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by Logological
Sun Apr 05, 2015 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2418750

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:Cool, now I know the term "logology"! Welcome!

Thanks!

P.S. — You totally need to steal my avatar.
by Logological
Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:05 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"
Replies: 69
Views: 40227

Re: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"

I was pleased to see "What If?" tackle some good old-fashioned logology in this entry. I'm not sure if Randall knew, but people have been collecting and writing about unusual telephone and keyboard words for decades. It certainly seems to have sparked a lot of discussion on the forum here,...
by Logological
Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy
Replies: 39
Views: 9271

Re: Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy

I haven't read the other translations, but I can attest that Kandel's is very good. Lem uses a lot of wordplay and even constrained writing in his stories, and Kandel handles it marvelously.
by Logological
Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0020: "Ferret"
Replies: 33
Views: 11315

Re: 0020: "Ferret"

ucim wrote:
gladiolas wrote:Did the woodpecker survive??
Yes, I believe it did. It landed, and the ferret was startled enough to go its own way.
Well, except that it wasn't really a ferret but a weasel.
by Logological
Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Birdman
Replies: 9
Views: 4545

Re: Birdman

For the first half hour or so I felt something was strange with the cinematography, but couldn't quite put my finger on it. Then once I realized that they were doing everything in one continuous shot (or simulating it), the gimmick got distracting as hell, and it's all I could think about for the re...
by Logological
Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy
Replies: 39
Views: 9271

Re: Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy

If you want something other than straight-up narrative fiction, try Stanislaw Lem's The Cyberiad . It's a collection of short stories—or maybe it would be better to say fables—in a sci-fi setting. It has recurring, memorable characters, and the stories are absolutely fascinating and imaginative, muc...
by Logological
Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2418750

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Greetings, all. I am Logological. Finding my real name is left as a (trivial) exercise for the reader. I am new here, so here are some interesting facts about me: ⋅ I was introduced to xkcd by my friend Ruthi. Or was it Emma? I can never remember. ⋅ I am interested in computer sc...
by Logological
Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Praat
Replies: 13
Views: 14208

Re: Praat

Does anyone here know how I can colourize the spectrograms produced by Praat? Bartlomiej Plichta used to provide a script for this (which shells out to ImageMagick) but unfortunately his website has been down for months and there doesn't seem to be any way of contacting him.
by Logological
Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0034: "Twitter"
Replies: 74
Views: 40369

Re: What-if 0034: "Twitter"

I suspect there's a small error in this What-If. The article states, This means that a good compression algorithm should be able to compress ASCII English text—which is eight bits per letter—to about 1/8th of its original size. However, ASCII is and has always been a 7-bit character set. (Various mi...

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