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12:03 AM
@Conrado Do you give up?
12:42 AM
@Mitch "I haven't the slightest idea."
12:59 AM
Have some wine while I think about it.
@Robusto "Nor I"
Alice sighed wearily.
1:39 AM
@Conrado Poe wrote on both.
There is a B in both and an N in neither
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6:07 AM
Are you sleepy?
Yes, I am. I waked over 2:30 am, thinking of to study inverse function, and have felt sleepy now.
6:37 AM
I went to the dentist and snapped this snowdozer on the way
It was cleaning snow off the path there I walked
> Tell them that brave it most,
They beg for more by spending
Who in their greatest cost
Seek nothing but commending
6:55 AM
But I haven't studied to the place which is my objective, left inverse and right inverse.
In mathematics, an inverse function (or anti-function) is a function that "reverses" another function: if the function f applied to an input x gives a result of y, then applying its inverse function g to y gives the result x, i.e., g(y) = x if and only if f(x) = y. The inverse function of f is also denoted as f − 1 {\displaystyle f^{-1}} .As an example, consider the real-valued function of a real variable given by f(x) = 5x − 7. Thinking of this as a step-by-step procedure (namely, take a...
It's minus 15, and there are significantly more bicyclists in the streets
Compared with several days ago, when it was minus 20
7:11 AM
@Robusto It's important to be comfortable. One should have one priorities straight. Also, do you have a link?
7:29 AM
@CowperKettle Why did Friedrich Paulus care?
8:00 AM
"I have no intention of shooting myself for this Bohemian corporal." —Paulus surrendering at Stalingrad
8:32 AM
@FaheemMitha Because he knew that Hitler liked his half-nephew very much.
-15°C, a little jog )))
Some trams, and a run-down old house
@CowperKettle Apparently not enough to help out.
@FaheemMitha Hitler strongly believed that all "strongolds" as he called them, must be held.
So yes, he cared about his nutjob ideas far more than about anybody.
@CowperKettle Strongholds?
@CowperKettle Also, what does holding strongholds have to do with rescuing his half-nephew?
@CowperKettle Are those photos above all taken by you?
9:02 AM
@FaheemMitha Yes, today on the run
@FaheemMitha He did not want to be seen as a weak person.
Stalin also refused to exchange a German general for his captured son.
They were both looney.
@CowperKettle Interesting people.
@CowperKettle Good photos. Are all the other photos you post in this room also taken by you?
You're getting a lot of snow.
@FaheemMitha not all, but I usually post photos from runs and bicycle rides
@FaheemMitha We've been getting 150% of the normal snowfall
The whole city was in traffic jams, and maybe now too.
9:19 AM
@CowperKettle I see.
10:09 AM
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11:57 AM
> Psychiatrist initial appointment – 380 pounds (standard)
Psychiatrist initial appointment – 260 pounds (on a case-by-case basis)
Are these real fees in the UK? It's so expensive, it's just through the roof.
@tchrist I'm thinking a bit more about bears.
And about "Beorn".
(don't tell @RegDwigнt)
If "Beowulf" means bee-wolf, do all of the Bjorn, Bjørn, Biornus, and Brum (Portugal, according to Wikipedia) also mean "bee-something"?
And if so, what is the "-rn" part of Beorn?
Is it just a North-man's word ending, the way our mouths closed at the end of the word?
Why n?
That's my question.
Does it belong on ELU main, being about some form of (Older) English?
In Russian, bear is medved, "he who eats honey", with med = honey, ed - eat
Clearly influenced by A. A. Milne
12:07 PM
@CowperKettle That is very similar to Beowulf-- "A Wolf to bees". (etymonline.com/word/beowulf)
I think he is thought to be perceived as a predator (a "wolf") by the bees.
@MattE.Эллен That being so, if bees were bears,
we wouldn't have to climb up all these stairs!
By which it is clear that Winnie understood the relationship to be symmetrical and, perhaps, symbiotic, rather than predatory.
Those bees need someone to help them eat the obvious surplus, he reasons.
12:17 PM
Like Jeff Bearzos. He's not exploiting workers, he's relieving them of their excess time!
🧑‍🚀 Wait, it's all cake?
🔫🧑‍🚀 Always has been.
All the way down!
12:32 PM
(This is why no timeout for editing is important.)
@CowperKettle It's possible. But why does it have to be the UK?
@CowperKettle I've only had counselling from a psychologist, so I can't be sure it would be the same, but it was only a quarter of that price
12:48 PM
@MattE.Эллен Thank you!
no problem
I wonder what the average consecutive interpreting rates are in Britain. A client in the UK wants me to translate a conversation with a Russian via Skype.
I'd love a piece of that cake, if you know what I mean.
@Gigili you mean you like cake?
Jonathan James Cake (born 31 August 1967) is an English actor who has worked on various TV programmes and films. His notable screen roles include Jack Favell in Rebecca (1997), Oswald Mosley in Mosley (1997), Japheth in the NBC television film Noah's Ark (1999), Tyrannus in the ABC miniseries Empire (2005) and Det. Chuck Vance on the ABC drama series Desperate Housewives (2011–2012). == Early life == Cake was born in Worthing, Sussex. His father was a glassware importer and his mother a school administrator. He is the youngest of three sons. When he was four years old, he was invited on stage...
12:50 PM
Well, sort of.
@CowperKettle I can tell you that rates in India would be dramatically cheaper.
@FaheemMitha Yes, in India and in Russia the rates are dirt cheap, that's why I don't want to charge Russian rates. I am not going to rip the client off, but I need to know what rates are considered low but decent in the UK.
@CowperKettle Ok. I don't know that the context is, but it sounds like Indian rates are not relevant for you.
Personally, I've been to see psychiatrists in India, and been throughly unimpressed.
They're just regular people, but presumably with some qualifications.
I've been to see psychiatrists in Russia, and some of them are bonkers.
But psychologists are especially bonkers.
I wonder if someone will find my diary in the future and create a new religion.
12:57 PM
@Gigili Why wait? You should create the religion.
I hear it can be very profitable. Just tell people that if they give you all their money they'll go to heaven. Though you shouldn't use the actual term "heaven". I hear it's been taken.
It seems so, but the reality is different.
@Gigili What seems so?
@FaheemMitha Your dogma just bit my carma's tires.
@Conrado That went right over my head.
in the UK you can be a counsellor with 0 qualifications, but psychiatrist is a protected title, only medical doctors can be called a psychiatrist. One has to do their due diligence when selecting a counsellor, which one might not be capable of.
1:01 PM
@MattE.Эллен Due diligence meaning research? That's always necessary. It's also a big pain.
@FaheemMitha yes and yes
I get so sick of doing freaking research about everything. It's particularly necessary in India. Because India is a madhouse. Don't tell anyone I said so.
my lips are sealed
@CowperKettle Where can one find out more about Putin's fortress, as posted by you earlier? i.stack.imgur.com/8dnaw.jpg
I'm quite intrigued.
Conrado has nothing to do with Putin, I can confirm that.
@FaheemMitha It seems simple.
1:14 PM
@Conrado Sorry, I meant to address @CowperKettle, of course.
Is there a mod out there who can change it? Thanks in advance.
@Gigili Creating a religion, you mean?
do you need an attendant?
I feel so.
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2:31 PM
why is English a required course for PhD programs? I think the academic English can be learnt naturally in academic practices.
why isn't mathematics a required course for PhD programs?
I feel I lack some math knowledge required to understand some points which are occasionally addressed in physics.
like left inverse and right inverse.
@Conrado I think it belongs on ELU (but others may not). To make it more palatable to these others, you may want to add in your question some other similar examples (bee or wolf names, bear derivatives, words ending in -rn or -n).
@FaheemMitha It was in a book my wife read about tigers.
@Conrado my karma ran over your dogma
3:18 PM
meaningful positive socialization is unavoidable to happiness.
also, I think though money is an illusion, we should argue for big money since we depend on money to live.
Clearance. That says it all.
Put those in a Halloween shop.
3:34 PM
Hello Folks:

