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by tetromino
Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nonsensical English...
Replies: 131
Views: 32833

Re: Nonsensical English...

"Be that as it may" I don't know about anyone else, but I can't conciously comprehend this phrase; I understand it, but I can't comprehend it. Or was it the other way around? I know what it means subconciously. :roll: Your confusion is understandable. The phrase "be that as it may&qu...
by tetromino
Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nonsensical English...
Replies: 131
Views: 32833

Re: Nonsensical English...

As a kid, I was thoroughly confused with the registered mail form, where it listed various options and the instruction above the list was "nepotrebno precrtati" (unnecessary to strike). It took me years to understand that the infinitive here was used as imperative (as was deemed the polit...
by tetromino
Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 51027

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

Seven comments in, and I see no one cares to explain what Cirith Ungol is. In Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings , Cirith Ungol is a little-used mountain pass leading from the Morgul Vale into Mordor. The pass is little-used because it's guarded by a giant spider called Shelob. Gollum leads Frodo ...
by tetromino
Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Translations needed: Talk to Me in X
Replies: 30
Views: 12355

Re: Translations needed: Talk to Me in X

Daimon wrote:俺と話してください。いつも練習して呉れなかった。英語ようの文法で書いている俺には超必要んだ。可哀想だな~(可愛そう :P )

Could you add a romaji transcription please? (Not all of us can comfortably read kana, much less kanji, and it's awkward to look at a sentence that one has not the first clue for how to even attempt to pronounce.)
by tetromino
Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Translations needed: Talk to Me in X
Replies: 30
Views: 12355

Re: Translations needed: Talk to Me in X

If what you meant is "you should talk to me in Russian" or "when you want to talk to me, talk to me in Russian", the formal phrase would be «говорите со мной по-русски» (transcribed as "govorite so mnoy po-russki" , pronounced [gɐvɐ'rʲitʲɪ sɐ'mnoj pɐ'ruskʲɪ]), and the i...
by tetromino
Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 47732

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

Can somebody explain what's going on in the third panel? Problem #1: it suggests a rather disfunctional filesystem layout on the server. An Android virtual machine does not belong in /usr/share/Adobe/doc/example: it is not non-executable data, has nothing to do with Adobe, and is neither documentat...
by tetromino
Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1034: "Share Buttons"
Replies: 82
Views: 28248

Re: 1034: "Share Buttons"

It'd be helpful if someone could translate a little for the benefit of those who aren't quite as plugged in to "Internet culture". I've heard of all four sites, but I don't use them except for following two Twitterers and an occasional G+ article by one of them, and I couldn't even begin ...
by tetromino
Sun May 01, 2011 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Homonyms
Replies: 6
Views: 2511

Re: Homonyms

I can think of quite a few multi-language metonyms; for instance, the words "tongue" (English), "langue" (French), and "язык" (Russian) can all mean both "flexible muscular organ located in the mouth" and "language". OP has provided two examples of m...
by tetromino
Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "They" as a singular/genderless pronoun
Replies: 63
Views: 11732

Re: "They" as a singular/genderless pronoun

I think a genderless pronoun is needed. Really? Why? I would say that people who are concerned about pronoun gender are simply confused: they are mixing up biological/social gender (something that exists in the physical world) and grammatical gender (which is just an abstract grammatical category t...
by tetromino
Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Давай поговорим! (Russian practice)
Replies: 64
Views: 38354

Re: Давай поговорим! (Russian practice)

Hey.I am learning Russian (currently about 5 weeks worth of classes). Could anyone here please read over these paragraphs on "My Town" and point out any mistakes? I did it using a dictionary and some Google translate. I am more worried about grammar mistakes/concordance than anything else...
by tetromino
Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 63262

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Should you be unfamiliar with the standard way of generating one's porn name, this link should help. Being entirely unfamiliar with the context, I have to ask: is the algorithm described some kind of in-joke and/or urban legend, or is it actually used in real life? It's just that on the face of it,...
by tetromino
Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 27340

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

madock345 wrote:This is the only xkcd in a Very long time in which I failed to get even one reference, I literally have no idea what they are talking about

The references you need to know are the grey goo scenario and IPv4 address exhaustion.
by tetromino
Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 35164

Re: 0858: "Milk"

For some people (most of whom are, I am guessing, men), the thought process is basically this: breasts = sexy, nipples = sexy, lactating breasts = breasts+nipples+awesome, therefore human lactation = 2(sexy)+awesome, QED. For other people (most of whom are, I am guessing, women), the thought proces...
by tetromino
Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 35164

Re: 0858: "Milk"

Really? I'm the first one? WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU, RANDALL? Really? Lactation? Since when is that funny? Why on Earth would an exchange like that be anywhere as funny? I suppose the "joke" here is that women could freak men out if their thoughts turned out to be predictable, or s...
by tetromino
Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0800: "Beautiful Dream"
Replies: 116
Views: 28517

