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by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: postmodernism: yea or nay
Replies: 51
Views: 8403

Re: postmodernism: yea or nay

i'm rather curious as to exactly what you goodly folks are talking about when you type "postmodernism." we note someone talkin shit about foucault and lacan, so i guess (post)structuralism is in on this. we recommend the article on postmodernism in the stanford encyclopedia of philosophy a...
by Asleep or Wrong
Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language Morphology Preference
Replies: 13
Views: 3530

Re: Language Morphology Preference

fusional and isolative. not a big fan of huge polymorphemic words, sounds strange and is easy to get lost in.

someone enlighten me as to the difference between polysynthetic and agglunative? is the first just an extreme case of the latter?
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite of the Big Three of Horror?
Replies: 38
Views: 3952

Re: Favorite of the Big Three of Horror?

While I love Lovecraft, Poe is head over shoulders above him as a horror writer, and so far the only writer to have ever inspired nightmares in me. As Malice mentioned, Poe captures the human dimension wonderfully, so much so that the terrifying qualites of the relationships and characters presented...
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
Replies: 167
Views: 80464

Re: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]

yeah, the history of latin orthography is ridiculous. i've no idea why the u for both vowel and consonant lowercase v convention stuck.

with regard to the tense thing, yes. it seems like it should be pretty simple but as it turns out the sequence of tenses is mind-numblingly complicated.
by Asleep or Wrong
Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
Replies: 167
Views: 80464

Re: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]

solvsne inter qvi "latinvm cvrsvs lectionvm Cantabrigiensem" legerunt speravi Qvintvm imperatorem Romanorvm fieri? atqve GRVVVVVVVMIIIIIIIOOOOOO edit: could someone with better latin chops than i elucidate the way tenses of verbs in a complex sentance interact? i'm looking through a&g ...
by Asleep or Wrong
Sat May 31, 2008 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Characters?
Replies: 145
Views: 24598

Re: Favorite Characters?

Sandry wrote:Ned Henry from To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.


jesus wept, i hadn't thought about that in a long while. he really is a great narrarator. what with the time-lag clouded detached but interested coloring and a splendid picking of words. so charming.
by Asleep or Wrong
Sat May 31, 2008 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Characters?
Replies: 145
Views: 24598

Re: Favorite Characters?

Woland from The Master and Margarita. Haven't yet encountered a representation of the Devil so pleasing (but then, I haven't read The Devil in Love, that book which is so endearing to Lucas Corso and the demon and their author). He seems so right , going about wrecking the nice order of the Soviet U...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue May 20, 2008 3:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: Liberal, Moderate or Conservative?
Replies: 89
Views: 9049

Re: Poll: Liberal, Moderate or Conservative?

World's Smallest Political Hook

as for me I'm leaning pretty bakuninish nowadays.
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Test your linguistic prowess (FreeRice)
Replies: 7
Views: 3104

Re: Test your linguistic prowess (FreeRice)

at my height i got to 46 then came tumbling down.
that there exists an intuition of words which i am certain i have never heard is kind of worrying. i don't mean the ones whose meanings can be discovered by flashbacks to latin class, but ones which i have no reason to know.
by Asleep or Wrong
Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Saying "rabbit" in other languages
Replies: 74
Views: 28448

Re: Saying "rabbit" in other languages

EDIT: you can find a bunch of other languages here: http://www.rabbit.org/links/translate.html Careful though, it's a terribly designed page. That this page exists is extremely worrying. Ainu call hares "isepo" (lit: "little squealer") and I suppose they'd do the same for rabbit...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite poem(s)?
Replies: 115
Views: 19700

Re: Favourite poem(s)?

You are a complete butthat with no ability to read. Eliot seethes depth. In fact, that's why his poetry is so difficult. One can't even READ, let alone UNDERSTAND Four Quartets without a working knowledge of Milton and Dante. Encapsulating your meaning and intent inside allusion after allusion is n...
by Asleep or Wrong
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can anyone tell me about Lexington Park, Maryland?
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Re: Can anyone tell me about Lexington Park, Maryland?

