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12:20 AM
> maat (“partner”) +‎ -schap (“-ship”).
And maat is cognate with English mate
@CowperKettle I imagine the Russian news is full of the strong alliance with China. (Not realizing, or admitting, that Russia is quite the junior partner or maat in that relationship.)
12:46 AM
@CowperKettle Oll Korrect.
@Robusto Je le mets de côté pour mon petit déj. demain matin.
@jlliagre Oll Korrect.
1:09 AM
@Robusto Yes, but these news reports seem quite empty of substance.
Some general phrases, nothing concrete is said.
@CowperKettle I think this documentary is pretty good.
A nice overview, and with lots of details, some of which I didn't know or didn't remember.
The one big thing I don't get is how he says 'we' didn't know Russia was behind the invasion in 2014.
We did, it was all over the papers.
So I don't get why he keeps saying that.
Putin tried to create deniability, but nobody believed him.
And Russia got somewhat serious sanctions, too.
1:27 AM
@Cerberus Frankly, I only watched it half-way
Up to halfway, it was nice
But at least the video describes the whole complicated stuff a la Shakespeare's Richard III, with all kinds of interactions, in a short span of time.
It could have been a bit less sensational and more matter of fact.
Easier to follow.
> Thus far, with rough and all-unable pen,
Our bending author hath pursued the story,
In little room confining mighty men,
Mangling by starts the full course of their glory.
> Small time, but in that small most greatly lived
This star of Ukraine: Fortune made his sword;
By which the world's best garden be achieved,
And of it left his son imperial lord.
> Yanukovich, in infant bands crown'd King
Of Crimea and Ukraine, did this king succeed;
Whose state so many had the managing,
That they lost Crimea and made his Ukraine bleed
> Which oft our stage hath shown; and, for their sake,
In your fair minds let this acceptance take.
This "economist" Sergei Glazyev has always been promoting aggressive schemes. And gradually Putin grew senile enough to follow.
In 1995 ge tried getting into Parliament as part of KRO, a Russian nationalist party.
I recall our programming teacher at University sporting a KRO lapel pin, and KRO labels on PCs
The Congress of Russian Communities (CRC, Russian: Конгресс русских общин, КРО, romanized: Kongress russkikh obschin, KRO) is a political organization in Russia. It was created in the early 1990s initially to promote the rights of ethnic Russians living in the newly independent countries of the former Soviet Union. The group contested a number of elections to the Duma in the 1990s. In the 1995 Duma election, the group took 4.3% of the vote, just missing the 5% threshold to gain seats. In 1999 it again failed to pass the 5% threshold, although KRO candidates did win a small number of single-mandate...
Officially, it was a nice party, but from their speeches on TV you could get that they were nationalists.
It was founded in 1993 by Dmitry Rogozin of the Roscosmos fame.
Some people believe that Dmitry Rogosin is on this 1994 photo
Holding a sign saying "Whites of All Countries, Unite"
Others say it's just a lookalike
Dmitry Rogozin making a speech at the Russian March 2007
1:48 AM
@CowperKettle pupils are taught to reduce big number subtractions into subtractions of single digits from numbers up to 19. Say, you wanna subtract 777 from 963. You do it like so: 3-7 can't work, so you subtract 7 from 13 instead, and leave 5 (times 10) for the next step. Same goes for the tens. You subtract 70 from 150.
Saying "Moscow is a Russian city" etc. and making a salute sign
@M.A.R. Thank you!
Now the joke is pupils are never taught specifically this, just the methodology, so some do get confused if they try to apply the same method to 18-9
@CowperKettle very controversial statement
@M.A.R. Just mildly nationalistic. He was trying to pander to nationalists to get into politics again.
Looks like Russia was drained of good people when the borders opened.
We should have left the borders closed.
Wasn't he the idiot in charge of the Russian NASA, what's it called, Roscosmos something
In this vacuum, Rogozins got into power.
@M.A.R. Yes, even Putin's supporters were facepalming at him.
He was the ultimate something.