Re: "Beatiful Dream" discussion (#800)

Honestly, I hope the bed-hair look becomes the next "in" look, because I really hate it that women spend hundreds of dollars on things we guys, well, me guy, honestly do not care about. But someone will screw it up and salons will charge $75 to make your hair look like you just got out of...
by tetromino
Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Positive" Discrimination
Replies: 22
Views: 5019

Re: "Positive" Discrimination

If three people with the same education and similar work experience all apply for a job, there are a lot of non-quantifiable factors that are considered (among them things like personality, eloquence, etc etc) to determine which to hire that don't make one candidate more or less qualified than the ...
by tetromino
Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Slimfigures.
Replies: 17
Views: 2230

Re: Slimfigures.

Princess Marzipan wrote:If by "similar" you mean "infinitely more hetero-normative", then yes.
Was your comment intended to be critical of the author, or am I reading too much into it?
by tetromino
Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So a noun (and its plural) walk[s] into a bar...
Replies: 4
Views: 1729

Re: So a noun (and its plural) walk[s] into a bar...

Try saying the sentence out loud; the parentheses are silent, and the singular verb will sound completely ungrammatical. So I think that in terms of verb agreement, "X (and Y)" should be treated the same as "X and Y".
by tetromino
Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Anybody here speak Russian?
Replies: 11
Views: 1986

Re: Anybody here speak Russian?

Speaker, definitely a speaker. One critical line is for someone to shout, "God bless Russia!" It would be very strange for a modern Russian person to shout «Господи, благослови Россию» unless he is being ironic or is a priest caught up in nationalist fervor. Many Russians are religious, b...
by tetromino
Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 30515

Re: What does the world hate about America?

5. Various other frictions, such as the Jackson–Vanik amendment (I wonder how many Americans know that relic of the Cold War is still on the books?), After reading the summary on the Wikipedia page, I honestly I don't see what's wrong with it, except the exception for China. Restricting trade with ...
by tetromino
Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 30515

Re: What does the world hate about America?

I cannot speak about the whole world. I can, however, try to explain why many Russians dislike America. Some of their reasons are: 1. The 1999 US attack on Yugoslavia . Before 1999, Russian attitudes towards America were for the most part positive. But after watching TV footage of American planes bo...
by tetromino
Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Anybody here speak Russian?
Replies: 11
Views: 1986

Re: Anybody here speak Russian?

skellious wrote:Sort of like here then?
No. Both English and Russian punctuation rules state that a comma has to be used before an "and" that joins two independent clauses. (In some English publications, the comma gets dropped if the clauses are short, but 10 words isn't exactly short, at least IMHO.)
by tetromino
Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Anybody here speak Russian?
Replies: 11
Views: 1986

Re: Anybody here speak Russian?

There are over 250 million Russian-speaking people on the planet. Of course there are quite a few Russian speakers (including yours truly) on a popular forum such as this one. What I primarily define as "broken Russian" more than anything else is obvious grammatical errors. I could check t...
by tetromino
Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Noun Classes
Replies: 11
Views: 2338

Re: Noun Classes

I find it interesting that French has separate feminine and masculine forms for dogs and cats (not true for all animals)… Russian (which, like German, has 3 grammatical genders) has two words for "dog": the feminine собака ( sobaka ) and the masculine пёс ( pyos ). Interestingly, neither ...
by tetromino
Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "15 Ways to Fix the World"?
Replies: 20
Views: 2482

Re: "15 Ways to Fix the World"?

The Dogs of Peace proposal seems to ignore what UN missions are about. The UN troops do not fight rebel armies. They do not protect civilians. They are for the most part simply diplomats, medics and observers with guns and body armor. And they cannot use those guns except in the most dire circumstan...
by tetromino
Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: VB: The Thread Killer.
Replies: 216
Views: 11010

Re: VB: The Thread Killer.

Okay, now we're getting somewhere! Here are the magical elements necessary for us to assign blame to you for being raped: You need to be drunk, wearing high-heels, and walking in a dark alleyway. Then we can blame you! I am impressed. You misinterpret my post; I do not bother to reply. You call me ...
by tetromino
Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: VB: The Thread Killer.
Replies: 216
Views: 11010

Re: VB: The Thread Killer.

Fucking excellent post, Osha. Bookmarked. There is a culture of rape, we (society) systematically ignore it, shift blame from the perpetrators, cover it up, blame the victims , don't fire and prosecute soldiers and prison guards who rape and don't hold their higher ups accountable when they ignore ...
by tetromino
Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: VB: The Thread Killer.
Replies: 216
Views: 11010

Re: VB: The Thread Killer.

