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by Christo
Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Comma Splices
Replies: 40
Views: 6021

Re: Comma Splices

Actually, that's why I put the comma there. That's a place where I would pause for a second. That can get pretty dicey. The comma followed by a coordinating conjunction like that generally says you're starting a new independent clause. Readers might feel like you're leaving them hanging. "I we...
by Christo
Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Comma Splices
Replies: 40
Views: 6021

Re: Comma Splices

A few notes: The OP actually ironically contained a misplaced comma in the first sentence ("Hey, I'm looking for a name for a common comma mistake , which is related to but different than a comma splice.") The comma shouldn't be there because the relative clause is restrictive. (You are t...
by Christo
Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Comma Splices
Replies: 40
Views: 6021

Re: Comma Splices

No, the ellipsis is designed specifically to indicate that something was left out, and can also mean a pause. I'd say the em-dash is the only one that just means pause. I don't think an em-dash necessarily means a pause, and--to clarify--I didn't mean that the ellipsis's only job was to pause; I me...
by Christo
Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Comma Splices
Replies: 40
Views: 6021

Re: Comma Splices

That said, it really comes down to what function you ascribe to the written comma. In the past, it meant pretty much any place where a speaker would naturally pause, but lately it seems to have changed subtly into a thing you use only in very specific syntactical situations. I'm not sure what you m...
by Christo
Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Ungoogleable
Replies: 128
Views: 85230

Re: The Ungoogleable

I’ve had difficulty searching for songs to which I only knew the wordless refrains (not instrumentals per se ) such as the “Lie la-lie” part of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Boxer or the “Na na-na-na na” part of Wilson Pickett’s Land of 1000 Dances . You say there are programs that can identify these f...
by Christo
Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Comma Splices
Replies: 40
Views: 6021

Re: Comma Splices

CntRational wrote:As a native speaker of English, "I went to the store, and bought dog food." sounds perfectly natural to me, and it's what I would do.


It might sound natural, but it's grammatically incorrect.
by Christo
Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Ungoogleable
Replies: 128
Views: 85230

The Ungoogleable

I heard awhile back that the origin of using "man" as slang--as in "Hey man , how you doing?"--comes from the black power movement. It was a response to racist whites referring to adult black males as "boy." Calling one another man was a way of conveying respect. I trie...
by Christo
Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Comma Splices
Replies: 40
Views: 6021

Re: Comma Splices

animeHrmIne wrote:What you have there...


That's extraordinarily helpful and concise. Thanks.
by Christo
Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Comma Splices
Replies: 40
Views: 6021

Re: Comma Splices

Chalk another one up for "Lies My Teachers Told Me." I remember specifically, my teacher telling me the difference between: "I went home and went to bed" as opposed to "I went home, and I went to bed." She said, "Because the second half of the first sentence depend...
by Christo
Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Comma Splices
Replies: 40
Views: 6021

Re: Comma Splices

I think it's a dependent clause because it relies on the first half of the sentence for it's subject. That's not what makes a dependent clause. A dependent clause is connected to the independent clause by a subordinator, for instance "This is the house that I bought ." Do you have a sourc...
by Christo
Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Comma Splices
Replies: 40
Views: 6021

Re: Comma Splices

That's how I would punctuate this sentence, otherwise it would have run on uncomfortably. Being a dependent clause doesn't mean that a comma shouldn't be used if it helps the flow of the sentence. /angell I disagree. I'd put a comma after the introductory phrase and take out the other. "As a d...
by Christo
Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Comma Splices
Replies: 40
Views: 6021

Re: Comma Splices

I don't think that is a dependent clause. It's the same "error" as in "I bought milk, and eggs." I think it's a dependent clause because it relies on the first half of the sentence for it's subject. And I think the Oxford comma only applies to lists. I've been reading the campai...
by Christo
Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Comma Splices
Replies: 40
Views: 6021

Comma Splices

Hey, I'm looking for a name for a common comma mistake, which is related to but different than a comma splice. Take the sentence, "I went to the store, and bought dog food." The comma shouldn't be there because the second half is a dependent clause. So, is there a name for that mistake? Th...
by Christo
Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart
Replies: 40
Views: 6696

Re: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart

Joeldi wrote:Need to add in Wire in the Blood and Jonathan Creek. Both fit under Brilliant but Neurotic. Easy subdivision after that would be "Are they American?"


