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by Axiem
Tue 17 Jul 2018, 18:10
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1588
Views: 165137

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

They're tidally locked, I'm talking about the time it takes for them to rotate around the earth, which really is dependent on mass. Yes, the (theoretical) orbital period is a function of the masses of the two bodies and the distance between them. The general nomenclature is still to refer to a body...
by Axiem
Tue 17 Jul 2018, 16:54
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1588
Views: 165137

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

Well maybe they are not all moon-sized exactly; the innermost could be about 15-20 arcminutes (Luna is about 30), the second could be 20-25, and the outermost could be 25-30. By "size", are you referring to the angular diameter from the planet's surface, then? I thought you were talking about the a...
by Axiem
Tue 17 Jul 2018, 16:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1588
Views: 165137

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

Well I put them in a gravity simulator but all the moons I put in it start flinging off the planet within less than a year, even if I give them stable orbital resonance frequencies. Which is why I'm wondering if what I'm proposing is too impossible. If the simulator throws them out, then yeah, you'...
by Axiem
Tue 17 Jul 2018, 16:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 758
Views: 72269

Re: English Orthography Reform

Doubled, it's /i/ Yes, that's fair. single, it's /ɛ/ when stressed and /ɪ/ or /ə/ (depending on dialect) when unstressed So, is stress marked? Or am I supposed to be familiar with the word already to know where the stress goes? Also, I thought the point of the exercise was to remove the "depending ...
by Axiem
Tue 17 Jul 2018, 16:41
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 758
Views: 72269

Re: How deranged is the English spelling system?

In certan cases, yes. And I find that far more problematic. I want the same word to be spelled the same regardless of dialect. Or regardless of position in the sentence (cf. "the", which changes pronunciation depending on the words around it). So i hav a sistem for europan, and i decided to use it ...
by Axiem
Tue 17 Jul 2018, 16:33
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 758
Views: 72269

Re: English Orthography Reform

in stressd position Is stress denoted in the reform in any way? Or is that just something that readers have to magically be able to know? If the latter, then how is this reform any better than the current system whereby readers have to magically know how to pronounce words? a person who's never see...
by Axiem
Tue 17 Jul 2018, 03:32
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1588
Views: 165137

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

Rotational periods? Shouldn't really matter, although over time the tidal forces are going to change the rotational periods. If they're not tidally locked, then they're probably recent captures. If they are tidally locked, and those are also the synodic periods, then the answer is very much "it depe...
by Axiem
Tue 17 Jul 2018, 02:55
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 758
Views: 72269

Re: How deranged is the English spelling system?

In italian you can lern the spoken language (lets say 10 000 words), plus the alfabet, I'm not denying that English's orthography is much more difficult to learn than other languages, or that there aren't advantages to reading from languages that have a more clear relationship between their orthogr...
by Axiem
Mon 16 Jul 2018, 22:47
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 758
Views: 72269

Re: English Orthography Reform

Sure, I've heard of this happening in an anecdote told by a friend of an acquaintance of mine as well, but are there any actual scientific studies on that? Especially the "perfectly" part is something I find somewhat suspicious. Yes, the "perfectly" is hyperbole. Vocabulary choices and other unusua...
by Axiem
Mon 16 Jul 2018, 18:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 758
Views: 72269

Re: How deranged is the English spelling system?

Defining perfection that way, eeven chinese is perfect Yes, actually, Chinese is the other major language that has this property, as I understand it: two people can exchange letters and perfectly understand each other, but be unable to communicate with each other vocally. But lerning two languages ...
by Axiem
Tue 26 Jun 2018, 17:06
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 88
Views: 13752

Re: Mto

I have been doing a decent amount of behind-the-scenes work, just nothing to really post here at the moment. Though in the CBB Discord, I've spent a decent amount of time talking about stuff and obsessing over particulars.
by Axiem
Wed 20 Jun 2018, 15:42
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1949

Re: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]

I've read at least one fairly good story in the second person, and based on that one reason I'd suggest is that it's deadly for characterisation . Once you start referring to the main character as "you", you become reluctant to actually say too much about the character because it feels like you're ...
by Axiem
Tue 22 May 2018, 05:17
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1949

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

(camera stuff) I think this is a reasonable analysis. No. Yes. I find it extremely jarring when a book is almost entirely in 1st person, except for small snippets of 3rd person narration (which, in the instances I'm thinking of, are either scenes tacked on to the ends of chapters, or are very short...
by Axiem
Tue 22 May 2018, 05:05
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1949

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

Because there's a difference between an indicator and a guarantor. Fair. I think the conditional probability is more like "probability that work will be in present tense given that the author is amateurish" rather than "probability that the author is amateurish if the work is in present tense", but...
by Axiem
Mon 21 May 2018, 17:17
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1949

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

It's the sort of thing that I'm sure you could ask a dozen authors and get two dozen opinions ;)
by Axiem
Mon 21 May 2018, 15:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1949

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

I will say that simply as a convention, present tense can definitely feel more "modern" and more immediate; if you're going for a traditional, classic feel (e.g. high fantasy) or something with a slow build that's heavy on the description, it doesn't necessarily mesh. But that's simply because of t...
by Axiem
Mon 21 May 2018, 15:22
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1949

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

one of the great benefits/curses of fanfiction is that most fanfic writers don't know anything about the "rules" of writing and thus break them all the time. Sometimes this works out really well. Sometimes this... does not. Very much agree. I saw a thing on social media a while ago about how publis...
by Axiem
Sun 20 May 2018, 04:37
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse
Replies: 15
Views: 1171

Re: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse

elemtilas wrote:
Sat 19 May 2018, 23:14
There is one the USA that divides, one half flowing to the Pacific and one half flowing ultimately to the Atlantic via the Gulf of Mexico.
...which one is that, again?
by Axiem
Sat 19 May 2018, 00:02
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1949

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

present tense is such an indicator of inexperienced, bad writing. A lot of novice writers use it, sure. But that doesn't mean it's actually an indicator of inexperienced or bad writing—again, I point to N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy. It's present tense—and couldn't really be written in any o...
by Axiem
Fri 18 May 2018, 20:27
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: New CBB IRC channel!
Replies: 97
Views: 36043

Re: New CBB IRC channel!

There is, however, an unofficial Discord server that a handful of us are on.