Re: You don't know the half of it, buddy

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Has KPFA began to suck in earnest or something? That seems like the kind of thing you would like.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 10:14 PM
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KPFA's signal probably doesn't extend quite as far south as I was going and now am, fm. But if it's anything like KZSU, then yeah, it probably does suck in earnest, with a few exceptions.

I think that if I keep being forced to listen to KFJC, I'll start believing that there really isan underground reich.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 10:17 PM
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Also, Verizon should fire whatever agency they hired to advertise the new blackberry; the radio ads make it sound like an iPhone-lite manufactured by a company that had to go with the "heavenly choir" presets on some $20 synth because they couldn't afford anything better.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 10:18 PM
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BUt there's all the stations playing Mexican music. It is way too much fun driving through Gonzales, Soledad, etc. while listening to all Nortenos. And as a bonus, I don't understand enough Spanish to know if the ads are sexist.


Posted by: Hank | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 10:29 PM
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4 is incredibly right, which is a reason you might take 5, depending. I been gone so long I forgot. Nortenos, cantinas, and speeding in tule fog: a perfect combination.

4.last: I think it's a pretty safe bet that they are.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 10:38 PM
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This is what satellite radio was invented for. Unfortunately, since the Sirius-XM merger the doomsayers' predictions have started to come true and their programming has gotten steadily worse.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 10:48 PM
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Yes, the ads are almost certainly wildly sexist, but I think we're in a-tree-falls-in-forest territory. If I don't know they're sexist, am I being bothered?

I personally can't take very much of I-5 between Sacramento and LA. At least on 101 the scenery changes from time to time. Plus when I'm driving South from beautiful Pacifica, I'm usually headed for Santa Barbara, which is almost impossible to reach from 5.


Posted by: Hank | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 10:49 PM
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4 is a good solution. My personal strategy has always involved one of those FM transmitter dealies for my iPod -- which actually work pretty well when you're out in the sticks -- but of course that requires some pre-planning.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 10:51 PM
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My personal solution used to be an iAudio M3, but I managed to render it nonfunctional shortly after returning from Berlin.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 10:55 PM
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You drive to Orange County? I should have carpooled with you. I'm flying on Monday afternoon. My car remains at my parents' house, used by one of my brothers as the more fuel-efficient alternative to his SUV (you can't pick your siblings). I sometimes miss driving though, although I seem to get by with trains, buses and walking pretty well.


Posted by: belle lettre | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 10:57 PM
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Yeah, you should have, especially because your parents evidently don't expect you for another few days.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 11:01 PM
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I wanted to visit for less time, but my nephew is applying to colleges and needs life coaching or something. But at least I get another weekend to hang out in freedom up here. What am I doing with the freedom? Reading blogs, writing seminar papers, being supportive of my 80+ hours/week boyfriend by patiently waiting until Sunday for a date.


Posted by: belle lettre | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 11:05 PM
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Wait, what does that mean? You're with him for 80+ hours/wk? He works that much? You pay him overtime?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 11:06 PM
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He works that much. Exempt (salaried above a certain amount) employees don't get paid overtime under the FLSA. I see him much less than 80+ hours/week!

If I had driven down with you--super fun, but what to do for a weekend in Orange County? When I visit my family, I spend it all with the family--babysitting, helping out aged parents, helping out siblings with their paperwork, doing homework of my own, etc. I have no idea how to have fun in Orange County as an adult, nor what one does for fun while in Orange County.


Posted by: belle lettre | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 11:13 PM
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what to do for a weekend in Orange County?

Yeah, good point.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 11:17 PM
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W-lfs-n! I blush!


Posted by: belle lettre | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 11:19 PM
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what one does for fun while in Orange County

Eat crawdads.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 11:20 PM
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For a whole weekend?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 11:25 PM
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Fuck yeah. They sell 'em in big bags.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11-21-08 11:25 PM
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What? Ben, practically the entire 101 is within signal range of some Art Laboe station. I think tonight was even a Shoutouts and Dedications night.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 12:19 AM
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Manicures are so old school. It's retro manliness. Back when men had to go to the barber to get shaved, hand and nail care was a standard part of the treatment.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 4:56 AM
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At my barbershop, only the most senior barber gives shaves with a straight razor. I've never had time or $ to try it - always too busy going next door for the delicious meat pies.


