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by Asleep or Wrong
Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0912: "Manual Override"
Replies: 104
Views: 27596

Re: 0912: "Manual Override"

Protip: install pinfo. Replaces the GNU info's nightmarish interface with a lynx-like.
by Asleep or Wrong
Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The h in "mmhm"
Replies: 7
Views: 3982

Re: The h in "mmhm"

see http://tenser.typepad.com/tenser_said_t ... ng_hm.html and particularly the comments and papers etc. cited therein
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Does this argument have a name?
Replies: 8
Views: 2635

Re: Does this argument have a name?

informally i guess it is is some special case of non causa pro causa , non-cause for a cause. it suggests that the knowledge of relief without access to it causes suffering, which may be true, but it seems much more likely that the state from which relief is sought produces much more suffering. i re...
by Asleep or Wrong
Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.
Replies: 239
Views: 60535

Re: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.

I got it a few weeks ago but I want to read everything else ever written as introductory material before it. I know people coming in with less than me still get a lot out of it but I can't shake the ridiculous idea. It's like raising a child or something. edit: can anyone give a shorter list of reco...
by Asleep or Wrong
Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Has anyone ever heard of Earth Minimal?
Replies: 22
Views: 6023

Re: Has anyone ever heard of Earth Minimal?

i think zlvt is referring to the fact that hanzi are composed of several radicals e.g. 李 plum tree is 木 tree + 子 child. of course for the crushing majority of characters (like the example) this kind of decomposition doesn't reveal anything useful.
by Asleep or Wrong
Fri May 21, 2010 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Has anyone ever heard of Earth Minimal?
Replies: 22
Views: 6023

Re: Has anyone ever heard of Earth Minimal?

there is an entire category of constructed languages with this concept. i've seen it identified several times but i don't think i've seen it named, at least not properly. sometimes i hear "philisophical language," but that also includes some other things so idk. maybe someone who's more in...
by Asleep or Wrong
Wed May 12, 2010 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 42721

Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

A related failing with Wikipedia is that it wants to also be where people go learn how to pronounce words, but for Pete's sake are people really expected to understand stuff like /ˌsuːpərˌkælɪˌfrædʒəlˌɪstɪkˌɛkspiːˌælɪˈdoʊʃəs/? I'm sure that there are valid reasons for using jibberish but the averag...
by Asleep or Wrong
Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Why did Vishnu erase his memories as Rama?
Replies: 9
Views: 3944

Re: Why did Vishnu erase his memories as Rama?

there's some speculation as to whether the first and last books, where all the vishnuite stuff is to be found, are original parts of the ramayana.
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Myst
Replies: 148
Views: 28041

Re: Myst

Uru Live is back again. And free. And has a further extended name. MO:ULagain.
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: manca - one syllable per word language
Replies: 8
Views: 3885

Re: manca - one syllable per word language

the proliferation of minimalistic conlangs is p. bizarre to watch.
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 3 eyes?
Replies: 11
Views: 3113

Re: 3 eyes?

cyclops = κύκλος round + ὤψ eye ; nothing to do with one. triops would probably be sufficiently pedantic. honestly triclops would be fine too, it gets the idea across to most any english speaker. also for the sake of science there is apparently a medical term "monops" for one-eyed. edit: a...
by Asleep or Wrong
Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Help, what's the name for this?
Replies: 5
Views: 1539

Re: Help, what's the name for this?

Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. e: further reading is mildly interesting, in the wikipedia article's AfDs it's explained that the term was made up in a free write-in segment of St. Paul Pioneer Press after someone had the experience with the Red Army Faction, it became a sort of trope of that section wit...
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd Geocities Site Redesign
Replies: 150
Views: 83217

Re: Geocities redesign discussion

I'm really grateful for the heads up--it reminded me to mirror some useful geocities sites (yes, there are useful geocities sites).
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: vunmin (The Global Language)
Replies: 16
Views: 3178

Re: vunmin (The Global Language)

Did anyone else find this paragraph incredibly am big uo us ? hello and welcome to the language/linguistics subforum. here we discuss languages and linguistics. in order to properly discuss different sounds in languages we use the international phonetic alphabet, and the associated orthographic con...
by Asleep or Wrong
Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
Replies: 167
Views: 76676

