In Spoken English class today, we had a crazy amount of sibilant exercises. (I swear, if I hear the word "sibilant" one more time, I will pull out all my hair.) And one of the sentences we had to read and RECORD (horror!!) and listen to and then read and record again was: Sean's shiny shoes were made of shark skin.
I tried to read and record it, but when I listened to the tape, there were mostly just giggles and snorts. Like, "Sean... teeheehee... shoes... pfffft", and so on. Thank you for this, TSN.
And, it gets even better (worse?). In English communication, we talked about social networking sites and things. This is what happened:
The girl leading the discussion: In the very beginning, Facebook was actually a website where people could rate womens's looks.
Everyone else: Oh my gosh, really????
Me: Facemash. You're talking about Facemash. It's not really the same thing.
The girl leading the discussion: ...umm.
Everyone else: ...
Teacher: *points his pencil at me* You've seen the movie, haven't you?
I'm not even on Facebook and I still know more about it than the rest of the class. And then people say you can't learn things by watching movies all day. Ha.
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Ooooh... Good question. Let's see. In list form, and in no particular order:
Penguins of Madagascar
How I Met Your Mother
The Amazing Race
The Cleveland Show
American Dad (All three of these rank the same in my heart)
...Yeah. That's about it. Huh.
I got a couple.
Parks and Rec.
Ahh Real Monsters.
My name is Earl.
I'm starting to watch Always sunny.
I love thunder and lightnings ^^ when it's such a weather, we switch off all our things and light candles... it has a feeling ^^ or when it starts at night, I really like to watch the lightnings trough my shutters and listen to the thunders ^^
the other is spring - I love it, when the snow is melting and the flowers and trees start to bloom ^^ it's the most beautiful! ^^
Crisp, fall weather. ^ ^ I love that day where its a blue sky with fluffy clouds, cool with a soft breeze, enough for a hoodie but not cold, with the leaves changing. Love that weather.
(Too bad most of the time I'm at school during this time of year and we're lacking in trees here yo)
Moon Palace by Paul Auster. A lot of things about life, destiny, choices... and as things happened, this book was one of the reason I chosed to study English. As fate would have it, we actually studied it in 2nd year.
Le voyageur sans bagage d'Anouilh. It influenced all of my writing ever since, and also my views on life... are you what life made of you, or are you more than just the sum of your memories? And mostly, when everything is lost, how do you start over?
The Dark Tower by Stephen King. Once again, so many things... made me fantasize over parallel worlds, among many other things. Starting over, too. What brings people together. I spent years trying to find that door...
I should probably also mention HP and Thanatonautes and The Long Walk and so many others but...
On another topic, I just wrote 2 pages about Draco. yes, Draco. I feel soiled. Nevermind, he'll pay!
Shadow chapter soon, I promise!
1. No classes = more procrastination from doing the homework I was supposed to do before hearing the news
2. It's very breezy = no need for aircon
3. Staying up real late (like now) isn't as scary because the sound of drops of rain calms my paranoia.
4. No classes
Although it is also the time when certain bugs keep popping out. Bugs I do not really enjoy being with within a 2-m radius.
Because I've just soaked myself in the rain and feel refreshed
I didn't dance in the rain, but I did sing in the rain~
Because I rarely saw the rainbow and even if I saw it, it's not as amazing as in the movie. While the rain is always the same whether in the real life or in the movie
It's in the movie, trust me
Because I can show off my jacket -- and also the hood
Look, it's not raining so I can't show off the hood
And for many reasons, but the most important thing is...
Because of this person
Please trust me, it's just another random midnight post . As well as my attempt to improve English in a fun way.
Don't take it way seriously because I prefer JYJ over Rain
And no, I'm not going to translate it. :p
Apakah yang kau tangkap dari suara hujan, dari daun-daun bugenvil basah yang teratur mengetuk jendela?
Apakah yang kau tangkap dari bau tanah, dari ricik air yang turun di selokan?
