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12:00 AM
Ambarmetta: the world's ending.
I see.
I doubt whether Ulaanbaatarians see it that way, though.
Their antipodean counterpart is at the red dot.
does eyestrain in result of reading on the computer screen occur more likely at night?
12:25 AM
@Færd That is also the map of countries that have landed men on the moon.
12:36 AM
@Færd Consider yourself lucky...
12:50 AM
the dorm is really a boring place. Even a reception room isn't available.
the administration is grim
they seldom provide service but are so readily in demanding money
the rent is really an easy way of making money; it gains money by time rather than doing things.
actually in general theory of relativity time isn't an invariant background on which events take place, but are affected by these events.
time also depends on observers.
it's just that most of events taken place in our daily life are nonrelativistic that we aren't aware of the fact time depends on observers.
also, we are in a weak gravitational field so that time seems to elapse the same everywhere on Earth.
time is thus just a gauge, not physical.
money is also a gauge, not physical, because it's just a token people devise for exchanging material.
1:43 AM
it's bad that we have to follow time, this illusion.
2:25 AM
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3:44 AM
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4:40 AM
Moscow School No. 962 has been accused of gay propaganda due to rainbow pictures made by pupils
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6:38 AM
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7:00 AM
@CaptainBohemian What is your location? Just curious.
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9:47 AM
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10:40 AM
@CowperKettle Putin regime arrest rain and sun for creating rainbows
Next they'll put sanctions against Greece
10:58 AM
@MattE.Эллен Why Greece?
@FaheemMitha the isle of Lesbos
@MattE.Эллен That seems an insufficient reason.
Greece seems to have a lot of islands.
It was newton that started the segregation of the colours
@skullpatrol People certainly say a lot of random things here.
In fairness, so do I, come to think of it.
11:19 AM
@FaheemMitha btw
@skullpatrol Yes, someone mentioned that earlier.
Sorry for the late reply
I thought usage of the word "country" is more restricted than it apparently is.
Yeah, they get to make the definitions.
I remember someone around 30 years ago referring to Scotland as a country. He was Scottish. I think I told him it wasn't. If I did, I guess I owe him an apology.
@skullpatrol They?
11:22 AM
The English
@skullpatrol Oh, them. Yes.
That was in Cambridge.
But Wikipedia wasn't around then to set the record straight.
I suppose I could have looked in a dictionary.
But the net is really a whole lot more convenient. And faster.
Being able to look up words has helped to improve my spelling. Which historically has been abysmal.
Also, 30 years ago I probably cared much less about words and their meanings.
But over the course of a lifetime, I've realised they matter more than I hitherto supposed.
If people agreed on the meaning of words, whole areas of political discourse would probably vanish completely.
Also, the built-in spell checkers that browsers have are helpful.
Though I have no idea what dictionaries they're using.
I'm talking about that red line underlining feature.
@skullpatrol Indeed to which part?
The political discourse.
@skullpatrol Ok.
Should it be "what dictionaries" or "which dictionaries"?
I sort of have the impression that "which" is reserved for people.
11:31 AM
"Which" sounds better to me.
Which particular dictionary.
Q: "Which" vs. "what" — what's the difference and when should you use one or the other?

Korneel BoumanMost of the time one or the other feels better, but every so often, "which" vs. "what" trips me up. So, what's the exact difference and when should you use one or the other?

