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Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-05, 12:36
Replies: 69
Views: 1,129
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I note that, in the legal area of wills, the...

I note that, in the legal area of wills, the person managing the estate of a deceased person had for a long time, been known in the good ol' USA as the executor; or, as things progressed, and it...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-05, 01:51
Replies: 3,948
Views: 234,761
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
On April 16, 1947, the almost 2000 metric tons of...

On April 16, 1947, the almost 2000 metric tons of ammonium nitrate deep in the hold of the French cargo ship Grandcamp at Texas City, Texas caught fire, and ultimately exploded...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-29, 14:28
Replies: 74
Views: 4,431
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Really? What was he supposed to do? Get a law...

Really? What was he supposed to do? Get a law passed?

Ronald Reagan was President from 1981 until 1989. Aitch was President from 1989 until 1993. Dubya was President from 2000 until 2009.
...
Forum: Math 2020-07-28, 14:05
Replies: 22
Views: 683
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I note that, if p > 2 is prime, and the...

I note that, if p > 2 is prime, and the multiplicative order of 2 (mod p) is odd, then p does not divide 2n + 1 for any positive integer n, so p does not divide any positive integer with two binary...
Forum: Lounge 2020-07-28, 13:43
Replies: 13
Views: 306
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Please note, WRT insects merely being a novelty...

Please note, WRT insects merely being a novelty rather than a regular article of diet, I did specify "here in the good ol' USA." I know insects are commonly eaten elsewhere. Even I have heard about...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-28, 00:38
Replies: 74
Views: 4,431
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Nonsense. Your opinion was that a question based...

Nonsense. Your opinion was that a question based on the premise that Lewis later became a sellout (provided by some commentator's op-ed) was more pertinent than my question, "Whence cometh the next...
Forum: Lounge 2020-07-27, 23:51
Replies: 13
Views: 306
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Super! I had failed to imagine encounters of the...

Super! I had failed to imagine encounters of the culinary kind!

:tu:

When I was a little tyke, my mom got some novelty insect fare at a downtown Chicago store (I think it was Stop and Shop). ...
Forum: Lounge 2020-07-27, 22:53
Replies: 13
Views: 306
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Nice shots! The Luna Moth is considered by many...

Nice shots! The Luna Moth is considered by many to be the loveliest moth in North America. I find it hard to argue with that. Its light green color and long tails are amazing. I hope to see one...
Forum: Lounge 2020-07-27, 14:10
Replies: 13
Views: 306
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Insects

This thread is for posts about insects -- member of the class Insecta (or Hexapoda). For ease of reference, I give other classes of terrestrial arthropods in case someone wants to start a subtopic...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-27, 11:39
Replies: 307
Views: 13,472
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
As July winds to a close, the federal moratorium...

As July winds to a close, the federal moratorium on evictions is about to come to an end, and quite a few people here in the good ol' USA (I've heard estimates of up to 28 million) are facing the...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-27, 11:35
Replies: 74
Views: 4,431
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Just to be clear: I placed my response to Ernst's...

Just to be clear: I placed my response to Ernst's RIP post into the Soapbox myself. He had IMO turned the discussion of John Lewis in a political direction, and felt it best to continue it in the...
Forum: Science & Technology 2020-07-26, 18:00
Replies: 459
Views: 34,712
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
On July 7, 1980 I was in Champaign, IL and felt...

On July 7, 1980 I was in Champaign, IL and felt the 5.2 that hit Sharpsburg, KY. I was in a third-story office. At first I thought a truck was going by, or standing in the street below, and looked....
Forum: Math 2020-07-26, 12:58
Replies: 22
Views: 683
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
One notion that crossed my mind: The number of...

One notion that crossed my mind: The number of n-bit numbers M with b(M) = k binary ones is around binomial (n,k) [actually binomial(n-1,k-1) since the first bit is always 1].

If you want to...
Forum: Math 2020-07-25, 02:38
Replies: 22
Views: 683
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
IIRC, for a positive integer n, b(n) is the...

IIRC, for a positive integer n, b(n) is the standard notation for the number of 1's in the binary representation of n.

The PNT tells us that, for large N,

\log\prod_{p\le N}p \;\sim\; N

so...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-25, 02:04
Replies: 1,225
Views: 47,337
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Like Il Duce, Ted Wheeler is up for re-election...

Like Il Duce, Ted Wheeler is up for re-election this year. I guess we'll see whether getting tear-gassed is the end of Mayor Wheeler. He's been getting an earful from Black Lives Matter activists,...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-23, 00:39
Replies: 1,225
Views: 47,337
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
It's generally that way here in the good ol' USA...

It's generally that way here in the good ol' USA too. But that's with real cops, who know the low-key approach is generally the first option, especially with people who aren't overtly being...
Forum: Lounge 2020-07-23, 00:17
Replies: 967
Views: 39,126
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I would have thought "Hillsdale College" and...

I would have thought "Hillsdale College" and Imprimis would have been sufficient for that.

Thanks for the specific critiques. When I read the assertion of "widespread rioting," is about when I...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-22, 17:24
Replies: 1,225
Views: 47,337
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Arrest him for what? Standing still?[/quote] If...

Arrest him for what? Standing still?[/quote]
If a law-enforcement officer tells you to leave and you don't move, you are subject to arrest for "failing to comply with a lawful order from a...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-22, 12:18
Replies: 1,225
Views: 47,337
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I think it's a mistake to think of racism as...

I think it's a mistake to think of racism as "systemic." The legal underpinnings of Jim Crow were dismantled by the Civil Rights Movement and related legal challenges (notably Brown v. Board of...
Forum: Lounge 2020-07-22, 11:47
Replies: 967
Views: 39,126
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
If you're not familiar with Hillsdale College or...

If you're not familiar with Hillsdale College or its publication Imprimis, a recent article bears on public policy regarding COVID-19, with Black Lives Matter thrown in for good measure. That link...
Forum: Science & Technology 2020-07-22, 02:07
Replies: 2,791
Views: 154,997
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Curiously, the tests were done with angle...

Curiously, the tests were done with angle grinders, drills, and water jets -- not abrasive cutting wheels. From the descriptions I've read of how the new material resists being cut, I'd guess the...
Forum: Lounge 2020-07-21, 23:17
Replies: 1,455
RIP
Views: 91,622
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
One movie I saw James Mason in was Bigger than...

One movie I saw James Mason in was Bigger than Life (1956). It was based (somewhat loosely) on an early case of cortisone therapy. [The real-life story was written up by Berton Roueché in the...
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-07-21, 19:06
Replies: 55
Views: 2,009
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I was under the impression that not responding to...

I was under the impression that not responding to posts by trolls was entirely appropriate. I have, in fact, been reminded of this by other Forumites when unable to resist the temptation to respond...
Forum: Science & Technology 2020-07-21, 18:54
Replies: 2,791
Views: 154,997
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
It seems the new material is ceramic spheres...

It seems the new material is ceramic spheres embedded in metallic foam. Apparently the structure was inspired by abalone shells. I doubt it is brittle enough to fracture on impact (at least at room...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-21, 13:35
Replies: 1,225
Views: 47,337
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Il Duce's jack-booted government thugs -- coming...

Il Duce's jack-booted government thugs -- coming soon to New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland (https://apnews.com/4c521336d47c25d76d18000a3ea04511)
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