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12:24 AM
Q: Can I say commentable and categorizable?

sewoCan I say commentable and categorizable? Or what are alternatives to use one word to say that something is able to leave comments on it or could be categorized?

Seriously, there should be a rep threshold for using the tag.
Yes. Like 1000.
Also, there should be a name for the construction "something is able to leave comments on it". I submit "cute passive".
Heh. Mm, dinner.
Yeah. Mm, sleep.
Yep. Mm, nothing.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck would chuck wood?
12:49 AM
@RegDwight It would have been nicer to say, "Dear next person who answers to a question about a versus an: I will hit you with a giant N."
Well, it could be nicer to force that person to end all the words with an n: "Ien amen readyn ton gon."
Woulden youn liken ton swingen on an starn, carrien moonbeamen homen in an jarn…
Oren woulden youn rathern been an mulen?
@kiamlaluno Haha, nice one.
Nein! Nein!
Ya, ya!
No, it's Ja, ja!
12:58 AM
@Mahnax Is that yes in German?
@kiamlaluno I think so.
Yeah, it is.
@Mahnax Well, it's not my invention. JA is famous for his, "Dear next user who reports a pluralization bug; I will come to your home with a giant S." (It is something like that.)
@kiamlaluno Actually, I think I saw that somewhere.
I guess I confuse it with the spanish jaja, and for that I try to write it with a y.
A: The Many Memes of Meta

DiagoMeme: Pluralization Bug Originator: Jeff Atwood Cultural Height: Ongoing First Seen: Here Background: Originally seen on Twitter here, Jeff made his feelings clear about users posting pluralization bugs by saying Dear Next Person Who Opens a Pluralization 'Bug', I will personally come to ...

