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by Grop
Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Here's a fun problem...
Replies: 27
Views: 2841

Re: Here's a fun problem...

If we live in a mathematical world without ethics or psychology and where the fairness of random coins can be anywhere between ]0,1] then: We may *expect* a random coin to have a fairness of 0.5. I would pay $0.50 (minus any epsilon) to play. The fact it landed on heads once is just an anecd...
by Grop
Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Yet another progress thread
Replies: 20
Views: 2031

Re: Yet another progress thread

I wouldn't say 20 pushups are pathetic for a start. (Says the guy who weighs 105 kg and started at 6 pushups :)).

I am no expert, but your program looks good!
by Grop
Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89882
Views: 7385487

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

Grazie mille, as they say!
by Grop
Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89882
Views: 7385487

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

I hate to ask such STFW questions, but what exactly is meth? Methadon? Methamphetamine? (So)mething else? My google search is failing me.

(FT: I feel young and innocent).
by Grop
Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10904
Views: 2063442

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Killer is great for a bunny :twisted:.
by Grop
Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Good Shows/Movies You'd Never Heard Of
Replies: 30
Views: 3233

Re: Good Shows/Movies You'd Never Heard Of

Well actually, it's a fiction story about an imaginary documentary :mrgreen:.
by Grop
Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Multiple ways to parse with spaces
Replies: 1
Views: 506

Re: Multiple ways to parse with spaces

Unintended: Powergen Italia (see here).
by Grop
Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Online Grammar
Replies: 62
Views: 5184

Re: Online Grammar

This, or change the subject to Saladin's Mom.
by Grop
Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 653
Views: 228820

Re: Things you remember reading -Merged: Searching for a...

In the second one, there is this boy who isn't really human, he has these golden tentacles on his forehead, and his race get supersmart after their 14th birthday and also telepathic. They had weird internal organ structure too I think. However, his race is pretty much killed on sight by humans and ...
by Grop
Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 469
Views: 218828

Re: Recommend a book

The whole Hornblower series, by Forester. It is realistic maritime adventures (the story of a British navy officer during the French revolution).
by Grop
Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 183624

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

No (and this mistake is often made by French speakers who learn English, btw). French passé composé is pretty much constructed like English present perfect, but they are not used in the same situations. I would say passé composé translates most of the time as simple past. (I agree with csam: ils ont...
by Grop
Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why Don't Verbs Conjugate with the Object?
Replies: 102
Views: 13347

Re: Why Don't Verbs Conjugate with the Object?

Also, with French it only works with regular verbs like porter. With être (sois) or aller (va), it's a different story. Or it can be viewed as "just the stem", just like "be" and "are" are "just the stem" (only a different stem).
by Grop
Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 183624

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

Bassoon wrote:Qu'est-ce que vous dites est que "Je parle" signifie à la fois "I speak" et "I am speaking?"


Exactement.
by Grop
Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 183624

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

En effet, le français utilise généralement le même temps pour traduire to do ou to be doing . C'est le contexte qui fait la différence. Des expressions comme maintenant , souvent , en ce moment , d'habitude , etc. peuvent aider à faire la différence, si nécessaire. "Qu'est-ce que tu fais ?"...
by Grop
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89882
Views: 7385487

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

punkymonkey wrote:"pom pom!"


This is not Spanish! Clearly this is the French national anthem: Pom pom pom pom pom pom pom pom pom-pom...

(Don't thank me, really :mrgreen:).
by Grop
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 183624

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

Bassoon, (Je suis d'accord avec Csam). De plus, premier et deuxième sont des adjectifs; premièrement et deuxièmement conviendraient mieux. Je n'ai pas compris ce que tu voulais dire par "verbes-tion". Tu pourrais me l'expliquer ? En tout cas je crois que tu as raison de faire u...
by Grop
Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese Ship Harasses US Surveillance Ship
Replies: 33
Views: 2419

Re: Chinese Ship Harasses US Surveillance Ship

What they would like to be able to do is simply order other ships to back off from their naval installations, anywhere within a few hundred miles of their shores, as the US can. This. If nationalities were inverted (ie a Chinese military ship near US waters) there would be no article at all. Or mos...
by Grop
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 183624

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

Tu apprends tout seul ? Ça ne doit pas être facile en effet. Comment fais-tu ? Je veux dire, tu as une méthode particulière ?

Spoiler:
On essaie de faire quelque chose. À part ça, enseigner soi-même ne me semble pas naturel du tout.
by Grop
Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why Don't Verbs Conjugate with the Object?
Replies: 102
Views: 13347

Re: Why Don't Verbs Conjugate with the Object?

Monika wrote:In French one forms the negative imperative with the infinitive form.


Do you mean impersonal, written instructions as you can see on products (Ne pas laisser à la portée des enfants -> Keep away from children) ? Because otherwise, imperative is imperative, even if there's a negation.
by Grop
Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why Don't Verbs Conjugate with the Object?
Replies: 102
Views: 13347

Re: Why Don't Verbs Conjugate with the Object?

