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2012-11-04 04:02:22 PM
I like mine in my beer, where they belong.

cdn.gunaxin.com
 
2012-11-04 06:02:53 PM
Now that's how you OCD.

Although, it isn't very fast. You could probably sort them by hand just as fast.
 
2012-11-04 06:17:23 PM

EvilEgg: Now that's how you OCD.

Although, it isn't very fast. You could probably sort them by hand just as fast.


This works well for the germ crowd too then. Keeps you from getting fingers all over your skittles. You can pick them out with chopsticks after they are sorted.

Monk approved!
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-04 06:30:52 PM
This is the greatest waste of time, ever.
 
2012-11-04 06:36:00 PM
I could make one that works faster.
 
2012-11-04 06:41:35 PM
Will it work on M&Ms?
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-04 06:43:28 PM
I could make one that works even slower.
 
2012-11-04 06:55:15 PM
A real jet-fuel genius who can solve the world's problems without even trying...
 
2012-11-04 07:00:27 PM
I need something like this for my Magic cards...
 
2012-11-04 07:21:11 PM
Or, I could reverse engineer a Pos-T-Vac.
 
2012-11-04 07:22:19 PM
My ex boyfriend is now, quite literally, entirely replaceable with robots. And I approve of this future.
 
2012-11-04 07:23:03 PM
WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

I mean seriously. They don't come out in lines of descending order of frequency. I can see they're in color order, but that's not how you sort skittles. You sort by the largest number of skittles. Then by color order. So if there were 12 reds in a bag, 17 oranges, 15 yellow, 12 greens, and 9 purple; you would arrange them in lines
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
YYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
RRRRRRRRRRRR
GGGGGGGGGGGG
PPPPPPPPP
 

/Yes I put them in teletype, so that the lines would be of the correct length, to appropriately represent the lines of skittles that they are denoting.
 
2012-11-04 07:29:42 PM
i have enough knowledge of how things work to know i don't have enough knowledge to build this machine. thanks for reminding me how much i suck. you're probably good looking, make a nice salary and have plenty of friends, too.

/with a hot wife
//and a corvette for weekends
 
2012-11-04 07:36:59 PM

KrispyKritter: i have enough knowledge of how things work to know i don't have enough knowledge to build this machine. thanks for reminding me how much i suck. you're probably good looking, make a nice salary and have plenty of friends, too.

/with a hot wife
//and a corvette for weekends


Yeah I clicked the link thinking "hey i wonder if that is something I can do" then I was like "ummm potato"
 
2012-11-04 07:37:34 PM
Drink?
 
2012-11-04 07:40:49 PM
That will complement my Skittles Shuffler nicely.

2xhelix: Will it work on M&Ms?
[i.imgur.com image 520x415]


Explanation behind why no brown M&Ms were allowed
 
2012-11-04 07:43:36 PM
Fanuc had a better one for sorting pills by color at IMTS. It's on youtube. The best part is that those robots are cheap.
 
2012-11-04 07:47:26 PM

Dracolich: Fanuc had a better one for sorting pills by color at IMTS. It's on youtube. The best part is that those robots are cheap.


Link
 
2012-11-04 07:47:59 PM

Mayhem of the Black Underclass: WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

I mean seriously. They don't come out in lines of descending order of frequency. I can see they're in color order, but that's not how you sort skittles. You sort by the largest number of skittles. Then by color order. So if there were 12 reds in a bag, 17 oranges, 15 yellow, 12 greens, and 9 purple; you would arrange them in lines
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
YYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
RRRRRRRRRRRR
GGGGGGGGGGGG
PPPPPPPPP 

/Yes I put them in teletype, so that the lines would be of the correct length, to appropriately represent the lines of skittles that they are denoting.


Take your meds, dude.
 
2012-11-04 07:49:33 PM

SDRR: Mayhem of the Black Underclass: WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

I mean seriously. They don't come out in lines of descending order of frequency. I can see they're in color order, but that's not how you sort skittles. You sort by the largest number of skittles. Then by color order. So if there were 12 reds in a bag, 17 oranges, 15 yellow, 12 greens, and 9 purple; you would arrange them in lines
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
YYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
RRRRRRRRRRRR
GGGGGGGGGGGG
PPPPPPPPP 

/Yes I put them in teletype, so that the lines would be of the correct length, to appropriately represent the lines of skittles that they are denoting.

Take your meds, dude.


They need to be sorted first,
 
2012-11-04 07:50:27 PM

SDRR: Mayhem of the Black Underclass: WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

I mean seriously. They don't come out in lines of descending order of frequency. I can see they're in color order, but that's not how you sort skittles. You sort by the largest number of skittles. Then by color order. So if there were 12 reds in a bag, 17 oranges, 15 yellow, 12 greens, and 9 purple; you would arrange them in lines
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
YYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
RRRRRRRRRRRR
GGGGGGGGGGGG
PPPPPPPPP 

/Yes I put them in teletype, so that the lines would be of the correct length, to appropriately represent the lines of skittles that they are denoting.

Take your meds, dude.


