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by JoseB
Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: The Order of the Stick
Replies: 893
Views: 203626

Re: The Order of the Stick

For what it's worth, I have never experienced serious problems loading the comics or getting into the forum. Either I am incredibly lucky, or I have an obscene bandwidth with my ISP at home.

I live in the Netherlands, if that information can be of any help.
by JoseB
Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: The Order of the Stick
Replies: 893
Views: 203626

Re: The Order of the Stick

bigstrat2003 wrote:I doubt it. I think she's going to leave V, and take the kids with her.


And, after seeing #642, I have to say: I am honoured to see you here, Mr. Burlew :lol:
by JoseB
Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: The Order of the Stick
Replies: 893
Views: 203626

Re: The Order of the Stick

The last line and that "photo" is a joke I'm not getting due to an unknown cultural reference, isn't it. Awesome awesome story arc, though. After reading other forums, I gather that it is a reference to the "March Madness" (big University basketball competition finals or somethi...
by JoseB
Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: The Order of the Stick
Replies: 893
Views: 203626

Re: The Order of the Stick

And yet, look at panel #7... Even the evil fiends are all like "WTF?!" when they see what Vaarsuvius is doing!

Not that it makes them unhappy afterwards, of course. But the actions of Vaarsuvius manage to surprise even them... I think that says something!
by JoseB
Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: The Order of the Stick
Replies: 893
Views: 203626

Re: The Order of the Stick

Something that came into my mind... Vaarsuvius is right now in his home town in the Elven lands, which (according to the globe we can see in the strip) appear to be located on the northern part of the *Western* continent. The Western continent... And Tiamat is part of the Western pantheon. If I am ...
by JoseB
Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: The Order of the Stick
Replies: 893
Views: 203626

Re: The Order of the Stick

Something that came into my mind... Vaarsuvius is right now in his home town in the Elven lands, which (according to the globe we can see in the strip) appear to be located on the northern part of the *Western* continent. The Western continent... And Tiamat is part of the Western pantheon. If I am n...
by JoseB
Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 29682

Re: "SUV" Discussion

Of course fuel is cheap in Venezuala, the government is fairly leftist, and most of their economy is based on oil wealth, much like the United Arab Emirates. The government came to power by promising to enfranchise the poor, cheap fuel would undoubtedly be part of the solution. Just a little commen...
by JoseB
Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 29682

Re: "SUV" Discussion

If you want cheap fuel, you should go to Venezuela. Gas there costs in the order of US$0.15 per gallon (US$0.04 per liter). It's apparently cheaper than water over there. This is OT, but that comment reminds me of my country of origin (Spain), where it was not at all unusual to go to the Supermarke...
by JoseB
Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 29682

Re: "SUV" Discussion

In addition to the previous comments on UK prices, one petrol station here is currently charging £1.99 per litre (see the BBC News Site). For those of you imperially minded, that's roughly $15 per US gallon. Impressive, huh?! According to the news item, that particular price hike was due to disrupt...
by JoseB
Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 29682

Re: "SUV" Discussion

But, InvisiblePinkUnicorn , hybrid cars do not work with ethanol mixtures. They are called hybrid because they are gasoline/electric... A Prius cannot burn ethanol-mixed fuel, as far as I know. Yet you are talking about the problems of using ethanol as fuel, which are unrelated to hybrid automobiles...
by JoseB
Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 29682

Re: "SUV" Discussion

Another Prius driver, living in the Netherlands. I was doubting whether to buy a Prius or a diesel. It would be my first "new" car (until then I had been driving a small 2nd-hand car, which I got after I obtained my driver's licence in order to get used to driving). Although the Prius was ...
by JoseB
Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen
Replies: 153
Views: 10026

Re: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen

Nebulae: You say that Bach put no meaning in his music.....? I defy you to listen to the last two sections of his Saint Matthew's Passion and tell me that . And that's just a little example, one of the most obvious ones. There are plenty more, with subtler things in them. Old Bach tended to load his...
by JoseB
Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1821
Views: 477246

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

I am currently reading "HALTING STATE" by Charles Stross.

Great novel, very absorbing and quite plausible (it is set in the near future, 2017).

I personally recommend it!

