I love this video on why some Asian people swap r's and l's in English.
* They don't do it like in racist American movies
* English l and r are really weird sounds that can be hard to make and hear. We just don't notice that because we're used to them
* Native English speakers are at least as bad at hearing tones in languages like Chinese that use them. Tones sound the same to us for the same reasons r and l sound the same to others
Language is fun.
English: I am thirsty
Fr/Sp: I have thirst
Gaelic (h/t @kiki_d): Thirst is on me
Hindi: To me, thirst is coming
Buffon's Needles are a surprising method for estimating Pi: You drop "needles" randomly on a line grid (where the distance of the lines equals the length of the needles). Then 2*(number of needles)/(number of needles which intersect the lines) ≈ π https://mste.illinois.edu/activity/buffon/
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i also love the fact that the direct translation of "i'm sad" in irish (tá brón orm) is "there is sadness on me"
this grammar has led to it being common in colloquial irish english to describe your state as being "on" you, e.g. "i've got an awful thirst on me"
Und weil in Wien nicht nur zu Ostern geheggt wird:
Nach dem großen Anklang beim ersten feministischen Linux Meetup gehts näxten Freitag gleich mit 0x02 weiter: es werden diverse Linux Distros vorgestellt, ausprobiert, angepasst, etc.
Fascinating Birdsite thread about the benefits of agriculture with chestnut trees. Included is a picture of the depth of roots of native Great Plains grasses, compared to wheat, and why these grasses do a much better job at carbon sequestration
oh my god I had no idea this show was coming and I'm exciteddddd. Bojack was great but I burnt out on the depression and can't watch it anymore.
A significant part of my amusement with #Okcupid is clicking through Doubletake and noting:
- Weirdass german town names ("Zazenhausen" sounds SO fake.)
- the shitload of queer RPG nerds <3 (Sometimes I wonder if I should try to organize an online gaming group there...)
- The absurd amount of straight men it tries to recommend me (okc, your algorithm is SO bad.)
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this is a good overview of support tools for RPGs - https://breakoutcon.com/extras/safety-tools/
once I started playing with an x card I started wondering why more of my games didn't have one. then I realized a good chunk of my gaming friends had never heard of one.
it's a travesty how much RF tech, especially ham radio, is dominated by men
almost all antenna-building circles we have encountered have been all-male or nearly so.
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Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iraq....they've all lost so much.
And that's a perspective we need. We're mourning the loss of Notre Dame & the history it represents, recognizing its value & the pain of its destruction.
Remember, this pain is felt everyday. History is destroyed every day
Nerdy, lefty, feminist. Botsmith. He/Him. Queer.
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