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by eSOANEM
Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4962
Views: 686984

Re: Doctor Who

Reminder: River Song still has a Time Agent's vortex manipulator. She can teleport and/or time-travel even without the TARDIS. Does that work inside the TARDIS? Or might it's timey-wimey stop that. I don't know, it could be her way out, but if it could get her out, I'd have thought ...
by eSOANEM
Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4962
Views: 686984

Re: Doctor Who

River is still alive and has the TARDIS, even if it's not working as intended at the moment so any fight back will start there I think. Because of the River storyline we know that she's a constant and more or less "can't die" as we've already seen bits of her future after ...
by eSOANEM
Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Orient/Occident
Replies: 7
Views: 2354

Re: Orient/Occident

"Oriental" to refer to Asians is thought of as (mildly 1 ) racist, 1 Levels of offense may vary. Please use caution in bars full of drunken Indonesian bodybuilders. I think that would be less so here in the UK where Asian is used to refer to people who are ethnically from the Indian Subco...
by eSOANEM
Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4962
Views: 686984

Re: Doctor Who

River is still alive and has the TARDIS, even if it's not working as intended at the moment so any fight back will start there I think. Because of the River storyline we know that she's a constant and more or less "can't die" as we've already seen bits of her future after ...
by eSOANEM
Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Coolest Asian writing system
Replies: 64
Views: 19617

Re: Coolest Asian writing system

Logomachist wrote:
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/hanunoo.htm wrote:Hanunóo is traditionally written with the point of a knife on bamboo in vertical columns from bottom to top and left to right. Though it is usually read from left to right in horizontal lines.


???


New bold should explain.
by eSOANEM
Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Orient/Occident
Replies: 7
Views: 2354

Re: Orient/Occident

It sounds odd. And seems a little obscure and outdated. Besides which, I think the Orient refers more specifically to East Asia in BrE, rather than the more general 'East', so you could be misunderstood. And, yeah, before now I'd never even heard of the West refereed to as the Occident. EDIT: I wou...
by eSOANEM
Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4962
Views: 686984

Re: Doctor Who

Various Varieties wrote:
Spoiler:
You know, I think I had that Romans book from Amy's bedside table when I was a kid! Or one with a very similar cover, at least.


Spoiler:
I thought that too, can't find it now though.
by eSOANEM
Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4962
Views: 686984

Re: Doctor Who

I guessed it would be a future version of the Doctor because the description of what was inside fitted so perfectly, but I was expecting something to come out of the pandorica rather than him going into it. It was also kind of epic to see Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, and various other baddies formi...
by eSOANEM
Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4962
Views: 686984

Re: Doctor Who

After following a link by the first commenter on a post about STEPHEN FRY BLASTING DOCTOR WHO AS "INFANTILE"! , I came across this "Flesh and Stone" "review" . The article might have the title of a Doctor Who episode, but it doesn't actually say anything much about sai...
by eSOANEM
Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8651
Views: 1638590

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Working fine in Chrome running on XP
by eSOANEM
Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What would be the properties of an ideal language?
Replies: 8
Views: 1801

Re: What would be the properties of an ideal language?

It depends on what you mean by "an ideal language". Somebody decided there ideal language would count each letter in the IPA as a different word so that each "word" in their language would be a sentence, now that would allow for very fast communication, but is useless in the rea...
by eSOANEM
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo
Replies: 129
Views: 27424

Re: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo

Of course not, that would be absurd. :P
by eSOANEM
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 437589

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

True, but I dislike math because I grew up only hearing maths (although so did you). Anyway, the discussion as to why belongs in the math vs maths thread, not here.
by eSOANEM
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 187759

Re: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)

Thing is, Summer Glau appears to carry that level of badassery over to every role she plays. In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles , she plays what appears to be a cute, somewhat awkward girl who is really a cyborg from the future with a metal endoskeleton, who could poke a hole through your s...
by eSOANEM
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo
Replies: 129
Views: 27424

Re: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo

nash1429 wrote:When Harvard astronomers first discovered pulsars they made LGM (little green men) part of their designation because they mistook the radiation as a signal from aliens.


