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by BrainMagMo
Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 136112

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Karilyn wrote:I tried tiling it, and while the effect was attractive, I was irritated the fact that it mirrored across the edges, causing some weird things, most notably showing two Australias next to each other.

Image


This is now my computer background.
by BrainMagMo
Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 204868

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

Esa es la misma diferencia que usamos en inglés entre "those that" y "those which". Entonces ¿uno distingue oraciones relativadas determinativas ( those that [1] = los que ), y el otro ( those which = los cuales ) distingue las que son indeterminativas? [1] En inglés, which pued...
by BrainMagMo
Thu May 20, 2010 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 204868

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

kernelpanic: Muchas gracias por tu ayuda. Todavía no tengo mucho confianza con el uso de "tu" y "usted" porque no nos enseña cuándo debemos usar los dos en la escuela. He tenido experiencia con el idioma en la clase, pero nunca he tenido ninguna experiencia con la conversación d...
by BrainMagMo
Thu May 20, 2010 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The River Ohio / Noun Placement
Replies: 12
Views: 2655

Re: The River Ohio / Noun Placement

(also River Ganges, River Euphrates). Both sound strange to me (US). Here we say Ganges River, Euphrates River, always. the reason I prefer that I like Name Feature better is that I can think of situations where Feature Name would be ambiguous: "The River Mississippi is next to quacks." (...
by BrainMagMo
Mon May 03, 2010 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 204868

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

¡Hola mis compañeros del foro! Hoy quiero darles lo que ha estado el mejor método de aprender y acostumbrarme el español era leer ficción escrito en español. Para yo, he leído fan-facción, lo que tiene errores y el argot, para que aprenda. El vocabulario allí también se enfoca más en el "mundan...
by BrainMagMo
Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Copyright Law and how it kills innovation and creativity
Replies: 26
Views: 4822

Re: Copyright Law and how it kills innovation and creativity

A simple answer to the question 'how does patent law damage innovation?' is that, in general, it doesn't damage it at all. Invention comes from building on earlier inventions. However, if your access to earlier inventions is prevented by IP (intellectual property, e.g. patent/copyright/trademark) l...
by BrainMagMo
Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?
Replies: 287
Views: 35999

Re: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?

can we please not? Preferring short guys over tall guys is not the same as preferring white girls/asian girls over black girls and every other type of racial preference there is. You might be able to say on the outside that the reasons for both are because "you don't find them attractive"...
by BrainMagMo
Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?
Replies: 287
Views: 35999

Re: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?

*Also, races have physical differences. Asians of both sexes tend to be more "feminine," and blacks of both sexes tend to be more "masculine." Physical differences are only *perceived* as "more feminine" or "more masculine" as a result of the individual's rac...
by BrainMagMo
Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Dichotic Listening Tests
Replies: 5
Views: 3618

Re: Dichotic Listening Tests

Oh is Quicktime. Got it to work.
Most oh the time I heard the ones played into the left ear better, but I got a bunch of mixed ones too.
by BrainMagMo
Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Dichotic Listening Tests
Replies: 5
Views: 3618

Re: Dichotic Listening Tests

The site won't load properly for I think.
It's only text.
by BrainMagMo
Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 3 eyes?
Replies: 11
Views: 3069

Re: 3 eyes?

Asleep or Wrong wrote: mixing latin and greek is a very bad thing done all the time.
Greek underlined:
Television
Automobile
Homosexual
Hyperactive
Sociology

More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybrid_word
by BrainMagMo
Sat Nov 14, 2009 7:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Church in Washington threatens to cut aid over gay marriage
Replies: 87
Views: 6707

Re: Church in Washington threatens to cut aid over gay marriage

Why did the church have contracts with the city in the first place? It's roughly equivalent to the Red Cross working with FEMA. There are organizations that provide services the government wants to provide, and sometimes it's most efficient to help them do it. I understand why governments have cont...
by BrainMagMo
Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Church in Washington threatens to cut aid over gay marriage
Replies: 87
Views: 6707

Re: Church in Washington threatens to cut aid over gay marriage

Why did the church have contracts with the city in the first place? If anything, since most blacks (and thus most people in DC) are against gay marriage, maybe the gays should back off for a while? Why must they provoke an institution that offers vital services for free? Prove that most blacks are a...
by BrainMagMo
Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Using Scheme abstract list functions
Replies: 13
Views: 3007

Re: Using Scheme abstract list functions

i don't have lambda, Dr Scheme does!
Ctrl+\
by BrainMagMo
Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Portmanteaux
Replies: 124
Views: 17654

Re: Portmanteaux

Bobber wrote:
Pun Gent wrote:Assonist (Ass/arsonist): One who lights their own farts.
Though uglier to read, I think I'd prefer arsesonist for this one :D

Compare ɑːrsənɪst with æsənɪst.

