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@alphabet Sibilance is silly.
12:52 AM
@Robusto It's also the consonant that can indicate your sexual orientation
> In one Canadian study, listeners correctly identified gay speakers in 62% of cases.
That's a far higher percentage than I'd have expected. I wonder if anyone's replicated it with a larger sample size.
Supercomputing expert, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergey Abramov may get a jail term for donating $75 to Navalny Foundation t-invariant.org/2024/04/…
@alphabet Is that still a thing? I mean, it was noticeable back in the day, but I haven't heard too much of the extreme nelly vocalizations in the past 10 or so years? I can still tell with reasonable accuracy when someone is gay, but a lisp is seldom part of that.
Previously a programmer got 7 years of jail for donating $150 to the Navalny Foundation
@Robusto The study was from 2002. I do think it's declined, probably because the causes were more cultural than anything else.
Abramov was forced to spend 3 weeks in a psychiatric clinic for "evaluation" under court's orders t-invariant.org/2024/02/sergej-abramov-zapiski-nesumasshedshego
12:56 AM
Now I'm wondering if people listening to me can tell I'm gay. Or a raccoon.
Abramov's "criminal investigation file" consists of 900 pages. All for a donation of $75.
@alphabet Do your eyes shine at night when a flashlight beam hits them?
Certainly Tyler Oakley pronounceths thingth thith way to thuch an exthtent that it thounds affected.
This is part of a large sweep against anybody who has supported Navalny. Some people are being investigated for donating RUB 200 ($3), some for merely writing the word "Navalny" in the snow.
@Robusto Anyway now I'm genuinely curious as to whether someone listening to me can guess my sexual orientation. I don't think there's any way I could really test this.
1:00 AM
@jlliagre Looks beautiful
@alphabet The gay guy on the podcast If Books Could Kill doesn't lisp at all, but there is little doubt of his sexual orientation (which he freely discloses). I think probably it has to do with the self-dramatizations, exaggerated vocal modulations, etc, which are definitely a hallmark plain to see.
I think those things are fun to listen to, because inside most gays I've known beats the heart of a drama queen.
Besides, bitchy humor acted out can be hilarious.
Cf. Randy Rainbow.
@Robusto Yeah, I don't think I do that much (maybe?).
My /s/ sounds can be a bit too strident because of the gap between my front teeth that dentists have puzzled over how to solve.
My sense of humor involves making jokes that are either so unclear I have to explain them or so dark I have to apologize for them.
Wait, isn't a rhoticity a device they use to rrrroast chickens? Discuss.
@Robusto Not to be confused with a roticity, a municipality known for producing Indian flatbreads.
Word of the Day: multipasking (Finnish) - doing many things at the same time, all badly; ‘paska’ is Finnish for ‘shit’.
1:12 AM
@CowperKettle I can't take more than one shit at a time.
Only a giant asshole could take multiple shits at the same time.
Spelling reformer of the day: John Hart (?-1574). His goal was to introduce a spelling system with a one-to-one relationship between sounds and symbols ("to vse as many letters in our writing, as we doe voyces or breathes in speaking, and no more ").
I wonder why that never caught on over the past 500 years.
> His discussion of vowel pronunciations is particularly interesting to historians of the English language, because it documents the spoken English at an intermediate point during the Great Vowel Shift, which during Hart's days was radically transforming the vowel system of English.
> Thus, for instance, Hart documents that the pronunciation of words that had Middle English long /iː/ but shifted to /aɪ/ in Modern English was still variable in his days, with some speakers retaining /iː/ in some words, but a diphthong /ɛɪ/ (spelled ei by Hart) already common in others.
"Give us this day our deli bred." Amen.
So ghost was still pronounced with a long "o", instead ouf /oʊ/
Holli gost
1:22 AM
@CowperKettle I don't know how you can distinguish between the two, especially with no terminal consonant.
You can in Japanese, but not in English.
1:59 AM
@XanderHenderson They haven't cheated, they have mistaken.
@Robusto Where is 'Huh'?
4 hours ago, by jlliagre
@Robusto Where was taken my second cherry blossoming picture?
@Robusto huh
2:26 AM
@Robusto If that was one of the WhenTaken pictures, where would you locate it?
9 hours ago, by jlliagre
user image
Washington DC?
2:48 AM
@Robusto Close.
What's your point?
3:04 AM
@Robusto 40.752558,-73.993601
Back to France tomorrow though.
3:26 AM
Switch from glutamate to GABA in certain neurons induces PTSD in mice thetransmitter.org/learning/…
Giuseppe Arcimboldo, also spelled Arcimboldi (Italian: [dʒuˈzɛppe artʃimˈbɔldo]; 5 April 1526 – 11 July 1593), was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books.These works form a distinct category from his other productions. He was a conventional court painter of portraits for three Holy Roman Emperors in Vienna and Prague; also producing religious subjects and, among other things, a series of coloured drawings of exotic animals in the imperial menagerie. He specialized in grotesque symbolical...
4:07 AM
Chemists Invent Drugs and Drugs Save Lives - by Donald F Weaver, Canadian chemist and neurologist, in the ChemMedChem Journal, 14 April 2024
Donald F. Weaver is a Canadian chemist and neurologist based at the Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Canada. He is Senior Scientist of the Krembil Research Institute and Professor of Neurology, Chemistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Canada), Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.Weaver specializes in memory and seizure disorders; his clinical practice included research in both basic and translational science as well as...
4:53 AM
@jlliagre Ah, Manhattan. There on business?
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6:48 AM
A guy in the Urals sentenced to 9 years in jail as a participant of a large bribing scheme intended to "ease" the governmental environmental inspection of a quarry project. He has been set free on the day of sentencing, because he had fought in Ukraine and received a medal for it.
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8:41 AM
@jlliagre Looks great.
I would love to take a bicycle with a lightwent bicycling tent and a sleeping bag, and travel along some nature trail in the USA and then in Canada.
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10:03 AM
> The only antidote with proven efficacy approved in AM poisoning is N-acetylcysteine.
Can I cut "approved for use in" to "approved in" in order to reduce the number of words?
> The only antidote with proven efficacy approved for AM poisoning is N-acetylcysteine.
10:23 AM
Mmmm hotdogs
11:15 AM
@Robusto Vacation. One week in New York with my family.
11:36 AM
Fun fact: There is a South Korean energy drink named Hot Σix.
12:14 PM
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#WhenTaken #49 (16.04.2024)

