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Peeter Joot
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Programmer, dad, physics and math student. Prone to fits of geekdom, athleticism, and silliness.
Programmer, dad, physics and math student. Prone to fits of geekdom, athleticism, and silliness.

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Lots of good tricks here!

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From http://englishspellingproblems.blogspot.ca/2015/01/the-english-spelling-system.html

If English spelling was like the best European ones, such as Finnish or Estonian, its 44 sounds would have just one spelling, as in the box below which shows just one common spelling for the 44 English sounds and a word with each.
1. a   -  at
2. ai   - aim 
3. air - airport
4. ar  - arm
5. au - August
6. b   -  bed
7. c   -  cat
8. ch  - chip
9. d   -  dad  
10. e   -  egg
11. er  - her
12. ee  - eel
13. f  - fish
14. g - garden
15. h - house
16.  i   -  in
17.  ie  - pie
18.  j   -  jam
19. l   -  lip
20. m  - mum
21. n   - nose
22. -ng - ring
23. o  -  on 
24. oe  - toe
25. oi   - oil
26. oo  - food*
27. oo -  good*
28. or - order
29. ou  - out
30. p   -  pin
31. r   -  run
32. s   -  sun
33. sh - shop
34. t   -  top
35. th  - this*
36. th - thing*
37.  u   -  up
38.  ue  - cue
39.  v   -  van
40.  w  -  wind
41.  y   -  yes
42.  z   -  zip
43. si  - vision  (zh)
44.Unstressed half-vowel - father, invite
*No Finnish letters ever have more than one sound. So if English spelling was as regular as Finnish, it would also have different spellings for short and long /oo/ (unlike 'good food'), and for sharp and soft /th/ (this thing).

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Interesting podcast on Britian's current attempt to ramp up their anti-free-speech laws.

http://themindrenewed.com/episodes/2014-15/755-ep022

The gem in this podcast is a reading from a chapter on a book containing interviews from Germans who recall the incremental steps that led to ever more totalitarian controls.  I was struck with the observation that it was the war itself that was used as the cover for the concentration camps.  I knew that the US had used the war as a justification for its Japanese camps, but for some reason it never occurred to me that the Nazis would have played the same game.

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140120085058.htm

I wonder if Dad sleeping with the TV on all those years accelerated the smoking related cancers that eventually took him out. 
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