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phrantic09 07-21-20 11:56 AM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21599434)
I'm the one who spent his last birthday investigating whether there was a relation between the proto-Indo-European word for "dog" and the Chinese one. That was because I had been digging through PIE word roots and noticed the similarity, and wound up reading a paper about the etymology of "dog" and the evolved nature of dog-related origin myths between West and East. That was how I got freaky on my birthday while AG was overseas for work (seems like an age ago, but was really nine months exactly). But I'm sure y'all are nerdy too. :innocent:

I mean, I didnít do it on my birthday, but I did go down a rabbit hole once looking at Finno-Ugric and itís relation to other languages. It started with some research into Magyar and then escalated from there.

I do find the development of language and the theories around who the PIE peoples were and where the language came from to be fascinating, more so how you can trace the migration of people by general language classifications.

Velo Vol 07-21-20 12:03 PM

What is a nerd? Discuss.

Bah Humbug 07-21-20 12:08 PM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 21599452)
I mean, I didnít do it on my birthday, but I did go down a rabbit hole once looking at Finno-Ugric and itís relation to other languages. It started with some research into Magyar and then escalated from there.

I do find the development of language and the theories around who the PIE peoples were and where the language came from to be fascinating, more so how you can trace the migration of people by general language classifications.

Now Finno-Ugric is fascinating for the current spread of where it's spoken. And I'm sure you know, folding it all back together, that Tolkien was a student of Finnish and it influenced some of his fantasy languages. When I was reading about Dyatlov Pass a few weeks ago I was surprised to see it was spoken by the native Mansi out there.

Did you see the research tracing mythology around the world, including from Europe all the way to the North Americans?

LesterOfPuppets 07-21-20 12:14 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21599467)
What is a nerd? Discuss.

it stands for:

Nobody
Ever
Really
Dies.

NSFW lyrics and Cycling content warning


rjones28 07-21-20 12:33 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21599467)
What is a nerd? Discuss.

All the cool kids are nerds, these days.

Bah Humbug 07-21-20 12:36 PM


Originally Posted by rjones28 (Post 21599515)
All the cool kids are nerds, these days.

I was a nerd before it was cool.

No, seriously.

bampilot06 07-21-20 12:38 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21599434)
I'm the one who spent his last birthday investigating whether there was a relation between the proto-Indo-European word for "dog" and the Chinese one. That was because I had been digging through PIE word roots and noticed the similarity, and wound up reading a paper about the etymology of "dog" and the evolved nature of dog-related origin myths between West and East. That was how I got freaky on my birthday while AG was overseas for work (seems like an age ago, but was really nine months exactly). But I'm sure y'all are nerdy too. :innocent:


you have me beat.

Velo Vol 07-21-20 12:44 PM

I think time spend with spread sheets directly correlates with nerdiness.

kissTheApex 07-21-20 12:46 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21599327)
Must be hard work getting you out of bed.

Thats why I have two!


Originally Posted by bampilot06 (Post 21599330)
Fun fact, first flight this morning it was 37 degree in the cockpit. It cooled off to a nice 30 degrees by the time we touched down. This is celsius.

37C!? Ouch!

Originally Posted by MoAlpha (Post 21599335)
Pulled the trigger with 5-bolt 110, the ALDHU crank upgrade, and 3-day shipping. Woohoo!

​​​​​​:bday:

rjones28 07-21-20 01:01 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21599535)
I think time spend with spread sheets directly correlates with nerdiness.

Think again.

BillyD 07-21-20 01:09 PM

Oh Lord, a nerd pissing contest. :lol:

Velo Vol 07-21-20 01:20 PM


Originally Posted by rjones28 (Post 21599568)
Think again.

Done.

I think time spend with spread sheets directly correlates with nerdiness.

phrantic09 07-21-20 01:27 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21599475)
Now Finno-Ugric is fascinating for the current spread of where it's spoken. And I'm sure you know, folding it all back together, that Tolkien was a student of Finnish and it influenced some of his fantasy languages. When I was reading about Dyatlov Pass a few weeks ago I was surprised to see it was spoken by the native Mansi out there.

Did you see the research tracing mythology around the world, including from Europe all the way to the North Americans?

I actually didnít know that about Tolkien. I havenít read a Tolkien book in like 3 years when I re-read the Silmarillion.

Is that a genre you read a lot of?

rjones28 07-21-20 01:43 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21599612)
Done.

I think time spend with spread sheets directly correlates with nerdiness.

I spend thousands of hours a year working with spreadsheets.

big john 07-21-20 01:49 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21599124)
I have. Sadly I cannot do so on the nearby package. It was close enough I could walk and get it. Are they going to send it back to Taiwan?

Where to?

There is a 4000 foot tall hill behind the house. I guess technically we live on the upslope to the hill. There is a road to the top which is closed to cars and people walk and bike on it. It has long stretches of 10% and gains 2500 feet in about 7 miles. It's mostly paved until the top then it's all dirt either way. Today I rode down a different canyon which is a fun, twisty dirt road and at the bottom there is some technical singletrack to get out to the street and then a few miles back home.

Velo Vol 07-21-20 01:51 PM


Originally Posted by rjones28 (Post 21599650)
I spend thousands of hours a year working with spreadsheets.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b2918d18d8.jpg

rjones28 07-21-20 01:59 PM

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d0e8947c99.jpg

LesterOfPuppets 07-21-20 02:10 PM


Originally Posted by rjones28 (Post 21599691)

What's with the pile of mop heads out in the yard?

Velo Vol 07-21-20 02:10 PM

BEA are my initials.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis is named after me.

LesterOfPuppets 07-21-20 02:11 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21599709)
BEA are my initials.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis is named after me.

Pretty sure you were named after Aunt Bea

SwtBadger 07-21-20 02:31 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21599612)
Done.

I think time spend with spread sheets directly correlates with nerdiness.

And what of Flugelhorns and playing in a large instrumental band:innocent:.

Bah Humbug 07-21-20 02:34 PM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 21599623)
I actually didnít know that about Tolkien. I havenít read a Tolkien book in like 3 years when I re-read the Silmarillion.

Is that a genre you read a lot of?

"A lot" is a funny term. I haven't gone past The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in the Legendarium, but I do think of them a great deal. I read A Song of Ice and Fire fully (such as it is now, anyway), twice. Other than that though, no such fantasy - lots of Middle Eastern history a decade ago, the Bourne series a few times, most of the pulpy Wingman series, and now I'm tackling It (since I constantly mock the current notion that clowns are scary). And some other randomness - Red Eagles about the research on captured Soviet fighter planes during the Cold War, the first few Clan of the Cave Bear books, some other stuff.

rjones28 07-21-20 02:37 PM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 21599708)
What's with the pile of mop heads out in the yard?

Lazy co-worker.

rjones28 07-21-20 02:38 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21599709)
BEA are my initials.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis is named after me.

Nerd.

rjones28 07-21-20 02:39 PM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 21599712)
Pretty sure you were named after Aunt Bea

Prolly


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