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3:51 AM
Q: Lyrics from a P!nk Song?

Pierre PaquetteThe subject line is a clue, but you’ll need to find where. Additional clue: look up. Or down, maybe. I have to admit the answer isn’t very rewarding. Sorry about that; it’s more a proof of concept right now. 2215210A525246R04 2431121B010024R02 3451848A592243R02 3011459B485802R06 2131036B532515R10...

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6:53 AM
@msh210 Just rolled back the edit to shorten the links in the Advent Calendar meta post - I don't think the shortform works between meta and the main site? (I wasn't previously aware the shortform was even a thing, to be honest...)
7:07 AM
@Stiv sorry about that!
C4 hints 1–2: The first & last letters are D.
7:37 AM
No worries - it taught me something new :)
@Stiv If by "short form" you mean without the initial https://puzzling.stackexchange.com, then it's a relative URL; you can read more about it there.
8:35 AM
if it was "like ice and fire part 6" the answer could be delayyyed
8:46 AM
I was thinking of "destroyed".
DE?????ED does seem like a promising structure
9:37 AM
Q: PSE Advent Calendar 2023 (Day 5): Twin-brother waiters

oAltThis puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2023. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > It was nighttime. The next stage of the puzzle hunt started, and we were told to go to a certain restaurant. Our t...

9:59 AM
great crossword answer to use if you're making a pangram grid: "joaquin phoenix"
10:14 AM
he should change his name to joaquin zenix just to get the holy JQZX quadruplet in there
that said phoenix is a pretty boss choice, definitely better than his birth name Joaquin Bottom
his parents chose it, I believe
(but yes it's a good choice)
(but then again, pretty much anything is better than Bottom)
ah right his brother was a Phoenix too
well, yes
(meaning no offense to anyone present whose surname might happen to be Bottom)
i went to army with a guy who's last name was (translated) Chest-Lump, with a hyphen
10:21 AM
My last name is Hamm. Practicing Jews don't eat pork. I went to a religious grade school. The amount of teasing I got…
hah ouch
etymologically unrelated, i assume
huh, no, apparently they're both from *hammō. TIL.
10:38 AM
i just filled out name change paperwork the other day
going to adopt an english first name because Jarno is too weird for english-speakers
avoids starting every conversation with a stranger by first repeating your name, then spelling it and then explaining where it's from
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11:49 AM
Apr 4 at 8:10, by Jafe
people with normal human names miss this genre of entertainment entirely
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2:48 PM
I have a given name describable as "properly Christian" (mind you my parents aren't), and my sister has a Japanese given name. One of us has more trouble getting their name spelled right by other people.
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3:50 PM
@Jafe Jarno? I thought "Jafe" was taken from your first and last names, Jaaligud Fello
4:30 PM
@Jafe I guess it depends on how insulated the English-speakers are. I am a native (and mainly) English speaker, and it doesn't seem that weird. (Granted, I don't think I've met someone with that name before, but I've met many people with names that I would consider a lot "weirder".) But then I also went to a school where the majority of the students had probably immigrated within their lifetimes, and didn't have English as a first language.
My given name is not hard for most people to understand or pronounce, but it's an amalgamation of two "common" names, and people have great trouble writing it correctly, because it has no hyphen or uppercase letter for the second name (like Annemarie, or Maryanne, but two names that are never normally amalgamated like that.)
@Jafe I think the easier way to avoid that would be to not have conversations with other people
@GentlePurpleRain yeah, Dashielllloyd is a little weird.
4:48 PM
@juicifer introvert moment
(My given names are English and my surnames are Spanish. Good ole effects of colonization)
5:42 PM
Q: A Sierpiński Carpet ratio

Frank SollThis math problem popped in my head and I wanted to share it with you: We have the Sierpiński carpet, which is a fractal built like this: Draw a square Divide it in 9 equal subsquares arranged in a 3-by-3 grid. Remove the central subsquare. Repeat from 2 for each subsquare. You should get this ...

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7:06 PM
I just discovered this site: https://copyprogramming.com/
It looks like it is just copying StackExchange content, modifying it slightly (probably with some sort of tool), and reposting it as original content without attribution.
Just put your own username into this search and see what it comes up with: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Acopyprogramming.com+gentlepurplerain
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8:42 PM
A: A site (or scraper) is copying content from Stack Exchange. What should I do?

PopsWhat is a "scraper" and why is that bad? Historically, SCRAPER here on Stack Exchange meant "Stack Content Republishers Attributing Poorly and/or Excelling at Ranking." More generally, a scraper is another website which copies content from our sites either by scraping directly from our pages, acc...

Hey, at least they're being honest in their domain name. Though maybe wecopyprogramming.com would be even better.
9:37 PM
Hmmh. Thanks for the MSE link. Too bad that there's not really much that can be done.
I suspect that even if I put in the time and effort to complain about them using my own content from SE (and then attempting to prove it), the end result would only be them removing my content and continuing to plagiarize everyone else's.
9:50 PM
@GentlePurpleRain Weird. How did you discover this?
10:02 PM
@Stiv I was just Googling my username, to see what came up, and lo and behold, there were a number of SE posts mentioning my name that showed up there. (All the actual author information has been stripped, but when someone says something like, "In GentlePurpleRain's answer...", it's still included.)
Yeah, when I searched my name as per your suggestion it came up with a lot of ' as per Stiv's comment' results, clearly lifted from others' answers to questions I had made suggestions on. I wonder what the incentive is for such a site...
This one is actually rather funny. It's a copy of my most upvoted puzzle, but because they changed the wording, it's completely useless now. :D
@Stiv I suspect the incentive is to get ad revenue. There are a lot of ads.
And in the copied "Wrap up" answer: "This method of response has been sanctioned by the collective." :D
10:43 PM
Q: Can One Solve This Scary Sequence?

AlteringIntegralThe following terms appear in a sequence. Unfortunately they are scrambled (both the original terms and their order) Theory, Policeman?, Contest, Clarice, Bad Act, One in Rome, Fashionable, Confess, Scary Can you put them in the correct order and say why you are right?

11:24 PM
yeah ad revenue for sure... pretty weird to be doing that to a site whose content you can literally reuse legally as long as you give attribution though

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