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  1. 4 days ago on Get Fuzzy

    Some countries just have a lot of actual languages (India for example). I have a friend from Southern India and he knows English (well, but British-ish English at that) and his local language. He tried to learn a bit of the language of the next state over so he could use it when he travelled, but every time he tried, the local there would say “Oh My God! You’re killing me. Stop! Just speak English!” and it turns out that is the norm when going state to state within India. Everyone knows their own language and English and so English is the Lingua Franca that spans the various Indian cultural/state boundaries.

    In Newfoundland, up to maybe the middle of the last century, you could tell where on The Rock a person resided based on a) their accent and b) their last name. That’s not so true now, but for a long time it was like that.

    My cousin in Glaswegian. He speaks fast, low volume, and there’s a lot of slang when he’s talking like he would back home. He married a California blonde whose home was Missouri in the Bible Belt. Their accent pairing is something else. And how he’s tried to make his Glaswegian accent moderate to be understood by Americans is a tragedy… he sounds kind of nasal now and he enunciates the syllables carefully to be understood (and he avoids a lot of Scots words unless he is mad… unlike his usual state of simply being half-mad…).

    I love accents. Listening to my Quebec French friend tell me how they have more pure French because theirs hasn’t been so contaminated with outside influences as that in France is quite hilarious. And then another friend from up the Gaspe Penninsula chimes in and another who is from the French bit of Manitoba, SW of Winnipeg. You’d swear they were separated by a common language (but all speak excellent English).

  2. 4 days ago on Get Fuzzy

    Hate to think what you’d say about the Yorkshire folks… they’re the next best thing to lowland Scots…

  3. 4 days ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    He probably end up either a mob enforcer or a shady executive.

  4. 4 days ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    Calculators and computers (at least most) attack certain problems using algorithms known as numerical methods. They tend to use an iterative solution with a certain number of iterations which will provide a decent approximation. Zero divided by zero could well have not been handled gracefully in some early hardware.

    I recall the first time my HP-28S engineering calculator told me that squareroot(-1) had a value (but it had two parts, in braces, with a comma between). I had to ask my prof because we hadn’t got into Complex Numbers yet. He was surprised a calculator would manage that at the time (it was cutting edge tech back then).

  5. 4 days ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    Or: When God was handing out brains, you thought they said planes but you were agoraphobic.

  6. 4 days ago on Get Fuzzy

    3M might be supernatural. Bucky would more likely be infernal.

  7. 5 days ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    I recall a saying: When God was handing out brains, you thought he said trains and asked for one that ran on steam…

  8. 5 days ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    Calvin better take advantage of the paralysis Moe is experiencing to leave the station (swing) himself. Moe will eventually conclude that, when in doubt, pummel… and Calvin is a relatively effective pummel-ee. His lack of fast thought or really any deep thought at all does not impair the speed of his fist or his glee at deploying his fist on smart kids who have the gift of sarcasm but don’t have enough Darwinian sense to get the verbal jab in and flee.

  9. 5 days ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    Had not noticed that before. Interesting!

  10. 5 days ago on Get Fuzzy

    Satchel knows Snarling Shar Pei style Kung-Fu. He’s just too polite to haul it out most of the time. But when he does, and lays a beat down, he still apologizes. It’s his Canadian half.