Guy: Do you know who the first Doctor was?
The way he says it sounds like the setup for a joke, so I say
Guy: I do.
(Ohh, I get it, he's testing me.)
Me: William Hartnell.
Me: The first Doctor was William Hartnell.
Guy: ...he was before Baker?
Me: Yes. Tom Baker was Four.
Guy: That was before you were born. I watched Baker in high school.
Me: ...um, ok.
Guy: It was before you were born!
He walks off, grumbling to himself. Dude, two things.
#1:If you're going to challenge someone on their nerd cred based on age, don't pick the person who is wearing a Doctor Who shirt in public. (Especially not a t-shirt implying that their memory of the Doctors might be pretty good).
And #2: Try having a clue what you're talking about. C'mon, that's a rookie mistake.
- Current Mood: amused
You are a book on language. Specifically, a popular history of the English language, but still, linguistics. Why, then, would you feel the need to repeat the claim that "Eskimos have 50 words for snow"?
I mean, for one thing, "Eskimo" covers...two languages and several dialects of Inuit, I think? It's a language family referring to several separate groups of people. It's not like the entire arctic circle is culturally homogeneous, come on.
And even if that wasn't true, that claim is just fundamentally wrong. You can create tons of different descriptive words for snow in the Inuit language, sure, but you can create descriptive words for just about anything by sticking other words together. It's like claiming that because we can refer to "a large ear of corn with those fluffy things coming out of it at the end," "corn on the cob," and "sweet yellow corn," English is a language of corn-obsessed lunatics. The only difference is that in Inuit they can stick the adjectives and nouns together to make one long word.
To put it another way, if you were making an Inuit dictionary you would put in the words for "snow", "wet", and "fluffy", but not a word for "wet, fluffy snow", despite the fact that that word can probably be created. It's called a polysynthetic language. The guy who started the urban legend didn't understand that.
And sure, the peoples we call Eskimos probably spend more time talking about snow that people in more temperate climates, but that's not nearly as interesting as saying that they have fifty different words for it. After all, we'll go on and on about the beauty of trees, because we've seen a lot of fucking trees and can appreciate the subtle differences. But we don't have specific words for every possible type of tree. It's the same thing with Eskimos and snow.
"Does the idea that one afternoon on Wiki-fucking-pedia might enlighten you, frighten you?" -Tim Minchin
Louis Hale, on opednews.com, writes:
He goes on to talk a lot about bankers, but...you get the idea.
I'll be attending the Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington at the end of the month. The world needs a few less rodeo clowns and a few more court jesters.
Probably that I'm an insane conspiracy theorist. I...I have a thing for collecting books about ridiculous bullshit. Elvis being alive, magic devices that bring you true love, whatever. I have a special shelf for them. :D
2) Ask your flist to post questions in the comments. For example: 'One, nine and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?', 'Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?', 'Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?'
3) After your flist has asked enough questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.
Go, my minions!
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: None, participants: 19
What is the nature of private property?
|It is a natural right.|
|It is a privilege granted by society.|
|It is a privilege granted by some higher power.|
|Special snowflake answer- I'll write it in the comments.|
|I have no idea what you're on about, I just like voting in polls.|
Is stealing ever justified?
|Yes, whenever you need something.|
|Yes, in certain cases.|
|I'm not sure.|
|Yay, clicky boxes!|
If you answered yes or maybe to #2, is stealing justified if you need to feed yourself or your family?
|Yes, of course.|
|Yes, but you should only steal from someone who is fairly well off, not other starving people.|
|It's not morally acceptable, but it's not really fair to punish someone for it.|
|I voted no on #2.|
|*#@! you, now that song from Les Mis is going to be stuck in my head all day.|
If the ruler or ruling class of the land is hoarding wealth to the detriment of the people, is it acceptable to steal from/overthrow them?
|"Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it..."|
|Only if they're really, really suffering.|
|No, they should leave the country.|
|No, they should change the society in legal, peaceful ways.|
|DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING, SINGING A SONG OF ANGRY MEN? IT IS THE MUSIC OF A PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT BE SLAVES AGAIN!|
Do rich people have an obligation to the poor, even if they have not caused the poor's suffering?
|Please, noblesse oblige is so passe.|
|Yes-they should be morally obligated to give some of their money to charity/give back to the community in some way..|
|Yes- they should be legally obligated to pay more taxes/give money to charity/give back to the community in some way.|
|Um, no. It's their money.|
|I like pickles.|
Which of these statements do you most agree with?
|"Property is the fruit of labor, property is desirable; it is a positive good in the world."|
|“The earth is the general and equal possession of all humanity and therefore cannot be the property of individuals”|
|“Property is organized robbery.”|
|"Few rich men own their property; their property owns them"|
|I still just like clicking boxes.|
|my goal in life.|
|a good idea.|
|a terrible idea.|
|a nice idea that will never work.|
Should humans be able to own animals?
|Of course; they're not sapient beings.|
|Yes, but they have certain rights.|
|No, but we do have the right to train them or hunt them.|
Good day to all 11 or so of you on my flist! I'm a member of (ok, I watch and comment on) this kickass community called ontd_startrek, and tonight at 8pm EST, they're holding an ultimate party post. What makes this post so awesomely ultimate is that if they get 10,000 comments on the post, LJ user starlady42 will donate $500 to the community collection fund that is going to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti. If they don't get that many comments, she'll still contribute 5 cents for each comment recieved.
THAT'S RIGHT, GUYS, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SPAM A RANDOM COMMUNITY WITH MACROS AND SHIT AND YOU WILL HELP SAVE LIVES. That's the most awesome thing I've heard all day!
Here's a link to the info post. (Expect lots of sparkles and CAPSLOCK because those guys are GQMFs and hyper as puppies on caffeine.)
So if you're not busy tonight (or even if you are, come on it's easy) stop over there and give them some comment love!
LJ IS GOING TO PWN SOME POVERTY, YOU GUYS.
- Current Mood: hopeful