Just my 2 eurocent!
by JoseB
Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Coolest Asian writing system
Replies: 64
Views: 20303

Re: Coolest Asian writing system

My personal favourite, among the scripts of East Asia, is the "MODERN YI SYLLABARY", used to write the Yi languages in China (roughly 6 million speakers). With 819 signs, it is humongous (for a syllabary, that is!). It was established in its present form in 1974, and looks like something o...
by JoseB
Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: It's the Eye of Argon, it's the thrill of the fight
Replies: 74
Views: 11888

Re: It's the Eye of Argon, it's the thrill of the fight

Sorry for resurrecting this old thread, but I think that this little piece of news might be of interest to you forumites... I have been tasked, for the purpose of organizing a competitive reading of "The Eye of Argon" in a Spanish con, with the unenviable chore of translating this classic ...
by JoseB
Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Alien languages
Replies: 55
Views: 4480

Re: Alien languages

<...>There was a proposal in this thread , I think made by bbctol, for a language that basically only had one "kind" of basic word, grammatically. In fact, there are some natural languages that basically work like that. I seem to remember that, for instance, there is one aboriginal Austra...
by JoseB
Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Alien languages
Replies: 55
Views: 4480

Re: Alien languages

I remember reading, quite some time ago, in a forum dedicated to conlangs, a fictional language for alien beings whose grammar was based in stacks (as in the computer data structure). The rationale for that was that their brains were structured in such a way that this was the best way for a language...
by JoseB
Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 213012

Re: Say something in Spanish!

¡Amigos y amigas del foro! Aunque no tiene nada que ver con las conversaciones que se están llevando a cabo hasta ahora, quiero comentar aquí un enlace a un sitio donde hay una serie de animaciones en "flash" que pueden ser interesantes para los que quieran practicar el idioma castellano. ...
by JoseB
Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 213012

Re: Say something in Spanish!

Bueno, bueno, bueno... Hola a todos y a todas, o a tod@s (esto último es una moda reciente entre los usuarios de la red castellanoparlantes para incluír ambos géneros en una sola palabra escrita) :) Yo soy español, nacido en España, donde viví hasta los 27 años de edad. Desde ese momento, he vivido ...
by JoseB
Fri Nov 02, 2007 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 95347

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

This is true. By knowing English and Russian, French is a breeze to understand. The three share an astoundingly large amount of words, notsomuch between English and Russian, but between French and the other two. Also, if people are speaking another language with the same base, for example Polish (t...
by JoseB
Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Engrish, Etc. - The Funny Translations of the World
Replies: 52
Views: 14314

Re: Engrish, Etc. - The Funny Translations of the World

I guess I should mention here what happened to me when I was in Japan... I went there to study for my Ph.D., and when I arrived I spoke exactly zero Japanese. So, they plunked me into an intensive (as in EXTREMELY intensive) Japanese language class for 6 months, before taking me into my Ph.D. classe...
by JoseB
Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Question about "et cetera"
Replies: 36
Views: 5229

Re: Question about "et cetera"

Does anyone know if &c. was ever a common way of writing etc.? It's for real, though I don't know how common. The thing to recognize is that the ampersand is literally just a ligature of "et" (at least, before it became a highly stylized standalone character); in that sense, "&am...
by JoseB
Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A little rant (math vs. maths)
Replies: 202
Views: 76384

Re: A little rant

Perspective from another language... In Spanish, it is "Las Matemáticas" (feminine plural, always). No abbreviation possible, except in informal settings (like primary and high school students) who might refer to them as "mates". For instance, "ahora tengo clase de mates&quo...
by JoseB
Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2375448

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

bbctol wrote:
JoseB wrote:My name is Jose (as you can see, I am tremendously imaginative when it comes to choosing nicknames in the internet)

Let me just guess what letter your surname starts with...


Would you believe me if I said "X"? ;)
by JoseB
Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 95347

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

Interesting thread! Native Spanish speaker here, fascinated with languages... I like to learn languages, and at some point I would like to learn at least one language from each of the main language families in the world. I know, I will probably die before I manage to achieve the goal, but well... On...
by JoseB
Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 197471

Re: 日本語

miraidesuka: You could always try and type some Japanese introduction in romaji :) nihongo wo hanashimashou!
by JoseB
Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 197471

Re: 日本語

Hallo there! You are not alone! I lived for 4 years in Japan, following a Ph.D. in robotics at Tokyo University between 1995 and 1998. When I arrived there I didn't speak a word of Japanese; they put me in an accelerated Japanese language course for 6 months, after which they sent me into the Ph.D. ...
by JoseB
Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2375448

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Greetings! My name is Jose (as you can see, I am tremendously imaginative when it comes to choosing nicknames in the internet); I am Spanish (although I live and work in the Netherlands as a patent examiner in the European Patent Office) and 40 years old (milestone recently attained; I guess I am so...

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