Pulsars were discovered at Cambridge. Linky
by eSOANEM
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 437589

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Annoying word: Math :P (just want to make sure both sides are represented)
by eSOANEM
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What would be the properties of an ideal language?
Replies: 8
Views: 1801

Re: What would be the properties of an ideal language?

It depends on what you mean by "an ideal language". Somebody decided there ideal language would count each letter in the IPA as a different word so that each "word" in their language would be a sentence, now that would allow for very fast communication, but is useless in the real...
by eSOANEM
Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8651
Views: 1638590

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Box Boy wrote:
eSOANEM wrote:But then it's normally known as Eurasia but Kennedy talks about Asia which would exclude Europe.

We've always been allies with Eurasia.


:P
by eSOANEM
Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8651
Views: 1638590

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

TheChewanater wrote:
e^iπ+1=0 wrote:So all of Europe is now somehow part of the whole southern half of the globe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and/or the Middle East?

britannica.com wrote:Europe and Asia are sometimes considered a single continent


But then it's normally known as Eurasia but Kennedy talks about Asia which would exclude Europe.
by eSOANEM
Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Accents and style in written English: naive vs. naïve
Replies: 42
Views: 12265

Re: Accents and style in written English: naive vs. naïve

I agree with this, I think is because (certainly in my accent) the second is pronounced like the French é whilst the first isn't and so (provided you know how to pronounce an é) it is hard to remember that the first e should have one too. I contest that because we do not prounounce it like the é in...
by eSOANEM
Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Weird Effect on Google Maps
Replies: 40
Views: 5111

Re: Weird Effect on Google Maps

Also, the satellite taking the photo could have been travelling in a different direction to the missile as the plane. Or maybe this satellite uses a different camera, or has three cameras or something. erm... surely if the satellite was travelling at a fast speed relative to a missile then you'd ge...
by eSOANEM
Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 326684

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Monika wrote:
eSOANEM wrote:I'm British and I rarely here "given name" although I wouldn't think it odd.

What do you say? First name? Christian name?


Either, usually just "name" but if specified probably "first name".
by eSOANEM
Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 326684

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

I think changing from "given name(s)" (British English) to "first name" and "middle name" (American English) was a cunning ploy to limit imigrants from countries with typically four (or three or five+) given names to two. I'm British and I rarely here "given name&...
by eSOANEM
Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4962
Views: 686984

Re: Doctor Who

how come the Doctor still has Rory's ring? I'm not sure but it could have something to do with the either the Doctor being a time traveller (which allowed him to remember the clerics who got sucked into the crack), Rory being a time traveller or the ring not falling in (or a com...
by eSOANEM
Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Weird Effect on Google Maps
Replies: 40
Views: 5111

Re: Weird Effect on Google Maps

Also, the satellite taking the photo could have been travelling in a different direction to the missile as the plane.

Or maybe this satellite uses a different camera, or has three cameras or something.
by eSOANEM
Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Weird Effect on Google Maps
Replies: 40
Views: 5111

Re: Weird Effect on Google Maps

Ok, so the first theory was broadly correct, just incomplete?

This all makes good sense then although I'm going to need to try and find another few planes flying at close to their cruising speed (i.e. far from an airport) and see if they also have a similar effect.
by eSOANEM
Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Weird Effect on Google Maps
Replies: 40
Views: 5111

Re: Weird Effect on Google Maps

I think a combination of your first 2 theories is the right one. The imagery probably came from a satellite and most commercial earth observation satellites take images in multible 'bands' (R, G, B and several IR). As to why imagery is taken in IR: the IR radiation from vegetation can tell a lot ab...
by eSOANEM
Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Weird Effect on Google Maps
Replies: 40
Views: 5111

