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12:08 AM
Culture naturally develops any time you have a group of people together long enough; it could be a small as a family group or as large as a nation. It just develops out of communicating about shared interests, finding commonality, etc.
Internet culture has proved its existence by now, I think. :P
 
 
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2:46 AM
@SebastianKoppehel Interesting. It could also be that they're trying to satisfy a policy that requires them to localize the curriculum, at least at the bachelor level. At least in Finland we have to offer everything in Finnish, but for MSc or PhD we can give compulsory classes in English.
And it's also practical. Some students struggle enough as is, so mixing it up with a foreign language would only make things worse.
@SebastianKoppehel I'm not sure if you know this, but I'll record it anyway: The time stamp after a comment is a link to that comment itself. If you paste that URL here in chat, it gets nicely formatted. It's very handy for following up on a comment here.
@Adam And the gazillion internet subcultures!
That, in my professional opinion, is the correct number.
 
@JoonasIlmavirta Which is larger? A gazillion, or a gajillion?
 
3:03 AM
@Adam I thought they were only regional spellings. But perhaps there's research to be done on this.
I'm sure the NSF will be happy to pour money into this impending breakthrough.
 
@JoonasIlmavirta I chuckle when the news media collectively refers to everyone online as "the internet", like it's a single body. So-and-so did whatever and the internet reacts.
There's also bajillion and kazillion.
 
@Adam I sometimes see news articles state how people are angry on social media. I can't help but think that it's just two trolls' paths crossing at random.
@Adam The problem grows. I'll have to ask for at least a gazillion dollars for the grant.
 
@JoonasIlmavirta Better ask for a bazillion to be safe.
 
@Adam It shouldn't be any harder for a journalist to detect than the absurdity of statements like "the French feel this way".
@Adam How do I know if that's more or less before conducting the study?
 
@JoonasIlmavirta The French definitely didn't like their monarchy.
@JoonasIlmavirta Maybe when asking for funding, you ask for a gazillion, gajillion, bajllion, or bazillion, or whichever is largest.
 
3:13 AM
@Adam I'm sure the royal family did.
@Adam No friends will be made in the accounting department.
 
3:49 AM
@JoonasIlmavirta True, but I think there is a cutoff for that affinity.
 
 
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5:35 AM
@Adam That was a pain in the neck.
 
 
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8:36 AM
@SebastianKoppehel The best part of that show was her translation of "Caligula" to "Bootykins". I still chuckle over that one. MB tended to gloss-over Caligula's worst excesses, seeming to suggest that Claudius was even worse--because he executed a few senators--they were plotting against him, weren't they?
 
9:04 AM
@tony Needless to say, Claudius remains controversial to this day, but I believe even his defenders generally think he was better as private scholar than as an emperor, and to the extent his reign was prosperous, it was more the achievement of his freedmen. As for senators, he who has never felt the need to get rid of a few of them (hello, American readers!) may cast the first stone.
Still it is sad that Claudius' autobiography has been lost. I'd die to know what Sueton meant by "magis inepte quam ineleganter [compositum]" :-)
 
 
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2:07 PM
@SebastianKoppehel Have you read "I Claudius" & "Claudius the God"? Robert Graves claimed that Claudius wrote the books through him (Graves). It beggars belief but the books are so pro-Claudius that this claim could have some credibility?! The detail is astonishing: if you liked Buchan's, "Augustus", you'll like these. Friend, Caius Caligula is featured, at length, and in the "I Claudius" TV-progs, which have spawned a number of Qs., on this site.
@SebastianKoppehel The late John Hurt's portrayal of a whimsical Caius (To Claudius, who'd just been pulled out of the river, where he'd been thrown on the orders of the Emperor: "I was going to kill you, but I won't now.") is a delight to behold.
 
 
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@SebastianKoppehel Hi from America; tis true.
 

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