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  1. Crazy Counting Guy

    Mon. Oct. 28, 2019 Grace: 883 Tedd: 769 Wed. Oct. 30, 2019 Grace: 884 Tedd: 770 Susan: 519 Diane: 213 Fri. Nov. 1, 2019 Tedd: 771 Susan: 520 Diane: 214 Grace: 885 Mon. Nov. 4, 2019 Ellen: 689 Sarah: 686 Justin: 449 Susan: 521 Diane: 215 Wed. Nov. 6, 2019 Susan: 522 Diane: 216 Nanase: 608 Ellen: 690 Elliot: 963 Ashley: 212 Sarah: 687 Justin: 450 Grace: 886 Fri. Nov. 8, 2019 Diane: 217 Susan: 523 Grace: 887 Sarah: 688 Tedd: 772 Mon. Nov. 11, 2019 Diane: 218 Sarah: 689 Tedd: 773 Ellen: 691 Justin: 451 Elliot: 964 Grace: 888 Wed. Nov. 13, 2019 Diane: 219 Tedd: 774 Susan: 524 Ellen: 692 Sarah: 690 Ashley: 213 Fri. Nov. 15, 2019 Diane: 220 Ashley: 214 Tedd: 775 Elliot: 965 Justin: 452 Susan: 525 Sarah: 691 Grace: 889 *The back of Nanase's head is insufficient Mon. Nov. 18, 2019 Tedd: 776 Ashley: 215 Diane: 221 Nanase: 609 Ellen: 693 Wed. Nov. 20, 2019 Ashley: 216 Diane: 222 Tedd: 777 Elliot: 966 Susan: 526 Sarah: 692 **If there's anyone out there who still considers the main cast to consist of only 8 instead of 10, may I direct your attention to this storyline right here. FULL COUNT
  2. This Day In History

    On November 19 in History: 1095 - "Go out there and get me that Holy Land!" ~Pope Urban II at the Council of Clermont 1703 - Death of The Man in the Iron Mask, a French prisoner of over thirty years about whom very little is known and whose name might have been Eustache Dauger. He didn't actually wear an iron mask, but "The Man in the Velvet Mask" lacks a certain air of mystery and just doesn't have the same ring to it. 1863 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers a two minute speech he wrote on a cocktail napkin on the way over at a cemetery dedication ceremony in Gettysburg and goes down in history for it. The guy before him was the keynote speaker and spoke for two hours. His name is not important enough for me to remember. 1912 - With the capture of the city of Bitola by the Serbian army, five centuries of Ottoman rule in Macedonia comes to an end. Excuse me, NORTH Macedonia. I wouldn't want to alienate the expansive Greek readers who care way too much about stuff that doesn't matter at all demographic. 1917 - Birth of future Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi. No relation. 1959 - Ford announces it's not going to make the Edsel anymore. And there was much rejoicing. 1969 - Pete Conrad and Alan Bean are the third and fourth human beings to walk on the moon, respectively. That's still amazing and why aren't they household names too? Only twelve people in human history have ever done this. 1975 - Death of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. Good thing he set things up in advance to have King Juan Carlos carry on his fascist regime, eh? 1998 - The U.S. House of Representatives begin impeachment hearings against president Bill Clinton. There are a lot of solid quotes from prominent Republicans of the time such as Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell about why this is absolutely necessary. Give 'em a read; it's great fun. 2006 - Nintendo releases the Wii, perhaps its first console with a name completely impervious to juvenile jokes and puns. 2017 - Death of Charles Manson. I try not to say this too often - sanctity of human life and all - but good riddance.
