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by alynnidalar
11 Mar 2019 15:18
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1645
Views: 250168

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

ahhhh I'm dying for information. According to GPS, the Iditarod frontrunner abruptly slowed down and stopped several hours ago. Some other mushers passed him, and then he limped his way to a shelter spot, very slowly. There's absolutely no way of telling what's going on until the others get to the n...
by alynnidalar
06 Mar 2019 20:25
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6876
Views: 804553

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

If it's sound changes you're after, the Index Diachronica has some and cites a couple print sources you could look into.
by alynnidalar
06 Mar 2019 20:22
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1645
Views: 250168

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Does anyone other than me follow the Iditarod ? Aliy Zirkle's currently in the lead (for as much as that's worth at this point), she's taking the risk of pushing on to the Iditarod checkpoint (roughly halfway through the race) for her mandatory 24-hour rest rather than stopping at the previous check...
by alynnidalar
27 Feb 2019 22:29
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Fimbulwinter Detroit (Wheel in the Sky)
Replies: 10
Views: 1219

Re: Fimbulwinter Detroit (Wheel in the Sky)

And a distinct lack of cell service, to boot... #thanksverizon
by alynnidalar
26 Feb 2019 17:03
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: what should my bug people eat
Replies: 11
Views: 340

Re: what should my bug people eat

On the other other hand, if sapient spiders did actively eat other bugs, but not as their predominant food source, then I can't see societies crumbling either. Humans have wars. We kill each other. We just tend not to eat each other after we've done the killing part. And when we do, it's mostly rit...
by alynnidalar
25 Feb 2019 17:39
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Dalar: Culture, Biology, and Other Things I Think Of
Replies: 41
Views: 10054

Re: The Dalar: Culture, Biology, and Other Things I Think Of

And now for something completely different, because I rarely stick to the same topic of "research" for long... addresses! (inspired by a post about postal codes on the ZBB which led me to write a big post about addresses that had barely anything about postal codes in it) Sanmra doesn't have a nation...
by alynnidalar
21 Feb 2019 21:43
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread
Replies: 501
Views: 116273

Re: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread

That depends on where you are in Sanmra. While it might seem like an obvious answer, enclaves in North America largely use "Western" utensils (forks) while those in Asia eat with chopsticks. And everybody eats saiha , a type of flatbread, which gets pressed into service as a utensil as well. Most de...
by alynnidalar
21 Feb 2019 21:22
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Dalar: Culture, Biology, and Other Things I Think Of
Replies: 41
Views: 10054

Re: The Dalar: Culture, Biology, and Other Things I Think Of

Dalar physically age like humans, just at a different (and much slower) rate, so an elderly dalar looks very similar to an elderly human. Perhaps a spry elderly human--even old dalar heal better than old humans--but elderly nevertheless. The ratio of equivalent dalar/human ages isn't a constant thin...
by alynnidalar
19 Feb 2019 17:18
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Dalar: Culture, Biology, and Other Things I Think Of
Replies: 41
Views: 10054

Re: The Dalar: Culture, Biology, and Other Things I Think Of

It’s been *checks watch* nine months, so it’s time for another post. I’ve been working on thoughts for the origins of the dalar. In-universe, the dalar have a variety of opinions, tied to where they think the world came from to begin with. If you believe in a god or gods creating it, you’re likely t...
by alynnidalar
07 Feb 2019 21:06
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1645
Views: 250168

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Can anyone tell me, what language and/or dialect the following three-line dialogue is in? And/or maybe translate it? A: “Jeetchet?” B: “No.” A: “Squeet!” Translation seems pretty straightforward to me: A: Did you eat yet? B: No. A: So go eat! But as to the dialect, I couldn't say for sure!
by alynnidalar
01 Feb 2019 18:43
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 47
Views: 1116

Re: underused settings in world building

Ah yes, I should've specified--I was referring to Western fantasy for the most part.

IME anime and manga with fantastical elements have a broader range of settings than Western fantasy (although there's obviously still a lot of common settings--how many anime are set in high schools??)
by alynnidalar
01 Feb 2019 18:36
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 240
Views: 31163

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

Sal spent a great deal of time rebutting each point quite well, so I'll just say that I thoroughly agree with him--and with elemtilas. You seem very concerned with "realism", or at least a form of realism that happens to place a lot of value on things you find important, but you've missed that "real...
by alynnidalar
01 Feb 2019 17:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 47
Views: 1116

Re: underused settings in world building

The obvious answer, as it pertains to fantasy novels, is probably "for urban fantasy, anything not set in either the US or England" and "for non-urban fantasy, anything not set in faux-medieval Europe". Those two types of settings are so overrepresented in fantasy novels that literally anything else...
by alynnidalar
30 Jan 2019 14:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 62
Views: 20856

Re: English Dialects

I speak Inland North American (with the Northern Cities Vowel Shift), so for me it's:

TRAP/BATH/MAD: eə
FATHER/LOT: a (well, ä, I think?)
CLOTH/THOUGHT: ɒ
START: ɐɹ
by alynnidalar
14 Jan 2019 16:10
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Symbols of Concultures
Replies: 209
Views: 56857

Re: Symbols of Concultures

I love the variants! It's clear how they're related or derived from each other, while still being quite distinct.
by alynnidalar
09 Jan 2019 04:10
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Some Snippets from The World
Replies: 362
Views: 164102

Re: Some Snippets from The World

Ah yes, very normal, nothing at all to be concerned with...

The star map is beautiful! I love it.
by alynnidalar
05 Dec 2018 17:47
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What have you been reading lately? (non-linguistic ed.)
Replies: 41
Views: 13609

Re: What have you been reading lately? (non-linguistic ed.)

Ahhh. Just finished Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series--well, finished the third book, at least, which is the latest. (the series is planned to have ten in all, two sub-series of five each) I've very deliberately refrained from reading any Sanderson books before this because I knew he wro...
by alynnidalar
29 Nov 2018 19:27
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1645
Views: 250168

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

sangi39 wrote:
26 Nov 2018 20:42
Do state and federal taxes need to be filed separately in the US?
Yep, and the guidelines for how to submit are different between the federal government and each state government, naturally. :roll:

The deadline is the same, though--April 15.
by alynnidalar
26 Nov 2018 19:46
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1645
Views: 250168

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Urgh, currently having fun with HMRC (the department of the UK Government in charge of taxes). Apparently I didn't pay enough tax... 6 years ago! And a letter has only just appeared through my door about the matter. Because it was 6 years ago, though, I'm not just being asked to pay the additional ...