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by lindenosk
Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Purifying urine
Replies: 18
Views: 3358

Re: Purifying urine

The urea that is in urine is a volatile organic compound. Additionally, at elevated heat and concentrations in an aqueous solution, urea decomposes into ammonia and CO2. When I go camping I use a solar distillation setup. I've only been forced to distill urine once, but if time wasn't an issue, on ...
by lindenosk
Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Random - Does it really exist?
Replies: 48
Views: 5287

Re: Random - Does it really exist?

Another case of something I believe to be random is the result of a certain mathematical equation. I'm not sure of what the actual equation is, as its something my dad is working on, but apparently the result is always either a one or a zero and the outcome depends on the number substituted into the...
by lindenosk
Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Calculating the thickness of the ozone layer
Replies: 7
Views: 1379

Re: Calculating the thickness of the ozone layer

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that the ozone layer was not something with precisely defined boundaries. If so then how can its thickness be calculated?
by lindenosk
Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How do other cultures perceive British vs. American English?
Replies: 49
Views: 8975

Re: How do other cultures perceive British vs. American English?

I prefer "BBC British accents" to most american ones because it seems verry clear to me. I don't mind some American accents, the way Tom Lehrer speaks comes to mind. If I was for some reason trying to sound posh then i'd use a British-Australian cross accent. I prefer British spelings and ...
by lindenosk
Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: favorite smell
Replies: 94
Views: 9549

Re: favorite smell

Kind of a mixture of wood smoke, burning eucalyptis and rotting eucalyptis leaves. Even better if you're warm but the air around you is freezing. Reminds me of times spent in the mountains.
by lindenosk
Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How does social servce work in US UK Canada etc?
Replies: 6
Views: 1666

Re: How does social servce work in US UK Canada etc?

Good luck getting money out of centrelink in Australia, unless your a single pregnant mom, then they throw money at you (thus more incentive to have a child you can't really support.) That's where I am. They give me $30 a week because I do nothing. Thats one of the reasons I was so surprised when m...
by lindenosk
Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How does social servce work in US UK Canada etc?
Replies: 6
Views: 1666

How does social servce work in US UK Canada etc?

I'm interested in what kind of systems countries have for subsidising wages or replacing them or the unemployed. I became interested when a friend of mine who is a dependant minor told me he recieves about $100 a week because he's an unemployed student. This seemed to be a lot to me and it got me wo...
by lindenosk
Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: New Zealand Pronunciation
Replies: 51
Views: 9344

Re: New Zealand Pronunciation

My uncle who speaks a mulititude of languages told me once that Aussies have an easier time than other english speakers learning new vowel sounds and implementing them into other languages because our normal vowels are so flat. I imagine this would also work if we were atempting different accents, t...
by lindenosk
Sat Mar 01, 2008 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ten Myths About Canadian Healthcare, Busted
Replies: 108
Views: 9777

Re: Ten Myths About Canadian Healthcare, Busted

I just thought I'd mention that from what I can tell our system in Australia is about half way between the Canadian and American systems, though it's been getting closer to the American one recently. We do have free GP consultations and our medications are partialy subsidised by the government, but ...
by lindenosk
Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Plain Vs. Academic or Regular English?
Replies: 16
Views: 3289

Re: Plain Vs. Academic or Regular English?

I think that ordinary has a closer meaning to mundane than regular does.
by lindenosk
Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: There must be more to this.
Replies: 31
Views: 4555

Re: There must be more to this.

I think I know the way you feel. I'm also 17 now, but in Australia, and I'm about to finish high school and go on to uni. Having said this, I have asperations beyond my study and have thought about traveling the world, getting into politics, volunteering abroad or maybe spending some time in the def...
by lindenosk
Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Neato sounds.
Replies: 16
Views: 3532

Re: Neato sounds.

Is it like the start of Tsunami? Not unless you pronounce it really weird. It's like a t with an s that starts halfway through, then the t ends before the s does, and the sound finishes as an s. But really fast. It's pretty much the ts at the end of cats or hats or bats. I didn't know it was possib...
by lindenosk
Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Modern English Dialect Words
Replies: 11
Views: 3861

Re: Modern English Dialect Words

ZLVT wrote:what about contractions? Things like G'day 'owyag'n are really just abbreviated forms of real words, but they are evolving.

