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by Alexius
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323260

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

The reason to be scared about "accidents" is that Macron is guaranteed to win an election against Le Pen, but if it was Le Pen versus that extreme far left guy? Might be a toss-up. Of course, the far left guy wasn't even in third place, IIRC, so it won't be like that. That said, I really ...
by Alexius
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323260

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

That's really cool, but according to the Wikipedia article , there might be more to it than just switching to renewables. Nuclear, wind and bio-energy make up a total of 35% of the UK's total energy production (which is great!), but according to the first table on that page, the UK imports more tha...
by Alexius
Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4124
Views: 549247

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The Great Hippo wrote:
Mutex wrote:A car and a knife is all you need to pull off an attack.
Airlines already ban knives on planes; how long until they ban cars, too?


I don't think they let you do this any more:
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by Alexius
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4124
Views: 549247

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Bane Harper wrote:The Mayor of Rotterdam said "I wonder if Erdogan knows that I'm the mayor of a city that was completely destroyed by a Nazi bombardment."

He also happens to be Muslim (though Moroccan rather than Turkish).
by Alexius
Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 34209

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Uh, Paisley is in the wrong place. It should be just outside Glassdoor, as it is where Glasgow's airport is. Paisley is near Glasgow, but has no airport. Glasgow has two airports, one in the city and one in Prestwick. I've always just assumed the airport was in Paisley, as every time I've taken the...
by Alexius
Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 34209

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Some more real places (apologies if they've been mentioned already upthread):
Eyemouth
Brandon- possibly mislocated
by Alexius
Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 65010

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

Angua wrote:I wish we could see what would have happened if none of them were white.


Dennis Banks and Russell Means (both Native American) were acquitted on similar charges after the Wounded Knee incident, which involved actually exchanging gunfire with federal agents.
by Alexius
Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 34255

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey?

Well the coup's timing is certainly strange. Why would you attempt a coup when the president is out of the country? That pretty much guarantees that you can't capture him, and that he'll be able to rally support. Which is exactly what happened. It's actually fairly common- Thaksin Shinawatra was de...
by Alexius
Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another French Terror Attack
Replies: 86
Views: 12806

Re: Another French Terror Attack

[Not without making some huge, intrusive changes to the country - massive barriers along all roads (well, along the bits near pedestrian bits)? Obviously this can't be done with every single place that crowds gather, but we are actually pretty good at making sensitive sites truck-proof. Problem is,...
by Alexius
Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 41806

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

Sure it would. However, what productive benefit do firearms give? The only thing I could presume you could count as a positive for guns is that they can be a leisure activity at a shooting range or such. (I'm not taking "With guns we can defend ourselves from people with guns" as a valid ...
by Alexius
Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1201
Views: 172503

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, Cameron to resign by October]

Members of the public can make complex, informed decisions, Normally I'd say yes, to this, but that this is even a thing makes me a little unsure. (How would a placebo effect even work on a creature that probably doesn't understand proper curatives, of human origin?) There have been studies on the ...
by Alexius
Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 12671

Re: 1688: Map Age Guide

@cellocgw: whats the syrian tower? And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter...
by Alexius
Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323260

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Well, yes I know they ship hazardous stuff on commercial cargo all the time, especially overseas where the alternative is by water. Probably even sometimes by passenger planes (think Lusitania ). I have definitely seen packages with this label on them: http://www.millersupplyinc.com/images/products...
by Alexius
Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Diversity of xkcd comic characters
Replies: 70
Views: 15988

Re: Diversity of xkcd comic characters

Do you think Randall may have seen/been shown this thread? The hair on the avatar in today's comic doesn't look straight to me...
by Alexius
Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children of the Civil War
Replies: 7
Views: 3268

Re: Children of the Civil War

There's been a long chain of letters like that in the London Review of Books, starting with: A friend who teaches in New York told me that the historian Peter Lake told him that J.G.A. Pocock told him that Conrad Russell told him that Bertrand Russell told him that Lord John Russell told him that hi...
by Alexius
Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Whose name comes after "Mrs."?
Replies: 25
Views: 5440

Re: Whose name comes after "Mrs."?

