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by tesseraktik
Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Expanding my vocabulary in another language
Replies: 22
Views: 3830

Re: Expanding my vocabulary...

Interesting; I was just reading about the birth of Modern Hebrew in In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent. GOOMHTM! ;)

RabbitWho: Sounds like what you're describing would be classified as creating mnemonics, but I'm not sure.
by tesseraktik
Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Expanding my vocabulary in another language
Replies: 22
Views: 3830

Re: Expanding my vocabulary...

The Milkman wrote:Past a year.

I could, however.
Well, then: Just because there wasn't enough interest in the thread a year ago doesn't mean that there isn't now. In the power vested in me by me, I hereby give you my blessing to necro that thread!
by tesseraktik
Sat Jul 24, 2010 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Expanding my vocabulary in another language
Replies: 22
Views: 3830

Re: Expanding my vocabulary...

The Milkman wrote:The thread is defunct, which is upsetting.

But I suppose some reading would do me some good.
For how long has it been dead? If it's been a while, you might consider necro:ing it.
by tesseraktik
Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Expanding my vocabulary in another language
Replies: 22
Views: 3830

Re: Expanding my vocabulary...

As vocabulary expansion is largely a matter of memorization and subsequent automation, I'm thinking it's a textbook example of the whole "different people learn in different ways" paradigm*. My only recommendation is: Use the language every day! Read, write, listen and speak; that's how yo...
by tesseraktik
Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The word "condone" seems like it should mean the opposite...
Replies: 21
Views: 4902

Re: The word "condone" seems like it should mean the opposit

Interestingly, my first con notation - when con sidering the syllable "con" - was con trary to yours; I thought of the Spanish word "con" ("with"), and English words such as "convention", "connect" and "conference... ...but then, there were also...
by tesseraktik
Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: .e'o ko tavla fo la lojban (Lojban Practice)
Replies: 17
Views: 6798

Re: .e'o ko tavla fo la lojban (Lojban Practice)

.ui.o'a le pare'u mu'e finti pa notco'u noi krefu ke'a ku'o fo loi mi jufra
Happy and proud! The first event of somebody using a subset of my sentences to create a recurring message-ending!

(Very uncertain about this sentence, but what the heck :P)
by tesseraktik
Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: .e'o ko tavla fo la lojban (Lojban Practice)
Replies: 17
Views: 6798

Re: .e'o ko tavla fo la lojban (Lojban Practice)

Same thing I typed earlier, why? Ah, alright; the problem is easily resolved, in that case: Your text has two bridi, but you do not mark where the first ends and the second begins. Try inserting an .i sentence connector between them (this cmavo bascially conveys "The past bridi is over. The ne...
by tesseraktik
Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I'm going to be a Physics Major...
Replies: 18
Views: 3931

Re: I'm going to be a Physics Major...

Attend all colloquia and seminars in your department. You will understand the first 5% of the talk. That is to be expected. They are still important, Indeed; even if you don't understand everything immediately, come exams you'll be happy to have at least seen everything that you need to cram and ha...
by tesseraktik
Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: .e'o ko tavla fo la lojban (Lojban Practice)
Replies: 17
Views: 6798

Re: .e'o ko tavla fo la lojban (Lojban Practice)

vaguelyhumanoid wrote:It keeps giving me "syntax error"...
What are you submitting?
by tesseraktik
Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finding work done by variable force - line integral
Replies: 9
Views: 1614

Re: Finding work done by variable force - line integral

Would the solution be to triple-integrate the force vector? Nah, what you want to do is take the dot product of the force and the curve's tangent at every point: \int_{C}\bar{F}(\bar{r})\cdot d\bar{r} Then, once you've parametrized the curve using a function \bar{r}(t) , you can wri...
by tesseraktik
Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Paul the Octopus
Replies: 34
Views: 3878

Re: Paul the Octopus

I still blame him for Germany's defeat, he didn't predict the outcome of the match, he managed to directly influence it with his wily octopus ways (I'm allowed to be superstitious when it comes to soccer). Nothing is true. Your superstitions are permitted. Remember: The world is an illusion; one th...
by tesseraktik
Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Usages of calculus.
Replies: 16
Views: 1981

Re: Usages of calculus.

If I understand you correctly, your question is, in some sense, "Do many mathematicians use calculus to prove things, or is it mostly used by engineers to calculate things?" Well, using knowledge of derivatives and integrals, you can divide functions into various classes (for instance, L 2...
by tesseraktik
Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: .e'o ko tavla fo la lojban (Lojban Practice)
Replies: 17
Views: 6798

Re: .e'o ko tavla fo la lojban (Lojban Practice)

Quite good, but there are some errors. I believe what you're saying here is actually more like: pezlis. zdanis. is a to-me-frightening book-house inhabited by daniyleskis. . pezlis. zdanis. is a to-me-enjoyably-frightening good-type-of-book. I'd suggest something more like: la pezlis. zdanis. cukta ...
by tesseraktik
Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: .e'o ko tavla fo la lojban (Lojban Practice)
Replies: 17
Views: 6798

