What does Genesis 1:1-3 sound like in your language?

Here we go:

(The Vocaroos have expired, so use the YouTube instead):

Klingon. The online version I found was grotesquely ungrammatical; I did my own on the spot:

Vocaroo | Voice message

taghDI’, chal yav je chenmoH joH’a’.
’ej SubHa’taH buy’Ha’taH je yav. DIS ghorDaq HurghtaH ’ej bIQ’a’ DungDaq puvtaH joH’a’ qa’.
’ej jatlh joH’a’: wovwI’, chen! ‘ej chen wovwI’.

Esperanto: Vocaroo | Voice message

Koine Greek, Attic pronunciation: Vocaroo | Voice message

Koine Greek, Modern pronunciation: Vocaroo | Voice message

Modern Greek: Vocaroo | Voice message

English: Vocaroo | Voice message

Steven de Guzman is now extorting out of me recordings in languages I don’t actually speak well (or at all). Not my fault, Karol Emil Thornton-Remiszewski. So.

Tok Pisin (Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin STAT 1): Vocaroo | Voice message

German: Vocaroo | Voice message

Spanish: Vocaroo | Voice message

French: Vocaroo | Voice message

Italian: Vocaroo | Voice message

Latin: Vocaroo | Voice message

In what situations would you use an article in English where you wouldn’t in Modern Greek? And vice-versa?

Rather than make up an answer, I googled and am posting from the first blog I found:

Πότε δεν χρησιμοποιούμε το οριστικό άρθρο the

  • Proper names in Modern Greek always take a definite article. It’s quite rare in English: rivers, families, plural countries.
  • Nouns with generic reference take a definite article in Modern Greek and not in English: Gentlemen prefer blondes in Greek is Οι άντρες προτιμούν τις ξανθιές.

As for the indefinite article, it’s mandatory in English where it applies; it’s often optional in Greek. So I saw a car = είδα (ένα) αυτοκίνητο.

How is your accent in Greek? Could you record the passage in comments to let us hear how you sound in Greek?

OP here. 2nd-generation Greek living in Australia, which has made my dentals alveolars. I believe my Greek accent to have been influenced by my Cypriot father, rather than my Cretan mother.

Vocaroo | Voice message

UPDATE: Vocaroo | Voice message

Does Quora ever revoke user bans?

One: Steven de Guzman. Banned over his activity in Spam detectives and restored, twice, no explanation given.

Two, Richard White. “Overturned” in four hours. Nick Nicholas’ answer to Why was Richard White banned from Quora? Again, no explanation given.

What there is on Quora about account banning seems to reflect the Elder Days, when there was community involvement in moderation. It is hard to believe, given the slew of bans in mid-2016, that the same level of deliberation and warnings that Konstantinos Konstantinides’ answer recalls is happening now.

EDIT: Whatever the frequency of ban reversals was before, they’re not uncommon nowadays: see Necrologue.

Does Homer Pro have an ‘offer’ for researcher students who want to use it?

HOMER Pro- Hybrid Renewable Microgrid System Design Software

Student licenses are single-user licenses for students who wish to purchase and maintain their own licenses on their own equipment for educational use.

$125–350 per year, as opposed to standard $500–$1400

HOMER Pro- Hybrid Renewable Microgrid System Design Software

Academic licenses can be purchased either by faculty or staff members of educational institutions or by those institutions for use by their faculty or staff. They also include student licenses that degree-granting institutionspurchase for use by their students on student computers, or classroom licenses for installation on your own computers for teaching use only.

Second Quora user meeting for me

As a consequence of my epoch making first Quora IRL meeting, Miguel Paraz and I decided that, since our workplaces are only two blocks apart, we really should catch up.

Miguel was on self proclaimed need holiday (not at work, not on Bali either), but he was kind enough to stop by the curry house opposite work.

And I do believe I have captured some pictorial evidence of the event.

Yes, I do have a quite interesting understanding of the notion of perspective.

A pleasant afternoon was spent by all, with Miguel rather astonished that I know more about programming than I let on here on Quora. I promise to engage more with the geek side of Quora. And Miguel promises to do something about a Melbourne Quora meetup!

Even if it does end up being just the two of us…

Why was Richard White banned from Quora?

Well, what evidence can we draw on from Richard’s logs?

This suggests some sort of… strange ballet, one might almost say, between Quora moderators, with one mod colliding with another, and Tamsin the Wondercat smack in the middle.

A strange ballet that may even have looked something like this:

EDIT: Richard White’s answer to Why was Richard White banned from Quora? collapsed by a moderator, because “Answer doesn’t answer the question”.

Of course.

Why do we call 5th century BC Greek the Classical period?


The word Classics is derived from the Latin adjective classicus, meaning “belonging to the highest class of citizens”. The word was originally used to describe the members of the highest class in ancient Rome. By the 2nd century AD the word was used in literary criticism to describe writers of the highest quality. For example, Aulus Gellius, in his Attic Nights, contrasts “classicus” and “proletarius” writers.

The writers of 5th century Athens were considered to be the pinnacle of Greek writing—the orators, the dramatists, the historians. (Not so the poets, which was more an 8th to 6th century thing.) Their version of Greek was considered the most prestigious and was the model for all subsequent writing.

So they were the classical authors—the authors of the highest class, as judged by subsequent Latin-speaking generations; and their period was called the Classical period.

Who is this person and what does the text say?

Cornelius Castoriadis

“Revolution” does not mean rivers of blood, storming the Winter Palace, and so forth. “Revolution” means the radical transformation of social insitutions. In that sense, of course I’m a revolutionary.