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by Mornche Geddick
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 51178

Re: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlea

For years I used to pronounce a certain sports brand to rhyme with "bike".
by Mornche Geddick
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Almea
Topic: Flags
Replies: 5
Views: 944

Re: Flags

So Haleza Grise wrote:I suppose that Dhekhnam doesn't have a flag?
The chrems can't agree whose flag to use, probably. And whenever they try to design a completely new one, there's always someone, isn't there, who points out that the new flag looks a bit like either 1) his own flag, or 2) his rivals'. Thus, stalemate.
by Mornche Geddick
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Almea
Topic: Cadhinorian Religion
Replies: 20
Views: 5019

Re: Cadhinorian Religion

zompist wrote:...a bunch of bombastic faux-Chestertonian descriptions...
Have you tried feeding Father Brown into the Markov Generator yet?
by Mornche Geddick
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: climate change
Replies: 60
Views: 5083

Re: climate change

zompist wrote:For instance, you can't fix things by explaining that "mere meatsacks won't write the One True AI; AIs will write it!"
Or, even simpler, the OTAI may have to write itself. Er...
by Mornche Geddick
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Translations of the Bible
Replies: 58
Views: 4614

Re: Translations of the Bible

May I recommend this translation? It's, er, a little inaccurate (because the translators are obsessed with cheeseburgers), but it has a certain cute style.
by Mornche Geddick
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: India Construction Kit
Replies: 2
Views: 845

India Construction Kit

I've got my ICK paperback copy as a Christmas present (Happy holidays, everyone!), and I've nearly read it through except for the Tamil language section. Congratulations to zomp for another excellent book!

PS Am I really the first to comment on ICK here?
by Mornche Geddick
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Pop music genres - help?
Replies: 53
Views: 4596

Re: Pop music genres - help?

As a side observation, I've got the early Blues Gospel singer Blind Willie Johnson in my collection. When I listened to some of his stuff ("God moves on the water", "John the Revelator", "If I had my way I'd tear the building down") I realised I'd discovered the origin of rap!
by Mornche Geddick
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Almea
Topic: New Almeopedia
Replies: 29
Views: 5857

Re: New Almeopedia

I admire your holding on to the HTML4 look—the Metaverse remains a bastion of original web aesthetics that otherwise are almost completely gone. Very nice way of saying it looks old-fashioned. :) Most web pages now seem to be optimized for ad delivery rather than for readers. At least I can worry m...
by Mornche Geddick
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Almea
Topic: New Almeopedia
Replies: 29
Views: 5857

Re: New Almeopedia

Can there ever be enough rifter articles?
by Mornche Geddick
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Almea
Topic: New Almeopedia
Replies: 29
Views: 5857

Re: New Almeopedia

It works fine on Firefox on my Mac. I will have to download Firefox on the PC to see if there's any difference. There should be an error console on Firefox— on my machine it's Tools > Web Developer > Debugger. If it gives you a specific error message, that would be helpful. I don't know how NoScrip...
by Mornche Geddick
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Almea
Topic: New Almeopedia
Replies: 29
Views: 5857

Re: New Almeopedia

So, is it script blocking, or do I blame Firefox?
by Mornche Geddick
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Almea
Topic: New Almeopedia
Replies: 29
Views: 5857

Re: New Almeopedia

zompist wrote:Mornche, what browser and OS are you using?
Firefox 57, with NoScript. Or Midori, with scripts off.
by Mornche Geddick
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Almea
Topic: New Almeopedia
Replies: 29
Views: 5857

Re: New Almeopedia

Whenever I click on a link in the new Almeopedia I get this sort of thing: There is no article yet for Xengiman. There is no article yet for Almea. There is no article yet for Magic. There is no article yet for Ktuvoks. There is no article yet for Clothing. There is no article yet for Jippirasti. Th...
by Mornche Geddick
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A quick intro to Classical Music
Replies: 34
Views: 4068

Re: A quick intro to Classical Music

I find it interesting that you have some very harsh things to say about 20th century "artistic" music, yet your illustrations post on the period is longer than any of your other posts. I agree with the very harsh things you said, though. There's an old joke about an "avant-garde" music concert, in ...
by Mornche Geddick
Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Almea
Topic: Cadhinorian Religion
Replies: 20
Views: 5019

Re: Cadhinorian Religion

I really like the old version - Durion's Yamaha CS-80 and all! Can you keep it around for comparison?

P.S. In the case of 2. let the suppressed myths bubble up again during the dark years, ready for the radical sects to brandish at the priests.
by Mornche Geddick
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: How many words do you need?
Replies: 14
Views: 1669

Re: How many words do you need?

I've heard that the Spanish epic the Cid is written from a lexicon of just 500 words. If accurate, that's enough for a fast-paced and exciting plot
by Mornche Geddick
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: What are you reading, watching and listening to?
Replies: 469
Views: 57053

Re: What are you reading, watching and listening to?

I'm going through the National Geographical Magazine's Our Mathematical World series, and have just started 20. Creativity in Mathematics.
by Mornche Geddick
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Almea
Topic: Cadhinorian Religion
Replies: 20
Views: 5019

Re: Cadhinorian Religion

Yay!

It does strike me that the stories of the "conquered Caďin maintaining their faith against horrific oppression" must have some basis in fact. We'd be talking about minority sects, some of whom would flee to the free states, bringing the stories with them.
by Mornche Geddick
Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 97209

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

There was a book published some time in the 80s (Book of Mistakes) which had a whole chapter of garden path headlines. Examples:

"Strip club shock: Magistrates may act on indecent shows."
"Hotel burns down: 150 guests escape half glad."
by Mornche Geddick
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:05 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Predict the future of your dialect
Replies: 23
Views: 4023

Re: Predict the future of your dialect

Some politicians like Ed Miliband, will realise what is happening and panic. But the ones low on the Dunning-Kruger scale, like Cameron, Osbourne, IDS and the Blairites, will probably never know. Some will be able to get around it, because they actually have a personality. One unfortunate side effec...
by Mornche Geddick
Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: The Ðolorar Language
Replies: 8
Views: 1542

Re: The Ðolorar Language

I like this system. If I've understood, "pirip" is emotional-logical-positive, and "ŋizij" is abstract-material-emotional-negative. Have you got meanings for those words?
by Mornche Geddick
Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:06 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Predict the future of your dialect
Replies: 23
Views: 4023

Re: Predict the future of your dialect

Owing to our well-known love-hate relationship with the French, both languages will end up exchanging 90% of the lexicon.The two resulting languages will be even less mutually intelligible than they started. Corporate-speak will be recognised as an entirely new language. In 20 years time, max, it wi...
by Mornche Geddick
Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:02 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sernećlaća
Replies: 3
Views: 1448

Re: Sernećlaća

Interestingly complex phonotactics. I like it.

Could you say "j́avj́isi" to refer to, say, a sculpture you owned?
by Mornche Geddick
Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:52 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Predict the future of your dialect
Replies: 23
Views: 4023

Re: Predict the future of your dialect

Huh? You don't think my post was serious?
by Mornche Geddick
Sun Jun 28, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Almea
Topic: The Multipliers
Replies: 40
Views: 15467

Re: The Multipliers

Hi.I've been out of it for a while, but I'm glad to see the updated grammar and your corrections of our translations! I like this sentence but I'm having a little trouble parsing it. : To:l śe:i murando ŋerupe. Nitwensir leźuŋ beśara. It's the second part of the sentence that's giving me trouble. Wh...