Weird Effect on Google Maps

One of my friends found this on hacker news and we've been discussing on wave possible reasons for this effect but were wondering if you guys could come up with better ones. Basically (if you don't want to click the link), there's a plane that's got four images in a row instead of the one you'd expe...
by eSOANEM
Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4962
Views: 686984

Re: Doctor Who

One of the funniest episodes in ages, I loved it. Did anyone notice Van Gogh on the fridge though? Also, there's a disagreement in our house as to whether Amy finding the one ring reminded her of Rory or made her think that the Doctor wants to propose. By the way, is there any Who poison that&#...
by eSOANEM
Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 326684

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

On the subject of initials, I know a Toby Oliver Mann, so close.
by eSOANEM
Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Accents and style in written English: naive vs. naïve
Replies: 42
Views: 12265

Re: Accents and style in written English: naive vs. naïve

I think "résumé" is another word where English speakers might be tempted to use a half-Gallicism: our intuition might tell us that the second e warrants an accent while the first one doesn't. I agree with this, I think is because (certainly in my accent) the second is pronounced like the ...
by eSOANEM
Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Accents and style in written English: naive vs. naïve
Replies: 42
Views: 12265

Re: Accents and style in written English: naive vs. naïve

In the early twentieth century, texts would often use a non-italic "rôle". In my experience, the Shakespearean usage is more often spelled -èd, with a grave accent. Other than the tragedies and some bad overacting, I don't find community theater English accents particularly grave. And lot...
by eSOANEM
Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Accents and style in written English: naive vs. naïve
Replies: 42
Views: 12265

Re: Accents and style in written English: naive vs. naïve

Use betrothed and get around the fiance(e/é) issue. To my ears that sounds a bit pompous and archaic, and this from a person who uses the word "methinks" and "thee" in everyday speech, which is strange because in general the words from French are considered more pompous than the...
by eSOANEM
Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pseudo math
Replies: 21
Views: 2562

Re: Pseudo math

Ok, I misunderstood then.
by eSOANEM
Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your Eye
Replies: 318
Views: 43320

Re: Post your Eye

I would do this but my camera's too low quality and keeps focussing on my eyelashes not iris even on macro and super macro. Grrr...
by eSOANEM
Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pseudo math
Replies: 21
Views: 2562

Re: Pseudo math

Your post seems to interpret the OED as saying the Nahuatl etymology is the folk one whereas it's saying that the Spanish one is the folk etymology.

goofy wrote:According to the OED, it's also avocado - perhaps an earlier spelling.


Not any more although, as an earlier spelling that's perfectly possible.
by eSOANEM
Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pseudo math
Replies: 21
Views: 2562

Re: Pseudo math

Velifer wrote:"popular etymology" quoted in Goofy's post directly above yours is the OED editors' polite way of saying "bullshit."


Yes, I was just providing a specific source proving that.
by eSOANEM
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 368172

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

Various chemistry teachers have made interesting analogies... So you have a swimming pool, and Cu 2+ is swimming around, nice and slowly. But suddenly Na comes along and wants a swim. And Cu 2+ is scared of Na, because Na is a faster swimmer. So Na jumps in and starts swimming around. And Cu 2+ is ...
by eSOANEM
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pseudo math
Replies: 21
Views: 2562

Re: Pseudo math

avocado and avocat are not false cognates, they are related words. What? Spanish avocado "lawyer". The Spanish for lawyer is abo g ado, still close to advocado. Also, according to wikipedia, avocado is from the Nahuatl and the reason that the spanish use abogado to refer to avocados as we...
by eSOANEM
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Accents and style in written English: naive vs. naïve
Replies: 42
Views: 12265

Re: Accents and style in written English: naive vs. naïve

Use betrothed and get around the fiance(e/é) issue. To my ears that sounds a bit pompous and archaic, and this from a person who uses the word "methinks" and "thee" in everyday speech, which is strange because in general the words from French are considered more pompous than the...

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