1:53 AM
So . . . The Ahmedinejad of Russia?
@M.A.R. He famously recorded a CD with his own songs about the Russian Space Industry.
It was cringe.
Maybe after this presidency is over, we'll replace that with Ra'isi
@M.A.R. I don't think he's a real nationalist, he's just unscrupulous.
@CowperKettle hehe
And made these misical videos.
The lyrics are ugly :)
I mean the meaning is fine, but it's poorly written.
Rogozin's pre-election ad in 2005.
"Let's clean Moscow of dirt!"
With non-enthically-Russian people from the Caucasus playing the role of dirt.
1:58 AM
@CowperKettle I like that the actors don't even look like they give a shit
Wasn't Rogozin kind of side-lined recently?
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4:14 AM
> Supplying even half the number of requested planes, he added, would also be overly expensive, and U.S. officials have stressed that extensive air defenses on both sides have made combat aircraft of limited value to Ukraine and Russia alike.

But in an interview with The Washington Post in February, Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrsky, Ukraine’s ground forces commander, said the main value of modern fighters such as F-16s is their long-range strike capability. Russian forces have adjusted to Ukraine’s use of the U.S.-provided High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, which has a range of ab
1 hour later…
5:29 AM
@Cerberus Yes, a little.
He was fired from Roscosmos. Then he visited the battlefields, where he showed off by firing some mortar rounds. Then he attended a restaurant party in Donetsk, which was ambushed (a round was fired directly into the restaurant), but survived with some splinter entering his gluteus maximus.
He is living his life to the full, in short.
Or to the short, in full.
I hope we won't hear much from him again.
6:23 AM
7:17 AM
Wordle 642 4/6

I’d guess this is a relatively hard one.
7:36 AM
This meme is titled Aspirin and Clopidogrel - I don't know why. Probably @M.A.R. will understand.
7:49 AM
Daily Octordle #423
Score: 64
Spring is fine to me. Autumn not so good.
8:16 AM
> Life in itself
Is nothing,
An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs.
It is not enough that yearly, down this hill,
Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.
8:49 AM
April does seem to upset the poets,
@Xanne Poets are fickle, they can be upset one second and glad the next second.
I just love Millay's poetry.
not just breo
eDing kipp
Houseman rode a bout the woodkand
Ti see rfe
9:05 AM
Are on on a phone? Take your time! I hope you're feeling well!
Yes, Houseman is a nice poet too!
1 hour later…
10:26 AM
@CowperKettle maybe because 1) both are antiplatelets, 2) after, say, a heart attack, aspirin and clopidogrel are both administered; and 3) aspirin is weaker but for the same reason overall prescribed way more often.
It's pretty nerdy but not very witty making it not very funny overall
@CowperKettle she was speaking in the language of the gods
Bah, I'm rating memes. I should go study something to be less dour
11:08 AM
Daily Quordle 423
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11:19 AM
@CowperKettle We have here two animals happy tog'e''ther, , an ass representingaspirin, and a dog clopping around representing the clopidogrel.. Not real funny, just any everyday representation., I think
That kinda dog is called an 'ass'?
I mean, Google isn't helpful when I search "dog ass"
11:38 AM
Probably it's hard to type and the phone makes "corrections" :)
A policeman who has worked in Moscow for 20 years can get 10 years in jail for spreading "fakes about the Russian Army". He spread the fakes via.. personal phone conversations. If he receives the sentence, this will be the first precedent (since Joseph Stalin's times) of a Russian person being sent to jail for talking over the phone. meduza.io/live/2023/03/23/voyna
His name is Sergey Vedel (Сергей Ведель)
Sergei Vedel was born in the small town of Bucha near Kiev, in an enthically Russian family, but worked as a policeman in Russia for decades.
When the SMO started, he decided to make phone calls to his friend, a policeman in Ukraine, to ask how his relatives fared in Bucha.
After hearing all the news, he became agitated and was making phone calls to his Russian police friends, speaking out against the war and "spreading fakes"
Unbeknownst to him, the phone line was tapped.
