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by Eschatokyrios
Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Bag Beg Big Bog Bug
Replies: 45
Views: 22513

Re: Bag Beg Big Bog Bug

My English dialect doesn't distinguish ʌ and ə, or if there is a contrast it manifests itself primarily as stress and only secondarily as a quality difference. Yes, that is normally how the schwa is manifested. No vowel, when pronounced fully, tends to sound like ə, but rather like one of the other...
by Eschatokyrios
Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: How have you destroyed a computer?
Replies: 101
Views: 21625

Re: How have you destroyed a computer?

My story is boring by comparison, the most I've ever done to destroy a computer is pry random metal parts off the inside of it in order to get at the hard drive. I have taken apart many a hard drive to get at the magnets, though. Hard drive magnets are fun! :D Also I broke 2 usb ports and my onboard...
by Eschatokyrios
Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 494661

Re: Favorite math jokes

There are 2 types of people in the world: those who can extrapolate from incomplete data You can't extrapolate from only one point! There are 4 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, those who don't, and those who can properly extrapolate. There are 10 types of people in the wor...
by Eschatokyrios
Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning English hasn't taught me English (rant)
Replies: 35
Views: 4203

Re: Learnign English hasn't taught me English (rant)

The thing is, though, an English class isn't a language class, in the same sense that Spanish or Latin or Russian or whatever is, nor should it be. By the time you are old enough to attend school, you are already fluent in English and do not need to learn it! What you do need to learn is how to writ...
by Eschatokyrios
Sat Apr 19, 2008 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Bag Beg Big Bog Bug
Replies: 45
Views: 22513

Re: Bag Beg Big Bog Bug

I like the phonetic analogue of these, whereby each different vowel *sound* is stuck between a pair of consonants. You can pretty much get all the American English vowels between [b] and [t]: beat [bi:t] bit [bɪt] bait [beɪt] bet [bɛt] bat [bæt] bot [bɑt] bite [baɪt] boot [bu:t] bout [bɑʊt] but, st...
by Eschatokyrios
Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Caramelldansen is just unnaturally addictive.
Replies: 59
Views: 5544

Re: Caramelldansen is just unnaturally addictive.

I LOVE the Haruhi (SOS Brigade) version the best. i watch it at least three times a day. No idea what you''re talking about, but i started watching haruhi again in the real order recently (not the order they aired in...) That is such a hilariously awesome show. I wonder what the purpose behind airi...
by Eschatokyrios
Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Trek vs. Star Wars
Replies: 360
Views: 155680

Re: Star Trek vs. Star Wars

Well, Star Wars blows up more shit real good. But Star Trek's names are generally less silly.
So it's a toss up.

markfiend wrote:OT but I've seen a T-shirt that said 'Star Trek' in the Star Wars font.

Is that equally annoying for both flavours of fandom? :mrgreen:


Awesome. I would totally buy that shirt.
by Eschatokyrios
Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: WTF, program segfaulting before even starting...
Replies: 17
Views: 2564

Re: WTF, program segfaulting before even starting...

I know far, far too little about C to be of any help, unfortunately.

That said, when you finally do get the program working, mayhap you'd like to release the source? It sounds damned cool and I'd love to have a copy for myself.
by Eschatokyrios
Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Toki Pona
Replies: 61
Views: 17789

Re: Toki Pona

Hmm, sounds nice, I wouldnt use it as my staple auxiliary lanaguge, though when I rule the world, it shall be taught along with lojban and interlingua. though esperanto shall be compulsory. Also, I liek that the info is availible in esperanto and english buit shoul'd be "Esperanto" or &qu...
by Eschatokyrios
Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Correct Pronunciations for Internet Slang
Replies: 30
Views: 5203

Re: Correct Pronunciations for Internet Slang

"pwned" is /poUnd/ in my dialect, same as if the word were spelled <poned>. "Lulz" is /l5=z/, which is somewhat awkward, what with the double lateral. Still pronouncable though. Interestingly enough, there is a variant of "lulz", namely "lulziest", that I have...
by Eschatokyrios
Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Please fill out questionnaire for my research project!
Replies: 88
Views: 8380

Re: Please fill out questionnaire for my research project!