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I have found that if your window size is not exactly right, WhenTaken will often cut off important parts of the image. With 4, make sure that you see the very bottom of the image.
12:35 PM
#WhenTaken #49 (16.04.2024)

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12:50 PM
I just received some books from a friend in the USA
I asked for these two, but she added another three ))
@CowperKettle "Approved for use in" vs "approved in" is not such a big deal---I think you can go either way (though "approved for" might be better?). I don't like "antidote", however. I think that medical folk tend to be a bit more conservative---I like "treatment" better, i.e. "The only treatment with proven efficacy approved for AM poisoning is N-acetylcysteine."
@XanderHenderson Thank you!
(That's just one guy's opinion, though, so find some salt...)
This client will be pleased anyway. He is told that the texts he provides are superb compared with what other Russians provide in English.
He asked me to translate his book on treatment-resistant depressions into English, but I was working as an industrial news translator then. He offered a rate that I could earn working as a street sweeper half a day, for a job that would have taken half a year sunup-to-sundown, so I turned it down. That was 10 years ago.
He sent me the Russian version of the book as a gift anyway
Even if my translation skill comes back, I will never work as a translator. No use getting depression from working alone for peanuts, when you can work as a shop assistant and actually communicate with people.
@M.A.R. Sometimes, abbreviations are unavoidable.
1:03 PM
Yeah, I thought about doing translation work in college, but it sounded brutal.
And then I switched to anthro, and then math.
When I was posting poetic translation in our work chat when I was a pharma translator, they said - take part in this or that literary contest, and become a literary translator
I asked - so I could earn more? They said: no, you could earn a lot less as a literary translator, but it's so prestigious
@XanderHenderson Anthropology?
@CowperKettle Yes.
I worked as an archaeologist for the Forest Service and BLM during most of the summers of my undergraduate education.
@CowperKettle "Sure, but can I pay my rent in prestige?"
I loved math in school, went to some olympiads, but at age 15 suddenly it became a lot harder to do math. I came to another olympiad and solved nothing.
@XanderHenderson My sister did some archeology practice while in the University, where she studied for a historian
They were gently unearthing some ancient ruins
With brushes and stuff
Yeah, that isn't the kind of work I did for the most part.
Though I've done that.
1:14 PM
@CowperKettle usually FDA approval implies efficacy as well. Unless it's important to explicitly mention it
@DannyuNDos I wonder why everything is always packed in plastic now. I still remember the times when it wasn't
@DannyuNDos How are you supposed to pronounce that?
@alphabet hot sigmix
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3:24 PM
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3:37 PM
@CowperKettle I got a delivery that was a box inside a box. the inner box had plastic padding in the outerbox. and inside the inner box there was plastic padding.
@XanderHenderson Black Lives Matter? As an archeologist?
@jlliagre Anything notable that you would not have expected?
I mean not a new tourist spot but rather any WTH moments.
@CowperKettle I don't think bicycles are allowed on nature trails in the US (eg the Appalachian trail). But the Appalachian trail (any short part of it) is highly recommended.
There's a separate nearby trail in Vermont called... I think.. the Long Trail?
The Long Trail is a hiking trail located in Vermont, running the length of the state. It is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States, constructed between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club. The club remains the primary organization responsible for the trail, and is recognized by the state legislature as "the founder, sponsor, defender, and protector" of the Long Trail System. == History == The Long Trail was conceived in 1909 by James P. Taylor who was at the time the assistant headmaster of Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vermont. Taylor lobbied other Vermont residents...
I haven't been on that but aspire to.
Are you bored with Ural Mountain bike trails? I've always imagined that would be nice.
@Mitch Bureau of Land Management.
The original BLM.
3:53 PM
@M.A.R. The top dating site for sigma males
Word of the day: sigma male. "Sigma male (or simply Sigma) is an internet slang and pseudoscientific term used most often to describe archetype of a male who is a 'lone wolf.'"
4:17 PM
"To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and, whatever you hit, call it the target."
