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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #275 on: August 30, 2018, 02:55:19 pm »
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Theory has just passed me for second most threads created.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #276 on: August 30, 2018, 07:15:10 pm »
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I just realized how fucked up it is that if, in the Harry Potter universe, you get thrown out of school, you aren't allowed to use magic again for the rest of your life. In reality, this would just make these people leave the country.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #277 on: August 31, 2018, 07:13:18 am »
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I found today's xkcd appropriate for this forum:

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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #278 on: September 07, 2018, 06:18:42 pm »
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #279 on: September 19, 2018, 09:28:24 am »
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Had a talk with someone about how in a couple of decades, people will be able to fairly accurately guess someone's age by which Star Wars films they saw first.

This got us talking about other benchmarks to measure someone's age.

First Batman
First James Bond
First Doctor
First Tim Currey character

Though my measure of Doctor is a bit off because I didn't start watching until Matt Smith. If I had watched Doctor Who as a youth, I'm sure Tom Baker would be my first. Doctor Who isn't quite as mainstream as the other benchmarks.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #280 on: September 19, 2018, 10:20:53 am »
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This got us talking about other benchmarks to measure someone's age.

First Batman
First James Bond
First Doctor
First Tim Currey character

The Dark Knight
None
What's that?
Who's Tim Currey?

So how old am I?  :D
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #281 on: September 19, 2018, 11:55:38 am »
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Had a talk with someone about how in a couple of decades, people will be able to fairly accurately guess someone's age by which Star Wars films they saw first.

This got us talking about other benchmarks to measure someone's age.

First Batman
First James Bond
First Doctor
First Tim Currey character

Though my measure of Doctor is a bit off because I didn't start watching until Matt Smith. If I had watched Doctor Who as a youth, I'm sure Tom Baker would be my first. Doctor Who isn't quite as mainstream as the other benchmarks.
Hey, I can actually answer those...that's not normal for these kind of measures for me.  I'll be a test subject for the accuracy of this age-measure:
Keaton (the Batman)
Brosnan (Goldeneye)
Eccleston
Butler in Clue
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #282 on: September 19, 2018, 12:43:43 pm »
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It's:

Christopher Nolan
N/A (Never seen any Bond)
Christopher Eccleston
Hunt for Red October
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #283 on: September 19, 2018, 01:06:22 pm »
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Had a talk with someone about how in a couple of decades, people will be able to fairly accurately guess someone's age by which Star Wars films they saw first.

This got us talking about other benchmarks to measure someone's age.

First Batman
First James Bond
First Doctor
First Tim Currey character

Though my measure of Doctor is a bit off because I didn't start watching until Matt Smith. If I had watched Doctor Who as a youth, I'm sure Tom Baker would be my first. Doctor Who isn't quite as mainstream as the other benchmarks.

Batman Begins
Casino Royale
Haven't seen Doctor Who
Cardinal Richelieu
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #284 on: September 19, 2018, 01:24:20 pm »
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Had a talk with someone about how in a couple of decades, people will be able to fairly accurately guess someone's age by which Star Wars films they saw first.

This got us talking about other benchmarks to measure someone's age.

First Batman
First James Bond
First Doctor
First Tim Currey character

Though my measure of Doctor is a bit off because I didn't start watching until Matt Smith. If I had watched Doctor Who as a youth, I'm sure Tom Baker would be my first. Doctor Who isn't quite as mainstream as the other benchmarks.

Your idea of mainstream is probably a bit culturally-dependent! The Doctor one is the only thing I think might date me accurately, since I don't particularly care about Batman, and was familiar with Bond mainly from TV re-runs than any current films as a kid. Like silver, my first thought for Tim Curry was "who's that?", though looking at pics, I admit he's a familiar face.. I'm just not sure where he's familiar from!

How come "which Star Trek were you most into growing up" doesn't make the list?
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #285 on: September 19, 2018, 02:52:41 pm »
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How come "which Star Trek were you most into growing up" doesn't make the list?

That's another good option. Plenty of good options out there, especially when you have to rule out certain lists because someone hasn't been involved with that (such as Bond). Could also include first Stephen King movie, first Disney cartoon, and first time being excited about the Super Bowl.

Though now looking at the answers, I feel kind of old because my list is more like:
Star Wars: A New Hope
Batman: Adam West
Bond: Roger Moore
Doctor: Matt Smith
Curry: Annie, technically, though I didn't know him until Rocky Horror
Star Trek: Kirk
Stephen King: The Shining
Disney cartoon: Harder than I thought; probably Sleeping Beauty
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #286 on: September 19, 2018, 02:56:55 pm »
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #287 on: October 10, 2018, 03:49:48 pm »
+7

My job duties have switched to being the resource coordinator. I assign training programs to certain rooms and qualified trainers. It's an interesting jigsaw puzzle, especially when I have multiple programs vying for the same trainers. But I do fairly well at it.

The new manager of the trainers was astounded at how I was able to move swaths of training around to accommodate these requests. I was about to tell her it's what I do in my spare time, but I stopped myself because that seemed weird to say.

