Month: June 2017

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By: | Post date: June 19, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Poetry

  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 […]

What would be your choice for a Love song? See details.

By: | Post date: June 19, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Music, Quora Oh, shut up, QCR. Masiello and Gwin. Others applaud them. I panic for them. I want it to work out, they are both good souls who have earned respite, and find it in each other; I worry that they may not work out, because the world is a cruel place. Yes, nothing ventured nothing […]

What’s it like to study for a master’s in applied linguistics at the University of Melbourne?

By: | Post date: June 18, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Australia, Language, Personal

Been A2A’d, but alas, I went through the general linguistics programme 20 years ago, and I haven’t stayed in touch. Some generalities: Melbourne Uni has the Language Testing Research Centre, which means that Language Testing is one of the core strengths of the department. The department also has three ESL specialists. The department includes Tim […]

Do you think “homo prospectus” would be a more accurate title for humans than “Homo sapiens”?

By: | Post date: June 18, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Culture

The claim, Googling tells me, comes from Homo Prospectus (2016), by Martin Seligman et al. Its programmatic claim is that: Our species is misnamed. Though sapiens defines human beings as “wise” what humans do especially well is to prospect the future. We are homo prospectus. If the title is to be more accurate, then we […]

How would you describe your grandparents?

By: | Post date: June 13, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Personal

I didn’t get to know my paternal grandparents well; I met my grandfather only once, my grandmother twice. My grandmother was somewhat vague by the time I met her, and I had real trouble with her dialect. My grandfather was vaguely feared, but I couldn’t particularly see why at eight years of age; I hadn’t […]

What are your results on the new 8values political ideology test?

By: | Post date: June 11, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, Personal You know, for someone who has said publicly that they have made their peace with the market, I’m still scoring pretty socialist. For someone who despairs of the morass of modern Western democracy, I’m still scoring pretty democratic. For someone who thinks globalisation is proving a mistake, I’m still scoring pretty internationalist. And for […]

Would you post a recording of yourself reciting Sophie Dockx’s Eulogia Hiphopia in Latin?

By: | Post date: June 9, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Language, Quora Vocaroo | Voice message Backing track: Answered 2017-06-09 [Originally posted on’s-Eulogia-Hiphopia-in-Latin/answer/Nick-Nicholas-5]

What are the most romantic restaurants in Melbourne?

By: | Post date: June 6, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Australia

We truly are spoiled for choice in this town, Miguel Paraz. I did take my future wife for Valentine’s Day to Grossi Florentino our first year of dating. It truly is a high temple of dining. It would have to be, at $200 a person. But the place that pops into my head is Scugnizzo. […]

What do I need to know before I move to Bendigo, Australia?

By: | Post date: June 5, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Australia

Well, you need to know What’s Bendigo, Australia like to live in? You need to know that Bendigo is a two hour train ride from Melbourne, and a smidgeon longer as a car ride. You need to know that there are good foodie options to be had in Bendigo, that real estate is affordable, that […]

What are the uncivilised things about Australia? E.g. casual swearing (cursing), excessive drinking, informal culture, disrespect toward or suspicious of authority figures, sports obsessed, arrogant, and the list goes on. Am I wrong?

By: | Post date: June 2, 2017 | Comments: 3 Comments
Posted in categories: Australia

Oh, we Aussies, we’re a defensive lot. Not the first time I’ve seen this on Quora. And I did appreciate Alap Arslan’s answer. Lemme have a go. casual swearing (cursing) Yes. I don’t think it’s uniquely Australian, but we certainly pride ourselves in swearing; the subreddit Straya • r/straya seems to use cunt as every […]

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