The Texas sharpshooter fallacy is an informal fallacy which is committed when differences in data are ignored, but similarities are overemphasized. From this reasoning, a false conclusion is inferred. This fallacy is the philosophical or rhetorical application of the multiple comparisons problem (in statistics) and apophenia (in cognitive psychology). It is related to the clustering illusion, which is the tendency in human cognition to interpret patterns where none actually exist. The name comes from a metaphor about a person from Texas who fires a gun at the side of a barn, then paints a shooting...
The real reason it's called the Texas sharpshooter fallacy is because that's what he hit when he aimed at his foot.
@Mitch They are great but full of mud even in the height of summer. Huge, long stretches of muddy puddles, because in the Urals the soil is thick and there is often a layer of rock beneath, and water has nowhere to go
There are some trails that are nicer, but "true hardcore" bicyclists usually chart tracks through some rarely-visited forest
@Mitch I got several large empty bubble-lined envelopes, saying "PADDED FLAT RATE ENVELOPE"
"Priority mail express"
4:46 PM
A flowerbed
Without flowers yet
5:01 PM
"It's not a bug, it's a feature."
5:23 PM
This is not a story (or This is not just a story; French: Ceci n’est pas un conte) is a story by the French author Denis Diderot written in 1772. == The three Moral Stories == This is not a story, Madame de La Carlière and the Supplément au voyage de Bougainville together make up a trilogy of moral stories written in 1772 that partially appeared in the Correspondance littéraire in 1773. The intention of Diderot himself was for the three stories to be considered together: "le troisième conte donnera son sens aux deux premiers" (the third story will give meaning to the first two), he tells the reader...
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7:39 PM
@alphabet Can you think of any other English dialect that's cultural (and not regional or familial) like the "gay lisp"? I can't think of anything
@Laurel I don't know that this is quite where you are going, but the Mid-Atlantic accent is more cultural than anything else.
The Mid-Atlantic accent, or Transatlantic accent, is a consciously learned accent of English, fashionably used by the American upper class and entertainment industry of the late 19th century to mid-20th century, that blended elements from both American and British English. Specifically, it blended features from both prestigious coastal Northeastern American English and from Received Pronunciation, the standard speech of England. The accent was embraced in private independent American preparatory schools, especially by members of the Northeastern upper class, as well as in schools for film, radio...
Ebonics (or Black English Vernacular, or whatever I am supposed to call that now) might be another example.
African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) is the variety of English natively spoken, particularly in urban communities, by most working- and middle-class African Americans and some Black Canadians. Having its own unique grammatical, vocabulary, and accent features, AAVE is employed by middle-class Black Americans as the more informal and casual end of a sociolinguistic continuum. However, in formal speaking contexts, speakers tend to switch to more standard English grammar and vocabulary, usually while retaining elements of the non-standard accent. AAVE is widespread throughout the United States...
"African-American Vernacular English", I guess.
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10:48 PM
@Mitch No huge change since last time I visited New York about 30 years ago. The most notable is possibly the near disappearance of cash. Drivers are still honking for no reason, ambulances are stuck in traffic. Half of tourists are French :-)
We feel more secure too, less bothered in the streets.
@Laurel I think the closest similar phenomenon is the differences between the speech of men and women. It's partly biological, but aside from differences in pitch there are a number of other differences that seem due to cultural factors.
In some areas, accents are stratified not just by region but by class; this used to be the case in the UK, with Received Pronunciation being the "prestige" accent.
11:04 PM
Q: Attempt to define verb inflection that is phonologically featural

Dannyu NDosMy native language is Korean, which has a featural script, namely Hangul. Though my conlang isn't going to adopt Hangul, I came up with one question of curiosity: "Can there be a featural grammar?" So here's my attempt to build one. For suppose I had a phoneme inventory like this: Labial Coro...

Does this question of mine look cursed?
I also think it used to be the case that there was an extensive amount of gay slang not known to the rest of society, but by now it's mostly common knowledge.
Wait, sorry; I remember I already shared this question few days ago.
11:29 PM
According to Quinnipiac, a full 68% of voters 18-34 oppose further military aid to Israel.
Not to keep harping on a contentious topic or anything.

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