June 2008 archive

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June 30, 2008

So viele verschiedene Arten Spatzen! (Montag/Lunes)

Language Week(Ich wünschte, ich könnte schreiben diesem Post in den Sprachen Deutsch, aber ich kann nicht sprechen diese Sprache überhaupt, so bin ich mit Google Translate Ihnen sagen, dass ich werde schreiben, die Post in spanischer Sprache statt.)

En los programas de televisión y las peliculas, los estudiantes que estudien en el extranjero no son serios. Por ejemplo, Shannon en el programa "Lost" dice que pasó un año en Paris, pero no habla francés por que ella se emborracharon y no estudio. Lamentablemente, esta es una opinión típico de los estudios en el extranjero y tengo que luchar contra esta creencia todos los días.

Cuando vi este episodio del programa "30 Rock", estaba nerviosa. Liz Lemon dice que participó en muchas fiestas cuando estaba en Alemania. De nuevo el problema de los estudios en el extranjero! Pero, debo confiar en Liz Lemon, por que estaba una mentira. Ella no participó en muchas fiestas; estaba seria y pasó mucho tiempo aprendiendo en los museos.

Liz Lemon es un model por los estudiantes en el extranjero! Deseo que todos mis estudiantes pasan su tiempo en los museos, buscando a los gorriones.

Liz Lemon, you're my hero.
Los artículos de lunes: ¡Dígame si usted ha escrito un artículo para La Semana de Los Idiomas hoy dia!

[click below for translation]

srah | 12:12 PM
Tags: 30 rock, in german, in spanish, language week, memes, study abroad

June 25, 2008

I'm not what you'd call a zombie connoisseur

Jennie! and Heather Anne have already done this and I thought I would take a crack:

You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You have:
  1. One weapon.
  2. One song blasting on the speakers.
  3. One famous person to fight alongside you.

Weapon can be real or fictional; you may assume endless ammo if applicable. Person can be real or fictional.

  1. Weapon: Super-deadly zombie head-exploding gas, which has no effect on living humans. It is very potent and spreads with the wind. We have an endless supply of canisters of this gas, which will kill the zombies before they even get anywhere near us. I do not want to see any zombies!
  2. Song: Yakety Sax. And I hope that the zombie head-exploding gas makes the zombies lumber at high speed before they explode, just to make the music worth it.
  3. Ryan Reynolds, and by "fight alongside you" I think you mean "make wisecracks AND out with you while the zombie head-exploding gas does all the zombie-killing." I'm pretty sure that's what you meant.

Wait. Why did I just create a fantasy world where Ryan Reynolds and I are making out to the tune of Yakety Sax? Why does my brain do that?

srah | 12:57 PM
Tags: memes, ryan reynolds, zombies

June 24, 2008

Oh my, has it been six years already?

As you may or may not know, srah blah blah is the annual host of Language Week, a meme that would be a heckuva lot more effective if I could pin it down to the same week every year, or even if I celebrated it during National Foreign Language Week instead of the middle of the summer. This year, my sister has requested that I not hold Language Week over her birthday, because she's tired of her birthday songs being written in French or something.

So this year's Language Week will be held June 30-July 4, 2008. What better way to celebrate the birth of a big linguistically-diverse yet English-language-dominated globalizing superpower than to demonstrate our foreign language prowess?

The rules of Language Week are as follows:

  1. You do not talk about Language Week.
  2. You do not talk about Language Week.
  3. (But seriously, please spread the word.)
  4. There are no rules.
  5. Well, okay, there are a couple of rules but they're not very strict.
  6. Language Week 2008 is June 30-July 4.
  7. Blog in a language that you don't usually blog in. In some cases, this might even be your mother tongue¹! I know there are a lot of people out there who blog in a second or third language regularly, so why don't you give your readers a taste of your native language or any others you know?
  8. You don't have to blog a lot if you don't want to - a few sentences will do, as long as you continue, once a day, through the week (or at least Monday to Friday). You can blog in one foreign language for five days, you can blog in five different languages or you can find some medium between the two. Or what the hell... if you only want to blog in Swedish on Tuesday, go for it. I'm just happy you're blogging in a foreign language at all!
  9. It would be nice to include some kind of translation into your usual blogging language. I usually do mine in <span title="translation"><i>other language</i></span> tags. You might choose to write it all out and translate at the end. You could hide it in the post's extension. It's up to you, but a translation is helpful for all those readers who are used to your usual blogging language.
  10. You can link back to this post if you want. I would appreciate it! Here are this year's icons! You can upload them to your webspace and use them if you'd like.
  11. If you're participating, please leave a comment here and let me know. This way you can all read each other's posts and be inspired when you can't think of anything to say and you can make new blogging friends and we'll all live happily ever after.
  12. Language Week is just about getting out of your comfort zone and getting in touch with the other languages you've got inside you. It is about actually using the foreign languages you learned in school or expressing yourself in your native tongue for once. It's about writing in a foreign language even if you can't write much or if what you write isn't grammatically correct.

Hoo boy. My Arabic is even worse than it was at this point last year, I think. I have a feeling I'll be falling back on French a lot!

srah | 12:24 PM
Tags: language week, memes

June 22, 2008

They say it's your birthday...

Happy (belated) first anniversary to 20 Something Bloggers... 1700 members and counting!