Ia membayangkan hubungan gaib antara tanah dan hujan,
membayangkan rahasia daun basah serta ketukan yang berulang.
Tak ada. Kecuali bayang-bayangmu sendiri yang di balik pintu memimpikan ketukan itu,
memimpikan sapa pinggir hujan,
memimpikan bisik yang membersit dari titik air
menggelincir dari daun dekat jendela itu.
Atau memimpikan semacam suku kata yang akan mengantarmu tidur.
Barangkali sudah teralu sering ia mendengarnya,
dan tak lagi mengenalnya.
I just love when It's all rainy outside and I'm all snuggled in my blankets
Whatching scary movies. That sounds like a perfect day to me. Most
people love when it's all sunny outside and hot. But if it's all hot and shit
outside, you wont see me. I absolutly hate the sun. Maybe thats why i'm so
pale? Maybe. :3
This question was like made for me.
Hands down, Glee.
I may be a tad bit emotional invested in one of the characters, and I might be slightly tip toeing that line bewteen dedicated fan and crazy ass stalker for the actor. Maybe... probably... Honestly I'm in New Mexico, I can't stalk anyone famous all the way out here so I just like to pretend that I do. I more walk the line of obessive fan and "crazy cat lady that doesn't have cats so she needs something to fill her time" if uh that made sense. Glee's on tonight though, so that means dinner night at my mom's house! Woot Woot!
The Playboy Club is dreadful but Pan Am looks like a promising, light-hearted piece of retro froth; we'll see. I'm a complete sucker for retro shows.
My favorite show that's currently on would be True Blood! Too bad I don't get HBO! lol
I also love Covert Affairs, Chopped, and What Not to Wear. Oh, and New Girl looks like it's gonna be really good, too! Walking Dead is pretty entertaining, also. How's that for variety?
My all-time favorite show, however, would be La Femme Nikita, with Battlestar Galactica coming in a very very close second. LOST is definitely up there, too!
Wow, boring entry is boring. Heh.
Было много различных ситуаций,особенно в молодости, доходило до курьёзов. Начинаешь заступаться, а тебе его друзья и подруги говорят-не лезь, не твое дело. Бывало заступался так, что и самому перепадало, ходил потом с синяками. А бывало-неплохо, потом благодарили, и говорили-Вася, ты крутой! :)
Right now it's a toss up between the Identification Discovery channel which features true crime shows 24/7 and the new Pan Am show which premiered last Sunday on ABC.
I am hooked on my true crime shows even with the re-runs. I learn something new even when I watch those. I've become an expert on forensic testimony. I can now determine whether the angle of a blood splatter determines whether a death was a homicide or a suicide. I've learned about gun power residue spittle on a person's clothing being an indicator of guilt (fertilizer used in gardening seems to be a common excuse among criminals to explain away the gun soot residue on clothes). Best of all, I am now in awe of the infallibility of DNA evidence. I have yet to see a show where a lab botches the chain of evidence. DNA is a finger marker of crime just as much as finger prints. Just as we all have our unique set of finger prints so are we each marked with individual DNA markers. Yes, we are special just as snow flakes.
What surprises me in these shows are the perpetrators of the crimes. Very rarely are crimes committed by strangers but usually more by someone known by the victim, usually a spouse, more rarely a child. Patricide is a very poignant crime as I can picture the child toddling around as a baby imprinting on the parents, believing they can do no wrong, loving them unconditionally, only to be changed into monsters in their teens years. And it is not true that these teens always murder their parents due to family abuse. The reasons for these crimes of patricide are sometimes as simple as parents trying to keep two lovers apart. My favorite shows are when citizens use vigilante justice in the face of police helplessness. The courts punish vigilante justice harshly but it is necessary at times and it's better that the perpetrator be in prison than dead.
These shows are very low key with the violence and gore, ironically. They are rated PG with viewer discretion warned. Curse words are bleeped out and re-enactments of crimes attempt to show as little gore as possible although blood is shown as necessary but tastefully.
