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by tesseraktik
Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: tlhIngan Hol yIjatlh! (Klingon Practise)
Replies: 45
Views: 20276

Re: tlhIngan Hol yIjatlh! (Klingon Practise)

Lawrence M. Schoen, the founder of the Klingon Language Institute, has started a new podcast. Its purpose: To teach you Klingon in just five minutes a day! Click here to listen in! - - - - - - - jabbI'ID tlhegh chu''e' chenmoHtaH tlhIngan Hol yejHaD chenmoHwI'. ngoQDaj, tlhIngan Hol DaghojmeH qaStaH...
by tesseraktik
Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 40725

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

Interesting; I thought I was in for a moderately amusing strip of too much text that I - not being an audiophile - wouldn't really understand much of...

...but then it all culminated in a punchline that even I can understand; good show!
by tesseraktik
Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: attributive phrases in the English language
Replies: 7
Views: 4893

Re: attributive phrases in the English language

I've seen that order before, but I have no idea what the source is, so I won't say that "many linguists" say that such is the case. This site has some good info and cites fancy British people: http://www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish-central-grammar-adjective-order.htm Here is what some ...
by tesseraktik
Sun Dec 26, 2010 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0838 : "Incident"
Replies: 59
Views: 13736

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

I've long wondered about that, as well. We used to have a computer at our chapter hall with an operating system that only one person understood (and the name of which I can't even find, anymore). We once wanted to show moon landing footage on a projector, but we had no media players capable of playi...
by tesseraktik
Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0834: "Wikileaks"
Replies: 102
Views: 45370

Re: 0834: "Wikileaks"

Sytri wrote:Did anyone read the speech from Anonymous in the voice of the borg?
Yes.
Sytri wrote:I'll be leaving now
DISTANCE IS FUTILE.
by tesseraktik
Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: people who pronounce pronunciation pronounciation
Replies: 13
Views: 2710

Re: people who pronounce pronunciation pronounciation

Actually, I've been writing "pronounciation" since I first started learning English, and only recently (maybe about a year ago) discovered that it's spelt "pronunciation". My guess is that this is because people pronounced it that way in the part of the U.S. where I used live (We...
by tesseraktik
Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pronouncing "Cthulhu"
Replies: 22
Views: 4287

Re: Pronouncing "Cthulhu"

I sometimes use a voiceless alveolar lateral fricative /ɬ/ instead of /l/, though; /kʔtʰuːɬu/ Are you Welsh? How can you just nonchalantly mention that you use one of the hardest phones I've ever found (other than implosives) to pronounce Cthulhu? haha ghobe'. 'ach tlhIngan Hol vIjatlh. {No, but I ...
by tesseraktik
Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pronouncing "Cthulhu"
Replies: 22
Views: 4287

Re: Pronouncing "Cthulhu"

I tend to pronounce it something like /kʔtʰuːlu/; a k -sound, a quick glottal stop, an aspirated t -sound, ú-lu . I sometimes use a voiceless alveolar lateral fricative /ɬ/ instead of /l/, though; /kʔtʰuːɬu/ Recently, though, I've been hearing a lot of "ke-thoo-loo", and it's somewhat cont...
by tesseraktik
Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Do you use the term "Ginger"?
Replies: 65
Views: 17750

Re: Do you use the term "Ginger"?

Well, English isn't my native language, so perhaps it's not surprising that I didn't know about this term until I heard it on South Park . We just call red-haired people rödhåriga , here, although since that South Park episode aired I've heard the term be used once or twice in jest. Back when I was ...
by tesseraktik
Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Ni Parolas Esperante (Esperanto practice)
Replies: 140
Views: 61966

Re: Ni Parolas Esperante (Esperanto practice)

[korektoj] Dankon por pro viaj korektoj :D Nu jes, vi pravas pri elfa akĉento, sed mi pensas, ke pli da homoj komprenos vin, se vi dirus 'finna akĉento'. Tio kredeble estas vera. Ktp signifas kaj tiel plu, uzata kiel etc. Dankon. Ceteraĵo: Ĉu iu ĉi tie jam vidis conlang? Mi konscias tion, sed mi an...
by tesseraktik
Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0828: "Positive Attitude"
Replies: 92
Views: 17548

Re: 0828: "Positive Attitude"

Finally, someone who understands that attitudes are meaningless. Nothing can be achieved by a positive or negative attitude, and they don't change situations. If you're going to be sick, you're going to be sick. Your attitude will make no difference in the recovery. Actually, I think it has been sh...
by tesseraktik
Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Ni Parolas Esperante (Esperanto practice)
Replies: 140
Views: 61966

Re: Ni Parolas Esperante (Esperanto practice)

