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by Grop
Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Adverb form of intensity (light)?
Replies: 6
Views: 2628

Re: Adverb form of intensity (light)?

Maybe some photo- word, like photoconductor or something? I can't find it.
by Grop
Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0517: "Marshmallow Gun"
Replies: 118
Views: 28760

Re: "Marshmallow Gun" Discussion

Other Ghostbusters references: 213 and 459.
by Grop
Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 241009

Re: Ice and Fire?

Well.. given how little the North, the Other Continent, and the Kingdom(s) interact, it should be possible to read the story in a slightly disjointed sort of way - ie Pick a character, just read their parts until you get to the end of the book, start over and pick a different character, repeat unti...
by Grop
Sat Dec 13, 2008 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 223544

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

Bonsoir! C'est souvent vrai, et pour les mots empruntés aux langues étrangères en général (un ersatz, un manga, etc). Ceci dit ce n'est pas toujours vrai: certains mots nous paraissent féminins pour des raisons phonétiques (une paella) ou quand le mot remplace un mot habituellement féminin: une star...
by Grop
Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4413
Views: 817789

Re: Go Away Dub Watchers: The Proper Anime Thread

I am not much into sport animes, but Bamboo Blade is a decent one. It's about a kendo club in a high school. Unlike many sport/martial arts series, it focuses much on the life of the club and its members, as opposed to confrontation and improving skills. (And unlike many stories about high school ki...
by Grop
Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Dragonball... MOVIE?
Replies: 135
Views: 22056

Re: Dragonball... MOVIE?

(Wow, I am struggling to find recent counter-examples. I wasn't aware of that).

Now, let's wait for One Piece: the movie with Luffy as a reluctant hero.
by Grop
Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4413
Views: 817789

Re: Go Away Dub Watchers: The Proper Anime Thread

BSaito, if you didn't watch Darker than Black, I would recommend it (although it doesn't meet all your demands ;)). I notice Kaiba was only mentionned in a cut-and-paste list. It is a very good sci-fi series. Things go slowly (with much reflexion on people, their memory and their identity) and the s...
by Grop
Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Piracy" or "Maritime Terrorism"
Replies: 24
Views: 4369

Re: "Piracy" or "Maritime Terrorism"

I agree this is giving too much importance to pirates, who are just violent thieves. Or belittling to terrorists.
by Grop
Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Sociopaths and prisoners
Replies: 40
Views: 5342

Re: Sociopaths and prisoners

On the assumption that likelyhood and frequency are the same thing: I see a) and e) as equivalent, c) and d) as equivalents, and b) as independant. a) sociopaths are more common in prison than outside of prison e) prisoners are more likely than non-prisoners to be sociopa...
by Grop
Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Blackwater Guards Charged with Manslaughter
Replies: 44
Views: 4183

Re: Blackwater Guards Charged with Manslaughter

psyck0 wrote:(and yes, they are committing terrorism under the US flag with acts such as this)


A "solution" would be to label them terrorists, send them to Guantanamo and forget about judging them.

(This, or noone should be. Humm...).
by Grop
Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the deal with X-Mas lights on rooftops?
Replies: 29
Views: 2246

Re: What's the deal with X-Mas lights on rooftops?

Also, does anyone else in the world increase their electric bill by festively illuminating their homes other than us silly Americans? Some people put extravagant lights on their houses in my place, in South-East France. I haven't investigated whether they are French or foreigners, or if there is so...
by Grop
Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Weighted Clothing
Replies: 14
Views: 2106

Re: Weighted Clothing

Kachi wrote:Running comes down generally to two limitations-- cardiovascular and muscular endurance.


A third one would be the risk of causing damage to your joints (knees in particular). I suspect wearing weighted clothing while running increases that risk.
by Grop
Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro gaming - Fallout 2
Replies: 46
Views: 5739

Re: Retro gaming - Fallout 2

I'd recommend against getting the Navarro gear early, because it trivializes literally all of the game up to the end. I second this. I usually prefer unarmed to melee: there are many occasions to improve this skill, and boxing/kung fu quests (what's more, I think the improved power glove is more ef...
by Grop
Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: OR and XOR
Replies: 38
Views: 6233

Re: OR and XOR

There was an interesting article on Language Log about or being always exclusive or not. The examples given are funny and convincing.
by Grop
Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 223544

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

Honnêtement Iv, je crois que c'est surtout une question de débit et de registre. En France aussi le langage parlé est souvent très différent de l'écrit. Minute, as-tu du mal à comprendre quand on te parle directement, ou quand des francophones parlent entre eux? (Regarding accents, there are good ad...
by Grop
Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cheese
Replies: 156
Views: 16674

Re: Cheese

The most common uses* I can think of would be in a salad (on toasted bread with bacon cubes, tomatoes and green salad) or on a pizza. Possibly in an olive cake.

