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by New User
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 251886

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Do you pronounce "bazaar" and "bizarre" the same way? I do. /bəzɑɹ/. Dictionaries say that "bizarre" is /bɪzɑɹ/. That's the weak vowel merger. Typically, American English merges most (though not all) cases of unstressed [ɪ] into [ǝ], whereas British English tends to ke...
by New User
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90078
Views: 8291579

Re: Random natterings

Thanks for the help, everyone.
by New User
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90078
Views: 8291579

Re: Random natterings

About two years ago, maybe, I saw a few news stories about a large hole in the ground that was found via aerial photography, in Russia I think (maybe not, but I think it was at least in Asia or Europe). The article said that the hole was in a remote area, but a scientific expedition was planned. Qui...
by New User
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3388
Views: 697571

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I've heard people say that becoming lucid (i.e. realising they're dreaming) makes them more able to control their dreams. That never works for me. I find it just as hard to do things in dreams regardless of whether I know I'm dreaming. For example, last night, at one point in my dream, I was about ...
by New User
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90078
Views: 8291579

Re: Random natterings

Have you tried shopping around for another calculator?
by New User
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90078
Views: 8291579

Re: Random natterings

Where I work, everyone reads measurements in thousands of an inch. But literally every spec has a zero in the thousandths place, so really all the specs are rounded to the nearest hundredth of an inch. So, for example, if I measure .430 on my calipers, I hear people every day saying the dimensions a...
by New User
Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 221551

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

I think it was Final Fantasy III that had the warriors of darkness as the saviors of a previous age, who saved the world from the Light which was growing out of control. In FFV, the previous generation's heroes were called the Dawn Warriors, I believe, and it was only one generation in the past. Bar...
by New User
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 251886

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Although I'd never say want to rhyme with punt , I'd sometimes make it rhyme with font (which rhymes with taunt ), but sometimes the vowel in want sounds like the vowel (diphthong?) in squander (which also sounds like wander ). But, you all don't pronounce every word the same way each time you say t...
by New User
Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90078
Views: 8291579

Re: Random natterings

I like to think that He exclaims, "Oh, for My sake!"
by New User
Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Thinking in words, and noticing errors
Replies: 15
Views: 9123

Re: Thinking in words, and noticing errors

I've done quite a bit of analysis of my own thoughts and introspection. I've even tried doing it in my sleep (as I described in the " What were your dreams last night? thread). First comes the thought. It's neither words nor a picture. Then comes the sentence. The thought is made into English w...
by New User
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 233
Views: 67498

Re: Let's Talk Money

I've never heard of maxing out a 401k account too early in a year. How can I find out about this? Is there a max limit to how much I can contribute in a year? If I can find out what that max limit is, I can just do the math from there based on my income, I suppose.
by New User
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 203606

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Sorry to jump in here where I don't really have an opinion on olive oil directly, but it appears to be one of those subtle bouquet kinda deals. Some people can notice very subtle differences in coffee blends. I cannot, probably because I don't have much experience with drinking coffee. It's all the ...
by New User
Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90078
Views: 8291579

Re: Random natterings

When I was in the US Army it was very common to hear females referred to as females. Examples might include: "This is the female latrine" (adjective) being equivalent to "the latrine for females is over here." (noun) "Don't open that door. That section is for females only.&q...
by New User
Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 302
Views: 74710

Re: News in brief

So, the organization hasn't actually been accused of a crime, such as fraud, insider trading, or embezzlement? I recall some very wealthy organizations being punished for such things. Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC and Enron Corporation are two examples I can think of right now.
by New User
Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 302
Views: 74710

Re: News in brief

Is it not common to freeze the assets during such an investigation?
by New User
Mon Dec 26, 2016 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 696
Views: 125041

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

My guess is that either it's meant to be an animal from Middle Earth, and the resemblance is a coincidence, or else, if it's meant to be from Star Wars, it's there as an homage or easter egg. Nerd research: The animal from Tatooine in Star Wars is called a bantha. A web search for a bantha shows tha...
by New User
Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 332309

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I get that. I just mean that it seems international observers should be wary of how many people in these rings are going to resist vaccination when the time comes to administer it. It would be a shame to get our hopes up only to see widespread resistance when the next epidemic begins.
by New User
Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 332309

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I haven't heard anything about administering this vaccine. When the outbreak was continuing in western Africa, I heard that preventive measures recommended by white doctors were being ignored by the locals because of a pervasive conspiracy theory that white doctors were intentionally spreading the d...
by New User
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 221551

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

Whaddaya know, the entire Final Fantasy catalog was just discounted by 50% on Steam. So I bought XIII. But now Steam is apparently totally down so I can't finish installing it.

