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12:31 AM
I apologise to all the Gauls whom I have ever called "the French".
@CowperKettle Hey, you said "the" Gauls! That should have been "people with Gaulish illnesses" or something... :-)
@jlliagre Ah, sorry!
French of the day: n'importe quoi /n‿ɛ̃.pɔʁ.t(ə) kwa/ -- 1) anything 2) whatever 3) nonsense
@CowperKettle Hey, you guys started it with le Boche ...
> But you write nonsense, in fact
Yes, don't you have to?
Oh no, you have to think a bit
I like the French term poilu, because it makes me remember that poil is body hair
Poilu (; French: [pwaly]) is an informal term for a late 18th century–early 20th century French infantryman, meaning, literally, the hairy one. It is still widely used as a term of endearment for the French infantry of World War I. The word carries the sense of the infantryman's typically rustic, agricultural background, and derives from the bushy moustaches and other facial hair affected by many French soldiers after the outbreak of the war as a sign of masculinity. The poilu was particularly known for his love of pinard, his ration of cheap wine. The image of the dogged, bearded French soldier...
> From an earlier Old French peil, from Latin pilus, from Proto-Indo-European *pil-.
Also used in English, but rarely
> I have served Prince Florizel and in my time / wore three-pile; but now I am out of service
Noun: three-pile (uncountable)
  1. (obsolete) The finest and most costly kind of velvet, with a fine, thick pile.
12:54 AM
@CowperKettle Occasionally, it becomes portnawak , nawak or even n'importe nawak :-)
> Avez-vous vu un barbu sans barbe?
Avez-vous vu un poilu sans poil?
Avez-vous vu un chevelu sans cheveux ?
Un moustachu sans moustache.
Un bossu sans bosse
Word of the day: verlan -- A type of backslang used in French, in which the order of the syllables or sounds of words is changed, usually with the last syllable coming first. Examples are barjot from jobard (“crazy”) and meuf from femme (“woman”).
It's like the Cockney rhyming slang, only in French. Too complicated for me.
=== List of Cockney rhyming slang in common use === The following is a list of well-known (to Londoners) examples of Cockney rhyming slang. It is not intended to be comprehensive. Many terms are based on popular culture, and so the table is constantly updated according to changing fashions. The terms listed here are well established. Adam and Eve — believe Adam and son — done Alan Whicker — ‘’knicker‘’ Andrew Tate - ‘’State’’ apples and pears — stairs Almond Rocks — "Socks" aris (short for Aristotle) — bottle ball of chalk — walk Barclays Bank, J. Arthur Rank, Jodrell Bank, Tommy Tank — w...
@CowperKettle Verlan is less complicated than Cockney rhyming slang, but still difficult depending on the words used and their density in a sentence. Verlan is less used nowadays, except a few words that became mainstream but a few decades ago, some people, especially suburban young, were using verlan between themselves for most of the words and verbs they used. That was almost undecipherable for the rest of us.
1:24 AM
@jlliagre @Cowper verlan sounds more like Pig Latin.
Pig Latin is a language game or argot in which words in English are altered, usually by adding a fabricated suffix or by moving the onset or initial consonant or consonant cluster of a word to the end of the word and adding a vocalic syllable to create such a suffix. For example, Wikipedia would become Ikipediaway (taking the 'W' and 'ay' to create a suffix). The objective is to conceal the words from others not familiar with the rules. The reference to Latin is a deliberate misnomer; Pig Latin is simply a form of argot or jargon unrelated to Latin, and the name is used for its English connotations...
Sounds like Louchébem / Largonji (both are obsolete/forgotten now).
Le largonji est un ensemble de procédés de déformation qui se sont développés en argot à partir de la fin du XVIIIe siècle ou du début du XIXe siècle : il a ainsi commencé à être à l'origine des mots largue et larque pour marque (« femme »), lomben pour bon, La Lorcefé pour La Force, etc. (voir l'historique ci-dessous). Le mot largonji – issu, par une forme du procédé qu'il désigne, de la déformation du mot jargon – est attesté pour la première fois en 1881 dans la nouvelle édition de la Chanson des gueux de Jean Richepin (voir ci-dessous la section « Dans les arts ») ; il a été utilisé par les...
2:14 AM
2:25 AM
Scratching his head
@jlliagre Play on "participation trophy" given to American children's sports teams sometimes.
Kind of a reward for just playing, not for triumph.
Also (and primarily) a play on "Arc de Triomphe" ...
@Robusto Yes, l'essentiel est de participer is often quoted by journalists when a team isn't winning.
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3:40 AM
15 yo straight-A school pupil in Volgograd spent the night reading Dostoyevsky, and then killed his sleeping 42 yo mother with a hammer in the small hours of the morning.
His mother was a sports fan, and he was an avid science fan.
4:42 AM
Unreal Engine 5 does make some parts of videos appear as if shot in real life. Interesting.
@CowperKettle How complete and how accurate is that news item?
@CowperKettle Looks great, but I would have guessed computer.
@Cerberus Incomplete, just a news item. It will take some time to analyze him for psychiatric disease.
5:00 AM
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6:23 AM
@CowperKettle Next Grand Theft Auto game would probably be at least same quality in graphics. Or maybe even more realistic.
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8:15 AM
Wordle 587 5/6

