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by stockpot
Sun Dec 23, 2007 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 475168

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I've never heard it, but maybe it's a shortening of "beastly?" The noun "beast" in its slang form means "someone very strong or pain-tolerant in a very awesome way" but it's adjectivized form isn't quite as specific, and could easily be reinterpreted to mean just "...
by stockpot
Sat Dec 22, 2007 8:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Return of Buttercup Festival!
Replies: 4
Views: 1673

Re: The Return of Buttercup Festival!

Fantastic news! I always hoped it would come back some day.
by stockpot
Sat Dec 22, 2007 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 475168

Re: Words and phrases you hate for no particular reason

Ari wrote:Guesstimate is to estimate and guess as "common knowledge" is to science and idiocy ;)
The word guesstimate is like BBC science reporting?

I'm no fan of it's usage, but I think "metrosexual" sounds quite nice phonetically.
by stockpot
Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Need advice for easily frozen foods
Replies: 12
Views: 3058

Re: Need advice for easily frozen foods

Any fresh breads or bagels or the like can be frozen. They thaw tasting not quite fresh, but not more than a day or two old.
by stockpot
Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tofu
Replies: 17
Views: 2140

Re: Tofu

Before. The ice crystals do some crazy business to the internal structure which makes the tofu a) a little tougher and b) less clingy about its water. If you tried to wring the water out of fresh tofu, you'd just end up with two handfuls of tofu mush.
by stockpot
Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Foreign languages in dreams?
Replies: 48
Views: 23801

Re: Foreign languages in dreams?

On using the wrong word: written and spoken words get reassigned to different meanings in many of my dreams. For example, I might be reading a sign aloud in a dream, and come to the word TREE. I will pronouce it as WIT and understand that this word means what we awake people mean when we say PURPLE....
by stockpot
Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ideas on a car?
Replies: 25
Views: 2461

Re: Ideas on a car?

If you can find a used civic hybrid or a prius for that price, then those would be your best bets in terms of fuel efficiency. If you can't find any used hybrids, then a normal civic would serve you pretty well, too.

Why on earth are you commuting that far?
by stockpot
Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Free Hugs!
Replies: 49
Views: 3945

Re: Free Hugs!

Those "Free Hugs!" signs always confused me. Do most people pay for their hugs?
by stockpot
Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 475168

Re: Annoying words

I don't think "dusk" is pretty enough for the idea it represents, but I wouldn't call it ugly by any means.
Ugly words: hospital, pork, ogle
by stockpot
Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nerdy party games.
Replies: 52
Views: 5023

Re: Nerdy party games.

by stockpot
Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tofu
Replies: 17
Views: 2140

Re: Tofu

I second the freezing and thawing suggestion. Thawed tofu = a squishy, edible sponge. You can wring the water right out with your hands, even.
by stockpot
Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What did you learn this year?
Replies: 48
Views: 3266

Re: What did you learn this year?

Only a half year: June: Sun is fantastic. Maps are also fantastic. July: I can't take family insults. Also, girls suck. August: Homophobia makes me angry and jumpy. I have odd pain tolerances. September: Stretching and antiinflammatories are good things October: Don't take things for granted. Also, ...
by stockpot
Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Pet advice
Replies: 43
Views: 3670

Re: Pet advice

Cockatoos, 'tiels, lovebirds, and all other parrots are very, very smart and will most definitely bond with you as a person, especially if they were hand fed as a chick. Yes, they can be potty trained. HOWEVER, a parrot is not a pet to get on a whim. These birds require a lot of time and a lot of pa...
by stockpot
Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pointless Chemistry Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1873

Re: Pointless Chemistry Question

Spoiler:
http://www.wellington.org/nandor/chemwords/chemwords.htm

(obviously, not the answer to the question in this post, but still interesting)
by stockpot
Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall Munroe Facts
Replies: 222
Views: 33878