However, my complaint about Identification Discovery is that it follows too much of a formulaic script and it follow the biography exclusively of that of the victim where I itch to know more of the psychological make up of the criminal and what in the criminal's background pushed him to a life of crime. For a more thorough examination of the life of the criminal and a good psychological forensic examination, I recommend the Biography channel which examines the lives of gangsters and other such ilk
My new favorite show is Pan Am which premiered yesterday. It's written in the format of Mad Men - which show I quickly lost interest because of its long hiatus between seasons. I hope Pan Am doesn't suffer this same fate. It appears to be set in the 1960s. I loved the costumes of the Clipper stewardesses and watched in amazement how one stewardess was grounded for failing to wear her girdle. The head stewardess would snap the girdle in the back of the stewardesses to make sure they were in "perfect" uniform. They also had weekly weigh in sessions and the usual affairs with the pilots (who looked all of 12 to this 47 year old) and married men. There was was a lip biting scene of the Bay of Pigs invasion when the Pan Am flight crew attempted to board as many Cuban political prisoners as possible into their plane. I love the lush costuming of the show and the variety of countries used as backdrops. The clipper names of the Pan Am flights also reminded me of a romantic bygone era when I flew an Pan Am airbus as a child to Mexico where I kept my mother company in the upstairs lounge while listening to the tinkling of a piano player. If but only the return of the airbuses were possible in the U.S.
The most poignant scene in the show which taught me a lot about grace was the scene in which a French stewardess casually brushed off her affair with a married passenger. The wife decided to befriended the stewardess and chatted her up a bit until her nervous husband asked for a martini re-fill. The stewardess made a comment about the drawing of a plane the wife's little son had created and remarked how he was a budding artist. At the conclusion of the flight, the wife asked the stewardess to accompany her back to her seat where she had left her purse. The stewardess noticed that the son had also left his drawing but the wife, with the gentlest of grace told the stewardess, "No, you keep it. Let it be a reminder for you to never sleep with married men." My jaw dropped and instantly this woman became my inspiration for kind grace and I was hooked. I'll be watching next Sunday.
It's taken me a while to get here lol cuz I have SO many. But I also think that the lyrics that hit home are a snapshot of your life too.
"You were my conscience. So solid, now you're like water. And we started drowning, not like we'd sink any farther. But I let my heart go, It's somewhere down at the bottom. But I'll get a new one and come back for the hope that you've stolen."--'Monster' by Paramore
I LOVE Paramore and I just love that song. I think it speaks volumes you know? Especially right now.
"Everything was perfect 'til the train went right off the rail, like we were passed out asleep at the wheel. When you know you've lost it, there's no one in control and you will find yourself too high, better try just letting go."--'The Way Down' by The White Tie Affair
I used to listen to this song ALL the time and I still love it. The song itself is amazing but I think this is just deep.
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so there you have it.
Been watching Glee a lot lately, that's a little....sad to admit though.
It's like...prime season for all the cooking competition shows though; Top Chef, Chopped and all those other fun ones that I watch when I'm not busy.
Which is usually four in the morning, but the DVR is useful for these things, and Hector is asleep by then so he doesn't have to suffer through my sitting on the couch in my boxers chewing through popcorn and cold pizza while I watch people cook.
I find it amusing that if you were to ask me this last year, I would've said "none, I don't watch TV." That's changed in 2011. Kind of. Now, I'm in the middle of several series, though only a couple are ones I actually watch on TV. Those two would be The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones - the latter being my answer to the question. Through the joys of Netflix, though, I've been able to enjoy Firefly and Doctor Who, which were two shows I had been meaning to watch for a long time. I'm very happy that I did eventually take the plunge on both accounts as both shows are an absolute joy to watch. I'm now in the second season of the modern run of Doctor Who and I plan on starting the spin-off Torchwood soon as well.
