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12:01 AM
@Mitch Would, or should?
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, is a neurodegenerative disease of cattle. Symptoms include abnormal behavior, trouble walking, and weight loss. Later in the course of the disease the cow becomes unable to move. The time between infection and onset of symptoms is generally four to five years. Time from onset of symptoms to death is generally weeks to months. Spread to humans is believed to result in variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (vCJD). As of 2018, a total of 231 cases of vCJD have been reported globally.BSE is thought to be due to an infection by a...
 
@Cerberus both.
Besides, I thought you were the bad dog.
 
12:30 AM
@DavidM Bad, but not mad.
 
 
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1:37 AM
@Cerberus duh, 'could'. Just because you're mad doesn't mean you have no self-determination.
 
@Mitch So you're not so mad that you can't walk away so as not to infect the others?
(I don't think it is contagious that way, by the way.)
 
No. It's only from being fed infected bone and neural tissue.
 
@DavidM OK I knew humans could only be infected that way, but I'm glad to hear this applies to cows as well.
On the other hand, what if some other cow nibbles on Mitch's leg?
 
2:13 AM
@Cerberus Too gamey.
Anyway, the only way cows ingest other cow brains is by their feed being augmented at the feed factory by cow offal from the butchering factory next door.
> They all laughed when I told them that one day I would discover the secrets of invisibility.

If only they could see me now.
 
@Mitch Oh, you're a wild cow.
@Mitch Right, I read about that. How offal.
@Mitch Hah.
Hi, Dannii!
 
2:52 AM
@Cerberus Ciao for now, you big mad cow.
 
@Mitch You're bigger and cower!
Moo.
 
 
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10:33 AM
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A: More nuanced word for know-it-all

user47014I was going to say bullshit artist but I think by far the best fit is, Mansplainer www.dictionary.com/browse/mansplain mansplain[ man-spleyn ] verb (used with or without object) (of a man) to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate o...

@marcellothearcane Neither does the definition. Did you read the whole answer? — user47014 5 hours ago
Apparently 'mansplain' doesn't mean men.
Beside the fact it is in the portmanteau, and right there in the definition.
 
11:19 AM
Why we evolved out of the water:
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11:35 AM
@marcellothearcane the guy is a total ass. I flagged a now deleted comment of his where he claimed that everyone else's answer was an example of this.
That's what I meant in my comment to him.
 
12:06 PM
@Mitch we're already up to page 224 ...
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Q: The way which you should hold them

GJCThe Cambridge Grammar of the english Language, page 224, reads Complements are most often NPs, and conversely NPs are usually complements. Some NPs can occur with adjunct function, but they tend to belong to very restricted semantic types, mainly time or manner. A distinctive propert...

 
@DavidM how many are there, out of interest?
@DavidM I give up. Some people don't appreciate another point of view.
 
12:27 PM
I like protests, simply for the imaginative slogans they come up with
'Fromage not Farage'
 
@marcellothearcane not sure. But this guy is reading CGEL like it's a novel and asking about nearly every page.
 
Possible duplicate:
Looks like they've been cross posting to wordreference too
 
12:43 PM
Yeah. This I've been finding this a lot lately, too. JS2 does it all the time, too.
 
1:30 PM
@DavidM I'm going to do that about the OED.
@DavidM Javascript 2? When is that coming out?
@DavidM And then I'm going to read War and Peace like a reference book. Day 1 - checking all instances of 'the'.
And then I'm going to dance about architecture.
And then sing about food.
I do that.
 
you compose food songs for gorillas?
 
cantō dum comedō ergo simia sum
@MattE.Эллен I'm not saying it's particularly lucrative
More of a hobby.
 
there's a falcon, called falco subbuteo
AKA the hobby falcon
Subbuteo ( sub-(Y)OO-tee-oh) is a group of table top games simulating team sports such as association football, cricket, both codes of rugby and hockey. The name is most closely associated with the football game, which for many years was marketed as "the replica of Association Football" or Table Soccer. The "Subbuteo" name derives from the neo-Latin scientific name Falco subbuteo (a bird of prey commonly known as the Eurasian hobby), after a trademark was not granted to its creator Peter Adolph (1916–1994) to call the game "Hobby". == History == Subbuteo was invented by Peter Adolph (1916–1994...
sometimes there is money in hobbies
 
Making a business out of your hobby will just kill the joy out of that hobby.
Poor falcon
 
@Mitch I found this out the hard way. I wish I could earn (as much) money doing anything other than programming
 
1:44 PM
'New footy' is more catchy.
@MattE.Эллен haha... it hasn't killed it for me.
The difficulty I have is that I don't know how to do things in any particular language anymore.
 
