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by Tropylium
Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Gradual Loss of Phonemes and Handling the Eventual Confusion
Replies: 11
Views: 11871

Re: Gradual Loss of Phonemes and Handling the Eventual Confu

/wanders in first time in years, immediately delurks to post an essay on something Haven't we been using language for thousands of years? Why haven't we lost all our phonemes already? You're mistaken in assuming that I said phonemes would eventually converge towards zero. The trend is for a language...
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 670240

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Woaaaah, I have NoScript on by default and have been seeing only a blank panel for this one — I thought it was some kind of a statement on the power of imagination… Good thing I happen'd to peek in here for a different reason… :shock: Also this is sure helping putting in perspective some other ginor...
by Tropylium
Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0483: "Fiction Rule of Thumb"
Replies: 305
Views: 63688

Re: "Fiction Rule of Thumb" Discussion

As someone who has actually looked quite a bit into the specifics of conlanging, I believe the main problem is that the typical fantasy writer has a coolness scale where "graaz'zath" > "grazath" > "garzat". (Hint: the linguistic plausibility scale of these is the invers...
by Tropylium
Wed Aug 20, 2008 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 99471

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Why do I get the impression that in forums with this kind of an age distribution, just about any band from the 80s or before will be effectivly more obscure than whatever indie band from the 90s / 00s?

A few test artists to proov me wrong on: Klaus Schulze, Passport, Steve Hackett
by Tropylium
Wed Aug 20, 2008 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Origin of pronunciation of oe in names?
Replies: 43
Views: 9443

Re: Origin of pronunciation of oe in names?

Words like phoenix from Greek have a different original spelling to words like Zoe. Phoenix comes from Φοῖνιξ - with short vowels, easily diphthongised, but Zoe is Ζωή - with long vowels which are not diphthongised coming into English. Nothing to do with Greek vowel length I'd wager, but with phoen...
by Tropylium
Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: spelling -> pronounciation. most fucked up
Replies: 44
Views: 5837

Re: spelling -> pronounciation. most fucked up

Obligatory reading for anyone wishing to understand the mess that is the English spelling system:
http://www.zompist.com/spell.html
http://www.xibalba.demon.co.uk/jbr/ortho.html

I've been e.g. spelling -iv without the superfluous e for a year now and nobody's complain'd. 8)
by Tropylium
Fri Dec 01, 2006 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 202454

A few measurements of my nerdiness: ⋅ Two bronze medals from the Chemistry Olympics ⋅ My webcomic reading list is longer than yours ⋅ Language creator (about half a dozen under work by now) ⋅ Space music fan ⋅ I occasionally solve differential equati...
by Tropylium
Fri Dec 01, 2006 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0191: "Lojban"
Replies: 85
Views: 37614

I don't actually speak the language, but I am a conlang hobbyist… I've gotten the impression that the basic concept of Lojban was not to eliminate all ambiguity, but rather syntactic ambiguity. Ie. it's perfectly clear what each word refers to (by means of predicate logic) but it'll be just as sub...
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Weird Al - White & Nerdy Video
Replies: 30
Views: 14123

OK. Yeah. Watched it. Pretty neat. I had thought Weird Al was supposed to be some sort of an accordion artist, however. Oh well, you lern something every day. White and nerdy checklist BTW: ⋅ Mowing front lawn - Don't have one. Probably wouldn't if I had. "Trim" however… ⋅...
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Obscene word games (f*cking jacket, ass-car)
Replies: 131
Views: 44353

The only exception to that is "sorry". Mine isn't the "saw-ree" that most Americans tend to use (which grates on my ears), but it's not the "soar-ee" that that page cites as an example of the Canadian pronunciation. Saw-ree to again get pedantic about linguistics, but ...
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0163: "Donald Knuth"
Replies: 36
Views: 22213

My all-time fav: - How many surrealists does it take to change a light-bulb? - Pink crocodile sandwich. I still like the mailing list (/forum, Usenet group, take your pick) spin the best. Oh yeah, and wasn't the joke here pretty much the same as in A Way So Familiar ? Doesn't seem to bother anyone ...
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ?ereh sdrawkcab gnihtyreve epyt uoy od yhW
Replies: 34
Views: 14933

I think there were at least a few species of Antarctic theropods… allosaurids, however, IIRC.
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd sighting
Replies: 3
Views: 3191

Saladin wrote:That footnote didn't mention xkcd earlier, though.

