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by Kizyr
Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 189388

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

So I'm attempting to read one of those Penguin Parallel texts in Japanese, and it's going very slowly, but ok. I need to look up every third word, but I'm definitely getting the gist of things. I've just noticed a few characters with a big bold commas to the right of them (where the furigana normal...
by Kizyr
Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Washington DC Meetup - (defunct--see the newer xkDC thread)
Replies: 197
Views: 142679

Re: Washington DC Meetup - (pending - c'mon, make a suggesti

Just a quick update. I no longer post regularly on these forums, so if anyone else wants to take up the mantle of organizing DC-area meetups then please do. KF
by Kizyr
Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Humans will never understand each other
Replies: 73
Views: 9630

Re: Humans will never understand each other

sourmìlk wrote:I'm not worried about the truth value of the statement that sexists are more likely to be virgins (though I sort of doubt it), but using virgin as an insult is both dickish and an ad-Hominem.

Now that you mention it, yes, that really did bug me too when I first read the article. KF
by Kizyr
Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Humans will never understand each other
Replies: 73
Views: 9630

Re: Humans will never understand each other

Mind you, that article then went on to "insult" sexists by saying they're all virgins. To be fair, the article was specifically addressing defenders of sexist comics , who, presumably, get less action that your run-of-the-mill sexists. More than that, the article was specifically addressi...
by Kizyr
Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I cant understand this table
Replies: 2
Views: 1107

Re: I cant understand this table

Do you see rows 4-6? The ones labeled: Nonanonymous x Male Teacher Nonanonymous x Male Student x Female Teacher Nonanonymous x Female Student x Male Teacher The three regression results (per test) differ because of the inclusion/exclusion of these factors. (1) doesn't factor in the teacher's gender ...
by Kizyr
Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: New York, New York
Replies: 18
Views: 3212

Re: New York, New York

I figure every major city in Japan ranks on the "easy" end of the scale. Every city has some central train station that's considered the central/main station, and nearly all of them have some area of said station that's often used as a meetup point (a statue, a clock tower, a fountain, etc...
by Kizyr
Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Haruki Murakami
Replies: 91
Views: 78851

Re: Haruki Murakami

The only thing I've wondered about in the translation is that often the food the characters eat or the music they listen to or the novels they are reading all seem to be Western in origin (Moreso the latter than the former). Do Japanese people really consume that much "Western" stuff? Tha...
by Kizyr
Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Haruki Murakami
Replies: 91
Views: 78851

Re: Haruki Murakami

As I said, I really like this guy's stuff - but I sometimes feel like there's some deeper meaning that I just don't "get", I can never tell if it's a) Me b) The way he's written it or c) The translation... The excerpts of translations that I've checked (I've mostly read him in Japanese, b...
by Kizyr
Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pluralizing a noun which is a phrase
Replies: 4
Views: 2415

Re: Pluralizing a noun which is a phrase

"bank ofs america" But really, you may want to pick a different example. Bank of America is a company, so there's only one; if you're talking about individual branches then it'd be more accurate to say "Bank of America branches" / "Bank of America ATMs", etc. Generally,...
by Kizyr
Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 189388

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

after a semester of Japanese I I can still barely read a childrens popup book >_< I've been tripping over (literally) the first sentence in the book and I was wondering if someone could offer a better translation for this. Don't sweat it too much if it's hard to get. It's not that it's improper Jap...
by Kizyr
Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 123304

Re: Tea Snobbery

In the DC area, I've recently found two tea stores of note -- one good, one bad. The Spice & Tea Exchange: They have several locations in this area (at least one in Georgetown and one in Alexandria) and several others across the country ( link ). The quality of much of the tea they have is great...
by Kizyr
Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 189388

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

All of the levels have essentially moved down one. JLPT4 -> N5 JLPT3 -> N4 JLPT2 -> N3 With N2 and N1 being just uber hard for walking kanji dictionaries as far as I can tell. がんばって I missed this earlier but I have to offer a correction. There were 4 levels, now there are 5; the new level was put i...
by Kizyr
Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How often do you use statistics?
Replies: 25
Views: 5295

Re: How often do you use statistics?