* apart from eating it with bread at the end of a meal, but this is not cooking.
by Grop
Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Standard units in America?
Replies: 136
Views: 11843

Re: Standard units in America?

Regarding watts/BTU, I don't expect most people to really know what they are. I would expect the average person, with no science or technical backgroung, to only view them as magic numbers, like, bigger magic number is awesomer and more expensive. I expect such units, hardly intuitive to the public,...
by Grop
Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Strange effects of Diet cola, any ideas?
Replies: 12
Views: 1687

Re: Strange effects of Diet cola, any ideas?

Here in France, diet and non-diet sodas are generally viewed as unhealthy. This is only common knowledge (or prejudice).

A quick googling made me find this: Diet Soda Drinkers Gain Weight. That's only argument by statistics.
by Grop
Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Standard units in America?
Replies: 136
Views: 11843

Re: Standard units in America?

As for me I use metric in all of my calculations but convert to imperial any time I want a sense of the actual size. This is only because you are used to it. If I have to describe something that is roughly one foot long, I think of it as roughly 30 cm. There is nothing hard about it if you are used...
by Grop
Thu Nov 27, 2008 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Your favorite childhood movies
Replies: 45
Views: 7084

Re: Your favorite childhood movies

Willow, the Dark Crystal, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Princess Bride. And the Goonies.
by Grop
Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Quick, Tasty, Cheap: Breakfasts?
Replies: 35
Views: 3872

Re: Quick, Tasty, Cheap: Breakfasts?

Cheap and quick: toasted bread, jam, coffee. Perhaps some yogurt and orange juice.

(I suspect I have much lighter breakfasts than most of you).
by Grop
Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Enjoying bad movies
Replies: 50
Views: 6189

Re: Enjoying bad movies

I would suggest Drunken Master and Big Trouble in Little China, but do cult bad movies qualify?
by Grop
Thu Nov 27, 2008 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Asterix and Obelix
Replies: 25
Views: 6374

Re: Asterix and Obelix

Not surprisingly, I love them. I fell into it when I was a little boy :).

For a good laugh I would recommend the 2002 movie: Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra. A really crazy adaptation of Asterix and Cleopatra. (Well, much of it is a parody of French culture, so it may be lost in translation).
by Grop
Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why can't we just print money... ?
Replies: 124
Views: 27323

Re: Why can't we just print money... ?

Carolus, Griffin's idea is to create *more* money, in order to need no tax. Griffin, if a currency has a high inflation, people won't use it, no matter if it is predictibly high. Everyone who wants to save money will use a serious, foreign currency that keeps most of its value (and may well be used ...
by Grop
Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why can't we just print money... ?
Replies: 124
Views: 27323

Re: Why can't we just print money... ?

Hi Griffin, do you doubt this would cause more inflation than current systems? Or do you think more inflation is ok so long as it is "controlled" (like, let's multiply every price by ten - no more, no less - on every year)?
by Grop
Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Elder Scrolls: Discussion
Replies: 486
Views: 65719

Re: Elder Scrolls: Morrowind (Merged:Elder Scrolls Question)

I was put off a lot in morrowind by the quests system (or lack thereof, fucking journal, with 100+ pages, with no way to correlate which ones you haven't done yet) Hi, I had a "solution" to this problem: I would only take a new quest after finishing the previous one (and saving). I learne...
by Grop
Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Inhabitants of the fora are...?
Replies: 22
Views: 3294

Re: Inhabitants of the fora are...?