And doesn't appear to do so now, either.
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0148: "Mispronouncing"
Replies: 42
Views: 19788

Oh.. And an issue of contention.. Wikipedia.. pronounced Wik ee or wik i ? Ironically enough, The site didn't really help us out on this. Go figure. Being from Hawai'ian, it should be "ʋeekee". That doesn't, for my ears, sound forrin enuff however, so I tend to still thro' a /w/ in i...
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: friends for all!
Replies: 4
Views: 3006

I used to speak Batshit Insane a bit, but can't quite make that out. I'll try asking, however… JAGAGAGAGAJA JAGAGAJAJAGA GAJAGAJAJA JAJAGAGAGAGAJAJA JAJAGAJAJAGAGAJAJA GAGA GAGAJAJAGA GAGAJAJAGAGAGAJAJAJAJA ´# oh noez its teh compoutar mahine! where can my birds hide? i need to pee… /QC not rel...
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0164: "Playing Devil's Advocate to Win"
Replies: 8
Views: 7680

drollglee wrote:This comic made me think about how I can't sleep at night sometimes, 'cuz someday I'm going to die and then I won't know what happens next in the Amazing Adventures of Science.


Personally, I suspect there's going to happen a lot more in the Amazing Adventures of Politics during this century.
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Global warming
Replies: 82
Views: 24725

But how about us? I mean, not too many politicians are going to think of the well-being of peeps who aren't elijible (sic) to vote for them.
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: See? SEE?
Replies: 54
Views: 19474

OK, yeah, just imagine I said "slash" instead of "bite". I dout their feet could reach higher than our knees (from the ground). And I'm still talking one-on-one here; boots indeed wouldn't be as much useful if there's 2+. By "reinforced" I'm thinking bands and/or spikes...
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My preferred method of following Megatokyo...
Replies: 30
Views: 11929

I prefer The Webcomic List . They have 7415 comics under radar; Piperka has 732. Even with TWCL being fuller with comics that are completely n00by and/or only bookmarked, not actually tracked, it's still more likely to not have Your Fave Comic X tracked. And there are still more similar services to...
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Long Links and Forum Etiquette: the Hidden Story
Replies: 29
Views: 11393

And since this is a webcomic forum, I feel compelled to point out that that's also the order used by AutoKeen (/Lite).

Whee.
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News
Topic: Reading long tooltips in Firefox
Replies: 12
Views: 48242

OTOH at least Josh Lesnick has used deliberate ellipses on a few occasions…
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News
Topic: Shirts
Replies: 51
Views: 78698

I want a Klein bottle. The real thing, a two-manifold in four dimensional space, not an approximation embedded in threespace. I'd really like to have a projective plane to put it on, but I just gave myself a headache trying to visualize it. Take an infinitely malleable square piece of paper, and dr...
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: infinitely small triangle
Replies: 12
Views: 8782

Threadjack: Take a "fractal" consising of concentric regular polygons separated by circles. What're the relativ radii of the inner and outer circles? One of them'll be a limit and not a real circle, but don't let that bother. The answer is the same regardless of whether the equilateral tri...
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: I make bad art sometimes
Replies: 16
Views: 8320

Kinda funny too. Random comments: ⋅ Is the Lovecraftian entry actually accurate or just from your sleeve? ⋅ "Your enemy's weaknesses" is a bit too short to properly deliver. ⋅ It should be "who all our base s are belong to". ⋅ Why C before ...
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: math for laughs...
Replies: 72
Views: 32061

