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YesterdayILearnt (or at least tried out the very reasonable assumption and found it accurate) that the theme songs of anime I watched with ToothyWikizen s many moons ago are all on YouTube?. Natsukashii! But sadly, YouTube? have yet to instigate a 'search by tune' function, so that I can't find the ones where I only remember fractions of tunes rather than anime titles :/ (And I don't suppose I'll have much luck on ToothyWiki trying to describe them either... oh well!) --MJ
YesterdayILearnt that Annabel is not allergic to almonds. Hurrah. Sadly, we can't conclude anything about other foodstuffs. Also, YesterdayILearnt that it takes three. hours. to drive [this route], but under 2 hours to do its reverse. --CH
Oe nìmumeie 'ita na'viyä plltxe --PT
YesterdayILearnt that my boots make good pocket substitutes --Pigwotflies
YesterdayILearnt wee ki gagis zwihander reen Hymmnos --SF
*googles* Hmm, how cool. I should try that game. --AC
My google-fu fails. What? --CH
Your google-fu is weak, young grasshopper. Especially given that if you just copypaste my line from after the YIL it's the first result. Hymmnos is a constructed language (created for the ArTonelico? series of RPG/dating sim things) which has the function of...well actually it has the function of sounding pretty when sung, but supposedly it is about accurately conveying the speaker (singer)'s emotions. The above translates roughly as "Concentrating fairly hard, I can understand Hymnos, and I am content with this" (actually what I have literally said is "listen to Hymnos successfully", because I can't find any verb for "learn" or "understand"). --SF

