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by RabbitWho
Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Punnilingus
Replies: 135
Views: 68315

Re: Punnilingus

"American way": Van Go! "Rest of the English-speaking world way": Van Goff. (Occasionally Van Gohk ) Half the people I know say Go and the other half say Goff, I'm Irish and I heard a lot of people say it 'cause I studied Art History... so it's not an American thing. They got a ...
by RabbitWho
Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0771: "Period Speech"
Replies: 107
Views: 40065

Re: "Period Speech" discussion (#771)

Hee hee. This joke was done in less awesome style in the episode of Star Trek Voyager where they traveled back to the 1990s and Lieutenant Paris made use of all his knowledge of "20th century slang" .

A good solid xkcd comic.
by RabbitWho
Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find
Replies: 225
Views: 85407

Re: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find

No deal! I don't know what anyone could possibly mean by "pure cleansing fire". Arsonist? Pyromaniac? Since when can fire be pure or impure? It doesn't cleanse, it turns everything black. So how can we find a word for it if it's nonsense. Given that Google has 209000 results for the phrase...
by RabbitWho
Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Expanding my vocabulary in another language
Replies: 22
Views: 4555

Re: Expanding my vocabulary...

Try doing the thingy.. I forget what it's called... So example: I needed to learn the Czech word for ice skating, which is "brusleni". Brus is pronounced like Bruce and Leni is like Lenny, which is the nickname of a friend of mine. So I imagined Lenny and Bruce Wayne ice skating together. ...
by RabbitWho
Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Audiobooks
Replies: 28
Views: 5264

Re: Audiobooks

How could you possibly be over emotional? By not following a simple piece of Tralfamadorian advice: try to concentrate on the good moments, and ignore all the bad ones. major spoiler. my interpretation of the book will slant yours, so make your own first. That advice was a protective mechanism inve...
by RabbitWho
Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Sliders-inspired q.
Replies: 27
Views: 4472

Re: Sliders-inspired q.

I understand all that, but what I didn't understand was how any other number could possibly have come out of the hat than the number that did come out of the hat. I feel like I just flipped a coin and it landed heads up and now someone is telling me with a straight face that there's no reason/ no c...
by RabbitWho
Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Sliders-inspired q.
Replies: 27
Views: 4472

Re: Sliders-inspired q.

Oh, then you don't understand even the basics of quantum mechanics and chaos theory. QM states that the universe we experience isn't merely billiard balls. There is either randomness, or universe forking, (or even weirder stuff like super-determinism where what happens in 1 billion years determines...
by RabbitWho
Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Local Colloquialisms
Replies: 51
Views: 13498

Re: Local Colloquialisms

I think what I find interesting was that maybe an adverb has been formed out of an adjective which was originally formed out of an adverb which was originally formed out of an adjective. Legitimate > Legitimately ^ > Legit > Legit That's such a cool little journey. I think it counts as an independen...
by RabbitWho
Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does one become a famous scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 16543

Re: How does one become a famous scientist?

I don't think women swoon for famous scientists. Women swoon for web comic creators.

You could write books about how everyone who doesn't agree with you is ignorant and foolish and mislead and stupid like Richard Dawkins does.
by RabbitWho
Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Sliders-inspired q.
Replies: 27
Views: 4472

Re: Sliders-inspired q.

[v. informative post] Thank you, that post was doubleplusgood - exactly what I was looking for. I find it really hard to believe there's another universe where it's 2010 and USBs don't exist. It seems like everything happened the only way it could possibly happen, I mean if I see a thread on a mess...
by RabbitWho
Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find
Replies: 225
Views: 85407

Re: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find

I don't know what anyone could possibly mean by "pure cleansing fire". Arsonist? Pyromaniac? Since when can fire be pure or impure? It doesn't cleanse, it turns everything black. So how can we find a word for it if it's nonsense. Given that Google has 209000 results for the phrase "c...
by RabbitWho
Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: value of teenage emotions
Replies: 15
Views: 2826

Re: value of teenage emotions

Deal with your teenage emotions, unless you want to still be having them when you're 24.

