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by Avram
Tue Oct 28, 2008 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If life were to evolve on Earth again
Replies: 42
Views: 4575

Re: If life were to evolve on Earth again

Don't forget events like meteor collisions, such as the one which is believed to cause the K-T extinction and resulted in the proliferation of mammals.
by Avram
Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Verb form of "Placebo."
Replies: 29
Views: 6787

Re: Verb form of "Placebo."

Considering the English language's fondness for zero-derivation, I'm casting my vote for "placebo," as in "the doctors decided to placebo me"
by Avram
Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 32810

Re: "Depth" Discussion

As an Arts Major, I am very proud of the fact that I "get" almost all of the references in these comics.
by Avram
Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0483: "Fiction Rule of Thumb"
Replies: 305
Views: 64284

Re: "Fiction Rule of Thumb" Discussion

I would like to point out to everyone in this thread that there is a distinct difference between word coinage (that is, words created ex nihilo , e.g. "Kleenex" or "Teflon") and word derivation (that is, words created by more-or-less-predictable linguistic processes involving pre...
by Avram
Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0483: "Fiction Rule of Thumb"
Replies: 305
Views: 64284

Re: "Fiction Rule of Thumb" Discussion

To all the people screaming "Hey, what about XYZ ?": Consider the graph as a line* of best fit. The correlation is by no means supposed to be a perfect one, and with any real-world data set there are going to be outliers and blips on the graph, which have little effect on some measures of ...
by Avram
Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: arbitrary precision calculations in C++
Replies: 4
Views: 1202

arbitrary precision calculations in C++

I am a computer programming noob. I can make some basic programs in C++, but that's about it. I know next to nothing about Linux, compilers, etc. I encountered this problem trying to work on Euler Project problem #3. After having designed a simple algorithmic solution, I must have spent a dozen frus...
by Avram
Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: dictionary.com throws the IPA out the window?
Replies: 10
Views: 3211

dictionary.com throws the IPA out the window?

...or has the site redesign merely hidden this beautiful feature? This has completely ruined my day. Can anyone recommend a decent online dictionary with real pronunciation guides? Seriously, as far as I'm concerned, any dictionary without IPA is worthless. There already exists a widely-agreed upon ...
by Avram
Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Similarity to English?
Replies: 27
Views: 3406

Re: Similarity to English?

Scots! I'm surprised there have been so few mentions of this language (including one poster who erroneously classified it as Celtic, possibly due to confusion with Scottish Gaelic). I don't have time to research details, so here is a sample from omniglot.com: Sample text in Scots The Scots Leid Asso...
by Avram
Fri Aug 29, 2008 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0468: "Fetishes"
Replies: 163
Views: 47700

Re: "Fetishes" discussion

The fact that I get this comic makes me feel a lot less guilty about having a B.A. degree
by Avram
Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Singular "they"; two seperate issues?
Replies: 24
Views: 4600

Singular "they"; two seperate issues?

It seems to be a fact well-accepted by professional linguists and the more sensible grammarians that the singular "they" construction is a well-attested element of English grammar with a very long history. However, it seems to me that the present brouhaha over its usage has in fact been pr...
by Avram
Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The 'it hurts my brain' thread
Replies: 81
Views: 7426

Re: The 'it hurts my brain' thread

G + B = S

where

G = God said it
B = I believe it
S = That settles it
by Avram
Wed Aug 06, 2008 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 88690

Re: Mnemonics you love

The Big "five" personality factors:

O: Openness
C: Conscientiousness
E: Extroversion
A: Agreeableness
N: Neuroticism
by Avram
Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is "dis-" inflectional or derivational?
Replies: 5
Views: 2597

Re: Is "dis-" inflectional or derivational?

Hmm, aren't there a highly limited number of inflectional morphemes in English (possibly other languages as well)? I would think it would be trivial to create an exhaustive list. Perhaps there is one floating around the net? Thanks for the input guys! EDIT: This pdf from the University of Waterloo l...
by Avram
Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is "dis-" inflectional or derivational?
Replies: 5
Views: 2597

Is "dis-" inflectional or derivational?