YesterdayILearnt that in Virtue Mart, product objects are the children of vendor objects.  This is a Bad Thing because taxes are object-based.  Now I need a new freeware shop package >.>  --hart
YesterdayILearnt --MJ
YesterdayILearnt that CTRL+ALT+UP ARROW makes my windows screen turn sideways, when Mark did this randomly banging on my keyboard --DouglasReay
YesterdayILearnt what happens when you get into a staring competition with Tango. I also learnt what it felt like to be headbutted by a cat. Hopefully the sequence of events is easy to construct from this. And yes, it was cute --Androidkiller
YesterdayILearnt that trying to update toothywiki using my mobile = fail ^^;[macloud]
JustNowILearnt that Internet Explorer is even more of a steaming pile of poo than I had previously thought. I created a HTML form containing a text entry box and several different submit buttons. IE 6 makes it impossible to tell which button was pressed, because it sends the name/value pairs for every single button on the page to the server, disobeying [1]. It also sends the wrong value - instead of using the "value=" attribute in the button tag, it sends the text embedded inside the button tag, disobeying [2]. Internet Explorer 8 fixes the first of these flaws but not the second. This specification is only twelve years old! --Admiral
Isn't it just awful! I just use <input type="submit" ... /> which is ok on IE6. --B
YesterdayILearnt that you can win with Meat -- SGB
YesterdayILearnt that Helvetica isn't a "font:" 12-point Helvetica is.  Perhaps I meant "Typeface?" --ElliottBelser
YesterdayILearnt that baby squirrels' necks are really flexible. --Admiral
That's a truly disturbing beginning to a story.  --Vitenka
Indeed. Didn't sleep that well last night. --Admiral
YesterdayILearnt that even if a BouncyCastle? says its maximum weight limit is 70 kilos, me and Rachael can both happily bounce on it without it bursting. --AlexChurchill
YesterdayILearnt that I really suck at BattleForWesnoth. I also seem to have spent a little too much time on it. When I close my eyes, I see little health and experience bars to the upper left of a blob that can only be an imaginary unit/character. Addictive. --Admiral
YesterdayIDiscovered Veggie Tales' "Silly songs with Larry" on YouTube?. Most of which are rapidly heading for IWannaGetThatSongOuttaMyHead. --Admiral
YesterdayILearnt (okay, the day before yesterday I learnt) that the London Eye is run by British Airways. They do their best to give it the authentic experience of British flying. A trip round the wheel is called a "flight". There's a long queue to "check in", while listening to announcements about not leaving your baggage unattended, then another long queue through security, where they check you with portable metal detectors, and search your bags. Then at the end they make announcements about "coming in to land". The only thing missing is the steward(ess) pointing out where the exits are! --Admiral
And the crappy food...:) --Tsunami
YesterdayILearnt that a MouseMat? is not a terribly robust CuttingBoard?.  --Vitenka
YesterdayILearnt that I was successful in getting a sideways promotion at work :) --B
YesterdayILearnt the solar system is precisely (if not accurately) 4.5695 billion years old --MawKernewek
Is that the time since the first fusion reaction in the Sun? --B
I don't think so, I think it may be more to do with when the processes of  accretion began in the protoplanetary disk, try this [paper] to see how this is all known. -MawKernewek
Of course, it may have been inteligently designed to make it look that way.... ^_^ --Tsunami
Are you not confusing ID with Young Earth Creationism? I don't think ID has a view on the age of the Earth itself. If it did then it would reveal itself as a front for creationism. --MawKernewek
I believe a court recently proved that link (through document versions), yes.  However, you're right - ID very carefully doesn't state that the earth is young, only that nothing is preventing it from being in their view.  --Vitenka
I hadn't realised that they had stated that, however, lets not beat around the bush here, they probably all think it! --Tsunami
YesterdayILearnt how to defeat the Colossus that lives below the sands and the Colossus that guards the sacred flame --K
<stereotypical mother voice>That's nice dear. Now what would you like for tea?</smv> --CH
...and the two comments taken together, of course, pretty much reproduce the plot of ISBN 1857230809 .. - MoonShadow
I'll bite.. what game? - MoonShadow
Shadows of the Collosus, I'm guessing.  --Vitenka
Yep.  It's living up to be exactly what I expected to be: A very good but very short game in much the same style as Ico --K
YesterdayILearnt about the practical application of leeches to strippers to reduce bruises.  This was while in a class on wigs.  The things one learns at college.... --Nataku
YesterdayILearnt that [Sudoku puzzles] are indeed, as I had suspected, [NP-complete]. - MoonShadow
Non-pdf prefered :)  --Vitenka (Scaled in what domain?  Number of squares is the obvious one, but it's a set number.)
Assuming a square grid, they consider an n^2-x-n^2 problem, of which sudoku is the n==3 case. What they actually show is that given some solutions, the problem of finding another solution is NP-complete. As part of the proof, they demonstrate that the problem itself is NP-complete; part of *that* proof relies on [this]. - MoonShadow
If by solution, you mean a full grid filling, it should be impossible to find another one by the rules.  It just seems an odd measure, since there's obviously no solutions when n>3 so you can just say it's O(1) - finite sized problem.  --Vitenka
The general problem is that you have an n^2 by n^2 grid of numbers from 1 to n^2 arranged such that each row, each column and each n-aligned nxn subgrid contains each of the numbers exactly once; the grid is partially prefilled, and there may be zero or more ways of filling the remaining spaces with numbers so that the constraints are satisfied. Sudoku is the n==3 case of this. And while Sudokus generally have exactly one solution, this does not have to be the case. Why do you say there can be no solutions for n>3? It is not obvious to me - quite the opposite, ISTM I can trivially construct  for any n a grid that fits the constraints by taking the numbers from 1 to n^2 as the first row and taking each subsequent row as the previous row rotated by n; I can demonstrate that for any n > 1 it is possible for puzzles with multiple solutions to exist by considering a grid with no prefilled numbers, constructing the solution as above and mirroring it to obtain a second solution. - MoonShadow
Failed to realised that the number of numebrs you had available for filling would also scale.  Duh to me.  And sudoku rules specify there be only a single unique solution.  Did they come up with anything on how it scaled with number of prefilled squares?  I'd expect it to get harder until about 2^-2 of them were filled, then easier.  --Vitenka (not understanding, not able to read that pdf, should wait until he gets home)
(PeterTaylor) I had a discussion with AL recently in which he was talking about a reduction between graph colouring (or, specifically, register colouring) and Sudoku.
(PeterTaylor) Reading the paper you reference, it does say at the end of section 1, "Since ASP-completeness implies NP-completeness these results also add new items to the list of NP-complete puzzles." If one of the papers they've referenced proves the first half of the sentence it would qualify as direct proof.
It is part of their definition of "ASP-complete" - an ASP-complete thing is an NP-complete thing that can be mapped in polynomial time to/from something else that is ASP-complete. Part of their proof that Sudoku is ASP-complete is a proof that it is NP-complete. It took me a little while to grasp this. - MoonShadow
YesterdayILearnt that it's possible to [fix a broken gearbox linkage with cable ties]. --Requiem
YesterdayILearnt (or, more accurately, LastWeekILearnt) again how small the world is, after sitting opposite AlexCairnes? at the wedding reception of an old family friend.  AlexChurchill, MoonShadow and SunKitten - he said hi to you. --MikeJeggo
YesterdayILearnt that if you do a half hour ergo after not having done one for quite some time it's knackering. Although they should be anyway. --MawKernewek
YesterdayILearnt how to do my taxes. --K
YesterdayILearnt that neither Perl or LaTeX? is as easy as it looks. This was An Issue for the MathWiki - AlexLabram
Never tried Perl, but yes, LaTeX? is tricky. It is highly cool though - I wrote my PartIII? essay in it, and was very pleased with the outcome. --CH