[korektoj] Dankon por viaj korektoj :) Kio estas elfa akĉento? Tiu. Kaj tiu . Iel similas finnan akĉenton. Mi ankaŭ parolas loĵbanon kun simila akĉento. Kiam mi unue parolis Esperanton, tiam homoj diris, ke mi havas slovakan akĉenton (strange, ĉar mi tute ne parolas tiun lingvon). Poste ŝajne mia a...
by tesseraktik
Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Ni Parolas Esperante (Esperanto practice)
Replies: 140
Views: 61966

Re: Ni Parolas Esperante (Esperanto practice)

Jes, mi parolas esperanton tre malbone ;) Mi legis la svedan libron "ek! - självinstruerande lärobok i esperanto"*. La tiu libro estis tre helpema. La leganto uzas la lingvon kontinue por lerni. [*Is this a correct way to say "I've read the Swedish book 'ek!'"? Do I need an - on ...
by tesseraktik
Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: .e'o ko tavla fo la lojban (Lojban Practice)
Replies: 17
Views: 6798

Re: Lobjan

Has anyone here been trying to learn it, possibly become fluent in it? It looks relatively easy to pick up, but I'm not very good at learning languages from documentation and youtube videos. How would you practise it, considering it's rare that you'll be able to converse to anyone in Lobjan in your...
by tesseraktik
Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0825: "Guest Week: Jeffrey Rowland (Overcompensating)"
Replies: 51
Views: 11117

Re: 0825: "Guest Week: Jeffrey Rowland (Overcompensating)"

[...] The cleverness is in the subversion of expectations (ie the punchline, or the heart of the joke itself), not the setup. Articulating a complex and intelligent defense of the dark-matter-as-consciousness idea would draw attention away from what the punchline is supposed to be. Because frankly,...
by tesseraktik
Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0823: "Guest Week: David Troupes (Buttercup Festival)"
Replies: 26
Views: 13139

Re: 0823: "Guest Week: David Troupes (Buttercup Festival)"

I know this is terribly obtuse and/or hypercritical of me, but oh well. The art is perfect, spot-on Randall-style....except the girl's hair. The girl's hair is terrible. Abso-freaking-lutely terrible. EDIT: Holy crap! Not only is it terrible, but it looks just like my most unpleasant ex's hair. I j...
by tesseraktik
Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0818: "Illness"
Replies: 116
Views: 30314

Re: 0818: "Illness"

I swear I'm not sticking to cynicism here, but is it really necessary for Randall to insist in sticking to a strict schedule in a time like this? Wouldn't it be better for him to just loosen it up and only post things he feel are worth posting? Is there such a great number of rabid fans that would ...
by tesseraktik
Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0818: "Illness"
Replies: 116
Views: 30314

Re: 0818: "Illness"

I won't try to act all personal and intimate, because I don't know you, I don't know your family and trying to be "comforting" would creep me out. Just don't let that webcomic become bigger than you. I can kind of relate to this; I have a hard time generating personal goodwill towards peo...
by tesseraktik
Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 23656

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

First saw this comic on my iPhone, so I couldn't see the alt-text. Came here to write something like "What, no mention of the fact that in a lightlike observer's frame of reference, all distances along its own timeline are zero? Get into my head, Randall!", y'know, for the lulz and what-no...
by tesseraktik
Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Algorithm for producing random paragraphs
Replies: 2
Views: 1140

Re: Algorithm for producing random paragraphs

There may be more than one type, but if it uses a Markov process, I suppose it would be a Markov text generator.
by tesseraktik
Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 'for good'
Replies: 8
Views: 1493

Re: 'for good'

Swedish, too, has this expression: för gott
by tesseraktik
Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 30295

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

I'M GOD AND I DON'T EXIST. Now, you prove me wrong. Extra points for doing it without becoming a blasphemer by going against the word of God (ie me).  :P Just going to prove the 2nd part wrong. Non-existent entities cannot cause effects. Your very message proves that you exist. Whether you are God ...
by tesseraktik
Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 30295

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

Couldn't you just do something akin to what Lorentz did, and claim there is an aether and that things [measuring rods and light clocks very much included] get contracted as they move through it due to aetheric weirdness? I doubt the end result would be pretty, but it doesn't seem impossible. Well, ...
by tesseraktik
Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 30295

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

Actually, not quite. Einstein proved that there are no special reference frames. Aether requires a special reference frame by its very definition. So by implication Einstein proved that aether can't exist (for if it did, it would be a preferred reference frame and hence violate --and accordingly di...
by tesseraktik
Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Humans 2.0
Replies: 143
Views: 7231

Re: Humans 2.0

Allow us to turn off our vision and hearing without having to cover the associated sensory organs. Also, add sliding volume control, and a timer (connected to a real clock, not this crappy biological one that I have and can't rely on for pigeons). Also: Photographic memory. 5) Minor bugfixes. E.g. a...
by tesseraktik
Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 30295

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

I used to work in the Vue Cinema in Cambridge and I can confirm that Stephen Hawking has lots of people to go see movies with. He also utters a few mild swear words when someone has left a load of rubbish bags in front of the disabled lift, which to be honest is quite amusing to hear someone of his...
by tesseraktik
Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 30295

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

When I read in the Times that Hawkings says God doesn't exist, I was expecting to see on the inside pages an article by the Pope on M-Theory and Quantum Gravity. Or an in depth study of theology by Hawking? I've never understood why theological comments by physicists are given more credence than sc...
by tesseraktik
Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0798: "Adjectives"
Replies: 97
Views: 21872

Re: "Adjectives" Discussion (#798)

Listened to the "Distant Worlds II" soundtrack, today; that sense of nostalgia could very well be described as "fucking piquant".

