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*can*pay..."What happens when a physicist, a computer scientist, a mathematician, an engineer, and an economist go out for a meal and try to split the check?

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"Well, I've got a proof that we *can* pay..."

What happens when a physicist, a computer scientist, a mathematician, an engineer, and an economist go out for a meal and try to split the check?

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Walmart workers finally going on strike, even without union support. More power to 'em.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/08/walmart-black-friday-strike-organized-online-video_n_2094698.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/08/walmart-black-friday-strike-organized-online-video_n_2094698.html

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I just found out I'm in worse shape than I thought if Prop. 30 doesn't pass; I won't be able to take summer classes any longer, meaning I'll have to cram my classes for the next year into fewer semesters, and frankly I'm not sure I'll be able to handle the workload.

Please vote yes on 30 if you weren't already planning to. And please tell your friends to do the same.

Please vote yes on 30 if you weren't already planning to. And please tell your friends to do the same.

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Thanks for the apology. Politics does indeed lend itself to abstract generalizations, but this particular issue certainly isn't abstract for me.

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And thanks to +Theresa Mecklenborg 's game here (https://plus.google.com/u/0/114203358588064063797/posts/fEVLRiQmjL9), #breakfastcombo is upon us once again. Service may be a bit slow.

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+Theresa Mecklenborg is on a roll.

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SOPA is dead; long live CISPA.

Just as though we needed any more proof that you can't trust Congress further than you can throw the Washington Monument, sources all over are reporting that before the echoes have evern dies down from the resounding rejection of SOPA by, well, pretty much the entire Internet, Congress is already trying to slip its successor through on the sly while they think no-one is watching.

Feathers. Tar. And rails. That's what we need.

Just as though we needed any more proof that you can't trust Congress further than you can throw the Washington Monument, sources all over are reporting that before the echoes have evern dies down from the resounding rejection of SOPA by, well, pretty much the entire Internet, Congress is already trying to slip its successor through on the sly while they think no-one is watching.

Feathers. Tar. And rails. That's what we need.

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And breakfast is served again, this time because I figured out +Zack Weinberg 's "symbolism" on about the millionth try.

(Re-updated version of rules: Try to guess the thing I'm thinking of. If your guess is more like the target than any guess so far, I'll tell you that. Otherwise, I'll tell you one way in which your guess /is/ like the target. One guess per comment; wait to make another guess until either A. someone else's guess has been answered or B. at least four hours have passed since your last guess.)

(Re-updated version of rules: Try to guess the thing I'm thinking of. If your guess is more like the target than any guess so far, I'll tell you that. Otherwise, I'll tell you one way in which your guess /is/ like the target. One guess per comment; wait to make another guess until either A. someone else's guess has been answered or B. at least four hours have passed since your last guess.)

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Materials-sciencey people: I need some advice.

A metal bit broke off my glasses, and I've been trying to glue it back on to the adjacent metal bit, but so far without success. First I tried cyanoacrylate, and then an "all-purpose cement" containing various acetates, and in both cases the metal bit seemed to be attached okay after some hours' curing, but then came right off again under a fairly gentle shear force.

What's going wrong here? What should I try instead?

A metal bit broke off my glasses, and I've been trying to glue it back on to the adjacent metal bit, but so far without success. First I tried cyanoacrylate, and then an "all-purpose cement" containing various acetates, and in both cases the metal bit seemed to be attached okay after some hours' curing, but then came right off again under a fairly gentle shear force.

What's going wrong here? What should I try instead?

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Also, I recently used JB Weld on a metal repair project and it failed under a light shearing load. I had thought I was just Doing It Wrong but feel vindicated after today's reading.

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Okay, this is kind of worrisome.

A while ago, I plugged a pair of old headphones into my computer speakers to see if they still worked, and suddenly I couldn't get any sound at all out of my computer except a beep from the motherboard -- even after I unplugged the headphones and power-cycled the computer. Great, I thought, my sound card's just happened to crap out right when I need it. I replaced the card a few days later and everything seemed okay...

...until just now, when it occurred to me to try those headphones once again, and the exact same thing seems to have happened.

Have I somehow broken two sound cards now just by plugging in the wrong headphones? Is the sound card*not* broken, and if so, what else is going on? Does anybody out there have a clue?