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    On November 18 in History: 326 - Consecration of the old St. Peter's Basilica. Wait for it... 401 - Alaric I and his Visigoths cross the Alps into Italy. This is not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it is A beginning. Of an end. 701 - Birth of Itzam Kʼan Ahk II, future ruler of the Mayan city now known as Piedras Negras. We know a good deal of what he did and what he built, but almost nothing about him personally aside from his name, and I don't even know what it means. 1095 - Pope Urban II calls a club meeting at Clermont in Auvergne, Aquitaine. On the docket: Helping the Byzantine Emperor, Taking Back the Holy Land. Not necessarily in that order. 1210 - Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV is excommunicated by Pope Innocent III. Daddy and Other Daddy are fighting! 1247 - Supposed death date of legendary outlaw Robin Hood, though in all fairness this one is rather difficult to pin down, owing chiefly to the fact that Robin could have been any one of roughly half a dozen different men, an amalgamation or some or all of them, or an entirely made up character who never existed at all. Why a date of death for such a man is even attempted in the first place is beyond me. 1302 - Pope Boniface VIII issues the bull Unam Sanctam, which lays out the necessity of belonging to the Catholic Church to achieve salvation, the total spiritual supremacy of the Pope over said Church, and therefore one must submit to the Pope in order to attain salvation. How convenient. 1626 - Consecration of the new St. Peter's Basilica. Now with more opulence! 1803 - The former slaves of Haiti, under Jean Jacques Dessalines, kick out the French for good at the Battle of Vertières. There's no concern they might try to come back, either; they currently have bigger problems to worry about. 1863 - Danish king Christian IX signs a new constitution declaring that the Duchy of Schleswig belongs to Denmark. Germany disagrees. 1872 - Fifteen American women, among them Susan B. Anthony, are arrested for the terrible, heinous crime of voting. 1883 - Railroads in the U.S. and Canada create time zones, ensuring that folks on the east coast will always be able to spoil the latest Game of Thrones episode for unwitting west coasters. 1905 - Prince Karl of Denmark becomes King of Norway, and changes his name to Haakon VII in the process because why not. 1916 - BEF Commander Douglas Haig gives up the Battle of the Somme as a bad job after 141 days nets an advance of 10 km. His decisive action will likely save untold thousands, if the over a million casualties incurred to this point are any indication. 1918 - Latvia declares itself independent from Russia. "Lol, sure, sure." ~Russia 1928 - Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks release the animated short "Steamboat Willie", starring their creation Mickey Mouse. It is the first cartoon with fully synchronized sound and groundbreaking doesn't begin to cover it. Guess which one of them ends up taking most of the credit. Hint: It's not the guy you've never heard of. 1939 - Birth of Margaret Atwood. Should she be celebrated for boldly depicting the logical extremes of patriarchal fundamentalists, or decried for giving them ideas? 1968 - Owen Wilson is born. Wow! 1971 - Oman declares independence from the United Kingdom. It's just the fashionable thing to do these days. 1993 - South Africa approves a new constitution that lets everyone vote regardless of skin color, meaning that the whole country will no longer be subject to the whims of a minority of the population. Meanwhile, the U.S. is still using the Electoral College. 2003 - The Supreme Court of Massachusetts rules that same-sex couples can legally marry, and the state is required to recognize such marriages. I feel a snowball coming on, y'all.
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    On November 17 in History: 9 - Birth of future Roman emperor Vespasian. He will be the second in a row (and overall) whose name begins with V, but certainly not the last. Look, I'm trying my best here. 375 - Death of Emperor Valentinian I. See? What'd I tell ya? V guys all over the place. 794 - Japanese emperor Kanmu moves his capital from Nara to Heian, called Kyōto today (literally "capital city", which of course it no longer is). "Build me a city like that guy from Tang has." 1292 - John Baliol becomes King of Scotland with the blessing of Edward I of England. I'll let you guess how well that goes over. 1558 - "Bloody" Mary I of England (a Catholic) dies and is replaced by her half-sister Elizabeth I (a Protestant). It's like spamming the "redo" button after you just hit "undo" a whole bunch of times. 1810 - At the demand of Napoleon, Sweden declares war on Great Britain. There will be no fighting and Sweden will allow Britain to "occupy" the island of Hanö, meaning their trading relationship is not affected in any way. 1831 - Ecuador and Venezuela break away from Gran Colombia. "It's not you; it's us. We should all totally still have matching flags, though." 1869 - Good news, everyone! We don't have to sail all the way around Africa anymore! 1938 - Look, I've got other things I've gotta take care of, so why don't we just agree to pretend I wrote a long, meandering, lyrical tale that ends with the birth of Gordon Lightfoot. 1942 - Martin Scorsese is born. I mean sure, some people might be into that sort of thing, but back in my day, people really made new little human beings, you know? They put their hearts and souls into it. You just don't see that with babies these days. 1973 - Richard Nixon announces to hundreds of reporters in Orlando, "I am not a crook." Narrator: "He was a crook." 1978 - The Star Wars Holiday Special does not air, because there is no such thing and never was. Moving on. Fighting the frizzies at 11. 1981 - Doug Walker is born. You know, that guy with the glasses.
