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Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-10, 12:39
Replies: 1,194
Views: 45,586
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
As found here: To: Donald Trump, President...

As found here:

To: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Cc: Mark Meadows (Chief of Staff), Kayleigh McEnany (Communications Director), Kellyanne Conway (Counselor to the President), et...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-09, 10:38
Replies: 306
Views: 12,303
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
So we've gone from "Yankee Doodle," wherein...

So we've gone from "Yankee Doodle," wherein "doodle" very likely meant "simpleton," to a slang term possibly derived from the onomatopoeia of a rooster crowing, to an abbreviation of a popular dog...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-08, 12:16
Replies: 306
Views: 12,303
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
No, the "mod" in the post is clearly a person or...

No, the "mod" in the post is clearly a person or persons.

As to "mod" subculture, it brings to mind an avant-garde subculture that was current in England around the time of our War of...
Forum: Lounge 2020-07-08, 11:58
Replies: 1,419
RIP
Views: 88,637
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
There is an anecdote about Paul Erdös involving a...

There is an anecdote about Paul Erdös involving a "colleague in California" who may well have been Ronald Graham. The anecdote is roughly as follows:

Erdös was at a friend's house in New Jersey,...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-08, 11:36
Replies: 306
Views: 12,303
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
A mod? I swear to God it wasn't me! (I'm...

A mod? I swear to God it wasn't me!

(I'm pretty sure you meant "mob." Most of my own typos -- and my Black Belt in making typos is of transfinite degree -- are the result of "fat-fingering" or...
Forum: Lounge 2020-07-08, 11:24
Replies: 1,419
RIP
Views: 88,637
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Newton was 7 years younger than Hooke, but...

Newton was 7 years younger than Hooke, but outlived him by 20-some years. He apparently used the latter period quite ill, in terms of vindictive reputational sabotage.[/QUOTE]

And there was that...
Forum: Science & Technology 2020-07-07, 12:32
Replies: 2,751
Views: 152,297
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I remember watching that episode of deGrasse...

I remember watching that episode of deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos. I had previously heard of "Fraunhofer lines," but had had no inkling of the man's personal history.

The linked article highlights the...
Forum: Lounge 2020-07-02, 01:41
Replies: 1,577
Views: 75,283
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Thanks for the suggestions. I have read that...

Thanks for the suggestions.

I have read that people sometimes sever relations with a close personal friend without explanation, in reaction to trauma. This woman hasn't suffered a physical...
Forum: Lounge 2020-07-01, 14:41
Replies: 1,577
Views: 75,283
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Ghosted

I am always interested in adding to my vocabulary. Well hurrah, hurrah, I have learned a new word, or at least a new meaning and usage for a word. This newfound knowledge has come very hard.
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Forum: Lounge 2020-07-01, 12:10
Replies: 158
Views: 8,444
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Excuses, excuses... No, I didn't proclaim on...

Excuses, excuses...

No, I didn't proclaim on March 23 that it would be a good time to buy. However, you might want to look at this post...
Forum: Science & Technology 2020-06-30, 13:28
Replies: 228
Views: 19,364
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
The usual definitions of a machine (mechanical...

The usual definitions of a machine (mechanical device) indicate that it performs, or is supposed to to perform, an intended task.

There is a famous quotation, attributed to Leonardo da Vinci,...
Forum: Computer Science & Computational Number Theory 2020-06-30, 13:01
Replies: 9
Views: 378
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I believe there is indeed no such proof. One...

I believe there is indeed no such proof. One possible type of proof would be a numerical example. It is however not the only possibility.

My old Pari-GP manual says that no examples of composite...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-06-30, 12:34
Replies: 170
Views: 10,752
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
WRT the disintegration of the newspaper business,...

WRT the disintegration of the newspaper business, it's been underway for decades.

IMO an early contributing factor was the advent of the "24-hour news cycle," as exemplified by CNN. By the time...
Forum: Lounge 2020-06-30, 11:24
Replies: 158
Views: 8,444
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
On March 23, 2020, the DJIA closed at 18,591.93,...

On March 23, 2020, the DJIA closed at 18,591.93, the lowest closing value this year to date.

On that day, as [/quote]
Of course, I don't know how much Ernst's sister relies on his financial...
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-06-29, 11:02
Replies: 29
Views: 1,122
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
An introduction to the subject of "congruent...

An introduction to the subject of "congruent numbers" may be found here: THE CONGRUENT NUMBER PROBLEM (https://kconrad.math.uconn.edu/blurbs/ugradnumthy/congnumber.pdf) by Keith Conrad.
Forum: Soap Box 2020-06-24, 12:53
Replies: 306
Views: 12,303
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I have a sketchy recollection of an encampment...

I have a sketchy recollection of an encampment called "Resurrection City" being dismantled after (IIRC) the "Poor Peoples' March" in DC, but I think the evacuation was done in an orderly and peaceful...
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-06-24, 12:36
Replies: 59
Views: 1,024
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
The Doctor is in! My diagnosis: ewmayer's...

The Doctor is in!

My diagnosis: ewmayer's analysis is correct. This thread should be closed. I will do the honors.

Also, the OP's reporting of Uncwilly's post as "rude" is extremely...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-06-21, 01:37
Replies: 111
Views: 8,855
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
As I understand it, the term "jaywalking" arose...

As I understand it, the term "jaywalking" arose when motorized street traffic became common. At the time, the US was still largely rural. The term "Jay" was a common pejorative for an ignorant,...
Forum: Science & Technology 2020-06-11, 00:07
Replies: 46
Views: 843
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I may be remembering wrong, but on the time scale...

I may be remembering wrong, but on the time scale of 108 years, according to some theories of how stars work, the earth could become too hot to be habitable anyway.

Some decades ago, I read A...
Forum: Math 2020-06-10, 14:47
Replies: 12
Views: 386
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
The link in the article to the Michigan Court of...

The link in the article to the Michigan Court of Appeals ruling upholding summary judgement (Plaintiff abjectly failed to make his case) is no longer valid. The link gives

Server Error

404 -...
Forum: Science & Technology 2020-06-09, 12:58
Replies: 46
Views: 843
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Bricks exposed to the air also deteriorate due to...

Bricks exposed to the air also deteriorate due to weathering.

Bricks exposed to both air and groundwater (or salt water) also may not last.

Regarding the degradability of clay objects, this...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-06-07, 12:35
Replies: 163
Views: 7,835
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Civil unrest: Wall Street celebrates...

Fox News: Black deaths, stock market graphic was insensitive (https://apnews.com/f18aadd2d6a2868c3765a02c2c9dfa13)
Forum: Lounge 2020-05-29, 11:45
Replies: 370
Views: 34,956
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
[/QUOTE] This is kinda weird: I'm not up on...

[/QUOTE]

This is kinda weird: I'm not up on these things, but 234-818-329-8398 looks like an international phone number -- country code, 3-digit area code, 7-digit phone number. Now 234 is the...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-05-28, 11:30
Replies: 138
Views: 8,740
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Hanging in effigy is a fine old tradition,...

Hanging in effigy is a fine old tradition, practiced in the British Colonies before the War of Independence. No doubt our modern COVID-19 crybabies imagine themselves to be modern-day avatars of the...
Forum: Science & Technology 2020-05-23, 12:42
Replies: 1,585
Views: 65,966
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Paul is doing fine by my lights. :tu: I initially...

Paul is doing fine by my lights. :tu: I initially asked the question. xilman asked what I asked. Consider him deputized. :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]
Let's see here... Ahh, there it is!

Throw in the...
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