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by eSOANEM
Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: -ear, - ore, - orn
Replies: 12
Views: 3627

Re: -ear, - ore, - orn

I'd expect so. There's been a trend since old english to regularise strong verbs in various ways (the number of strong verb paradigms has decreased a lot with some merging and some becoming weak instead); this looks like it'd be part of that. Sadly google n-grams only starts at 1800 so isn't very us...
by eSOANEM
Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Orange is the New Black
Replies: 2
Views: 2676

Re: Orange is the New Black

I've currently only seen the first 5 episodes of the new season so far, but I'm enjoying it. It's nice seeing Pensatucky continue her arc of becoming less terrible and actually becoming pretty sympathetic.
by eSOANEM
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can you reach the bottom of a pringles tube with your hand?
Replies: 49
Views: 10650

Re: Can you reach the bottom of a pringles tube with your ha

I can only just manage it. The further down the packet is, the more likely I am to accidentally crush pringles/knock the stack over.
by eSOANEM
Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5122
Views: 723593

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Wooooo! Exams finishing is great. Congratulations and I hope cool science-y PhD stuff's great next year.
by eSOANEM
Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89779
Views: 6505034

Re: Inspirations

Good luck to both of you.

I'll add an extra voice to the angua has done the calculation right and the video is wrong camp as well.
by eSOANEM
Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89779
Views: 6505034

Re: Inspirations

Yeah. I guess I'm just being pessimistic. It doesn't make me feel any more optimistic though that, so far, the only responses I've seen from transfeminine people have also been cautious. I don't know. My feelings about this are pretty confused. I'm happy for Caitlyn and having a new trans woman in t...
by eSOANEM
Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1122113

Re: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt

I think the biggest problem with it is that they need to assume some relationship between chest and waist size which to me seems a lot less reasonable than assuming a relationship between wingspan and height.
by eSOANEM
Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89779
Views: 6505034

Re: Inspirations

I'm glad she's happy, but I'm not sure this glorifying of her actually helps anything. I mean, society does these big shows of support for famous people when they come out and transition but they still almost always treat trans women who enter the public light after transitioning as a joke. This is ...
by eSOANEM
Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1122113

Re: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt

That's a thing?

Whenever I've seen suits sold the jacket and trousers are sized separately.

Using the same size for both seems like a recipe for sadness. Not everyone is the same shape.
by eSOANEM
Fri May 29, 2015 6:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14019
Views: 1914542

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I was very confused as to whether these were boulder police as in police who police boulders or police who police in Boulder. As it turns out, they're kinda both. Those damned Boulder boulder police, policing Boulder boulder builders. I suppose you could say they were bolder Boulder boulder police,...
by eSOANEM
Thu May 28, 2015 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2096
Views: 269239

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

The books have an advantage over the film in this regard. We don't see Theon's transformation into Reek, instead we have Theon PoV chapters until he gets captured (and the original Reek killed). Then, a while later, we get chapters headed "Reek". It makes it very clear that Theon doesn't r...
by eSOANEM
Wed May 27, 2015 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2861
Views: 566911

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

For some reason I thought a photon had spin 0. That'll be the problem I'm having. I think I must have been being too literal with the idea of rotating a spin-1/2 particle 720 degrees to get back to its initial state, rather than 360. For some reason, I've made the erroneous link between "photo...
by eSOANEM
Tue May 26, 2015 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2096
Views: 269239

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

I'm surprised about that too. Well, we'll see how things go. Having another rape threat this episode (and more implied rapes of Sansa) is not particularly reassuring though. This. Not only was it another rape scene of quetionable necessity, it was the second one this season where th...
by eSOANEM
Sat May 23, 2015 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2861
Views: 566911

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

A photon has spin 1 so if the two electrons exchange a photon, their spins will swap (assuming parity conservation allows this which I should probably know seeing as I have an exam on this on wednesday).
by eSOANEM
Thu May 21, 2015 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2096
Views: 269239

