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by brandrinn
12 Oct 2012 16:05
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Iryal Climate Map Seeking Feedback
Replies: 9
Views: 1643

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
03 Oct 2012 07:24
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Human vs. Non-human Characters
Replies: 32
Views: 3866

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
02 Oct 2012 16:14
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Where Have All the Rats Gone?
Replies: 40
Views: 9083

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
02 Oct 2012 03:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Human vs. Non-human Characters
Replies: 32
Views: 3866

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
01 Oct 2012 18:09
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Where Have All the Rats Gone?
Replies: 40
Views: 9083

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
01 Oct 2012 18:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Origin of person suffixes in SOV languages
Replies: 7
Views: 1649

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
01 Oct 2012 17:24
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Where Have All the Rats Gone?
Replies: 40
Views: 9083

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
30 Sep 2012 12:54
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Human vs. Non-human Characters
Replies: 32
Views: 3866

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
10 Sep 2012 03:09
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Conworld Economy
Replies: 47
Views: 4352

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
19 Aug 2012 05:30
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Overrated Historical people
Replies: 117
Views: 16419

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
11 Apr 2012 15:00
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Little-Known Countries
Replies: 80
Views: 10837

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
07 Mar 2012 03:05
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Greatest conquerors in history
Replies: 91
Views: 43991

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
07 Mar 2012 03:02
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: (ACH) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 262
Views: 385597

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
25 Feb 2012 03:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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
24 Feb 2012 01:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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
23 Feb 2012 13:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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
23 Feb 2012 13:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Sumerian Language Audio?
Replies: 9
Views: 5532

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
23 Feb 2012 08:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6832
Views: 792335

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
18 Feb 2012 04:14
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Pre-Columbus Food
Replies: 68
Views: 6791

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
13 Feb 2012 08:49
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: [Game] Another of those historical linguistics games!
Replies: 7
Views: 1229

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

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