[personal profile] ivy is a stranger in a strange land

Sep. 10th, 2017 05:45 pm
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[personal profile] rydra_wong posting in [community profile] metaquotes
Everyone was nice to me, but I found it hard to participate in some of the conversations because everyone else there was fluent in Gearhead and I just don't care. It was all

One dude: "How do you like that model BLQ45Z?"
Other dude: "It's got pretty good flang, but the chimping bleederweep doesn't zerbert as well as I like in the corners."
First dude: "I heard that floppykush helps with the zerberting, tried that?"
Third dude: "My next squelch is gonna be a floppykush! Used to have a panpan bleederweep, but you know what they say about those oilsquirms!"
All dudes: [nod sagely and then argue]


Context is locked; QWP.

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Date: 2017-09-10 05:00 pm (UTC)
recessional: bare-footed person in jeans walks on log (Default)
From: [personal profile] recessional
I always take comfort in knowing that this is exactly what me and friends sound like to non-writers all the time.

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Date: 2017-09-10 05:10 pm (UTC)
recessional: bare-footed person in jeans walks on log (Default)
From: [personal profile] recessional
Uhhhuh.

It also occurs to me as I literally note a reply on the Voynitch Manuscript Is Solved post I reblogged/added commentary to that also, mediaeval documents. That is the other one that I am this opaque on: mediaeval documents, laws, scripts, and so on.

As I restrain myself from going "don't be ABSURD a modern gyno would have been utterly fucking useless it says RIGHT IN THE ARTICLE that this was cracked by someone recognizing idiosyncratic Latin strict abbreviations and patterns of instruction illustration are you blind?!"

Because I suddenly realize that THIS PROBABLY DOESN'T CONVEY AS MUCH INFO TO EVERYONE AS IT DOES TO ME.

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Date: 2017-09-10 05:35 pm (UTC)
birke: (Default)
From: [personal profile] birke
It's illustrative that I understand your comment -- except for the absolutely critical term "trad climbing." (And then of course the "tricam.")

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Date: 2017-09-10 06:48 pm (UTC)
jjhunter: Watercolor purple ruffled monster with mouthful of raw vegetables looks exceedingly self-pleased (veggie monster)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
I'd be interesting in hearing more about trad climbing and tricams!

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Date: 2017-09-10 07:20 pm (UTC)
jjhunter: Closeup of woman with working gear brain looking down from tree branches (think like a scientist)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
Ooo, awesome!

Also, much amused that everyone can agree that tricams are a pain in the arse to remove from the rock afterwards, regardless of whether they think they're indispensible or superseded + pointless.

*googles for some images*

Those look like the kinds of things I hope explorers of new-to-human worlds bring with them just in case - they look as mysterious and all-purposeful useful as a swiss army knife looked to me the first time I saw one.

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Date: 2017-09-10 08:57 pm (UTC)
ixt: Photo of birches and brown grass in the spring (trees)
From: [personal profile] ixt
Ooh, I love learning about things I didn't even know existed! Plus, as a mechanical engineering student, I share your love for things that lack moving parts, because of how they tend to be harder to break. And the tricam shape looks so simplistic, I approve of it on principle :)

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Date: 2017-09-11 04:43 am (UTC)
niqaeli: cat with arizona flag in the background (Default)
From: [personal profile] niqaeli
Fannish metadata delights me, personally. We compress so much information into such an opaque and impenetrable yet so tidily compact format! (I mean, with the key it's trivial. Without... ha, have fun. See: your medieval manuscripts.) I give you: K/S, D/s dubcon, 5k pwp.

So much data there! So absolutely baffling to anyone not thoroughly immersed in the jargon.

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Date: 2017-09-11 05:35 pm (UTC)
elf: Computer chip with location dot (You Are Here)
From: [personal profile] elf
XKCD explained Voynich a while ago; I've yet to see any academic explanation that makes more sense.

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Date: 2017-09-10 09:43 pm (UTC)
kiffie: The Rum Tum Tugger making bweeface. (Tugger)
From: [personal profile] kiffie
I am imagining every one of the "technical terms" to just be random brasswind noises, and it is super hilarious.

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Date: 2017-09-12 09:04 pm (UTC)
ivy: Two strands of ivy against a red wall (Default)
From: [personal profile] ivy
Ahahaha. Marvelous!

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Date: 2017-09-10 11:26 pm (UTC)
ironed_orchid: pin up girl reading kant (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
So true in so many contexts.

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Date: 2017-09-11 09:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] full_metal_ox
Off-topic: is your nom de net by any chance a Moorcock allusion?

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Date: 2017-09-12 12:05 am (UTC)
ironed_orchid: pin up girl reading kant (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
It absolutely is! Well spotted.

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Date: 2017-09-11 01:55 pm (UTC)
watersword: Keira Knightley, in Pride and Prejudice (2007), turning her head away from the viewer, the word "elizabeth" written near (Default)
From: [personal profile] watersword
See also: my life.

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Date: 2017-09-11 09:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] full_metal_ox
And why "'Darmok' Is One Of The Most Plausible Star Trek Episodes Ever" is a hill I'm prepared to die on.

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