There MIGHT be somewhat of a life in Waldorf, but I don't know for certain. There isn't. The only reason that area is as developed as it is (not to say that it's heavily developed - it's NOT) is to support the air station. Seriously. The entire southern end of the state is more or less completely i...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Three Kingdoms: Chinese Classics
Replies: 6
Views: 5047

Re: Three Kingdoms: Chinese Classics

Last year I promised myself I would go through the Four Great Novels, one a (Chinese) year. Started with Dream of the Red Chamber and I can say without at all wavering that it it the best non-personal thing I've ever experienced. It's as if Cao Xueqin figured out a way to write humanity. It's only a...
by Asleep or Wrong
Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you just bought
Replies: 120
Views: 17382

Re: Books you just bought

a book of poetry by borges.
though i’m sure my enjoyment of it is purely self-gratifying, i fell into love with “los justos.”
by Asleep or Wrong
Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Good Adventure Games
Replies: 45
Views: 6421

Re: Good Adventure Games

I had a good deal of fun with The Journeyman Project 3. Also Omikron. And for the hell of it, Zork: Grand Inquisitor (Floss athletically!). And if you haven't already, the newer Myst sequels are pretty decent. The adventure genre fan scene is inexplicably active. There are sites like http://adventur...
by Asleep or Wrong
Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 44
Views: 3565

Re: Where do you get your news?

In the United States, Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio are the sources I trust the most. I try (read: fail) to keep abreast of the papers of record of other major countries which publish in English and have free online pages. It's shame that more don't though. I guess if I were mo...
by Asleep or Wrong
Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Cthulhu! (Well, Lovecraft in general)
Replies: 69
Views: 17604

Re: Cthulhu! (Well, Lovecraft in general)

Are there any Cthulhu Mythos writers who aren't terrible? It seems like Lovecraft & friends set up something spectacular and then a great many people have spent the last 70 years making it suck with terrible pastiches. As for Lovecraft's writing style, in addition to the above, his casual racism...
by Asleep or Wrong
Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Default theme has changed - prosilver vs subsilver2
Replies: 59
Views: 7619

Re: Default theme has changed - prosilver vs subsilver2

I think I'm alone in liking that user baubles were banished to the right and the body of messages was placed on the left. When reading a webpage my eyes gravitate to the left side, so making that part of the screen about discussion rather than popular people strikes me as a good idea. Also not sure ...
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 478887

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

The Coming American Fascism by Lawrence Dennis, who was up there with Ezra Pound in the leading intellectual fascist circles of the US.
(I am not a fascist, just curious as to what was going through their heads)
by Asleep or Wrong
Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: An Official English Language
Replies: 23
Views: 4650

Re: An Official English Language

The Englishes used in law are already pretty unambiguous subsets of the common Englishes. I really have difficulty believing that the amount of work in training everyone involved in law to be rigorous in the use of a standard language is less than that in judges using their jurisprudence in interpre...
by Asleep or Wrong
Thu Jan 10, 2008 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Whence and hence
Replies: 19
Views: 6756

Re: Whence and hence

Regarding general demonstrative neuter pronouns in english they are split between vowels (ae and i) rather than the th/h system. Something closer to what you're aiming for might be the simple neuter third pronoun "hit." idk i'm not a comparative linguist. couldn't find any hen type things....
by Asleep or Wrong
Thu Jan 10, 2008 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Whence and hence
Replies: 19
Views: 6756

Re: Whence and hence

I think some of that confusion might be because, for many cases in English (also a bunch of other IE languages I think), the interrogative and the relative pronoun are collapsed into one word. edit: Just looked at some dictionaries, there are many cases of whence as a relative pronoun. The wording i...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Whence and hence
Replies: 19
Views: 6756

Re: Whence and hence

It's pretty common to drop prepositions in the beginning of a sentence of that form. E.g. "[To] where are you going?" edit: could someone put the difference between all these crazy pronouns in more linguistitastic terms? like whence is interrogative but how does it relate with where &c.
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What kind of books do you read?
Replies: 30
Views: 4838

Re: What kind of books do you read?

On my own I seek out things that are firmly in the Western literary canon, pulp detective novels, critical studies of books I really enjoyed, some random poetry collections.
When I get something recommended to me I read it without regards. I don't have much a sense of discretion in that sense.
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 13856

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

Read The Crying of Lot 49 a year or so ago, it's a wonderfully compact bit of crazy.
In order to truly turn my nose up with gusto I guess I have to read Gravity's Rainbow. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to steel myself?
by Asleep or Wrong
Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books everyone seems to hate that you think are good
Replies: 89
Views: 10436

Re: Books everyone seems to hate that you think are good

Where wanders you who're amongst people who dislike Shakespeare?
(rereading that, I found that who're is an amazing contraction)

I really liked The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Everyone I talked to about it found it impossible to relate. How?
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 82372