My Boss sent me an email where there is text like this:
`Can you describe the blocking problem more fully? `

I added more details in my reply, but I really dont know what specifically more fully means. I mean I can bury him with information but I doubt He would read all of it.

So how to kindly ask him :
`If you need more imformation please be more specific`

Pls help
3:56 PM
@CowperKettle ^
@Hairi If you are unsure which details he would like to see, perhaps it is better to call him and talk about the issue by voice?
@Conrado Our current word bear derives from Old English bera via Middle English forms like beor, beore, bere, beare; OE bera was inherited from an ancestral Germanic word that seems to have meant “the brown one”.
The OED thinks this probably arose through taboo avoidance (reflecting the danger posed by the animal) to supplant the probable original Indo-European word for “bear”, traces of which appear in our modern word arctic.
The video is equipped with English subtitles, @FaheemMitha - turn them on ))
@Conrado Found only in its poetry not its prose, OE beorn figuratively meant a warrior, a hero, a man of valor, and eventually became one of many poetic words meaning simply a man. Its origin is in some dispute, but one must observe that it is today the usual Scandinavian word for “bear” (Danish bjørn, Icelandic and Swedish björn) where it derives from the same Germanic etymon previously mentioned.
The word appears in the OE Anglo-Saxon Chronicle sentence Gelpan ne þorfte beorn blanden-feax, and in the OE epic poem Beowulf in the sentence Biorn under beorge bordrand onswaf. It was also commonly used in this sense in MidE under a wide variety of spellings like byrne, buirn, burn(e), barn(e), bern(e), in Piers Plowman, Cursor Mundi, and all the Gawain poet’s works, yet it petered out after the 16th century and did not survive until our own day.
With appropriate spellings changes, Beorn remains a common “forename” in the Scandinavian tongues of today.
@Conrado And no, I don’t expect you to make any sense of the Old English, for it is an opaque “foreign language” to today’s native speakers of the language we still call English. Even Middle English is challenging for us, particularly outside the dialects of southeast England. I can far more easily read the Spanish of the 15th or 16th centuries than I can the English, and indeed find the Spanish of a thousand years ago infinitely easier than the English of that time. I bet you do, too.
4:40 PM
Word of the day: mudroom (a room in a house designed especially for the shedding of dirty or wet footwear and clothing and located typically off the kitchen or in the basement)
@Bohemianrelativist Yes, there were some news that during the lockdown the rate of depressions went up. Hard to disentangle though from the effects of econdomic downturn and disease-associated anxiety
Navalny has got some 200 thousand new subscribers on YouTube in a day.
5:15 PM
@FaheemMitha Er, yes! That is far better. He is more informed about this subject. :)
5:25 PM
@Robusto Ah, I see.
@CowperKettle Video? What video? Context, please.
Thanks for the edit, @MattE.Эллен.
@CowperKettle Still missing the context.
I don't recall seeing this video, or commenting on it.
@FaheemMitha It was a book by this guy:
John Vaillant is an American writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and Outside. He has written both non-fiction and fiction books. == Personal life == Vaillant was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has lived in Vancouver since 1998. == Writing career == His first book, The Golden Spruce, dealt with the felling of the Golden Spruce or Kiidk'yaas on Haida Gwaii by Grant Hadwin. His 2010 work, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival is about a man-eating tiger incident that happened in the 1990s in Russia's Far East...
> His 2010 work, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival is about a man-eating tiger incident that happened in the 1990s in Russia's Far Eastern Primorsky Krai, where most of the world's Amur tigers live. It is a mixture of investigative journalism, social history, geography and natural writing. It won a number of awards and was selected for the 2012 edition of CBC Radio's Canada Reads, defended by lawyer and television personality Anne-France Goldwater.
@Robusto Ok, thank you.
@Robusto A book about a single tiger incident?
4 hours ago, by Faheem Mitha
@CowperKettle Where can one find out more about Putin's fortress, as posted by you earlier? https://i.stack.imgur.com/8dnaw.jpg
5:33 PM
@CowperKettle Ah, context. Thank you.
@FaheemMitha Apparently. My wife says it was really interesting.
The Residence at Cape Idokopas (Russian: Резиденция на мысе Идокопас), also known as "Putin's Palace", is a large Italianate palace complex located on the Black Sea coast near the village of Praskoveevka in Gelendzhik, Krasnodar Krai, Russia. The palace was claimed to have been built for President Vladimir Putin by the whistleblower Sergei Kolesnikov and the Anti-Corruption Foundation. == Disclosure == While officially dismissed in 2010 by Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, it has been claimed that the dacha was built for the personal use of Putin, and that its construction began during...
