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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post  I'd still give her a 10 - but I would give that spotter/coach a 0 - he watched her all the way to *splat*...

 

It should be 'spotter/coach/father'... that's Nastia Liukin, and her coach is her dad.

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Found an interesting study... sample size is tiny, and methods are a bit hazy, meaning the study --- scientifically speaking --- is basically crap, but I actually think the gender comparisons are interesting as to listening preferences and wear preferences.

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So, as I mentioned a while back, my crazy-ass older brother is thinking about buying a Pagani. 

 

 

However...

 

 

Reminds me of the old "V-Tech just kicked in, yo" meme. Only for real.

 

Also for some reason I just have this *thing* for red Koenigseggegegegegs and Paganis. That would be my choice. That or really dark, gun-metal grey.


Edited by MuppetFace - 9/18/12 at 4:39am
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http://theoatmeal.com/comics/dog_paradox

 

LOL

 

Aww. I love dogs.

 

Cats are disainful and spiteful creatures.

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Something about the Huayra just really gets under my skin. Yeah, it looks a little derpy---kinda like a mini baleen whale---but there is no exquisite beauty that hath not some strangeness in proportion.

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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

Cats are disainful and spiteful creatures.

 

As long as we're generalizing about pets here, I must say, at least housecats don't maul toddlers who wander into their backyards.

 

That being said, I've always preferred keeping fish. Or a reptile of some sort.

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Funny comic.

 

 

Grumpy Romy complaining about stuff again --- just ignore (Click to show)

Then I click "random." Geez, I agree with a lot of the end-points he gets to, but find a lot of his arguments for getting there obnoxious, flawed, and ignorant of actual history. I hate it when that happens.

Oh, I've just looked quite briefly at his other comics. I haven't found anyone to be inaccurate though, although I have to admit that the only ones I have peeked at have been about tech or cats. My wife linked me that particular one though.

 

MuppetFace, could you help me solve a puzzle once and for all? Your rather flawless english skills are of great value here. It's the written way of indicating possession: its, Peters, it's the cats mouse, and so on. Some, if not most, are absolutely positive that there should be an apostrophe, and tries to correct me about it. Am I in the wrong here? Shouldn't it be "its" and not "it's", or "the headphones blahblah" and not "the headphone's blahblah"? At least that's the way I was taught some 20 years ago. Also, when talking about several owners, for instance three men called Peter, it should be Peters' car and not Peter's, right?

 

I always thought I was pretty sure about these things, but the amount of people that have tried to correct me about it makes me very unsure about it.

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

 

As long as we're generalizing about pets here, I must say, at least housecats don't maul toddlers who wander into their backyards.

 

 

Exactly! It's the outside cats that do.

 

 

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As long as we're generalizing about pets here, I must say, at least housecats don't maul toddlers who wander into their backyards.

 

That being said, I've always preferred keeping fish. Or a reptile of some sort.

 

You probably haven't seen this:

 

http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s02e15-spookyfish

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I like cats. I like dogs. We can't have a cat because my partner is violently allergic. We might get a dog once we stop moving around the country.

 

The Pagani looks like somebody tried to make a Batmobile for reals. I'm not sure whether I mean that as criticism or praise, though.

 

I am one of those people for whom all plants die, when given potted plants by well-meaning people who say "This plant is foolproof - it can't possibly die under your care."

 

Aquarium fish are a type of plant.

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I always thought I was pretty sure about these things, but the amount of people that have tried to correct me about it makes me very unsure about it.

 

(Edit: The general rule of thumb is that the possessive form of a singular noun ("Hat") is the noun with an apostrophe-s ("Hat's"); the possessive form of a plural noun ("Hats") is with an apostrophe ("Hats' "). The pronoun "it" is one significant exception.)

 

it's == "it is"

its == "it possesses"

they, those, them == plural of it

 

Peter's == "Peter possesses"

Peters' == "Those guys named 'Peter' all possess" or "That guy named Peters possesses" *

 

headphone's == "this headphone possesses"

headphones' == "those headphones possess"

headphones == plural of headphone

 

* (This gets into the problem of possessive forms of nouns that end in an S or with an S sound ('Unix'). There are reasonable arguments to be made that "Peters's" is the proper possessive form of "Peters" singular. Personally, I don't care either way. La la la)


Edited by ardgedee - 9/18/12 at 5:20am
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Originally Posted by Coq de Combat View Post

MuppetFace, could you help me solve a puzzle once and for all? Your rather flawless english skills are of great value here. It's the written way of indicating possession: its, Peters, it's the cats mouse, and so on. Some, if not most, are absolutely positive that there should be an apostrophe, and tries to correct me about it. Am I in the wrong here? Shouldn't it be "its" and not "it's", or "the headphones blahblah" and not "the headphone's blahblah"? At least that's the way I was taught some 20 years ago. Also, when talking about several owners, for instance three men called Peter, it should be Peters' car and not Peter's, right?

