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by Bobbias
Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Odd grammar in old translations
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Re: Odd grammar in old translations

Well, the original uses a rhyme scheme that follows "aba bcb cdc ded etc.", but the translation doesn't follow that.
by Bobbias
Sun Dec 20, 2009 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Weird Usage of the Word "Crucial"
Replies: 16
Views: 3307

Re: Weird Usage of the Word "Crucial"

Well, that was only a guess.
by Bobbias
Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Odd grammar in old translations
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Re: Odd grammar in old translations

It's Henry W. Longfellow's translation, dated at 1867, so I guess it's not all extremely old, but it is old enough to have the odd construct that feels odd to me. Lots of verses where the clause order of the sentences feels awkward. For example: And even as he, who, with distressful breath, / Forth ...
by Bobbias
Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Weird Usage of the Word "Crucial"
Replies: 16
Views: 3307

Re: Weird Usage of the Word "Crucial"

Well, dictionary.com's entry that's based on the random house dictionary says that crucial's roots are cruci- meaning cross and the suffix -al 1 , meaning “of the kind of, pertaining to, having the form or character of”. According to wiktionary Cruci seems to be the dative case of crux. So crucial d...
by Bobbias
Sun Dec 20, 2009 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Odd grammar in old translations
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Odd grammar in old translations

I though I'd start a thread discussing weird grammatical constructs in older written material (and I guess we could include modern stuff as well), because English has changed a lot over the years, and sometimes it's hard to understand what they're supposed to mean. So, I just began reading Dante Ali...
by Bobbias
Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Small electronics home project ideas (ternary?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1712

Re: Small electronics home project ideas (ternary?)

Well, my laptop consumes about 180 watts rms at the wall (assuming 120 V at 1.5 A), so 1 kW is plenty (it runs at about 90 watts rms after the power supply.. damn thing eats practically half the energy coming in :/) for a laptop. But yeah, the more I think about my project, the more I think I'd like...
by Bobbias
Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 64462

Re: You might be a physics major if...

When my friends and I played a couple years back (8 ish years ago) we rolled 4d6 and tossed the lowest... and I managed to roll 4 18 s in a row.... And was given a penalty of a 3 for the final stat :D .
by Bobbias
Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 63799

Re: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong

Isaac Asimov himself tells you you're doing it wrong That is an indication you should promptly sever all ties with the subject at fault as quickly as possible, then fall off the face of the earth for a while before attempting to make something else sci-fi related. As far as sci-fi goes, Asimov is g...
by Bobbias
Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite Piece of Lab Equipment
Replies: 83
Views: 10223

Re: Favorite Peice of Lab Equipment

I think my favourite "Lab" equipment so far is the Nachi robot in my robotics lab... There's something about a heavy metal arm capable of moving 15 kg at 2 m/s (locked out so it doesn't go that fast though :/) that is awesome. Maybe it's the fact that if anyone were ever hit by it moving a...
by Bobbias
Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does my physics teacher know what she's doing?
Replies: 14
Views: 4329

Re: Does my physics teacher know what she's doing?

Zamfir has hit the nail on the head. I've had my share of teachers who I've either had a problem with, or haven't fit in with their particular teaching style. So I can definitely vouch for how much of a pain that can be (for yourself, and the teacher, and [if your not careful] the class). In fact, o...
by Bobbias
Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Small electronics home project ideas (ternary?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1712

Re: Small electronics home project ideas (ternary?)

Nice. I've got no idea how much energy you could actually generate doing that. If I was going to do some sort of energy generation thing, I'd like to do something using either wind or solar power. Actually, we don't even have an exercise bike either, so that is just that much less possible. If all e...
by Bobbias
Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Small electronics home project ideas (ternary?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1712

Small electronics home project ideas (ternary?)

I'm taking an electrical engineering course in college right now and I've been thinking that I'd like to make a small home project. However, I'm really not sure what I want to do. I've been thinking that I'd like to do something involving ternary circuitry, but again, not sure. I've looked at possib...
by Bobbias
Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hip Hop Culture.
Replies: 30
Views: 4253

Re: Hip Hop Culture.

Most rappers have some lyric somewhere that insults someone. Look at something like say, Immortal Technique - Me no Importa and compare that to Immortal Technique - Positivity. You would likely say that Me no Importa has quite a few lyrics that degrade women (well, without looking too deeply into th...
by Bobbias
Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Unreality of Time
Replies: 21
Views: 2375

Re: The Unreality of Time

Immanuel Kant also put forth the idea that time was an illusion put forth by the human mind in order to understand the universe. Essentially, he said that the universe really exists in a timeless state, but since the human mind requires time, it intuitively creates the illusion of time. Or something...
by Bobbias
Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: civilization, its definition, purpose, and adequacy
Replies: 41
Views: 4783

Re: Society, its definition, purpose, and adequacy

I've pondered the evolution of society for many hours, and the one thing that I've realized is that our society has shifted. The purpose of our society is no longer simply to promote the continuing survival of the human race. That is only society's purpose in the beginning. Society itself evolves as...
by Bobbias
Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Memorizing Kanji/Kana
Replies: 9
Views: 2692

Re: Memorizing Kanji/Kana

Well, if you like learning about the etymology of the radicals, that would be a great way to learn a bit about the kanji, and would definitely help you out in learning kanji, recognizing them (you'd be able to identify them by knowing the radicals in it). However, I have no idea how much stuff is ou...
by Bobbias
Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: literal translations
Replies: 35
Views: 3317

Re: literal translations

That would likely lead to some REALLY awkward reading in some cases. Some idioms are very weird, lol.

