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December 7th, 2011, 2:58 am

QuoteOriginally posted by: Hamiltonor learn ancient Greek, the thinking man's alternative.That would be Attic Greek, I'm afraid.Although Attic Greek is commonly taught in courses on ancient Greek, it is of course a spoken dialect.It might have made more sense to start with Linear B and then consider other written forms.
 
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December 7th, 2011, 3:29 am

QuoteOriginally posted by: trackstarQuoteOriginally posted by: Hamiltonor learn ancient Greek, the thinking man's alternative.That would be Attic Greek, I'm afraid.Although Attic Greek is commonly taught in courses on ancient Greek, it is of course a spoken dialect.It might have made more sense to start with Linear B and then consider other written forms.Attic Greek is more complicated than Homeric Greek and many professors have built a pedagogy built on teaching Homeric Greek first beforelearning Attic Greek, the dialect of Athenians. Such as HereAnd the answer to your racy PM is: only in Baltimore.
 
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December 7th, 2011, 3:39 am

I did not send you a racy PM.However, I am considering the public airing of the (numerous) PMs that you are now sending to me.The question is, where should I put them?A few options:1) On this thread - but since none of them are about Truth, Beauty, Love or Math, they would send it off topic2) On my Blog - but in what context?3) Create a blog for you and place them there as kind of musings to a cybergirl that you have never met in person.I think that 3) is the best plan.
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December 7th, 2011, 3:43 am

quant blog with racy PMs? it's like a porn shop in Amish village
 
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December 7th, 2011, 3:46 am

You actually are a good arbiter in this situation.What would you do if someone from Wilmott was sending you lots of PMs and you didn't exactly mind, but you weren't exactly thrilled either.This is kind of a neutral zone - like you find between two very long and very sharp barbed wire barricades. As long as the stuff stays out there, it's ok. But still, there is a little rustling in the trenches behind the wire now, just in case the stuff starts to move in on my position...
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December 7th, 2011, 4:03 am

perv stalkers on wilmott? interesting
 
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December 7th, 2011, 4:06 am

Do you remember our conversation long ago about the Mosin-Nagant?The first shot is across the bow.The second one should be a little higher....
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December 7th, 2011, 12:26 pm

What is the utility of learning ancient Greek, studying Plato et al? I can't help but think it would be analogous to studying the four humours of the body, phlogiston, etc. -- amusing as a historical anecdote and interesting as a sample of pre-scientific bounded-rational cognition, but not actually germane to modern life.
 
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December 7th, 2011, 12:48 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: Traden4AlphaWhat is the utility of learning ancient Greek, studying Plato et al?there is a utility in studying Ancient Greek, if you're in linguistics. it also helps understanding roots of many words in western languages.there's no utility in studying Plato other than for understanding the history of western culture, society and science
 
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December 7th, 2011, 2:05 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: trackstarI did not send you a racy PM.However, I am considering the public airing of the (numerous) PMs that you are now sending to me.The question is, where should I put them?A few options:1) On this thread - but since none of them are about Truth, Beauty, Love or Math, they would send it off topic2) On my Blog - but in what context?3) Create a blog for you and place them there as kind of musings to a cybergirl that you have never met in person.I think that 3) is the best plan.
 
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December 7th, 2011, 2:06 pm

Actually, now that you mention it, I should place them here myself which I'll do some time today.
 
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December 7th, 2011, 2:12 pm

Here's a quick copy and paste:All this sweet talk... QuoteOh, and Brazil nuts. Forgot about the Brazil nuts TTFN All this sweet talk is getting Herr Doktor Freud very excited. In more ways than one. I have complied with your extra request. Its the least I could do. Busta move. The women's underwear?
 
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December 7th, 2011, 2:13 pm

Herr Freud of course has many repressed desires and apparently nothingis more invigorating than a female challenging him on his knowledge of classics.If I didn't know better, I'd say its the basis for a new screenplay.(I think Herr Freud likes the rough stuff, but I'm only speculating).
 
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December 7th, 2011, 2:16 pm

And, of course, I sent a picture of the dental floss lady, a fan favorite.
 
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December 7th, 2011, 2:22 pm

Ah, very good to air your laundry this way, but I do wonder why you choose this thread rather than the one that I created especially for you and for this purpose.
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