A while ago, I plugged a pair of old headphones into my computer speakers to see if they still worked, and suddenly I couldn't get any sound at all out of my computer except a beep from the motherboard -- even after I unplugged the headphones and power-cycled the computer. Great, I thought, my sound card's just happened to crap out right when I need it. I replaced the card a few days later and everything seemed okay...

...until just now, when it occurred to me to try those headphones once again, and the exact same thing seems to have happened.

Have I somehow broken two sound cards now just by plugging in the wrong headphones? Is the sound card

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Max expressed the thought I had better.

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This thread is amazing. #natesilverfacts :

— “Results ask Nate Silver if they’re significant.”

— “Nate Silver's samples have only a median and a mode. Because no number would be mean to Nate Silver.”

— “Nate Silver can recite pi. Backwards.”

— “When Nate Silver asks you, ‘Wanna make a bet?’ the correct answer is no.”

— “There are no imaginary numbers, only ones Nate Silver hasn't acknowledged yet.”

— “Nate Silver can divide by zero.”

— “Nate Silver does not breathe air, he just periodically samples the atmosphere.”

— “Nate Silver got kicked out of a Costco for combining all the samples together and staring at them.”

— “Nate Silver counted to infinity. Twice.”

-- "Nate Silver owns a copy of the set of all sets that do not contain themselves. "

-- "Nate Silver can express sqrt(2) as a fraction of two integers a/b"

-- "Nate Silver once observed a particle's position and momentum with a variance less than h/4*pi"

-- "Nate Silver was able to solve the equations of the lorenz attractor with only analytic methods"

-- "Nate Silver rides to work on a Gaussian wave packet"

EDIT: I forgot to specify a,b ∈ N. I have failed as a mathematician and will be committing suicide later tonight.

— “Results ask Nate Silver if they’re significant.”

— “Nate Silver's samples have only a median and a mode. Because no number would be mean to Nate Silver.”

— “Nate Silver can recite pi. Backwards.”

— “When Nate Silver asks you, ‘Wanna make a bet?’ the correct answer is no.”

— “There are no imaginary numbers, only ones Nate Silver hasn't acknowledged yet.”

— “Nate Silver can divide by zero.”

— “Nate Silver does not breathe air, he just periodically samples the atmosphere.”

— “Nate Silver got kicked out of a Costco for combining all the samples together and staring at them.”

— “Nate Silver counted to infinity. Twice.”

-- "Nate Silver owns a copy of the set of all sets that do not contain themselves. "

-- "Nate Silver can express sqrt(2) as a fraction of two integers a/b"

-- "Nate Silver once observed a particle's position and momentum with a variance less than h/4*pi"

-- "Nate Silver was able to solve the equations of the lorenz attractor with only analytic methods"

-- "Nate Silver rides to work on a Gaussian wave packet"

EDIT: I forgot to specify a,b ∈ N. I have failed as a mathematician and will be committing suicide later tonight.

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I prefer the hashtag #drunknatesilver, myself.

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Heh. I appear to be getting a wide variety of spam that starts with "Please click 'Not Spam' above if delivered to spam folder." Yay, screening-for-suckers ploys.

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I seem to have finally guessed another #BreakfastCombo, so breakfast is served again. (Rather timely, since I'm eating scrambled eggs at this very moment.)

Previous game was here, where anyone who doesn't know them will also find the rules: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101757166353994678129/posts/3bDwunqSihX

Previous game was here, where anyone who doesn't know them will also find the rules: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101757166353994678129/posts/3bDwunqSihX

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Well, it was. Now it's something else: https://plus.google.com/101757166353994678129/posts/4K57ftDgzXt

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From my "a fairy tale" to +Theresa Mecklenborg 's "a parent" and back to me again. My breakfast chefs are working overtime.

(Re-updated version of rules: Try to guess the thing I'm thinking of. If your guess is more like the target than any guess so far, I'll tell you that. Otherwise, I'll tell you one way in which your guess /is/ like the target. One guess per comment; wait to make another guess until either A. someone else's guess has been answered or B. at least four hours have passed since your last guess.)

(Re-updated version of rules: Try to guess the thing I'm thinking of. If your guess is more like the target than any guess so far, I'll tell you that. Otherwise, I'll tell you one way in which your guess /is/ like the target. One guess per comment; wait to make another guess until either A. someone else's guess has been answered or B. at least four hours have passed since your last guess.)

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