Sure, you have a right to not be murdered, robbed, or raped. Guess what? Some people simply don't care about your rights. They will murder, rob, or rape you, given the right risk/benefit ratio. If you knowingly walk into a situation where you will likely encounter a person who will go ahead and vio...
by tetromino
Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: VB: The Thread Killer.
Replies: 216
Views: 11010

Re: VB: The Thread Killer.

Here's an idea: Maybe you don't know whether any of them have been sexually abused because they're aware that if they told you, you might blame them. Touché. Because when we say 'you are, in part, to blame for this', that's what's being said; you've somehow managed to invalidate your right to not b...
by tetromino
Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: VB: The Thread Killer.
Replies: 216
Views: 11010

Re: VB: The Thread Killer.

See, this is why I'm having a hard time parsing what you're saying without wanting to do verbal violence to you. Can you please refrain from calling people who have drinks at parties or walk down a street in the middle of the night 'stupid'? Especially when the context we're discussing them in is a...
by tetromino
Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: VB: The Thread Killer.
Replies: 216
Views: 11010

Re: VB: The Thread Killer.

Tetromino, your arguments are why this is such a sore topic. You appear hellbent on making rape into something that is always at least partially the victim's fault. I can't imagine why, but stop. Actually listen to what people are saying. You are correct that in many cases the victims cannot be ass...
by tetromino
Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: VB: The Thread Killer.
Replies: 216
Views: 11010

Re: VB: The Thread Killer.

That's what we're saying; just because someone decided to wear a certain type of clothing or engage in a certain type of action never means they've given tacit consent to be beaten, raped, harmed, mugged, stolen from, etc. Sure, on that point I think we can all agree. Claiming that certain behavior...
by tetromino
Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: VB: The Thread Killer.
Replies: 216
Views: 11010

Re: VB: The Thread Killer.

Tetro, you have to understand how to frame those kinds of statements. As it is, saying "it's your fault if your car gets stolen, thieves are like roaming wild animals, no stopping them from doing what they do" is (or sounds like it is) a way of excusing the ACTUAL perpetrator from culpabi...
by tetromino
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: VB: The Thread Killer.
Replies: 216
Views: 11010

Re: VB: The Thread Killer.

In only one of those situations is the victim at all to blame for their predicament. Hint, it's the one that doesn't involve another person victimizing them. If I leave my car unlocked with keys in the ignition, it's not my fault that it gets stolen? I find that a rather odd philosophy - but to eac...
by tetromino
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: VB: The Thread Killer.
Replies: 216
Views: 11010

Re: VB: The Thread Killer.

Devil's advocate time. (Please don't kill me.) Person A gets drunk, makes bad choices, climbs into bear den at a zoo, gets leg torn off. Is the victim (at least partially) to blame for his/her predicament? Absolutely. Person A gets drunk, makes bad choices, leaves car unlocked with keys in ignition....
by tetromino
Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0595: "Android Girlfriend"
Replies: 120
Views: 24538

Re: "Android Girlfriend" Discussion

Seriously, when you read a book or something, you don't assign voices and whatnot to your characters? Of course not. I just perceive the words; there is no corresponding perception of voice or sound. The voices only come in if I take my eyes off the page and begin an imaginary and non-canon convers...
by tetromino
Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0595: "Android Girlfriend"
Replies: 120
Views: 24538

Re: "Android Girlfriend" Discussion

Did anyone reading this not mentally give the gynoid Summer Glau's voice? Actually, and in spite of what would seem to have been the likely choice (points to avatar), I had the voice of Fry's robot girlfriend from Futurama. You people assign voices to characters in a comic? As in, you actually hear...
by tetromino
Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The best way to learn a brand new language.
Replies: 16
Views: 3185

Re: The best way to learn a brand new language.

Gamma Ray wrote:What would you recommend?

Television. Watch TV programs in the language of your choice for a couple hours every day.

EDIT: this is assuming you already have some basic knowledge of the language. If you don't, then go to your closest institution of higher learning and sign up for a class.
by tetromino
Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0595: "Android Girlfriend"
Replies: 120
Views: 24538

Re: "Android Girlfriend" Discussion

I didn't get it. Can someone explain it without being crude? (Although there are very few stupid people who read xkcd, I've met the type IRL) Ahh... Cherry? But what's that thing in the bottom left of the second panel? And what's arc welding? Explanation: 1. In some cultures, tying a cherry stem in...
by tetromino
Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS will now pay for acupuncture
Replies: 173
Views: 10591

Re: NHS will now pay for acupuncture

What would such a study show, if those who receive acupuncture fare no differently from those who don't? If the study compares volunteers who receive sham acupuncture while conscious but under local anesthesia and volunteers who receive sham acupuncture without anesthesia fare the same, then it wou...

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