Visit Twenty Something Bloggers

srah | 9:27 AM
Tags: 20 something bloggers

June 17, 2008

Never mind me, I'm just out of touch with reality.

I watched this video ("TeaToday Feb 7, 2008 - How to make a great chai latte") months ago, and just now found myself sitting on the couch thinking, "I should look that video up again and find out what brand of chai he used, because that stuff was really good and tasted as good as the stuff you buy at the store or Starbucks."

EXCEPT I'VE NEVER TASTED IT.

I just watched someone else tasting it and somehow transferred it to myself. Let me tell you, in my mind, it was delicious.

srah | 7:24 PM
Tags: chai, tea

June 13, 2008

Entirely fictitious account of fictional events

    ME
What to wear, what to wear? I will put on my Albion College t-shirt, so as to celebrate the fact that my awesome friend just got an awesome job there.
    [immediately thereafter]
    ME
What to snack, what to snack? I will have a fudgsicle... so as... [pathetic justification] to celebrate the fact that my awesome friend got an awesome job?
    [eats fudgsicle]
    ME
Om nom nom nom nom!
    FUDGSICLE
Whee! Freedom!
    [bits of fudgsicle fall off the stick onto my shirt]
    ME
Well, that was a short-lived celebration.
    [changes shirt]

This is a fictional account only because a) I never said any of it out loud, b) neither did the fudgsicle, and I don't think I would have been able to bring myself to eat talking food, and c) I totally didn't bother to change my shirt and just wiped off as much fudgsicle residue as I could.

Anyway, congratulations, Lewis! I am celebrating in a super classy fashion.

srah | 6:58 PM
Tags: albion college, fudgsicles, lewis

June 12, 2008

Things that are annoying me lately

When uninspired, lists and bullet points always come in handy. As does a nice old-fashioned rant about What Is Wrong With The World.

  1. I was walking down the street earlier this week when I heard a prospective freshman, visiting campus for orientation, on the phone with his parents. I know all this about him despite the fact that he was on the opposite side because he was shouting into his phone the whole time we were walking up the street. "YOU NEED TO COME GET MY SHIT," he shouted, "YOU SHOULD HAVE FIGURED THIS OUT LAST NIGHT. COME AND GET THIS SHIT!"

    That is no way to talk to your parents. First of all, from the context of the rest of the conversation, it sounded like this was something that he should have figured out last night and he's blaming his parents for something that was his own fault. Second, that was not an appropriate tone. Third of all, I'm ten years older than he is and I still can't use language like that with my parents. I am a little nervous that my mother is going to pick on me just for repeating it in a written form!

    When I was in kindergarten, I came home from school one day and demanded of my mother, "You need to go to school and tell Mrs Fischer how to make those children behave." Years later, I feel the same way about a lot of the college students around me. Apparently these parents (and kindergarten teachers) aren't raising their children correctly and the university needs to pay my mommy to set them straight.


  2. I very pleasantly tweeted recently that I would like to be sent a free sample of Canada Dry's intriguing new Green Tea Ginger Ale. I waited patiently, tweeted again, and still haven't received any word. It is almost as though the Cadbury Beverages company is not scouring the Internet, searching for people who are very passively attempting to ask them for free stuff. Does anyone know anyone at Cadbury? Will review for freebies.

  3. I really really hate it when a service, restaurant, store or product wants my business but can't be bothered to have a website to advertise said service, restaurant, store or product. How am I supposed to tell my friends about it if I can't send them a link? How will I know what your hours are, what upcoming events or sales you have going on, and how to get to your store? What century is this? Are you from the past? It makes me want to build a site for them.

  4. And while we're at it, if you do have a website, please don't just put "directions to our location" on your website. I need an address to plug into Google Maps, because your directions from I-70 or I-75 are not going to help those of us who are in the middle of cornfields, far far away from freeways.

  5. Speaking of Google Maps, I discovered this week that my home town and about four main roads of Srahtown are covered by Google Street View. So far the most exciting thing I've found was a FedEx truck leaving my dad's place of employment.

  6. Speaking of websites and locations, if I put my zipcode into your website to find the closest location, I should never get "Sorry, no results were found matching your query." You should tell me where the closest location is, even if it is in Pennsylvania. I live in a cornfield and am used to having to drive to get to anything good, so stop telling me I can't visit your store, just because it's not in a 25-mile radius.

srah | 7:20 PM
Tags: ginger ale, internet, parenting

June 4, 2008

Because I am too lazy and/or busy for real content right now

A meme!

I have seen Craig and Schmutzie¹ do slightly different versions of this meme (that's a fascinating thing about memes - how they can mutate slightly as they spread around the blogosphere), and I've adopted Schmutzie's list of questions. It's fascinating to try to guess the answers to the questions that people gave that led to the pictures they selected. I will answer any questions you have, but I think it's fun to speculate and guess first!

The concept:
1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page of results, pick one image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Lab's Mosaic Maker to create a mosaic of the picture answers.

The questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food right now?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. What is your favourite drink?
7. What is your dream vacation?
8. What is your favourite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. What is one word that describes you?
12. What is your flickr name?

My photo mosaic

Credits: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12

¹ If I've forgotten anyone, let me know!

srah | 5:15 PM
Tags: memes, photos

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