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by eSOANEM
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How fast could a new language be translated?
Replies: 6
Views: 1606

Re: How fast could a new language be translated?

I just had another thought on this which is that, if you're willing to be wildly unethical and raise infants spoken to 50% by the people on the other side and 50% by our people, after a few years the kid should be reliably speaking both languages. Of course, then you have to convince the kid to tran...
by eSOANEM
Sat May 19, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 142
Views: 10007

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Or we're not in the timeline he saw where the heroes one (not that that means we're in one he saw where the good guys lost, he never said he saw every outcome, just whatever the number was). Alternatively he may just have learnt how to use the eye better than the Ancient One could. He does seem to h...
by eSOANEM
Wed May 16, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Relative Light Speed
Replies: 15
Views: 2615

Re: Relative Light Speed

Eh, it's the raven paradox. It's some evidence against string theory but not definitive and, from what I've heard from the physicists here there does seem to be a general trend towards abandoning string theory as a viable model of quantum gravity (although, it is still definitely a useful thing to r...
by eSOANEM
Tue May 15, 2018 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Relative Light Speed
Replies: 15
Views: 2615

Re: Relative Light Speed

↶ I thought string theory was still "up in the air"? And arent the loops particles rather than spacetime itself? String Theory's looking less and less plausible by the month. In order to get fermions you need supersymmetry and that's becoming increasingly ruled out and so, because we know...
by eSOANEM
Sat May 05, 2018 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: neutrino question
Replies: 18
Views: 2186

Re: neutrino question

Remember that the neutrinos can be off-shell (so having the "wrong" mass).
by eSOANEM
Fri May 04, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: neutrino question
Replies: 18
Views: 2186

Re: neutrino question

↶ So mass/energy is conserved due to a change in velocity. That makes a certain sense but Im not happy with something changing speed without a reaction force - or is that way too "classical physics" for this subject? I saw the word "superposition" there, is it perhaps a quantum ...
by eSOANEM
Tue May 01, 2018 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 142
Views: 10007

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

↶ Thanos's intention is to hold a cull to prevent hardship due to scarce resources but he is so powerful that you wonder why he doesn't just directly create more resources... Well... It's not that kind of power. Or at least, it isn't until he gets all the infinity stones, maybe. Generally, ...
by eSOANEM
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How fast could a new language be translated?
Replies: 6
Views: 1606

Re: How fast could a new language be translated?

We have a real-world upper bound on this of 28 years because we know that Cortés managed to get alliances and negotiate agreements with natives during his conquest of Mexico and Tenochtitlan fell 28 years after Columbus' first voyage and the first contact between the Spanish and any American peoples...
by eSOANEM
Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 142
Views: 10007

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

↶ I agree that the motivation behind Thanos's plan was a bit silly. That aside, as a friend on Facebook pointed out, the narrative has a standard three-act structure if you see it as a movie about him rather than about everyoneelseatonce, which is apparently how some critics watched it. I think tha...
by eSOANEM
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 234878

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

↶ Funny: usually when a letter in a French-derived word is silent on one side of the pond but not the other (e.g. the "t" in "buffet"), I feel like it's the Americans who don't pronounce it and the Brits who do; I'm surprised to find one that apparently runs the other direction....
by eSOANEM
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 823488

Re: Most excellent times

Yesterday my partner took me to look at the daffodils in the deer park (a small, remarkably deer-less park in their college). Once we were amongst the daffodils they asked me to marry them. I said yes, it was great. 29693338_10215587442374242_741564868_o.jpg daffodils 29693950_10215587444134286_2071...
by eSOANEM
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 406043

Re: Questions For The World

ucim wrote:
Yeah, the key to heroism isn't risk, it's selflessness.


I'd definitely second this (it's definitely necessary although probably not sufficient). The guy who tried to cross the antarctic alone without caches doesn't satisfy this, but Schackleton does.
by eSOANEM
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Shape of Waiter
Replies: 5
Views: 1620

Re: The Shape of Water

From what I understand, names in sign languages are a bit complicated. People often initially fingerspell the person's spoken name but, as they get closer to that person may either merge the various fingerspelling signs or come up with a more iconic sign to use (I'm told the ASL for "Donald Tru...
by eSOANEM
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 23132

Re: Black Panther

↶ That made absolutely zero sense to me. What possible reason do you have for not immediately shooting Klaue? At best - you kill him and you have the gratitude of your partner, and if you want to off her you still have the chance to do so while she's grateful and not considering protecting hers...
by eSOANEM
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 23132

Re: Black Panther

↶ So, have you guys heard about how some of the alt-right are claiming Black Panther as vindication of their views, because (to paraphrase them) Wakanda is totally an isolationist ethnostate exactly like Trump wants to make America, except it's horrible when Trump does it but when fictional black p...
by eSOANEM
Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 8866

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

↶ Well-meaning Victorian-Era busybodies did their best to "help" Aborigines by taking the children away from their parents and raising them in a "civilised" fashion. I don't think any more needs to be said about that - apparently the response was "ingratitude"... The S...
by eSOANEM
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 8866

Re: Black Panther

↶ Or at least tell their children this was, like, a thing that happened so they dont say "I saw Black Panther but I guess thats an American thing, wow those Americans sure do suck" Fade in. Britain walks into America's bedroom while he's got his headphones on, listening to rock music. Bri...
by eSOANEM
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 23132

Re: Black Panther

↶ but seriously, how many countries (in Africa or elsewhere) still have kings? Not a huge number. There's the commonwealth (all ruled by the same queen as the UK), Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei. Cambodia, Denmark, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Moroc...
by eSOANEM
Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 8866

ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

[mod note] Split from the Black Panther discussion . Some posts in each thread may be confusing between here and the time I split them. - gmalivuk [/mod note] ↶ yeah i feel like feeling like it is irrelevant has more to do with whiteness, certainly my black british friends have also been excited ab...
by eSOANEM
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Modern movies to blow 50's directors' minds
Replies: 186
Views: 41142

Re: Modern movies to blow 50's directors' minds

oh yeah, but the idea of such a film with positive representation rather than just as blaxploitation
by eSOANEM
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?
Replies: 46
Views: 6692

Re: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?