Thanks for that. Would you recommend the two of them? Are they worth checking out?
by Christo
Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart
Replies: 40
Views: 6696

Re: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart

These are all brilliant.
by Christo
Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart
Replies: 40
Views: 6696

Re: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart

ameretrifle wrote:"Callous" may be the word you're thinking of there. ^^
Yeah, you know, it's funny, my wife is pregnant, and somehow we've already both had our IQs cut in half. What the hell's going to happen when the kid gets here?
by Christo
Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: PetsMart and ClimbMax
Replies: 9
Views: 5000

Re: PetsMart and ClimbMax

Lazar wrote:
Christo wrote:So, there's a store near me called PetsMart, which is supposed to be cute because it could be Pets Mart or Pet Smart

Do you mean PetSmart?


I do, indeed. The layout of it is to imply both.
by Christo
Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart
Replies: 40
Views: 6696

Re: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart

Alder wrote:callow means young/inexperienced/immature


I thought that was capricious. Damn me for learning all my vocabulary from Kevin Smith movies.

What I mean to get at with the Castle Lightman comparison is they're both seemingly insensitive and aloof, except when it comes to their daughters.
by Christo
Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: PetsMart and ClimbMax
Replies: 9
Views: 5000

Re: PetsMart and ClimbMax

Cool. What's a PLM system? E: The ClimbMax example just seems to be a homophone; I don't know if the phenomenon has a more specific name than that. Is portmanteau what you're looking for? I read the wiki article, and I think Portanteau would be an anppropriate term. Thanks for that. Another example...
by Christo
Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart
Replies: 40
Views: 6696

Re: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart

I like it.
by Christo
Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart
Replies: 40
Views: 6696

Re: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart

I do like it, Sheriff. I think the organization's great. I've still got to fit in the other shows though.
by Christo
Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: PetsMart and ClimbMax
Replies: 9
Views: 5000

Re: PetsMart and ClimbMax

Cool. What's a PLM system?
by Christo
Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart
Replies: 40
Views: 6696

Re: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart

Right, and Sherlock is essentially the original consultant, right? Or at least the source material anyway. So, where the hell do I put him on the flow chart. Step one, is it original? If yes, it's Sherlock.
by Christo
Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart
Replies: 40
Views: 6696

Re: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart

Oh hell yeah, I somehow forgot about FRINGE. Walter is absolutely a misfit consultant. I'll probably fit him in next to NUMB3RS. Medium can fit in near Psych. Any suggestions on where Bones would fit?
by Christo
Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart
Replies: 40
Views: 6696

Help with Crime Drama Flow Chart

I'm trying to put together a Crime Drama flow chart for my webcomic as a sort of homage to XKCD (i.e. plagiarism). I specifically want to work through the "Misfit Consultant" sub-genre, and I'd love some help. First of all, can anyone name any other shows that feature consultants helping t...
by Christo
Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: PetsMart and ClimbMax
Replies: 9
Views: 5000

PetsMart and ClimbMax

So, there's a store near me called PetsMart, which is supposed to be cute because it could be Pets Mart or Pet Smart, and there's a climbing gym called ClimbMax, as in Climax. Can anyone know if there's a name for this phenomenon or know of other examples?
by Christo
Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Censoring the Trailers with CGI (and sometimes the film!)
Replies: 28
Views: 11502

Re: The American : (This is really weird to me...)

Ask the people who made Vampires vs Zombies about how they could fuck that one up too. Probably by a shitty plot, apathetic delivery and visibly bored actors. ... also, while I'm sure people of all sexualities can appreciate a well-formed human, do keep in mind that people have different tastes, ev...
by Christo
Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Censoring the Trailers with CGI (and sometimes the film!)
Replies: 28
Views: 11502

Re: The American : (This is really weird to me...)