What is your age? 18 Gender? Male Sexual orientation? Straight Ethnicity? White Nationality & Location? American, California How would you describe your socioeconomic status? (e.g.: college graduate and middle class) College student from middle-class family Do you ascribe to or are a member of a...
by Eschatokyrios
Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pronouncing Questionable Content: The ultimate challenge
Replies: 34
Views: 7285

Re: Pronouncing Questionable Content: The ultimate challenge

Alas, lacking a vowel, "XKCD" can't be a valid Georgian word. The Bella Coola could handle it fine I'm sure. In Japanese, it would be pronounced something horrible like Ekkusu Kei Shii Dii (Another lovable acronym is DVD pronounced roughly Dii Bui Dii) "Seeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!&q...
by Eschatokyrios
Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:26 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 405005

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

In the middle of a lecture on acids and bases, my Honors Chemistry teacher sophomore year abruptly started talking about how he noticed some people freebasing cocaine, from the smell apparantly. He then went on to talk about the chemical nature of the smell, how it allowed him to know that freebasin...
by Eschatokyrios
Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Your guys'
Replies: 27
Views: 3019

Re: Your guys'

"I'm going to your guys's house" is the standard in my dialect, and using "your guys's" instead of "your" is pretty much obligatory if I am addressing multiple people.
by Eschatokyrios
Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: This is why we can't have time travel
Replies: 69
Views: 15099

Re: This is why we can't have time travel

EsotericWombat wrote:I think that there may be a rich vein of narrative to be mined in this sort of faux-web format


Yeah, SomethingAwful's been doing stuff like this for years. Some of which is pretty funny as well, although personally I find SA pretty hit-or-miss.
by Eschatokyrios
Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3408
Views: 796844

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I don't remember all the details, but it involved this really huge guy yelling at a scrawny cosplayer for being stupid. A scrawny Sonata Arctica cosplayer, of all things, which I guess means dressing up like Tony Kakko. After the huge guy finished yelling and the cosplayer ran off in tears I said &q...
by Eschatokyrios
Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:36 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your GPA in High School
Replies: 133
Views: 12335

Re: Your GPA in High School

After 7 semesters, my GPA was 3.83 unweighted. I remember the number because I had to put it on a lot of forms for applying to college. It dropped some after that, but colleges don't really care about final semester grades unless they're abysmal and mine weren't so I didn't particularly care. I don'...
by Eschatokyrios
Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology is not "just Applied Chemistry"
Replies: 66
Views: 12180

Re: Evolution and Behavior as Emergent Properties of Biology

To use comp sci terminology, everything that's not basic particle physics is a higher level of abstraction thereof. And if it's not it's magic.
by Eschatokyrios
Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Language(s) of J.R.R. Tolkien
Replies: 55
Views: 8762

Re: J.R.R. Tolkien

Harry Potter in Spanish = yay! super-accesible and fun! LotR (even The Hobbit) in Spanish = hands tired from looking up millions of adjectives in my Spanish-English dictionary... I cut my teeth in Spanish by reading The Hobbit. I found that it had really good use of the T-V distinction and appropri...
by Eschatokyrios
Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Look Ma, no vowels!
Replies: 20
Views: 4748

Re: Look Ma, no vowels!

Georgian does have a lot of crazy consonant clusters, some in particularly common words. Some examples from my textbook: zghva , ზღვა, "sea"; rva , რვა, "eight"; tsxra , ცხრა, "nine"; pkvili , ფქვილი, "flour. Also, some words are reasonable in the citation form (th...
by Eschatokyrios
Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: if special relatvity is true...
Replies: 29
Views: 4396

Re: if special relatvity is true...

That question doesn't make any sense. "Time changes with speed" is more or less the definition of special relativity.
by Eschatokyrios
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Portmanteaux
Replies: 124
Views: 18232

Re: Portmanteaux

Tween; a redundant word comprised of 'teen' and 'between', i.e. a teenager, who is between the ages of 13-19. Tautological, clearly, and completely unnecessary. It was unfairly stolen off Tolkien and used nefariously by the meeja as a new buzzword for the Bratz generation, most probably because it ...
by Eschatokyrios
Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Question about the digits of pi
Replies: 17
Views: 2908

Re: Question about the digits of pi

Hix wrote:And, of course, with either scheme, the so-called "Wicked Bible" (in which a printing error caused Exodus 20:14 to read "Thou shalt commit adultery.") occurs about a million times as often as the King James Version.


How does that work?
by Eschatokyrios
Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Windows=Catholic; Linux=Protestant; MacOS= Eastern Orthodox
Replies: 38
Views: 9256

Re: Windows=Catholic; Linux=Protestant; MacOS= Eastern Orthodox

Heh, that's a cute analogy. Hacker with bullhorn: "Save your money! Accept one of our free tanks! It is invulnerable, and can drive across rocks and swamps at ninety miles an hour while getting a hundred miles to the gallon!" Prospective station wagon buyer: "I know what you say is tr...
by Eschatokyrios
Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard
Replies: 176
Views: 35404

Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Magnetocrystalline anisotropy. Hoorah! My area of research. Quantum Chromodynamics, anyone? I was just about to post the very phrase! (damn you for stealing my thunder! :)) "electroweak" and anything hyphenated to the word "electroweak" is good too. And on the math side of thing...
by Eschatokyrios
Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Holy Turbo Snow . . .
Replies: 40
Views: 3515

Re: Holy Turbo Snow . . .

