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Comment Ah yippie yi yu (Score 1) 90

Ah yippie yi yu
Ah yippie yi yeah
Ah yippie yi yu ah

I was asked by one of my young cousins to translate this music video https://www.youtube.com/watch?... into Italian when I was over there nearly 20 years ago. I had to explain that some of it was just meaningless sounds. Can imagine that it would make an interesting question in a linguistics exam to write it down phonetically. I am curious to know if it is a known feature in singing, or if it was just invented.

Comment Re:V39.0, no updates available (Score 1) 115

Further to my post, a message balloon popped up about an hour ago saying that the update was available. I tried the same thing with the same result as before. Then, I thought that maybe it was something to do with me running as a Limited User, so I right-clicked the Firefox icon and chose the "Run as administrator" option. I logged in, Firefox promptly started up and I successfully updated from there.

Comment Re:A story for those who (Score 1) 128

We get earthquakes like that all the time in New Zealand. Given that it was 14.6 km (9.0 miles) deep it probably would hardly even be felt unless you were nearly right on top of it. How they are felt depends very much on their depth. After the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 that badly damaged Christchurch, we got www.geonet.org.nz that automatically reports on the location and magnitude of any earthquakes as well as how they are actually felt on the surface. Here's a 5.8 magnitude, 4km deep one from today, 30 km away from Wanaka. http://www.geonet.org.nz/quake...

Comment Re:Star Trek Hating Women in Command Roles (Score 1) 143

I wonder when it'll become acceptable for male captains to wear skirts.

It already happened, last century, when Geoffrey Spicer-Simson, a skirt-wearing navy commander, captured the first German naval flag for the British in World War I.


Comment Re:why start after the fact? (Score 1) 219

In New Zealand, police tasers are equipped with cameras that start recording black and white video when they are turned on. Recently, using the taser video recording of an incident, it was established that two police officers had used excessive force and had given false evidence in court.


Comment Re:God, Like an Unseen Hair (Score 1) 755

One of the most famous of the late Monsignor Ronald Knox's witticisms was a verse built on the Berkleyan idea that things exist only when they have an observer:

There once was a man who said: "God
Must think it exceedingly odd
If he finds that this tree
Continues to be
When there's no one about in the Quad."

This promptly drew the anonymous reply:

"Dear Sir, Your astonishment's quite odd;
I am always about in the Quad;
And that's why the tree
Will continue to be
Since observed by Yours Faithfully, God."

How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with brightly colored power tools.