YesterdayILearnt where paladin Anderson keeps all those knives: See Alucard. --Steve
YesterdayILearnt one of the best ways of avoiding all this Halloween nonsense. --Admiral
In our case, living up a set of uninviting stairs in a distinctly unsavoury-looking passageway buried in a vaguely-ex-Soviet-looking block of flats. What's yours? - MoonShadow
Being airborne, and half-way back across ThePond. I get to miss it in both countries then. --Admiral
PeterTaylor donned his Soviet Army uniform and loaded his SuperSoaker?, but no-one came to call. :disappointed:
We only had one set, came about mid afternoon. Tsunami hid behind the door til they went away (no treats, no super-soaker, almost no tolerance for American traditions that have nothing to do with the UK).
Umm. Not entirely - there's the old Scottish / Northern England tradition of "guising" which is basically the same as Trick or Treating. Then there's the tradition of "souling" where people went door to door at All Hallows Eve demanding soul cakes. This dates back to the 14th Century. There - something else you've learnt ;) -- Jay
I didn't know that, but in the end, that isn't the "tradition" they are following. Trick or treating as we know it, is American. Most kids (I would guess about 99.99999999% of them) won't have heard of guising. As far as they are concerned, it is an excuse to go out and get sweets. --Tsunami
And the tradition of going around as a bunch of yobs in vague masks throwing oranges and eggs at anyone who you dislike, feel threatened by or think you can intimidate?  --Vitenka
Is sadly as much rooted in the UK as it is the States. Some people will always behave like yobs no matter what. Sure, Halloween gives them an excuse, but they don't _need_ an excuse. What I was pointing out is that, if your objection is that this is an American tradition being imported, that it's not. If your objection is that it's an excuse for people who behave like yobs to behave like yobs then you have a valid point. But the kids who came to my door were all quite polite - why spoil their fun ? -- Jay
Most days they don't have the excuse to hang around masked and weilding eggs.  --Vitenka
Why is one forced to obey a tradition one dislikes? --Requiem, playing against type
Did I say you had to ? I'm not saying anyone should participate in any tradition they don't like. I give out sweets to the kids trick or treating around here because I remember some great Halloween parties when I was a kid - though we carved turnip lanterns not pumpkin ones - and because, so far, they've all been nice enough kids. You guys do whatever you want. My sole point above was that this is not just an imported tradition. --Jay
Am I the only one who politely feigned terror at the witches and ghouls, whilst dishing out chocolate bars and watching protective mothers lurk in the background? 
Seem's you're (unsigned?) the only one who lives in an area mothers would dare live in.  --Vitenka
I had a good trick to avoid them, too - do some weeding in the front garden. Somehow, the fact that they could see me outside meant that they didn't come to our door... --M-A

