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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2520 on: December 28, 2016, 09:51:19 AM »
When browsing this site in the office, does anyone else scroll the page down slightly so the huge, yellow "WAYGOOK" isn't jumping off the page, begging to be seen?  :laugh:

Yes.

Every time :laugh:

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2521 on: December 28, 2016, 09:52:15 AM »
Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, has passed away at the ripe old age of 96.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2522 on: December 28, 2016, 09:59:13 AM »
Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, has passed away at the ripe old age of 96.

RIP

"My heart has joined the thousand for my friend stopped running today."


I rented the movie from the library when I was a child, thinking it was about cute bunnies. I was in for quite the surprise.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2523 on: December 28, 2016, 10:13:53 AM »
Has anyone tried extensive Korean passages in Google Translate since "The Great A.I. Awakening"?
www.nytimes.com/2016/12/14/magazine/the-great-ai-awakening.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

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[HCI Professor Jun Rekimoto] dashed off his own Japanese interpretation of the opening to Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” then ran that passage back through Google into English. He published this version alongside Hemingway’s original, and proceeded to invite his readers to guess which was the work of a machine.
NO. 1:
Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai “Ngaje Ngai,” the House of God. Close to the western summit there is the dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.
NO. 2:
Kilimanjaro is a mountain of 19,710 feet covered with snow and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. The summit of the west is called “Ngaje Ngai” in Masai, the house of God. Near the top of the west there is a dry and frozen dead body of leopard. No one has ever explained what leopard wanted at that altitude.
Even to a native English speaker, the missing article on the leopard is the only real giveaway that No. 2 was the output of an automaton. Their closeness was a source of wonder to Rekimoto, who was well acquainted with the capabilities of the previous service. Only 24 hours earlier, Google would have translated the same Japanese passage as follows:
Kilimanjaro is 19,710 feet of the mountain covered with snow, and it is said that the highest mountain in Africa. Top of the west, “Ngaje Ngai” in the Maasai language, has been referred to as the house of God. The top close to the west, there is a dry, frozen carcass of a leopard. Whether the leopard had what the demand at that altitude, there is no that nobody explained.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2524 on: December 28, 2016, 10:34:01 AM »
Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, has passed away at the ripe old age of 96.

RIP

"My heart has joined the thousand for my friend stopped running today."


I rented the movie from the library when I was a child, thinking it was about cute bunnies. I was in for quite the surprise.
Oh lordy, I remember watching that movie when I was 6 or 7 and I have never gotten over it.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2525 on: December 28, 2016, 12:20:57 PM »
Since my coteacher was being weird to me today and then my boss was being confrontational (sometimes my coteacher asks my boss to talk to me when she doesn't want to, so I suspect they're related) even though they said they'd help me figure out if I need to leave school early to get documents from the hospital, I decided I'd better not ask them.

So I just called the hospital all on my own and after asking if they had anyone who was good at English because I don't know how to properly ask my question in Korean and received a no I barrelled on anyways and conducted this whole conversation in Korean except for the words "reference letter" and by god was it terrifying.

I should write a book "Learn Speaking Confidence by Having No-One to Help You With Your Medical Problems"

Anyways, I have to arrive at the hospital by 4 in order to get copies of my MRI and a reference letter so I need to leave school early. Thank god, in a way, since I am real grumpy today and done with being here.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2526 on: December 28, 2016, 12:45:56 PM »
Since my coteacher was being weird to me today and then my boss was being confrontational (sometimes my coteacher asks my boss to talk to me when she doesn't want to, so I suspect they're related) even though they said they'd help me figure out if I need to leave school early to get documents from the hospital, I decided I'd better not ask them.

So I just called the hospital all on my own and after asking if they had anyone who was good at English because I don't know how to properly ask my question in Korean and received a no I barrelled on anyways and conducted this whole conversation in Korean except for the words "reference letter" and by god was it terrifying.

I should write a book "Learn Speaking Confidence by Having No-One to Help You With Your Medical Problems"

Anyways, I have to arrive at the hospital by 4 in order to get copies of my MRI and a reference letter so I need to leave school early. Thank god, in a way, since I am real grumpy today and done with being here.

