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17 February 2007 @ 12:37 pm
Time For A Meme.  
So, everyone's probably seen the "ask me a question" meme that's, well, constantly going and coming and returning and piling up the frequent flyer miles for lo these many years.

So, what the hell -- ask me a question in a comment here, and I shall answer it. Any question at all. Multiple questions allowed. I do not, however, guarantee that the answer to every question will be satisfying to the questioner in any way, just that there will be an answer.

Questions from the audience are not required, of course, but if you do not ask a question, I will never speak to you or comment on your blog ever again. Maybe. At my discretion. If I feel like it.

Get to it!
In the mood: crankycranky
Dustybigmog on February 17th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
Why don't monkeys grow beards?
Douglas Triggs: bad icondoubt72 on February 17th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
Because they have fur, not hair.
redfiermaredfierma on February 17th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
Generic Cheesy Question, but I am genuinely interested: what makes you happy?
Douglas Triggs: taodoubt72 on February 17th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I'm not really sure. I'm not sure there's anything that makes me happy. When I'm happy, I just am.

Right now, though, it's much easier to say what making me unhappy.
Laurel Amberdine: orbitalsamberdine on February 17th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)

What's your favorite integer sequence?
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on February 17th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
3, 7, 31, 127, 8191, 131071, 524287, 2147483647...
asakiyumeasakiyume on February 18th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
What makes this integer sequence a sequence (because I'm stupid and too lazy to try to figure it out)?

And--this is my question. And I really want to know.
Douglas Triggs: ufo and medoubt72 on February 18th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
It's the first several Mersenne primes.
asakiyumeasakiyume on February 19th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
I went to http://primes.utm.edu/mersenne/ to find out something about Mersenne primes (and discovered that they're kind of arbitrary? The formula 2n-1 only sometimes produces one, and I didn't see any formula for predicting when/how you'd get one)

But then I saw the explanation of what a perfect number is, so I decided that if *I* had to choose a favorite numerical sequence, it would be the sequence of perfect numbers...
Douglas Triggs: gamedoubt72 on February 19th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
Well, they're not particularly more irregular than many other sequences (primes, etc.). The exponent is always prime, and in fact they're also directly related to perfect numbers.

Perfect numbers are another one of my favorite sequences, but I like Mersenne primes better.

Wikipedia has pretty interesting articles on both, of course.
Jimmy Hollaman and GUS: Ed wood Jrjimmy_hollaman on February 17th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
what question will you not answer?
Douglas Triggs: moondoubt72 on February 17th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
According to the rules: there is no question I will not answer.

Perhaps you meant to ask a different question?
Jimmy Hollaman and GUSjimmy_hollaman on February 18th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
No just wanted to see what question you would not answer
Douglas Triggs: totallydoubt72 on February 18th, 2007 11:21 am (UTC)
There are questions I would dodge.

"What questions would you dodge?" is probably one of them.
geniusofevilgeniusofevil on February 18th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
What's with the entries of other languages?
Douglas Triggs: languagedoubt72 on February 18th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Practice. In whatever language I'm studying. I haven't posted anything much in anything but English and 日本語 lately, though. If I ever have.
dragonet2dragonet2 on February 18th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
How do you feel you have progressed
in Japanese? (Guess you're going to get a real-live test soon though.)

As a side note, once upon a time you mentioned Texas Tom's, around the corner from our house (and near your former restaurant). In a world that cannot support Stephenson's, this purveyor of belly bombs and grease tacos still does a good business!
Douglas Triggs: kanji diagramdoubt72 on February 18th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
Re: How do you feel you have progressed
My Japanese is clunky but conversational.

It's been improving noticably the last few months.
Erin Cashiertherinth on February 18th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)

How many chucks would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? :D

Douglas Triggs: bad eggdoubt72 on February 18th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
Firsaroofshadow on February 19th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
If you were a frozen drink, what would you be?
Douglas Triggs: danger death raydoubt72 on February 19th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
A mudslide.

I'd be yummy.