Feelings are always legitimate, but fortunately not always permanent!
by RabbitWho
Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1750103

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned an awful lot of little bits I don't understand about quantum theory.
by RabbitWho
Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What Happened to all the Good Books?
Replies: 27
Views: 5015

Re: What Happened to all the Good Books?

I know it takes a while to bridge the gap between kids books and grown up books (because teen books are rubbish and the most frequently published grown up books are romance and crime) but don't give up on it, keep trying. You'll find the great grown up books for you eventually and they'll blow your...
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Paul the Octopus
Replies: 34
Views: 5465

Re: Paul the Octopus

I'm sure the keepers, who know the octopussy intimately, are able to dominate them.
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What can i do with a computer science degree?
Replies: 31
Views: 64247

Re: What can i do with a computer science degree?

Berengal wrote: Whenever your computer does something, except being powered off, a computer scientist told it to do so.


Just as I was reading that, Ubuntu 10.4 crashed. Honestly.
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Sliders-inspired q.
Replies: 27
Views: 4472

Re: Sliders-inspired q.

It could be one of the universes where only one proton is placed differently for a split second and everything else is the exact same. I wonder does probability effect how many of a certain type of universe exist, like are there more like ours than there are where Elvis is still alive, since with hi...
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do people ask you to justify altruism over selfishness?
Replies: 18
Views: 1958

Re: Why do people ask you to justify altruism over selfishne

This is a binary thing:

0 - you don't need help
1 - you need help

There is no 2.
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Someone makes an atom for atom exact copy of you
Replies: 60
Views: 6862

Re: Someone makes an atom for atom exact copy of you

I saw the first post.. I knew this was going to end up about sex.

It's not incest it's fun masturbation!

Anyway I wouldn't care if I was the copy or the original so long as we got to spend some quality time alone.
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What Happened to all the Good Books?
Replies: 27
Views: 5015

Re: What Happened to all the Good Books?

I know it takes a while to bridge the gap between kids books and grown up books (because teen books are rubbish and the best published grown up books are romance and crime) but don't give up on it, keep trying. You'll find the great grown up books for you eventually and they'll blow your mind.
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Audiobooks
Replies: 28
Views: 5264

Re: Audiobooks

I'll admit the voice annoyed me at first, but I think that's happened with every audiobook I've listened to till I've sunk into it.. but.. Simpering and over emotional!? The book is about the bombing of Dresden! It's about a man who dies of post traumatic stress disorder because he "turns t...
by RabbitWho
Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: R's all over the place?
Replies: 27
Views: 4069

Re: R's all over the place?

I see, so the Cork accent doesn't include upper class people from Cork? Fine. I still really really strongly doubt that you don't have schwas in your speech. :( Check your bonnet for bees. The upper class accent is completely different from the lower class one. I am sorry I didn't specify that I wa...
by RabbitWho
Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Peer Review
Replies: 8
Views: 1789

Re: Peer Review

I don't know much about bees, but it seems to me that the world of beekeeping is going through their own continental drift controversy at the moment: http://www.beesource.com/point-of-view/adrian-wenner/ I think the truth / the best theory always comes out eventually, but it's sad sometimes when you...
by RabbitWho
Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Sylvia Plath
Replies: 5
Views: 2189

Re: Sylvia Plath

Old dead joke. Pigeon holing Sylvia Plath is so hackneyed. Every fool has done it, in fact I just watched an episode of Family Guy 10 minutes ago (my dad was watching it and I was in the room) that mocked her.
by RabbitWho
Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Audiobooks
Replies: 28
Views: 5264

Re: Audiobooks

Hurt wrote:Just read/heard Slaughterhouse five read by Ethan Hawke. It was alright, his voice didn't always follow the flow of the story, but he still did a good job and entertained me.


