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  • chaos is in the eye of the beholder

    July 22, 2013

  • Because, sionnach--this page came first, and that's where the esteemed professor was invented. We created him male, and male he remains.

    March 31, 2008

  • uselessness and reesetee: I don't understand how you can refer to von Smarty Pants as being male, when elsewhere on Wordie we are given information which clearly indicates the perfessor was born female. See discussion under Professor von Schmartzenpanz.

    March 31, 2008

  • If the order-chaos balance is tipped somewhat towards the ordered side, I propose "ordotic". It's like the difference between a meat and potato pie, and a potato and meat one. (Believe me, there is a difference. :)

    Also, I wouldn't equate either word to neutral, quite; they potentially have similar meanings, but having properties of both chaos and order doesn't necessarily mean that the chaos-to-order ratio is equal. (Also, "neutral" implies, at least to my mind, a somewhat benign and passive state, whereas I see both "chaordic" and "ordotic" as very active words, ones that emphasize the presence rather than absence of both properties.)

    October 31, 2007

  • Only for tax purposes.

    October 13, 2007

  • Oh no! Isn't it Professor von Schmartzenpantz?!

    October 13, 2007

  • Sheesh!

    ---> :)

    September 22, 2007

  • ...until someone explained to the good doctor that it meant the same thing as epicaricacy. At which point he instantly recovered and began speaking about his algorithm with great enthusiasm.

    September 22, 2007

  • AP NEWS. Schmartzenpanz reportedly became apoplectic when asked at a recent press conference about his views on schadenfreude....

    September 22, 2007

  • ...until he changed his name from von Smarty Pants to von Schmartzenpanz. Suddenly, he was a star. ;->

    September 22, 2007

  • ...however, Professor von Smarty Pants could never be taken seriously with such an awesome name, and thus was stripped of his tenure, and his algorithm was soon forgotten. ;-)

    September 22, 2007

  • I enjoy chaordic very much.

    I can see this being used as a system attribute that can be attained. i.e.,

    It was long theorized that yada yada some complex system was chaordic. but this could not proved until Professor von Smarty Pants determined an algorithm that could predict the change patters of any element within some facet of that complex system.

    September 22, 2007

  • Think of a computer physics model. You could have a complex system with many independent particles interacting with one another, and the effect would appear very chaotic. Yet every particle is precisely calculated according to predetermined rules and algorithms. The position of any given particle at any given time could (theoretically) be figured out with a pencil and paper and a lot of patience.

    Ultimately, it applies to the physical world too; there are zillions of subatomic bits flying around the universe at insane rates of speed. Protons, neutrons, electrons. It's utter chaos. But every one of those little bits is subject to the laws of physics, and is therefore in perfect order. All we need to understand is the way those laws work, and the universe can be predicted. The most chaotic system is not chaotic at all, and the very concept of chaos is irrelevant.

    September 20, 2007

  • what an awesome idea for a word. Possibly equivalent to neutral?

    September 20, 2007

  • Excellent!

    July 21, 2007

  • having properties of both chaos and order (I had to dig for a definition) :)

    July 21, 2007