@ZoomanSP and yappobiscuts: That
edfel wrote:strangely, she says "X Y times" instead of the usual "Y times X"... so would that mean that she's intuitively used to the idea of multiplication, without having the formal background (multiplication tables, notations, etc.)?
... or their conventions for expressing multplication are different from ours.
That the Cuegan people are in essence outcasts could easily create a non-romantic bond between them of the kind we are seeing. I wonder if they are like the
Romanian Romani (thank you charlie_grumbles)
gypsies in present-day France.
That Rosetta says "good" upon hearing that they number forty may have a different implication - such as if the Beanies are the ones flooding the sea, forty isn't too many to rescue. Or too many to worry about. But Rosetta seems interested enough that I'd go with rescue, given this scenario.
However, I don't think they've reached the source yet. If this is the epic I have always claimed it was, there will be some complicating factor we've yet to see arise. This will lead to conflict, perhaps in or from an unexpected direction.
I notice that the conversation is presently one-way. Rosetta asks, the Cuegan answer. I'm sure the Cuegan have questions of their own. I wonder which ones they will want to ask first.
Re: programming - my first exposure was in high school, FORTRAN on punched cards which we'd submit on foot to the local community college, and then come back a week later to retrieve the printout and core dump which would give us clues as to what mistake we made this
time. The next year we got a modem connection to a computer that ran BASIC, and I learned how to program (back in those days that was not a contradiction), and I also learned not
to program. But frustrating as it was, it was still useful, and I still do it. I'm pretty much self taught.
I still prefer to hand-code something than to try to learn some package that can do it for me. So, my wheels may be triangular, but they are my
Haven't had a chance to vote in the poll yet, but get to it. You'll just have to spoiler.
There were other things I wanted to respond to but I can't remember them now, and by the time I do, another seaish river of posts will pass the post! So, that's it for now.