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by ascendingPig
Sun Oct 28, 2007 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0084: "National Language"
Replies: 56
Views: 46771

Re: "National Language" Discussion

I do confess to a degree of irritation at the expense to taxpayers of hiring translators for official documents, but I certainly prefer it to having a Mexican waiter who can't read the sign instructing him to wash his hands.
by ascendingPig
Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0334: "Wasteland"
Replies: 199
Views: 28545

Re: "Wasteland" discussion

I always wonder what Randall was thinking when he wrote one of these more depressing comics.

Was he brutally stabbed by someone he loved? Was he bleeding on the carpet when he scribbled down this one on a piece of printer paper?
by ascendingPig
Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Check out this horny old lady (totally not spam! Seriously!)
Replies: 8
Views: 2617

Re: Check out this horny old lady (totally not spam! Seriously!)

Looks like Corna Cutaneum, or whatever it's called.

The growths are caused by tumors, usually on the face and hands, which cause a buildup of keratin. It's benign, but humiliating.

(Thank you, Hypochondriac's Guide.)
by ascendingPig
Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0322: "Pix plz"
Replies: 392
Views: 96499

Re: "Pix plz" Discussion

I can't believe that this debate is still going on. Sure, the joke may be stupid, played out, and unfunny. It's still meant as a joke. Nobody is serious about this. You don't have to laugh about it and it's fine if you find it annoying, but stop the civil rights march already. "No girls on the...
by ascendingPig
Wed Oct 10, 2007 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Incubators of Genius
Replies: 26
Views: 2244

Re: Incubators of Genius

Maya civilization ? Inuit civilization ? Native Americans ? Of course it all depends on your definition of "significant" and "large civilization". But many tribes in History are not called "civilizations" precisely because we associate civilization with some sort of mi...
by ascendingPig
Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: If I had to turn for someone..
Replies: 70
Views: 7202

Re: If I had to turn for someone..

I'd totally swing for Marissa Mayer. How much hotter can you get than that cute blond Google exec?
by ascendingPig
Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Horrible Deaths of Famous Mathematicians
Replies: 34
Views: 4462

Re: Horrible Deaths of Famous Mathematicians

Descartes died of pneumonia while teaching math to the queen of Sweden. Supposedly (at least according to a former teacher of mine whom we should trust too much), he was less into the teaching and more into the sleeping with her. The nightly walks between their rooms made him ill. Not sure if it's ...
by ascendingPig
Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Honesty or Humility ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1659

Re: Honesty or Humility ?

Is this attitude more common in Nobel winners than, say Oscar winners?

Because it could just be that the scientists don't pray and don't have a terribly good set of social skills, one of which would be humility.
by ascendingPig
Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm Not Fat, I'm Big-Boned!
Replies: 476
Views: 40603

Re: I'm Not Fat, I'm Big-Boned!

Ugh, I hate my weight. I'm 5'4'' and around 130lb, which actually isn't HORRIBLE. However, I have something of an ice-cream cone figure, and I've always wanted to lose enough weight to shrink my bust down. Unfortunately, this is virtually impossible, because my metabolism is pure Satan. My diet cons...
by ascendingPig
Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52755

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

My favorite abbreviation is &c. instead of etc.! It's the best.
by ascendingPig
Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Zeugma
Replies: 4
Views: 3025

Re: Zeugma

Webster's says it my way. Random House says it your way. And the OED, unfortunately, says "Zyoogma". Oh dear. Well, at least your teacher is definitely wrong, even if it's hard to tell who's right. I'm going with the OED, which is clearly trying to translate the "eu" diphthong i...
by ascendingPig
Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52755

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

The only phrase I can still remember in Greek is "Dikaiopolis is a peasant", which (as best I can copy'n'paste characters from the Wikipedia Greek Alphabet page) was something like: Ὁ Δικαιοπολις αυτουργος εστιν. Omigawd I think we use the same textbook! Athenaze? Our teacher would pause ...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52755

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

Nonne periculosa dicentis lingua latina scis in hoc foro? Tsk tsk. You capitalised the word at the beginning of the sentence, then forgot to capitalise 'Latina'! It's only dangerous to say you know Latin if you don't know which letters go in upper case. :shock: The Romans didn't have varying cases,...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Action books
Replies: 14
Views: 2004

Re: Action books

Artemis Fowl!

It's like THE tongue-in-cheek children's fantasy action series.
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Horrible Deaths of Famous Mathematicians
Replies: 34
Views: 4462

Re: Horrible Deaths of Famous Mathematicians

Female mathematicians and scientists of the 18 and 19th centuries are really depressing. It really must have been terrible to disguise themselves as men just to get any sense of respect. Yeah. Poor Beatrix Potter, brilliant mycologist, forced to write tales about anthropomorphic mammals for a livin...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118136

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

I'm not sure what you're looking for, to be honest. As I said, I'm not looking to make an argument, but I always did wonder whether people who believed a "soul" formed at conception therefore believed it was possible for a soul to break into two separate ones and what effect this had on t...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52755

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

OmegaLord wrote:
it sounds pretty much like "weary"


Much like "weni, weedy, weechy!"

For you non-latin...ers, veni, vidi, vici.

Church Latin? Shame on you!

