So anyways one inch tungsten cubes are bullshit. 25 mm, that would be fine, or 20 or even 30 mm. Sensible sizes for a cube of tungsten. But a one inch, that’s bullshit.

Compromise on a 25.4 mm cube?

Bullshit measured in metric units is still bullshit.


#Me‚ clutching my 454g bag of flour and my 473mL carton of cream: you take that back #I *will* make delicious bilingual biscuits and you can*not* stop me #our home and cherished land #food mention #tungsten cubes #discourse cw?




#speaking as someone who has worked in fast food for ~3.5 years now: #I’ve never seen anyone get into a *physical* altercation over who gets the warm altruistic fuzzies(?) of paying for the food #but I *have* seen people argue for several minutes about it #(they did this in between telling us what toppings they wanted on their large order so it wasn’t like things came to a standstill) #(I feel like the longest *standstill* I’ve witnessed for this is maybe somewhere between 0.5 – 1 minutes) #comics #art #in which Brin has a job #food mention




me when I hear my family making big Christmas plans that ignore the state’s mandate that says no more than 10 people in a space 

Somehow I don’t think your heart is going to grow three sizes if you see them gather with a large group of people to all sing together.

I’m trying to plan tomorrow’s grocery trip around the possibility that I will not dare to go back for quite some time. And if I *do* go on the 22nd, it will be planned likewise: December 22nd being of tolerable risk does not at all mean January 5th will be.

(I guess if January turns out terribly we might be able to drive out to one of the expensive grocery stores that offers curbside pickup. I still have all of my CERB money (if only just), and they gave it to me for a reason.)


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@rustingbridges​ replied to your post:

is that where the word ontario comes from

Pretty much?

Apparently some people claim it’s actually “big lake” (or the more influenced-by-the-English-name-for-the-region translation “great lake”), and I seem to have misremembered *which* Iroquoian language it was, but everyone seems to be in agreement that it’s about impressive lakes. Because unlike the Cucamonga Desert, we have us some goddamn lakes.

(I guess that means there’s a little bit of Hillhillhill Hill going on with Lake Ontario, but anyway.)


I’m very pro hillhillhill Hill style names, and adopting foreign language synonyms to refer to a specific variant (like chai tea or kimonos in english).

however I’m down on calling arbitrary kitchen equipment french.

>>I’m very pro hillhillhill Hill style names

It sure beats naming everything Stratford all the time [link].

And yeah, there is a certain elegance in solutions like “using the Persian word for bread to mean ‘bread made in the Persian manner’”.


#language #names #reply via reblog #food mention #our home and cherished land



what kind of cookie are you



#I gave multiple responses containing phrases like ”panicked paranoia” and ”doomsday prepper” #and my result admonishes me to ”try not to trust people so easily” #what the fuck #were you even listening #food mention #meme #(okay to be *completely* fair I do not *literally* own a spare container of gasoline) #(I would much rather use solar power for the apocalypse: #sure solar panels break occasionally but I’m pretty sure you’d go through them slower than you’d go through gasoline) #((also less fire and pollution hazard!)) #(but I feel that I fit the *spirit* of that answer) #((my result was oatmeal raisin btw)) #tag rambles #anxiety #101 Uses for Infrastructureless Computers





Bottom left



top right



I’m not even an adult, but top left



i’m not an adult either



bottom left



i’m looking through the notes and generally what i see:

top left and bottom left: mellow, fun, think this is kinda interesting

top right: very rare, mysterious folk who don’t explain their opinion much

bottom right: “FUCC You All!! bottom right is the one true god!!! AAaah let’s Fight over this!” kinda responses.

no opinion really: yeah they didn’t know this was such a thing



Bottom left



I’m just bottom right Bc right hand and also left is for put things out of the way…



Bottom right



i’m not an adult but bottom right



Bottom left



top right (i’m not an adult)



Bottom left, it gets hotter fastest on my stove



Mine has only 2, but I like the left burner



Bottom left. It’s in perfect placement



In my old house it was bottom right… but my apartment now it’s bottom left because of the layout of my kitchen for some reason. Idk why it changed for me, but the bottom right just doesn’t feel right now. 



Top Left!



Bottom right



Flamethrower by the stove.



bottom left because it’s the one that changes size so I never have to change any of my habits for cooking different things

Bottom-right is clearly the best burner, because you don’t have to reach as far and the larger burner size heats the pot more evenly. Bottom-left is okay for boiling pasta and stuff like that, but I’ve *tried* making popcorn on the bottom-left burner and it *doesn’t cook right* because that burner is too small.

