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Unread 2 May 2005, 20:16   #51
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Re: Geek Humour

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Taking natural logs is the inverse function of e^x, if that's what you mean.
The other day I made a very natural log.



Then I flushed it.
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Re: Geek Humour

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Still trying to get over the dissapointment that its "Geek humour" not greek humour, was looking forward to some greek humour for a weird reason.
"bobadopalis the builder - can he finish it?
bobadopalis the builder - no he cant"

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"bobadopalis the builder - can he finish it?
bobadopalis the builder - no he cant"

Shamelessly ripped from 2dtv, and poking fun at athens olympics
haha time to poke fun at my greek housemate *g*

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Re: Geek Humour

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The other day I made a very natural log.

Then I flushed it.
I never try to differentiate my natural logs, you'll just end up being reciprocated over.











That didn't make any sense did it?
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Re: Geek Humour

Stepping into quey's correctional shoes for a moment in order to point out to vaio that it should REALLY be "There's no place like ~", as ~ is the shortcut to the current user's home folder which is usually in a users folder and named according to their logon name (unless you're root, in which case it's usually /root).

For example, on one of the servers at uni for which my logon is "comd":
Code:
-bash-2.05b$ pwd
/diskh/zco/comd/public_html
-bash-2.05b$ cd ~
-bash-2.05b$ pwd
/diskh/zco/comd
-bash-2.05b$

Do I win some geek points now?
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Re: Geek Humour

You all win X+1 geek points, and lose 3/4 of your "I have a real life, Honest" points.
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Re: Geek Humour

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Taking natural logs is the inverse function of e^x, if that's what you mean. I'm still confused though.
Me too, and I'm not even trying to follow your conversation.
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You all win X+1 geek points.
Good job 1-X didn't contribute or you'd have (1-X)(X+1) so he really would have been square.
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Good job 1-X didn't contribute or you'd have (1-X)(X+1) so he really would have been square.
No he wouldn't.
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He would have been a quadratic equation with equal and opposite roots though!
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He would have been a quadratic equation with equal and opposite roots though!
Not that either. He would have been a quadratic equation with roots that differ from a given value (in this case, 1) by a numerically equal yet opposite amount, given in the orginal statement by the value "x".
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No he wouldn't.
Instead of the 1+X points of everyone else, it'd be 1- x^2 and it was this squared part, rather than X I was on about.
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Re: Geek Humour

Mark being pedantic in a thread?

Gosh! What are the chances!

I wish I'd taken bets!
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Not that either. He would have been a quadratic equation with roots that differ from a given value (in this case, 1) by a numerically equal yet opposite amount, given in the orginal statement by the value "x".
I seriously doubt anyone could be more pedantic than this. Unless you corrected a minor point of grammar in my post at the same time.
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This is probably the best story about science there has ever been so in case you haven't read it before here you go.

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Some time ago I received a call from a colleague who asked if I would
be the referee on the grading of an examination question. He was about
to give a student a zero for his answer to a physics question, while
the student claimed he should receive a perfect score and would if the
system were not set up against the student: The instructor and the
student agreed to submit this to an impartial arbiter, and I was
selected.

I went to my colleague's office and read the examination question:
"Show how it is possible to determine the height of a tall building
with the aid of a barometer."

The student had answered: "Take a barometer to the top of the
building, attach a long rope to it, lower the barometer to the street
and then bring it up, measuring the length of the rope. The length of
the rope is the height of the building."

I pointed out that the student really had a strong case for full
credit since he had answered the question completely and correctly. On
the other hand, if full credit was given, it could well contribute to
a high grade for the student in his physics course. A high grade is
supposed to certify competence in physics, but the answer did not
confirm this. I suggested that the student have another try at
answering the question I was not surprised that my colleague agreed,
but I was surprised that the student did.

I gave the student six minutes to answer the question with the warning
that the answer should show some knowledge of physics. At the end of
five minutes, he had not written anything. I asked if he wished to
give up, but he said no. He had many answers to this problem; he was
just thinking of the best one. I excused myself for interrupting him
and asked him to please go on. In the next minute he dashed off his
answer which read:

"Take the barometer to the top of the building and lean over the edge
of the roof. Drop that barometer, timing its fall with a stopwatch.
Then using the formula S = ½at², calculate the height of the building.