I mean, she's from a posh family sure, but she was still a commoner rather than a member of the nobility (prior to her marriage to Prince William) which was actually portrayed as kinda a big deal in the British media (it was the first time someone that close to the throne had married a commoner, at ...
by eSOANEM
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Modern movies to blow 50's directors' minds
Replies: 186
Views: 41142

Re: Modern movies to blow 50's directors' minds

ooh yeah, Spirited Away is definitely a good shout (and a great film generally). Returning to my first theme of blowing their minds with representation (with Moonlight in that post), Black Panther would probably do it. The explicit criticism of colonialism and imperialism, the fact there are only tw...
by eSOANEM
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Are the h and ng sounds allophones
Replies: 4
Views: 1693

Re: Are the h and ng sounds allophones

yeah, it's just an example of how complementary distribution is insufficient as a definition of allophones. If you knew the answer though, why ask it?
by eSOANEM
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?
Replies: 46
Views: 6692

Re: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?

↶ Yet my mom sometimes gets call out re: being Native American? Um, what? She's Italian, Portuguese and Polish NOT Native American. Someone found an app that's supposed to figure this stuff out from a photograph. It called me mostly European Jewish with quite a bit of Native American. It was wrong....
by eSOANEM
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 81
Views: 11003

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

as above
Spoiler:
Yeah that's fair re:Culber. I think it'll be less bad if he gets to continue as an actual character (albeit as a sporce-ghost) rather than just flashbacks which would definitely be bad.
by eSOANEM
Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?
Replies: 46
Views: 6692

Re: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?

↶ Does anyone know any sources that explain how they gather data for the results? A relative of mine, with Mexican heritage, recently posted results to face book, and I thought it was interesting there wasn't a Spanish or Iberian category, but "Celtic/English" and "North African"...
by eSOANEM
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?
Replies: 46
Views: 6692

Re: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?

I've never taken a DNA test or anything but I'm pretty uninterestingly British. My paternal grandfather's from the Channel Islands where his family have been basically forever, my paternal grandmother's from Halifax in Yorkshire, my maternal grandfather's from somewhere in England with some blood fr...
by eSOANEM
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 81
Views: 11003

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

↶ Spoilers re: last night's episode (S01E13) I guess they're trying to go for epic here? The bit about the mycelial network dying means all life in the multiverse will die came out of nowhere and is ludicrously high stakes for something that gets resolved within 30 minutes. It makes sense for M...
by eSOANEM
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 81
Views: 11003

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

you say that but the ds9 mirrorverse wasn't that much of a mirror either. In particular, Sisko and O'Brien were pretty similar in both universes with Kira and Garak being the ones with the most obvious differences.
by eSOANEM
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Croatian Toponyms
Replies: 3
Views: 1603

Re: Croatian Toponyms

It's not at all surprising that Croatia is full of non-Slavic toponyms seeing as the Croats migrated there during the Avar Khaganate c. 600AD. For comparison, the Anglo-Saxons migrations started only about a century earlier and an awful lot of toponyms are Celtic (e.g. York, from Eboracon, any of th...
by eSOANEM
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 99
Views: 11263

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Yeah, I had a similar thought. One of my friends did point out to me though that, unlike a lot of other shows, killing almost any character hits at least one problematic trope. Like, the only major (presumed) straight white man's Lorca and him dying is way too major to pull outside a fin...
by eSOANEM
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1481968

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Can't add an accelerant to your fire if your fire already is accelerant

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by eSOANEM
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1481968

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

That would be a glorious fire.

Do mythbusters still exist? Can we persuade them to do this?
by eSOANEM
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 16812

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

↶ So, I’ll ignore sound in space, I’ll even let the torpedo dropping thing pass... but I’ve got some things I need to rant about... Small problem: big ships. What’s the point if you don’t bring out enough tie-fighters to protect them? Why would you build big, slow ships... and what’s with the big g...
by eSOANEM
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 16812

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

↶ 1 Speaking of which, I thought at one point it might be Finn who was at the end of the String. A First Order implant missed by everyone. Might have been an interesting plot-point, especially if everyone was trying to atop him from Escape Podding, when doing so was the answer to their (everybody e...
by eSOANEM
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Yet another FTL question...
Replies: 35
Views: 5888

Re: Yet another FTL question...

With enough time beforehand, any FTL travel can always be combined with prepared sublight systems to create the standard ansible paradoxes.
by eSOANEM
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 16812

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

The dudes in red are a pretty clear callback to the Emperors Imperial Guards who also wore red. https://i.ytimg.com/vi/3Pw0VqshbaE/hqdefault.jpg The only time we've seen the Knights of Ren, they've worn black and there've only be 7 of them (including Kylo) rather than the 8 guards Snoke has in his c...
by eSOANEM
Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 639347

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

This is a lot less weird when you realise that Thermodynamics is generally a lot nicer when you formulate it in terms of β=1/(k B T) (this does result in heat flowing from low β to high which is clearly wrong so instead of the usual normalisation scheme of setting k B =1 we ought to go for k B =-1 a...
by eSOANEM
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 16812

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

↶ I really loved Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens. I loved we have a villain who's not all-powerful and menacing, is still scary but also somewhat pathetic, it's just an entirely different characterization from what we usually see in villains, particularly Star Wars villains. I'm just not too happy wi...

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