Mathematics is a pretty nice place to live. The population is nigh-unto infinite. Bigger than infinit. And, how can I not count 0 of something? I currently pretty easily count 0 rhinoceroses in my room. Likewise for marzipan pretzels, dead fig trees, and gray basalt idols of the formless toad-god T...
by Tropylium
Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Stick figure comic
Replies: 7
Views: 7865

I do recall something to that extent from high school. (Over here we have a more formal dance event tradition instead of the Leftpondian proms.) I do not care to read the above post, for it is too lengthy and I am most of the way through a strong drink. FWIW, you can increasingly just use the handy ...
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Surrender
Replies: 49
Views: 10658

Jesster wrote:Dude, as an infantryman I do not think I would like to be hit by a battering ram. Nor would a horse.


Nor the castle, really, but the castle cannot dodge.
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0154: "Beliefs"
Replies: 149
Views: 57136

Random thoughts on this thread: Science is extremely effective at explaining how things happen, while religion tackles the 'why' questions. I am aware that as our physics knowledge goes deeper and deeper we are apparently getting closer to a scientific explanation of why the 'why' questions do not n...
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My preferred method of following Megatokyo...
Replies: 30
Views: 11929

Even if most of those tabs do not contain any new comics? Or are you one of those people that have everything sorted by update day? I find *that* to be the "too much work" part, however, and schedules do still get irregular from time to time anyway.
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Surrender
Replies: 49
Views: 10658

Against castles, sure. Infantry, cavalry, tanks, snipers, or what have you, not so much.
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My preferred method of following Megatokyo...
Replies: 30
Views: 11929

Oops, yes. :oops: Fixed now.
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: See? SEE?
Replies: 54
Views: 19474

I'd expect to get fairly far with big reinforced boots, even. It'd have to jump to get at anything directly bitable, and as soon as they do that they'll be a few dozen kg of puntable matter subject to Newton's 2nd & 3rd, and we have the leg length benefit. Also, there's only two of the absurdly ...
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: the title
Replies: 12
Views: 5534

How about the statistician whose air conditioning system consisted of boots filled with hot coals and a hat filled with ice cubes?
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: New to the Site
Replies: 23
Views: 8835

Yeah, I can certainly imagine better ambigram tech there. Similarily the r<>z could also be improoved.
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Surrender
Replies: 49
Views: 10658

You forget update schedules. Most comics are only available to attack another three days a week. But then they also have twice as much time to prepare their attacks… TFD and ND would slaughter everyone with a hilarious mixture of brightly coloured creatures and biting satire, also they'd be doing...
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0162: "Angular Momentum"
Replies: 103
Views: 59086

If she *ran* around in circles she'd also benefit from relativistic time dilation (her partner wouldn't though) Doesn't that mean her personal time moves slower than the rest of the world? By extension, doesn't that mean the rest of the world appears to move faster from her perspective? Nope. Speci...
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0148: "Mispronouncing"
Replies: 42
Views: 19788

Teaspoon wrote:I've been known to pronounced "vegetables" as "va-JEE-ta-buls".


How about "veej table"? :P
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Best search engine ever.
Replies: 17
Views: 5779

RealGrouchy wrote:buildings don't sell gummy bears; people sell gummy bears.


I smell a catchphrase. Anyone with marketing studies around here?
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Surrender
Replies: 49
Views: 10658

I bet the spritecomics would band together, and we would have to be worried about that. They have an impressive array of plasma rifles and extremely destructive black magic. You'd trust spritecomic authors to band together? Don't be paranoid. With luck, indie ones won't even notice the rest of the ...
by Tropylium
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My preferred method of following Megatokyo...
Replies: 30
Views: 11929

I prefer The Webcomic List . They have 7415 comics under radar; Piperka has 732. Even with TWCL being fuller with comics that are completely n00by and/or only bookmarked, not actually tracked, it's still more likely to not have Your Fave Comic X tracked. And there are still more similar services too...

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