Author Topic: what I have learned today.  (Read 312883 times)

T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3350 on: April 04, 2019, 08:34:52 am »
From Latin liber and libra. Damned foreigners, confusing the issue.
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Giraffe

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3351 on: April 04, 2019, 08:42:40 am »
In addition, la tour is often a little phallic in overall outline. ISTR that the very obviously male bovine is la in Froggish. Really, there's no point in having gender - some nouns have four forms for one word (with plurals) - a waste of three words.
2x4: thick plank; 4x4: 2 of 'em.

T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3352 on: April 04, 2019, 10:08:46 am »
YSTR wrongly.  Re grammatical gender I agree, largely.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_in_English#Decline_of_grammatical_gender

English also has one other nice feature, i.e. possessive pronouns whose gender agrees with that of the possessor.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3353 on: April 04, 2019, 10:55:27 am »
Which reminds me of something I learned a couple of years ago, there is a North American language in which verbs agree with the subject's possessor rather than the subject. "Our horse are fast but Bob's horses is faster." Apparently the only language known where verbs do not agree with their subjects. The only universal rule is that all rules are broken.
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T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3354 on: April 04, 2019, 11:15:26 am »
I think it's called US English. ;D

Nah, sorry to be so irreverent (tugs foreskinlock).  I once heard the opinion that grammar is an error-correction mechanism, like parity bits in computers, and it supplements syntax. English being largely positional makes other languages that also use inflection look top-heavy. All the same, when it's mucked about as in your "horses" example, position as an indicator of meaning gets a bit shaky.
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hellymedic

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3355 on: April 04, 2019, 01:51:13 pm »
From Latin liber and libra. Damned foreigners, confusing the issue.

 ;D ;D

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3356 on: April 04, 2019, 04:17:59 pm »
I learned quite a few things over the last three weeks. In no particular order:

- What earth tremors feel like (ans:weird but scary)
- That scorpions can go to sleep in your clothes (plain scary)
- (today, on researching) That while most scorpions, which are arachnids, aren't too poisonous the light coloured ones with thin pincers are. I know what those look like (see above)
- That, at least in the southern part of Mexico nobody talks with a comic book Mexican accent, who knew?
- That Mexico Mayan/Aztecs got seriously screwed over by the Spanish colonialists, as they did not use steel, or the wheel.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3357 on: April 04, 2019, 04:21:16 pm »
I was advised that scorpions tend to travel in pairs.
We found one in the shower when I lived on Corfu.
Sure enough, a day later there was another one in the bathroom.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3358 on: April 04, 2019, 07:28:08 pm »
I learned quite a few things over the last three weeks. In no particular order:

- What earth tremors feel like (ans:weird but scary)
- That scorpions can go to sleep in your clothes (plain scary)
- (today, on researching) That while most scorpions, which are arachnids, aren't too poisonous the light coloured ones with thin pincers are. I know what those look like (see above)
- That, at least in the southern part of Mexico nobody talks with a comic book Mexican accent, who knew?
- That Mexico Mayan/Aztecs got seriously screwed over by the Spanish colonialists, as they did not use steel, or the wheel.
If you haven't already (and based on the above I'm guessing you haven't) you should read 'Guns, Germs and Steel' by Jared Diamond.
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T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3359 on: April 07, 2019, 08:30:17 am »
At one point in Ancient Greece only the 6000 richest people in Athens were liable for tax. Once the sum due was calculated the three richest had to pay all of it then get it back from the 5997 others.
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lou boutin

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3360 on: April 07, 2019, 07:14:08 pm »
I went to see Helen Pankhurst speak about 'Deeds not words'.  During the lecture, she told us that when the Suffragettes attempted to access a cricket match, a certain official said that the only place that women had in a cricket pavilion was in the tea room, serving the tea.  The Suffragettes' response - they came back and burned down the cricket pavilion.  :D

Basil

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3361 on: April 07, 2019, 07:23:38 pm »
I've  learned to look up the tide tables in future so that I won't repeat today's drive the dog to the beach, only to find no effing beach.  :facepalm:
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T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3362 on: April 08, 2019, 09:32:49 am »
BTDT, only it I'd first chivvied three or four mates to ride there with me. Oops.
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Gattopardo

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3363 on: April 09, 2019, 03:30:42 pm »
Asking someone are they using the car tomorrow and getting the reply no.  Doesn't mean that you won't be using the car.


Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3364 on: April 16, 2019, 02:34:36 pm »
Realised as much as learnt ... that the Strava heatmap gives a pretty good indication of whether a route is bike friendly, for planning.
I was, in particular, looking at a track in Scotland - I'm used to tracks on the OS map often meaning "private farm road", and while I'm aware that rights of way are different there it is reassuring to check that it's been used a bit on a bike.

Kim

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3365 on: April 16, 2019, 02:41:10 pm »
Realised as much as learnt ... that the Strava heatmap gives a pretty good indication of whether a route is bike friendly, for planning.
I was, in particular, looking at a track in Scotland - I'm used to tracks on the OS map often meaning "private farm road", and while I'm aware that rights of way are different there it is reassuring to check that it's been used a bit on a bike.
Yes, the Strava route planner is really handy for this reason.  Obviously you've got to apply a who-logs-rides-on-Strava filter when using it for urban commuter routes, as it'll bias towards the fast people on road bikes preferences.  But that's in itself useful compared to the likes of Cyclestreets which tend to give very traffic-averse Sustransy routing.

It's turned up a couple of useful follow-a-bridleway-across-a-field shortcuts that have been perfectly rideable, but I wouldn't normally consider.
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« Reply #3366 on: April 16, 2019, 03:17:20 pm »
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fast people on road bikes

that's not really me, probably hence my only just joining the dots to this

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3367 on: April 18, 2019, 10:17:12 am »
That one of my colleagues is the magnificently titled Emelius McHuthcherson.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3368 on: April 18, 2019, 09:35:58 pm »
Lorry wheel nuts are left hand thread on the left side, for the same reasons as bike pedals.
How I have reached my old age without knowing this is hard to understand, except that I have never driven heavy vehicles. 

But as ever, cars are aberrant.

Basil

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3369 on: April 18, 2019, 10:54:30 pm »
Lorry wheel nuts are left hand thread on the left side, for the same reasons as bike pedals.
How I have reached my old age without knowing this is hard to understand, except that I have never driven heavy vehicles. 

But as ever, cars are aberrant.

Thanks.  New to me too.
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T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3370 on: April 19, 2019, 08:47:03 am »
Geese patrol Sobral prison in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to alert guards to prisoner disturbances.

Someone stayed awake in Latin class.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3371 on: April 19, 2019, 01:31:06 pm »
Lorry wheel nuts are left hand thread on the left side, for the same reasons as bike pedals.
How I have reached my old age without knowing this is hard to understand, except that I have never driven heavy vehicles. 

But as ever, cars are aberrant.

Chrysler built their cars that way through the late '60s. Of course, the cars in question were about the size of a truck/lorry.

T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3372 on: April 19, 2019, 03:21:38 pm »
Found out something else today: see under Fecking Div.
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ElyDave

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3373 on: April 19, 2019, 04:51:13 pm »
That MucOff is also very good at cleaning barbecue grills.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3374 on: April 19, 2019, 05:12:21 pm »
Lorry wheel nuts are left hand thread on the left side, for the same reasons as bike pedals.
How I have reached my old age without knowing this is hard to understand, except that I have never driven heavy vehicles. 

But as ever, cars are aberrant.

Chrysler built their cars that way through the late '60s. Of course, the cars in question were about the size of a truck/lorry.

So did Rolls-Royce.

Wire wheels for cars were also secured by handed threads.