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 6:50 AM
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Retro "gay" manliness.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 6:53 AM
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Our Megan universe has been complicated a bit: http://chaoticmegan.blogspot.com/ (from Jezebel)


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 6:58 AM
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my page can't be analyzed, coz they can't determine the language, but they are expanding and the genderanalyzer is 98% sure it's written by a female
i recalled a proverb
Сайн ?мийн vр нь Г?зг?н бие нь намдуухан
Г?д??н бие нь нарийхан Шив?гн?ж х?л?вч дуулна Чимх?ж өгөвч цадна
i think this proverb is very misogynistic, it says that a good female seed (woman) should hold her braid body (posture) low-humble-modest, her waist thin, hear when one whispers, be full when given a fingerful (not like a handful, but what is taken by the ends of fingers like pinching, don't know the figure of speech how to say it) as if a woman's a pet-bird
strange 'wisdom', i suspect it's not a folk proverb but something from the religious scripts and written by a monk
but i think as an observation of the particular type of women it's true, they could easily be that humble and listening and not-demanding without suffering but joyful
i think nuns for example were really happy being devoted to their imaginary Lord or happy moms or devoted wifes etc


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 8:39 AM
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Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:00 AM
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Art Laboe?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:43 AM
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"a pinch", like "a pinch of salt" or "a pinch of sugar".


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:46 AM
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It was Brad Paisley, "I'm Still A Guy," Ben:

"These days there's dudes getting facials
Manicured, waxed and botoxed
With deep spray-on tans and creamy lotiony hands
You can't grip a tacklebox"

"With all of these men lining up to get neutered
It's headin' now to be feminized
I don't highlight my hair
I've still got a pair
Yeah honey, I'm still a guy"

"Oh my eyebrows ain't plucked
There's a gun in my truck
Oh thank God, I'm still a guy."

For the record only, of course.


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:52 AM
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thanks, JE, so, 'be full fed by a pinch'
this is a great cartoon , a bit depressing though
a wise gudgeon
delighted to find


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:04 AM
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The cartoon is a bit like Edward Gorey in places. Sort of British looking.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:12 AM
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tsarist Russia looking imo, i should have posted it at the weblog, the movie AK describes sounds a bit like the cartoon in general
the original story was like a revolutionary proclamation like sounding i guess but what came after the old regime was even more brutal so one can drop that context out of the story i guess and just think about it as a tale about reality vs dream


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:18 AM
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Ben, you missed your best option!

103.3 Kings Radio, Your Nostalgia Station for Porterville, Lindsay and Hanford. Kings Radio, not letting YOU forget the Forties.

I LOVE Kings Radio and my friends and I choose the 5 over the 101 just to hear two and a half hours of it. Music of the 20's through the 50's and no talking. Sadly, they also don't announce most of the songs either, so it is hard to find out who they're playing. But it is so great.

You should be able to get 103.3 Kings Radio between about 20 minutes north of the Grapevine and Coalinga.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 11:21 AM
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Belle, you should start referring to at least one of your parents as "the aged P". It would make you look literary!


Posted by: Matt (not the famous one) | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 1:07 PM
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read is an atheist? Didn't know that.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 1:54 PM
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I sometimes, out of sick fascination, tune into the Tom Leykis show while driving . I don't know if that's broadcast in any other markets uotside of LA, but it's kind of like the Hutu Radio Milles Collines of misogyny. Seriously, that thing is 4 hours of talk radio, afternoon broadcast, literally about nothing else besides how women are worthless golddiggers who need to be put in their place.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 2:48 PM
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I sometimes, out of sick fascination, tune into the Tom Leykis show while driving . I don't know if that's broadcast in any other markets uotside of LA, but it's kind of like the Hutu Radio Milles Collines of misogyny. Seriously, that thing is 4 hours of talk radio, afternoon broadcast, literally about nothing else besides how women are worthless golddiggers who need to be put in their place.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 2:48 PM
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I personally can't take very much of I-5 between Sacramento and LA.

You're missing out on the delicious empanadas at the new little Salvadoran restaurant at the Merced truck stop, then.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 4:24 PM
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Merced?


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 5:37 PM
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Megan, I don't think anyone else is reading this thread, but I want to thank you for the shout out to that Valley 40s and 50s station. Always listened to it but had no idea that it was called King Radio. Awesome!


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 5:50 PM
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Buddhists sometimes think of their gods as imaginary, I think.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 5:52 PM
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i think i'm more like a buddhist than an atheist, thanks for asking and guessing
i'm watching youtube live now and all these people waving me feels weird, but okay coz i'm watching and nobody watches me so i feel safe and kinda nice to have them waving me
i wouldn't mind to watch you people having your NY meetups i guess


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 6:09 PM
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Back when men had to go to the barber to get shaved...

