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by Wlerin
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8730
Views: 936150

Re: Trump presidency

At the risk of being a bull in the vastly subtle and volatile ethnicity china shop, here's my input. "White" is not an ethnicity. There. Had to get that off my chest. I feel better. It's generally categorised as a "race", much like "Black" (also, for the record, not an...
by Wlerin
Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1399: "Chaos"
Replies: 41
Views: 13982

Re: 1399: "Chaos"

(That, and trying to get the command-line syntax for tar right.) . Eh. If you're doing something simple, the syntax is simple (only trouble is the lack of the preceding hyphen that literally every other program uses). And, while I can't find any documentation for this, several versions of tar I've ...
by Wlerin
Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 24167

Re: 1271: Hilighting

[CLICKING TO HIGHLIGHT TEXT IS DISABLED] I'm glad to know I'm not the only person who hates Snopes… I get downvoted on Reddit every time I point out that Snopes uses javascript to prevent you from selecting text. You're probably getting downvoted because that's child's-play to disable, at least on ...
by Wlerin
Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1255: "Columbus"
Replies: 93
Views: 25110

Re: 1255: "Columbus"

Uggh, how dare she confuse Columbus with Brendan!
by Wlerin
Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 46452

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

Schrodinger's cat knows very well if it is dead or alive. Only true if it has a soul.... or at least if we can prove cats are self-aware. Heck, how do you know you're alive? You have no comparison state that you can recall (deadness). Alive isn't defined as not-dead, but rather by various positive ...
by Wlerin
Sat May 18, 2013 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 65893

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision"

Wooloomooloo wrote:... in relation to your driver's license. ... incidentally it leads to memorizing what one is supposed to see based on the partials... </rant>

Which is pretty much what you have to start doing on the road when your vision starts going from age/too much time staring at a lit screen/weariness.
by Wlerin
Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nonsensical English...
Replies: 131
Views: 36337

Re: Nonsensical English...

Sizik wrote:I was wondering, how does this sentence sound: "What even is that thing?"

It sounds strange, but as is, I believe that is the best order. Putting even at the end would only be sound if there were more to the sentence, such as "What is that thing even meant to be?"
by Wlerin
Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nonsensical English...
Replies: 131
Views: 36337

Re: Nonsensical English...

There are tons of adverbs that don't end in ly. Always, never, well, ill, fast, hard, incognito, and others. Some of those, like 'fast', are also adjectives. I always considered cunning to be a strange word, where it doesn't quite sound right to say "He has cunning." as well as "He h...
by Wlerin
Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nonsensical English...
Replies: 131
Views: 36337

Re: Nonsensical English...

No... like... I'm not going to argue this point further, but the verb dust is just the noun verbed. Anything you can do with dust, or which dust can "do", can be described with the verb "dust". You're right that it's a verbed noun, but that doesn't mean that anything you do with...
by Wlerin
Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 55841

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

Well, the last time I searched from Cirith Ungol, I could have sworn all of the top 5 results were LotR related, but this time around the first two are for the band. Still, even visiting the band websites will direct you ultimately to Tolkien's Cirith Ungol, since that's where they got their name fr...
by Wlerin
Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nonsensical English...
Replies: 131
Views: 36337

Re: Nonsensical English...

But "dust" does not just mean "do something with dust". It means "to remove dust" in one definition, and "to add dust" in another (as well as I'm sure many others), so it's definitely an auto-antonym. No... like... I'm not going to argue this point further, b...
by Wlerin
Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 55841

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

Apparently the google results are less than informative.

edit: Well, mine are fine, but I choose wikipedia links and Tolkien/fantasy related results quite often, so it may be search engine bias.
by Wlerin
Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nonsensical English...
Replies: 131
Views: 36337

Re: Nonsensical English...

Fast is debatable, as those aren't really opposites (I move quite fast while buckled fast in the driver's seat, for example). And saying sanction is an auto-antonym is like saying law is an auto-antonym, just because you can make laws for or against a thing. But yeah, we do have them. edit: Some of ...
by Wlerin
Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nonsensical English...
Replies: 131
Views: 36337

Re: Nonsensical English...

