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by Eebster the Great
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 444250

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Many of the radio lawyers advertise no fees unless you win. Typically they settle though, so it doesn't mean they are necessarily representing justice here. They profit by settling large numbers of cases and taking commissions on each.
by Eebster the Great
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 444250

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Maybe he meant to say "rating of speed," because your speed is rated on a scale from 1 to 10 along with accuracy and level of difficulty.
by Eebster the Great
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 435
Views: 54211

Re: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories

No I don't think so. The reason animals with high resting heart rates don't live as long is because they are small, not because they run out of heartbeats sooner. There is no maximum number of beats, which was sort of the point of the claim. In fact, a healthy heart would outlive a typical individua...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 435
Views: 54211

Re: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories

I don't know that the "heartbeat lifetime" is true really. There are so many other things that are more important to our lifespan, and it's not like there is some upper bound imposed by "number of heartbeats" either. Exercising is good for us in a variety of ways that don't reall...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 52
Views: 4202

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

The entropy of a planet is mostly going to depend on the temperature and composition of its interior. Any living things on the surface are irrelevant to that calculation. In fact, since living things tend to dump lots of thermal energy into their surroundings, they probably increase the entropy of t...
by Eebster the Great
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 52
Views: 4202

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

To put a bit of context to the idea, the question of why the universe began in an extremely low entropy state is a difficult one and has been pondered for a long time. Older theories of cosmology held the universe to be eternal and essentially static, but once convincing evidence for the Big Bang wa...
by Eebster the Great
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 52
Views: 4202

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

Yeah, it's supposed to demonstrate a problem with a model of a universe in which the Big Bang was the result of a statistical fluctuation. In such a model, it would indeed be far more likely to get a brain (or whatever) popping up out of a random fluctuation than an entire low entropy universe. So t...
by Eebster the Great
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 135
Views: 36113

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

I love the idea that they think the OP had gone through the trouble of building a cloud chamber and then dumped beer into it.
by Eebster the Great
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A Truly Massive Star
Replies: 16
Views: 2408

Re: A Truly Massive Star

The intergalactic medium is not similar to the interstellar medium. According to Wikipedia, the largest mass of intergalactic plasma is the warm-hot intergalactic medium at 10 5 –10 7 K. Note that this is just a majority by mass. Most of the volume of the universe consists of massive voids that are ...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why does dry ice sublimate?
Replies: 12
Views: 1958

Re: Why does dry ice sublimate?

CO 2 is still decently polar CO 2 is nonpolar. Remember that H 2 O is bent, due to the lone pairs on the oxygen atom, which is what allows it to be polar. Hydrogen bonding between water molecules gives the liquid phase of water many of its unusual properties. CO 2 is linear, so there is no way for ...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A Truly Massive Star
Replies: 16
Views: 2408

Re: A Truly Massive Star

800 K seems a bit cooler than I would have guessed. Where do you get that data?
by Eebster the Great
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 135
Views: 36113

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Each letter in an isogram is repeated the same number of times.
by Eebster the Great
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 135
Views: 36113

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

"Run" can already mean "leave" on its own. "I've got to run, catch you later." "Along" is sort of hard to describe here, but is used in the same way as "move along." I guess it's debatable.
by Eebster the Great
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 135
Views: 36113

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Its a meaning of "run" for sure, not of "run of." It doesn't add to the list. "Run" by itself just has trillions of definitions.
by Eebster the Great
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 444250

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

But the joke is bad because no speaker, foreign or native, would ever spell the word that way in a million years or pronounce "ghoti" as "fish", because that is not in fact how English orthography works. It's not just that the words that are spelled that way are exceptional, it's...
by Eebster the Great
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 135
Views: 36113

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

I might buy "run past," but "run against?" Come on. You run for election, which was already considered. Adding a preposition doesn't make it a new word. And "run along" just means literally exactly what it says, according to definition #1. But yes, "run" (not ...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 7775

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

The book Lord of the Flies just baffled me when I read it in ninth grade, but maybe I would like it better if I gave it a second try. I'll probably never know. It certainly doesn't represent the way people actually behave when in these types of situations (which actually happen occasionally in the r...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 7775

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

People watch tragedies though, and they do it on purpose knowing that the end will be tragic. Sure, that's not so popular in cinema, but it still is on stage. I thought Requiem for a Dream was outstanding. It was a powerful commentary, emotional, interesting. I felt connected to the characters, symp...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 135
Views: 36113

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

jaap wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:Huh, I was talking about an old SNL Weekend Update.

That's the number bleen, which is totally different from bleem.

