2014-09-08 20:59:41 +0000 <tpolecat> geforkt wouldn't it be? if only we had a german speaker here
2014-09-08 21:00:08 +0000 <d_m> tpolecat: i think it depends on the verb? i dunno, my german is beyond terrible
2014-09-08 21:01:14 +0000 <tpolecat> yeah i haven't done german since college, back when sloths were the size of grizzly bears
2014-09-08 21:01:39 +0000 <tnks> d_m: that eye ball makes me think of The Residents.
2014-09-08 21:01:54 +0000 <d_m> tnks: ooooh! i wasn't thinking of that, but i do love the residents
2014-09-08 21:02:16 +0000 <d_m> i need to get back to using duolingo
2014-09-08 21:02:46 +0000 <d_m> honestly i have learned enough french/german at various points that i really should figure out how to read/speak them "for real"
2014-09-08 21:02:52 +0000Guest66052sellout
2014-09-08 21:06:59 +0000 <pdxleif> There's IRC channels where you can practice languages
2014-09-08 21:07:29 +0000 <pdxleif> e.g. ##norsk
2014-09-08 21:08:30 +0000 <rossabaker> Duolingo ist wunderbar!
2014-09-08 21:08:48 +0000 <tpolecat> i wonder if there is a channel where you are only allowed to make animal noises. that would be fun for a few minutes
2014-09-08 21:08:55 +0000 <pdxleif> Wish they'd add Norwegian support. I know some Spanish, but don't have a clue on German.
2014-09-08 21:09:35 +0000 <pdxleif> Not sure how serious that norsk channel is, though - when I asked how they say "free software" in Norwegian, they replied something like "reekard stallmeister"
2014-09-08 21:10:27 +0000 <d_m> hahaha
2014-09-08 21:14:05 +0000 <tlockney> d_m: I'm about to dive back into studying German. let me know if you want to practice at some point. :~)
2014-09-08 21:14:24 +0000 <d_m> tlockney: for sure!
2014-09-08 21:14:52 +0000 <tlockney> pdxleif: German's not too bad, imo, with a background in English and some Norwegian.
2014-09-08 21:20:20 +0000timidtrapzzz_timidtrap
2014-09-08 21:24:37 +0000 <pdxleif> There's a lot of Norwegian words that seem to come from German - I blame the Hanseatic League.
2014-09-08 21:24:40 +0000zzz_timidtrap(~timidtrap@ (Ping timeout: 252 seconds)
2014-09-08 21:25:42 +0000 <tpolecat> well they were the same language at one point
2014-09-08 21:25:42 +0000 <pdxleif> Oh, grandma was right - they do actually speak a different language in Bergen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergensk
2014-09-08 21:25:48 +0000 <pdxleif> All this time I thought she was just joking.
2014-09-08 21:26:50 +0000 <pdxleif> tpolecat: Along w/ Dutch, Anglo-Saxon (English), etc... that was a long time ago.
2014-09-08 21:27:53 +0000 <d_m> tpolecat: are "leap seconds" good, bad, or neutral for astronomers/astronomy?
2014-09-08 21:28:41 +0000 <tpolecat> gosh.
2014-09-08 21:29:15 +0000folone(~folone@brln-4db87ca8.pool.mediaWays.net) (Remote host closed the connection)
2014-09-08 21:29:15 +0000 <pdxleif> "Bergensk ... had abolished the female gender, and as a simplification to ease communication between Norwegians and Germans."
2014-09-08 21:29:46 +0000folone(~folone@brln-4db87ca8.pool.mediaWays.net)
2014-09-08 21:30:20 +0000 <d_m> tpolecat: like i always figured we put up with them for someone's benefit, but i'm not clear on who that someone really is.
2014-09-08 21:32:10 +0000 <pdxleif> might was well learn http://ang.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C4%ABwenglisc_spr%C7%A3c too if I'm gonna try leveraging the proto-germanic root?
2014-09-08 21:32:12 +0000 <tpolecat> d_m: you have to know where the earth is in its rotation to find anything in the sky, and if we let seconds drift away then we lose accuracy in pointing
2014-09-08 21:32:55 +0000 <tpolecat> but i wouldn't think it matters to anything that we do from the ground.
2014-09-08 21:33:13 +0000 <d_m> tpolecat: ok. i wasn't sure if you all even used the same time system tbh