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    You're right. What I meant was that Nixon was the closest to an example of a president who tried to put himself above the law.
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    Also worth noting is that Nixon, the closest to an actual example, was a Republican.
  7. This Day In History

    On November 16 in History: 42 BCE - Birth of future Roman Emperor Tiberius. He'll be the first of many to inherit the title, and also the first of many to not really do anything with it. 1043 - New King of England Edward the Confessor takes all treasure, land, and freedom of movement from his powerful mother, Emma of Normandy, wife of two previous kings and mother of yet another. "No Norman will hold sway over England whilst I am king!" 1272 - Prince Edward Longshanks becomes King Edward Longshanks of England despite being on crusade and thus not actually in England. He'll get there eventually. He will be called Edward I despite being the fourth King of England named Edward. Medieval politics make very little sense. 1532 - Francisco Pizarro to Incan emperor Atahualpa at the Battle of Cajamarca: "Gotcha!" 1776 - The Dutch Republic recognizes the independence of the United States, a fledgling republic breaking away from a powerful monarchy. Weird. I wonder what their motives are. 1836 - Birth of Kalākaua, future King of Hawai'i. Dang, I'll never get to say that again. 1849 - Fyodor Dostoyevsky is sentenced to death as Punishment for the Crime of advancing ideas related to social reform. He gets better. 1914 - The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank opens. Andrew Jackson rolls over in his grave. Haha, wait'll he finds out they put him on the 20. 1952 - Upon the birth of Miyamoto Shigeru, his grandfather tucks a blanket into his crib and says, "It's dangerous to go alone. Take this." 1990 - Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award when it is revealed they did not actually sing on their album. Geez, the hoops they make artists jump through these days.
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    This is demonstrably false. Regardless, could we maybe keep the political discussion to the Political Discussion Thread?
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    On November 14 in History: 565 - Death of Byzantine emperor Justinian I, the last high water mark of Roman civilization. It's all downhill from here, folks. Strap in; it's gonna take a while. 1840 - Birth of Claude Monet. His features are indistinct, but he gives of the general impression of a baby. 1886 - German inventor Friedrich Soennecken develops the hole puncher, which is exactly what it says on the tin. It's a slow news day. 1918 - The newly independent Czechoslovakia becomes a republic. Not gonna lie; they are not ideally placed geographically for this. 1922 - A broadcasting company in Britain begins its radio service. The only thing now is figuring out what they should call themselves. 1922 again - Birth of future UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, son of Yusuf Buotros Ghali, son of Boutros Ghali. 1960 - Four federal marshals have to escort a little girl named Ruby Bridges to her first day of elementary school in New Orleans because white people. 1975 - Spain relinquishes control of Spanish Sahara - hereafter called Western Sahara - and bequeaths it to Morocco and Mauritania. Not consulted: the inhabitants of Western Sahara. 1977 - Death of Abhaya Caranāravinda Bhaktivedānta Svāmi Prabhupada, founder of the Hare Krishna movement. 5000+ years of recorded human history, plus however many tens of thousands before that, and we're still making new religions. 2013 - Death of Hindi children's literature author Hari Krishna Devsare. No relation.
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    IPA is actually pretty easy to read once you get the hang of it. A large part of that of course being that it's based on the Latin alphabet, which gives us an unfair advantage. Though also, as a Linguistics major, I too have an unfair advantage, as I had to learn to transcribe speech directly into IPA, so I have a lot of practice. You are of course right in your observation that readers tend to look at and associate meaning to whole words as a unit rather than as a collection of sounds. This is a known and documented phenomenon. The msot fmauos elpxmae is the ppuoalr doniometsarn of how wrdos rimean lgeilbe wehn sraclbmed as lnog as the fsrit and lsat lrtetets raimen the smae. Hangul is great as a system. In practice, however, Koreans leave out just as many of the written sounds as we English speakers do. It's quite frustrating when you're trying to learn, he said, using one of the most notoriously difficult orthographies in the Western world. I actually had this conversation with a friend of mine on Facebook, who has taken to writing all his status updates in IPA (though neither he nor anyone else can read them except for me and at least one other person I've seen. He uses a converter, and recently accidentally used one for RP British English and didn't notice until I pointed it out). His argument is that written language should reflect spoken language, and that words should be written how people actually say them. My argument was that while there is certainly merit in simplifying a lot of our orthography, dialectical variations will always make a purely phonetic alphabet impractical and unfeasible outside of academic settings, as he inadvertently proved.