Well, good for you for doing that. The only way your Korean will get better is if you try to use it, even though you'll fall flat on your face and be super frustrated a lot.

You can feel proud that you accomplished that. Making appointments is tricky.

I do feel proud. I just have trouble even making phone calls in English so it was scary.

Too bad I'm leaving, I feel like if I stayed here another year I could make some real progress, especially if I continued going out drinking till the wee hours of the morning with my swing dance friends.

Alas. (Not really, I'm so ready to be out of here. Maybe if I totally fail at getting a job back home I'll come back haha)

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2527 on: December 28, 2016, 01:06:03 PM »
On another note, does anyone think it's possible to buy materials for making worms and dirt for 15 students for exactly 13,800 won?

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2528 on: December 28, 2016, 02:04:44 PM »
Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, has passed away at the ripe old age of 96.

RIP

"My heart has joined the thousand for my friend stopped running today."


I rented the movie from the library when I was a child, thinking it was about cute bunnies. I was in for quite the surprise.
Oh lordy, I remember watching that movie when I was 6 or 7 and I have never gotten over it.

Sometimes the library is a bit off the mark in categorizing materials-- I don't think Watership Down belongs in the children's section, hahahah.

My friend works in a public library back home and said that one time they were guffawing over a copy of "Go the F*** to Sleep!" that some elderly librarian apparently listed as a "children's" book.  :laugh:

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2529 on: December 28, 2016, 02:59:33 PM »
On another note, does anyone think it's possible to buy materials for making worms and dirt for 15 students for exactly 13,800 won?

For the entire class?

That might be rather difficult, lol, but it would depend a lot on what materials you plan to use and would have to buy.

Are you going to try for pudding or ice cream?
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2530 on: December 29, 2016, 07:41:59 AM »
On another note, does anyone think it's possible to buy materials for making worms and dirt for 15 students for exactly 13,800 won?

For the entire class?

That might be rather difficult, lol, but it would depend a lot on what materials you plan to use and would have to buy.

Are you going to try for pudding or ice cream?

Pudding

I might just chip in some of my own money to make it happen, though, because I really don't want to plan another day of class lmao

Plus making worms and dirt is literally the only thing that my coteacher who I'm doing camp with gave me positive feedback on

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2531 on: December 29, 2016, 07:51:34 AM »
On another note, does anyone think it's possible to buy materials for making worms and dirt for 15 students for exactly 13,800 won?

For the entire class?

That might be rather difficult, lol, but it would depend a lot on what materials you plan to use and would have to buy.

Are you going to try for pudding or ice cream?

Pudding

I might just chip in some of my own money to make it happen, though, because I really don't want to plan another day of class lmao

Plus making worms and dirt is literally the only thing that my coteacher who I'm doing camp with gave me positive feedback on

Maybe you could calculate roughly how much it'll cost to make worms and dirt and then present the figure to your coT and see if there's some flexibility with budget. Sometimes there's a bit of money floating around. May be worth a shot! If not, you're back to square one anyway

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2532 on: December 29, 2016, 08:02:50 AM »
On another note, does anyone think it's possible to buy materials for making worms and dirt for 15 students for exactly 13,800 won?

For the entire class?

That might be rather difficult, lol, but it would depend a lot on what materials you plan to use and would have to buy.

Are you going to try for pudding or ice cream?

Pudding

I might just chip in some of my own money to make it happen, though, because I really don't want to plan another day of class lmao

Plus making worms and dirt is literally the only thing that my coteacher who I'm doing camp with gave me positive feedback on

Maybe you could calculate roughly how much it'll cost to make worms and dirt and then present the figure to your coT and see if there's some flexibility with budget. Sometimes there's a bit of money floating around. May be worth a shot! If not, you're back to square one anyway

the budget is 58,300 and she's taking 40,000 for a pizza party on the last day  :rolleyes:

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2533 on: December 29, 2016, 08:03:57 AM »
There's a park that's not far from me as the crow flies, but because of the roundabout bus routes it takes an hour to get there. Last night I had a dream that somehow my friends and I accidentally ended up in a space shuttle which blasted off to some planet. When we got back to earth it turns out we landed in this park. It only took 19 minutes to get to that planet and back, and I was furious in my dream, because if I could make a space flight in less than 20 minutes why does it take an hour to get to that park?

