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#126 OFFLINE   Capt.Crow

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 06:37 PM

The cheaters are a good workaround . And I get the prescription glasses free. Don't need glasses to read if I'm out in bright sunlight.
But the optometrist maximizes her payoff by doling out a pair for reading and a pair for distance at night .

However a good introduction to James Joyce 's writings would be Dubliners. Not too long and full of humor , (humour)

There is one thing that bothers me .No offense intended here ,But the Americanization of the English language takes a lot of the subtlety away  leaving the prose a little dry.
The exception to this is the writings of the great American writers.
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Posted 07 June 2014 - 06:39 PM

It's all about perspective Capt. Crow. ;)
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Posted 07 June 2014 - 08:22 PM

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I have a couple of pairs of 2.5x, and I've seen them up to at least 3x in the drugstore up here.  Maybe something a little stronger would help?
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Posted 07 June 2014 - 08:59 PM

Americans are masters at butchering up the Queen's English. :yes:

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 09:13 PM

Hmm do not know what it would look like, but you should be able to make text and size to suit. The process is a little fiddly.Of course a simple script would make life easier. A lot of work perhaps for a read but then you would have a copy for a e-reader as well.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OCR

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 12:05 AM

eBooks are no worries. That's why eBooks and Audiobooks are still great for me but normal books are harder these days.

It's also why I started subscribing to the digital version of 2600 Hacker Quarterly

I get every edition and can make the size as big as I need.

Can also get the year in epub or pdf format too.

And the normal print edition subscription is also still available for those with really good eyes/magnifiers (tiny print edition so they can fit more in! Not complaining! I got this version before i went to the digital version).

2600 is great reading.

I like the digital version because I can make the type as big or small as I need.
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Posted 08 June 2014 - 04:59 AM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 07 June 2014 - 08:59 PM, said:

Americans are masters at butchering up the Queen's English. :yes:

Si thi nows ta'kin sense, nowt laik truth ter git cat 'mongst pijins. :breakfast:
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Posted 08 June 2014 - 10:25 AM

I really started to love eBook format when I was getting my SysAdmin A.S.
The textbooks were all O'Reilly and other professional training manuals, not college textbooks.
They were around 1000 - 1200 pages, heavy, hard to read near the binding.
Real neck and shoulder pain problems.

eBooks, put 'em up on the big screen, blow up the text as big as you want, change the font and background colors to suit, and computer searchable to boot.
How did we ever live with "real" books?

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 11:20 AM

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 01:34 PM

View Postabarbarian, on 08 June 2014 - 04:59 AM, said:

Si thi nows ta'kin sense, nowt laik truth ter git cat 'mongst pijins. :breakfast:

Huh?

Some in my heritage have a very heavy accent and do not conform to the Queen's English either; Irish and Scottish...

I also have English heritage as well as German, Dutch, French.

A real Heinz 57. ;)
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Posted 08 June 2014 - 02:13 PM

The Queen's English, spoken only by the Queen.
The rest of us pretty much butcher it.

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 06:14 PM

View Postamenditman, on 08 June 2014 - 02:13 PM, said:

The Queen's English, spoken only by the Queen.
The rest of us pretty much butcher it.

Now hold up there pardner . It's not hers .no way Jose. It belongs to all of us Its our heritage and ours alone . The regals base lingo is French.
While ours is Saxon .German and a few other bits and bobs thrown in for good measure.

By Americanization I actually meant the differences in spelling . It's turning the business into a huge clanjammerie.
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Posted 08 June 2014 - 09:10 PM

Actually, English is a Germanic-based language. It has incorporated a lot of stuff from other languages, though... French, Spanish, Latin, Italian, Native American Indian, even that Canadian lingo. ;)

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 07:39 AM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 08 June 2014 - 09:10 PM, said:

Actually, English is a Germanic-based language. It has incorporated a lot of stuff from other languages, though... French, Spanish, Latin, Italian, Native American Indian, even that Canadian lingo. ;)

Spot on but you missed out Greek and Old Norse and a bit of Indian(asia), Aboriginal and Celtic etc etc.

http://www.studyengl...ge-history.html

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Britain was an Empire for 200 years between the 18th and 20th centuries and English language continued to change as the British Empire moved across the world - to the USA, Australia, New Zealand, India, Asia and Africa. They sent people to settle and live in their conquered places and as settlers interacted with natives, new words were added to the English vocabulary. For example, 'kangaroo' and 'boomerang' are native Australian Aborigine words, 'juggernaut' and 'turban' came from India. (See more borrowings from different languages.)