Re: .e'o ko tavla fo la lojban (Lojban Practice)

.ui coi le mlure'a noi la VEIgli'IUmenoid. cmene ke'a ku'o If I'm right, this means "Happy greetings, the apparent human whose name is vaguelyhumanoid."... ...but I haven't used relative clauses much, so I might be wrong :P Hmm, what would a tiger pit be called in Lojban, anyway? le tirxy...
by tesseraktik
Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Paul the Octopus
Replies: 34
Views: 3878

Re: Paul the Octopus

I don't really understand this "He prefers red flags!"-argument. I mean, granted, it's a different explanation than "He's a psychic octopus; d'uh!", but how could such a preference have increased Paul's success rate? Surely, if having a red flag increased your national soccer/fo...
by tesseraktik
Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Paul the Octopus
Replies: 34
Views: 3878

Re: Paul the Octopus

I don't really understand this "He prefers red flags!"-argument. I mean, granted, it's a different explanation than "He's a psychic octopus; d'uh!", but how could such a preference have increased Paul's success rate? Surely, if having a red flag increased your national soccer/foo...
by tesseraktik
Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 40024

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

I also have a question to make: in the previous comic, xkcd supporters argued that the attack against anthropologists was Just A Joke, shouldn't be taken at face value, and anyone who got offended was Clearly Wrong and missed the joke. In THIS comic, is the attack against homeopaths also Just A Jok...
by tesseraktik
Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help with near-lightspeed travel
Replies: 21
Views: 2371

Re: Help with near-lightspeed travel

->What would happen to all the relative timelines? How much time will have passed when the second ship gets there? If both ships travel along the same route at the same speed, both will age roughly equally much, even if the journeys are separated in time (assuming the stars aren't moving very rapid...
by tesseraktik
Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 40024

Re: "Dilution" discussion

According to the Wikipedia page on homeopathy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy), homeopaths often use what they call a 30C dilution which by their terminology would also be a 60X dilution, which is really a 1 part in 10 60 dilution, which in biochem would be 10 60 X. Obviously this is never...
by tesseraktik
Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 40024

Re: "Dilution" discussion

I guess this will end up as the official page since it has the correct title, so here it goes again: Hold on, since homeopaths believe that the dilution cures the same symptoms that the concentration causes, wouldn't they use dilute semen as a means of terminating pregnancy? Indeed, I think you'd d...
by tesseraktik
Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 60823

Re: "One Two" Discussion

Hey, I used cardinal counting words just last week; get out of my head, Randall! On a more serious note, I'm currently reading Lately I've been reading a book called Räknekonstens kulturhistoria ( From One to Zero: A Universal History of Numbers in English, or Histoire Universelle des Chiffres in th...
by tesseraktik
Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Comic physics problem
Replies: 4
Views: 892

Re: Comic physics problem

You could do the bulk of the caluclations in an inertial system where the origin is at rest, in an inertial system where the train is at rest, or in a system centered at the sphere's center and rotating with angular velocity ω about the y-axis. You could use fictitious forces or a helluvalotta rotat...
by tesseraktik
Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: .e'o ko tavla fo la lojban (Lojban Practice)
Replies: 17
Views: 6798

Re: .e'o ko tavla fo la lojban (Lojban Practice)

.ui coi .kat. .i .ui coi .arpis .i .ui coi la stela selckiku .i mi'e la felix (happy greetings Kat and happy greetings Arpis and happy greetings the one who is called key lock-opened, I am the one called Felix) ni'o mi nelci le zu'o mi cilre fi la lojban .i ku'i mi puzi ze'u na rapyzukmo'i le zu'o ...
by tesseraktik
Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the best constructed language?
Replies: 75
Views: 17182

Re: What is the best constructed language?

If you're worried about only having phonemes that everyone will be comfortable with on the basis of their native language, you're probably going to end up with something like this: vowels: /a/, /i/, /u/ consonants: /p/, /t/, /k/, /s/, /m/, /n/, /j/, /w/ and /r/. So Lojban is way off anyway... :P In...
by tesseraktik
Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the best constructed language?
Replies: 75
Views: 17182

Re: What is the best constructed language?

my personal opinion is that the most flourishing revision of the language that can be made (though i've studied it only a little bit and it was a few years ago) would be to replace completely the lojban word-base with 1. the english word-base, 2. the subset of the english word base that could be us...
by tesseraktik
Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is it just me, or does the average guy really suck at math?
Replies: 57
Views: 6656

Re: Is it just me, or does the average guy really suck at ma

I see somebody went ahead and referenced this thread on Cube_(film)#Mathematics . Given the fact that adding xkcd strips as pop culture references on Wikipedia often leads to heated arguments, I'm guessing this won't be entirely uncontroversial. My guess at what happened here "Hey mister math p...
by tesseraktik
Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0762: "Analogies"
Replies: 144
Views: 21942