"Weni, weedee, weekee!"
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Zeugma
Replies: 4
Views: 3025

Zeugma

No, I'm afraid this isn't about its qualities as a rhetorical strategy. Is it pronounced "ZOYG-mah" or "ZOOG-mah"? Well, the second isn't the exact pronunciation I mean, since I don't know Unicode well enough to make the standard symbol for the Greek diphthong "eu," but...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Question about "et cetera"
Replies: 36
Views: 5150

Re: Question about "et cetera"

I prefer to think of "ehy" as less Australian or Canadian, and more Fonzian.
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118136

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

Does extracting an embryo that just started to split into two count as destroying one embryo or two, then? How does an extra soul develop?
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52755

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

According to dictionary.com, the modern word "virus" comes from Latin "virus" meaning venom, and according to the WORDS Latin dictionary, "virus" is just a second declension noun like "cibus", which means its plural is indeed "viri". Case closed ;-)...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Horrible Deaths of Famous Mathematicians
Replies: 34
Views: 4462

Re: Horrible Deaths of Famous Mathematicians

Back on topic, someone help me expand this list!
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52755

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

It is an American thing, is it not, to put quotes around something you "really" want to emphasise? Because it has the opposite effect in British (and Australian) English, as illustrated in this amusing real estate company billboard: The company you "know" and "trust"! ...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52755

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

Regarding "virus", assuming it was NOT a non-count noun (as is the case with the original word), what would be its proper nominative plural? I'm not quite sure what declension the Latin root "virus" it's from, but it would be too confusing in second, so for that reason I will as...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52755

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

Also, I know it should be shan't but since it already sounds obscure I prefer to take it one step further with shalln't . I'm like that. I prefer viri and computer mouses and other stuff I make up. At best people don't even notice and at worst it's a fun conversation (argument?) starter. If you mea...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nerd test!
Replies: 231
Views: 19533

Re: Nerd test!

Image
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Stuff that pisses {you, me} off
Replies: 111
Views: 8719

Re: Stuff that pisses {you, me} off

Also, I hate that really generic DA DA DA DA DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA DADADADADADADADADADADADADADADADA thing from basically every genre of electronic music. I know that's a really bad description, but anyone who's heard it knows what I'm talking about. It's alright in a few songs, but it gets used f...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52755

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

@gmalivuk:Yeah, and what about when people say "lute"? Gawd, it's called an ud! And when they say "the hoi polloi"? do we really need TWO articles? EDIT: And to respond to jmce, the root of "mathematics" is a word that happens to end in an S. It is not a plural word. ED...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you fled the US, where would you go?
Replies: 209
Views: 23346

Re: If you fled the US, where would you go?

I would go to UK. I speak the language and Canada is awful dull.
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Incubators of Genius
Replies: 26
Views: 2244

Re: Incubators of Genius

More interesting than the fact that the Greeks produced all these geniuses is that they all lived during the Greece Golden Age, a period of (I think?) around 60 years. So the issue shouldn't even be the place or civilization. Homer's Iliad, widely considered the marker for the beginning of the Golde...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where are you?
Replies: 40
Views: 4156

Re: Where are you?

I feel like I'm in my ears, really. Because aural sensations are, too me, the most powerful and noticeable. One easily becomes used to visual input, but I never quite adjusted to the constant buzz of the universe at work.
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does math exist? Could reality be made of math?
Replies: 136
Views: 19544

Re: Does math exist? Could reality be made of math?

Godel thought that math occupied its own external dimension, a world of pure beauty untainted by the harsh dissonance of reality.

I quite like the idea. It's like religion without invisible men.
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wikilaw
Replies: 42
Views: 5152

Re: Wikilaw

I personally love the Ancient Greek system of direct democracy. For an example, look at their civil courts: You could sue someone for absolutely anything, even something like smelling bad, but you had to have at least half of a huge jury of Greek citizens who elected to take the job (most were old m...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ann Coulter: adding to the blonde stereotype
Replies: 31
Views: 3314

Re: Ann Coulter: adding to the blonde stereotype

Best of all, this same Coulter is the one who has committed vote fraud herself, with all the potential charges adding up to a few felonies. Amazing, isn't it?
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mother seeks girl's hysterectomy
Replies: 69
Views: 6467

Re: Mother seeks girl's hysterectomy

What's good for the parents is still an issue, and I don't blame them for having an aversion to sticking tampons up their own child's bleeding orifice.
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52755

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

To everyone who thinks English is easy because it doesn't have many rules:

That's why English is hard. Because it's a language composed entirely of exceptions.
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52755

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

How ironic. You appear to have failed the test for giving me babies. :( there were many reasons why that was already off the table. :) What, you don't think the cephalopod in my avatar is cute enough to bear your children? no, it's a fine-looking cephalopod, surely. but if it has a uterus it's defi...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52755

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

le_sacre wrote:
ascendingPig wrote:How ironic. You appear to have failed the test for giving me babies. :(


there were many reasons why that was already off the table. :)

What, you don't think the cephalopod in my avatar is cute enough to bear your children?
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 52755

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

maybe this is all dreadfully hypocritical coming from someone who refuses to capitalize properly. but any potential mate is allowed pretty much one mispelling of "you're" before they're officially out of the running--how petty! in my defense, good grammar seems to be correlated strongly w...
by ascendingPig
Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Funny story
Replies: 17
Views: 1317

Re: Funny story

I think he's a sandwich fetishist.

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