...most men had, by today's metro-sex. standards, an excess of facial hair, and many of them had those scarily biblical beards...


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 6:46 PM
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I just read The Setting Sun by Osamu Desai. I can't decide what I think of it. Unfoggedtariat, decide for me what I thought of it. I have a very busy schedule, one that precludes me from thinking about literature for more than three minutes per day.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 8:01 PM
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You thought it was good overall, but that the themes were developed with too little subtlety.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 8:03 PM
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You felt imposed upon by the author's multicultural ideology. Why couldn't he write about normal, everyday people, possibly with stand mixers.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 8:06 PM
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You felt new horizons of understanding open up before you, then vanish as soon as you closed the book.

It seems to you as if something significant happened, or almost happened, but you aren't sure what.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 8:11 PM
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Art Laboe?

If you're in LA now you can get his doo-wop and lowrider oldies show on Hot 92.3 Jamz. He's like a hundred and eight years old. He's kind of the best.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 8:18 PM
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the Hutu Radio Milles Collines of misogyny

Halford For The Win.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 8:19 PM
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Budweiser FTW! Wait, wrong thread.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 8:21 PM
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49: That's not the guy who had the show on KPCC at night before MPR bought it, is it? He was great. But I think his name was Sancho.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 8:36 PM
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No, the Sancho Show was much less corny than the Art Laboe Connection. But yeah, Sancho was pretty great too.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 8:42 PM
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I greatly doubt that this Art guy can really be better than Arkansas Red.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 8:45 PM
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I made no such claim. I don't know who Arkansas Red is.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 8:52 PM
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I have a very busy schedule, one that precludes me from thinking about literature for more than three minutes per day.

Do your busy and important time commitments consistently outrun your aspirations to something that some might call Culture? What you need is The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy 2004 Day-To-Day [page-a-day, in other words] Calendar, as put out by E.D. Hirsch, patron saint of every American who wants to know "what every American needs to know." Hasn't been updated in several years, apparently, but there are some conceits that are timeless, after all.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 8:57 PM
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Arkansas Red is a dj at WHPK.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:04 PM
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In fact, he's on now!


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:04 PM
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You too can listen to some weird talking. This is not what I was expecting.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:05 PM
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Oh, this is more like it.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:05 PM
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Wait, no it isn't. What's going on??


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:06 PM
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This appears still to be one of the shows that nominally precedes the Blues Excursion.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:07 PM
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Liveblogging internet radio. Hmm.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:08 PM
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I could listen, but ben's narration is more suspenseful.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:09 PM
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I'm pretty sure I'd rather be called a Nazi sympathizer than be compared to E. D. Hirsch.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:09 PM
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Why is it that Walt, Wrongshore or Sifu always seem to comment right after me? Have I started a cult of adoring fans, or perhaps fawning nubile virgins? Or perhaps I'm on mushrooms? Stay tuned to WHPK to find out!


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:11 PM
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Why is it that pdf23ds always seems to comment before me? Is he an android sent from the future to pwn me?


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:21 PM
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Osamu Desai

I have no idea what you think of the book but I can say that I am always sort of tingly-squee!-excited when I see a Japanese name and realize that I now know how to write it in Hiragana.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:22 PM
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Hey, can someone tell me why it is that the Japanese nearly swallow their "u"s?


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:25 PM
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sounds rumba like, maybe i'll find my coffee beach song if i'll listen long enough
i thought it's Dadzai, no? i 'd like to offer my insights but my poor memory does not hold long the books i've read what it was about, sometimes i think what's good if i'll forget anyway and i read Japanese authors mostly in Russian and in Russian they sound all pretty similar, recurrent themes being loneliness, senpai-kouhai subordination, unhappy or unrequited love or longing, women being like mysterious or almost always psychically ill or leukemic, suicide, poor tormented people whom i always end up pitying etc
i should always reread them to remember and tell one from another maybe


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:26 PM
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70: Do you not read Japanese, or do you just like russian much better?


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:27 PM
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Or perhaps I'm on mushrooms?

Oh, who does mushrooms anymore, anyway? So obviously you must be credited with having founded a cult. Just go easy on the gunfire, okay?


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:29 PM
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i do not read Japanese, know too few kanjis to read, if someone will read me like audiobooks i'll understand i guess


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:31 PM
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Just watched Love in the Time of Cholera, and enjoyed the Shakira stuff on the soundtrack. Is that what she's usually like?