At this point I asked my colleague if he would give up. He conceded,
and I gave the student almost full credit.

In leaving my colleague's office, I recalled that the student had said
he had many other answers to the problem, so I asked him what they
were. "Oh yes," said the student. "There are a great many ways of
getting the height of a tall building with a barometer. For example,
you could take the barometer out on a sunny day and measure the height
of the barometer and the length of its shadow, and the length of the
shadow of the building and by the use of a simple proportion,
determine the height of the building."

"Fine," I asked. "And the others?"

"Yes," said the student. "There is a very basic measurement method
that you will like. In this method you take the barometer and begin to
walk up the stairs. As you climb the stairs, you mark off the length
of the barometer along the wa]l. You then count the number of marks,
and this will give you the height of the building in barometer units.
A very direct method."

"Of course, if you want a more sophisticated method, you can tie the
barometer to the end of a string, swing it as a pendulum, and
determine the value of `g' at the street level and at the top of the
building. From the difference of the two values of `g' the height of
the building can be calculated."

Finally, he concluded, there are many other ways of solving the
problem. "Probably the best," he said, "is to take the barometer to
the basement and knock on the superintendent's door. When the
superintendent answers, you speak to him as follows: "Mr.
Superintendent, here I have a fine barometer. If you tell me the
height of this building, I will give you this barometer."
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Having a creative mind is far more important than having an analytical mind, clearly
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I seriously doubt anyone could be more pedantic than this. Unless you corrected a minor point of grammar in my post at the same time.
Orly?

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Instead of the 1+X points of everyone else, it'd be 1- x^2 and it was this squared part, rather than X I was on about.
That's not (1-x)^2, though, is it? 1 - 2x + x^2 doesn't equal 1 - x^2, unless x = 0 or 1 which wasn't a specified condition.
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you're missing the point
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you're missing the point
No, it's entirely justified to round to 1 significant figure in the case of exact, theoretical values which aren't in any way affected by potential errors in measurement, thus any decimal specification is not required in the definition of potential solutions to the given equality.
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i need a barometer
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I heard that one as bravery.

However this one is an actual published article first written by the guy whose name i used as the originally posted by thing.
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2^x solved a briggsian logarithm then. lg(x). It is a exponetial function as far as I remember the definition: ka^x, where a is any positive, real number.
Did you put "Briggsian" in just to attempt to appear more intelligent, as it's utterly redundent when you're talking about "logarithms" as it is just the common logarithm.
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I told the following joke to the new staff at work last week.....

Jesus and his disciples are walking along the road when all of a sudden Jesus stops and says 'You know, the world is like 2x^2+3x-5'. The disciples stare blankly at him and wonder what the hell he is on about when Matthew says 'Don't worry - it's just another one of his parabolas!

BOOM BOOM!

The new staff didn't find it funny :(

Thankfully they later got sacked in an unrelated incident ;)
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Of course they didn't find it funny. It's "parabolae"!
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:rolleyes:

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Re: Geek Humour

Does laughing at this thread make me a geek?

It's not a good thing ( Proof Below )

Let G = geekiness - you are either a geek, almost a geek or not. values 2,1 and 0 respectively.
Let P = Penis Size
Let S = Sexual Voodoo
Let N = Chance of NOT getting laid

Herein: -

G * (P+S) = N

I get some at the moment... honest
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Ok but how does this work for a female geek?

And what the buggery **** is 'sexual voodoo'?!
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its like warm apple pieeeeeeeeeeee

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I told the following joke to the new staff at work last week.....

Jesus and his disciples are walking along the road when all of a sudden Jesus stops and says 'You know, the world is like 2x^2+3x-5'. The disciples stare blankly at him and wonder what the hell he is on about when Matthew says 'Don't worry - it's just another one of his parabolas!

BOOM BOOM!

The new staff didn't find it funny

Thankfully they later got sacked in an unrelated incident
note to self : check if being employed by a maths geek.
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this thread is excellent, in a very specialised way
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Does laughing at this thread make me a geek?