BTW, wtf is up with data messiness? I mean, really, why the hell can't people ever put things in in something resembling a clean format? I consulted at an academic MD's office and their access DB looked like cocaine-fueled apes threw feces at the keyboard. The basic answer is that the data you rece...
by Kizyr
Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 123304

Re: Tea Snobbery

Today, I discovered that Assam tea goes well with chili powder, powdered cloves, and nutmeg in a 1:3 milk to water mix, as well as a modest amount of sugar. I do believe that my mother was appropriately horrified when I told her about it. ...that's mostly the same spices (sans the cloves) that I us...
by Kizyr
Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shows fails to depict Muslims as terrorists, is boycotted
Replies: 32
Views: 5508

Re: Shows fails to depict Muslims as terrorists, is boycotte

That process in Judaism is essentially what defines Judaism. The Talmud is ... Thanks for the explanation. I'm sure that the show does suck. Reality shows tend to suck. When those companies pull their advertisements from all reality shows, I'll believe that was their reasoning. Likewise -- that's w...
by Kizyr
Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: PHD comic - movie version (?!?!?!)
Replies: 17
Views: 8172

Re: PHD comic - movie version (?!?!?!)

I saw it earlier this semester while my Graduate Student Org had a screening. Actually, me and my sister both went. She had more of the "normal" grad student experience (and is a fan of PhD Comics, and the one who told me about the screening in the first place), whereas mine is rather diff...
by Kizyr
Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shows fails to depict Muslims as terrorists, is boycotted
Replies: 32
Views: 5508

Re: Shows fails to depict Muslims as terrorists, is boycotte

To be fair, to be a Muslim, you have to endorse Sharia law. This, of course, does not mean you have to be Wahhabist or Salafist. Which is the FFA's mistake in this picture. Right, just like to be a Christian you have to believe in Jesus and to be a Jew you have to believe in Halakha (except the ref...
by Kizyr
Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 123304

Re: Tea Snobbery

Hmm, I see what you mean, and that device would work well with fine teas, but the question is - would that fit into a small teapot? There is a Finum large basket available that might do the trick. But personally, I greatly prefer the disposable versions. If I'm brewing a large pot of tea (6 or more...
by Kizyr
Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 123304

Re: Tea Snobbery

Tea drinkers, what is the best tea infuser thing to use. I have a few tea pots already, so I don't want to buy another pot with a built in infuser, I just want a little cage for my tea. I am thinking something like this . I recommend against the mesh balls -- they never let tea leaves expand, leak ...
by Kizyr
Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that might make good Games?
Replies: 16
Views: 7208

Re: Books that might make good Games?

World War Z? Unlike the usual zombie games, the focus wouldn't be on mowing down thousands of zombie hordes, but rather on escape and survival. I'm also thinking a more open sandbox-style game with different stages, where you're not one of the interviewed or discussed characters but rather someone s...
by Kizyr
Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 309149

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Only a couple of thoughts on Sweet and Elite:
Spoiler:
Yay, another song number!

I want my own personal party cannon...
KF
by Kizyr
Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 98430

Re: 0980: "Money"

...I'm noticing a lot of typos (captions that are most likely mistypes, missing or inadvertently added ,000s, that sort of thing). It's making it hard to understand in some parts... KF
by Kizyr
Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 86896

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

Here's a couple that I can't get out of the habit of: - Antibiotics, as Ant ee b ee otics (long e instead of long i) - Tuesday/Thursday, as Tuesd ee /Thursd ee (long e instead of ae) - Wednesday, as Wensd ee (long e instead of ae, and 'wednes' as 'wens') Funny thing is I don't do the 'day' to 'dee' ...
by Kizyr
Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How should I choose a second language?
Replies: 28
Views: 7438

Re: How should I choose a second language?

Ok, Monika, I disagree with you, but I want to emphasize that I'm really enjoying the points you lay out and hope you don't take any umbrage at me responding to or countering them. I'm liking the way this thread is going since I really like discussing this subject, and I think the conversation is pr...
by Kizyr
Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Understanding Chinese?
Replies: 9
Views: 3743

Re: Understanding Chinese?

Also having more experience with Japanese, I'd say that it's an issue of how much spoken, regular language has the context of the given situation behind it to explain -- language via lyrics can be very different. I find Japanese songs really hard to understand. Most pop songs usually have very... fl...
by Kizyr
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How should I choose a second language?
Replies: 28
Views: 7438

Re: How should I choose a second language?