Wordle 587 6/6

@Vikas it'll likely have native support for ray tracing
@ペガサスSeiya Yeah
@CowperKettle yes, its called path tracing/ray tracing
8:51 AM
Daily Octordle #368
Score: 67
9:01 AM
Is it non standard or rare to pronounce "uber" like ˈjuːbə(ɹ) instead of uːbə(ɹ)? Wiktionary says it's "imitating the German" (en.wiktionary.org/wiki/uber)
Or does that vary depending on whether it's the adverb/adjective vs. the cab/food delivery service?
9:15 AM
Daily Quordle 368
🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜🟨🟨
⬜🟨🟨⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜
🟨🟨⬜🟨⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨
⬜⬜⬜🟨⬜ ⬜⬜🟩⬜🟨
⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜
⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 🟨⬜🟨🟩⬜
⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛

⬜🟩⬜⬜🟨 🟩⬜🟩⬜🟩
⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟩⬜⬜⬜
⬜🟨⬜⬜🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
⬜🟩🟨🟨⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛
🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛
These make for nice graphical patterns of colors! Anyways, cheers!
An interesting ad about an adhesive brand in India.
9:38 AM
#Worldle #371 3/6 (100%)
That was terrible. Embarrassing.
10:12 AM
#Worldle #371 4/6 (100%)
I got lucky
10:31 AM
Daily Quordle 368
Daily Octordle #368
Score: 87
Hmm, peut mieux faire...
10:44 AM
#Worldle #371 3/6 (100%)
Got the capital!
For simplicity's sake, all countries should name their capitals according to the scheme adopted there.
11:25 AM
Daily Rescue Octordle #368
Score: 8
I wonder why my cat often starts running around after visiting his toilet.
#Worldle #371 4/6 (100%)
@CowperKettle Thanks for the valuable hint.
There is a house lizard on our terrace. It wasn't moving and body looks red. I thought it is dead but I didn't see any injury sign. I made some noise to "wake" it up, no effect. My mom says it's not dead it's just maybe sick/inactive because of cold temperature.
11:44 AM
Daily Rescue Octordle #368
Score: 8
The rescues are sort of fun.
Why did we get the same score?
You did better than I did,
what I want is a streaming service that aggregates everthing for one fee, with a side of cable.
> The Amazon molly is a fish that has been reproducing asexually for about 100,000-200,000 years. This is about 500,000 generations of Amazon molly. All are female.
Maybe with a limit on hours or something like that. No ads.
Word of the day: thaumaturgy - /ˈθɔːmətɜːrdʒi/ - ability to produce miracles. From Greek θαῦμα thaûma, meaning "miracle" or "marvel" (final t from genitive thaûmatos) and ἔργον érgon, meaning "work"
12:17 PM
> A US study conducted between 1995 and 2009 found that out of 7,870 young women who participated, 45 (0.5%) reported that they had had a virgin pregnancy and resulting birth. bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f7102
Forty-five annunciations in 15 years, in the USA alone.
A busy time for Gabriel.
12:32 PM
Rescue scores are different from scoring for other games. You get 1 point for every word you solve, and if you have a spare guess you are rewarded an extra point for a total of 9 points. Higher points are better in Rescue games.

The first 4 words are chosen automatically.
You have 9 guesses remaining to guess the 8 words. You can only miss 1, so be thoughtful!
(from Octordle help page)
1:04 PM
Scott A. Small is an American neurologist and neuroscientist known for his work in Alzheimer's disease and normal cognitive aging. His research focuses on the hippocampus, a circuit in the brain targeted by Alzheimer's disease, aging, and schizophrenia. Small is the Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Columbia University, where he is the Boris and Rose Katz Professor of Neurology. He is also appointed in Radiology and in Psychiatry, where he directs the Schizophrenia Research program. In an interview with Mike Pesca, he mentioned that he served in the Israel Defense Forces during...
I just found a typo in his recent article, and sent him an email, and he answered right away.
There was glutamate instead of glutamine.
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2:50 PM
Wordle 587 3/6

3:25 PM
Daily Quordle 368
Daily Octordle #368
Score: 54
Hmm, tied my record. Not bad.
3:41 PM
@Robusto Today's Octordle was a record for me too, but not on the triomphe side ;-)
@jlliagre You get a participation trophy.
Me, I got lucky on that today.
Sometimes it clicks, sometimes it doesn't.
#Worldle #371 5/6 (100%)
That was a mess. I took what appeared to be inlets for rivers.
So I figured the land in question was much larger.
And the thing is, I've gotten that one on the first try before. At least I think I remember it that way.
🌎 Jan 27, 2023 🌍
🔥 14 | Avg. Guesses: 5.05
🟧🟥🟩 = 3

