yaaqov

yaaqov wrote

I really recommend HyperRogue. It has solid roguelike gameplay (though quite colonial thematically), and it takes place in a world with hyperbolic geometry, a fact which permeates every element of the game and goes way beyond a gimmick—the game’s whole balance is based around it. Just go through the tutorial. You can get the game for free or pay for it if you want the most recent updates.

Built into the special options are ways to explore almost any kind of geometry you want, Euclidean, spherical, hyperbolic, connected, three and four dimensional, etc, if you’re into that kind of thing. It even has minigames that are designed for some of these other geometries

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Reply to comment by yaaqov in Dinosaur Borders by ziq

yaaqov wrote

Well, I saw them more when I was active in linguistics (and conlanging, in particular) online spaces. So that was maybe four to six years ago. Why?

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yaaqov wrote

I mean, eating sprouts is exactly as ethical as eating any other plant product, environmental and labor factors notwithstanding.

I can empathize with the notion of sentience beyond the animal kingdom, and even beyond what we consider “living”; nonetheless, there’s no possible diet that doesn’t harm any living thing, so I have found it to be a frustrating and useless path to go down. Admittedly, though, these hangups are part of why I struggle with some of the logics of veganism. I have a lot more to learn.

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yaaqov wrote

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A cousin of mine said “they is...”, intentionally drawing attention to a supposed “unnaturalness” that he was exaggerating.. like just fucking he me instead of that shit, god

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yaaqov wrote

I... eat pretty much everything nutritious depending on context, what I don't do is buy things or eat bought things

Would you be able to talk more about how you got to this point? I don’t mean politically but materially, rather—how do you do it? What kind of changes to your lifestyle, if any, were necessary to make this possible?

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yaaqov wrote (edited )

Cool article!

It’s worth noting that the strategies discussed for getting scientific terms into languages that hadn’t had them (which basically fall into the categories of borrowing and describing, (there’s also calquing which wasn’t discussed but basically means a literal translation, even if the result doesn’t “make sense”.)) are more or less the same ways that a language like English got them itself in the first place, even if the concept happened to have originated in an English-speaking (for example) context.

That is to say, those are the primary mechanisms by which new terms emerge in any language, for any reason. Completely out-of-the-blue coinages are comparatively unusual, except in some particular domains, like youth slang. Even then, coinages tend to come from somewhere, like by blending two other words together in an opaque way, or being created by analogy to an existing word.

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yaaqov wrote

What do y’all think of this paragraph, and the bolded sentence in particular? Does it at all relate to prefiguration as was being discussed in f/CritiqueThis in this thread?

We aren’t going to replace capitalism with socialism overnight, but we can hasten capitalism’s demise by fighting for reforms that put these socialist ideas and values into motion. These reforms have the potential to convince people how much better life can be if we refuse to play by capitalism’s rules. If undertaken in the spirit of eventually ending capitalism altogether, they can also materially free people up to take on even bigger fights down the road.

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Reply to How are you? by Basil

yaaqov wrote

I’m alrightish. Me, my partner, and my whole family is or has been sick this week. But I’m more or less better now, at least, and I:

  • discovered something new to do with my hair which makes me feel good in the gender
  • finally started a new constructed language for myself after months of angst about it. I wanted something to journal and write about dreams and shit in,, and now it’s coming together! :)
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yaaqov wrote

I’d love to hear about what you’ve learned, if at any point you feel ip to sharing! And by consequences—do mean consequences that will come as a result of your having learned about this??

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