Arse is pronounce to same as ass, where arse is the prominent way to write it.
That said, arsonist and assonist would also be homonyms.
by BrainMagMo
Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: iMacro script.+Mafia Wars.
Replies: 3
Views: 1324

Re: iMacro script.+Mafia Wars.

Your seriously asking for Mafia wars help? I thought everyone blocked that application on facebook already For a large number of people to have blocked an app, there must be at least a similarly sized number of people who use it. Therefore it is impossible for everyone to have blocked an app, unles...
by BrainMagMo
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: iMacro script.+Mafia Wars.
Replies: 3
Views: 1324

iMacro script.+Mafia Wars.

Hello, xkcdians. What I want to do is run an imacro that will take a firefox session with a bunch of facebook pages open and add them all to my mafia wars list. Currently I have: VERSION BUILD=6240709 RECORDER=FX TAB T=1 TAG POS=2 TYPE=SPAN ATTR=TXT:Add<SP>as<SP>Friend 'sometimes the "add frien...
by BrainMagMo
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Using Scheme abstract list functions
Replies: 13
Views: 3007

Re: Using Scheme abstract list functions

Code: Select all

;without folding
(define (xkcd lst)
  (cons ()
      (reverse
       (map reverse
            (map (λ (num)
                   (member num (reverse lst)))
                 (reverse lst))))))
by BrainMagMo
Sun Oct 25, 2009 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 162478

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

Significant Other always makes me feel as if the person you're married to is better than you and you're not a complete being without them. It's screaming "DON'T LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT HIM/HER OVER THERE!". Even worse is the Dutch version, "wederhelft", literally "fitting half&...
by BrainMagMo
Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Recursion for an insertion function (more Scheme issues)
Replies: 9
Views: 1187

Re: Recursion for an insertion function (more Scheme issues)

(define (insert n lst) (if (null? lst) (cons n '()) (cons (cons n lst) (map (lambda (sublst) (cons (car lst) (if (list? sublst) sublst (list sublst)))) (insert n (cdr lst))))))
by BrainMagMo
Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Codify your system of morality.
Replies: 100
Views: 9838

Re: Codify your system of morality.

Ideal system:
Always minimize both actual and potential suffering; always maximize both potential and actual happiness. In that order.
Source: http://www.ebonmusings.org/atheism/carrot&stick.html (part 4)
by BrainMagMo
Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: National Pride
Replies: 56
Views: 7718

Re: National Pride

Is pride based on your heritage or your birthplace warranted? Is pride something that can only be achieved by one's own actions, or can it be out of your control? P.S. Racial, sexual, and ethnic pride can go in here too. My first thought: Pride A: pride in your person achievements. Pride B: pride i...
by BrainMagMo
Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Every male/female word
Replies: 44
Views: 24083

Re: Every male/female word

Ooh! Ooh! Do archaic pairs count? How about: Doctor-Doctress Author-Authoress And hey! "Feminist" doesn't have one (though I guess it would be "masculist"?) And of course, Jew-Jewess. Oh The Great Gatsby. Does English have any gendered adjectives? Hunk=male Pretty=(usually) fema...
by BrainMagMo
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Vwl Rfrm
Replies: 53
Views: 5644

Re: Vwl Rfrm

weewooweewoo is four syllables, with the consonant /w/ breaking them up. yo-yo is two, with /j/ beginning both of them. They're both semivowels, but they can still break syllables up and therefore differ significantly from pure vowels. Ah... That actually makes sense. So then is "wow" one...
by BrainMagMo
Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Vwl Rfrm
Replies: 53
Views: 5644

Re: Vwl Rfrm

This thred s painfl to rd. Mabe sm vowls her n ther culd b elimnatd.
by BrainMagMo
Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best secondary language besides spanish
Replies: 43
Views: 4674

Re: Best secondary language besides spanish

Also, I wonder if AD is aware that most people on this forum are American, where Spanish is the second most spoken language in the country, and French is the other language that's official in a country that borders ours. The third most common language in America is ASL. But no one ever thinks of si...
by BrainMagMo
Fri May 29, 2009 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I support the simpul spelling movement.
Replies: 221
Views: 40319

Re: I support the simpul spelling movement.