@Robusto That must have been some tiger.
@CowperKettle It's actually called Putin's Palace? Wow.
Why doesn't he just declare himself Emperor of Russia and get it over with?
Maybe just call it the Russian equivalent of Versailles.
An odd mixture of baroque and neoclassical?
@FaheemMitha No, of course no.
Officially it's some "culture and sports and something-complex"
Only it is guarded by Russian special services, and there is a no-flight zone.
5:47 PM
@CowperKettle I see. Because the article refers to it as "Putin's Palace".
Which never happens near a typical culture and sports and stuff complexes
Navalny says the whole area is 39 times the size of Monaco
This sort of thing actually sounds rather worse than India. Sounds like Putin is 80% of the way to imperial dictator.
Because it includes a park
Horrific though Modi is, he doesn't aspire to this kind of thing.
And if he tried it, I doubt he'd survive as PM long.
Maybe we should lock up Putin and his cronies there and designate it as a microstate like Monaco, a federal section of Russia?
Lock him up there like Napoleon on the island of Elba.
So that Putin will get some Elba room.
5:50 PM
I'm surprised the Russian people don't have a problem with it.
Vostok Station (Russian: ста́нция Восто́к, romanized: stántsiya Vostók, pronounced [ˈstant͡sɨjə vɐˈstok], meaning "Station Vostok") is a Russian research station in inland Princess Elizabeth Land, Antarctica. Founded by the Soviet Union in 1957, the station lies at the southern Pole of Cold, with the lowest reliably measured natural temperature on Earth of −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K). Research includes ice core drilling and magnetometry. Vostok (Russian for "east") was named after Vostok, the lead ship of the First Russian Antarctic Expedition captained by Fabian von Bellingshausen. The...
@FaheemMitha Apparently some do.
6:04 PM
This is weird and interesting, and really kinda creepy. ^
Talk about uncanny valley ...
BTW, forgot to play this one today:
And this one seems strangely appropriate as well:
6:19 PM
In St. Petersburg, 13 municipal deputies of the Smolninskoye city district have been detained by the police during their session, and are now at the police station. This particular district is famous for electing a majority of independent anti-Putin candidates, a rarity.
I remember when the police came to the same deputy section last time, when the depitues decided to take Putin's portrait off the wall and throw it into the garbage bin.
A pro-Putin deputy called the police, LOL.
I don't know why they are being detained now.
Ah. For some reason, they were barred from holding a session. The rooms were closed and nobody was admitted. So they just held thier scheduled municipal session right in the corridor, and were promptly detained. They are right now in the police bus.
6:39 PM
> Vision at night worsened secondary to the instauration of retinopathy.
I don't understand this use of the word instauration.
Is it that the patient previously had retinopathy, which remitted, and then again grew worse (= instauration)?
@Robusto Young Jo Stalin was a beauty. He seduced an underage girl, then left her.
At least if my memory does not fail me.
I'm too lazy to look it up.
Ekaterine "Kato" Svanidze (2 April 1885 — 22 November 1907) was the first wife of Joseph Stalin and the mother of his eldest son, Yakov. Born in Racha, in western Georgia, Svanidze eventually moved to Tiflis with her two sisters and brother, and worked as a seamstress. Her brother Alexander was a confidant of Stalin, then still known by his birth name of Ioseb Jughashvili, and introduced him to Svanidze in 1905. They were married in 1906 and she gave birth to Yakov a few months later. The family moved to Baku to avoid arrest, though Svanidze got quite ill there and returned to Tiflis in 1907, dying...
There's a huge article about his first wife.
@CowperKettle Maybe they mean 'post-retinopathy instauration'.
@Řídící No, probably they just picked the wrong word. The authors are from Spain
@CowperKettle Oh, so 'onset of retinopathy'?
I wish to congratulate my American friends.
6:50 PM
I don't know, but these words make me hungry.
7:28 PM
@CowperKettle I don't recognize that word. Is it in any dictionary?
Noun: instauration (countable and uncountable, plural instaurations)
  1. restoration after decay or dilapidation; renewal; repair
  2. T. Burnet
  3. some great catastrophe or […] instauration
  4. instauration f (plural instaurations)
  5. establishment (of a government, regime etc.)
I only came across this word once or twice previously, in poems and maybe in some quaint texts about history.
> instauration (countable and uncountable, plural instaurations)

