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Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Postby dumbzebra » Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:37 pm UTC

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dumbzebra wrote:Idea:
Instead of going to mars straight away, we built up a satelite network, similar to ours (GPS, Weather, Camera-Satelites) including a Space Station (which will be heavily automated by robots until we get humans there). From there we will have a much easier way to both shooting ground robots to the interesting regions of mars, as well as getting humans there.

I think we are slowly heading this way. When I grew up, Viking was big news, and Mars missions were big, expensive and short lived. At time of writing I think we have, currently orbiting Mars:
- 2001 Mars Odyssey, using spectrometers and thermal imaging to look for evidence of water and volcanic gassing
- Mars Express, taking high-level images and radar soundings (and delivering the Beagle 2 lander that was kidnapped by martians)
- The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which does a bit of everything. It takes images, it scans potential landing sites, it studies atmospheric conditions and acts as a weather satellite and it’s also a communications satellite for other current and future missions.
- Finally, there’s the Mars Global Surveyor, which is my favourite because:
a) the images are so good it could see you sitting at your desk (if you were on Mars, which would be a surprise)
b) at our request NASA retasked it so that it would take images of a site that my research partner and I were particularly interested in studying (it’s a weird thought that a satellite in orbit around another planet is responding to your request)
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Oh, and Mariner 9 is also in orbit, but now defunct. Plus, the Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity which is still trundling around on the surface (although these days I believe it only goes backwards)
So, good idea. Give us time.


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Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Postby Cahojama » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:18 am UTC

There should be a word, for that moment, that epiphany, when as a single male bachelor you figure out what to make for supper.

And you know it will be goooooood.
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Postby TaintedDeity » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:46 am UTC

Do single female bachelors experience that epiphany differently, then?
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Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Postby Cahojama » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:55 am UTC

I dont know, I'm not a single female bachelor.

(Insert standard all females know how to cook and cook all day sterotypical remark here)
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Postby Giant Speck » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:55 am UTC

Everyone knows that females are born with the ability to cook. :roll:
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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:57 am UTC

Cahojama wrote:There should be a word, for that moment, that epiphany, when as a single male bachelor you figure out what to make for supper.

And you know it will be goooooood.
Turning Ten? Because that's when I learned how to cook stuff more complicated than heating soup.
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Postby SurgicalSteel » Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:59 am UTC

Cahojama wrote:There should be a word, for that moment, that epiphany, when as a single male bachelor you figure out what to make for supper you have beer in the fridge and can order pizza on the internet.

And you know it will be goooooood.
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Postby Plasma Man » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:27 am UTC

I'm somewhat the worse for wear this morning after a rather good weekend. I had bacon about an hour and a half ago and that did me some good, but it seems to have worn off now. I don't know how I'm going to get through the rest of the morning.
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Postby Ulc » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:35 am UTC

Cahojama wrote:There should be a word, for that moment, that epiphany, when as a single male bachelor you figure out what to make for supper.

And you know it will be goooooood.


There should also be a word for the epiphany that occurs approximately two years later when you realise just how bad an idea it is to do so consistently.

Of course, that epiphany is usually related to 10 kg. of fat more than is entirely good for you.
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Postby broken_escalator » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:45 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:
Cahojama wrote:There should be a word, for that moment, that epiphany, when as a single male bachelor you figure out what to make for supper.

And you know it will be goooooood.
Turning Ten? Because that's when I learned how to cook stuff more complicated than heating soup.

Heat goes in, warm food comes out.

You can't explain that.

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Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Postby Kang » Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:07 pm UTC

I think the mystery is that one day it stops just being hot food but actually tasty food. I'm still waiting for that to happen.

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Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Postby podbaydoor » Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:35 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:
Cahojama wrote:There should be a word, for that moment, that epiphany, when as a single male bachelor you figure out what to make for supper.

And you know it will be goooooood.
Turning Ten? Because that's when I learned how to cook stuff more complicated than heating soup.

I had learned how to make box mac 'n cheese by ten.

That's...about as far as it's gotten since then.