I agree that they're part of our Aussie dialect, but neither are particularly new. If youve started saying G'arfternoon then I'd be interested.
by lindenosk
Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Modern English Dialect Words
Replies: 11
Views: 3861

Re: Modern English Dialect Words

You kindof have to ask where the line is drawn. I mean, I'm not from Melbourne and I sometimes encounter that usage of muzza (although admittedly I am from Victoria so it's not that much of a stretch). Also, me and my friends use the word 'ming' to mean 'move at a high speed' or 'to pass something ...
by lindenosk
Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Modern English Dialect Words
Replies: 11
Views: 3861

Re: Modern English Dialect Words

It's worth pointing out that both of these are, far as I can tell, informal or slang usage, while I get the feeling this thread is about dialect differences in normal speech. I don't think we'd find many new dialect words that didn't enter through slang because at some stage it must be a minority s...
by lindenosk
Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Modern English Dialect Words
Replies: 11
Views: 3861

Re: Modern English Dialect Words

Google (v.) - to search for something on Google Pretty sure I wasn't using that 10 years ago. :mrgreen: Actually, I bet there are a lot of technology words that have really only come into being or had their usage changed recently (off the top of my head, podcast, machinema, torrent, etc.) Google ce...
by lindenosk
Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 495085

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I can't stand the word "Hey" as a greeting. Seeing as most of you would say this quite often this may surprise you, but in Melbourne it wasn't said 'til about 6 years ago. In my opinion it is the most annoying way American English has influenced my mother dialect. (Melbourne is in Australi...
by lindenosk
Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Modern English Dialect Words
Replies: 11
Views: 3861

Modern English Dialect Words

I am interested in finding out what kinds of new dialect words are apearing in English. Anything that you say in English that differs from the way speakers of your variety would have spoken 10 years ago. An example from my experience would be muzza, a word that is used exclusively in Melbourne, Aust...
by lindenosk
Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: New Zealand Pronunciation
Replies: 51
Views: 9344

Re: New Zealand Pronunciation

Usually when written examples are given for IPA now they're actually quite carefully chosen for minimum divergence among major dialects, I believe. I agree that they should be and usually are, but with vowel sounds i think its almost impossible to come up with a word that sounds the same in all dia...
by lindenosk
Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Neato sounds.
Replies: 16
Views: 3532

Re: Neato sounds.

ave_matthew wrote:I also like [ts] (with over bar) like in the french Tu, but I can't think of an english example. Mabye like the ts in cats.


Is it like the start of Tsunami?
by lindenosk
Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Plain Vs. Academic or Regular English?
Replies: 16
Views: 3289

Re: Plain Vs. Academic or Regular English?

If your meaning is more easily understood throught the use of a technical word then i say use it by all means. If your aim is to communicate then you have to come up with a balance between using a word that conveys the meaning that you want and and using a word that will be understood. This is why y...
by lindenosk
Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow
Replies: 15
Views: 18953

Re: the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow

Just thought i'd suggest another reson why airoplanes give you ground speed rather than actual speed. The earth is curved, so if you are traveling at a constand distance from the earth's surface you will be going faster than the point on the ground directly below you (just like the way the person on...
by lindenosk
Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: To have to ~ Must, Got? what's up here?
Replies: 22
Views: 3654

Re: To have to ~ Must, Got? what's up here?

Justinlrb wrote:Whereas "I have to get a drink" is either a strong or external need.

Where i live we wouldn't say "I have to get a drink" unless we were being over formal.
by lindenosk
Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: New Zealand Pronunciation
Replies: 51
Views: 9344

Re: New Zealand Pronunciation

I think that the reason you cant find the right sound listed has a lot to do with the way people learn the IPA. Short of listening to a recorded sound the best way the sounds that symbols relate to can be taught is giving an example word that contains the sound. I know my first contact with IPA happ...
by lindenosk
Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: New Zealand Pronunciation
Replies: 51
Views: 9344

Re: New Zealand Pronunciation

I've found that lots of people with unusual accents (for instance a friend of mine who's first language is Duch) here in australia get labled as South Africans because people dont know what SA's really sound like.

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