The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

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Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

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Post by Thrice Xandvii » 09 Dec 2017 05:46

Only once per year, then I change back into a conlanger.
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Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Post by Lao Kou » 09 Dec 2017 06:53

He may not have a lot of traction in the anglophone world, save die-hard fans. I, in fact, only knew of him a few years back via TV5 Monde. Not certainly a style of music I would regularly listen to at length or with pleasure, but OMG, there was a concert on TV5 Monde several months back, and he rocked it on out for a good two hours plus encores. I was mesmerized by his performance (in his 70s?!). Frequently compared to Elvis, I think of him as more Johnny Cash in terms of coolness. And cooler as the years went on. I hate tats, but he gets a free pass -- he carried them off.

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Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 09 Dec 2017 08:27

...who is that?
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Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Post by Lao Kou » 09 Dec 2017 08:36

Thrice Xandvii wrote:
09 Dec 2017 08:27
who is that?
Johnny Hallyday. French icon.

I've mentioned elsewhere in the forum now deceased celebrities, namely 張國榮 (Leslie Cheung) and 梅豔芳 (Anita Mui), for whom a posthumous blibbit registers little because we live in other places in the world.
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Post by Evynova » 09 Dec 2017 11:39

He's extremely well known in France, and over here in Belgium. He's often compared to a rock and roll legend, but he's fairly controversial. Some people completely adore him and almost worship him, while others have this misconception that only uneducated, or poor folk listen to him; whenever you bring up the name Johnny Hallyday, it's people like these that they picture in their heads.

Though of course any death is a sad event, especially for the family, I never could get myself into his music and I can't say that I'm particularly affected by his loss. I've had a thought about his family and close ones, but that was it.

For those who've never heard any of his songs, he's especially famous for this one hit, though I really liked this song when I was younger.

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Post by Creyeditor » 09 Dec 2017 12:37

He is kind of well known in Germany, espcially to older generations, but it seems for different songs.
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Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

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Thrice Xandvii wrote:
09 Dec 2017 05:46
shimobaatar wrote:
07 Dec 2017 22:11
Somehow I got unsubscribed from the Lexember thread. Has anyone encountered any similar problems?
No, I haven't had such problems since the forum switched over. Maybe you clicked the link by accident at some time while scrolling on mobile or somesuch?
Well, I don't go on the CBB on my cellphone, so I don't think that's it. Thanks for the theory, though.

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Post by Frislander » 09 Dec 2017 18:03

I can't be the only one who's still waiting eagerly for Doug Ball to release a comprehensive grammar of Skerre. The main web-page has seen no updates for years, so currently the only stuff that's there on the language as it currently stands is an 8-page sketch of a sketch. Now there is something resembling a full grammar, which isn't actually accessible through the main page, but it's rather out-dated-looking; I would really like to see this turned into a PDF, and maybe expanded with more stuff on the verbal morphology

I'm not really expecting my griping to achieve anything, and of course this could still be a WIP for Doug, or maybe he just hasn't had time. Still I really like how the language looks and I want more so this absence of activity is bugging me.

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Post by Creyeditor » 09 Dec 2017 19:04

shimobaatar wrote:
07 Dec 2017 22:11
Somehow I got unsubscribed from the Lexember thread. Has anyone encountered any similar problems?
I head a similar problem once, because the "first unread post" button is exactly where the "unsubscribe topic" button is, if there are no unread posts. So I accidentally clicked the wrong button.
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Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Post by shimobaatar » 09 Dec 2017 22:03

Creyeditor wrote:
09 Dec 2017 19:04
shimobaatar wrote:
07 Dec 2017 22:11
Somehow I got unsubscribed from the Lexember thread. Has anyone encountered any similar problems?
I head a similar problem once, because the "first unread post" button is exactly where the "unsubscribe topic" button is, if there are no unread posts. So I accidentally clicked the wrong button.
Hmm, well, I don't use the "first unread post" button either.

I'm not very worried, though, since this only seems to have happened once.