That's it! I could swear this was on a Weekend Update too, or another SNL skit with Carlin, but I might just be mistaken.
by Eebster the Great
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 135
Views: 36113

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Huh, I was talking about an old SNL Weekend Update.
by Eebster the Great
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 7775

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

When I was a little kid scared by some horror movies and by some roller coasters, I liked watching scary horror movies but didn't like the scary parts of the scary coasters. I soon found that most of the ride was fun, and once I got over my fear of heights (mostly) around 11 or 12, they were some of...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 135
Views: 36113

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

I always seem to get to the stage (after maybe the first fifty or hundred iterations of feeling that the tongue-twister of F(…v)-F-Th(r…) and the shape of the mouth over Eye-Ore-Eee suggests that Three does not follow Four, but that there's a more correct transitional digit between them that I'm sk...
by Eebster the Great
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Equivalency on Mutliple Intervals
Replies: 10
Views: 9383

Re: Equivalency on Mutliple Intervals

Yeah "piecewise" refers to a definition of a function, not the function itself. You can define a function piecewise. Separately, if a function can be cut up into pieces that each have some property, but the function as a whole doesn't necessarily have that property, you can say that it hol...
by Eebster the Great
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A Truly Massive Star
Replies: 16
Views: 2408

Re: A Truly Massive Star

The radius of the observable universe is actually 46.6 billion light years (4.4×10 26 m), giving a volume of 3.6×10 80 m 3 . The mass you gave (3×10 55 kg) is the combined mass of everything in the observable universe, including normal matter, dark matter, and dark energy. Dividing gives the critica...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 435
Views: 54211

Re: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories

But like an infinitely wide ring. A cylinder even.
by Eebster the Great
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Curve Filling a Rectangle
Replies: 21
Views: 7172

Re: Curve Filling a Rectangle

Right, the Riemann Mapping Theorem actually gives you a biholomorphic function. Are biholomorphic functions the isomorphisms of complex analysis?

What is a sufficient condition for the existence of a continuous surjection that is stricter than the hypothesis of the Riemann Mapping Theorem?
by Eebster the Great
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 435
Views: 54211

Re: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories

I have a model of the Earth that is at odds with both the disk and the globe. I think the Earth is a cylinder, with the sun in the middle. The sun's motion is (to the first approximation) a circle, so that you have day when it is on your side of the cylinder and night when it is on the other. At the...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Curve Filling a Rectangle
Replies: 21
Views: 7172

Re: Curve Filling a Rectangle

Fair enough. Essentially, you can transform any curve filling any (simply-connected open) subset of R 2 to one filling any other by just composing it with any continuous function from the one onto the other. That such a function always exists follows from the Riemann Mapping Theorem, and for most pr...
by Eebster the Great
Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Curve Filling a Rectangle
Replies: 21
Views: 7172

Re: Curve Filling a Rectangle

Yeah it wasn't clear to me in which order he was composing the functions, but in this case, again, that's just what surjective means.
by Eebster the Great
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Curve Filling a Rectangle
Replies: 21
Views: 7172

Re: Curve Filling a Rectangle

By "surjective continuous function," do you mean in one variable (i.e. ℝ→ℝ or [0,1]→ℝ)? If you mean ℝ→ℝ2, then by surjectivity you already have a space-filling curve.
by Eebster the Great
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 11525

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

I think in the tradition of "concrete poetry," that sort of manipulation is pretty much mandatory. Of course, you try to make the line divisions as textually meaningful as possible anyway, but you are constrained by the shape, and that takes priority. In conventional poetry though, style c...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 4413

Re: Half full or half empty?

Right, Ice XII packs the spheres a little bit more efficiently than the semi-random arrangement in liquid water. For most substances, the arrangement in the solid phase is quite a bit tighter than in the liquid phase, but of course water is an oddity.
by Eebster the Great
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 17687

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I still haven't really figured it out. "I've been more effected by the events of this week then I were by all what happen last week cores this week been to much too bare" => "I've been more affected by the events of this week, than I was by all that happened last week, because this w...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 4413

Re: Half full or half empty?

I mean, there is a practical sense in which the volume of a substance can be measured. As long as you are comfortable with that, then it makes sense to divide the volume of the container by the volume of the substance and determine that way how full it is. When you want to generalize this concept of...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 17687

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I still haven't really figured it out. The correctness or incorrectness depends on usage and intelligibility and perhaps, arguably, with patterns of usage that can be extended to other concepts, constituting rules (which of course still have many exceptions). But it has nothing to do with dictates o...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 4413

Re: Half full or half empty?

A glass "full" of water, in the context of a standard temperature and pressure environment, on Earth, and so on... is still not as "full" as it could possibly be in any possible context. I mean, there is less mass in it, but it is just as full. What you are saying is that in the...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 4413

Re: Half full or half empty?

Density becomes relevant if you consider something full when you can no longer put more into it. You can always put more in if you pack it in more densely. But that's still not what full means. You are not addressing the example. A bucket that is FULL of water is definitely more full than one that ...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 17687

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Again, what dictionary has a realistic shot of shaping the English language as a whole? Apart from that, the assertion was that because some prescriptivist dicitonary did not list a meaning of a word, therefore that meaning is "wrong." Do you really think that's what determines correctness...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 4413

Re: Half full or half empty?

But why is density relevant? I've never heard anyone suggest that a bucket with one liter of mercury in it is "more full" than a bucket with two liters of water.
by Eebster the Great
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wave Function Collapse and information
Replies: 3
Views: 1296

Re: Wave Function Collapse and information

Whether or not your partner has already measured his half of the pair, you will find that half the time you observe 0 polarization and the other half 90. You will always get the opposite result your partner does, but that doesn't help you send any information. All I know by getting a 0 is that my pa...

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