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by eSOANEM
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 17975

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

The dudes in red are a pretty clear callback to the Emperors Imperial Guards who also wore red. https://i.ytimg.com/vi/3Pw0VqshbaE/hqdefault.jpg The only time we've seen the Knights of Ren, they've worn black and there've only be 7 of them (including Kylo) rather than the 8 guards Snoke has in his c...
by eSOANEM
Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 644455

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

This is a lot less weird when you realise that Thermodynamics is generally a lot nicer when you formulate it in terms of β=1/(k B T) (this does result in heat flowing from low β to high which is clearly wrong so instead of the usual normalisation scheme of setting k B =1 we ought to go for k B =-1 a...
by eSOANEM
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 17975

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

↶ I really loved Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens. I loved we have a villain who's not all-powerful and menacing, is still scary but also somewhat pathetic, it's just an entirely different characterization from what we usually see in villains, particularly Star Wars villains. I'm just not too happy wi...
by eSOANEM
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 17975

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

I've seen it twice. I really liked it and really don't understand most of the hate it seems to be getting. A lot of what I've seen seems to be baseless or apply equally to every other star wars film. ↶ 2) What little legitimacy "The Rebellion" had as a governing body was destroyed mid-ish ...
by eSOANEM
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 31813

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

I was not a partisan for Catalan independence. I am pro-dialogue but, in my view, Spain's recent behaviour has been sufficiently bad that I don't believe they're capable of having that dialogue and so now Independence is probably necessary. You ask who mandated schools teach Catalan, but that very q...
by eSOANEM
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 31813

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

↶ So the election happened and, predictably, secessionist parties won a narrow majority. Puidgemont is using this to call for proper talks with the national government (to take place on neutral ground in Brussels) but isn't forming a coalition so his claim to speak for the Catalan government's pret...
by eSOANEM
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Odd sunlight reflections off glass windows
Replies: 11
Views: 2912

Re: Odd sunlight reflections off glass windows

Yeah, that'll be a reflection off some sort of concave object. The name for an image like this is a caustic (more info at the link)
by eSOANEM
Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 31813

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

So the election happened and, predictably, secessionist parties won a narrow majority. Puidgemont is using this to call for proper talks with the national government (to take place on neutral ground in Brussels) but isn't forming a coalition so his claim to speak for the Catalan government's pretty ...
by eSOANEM
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14876
Views: 2326296

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

ObsessoMom wrote:
Just in time for the holidays, we learn that glitter is evil.


Biodegradable glitter exists; it really ought to be more common though.
by eSOANEM
Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84933

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

↶ Most four-word phrases aren't actually that common, though, and "happy as a clam" shows up as frequently as "in for a pound" in that corpus. And "in for a pound" is the second half of the full phrase and frequently dropped (I definitely hear "in for a penny"...
by eSOANEM
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238349

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Whilst we're comparing handwriting I'll write my stuff up: 24172633_10212981781051380_663656494_n.jpg I've written the stroke order for the capitals and the lower case forms are much neater here than in my usual fast writing; they're all one continual stroke apart from the x (which is two separate c...
by eSOANEM
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238349

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

↶ (Also I don't think the thing about fountain pens was about cursive...?) The system of cursive taught in US schools was developed for use with fountain pens to try and minimise blotting and the chance of breaking the nib or scratching the paper. Blotting mostly happens when the pen is lifted from...
by eSOANEM
Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe
Replies: 22
Views: 3962

Re: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe

andykhang wrote: Infinite universe mean infinite self, as it's known right?


I don't follow this logic at all and suspect that this is a major issue with your overall thinking. Could you explain what you mean more by "self" and how you think this follows?
by eSOANEM
Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238349

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

this a thing that's always confused me. The fact the US seems to make a big deal out of Writing Cursive seems to result in people using it less? Here where we're taught a less rigid system of cursive (which we tend to just refer to as "joined-up writing" making it a lot less of a big deal)...
by eSOANEM
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84933

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Relatedly, for people on the USican side of the pond, do you have an equivalent of the phrase "in for a penny, in for a pound"? It's meaning's relatively self-explanatory but just to be clear it's the idea that once you're committed you might as well go the whole hog (i.e. if you're alread...
by eSOANEM
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238349

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

wait you dot i's and cross t's at the end of the sentence? We're taught to do that at the end of each word.
by eSOANEM
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238349

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I was taught that x was one of the letters which don't connect. The "joined up writing" I was taught, isn't that similar to the cursive that seems standard in the US; as I was taught, capital letters never connect (and have their ordinary roman forms rather than the weird cursive capitals ...
by eSOANEM
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: IPA joke
Replies: 2
Views: 2108

Re: IPA joke

On fb I, and a few others, were trying to work out where the bartender's from seeing as he apparently speaks a non-rhotic variety with canadian raising. Wikipedia tells me that there are small isolated areas in southwestern New Brunswick, parts of Newfoundland, and the Lunenburg English variety spok...
by eSOANEM
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ex Machina
Replies: 26
Views: 6763

Re: Ex Machina

I just watched this film with my university's science-fiction society and the philosopher we had with us actually thought it was representing Wittgenstein's philosophy (which they referenced as the explanation for the name "blue book") pretty well. We definitely agreed that Kyoko was bieng...
by eSOANEM
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238349

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

↶ Personally, I would not clearly distinguish the two. It's similar to rho (ρ) and pee (p), but not as bad as nu (ν) and vee (v). If you look at a printed lowercase chi (χ), in many fonts it is indistinguishable from a printed lowercase ex (x). yeah, that's the main reason I've consistently been sa...
by eSOANEM
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238349