restoration after decay or dilapidation; renewal; repair

__Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.__
(See the entry for instauration in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
> Sorry, Mario, but your princess is..
> in another castle
Also, the one-boxing of the wiktionary page has a lot more info/some strange formatting than the actual wiktionary page.
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8:56 PM
Gloomy day in the high desert.
@tchrist I do find old Spanish easier, but I have not read much from a thousand years ago. Thank you for the clear explanation!
9:21 PM
@CowperKettle A very nice person (at about 6m:57s in the video) A word that sounds like "sympatishne". In Spanish, we use a similar word: simpático, for a "nice person" (which, by the way, is one of the funniest constructions in English that I can think of).
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9:51 PM
@SmokeDetector You're fast! Keep'm blacklisted as long as possible.
We have *simpatico* in English as well.
1. Of like mind or temperament; compatible.
2. Having attractive qualities; pleasing.
@Robusto Cool!
I never heard it. How do you pronounce it? Sim-PAH-ti-co ?
Same as Spanish.
In English it's an adjective, though.
Where the last three syllables sound like "Portico", but replacing "por" with "paw".
Accent on the second syllable, as in Spanish.
9:59 PM
@Robusto Yes, I see. It's an adjective in Spanish, too.
Es lo mismo que en español.
Yes. Etymonline concedes that it may have been borrowed from Italian, though.
That is likely.
But Spanish and Italian are, if not the same language, at least "kissin' cousins."
10:34 PM
@Conrado We studied el Cantar de mio Cid using a side-by-side bilingual version with the original 12th-century version on the left and modern Spanish on the right. That's the longest stretch of Old Spanish we studied; the original 17th-century text of el Quijote barely registers as especially weird. I did also take a more specialist course where we looked at fragments even older than el Cid, but those I forget.
11:33 PM
Any language news today? Any new words created? Any new dialects discovered?
Any new inflections or strong verbs?
> Elsewhere, complaining of the tepidity of the American vocabulary of profanity, Mencken writes that the toned-down form son-of-a-gun "is so lacking in punch that the Italians among us have borrowed it as a satirical name for an American: la sanemagogna is what they call him, and by it they indicate their contempt for his backwardness in the art that is one of their great glories."

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