(results not applicable to stove designs in which the burners are not of different sizes, or designs where the sizes have a different pattern; possibly also not applicable to people significantly taller than 5′3″ or equivalently shorter stoves)


#is the blue I see the same as the blue you see #long post #reply via reblog #meme


-“Dispense with thermometers, get a bunch of GPUs, simulate the heat distribution in your oven from first principles using CFD. As a bonus, you can use the heat output from the GPUs to actually run the oven.”
-“Then you can compare the simulated bread browning to the actual one, that’s made by the GPU oven, in real time”
-“Now that’s what I call…” *shades* “Predictive processing”


#high context jokes #I didn’t actually laugh aloud but it still amused me enough to reblog

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Is “identifying foreign words by phoneme cluster” a thing that many/most people have trouble with? It’s something I’ve been instinctively able to do for as long as I can remember, but quite a few people have told me lately what an uncanny ability it is. 

I’ve studied only a couple of foreign languages, and both of them were Romance-based. I pick up languages and grammatical rules very quickly, though. Even when I don’t understand the language being used, I can almost always pick out which language it is, or at least which language family.

This comes so naturally to me that I’ve never thought of it as weird, but recently people have been downright awed that I can, say, pick out the Thai dishes from the Vietnamese ones on a pan-Asian menu. Even though Thai and Vietnamese have totally different phonemic structures! It’s not that hard! People are often frequently baffled when I identify someone’s ethnic extraction by their surname, which, like – I dunno, all I can say is it’s not that hard! 

I swear this isn’t me humblebragging – I am legitimately confused that this does not seem to be a common thing.



I too do the thing. I always figured most people’s lack of ability to do the thing was primarily related to most people’s disinterest in learning even the tiniest bit of foreign languages unless the language in question is going to be directly useful to them in a way they can quantify. But also I’m hyperlexic so, maybe that’s a factor too.

In my case people have more frequently expressed surprise at my ability to pronounce surnames, but that’s directly tied to recognizing their derivation – when you know what language a name derives from, and have a vague idea of the pronunciation rules of that language, it’s generally not too hard to at least come really close to correct pronunciation of the name.



Hyperlexia nation checking in! @ozymandias271 is the only other hyperlexic I know off the top of my head; do they also do the thing? 

Same re: pronunciation. Weirdly enough, though, that often leads to me pronouncing it incorrectly, or at least what the person in question considers incorrectly. French names are very common where I live, but most of them have been Anglicized to the point where the original pronunciation becomes wrong. 



I’m hyperlexic and okay but not great at this? (I can’t distinguish Swedish and Norwegian, and I can tell the difference between Korean and {Chinese, Japanese} but I can’t tell Chinese and Japanese apart, etc.)



I am pretty good at doing the thing, because I pick up linguistics rules really easily. (My project for the past two days has been teaching myself the grammar of Classical Sanskrit (hence the Bhagavad-Gita blogging), which I expect to take about a week to get mostly-down. I’m not planning to memorise Panini’s entire generative grammar, though.)

However, I am really awful at remembering vocabulary, which is why I’m monolingual. Give me the words, and I’ll successfully make sentences in half a dozen languages. If I’m allowed to make the sentences really simple, I could probably do two dozen languages. However, expecting me to remember any of those words the next day is a lost cause.



Despite hyperlexia, I’m not all that good at distinguishing languages by phoneme usage.

I’m a lot better at picking up vocabulary than grammar. I mentioned “read[ing] okay Packaging French, but don’t expect me to write it” recently: when presented with an everyday French sentence of the sort one might see on a sign or a bag of food, there’s a fair chance I’ll be able to work out the gist of it. If you ask me what the French word for [insert thing here] is, a significant-though-still-fairly-small amount of the time I will be able to answer. (As long as I am allowed to submit my answer in writing.) I cannot predict the grammatical structure of a sentence that isn’t currently staring me in the face, and I might not recognise it in a sentence that is currently staring me in the face.

Ingredient lists, which have almost no grammar and consist mostly or entirely of terms that any Canadian who doesn’t grow all their own food would be naturally exposed to†, are easiest. I am frequently able to read entire French ingredient lists without any guessing at all.

(One time, I actually understood the French side of the package better than the English.

Me, in grocery store: *looks at chocolate bar*

Me: “Chocolate with marzipan”. What is marzipan, anyway?

Me: *reads French side* “Chocolate with almond paste”. Oh.)

†Though I can’t promise how much attention other people pay.



I’m not sure what hyperlexia is (and I need to go to bed rather than googling it), but I can pick out the phoneme clusters without any reference to whether I understand the language at all. I can only do it by reading (in Latin alphabet), not by sound or in other alphabets, though.


#(September 2016) #conversational aglets #language #food mention