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Some things I just have to share - The Lyorn's Den

Thu Aug. 31st, 2006

04:31 pm - Some things I just have to share

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Three Bears Norse, by Jo Walton.

Beowulf for fundie home-schoolers (via Making Light) -- warning, the site looks like "how the heck did I click on that?"

The Scales of Dumb: 50% stupid: Abandons research into physics to devote life to Bible exegesis. 300% stupid: Starts a land war in Asia. 500% stupid: Starts land war in Asia because of Bible exegesis.

Annotated Pogues Lyrics

The Intelligence and Consciousness Test. I liked the questions. If anyone can make heads or tails from the number- and letter sequence questions, please enlighten me.

On D'Artagnan, Sam Vimes, and Sharpe

The Incredible Tale of the Drowned iPod (first two postings in the thread).

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 31st, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)

Test questions

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If anyone can make heads or tails from the number- and letter sequence questions, please enlighten me.


The number sequence one is counting the number of occurrences of each number symbol. It seems to be a common question in IQ tests and suchlike, I got it because I'd seen it before. (IQ tests measure inate ability... yeah right). Anyway:

4   (1 four)         -> 14
14  (1 one, 1 four)   -> 1114
1114 (3 ones, 1 four) -> 3114
3114 (1 three, 2 ones, 1 four) -> 132114
132114 (1 one, 1 three, 1 two, 2 ones, 1 four) -> 1113122114

I couldn't do the letter sequence one.

-- Andrew

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From:lyorn
Date:September 1st, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Test questions

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Thanks!

I guessed that correctly, for no good reason.
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From:tnh
Date:September 1st, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
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Those are very nice links.

The letter sequence in the intelligence & consciousness test sbezf n cnggrea ba n fgnaqneq djregl xrlobneq. Vs lbh fgneg jvgu gur frdhrapr dcnymzjbfxk, gur arkg yrggre zhfg or a.

I played around with the number sequence, and it threw off some interesting patterns, but I couldn't crack it. I'm grateful to Andrew for the answer.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 1st, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
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I played around with the number sequence, and it threw off some interesting patterns, but I couldn't crack it.

Funny, I had that experience with the letters. Of course, there must be misleading patterns because the sequence is non-random and in a small alphabet.

I got stuck doing letter substitutions. If you shift qpalzmwoskx forward by one letter you get rqbmanxptly, and by two letters srcnboyqumz. I guess I should have realised that I was on the wrong track before I started writing perl scripts.

Thanks for the solution. I'm glad I gave up. I would have ended up like the crazy numbers guy in Lost, forever muttering "16 15 0 11 25 12 22 14 18 10 23" under my breath.

(sorry if my previous post spoiled the number sequence solution for anyone)

-- Andrew (random lurker on Making Light)
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 27th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)

qpalzmwoskx

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What was the answer to this one qpalzmwoskx??
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From:lyorn
Date:February 28th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)

Re: qpalzmwoskx

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Type it and look at your keyboard while you do it. If you do not have a qwerty-keyboard, imagine what it would look like if you had one. If you have a very unconventional keyboard you're SOL on that question.
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From:lyorn
Date:September 1st, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
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Those are very nice links.

I found that you have the first three of them in the Making Light particles. I'm somewhat sure I found the first and third somewhere else, though.

Feels kind of guilty for probably not attributing properly...


fgnaqneq djregl xrlobneq

That's evil. I have a non-standard one.

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