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Rape as character development is indeed a shitty trope but, in this specific case, there's another person in the room who can get character development from the scene (making it pointful) without running into the usual problems with the trope.
by eSOANEM
Thu May 21, 2015 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2096
Views: 269239

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

From my pov, I think it would have been better had the scene ended 5 seconds earlier, when it last looked at sansa. It makes it clear what's happening without being graphic and also avoids focussing on Reek's man-pain in the way the scene we got did. Seeing as Sansa seems to be doing the Jeyne Poole...
by eSOANEM
Thu May 21, 2015 7:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1550
Views: 216885

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

Society can survive any one industry shedding jobs. The problem will only occur if all industries shed jobs near simultaneously - and society doesn't adopt more socialist policies to compensate. Yes, because socialist policies have ALWAYS fixed crappy economies... Which is totally what elasto was s...
by eSOANEM
Tue May 19, 2015 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2861
Views: 566911

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

This is how the experiment would be set up. Two glass windows, one red and one blue, are placed far away from each other (the exact distance does not matter). Adam is given a baseball bat and Ben is watching from a different reference frame. First, Adam smashes the red window; then he smashes the b...
by eSOANEM
Mon May 18, 2015 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14019
Views: 1914542

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Even if you apply for French citizenship, you won't lose your US citizenship (based on what my dad said about his US-born UK-wife friend); the US just won't recognise it. Meanwhile all the sensible countries will recognise both.
by eSOANEM
Mon May 18, 2015 10:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14019
Views: 1914542

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

She'll stay an American citizen as well presumably. The American's only make you give up the other citizenships if you become one later on. I was pretty sure the US generally don't like dual citizenship but that they don't actually really do anything to enforce it other than occasionally throwing a...
by eSOANEM
Thu May 14, 2015 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 12764

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

I'm mainly worried that we're increasingly choosing our local MPs based on party leader as opposed to the candidates' qualities. Well I'd argue that who's in number 10 is massively more important to me than who my MP is. No matter how much I like or dislike my local MP, his only real relevance to m...
by eSOANEM
Tue May 12, 2015 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Segregated Bathrooms [Thread Split]
Replies: 165
Views: 32930

Re: Segregated Bathrooms [Thread Split]

I'm all for small scale unisex single seat, single door facilities scaled in quantity as needed. But when you're looking at large scale? The presence of urinals to stalls simply moves more people faster. For places with equal ratios (Iike airports), it's the same people in less floor space, for low...
by eSOANEM
Mon May 11, 2015 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 12764

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

It looks like Farage has un-resigned; guess that means my hopes of the party collapsing like a snake with its head chopped off are gone.
by eSOANEM
Mon May 11, 2015 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2861
Views: 566911

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

The velocity addition formula's definitely the key here.

If you want to avoid that, you can solve the problem in the instantaneous rest frame of the rocket and then boost into the lab/planet/observer/otter/duck rest frame.
by eSOANEM
Sat May 09, 2015 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 12764

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

And, unsurprisingly there's been a protest (I'd been invited to half a dozen events since the exit polls were announced). As ever, people are more annoyed at the fact it was a war memorial that was graffiti'd than anything else about it. These protests annoy me though. Since we knew the Tories had a...
by eSOANEM
Sat May 09, 2015 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20862
Views: 2258812

Re: Post your boat race.

From the night of the election:

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by eSOANEM
Fri May 08, 2015 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 12764

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

Stronger party discipline is not an advantage. Whips are an inherently undemocratic power structure and the extra ease with which parties can whip their members is a big disadvantages to party-list based systems. What? You have utterly lost me there. How do you make that work? I really can't figure...
by eSOANEM
Fri May 08, 2015 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 12764

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

The SNP have so many great policies. So do Plaid. I really wish there was a good equivalent in England. Instead we have the greens and their anti-science bias. The main issue with an SNP coalition would have been that it would either have only been a majority on national issues or it would have forc...
by eSOANEM
Fri May 08, 2015 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 12764