Got into a big argument over this with my ling. prof. He insisted that dis- (as in "disappear") is inflectional because is doesn't change the syntactic category of its base. I showed him quotes from the textbook and his own lecture slides which stated very clearly that derivational affixat...
by Avram
Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 88690

Re: Mnemonics you love

Baza210 wrote:i before e except after c.

Hmm, that's weird. What's the science behind that? Such undisputed theses in today's society weigh heavily upon my conscience.



Yeah.. I came up with that ¬_¬


Took me six hours to get it... I salute you
by Avram
Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 88690

Re: Mnemonics you love

For remembering the order of sharps & flats in musical scales:

Sharps: "Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle" (FCGDAEB)
Flats: "Battle Ends And Down Goes Charles' Father" (BEADGCF)
by Avram
Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: double consonants in IPA transcription?
Replies: 7
Views: 3934

Re: double consonants in IPA transcription?

Thanks, I think that pretty much clears things up :)
by Avram
Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: double consonants in IPA transcription?
Replies: 7
Views: 3934

Re: double consonants in IPA transcription?

^ yeah, I just noticed that I mistakenly wrote "consonants". Okay, a couple questions. A) Does transcription sometimes reflect morphology? I could see that it would make sense to write /suuk/ instead of /su:k/ if the vowel lengthening is the result of affixation. B) Is there any language i...
by Avram
Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: double consonants in IPA transcription?
Replies: 7
Views: 3934

Re: double consonants in IPA transcription?

okay... in which situations might one be preferred over the other? And are the two ever realized differently in terms of articulation?
by Avram
Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: double consonants in IPA transcription?
Replies: 7
Views: 3934

double consonants in IPA transcription?

EDIT: I just realized I mistakenly wrote "consonants" in the subject line. It should actually be vowels. Although, come to think of it, I've seen this done with consonants too, and it's even more perplexing. My linguistics teacher (who seems to not know what he's talking about a surprising...
by Avram
Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 119541

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

I'm willing to cut the humanities some slack after spending the evening proof-reading a neuroscience paper which read something like this: Recent findings which suggest that it has been firmly established that the correlation of the effects of the interaction between the amygdala and the medio-tempo...
by Avram
Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?
Replies: 65
Views: 7220

Re: If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?

What I think Felstaff is getting at is, why are there no extant species of Hominids more closely related to modern humans, and with similar characteristics (e.g., upright posture, larger brain, etc.).
by Avram
Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XKCD in Foxtrot
Replies: 25
Views: 5390

Re: XKCD in Foxtrot

Does anyone else think that Foxtrot's version of xkcd was eerily prescient?
by Avram
Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is "a life" and how do I go about getting one?
Replies: 18
Views: 2635

Re: What is "a life" and how do I go about getting one?

When some people tell me to "get a life," they usually mean "drink more beer, play more sports, bang more chicks, and quit reading encyclopedias for entertainment."

Honestly, I'm more inclined to think that they're the ones who need a life.
by Avram
Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The future of ubiquitous memory
Replies: 33
Views: 3688

Re: The future of ubiquitous memory

For a while I've been trying to figure out ways to create an audio recording of my entire life using a hidden microphone. Unfortunately, portable digital audio recorders aren't quite up to scratch yet. Flash-based memory still has a ways to go, and short battery life is something that most electroni...
by Avram
Wed Jun 18, 2008 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Punnilingus
Replies: 135
Views: 67481

Re: Punnilingus

This one's funnier if you don't know it's a pun. Oh well, it's still funny. A couple of years ago, the Seattle Symphony was doing Beethoven's Ninth under the baton of conductor Milton Batter. At this point, you must understand two things: 1. Bass players hate playing Beethoven's 9th. There's a long ...
by Avram
Mon Jun 02, 2008 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0431: "Delivery"
Replies: 77
Views: 17399