That's how he sorts his pills, too
 
2012-11-04 07:55:43 PM

Mayhem of the Black Underclass: WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

I mean seriously. They don't come out in lines of descending order of frequency. I can see they're in color order, but that's not how you sort skittles.


That's how I do it.
 
2012-11-04 07:56:09 PM
Mayhem of the Black Underclass: /Yes I put them in teletype, so that the lines would be of the correct length, to appropriately represent the lines of skittles that they are denoting.

When you eat them, do you prioritize on the longer stacks, until all of the stacks are of equal length.

Because that's what I do.
 
2012-11-04 08:08:57 PM

lordargent: Mayhem of the Black Underclass: /Yes I put them in teletype, so that the lines would be of the correct length, to appropriately represent the lines of skittles that they are denoting.

When you eat them, do you prioritize on the longer stacks, until all of the stacks are of equal length.

Because that's what I do.


No, you eat from the least frequent, in my example P. Because if I ate them out of order, I'd have to reorder the stacks in the number THEN color method example above.


/Hey it's not like I have to make all the Ss go in the same direction, or heck even be on the up-facing side of the skittle.
 
2012-11-04 08:20:10 PM
This is very cool and pro looking, but jr. high kids could do this kind of stuff simply with a mindstorms machine for years now.

/ yes I know those aren't skittles
// sorry I am a long time First Lego League youth robotics coach
/// mindstorms & legos are the best toy ever, kids of any age love em!
 
2012-11-04 08:40:07 PM

lordargent: Mayhem of the Black Underclass: /Yes I put them in teletype, so that the lines would be of the correct length, to appropriately represent the lines of skittles that they are denoting.

When you eat them, do you prioritize on the longer stacks, until all of the stacks are of equal length.

Because that's what I do.


The reason for the stacks is so you can find a weighted average per stack so that you can eat them in color order in the same increments per color, so you're never running out of one color before the others. Ideally there will be one left of each color at the end.

/this is how I used to eat meals
/getting seconds meant seconds of EVERYTHING, or not eating
 
2012-11-04 08:44:58 PM

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: My ex boyfriend is now, quite literally, entirely replaceable with robots. And I approve of this future.


10 "How you doin'?"
20 GO TO 10
 
2012-11-04 08:53:53 PM
If you mix them with M&Ms, you get a bowl of S&Ms.

/I'm here all week
//Try the fish
 
2012-11-04 09:05:21 PM

lordargent: Mayhem of the Black Underclass: /Yes I put them in teletype, so that the lines would be of the correct length, to appropriately represent the lines of skittles that they are denoting.

When you eat them, do you prioritize on the longer stacks, until all of the stacks are of equal length.

Because that's what I do.


Of course... is there another way?

Mayhem of the Black Underclass: lordargent: Mayhem of the Black Underclass: /Yes I put them in teletype, so that the lines would be of the correct length, to appropriately represent the lines of skittles that they are denoting.

When you eat them, do you prioritize on the longer stacks, until all of the stacks are of equal length.

Because that's what I do.

No, you eat from the least frequent, in my example P. Because if I ate them out of order, I'd have to reorder the stacks in the number THEN color method example above.


/Hey it's not like I have to make all the Ss go in the same direction, or heck even be on the up-facing side of the skittle.


...You're a monster.
 
2012-11-04 09:24:31 PM
Raging OCD boner.
 
2012-11-04 09:24:59 PM

Mayhem of the Black Underclass: lordargent: Mayhem of the Black Underclass: /Yes I put them in teletype, so that the lines would be of the correct length, to appropriately represent the lines of skittles that they are denoting.

When you eat them, do you prioritize on the longer stacks, until all of the stacks are of equal length.

Because that's what I do.

No, you eat from the least frequent, in my example P. Because if I ate them out of order, I'd have to reorder the stacks in the number THEN color method example above.


/Hey it's not like I have to make all the Ss go in the same direction, or heck even be on the up-facing side of the skittle.


You don't? Is your family's insurance paid up?
 
2012-11-04 09:25:58 PM
Does it work on the much superior Lemonhead & friends?
 
2012-11-04 09:29:44 PM
DNWTFV, and no offense intended toward Submitter, but ... I find that getting the whole "too much time on [one's] hands" thing is a pretty good indicator that one is doing something cool and/or worthwhile, while being judged by knuckledragging couch potatoes who aren't even mentally engaged enough to be jealous.

/seriously, not judging, Subby. Just venting a little.
 
2012-11-04 09:31:35 PM

Mayhem of the Black Underclass: WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

I mean seriously. They don't come out in lines of descending order of frequency. I can see they're in color order, but that's not how you sort skittles. You sort by the largest number of skittles. Then by color order. So if there were 12 reds in a bag, 17 oranges, 15 yellow, 12 greens, and 9 purple; you would arrange them in lines
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
YYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
RRRRRRRRRRRR
GGGGGGGGGGGG
PPPPPPPPP 

/Yes I put them in teletype, so that the lines would be of the correct length, to appropriately represent the lines of skittles that they are denoting.


I think you may suffer from CDO.

/It's basically the same as OCD
//But with the letters in alphabetical order
///LIKE THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE!
 