I also might pick up Type-0 before the sale ends. Anyone played it? What do you think of it? How is the Steam port?
by New User
Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90078
Views: 8291579

Re: Random natterings

This is the only forum I browse regularly. Any other forums I've joined over the years were for the purpose of a very specific thread or just to ask a single question, usually about a software product or DIY project or somesuch, and then the forum left my consciousness after I completed my purpose. ...
by New User
Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Banned from Stack Exchange
Replies: 35
Views: 16587

Re: Banned from Stack Exchange

I get that, but they are skirting dangerously close to the so-call Streisand effect with this. PM is both a common term used when telling time of day, and also a common abbreviation for Private Message, among other things (Phantom Menace if used in a Star Wars context, for example). While it might b...
by New User
Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 221551

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

Recently I've become very interested in playing the XIII trilogy. Has anyone played the Steam versions? Are they good ports? Worth buying? Do they ever go on sale? For that matter, how often do Square Enix products go on sale on Steam? It seems to me that they tend to lower their prices about as oft...
by New User
Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Banned from Stack Exchange
Replies: 35
Views: 16587

Re: Banned from Stack Exchange

Yeah. The point is that PM is a hack for a single game only. PM is extremely popular, as far as video game hacks go, which means it's very obscure to most of the general public and nowhere near as popular as Nintendo's official products are. Furthermore, the use of the term "PM" on Miivers...
by New User
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Banned from Stack Exchange
Replies: 35
Views: 16587

Re: Banned from Stack Exchange

If it helps, I was banned from Miiverse for posting "PM if you want a 6IV Ditto". Apparently "PM" is an obscure acronym for some 3DS hacking program. If it's the PM I know about, it's actually a hack for a single game on Wii, which is a console that even Nintendo has left in the...
by New User
Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 251886

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Where I grew up in East Tennessee, for most of my life I heard the local dialect referred to as Southern. When I would see actors in films and television affecting a Southern accent, I would often roll my eyes as I found it instantly recognizable as unauthentic. It was only when I was a bit older th...
by New User
Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3388
Views: 697571

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Alligator people. Head of a person, body of an alligator. And I guessed they were from Outer Space, although I don't recall there being direct evidence of this.
by New User
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2636
Views: 502489

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

I just looked through the list of games. There are only two there that ring a bell. I played Windosill, and I remember enjoying it as a well-done puzzle. It's only a little better than a well-done flash game. Looks appropriate for a bundle like this (I got it in a Humble Bundle a few years ago). The...
by New User
Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2636
Views: 502489

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

It looks like you can claim Limbo for free from GOG.com if you have your GOG.com account linked to your Steam account. I always considered GOG.com to be one of Steam's big competitors, but I guess I understand the video game industry even less than I thought.
by New User
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 696
Views: 125041

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I've been juggling several games lately. Rocket League, Crypt of the NecroDancer, DOOM (which I call Doom 4 when speaking aloud), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, The Swapper. I also never got all those stars in The Talos Principle, and therefor never started the DLC levels. I'll go back to ...
by New User
Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3388
Views: 697571

Re: What were your dreams last night?

So, in the dream, you were an old woman, and in a dream within the dream, you were a young man?
by New User
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 27124

Re: 1761: "Blame"

"Friend" is just a friendlier word. "Acquaintance" means you know someone, and does not imply friendship, or in other words, it does not imply that you want to share that person's company. I am acquainted with my friends, as well as my enemies.
by New User
Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13412
Views: 1570120

Re: Today I Learned

Flumble wrote:Today I learned that Germany has a(t least one) huge brown coal (lignite) mine. I thought large surface mines were an american and chinese thing. :mrgreen:

I remember reading somewhere that some of the largest land vehicles in various categories were mining machines at German mines.
by New User
Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28552
Views: 3204777

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

I'd consider that graphic joke funnier with a space for the current year, with NO DATA.
by New User
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28552
Views: 3204777

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

I'm very amused to see that kind of reaction after every election, ever.
by New User
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 86882

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

If you're in line when the polls close, they have to let you vote. I'm disappointed that there is no source given for this statement. I can just imagine it now: someone is line when the polls close, some local official comes out and says, "okay that's it everyone, the polls are closed, you got...
by New User
Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2636
Views: 502489

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Big fall sale over at GOG.com and they are giving away a free game (Little Big Adventure 2: Twinsen's Odyssey).
by New User
Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 696
Views: 125041

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

As I've been exposed to more Japanese culture, imagery, and folklore, some things in the old Nintendo (and Capcom, and Konami, and any other Japanese developer) games are recognizable to me now which may not have been so recognizable when I was young. I have seen things like kimonos, Shinto shrines,...
by New User
Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90078
Views: 8291579

Re: Random natterings

You don't even need to be president to do something like that. Make you dream come true!
by New User
Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 696
Views: 125041

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Thanks for the replies. I went to nvidia's site, downloaded the driver it told me to, which was a .exe file, then I ran the .exe, and it said it wasn't compatible with my version of windows. That's all it said, and the only option was to close the window. So I'll try again later.
by New User
Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 696
Views: 125041

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I guess this belongs here. It doesn't seem like it's worth starting a new thread for. I have a new Nvidia graphics card, and it came with an app called GeForce Experience. They want me to update my drivers through that app, and I was okay with that, even though the app had other features I wasn't in...

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