To be honest, I can see how it could be helpful, but you'd need to wade through tons of footnotes, or explanations. I guess it would be a helpful tool though.
by Bobbias
Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy of Religion [Philosophy]
Replies: 132
Views: 13170

Re: Philosophy of Religion

I've always felt that the possibility of the existence or non-existence of God was a trivial matter. In all likelihood, whether or not God exists in one form or another is going to have no immediate impact on my life. Take for example the idea of going to school. I drive about 50 kilometers to ...
by Bobbias
Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: I like obscure rap/hiphop...do you?
Replies: 52
Views: 12462

Re: I like obscure rap/hiphop...do you?

I love this stuff, and I can't stand the commercial crap that gets radio play, so here's a list of the stuff I've been listening to or collecting recently. With youtube links where possible. and sorry if I repeat anything before, I'm just going through my whole library. ⋅  Black Ice - The ...
by Bobbias
Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 571549

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

So, I'm trying to learn Scheme, but I'm having a bit of trouble. Most of the stuff explaining Scheme is pretty dense reading, so I've tried to get right into programming. unfortunately, my little bit of code here doesn't work, and since I'm not used to any of the Lisp-esque language stuff, I'm kinda...
by Bobbias
Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: To "that" or not to "that"
Replies: 32
Views: 3316

Re: To "that" or not to "that"

To me, the inclusion of "That" makes it at least slightly more formal. Incidentally, I was about to start this sentence with "I find that..." discussing my formal voice when I write some things. I certainly don't speak in a formal voice unless I'm really trying, but most of my wr...
by Bobbias
Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The value of music
Replies: 67
Views: 8601

Re: The value of music

I place very high value on the physical medium. This isn't any particular virtue on my part, though it means that I buy any album I enjoy after a relatively short period. I can't imagine anybody paying for a download unless they want to support the artist and it isn't available physically. I also p...
by Bobbias
Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How do you know if the user closes their browser in CGI?
Replies: 13
Views: 1884

Re: How do you know if the user closes their browser in CGI?

Well, they COULD have written the chat in flash, and there have been java based IRC clients since forever.
by Bobbias
Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The value of music
Replies: 67
Views: 8601

Re: The value of music

One reason for me to go out and buy CDs (I may pirate a lot, but I do still pay for some music), actually one of the biggest incentives for me to buy a CD is the obviously higher quality sound. Good point. I should add that to my list. Of course, over the time, it's becoming less and less an incent...
by Bobbias
Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The value of music
Replies: 67
Views: 8601

Re: The value of music

I think I am an average music listener, in that I am totally unable to distinguish between the audio or recording quality of my various tunes (outside of obviously inferior live recordings). Perhaps that's because I only listen to professionally made music? Perhaps that's because you don't really n...
by Bobbias
Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative ways to power vehicles.
Replies: 65
Views: 6754

Re: Alternative ways to power vehicles.

I've wondered about things like this myself. However, I'm not sure if you're aware of the one system I know is being included in some prototype (if not production model) electric cars. It's called Regenerative Braking. The system basically reverses the entire drive system and runs the motor backward...
by Bobbias
Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 493492

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I find that there aren't too many words that bother me in the course of normal speech, but if you include internet shortcut spelling and such, you've got a whole different story. I absolutely cannot stand people being too lazy to at least make an attempt to correct their spelling mistakes, and even ...
by Bobbias
Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 199114

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

While this isn't directly related to me posting some Japanese, I'd like to point out a great program (if it hasn't already been mentioned before) that I use for typing Japanese, and as a dictionary. JWPce is an excellent program for typing japanese. I find that I prefer typing in it and copy/pasting...
by Bobbias
Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: speaking in tongues (what should I learn immersively?)
Replies: 30
Views: 3399

Re: speaking in tongues (what should I learn immersively?)

as for not knowing the characters; there are around 2000 kanji characters, so its very difficult to learn them all. they are however constructed by a set of rules which allow native japanese and foreigners who have learned to think in japanese to decipher them. the characters for 'left' and 'right'...
by Bobbias
Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189144

Re: Religion

Well, it's debatable whether Nazism can be considered to have an accompanying religion, but if you include Nazism as a religion, that would easily have the "White people are better than Jewish people" negative value. Please, Nazism (or 'National Socialism') is a political ideology, not a ...
by Bobbias
Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The value of music
Replies: 67
Views: 8601

Re: The value of music

Nearly $300,000 of profit above storage and bandwidth. Have you taken production costs into account? As has been mentioned above, a band's equipment alone can easily be $50,000 or more. Granted, that isn't a per-album cost, but it's still a cost. Professional studio time, recording tape (~$500 for ...
by Bobbias
Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189144

Re: Religion

I think you missed the point. You can't complete the second step in the game. Just imagine that someone's religion espouses the values inherent in each of those statements. For example, "My religion tells me that I am innately superior." Oxo - I was giving examples of harmful beliefs a no...
by Bobbias
Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The value of music
Replies: 67
Views: 8601

Re: The value of music

I apologize for my previous post. I do have a habit of not reading section rules in most forums, however, this is the first time it's gotten me into any trouble. I appreciate that you spoilered the rest of my post, instead of deleting it, like many other places likely would have. Maybe the structure...
by Bobbias
Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Obama taking sides with RIAA et al.?
Replies: 10
Views: 2169

Re: Is Obama taking sides with RIAA et al.?

I'm a canadian, but I have to say that the appointments really worry me. Just after Biden was named as running mate, I saw an article on cnet talking about his history. Needless to say, I was far from impressed with his tech-related stances. I've been hoping for Obama's pro-neutrality stance to be a...
by Bobbias
Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The value of music
Replies: 67
Views: 8601

Re: The value of music

Alright, this is my first post here, and I will say that I haven't had the chance to read all the posts before me, because I'm a little strapped for time right now. ... and it's readily apparent that you haven't read the section rules, either. Please do so before participating further. -Az However, ...

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