1:43 AM
@Will Hunting: What in the world are you doing with your name?
I like the name Jasper!
@Daniel Hello there!
@Mahnax Hi!
What's @Will (Jasper) doing?
Who is Will Hunting?
@kiamlaluno Jasper Loy.
@Danielδ How's it going?
@Danielδ Apparently he's changing his name to a movie character each month now.
but his picture is wrong?
1:46 AM
@Mahnax Oh. Now he starts changing the username too, after keeping to change his avatar too.
@Danielδ It's just a generic Gravatar, last time I checked. He switches at least once every two days now.
@kiamlaluno Yeah.
1 hour later…
3:13 AM
@RegDwightѬſ道 — I think a qualified answer to that question would be: "You? Yes, you can say those things." And leave it at that.
What does 7-11 mean in "he saw a woman being abused outside a 7-11."
A 7-11 is a convenience store.
7-Eleven is part of an international chain of convenience stores, operating under Seven-Eleven Japan Co. Ltd, which in turn is owned by Seven & I Holdings Co. of Japan. 7-Eleven, primarily operating as a franchise, is the world's largest operator, franchisor and licensor of convenience stores, with more than 39,000 outlets, surpassing the previous record-holder McDonald's Corporation in 2007 by approximately 1,000 retail stores. The US subsidiary of the Japanese firm has its headquarters in the One Arts Plaza building in downtown Dallas, Texas. Its stores are located in 16 countries, ...
Jinx. I logged in just to answer kiam.
They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Which made George Carlin wonder why they bothered to have locks on the doors.
@WillHunting — It's not a jinx unless you give the same answer, not the intention of the same answer.
3:27 AM
@Robusto Oh. I don't know why, but I was thinking of some police code.
@Cerberus — Did you see my comment to you?
@kiamlaluno You have not entered a 7-11 before I guess?
I have seen many 7-Eleven's, but I have never entered in one of them.
Apparently it's not much found on your continent I just discovered.
Maybe you have other numbers there, not 7 and 11.
3:31 AM
I did enter to Stop & Shop, Waldbaum's, CVS, USPS, and some other shops I don't recall, right now.
@WillHunting Yeah, but Long Island is not in my continent.
@WillHunting As far as I recall, there aren't Italian shops with such name.
@kiamlaluno Though there are games with number names, like Uno!
@WillHunting I have never heard of it.
Uno (; from Italian and Spanish for 'one') is a card game played with a specially printed deck (see Mau Mau for an almost identical game played with normal playing cards). The game was originally developed in 1971 by Merle Robbins in Reading, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. It has been a Mattel product since 1992. The game's general principles put it into the Crazy Eights family of card games. Official rules The deck consists of a total of 108 cards of four colors: red, green, blue, and yellow. The ranks in each color are 0-9, with two of each number per color, except 0 which only appears...
It's the only card game whose cards I think are beautiful.
I love the plain distinct colours.
3:35 AM
@WillHunting Ohio is still not in my continent. :-)
@WillHunting Then you should have a look at Hanafuda.
are playing cards of Japanese origin that are used to play a number of games. The name literally translates as "flower cards". The name also refers to games played with those cards. History Since its early years, refined card games were played in Japan by the nobility, and they were not commonly played by the lower classes nor used for gambling. This changed, however, in 1549, the 18th year of Tenbun, when a missionary Francis Xavier landed in the country. The crew of his ship had carried a set of 48 Portuguese Hombre playing cards from Europe, and eventually card games became popular w...
@Robusto Very nice too!
I prefer Ciccia and Scopa.
Scopa is an Italian card game, and one of the two major national card games in Italy. It is also popular in Brazil, brought in by Italian immigrants, mostly in the Scopa di Quindici variation. It is played with a standard Italian 40-card deck, mostly between two players or four in two partnerships, but it can also be played by 3, 5, or 6 players. The name is an Italian noun meaning "broom", since taking a scopa means "to sweep" all the cards from the table. Watching a game of scopa can be a highly entertaining activity, since games traditionally involve lively, colorful, and somewhat str...
3:39 AM
@Danielδ I like Daniel and drm too!
@WillHunting My playing cards are shown in the second row, in that picture.
@Danielδ It's a character I identify with.
Interestingly, the name of the Japanese criminal organization known as yakuza (やくざ) is derived from the zero-score hand of that game. It literally means 8-9-3. Your lesson on Asian culture for the day.
Whoops, no. Those are cards from the same deck.
And here's your pop quiz question: What do sushi and the sandwich have in common, other than that they are both things that are eaten?
3:42 AM
They jump in your mouth.
@Robusto Thanks. But I have heard of the yakuzas too. I love watching Japanese dramas.
Everyone's heard of the yakuza (no plural). But had you heard of the fact I mentioned about their name?
@kiamlaluno Nope.
@Robusto They are both eaten with the hand.
@WillHunting Getting warmer.
@Robusto No, so that's new.
3:44 AM
I like both.
@Robusto Yes, I saw it! But I didn't quite understand the context...
They were both invented by gamblers who didn't want to stop playing cards long enough to eat a proper meal, but didn't want to get their cards greasy or sticky.
@Robusto I remember the Earl of Sandwich.
@Mahnax Yes it's the generic one, which you can't seem to change to another generic one.
@kiamlaluno The mouth jumps on them rather.
3:47 AM
@WillHunting That is in the rest of the world.
@kiamlaluno Now I am getting worried.
Actually, I just remembered I don't know how to play Scopa.
Here endeth the lesson. Night all.
I just remembered I forgot how to play Uno.
@Robusto Goodnight.
3:52 AM
These are my playing cards.
They left out the 8, 9, and 10 cards, though.
@kiamlaluno Nice, but the last time I played a card game was a decade ago.
I played more recently.
It's a shame they don't have an article about Ciccia. (I start wondering if there is an Italian name for that card game.)
@WillHunting Yep.
4:39 AM
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10:33 AM
Hi all
I want to improve my En-writing and reading
can I chat here with someone to tell me my mistakes?
Also is there anybody knows about good practice in this area?
In fact I want improve my scientific writing
10:58 AM
Q: Differences in pronouncing the indefinite article

GezieferIn most cases, the indefinite article a is pronounced very short, like the a in align. But in my time in the US, I often heard someone pronounce it stronger, like the a in angel. Is this used just for emphasizing the following word or has it some other meaning?

I could swear this is a dupe of a dupe, but I can't find the original for the life of me.
11:15 AM
I guess this fell off the radar last time a v an came up:
Q: A/An question: 'a humanitarian' or 'an humanitarian'?

Judah HimangoWhat's the proper wording here, neither one sounds right to me: "Chevra, an humanitarian organization..." or "Chevra, a humanitarian organization..." My instinct says it follows the same rule as "an hour", but the 'h' sound is more pronounced in 'humanitarian', so I'm unsure.

@RegDwightѬſ道 I am looking, only found this so far:
Q: Pronouncing "A": "ai" vs. "ah"

Sonic The HedgehogThere are words where we say A as Ai, and say A as Ah. First I thought there were some sentences where it sounds better then the other. However, when Koreans say Amen they say it as "Ah-men", and I keep hearing Americans say it as "Ai-men". What is the reason for this?

maybe this is it:
Q: pronunciation of "a"

Ebenin AmiI'm really confused about the pronunciation of "a" letter. Why is there a difference when it is used in a sentence and when "a" is single? when it is single, we read it like dwelling on it, like /eɪ/. On the contrary, in a sentence, it sounds interruptedly. What's the reason?