Hi, for the record on wordreference forums the word foreros is quite frequent, most obviously due to a great number of Spanish-speaking members. I think it sounds much better than anything* I have heard so far :). (Note I am a forum/forums person. I think English works better when you don't analyse ...
by Grop
Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Jack Vance
Replies: 2
Views: 967

Re: Jack Vance

I have read the Planet of Adventure series, this was fun and much different (pulp sci-fi) from the Dying Earth. Note that I liked what I read of the Dying Earth series: Cugel's stories are fun reading.
by Grop
Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 348090

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Gibberishtwist, how about Nicola or Vincenzo? I don't think Italian mothers weep too much on these ones.
by Grop
Fri Oct 24, 2008 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Centripetal Proclivities
Replies: 39
Views: 4205

Re: Centripetal Proclivities

Here is an idea. It assumes it is safe to have the disk reach a maximum inclination. First they move randomly until the disc tilts. Then, they all move downwards: at a moment they will form a big group of n persons at the low edge of an extremely tilted disc. Then (if they are still on the disk ...
by Grop
Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Let's all talk about Warren Ellis, now.
Replies: 97
Views: 28515

Re: Let's all talk about Warren Ellis, now.

I have read the French edition of Fell (one hardcover book so far, made of several stories). I am not fond of American comics (which I don't know very well) but I was impressed by this one.
by Grop
Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Low voter turn-out...ok?
Replies: 153
Views: 9414

Re: Low voter turn-out...ok?

While in theory there SHOULD be some way to give a "none of the above" vote I could not find one at all looking through the Elections Canada site nor the Canadian Elections Act. I cannot find any real way to differentiate between a legitimately rejected ballot (someone chosing say 2 peopl...
by Grop
Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Opposite of numbers
Replies: 35
Views: 4140

Re: Opposite of numbers

Hi, for the record this is how I was taught here in France, and I wasn't confused about that. We would use a different word (inverse) for the relationship between 7 and 1/7. -4 est l'opposé de 4, 1/7 est l'inverse de 7. This is mere convention: In France the convention is that opposé is about additi...
by Grop
Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Low voter turn-out...ok?
Replies: 153
Views: 9414

Re: Low voter turn-out...ok?

I don't really see the point of voting "I don't care". If it's a matter of intent, it ends up giving the opposite of the intended message. It says "All five candidates are bums" instead of "Any of the choices are excellent but I don't see why I'd choose one over another&quo...
by Grop
Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Low voter turn-out...ok?
Replies: 153
Views: 9414

Re: Low voter turn-out...ok?

Are "I don't care" votes counted in Canada? Otherwise, if they are discarded as abstention, they serve no purpose, and you say nothing with such a vote.

(Personally, when I can't decide for whom to vote, I don't bother taking my car to the voting place).
by Grop
Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Help me with a simple java method?
Replies: 17
Views: 1936

Re: Help me with a simple java method?

Hi minty ice, concerning your first problem, I think it is an error to modify m: if you left it unmodified, you could compare i and m in order to know that you have reached the mth line. What's more, you seem to be confused about what is n, and what is m: you want to draw 2*m-1 lines, not n lines. T...
by Grop
Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Questions about society and knowledge
Replies: 34
Views: 4531

Re: Questions about society and knowledge

Zamfir, thank you for clarifying things. I was a bit surprised the average Dutchman was supposed to know much about, say, entropy, enzymes and Avogadro.
by Grop
Fri Oct 10, 2008 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: My progress thread
Replies: 59
Views: 7241

Re: My progress thread

Hi Plasma Man, I hope you will keep the faith. I have been roughly in the same situation for months (starting around 110 kilos for 185 cms last winter) and I have seen results; it takes time and patience. (I must be around 103 kilos now, but I have neglected such questions lately - I should be more ...
by Grop
Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Questions about society and knowledge
Replies: 34
Views: 4531

Re: Questions about society and knowledge

Hi, I think Libertine's answers applie well to France. Concerning question #2, I was tempted to say something nastier about the average French citizen, but I must admit that, when I first meet someone, I expect them to be as Libertine said.
by Grop
Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2373109

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hello, I am 29 and I live in South-East France. I've been reading xkcd for months, but I have only noticed there was a forum lately ^^. I don't know yet if I will contribute much. Concerning my hobbies, I would cite RPGs (table-top and larps), hiking and snowboarding. I read much sci-fi and comics (...

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