...but judging by Google, most people only use it to describe sexual acts performed with agreeably stimulating females.
by tesseraktik
Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Interesting features in your conlang
Replies: 93
Views: 44697

Re: Interesting features in your conlang

Why not? Because the thing is not so easy do circumscribe as to make anybody understand you. What's interesting about this? Well, in principle, it's related to the human mind's capacity for metonymy, metaphor and analogy, but that merits a more systematic study anyway, not this weird kind of... gam...
by tesseraktik
Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Interesting features in your conlang
Replies: 93
Views: 44697

Re: Interesting features in your conlang

But the need for certain concepts to have a word will strongly depend on your linguistic background. If your native language, and every other language you know, has a word for love, then you will think it is not possible to not have one. An experiment like this will need monolingual native speakers...
by tesseraktik
Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Interesting features in your conlang
Replies: 93
Views: 44697

Re: Interesting features in your conlang

I'm not sure of the value of a language that needs a second language to function. Why not just make your language have additional "empty" pronouns and the vocabulary to define those pronouns in itself? I'm not sure what you mean by additional "empty" pronouns , but the value of ...
by tesseraktik
Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Interesting features in your conlang
Replies: 93
Views: 44697

Re: Interesting features in your conlang

I've been considering creating a language with a minimalistic vocabulary (through a combination of which "more complex" concepts can be expressed) and 5-10 "empty" words. At the beginning of a long text or dialogue (such as a speech, an essary, a lecture, an IM conversation, et c...
by tesseraktik
Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Three sentences in as many languages as possible
Replies: 77
Views: 20025

Re: Three sentences in as many languages as possible

Swedish: 1. Var har du ont? 2. Hur länge har det varit så här? 3. Har du någon släkting som talar tyska? Klingon: 1. nuqDaq bI'oy'. Pronunciation: nuqʰɖɑqʰ bɪʔojʔ http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/2841/piqadphpwordnuqdaq20bi2.png 2. ghorgh bIropchoHpu'. Pronunciation: ɣorɣ bɪropʰt͡ʃox http://img20...
by tesseraktik
Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 35065

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

It's so simple! You don't have to be the smartest person in [subject hometown here] to figure it out. Can't... ...resist... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHcsWvWjSJ8 P.S. Working towards my Bachelor's Degree in Physics, here, so I'm not even a master of my subject and still I manage to do this fro...
by tesseraktik
Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mistranslations...
Replies: 26
Views: 3732

Re: Mistranslations...

In Swedish, "freedom of religion" is often referred to as trosfrihet , which is a compound of tro ("faith") and frihet ("freedom"). However, because trosa / trosor is Sweidsh for "panty"/"panties", trosfrihet can also mean "pantylessness".
by tesseraktik
Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A very simple latin translation
Replies: 15
Views: 3073

Re: A very simple latin translation

EDIT: if you must know, it's non vereor. My Latin is rubbish, but couldn't that also be interpreted as "I am not respectful"? I'm not sure what connotations vereor carries, but one of the common translations is "have respect for" or "revere". Using timeo would, as far ...
by tesseraktik
Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0606: "Cutting Edge"
Replies: 187
Views: 56144

Re: "Cutting Edge" Discussion

I was sooooo hyped about Portal when I first heard about it; watched the trailer videos over and over again, played Narbacular Drop over and over again, drooled myself silly... ...and today (well, technically yesterday , but less than 12 hours ago, anyway), I got it*, played through it on my compute...
by tesseraktik
Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:24 am 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

Has anyone else noticed that condone is more likely to be used in the phrase, "I don't condone your actions!" than in the phrase, "I happily condone what you're doing," or, "Yes, I condone that." Connotations being what they are, maybe condone really does tend to have ...
by tesseraktik
Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:32 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

Well, yeah, but the OP was given a bunch of examples of how "con" doesn't mean "anti", and was told the roots of the different "cons", and why it goes both ways, and then just replied to say "done" is now negative, somehow, too. I learned something from this ...
by tesseraktik
Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:22 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

I think all we're going to get from the OP is a series of restatements of the same position. Because, guys, "condone" just sounds negative so can we just support that assertion, and not challenge it with information or reason? Well, to be fair, the OP had made no claim to being the legend...

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