> England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales are not themselves listed in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) list of countries. However the ISO list of the subdivisions of the UK, compiled by British Standards and the UK's Office for National Statistics, uses "country" to describe England, Scotland, and Wales.[8]
So possibly British usage.
The word "Britain" has an interesting etymology also.
@skullpatrol BTW, are you yet another American?
@skullpatrol That's an ancient word.
I seem to remember Celtic in origin.
12:08 PM
@FaheemMitha but only one that was home to the original Lesbian, Sappho
wtf, how can there exist an "original" homosexual. It takes two to tango.
12:24 PM
yeah, I couldn't think of the right word.
"of Greece"
comes up on google
2 hours ago, by Matt E. Эллен
Next they'll put sanctions against Greece
1 hour ago, by Faheem Mitha
@MattE.Эллен Why Greece?
1 hour ago, by Matt E. Эллен
@FaheemMitha the isle of Lesbos
@CowperKettle Just like that? Moscow School No. 962? No names?
They made us draw rainbows when I was a kid.
Rainbows are an essential part of the Christian mythos. They're the signal that God's finished punishing the whole of humanity
and it was now newton's turn to punish students with the calculus
2 hours ago, by skullpatrol
It was newton that started the segregation of the colours
12:44 PM
who claimed, on his deathbed that dying a virgin was his greatest achievement
(not sure about the "greatest achievement" part :)
but, he was not a nice guy
Have you seen the new university challenge matches @MattE.Эллен with plexiglass between the contestants?
@MattE.Эллен Sappho was a poet. Or poetess, if you prefer.
@MattE.Эллен I thought it was water droplets refracting light. Silly me.
@user6232128 Oh, is University Challenge back again? And still with Paxman?
I'm sure Paxman would look very dashing with a mask.
He's aging a lot.
Presumably Oxbridge is still beating the crap out of everyone else.
@user6232128 These are hard times. Are you British, or just a fan?
12:58 PM
I'm a fan of competition.
Not too fond of competition, myself. I prefer cooperation. Or collaboration.
@user6232128 Who cares.
A lot of people are "not a nice guy" because of one thing or the other they said or did.
I'm not sure there are any nice guys left with those standards.
@M.A.R. his "standards" involved division by 0
@FaheemMitha aye.
@user6232128 well I'm not defending him specifically, just saying.
1:12 PM
np :-)
Any time someone comes up, you will, thanks to the amplitude of information, always have the "but he's not a cool guy though, check out what he did twenty five years ago" comment.
To the degree that when you don't, it's often because of a lack of information rather than them being a saint.
sure, there are no living saints
@user6232128 Division by zero?
@user6232128 ha! no. sounds entertaining just to have students in boxes
@FaheemMitha yup, that's what the so called "infinitesimals" were
@MattE.Эллен I'm wondering if they still have a live audience?
1:28 PM
I would expect not, but I don't know
@user6232128 No, they weren't.
Find the number in between 0.999... and 1.000...
Yes, Paxman seems to have aged around 20 years overnight. I wonder what happened to him.
@user6232128 There isn't one. What's your point?
There can be no "infinitesimally" small real number
9 mins ago, by user 6232128
@FaheemMitha yup, that's what the so called "infinitesimals" were
@user6232128 Did someone say there was?
1:38 PM
Therefore, you are dividing by something with no size; which is 0.
@M.A.R. There are names in the news report, but I was busy translating.
I still need to look up some terminology
@FaheemMitha yes
2:13 PM
@user6232128 what about 0?
@MattE.Эллен that would mean you're dividing by 0
I'm always dividing by zero.
how so?
I meant it less as a statement of fact, more like "impossible is nothing"
also, ironically, because I'm never dividing by zero
2:25 PM
2:53 PM
@MattE.Эллен In Massachusetts it's wooster.
Also, @Matt, re rainbows and punishment, I don't think we're done being punished yet.
@Robusto yeah. no rainbows for us yet
3:17 PM
The Indian judicial system in all its glory.
Could give Russia a run for its money, I think.
@CowperKettle By which I'm not suggesting this is a competition. Heavens forbid.
3:59 PM
I ordered a book on BetterWorldBooks, and it shipped on 12th Sept but still hasn't arrived.
The first book I ordered in the spring arrived in a mere two weeks.
@FaheemMitha Yes, very sad
> Iran's most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated near the capital Tehran, the country's defence ministry has confirmed.
@CowperKettle Wow. Breaking news.
@CowperKettle I suppose Amazon doesn't deliver in Russia?
I realise that many people dislike Amazon, and with good reason.
But if one is living in India, it's really quite helpful.
The other Indian online shopping sites are... not great.
4:15 PM
Amazon does, but it's expensive
I wonder if there is a way to download this image in a single file in good resolution: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/core/lw/2.0/html/tileshop_pmc/…
I try but only get chunks
@CowperKettle So there is no Amazon Russia?
@FaheemMitha I dunno
@CowperKettle Looking at the source is not very helpful here. You could give SuperUser a try.
I'm trying ))
@CowperKettle I never fully found out who to blame for these. The government says Israel is behind it but naturally I'm taking that with a grain of salt.
4:31 PM
@M.A.R. Because Israeli agents would have hard time getting into Iran?
Then again, this is not the first time an Iranian scientist is being assassinated. It's gonna be conveniently swept under the rug like the rest of this sort of news.
@CowperKettle I doubt that, I have no idea who else to blame.
Stuff like this is why it's so laughable for me when Israel is portrayed as the victim internationally.
It's either Israel or Saudi Arabia, I guess.
In the USSR, Israel was portrayed very badly. "Israeli militarists, the henchmen of the USA", etc.
Soviet anti-Israel caricatures were like something taken out of Der Sturmer
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6:39 PM
A: Subjunctive Mood with the Type 3 Conditional or "could with the perfect infinitive" expressing ability, theoretical possibility, etc. in the past

tchristYou’ve asked about the verbs used in your quoted paragraph’s last sentence. Among patients in his study, “some of them had gotten flu in the past, and we’re looking to see if the autoantibodies could have had an effect on flu.” There are no conditionals here at all, just a modal perfect past in...

blames lockdown follies
6:56 PM
@CowperKettle sure, and it's almost purely political
They don't care about Jews or hating Jews.

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