@jlliagre I tried Monaco today. Worked out for me.
Globle seems to have a European bias. Most of their target locations are pretty close to there.
@jlliagre Participation trophy? ;-)
Yeah, no so triomphant.
Ego sum laeti triumphante
@Cerberus will no doubt correct my dog Latin.
@jlliagre If I didn't already have a gravatar I'd consider that one.
3:54 PM
🌎 Jan 27, 2023 🌍
🔥 3 | Avg. Guesses: 6.49
🟧🟥🟥🟥🟥🟥🟩 = 7

@M.A.R. Hey, cholesterol is composed of LDL and HDL, right? And nothing else?
@jlliagre I got lucky on guess #2, which only had one border likely to be the answer.
Seems like you were beating around the babushka.
@Robusto Yes, some country is closer that I thought.
For today’s Worldle, my first guess was…
It was bound to happen.
4:06 PM
I got it on my third try though.
Nobody's perfect unless they have the globe completely memorized.
Meanwhile, me
Interesting fact: Kiribati is pronounced “keer-uh-bahs”
And Gloucestershire is pronounced "Glostersher"
And phthisicky is pronounced “this-ihk-ee”
And everything in the world is pronounced wrong by somebody.
4:11 PM
Percentile: 98
Why do we need to teach machines morality, anyways?
If they’re so superior, they can learn it on their own.
They can learn to like ponies on their own. I won’t help them.
And Nice is pronounced "niece".
Ello, Jillie!
I will refer to you as “Jillie” until I die.
Talking to me?
Read closer, no I between J and L.
4:24 PM
I count that as a capital I.
At least…
Until you show me the Unicode for that character.
Ah, wait.
I see.
So now that that’s cleared up, ol’ J’llie ol’ pal…
Let’s return to my above question:
Why should we teach robots or machines morality?
@CowperKettle You people are always putting down the Gauls.
Dec 31, 2022 at 14:03, by Robusto
Percentile: 98
We’re tied,
(i’m still better by virtue of being younger)
(and more superior)
(probably from dalle2)
4:30 PM
@Mitch That's what galls me.
ba dum psh
@Robusto The only word ever pronounced correctly is 'correctly'
@Robusto To be Frank, that's galling.
But correctly is in correctly
@Mitch Here we go again ...
@Robusto It will never stop
Please stop being so Vichy about it.
4:32 PM
If you see it, Denmark it and we'll come back to it later.
You all are such great France.
You can't Provence me from stopping
makes equivocal gesture about usage of France for "friends"
Spain the wheel of puns!
Gascon be a good solution
4:33 PM
Oman, there are too many puns.
Loire you so mean?
Are you all Syria pun enjoyers?
Damascus in your pipe and smoke it
Nauru stopping?
4:34 PM
searches for a way to use "Africa" in "affricative"
22 hours ago, by Robusto
OK, here's the topper: Who was the first one who Madagascar?
I think that one is still unbeaten.
OK that's just not right putting Nauru on the Worldle quiz. It looks like every other island ever.
You can’t be talkin.
Bro, I got Bouvet Island in practice once.
@parz Chapeau!
4:37 PM
You put the LOL in propanolol. Be still, my heart!
@Robusto I’m gonna tell all my France India chat that… Oman, I forgot Thai I was saying this. WAAAAAAAA State?
mic drop
I think it stops the lungs.
@parz You are a legend in your own mind.
Here I was trying to figure out what kind of chat in India is all about France.
I'm going to change my nickname, I have nothing Toulouse.
4:41 PM
Arles! Someone stepped on my toes!
snort snort
Nevers have I heard such a thing.
And don't Baccarat into a corner, he'll attack.
All I came for was to say...
> Sharks have been around longer than trees.
Pretty messed up.
We could show up to some planet nearby that has multicellular life and it might be a billion years away from anything like an animal or a plant.
I have a Lyon's appetite, will eat a whole Brest of lamb.
You've just Rouen'd my lunch
Troyes again!
OK, I surrender. I can't take the Lombardment.
What a Metz.
A Caen of worms.
That is Alsace, no meat.
4:56 PM
That's not Grasse.
@Robusto Took me a second to understand. lol
Alès, not even minutes for me.
Too wide the Gap, too Dieppe the Trappes.
5:15 PM
@NVZ They were trying to discourage straight men from using that lavatory, I presume.
@Robusto Hi, are you referring to the "Total Cholesterol" item in the lipid profile tests? Well, it's more complicated than that. Firstly, since you have High and Low Density Lipoproteins, it stands to reason that you also have Intermediate Density Lipoproteins (IDL). In some rare forms of hypertriglyceridemia, IDL increases drastically, for example, but it's usually low or negligible. You also have VLDL, which is of Very Low Density.
@M.A.R. Yes.
@M.A.R. So I was wondering why my LDL and HDL didn't add up to the total they found.
69 HDL to 92 LDL doesn't add up to 177.
VLDL originates from the liver, and often carries TG instead of cholesterol, but something like 1/5th of VLDL content is cholesterol. There are formulas to estimate total cholesterol from LDL levels, but they are mostly only reliable for pathologic levels of TG and cholesterol.
But why wouldn't they list IDL? Is it inconsequential? If so, how?
@Robusto it almost always is unless you have genes that would lead to the formation of bad (i.e. abnormal) IDL
5:22 PM
Ah, thank you.
Fréjus for everyone!
There is some evidence that overlooking VLDL that carries cholesterol and IDL might lead to an underestimation in the danger of ASCVD (Atherosclerotic ...)
@jlliagre um, yum?
Don't confuse me with your fancy European food!
That's a drink, isn't it?
Says it's a tourist destination with nondescript statues
So, not yum. Unless you have anemia and crave that sort of thing
Also unless you have a gizzard.
5:28 PM
Need a gizzard for free juice?
Ah, the worms.
Just pretend you don't see them on the cheese.
If nothing's wrong
Then sing this song:
"I think that we
Will get along."
Le casgiu merzu, dit encore casgiu marzu, est une préparation fromagère corse. C'est un fromage très cher aux Corses car il fait partie intégrante de leur culture. Contrairement à d'autres fromages forts, cette préparation n'est pas faite à base de restes fromagers mais de tommes entières dans lesquelles se sont développés des asticots. == Étymologie == Littéralement en langue corse, « casgiu merzu » signifie « fromage pourri ». Ce fromage est aussi connu en Sardaigne sous le nom de casu marzu. == Préparation == Pour élaborer cette préparation fromagère, la tomme de brebis ou de chèvre ...
Casu martzu (Sardinian pronunciation: [ˈkazu ˈmaɾtsu]; literally 'rotten/putrid cheese'), sometimes spelled casu marzu, and also called casu modde, casu cundídu and casu fràzigu in Sardinian, is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese that contains live insect larvae (maggots). A variation of this cheese exists also in Corsica (France), where it is called casgiu merzu, and is especially produced in some Southern Corsican villages like Sartene.Derived from pecorino, casu martzu goes beyond typical fermentation to a stage of decomposition, brought about by the digestive action of the larvae of...
@jlliagre That's where I draw the line.
Yes, the borderline.
As Stephen Sondheim once said of airline food:
"The salad lies in a group
The stuff that moves is soup
Anything that's white is sweet
Anything that's brown is meat
Anything that's green don't eat"
He should have added a line about worms.
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7:01 PM
Check this sentence please:

In this case you can use the less powerful wildcards facility provided by Calc because spreadsheets that utilize wildcards can be exported to Excel format without loss of data.
7:35 PM
In this case you can use the less powerful wildcards; facility provided by Calc because, spreadsheets that utilize wildcards them can be exported to Excel format without loss of data.
8:11 PM
> The French noted that they had been placed between the “mentally ill” and the “disabled.”
@jlliagre Now you have an idea of what it is like to be American.
We get that -all- day.
"The gun owners, the Americans, the tasteless"
Speaking of taste, I should get a snack.
Flaming hot Cheetos
Food of the gods
> "Certainly, no French diplomat has ever complained that being called an envoy of “the French” was somehow dehumanizing. In fact, the French rather like being stereotyped as the French, if that is the issue. They undergo Frenchness with considerable relish."
It'll take time for the Americans to ketchup.
The Germans mustard not be joking.
The Spanish omelette you finish but...
The Italians sausage pizza
8:33 PM
The Greeks salad olives
9:30 PM
@Mitch Stop complaining. Absolutely all the stereotypes about the inhabitants of the various countries of the globe, including France and the US of A, are perfectly accurate and well deserved, that's an undeniable fact.
@jlliagre Funny that Antarctica gets off scot free. Nobody makes jokes about our frozen neighbors to the south.
We could start that here.
Did you hear that the Antarcticans walk around like penguins? It's true! Oh, wait ... those are penguins ...
9:53 PM
Them penguins just don't think things through.
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11:47 PM
Does "Excel format" without an article sound fine to a native speaker?

In this case you can use the less powerful wildcards facility provided by Calc because spreadsheets that utilize wildcards can be exported to Excel format without loss of data.
11:59 PM
@MichaelRybkin I googled for "in Excel format" and "in the Excel format", with quote marks, and "in Excel format" was more widespread. But I'm never sure about such phrases.

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