Of course, auto-antonyms are a thing. "Prescribe" is a good example in English, it can mean to prohibit or to require. But "balance" isn't one of them. What. Prescribe doesn't mean prohibit. Ever. At least not until the first vowel fades into a schwa. You're thinking of proscrib...
by Wlerin
Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 96295
Views: 7776261

Re: Count to a Million

40508

Should have gone to a billion.
by Wlerin
Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 55841

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

Am I failing to 'get' the drawing because I've not read Charlotte's web? No. The drawing pictures Frodo (or was ist Sam?) inside Cirith Ungol. Complete with the one Ring and the veil he got from the elves. *Yes. "Some pig" is from Charlotte's Web, one of the phrases she wrote on her web t...
by Wlerin
Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 52477

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

As far as I can tell, it consists mostly of a million things that shouldn't go together getting piled into each other. ls is the basic list files command in Linux, share folders are usually used for network sharing , Adobe makes utility software, doc is most commonly associated with Microsoft Offic...
by Wlerin
Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nonsensical English...
Replies: 131
Views: 36337

Re: Nonsensical English...

The "Hero remembered" is an actual headline from an (online) newspaper; when you look at the actual article you do get the context (flags, funeral, eulogy), but the link in the list of articles had just those two words. So it was not just bad form (omission of small words which would make...
by Wlerin
Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nonsensical English...
Replies: 131
Views: 36337

Re: Nonsensical English...

I did post an example, months ago, how in serbian et al you can shuffle the words a lot and achieve nuances of meaning, shift emphasis, and sometimes even hit a nonsensical combination. Most of such word orders, when applied to english, don't make much sense. Anecdotally, the worst trouble when tra...
by Wlerin
Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nonsensical English...
Replies: 131
Views: 36337

Re: Nonsensical English...

I interpret your sentence with "shall" as the second anyways. If it's not really a question, but more of a (polite) statement, I would probably say "Let's meet..." Regardless, I would never produce "shall" unless I was trying to sound archaic. "Shall we" and ...
by Wlerin
Mon May 28, 2012 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 45661

Re: 1061: "EST"

Hmm. Seems legit.
by Wlerin
Mon May 21, 2012 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: You must not say duck
Replies: 8258
Views: 828523

Re: You must not say duck

Duc|<

*edit* Darn this font... that'd work better if it was more impacted.
by Wlerin
Wed May 16, 2012 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 46604

Re: 1056: Felidae

Technically neither "tyrannosaurus" or "smilodon" is a Latin name. They're both derived from Greek. The proper term is Linnean or taxonomic name, not Latin name. Oh? Since when is the -us ending Greek? Aye, the roots are Greek, but the words are in Latin form, hence "Latin ...
by Wlerin
Wed May 02, 2012 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 88158

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Funny... I solve for x on a daily basis.
by Wlerin
Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 32989

Re: #1042: "Never"

Oooh, toting out the labels now. It's preferable because it avoids ambiguity, the same reason other forms of dangling modifiers should be avoided. I frankly don't care what "average speakers" think, if their preference muddles up the sentence. In this particular example it doesn't matter m...
by Wlerin
Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 32989

Re: #1042: "Never"

or whom I build a life with" Am I wrong? I think I am. You're not wrong, technically, except that few people actually talk like that, and the ones who do probably wouldn't end their sentence with a preposition like you just did. He's not wrong about that either, despite what those grammar snob...
by Wlerin
Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0878: "Model Rail"
Replies: 98
Views: 32771

Re: 0878: "Model Rail"

So, basically, the question is whether the "oh" in the "eitch-oh" stands for the letter O or the number 0? We use "oh" all the time to describe zeroes in telephone numbers and addresses, so therefore it is properly H-zero, pronounced H-Oh for convenience.
by Wlerin
Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Dag gadol
Replies: 4
Views: 2447

Re: Dag gadol

It's always good when your favorite Bible scholar gives you erroneous information. http://books.google.com/books?id=c4R9c7wAurQC&pg=PA443&lpg=PA443&dq=dead+sea+scrolls+jonah&source=bl&ots=fQoGktx89e&sig=qpe5_ONDyo9axc0E52xUREe96Hw&hl=en&ei=IYW2TK6KEYKfnAfgqYGMCA&s...
by Wlerin
Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0693: "Children's Fantasy"
Replies: 139
Views: 35456

Re: Beauty of 'Kid's imaginations'

Long story short, the word is "he". I'm really getting tired of the confusion between grammatical gender and sex. I'm really getting tired of languages having grammatically irrelevant characteristics like gender built into their design. Person and number reference basic logical features t...
by Wlerin
Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0693: "Children's Fantasy"
Replies: 139
Views: 35456

Re: Beauty of 'Kid's imaginations'

Since he/she is a kid, they (lack of 3rd person singular for indefinite genders WTL) Don't be a language noob. The English (and for that matter Indo-European) masculine gender can reference all animate nouns, including those of the feminine gender. That's why some languages call it "common&quo...

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