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Celebaelin
1257123.  Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:50 pm Reply with quote

Bill's Abu Hamza does Strictly on the XL version was priceless.

 
monzac
1257125.  Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:09 am Reply with quote

Agreed, in fact the whole xl version was very good :)

 
Bondee
1257154.  Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:08 am Reply with quote

Thirded. My grandad (deaf as a post) could hear me laughing. I'm not a fan of Claudia, but I thought she was brilliant in this.

 
crissdee
1257175.  Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:59 am Reply with quote

I like the way she wanted to mount the guy who wrote that book, and I don't think she meant put him in a stamp album!

a few hours later

Thinking on this, does pi never have "0" as a digit?* If so, how did he find a word of no letters? Or differentiate them from just a space between words?



*This seems unlikely to me, but there may be some abstruse mathmo reason why this is so.

 
monzac
1257207.  Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:54 pm Reply with quote

Bondee wrote:
I'm not a fan of Claudia, but I thought she was brilliant in this.

She must be annoying the rest of the time, because she didn't create a fan here, even though she was funny in this episode.

 
GuyBarry
1257211.  Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:22 pm Reply with quote

crissdee wrote:

Thinking on this, does pi never have "0" as a digit?* If so, how did he find a word of no letters? Or differentiate them from just a space between words?


Are we talking about Mike Keith and his writing in "Pilish" here? I was looking this up for my post on "Piphilology" recently. Here's how he manages:

http://www.cadaeic.net/pilish.htm

Quote:
In Standard Pilish, each word of n letters represents

(1) The digit n if n<10

(2) The digit 0 if n=10

(3) Two consecutive digits if n>10
(for example, a 12-letter word represents the digits 1,2)



Did that really come up on the programme? I must be psychic - I had no idea!

 
suze
1257221.  Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:37 pm Reply with quote

crissdee wrote:
Thinking on this, does pi never have "0" as a digit?* If so, how did he find a word of no letters?


It does, but the first zero does not appear until the 32nd decimal place.

3.14159265358979323846264338327950

 
crissdee
1257223.  Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:46 pm Reply with quote

Thanks GB! That was indeed the man who Claudia wanted to put in her "stamp album".


Last edited by crissdee on Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:48 pm; edited 1 time in total

 
GuyBarry
1257224.  Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:47 pm Reply with quote

And as Mike Keith points out, every π mnemonic written prior to the 1990s stops shortly before the 33rd digit.

 
dstarfire
1257646.  Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:51 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
It does, but the first zero does not appear until the 32nd decimal place.


At which point it's moot.

Unless you want to calculate the size (or other geometric datum) of the universe to sub-atomic accuracy.

(/tangent)

But yeah, it was an awesome episode. Not sure if that's cause it's the first new one I've seen in forever or if it was actually a great show.

Is it just me, or was Alan quieter (less attention grabby) than usual?

Also, what's up with the sexism/"regime change" gag? It's come up often enough I wonder if there isn't some grain of truth buried in the black hole of ignorance that is my knowledge of the UK.

 
fwk
1257664.  Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:34 am Reply with quote

I think Alan acts more 'foolish' when the other guests are quieter and scared of setting off the klaxon. When you have Bill Bailey and Phill Jupitus as panelists, there's no need to do that :P

 
dstarfire
1258018.  Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:49 am Reply with quote

fwk wrote:
I think Alan acts more 'foolish' when the other guests are quieter and scared of setting off the klaxon. When you have Bill Bailey and Phill Jupitus as panelists, there's no need to do that :P


hmmm, maybe. However, he's got a huge diva streak. Remember the first episodes of the N series when he whined about the audience not applauding a tongue twister, or his joke? Or when Sandi wasn't impressed with one of his answers. I think this is the only episode where Alan's been quiet for more than five minutes. Usually by that time he's playing with the props, or otherwise clamoring for attention.

 
dstarfire
1259578.  Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:01 pm Reply with quote

When they mention lifting the sub Alan seemed somewhat troubled by the idea that they could have (but didn't) drop the nuclear torpedoes.

What most people don't know is that damaging a nuclear warhead makes it LESS dangerous. If the explosives aren't arranged exactly right, you don't get a nuclear explosion. Worst case scenario, some radioactive material gets spread over the blast area. And, given that this was underwater (which blocks the dangerous radiation surprisingly well), even that wouldn't be that dangerous.

 
Dix
1261125.  Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:43 pm Reply with quote

Oh dear, I clearly haven't been paying attention.
Four episodes into O, and only now I notice that Sandi has the title of Oversygeplejeske in the end credits of all the O episodes.

 
dstarfire
1262916.  Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:02 am Reply with quote

couple things that have come up in subsequent rewatchings:
1. When Bill talks about the drug sub being found on the coast of Devon did anybody else slightly misunderstand the "went on a 54 mile walk" part and think "that's one hell of a nose, to smell something that far away"?

2. Why do we call them gastroenterologists when "my guts are knotted up something fierce" is the problem we want them to cure? You wouldn't go to a clown (or other balloon animal maker) for help untangling an extension cord, would you?

 

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