Zohar wrote:Saw this yesterday. First, she's topless in that scene (and there's full frontal nudity of her in the movie). Second, this movie is incredibly boring.


She's naked and it's boring? Howzat possible?
by Christo
Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spoonerisms
Replies: 0
Views: 1744

Spoonerisms

I don't know how many of you listen to NPR's Sunday Puzzle, but Will Shortz's last challenge was a creative one. I thought you all might get into it. Write a riddle in which the answer is a spoonerism. His examples: What's the difference between an ornothologist and the loser in a spelling bee? One ...
by Christo
Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Censoring the Trailers with CGI (and sometimes the film!)
Replies: 28
Views: 11502

Re: The American : (This is really weird to me...)

Wow. That's hilarious.
by Christo
Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Poincare Conjecture Solved (seriously)
Replies: 2
Views: 932

Poincare Conjecture Solved (seriously)

I don't know what I find more compelling: the math of this or the human story? This Russian recluse solved the Poincare Conjecture--which has plagued mathematicians for a century--and then turned down the million dollars offered to anyone who could do it. Check out the full story here.
by Christo
Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Help with Phononyms
Replies: 9
Views: 2198

Re: Help with Phononyms

Lazar wrote:My favorite example is Stephen Colbert's Yom Kippur Atone-Phone hotline, 1-888-OOPS-JEW, which does double duty for a mop company as 1-888-MOPS-KEY.


Lazar! I would have totally worked that in. Where were you when I needed you?
by Christo
Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Help with Phononyms
Replies: 9
Views: 2198

MANY THANKS

Hey, I just wanted to say thank you again. I posted the webcomic today that you helped to write along with a word of gratitude.
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by Christo
Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Censoring the Trailers with CGI (and sometimes the film!)
Replies: 28
Views: 11502

Re: This is really weird to me...

wow, what a stupid title for a movie You mean because it's so obvious? I mean, who's more American than George Clooney? Yeah, descriptive titling can be problematic, as we learned with one of Clooney's other movies. http://www.cuttingroomcomic.com/CuttingRoom/Blank_files/Page_5.jpg
by Christo
Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Censoring the Trailers with CGI (and sometimes the film!)
Replies: 28
Views: 11502

Re: This is really weird to me...

Or they may have CGI'ed her top on the 1st one. Maybe one of the trailers is supposed to be played with R-rated movies and the other is to be played with PG-13 and lower movies. CG'ed to make it less interesting? Hmm... kind of like the Matrix sequels. I hear you on different trailers for different...
by Christo
Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Censoring the Trailers with CGI (and sometimes the film!)
Replies: 28
Views: 11502

Censoring the Trailers with CGI (and sometimes the film!)

I was watching trailers this morning and watched two back-to-back for Clooney's new movie, The American. The trailers were fairly similar, but one of the differences was pretty weird. Check these out, and note that the differences were in the trailers; I didn't photoshop them or anything. http://web...
by Christo
Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0760: "Moria"
Replies: 113
Views: 25708

Re: "Moria" Discussion

I thought this was going end with commentary on the oil spill. They dug too deep.
by Christo
Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: NUMB3RS Parody
Replies: 25
Views: 5390

Re: NUMB3RS Parody

Robocop wrote:I grew up watching a show on PBS that had a segment called "Mathnet".


Heck yeah, they kept calculators in their holsters. It was awesome.
by Christo
Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Karate Kid
Replies: 2
Views: 1080

The Karate Kid

I'm throwing my hat over the wall and saying that I really enjoyed this movie. I didn't think it was genius or life-changing, but it was a totally reasonable remake of a bad classic. Jackie Chan is charismatic and actually--you know--acted in this movie. Jaden Smith I thought did fine, though it's f...
by Christo
Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0753: "Southern Half"
Replies: 193
Views: 58588

Re: "Southern Half" discussion (#753)

I'm fairly certain that the southern half of the globe is everything that's south of me, just as conservatives are everyone more asshole-ish than I am, and nerds are everyone who know slightly more about Star Trek than I do. Essentially, I'm the center of the world, and JFK knew it. Right?

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