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by eSOANEM
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 101378

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I think she was hoping it'd persuade broadcasters not to run them. Now that at least one broadcaster's going ahead anyway, I expect she'll show up because leaving an empty podium would look even worse than backtracking. No particular surprise with the division result either. Now is about as good a t...
by eSOANEM
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89732
Views: 6127340

Re: Thoughts for ships

by eSOANEM
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 11375

Re: Logon

↶ But something about the way the whole thing shaped out just sat wrong with me. I didn't like the conclusion, which felt rushed, and didn't like the way Logan was a sort of reluctant hero all... the way... through... the film... I also disliked that we're basically only a few years out of the X-Me...
by eSOANEM
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 101378

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Also important: Theresa May has said she won't do any debates.

The impact this will have is very up in the air. Hopefully the broadcasters will run debates anyway (with either no tory podium or with an empty one) but I'm worried they'll just decide not to run any at all.
by eSOANEM
Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you think they should do away with pennies?
Replies: 11
Views: 1957

Re: Do you think they should do away with pennies?

To be honest, I hardly use cash at all these days. Even the vending machines at my department take card.

Obviously there are issues with trying to switch to an entirely card-based economy; in particular homeless people might find it really difficult to get or keep an account.
by eSOANEM
Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 481
Views: 41913

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Ah yeah, I just accidentally entered the wrong one. I agree with gmal on the conclusion
by eSOANEM
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 481
Views: 41913

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Also, sweetard is entirely absent from google n-grams until 1870 or so and peaks about 1880 before disappearing almost completely in 1910 with occasional reoccurances since. Also, for the entire period, sweetheart vastly outnumbers sweetard [linky] . Basically, it looks like just another instance of...
by eSOANEM
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 5699

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

-As I noted in my earlier post, the specific issues that MRAs claim to want to deal with don't seem particularly unreasonable--she mentions differences in male/female suicide rates, service deaths and the draft, prison rape, etc., which all same perfectly legitimate topics to be concerned about. Wh...
by eSOANEM
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 481
Views: 41913

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

It's possible that sweetard arose independently and later merged into the already existing sweetheart? The fact the -ard suffix was originally -hard also means that orthographical confusion could obscure the etymology somewhat. I'd still think the sweetheart etymology much more plausible. -ard words...
by eSOANEM
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89732
Views: 6127340

Re: Thoughts for ships

I made the same mistake. I have never heard of John Cheese before
by eSOANEM
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89732
Views: 6127340

Re: Thoughts for ships

Yeah, I think he must have been off by an order of magnitude or something. I was born in a town of 95k but moved to a town of 14k at age 10 or so and now I'm living in a city of 130k since going to uni. I don't think I'd have had anywhere near that experience had I spent my entire childhood in any o...
by eSOANEM
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Smallest animal
Replies: 18
Views: 4404

Re: Smallest animal

Yeah, the trouble is in the article; at what point does it become an animal? The cancer is definitely animal life and definitely parasitic, but it's not really an organism and doesn't have a reproductive mode that really helps to identify individuals. It's more like a parasitic infestation than it ...
by eSOANEM
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Smallest animal
Replies: 18
Views: 4404

Re: Smallest animal

My first thought was what about that handful of single-celled mammalian parasites like devil facial tumour disease or canine transmissible venereal tumour? They're part of kingdom animalia but fail pretty much any other criterion for being an animal. They are however able to survive and reproduce a...
by eSOANEM
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?
Replies: 22
Views: 3014

Re: Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?

Even ignoring the question of how good wheels actually are without roads, I suspect they wouldn't evolve (at least not with any significant probability) because the intermediate stages necessary are all substantially disadvantaged with respect to their neighbours. Ultimately, it's because evolution ...
by eSOANEM
Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Smallest animal
Replies: 18
Views: 4404

Re: Smallest animal

My first thought was what about that handful of single-celled mammalian parasites like devil facial tumour disease or canine transmissible venereal tumour? They're part of kingdom animalia but fail pretty much any other criterion for being an animal. They are however able to survive and reproduce at...
by eSOANEM
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20862
Views: 2162266

Re: Post your boat race.

More importantly, our (not your) goat won
by eSOANEM
Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 11375

Re: Logan

Yeah, I'm not advocating a complete lack of English from them; just saying that for consistency's sake they probably ought to be using English and Spanish in a similar mix to that Laura was using early on/maybe midway through the film. I'm 99% sure it was done to save one of time or money on casting...
by eSOANEM
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 11375

Re: Logan

Nah, this is a very different thing from the standard thing of just having people speaking a foreign language actually speak English with a foreign accent whilst throwing in a few words from that language; the issue here is the inconsistency. Tbh, I would have expected a lesser film to do with Laura...
by eSOANEM
Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 11375

Re: Logan

On the topic of language, the only real gripe I had (which was pretty minor) was that all the other kids only ever spoke English, even to each other when Logan wasn't there or was unconscious; it was only Laura who spoke Spanish but, if they'd all been raised by the Mexican nurses (but also ordered ...
by eSOANEM
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Minimum population question
Replies: 50
Views: 14093

Re: Minimum population question

I read in a book called 1491 that the American Indians had built up a population far larger than anyone had suspected until recently, and that 90+ percent of them fell to European diseases without ever laying eyes on a white person. Supposedly the initial migration to the Americas was so small, and...
by eSOANEM
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89732
Views: 6127340