Re: Operating Systems

TRON is a japanese worldwide computer project. TRON is a group of newer OSs and specifications. TROn is anti-UNIX computer project. Do you know TRON ? TRON is anti-UNIX. TRON is NOT UNIX. TRON is TRON. E.g... Mac is a daughter of UNIX. Win is a bastard of UNIX. Linuxes are sons of UNIX. Their are Ab...
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Great things that happened to you today*
Replies: 1346
Views: 176872

Re: Great things that happened to you today*

I should have been studying for exams. But today I went Christmas shopping. And got headphones and a diary for myself. But let's ignore the selfish motives. At the end, I was idling time away in Best Buy, mostly to check on the clock. And a girl approached me. She held a sticker out. Said "This...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 140271

Re: Beautiful words...

I recently had a discussion in my Sanskrit class regarding concepts of beauty, especially in language. The consensus is that retroflex sounds are ugly and nasals are beautiful (even the retroflex nasal). Expressions of love and poetry are expected to have a lot of nasals. Even ऋ? Y'all are no fun. ...
by Asleep or Wrong
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 56063

Re: "Python" discussion

words. more words You've been had by a stupid catchphrase from world4ch/prog/. Sorry for the bother! ONE WORD: FORCED INDENTATION OF CODE Python sucks, anybody who likes it needs to read SICP. As for you , mister, you need to learn that your path to satori is one of many. The Abelson has seen this,...
by Asleep or Wrong
Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that are their own opposite
Replies: 67
Views: 9456

Re: Words like "cleave"

The etymologies of cleave are pretty interesting.
Cleave is actually two unrelated words, but the choppity one weakened in pronounciation at some point in Old English and they became spelling buddies.
by Asleep or Wrong
Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: vi vs. vim (sacrilege alert!)
Replies: 54
Views: 27073

Re: vi vs. vim (sacrilege alert!)

I type vi at the shell (it's an alias to vim, of course). Force of habit.
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Nov 20, 2007 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Explain the language-side implementation of threading to me
Replies: 4
Views: 1218

Explain the language-side implementation of threading to me

(this is primarily dealing with java, but looking over some other languages it seems this is the common way of implementing threads.) Threads are lines of control divergent from the rest of the program. Okay, cool, grand. In most languages they're implemented as objects, i.e. state and function enca...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Nov 20, 2007 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite poem(s)?
Replies: 115
Views: 19700

Re: Favourite poem(s)?

Carmen V by Catullus Vivamvs mea Lesbia, atqve amemvs, rvmoresqve senvm severiorvm omnes vnivs aestimemvs assis! soles occidere et redire possvnt: nobis cvm semel occidit brevis lvx, nox est perpetva vna dormienda. da mi basia mille, deinde centvm, dein mille altera, dein secvnda centvm, deinde vsqv...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How do you read?
Replies: 136
Views: 22533

Re: How do you read?

Usually a neutral voice. Not quite mine, but not specific to what I'm reading. The one exception is crime fiction. I hear a gruff, worn voice when I'm reading Chandler and Hammett &c. That's a funny exception though, as I don't really read that much of the stuff.
by Asleep or Wrong
Sat Nov 17, 2007 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Coolest Asian writing system
Replies: 64
Views: 20323

Re: Coolest Asian writing system

What is that syllabic block thing you're talking about Hangul characters are blocky looking things. They each represent a syllable, and they are composed by putting together the phonetic symbols which make up the syllable in a specific arrangement. So, for example, the name of the writing system, h...
by Asleep or Wrong
Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Coolest Asian writing system
Replies: 64
Views: 20323

Re: Coolest Asian writing system

I love the syllabic block thing in Hangul. Wish other writing systems did that. For coolest, though, the Mongolian script doesn't have a rival. It's a vertical script, which isn't interesting in and of itself in the region, but it's also an alphabet and the characters are interlinked like many Indic...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)
Replies: 277
Views: 36378

Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

I'm kinda pleased to see there are other people who just find their place from memory.

I borrow books from libraries a bunch so dog ears are unacceptable. Bookmarks are too much of a hassle.
Ribbons attached to books are nice, and I'll use those where they exist.
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 309289

Re: What is your favourite book?

I usually try not to think of things so hierarchally, but I have to admit that one book really does stand out. Dream of the Red Mansion (紅樓夢) by Cáo Xuěqín (曹雪芹), t. Yang Hsien-Yi and Gladys Yang. It's such an immensely full work, I don't quite know where to begin in describing it. I haven't read an...
by Asleep or Wrong
Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2380745

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