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12:00 AM
🌎 Dec 5, 2023 🌍
🔥 1 | Avg. Guesses: 6
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12:58 AM
Rootl game #187



#2 was so obvious when I finally got it.
1:45 AM
Word of the day: separate-loading bagged charge system - in Russian: kartuz system of gun loading - from Dutch kardoes (“blackpowder load”), from Middle French cartouche, Italian cartoccio, derived from Latin carta.
2:12 AM
@Lambie Thank you very much.
@Mitch Thank you very much too.
Does this sound like good English to you guys?

I've never seen footage from this city that wasn't a bummer. Not once has it made me smile. Always depressing as hell.
Sounds OK to me?
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5:01 AM
@MichaelRybkin Totally okay.
5:19 AM
@Cerberus To everybody who has got a good command of English (that automatically includes native speakers)
@CowperKettle Thank you.
5:32 AM
Any part you were unsure of?
> Do you think someone could become famous with a name like Penis Bus Lesbian?
No? How about Dick Van Dyke?
Your own work?
5:49 AM
@Cerberus No, it's from Reddit :)
> In Australia, just over 330MW of new rooftop solar systems (0-100kW) was installed in November 2023, “smashing the previous record” of 314MW set in December 2020.
Way to go, Australians.
It is progressing, but I think the world (and by that I mean China) cannot produce solar panels much faster?
Not to mention the rare metals needed.
6:25 AM
Highly awaited trailer was leaked yesterday. So it's published officially early.
And @CowperKettle I'm sorry. I had posted unrealistic comment yesterday. It doesn't look like it would beat Unreal Engine 5. Although they are talented enough to do that, but looks like they made compromise so that it's playable for most people. So it doesn't require everyone buy too expensive hardware. It's a huge open world map.
7:27 AM
Not available until 2025!
It seems to me cop28 is going rather well. Getting more realistic about sources of funds and required returns.
8:11 AM
@Xanne And even more wait for PC uesrs.
8:54 AM
> Brain scans taken by the author and his colleagues using NeuroSpin's 7-tesla MRI machine reveal patches of cortex specialized for reading in a person who is bilingual in English and French. The colored bars show the activation evoked by 14 different types of letter strings that vary in their proximity to the statistics of English and French. thetransmitter.org/cognitive-neuroscience/…
I climbed 2 meters more in November than in October, says Strava in an email.
9:41 AM
> Virgin boy eggs are a traditional dish of Dongyang, Zhejiang, China in which eggs are boiled in the urine of young boys, preferably under the age of ten. Named "tong zi dan" (Chinese: 童子蛋; pinyin: Tóngzǐdàn), the dish translates literally to "boy egg."
This guy published the most-translated book of poetry ever, in 1923.
I never knew about it.
10:01 AM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Offensive answer detected, potentially bad keyword in answer, toxic answer detected (159): had to have been vs. has to have been vs. must have been‭ by Geogre‭ on english.SE
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11:46 AM
Started the slide from minus 5°C to minus 30°C
@Cerberus The perovskite elements don't need rare earth metals
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2:53 PM
Precisely what is wrong with the :
Q: What do you call someone who repairs punctures?

Mehdi HaghgooIs there a term specifically used colloquially or formally to refer to a person who mends punctures in tires of e.g. cars, bicycles, bikes, etc.

Was there really a variation of Old French called "croissant"? From an area that looked like ... a croissant?
@CowperKettle From Wikipedia:
> Boy egg vendors go to elementary schools in the city where they collect urine from young boys, preferably under the age of ten. The children, having been raised in the city and its culture, are used to the practice. As young boys would in schools from many other cultures, they excuse themselves from class when they feel the urge to urinate. However, instead of going to the restroom, they relieve themselves in the basin that the vendors place in the hallways.
And yet, when I tried to start this practice in my local elementary school, I got kicked out of the building. What gives?
3:10 PM
@CowperKettle Strava can record rock climbing progress? That's awesome. I suppose they do measure vertical height with GPS. But I thought you were a runner. Where can you go climbing in Yekaterinburg? Doing parkour in parking decks or up the sides of apartment buildings?
@Robusto Yes, totally sounds like the annoyingly unrealistic specificity problem. But if you look at the comments, the OP says there is such a specific word in their language.
What I came here to say, before y'all interrupted with your trivialities, is that I am very annoyed by the singular non-gendered reflexive pronoun 'themself'.
It always sounds wrong in my ear.
It should be 'themselves'
@Mitch Well, but the proposed answers are all fantastic, and not in the good sense.
I wish people would stop using the other one.
Q: The hidden flaw in "singular they"—what to do about reflexive pronouns?

RobustoWe have a highly regarded answer by nohat to a question about gender-neutral pronouns, in which he points to the "singular they" and its long history of use in English. (Note that he also advises against using it.) Example: If someone wants to watch TV tonight, they'll have to do the dishes. ...