The officer who was listening covertly to the tapped line "experienced a sense of dread", and this, according to the accusation, is classified as "spreading of fakes".
Even though he did not know that anybody was listening in to his personal calls.
I told this to my dad. We decided not to discuss anything political over the phone from now on.
Phones are recorded on a wide scale, and you can be accused post-factum, if someone needs to get you into jail.
A tapping police officer, along with his "mental anguish", can be easily invented post-factum.
12:44 PM
#Worldle #426 1/6 (100%)
🌎 Mar 23, 2023 🌍
🔥 69 | Avg. Guesses: 4.78
🟧🟥🟥🟥🟩 = 5

Wordle 642 3/6

1:40 PM
@Cerberus That's pretty clear.
@Xanne Dogs clop? I thought only horses clop. How about a donkey and a horse?
@jlliagre Ou joue, mon p'tit chou.
2:02 PM
Yesterday I did it and got Finland.
Today I did and got Luxembourg
@Mitch I got Denmark. What do I win?
@Robusto A hearty handshake and a supportive pat on the back?
Can I trade those for Door #3?
And a shot of Jägermeister
@Robusto Yes, but there's nothing behind door #3
take the Jägershot
OK I did the quiz again and tried to game it, given only extreme answers, no nuance, trying to be what I thought would be a jerk. And I got:
I tried to choose self-serving but rule-based
2:18 PM
@Mitch Hungary is the chaotic evil one in the group?
@Mitch Interesting that I answered the "women are as good as men" questions in favor of women being as good, and my results said I favored femininity over masculinity. I'm not sure what to make of that. Is masculinity an inherent threat to gender equality?
Is there an inherent bias in their interpretation of the answers?
Daily Quordle 423
@Robusto I would think 'rule-based' would mean the opposite of chaotic, lawful.
But no matter...
Lawful evil?
@Robusto Yeah I suppose
@Robusto Yeah I think that's it.
They should really give the scores for each answer, how they combine for the six dimensions.
It's not hard to see for most of the questions.
One question I had to read several times because of the multiple levels of nested negation "Do you not disagree that women would not be worse than men at not ...?"
2:34 PM
Most of my answers were gray, not strong in either direction.
@Robusto in some sense it doesn't matter if there's bias or not or any meaning at all. Whatever your answers are, they are 'like' most answers from a given country.
@Robusto Same.
except I agreed strongly that women can be as good leaders as men. (hopefully that wasn't the multiple levels of negation one.
@Mitch Yeah, that and other questions like it were my strong agreements.
but one of the male/female questions was women vs men on doing household chores and raising children, and I was like anybody can do chores, but for that first year of a chilld's life, women are definitely better. So I chose in the middle.
Terran 1 finally flew, but failed to reach the oribit.
The second stage malfunctioned.
Still, a good start.
@Robusto Most of the questions had me thinking 'It depends a lot on the situation, and also you don't want one extreme or the other, and also the wording is awful like it was modified by a committee.'
@CowperKettle Who is launching Terran 1?
2:40 PM
@Mitch Yes. But you have to nail down one of the five replies, so your answers are necessarily shorn of all nuance.
@Mitch Some 3D-printing company
@parz Good evening, Parz!
Happy Nowruz!
@parz Do the quiz! also @CowperKettle
@parz Happy Ramadan!
@Robusto Quizzes like this have that tendency. The writers of the questions tend to have an agenda and forget the multiple dimensions in a single sentence.
2:43 PM
I reject unnuanced discriminations.
Nuanced ones... let them pass.
I’m Zambia!
@CowperKettle Wow. Already? I had no idea.
@parz Really? Nice.
If I were an African country I think I'd be ... screwed. I can't think of a single one that would be a good fit for me.
2:45 PM
@CowperKettle Easter and Passover can't be too far now.
Let’s play a game! A simple game!
@Robusto I think most Africans feel that way too.
How simple? It involves giving inanimate countries souls!