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I mean if you have an equation featuring two variables, x and chi. × is usually distinguishable from either because of context but if x and chi are both of the same type that's unlikely to be the case in an arbitrary expression.
by eSOANEM
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238349

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

↶ I was definitely taught to use an interpunct as a decimal point although started using a full stop pretty shortly afterwards (I think before secondary school). I think I've only ever been taught an interpunct for multiplcation not a full stop though, Interesting. Was there ever a point when the t...
by eSOANEM
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238349

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Even if you're multiplying literals? E.g. 3 x 4? That's pretty much the only time I use it. For scalar variables I'll almost always just concatenate and occasionally use an interpunct and, well, for non-scalar variables it's important to be more specific.
by eSOANEM
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238349

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I was definitely taught to use an interpunct as a decimal point although started using a full stop pretty shortly afterwards (I think before secondary school). I think I've only ever been taught an interpunct for multiplcation not a full stop though, With x, I don't think I've ever specifically writ...
by eSOANEM
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238349

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

It's a geordie thing and's pretty much unique to the area around Newcastle(-upon-Tyne).
by eSOANEM
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 644455

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

unrelated to the above, just a random fleeting thought:

if we started selectively breeding ballerinae, roughly how many generations would it take before they become ungulates (due to the selective pressure of dancing en pointe)?
by eSOANEM
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Steven Universe
Replies: 215
Views: 43536

Re: Steven Universe

This wait was frussssstrating because it was looooooong.

This arc was really sad although it was kinda bittersweet at the end. Idk, this season so far's all been dark and I think I'd like a little bit of a break from the darkness and plot and have some steven shenanigans. Like an onion episode
by eSOANEM
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Are Proto-Indo-European and Proto-Austro-Nesian related?
Replies: 6
Views: 3060

Re: Are Proto-Indo-European and Proto-Austro-Nesian related?

↶ Well, you should keep in mind that, for example, English tooth and German Zahn are cognates, even though, on the surface analysis, only the first phoneme appears to correspond. Sure, but we can tell they're still cognate on the basis of a much larger number of good correspondences. If you're basi...
by eSOANEM
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 81
Views: 11863

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

Just watched the latest episode and I'm so excited that they're doing old-school style episodes. It was super fun and I absolutely loved it.
by eSOANEM
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 31813

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

↶ This is not true at all. Article 1 starts purposes and Article 2 states the principles by which said purposes can be achieved. "The Organisation and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles." (emphasis mine). That...
by eSOANEM
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 31813

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

↶ The UN charter is unambiguous. Any other resolutions are contrary to said charter and ought to be disregarded. Unambiguous? It doesnt define peoples OR self-determination. Did you read the article I posted? Self-determination does not equal breaking up a country or even having your own state and ...
by eSOANEM
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90035
Views: 7949428

Re: Thoughts for ships

↶ I was reflecting yesterday that we are in a weird in-between stage for daylight savings. A couple decades ago nothing in a typical home automatically adjusted for daylight savings, so everyone knew they had to change everything, which was fine. A couple of decades from now everything in a typical...
by eSOANEM
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is meditation just relaxation?
Replies: 15
Views: 2436

Re: Is meditation just relaxation?

One problem is that it's quite hard to set up a proper double-blind trial to test its efficacy. Even if it is just relaxation though, it seems to be effective at relaxing people and there are certainly some benefits of meditation (although those may just be due to the relaxation, or a placebo effect...
by eSOANEM
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 238349

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I have /ˈvɪə.kəl/ in normal speech, but in slow, careful speech I have /ˈviː.ɪ.kəl (so two syllables normally, three in slow, careful speech). For tambourine I usually have three syllables /ˌtæm.bəˈɹiːn/ but in very rapid speech have two syllables /tæmˈbɹiːn/. So in both cases I have two syllables i...
by eSOANEM
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Are Proto-Indo-European and Proto-Austro-Nesian related?
Replies: 6
Views: 3060

Re: Are Proto-Indo-European and Proto-Austro-Nesian related?

*skend (skin)-*qanic (skin) *stembh (to walk)-*qaqay (foot) *smew (smoke)-*qabu (ash) all seem very weak to me. The first shows no evidence of the PIE k in the PAN and the only similarity in the second is the initial s/q, none of the others seem to correspond. The third of them would probably need a...
by eSOANEM
Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 31813

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

The UN charter is unambiguous. Any other resolutions are contrary to said charter and ought to be disregarded. This is all assuming everyone was primarily interested in maintaining a consistent set of actions and principles under the law rather than the hypocritical real politik that's going on here...
by eSOANEM
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 31813

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

The right of a state to territorial integrity is to prevent outside entities fermenting secessionist movements or imposing new borders, it has nothing to do with the recognition of a pre-existing movement's right to self-determination. All Members shall refrain in their international relations from ...
by eSOANEM
Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 31813

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

↶ 70-10 but with 53 abstentions due to boycott really doesn't feel like a sufficient majority for such a decision IMO. I'm not sure what the threshold SHOULD be for seceding from a country but the whole 50%+1 doesn't feel right for it to me. Supermajorities don't really solve the problem though. It...
by eSOANEM
Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 31813

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Double posting because big new news . The Catalan parliament has declared independence 70-10 (with 55 abstentions; the opposition boycotted the vote). The Spanish PM has said direct rule's needed to return "law, democracy and stability" to Catalunya and the senate have approved direct rule...
by eSOANEM
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Strangererest Things
Replies: 43
Views: 9069

Re: Strangererest Things

I tend to use "season" rather than "series" because in the context of franchise shows "series" can be ambiguous (cf. TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT, DiscoTrek are all series and all but one have more than one season)

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