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7 hours ago, Cygnwulf said:

Workplace attire is an interesting philosophical debate.
on one hand, there's the old guard stance that employees who dresses professionally will subconsciously behave more professionally than they would otherwise, even if it's only a little bit.  Where as a more modern opinion is that employees who are comfortable are happy and thus more productive.

 

I'm inclined to agree with the modern opinion. If I'm wearing a suit at work, I'm not really working 'cause I'm too concerned with not getting it dirty.

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1 hour ago, TGP said:

So many, many, people driving like Klingons today.

 

(...for anyone not getting the reference, Klingons will say: )

 

" Today is a good day to die ! "

 

(I blame Kahless <_< )

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1 hour ago, OneBoot said:

I make this exact face when doing eyes. I also find myself twisting into positions not unlike Echo cat (whose picture was posted earlier in this thread). :lol:

 

Alright, new thing for Reapercon is to take pictures of peoples' silliest intense painting faces. ::D:

 

1 hour ago, TGP said:

So many, many, people driving like Klingons today.

 

 

 

"TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO MERGE RESPONSIBLY AND USE PROPER TURN SIGNALS!!!!!!!"

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Just watched Jeremy of Black Magic Craft doing a video about modeling a boat from foam. In the video he made the claim that Canadians don't say "aboot". To support this, in the comments, he referenced this post on Dialect Blog. I considered responding to that post directly, because I think the thread raises several interesting issues, but he seemed a bit grumpy about the whole thing, so I decided to post some observations here.

 

Minor warning: there are some rather offensively parochial comments from both sides in the comments.

  • There is a minority of native Canadians in the thread that claims that Canadians (some number, not necessarily a majority) have an accent that exhibits "about" as sounding like "aboot" to their (Canadian) ears. This would imply that "Canadians" do spontaneously say "aboot", even if it's not most Canadians.
  • It's very difficult for people with different accents to reliably transcribe or even hear the sounds made by people with different accents. There were a few commenters who knew and used IPA (I assume correctly). But that's not useful for the vast majority of people who might be interested. Unfortunately, any other attempt at transliteration of accent features runs into the problem that what you think you're saying clearly might not mean the same thing to a reader with a different accent or dialect.
  • Understanding how other people hear their own accent is even harder.
  • Almost nobody can reliably report things about their own dialect (whether word usage, grammar, or pronunciation). E.g., my idiolect has the cot/caught merger, but I thought for a very long time that the words sounded different when I used them. They certainly sounded different in my head, but nobody else would agree with my own perception.
  • In general, people tend toward hearing small differences in sound when close to their own accents as big ones while often hearing large differences in the accents of others as small ones. And diphthongal differences are especially prone to this. (Ask an Australian and a New Zealander whether they sound the same. Then ask a Brit or an American whether the Australian and the New Zealander sound the same. You're unlikely to get the same answer.)

The upshot of all of that is that the obvious difference you hear between the stereotypical American way of doing a Canadian accent and any real Canadian accent isn't anywhere near as obvious to most Americans. Example from the thread: "What I have heard, however, is pronunciations like 'a-beh-oot' and 'a-buh-oot'." I suspect that either of those would be heard as "aboot" by most people with an American dialect.

 

Similarly, the obvious difference I hear between typical British attempts at an American accent (any American accent, frankly) and any real American accent isn't obvious to most Brits. For most Americans not trained as linguists, that raised vowel version of "ou" isn't one that they have at all (or at least don't have in this context), so it gets slotted into the nearest available sound that they have and then reproduced as the familiar sound, not the real one.

 

Welcome to the problems of adult language/dialect acquisition.

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11 hours ago, PaganMegan said:

Just found out part of why Grump's coffee tastes different than when I make it.

 

He adds cinammon.

 

Or cardamon.

 

Or allspice.

 

Or some random spice that seems like a good idea at the time.

 

But even when he just uses the Aeropress, it comes out better than I get.

 

Aeropresses BREED. You get one for yourself, next thing you know you're getting one for Mum, then Grammum and Grandpa, then your Aunt Dot, your Cousin Claire, your Uncle George.

 

And now Mum is getting them for other people, even at work.

 

Aeropress: a cheap plastic doohickey that MAKES REALLY GOOD COFFEE!

Thanks to Pingo's Husband, who informed me of the Aeropress.

 

For those that have not used an Aeropress before, there is a two step train of though -

1. Wow, kind of expensive for a cheap plastic doohickey.

2. Wow, reasonably priced for a device that makes such a good cup of coffee!

 

*EDIT* And it seems sturdy enough - we have had ours for about four years now, I think.

 

Then you look at the aftermarket accessories that people make for the Aeropress, and you realize some are more expensive than the widget itself. (Not joking - there's a company that makes a stainless steel body for the Aeropress. Stainless steel filters are also available. I think you could recreate almost the entire beastie with aftermarket parts, mostly in stainless steel - and spend a couple of hundred dollars doing so.)