Re: Randall Munroe Facts

Leibniz? Newton? No, Randall Munroe developed modern calculus.
In Randall Munroe's case, that really is what she said.
Randall Munroe's maps of the internet were published in 1992 as a perscriptive, not descriptive reference.
by stockpot
Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tipping, Gratuity, Charity, what's fair or not fair?
Replies: 195
Views: 12559

Re: Tipping, Gratuity, Charity, what's fair or not fair?

why the fuck does my waiter/waitress deserve my money when they make more money then me? He/she is doing something for you. If you want to cook your own food in your own home and put it on the table yourself, you can do that for free. The waiter/waitress doesn't do a thing for you and you don't owe...
by stockpot
Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)
Replies: 162
Views: 47117

Re: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)

I read Psychoshop as an eleven or twelve year old and it confused me, horrified me, and turned me off science fiction for a good long while. I'm sure it's a fine, normal-ish book for any internet-using adult, but as a little kid, I was all :shock:.
by stockpot
Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0355: "Couple"
Replies: 129
Views: 23389

Re: "Couple" discussion

narg wrote:After all, if Facebook says it, it must be true!
Except for all those straight girls it says are married to each other.
by stockpot
Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Shoes (And the Posting of Them)
Replies: 96
Views: 10650

Re: Shoes (And the Posting of Them)

This is the only shoe of mine online.
Image
by stockpot
Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Slime Moulds
Replies: 4
Views: 1157

Re: Slime Moulds

Graphical nethack has taught me (oh so incorrectly!) that slime molds are vaguely mango-ish looking fruits. I get really excited when I read about them and really disappointed when I see pictures.

Still, very, very cool.
by stockpot
Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Weird stuff on Google maps, a mystery
Replies: 47
Views: 4858

Re: Weird stuff on Google maps, a mystery

Well, why would anyone bother taking a medium-resolution photo of some water with a small, remote island in the middle? They have a big picture showing where the island is, and someone also took a detailed picture of the land itslf. It's kinda fun, though, to look at the edge of the detailed photo. ...
by stockpot
Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who would have won the Cold War?
Replies: 45
Views: 3178

Re: Who would have won the Cold War?

Much of the cold war was about bluffing. For much of the war, neither the US nor the Soviet Union knew that the other side was too chicken to actually use one of these things, so they both acted like they could and would at a moment's notice. Direct traditional warfare would have produced nuclear wa...
by stockpot
Sun Dec 09, 2007 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: ITT we use non-English setence structures to speak in Englsh
Replies: 41
Views: 5547

Re: ITT we use non-English setence structures to speak in Englsh

Whatdo by sentence structure you mean?
Order only is, or as well other grammatical markers?

Can we decline nounos, for example?

ISITOKAYTOOMITSPACESCASECHANGESANDPUNCTU
ATIONASISDONEINLANGUAGESWRITTENWITHOUTTHEM
by stockpot
Sun Dec 09, 2007 6:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Misconceptions, Rehashed Arguments, other memetic nuisances.
Replies: 31
Views: 3155

Re: Misconceptions, Rehashed Arguments, other memetic nuisances.

The misuse and overuse of various terms like "diversity," "holistic," and "conservative" by corporations, the media, crackpots and all sorts of other people makes it very hard to use these terms appropriately in conversation. If I say that I think holistic healthcare wo...
by stockpot
Sun Dec 09, 2007 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Crayon: regional accent or just wrong?
Replies: 31
Views: 8815

Re: Crayon: regional accent or just wrong?

It's not just New York. /ˈkɹæn/ is the normal pronunciation all the way over here in Seattle.
As a kid, I always wondered why the word was spelled so funny.
by stockpot
Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Prove You Are Real
Replies: 167
Views: 15440

Re: Prove You Are Real

Step 1
The scientific name of the hummingbird hawk-moth is Macroglossum stellatarum.