Me too! I thought it was an excellent reading... and what a book!
by RabbitWho
Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: R's all over the place?
Replies: 27
Views: 4069

Re: R's all over the place?

gmalivuk wrote:
RabbitWho wrote:Still, Cork [Cark] accent is all sharp As.
Well, this guy is from Cork, apparently, and I hear schwas in his speech...




Upper class.
by RabbitWho
Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0767: "Temper"
Replies: 159
Views: 43897

Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

*Makes a joke about Socky and Zuppy*

Ha! Take that rest of the world!
by RabbitWho
Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is a word?
Replies: 77
Views: 9668

Re: What is a word?

I'm obviously not talking about including hand signals and drawing pictures or talking to someone who's a real good guesser Well that wasn't at all obvious from what you actually wrote in that post, so I just wanted to make it clear that what counts as a word should be (at least) some collection of...
by RabbitWho
Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find
Replies: 225
Views: 85407

Re: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find

I don't know what anyone could possibly mean by "pure cleansing fire". Arsonist? Pyromaniac? Since when can fire be pure or impure? It doesn't cleanse, it turns everything black. So how can we find a word for it if it's nonsense. If we're being metaphorical then catharsis sounds fine, exce...
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Audiobooks
Replies: 28
Views: 5264

Re: Audiobooks

I forgot to mention the absolute key thing for me when it comes to holding my attention is the ability to move around. I can't do this while reading, or at least it's hard. I have a big scar on my head from walking while reading Metamorphosis. Every time someone mentions the book I rub my head, it's...
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Local Colloquialisms
Replies: 51
Views: 13498

Re: Local Colloquialisms

There are big fat dictionaries published on Cork slang, but I'll do the best off the top of my head. The origin of a lot of these is in old English, sometimes Irish, sometimes Shelta (language of Travelers) . Bjor = girl feen = boy langer = penis / unpleasant or foolish individual Langered/locked/mo...
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Who ate who?
Replies: 39
Views: 6769

Re: Who ate who?

Commas are not irrelevant grammatically, though, because they can for example tell you whether a relative clause is identifying or not. Example: My sister who lives in France speaks French. = I have two sisters. My sister, who lives in France, speaks French = I have one sister. Surely "The cat...
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0766: "Green Flash"
Replies: 82
Views: 24480

Re: "Green Flash" Discussion

Hurrah! They stopped the oil spill! It will never come true!
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0766: "Green Flash"
Replies: 82
Views: 24480

Re: "Green Flash" Discussion

The only way the reflections in the water are right is if the entire sea is covered in oil.

http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_interne ... tream.html

hmmmm...
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: R's all over the place?
Replies: 27
Views: 4069

Re: R's all over the place?

The problem is you'd never say "I want to go" you'd say "I wanna go" If you're using the full infinitive like that you're probably on a job interview and repressing your accent anyway. The a at the end of wanna will be [e] The following 3 sounds are all usually "aa" ae ...
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: a tribute to xkcd
Replies: 3
Views: 3288

Re: a tribute to xkcd

Creative Commons, free to use and edit for non commercial purposes. Rules on the main page i think.

That's nice!
German is inherently funny.
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Interesting features in your conlang
Replies: 93
Views: 49704

Re: Interesting features in your conlang

I soon found it was frustrating as there were far more words than I'd originally realized.
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical Definition of Love
Replies: 34
Views: 9996

Re: Mathematical Definition of Love

He's in love.
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Audiobooks
Replies: 28
Views: 5264

Re: Audiobooks

I'm listening to Catch 22, it's read by squidward. He has amazing comic timing, much better than the reading voice inside my head.
by RabbitWho
Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling and homonyms?
Replies: 29
Views: 4500

Re: Spelling and homonyms?

Well at some point it's like txtspeak: If u can't b asked 2 spell the whole word, u look like n idiot. My thoughts exactly - I've come to the point where I refuse to respond to SMS messages that are in "txtspeak" with anything other than "Speak English please. The phone companies mus...

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