 

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23 minutes ago, Erifnogard said:

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There is an old Star Trek novel by John M. Ford where a Klingon describes an Earth drink as 'A drink for a man!' with great approval.

 

Ford's version of Klingons' digestive process breaks down sugars and metabolizes them very quickly, so an ice cream soda had a real kick for a Klingon....

 

I like his Klingons better than any other version, TV, movies, or books. He also wrote the Klingon supplement for Star Trek: the Role Playing Game. John M. Ford was one of us. (And he wrote the best Paranoia adventure - The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues. Huge thumbs up.)

 

The world is less, without him.

 

The Auld Grump

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11 minutes ago, TheAuldGrump said:

There is an old Star Trek novel by John M. Ford where a Klingon describes an Earth drink as 'A drink for a man!' with great approval.

 

Ford's version of Klingons' digestive process breaks down sugars and metabolizes them very quickly, so an ice cream soda had a real kick for a Klingon....

 

I like his Klingons better than any other version, TV, movies, or books. He also wrote the Klingon supplement for Star Trek: the Role Playing Game. John M. Ford was one of us. (And he wrote the best Paranoia adventure - The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues. Huge thumbs up.)

 

The world is less, without him.

 

The Auld Grump

My favorite Star Trek book is 'The Final Reflection' by John M. Ford which naturally is about the Klingons (and mostly from their viewpoint).

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3 hours ago, Lord of the Dish Pit said:

I am once again being trolled by the local felines.

Outside my window at several times today came something that sounded like the "I'm cold, let me in!" meow.

Glance out the window, and there's one of the local cats looking miserable as the temperature has dropped, there's a bit of snow and it's windy.

So I go round to open the door, and the cat runs off. 

 

I would ask the leadership of MEOW to inform their operatives that I am not averse to giving them a warm place to hang out and perhaps a meal, but this meow and dash has got to stop.

 

The operative has informed you that she would like you to open the window.  You have not complied with instructions. Remedial training will continue as needed.  

 

 

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1 hour ago, Erifnogard said:

My favorite Star Trek book is 'The Final Reflection' by John M. Ford which naturally is about the Klingons (and mostly from their viewpoint).

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His other Star Trek book was a lot of fun - not deep (Final Reflection, on the other hand, did have depth) but a lark, akin to The Trouble With Tribbles - as both the Federation and the Klingons try to influence a planet that doesn't want much to do with either of them, thank you very much. (And miscalculated in regards to both Uhura and the Klingon communications officer - they... communicated, shared data, and figured things out way ahead of schedule. Whoops, communications officers on both sides doing their job. Who'da figured?)

 

The other Star Trek novel I am fond of is Barbara Hambly's Ishmael - a time travel mashup of Star Trek and Here Come the Brides - with a guest appearance by Paladin from Have Gun, Will Travel. (I was proud of myself for recognizing Here Come the Brides and spotting the Paladin cameo - but missed the cameos of two of the Doctors Who, Little Joe and Hoss Cartwright, Maverick, Matt Dillon, and The Man With No Name... there were a lot of cameos in that book. And Barbara Hambly first started writing it when she was in her teens, and writing fan fiction - her editor at Pocket read it, and wanted it. :lol:)

 

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12 hours ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

So you're using the army* method of provisioning? :rolleyes:

 

* Every army, everywhere, throughout history. I'm convinced that the Roman legions arrived in North Africa in the 2nd Punic War kitted out for winter in northern Gaul.

No idea what you're talking about, and no I didn't hear at all about citizens raising over a million dollars to get our troops going into a desert theater something other than cadpat to wear... /purple? 

 

11 hours ago, Cygnwulf said:

Workplace attire is an interesting philosophical debate.
on one hand, there's the old guard stance that employees who dresses professionally will subconsciously behave more professionally than they would otherwise, even if it's only a little bit.  Where as a more modern opinion is that employees who are comfortable are happy and thus more productive.

 

When they finally, FINALLY let us wear golf shirts at work, most drivers were able to move a lot faster, because they breathe better, and don't dig into your arms and shoulders like uniform shirts do. 

 

They also tried to force our warehouse workers into wearing something other than their usual attire (yup, tried to force customer facing clothing on non-customer facing people)... That didn't go over well, and didn't become official at all - in fact, they were given golf shirts too, but most only wear them close to laundry day because while comfy, they sure don't beat what you enjoy wearing. 

 

When I worked for Sears two decades ago, I willingly left the first chance I got because I royally hated wearing a suit... 

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Ah, internet, you never cease to astound me...

 

I went and Googled "Shoggoth" and "Painting" looking for inspiration for painting the Bones Shoggoth.

 

What I found was THIS.

 

Why... does that Shoggoth have breasts? :blink: (Pretty much safe for work. But Shoggoth and Breasts were not two words I ever expected to string together.)

 

I was looking for Shoggoth Painting for... reasons. Possibly involving The Blight.

 

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