I've recently watched the first season of Soul Eater which was moderately entertaining. I was about to stop watching but then Crona and Medusa showed up. I like the premise of weapon and meister. I think there's a lot of interesting ideas that can come up through that dynamic and I'd like the show to explore it. I'm not holding my breath, though, and I'm not certain how long I'll watch the show. I get easily turned off by this sort of anime. I'm encouraged by the fact that it has an end, however. That means there's less of a chance to go off the rails completely.
I noted before that I was going to implement huge changed to my language after posting that mini-grammar. However, as I read over that post, I began to like what I saw again. Then, as an experiment, I began to translate the first page of A Game of Thrones. The vocabulary went well, but the syntax... sigh. It was kind of a mess and I don't think I was ready for that. I ran up against major problems after a few sentences. The large overarching problem is with the grammatical markers. The system just isn't very flexible.
If there's one thing I've learned in my research for this project, it's that natural languages are extremely flexible. Most of the grammar we use is very imprecise and it's up to us to figure out the meaning. The simple word "and" for example actually can mean many, many things. I didn't realize just how beautiful "and" was until I took a gander at the constructed language Lojban which has dozens of words that would translate to "and."
I'm kind of stuck now at a crossroads. Simple, straightforward sentences are something Van Narvadæsi can handle fine - I can even ask questions in it - the more complex stuff, however... not so much. Now, for the purpose of how I am going to be using this language, that's actually probably more than enough. Rarely will I ever have a full sentence in the language. It's the vocabulary that I'll be using. So do I say "that's that" and get on with the rest of the project in earnest, or do I continue on until everything is worked out?
I know that I'm not going to be truly satisfied with the language until I can do everything I want to do in it. Therefore, I'm going to continue. There is, however, no reason why I can't apply what I've done already. So, I'm shifting gears. The work on the language will continue, but it will (hopefully) be less intense and will take second place to the larger world-building and (most difficult of all) storytelling. I think that, for someone who had no former knowledge of linguistics, I've accomplished quite a lot in the past few months. I expect this one language project will likely take years to "complete," and it doesn't help that I have ideas for another language churning in my head. (Though that one may be a little easier since it's more conventional.)
Doctor Who is getting pretty epic, looking like it's going to be an amazing finish.
The Fades only just started but i'm loving the tone it's set.
Spooks is in it's final series and it's always exceptionally good.
QI it's QI man, very funny.
Hey, wait a minute, I remember answering this one before. Man, they are sure running out of questions. Don't believe I answered this one before? Go to my archives. I believe it was in 2010, or 09.
To answer this question, I like king of the hill, cathouse, simpsons, but not much of a television watcher anyways.
Sunshine. Blue skies. Cool breeze. 70-ish temperature.
But, I love this quote about weather. It reminds me to look for the good in every season and storm of life...
"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." ~John Ruskin
Too many shows I love to list one favorite.
Most recent addition to the list? Doctor Who
Other than that, in no particular order: Chuck, NCIS, The Mentalist, White Collar, Psych, Royal Pains, Hawaii 5-0, Top Gear, the list goes on and on...
There have been a few others recently that have caught my attention but not all of them will last. I liked Flashpoint as it was one of the few shows filmed in Canada that the story was actually set here. Most like Supernatural that are filmed in Canada pretend that they are in the US.
The entire Harry Potter series. It where the ones who really made me hooked on reading. It where the ones I first read in english, and the ones who opened my eyes to the fantasr world and writing. They really helped improve my english. They defined my childhood, and they still do, even though I'm not a child anymore. They gave me a place to escape when life got too difficult.
Thirteen reasons why it really gave me something to think about. We need to think about how we treat others.
Den lille prins it's a danish book, but my aunt used to read it to my when I was little. In english it's named The little Prince
I like paranormal/supernatural type shows. Usually catch Ghost Hunters or Destination Truth if it's on. That new show Paranormal Witness is kinda neat.
I watch a lot of anime. Naruto Shippuuden is my regular anime.
Food network shows...
You know....the usual.