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Postby broken_escalator » Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:10 pm UTC

podbaydoor wrote:/female in LDR living alone (bachelor?)

Bachelor girl (An independent, unmarried young woman) probably works here. Not the band though.

Bachelorette, or should it be bacheloress? Damn language.

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Postby TaintedDeity » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:10 pm UTC

I'd just say 'bachelor'. Why does it need to be gendered?
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Postby SurgicalSteel » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:14 pm UTC

I think bachelorish works better for an LDR participant living alone.
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Postby TaintedDeity » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:21 pm UTC

Ah, missed the LDR bit. Bachelorish fulfils both my meaning and humour quotas. I like!
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Postby Ptolom » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:37 pm UTC

podbaydoor wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:
Cahojama wrote:There should be a word, for that moment, that epiphany, when as a single male bachelor you figure out what to make for supper.

And you know it will be goooooood.
Turning Ten? Because that's when I learned how to cook stuff more complicated than heating soup.

I had learned how to make box mac 'n cheese by ten.

That's...about as far as it's gotten since then.

/female in LDR living alone (bachelor?)

Mac and cheese is the best food. I am just luck that my favourite meal from childhood also happens to be incredibly easy to prepare.

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Postby podbaydoor » Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:24 pm UTC

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Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Postby SlyReaper » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:31 pm UTC

Screech:

Sometimes I see comments or forum posts that end with something like "I hope you can understand me, my English sucks", and I feel ashamed. Because their English most certainly does not suck, and is infinitely better than I could manage to string a sentence together in their language. For crying out loud, I struggle with basic French, and used to get straight A's in the subject when I was at school. Why would schools award A grades for anything less than fluency? It's madness. And yet here are people who consider their English skills to be severely lacking and I can understand them perfectly.

Damn I suck.
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Postby Dason » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:18 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Screech:

Sometimes I see comments or forum posts that end with something like "I hope you can understand me, my English sucks", and I feel ashamed. Because their English most certainly does not suck, and is infinitely better than I could manage to string a sentence together in their language. For crying out loud, I struggle with basic French, and used to get straight A's in the subject when I was at school. Why would schools award A grades for anything less than fluency? It's madness. And yet here are people who consider their English skills to be severely lacking and I can understand them perfectly.

Damn I suck.

Can somebody translate this for me? It looks sort of like English but it's so broken I can't understand it...
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Postby Kewangji » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:40 pm UTC

I think he was saying something about appreciating the cuisine not native to his homeland?
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Postby Giant Speck » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:47 pm UTC

Nah, he's asking directions to the nearest public restroom.
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Postby Deva » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:49 pm UTC

Will translate.
Sees comments and posts that finish with “I hope you can understand me, my English sucks”. Feels ashamed. Does not suck. Pales in comparison to their language skills. Struggles with basic French. Received A’s in that. Why do schools award top grades for performance below fluency? Is madness. Considers their own English skills to be lacking. Understands them perfectly.

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Postby TaintedDeity » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:55 pm UTC

Oh yeah, that's much clearer now.
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Postby felltir » Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:10 pm UTC

One day hope to learn to speek the foreighn, like what they do can my langwij.
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Postby Cahojama » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:45 am UTC

podbaydoor wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:
Cahojama wrote:There should be a word, for that moment, that epiphany, when as a single male bachelor you figure out what to make for supper.

And you know it will be goooooood.
Turning Ten? Because that's when I learned how to cook stuff more complicated than heating soup.

I had learned how to make box mac 'n cheese by ten.

That's...about as far as it's gotten since then.

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Tacos. Tacos are good. The healthy rating can be infinitely scaled up or down based on the meat/veggie ratio.


And on the language topic, a Phillipino coworker today asked me the meaning of "Enticing". I had some fun explaining the proper meaning and context of Entice and Enticing. I wonder what situation he was in to wonder that... :lol:
Later along he told me there was 111 different dialects in the Phillipines. Wow. Here we have, English, and separatist French.
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Postby The Scyphozoa » Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:22 am UTC

My mom told me a story about some of her Filipino* coworkers. One of them said a foreign word, and my mom asked what it meant. She said the same word in a different dialect. They went and asked some other Filipinos, they all did the same thing. Nobody could figure out what it meant in English.

