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*Find out more about the intermediate stages of vocal tract development between infancy and full adulthood.
 
*Find out more about the intermediate stages of vocal tract development between infancy and full adulthood.
 
*Are there any more details to give about the Time Traveller's unreliability as a narrator?
 
*Are there any more details to give about the Time Traveller's unreliability as a narrator?
*:For example, he determined Weena's "name" during his first conversation with her, when he would not yet have completed his efforts to learn the Eloi language. How do we know that "Weena" is really her name, or for that matter, [[trope:NoNeedForNames|whether the Eloi name themselves at all]]? We don't; the Traveller may have interpreted the wrong word or word part(s) as a name. (This is not a question of phonology — I am not denying that "Weena" is representative.)
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*:<span id="weena-wrong"></span>For example, he determined Weena's "name" during his first conversation with her, when he would not yet have completed his efforts to learn the Eloi language. How do we know that "Weena" is really her name, or for that matter, [[trope:NoNeedForNames|whether the Eloi name themselves at all]]? We don't; the Traveller may have interpreted the wrong word or word part(s) as a name. (This is not a question of phonology &mdash; I am not denying that "Weena" is representative.)
*:TV Tropes would classify this somewhere near [[trope:VerbalTicName|Verbal Tic Name]], which doesn't quite fit because the typical Eloi vocabulary is too large.
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*:TV Tropes would classify this somewhere between [[trope:VerbalTicName|Verbal Tic Name]], which doesn't quite fit because the typical Eloi vocabulary is too large, and [[trope:NamedByDemocracy|Named by Democracy]], which doesn't quite fit because the Traveller alone isn't a democracy.
 
*:Compare the story of [http://www.xibalba.demon.co.uk/jbr/lingo.html#s4 Tsäd the dog]. See also a real-life example, [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/7899171.stm Prawo Jazdy the alleged traffic offender].
 
*:Compare the story of [http://www.xibalba.demon.co.uk/jbr/lingo.html#s4 Tsäd the dog]. See also a real-life example, [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/7899171.stm Prawo Jazdy the alleged traffic offender].
*:This argument also casts doubt on "Eloi" as the name of the species, though it is not so great a doubt (as the Traveller could have heard the species names from other Eloi, from Morlocks, and/or in later conversations with Weena).{{spoiler box|1=Maintenance note: I read over the indices [[trope:NamingConventions]] and [[trope:LanguageTropes]] and was unable to find a more suitable trope than Verbal Tic Name.
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*:This argument also casts doubt on "Eloi" as the name of the species, though it is not so great a doubt (as the Traveller could have heard the species names from other Eloi, from Morlocks, and/or in later conversations with Weena).{{spoiler box|1=Maintenance note: I read over the indices [[trope:NamingConventions]] and [[trope:LanguageTropes]]. The article [[trope:AppropriatedAppellation|Appropriated Appellation]] also deserves mention but doesn't fit because the Traveller wasn't willingly derogatory. The key word is "willingly" &mdash; the Traveller's statement that the name Weena "somehow seemed appropriate enough" is open to interpretation. Perhaps in the process of mishearing the name, his mind was biased toward "childish" sounds?
  
 
When I said that the Eloi "name themselves," I meant that literally, as opposed to an Eloi child being named by his or her parents. Since Eloi parents form no lasting social bonds with their children, they would not take up the responsibility of naming.
 
When I said that the Eloi "name themselves," I meant that literally, as opposed to an Eloi child being named by his or her parents. Since Eloi parents form no lasting social bonds with their children, they would not take up the responsibility of naming.

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Article

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Eloi language

  • Examine the relation between cooing, babbling, motherese, and phonological development.
  • Find out more about the intermediate stages of vocal tract development between infancy and full adulthood.
  • Are there any more details to give about the Time Traveller's unreliability as a narrator?
    For example, he determined Weena's "name" during his first conversation with her, when he would not yet have completed his efforts to learn the Eloi language. How do we know that "Weena" is really her name, or for that matter, whether the Eloi name themselves at all? We don't; the Traveller may have interpreted the wrong word or word part(s) as a name. (This is not a question of phonology — I am not denying that "Weena" is representative.)
    TV Tropes would classify this somewhere between Verbal Tic Name, which doesn't quite fit because the typical Eloi vocabulary is too large, and Named by Democracy, which doesn't quite fit because the Traveller alone isn't a democracy.
    Compare the story of Tsäd the dog. See also a real-life example, Prawo Jazdy the alleged traffic offender.
    This argument also casts doubt on "Eloi" as the name of the species, though it is not so great a doubt (as the Traveller could have heard the species names from other Eloi, from Morlocks, and/or in later conversations with Weena).

Homebrew downsides

HTML5 vs. SWF

Public-domain music in video games

  • "No. 13" (Bach) in IIDX/DDR - I forgot the full title of the composition
  • Multiple songs in Lemmings series
  • Multiple songs in Parodius series
  • What is the copyright status of "Je te veux," especially in Japan (see Binary Land)?
  • What authority do performance rights organizations, such as BMI, ASCAP, and the Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique, have over copyright? (For example, see the Wikipedia article mentioned in the item above.)