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    On November 13 in History: 1002 - Æthelred II "The Unready" orders the death of every Dane in England. I can't see this going south in any possible way. 1312 - Birth of Edward III, the last English king before the line starts to go all screwy. 1460 - Death of Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator, who never actually went anywhere. 1887 - Police and Irish protesters clash in a violent way in London in the original Bloody Sunday. Accept no substitutions. 1947 - The Soviet Union completes their development of a new rifle called the AK-47. Only time will tell whether or not its use will catch on. 1955 - Caryn Elaine Johnson is born as a result of her parents making Whoopi. 1956 - U.S. Supreme Court to Alabama re: segregated buses: "Yeah, you can't do that." 1989 - Start of the reign of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein. Everyone is briefly reminded that they're a thing.
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    On November 12 in History: 1028 - Zoë Porphyrogenita, daughter of Byzantine emperor Constantine VIII and niece to Basil II, becomes empress-consort to Romanos III Argyros. The "consort" part is only temporary, I can assure you. 1035 - Death of Cnut the Great. I don't really have a joke; I'm just a big fan of his. 1817 - Bahá'u'lláh is born. The Jesus to the Báb's John the Baptist. The Mohammed to his Jesus. The Alexander to his Philip II. The Augustus to his Caesar. The AOC to his Bernie. Look, you get the idea. 1912 - George I of Greece triumphantly enters the newly liberated Thessaloniki after 482 years under Ottoman rule. Is this the return of the Byzantine monarchy we've waited so long for? 1927 - Stalin forces Trotsky to leave his own party. Not cool, bro. 1970 - The Oregon Highway Division blows up a whale. It doesn't really make much sense in context, either. 1982 - Birth of Anne Hathaway. The Hollywood actress, not the wife of Shakespeare. Though I suppose the date may have given that away. 1990 - Akihito is crowned emperor of Japan. As of me typing this, he's still alive, so we're still allowed to call him that. 1991 - Indonesian soldiers open fire on and kill over 200 East Timorese independence demonstrators in the capital of Dili. "Oh shit, you guys, the optics on this are not gonna be good." 2011 - Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi resigns, not in disgrace, because that would require him to have shame. "I'll be back. Again," he says. 2018 - Stan Lee dies, but he will live on forever in our hearts, and in his characters who will continue to print money for Disney until the end of time.
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    It's been busy around here and I've missed a couple of days. On November 8 in History: 1519 - Moctezuma throws a great big party to welcome Hernán Cortés as the latter enters the city of Tenochtitlán. This looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. 1605 - Robert Catesby, ringleader of the infamous Gunpowder Plot, is shot and killed in a raid at Holbeche House in Staffordshire. His death is not ritualistically recreated every year, as his face doesn't make for a good mask. 1644 - The Shunzhi Emperor, who is six years old, becomes the first Qing emperor to actually rule China when he is enthroned in Beijing. A bit presumptuous of his two predecessors to call themselves emperors then, isn't it? 1745 - Charles Edward Stuart, a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Charlie, invades England with a Jacobite army of 5,000. Ish. I'm sure it'll go swimmingly. 1884 - Hermann Rorschach is born in Zurich. No one can agree on what he looks like. 1923 - Adoph Hitler and the Nazis attempt and fail to overthrow the German government. Whew. Dodged a bullet there. 1936 - Francisco Franco and his fascist troops attempt and fail to capture the Spanish capital of Madrid. Whew. Dodged another bullet there. 1939 - Adolph Hitler literally dodges a bullet - well, a bomb - when Georg Elser tries to blow him up during a speech in Munich celebrating the anniversary of the Beer Hall Putcsh, mentioned above. It won't be the last time. He's a slippery bugger. 1965 - The United Kingdom abolishes the death penalty. A long list of exceptions applies. 1974 - Kishimoto Masashi is born with a nine-tailed fox sealed within him. 2002 - The U.N. tells Saddam Hussein to disarm Iraq or face "serious consequences". That is ominously vague.
  14. Political Discussion Thread (READ FIRST POST)

    Hmm, interesting. Because all reports seem to indicate that neither he nor his son did anything wrong whatsoever. Please provide any contrary evidence you have so that I can see where you're coming from.
  15. Political Discussion Thread (READ FIRST POST)

    You mean Joe Biden who does not currently work in government and has literally no power to do that?