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by YttriumOx
Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 131742

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

My choice for a word I always spell incorrectly was 'onomatopœia'. Something about the final vowel cluster always messes me up. I'm well aware it's an "œ" followed by "i" then "a"; but despite being quite comfortable with using diphthong ligatures in words like "en...
by YttriumOx
Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Request - what can I write that you'll want to read?
Replies: 3
Views: 5669

Request - what can I write that you'll want to read?

Aside from my other post shamelessly promoting my current book, I also have a request. I currently have plans for more books, and would like to hear feedback on my ideas. Specifically, which of these would you be most interested in; and within these book topics, what do you think has not been addres...
by YttriumOx
Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I wrote a book: Shameless self-promotion
Replies: 0
Views: 4289

I wrote a book: Shameless self-promotion

Hopefully shameless self-promotion won't be completely frowned upon here. Since xkcd fans are also generally 'science fans' and 'free thinkers', I do think my book may appeal to at least some of you. I've recently finished my first book (hopefully of many): "Dropping Acid: A Beginner's Guide to...
by YttriumOx
Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:34 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0066: "500 MPH"
Replies: 61
Views: 15827

Re: What-if 0066: "500 MPH"

I know it's passé to complain about units, but for those of us who have no instinctive feeling for these mile per hour measurements: ⋅ Question: 500mph = ~800kph ⋅ Wind tunnel video: 457mph = ~735.5kph ⋅ Hurricanes: 200 - 250mph = ~320 - ~400kph ⋅ Tornadoes: 3...
by YttriumOx
Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 41285

Re: 1274: Open Letter

I suppose "Walmart" is included to show that any other group MIGHT be in there as a joke—even though no other group IS in as a joke. As a Scientologist myself for the last nine years, I have to say this strip is mildly offensive. Not severely—since it's not really an insult , just inaccur...
by YttriumOx
Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1262: "Unquote"
Replies: 100
Views: 20563

Re: 1262: "Unquote"

Same with: - The Lord of The Rings (Even the smallest person can change the course of the future) - Harry Potter (There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it) - The Godfather (I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse) I'm quite a fan of Tolkien; have seen the Ha...
by YttriumOx
Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0055: "Random Sneeze Call"
Replies: 37
Views: 19235

Re: What-If 0055: "Random Sneeze Call"

Meanwhile in french it is not even related to religion, but to wishes, more literally "to your wishes" Or in Spanish, where it's "salud" -- "health". Both German "Gesundheit" and Dutch "Gezondheid" also simply mean "health". I far prefer t...
by YttriumOx
Mon May 13, 2013 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 65557

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

To the best of my recollection, people aren't taught even in elementary school that sharks are fish (I certainly wasn't, anyway). Culinarily speaking, sharks are usually referred to as fish (my favourite style of "fish and chips" is with shark meat). Other than in this narrow scope though...
by YttriumOx
Tue May 07, 2013 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0044: "High Throw"
Replies: 58
Views: 24575

Re: What-If 0044: "High Throw"

Anyone has already submitted another what if to ask why on earth they shoot blood from their eyes? According to Wikipedia (with my own emphasis): At least four species are also able to squirt an aimed stream of blood (see Autohaemorrhaging) from the corners of the eyes for a distance of up to five ...
by YttriumOx
Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 25853

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

What place does the abbreviation "LA" simpliciter, with no further geographical identifiers, most likely refer to? Is it a state, a city, ...? As a citizen of both New Zealand and Australia living in Germany; "LA" to me is Los Angeles, California. I don't deny the existence of o...
by YttriumOx
Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 19688

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

A large proportion of an entire generation or two think "oh, evolution is something that happens in an individual, in direct response to an environmental stimulus". I think Pokemon is at least slightly to blame for this. And even though this comic is funny (or at least I find it so), I sti...
by YttriumOx
Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1072: " Seventies"
Replies: 117
Views: 30312

Re: 1072: " Seventies"

On the "ſ" vs "s" matter: As others have pointed out "ſ" goes at the beginning or middle of a word, whereas "s" goes at the end. I sincerely wish it was still popular, as it would be very useful for compound words in German (German is full of compound words). ...
by YttriumOx
Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51818

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

Funnily enough "ein Paar Hosen" means one (since there are two legs), "ein paar Hosen" means some trousers. So when someone tells me, that he bought "ein paar Hosen" I have to ask, whether the "paar" is capitalized. Out of interest, whereabouts are you from? ...
by YttriumOx
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51818

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

It's never the same, and how a language works is only decided by how its speaker use it. When you "don't care how many people are doing it wrong", you have an inaccurate view on languages. Right or wrong doesn't even make much sense when talking about language. Oops, and there I was just ...
by YttriumOx
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51818

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

Many of you keep saying that couple only means two, then how come "me and a couple of friends" is widely used as more than two friends? Because those who say, "me and a couple of friends" rather than "a couple of friends and me" (or "a couple of friends and I"...
by YttriumOx
Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51818

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

You see, in German we don't have this problem. A couple in German translates to "ein Paar" which means two. When it is spelled "ein paar" it means "a few". Obviously this clarifies everything perfectly. Unless its spoken language, then the meaning is up for grabs. As a...
by YttriumOx
Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish?
Replies: 70
Views: 22373