English continues to change and develop, with hundreds of new words arriving every year. But even with all the borrowings from many other languages the heart of the English language remains the Anglo-Saxon of Old English. The grammar of English is also distinctly Germanic - three genders (he, she and it) and a simple set of verb tenses.

oh and of course english has assimilated some american words aswell. :hysterical:

View PostLilBambi, on 08 June 2014 - 01:34 PM, said:

Huh?

See now your talking sense,there is nothing like the truth to put the cat amongst the pigeons. :thumbup:
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Posted 09 June 2014 - 08:56 AM

We are a melting pot of peoples so why not have a melting pot of language integration.

Capt.Crow I mix and match all the time with words like humour/humor colour/color, meter/metre, theatre/theater, etc. ... course words that are exactly the same except for one letter that is changed ce/se for instance are interesting. And ones like liquorice/licorice ... and I have to tell you, both those words seem wrong. ;) Licorice is one of my favorite flavors/flavours.

But I think we likely have the most fun with dual meaning words like vehicle words; bonnet and boot (which make sense by the way) and our hood and trunk (which also make sense)

http://en.wikipedia....ing_differences
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Posted 09 June 2014 - 03:46 PM

There was a PBS series and an accompanying book (which I have around here somewhere) called The Story of English. It was excellent. Catch it if you can...

http://topdocumentar...ory-of-english/

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 04:16 PM

Sounds like a very good companion book and series.

Edited by LilBambi, 09 June 2014 - 04:17 PM.

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 06:09 PM

View PostLilBambi, on 09 June 2014 - 08:56 AM, said:

We are a melting pot of peoples so why not have a melting pot of language integration.

Capt.Crow I mix and match all the time with words like humour/humor colour/color, meter/metre, theatre/theater, etc. ... course words that are exactly the same except for one letter that is changed ce/se for instance are interesting. And ones like liquorice/licorice ... and I have to tell you, both those words seem wrong. ;) Licorice is one of my favorite flavors/flavours.

But I think we likely have the most fun with dual meaning words like vehicle words; bonnet and boot (which make sense by the way) and our hood and trunk (which also make sense)

http://en.wikipedia....ing_differences
Humour means a state of fun etc .Humor is a state of health. Meter is a device a machine . metre is a unit of measurement .Theatre is where one is entertained . Theater is the blood and bone room. Every time I see the word color .My dyslexic mind juxtaposes the final consonant for an *n*.  Maybe I'm crazy ,but if only we could standardize spelling we would all benefit . After all Mark Twain and Truman Capote Used the olde world spelling . Now this is all for fun . No messin!
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Posted 10 June 2014 - 08:57 AM

View PostCapt.Crow, on 09 June 2014 - 06:09 PM, said:

Maybe I'm crazy ,but if only we could standardize spelling we would all benefit .

An so the wheel turns ! We have standardised spelling and language, it is called the Queens English. :tease:
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Posted 10 June 2014 - 10:11 AM

View PostCapt.Crow, on 09 June 2014 - 06:09 PM, said:

Humour means a state of fun etc .Humor is a state of health. Meter is a device a machine . metre is a unit of measurement .Theatre is where one is entertained . Theater is the blood and bone room. Every time I see the word color .My dyslexic mind juxtaposes the final consonant for an *n*.  Maybe I'm crazy ,but if only we could standardize spelling we would all benefit . After all Mark Twain and Truman Capote Used the olde world spelling . Now this is all for fun . No messin!
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Yep, I know the meaning of each of the words. I meant I mix the spellings. ;)

Words are wonderful fun!

It's where comedians like George Carlin and Firesign Theatre (yes, they do spell it that way) get some of their hilarious content.

Oh, also, theater/theatre has a double triple quadruple (or more) meaning though ... not just the blood and bone room but also the place where actors/actresses perform plays, a place to go to watch a movie, and the staging area of a war mission as well. ;)

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 04:14 PM

Just finished two of Nevil Shute's novels. No Highway. No pace and a book to put you to sleep. Landfall slightly better at least this one has a modicum of plot.
Next ,An old captivity. Let you know the critique when I've finished it.

I enjoyed On the beach .
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Posted 30 June 2014 - 04:59 PM

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