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The very many questions-not-worth-their-own-thread question thread XXX

Discussion in 'Picture Threads Archive' started by Borachio, Mar 3, 2016.

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  1. Traitorfish

    Traitorfish The Tighnahulish Kid

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    The distinction between "protest" and "riot" isn't really appropriate to most of the pre-modern or early modern world. "Riots" today are understood as a breakdown of representative institutions, but until recently those institutions either didn't exist, or where they did excluded a majority of the population. "Rioting" was simply how you carried out protests, because it was the only means to make yourself heard- and not in a philosophical "voice of the voiceless" sort of way, but simply in an entirely practical sense that they were how the masses presented grievances to authority in the absence of representative institutions. They appeared violent by our standards, but were very often organised, orderly and deliberate affairs, "riotous" mostly in the sense that the elite are prone to interpret the self-directed political activity of the masses as fundamentally chaotic; remember that Dr. King was systematically denounced by Southern authorities as a rabble-rouser and threat to public order. They often had identifiable leaders and structures, and the culmination was often the presentation of some petition or list of demands, and where they did degenerate into what we imagine when we hear the word "riot", it was very often due to mismanagement by panicked or incompetent authorities.
     
  2. Synsensa

    Synsensa Deity Retired Moderator

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    It's also important to remember that the less accessibility you have to getting your message out to the masses, the more violent you typically need to be to be heard. 500,000 people across massive swathes of land in the age of gobalization can achieve as much as 5,000 people in a condensed portion of land that grows violent and forces the issue. But that ability only came about in the last century. Before then, you couldn't really organize a coherent protest of suitable magnitude. It would have simply taken too much time to set up.
     
  3. hobbsyoyo

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    Thank you for the education. That was very interesting to read. Much appreciated. :)
     
  4. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    What connotations does the word ‘brownstone’ have when referring to USian houses? It appears to be a descriptor of its own, ‘X lives in a brownstone’.
     
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    Arakhor Dremora Courtier Moderator

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    I believe it's an architectural style.
     
  6. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    It does seem to be so, but that's denotation, not connotation. :)
     
  7. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    It means the building is faced with stone which is, amazingly enough, brown. There's a type of sandstone which was mainly quarried in Connecticut which has a brown, rather than a tan or reddish, color. In the 19th century it became fashionable to use this as the facing material for building construction in cities throughout the Northeast, and even into the Midwest. It remained a common way of building through the early-middle 20th century. One of the most common types of buildings built this way were urban upper income row houses. These are often just referred to as 'brownstones'. X lives in a brownstone’. Probably means that they live in one of those urban rowhouses.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownstone

     
  8. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    That's the thing. Thanks.

    Now that I see a picture, why does one have to climb some stairs to get in? What do they have in the ground floor? Servants' quarters?
     
  9. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    That was the style at the time. Might have had something to do with New York City streets being many feet deep in horse manure all the time before cars became so common that people didn't keep horses in the city any longer.
     
  10. hobbsyoyo

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    I learned something new, thanks Cutlass. I thought brownstone was another way of saying red brick because the bricks can be dull red, almost brown most of the time.
     
  11. Valka D'Ur

    Valka D'Ur Hosting Iron Pen in A&E Retired Moderator

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    Are those all one house, or are they subdivided into apartments?
     
  12. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    I'm trying to find out how people call this thign kids do where you hold a finger with your thumb and then release it, to hit someone on the head (I also used it when playing with marbles in a bygone era)

    For reference, it's what Wally (the bald guy) is doing here.
    I'm assuming it has many names as it's usually jargon.
    If I understood correctly, each is a separate multi-storied house.
     
  13. Valka D'Ur

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    I don't know what it's called, but it's the action used when playing crokinole (which uses checkers, not marbles). After awhile the fingernail starts to hurt from thwacking the checkers, so I used to put an extra layer of nail polish on that one when I'd play crokinole with my grandmother.

    They look like they could be subdivided, though. For some reason I'm reminded of Mary Tyler Moore's apartment, and numerous references in my soap opera to characters who lived in "the brownstone." Since these people weren't all in the same family, I thought they were referring to a rooming house.
     
  14. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    In that picture each place that the appearance changes is an actual full independent house. They just share a wall between them. A solid brick wall, but a full wall, with no openings. Each is separately owned, on a separate building lot, has it's own utilities, the works. They've probably each got it's own fenced back yard as well.
     
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    We called that flicking, e.g. Wally is about to flick the vendor on the forehead. Google image search for "flicking" seems to confirm this.
     
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    Birdjaguar Hanafubuki Retired Moderator Supporter

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    If you know where you want to live, you can check those markets for openings for math and physics PhDs. If you don't care where you live, then choose based on the subject matter.

    For example, if you wanted to live in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina ( a very nice place in the US) you could scan this link to apprise the job market.
     
  17. Kennigit

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    phd in math can get you a job in data analytics for financial sector

    otherwise, your career choice is
    (1) determined by your research--e.g. if you do work that lab x specialises in, you'll have a shot to go to lab x
    (2) whatever academia position is open, which is relatively uniform distribution geographically
    (3) stay on as post doc
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Birdjaguar Hanafubuki Retired Moderator Supporter

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    You're welcome. I tried to find a link to jobs in Latvia, but couldn't. :(
     
  20. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    dusters, check that wherever you want to move is a place with a sufficient degree of openmindedness. Don't stray into the Klanlands.
    Hmmm, yes, flicking… oh, memories are coming back. Also, using nail polish as armour sounds like a great idea.
    I don't know whether it's legal to sublet. I've read that some keep separate brownstone apartments.
     
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