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Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Post by Egerius » 11 Dec 2017 08:33

This Monday may be summarised as follows.
All German public transport, including planes: "WHAT? SNOW?! AARGH!"
Me: "Yes, snow, ta-duh. ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS? THIS WAS INEVITABLE IN D E C E M B E R, DON'T ACT SURPRISED. "

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Post by Evynova » 11 Dec 2017 12:41

I'd honestly rather have snow than this horrendous weather we're having down here in Belgium. The wind is strong enough to send bins flying down the street and with the copious rain, my computer, along with all of my notes, are this close to being ruined and taking my academic year along in its downfall. The weather is not bad enough to have public transport be cancelled, but enough to have massive delays that will obviously have everyone wait outside in the wind.

How bad is the snow, though? It did snow down here yesterday too, but it all melted into this horrible slippery, mushy crap overnight.

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Post by Frislander » 11 Dec 2017 14:16

Britain's snowy weather has been weird af and totally not like how it is normally, such that Cambridge (in the south) got a foot of snow yesterday morning while I (who is currently back home in the north) didn't see any of that until last night.

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Post by sangi39 » 11 Dec 2017 18:42

Frislander wrote:
11 Dec 2017 14:16
Britain's snowy weather has been weird af and totally not like how it is normally, such that Cambridge (in the south) got a foot of snow yesterday morning while I (who is currently back home in the north) didn't see any of that until last night.
We've got none at all so far where I live in North Yorkshire [:P]





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Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Post by Xonen » 11 Dec 2017 19:14

Egerius wrote:
11 Dec 2017 08:33
Me: "Yes, snow, ta-duh. ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS? THIS WAS INEVITABLE IN D E C E M B E R, DON'T ACT SURPRISED. "
Living in Helsinki, I'm perplexed by thought of snow being "inevitable" in December. Based on the last ten years or so, I'd say it's probable in February and maybe (late) January, and possible during pretty much any month of the year with the possible exception of August, but apart from the occasional patches that form on colder surfaces and melt pretty much immediately, actually not that likely in December. I guess everything not being pitch black and soaking wet would ruin the whole darkest-month-of-the-year thing.

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Post by Lambuzhao » 12 Dec 2017 02:08

Sorry to post a few days late.

Round my way, we had a glorious snowfall Saturday.
And gloriously early, too.
Last year, our first piffling flurry was 17th Dece.

Hopefully, this will be a year where December feels more like a 'traditional' (i.e. cold, snowy) Yuletide than of late.

On another note, this book looks like a lot of fun:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/ ... -landscape

A curious zoology of Obscure Geographical terms - W00T, I say!

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Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Post by Lambuzhao » 12 Dec 2017 02:24

Lao Kou wrote:
09 Dec 2017 08:36
Thrice Xandvii wrote:
09 Dec 2017 08:27
who is that?
Johnny Hallyday. French icon.

I've mentioned elsewhere in the forum now deceased celebrities, namely 張國榮 (Leslie Cheung) and 梅豔芳 (Anita Mui), for whom a posthumous blibbit registers little because we live in other places in the world.
A year or two ago, I was looking for some French covers of old rock-n-roll tunes. I chanced upon this -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDACyyvRTaY

I could not stop hitting the youtubes for more and more from this guy.


I only wish I could replay the intro to the above link in reverse, to see Monsieur Hallyday blast off to his rock-n-roll etoile.

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Post by elemtilas » 12 Dec 2017 12:31

Lambuzhao wrote:
12 Dec 2017 02:08
On another note, this book looks like a lot of fun:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/ ... -landscape

A curious zoology of Obscure Geographical terms - W00T, I say!
Why, thank you most kindly good sir for this!

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Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Post by Xonen » 12 Dec 2017 19:54

Yesterday, I wrote:
11 Dec 2017 19:14
Egerius wrote:
11 Dec 2017 08:33
Me: "Yes, snow, ta-duh. ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS? THIS WAS INEVITABLE IN D E C E M B E R, DON'T ACT SURPRISED. "
Living in Helsinki, I'm perplexed by thought of snow being "inevitable" in December. Based on the last ten years or so, I'd say it's probable in February and maybe (late) January, and possible during pretty much any month of the year with the possible exception of August, but apart from the occasional patches that form on colder surfaces and melt pretty much immediately, actually not that likely in December. I guess everything not being pitch black and soaking wet would ruin the whole darkest-month-of-the-year thing.
Of course, today we got some fairly heavy snowfall, then. However, it did start melting immediately afterwards, so now everything is pitch black, soaking wet and covered in slush. #visithelsinki

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