Alpha Omicron wrote: iŋgliʃ

Is that like an English quiche?
ɪz ðæʔ laɪk ən iŋɡlɪʃ kiʃ↗
by BrainMagMo
Tue May 19, 2009 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Questions for native speakers of English
Replies: 88
Views: 7724

Re: Questions for native speakers of English

Obviously I'm aware that sentences can be rearranged for emphasis, but there are still limitations and rules that dictate how you can do this; the example sentences did not follow these rules. Our native-speaker-ness cancels out, so I think you're going to have to explain what those rules are and w...
by BrainMagMo
Mon May 18, 2009 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"
Replies: 24
Views: 3513

Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Spanish: ... idioma ...
by BrainMagMo
Mon May 18, 2009 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Questions for native speakers of English
Replies: 88
Views: 7724

Re: Questions for native speakers of English

I have a real(ly weird) question. What about sentences like (1) This book, Peter seems to like. Is (1) considered grammatical? I was just wondering whether in English you could also topicalize objects that are embedded (since [to like this book] in 'Peter seems to like this book' might be - and usu...
by BrainMagMo
Fri May 15, 2009 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 204868

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

Frecuentemente , olvido el subjuntivo, porque solo lo he usado hace dos o tres meses. Eso es una problema para m í , porque derbería usarlo en mis examens si quiero hacer buen a s notas. If you have a Mac, accents are easy, even without turning on the Spanish keyboard; Option+E and type the letter ...
by BrainMagMo
Mon May 11, 2009 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?
Replies: 119
Views: 18826

Re: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?

Right now, I hear Nathan Fillion's voice, since I just watched Firefly and Serenity.
by BrainMagMo
Mon May 04, 2009 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19006

Re: Spelling reform

The problem is that, at least now you can understand them if they write. Under this proposed spelling reform, it'd be as difficult to understand that as to understand someone's terrible pronunciation. I don't see the problem. You don't see the problem with making it really really difficult for peop...
by BrainMagMo
Mon May 04, 2009 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19006

Re: Spelling reform

gmalivuk wrote:The problem is that, at least now you can understand them if they write. Under this proposed spelling reform, it'd be as difficult to understand that as to understand someone's terrible pronunciation.
I don't see the problem.
by BrainMagMo
Mon May 04, 2009 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19006

Re: Spelling reform

I'd have a hard time understanding them if they spoke, so what's the problem?
Also, for Chaos I need a pronunciation guide.
Damn Britishisms and words I've ne'er seen afore!
(for starters: do pores and paws sound the same in Britain?)
by BrainMagMo
Mon May 04, 2009 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19006

Re: Spelling reform

Australian vowels can be difficult to transcribe. I don't remember where I found the chart that I absolutely love and keep printed at all times, let's see if I can rediscover it. *google* Found it, here's a copy . I love that PDF so much, I saved it to disk as IPA.pdf, without all that copyright st...
by BrainMagMo
Mon May 04, 2009 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American Sign Language
Replies: 100
Views: 12302

Re: American Sign Language

think me, we should gloss. better show ASL its Grammar
by BrainMagMo
Mon May 04, 2009 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Somebody Explain wtf this means?
Replies: 5
Views: 1717

Re: Somebody Explain wtf this means?

It's obvious.
The author just wants to know if anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like.
Duh.
by BrainMagMo
Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0563: "Fermirotica"
Replies: 169
Views: 54887

Re: "Fermirotica" Discussion

Of course, a proper calculation would need to take into account the variance in the distribution of people, considering P_d depends on r.
by BrainMagMo
Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternate Voting Systems (Range, Condorcet etc)
Replies: 186
Views: 23805

Re: Range voting

"Approval voting Steven Brams and Dudley R. Herschbach argued in a paper in Science magazine in 2001 that approval voting was the system least amenable to tactical perturbations. Authors of a 2004 paper in Public Choice disagreed, saying, "AV is one of the most susceptible systems to mani...

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