@Mitch No doubt.
@parz That's not a game. That's how it all works.
2:46 PM
No, I’m serious!
@Mitch Easter will be in mid-April in Russia, and 9 April elsewhere, according to Google
I name a country, someone gives it a personality.
@parz OK then. Go...
@Mitch On joue avec une houe taboue et une roue floue qu'on secoue dans une toue dont la proue s'échoue dans la boue d'une noue près d'une soue qu'on nous loue et qu'on voue à une zouloue vaudoue qui nous renfloue, nous tatoue, nous rabroue et s'ébroue en faisant la moue dans la gadoue.
I give internet shiny things to whoever gives it the best personality.
2:47 PM
My favorite Easter song youtube.com/watch?v=G6pqAN8ALC8
Let’s start with…
@jlliagre Who?
@Mitch On
@parz Yes.
Yes, they have a personality.
No. Describe their personality.
2:48 PM
@parz What?
Ugh, that was an ugly comma.
I don't know Armenia well enough.
Armenia would be divorced from Azerbaijan…
@parz That's a bitter one.
they would have a child who’s under Armenia’s custody (Nagorno-Karabakh)…
2:49 PM
Also, were they ever married?
The Soviet Union forced them to to show that everyone is united and happy under the USSR’s rule!
Was it an SSR?
well, so they were forced adopted children, slightly different from marriage.
Armenia, the oldest Christian country in the world, along with Ethiopia
2:51 PM
more like brothers sharing a room and they decide to put tape down the middle on the room.
I would wish to visit Armenia someday.
How about Azerbaijan?
Have you heard of the Alphabet Monument there?
That's practically Iran.
2:51 PM
gimme a mo.
The Kingdom of Armenia, also the Kingdom of Greater Armenia, or simply Greater Armenia (Armenian: Մեծ Հայք Mets Hayk; Latin: Armenia Maior), sometimes referred to as the Armenian Empire, was a monarchy in the Ancient Near East which existed from 331 BC to 428 AD. Its history is divided into the successive reigns of three royal dynasties: Orontid (331 BC–200 BC), Artaxiad (189 BC–12 AD) and Arsacid (52–428).The root of the kingdom lies in one of the satrapies of the Achaemenid Empire of Persia called Armenia (Satrapy of Armenia), which was formed from the territory of the Kingdom of Ararat (860...
No I have not heard of the Alphabet Mountain.
Slavic peoples did not even exist when Armenia was already an ancient country.
Yes, I heard about Mesrop Mashtots.
This Worldle’s flag section…
2:55 PM
@CowperKettle well... surely they existed.
Just not with a writing culture
Jun 7, 2018 at 16:33, by Robusto
@RegDwigнt Really? According to Pete Townsend, Armenia is a city ...
How do you remember all of these quotes @Robusto
I just do.
I might change my profile picture.
When I was a kid I thought people were lying if they said they forgot something.
When I was a kid, I thought Jonas died in The Giver because adults like books where the main character dies for no reason.
Daltrey hits himself in the face while trying to spin the microphone
@parz Well, he does die, but not before he has tasted freedom. In other words, up until that point he had not even lived.
@Robusto Maybe that is exactly what was going on.
@Robusto ah, you have a linguistics degree, I take it.
3:00 PM
Linguistics has nothing to do with literature.
@parz The ending was ambiguous but they decided to make more books so it gets less ambiguous after that
@Laurel I know.
I read the other books and they’re…
not that good.
@Robusto So you study non-language literature?
@Laurel Not ambiguous. Left unstated.
Telling stories by mime?
3:01 PM
@Mitch How can I respond with a nuanced answer to that question?
Little kids are trash, by the way. Absolute garbage.
@parz psst... that's a language
Daily Octordle #423
Score: 67
@Mitch me, thinking you meant vocalized because of the mime part: oh no.
3:02 PM
@Robusto Do or do not, there is no try.
@Mitch Thanks for applying the Gordian Knot principle to nuance, Yoda.