Did you know that?
by stockpot
Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Photoshop Vs. Fireworks Vs. Whatever You Can Name
Replies: 67
Views: 18295

Re: Photoshop Vs. Fireworks Vs. Whatever You Can Name

I use Microsoft Office Word 2007 to turn all of my plain text into something more appealing.
Can you apply premade heading/title/normal styles to large documents in photoshop? In Illustrator? In the GIMP? No? I didn't think so.

Word>*
by stockpot
Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 138131

Re: Beautiful words...

Oooh! Not exactly English, but I love the Anglicized pronunciations of the names of a lot of the American Indian tribes local to my area. Stillaguamish. Quinault. Puyallup (/pjuˈ(w)ɑːləp/). Klickitat. Chimacum.
by stockpot
Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: the 'net
Replies: 23
Views: 2480

Re: the 'net

Or, you know, from the English prefix "inter-" that comes from a latin preposition that means "between" and is used in a whole bunch of different words. International, intertidal, interconnected, interaction, interbreed, intercellular, etc.

[/pedantry]
by stockpot
Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Swimming and nerves
Replies: 57
Views: 4461

Re: Swimming and nerves

I used to swim competitively but now I just teach swimming... as a hobby. I mostly teach kids, but I prefer teaching adults. Older ladies are so cute when they suddenly realize that they can float on the stuff that they've been afraid of for so long. :) Fact is, most all humans (save a few people wi...
by stockpot
Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2776922

Re: Confessional Thread

Confession: I got angry today about something I didn't think I cared that much about... Up until this fall, I always felt like the least angry person in the world. It's kinda scary. Mad stockpot is also stupid and unpleasant stockpot.

Confession: I really like perpetuating stereotypes :D
by stockpot
Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 138131

Re: Beautiful words...

Robin S wrote:Also, how has no-one mentioned "cellar door" yet?
I'd make a bad Elda - I don't think cellar door is especially pretty.
Perhap one needs a proper British accent to fully appreciate it?
by stockpot
Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: what if... - on Pets.
Replies: 132
Views: 11737

Re: what if... - on Pets.

Pangolin (Not only are they real, they're real mammals) http://img472.imageshack.us/img472/5643/web20pangolinnoelle20kuwu0.th.jpg Elephant shrew http://img472.imageshack.us/img472/3610/shrewelephanttl9.th.gif Dik-dik (think of all the potential names!) http://img472.imageshack.us/img472/6739/dikdikr...
by stockpot
Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: we discuss... SNOW!!
Replies: 83
Views: 6459

Re: ITT: we discuss... SNOW!!

In the northy bit of the lowlands on the West coast of the US, we get snow no more than a few times per winter. I love it, but can't drive in it very well. As for snowmen, they're still the same icons here as they are anywhere else, but real snowmen are much fewer and farther between.
by stockpot
Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Lazy Foods
Replies: 17
Views: 2152

Re: Lazy Foods

Frozen sliced bread is both cheaper and tastier than eggos.
by stockpot
Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 138131

Re: Beautiful words...

Additionally, we might like "harder to pronounce" sounds better just because they're less familiar to us. I think most Italian words sound pretty neat, but would an Italian agree? Maybe not.

I like "soliloquy" "hereafter" and "shallows"
by stockpot
Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A question for the ages
Replies: 18
Views: 1655

Re: A question for the ages

I think anyone confronted with a candy hooker has already won.
by stockpot
Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Query concering shelf life of home-made spaghetti sauce
Replies: 38
Views: 5640

Re: Query concering shelf life of home-made spaghetti sauce

I imagine giving all future frozen chunks of sauce a good boil prior to eating might cut down on the nasty critters you eat.
But perhaps you'd be better off freezing in ziplocs and ice cube trays in the future?
by stockpot
Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: strange and lesser known words
Replies: 79
Views: 14096

Re: strange and lesser known words

qat (also kat, and khat): a sort of middle eastern herb that can be made into a narcotic drug, useful for scrabble

schistosity: the direction or line of cleavage in a (rock of crystalline formation

gnide: to rub between the hands

camelopard; giraffe

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