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by Дерсу Узала
Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Kalevala: no bilingual editions?
Replies: 4
Views: 3883

Re: Kalevala: no bilingual editions?

In case anyone comes across this thread, and wonders whether there are still no bilingual (English, Finnish) editions available, I have found one, which is just a side-by-side publishing of the Finnish original and the (rather literal) 1907 Kriby translation, both texts from Proj. Gutenberg. http://...
by Дерсу Узала
Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1033: "Formal Logic"
Replies: 132
Views: 41199

Re: 1033: "Formal Logic"

Someone might still honk because the driver stopped for a pedestrian, provided that the honker loves formal logic as well... In other words, I don't think this would be very useful in dissuading over-honking.
by Дерсу Узала
Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 40404

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

In response to the comic: Continue, continue! You'll make an 8 pointed star! Exactly what I thought when I glanced at the strip. I thought, "oh, today's xkcd is about drawing a regular {8/3} octagram." Who says that those boring pentagrams are so special? My personal favorite n-gram is th...
by Дерсу Узала
Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Commuting permutations
Replies: 5
Views: 4188

Re: Commuting permutations

Alright, thanks lightvector ; I think I have it now. Showing that the centralizer C_{S_n}(a)=\langle a \rangle , is equivalent to showing that the stabilizer \text{Stab}_{S_n}(a)=\langle a \rangle , for S_n acting on itself by conjugation. a^ka=a^{k+1}=aa^k, \forall k implies that a ...
by Дерсу Узала
Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Commuting permutations
Replies: 5
Views: 4188

Re: Commuting permutations

Unfortunately, DavCrav's post is a bit above me. Let's say I want to find the centralizer of the cycle p=(1,2, \dots ,n) \in S_n . (I think this should be a simple example, because it moves all points). I think that the centralizer of p is only the cyclic group \langle p \rangle . However, I...
by Дерсу Узала
Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0777: "Pore Strips"
Replies: 71
Views: 23278

Re: "Pore Strips" discussion (#777)

"I was ... vaguely fascinated ..."


Wait. What does that even mean?
by Дерсу Узала
Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 199242

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

Lioness wrote:こんちは!

私は4年で勉強している

「4年間で勉強した」("I studied for 4 years")と言いたかった?
17才です。ダンスと強度興味がある。かれしは日本語を2年ならって、私は時々教える。

また、「2年間で学んで、」の方がいいですね。

(僕が母語話者じゃないだけど、手伝ってみるとする。)
by Дерсу Узала
Sat Jun 05, 2010 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 199242

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

まだ大学生でコンピューターサイエンス、日本語言語学、音楽論を勉強しております。(さすがのxkcdファンでしょう、笑)と言えば、卒業は今月12日ですごくわくわくしています。 Congratulations on your graduation. Sounds fascinating. What do you plan to do with your skills? I was going to major in linguistics, but switched off it for maths. I've spent the last six months studying classica...
by Дерсу Узала
Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 199242

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

数年前って"some years ago"という意味で、「すうねんまえ」と読むのです。(自分だと)「ある年」というと、具体的な年間について話している感じがします。「ある年前」の方は「before a certain year」という意味になります。 あ、分かる。説明してありがとう。もちろん、言いたかったことは、 数年前 大学で日本語の学生だったこと。 どういう意味で「ぺらぺら」を使っているのかな。日本語を勉強している学生によく「fluent」として使われる言葉なんだけど、「ぺらぺら」は発音、リズムなどだけ説明する言葉なんですよ。いわゆるどのぐらい上手かではなくて、どのぐら...
by Дерсу Узала
Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 199242

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

どうも!激しい二年間だったのが。kobachiさんがぺらぺらであるの?
質問が一つだけあれ:「年前」とはどうやって発音するのか(「すう」か「かず」…)?
その表現が聞くことがないから。
by Дерсу Узала
Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 199242

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

ヤー。こんにちは、皆。初めまして。日本語を練習したい! ある年前、ハーバード大学の日本語の二年生だったけど、今、あまり練習しないで、速く忘れていてしまう。 …本当に、まだ覚えるかどうかちょっと分からない。ですが、そのために、練習が良いね? じゃ、どうぞよろしく。またね。(誰かの和語の上手な人が間違っている文法などを直しくれたら、どうも有難うございますね!) What I mean to say is: Hey, g'day everyone. How do you do? I want to practice my Japanese! A few years ago, I was a seco...
by Дерсу Узала
Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parliamo Italiano! (Italian Practice)
Replies: 54
Views: 21899

Re: Parliamo Italiano! (Italian Practice)

Ciao a tutti! Io vado in Italia in pochi mesi (per la prima volta!), e voglio prepararmi per praticare la lingua un po'. Non ho studiato la lingua, ma ho sentito parlare di tanto in tanto. La comprendo un po', però ho studiato spagnolo per l'anno passato, e spesso mi capita di confondere molto alcun...
by Дерсу Узала
Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0031: "Barrel - Part 5"
Replies: 7
Views: 4769

Re: "Barrel - Part 5" Discussion

An easy favorite. This kind of thing should happen more often.

See this.
by Дерсу Узала
Mon May 31, 2010 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Coolest Asian writing system
Replies: 64
Views: 20464

Re: Coolest Asian writing system

pieaholicx wrote: Dawnbringer wrote: Hiragana is used only for words that have no Kanji equivalent, such as particles and suffixes. Kanji is the main part of the Japanese language, and is used for anything that can be represented with Kanji. At least some of the Japanese particles do have Kanji equi...
by Дерсу Узала
Thu May 27, 2010 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is an openness to uncertainty necessary?
Replies: 21
Views: 2752

Re: Is an openness to uncertainty necessary?

A lot of subjective analysis is required in order to make a judgement on whether any point of view is "better." The parties must first be in agreement about the basis from which one is building a definition of "better," in any case. And if the basis itself is the subject of discu...
by Дерсу Узала
Thu May 27, 2010 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is an openness to uncertainty necessary?
Replies: 21
Views: 2752

Is an openness to uncertainty necessary?

On the danger of “fundamentalism:” is there any potential for constructive debate? Unquestioning faith in a belief system (for the purpose of this question, I limit myself to mean with respect to text-based religious belief) seems to exclude the possibility of authentic discussion. But, intercultura...
by Дерсу Узала
Thu May 27, 2010 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0745: "Dyslexics"
Replies: 143
Views: 49203

Re: "Dyslexics" Discussion

Reminds me of the anti- ‘anti-missile’ missile’ missiles of the cold war.
by Дерсу Узала
Fri May 14, 2010 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0740: "The Tell-Tale Beat"
Replies: 115
Views: 33689

Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Great Poe reference. The drawing style looks very Edward Gorey. I don't think xkcd had referenced him yet... This one is great, but I think Gorey deserves at least a whole comic of his own.
by Дерсу Узала
Mon May 10, 2010 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0738: "Incision"
Replies: 42
Views: 16483

Re: "Incision" Discussion

October 8th, 2004. The day Martha Stewart started to serve her sentence? That must be it...
by Дерсу Узала
Wed May 05, 2010 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0736: "Cemetery"
Replies: 52
Views: 15022

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

I was excited that he silenced the title text in respect for those who died in the making of that comic, but then, I guess it was just a moment of silence.

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