11:40 AM
@SaeedAmiri I will tell you your mistakes, more so than you may want.
@SaeedAmiri You should use want to here, and you omitted a period at the end.
Q: Term for a powerful personal computer?

The English ChickenWhat term would an enthusiast use to describe a powerful, tripped-out personal computer, the kind he might custom-build in his garage and overclock to the max? The usual reference sources are failing me here, as I'm looking for a slang/jargon term. The closest I've found is rig (as in "gaming ...

Not a real question.
@WillHunting What makes it NARQ?
seems off topic, though
or is computer hardware jargon on topic?
@MattЭллен What does he mean by powerful, tripped out and overclocked?
11:46 AM
powerfull - lots of processing power and ram, probably a big PSU
tripped out - and earcorn for ticked out, meaning lots of extra features to make it seem flashy
@MattЭллен Still too arbitrary, just like marshmallows are an arbitrary substitute to coffee in the movie.
@MattЭллен You may vote otherwise.
overclocked - the CPU has had its multipliers increased beyond stock
@MattЭллен If he described it to such an extent, I would close as too localized.
@WillHunting I am thinking the same
11:49 AM
@MattЭллен Good thinking!
thanks :)
Q: What does Hallelujah means in Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah song?

fabianhjrRufus Wainwright's Cover of Hallelujah The literal meaning of hallelujah is "Praise Yah", however the song uses it in different ways and I have always wondered what it really means in the song. The baffled king composing Hallelujah And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah It's a c...

Um. Three upvotes, only one vote to close? Am I missing something?
It seems on topic to me - meaning in context
Song interpretations are off-topic.
because they are songs?
11:56 AM
Because they are poetry, yes. We are not a book discussion club.
There used to be a Song Meanings proposal on Area 51. I don't think it took off.
I can imagine the flame wars
Took the Chevy to the Levy but the Levy was dry.
But my friend, Levy, drinks alcohol. I've seen him. The words are a contradiction of truth!
also, why do they pronounce his name wrong?
12:03 PM
Oh, and this is a dupe, too:
Q: Usage of to and commas

Alk"This group’s main duties are to carry out information systems audits in Colombian banks and to make research and develop new regulations on information technologies and systems in the banking sector." Should I put a "to" behind "develop". Or are any other commas needed?

But of course I can't find the original.
Here's a start, though:
Q: "To do this or do that" OR "To do this or *to* do that"?

AdamI saw on the bottom of an email: To change your email preferences or unsubscribe from certain messages, click here. Is that correct or should it be: To change your email preferences or to unsubscribe from certain messages, click here.

