefs are ridiculous and completely unfounded in logic, the same can be said for every religion. I disagree with them and like to debate about it, and strongly desire to eliminate the acceptance we have for religion, but I do not des...
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book Identification!
Replies: 14
Views: 3902

I distinctly remember the Diadem series (I used to love it). In the first book, one of the guys turned a one-dollar bill into a twenty, so this might be correct. @Bakemaster Are the kids from different worlds? There was a guy from Earth, a tomboy from some medieval world, and Pixel, who had blue ski...
by Cabhan
Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0314: "Dating Pools"
Replies: 214
Views: 107068

First off, most accurate formula ever.

Second off, thanks for completely restoring my faith in the possibility of having a good, geeky relationship.
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientology Being Sued By A Country
Replies: 47
Views: 7537

Finally! In Germany, Scientology is considered a business rather than a religion (rather accurately, I feel), but governments need to stop tolerating abusive, manipulative jackholes just because they claim to be a religion.
by Cabhan
Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0312: "With Apologies to Robert Frost"
Replies: 65
Views: 23802

I was a little saddened to see Munroe take such a step backward from "Lisp". Perl will rise again!

On a second note, I did send this to one of my Lisp/Scheme loving professors, who I am sure will love it.

And the presence of that "close-paren" rocked the comic.
by Cabhan
Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: c++, what does std:: do?
Replies: 37
Views: 8332

But there is a difference. using namespace std brings in std::cout, std::cin, std::endl, std::string, std::vector, std:: everything. But let's say I have my own local class called "string" (let's say that mine is a string of symbols, as opposed to characters). In this case, we get a confli...
by Cabhan
Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0310: "Commitment"
Replies: 119
Views: 32988

This made me and two of my roommates giggle like schoolgirls.
by Cabhan
Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Recommend one artist
Replies: 1018
Views: 285377

This band may be a bit out of left field, but I'm a big fan of Mägo de Oz (note: music is fine, but video may possibly be NSFW depending on what part is showing). They're a Spanish heavy metal band with a big Celtic influence. I really like their stuff.
by Cabhan
Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fictional Races
Replies: 153
Views: 11940

I completely forgot about Pizza the Hut. Fortunately, Black_Dawn has corrected this for me. This whole thread, I was thinking about otherkin. I've never met one, but I once read a girl's website about how she was a plant otherkin. What a terrible choice! I mean, of any fantasy race, she chose a plan...
by Cabhan
Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Non-Fiction
Replies: 90
Views: 10095

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman was pretty funny. Not that it comes as a surprise. I do mostly read sci-fi / fantasy, but I did rather enjoy Just For Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolution (Linus Torvalds's autobiography), which was pretty funny, but also a good look into what went into the e...
by Cabhan
Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fictional Races
Replies: 153
Views: 11940

I'm feeling like I have to go with Planeswalker. I mean, think about it. I could replace my eyes with freaking gemstones. Plus, the whole "can't die of natural causes, or being stabbed, or even dismembered".

Sweet.

Also, major kudos for making me remember Animorphs.
by Cabhan
Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0309: "Shopping Teams"
Replies: 95
Views: 18583

Maybe it's just because I haven't gotten to game theory yet, but I'd personally probably end up doing a utilitarian analysis of both devices.

Personally, what made this comic for me was just the last line. "That is NOT your main problem!" Genius.
by Cabhan
Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2413391

Howdy all. I'm Alex, and I'm currently a CS student at Northeastern in Boston. I started reading xkcd quite some time back, and I've become rather addicted. I've been checking out the forums for some time, and I only just decided to actually join up. Um, besides xkcd, I enjoy Kung Fu, which I only s...

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