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

For all its faults, the good old fashioned district FPTP system is the best of a set of systems each with their own trade offs - Its worked for 300 years scotseats.PNG scotvotes.PNG pie charts of the vote and seat distributions in scotland Any system which allows this sort of tyrrany of the majorit...
by eSOANEM
Fri May 08, 2015 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 12764

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

Stronger party discipline is not an advantage. Whips are an inherently undemocratic power structure and the extra ease with which parties can whip their members is a big disadvantages to party-list based systems. MMPR is also far from the only district system which makes sense. I already pointed out...
by eSOANEM
Fri May 08, 2015 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 12764

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

Local representation and the ability to choose specific candidates is an important advantage of district systems. This is particularly true in parties with quite big internal splits politically (such as the lib dems who still haven't fully assimilated since the liberal/social-democrat merger or ukip...
by eSOANEM
Fri May 08, 2015 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 12764

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

FPTP is pretty broken. We had the AV referendum several years ago (which would at least be a marginal improvement) but we voted No. It probably confused people... It wasn't that AV confused people. It was that both labour and the tories flat out lied about AV, how it would work, how much it would c...
by eSOANEM
Fri May 08, 2015 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 12764

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

No, there are plenty of district systems where the SNP would have got a more sensible proportion of the vote. STV (pretty much my favourite candidate to replace FPTP) would have get it a lot nearer the proportion of the vote. Hell, even AV might have helped because it would have pooled the pro-union...
by eSOANEM
Fri May 08, 2015 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 12764

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

And, of the seven seats left, it looks like two will be labour and the rest tory (with a tiny possibility that the lib dems might hold one of them)
by eSOANEM
Fri May 08, 2015 11:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 12764

2015 UK election & aftermath

So that happened As of posting, the tories have 325 seats which, what with sinn feinn not voting and the possibility of the SNP not wanting to press the west lothian question, is a de facto majority. Looks like we're going to get a pure tory government. If any good can come from this election it'll...
by eSOANEM
Fri May 08, 2015 11:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28315
Views: 2575898

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Yeah, we're pretty fucked. Even in a proportional system, we'd have got a right wing government. It's really depressing how succesful a job the tories have done of pinning the financial crisis on labour (despite it being a worldwide problem sparked off by problems in the US :roll: ) whilst labour se...
by eSOANEM
Wed May 06, 2015 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Universal Gravitational Constant Question
Replies: 15
Views: 2404

Re: Universal Gravitational Constant Question

I assume we're agreed that beta is a better quantity for thermodynamics than temperature (what with it explaining the negative temperature is hotter than any positive temperature thing), the issue is that then heat flows from low beta to high beta. Adding a minus sign to the boltzmann constant (or, ...
by eSOANEM
Wed May 06, 2015 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Universal Gravitational Constant Question
Replies: 15
Views: 2404

Re: Universal Gravitational Constant Question

Oh yeah, c=1 is obviously the right choice. But then, so is, c = ћ = 4πG = ε0 = -kB = 1 (my personal preference when it comes to natural units) but sadly people (even most physicists) look at me strangely when I tell them my mass is 1010.
by eSOANEM
Wed May 06, 2015 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why does light move at the speed it does?
Replies: 83
Views: 11732

Re: Why does light move at the speed it does?

Saying that moving c changes things is a bit misleading. Only dimensionless constants are meaningful when it comes to things like distinguishing between universes. This includes things like the ratio of the proton-electron masses, things like the fine structure constant or even any quantity expresse...
by eSOANEM
Wed May 06, 2015 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Universal Gravitational Constant Question
Replies: 15
Views: 2404

Re: Universal Gravitational Constant Question

It's complicated. They're certainly independent in Newton and cannot be proven not to be in SR. SR does distinguish between spacelike and timelike intervals which are separated by the lightcone but the angle of this cone (which depends solely on the speed of light) is arbitrary. Whilst geometrically...

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