12:28 PM
someone's stealing @Robusto's rep?!
I bet it's that guy from Superman 3, siphoning off rounding errors
12:54 PM
@WillHunting, Thank so much, when you are in chat? If we can fix a time to talk it would be nice
@MattЭллен I thought that was Office Space.
@Kitḫ could have been there too
| starring = Christopher ReeveRichard PryorJackie CooperMarc McClureAnnette O'TooleAnnie RossPamela StephensonRobert VaughnMargot Kidder | music = Ken ThorneJohn WilliamsGiorgio Moroder | cinematography = Robert Paynter | editing = John Victor-Smith | studio = DovemeadCantharus Productions | director = Richard Lester | producer = Ilya SalkindPierre Spengler | distributor = Warner Bros. | released = | runtime = 125 minutes | country = | language = English | budget = $39,000,000 | gross = $59,950,623 |}...
@Kitḫ SPOILERS Oh, yeah I remember that - they post the cheque under the door and then Milton sets fire to the building
Office Space is a 1999 American comedy film satirizing work life in a typical 1990s software company. Written and directed by Mike Judge, it focuses on a handful of individuals fed up with their jobs portrayed by Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, and Diedrich Bader. The film's sympathetic depiction of ordinary IT workers garnered a cult following within that field, but also addresses themes familiar to white collar employees in general. Shot in Las Colinas and Austin, Texas, Office Space is based on Judge's Milton cartoon series. It was his first ...
@MattЭллен Wasn't it actually cash? If it was a check, then they could have recovered the funds.
@Kitḫ oh, maybe. I don't remember it in detail
it would make more sense if it was cash
@MattЭллен Wow. I know I saw all of the Superman movies, but I don't remember any of those details.
1:08 PM
I think that and when superman reverses time by flying around the Earth are the only details I do remember!
Oh, that's in 3? I remember that. "It is forbidden...forbidden...forbidden."
oh, I don't know which one it's in :D it's in one of them!
maybe the fortress of solitude is in 3
"It is forbidden...forbidden...forbidden."
404 Forbidden...forbidden...forbidden.
Good morning, @Matt!
If I were a rich manda dah da dah da dah da da bah dooby do
1:25 PM
Good morning @Kit :) hugs
sorry, I asked physicist how the Higgs boson works. I almost understand
So now you understand about the spontaneous breaking of electroweak symmetry?
Is that involved with the higgs field?
The Higgs mechanism.
1:28 PM
ah, well it didn't come up
It's for the best.
Man, I miss physics. It's too bad I sucked at it.
Me too
My brother, who is a mathematician first and physicist second, assures me that I would have exceeded him in physics ability, had I had the proper professor.
I don't know though. I've always thought "My teacher was crap" was a huge cop-out.
it plays a big role
Then again, I've had so many teachers in my life that at least a small portion of them must have been crap.
1:30 PM
at least it did in secondary school for me.
I try not to think about it too much. I really wanted to be an astrophysicist.
I had a crap geography teacher for two years, then a good one for one year. I learned a lot more from the good one
I didn't want to be a geographer, so I don't worry about it
Was it really a crap teacher though? Or just an average one teaching a hard subject?
I guess I can't know
everyone else had trouble learning from him
I had trouble learning physics, but other people didn't so I can be fairly sure that was me
Maybe my eldest son will take to astrophysics!
1:33 PM
@SaeedAmiri I mean that we can just practise talking if we are both here. And you can just talk to anyone, not only me. Just join in the conversation if you want.
@Kitḫ is he into space at the moment?
@MattЭллен He is definitely in space though.
@Kitḫ Good idea!
@MattЭллен He is excited about the moon, and looking at the moon through his new binoculars that he got for Christmas.
> These two items are still incorrect, did you try to fix them and can't?
Frigging users.
1:35 PM
@Kitḫ sweet, I love looking at the moon
I am sort of regretting it. It is very, very cold outside.
@Kitḫ do they think about what they are saying?
It is difficult to understand why the moon looks different on different days and at different places.
Most of the explanation on the internet is an over-simplification.
@MattЭллен I'm sure it didn't occur to her that I might never have gotten the message.
1:36 PM
@Kitḫ ah. I cycled into work today so I can enjoy the full moon on the ride home. It's relatively warm here (9 C)
@WillHunting Flashlight and ping pong ball works great.
@WillHunting because I ate bits of it, then the sky grew a new one.
@MattЭллен I used to walk 45 minutes into some military camp every morning during national service.
@WillHunting was that fun?
@MattЭллен Yes, I like walking like Matt 2.
1:38 PM
ace. I enjoy cycling in the evening, although cycling in the morning is a bit of a bind
The model Linda Evangelista said in an ad "Walking is the best exercise for the body".
I cannot cycle. I tried to learn a few times but never succeeded.
I am beginning to think I am autistic.
So Jasper, why did you choose a new name? Turning over a new leaf?
Or excited about math?
@Kitḫ Not turning over a new leaf. There is nothing to turn over. I did not do any evil deed.
1:41 PM
@Kitḫ Just identifying with the character in various ways.
@WillHunting I didn't mean it in terms of "evil" deeds. I meant it as in "taking a fresh look at life."
@Kitḫ I see. Well, possibly so then.
@Kitḫ I also think Matt Damon is hot!
Matt Damon is hot.
And from my neck of the woods, as they say.
I will see what I want to change into in 30 days.
1:44 PM
So one can only do rep recalc in 24 hours and change username in 720 hours.
If I could cycle, perhaps I would cycle instead of walk at the park.
Walking in the park in the afternoons is dangerous. One may get sunburnt without wanting to get a tan in the first place.
best to cover yourself in tiny mirrors, then.
Tinfoil might be easier.
oh! good idea
tinfoil suits for all!
1:53 PM
Of course where you people are, you may not get sunburnt so easily, or maybe not at all.
I belong to the group that cannot get dark easily. The tan just fades very quickly.
in summer, late spring and early autumn, one is at risk from the sun in the UK. Skin cancer awareness campaigners would go further and say something like "always wear sun tan lotion"
I once read up on the different lotions available and realized there is a difference between sunscreen and sunblock.
My husband likes to say that he is Irish white (he's Irish heritage); they don't tan, they burn.
But manufacturers may not distinguish them on the labels.
1:57 PM
Jun 27 '11 at 19:07, by aedia
@Kosmonaut "The effectiveness of tin foil hats is disputable [CITATION NEEDED]"
I also read about a recent study that said that using certain tanners actually increase your risk of getting skin cancer.
@Kitḫ oh no! back to the drawing board
@Kitḫ That was so long ago!
That was a very funny day.
I miss Kosmo!
Kosmonaut is probably in a Russian space shuttle.
1:59 PM
While Cosmonaut would be in an American one.
@Kitḫ things seem funnier back then
But kiamlaluno is returning to chat again.

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