Re: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]

it's a bit problematic. firstly the translation of a clause expressing purpose with gratia has me pretty puzzled. i think i've heard before of gratia in abl. + gerund in the genitive case for purpose clause but what's provided isn't that. however, it could theoretically be read as gratia abl. with r...
by Asleep or Wrong
Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
Replies: 167
Views: 76676

Re: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]

the request two posts up is remarkably similar to the one four posts up. honestly you could just replace the words in the translations provided by alcas where appropriate. the only oddity is that as you noted the reflexive pronouns. as for alcas' first translation, it should obviously the second per...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Riddles from the Hobbit - in Latin
Replies: 6
Views: 2563

Re: Riddles from the Hobbit - in Latin

You've got a good grasp of style--I'd say the work compares favorably to Symphosius.
by Asleep or Wrong
Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 195458

Re: Firefly

not to everyone, no, but he's nearly paternalistic to his crew. except then. the more i think about it the more fascinating mal's portrayal is. in the beginning he overrides simon's refusal to have river participate in a raid (not wholly unusual, but a novel development from firefly; small p...
by Asleep or Wrong
Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 195458

Re: Firefly

so i saw serenity. hell's bells that was a crazy action:other stuff ratio. off the top of my head there was 1. river/simon breakout 2. that dude vs some desk staff 3. initial raid/reaver attack 4. simon/mal punchout 5. river beats up everyone 6. mal and inara and that guy 7. river beats up the crew ...
by Asleep or Wrong
Wed May 27, 2009 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 195458

Re: Firefly

i've spent the last two weeks watching firefly for the first time in an effort to understand why mr. munroe continues to reference it. it's quite good. not so good that i would be writing comics about it several years from now but still. good things: character relationships were played out really we...
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon May 04, 2009 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: expressions/turns of phrase tha you love . . . share the joy
Replies: 52
Views: 7027

Re: expressions/turns of phrase tha you love . . . share the joy

I'm convinced that would that/would to God that + subjunctive is how the Maker expresses a wish.
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
Replies: 167
Views: 76676

Re: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]

with this discussion and some recent thoughts i'm now pretty interested in latin pedagogy. i was taught with the cambridge latin course but i don't recall to what degree we did the exercises and readings and such. and then later i was taught to compose translations into english for recitation. now a...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow
Replies: 32
Views: 5160

Re: "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow

it's been a while but from what i can remember it was a bunch of his boingboing posts stitched together with a poorly written self-insertion yarn. also several of the other characters are the hollowest strawmen this side of rand. i really wish mr. doctorow would fulfil his desire to fight against op...
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: [Ancient Greek] Aristotle's Definition of a "friend"
Replies: 4
Views: 3097

Re: [Ancient Greek] Aristotle's Definition of a "friend"

-σι(ν) is dative plural. δύο doesn't look anything like that because it's indeclinable, but it is indeed of the same form and a modifier of the other word. you're right about ἐνοικοῦσα, it's the present active participle of ἐνοικέω (infinitive ἐνοικέιν, probably have the accent wrong). the verb is i...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Word Etymology & Origins, &c., &c.
Replies: 88
Views: 15359

Re: Word Etymology & Origins, &c., &c.

I heard to-day a really marvellous etymology. The words for these things: http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/46/multicardinalfq0.th.jpg http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/5092/cardinalsed3.th.gif http://img371.imageshack.us/img371/6158/11128205070yb0.th.jpg (among others) Come from a word for this: ...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Unicode characters
Replies: 12
Views: 4451

Re: Unicode characters

can't much answer your question but I would like to draw attention to the only good use of pictorial unicode characters:
http://☃.net/
by Asleep or Wrong
Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Illiad
Replies: 7
Views: 1849

Re: The Illiad

another one: i think i remember reading something about an earlier conflict between zeus and the other olympians, who were attempting to ensnare him. maybe it's just that i had earlier misread the beginning of book 8 where zeus boasts that if he were on one end of a golden chain and the others on th...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
Replies: 167
Views: 76676