Glad I could help, even if only a little bit. I'm really trying to be careful not to push you toward any given language and just put forth some questions you might want to ask yourself (hopefully that's working). Since you're in Australia (apologies for assuming, but I had to start somewhere and beg...
by Kizyr
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 309149

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

I had to rewind and do a double take. There were a few Lebowski ponies in that alley. I just checked the clip on YouTube to see -- and yep, all three of the team from Big Lebowski are apparently in pony form, including The Dude. Walter just had the more recognizable getup. http://www.youtube.com/wa...
by Kizyr
Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 309149

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

On the latest episode...

Spoiler:
Did anyone else catch the pony version of John Goodman's character (Walter) from The Big Lebowski in the bowling alley? It was the second watching through that I caught that one. KF
by Kizyr
Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How should I choose a second language?
Replies: 28
Views: 7438

Re: How should I choose a second language?

My university offers Arabic, Aramaic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew (Classical and Modern), Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Pali, Sanskrit, Spanish and Syriac, as well as Ancient Greek and Latin. Ok, so one question to ask yourself: do you want a language you can speak or use...
by Kizyr
Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How should I choose a second language?
Replies: 28
Views: 7438

Re: How should I choose a second language?

What context do you see yourself using said language? You're more likely to enjoy studying something if you envision yourself using it somewhere, depending on the context. (Personally, I picked practicality for one -- Spanish -- and personal interest for another -- Japanese. The other ones I want to...
by Kizyr
Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Games to play with Chinese characters
Replies: 10
Views: 3746

Re: Games to play with Chinese characters

Thanks, glad you had fun with it. Indeed, it's an interesting challenge - it can be frustrating when a kanji comes up that you know as well as your name but you realize you can't think of a single other word containing that kanji (then you scan the dictionary and see all the obvious possibilities)....
by Kizyr
Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How often do you use statistics?
Replies: 25
Views: 5295

Re: How often do you use statistics?

Every hour of every day?

...I do econometrics and statistical programming. I may be an outlier. KF
by Kizyr
Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 309149

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Spoiler:
NOW WHENEVER I POST IN ALL-CAPS I WILL JUST EXPLAIN THAT THIS IS MY ROYAL CANTERLOT VOICE.
AND THIS IS HOW WE ADDRESS OUR SUBJECTS

Luna's now my favorite non-mane-six character... KF
by Kizyr
Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Games to play with Chinese characters
Replies: 10
Views: 3746

Re: Games to play with Chinese characters

I've programmed a computer version of the Kanji Chain game I described in the opening post: http://larrykenny.com/kanjichain/ Huh, that's rather fun. I had some trouble initially since I thought the rule was to start a word with the character that the last one ended with (which is kind of difficult...
by Kizyr
Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:25 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Extra time for tests
Replies: 28
Views: 7221

Re: Extra time for tests

If I can I may take someone up on it if I'm the student (though I haven't had a case where I've needed to since, oh, high school). But, I don't agree with the practice -- it really is giving certain students an unfair advantage because they happen to have certain schedule configurations.* Particular...
by Kizyr
Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 309149

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

I'll start out with saying Twilight's my favorite. But that doesn't detract from any of the other mane six. On the latest episode: Even though Twilight's my favorite, I still really liked this one -- I dunno, maybe since (a) I liked seeing "Party of One", and (b) I real...
by Kizyr
Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend me a good short story author...
Replies: 48
Views: 60686

Re: Recommend me a good short story author...

Two of my favorites are Etgar Keret and Haruki Murakami . Both are similar in that there's a lot of absurdity/surrealism in their works. I'm not sure how much twist there is, but they should be interesting to turn to. (Murakami also has several full-length novels, but plenty of short story collectio...
by Kizyr
Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 309149

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

minor S2 spoiler The voice actor for Discord IS the person who played 'Q' from Star Trek. I wondered why it fit so well. I know! After his first few lines I recognized DeLancie's voice, then it hit just how appropriate it was. Also, one more comment about the S2 opener: CHOCOLATE RAIN I...
by Kizyr
Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 309149

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

There was a post a while back talking about how the mane six's personality types comprise a pretty broad spectrum, so a lot of folks (myself included) find ourselves identifying with one or more of their personalities... On that note, it's kind of surprising that me and my fiancée get along so well....
by Kizyr
Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ye olde booke thread. e.
Replies: 31
Views: 7838

Re: Ye olde booke thread. e.

I still don't get if we're just talking books in their original language, or if we're including translations. If it's the original language, then I suppose parts of the Qur'an (6th Century) and some poems and selections from Heian-era Japan (11th century) would be it. I also read some of Don Quixote...

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