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Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:35 PM
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They should have japanese books transcribed to hiragana (or romanji!) for reading by people who aren't crazy enough to learn a few thousand kanji.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:36 PM
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Shakira


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:37 PM
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72: Mushrooms are actually more popular than acid among the youth, I believe. Though perceptions or availability and use probably vary randomly based on geography and on what your dealer happens to have connections for.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:37 PM
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"perceptions of availability"


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:39 PM
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too many similarly sounding words which have different meanings depending on the kanji, though from the context of the sentence one can understand what word, my Japanese colleagues say they visualize words mentally by kanjis, not images, which i thought strange at first, but then i got it becomes like road signs or computer codes, the memorized kanjis
well, good night all


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 9:46 PM
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76: This was her biggest hit before she went English. In my finest hour, I rocked it at karaoke night at Barragan's in Echo Park.

The bit at 1:38 is what made it my finest hour. No, my Spanish is not that good. I was kissed by the gods. The margarita gods.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:16 PM
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Hey, can someone tell me why it is that the Japanese nearly swallow their "u"s?

Mostly it's just that the sound they have that's closest to 'u' is really flat to begin with. My professor made a big deal for several classes about getting us to grimace when saying 'u' so that it would come out closer to the right sound. Also the syllable 'su,' in which the 'u' is meant to be dropped so fast it's basically silent, ends or begins a gazillion words in Japanese, especially verbs, especially the main am/is/are verb.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:20 PM
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Though of course you probably already know that and you're asking how it got that way which is way, way beyond my Adult Beginning 1 self.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:22 PM
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Here I thought it was because food was scarce after the war and U looks like a noodle.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:26 PM
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Actually the only reason I know it is from watching anime. I barely know a word of japanese. ("mosquito" = "ka", "beer" = "biru").


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:28 PM
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Also, yeah, I mainly noticed it disappearing after an "s".


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:30 PM
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I tried watching a whole season of "Samurai Champloo" with no subtitles to see if I would learn anything. The only thing I learned was the word for "flying squirrel", and how to say "Hey, wait up!"


Posted by: Cryptec Nid | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:32 PM
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Our professor gave us the assignment at the beginning of the semester to listen to as much J-pop and watch as any movies, as much TV or as much anime as we could stand with the goal being that as we learn the language bits of the "noise" will resolve into words and thus we in part learn the vocabulary from context the way kids do. This has been pretty awesome. Sayonnara Zetsubou Sensei is probably now my favorite cartoon of all time. That said, I can just barely introduce myself and have a simple cocktail-hour conversation and I can tell what time and day it is and I can read/write Hiragana and that's it.

Actually, given that it's a class that only meets for two hours every week and it's only been 15 weeks, that's probably pretty good.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:38 PM
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But SC has a really good english dub! Why not try that on something with a terrible dub?


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:39 PM
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I should go back and do that with my Simpsons DVDs. Problem is that the dub quality is terrible in Spanish.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:40 PM
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Following links brought me to DFW's article on the Maine Lobster Festival. Good eats and good reading.
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Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 11-22-08 10:52 PM
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Christ. I swear I can't go two days without someone reminding me how awesome DFW was. Bastards.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 12:47 AM
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89: Jesus, you're telling me. I wish every day that the Spanish television & motion picture industry would realize how vastly inferior dubbing is to subtitles, especially your average garden variety dubbing.

It'd help the kids I teach, too. I'm told constantly that one reason why Andalucía lags behind the rest of Europe in teaching foreign languages is that they completely disregard the communicative approach in the classroom, and there's no English-language television or media to make up for it, so they're never exposed to pronunciation that's correct by any measure.

But mostly, it's not for them. I don't want to deal with dubbed Simpsons anymore, rerunning constantly in the afternoon during siesta on Telecinco. That's all.


Posted by: Jim Sligh | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 5:55 AM
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Note that they only really disappear the "u" after unvoiced consonants, not voiced. (Took me a few years to figure that out.)


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 6:48 AM
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92: My DVDs have Spanish subs as well, with better translations (as is to be expected). But I really want dubs because I'm trying to improve my listening comprehension, which sucks.

Not that I'm putting any effort into learning spanish nowadays.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 7:20 AM
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Cuddly little things


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 7:50 AM
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Screw you too, Emerson.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 8:06 AM
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The unspeakable H.P. Lovecraft fears that lurk in the deepest part of your your psyche are belong to me, Minivet.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 8:19 AM
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That one on the top-right doesn't look normal.

