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by eekmeep
Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 99001

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

(Also, the "there's" construction is interesting for other reasons: in everyday informal speech, people often say things like "There's two reasons for that" -- this strikes some people as ugly and wrong, whereas others don't notice anything unusual about it.) It is ugly and wron...
by eekmeep
Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What Slang Do You Use At Work?
Replies: 20
Views: 5992

Re: What Slang Do You Use At Work?

slang:

suspense = deadline

bird = airplane

acronyms:

mfr = memo for record

jitt = just-in-time training

ojt = on-the-job training

nlt = no later than

cob = close of business


I have no idea if these are common elsewhere or not.
by eekmeep
Sun Dec 20, 2009 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 632419

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

I'm a hack & physics noob.

Now that we have that out of the way ...

Where does light go when it stops lighting?

Say you have a flashlight that emits a 10 foot beam. When the photons hit 10 ft 1 inch, where do they go/what happens to them?
by eekmeep
Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What the eff? Racist much?
Replies: 91
Views: 6500

Re: What the eff? Racist much?

I heard about the "Kool-aid drinkers" way before Obama ... it has always been used to describe people who just buy into beliefs without applying any critical thought. Referring to Tea-partiers as "tea-baggers" is clearly meant to marginalize. People who compare Obama to Hitler ar...
by eekmeep
Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Republican Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 1807

Re: Republican Thread

People have more direct control over their state governments ... and yeah, state rights are good. Caveat: there are people in desperate situations that should be helped. That is not what I am talking about. Liberalism TENDS to want bigger federal govt instead of allowing capitalism, hard work, and i...
by eekmeep
Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 402598

Re: Questions For The World

I learned to drive a stick b/c I found a car for $200 and bought it. Lucky I did, because now I semi-routinely have to drive one for work, and it would be embarrassing not to be able to, esp. as a girl ... it would annoy me to no end to contribute to the "girls can't drive stick" stereotype.
by eekmeep
Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Republican Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 1807

Re: Republican Thread

Not saying there aren't nut jobs in the Republican party, but ... have you heard Pelosi lately??

Generally, the overarching theory of conservatives is: less federal government involvement in our daily lives = better. Liberalism wants the govt to parent the rest of us.
by eekmeep
Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Official Running thread!
Replies: 444
Views: 154137

Re: The Official Running thread!

Just ran for my second time since moving to Louisiana. Oh my, it is hot and humid here! (But also flat and sea level) There is something very cathartic about running and oozing like you do in this humidity. But I did really think the sea level would cancel out the heat/humidity. Not so much.
by eekmeep
Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: RIP Jim Carroll
Replies: 0
Views: 490

RIP Jim Carroll

This news makes me sad.

I loved him since I was a kid, listening to "Wicked Gravity" and "People Who Died."

Then I started reading his poetry ... amazing.

I got to see him do spoken word at the Middle East in Boston (Cambridge, really, I think) in the 90s.
by eekmeep
Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you like that no one else has heard of
Replies: 88
Views: 19476

Re: Books you like that no one else has heard of

Books noone has heard of that I like. Anything by Tom Robbins, especially "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates", "Villa Incognito" and "Jitterbug Perfume." "Fierce Invalids" is the story of a CIA agent who gets cursed by a shaman in the Amazon, his grandmo...
by eekmeep
Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1951
Views: 410313

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

The word "tinkle" makes me want to do horribly atrocious things to anyone who says it who has reached the age of five! Well, I don't hear it very often, so I'd just think it was "cute" and smile. However, there are lots of other baby talk words that just drive me up the wall, li...
by eekmeep
Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Childhood misconceptions
Replies: 868
Views: 94885

Re: Childhood misconceptions

One more. "Yonder" is an actual place. Spent my first few years in North Carolina, and our neighbor always said she was "going over yonder." But she always gestured in different directions. I was very confused. My mom finally explained, "Wherever you are, yonder is somewhere...
by eekmeep
Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: stupidest comment ever
Replies: 339
Views: 30516

Re: stupidest comment ever

"Is one more or less than three?" "Two!" "No, listen. Is one more or less than three?" "Ummm... Yes." I want to think he/she just likes to give meaningless answers to questions. I dunno, though... I think Plasma Man is giving meaningless answers; the "st...
by eekmeep
Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Childhood misconceptions
Replies: 868
Views: 94885

Re: Childhood misconceptions

Not mine ~ my dad had black and white TV till he was about 13. That year, "The Wizard of Oz" really blew him away. Car alternators are REALLY expensive ... like thousands of dollars ... because when ours died it really worried my mom. The "Little House on the Prairie" books were ...
by eekmeep
Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: the 'Aw shucks, I screwed up' thread
Replies: 21
Views: 4032

Re: the 'Aw shucks, I screwed up' thread

I screwed up for the last 3 weeks. Drove across the country (and eating what you would assume from that), and too transient since I got here (I know, excuses excuses) to work out. Ran a bit today, though, and was reminded of how good it feels. So ... more running, and maybe some yoga, in my immediat...
by eekmeep
Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Official Running thread!
Replies: 444
Views: 154137

Re: The Official Running thread!