@parz Someone always has to wipe their faces. Little monsters.
and noses. Ick
@Robusto not very zen
Only now and Zen.
@Mitch I was signing with a nice old lady who’s deaf and some random kid walked up to me and did a bunch of gang signs and one of them was a very bad word in ASL.
@Robusto He's just the personal trainer motivational speaker of the Jedi
3:04 PM
I told them stop but then they said that I was disrespecting their culture.
In other news, the world is spinning.
@parz So the kid was not wrong is what you're saying.
@Mitch He looks like Grandpa Simpson.
@parz Things are complex.
They weren’t deaf.
@parz Naw I get it.
People are getting...
more and more...
3:06 PM
Trashy is the term I use.
intolerant of perceptions?
Autistic is now a catch-all insult.
Like a little dog barking at their own tail?
@parz The world is becoming like middle school.
Because middle schoolers are growing up.
Smart enough to make all sorts of connections.
No experience in how acting upon all of those connections at once is mean.
@parz They've always been growing up.
3:08 PM
They’re growing up faster nowadays.
Daily Sequence Octordle #423
Score: 80
@parz I was making a joke that the gang sign that actually turned out to be ASL profanity was actually an right thing to say in front of the old lady.
I’m not good at understanding jokes.
Highbrow humor is only for people 6 feet and up.
Me neither.
I'm good at laughing though.
By the way is that Sequence Octordle good?
well that's to be judged by others I suppose
@parz I have no idea. Of all the possible word games in the world that I might want to play and are mostly the same, I just never got into Wordle.
Mastermind? Awesome game.
Word games? Awesome.
3:12 PM
I love spelling.
Both together? Somehow the arrow did not strike the target.
Do you want to play Mastermind right now?
In this chat?
Like the one cosmic ray, zipping over billions of years from the edge of the universe to that one neuron in my brain that would switch from not caring for to caring for Worlde hit the neuron right next door.
@parz I did say it's awesome.
How about Rock paper scissors instead?
You go first.
Hmm. A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.
I did not guess that you'd say that.
3:17 PM
Welp, I guess, out of ennui, I’m gonna try to understand Esperanto Wikipedia.
Surprisingly, it’s easy!
3:47 PM
Yes, why not learn a wannabe language that nobody speaks, but which everyone touts as some kind of savior of humanity?
And if everyone ultimately did learn Esperanto, within no time there would be localized slang, then dialects, and before you know it we'd have the Tower of Babel all over again.
@CowperKettle What's going to stop them?
4:03 PM
@Robusto I've heard a lot of people complain that the European Parliament, by trying to accommodate speakers of so many languages, makes it hard for anyone to follow debates and hinders communication. A Zondag met Lubach episode suggested using English, which is now "neutral" post-Brexit--unless you include Ireland, which Lubach claims nobody cares about.
(I love Zondag met Lubach, but sadly it's in Dutch and most of the episodes on YouTube don't have subtitles.)
(It's basically John Oliver but European.)
@alphabet I don't speak Dutch, alas.
Jun 24, 2011 at 15:39, by Kosmonaut
@Robusto Dutch isn't even a convincing forgery.
I might have studied it, but that I was afraid it would get confused with my German.
Ich will nur echtes Deutsch sprechen.
To put that another way, 本当のドイツ語を話したいだけです。
And still another: Sólo quiero hablar alemán real.
5:02 PM
Daily Octordle #423
Score: 75
Daily Quordle 423
Wordle 642 4/6

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6:43 PM
@Mitch ugh, what is this shallow crap you guys keep finding?
Maybe a pop quiz attributing your mentality to a whole country is supposed to be shallow, I dunno
7:26 PM
@M.A.R. Let's not spread the blame. This one falls directly on @Mitch.
7:54 PM
Sep 17, 2012 at 0:21, by Mitch
It's a quiz. It's from Cosmopolitan. 'Am I too much of a slut?' Scores at the end.
This quiz is the same thing but for nerds.
@Mitch So, what's the verdict? Are you "too much of a slut"?
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