Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Use Your Winter Words

XKCD

16 comments:

  1. I like this one. It's celebratey. http://xkcd.com/150/

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  2. http://www.amazon.com/100-Fun-Ballz-Ball-Balls/dp/B000Z408YY/

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  3. Oh I have some.

    I could always use more...

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  4. How many do we need? Like 10,000 or something?

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  5. Well that depends. How tall are you?

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  6. 5'10"

    And yes, it's true, they really *do* stack awesome that high :-D

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  7. And humble...

    Don't forget humble...

    I'm sure there's a formula we can use...You're 5'10" and I'm 5' 2.5" (that half inch is very important, you know...)

    At least 10000. Maybe even 50000. More is always better when you're celebrating...

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  8. "Humble" goes without saying...

    Ok, so you're the limiting factor, and I guess you don't want to drown, so we'll make it 4 feet deep.

    Amazon said the balls are 65mm.

    Do you know a formula for filling a cube with spheres, assuming an offset packing strategy?

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  9. The internet does.

    Assuming a packing density of 64% (74% being maximum) in a 12x12 room (13.38 square meters) 4 feet deep (1.22 m) with 65mm balls at $14+$8 shipping/100:

    It would take 9081 balls (but they come in hundreds) so we'd get 9100 balls and it would cost $2002.

    http://home.samfundet.no/~berge/ballroom.xhtml

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  10. But I always buy everything on clearance. I'll be on the lookout for a deal...

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  11. Hmmm... well, either Google "bulk ball pit balls" or keep an eye out for a Chuck E. Cheese that's going under.

    Maybe in Detroit...

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  12. Come on... they'll strengthen your immune system :-D

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  13. Hmm. Found some on craigslist...maybe if they were only used by one family of kids rather than hundreds...

    I just used a 12x12 room as a sample. How big is the room you want them in?

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  14. Most of the rooms I could use are about that size.

    Anyway, I've got a bathtub and soap, so used balls should be fine.

    Washing party!

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  15. It would be awesome to have a whole room full.

    You could pop up randomly and yell, "BAZINGA!" at anyone who happened in.

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