Maybe I'll try varying the distance. I have a hard time judging my speed while, running, though, so I can't really tell how fast I'm going except by approximating my oxygen consumption, and all the hills where I live make that a very rough estimate. You definately need to get some variation in. May...
by eekmeep
Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Glenn Beck
Replies: 68
Views: 5143

Re: Glenn Beck

I listen to Beck occasionally; I usually like him. The left did the same thing when the Republicans were in power. And that doesn't make it right. It really irritates me when the conservatives do it because I know it undermines their/our credibility. I mean, if you disagree with a person or a policy...
by eekmeep
Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Misheard phrases from childhood
Replies: 91
Views: 15006

Re: Misheard phrases from childhood

i still here the phrase "play it by ear" as "play it by year" and for some reason the play it by year version makes more sense to me. also the song "smooth criminal" i always hear annie are you okay instead of eddie. its the small things that throw me off/ WTF?? Is it ...
by eekmeep
Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Yet another "Student Versus ESL Teacher" thread
Replies: 32
Views: 4893

Re: Yet another "Student Versus ESL Teacher" thread

I liked your (Bobber's) version better, but only with commas. I don't see anything wrong with either one, though.
by eekmeep
Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Official Running thread!
Replies: 444
Views: 154137

Re: The Official Running thread!

I started running again (after a two or three-week long break), but my 5k is still really slow. I'm doing almost exactly 5k, but it takes me about 26 minutes, and I'm always exhausted afterwards. I've been running for about 6 months now without a lot of improvement, so this is kind of saddening. Ti...
by eekmeep
Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: science tips for losing weight and geting uber fit
Replies: 15
Views: 2839

Re: science tips for losing weight and geting uber fit

A six pack is just... too much work, for me. Sure, if I could have one, I'd go for it, but I'd rather spend my time on other things. Anyway, I heard a cool tip a while ago - drink cold water. Suppose you drink a cold 250 ml glass of water at 7 degrees Celsius, it will take about 250*30 = 7500 calor...
by eekmeep
Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A 4th Dimension
Replies: 39
Views: 4214

Re: A 4th Dimension

This is as good of a place as any to ask ... the other day I was watching a fairly serious program on dimensions and relativity, etc. They *kept* referring to how we live in a 3-dimensional world (then they went on about the possibilities of more dimensions). Here is my question: I thought it was cu...
by eekmeep
Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 136268

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

And personally, I feel like "beloved" or "lover" has too many connotations of intense but fleeting romance without any real stability. Referencing pages two and three, I'm still unsatisfied. What do I call my more-than-girlfriend? Paramor? Meri fren ? Bitch? Something that says ...
by eekmeep
Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 43382

Re: Books that made you cry

I don't usually cry when I read books but I bawled when I read Chinese Cinderella. I was reading it for class recently after my friend Catherine died and the bit where they pretty much give her duck to the dog set me off in the middle of an English class as well as when I read through it on my own....
by eekmeep
Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Inglourious Basterds
Replies: 122
Views: 11645

Re: Inglourious Basterds

Thanks, everyone, for the inputs. You all have persuaded me ... I will have to watch it. I will admittedly be going into it with a bit of my previously-stated bias, but I will do my best to give it a chance. Someone mentioned all the caricatures of characters ... maybe it was their depiction in the ...
by eekmeep
Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Next Thursdayism (What's "next Thursday" mean on a Sunday?)
Replies: 56
Views: 22834

Re: How would you interpret this?

But, um, Alaska et al?

