Category: Personal

Brag about yourself. What are you really good at doing?

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“Let us now praise famous Nicks.” I hope I’m good at popularising obscure topics in the set union of Greek and linguistics. It’s what I’m ostensibly supposed to be doing here, instead of complaining about the site’s misdeeds. When I’m firing on all cylinders, my intellectual labour is quick. Fearsomely quick. I’m quick to pick […]

What are some sentences that make perfect sense to you but sound like gibberish to most people?

By: | Post date: August 15, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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Opening up my Master’s thesis randomly, this para makes all the sense in the world to me, and I’m sure it makes somewhat less sense to most. Unlike volitionality or temporality, these principles underlying these relations cannot be captured by a referential, truth-conditional semantics. The relationships described by these relations are not real-world relations; they […]

What were you doing on September 11th, 2001?

By: | Post date: August 1, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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I was living in Orange County, and I’d already decided to quit my job; I was leaving to come back to Australia in two months. It was a hermetic, unpleasant work environment, and I was already not on speaking terms with my colleagues—over some inconceivably unreal pique. I tended to sleep in; I still do. […]

What’s the hamartia (fatal flaw) in your story?

By: | Post date: July 25, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamartia A good question, and I hope to hear more stories from others. Hamartia is about viewing your life as an Aristotelean tragedy. So, The Decalogue of Nick #2: I’ve trained as a linguist, and I have done computational linguistics stuff by Nick Nicholas on Opɯdʒɯlɯklɑr In Exile Scratch me just a little bit, and […]

What motivates you to write?

By: | Post date: July 19, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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A2A by Abigail (Abbey) Beach. See, Liana? I’m not ignoring your A2As; it just takes me a while to get through them. By the time I met PROF Anne FREADMAN, I was the departmental IT guy, setting up Macs, and misquoting Peirce to her, a Peirce specialist. She certainly did not owe me any academic […]

How old are you and what bodily pain do you have right now?

By: | Post date: July 18, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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I’m turning 46. Vague back pain, which I can mostly ignore. Occasional headaches and lightheadedness, apparently associated with adjusting to new medication, which I am finding it harder to ignore. And of course, the heartache of a middle-aged man’s disappointments. Answered 2017-07-18 [Originally posted on http://quora.com/How-old-are-you-and-what-bodily-pain-do-you-have-right-now/answer/Nick-Nicholas-5]

As a teacher, what is the weirdest thing you have seen in your school or classroom?

By: | Post date: July 4, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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Back when I was lecturing, I made a consistent effort to be the weirdest thing in the room. If I was running late, I would boom the opening words of my lecture while walking down the corridor into the theatre. I would walk into lecture drinking a Slurpee, and remind students that no eating or […]

Did anyone from your high school become famous?

By: | Post date: July 3, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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Nicole Livingstone: Nicole Dawn Livingstone, OAM (born 24 June 1971) is an Australian former competitive swimmer, Olympic silver medallist, and a television sports commentator and radio presenter. Livingstone competed for Australia in three summer Olympics – 1988, 1992, and 1996 – winning both individual and team medals. NICOLE LIVINGSTONE O.A.M. Nicole Livingstone, or, as we […]

What movie, or movie scene, scared you the most as a kid?

By: | Post date: July 3, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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This is kind of lame (and TV rather than movie), but I guess I had a sheltered upbringing, and I was just six. 1977 was the heyday of Alice Cooper. As a sophisticated adult, I can now appreciate the antics of Alice for what they were, and even stifle a yawn at them. But as […]

6 am

By: | Post date: June 19, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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Give to her joy, you callused world, give peace,this lady who should never, ever cry.Let it have air to bloom, roots to release,this beauty which should never, ever die. This smile, which neither coin nor bonds can buy,let it be sheltered from the bondsman’s blame.This heart so generous, this glance so wry,let their reward be […]

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