This, or you may think of imperative as a distinct mood, with its own rules for agreement.
by Grop
Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 183624

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

Bonjour Bassoon, Tu apprends le français à l'école ? Depuis combien de temps ? J'espère que tu ne te décourageras pas :). J'apprends à parler f rançais. Je ne suis pas bon , je pense. (Remarque qu'en français les noms des langues ne prennent pas de majuscule - contrairement à l'angla...
by Grop
Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Official Running thread!
Replies: 444
Views: 150441

Re: The Official Running thread!

Mulus wrote:I hope to be running low 10's in the 3200 and 4:40's in the 1600.


Hi, what do these figures stand for? I have no idea.

Edit: Oh, probably minutes and meters.
by Grop
Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89882
Views: 7385487

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

Does anyone else notice that, generally on the net, when someone says "I am actually not a racist / not a sexist / not a homophobe / not a snob / not an anti-semite / mostly love animals / never pick on little and weak, BUT" then it is a blatant, badly disguised lie which is used as an ex...
by Grop
Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89882
Views: 7385487

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

Hooray for wood induced pain! Seriously .. how are you hurting yourself with firewood? I hurt myself seriously (well, I walked on crutches for a week) after a log fell on my foot. Well, I was drunk as a lord, the log was so big I could hardly lift it (and I'm a big boy - but I didn't hold it well),...
by Grop
Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89882
Views: 7385487

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

At least, some funnybooks on the internet update on mondays :).

Also, today is sunny and reasonably windy. I wish I had done the laundry yesterday.
by Grop
Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge
Replies: 144
Views: 14469

Re: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge

I suck at doing pushups (or whatever involves moving my own weight with my arms), so I started it. I messed up week 1, so I'm doing it again.
by Grop
Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89882
Views: 7385487

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

Punkymonkey, flagrant != fragrant, but I could have been louder about it.

(Or avoided such weak humor).
by Grop
Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89882
Views: 7385487

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

Flagrant crap applies to many things in the market.
by Grop
Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 3!
Replies: 1500
Views: 131008

Re: Fallout 3!

Xanthir wrote:It was rather unexpected, is all. I *really* didn't see it coming.


I didn't either, but there was something similar in Fallout 2.
by Grop
Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 129903

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

This is interesting, now I think of it. The French for show (in this context) would be montrer , which isn't clearly related to vision: in my native language I would "show" someone a picture, a sound or a smell without an hesitation. Edit: Would I? I am not so sure now. Maybe I have just n...
by Grop
Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89882
Views: 7385487

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

You have heard Jump Around by House of Pain . You have. There's no way around it if you've lived in America for any length of time and happened to own a television. Or walked around in public. Or watched a movie or two. I would say this is hard even out of America. However, for some reason I though...
by Grop
Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 129903

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

bigglesworth suggested play, in this very thread.
by Grop
Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89882
Views: 7385487

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

Hum, I think this bunny looks funny...
by Grop
Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 3!
Replies: 1500
Views: 131008

Re: Fallout 3!

I consider it *less* than a minor annoyance. You can get rid of whatever quantity for 100 caps.
by Grop
Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10904
Views: 2063442

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Monika wrote:No no no, you got it all wrong, it's *Kansas* that doesn't exist!


Sure, people are just taking "The Wizard of Oz" for granted. Also, where the hell is the Shire?

(Also, everyone knows Montpellier is in Languedoc).
by Grop
Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Should I take French? (class)
Replies: 40
Views: 3702

Re: Should I take French? (class)

But saying that you "only" need the passé composé in French to indicate past tense is not fair. I totally agree it would be wrong: one needs passé composé, imparfait, and plus-que-parfait (I think the English equivalent is called past perfect). And this is just indicative mood (conditiona...
by Grop
Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 129903

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

Bobber wrote:Simply, "to say hi" should be one word.


There is greet. And, obviouser, hail. For some reason English speakers don't seem to hail; however the word is available.
by Grop
Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 129903

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

Shpow wrote:in Maltese there's a verb that means "to stop breastfeeding".


French has sevrer, and it would seem English has to wean. We're all mammals, apparently :mrgreen:.
by Grop
Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Official Running thread!
Replies: 444
Views: 150441

Re: The Official Running thread!

Now I run on dirt :). Also, I woke up at 6:30 this morning and ran before going to work. It worked well, so if I stay motivated I will run often.

(I used to only run on weekends).
by Grop
Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Official Running thread!
Replies: 444
Views: 150441

Re: The Official Running thread!

I am not a great runner, but I run 30-45 minutes once a week (I don't really know what distance). Lately I've run mostly on roads, so I was a bit worried about my joints (also, I weigh 105 kg). Now I've moved to a better place, and there's a big park very close. Running in the forest is definitely m...

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