Then I realized why I wanted to say it. It literally is what I do in my spare time because I'll play resource-management games a lot. And worker placement, though that is not quite as relevant as the name suggests. All those nights maximizing my points in Terraforming Mars and Power Grid have prepared me for my current job. Thanks, board games!
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #288 on: October 12, 2018, 06:53:10 pm »
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This is one of the least plausible apparently true things I've ever seen

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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #289 on: October 13, 2018, 07:51:26 am »
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There's an explanation here but it's not easy to understand
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #290 on: October 13, 2018, 09:37:05 am »
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This is one of the least plausible apparently true things I've ever seen



"True" is such a strong word when talking about math. It's a man-made system to reflect nature and, while less confusing than e.g. roman numbers, it still has some ugly wrinkles.

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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #291 on: October 13, 2018, 02:04:11 pm »
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #292 on: October 13, 2018, 10:50:06 pm »
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This is one of the least plausible apparently true things I've ever seen



This is one of my favorite "are you kidding me the pattern breaks down" examples. I've never looked into why exactly it breaks down, but basically it happens because 1 + 1/3 + 1/5 + ... + 1/13 < 2 and 1+ 1/3 + 1/5 + ... + 1/15 > 2. If I remember it right, you can use any arbitrary sequence of positive real numbers that aren't increasing, and it'll evaluate to pi/2 if they sum to < 2 and something else if they don't. Not only does this pattern not hold, it lets you create arbitrary length sequences where the pattern holds for k terms and then fails on the k+1 term.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #293 on: October 14, 2018, 12:55:54 pm »
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This is one of my favorite "are you kidding me the pattern breaks down" examples. I've never looked into why exactly it breaks down, but basically it happens because 1 + 1/3 + 1/5 + ... + 1/13 < 2 and 1+ 1/3 + 1/5 + ... + 1/15 > 2.

That was the only thing I took away from the longer explanation I skimmed. But I wouldn't use the term 'because' here. The fact that the integral isn't off in the other direction for sums < 2, but is exactly pi/2 for sums < 2 and off for sums > 2 feels only slightly less insane than the original result, at least for me.

(At one point there was some talk in this thread about patterns that break down late, but those didn't seem as counter-intuitive as this one.)
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #294 on: October 16, 2018, 02:27:14 pm »
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The explanation is amazing. But once you think in terms of the Fourier transforms and realize that the denominators can just be anything not this sequence of odd integers and still give pi/2, it feels a lot less striking.

(Basically not a sequence any more... you could have missed a term in the multiplication and get the same pi/2)
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #295 on: October 17, 2018, 07:18:36 am »
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Something different I encountered today: check out this sentence. It has both correct grammar and sensible meaning

The complex houses married and single soldiers and their families

this was incredibly confusing to me, I'm not sure if others have an easier time with it. Resolution: [The complex] houses [married and single soldiers and their families]

Somewhat less confusing: The horse raced past the barn fell. Resolution: [the horse (that) raced past the barn] fell. Apperently they're called garden path sentences.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #296 on: October 17, 2018, 07:42:27 am »
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Something different I encountered today: check out this sentence. It has both correct grammar and sensible meaning

The complex houses married and single soldiers and their families

this was incredibly confusing to me, I'm not sure if others have an easier time with it. Resolution: [The complex] houses [married and single soldiers and their families]

Somewhat less confusing: The horse raced past the barn fell. Resolution: [the horse (that) raced past the barn] fell. Apperently they're called garden path sentences.
[the house (that was) raced past the barn] fell.  The way you have it has a different meaning than the original sentence.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #297 on: October 17, 2018, 07:50:39 am »
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Something different I encountered today: check out this sentence. It has both correct grammar and sensible meaning

The complex houses married and single soldiers and their families

this was incredibly confusing to me, I'm not sure if others have an easier time with it. Resolution: [The complex] houses [married and single soldiers and their families]

Somewhat less confusing: The horse raced past the barn fell. Resolution: [the horse (that) raced past the barn] fell. Apperently they're called garden path sentences.
[the house (that was) raced past the barn] fell.  The way you have it has a different meaning than the original sentence.

The house?
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #298 on: October 17, 2018, 02:35:30 pm »
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Something different I encountered today: check out this sentence. It has both correct grammar and sensible meaning

The complex houses married and single soldiers and their families

this was incredibly confusing to me, I'm not sure if others have an easier time with it. Resolution: [The complex] houses [married and single soldiers and their families]

Somewhat less confusing: The horse raced past the barn fell. Resolution: [the horse (that) raced past the barn] fell. Apperently they're called garden path sentences.
[the house (that was) raced past the barn] fell.  The way you have it has a different meaning than the original sentence.
Now yours doesn't make much sense. How can a house be raced anywhere?
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #299 on: October 17, 2018, 03:11:33 pm »
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Now yours doesn't make much sense. How can a house be raced anywhere?

Maybe it can, if it's complex enough.
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