Re: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish

According to my understanding of phonetics, it's not possible to produce a consonant with less voicing or more voicing. So either we're talking about a different type of phonation, like breathy voice (which I doubt), or you mean that German /v/, being a fricative, can have different phonation at di...
by YttriumOx
Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish?
Replies: 70
Views: 22373

Re: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish

I find that I myself (in English) make a /v/ slightly further back on my lower lip than I make an /f/. I definitely don't do this. It's entirely possible and quite likely that it's a peculiarity of my speech specifically. As mentioned in a post earlier, I'm from Southern New Zealand originally; how...
by YttriumOx
Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish?
Replies: 70
Views: 22373

Re: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish

What is a sound that is something between /f/ and /v/? Do you mean a fricative that starts voiced and ends voiceless or vice versa? More or less a "softly voiced" fricative. What does that mean in terms of articulation? I'm not sure I can clarify it much more than I did already sorry... B...
by YttriumOx
Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish?
Replies: 70
Views: 22373

Re: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish

What is a sound that is something between /f/ and /v/? Do you mean a fricative that starts voiced and ends voiceless or vice versa? More or less a "softly voiced" fricative. Also I find that I myself (in English) make a /v/ slightly further back on my lower lip than I make an /f/ and whil...
by YttriumOx
Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish?
Replies: 70
Views: 22373

Re: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish

I'm not aware of any context in which I (being from Vienna) would pronounce /f/ sufficiently voiced for this to make sense, but I don't know what might happen further up north. Where have you had this experience? Definitely "further up north" - I live in Hannover (where the locals are pro...
by YttriumOx
Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish?
Replies: 70
Views: 22373

Re: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish

I have no idea what you're trying to say. Please clarify on who exactly hears which phoneme in which language as what (or has trouble distinguishing between which phonemes in which language). Also, all three languages are Germanic, so what does the word do there? Sorry if I was unclear - rereading ...
by YttriumOx
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish?
Replies: 70
Views: 22373

Re: Do native English speakers have an equivalent of Engrish

Native Dutch speakers have problems with the v/f distinction (and I would expect Germans to have the same problem as well) No, we don't. German has both phonemes. The problem is more in how native English speakers hear it. The Dutch and German v/f/w sounds are quite different to English. So, native...
by YttriumOx
Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 320366

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Here in Germany, with both Firefox 11.0 and Chrome 18.0 on MacOS X 10.6, I get this image: Umwelt-Germany.png The alt text is: " Umwelt is the idea that because their senses pick up on different things, different animals in the same ecosystem actually live in very different worlds. " With ...
by YttriumOx
Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 67309

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

I've always remembered pi by 3.14159, 2653589 79 323 846 26 433 with some odd timing on the last few bits. Am I really the only person who learned it like this? I remember it as: 3.141, 59, 26, 535, 8979, 3238, 4626, 43383, 27, 95, 02, 88, 41, 97, 16, 93993, 75, 105. There's no particular "bea...
by YttriumOx
Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0939: "Arrow"
Replies: 87
Views: 23526

Re: 0939: "Arrow"

Zinho wrote:I guess i just didn't find it surreal so much as internet meme addled, so it's funny for me both ways. :D

Sadly, I'm not exactly a young man anymore these days... "internet memes" weren't around back when I first heard this, or when I finally figured out the intended meaning.
by YttriumOx
Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0939: "Arrow"
Replies: 87
Views: 23526

Re: 0939: "Arrow"

As in "time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana." When I first saw that quote as a young child, I only imagined bananas being thrown around and thought it was some kind of surrealist slapstick humour (along the lines of, "Why did the plane crash? Because the pilot was a to...
by YttriumOx
Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321562

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I tend to use a variant of the following method for password generation: 1) Take a moderately long non English word or short non English phrase. e.g. "mein frosch ist grün" (real world: I use a language I know well that is significantly less spoken that German, and I use a word or phrase t...
by YttriumOx
Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 53680

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

My wife's English is relatively poor (however her native German is quite excellent) while I myself am a native English speaker (from Southern New Zealand - a region with a relatively strong dialect and unusual accent, however after many years of world travel, I tend to speak a fairly neutral "f...
by YttriumOx
Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0754: "Dependencies"
Replies: 76
Views: 26028

Re: "Dependencies" discussion(#754)

This doesn't have and recursion, but does a have a certain similarity. Some time in the late 80s or early 90s, there was a job posting which required the applicant have 20 years experience in Unix/C programming. Depending on the exact date of the posting, there were either no qualified applicants a...
by YttriumOx
Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 51850

Re: "RPS" Discussion

I admit to failing to get it... but not because I didn't know RPN, it was because I'd never heard the phrase "Polish Sausage" before (Wikipedia informs me it's what many North Americans call Kiełbasa or derivatives loosely based on it, so now I'm enlightened). I don't see any reference on ...
by YttriumOx
Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: *peek* Germany, anyone?
Replies: 84
Views: 47240

Re: *peek* Germany, anyone?

I'd go for a meet-up pretty much anywhere in Germany - my biggest problem is timing in general, since I never know when I'm free or not. But, organise something, somewhere, and I'll do my best to be there. (also for reference: I'm a native English speaker living in Hannover, but I also speak German ...
by YttriumOx
Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2420226

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Greetings and salutations one and all! Long time reader, first time poster, but hey, that's how these things go sometimes. The general "intro about me" thing: Location: Hannover, Germany Nationality: New Zealander/Australian/Dutch (take your pick) Languages: English, Dutch, German, French ...

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