### Kenny stopped dying. Why?

In later episodes of South Park, Kenny stopped dying. Why did South Park stop killing Kenny? Just Wondering.

### "Why do people read books?" — "Because people read books to get information."

I work at a middle school in South Korea.

One of the questions on the recent 2nd grade mid-term exam was "Why do people read books?".

There are over 300 students in this year, so there were plenty of different answers.

One of the answers was "Because people read books to get information."

I believe it's wrong, but I want to explain to my students why.

If anyone could explain the grammar, I would be very grateful.

### What happens when an undead character is "Taken Out"

I tried finding this in the books, but I couldn't figure anything out. If you have an undead character, what happens when their physical stress track is filled and they don't take a consequence? Are they taken out like other characters?

I know that undead characters don't heal like normal characters.

### How do I get caramels to turn out grainy?

Yes, I know the opposite of the usual question. I've been making candy since I was a little kid. My caramels are always smooth and creamy. My partner's father thinks they taste good but that the texture is all wrong. He liked the gritty/grainy ones his mother used to make. Everything I have ever seen listed as a way to fix grainy caramels I have tried reversing.

I have tried many things, including:

• adding granulated sugar late in the process
• not using corn syrup or other invert sugar
• cooking them at high temps
• cooking them for too short a time
• stirring or not stirring at all the wrong times
• switching recipes
• varying the fat content

I guess I am wondering what makes caramels turn out grainy. It's not as far as I can tell, wholly related to the sugar dissolving/melting. If it was adding some granulated sugar as it cools should cause more crystals to form.

Is it related to the liquid content? Because sometimes after months in a cupboard even ordinarily smooth caramels will have developed some graininess.

### Is it correct to append "no" to a question?

I have always been puzzled by some sentences people make that end in a no. For example, let's say someone instructed you not to leave your post before they arrive. Then they return but you're not there. When you finally meet them, they say:

So you decided to wait for me elsewhere than we had agreed, no?.

What is the meaning of no and what should I answer?

### Measuring the vacuum permittivity

So I was reading the EF experiment that's used at the MIT to measure the vacuum permittivity and I was thinking about trying it just to see how it works:

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-02x-physics-ii-electricity-magnetism-with-an-experimental-focus-spring-2005/labs/experiment_ef.pdf

I have some questions about it and I hope you can help me with them:

1. It says "To find the electric force on the foil, assume that the charge density, σ , on the foil, is the same as that of the lower washer". How good that assumption is?

2. It says "Charges on the foil feel only horizontal forces from other charges on the bottom plate, so the vertical force on the foil is due to the electric field of just the top charge sheet". What horizontal forces are they talking about? I thought both the bottom plate and the upper plate were all exerting a vertical force on the foil and that's why I don't understand why the force is due just to the electric field of the upper plate $(V/2d)$ and not from the one of the two plates $(V/d)$.

3. Finally, why washers? I think it really doesn't matter if they're just two discs, does it?

### American Idol and HaMalbin Pnei Ḥavero BeRabim

Is watching televised talent shows, such as "American Idol", which are known to invite contestants to embarrass themselves in front of millions, and even have judges whose primary interest seems to be finding flaws to ridicule in their performances, a violation of HaMalbin Pnei Ḥavero BeRabim (embarrassing someone in public), or is that restriction lifted if:

1. the individual watching isn't doing the embarrassing, and/or

2. the individual being embarrassed participated voluntarily knowing that public ridicule could/would be a consequence, and/or

### Is git-flow in the spirit of git?

The question is pretty self-explanatory. I've had some experience with git-flow, and not much more true experience with plain git before that. (I was using it more as a backup-provider.) I'm confused as to what consensus is, given that I can safely assume that there are a large number of git users who miss 'the good old days' of formal, centralized version control, and just want a piece of it back (cf. rant article below)

Related articles:

"spirit of git" in the question title is, whatever it means to you. For me, I remember that it's a DVCS, not a CVS. git flow seems like it's imposing an organized branching model where one might not need to be there at all, where it would be essential in a centralized system such as SVN.

### Summary Report - Highlight matching values

I want to create a report which shows me whether two fields are matching

My matching pairs are:

Picklist Field 1: a, b, c, d, e
Record Type: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Matching rules:
a matches 1, 2
b, c matches 3
d, e matches 4, 5

My table looks like this:

Oppty Name , Field 1 , RecordType , Match?
Oppty 1, b , 4, FALSE
Oppty 2, c, 3, TRUE
Oppty 3, d, 3, FALSE


So, basically, in my report I want to create a formula field (Match?), where I highlight whether the values in the fields are a match against the record type, according to the matching rules I defined. If I can do it using conditional highlighting that would be just as fine.

I created a formula field containing the first matching rule so far:

IF(
AND(
RecordType.Name = "d",
OR(
ISPICKVAL(Field1__c,"4"),
ISPICKVAL(Field1__c,"5")
)
),
1,0)


Unfortunately that doesn't seem to work. The error message I get when I try to save this is:

Error: Invalid custom summary formula definition: Field RecordType.Name does not exist. Check spelling.


Any ideas? Tia, Lily

### Draw graphical model with many nodes

So I tried to follow the answer in http://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/16750/software-for-drawing-bayesian-networks-graphical-models with limited success.

My problem is

1. How do I incorporate multiple variables without writing down all of them (eg. just say $\pi_1 - \pi_k$ or similar)
2. How do I incorporate 'ghost nodes' as seen for the ones connecting to $\pi_3, \pi_k$.