Around here, we don't even get one centimeter of snow. CURSE YOU BAY AREA. Actually in years past we've gotten small amounts of snow on the very tops of the various low mountain ranges ringing the bay, on particularly cold days in winter. I remember about two years ago we had some snowfall on the e...
by Eschatokyrios
Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I would hate to be able to read Chinese characters...
Replies: 10
Views: 3795

Re: I would hate to be able to read Chinese characters...

I've often thought it'd be neat to have a giant tatoo of the hiragana for coda /n/, ん. It looks nice, and there is no possible way that I could have accidentally gotten the translation wrong. I reckon it could still be mis-interpreted. I thought it was a backwards Lambda ( λ ) when I first saw it. ...
by Eschatokyrios
Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: When I Was Your Age...
Replies: 93
Views: 18158

Re: When I Was Your Age...

some sort of brain computer interface might occur in our lifetime. I so would love to see some Ghost In The Shell-esque tech sometime in my lifetime. :P One of my favorite exchanges in the series: "Tachikoma, consolidate all avaliable disposable territories in cyberspace and clear enough space...
by Eschatokyrios
Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I would hate to be able to read Chinese characters...
Replies: 10
Views: 3795

Re: I would hate to be able to read Chinese characters...

I've often thought it'd be neat to have a giant tatoo of the hiragana for coda /n/, ん. It looks nice, and there is no possible way that I could have accidentally gotten the translation wrong. ん means /n/. 'nnnnnnnnnn'. That's it. Plus, insofar as east-asian-writing-system tatoos are cliche, single-h...
by Eschatokyrios
Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Base 12 kicks all your asses
Replies: 88
Views: 24285

Re: Base 12 kicks all your asses

For machines or for humans? for when humans become machines :shock: Funnily enough, I wrote a story about a species of largely-cyborgized humanoids who use a base 47 number system, pretty much entirely for lulz. Being cyborgs, they could handle pretty much any base in daily life, why not base 47?
by Eschatokyrios
Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Barak Obama on computer science.
Replies: 35
Views: 10318

Re: Barak Obama on computer science.

Ehn, he knew the question was coming (and basically said as much). So it's basically a small publicity stunt. Which is fine, whether or not you understand sorting algorithms is a poor basis for choosing a president. But I doubt Obama actually knows that much about computer science (although I suppos...
by Eschatokyrios
Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494860

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I can't help but think that the seemingly-common aversion on the part of women to "moist" and "panties" is a symptom of how our culture treats (or at least, has historically treated) female sexuality as something shameful or dirty. That seems like an obvious conclusion, to me any...
by Eschatokyrios
Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do/did you receive mail while living in a dorm?
Replies: 26
Views: 2883

Re: How do/did you receive mail while living in a dorm?

Same as everyone else for me, everyone has a box in the student union.
by Eschatokyrios
Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Forced whitespace and tabulation
Replies: 70
Views: 15488

Re: Forced whitespace and tabulation

My problem is when I have a simple thing to do and because of the way the program reads my code I can't write it in one line. For instance, like this: 3.times do puts "Hello World" end and 3.times do; puts "Hello World"; end Do the exact same thing. There are times when there re...
by Eschatokyrios
Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Editors
Replies: 267
Views: 143197

Re: Editors

Used to be that I used vim because I had bothered to learn the very basics of vim and hadn't for emacs. I just picked one at random because I didn't want to learn both, and I was generally in X and using Kate anyway. Then my CS professor said that we should all use emacs for coding and produced tuto...
by Eschatokyrios
Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Latest purchase thread.
Replies: 192
Views: 17792

Re: Latest purchase thread.

I can't remember the last thing I bought that wasn't food. The last food I bought was a pearl tea. $1.19.
by Eschatokyrios
Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:26 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I have an awesome textbook
Replies: 90
Views: 10680

Re: I have an awesome textbook

My high school AP chemistry textbook, on the whole, had fairly standard problems. But at the end of one section, there was a large, multi-step problem in which Lex Luther had to determine whether the kryptonite he had obtained from [some other Superman villian. Darkseid maybe? I don't remember who i...
by Eschatokyrios
Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics
Replies: 5
Views: 1472

Re: Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics

Heh, as it happens, I have that very book (Programs, not Classical Mechanics) open in front of me as I work on CS homework. I will have to read this when I have some spare time.
by Eschatokyrios
Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Ni Parolas Esperante (Esperanto practice)
Replies: 140
Views: 67475

Re: Artificial Languages (Esperanto/Lojban/etc.)

IComming from a langauge where verbs are inflected not only with reagrds to their subjects but also their objects, and where we do have 1st and 3rd person imperatives which are also the dependant upon their objects, the requirement of Esperanto that I use up to 2 pronouns in a sentence shocks me. I...
by Eschatokyrios
Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 9058

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

Side note: Doesn't Chinese have genders (noun classes) at least so far as quantification is concerned? E.g. you have a different agreement particle for things like "five papers" vs "five people"? Sort of. What you are referring to are "measure" words. In English we use...

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