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FirebrandRoaring  ·  194 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In The Game: The Game, It's You Vs. Pick-Up Artists

I appreciate your concern, and I appreciate you speaking up about this.

I thought the phrase might sound as you say it does, but I've decided to leave it as is, with the following reasoning:

"Should" here does not indicate agreement, as you've well picked up from the rest of the message. "Should" here indicates that what's happening is within the order of things, given the circumstances. It's meant to imply that, should circumstances change, the object — the prominence of the pick-up culture — shall change accordingly with them. "Will" here would give a false sense of permanence to the derogative and inhumane culture, which I recognize to be an inaccurate description.

I know I'm no master of the English language, but I think studying its grammar to the letter has given me an insight into how it works enough to justify playing with the language on the same level as its native speakers as long as I can afford it. I appreciate an outside perspective, of course, and if you think I made a mistake, I would appreciate it if you — or anyone with an explanation — would correct me in the future.

_refugee_  ·  194 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ehhhhh Uniton’s still right tho

tacocat  ·  194 days ago  ·  link  ·  

He's an argumentative little git ain't he

_refugee_  ·  194 days ago  ·  link  ·  

it's just don't tell me you welcome feedback/criticism in the same breath that you publicly refuse to agree with, let alone take, very politely, well-intended (not to mention accurate) feedback

tacocat  ·  194 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Seen him do it before. Also if I write, "Fuck you and die in Hell," it doesn't matter that my intent was to convey, "I love and cherish you as a human." Words don't work like that

_refugee_  ·  192 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Pretty sure I seen his alt do it b4

tacocat  ·  192 days ago  ·  link  ·  

He's ThatFanficGuy, right?

_refugee_  ·  192 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I mean, I’m not god, but I’d feel pretty comfortable betting on that position.

am_Unition  ·  194 days ago  ·  link  ·  

fair Anglish

FirebrandRoaring  ·  194 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I gave this more thought.

"Would" would be the most appropriate. You were right on using "will" for direct continuity of events, but subjunctive mood is required for those events that are vague on happening.

am_Unition  ·  193 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I dunno anymore, I have a near-total disregard for the formal rules of English, and my knowledge is entirely based on ~25+ years of accrued usage data. So it probably skews towards improper usage all too often.

Thank god (or whatever) that math is identical all around the world, slight notation differences aside. <3 math

_refugee_  ·  192 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It’s almost like people who’ve learned a language natively can tell you the grammatically correct phrasing for a sentence but can’t explain why because it’s so innate

Devac  ·  185 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Fun fact: higher/formal math? Yes. Numbers? Not even close.

am_Unition  ·  183 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Fascinating... thanks, Devac.

I wanna see stuff like Landau's handwritten proof for Landau damping. Or Boltzmann's notebooks. Stuff like that, to check their notations. Hell, even their penmanship and how many steps they showed in their derivations would be fascinating.

Devac  ·  183 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Hell, even their penmanship and how many steps they showed in their derivations would be fascinating.

Everything I heard[1] or read about Landau says he was extremely meticulous. And probably wouldn't hesitate from calling it "Landau's damping" in his own derivation. ;) There are some anecdotes in one of the biographies I have at home, but I don't think there were any bits of correspondence attached. I'll send you a scan if there will indeed be some of Landau's handwriting.

[1] - That's mostly second hand, unfortunately. I think it got to me from prof Woronowicz, mentored by prof Maurin, who in turn worked with Landau for some time in the '50s.