2012-11-04 09:42:50 PM
Mars candy replaced the blond in QC with something similar on the M&M's line. Improved production 300%.
 
2012-11-04 10:35:33 PM
Old and busted. Saw this done as another Basic Stamp or Lego Mindstorms project about 10-12 years ago.
 
2012-11-04 11:21:29 PM
Meh...the cool kids do it with an Arduino board
 
2012-11-04 11:30:33 PM
PPPPP
HHHHHH
UUUUU
CCCCCCCC
KKKKKKKK

OOOOOOOO
FFFFFFFFFF
FFFFFFFFFF

LLLLLL
UUUUUU
ZZZZZZZ
EEEEEE
RRRRRR

TRY THAT CODE
 
2012-11-04 11:32:19 PM
userserve-ak.last.fm

agreez
 
2012-11-05 12:09:43 AM
What you're SUPPOSED to do, you heathens, is count them all out, then eat any excess Skittles that don't contribute to a complete set. First you eat the singles of the biggest color, and then the partial sets as you work your way down the numbers. And then you eat the complete sets for the full spectrum of fruity goodness. So in Mayhem's set of 12 reds, 17 oranges, 15 yellow, 12 greens, and 9 purple, you go:

*First, eat two oranges to get them down to 15.
*Then, eat three partial orange/yellow sets, so you're at 12.
*Then, eat three partial red/orange/yellow/green sets, so you're at 9.
*And then you have nine complete sets to eat.

God. People and their suboptimal Skittle eating MAKES ME SO ANGRY.
 
2012-11-05 12:13:51 AM

KrispyKritter: i have enough knowledge of how things work to know i don't have enough knowledge to build this machine


Actually, you probably could.
 
Skr
2012-11-05 12:16:50 AM
What about mutants? Do they need to be purged?
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-05 12:20:02 AM

KrispyKritter: thanks for reminding me how much i suck.


Mazzic518: then I was like "ummm potato"


www.meredy.com
 
2012-11-05 05:06:55 AM
Now I have an uncontrollable desire for a handful of Skittles.
 
2012-11-05 07:18:41 AM

shift_DAWG: DNWTFV, and no offense intended toward Submitter, but ... I find that getting the whole "too much time on [one's] hands" thing is a pretty good indicator that one is doing something cool and/or worthwhile, while being judged by knuckledragging couch potatoes who aren't even mentally engaged enough to be jealous.


As one person put it (paraphrased): "I do NOT have too much time. I don't have ENOUGH time. There's too much COOL STUFF I WANT TO DO"

wildcardjack: Mars candy replaced the blond in QC with something similar on the M&M's line. Improved production 300%.


Lies. Hannelore doesn't need to take breaks the way a robot does.
 
2012-11-05 08:11:32 AM

lordargent: Mayhem of the Black Underclass: /Yes I put them in teletype, so that the lines would be of the correct length, to appropriately represent the lines of skittles that they are denoting.

When you eat them, do you prioritize on the longer stacks, until all of the stacks are of equal length.

Because that's what I do.


Nope. LIFO. Just pop the stack.
 
2012-11-05 09:25:19 AM

The Dynamite Monkey: This is very cool and pro looking, but jr. high kids could do this kind of stuff simply with a mindstorms machine for years now.

/ yes I know those aren't skittles
// sorry I am a long time First Lego League youth robotics coach
/// mindstorms & legos are the best toy ever, kids of any age love em!


This. It's like the second tutorial that comes with the Mindstorm kit.
 
2012-11-05 10:11:19 AM

SuperChuck: This. It's like the second tutorial that comes with the Mindstorm kit.


I saw a 2nd grader win a science fair with one of those setups. Bit my tongue since it was too late, but so obvious none of the judges had seen mindstorms before. They thought the kid was an over the top genius.
 
2012-11-05 10:40:45 AM

Mister Peejay: That will complement my Skittles Shuffler nicely.

2xhelix: Will it work on M&Ms?
[i.imgur.com image 520x415]

Explanation behind why no brown M&Ms were allowed


That may have been their justification, but it's a load of crap. It's like saying, "whenever I buy a new car I check to make sure the blinkers work...because if those work, then you know the engine works...." They are two unrelated issues.

If safety was really the issue or ensuring that the rider had been followed to the letter, it would have made way more sense to hire 1 or 2 trusted guys (the already admit they had a HUGE production). whose job it was ensure that everything was carried out to letter.

Long before the shoe starts, the two tech guys say: "Yup, good to go...Nope. They didn't read a thing...this show will be downright dangerous."
 
2012-11-05 12:13:48 PM

Bacontastesgood: I saw a 2nd grader win a science fair with one of those setups. Bit my tongue since it was too late, but so obvious none of the judges had seen mindstorms before. They thought the kid was an over the top genius.


That's too bad they don't know about it -- but tell your school that Mindstorms are an incredible science teaching tool... the kids think they are playing with toys but they are learning engineering, programming, and problem solving, and even a little maths! First Lego League is a great and extremely inexpensive way to get an engineering program into schools fr ages 9-14. the program was started by Dean Kamen.
 
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