Been there, done that.
@Robusto 'vulcanizer' sounds like it actually could be a word (and not just some fanciful made up thing). Or rather It might be some fanciful made up thing from back in the Nineteen teens and it caught on -somewhere- (but nowhere I've heard).
@Mitch A "vulcanizer" would not mend punctures, but would treat rubber with a special process. Vast difference.
3:16 PM
@Robusto I'm happy you at least recognize that 'themself' is worse than 'themselves'.
So you are rehabilitatable.
No I'm not!
You will not remake me in your own likeness!
Help! Mitch is trying to rehabilitate me!
@Robusto The answer isn't very explanatory (it's awful as an ELU answer) so I'll grant that that might actually not be a word that somehow corresponds to the desired role.
But not all words have to be literal
it could be the word simply by metonymy, eg at the beginning it was someone who made inner tubes, but later just repaired them.
@Mitch And you've decided this for yourselves?
@Robusto The first step in rehabilitation is recognizing that the authorities can't hear you.
Also second breakfast. It's optional but it really helps a lot.
@tchrist Like Robusto, I'm not having someone else feel my feelings for me.
Down with the Patriarchy!
@Mitch Wait, so rehabilitation includes second breakfast? I may have to reconsider now.
3:23 PM
Or rather... The Patriarchy starts with Me!
@Robusto Carrot and stick
and the stick is really just a recommendation, not a requirement.
But do you speak Croissant?
And the carrot is a really sweet carrot, not one of those just out of the ground flaked with dirt carrots
@Robusto With respect to croissants I am vaguely aware that they were invented by some guy in Vienna in the 1700's and something something the Ottoman Empire somethety something Islam blah blah blah crescent moon. And so they were called crescents (because they are shaped like crescents, or even better were shaped like that to enrage/entice Muslim soldiers when people ate a religious symbol.
And also. to sprinkle the powdered sugar on that proof, a shop that makes and sells only croissants (and similar pastries) is called a 'Viennoiserie', because that's where they were invented.
There...even if I made that all up that's worth a paragraph in wikipedia
So ... a croissant is actually a wiener?
A chocolatine is a 'crotte feuilletée', n'est-ce pas, @jlliagre?
A Schnecken is a snail pastry. A pastry made of snails.
Don't worry, it's kosher.
I think
checking with my local rabbi ...
"Eating snails...beside being repugnant is also a serious sin but is only punishable by flogging in this life"
Wow there's a lot going on there
But I was mistaken, snails are not kosher. But Schnecken, if baked in a kashered oven, are very kosher.
So snails can feel just a tiny bit safer
3:45 PM
@Mitch It just sums up all "climbs" over a month. Yekaterinburg is situated on an undulating plain, so it's easy to collect several hundred meters of total "climb"
But I just learned a whole boat load about Messianic Judaism which I had thought is not the same as Jews for Jesus but it turns out that I was wrong.
I run in this park and it has a differential of several meters from one side to the other go.2gis.com/oqdc2u
I thought Messianic Judaism was Christianity with a lot of added Judaic ... stuff (traditions?) and Jews for Jesus was (ethnic) Jews who think Jesus actually was the Jewish Messiah but don't follow any of the New Testament/Catholic theology.
But I was wrong, and wikipedia is not helping me resolve how they are the same.
@CowperKettle Nice.
@CowperKettle But no outright hills?
Just a flat but slowly rising surface?
@Mitch To me, themself sounds better. I find it somewhat confusing when people use themselves to refer to a singular they; it should be like yourself/yourselves.
Raccoons announce new mutual defense treaty with local cats.
4:02 PM
@Mitch Not to be confused with Jews for Jesus (or well actually yes it is, if they're even different things…)
@alphabet What if we ditched both and used theyself?
Just make it a noun
I guess that puts me on the side that's pro-noun
@alphabet You don't say "They is" even if 'they' is singular. QED. Full stop. Case closed. Next!
@Laurel Wikipedia is saying they are the same.
@Mitch You say "you are" even when "you" is singular, e.g. "You aren't doing yourself any favors."
And it's for the same reason: "you" was originally a plural form.
@alphabet Naw I'm pretty sure that cat owes its life to the raccoon. Otherwise, no cat would stand for that.
All these door-to-door salespeople. "Have you considered upgrading your trash cans to ones accessible to raccoons with arthritis?"
@alphabet Sure, whatever. 'themself' sound wrong and I will fight to the death to stop something that annoys me slightly.
@alphabet or raccoon family safe. Both accessible to an entire family of raccoons but also not too noisy when the lid goes up and down for everybody. Very annoying to the trash suppliers.
Also maybe a little flag on the top that says 'occupied'. As fun as it might sound, you don't want a huge bag of trash emptied on you unexpectedly.
Speaking from multiple experiences
OK, just two, but that makes a trend
4:13 PM
@Mitch Indeed. Very important to help keep waste out of landfills and inside of raccoons.
@Mitch There are some hills. The Moscow Hill near my house, sometimes I run up and down that hill. And the Uktus Hills, there's a nice gradient on some streets
A view down from the Moscow Hill (Московская Горка) in 1910, by Prokudin-Gorsky, the color photography pioneer
And the Meteorology Observation Hill (метеогорка), again two views, in 2010 and in 1910
The cathedral of the female monastery, not far from my house
He traveled along the Iset river from Yekaterinburg to Kamensk-Uralsky, and made some photos
I think he is the guy in brown
The embankment in the center, also in 1909
Now we have ParkRuns there every Saturday at 09:00
