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by Igidich
Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1120: "Blurring the Line"
Replies: 74
Views: 20491

Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

I thought it was an obvious reference to Holy Motors, a prime example of media that are about their own media thematically [...] artsy independent films or documentaries that aim to explore the limitations, assumptions, or implications of filmmaking. (And it's great!) Surely it's out in America too?
by Igidich
Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Pre-Travel Rituals
Replies: 5
Views: 1838

Re: Pre-Travel Rituals

I have a bit of a disease about bringing books anywhere. I will pack at least two and probably more if all I'm expecting is to read for three stops on the subway. I shouldn't have started so many to begin with. There's a great Russian ritual where just before you're out the door you sit on your lugg...
by Igidich
Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2132
Views: 701038

Re: Something on Youtube

Maybe the most important advancement in imaging of the 21st century: Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a Trillion Frames Per Second (TED Talk) :shock: Can anyone explain the relativity phenomenon mentioned at the end? That boggles the words right out of my mind. Don't there have to be different reference f...
by Igidich
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The tie knot to end all tie knots.
Replies: 2
Views: 8418

Re: The tie knot to end all tie knots.

Please explain the notation. I only really know the Windsor and the really basic one; I don't like the crookedness of the basic one so I tend to just avoid ties that don't look good with the Windsor. The Nicky sounds great, I'd love to crack your code and try it. Hmm... Left, Right, Centre, in, out,...
by Igidich
Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1666633

Re: Today I Learned

TIL about the existential crisis of zoos in revolutionary France. Keeping animals locked up didn't quite square with the ideals, see.
by Igidich
Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Smoker's Section
Replies: 39
Views: 6659

Re: Smoker's Section

Wow, see I never went that high, probably never exceeded 200 mcg, and I wonder if what I think of as LSD really counts as the same thing as what you would. I've always associated the experience with a feeling of freedom and creativity, a knowledge that the world is open for me to act in it in any wa...
by Igidich
Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Smoker's Section
Replies: 39
Views: 6659

Re: Smoker's Section

To avoid the confusion, I think the kind of full-blown false realities induced by deliriants like Datura are known as true hallucinations. While it's true that most of the effects of LSD are better characterised as distortions, when you start seeing bright geometric patterns in blank spaces, it'd be...
by Igidich
Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Slang.
Replies: 54
Views: 7371

Re: Slang.

Love the Hawaiian slang. Especially bolohead, and talk story. (And Dream's "Steve Reich is composing a new national anthem up in here", but sadly I suppose that only exists in his own personal idiolect.) Funnily enough, here in Scotland we use 'but' at the end of a sentence too: "I di...
by Igidich
Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Raven's Progressively More Annoying Matrices
Replies: 46
Views: 75286

Re: Raven's Progressively More Annoying Matrices

Very good point, Tirian. I've been studying Wittgenstein on rule-following. He concludes that there must be a sort of non-rational agreement in practices shared by humans for the notion of following a rule to make sense at all. His Philosophical Investigations is smattered with imagined scenarios ca...
by Igidich
Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2132
Views: 701038

Re: Something on Youtube

"Stupidity captured at 2500 frames per second" . The indoor fireworks are particularly nice. Man, I had no idea flour was that flammable! Is this one of those things everyone else was told about as a child? The waterbed is such a delicious finale. That got me to this: http://www.youtube.c...
by Igidich
Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2132
Views: 701038

Re: Something on Youtube

Has anyone seen an animation called Rabbit?

I ask, cautiously, because it's... quite disturbing.
by Igidich
Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: 3 letters in a word
Replies: 1795
Views: 274424

Re: 3 letters in a word

prestigious

ryw
by Igidich
Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26023
Views: 2357440

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. One of the gears is missing from a nice holiday.

I wish I could manipulate a pencil with my toes.
by Igidich
Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable
Replies: 166
Views: 43078

Re: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable

Titus Groan My favourite novel ever. I've never heard of this prescription, and I don't recall any garden paths in my many readings of the book, but if it's good enough for Mervyn Peake... I hasten to add that it's a damn fine book; it owes much to Peake's delicious verbosity, but that verbosity co...
by Igidich
Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Non-Sequitur Showdown.
Replies: 4247
Views: 522208

Re: Non-Sequitur Showdown.

Well at least breathe like you like me!
by Igidich
Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26023
Views: 2357440

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You're a sleazy politician.

I wish were Bertie Wooster.
by Igidich
Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 90621

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

I always feel uncomfortable pronouncing the word 'beautiful' in my mildly Scottish accent. Using a glottal stop just sounds a bit profane, but with a [t] it seems a little unnatural and maybe even childlike. My compromise is usually to say it in a Northern English accent. I quite like putting on a N...
by Igidich
Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26023
Views: 2357440

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You discover the awful truth: Bach was a puppet in the hands of a secret order of serialists.

I wish I could command the heavens.
by Igidich
Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mindfuck Movies
Replies: 72
Views: 37673

Re: Mindfuck Movies

Naked Lunch: A two hour long version of the 'Drugs will turn your brain to jelly' PSA, with imagery that makes The Scanner Darkly look like a children's movie. The trailer for John Dies at the End is about the only thing close to it. That's just the one I was going to mention. This scene in particu...
by Igidich
Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Looking for music by good *non-english* singers
Replies: 38
Views: 12734

Re: Looking for music by good *non-english* singers

In terms of sheer vocal ability (but also sheer eclecticism), Yma Sumac is a winner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-6eKroZeIg She's often claimed to have the widest non-falsetto vocal range ever. For fascination with language, I enjoy listening to Mani Matter just to let the strange sounds of Swis...
by Igidich
Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26023
Views: 2357440

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You take out your knee and fix it like magic, but then have no idea how to put it back in.

I wish I had Rachmaninoff's hand span.
by Igidich
Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Read once quickly, then remember and reproduce
Replies: 1020
Views: 180028

Re: Read once quickly, then remember and reproduce

Spoiler:
Last Sunday, round the back of dad's head, there was a quivering line, and black and blue and other bloody hues.
by Igidich
Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable
Replies: 166
Views: 43078

Re: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable

I wonder if anyone knows of an old prescriptivist rule about the parenthetical use of commas. I noticed when reading Mervin Peake's Titus Groan that quite often he was dropping the second comma, the one that ends the parenthesis. I can't quote an example from the book, but I think it roughly took th...
by Igidich
Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26023
Views: 2357440

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. Your body is now shaped perfectly to fit in your chair.

I wish I could mimic any sound.

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