Public transportation is great here because it goes everywhere, but the long travel times get old and now it's invading my dreams.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2534 on: December 29, 2016, 08:08:26 AM »
There's a park that's not far from me as the crow flies, but because of the roundabout bus routes it takes an hour to get there. Last night I had a dream that somehow my friends and I accidentally ended up in a space shuttle which blasted off to some planet. When we got back to earth it turns out we landed in this park. It only took 19 minutes to get to that planet and back, and I was furious in my dream, because if I could make a space flight in less than 20 minutes why does it take an hour to get to that park?

Public transportation is great here because it goes everywhere, but the long travel times get old and now it's invading my dreams.

When I was a kid, I would often fly, Peter-Pan-and-Wendy style, in my dreams.  Try that next time you are stuck.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2535 on: December 29, 2016, 08:46:12 AM »
There's a park that's not far from me as the crow flies, but because of the roundabout bus routes it takes an hour to get there. Last night I had a dream that somehow my friends and I accidentally ended up in a space shuttle which blasted off to some planet. When we got back to earth it turns out we landed in this park. It only took 19 minutes to get to that planet and back, and I was furious in my dream, because if I could make a space flight in less than 20 minutes why does it take an hour to get to that park?

Public transportation is great here because it goes everywhere, but the long travel times get old and now it's invading my dreams.

When I was a kid, I would often fly, Peter-Pan-and-Wendy style, in my dreams.  Try that next time you are stuck.

Funny. I often find myself running but never getting very far.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2536 on: December 29, 2016, 08:55:49 AM »
There's a park that's not far from me as the crow flies, but because of the roundabout bus routes it takes an hour to get there. Last night I had a dream that somehow my friends and I accidentally ended up in a space shuttle which blasted off to some planet. When we got back to earth it turns out we landed in this park. It only took 19 minutes to get to that planet and back, and I was furious in my dream, because if I could make a space flight in less than 20 minutes why does it take an hour to get to that park?

Public transportation is great here because it goes everywhere, but the long travel times get old and now it's invading my dreams.

When I was a kid, I would often fly, Peter-Pan-and-Wendy style, in my dreams.  Try that next time you are stuck.

Funny. I often find myself running but never getting very far.



This is seriously the worst, ugh.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2537 on: December 29, 2016, 10:02:55 AM »
Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, has passed away at the ripe old age of 96.

RIP

"My heart has joined the thousand for my friend stopped running today."


I rented the movie from the library when I was a child, thinking it was about cute bunnies. I was in for quite the surprise.
Oh lordy, I remember watching that movie when I was 6 or 7 and I have never gotten over it.

Sometimes the library is a bit off the mark in categorizing materials-- I don't think Watership Down belongs in the children's section, hahahah.

My friend works in a public library back home and said that one time they were guffawing over a copy of "Go the F*** to Sleep!" that some elderly librarian apparently listed as a "children's" book.  :laugh:
Oh absolutely. Cartoons do not always equal children. Also made that mistake with a manga once. >>

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2538 on: December 29, 2016, 10:12:29 AM »
Oh absolutely. Cartoons do not always equal children. Also made that mistake with a manga once. >>

Back when I first discovered anime, I thought it was all DBZ and Sailor Moon kind of stuff.

Imagine my surprise when one of my brother's friends introduced me to a show that he'd described as a magical-girl anime about fighting demons. I think he laughed his ass off for a week at the look of horror on my face after I realized what kind of "fighting" was involved and that this was no kid's cartoon. xD

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2539 on: December 29, 2016, 10:14:44 AM »
Oh absolutely. Cartoons do not always equal children. Also made that mistake with a manga once. >>

Back when I first discovered anime, I thought it was all DBZ and Sailor Moon kind of stuff.

Imagine my surprise when one of my brother's friends introduced me to a show that he'd described as a magical-girl anime about fighting demons. I think he laughed his ass off for a week at the look of horror on my face after I realized what kind of "fighting" was involved and that this was no kid's cartoon. xD
Yeah, I stumbled upon some of the guy on guy type once thinking it was just a regular sports anime. Always made sure to look into them more after that, haha.