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by brandrinn
Fri 12 Oct 2012, 16:05
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Iryal Climate Map Seeking Feedback
Replies: 9
Views: 1545

Re: Iryal Climate Map Seeking Feedback

There's a cold current that will affect the western Mediterranean region, but will not affect the eastern Mediterranean region. So those eastern parts will be fairly wet in the summer, and might be more subtropical than Mediterranean. Maybe. That's the only thing I can see that might be off, but for...
by brandrinn
Wed 03 Oct 2012, 07:24
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Human vs. Non-human Characters
Replies: 32
Views: 3438

Re: Human vs. Non-human Characters

the book Flatworld (or was it Flatland?) has NPCs who talk to each other, who aren't even in the same dimension as humans. They mostly talk about dimensions, but they talk about lots of other stuff, too, including gender equality! EDIT: also Star Wars, since they're all aliens. But obviously that's ...
by brandrinn
Tue 02 Oct 2012, 16:14
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Where Have All the Rats Gone?
Replies: 40
Views: 8387

Re: Where Have All the Rats Gone?

Do you guys not have Yiuel, Clawgrip, Finlay, and Daistallia on this board? It's like a fucking anime convention over at the ZBB. I just assumed it was the same here. You literally cannot say anything bad about Japan without hearing about it for days from people whose entire view of the world is bas...
by brandrinn
Tue 02 Oct 2012, 03:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Human vs. Non-human Characters
Replies: 32
Views: 3438

Re: Human vs. Non-human Characters

Here are some thoughts by Steven Pinker on violence. Sorry if these have been posted already. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_sjosc0r1w&feature=plcp http://www.ted.com/talks/steven_pinker_on_the_myth_of_violence.html As for the "society is maturing" thing, I've always been wary of arguments that as...
by brandrinn
Mon 01 Oct 2012, 18:09
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Where Have All the Rats Gone?
Replies: 40
Views: 8387

Re: Where Have All the Rats Gone?

Holy shit! OK, I stand corrected. At least in NYC, rats still thrive! Weird that they aren't around in any city I've lived in, even at night near garbage dumps.
by brandrinn
Mon 01 Oct 2012, 18:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Origin of person suffixes in SOV languages
Replies: 7
Views: 1552

Re: Origin of person suffixes in SOV languages

I wondered this myself, and did a quick survey of SOV languages with person suffixes. A few things I found: 1. Dravidian person markings are extremely regular and similar cross-linguistically, but I can't determine how old they are. Most of them are transparently related to ordinary pronouns. 2. In ...
by brandrinn
Mon 01 Oct 2012, 17:24
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Where Have All the Rats Gone?
Replies: 40
Views: 8387

Where Have All the Rats Gone?

It used to be that wherever there were humans, there were rats. They were ubiquitous in medieval Europe in people's homes, ships, mineshafts, attics, workshops, and practically everywhere else. Now they're all gone. I mean, sure, they're not extinct or anything. But they sure are rare in developed c...
by brandrinn
Sun 30 Sep 2012, 12:54
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Human vs. Non-human Characters
Replies: 32
Views: 3438

Re: Human vs. Non-human Characters

I think anyone who wants to write a story from the perspective of an alien should practice by writing a story from the perspective of a spoonbill worm first. Or possibly a yeast. The problems of writing alien characters for a human readership will immediately become obvious.
by brandrinn
Mon 10 Sep 2012, 03:09
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Conworld Economy
Replies: 47
Views: 4158

Re: Conworld Economy

If we're going to talk about economics, then let's talk about economics, not philosophy. Hoarding was extremely commonplace when specie derived its value from the valuable metals it was made of. This is not because people thought coins were pretty, but because the value of gold and silver predictabl...
by brandrinn
Sun 19 Aug 2012, 05:30
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Overrated Historical people
Replies: 117
Views: 14799

Re: Overrated Historical people

The European super power ,after all, came to be because his exploration. He was the first one having somebody to exploit the discoery, and understand it was a discovery. Jesus, do they still teach this in schools? Does Cabral still not make it into history courses in 2012? That is pitiful. For the ...
by brandrinn
Wed 11 Apr 2012, 15:00
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Little-Known Countries
Replies: 80
Views: 9754

Re: Little-Known Countries

We should adjust these figures for each order of magnitude of population, since of course tiny countries will slip under the radar more easily. Population less than 100,000: Nauru Population between 100,000 and 1 million: Sao Tome and Principe Population between 1 million and 10 million: Guinea-Biss...
by brandrinn
Wed 07 Mar 2012, 03:05
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Greatest conquerors in history
Replies: 91
Views: 24754

Re: Greatest conquerors in history

Avjunza wrote:Gandhi. He conquered India without even fighting.
Maybe it's Once Upon a Time for conquering the female 25-35 demographic.
No, no, it's Susan Boyle because she conquered our hearts.
by brandrinn
Wed 07 Mar 2012, 03:02
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: (ACH) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 253
Views: 91178

Re: (ACH) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

In some parts of East Asia pottery predates agriculture, which implies sedentary hunter gatherers.
by brandrinn
Sat 25 Feb 2012, 03:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14244
Views: 972539

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

"principle parts" is just a pedogogical convention. It's to show all the information a student needs in order to conjugate a verb with as few given forms as possible. You can do the same with English, with the simple present, simple past, and past participle. The more variations a student has to mem...
by brandrinn
Fri 24 Feb 2012, 01:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14244
Views: 972539

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Chagen, I would shy away from "just having slots, one for number and one for case," unless you want your language to look like it was made by a noob, or Zahmenhoff. Real languages don't work that way. Which vowel is the number "slot" in Arabic, for example? What's the "past tense vowel" in Hebrew? O...
by brandrinn
Thu 23 Feb 2012, 13:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14244
Views: 972539

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Let's not put the cart before the horse. "Triconsonental root system" is just a fancy way of saying that ablaut or some other sound change involving the assimilation of vowels, has progressed so much that the vowels no longer carry any semantic weight at all. Now stop and think about what kind of so...
by brandrinn
Thu 23 Feb 2012, 13:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Sumerian Language Audio?
Replies: 9
Views: 5425

Re: Sumerian Language Audio?

Remember that poem "Full Circle" that was translated into umpteen languages? Someone did a reading of the poem in Sumerian. But a quick googling suggests that site has long since passed.
by brandrinn
Thu 23 Feb 2012, 08:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6754
Views: 590831

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Are there any hard and fast rules to the form of the different roots of Navajo verbs (i.e. the different ones for perfective, usitative, future, etc.)? I've noticed some patterns, but there are way too many irregularities for those to be considered actual rules. Just general guidelines :/ Every boo...
by brandrinn
Sat 18 Feb 2012, 04:14
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Pre-Columbus Food
Replies: 68
Views: 5940

Re: Pre-Columbus Food

In any area where corn was the staple (i.e. most places), it's pretty easy to guess what they ate. The basic food would be something wet and starchy. Porridge, mush (called atolli by the Aztecs), hominy, corn soup, or in some areas cornbread, tortillas, or dumplings. In the southeastern US, corn was...
by brandrinn
Mon 13 Feb 2012, 08:49
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: [Game] Another of those historical linguistics games!
Replies: 7
Views: 1100

Re: [Game] Another of those historical linguistics games!

I'm leaning more toward /c/ as the middle consonant.