YesterdayILearnt to be more careful where to place my stabilising hand when reaching round to close a fully-open door from the inside on SlamDoorTrains. And also that the safety bars in front of the window make it signficantly more difficult to re-open said doors, particularly when under the influence of crushed-thumb-pain. :-[ --Bobacus
(PeterTaylor) Ouch. I am reminded of the last time I ever closed a minibus door from the outside with the inside handle. I made the mistake of clicking the lock first, so I had to wait for Dad to wonder where I was and come out. Was it not possible to open the window of your train door and close it by pulling on the top of the window?
Yes, the bars mounted horizontally across the window-space mean that this is a multi-step process.
YesterdayILearnt the war cry "Tropicalize Digitalization!" - Pallando
YesterdayILearnt that the Texaco at the Histon Rd / Huntingdon Rd / Victoria Rd junction has Haribo on two-for-the-price-of-one offer. Get your Tangfastics while they last. (Note: the prize draw mentioned on the StarMix? packets has already closed).
YesterdayILearnt that MurphysLaw applies to loose beanbag beans. In spades. Our hall looked like it had been snowed on - SunKitten
Snowball Fight!!  *throws beanbagbeansnowballs at people* --K
That's entropy for you. --Admiral
YesterdayILearnt that ff11 ISNT getting a uk ps2 [most unhappy] macloud
Yerwhat?  Do you mean not getting released in the UK?  That's very odd.  I wonder if it's connected to the news that the PStwo won't have the ability to have a hard drive installed (and is being released this November) --K
''no, the p.c. version is out , but not the ps2 version.
as for the pstwo, well look at the ps2 now, and and imagine it a 1/4 of the size...macloud''
YesterdayILearnt that he who controls the curry bread controls the world. I couldn't help myself it had to be done. --Steve
YesterdayILearnt that people in call centers are psychic: they always seem to phone when you're in the middle of something important like your dinner. I wonder if this is a qualification they check when people apply for the job? --Steve
I think the only qualification is a cold, black heart. -- Xarak
Lol, probably. do you think it's like apprentice training for working for the inland revinue? -- Steve
The Inland Revenue, I reckon they do a chest X-Ray when you apply. If your heart is made of stone, they let you in. If not, they'll perform a heart transplant ( the donor being a fossilized predatory dinosaur ), but you have to cover the costs - by selling your soul... -- Xarak
YesterdayILearnt that there is a shop in Cambridge called the Dodo shop.  I hoped this meant I could buy a pet Dodo, but unfortunately all they seem to sell are ceramics and glass... --MJ
YesterdayILearnt that the original acronym for the large NHS department I work for was ASS. Quite seriously. And it took several planning meetings before anyone noticed. ^_^ --Requiem
YesterdayILearnt where the Coffee Shop is. It's not like it's hard to find; I'm just really good at walking past shops without seeing them. And now I have Coffee. Mmm... --Requiem
YesterdayILearnt how to operate the espresso machine I was given for my birthday ^.^ --MJ
YesterdayILearnt how to get the XFree86 server I installed under Cygwin to use a window manager other than the <someone more imaginative insert adjectives here> TWM.
twm is cool.
YesterdayILearnt that despite being unemployed, I still enjoy telling mass-call-center-operating-pimps-cum-scuzzballs what they can do with their measly money -- Garbled
YesterdayILearnt that my thesis is good enough to pass with minor corrections.  PoingPoingPoing!  --Jumlian
Congratulations :) - SunKitten
Cheers.  --Jumlian

YesterdayILearnt that it is a very good idea to read helpfiles more closely before editing critical system configuration files like FsTab.  --Vitenka
YesterdayILearnt that I am totally doomed.  -- Hawk

YesterdayILearnt that angels were intended to be celibate but they got bored and chased some skirt instead.  --DivinitySam

YesterdayILearnt that you don't always learn something new every day.....

YesterdayILearnt the outside 441. -- TheInquisitor

YesterdayILearnt the whole of theology is dominated by Christians with modern concerns that are not the slighest bit useful for what I am trying to do. Grrr.. Why don't more atheists write about NIV: 1 Cor 7... we get a bit more sense out of them...  --DivinitySam
Consult an historical theologian? -- Senji
Well, I'm basically atheistic and don't recognise the passage so...  SesameStreet gives it the meaning of "You're all special!"  Literal interpretation says that the speaker in it is a hermaphrodite or neuter...  Short plank says that 'men and women are differently shaped, duh', while the line above saying that deprivation for a short time for prayer means that the speaker gets laid whilst praying and wishes everyone could have that too.  --Vitenka
It may be important to remember in the context of this verse, that Paul thought that the second coming would happen in his lifetime. -- Senji
Having read a little more, I must say, Paul was one heck of a doomsday cult rabble rouser, wasn't he?  From context, I'd guess he's saying "God says that whatever you do is fine, but nudge nudge you get in well if you stay celibate" - which is pretty good manipulation.  Clever appalation to the whole spectrum of listeners.  (Reads edit conflict)  Heh, got to the same conclusion.  Which means probably he was urging them to stay celibate like him, whilst also saying 'but whatever you do is ok' and getting laid.  --Vitenka
Perhaps I'm being naive, but why do you need the writings of theologians on the verse to be useful for what you are trying to do; why isn't your own writing enough? Or are you looking for some authorities to appeal to to back up your interpretation?

YesterdayILearnt that you can use people's political ambitions to offload work onto them!  Landgrab a problem that I'm stuck on?  No problem!  --Vitenka

YesterdayILearnt that it's a wonderful idea to overestimate the length of time something will take, as everyone ends up happier. --M-A

Yesterday, I learnt that I am older than the girl who plays the engineer on [Firefly]. I'm off to get me [zimmer].
No, no - I meant what's Firefly :) (and why does that make the poster feel so old).
New sci-fi show by Joss Whedon, who wrote BuffyTheVampireSlayer and Angel.

YesterdayILearnt that I most definitely, DEFINITELY, don't want to work as a cleaner anymore --macloud



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