As others have noted, it's a matter of style, not grammar. Traditionally, "Miss" was used with the woman's own name and "Mrs." with her husband's name. So if Amelia Earhart marries George Putnam, you refer to her as "Mrs. Putnam" if she's your neighbor, "Miss Earh...
by Alexius
Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: When do we capitalize the word 'state'?
Replies: 6
Views: 3170

Re: When do we capitalize the word 'state'?

New York is a city in the state of New York, but the City of New York ( official website ) (often unofficially called New York City) is in New York State ( official website ). On the other hand, I think "State of New York" is also used officially - the state constitution begins "We, ...
by Alexius
Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 31542

Re: Greek Crisis continues

As technical matter, could the Greeks order several tens of millions of banknotes from some printing company like LaRue secretly? Is there any indication such notes are being prepared? Are you suggesting Greece plans to counterfeit euros? And to do so in such large quantities that they can not only...
by Alexius
Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323260

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

@Isaac Hill - In some areas (France, for example), the requirement to stay right except to pass is quite ingrained. It is normal to weave left and right when passing many cars, rather than simply claim the left lane for yourself. Recently in the UK someone was fined £500 and got five penalty points...
by Alexius
Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 42304

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

On phone, but a bunch of Georgia tech students protested a speeding ticket by all driving the speed limit on the motorway for 45 mins at rush hour. Backed it up a lot. Hrmmm, does Georgia not have "keep right" laws? This protest would be ticketable in PA at least. Keep right laws vary. Th...
by Alexius
Fri May 29, 2015 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323260

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I was very confused as to whether these were boulder police as in police who police boulders or police who police in Boulder. As it turns out, they're kinda both. Those damned Boulder boulder police, policing Boulder boulder builders. I suppose you could say they were bolder Boulder boulder police,...
by Alexius
Tue May 12, 2015 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Blah, blah, blah...
Replies: 20
Views: 8361

Re: Blah, blah, blah...

Also, re: it's all greek to me . There's a similar phenomenon for the name of that bird we Americans like to eat in late November. Here, we call it a turkey . In Turkey, it is called a hindi (with similar names in several other languages; Hebrew calls it ",תרנגול הודו" roughly "India...
by Alexius
Tue May 12, 2015 10:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 14468

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

He is pro-palestine, which is fine by me - so am I. However, he takes it to a level where if he is not actually anti-semitic himself (and he seems careful never to quite cross that line) he seems comfortable in the company of antisemites. I’m not very good at being Jewish, I don’t take offence at J...
by Alexius
Tue May 12, 2015 12:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 14468

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

Also, the idea that ya'll have a group known as Tories has always struck me as slightly unusual. In the US, the term mostly only comes up in the context of the revolutionary war era history, and Uk elections are typically brushed overly lightly if covered at all in our news. So, it has a quaint air...
by Alexius
Sat May 02, 2015 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fixing police brutality
Replies: 107
Views: 35146

Re: Fixing police brutality

The fact that people get shot is a direct outcome of a culture where guns and the right to bear them is an almost Religious response. Had the cop not been armed then Ferguson wouldn't have happened. And if Americans didn't, in aggregate, possess 300 million guns of various types we could reasonably...
by Alexius
Fri May 01, 2015 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 939245

Re: Police misbehavior thread

As a serious question, how can this be anything but one of the lower orders of manslaughter? 1. If the police officer had given several other people rough rides, this would establish he did not intend to kill Grey. 2. If the officer says he never before gave anyone else a rough ride he will maintai...
by Alexius
Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Trying to say "why" in 25 languages
Replies: 20
Views: 11253

Re: Trying to say "why" in 25 languages

The Greek γιατί is pronounced ʝeˈti (in IPA). The first consonant isn't a sound that exists in English, but you're right that a y is the closest approximation for an English speaker. A way to get close to the actual pronunciation (as in, a native speaker would understand it) is to say "yeti&quo...
by Alexius
Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 116389

Re: Obscure Language Game

Yes, it's from an old bilingual stone inscription between two IE languages of different branches. Edit, I found somewhere which filled in the gaps of the other one's transcription: akisios arkatokok materekos tośo kote atom teuox atoś tonion eu Is this Gaulish? Celtic, contact with Latin, and it lo...
by Alexius
Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 116389

Re: Obscure Language Game

eSOANEM wrote:The first of those two excerpts is celtic; the other is not. Both are languages with significant contact with Latin.