4:38 PM
I'd go for a ParkWalk. Or maybe a ParkLook. How about you just tell me about it after my nap.
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7:41 PM
@Mitch How about non-messianic Christianity
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8:20 PM
@MetaEd I mean you can call yourself whatever you want, but you may have to end up explaining yourself every time.
Pastafarians? Maybe they smoke hallucinogenic spaghetti?
@Mitch If I'm describing myself, I would never say that. You might could call me culturally Christian though
Congregationalist? I'm pretty sure most Abrahamic religions do group worship, but I also bet a lot of people who call themselves Congregationalist couldn't articulate anything about their beliefs.
@MetaEd wait...what?
Man you got me.
You got me thinking seriosly about religion.
haha good one.
Also, now I want spaghetti for dinner.
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8:36 PM
@Mitch it's no different than someone describing themselves as culturally Jewish, which I've seen a lot
I'm culturally Flying Spaghetti Monster-ish.
Oh, I guess @Mitch covered Pastafarians already. But I see he made the mistake many people make, which is that we smoke spaghetti for its hallucinogenic qualities.
Actually, we have found that smoking spaghetti noodles produces highs of a disappointingly low order.
It is, however, more enlightening than smoking the sacraments of other religions.
9:33 PM
@MetaEd no different? maybe similar, but not the same.
@Robusto It would literally be a miracle if you could smoke holy water
@Mitch Hence the profound beliefs of my co-religionists.
@Mitch how so
@MetaEd An ethnic Christian?
@Laurel maybe. do people call themselves ethnic Jews
There's an interesting sentence at the top of the "Jewish atheism" article in Wikipedia -- "Jewish atheism refers to the atheism of people who are ethnically and (at least to some extent) culturally Jewish." So there's a distinction drawn there
I think it might mean a person whose ancestry is, say, Chinese, but has lived all their life in Hawaii, is ethnically Chinese but culturally Hawaiian?
@Laurel When I call myself culturally Christian that is accurate by the definition above, and it's not a statement about ancestry or "homeland" so I probably would not call myself an ethnic Christian after thinking about it
9:50 PM
I call myself an ethnic Catholic, though I suppose I am also culturally Catholic as well since I celebrate atheist Christmas and stuff like that
to ethnically place myself I would probably have to report mixed results from a DNA analysis, and give percentages corresponding to a list like this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y-DNA_haplogroups_by_ethnic_group
I think that all my known ancestors were Catholic, but I don't actually know anything about anyone older than my great grandparents really
Ethnically I am European -- mixed Brittania, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Germany
It's weird because people can change their religion but we typically don't think of ethnicity as being the result of choices like that. But even ethnicity in a traditional sense is at least somewhat driven by choices as well—the choice of where people lived, cut up into arbitrary buckets based on politics
Ethnicity is also sometimes used as a synonym of race and sometimes not, which only makes things more complicated
race is a blunt object -- in the US we refer to anybody African origin as "black" and there are hundreds of ethnicities behind that, in Africa and in their diaspora
10:28 PM
^ And that's why one should memorize all 200-ish countries in the world. Their name, their location, and their flag.
10:44 PM
@DannyuNDos I know their names and locations. I can't really remember all the flags. So many are alike. I know South Korea's, though. That one is distinctive.
Yeah, only because of Pepsi...
Nope. Because of the I Ching.
But there seem to be hundreds of three-bar flags with varying colors, which are impossible for me to parse because they all seem so much the same.
@Robusto I think they're better called as "trigrams".
@DannyuNDos Hexagrams, because they have six lines, and they are representative of balance in the I Ching.
The I Ching book consists of 64 hexagrams. A hexagram in this context is a figure composed of six stacked horizontal lines (爻 yáo), where each line is either Yang (an unbroken, or solid line), or Yin (broken, an open line with a gap in the center). The hexagram lines are traditionally counted from the bottom up, so the lowest line is considered line one while the top line is line six. Hexagrams are formed by combining the original eight trigrams in different combinations. Each hexagram is accompanied with a description, often cryptic, akin to parables. Each line in every hexagram is also given...
The bagua (Chinese: 八卦; pinyin: bāguà; lit. 'eight trigrams') is a set of symbols from China intended to illustrate the nature of reality as being composed of mutually opposing forces reinforcing one another. Bagua is a group of trigrams—composed of three lines, each either "broken" or "unbroken", which represent yin and yang, respectively. Each line having two possible states allows for a total of 2 × 2 × 2 = 8 trigrams, whose early enumeration and characterization in China has had an effect on the history of Chinese philosophy and cosmology. The trigrams are related to the divination practice...
South Korean flag has half of these trigrams.
10:53 PM
Hmm, OK. I thought they were derived from the I Ching.
Awful damned close, they are.
Guess I should have looked closer.
Oh well.
But the trigrams facing each other do represent hexagrams, ne?
And as for three-bar flags, given they're mostly European, I think you're already familiar with those, no?
No one would confuse French flag to Italian flag.

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