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Commented on Evan Hechenbach's wall

thanks, i really appreciate it :)
at least i can know that you’re probably not being a suck-up since I don’t use my powers anymore :P

I’m sure you’ll do fine and are doing fine; if something has stayed the same on this site, it’s that people tend to be nice, not too judgmental, and welcoming :D

Have a good one, man.
Here’s a anime christmas picture, if you like that sorta thing:

and here is some soju, also if you like that sorta thing:

Dec 25, 2012 at 02:39AM EST

Commented on Syndic's wall

gosh i sure hope not o_e

but yeup, your memory of me is pretty solid, yo (b")b

nah, I don’t think I had any major conflicts with anyone except one, and that got resolved… Probably just high school work and college got in the way of me being here, and you left for like, reasons.


… uh… Merry Christmas!
Stay alive and all that good stuff and have a more or less happy time, i guess.
I’m gonna go to sleep, but since I don’t come here too often anymore, just wanted to say that I’m pretty happy to see you again after you left so suddenly :x

ugh man, i suck at saying sentimental things

whatever (o_o)/

Dec 25, 2012 at 02:10AM EST

Commented on Syndic's wall

Uhmmm, my grandparents and dad were originally Taiwanese i guess, but then they moved to Singapore, so I might have family in Taiwan…? hm o_o

Also, from the comments on your wall, I can see your memory is bad. Unfortunately, so is mine.

I may or may not have tried to hug you on irc a lot though, as i did that with most everyone :0

Dec 25, 2012 at 01:36AM EST

Commented on Syndic's wall

If I don’t see anyone for a while, I just assume they’ve been killed by a pack of wolves :(

Also yeh :O

Dec 25, 2012 at 01:27AM EST

Commented on Evan Hechenbach's wall

Haha thanks :)
I guess that makes me oldfag now? :D

Also, not really; if I did make a “comeback” it certainly would be as a regular user who gives advice and helps people, and not as a moderator; I disagree with the direction of the website too much not feel obligated to interject my opinions in every discussion about the upper workings of the website, and it has caused me much frustrations :<

Ha, it’s kinda weird that I’m gonna give a thorough, personal explanation to a new user, but i like talking and being honest and stuff at the expense of other people’s attention span _ (which was why i was awesome as a moderator :P) :

I was quite well liked when I was here, and so whenever I revisit, there are a couple of people who greet me with some excitement, like “YOU’RE BACK!” And it’s kinda hard to adjust and “start anew” when you know some people have nostalgia of the times when you were here, even though the vast majority of users don’t remember you or care, and rightly so. Similarly, I still have trouble refraining from interjecting my opinions about how the site should be run, even though I haven’t contributed anything for a while :S

So I think, strangely, I should detach my former experiences with this site before I ever, if I decide to do so, properly return as a better user :o

Dec 25, 2012 at 01:25AM EST

Commented on Syndic's wall


glad to see that you’re alive :o
I don’t think we talked very much, but meh, i can see that you are alive, so that’s good :)

Dec 25, 2012 at 01:12AM EST

Commented on Evan Hechenbach's wall

I asked my title to be changed to that after I left/quit? (dun remember) a while back :<
Technically a former database moderator, but I did far more with entries than anything else, so i felt reverting back to entry moderator was more appropriate.

I still maintain all database moderator powers though n_n

Dec 25, 2012 at 12:04AM EST

Commented on 48÷2(9+3) = ?

Sigh, I can guess that few people will read my previous comment or agree that the problem is ambiguous, but I will say this.

If you find aesthetic beauty in seeing something like “5x” in 2/5x as one single entity, you will evaluate 2(9+3) first and get the answer 2.

If you find aesthetic beauty in simplicity of precedence rules then you will evaluate 48/2 first, and get the answer 288, since you don’t have to make a weird exception for implied multiplication (hence why google and wolframalpha return 288).

It’s not about being stupid, it’s about which answer makes more sense to you. If one really needs to avoid ambiguity, one should use parantheses.

Dec 24, 2012 at 12:12AM EST

Commented on 48÷2(9+3) = ?

(pt. 1)

As the person who basically wrote this article, I strongly urge you guys to reread the analysis under “Solutions.”

If you can’t be bothered, here are the things one needs to take away:

1) 48/2(9+3) is a badly formed expression. The whole debate is akin to giving a linguist an ambiguous, weird sentence, and then asking them to give you back a clear, unambiguous answer about what the correct interpretation is. Mathematics is about unambiguity and facts, and something like this should be sidestepped by rewriting it as 48/(2(9+3)) or (48/2)(9+3).

Dec 23, 2012 at 10:09PM EST

Commented on 48÷2(9+3) = ?

(pt. 2)

2) If you still want to argue, the standard order of operations is generally and conventionally defined to be:
a) Parantheses / brackets (inside to out)
b) Exponents/roots (generally right to left; a^b^c = a^(b^c)
c) Multiplication/division (left to right)
d) addition/subtraction (left to right)
Multiplication before division is not really arguable since division is just multiplication expressed in a different way (* the reciprocal), so they’re the same thing; just as subtraction = adding negative and nth root = 1/nth power.

3) If you still don’t like that, you can argue for implied multiplication having just as high of precedence as parantheses, That is, 5(6+7) has higher precedence than 5*(6+7). Many, if not most, people already naturally do this anyway, and tend to see something like 5x as being one single entity, instead of breaking it into 5*x.

2) & 3) are pretty much all you can legitimately argue, and they’re based on convention and popular opinion, which can be ambiguous. Take 1) for the high ground.

Dec 23, 2012 at 10:09PM EST

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