 

I always thought I was pretty sure about these things, but the amount of people that have tried to correct me about it makes me very unsure about it.

 

I think most English speakers get tripped up on that, so it's understandable.

 

1. If you're talking about a specific property that belongs to a pair of headphones, then you need the apostrophe. When you want to indicate something possesses something else, be it a thing or a quality, the apostrophe is used. Ex. "... the headphone's bass response" or "the designer's amplifier."

 

2. When speaking of more than one thing possessing something, you use the apostrophe after the pluralizing S. Ex. "Lots of designers' ideas are good."

 

If you're showing possessiveness for someone whose name ends in an S, then technically you're supposed to use the apostrophe and add a second S. Ex. "Alexis's headphones are expensive."

 

However some people omit the second S for stylistic reasons, as it looks less awkward. Technically you'd be saying multiples of Alexis however.

 

3. The exception to this is with pronouns: his, hers, and its. Ex. "The headphone needs its pads replaced" or "Head-Fi is a fun place for its members" or "The headphone is hers"

 

However...

 

4. Any time you have a contraction of it is or it has you use the apostrophe.  Ex. "It is a long way to the Head-Fi meet" = "It's a long way to the Head-Fi meet" or "it is Romy" = "it's Romy" or "It has been raining" = "it's been raining."

 

The simple test is to see whether you can replace the "its" with "it is" or "it has" in the sentence. If so, then you use the apostrophe.


Edited by MuppetFace - 9/18/12 at 5:23am
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Wouldn't it be nice if we just used "tis" instead and avoided this whole debacle?

 

Twould be nice indeed.

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Something about the Huayra just really gets under my skin. Yeah, it looks a little derpy---kinda like a mini baleen whale---but there is no exquisite beauty that hath not some strangeness in proportion.

i think it looks ugly compared to the zonda IMO 

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Originally Posted by ardgedee View Post

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

(Edit: The general rule of thumb is that the possessive form of a singular noun ("Hat") is the noun with an apostrophe-s ("Hat's"); the possessive form of a plural noun ("Hats") is with an apostrophe ("Hats' "). The pronoun "it" is one significant exception.)

 

it's == "it is"

its == "it possesses"

they, those, them == plural of it

 

Peter's == "Peter possesses"

Peters' == "Those guys named 'Peter' all possess" or "That guy named Peters possesses" *

 

headphone's == "this headphone possesses"

headphones' == "those headphones possess"

headphones == plural of headphone

 

* (This gets into the problem of possessive forms of nouns that end in an S or with an S sound ('Unix'). There are reasonable arguments to be made that "Peters's" is the proper possessive form of "Peters" singular. Personally, I don't care either way. La la la)

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

I think most English speakers get tripped up on that, so it's understandable.

 

1. If you're talking about a specific property that belongs to a pair of headphones, then you need the apostrophe. When you want to indicate something possesses something else, be it a thing or a quality, the apostrophe is used. Ex. "... the headphone's bass response" or "the designer's amplifier."

 

2. When speaking of more than one thing possessing something, you use the apostrophe after the pluralizing S. Ex. "Lots of designers' ideas are good."

 

If you're showing possessiveness for someone whose name ends in an S, then technically you're supposed to use the apostrophe and add a second S. Ex. "Alexis's headphones are expensive."

 

However some people omit the second S for stylistic reasons, as it looks less awkward. Technically you'd be saying multiples of Alexis however.

 

3. The exception to this is with pronouns: his, hers, and its. Ex. "The headphone needs its pads replaced" or "Head-Fi is a fun place for its members" or "The headphone is hers"

 

However...

 

4. Any time you have a contraction of it is or it has you use the apostrophe.  Ex. "It is a long way to the Head-Fi meet" = "It's a long way to the Head-Fi meet" or "it is Romy" = "it's Romy" or "It has been raining" = "it's been raining."

 

The simple test is to see whether you can replace the "its" with "it is" or "it has" in the sentence. If so, then you use the apostrophe.

 

 

Thanks guys. I think I've got it now.

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Or in a more obnoxious, and funny way to see it: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apostrophe
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