Selkie

Single-screen multiplayer

Songs that sound alike

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Songs that sound alike (video games)

Category

See also: User:Eighty5cacao/categories for creation

Project

  • Do we need to write an official policy on dealing with spam? Such a policy should, at a minimum, give guidance on user warnings, block settings, and procedures for handling non-English comments. (Regarding the last of these, when is it necessary to use Google Translate, and when is it acceptable simply to assume bad faith?)
  • User:Eighty5cacao/Main Page redesign ideas

Manual of Style

Naming convention note: For its Manual of Style, the English Wikipedia currently prefers subpages to parenthesized disambiguators.

  • Additions to Pin Eight:Links (consider moving to Pin Eight:Manual of Style (links)):
    • Do not link to TV Tropes URLs that contain ptitle. Instead, link to a non-ptitle redirect that points to the desired page. If no such redirect exists, it is acceptable to use a piped link to provide a human-readable title.
      For example, don't do this (User talk:Tepples/Archive 1#TVTropes and the Eloi kawaii issue). [[trope:ImTakingHerHomeWithMe]] would have been correct in that case. If the redirect trope:ImTakingHerHomeWithMe did not exist, then [[trope:ptitleztvf5oz5|I'm Taking Her Home With Me!]] would have been acceptable.
      (For an explanation of what ptitle originally meant, see trope:PunctuatedTitles. The current situation is explained at trope:ThePtitleReplacementSystem.)
    • It is better to link to Kotaku Australia rather than the global (US?) version of Kotaku, because the layout of the former is less JavaScript-heavy and thus more likely to function correctly in a wide range of browsers (especially mobile browsers and screen readers). This applies mainly to archived news; recent news may not appear on Kotaku Australia until after it has been on global Kotaku for a couple days.
    • YouTube linking:
      • TODO: See trope:Earworm from "Note: When posting links to YouTube here..." on down.
      • If you wish to cite a comment on a YouTube video, rather than the video itself, link to an URL of the form http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=[video id], which displays only the comments. (Note: These URLs have changed recently; if you see http://www.youtube.com/comment_servlet?all_comments=1&v=[video id], then that needs to be fixed.) Comments take far less bandwidth than the video, and they're less often blocked for copyright reasons.
      • (this should probably be a note attached to another bullet point, rather than an item of its own:) Please be aware that the two most active editors on this wiki live in the United States, so they will not usually know whether a video is blocked in some other country.
  • The Manual of Style (or a "glossary" section thereof) should explain something about the exclamation-mark notation used to describe character interpretations in fan fiction.
    • The maintainer of the aforementioned page believes the ! notation to be inspired by a line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, but Template:Trope is deprecated; do not use a possible connection with UUCP bang paths. Most likely, TMNT inspired the use to describe character traits while UUCP inspired the use for the setting in which a character is placed. The MOS should mention something about these etymologies.
  • RFC 2119 compliance guidelines (compare User:Eighty5cacao#rfc2119)

Talk namespaces

TV Tropes links to consider

Copyright

Talk:Eloi language

Talk:SUGallery

User talk:Eighty5cacao/Eloi physiology

Template

User

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Unknown

For maintenance reasons, please check on Special:LinkSearch/pinocchio.jk0.org regularly

Copyright

MediaWiki software

  • AbuseFilter extension: Attempting to invoke diff/prev on an abuse filter that has only one revision wrongly displays a message, "You are editing an old version of this filter. The statistics quoted are for the most recent version of the filter. If you save your changes, you will overwrite all changes since the revision you are editing." This is wrong because the (single) revision is the newest; a better message would say something about the absence of a previous revision with which to compare. An example on this wiki is Special:AbuseFilter/history/8/diff/prev/21 (which actually redirects to Special:AbuseFilter/history/8/item/21) as of this edit. I have also noticed this on the English Wikipedia, though I have no corresponding example handy.

The Time Machine

  • What North Korea has to do with the themes of The Time Machine
  • Explain how Weena's characterization is important to the story. Mention specifically:
    • In chapter 5 shortly after the Traveller meets Weena, he is forced to alter his belief that time travel is "serious business":
      But the problems of the world had to be mastered. I had not, I said to myself, come into the future to carry on a miniature flirtation. ... I had as much trouble as comfort from her devotion. Nevertheless she was, somehow, a very great comfort.
    • The Traveller's reaction in chapters 9-10 to Weena's presumed death - close to what TV Tropes describes under Kill The Cutie:
      I knew that both I and Weena were lost, but I determined to make the Morlocks pay for their meat.
      ...I felt the intensest wretchedness for the horrible death of little Weena.
      Some [Eloi] were bathing in exactly the place where I had saved Weena, and that suddenly gave me a keen stab of pain.
      You may imagine how all my calm vanished...I made a sweeping blow in the dark at the [Morlocks] with the levers...
    • Revision history of the epilogue — the Holt edition focuses on the characters of the frame story, while the Heinemann/Atlantic text concludes with Weena's flowers as a symbol of "gratitude and a mutual tenderness"

Video gaming not otherwise classified