Naked molerats are an acquired taste.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 8:19 AM
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Can't you see the mammalian love in the center picture?


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 8:29 AM
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free Japanese audio books


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 8:54 AM
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and it all are with transcripts, so i can listen and follow the text to learn kanjis more quickly, nice
when i started reading in English i'd continue to read without looking up the word i don't know, when i really couldn't understand the phrase or stumble upon the word too many times i would look it up and it helped more to memorize words than to look up every word i don't know which consumes a lot of time and it gets boring reading
though i may miss some of the meaning of the text but i guess i'm good at guessing
so i expect i'll learn more kanjis just having someone read it to me, then looking it up after the shape of it is familiar enough for me to recognize


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 9:17 AM
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I agree that looking up every word is not the way to study. Sometimes I read junk books just because I really don't care much about the details and can just whiz through. You get the feeling of how the language works that way, and gradually improve vocabulary in context.

In Taiwan when I was studying Chinese novels with a young teacher with a BA in Chinese, I found that she read old Chinese books the same way.

So listen to Read, people.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 9:27 AM
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i mean, thanks, if not this talk i wouldn't look up the audiobooks maybe, right now i've listened to The ten nights of dreams' the first night and it feels just great, i can follow the text perfectly well
and the English translation sounds a bit different in a mood, kinda serious and sad imo, when Japanese itself sounds like light and joking, interesting


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 9:54 AM
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i think that's my perception maybe, how i learn English putting pretty much efforts into it and how i use Japanese in everyday life just casually so it feels more like 'closer to one's skin'
well, shigoto shigoto


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The list includes Japanese translations of books written in English, like Sherlock Holmes. You could compare those too.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 10:14 AM
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I am enjoying the hell out of Check Your Head on the new speakers I just got for my birthday. I have time-sensitive home improving to do, but THIS SOUND IS TOO GOOD.

My old speakers were cheap and malfunctioning, so this is like 100X better.

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Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 10:28 AM
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106, what kind?


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 10:46 AM
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You can't point the speakers in the direction of your home improvement project and/or crank to 11?


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Posted by: Destroyer | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 11:07 AM
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94: I know what you mean; I justify watching a lot of bad Spanish television (like, say, this) on the grounds that it will help aural comprehension.

But something I've found - and, granted, I have a lot more to choose from - is that Spanish-Spanish television shows work better for me than Spanish-dubbed American shows (movies might hold true the same way) - just because the colloquial stuff is more accurate, and having the voice acting be in context & actually correspond to what the actor's doing helps my comprehension. You'd think knowing the American shows I'd understand them better, but that's less the case than I thought.

After a month or two, I'm also starting to notice certain really obvious tics in dubbed American shows - expressions that are common in the States but don't have an equivalent in Spanish, and so are shoehorned in. Certain clunky phrases in Spanish over and over again; I really wish I could bring one to mind now.


Posted by: Jim Sligh | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 11:52 AM
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Thanks for the link, read!


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 1:05 PM
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you are welcome, RMcMP!
just found it myself thanks to the thread, i'm glad


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 1:26 PM
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110: Can you recommend a good spanish series? Around these parts there's nothing good on television that I've seen, but I might dedicate a netflix slot to it.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 11-23-08 3:34 PM
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Hm . . .

Cuéntame como pasó is interesting because of the period historical angle - it's Spain's big coming-of-age nostalgic drama set in the 70s near the end of Franco, and it won a few national awards. When I say period, I mean to see a culture's own version of itself, not, like, historicist.

I actually like LEX, the page I linked to above, a lot for comprehension. It's one of those sex-and-legal briefs dramedies, set in Madrid, a little bit like, say, Boston Legal, but I find it really entertaining mostly because the leads are such cads - the way the head lawyer weasels his way out of things especially - & because having to figure out the language as I go makes just about any show twice as entertaining, because it's like a puzzle.

The trouble is, most of the television I watched in the States was HBO stuff like DEADWOOD or 30-min single camera comedies like 30 ROCK. And neither category really exists in Spain.

I'll keep thinking & send you an email later.


Posted by: Jim Sligh | Link to this comment | 11-24-08 3:58 AM
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I don't think anyone will see this, but:

106: Logitech Z4. Not expensive, but a quite good 2.1 system.

107: Alas, the project was installing insulation and sheathing on a portion of the outside of the house opposite the computer. Even if the sound could have gotten that far, I would actively have been inhibiting its transmission.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 11-24-08 9:10 AM
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YOU THINK WRONG.

thx.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 11-24-08 9:18 AM
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