Re: "Delivery" Discussion

I agree, groundhog day is really no laughing matter
by Avram
Thu May 22, 2008 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0426: "Geohashing"
Replies: 224
Views: 39530

Re: "Geohashing" discussion

I hate Alberta. All the locations I've looked at are somewhere out in the endless stretches of farmland. How exciting. EDIT: And to the people complaining about hashing economic data, here's a suggestion: take the day's date in 8-digit form. Let the resulting number be x . Then, hash an agreed-upon ...
by Avram
Wed May 21, 2008 1:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: WANTED: Media Player that isn't Le Sucke
Replies: 42
Views: 4294

Re: WANTED: Media Player that isn't Le Sucke

Winamp2 was good stuff, IIRC
by Avram
Tue May 20, 2008 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: WANTED: Media Player that isn't Le Sucke
Replies: 42
Views: 4294

Re: WANTED: Media Player that isn't Le Sucke

foobar2000

seriously
by Avram
Mon May 19, 2008 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Have you ever read a book you've wished you could unread?
Replies: 96
Views: 10188

Re: Have you ever read a book you've wished you could unread?

Piers Anthony's A Spell For Chameleon Although I'll definitely give him credit for being able to keep me interested enough to persevere until the bitter end, I can't remember ever reading a book with worse prose, and the entire plot and fictional universe just seemed stupid and annoyingly contrived....
by Avram
Mon May 19, 2008 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0425: "Fortune Cookies"
Replies: 85
Views: 19124

Re: "Fortune Cookies" Discussion

My friend and I once played the "in bed" game with a church hymnal. Amazing.
by Avram
Wed May 14, 2008 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is Aspirational a Word?
Replies: 6
Views: 7338

Re: Is Aspirational a Word?

It does matter if you're working on a university assignment, or something similar
by Avram
Mon May 12, 2008 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Awesome Photo Thread. (Huge images, obviously)
Replies: 10
Views: 1548

Re: Awesome Photo Thread. (Huge images, obviously)

Heh, as soon as I saw your comment about snow on April 19th, I thought, "does he/she live anywhere near Edmonton?" :P My first thought was "you must not live in western New York...that's normal there, not wrong." That picture doesn't actually give an accurate idea of the snowsto...
by Avram
Sun May 11, 2008 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Awesome Photo Thread. (Huge images, obviously)
Replies: 10
Views: 1548

Re: Awesome Photo Thread. (Huge images, obviously)

Heh, as soon as I saw your comment about snow on April 19th, I thought, "does he/she live anywhere near Edmonton?"
by Avram
Sat May 10, 2008 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Band that no one has heard of!
Replies: 360
Views: 47935

Re: Favorite Band that no one has heard of!

31knots That picture kind of sums them up well. They're an indie-prog-math group who play with the intensity of a metal band. Aggressive, articulate, instrumental-focused rock with fantastic vocal and instrumental melodies. -always- in a minor key. quizzical harmonies. sparse textures, tight-as-hel...
by Avram
Fri May 09, 2008 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0421: "Making Hash Browns"
Replies: 122
Views: 36463

Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

xkcd usually has a passion for accuracy so I am disturbed to see this comic violates the basic laws of physics. If you swing the racket forward at the potato with the intention of slicing it, it won't be launched towards the plate but rather it would fall on the ground after slicing. The guy should...
by Avram
Tue May 06, 2008 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Type xkcd with your forehead
Replies: 200
Views: 37722

Re: Type xkcd with your forehead

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:roll:
by Avram
Sat May 03, 2008 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: XKCD pocket protectors anyone?
Replies: 30
Views: 4417

Re: XKCD pocket protectors anyone?

Modern pen technology must be sufficiently advanced to keep pen leakage to a minimum, because even nerds don't wear pocket protectors anymore.
by Avram
Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest word with only 3 letters
Replies: 41
Views: 30998

Re: Longest word with only 3 letters

But there aren't any bragging rights when you use software!

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