So just to check, this:
akisios arkatokok materekos tośo kote atom teuox atoś tonion eu

is the Celtic one, and the two other phrases are in the same, non-Celtic, language?
by Alexius
Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 116389

Re: Obscure Language Game

Yes, it's from an old bilingual stone inscription between two IE languages of different branches. Edit, I found somewhere which filled in the gaps of the other one's transcription: akisios arkatokok materekos tośo kote atom teuox atoś tonion eu Some of this looks like Greek, but other parts really ...
by Alexius
Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Rhubarb, or the sound of crowds
Replies: 3
Views: 4122

Rhubarb, or the sound of crowds

So in English theatre/films, certainly in the UK, when the sound of a large group of people chattering needs to be heard in the background the actors will say "rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb". In Greek, the equivalent is λουκάνικο (loukaniko), which means "sausage". Does anyone know w...
by Alexius
Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 116389

Re: Obscure Language Game

On erom beemal. Tuck me a tib o' deelo wok. Is it an argot or jargon or is it some highly divergent regional dialect of English? Because it seems to be utterly unintelligible as standard English (to me as a BrE speaker), I'm guessing the former at the moment. Is it thieve's cant (of the Elizabethan...
by Alexius
Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 116389

Re: Obscure Language Game

Lazar wrote:Hmm. Is it from North America?

Yes, it is.
by Alexius
Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 116389

Re: Obscure Language Game

Oh, in that case is it Forth and Bargy dialect? No, it isn't. One more clue: the word "wok" does not mean work. I'll give it tomorrow evening if no-one gets it. And as we're now down to 2, I'll post another one: Wadchaneh neane mooeskesuk: puttogweh agque wutonkouhtomut kenuppawhunash, Wu...
by Alexius
Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 116389

Re: Obscure Language Game

I'll add another one to stop the thread dying: On erom beemal. Tuck me a tib o' deelo wok. It's not tok pisin is it? The spelling of "wok" for what I'm guessing is "work" in English is similar to the spelling "tok" for "talk" in it. This is not tok pisin, nor...
by Alexius
Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 116389

Re: Obscure Language Game

I'll add another one to stop the thread dying:
On erom beemal. Tuck me a tib o' deelo wok.
by Alexius
Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 116389

Re: Obscure Language Game

eSOANEM wrote:it's more obscure than Gheg.

In that case is it Arvanitika? That's the only variety of Albanian I know of that could be called "more obscure than Gheg"
by Alexius
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 116389

Re: Obscure Language Game

Se ti ka hashë bukën.. I'm going to guess Albanian. Not sure if that's specific enough, though. Correct on both counts for the first (Albanian didn't seem obscure enough to qualify); you are going to need to be more specific. OK, then I'm guessing Gheg. I don't really have much to go on beyond the ...
by Alexius
Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 24044

Re: Orange Lights

It was very common during WWII for fighter pilots to report colorful balls of light following them or flying in formation, and it was called St. Elmo's Fire. It was really just distant explosions "following them" the same way the Moon "follows" you. Afterwards they were displace...
by Alexius
Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 116389

Re: Obscure Language Game

Se ti ka hashë bukën e shërbëtyrës s'duarvet tote. Lumë ti e fatbardhë ka jeshë. Jotë shoqe ka jet si dhri me pemë te muret e shpis tënde. Bijët tatë si degë ullinjësh rrethë triesës tënde. Shi kështú ka jet bekuar njeriu çë ka trëmbësirën e Perëndisë. I'm going to guess Albanian. Not sure if that'...

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