Re: "Analogies" Discussion

Long time reader, first time poster. This may be a UK (where I am) vs US thing, but I registered to say: EUPHEMISM , people, not metaphor. Surely the response should have been "Is 'sandwich' a euphemism ?"...? Or is it just me that does that (a lot (GOOMH, Randall, etc))? :?: Surely, this...
by tesseraktik
Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time stopping
Replies: 32
Views: 2604

Re: Time stopping

If you were to stop time except for yourself, you would quickly die. the atmosphere would freeze in place around you, for one. It would also make the temperature of everything absolute zero (no movement = no heat). You wouldn't be able to see, either. Wait a minute. If everything went down to absol...
by tesseraktik
Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0762: "Analogies"
Replies: 144
Views: 21942

Re: "Analogies" Discussion

and why is the girl making the sandwich? knock it off with the sexism. It's clearly an allegory for our modern-day, partiarchical, sandwich-obsessed society. Interestingly, assuming such to be the case, any metaphors made about the events described in this comics would in fact be 'pataphors for sai...
by tesseraktik
Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0021: "Kepler"
Replies: 7
Views: 4262

Re: "Kepler" Discussion (#21)

Y'know, I don't think I got that the first time I read it, but that was before I took my first course in classical mechanics. Now...

...I'm misty-eyed!
by tesseraktik
Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sexy Accents?
Replies: 121
Views: 17669

Re: Sexy Accents?

Most accents can be sexy in the right voice, and terribly unsexy with the wrong voice. Quoted for ultimate truth. Statistically speaking, however, I find that I often find anglophones' accents quite pleasant... ...although only when speaking English, so that probably has something to do with it. In...
by tesseraktik
Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0760: "Moria"
Replies: 113
Views: 20737

Re: "Moria" Discussion

Then I realized that this was a joke about the short stature of Dwarves, and then tyurnya uryanë *. Wait, you mean that only a really, really short person would be able to get stuck in a hole? I thought that was true to anyone, provided the hole is deep enough. True, but pointing out that short peo...
by tesseraktik
Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0760: "Moria"
Replies: 113
Views: 20737

Re: "Moria" Discussion

At first, I was kind of like "Meh". I asked myself if this could be a Dwarf Fortress reference, but decided that if it was it wasn't a very funny one, so I was still kidn of like "Meh". Then I realized that this was a joke about the short stature of Dwarves, and then tyurnya urya...
by tesseraktik
Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo
Replies: 129
Views: 24928

Re: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo

Gotta mention penguin diagrams! Feynman came up with a graphical representation of the terms in the perturbation expansion, and his diagrammatic method allowed calculations to be performed relatively easily. To this day, all students of quantum field theory begin to study the subject by learning how...
by tesseraktik
Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the best constructed language?
Replies: 75
Views: 17182

Re: What is the best constructed language?

As I said, I don't really know how Lojban compares to Loglan. But when I was learning Loglan grammar, I often thought "Gee, that's a neat idea, but the implementation could be improved". I suspect that fluent Loglanists could come up with a much improved version. Languages need to be used...
by tesseraktik
Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the best constructed language?
Replies: 75
Views: 17182

Re: What is the best constructed language?

oh, i get it. it sounds like lojban doesn't detract from anything but it some strange way its paradigm makes you think, if not more logically then at least from another perspective, which is great - now i definitely want to try it out more. Precisely, and the great thing is that it's different enou...
by tesseraktik
Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the best constructed language?
Replies: 75
Views: 17182

Re: What is the best constructed language?

Lojban is interesting to me because of its strict formalization/formulation - in a sense words -are- like computer instructions with variable numbers of arguments, this formalization seems to both powerful (because of its addressing this quality directly and instating order in this respect) and lim...
by tesseraktik
Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the best constructed language?
Replies: 75
Views: 17182

Re: What is the best constructed language?

Lojban gets high points in my book; it's easy to learn, fun to play around with, and different enough from the natural languages I've studied to provide an interesting challenge.  I find it conducive to the process of exploring ideas and concepts in one's mind. Klingon is the constructed language in...
by tesseraktik
Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Varsågoda och ... tala svenska! [Swedish Practice]
Replies: 41
Views: 12215

Re: Varsågoda och ... tala svenska! [Swedish Practice]

P.S. Ursäkta att min svenska är så hemskt dålig. Din svenska är inte alls hemskt dålig; några småfel finns väl att hitta ("Jag har alltid tyckte mer av" borde exempelvis ändras till "Jag har alltid tyckt mer/bättre om"), men på det stora hela är ditt inlägg mycket välskrivet :) ...
by tesseraktik
Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Old Turkic: 99=900?
Replies: 0
Views: 654

Old Turkic: 99=900?

Hello, everybody! Kind of math:y question, here, but I still think it belongs here, as ut has to do with the presentation of numbers rather than the manipulation thereof. I'm currently reading Räknekonstens kulturhistoria (Swedish translation of Histoire universelle des chiffres , or The Universal H...

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