It's not a good thing ( Proof Below )

Let G = geekiness - you are either a geek, almost a geek or not. values 2,1 and 0 respectively.
Let P = Penis Size
Let S = Sexual Voodoo
Let N = Chance of NOT getting laid

Herein: -

G * (P+S) = N

I get some at the moment... honest
You're saying that the better endowed a geek is, the greater sexual magnetism a geek has, he's LESS likely to get laid? I think you need to change that * to a /.
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I wish i hadnt clicked on this thread, now its too late

my soul is condemned to eternal damnation.
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Re: Geek Humour

2^x = e^ax, where a = ln 2. So when you integrate it you get a extra factor of a. If I were 2^x I would choose not to integrate since a factor of ln 2 would decrease my magnitude. Perhaps the joke assumes a perverse conformist value judgement that magnitude is a bad thing, or the joke is an allegory of peer pressure.

My only complaint about the joke is that it ignores any kind of constant of integration. The relevant integration operator must be an exact integral between minus infinity and x. But you have to allow a little artistic licence.

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If that were the case, shouldn't the assignment actually require use of the relevant chapter in order to complete it?

I don't think we can assume that.
Surely, though, in dropping his barometer from the top of the building and timing it he is using a stopwatch or other device, as well as some form of weighing equipment to ascertain the mass of the barometer, etc, all of which he has not been given in the question. The whole point of the question was that he has a barometer and had to use IT in scientific method - not any other objects - to discover the height of the building. No?
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The earlier arguments seemed to include the use of the natural nubmer (e) as a requirement for a function to be exponential
Since I didn't make that mistake, why exactly did you quote me?
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You started the enitre argument....
Technically, that could be said to be true. Except when referring to an "argument" as a noun (a connected series of statements to establish a definite proposition), you can't have an "argument" (discussion) without two conflicting viewpoints, so when I disagreed with an incorrect statement, I was establishing the existance of an argument.

But that's rather a roundabout set of ideas, when it's quite clear that I said the opposite of what you appear to be implying, viz: that I was in some way responsible for the misunderstanding by which 2^x taken to be not exponential.

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funny, but 2^x isn't an exponential function?
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I think you should tell mathematics about that, it's obviously woefully misinformed.
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You started the enitre argument....
Ah, the "you started it" school of debate. A valuable addition to any thread regardless of topic.
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Surely, though, in dropping his barometer from the top of the building and timing it he is using a stopwatch or other device, as well as some form of weighing equipment to ascertain the mass of the barometer, etc, all of which he has not been given in the question. The whole point of the question was that he has a barometer and had to use IT in scientific method - not any other objects - to discover the height of the building. No?
Well he'd also need to know the density of mercury relative to air (or whatever liquid is used in the barometer) which is also not given. Why is it ok to assume he has a table of densities handy but not a stopwatch?

And incidently, you don't need to know the mass of the barometer.
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That's not (1-x)^2, though, is it? 1 - 2x + x^2 doesn't equal 1 - x^2, unless x = 0 or 1 which wasn't a specified condition.
You're misinterpreting what I said to try to make it look like you're right, but I'm wrong. I was saying that (1-X)(1+X), being the difference of two squares equals 1 - X^2, and thus 1-X (the friendly user) has a squared term, whereas anyone else who got Kura's geek points did not.
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You're misinterpreting what I said to try to make it look like you're right, but I'm wrong. I was saying that (1-X)(1+X), being the difference of two squares equals 1 - X^2, and thus 1-X (the friendly user) has a squared term, whereas anyone else who got Kura's geek points did not.
You phrased it badly, then; "he would have been square" implies that "he" would have been "square", which is not the case as he merely contains a squared term.
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This thread sucks apart from queball's posts
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This thread moved from "geeky jokes" onto "too ****ing geeky please get a life" all too quickly.
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Blame this man.

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I seriously doubt anyone could be more pedantic than this. Unless you corrected a minor point of grammar in my post at the same time.
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I paint myself red and run screaming around mark every Tuesday morning.
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y=3x+5 goes to the pub

"Do you serve sandwhiches?" He asks.
"Sorry sir" replies the barman "We dont cater for functions"....
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