Re: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]

as for that, you may want to try looking into your nearest university's library. most schools have a good body of latin and greek texts, even in this day and age.
and failing that, you could probably be scalped at amazon.com or somesuch.
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
Replies: 167
Views: 76676

Re: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]

Has anyone ever stumbled across a copy of De Bello Gallico, or better yet, all of Caesar's works, actually IN LATIN? I took 4 years in high school, had to do the last as an independent study because it clashed with my Deutsch V and AP Gov classes :) , and now have little to no room in my college sc...
by Asleep or Wrong
Sat Aug 16, 2008 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spræc Englisclæden
Replies: 21
Views: 9982

Re: Spræc Englisclæden

n.b. I'm but a layman so I can't much vouch for accuracy, but The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World by Mallory and Adams is a pretty enjoyable read if you're into tables of comparison of verb forms in protogermanic, avestan and tocharian &c. Also covers...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Georgia
Replies: 47
Views: 5075

Re: Georgia

what exactly has georgia been doing to 'oppress' the ossetians? and why were they doing it? assuming the 'incursion' last week really was a result of chasing 'rebels' (who were rebelling against what?) MLRS fire into a populated city, to regain territorial integrity. would making ossetia (both nort...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Georgia
Replies: 47
Views: 5075

Re: Georgia

Medvedev says they are done. It seems clear to me that Russia's actions go beyond making a statement. They have advanced beyond the two breakaway regions and have been bombing the Georgian capital Tblisi. They have also done this at a moments notice, which seems to indicate this was planned. Militar...
by Asleep or Wrong
Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Battle of the *langs
Replies: 39
Views: 10428

Re: Battle of the *langs

now that i think of it, Ido/Interlingua/non Esperanto auxiliary language speakers, do you value the nature of the language or the idea of a universal culture-neutral secondary language more? i've had a lot of trouble wrapping my head around the idea that there are people who want this but would refu...
by Asleep or Wrong
Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Origin of pronunciation of oe in names?
Replies: 43
Views: 9423

Re: Origin of pronunciation of oe in names?

It should probably be noted though that at various periods throughout Roman history, Latin orthography was ambiguous and people did strange things with spelling. OE had lost its diphthongal quality early on and substituted and was substituted for and by E. A good book on the subject is Vox Latina by...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Battle of the *langs
Replies: 39
Views: 10428

Re: Battle of the *langs

What's the difference between an englang and an auxlang? Auxiliary languages are created for the purpose of being a universal second language, facilitating communications between disparate peoples. For example, Esperanto. Engineered languages are created to mess around with language. For example, T...
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Aug 04, 2008 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14203

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

This has always proved to me a good specific example that generalizes well with regard to foreign policy: Russia has 140 million people, an eight of the world's landmass, 6000 nuclear warheads, ~60 billion barrels of oil, and has been amazingly cordial in relations with the United States over the pa...
by Asleep or Wrong
Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is "dis-" inflectional or derivational?
Replies: 5
Views: 2569

Re: Is "dis-" inflectional or derivational?

do forgive the off-topicality. Anyone know the origins of "dis-"? Online Etymology Dictionary says English dis- < Old French des- < Latin dis- < Proto Indo European *dis- , all of which appear to have the meanings “apart” (English has thrown some extra ones onto it). Looking through my lat...
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Jul 28, 2008 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Being too correct?
Replies: 109
Views: 10298

Re: Being too correct?

Ignoring the prescription/description thing entirely, a unified prestige language and a ton of common Anglic family prole-langauges would be way radder than a single prescribed rigid English. So I'm going to have to go with that.
by Asleep or Wrong
Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How often do you read the Christian Bible?
Replies: 76
Views: 7101

Re: How often do you read the Christian Bible?

i think i left off at psalms a month or two ago. they're beautiful individually but as a book it's sort of difficult to wade through them and i don't want to do them a disservice by reading them automaton style. nonchristian reading for edification. e: after having posted this i read psalm 48. i thi...
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: postmodernism: yea or nay
Replies: 51
Views: 8223

Re: postmodernism: yea or nay

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/postmodernism/ Yep, when I talk about trash pretending to be clever by being deliberately obfuscated, things like that article are exactly what I am referring to. ??????????? what parts of that page were opaque? i guess the word games thing might require some more ...

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