I mean, fair enough, I'd not be nearly as good at programming if it had stayed a hobby, but I so rarely feel joy programming anymore.
 
What? Variables are all pass by reference now? except when they're lists?
Compiling with no errors is such a great feeling.
Not passing all compiler warnings is no big deal though.
Unit tests shmyunit tests.
 
compiling without error? what about no runtime errors!
 
If it compiles, release to production.
 
1:48 PM
compile straight to production
 
compile? just have the CI system be production. stares at docker
 
There's a big research facility in the south of France that's building a star.
No scare quotes. an actual star.
 
pretty small one. They're not crazy
@MattE.Эллен Same to you buddy.
But yes a star
oh
yeah 'ITER' is probably it's name.
I don't actually -know- things that I say here.
 
1:51 PM
but software there is like a game of Jenga, pick up sticks, and knife throwing.
 
there's fusion reactor down the road from me. not as big as ITER
 
Is that on the river?
(for the cooling ponds)
 
it's... close to the river
 
Oh...but the point is... I don't know if their coding practices have modernized. Then again, I don't know about nuclear power plants.
 
@Mitch errors? just throw it into the sun
 
1:54 PM
that map says it is non-existent
good security
subbuteo - sub = under, buteo = buzzard... How'd they get 'hobby' out of that?
 
probably something to do with etymology or something
 
probably the latter
 
hobby the falcon comes from hobbet, the pasttime comes from Robin
so they're not related
 
> OED . Etymology: < Old French hobé, hobet, medieval Latin hobētus, diminutive of hobe the same bird; other diminutives were Old French hobel , hobert , hoberet , modern French hobereau . According to Darmesteter, perhaps derived < Old French hober to move, stir, bestir oneself: compare Dutch hobben under hobble v.(Show Less)
So the guy who invented the game was just clever.
 
I shall now call my pasttimes my hobereaux
 
2:08 PM
@MattE.Эллен I'd recommend giving anesthesia but the hours are hell.
 
@DavidM plus I'm not going to go into anesthesia earning what I'm earning now. I'd have to work my way up
sleep my way to the top
 
That means something different here ....
 
@MattE.Эллен haha a union job.
 
2:37 PM
Hah!
That was a funny conversation.
 
I like a change of pace. If I want to be very serious and disgruntled, I go to the TL
 
2:57 PM
Yeah, that is quite another thing.
 
@Mitch worth mentioning
 
 
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5:35 PM
Hello, everyone! I've got a tiny question: should one use a full stop (.) or a colon (:) when writing time (e.g. 18.35 or 18:35)?
I've never seen the dot used for this before, but the Cambridge Dictionary website uses the dot for both US and UK versions.
 
@Gallifreyan I think the dot is European whereas the colon is American.
That link is about British grammar; where have you seen American grammar?
 
@Cerberus My bad, I thought I had switched to American at some point
 
@Gallifreyan At any rate, I think the distinction is not so strictly observed.
 
Oh boy, what's the idiom for when you're at the beginning of a time period that is both very important, and going to be very difficult?
Like the beginning of the championship at the end of a season; or going to trial or something.
The phrase I came up with is "we've got our teeth down to the metal," but a quick Google search tells me I made that up. :D
 
6:04 PM
@TannerSwett yup.
How about: Now is the spring of our discontent.
Or more traditional: we've got a rough road ahead.
 
 
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7:08 PM
@Cerberus in the US we never use a dot. Only a colon.
 
7:59 PM
Maybe the phrase I'm looking for is something like, "It's do or die."
 
9:07 PM
@DavidM Never say never.
 
@Cerberus Never never never never never never never!!!!
 
@RegDwigнt Oh, that's nice, I didn't know they had that.
Aeroports, ugh.
@DavidM You're under arrest.
 
@Cerberus I'm over it
 
Are you always that quick?
 
9:24 PM
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Q: Which abbreviation to use for the current observed time in Central Europe?

vaughanWhen I talk to colleagues I want to write "Let's meet 10am London / 11am Europe", but I want to use an abbreviation. I used to write "10am GMT / 11am CET". But if it were daylight savings time this would be incorrect, and has tripped me up many times, like when I type into Google "10am GMT in CE...

@Cerberus Maybe you have a better answer than I. OP doesn't seem to like mine, not sure what he's looking for exists.
 
I honestly know nothing about time zones, sorry.
 
@Cerberus Presumably you live in CET, though.
 

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