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Satellite

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If you're going to let it burn up, make sure it happens over the deep end of the bathtub and not any populated parts of the house!
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davidar
52 days ago
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Why can't gravity work like this? Although avoiding your personal satellite accidentally transferring to someone else's orbit might be difficult.
alt_text_bot
52 days ago
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If you're going to let it burn up, make sure it happens over the deep end of the bathtub and not any populated parts of the house!
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Parenthetical Names

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I never got around to seeing that movie about the battle (of Midway).
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davidar
80 days ago
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Geralt (of Rivia (the butcher (of Blaviken)))
jungy
80 days ago
:D
fancycwabs
79 days ago
I think I can name two songs by Toad (the wet sprocket).
alt_text_bot
80 days ago
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I never got around to seeing that movie about the battle (of Midway).
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OK/okay/ok

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After changing it back and forth several times and consulting with internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch, I settled on "ok" in my book How To, but I'm still on the fence. Maybe I should just switch to "oK."
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davidar
85 days ago
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okies - also kind of old but in a different way
alt_text_bot
85 days ago
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After changing it back and forth several times and consulting with internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch, I settled on "ok" in my book How To, but I'm still on the fence. Maybe I should just switch to "oK."
yaomtc
85 days ago
Who runs this bot? Quote marks haven't worked for a while.
joeythesaint
85 days ago
Check your font encoding and browser settings. Quote marks seem fine here: https://imgur.com/3j3YNk6
tedder
85 days ago
They fail on the Android app.
yaomtc
85 days ago
Correct, I should have specified. They work fine on desktop, just not on the Android app. Maybe it's just an issue with the app rendering certain characters in comments. I may post an issue on the Github. ("Test.") EDIT: My quotation marks work fine, as do the quotes in mburch42's comment. I guess the Android app handles comments differently, as the HTML of joeythesaint's link becomes visible.
tedder
85 days ago
Agree, AltTextBot's are the only broken ones on Android. All look correct on iOS and on a desktop browser. I think the 'bot is sending quot entity versus the actual quotes and it happens to render wrong on Android (though this theory doesn't follow Occam, which would blame the Android app).
Aissen
85 days ago
@yaomtc @tedder I run the bot. Thanks for the report, I'll check it out. EDIT: it should now be fixed for future alt texts.
yaomtc
83 days ago
Thanks, Aissen! I created an issue: https://github.com/samuelclay/NewsBlur/issues/1272
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yaomtc
83 days ago
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[Commented on the wrong thing and I can't delete]
mburch42
85 days ago
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Sometimes in older books they spell it "okeh" which is really wild.

53 Cards

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Well, there's one right here at the bottom, where it says "53."
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davidar
162 days ago
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Also people claiming to have invented lossless compression schemes which are guaranteed to compress every possible file.
zippy72
160 days ago
And got parents on them approved as well...
wishngrab
156 days ago
Ha ha very funny.Good. Wishngrab.com Keep it up
alt_text_bot
162 days ago
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Well, there's one right here at the bottom, where it says "53."
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lograh
159 days ago
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For a bit there I was expecting a Banach–Tarski joke.
Covarr
161 days ago
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If there's one thing I know about binary, it's that 1+1=10. If there's one thing I know about basic arithmetic, it's that 10-2=8. So if you spend one energy unit, then spend one more, and have a net gain of 8, that sounds pretty perpetual to me.
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The Speech-to-Song Illusion

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In 1995 UCSD psychologist Diana Deutsch was fine-tuning the spoken commentary on a CD when she noticed something odd. When the phrase “sometimes behave so strangely” was repeated on a loop, it came to sound as though it were being sung rather than spoken. When the full surrounding passage was then played in its entirety, this phrase still sounded as though it were being sung (you can hear this here).

The phenomenon is not completely understood, but “the present experiments show that for a phrase to be heard as spoken or as sung, it does not need to have a set of physical properties that are unique to speech, or a different set of physical properties that are unique to song,” the researchers write. “Rather, we must conclude that, assuming the neural circuitries underlying speech and song are at some point distinct and separate, they can accept the same input, but process the information in different ways so as to produce different outputs.”

(Via MetaFilter.)

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turing complete version numbers

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A quick standard for when you want to embed an arbitrary program in the version number of your program.

2   increment the data pointer (to point to the next cell to the right).
3   decrement the data pointer (to point to the next cell to the left).
+   increment (increase by one) the byte at the data pointer.
-   decrement (decrease by one) the byte at the data pointer.
.   output the byte at the data pointer.
4   accept one byte of input, storing its value in the byte at the data pointer.
6   if the byte at the data pointer is zero, then instead of moving the instruction pointer forward to the next command, jump it forward to the command after the matching 9 command.
9   if the byte at the data pointer is nonzero, then instead of moving the instruction pointer forward to the next command, jump it back to the command after the matching 6 command. 

This is simply Brainfuck with operators that are legal in (Debian) version numbers kept as-is, and some numbers replacing the rest.

Note that all other operators are ignored as usual. In particular, 1 and 8 are ignored, which make it easy to build version number programs that compare properly with past versions. And in some cases, adding 1 or 8 will be needed to make a particular program be a properly formatted version number.

For example, an infinite loop version number is:

1+69

A nice short hello world is:

1+6-6336+6-8-1-29-6333999222-92-1.1-1-1-8.2.8.2.3333-1.3+1.22222.2.33.3-1.1

Licensing: Yes, there should also be a way to embed a license in a version ... Oh, I mean to say, the Wikipedia excerpt above is CC-BY-SA, and the hello world is based on https://esolangs.org/wiki/Hello_world_program_in_esoteric_languages

Previously: a brainfuck monad

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