And yes, "twelve thirty Friday night" = "twelve thirty Saturday morning."
by eekmeep
Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Misheard phrases from childhood
Replies: 91
Views: 15006

Re: Misheard phrases from childhood

Growing up we were lower-middle-class, but happened to know some fairly well-off people. They had us over for dinner one day. They served fancy-people food. I asked what was on the plate in front of me. They told me. I told my mom (very quietly), "Yeah, those potatoes really DO look rotten.&quo...
by eekmeep
Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 136268

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

I like "betrothed" for those who are affianced. "Deal-breakers" is an okay option for non-preferences, but a bit too unofficial-sounding, maybe? I also like "beloved" for bf/gf. In fact, I use it when talking about my husband, because I think "husband" and &qu...
by eekmeep
Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Ski/Snowboard Abilities
Replies: 17
Views: 12760

Re: Ski/Snowboard Abilities

Skied my whole life, but never more than 3 weeks in a season, more like 1.5 most years. I can do double blacks, but I prefer doing slightly easier runs and messing about. If all goes to plan I'm to the US to ski for the first time early in 2010 :mrgreen: Where? I've skied New England, Colorado, and...
by eekmeep
Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Monk
Replies: 37
Views: 5402

Re: Monk

Watched it from the beginning. Love it. Will be very sad to watch it end. Definitely prefer Natalie over Sharona, but Sharona certainly didn't ruin any episodes for me. If they don't find Trudie's killer ... ooohhhh I will be mad.
by eekmeep
Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Inglourious Basterds
Replies: 122
Views: 11645

Re: Inglourious Basterds

I haven't seen it. You guys make it sound really interesting and intriguing on a cinematic level. As a general rule, I really like QT and his style. However, I have a really big problem with effing around with the Holocaust. In general (yes, this is a generalization), when you depict something in a ...
by eekmeep
Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: the 'Aw shucks, I screwed up' thread
Replies: 21
Views: 4032

Re: the 'Aw shucks, I screwed up' thread

Last shopping I bought a bag of two bite brownies and ate them all in a little over one day. For the past three days I haven't done anything physical just updated my blog. Boy, this is depressing; I could go on. I should get a notebook and write down all the good things and bad things I've done eac...
by eekmeep
Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Official Running thread!
Replies: 444
Views: 154137

Re: The Official Running thread!

Well tried barefoot running at the track at University. Did one lap couple days ago for a trail warmup before hitting the gym. Discovered the next day that my lower calves were very sore! (the good, 'just worked my muscles sore') Considering I work out and the gym as well as playing indoor sport I ...
by eekmeep
Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Misheard phrases from childhood
Replies: 91
Views: 15006

Re: Misheard phrases from childhood

I always wondered why my mom referred to me as a random letter in the alphabet.
"You little double-you."

What she was really saying, of course, was,
"You little devil, you!"
by eekmeep
Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Ski/Snowboard Abilities
Replies: 17
Views: 12760

Re: Ski/Snowboard Abilities

I used to ski blacks, then switched to snowboarding. I ride blue-black here in Utah. Unfortunately, I am moving in a week (to Louisiana) so will probably only get back out here for a few weeks this winter :(
by eekmeep
Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wanted: Schrödinger's Cat
Replies: 8
Views: 3865

Re: Wanted: Schrödinger's Cat

I like it ...

I have a shirt that says "Schrodinger's Cat is Dead" on the front and "Schrodinger's Cat is Not Dead" on the back. (Or vice versa.)
by eekmeep
Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: weirdest foods you (or someone you saw) ever ate
Replies: 73
Views: 16006

Re: weirdest foods you (or someone you saw) ever ate

Duck's blood (fine (although gummy) at room temperature; icky and iron-y when served hot)

Chicken feet (way too fatty)

Geoduck (um, odd. not too much flavor, odd consistency, and looking at a picture of the actual animal while eating it is definitely off-putting)
by eekmeep
Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Irrational Dislikes
Replies: 236
Views: 14113

Re: Irrational Dislikes

kaniman2 wrote:I'm terrified of butterflies. I don't have a problem with spiders or anything. Just butterflies.


Interesting. I'm okay with butterflies (and spiders). Moths though ... (shudder) ...
by eekmeep
Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: expressions/turns of phrase tha you love . . . share the joy
Replies: 52
Views: 6443

Re: expressions/turns of phrase tha you love . . . share the joy

Heard this today for the first time (after the dude had worked out hard):

"I feel like a whore on nickel night."
by eekmeep
Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: the 'Aw shucks, I screwed up' thread
Replies: 21
Views: 4032

Re: the 'Aw shucks, I screwed up' thread

Zohar wrote:Live! Right now! I'm finishing a box of chocolate-covered orange peels!

I know I shouldn't be buying these things but I do. Oh well, at least I shared with some people and it's a small box anyway. Salad for dinner?


So, you got your daily serving of fruit!

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