Re: Random natterings

I too remember that avatar. Greetings
by eSOANEM
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2846
Views: 551231

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

idk, the usual arguments seem to require some sort of horizon (be it an event horizon or an unruh one) but then I've never actually seen a proper QFT in curved space derivation of it
by eSOANEM
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 11690

Re: Free Will

↶ Note that I'm talking about processes and not the universe as a whole. This process could be any subset of the universe and, assuming the universe is infinite (and so an observer is guaranteed access to more resources than exist in the subset), it is, in principle, possible for an observer to pre...
by eSOANEM
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 11690

Re: Free Will

↶ An observer can, in principle, predict with certainty the outcome of a deterministic process. To prevent anyone from getting the wrong idea, I think it's worth pointing out that determinism does not imply predictability. For any observer inside of the deterministic process we call "universe&...
by eSOANEM
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Modern movies to blow 50's directors' minds
Replies: 181
Views: 27753

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

I'm not going to let it die just yet because, even though I've not actually seen it and, whilst it might be mindblowing in a somewhat different way, Moonlight (with the introduction that it won 3 oscars including best picture and was nominated for another 5) would blow some minds.
by eSOANEM
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 11690

Re: Free Will

I'm going to jump in and echo gmalivuk that free will requires some third path. An observer can, in principle, predict with certainty the outcome of a deterministic process. An observer can, in principle, predict with certainty the probability distribution of outcomes of a random process. An observe...
by eSOANEM
Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the past tense of swing?
Replies: 32
Views: 5056

Re: What is the past tense of swing?

Yeah, the conventional distinction with hanged/hung is that the execution method uses "hanged" but everything else uses "hung". "the executioner hanged the criminal" "the pirate hanged" "the sign hung in the breeze" "the farmer hung the pheasant...
by eSOANEM
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 59
Views: 8462

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

↶ I used to do that all the time when I was learning Russian (I started age 16, have learnt Spanish as a second language at school since I was 5). I think at first your brain just goes 'foreign language, must respond'. My grandmother said when she moved to Bolivia and learnt Spanish, at first she w...
by eSOANEM
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?
Replies: 20
Views: 2733

Re: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?

For the record, one of my favourite practicals from the first year of my (physics) degree was measuring g to a precision of better than 1 part in 1000 using a pendulum (and a torsion pendulum as well for reasons I can't remember). We used the method of exact fractions to get the precision so high; I...
by eSOANEM
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?
Replies: 20
Views: 2733

Re: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?

It would also violate conservation of energy.

Like, you can calculate the acceleration of gravity from rolling cylinders but you need to take into account the rotational energy (as well as the linear kinetic enrgy).
by eSOANEM
Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8186
Views: 1051975

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Yeah, glad your dad was on board even if the editors were shit
by eSOANEM
Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 481
Views: 41913

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Also, would those assembled here say it's odd to have a different voice in different languages? I find that my voice changes depending on which language I'm speaking, which others have commented on in the past but which seems unremarkable to me. What's your thoughts? My Spanish voice is definitely ...
by eSOANEM
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 779
Views: 176264

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

↶ For me, the h in "herb" is always silent and the h in "Herbert" is always pronounced. As I understand it, in RP the opposite is typical. The stereotypical silent "h" in many English accents does not occur in RP. It's more associated with Cockney accents. Yeah. in RP ...
by eSOANEM
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 481
Views: 41913

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

↶ Yeah, Britons pronounce /j/ after /d/, /n/ and /t/ in "due", "new" and "tune", but I didn't think they pronounced /j/ after /l/ as in "lute" or "lieu". Maybe it varies whether they do or not. FTFY? On the previous point, never heard /skju:ba/ (fro...
by eSOANEM
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 779
Views: 176264

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

RP definitely pronounces the h in Herbert (as well as in herb)
by eSOANEM
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 779
Views: 176264

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I'm an RP-speaking brit so I have the reverse: "herb", "herbivore", "an istorian" (but I'd probably go with "the historian"). I think hotel follows the same pattern as historian for me.
by eSOANEM
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28293
Views: 2453346

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

If there's a significant amount of oil left on a pan I'll usually wipe it off with kitchen roll and put it in the bin. If it's not enough to wipe off I tend to just wash it up and it goes down the sink with a washing up bowl full of hot soapy water. I did have to unblock our sink here once though. I...
by eSOANEM
Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 481
Views: 41913

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

How would you syllabify RP "marry"? Something I've read said that it can be syllabified as either [mæ.ɹi] or [mæɹ.i] considering that neither [mæ] nor [mæɹ] are permitted as monosyllabic words in RP. As someone whose dialect aligns with RP on this point, I'd go with [ˈmæ.ɹi]. Neither one ...
by eSOANEM
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 42
Views: 5317

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

Theoretical physics: this thing looks like a pendulum if I squint hard enough!

Like, everything comes back to the harmonic oscillator. I guess gr doesn't, but pretty much the rest of theoretical physics does.
by eSOANEM
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 42
Views: 5317

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

Idk, that definition of physics seems awful broad to me. It arguably includes a bunch of chemistry, ecology and economics as well. I'd go with "physics: the study of how a small number of things does or does not do what it does or does not do and of how lots of things sometimes behave like a sm...

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