*that's the correct spelling of the adjective, but the country's English name has a ph and two l's
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Postby Pandorly » Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:46 am UTC

Related: explaining to somebody from Poland that "Polish" and "polish" are two different words.
Also: explaining to somebody from France that the Irish word for "French-person" is the same as the word for "rat". Oops, how did that happen..?
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Postby It Should Be Real » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:15 am UTC

Possibly a stupid question, but a cursory google yields nothing usable: does a thing exist which is like a dating website but specifically for making friends?

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Postby nehpest » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:18 am UTC

Cahojama wrote:Tacos. Tacos are good.

This is deep wisdom. Tacos, especially when combined with Tecate and poolside banter, are awesome.

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Postby Pandorly » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:23 am UTC

It Should Be Real wrote:Possibly a stupid question, but a cursory google yields nothing usable: does a thing exist which is like a dating website but specifically for making friends?

Friendster or Friendfinder? Makenewfriends.co.uk is another one. If you look up "Platonic relationships" or "Make friends in your area" a good few results come up. I don't think there is any website which is specifially designated for that though, presumably because there are so many ways you can incidentally make friends online through shared interests etc.

For example, I met my boyfriend because I became friends with him on an internet forum for a local metal music radio station that we both listened to. Six years later, I'm glad we were both angsty metalheads.
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Postby It Should Be Real » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:33 am UTC

I suppose that's what I expected, but it was worth a look. Alright then, I'll befriend one of you.. *squints speculatively at thread*

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Postby Pandorly » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:45 am UTC

I added you on Twitter, we're friends! 8)

Oh no the term is "follow"; that is stalking taken to the extreme... Usually a stint in the bushes will suffice but actual physical following of somebody??? Creepy.
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Postby Upsilon » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:13 am UTC

I went to a Renaissance Faire a week or so ago. Halfway through the day I realized that Ren Faires operate in much the same way as Hooters.
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Postby Menacing Spike » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:51 am UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Screech:

Sometimes I see comments or forum posts that end with something like "I hope you can understand me, my English sucks", and I feel ashamed. Because their English most certainly does not suck, and is infinitely better than I could manage to string a sentence together in their language. For crying out loud, I struggle with basic French, and used to get straight A's in the subject when I was at school. Why would schools award A grades for anything less than fluency? It's madness. And yet here are people who consider their English skills to be severely lacking and I can understand them perfectly.

Damn I suck.


That is ok, le french is more difficile than rosbif speek.

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Postby Plasma Man » Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:47 am UTC

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Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:51 am UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Screech:

Sometimes I see comments or forum posts that end with something like "I hope you can understand me, my English sucks", and I feel ashamed. Because their English most certainly does not suck, and is infinitely better than I could manage to string a sentence together in their language. For crying out loud, I struggle with basic French, and used to get straight A's in the subject when I was at school. Why would schools award A grades for anything less than fluency? It's madness. And yet here are people who consider their English skills to be severely lacking and I can understand them perfectly.

Damn I suck.


Imagine if there was a way to get 10 people to praise your awesomeness whenever you made a post? Well, there is a way. Attach "Sorry for my bad English, I'm not a native speaker." to your post. I imagine a lot of these people started attaching that to their messages when their English genuinely was bad, but kept doing it as it improved for the complimentary ego massage it often brings.

Although I guess it's possible to think your English is worse than it is, as the language has a much more lax grammatical system than school-taught English acknowledges, so as long as you make the right grammatical errors, native speakers can't tell.

I think the reason it's easy to pick up English is because of all the cultural export from merryca. Especially in countries that subtitle rather than dub, you're very heavily exposed to the language from a young age.
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Postby broken_escalator » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:44 am UTC

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Postby TaintedDeity » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:38 pm UTC

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