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NeroWolfe

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PostSubject: Re: languages   Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:52 pm

Man...You guys are up in the clouds on this topic, and I am stuck on the ground still thinking about Harlock999's photo of Sophia Loren in her "prime" !!!!
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PostSubject: Re: languages   Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:57 pm

NeroWolfe wrote:
Man...You guys are up in the clouds on this topic, and I am stuck on the ground still thinking about Harlock999's photo of Sophia Loren in her "prime" !!!!

cheers cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: languages   Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:39 pm

...y...yeah? Yeah you think you're smart with your fancy math-i-matics? Try selling self-fixed camera bodies from a tent in Golden Gate park (now that's economics and language studies...). Laughing For chemistry lessons, figuring out which pieces of sushi from the refuse were okay to eat... most of the time... Laughing Laughing Stay in school kids. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: languages   Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:19 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
...y...yeah? Yeah you think you're smart with your fancy math-i-matics?...
Well...er, actually, no. I mean, really..."N-fucking-O", as we used to say in rock 'n' roll.

It's prolly kinda hard to imagine for somebody who doesn't get into all this mathematical shit...but it only LOOKS like it's difficult. Actually, it's a lot easier to understand than the thousands of pages of incomprehensible bullshit that comes out of Congress day after day, in their ceaseless attempts to regulate and micromanage every goddam aspect of everything we do...and which usually manages to accomplish the opposite of what it's supposed to accomplish. Now, THAT stuff is difficult...no, wait—impossible—to understand.

The math stuff is much simpler. It's not really much different from any other subject that has enough depth for you to sink your teeth into...including the massively complex (and endlessly fascinating) trip of selling ANYTHING from a tent in Golden Gate Park...especially if you do it in conjunction with a personal chemistry experiment of the...uh, pharmaceutical variety. Not that I'm admitting anything, mind you, but I WAS there in the '60s. As I recall. Some of it. Huh? (Earth to Vito...come in...)

Where was I...oh yeah, math shit. Lookee here:



Maxwell's equations for electromagnetic wave propagation
Looks like "hard shit"...right? But that's only onna counta you don't know what all the symbols mean. Notwithstanding the possibility that you might not give a shit what they mean, if you had the burn to understand it, you could learn it in relatively short order. (BTW, most everything we do today is affected by the knowledge contained in those equations. Everything that has anything to do with light, radio, television, microwaves, wireless, infrared, ultraviolet—all e-m waves in general—derives from Maxwell's theory of e-m waves.)

Smart? Hell no. From my perspective, the more I know about that stuff, the more I realize how relatively little I know. It's actually kinda humbling. I mean, it's way cool that some of my fellow humanoids (like Newton and Maxwell) were smart enough to figure out the stuff they did, and we're all the beneficiaries of that knowledge, whether we realize it or not (and most people don't). But when you dig deeper and find out who they were...what kinda dudes they were, you find out that they didn't think they were so very smart. Maxwell was a pretty humble guy. Newton, who arguably was one of the greatest intellects in human history, said this:
Isaac Newton wrote:

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy, playing on the sea shore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst a great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

That's from the guy who invented the calculus that Maxwell used in his equations, the guy who integrated all of what was previously called "natural philosophy" into the science we now call "physics", the guy whose work is the foundation of all technological progress in the past 300+ years.

I figure you prolly were just doing that wise-ass thang that you do so well (really! cheers ), but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to say that the guys who actually create the knowledge we all take for granted—guys whom everyone thinks are "smart"—usually don't have that same opinion of themselves. And for the record, neither do I.

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PostSubject: Speaking of Sophia...   Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:27 pm

As a reasonably "normal" red-blooded 'Talian-'Merican three-legger with no shortage of testosterone, lemmee just say this on the subject of Sophia Loren:


YOW!!! Now THAT is a language I understand!

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PostSubject: Re: languages   Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:36 pm

I had no intentions, really, just had nothing to contribute besides non sequitur , which is much more my style, than anything. Cool As was once said, "Math is Greek to me." All kidding aside, I'm glad there's people that have a knack for it. Otherwise, how would language discussions get so convoluted? Smile Funny stuff.

By the way, if you must know, dumpsters around the chain hotels were best, because the international tourists would usually ignorantly purchase them from the crackheads, and when discovered they didn't work, didn't pack them up to go home with them. Fixing them was usually a matter of putting the right parts back together in the right order. Also, stick to the rolls rather than the nigiri, they tend to preserve the fishy contents for a little longer.

I couldn't just suggest and not follow through! Razz You never know when knowledge can come in handy.

(...by the way, I don't need the blatant use of "shit" and other puerile language to get through to me...I'm not 12, at least intellectually...perhaps I'm wrong, it just reminded me of how instructors and teachers "got through to the youth." A tasteless practice I find ultimately makes for weird rap/education math videos and creative teaching, but fails to do much for the rap or math it was intended... Laughing ...if just your stylish attempt at posting, well, carry on, then--my mistake...) Cool

Always a fun participation.
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PostSubject: Re: languages   Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:46 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
...if just your stylish attempt at posting, well, carry on, then--my mistake...) Cool
I write the way I talk...mostly.
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PostSubject: Re: languages   Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:53 pm

Vito wrote:
Kyle Weiss wrote:
...if just your stylish attempt at posting, well, carry on, then--my mistake...) Cool
I write the way I talk...mostly.
jocolor

Do you have two sets of lungs? *laughs* Smile (pot, kettle, black, me, etc...)
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PostSubject: Re: languages   Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:27 am

Kyle Weiss wrote:
...Do you have two sets of lungs? *laughs* Smile (pot, kettle, black, me, etc...)
Dear Pot (...or Kettle):

No. I mean yes. I mean I don't think so. I don't know. I'm out of my element. (Vitonium - atomic number 335...depicted below)



Vitonium 335

Devotedly,

Kettle (...or Pot. Or something.)

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PostSubject: Re: languages   Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:19 pm

My wife is Quebecoise and is fluent in both French and English. My French is awful. I forgot most of the Spanish I knew in my youth.

We're both learning Italian!
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PostSubject: Re: languages   Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:32 pm

That conversation reminded me of the first few minutes of the movie "Lonsome Dove".
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PostSubject: Re: languages   Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:49 am

I've always thought that Italian is the most beautiful, musical language I know - or rather don't know: I wish I spoke it. I can count to 14 in it, and even that sounds like singing - all those lovely trilled r's. Uno, due, tre, quattro, cinque, sei, sette, otto, nove, deici, undeci... beautiful! (There are probably a few spelling mistakes there.) It's also more logical and simpler than English: where there's an obvious male and female version of essentially the same thing, where English has completely different words (brother/sister, aunt/uncle), Italian just has the same word with a male or female ending (ragazzo/ragazza, zio/zia). (I dd try to learn a bit of Italian a year or so ago: maybe 'll try again when I retire in a few years' time.)
On the other hand, I don't like French, of which I have a smattering, much: it's always struck me as a rather slovenly language, with its unpronounced endings to many words.
The ugliest language I know, as far as mere sound is concerned - again, I don't speak it - is German: all those hard consonants and gutterals. It's a great language for ranting in, like Hitler, but it'd be hard to seduce a woman in it!

[Edit] Come to think of it, I think 'ragazzo/a' means 'boy/girl' rather than 'brother/sister'. 'Ragazzo' seems singularly appropriate for 'boy', with its echo of 'ragamuffin'!
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PostSubject: Re: languages   Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:38 am

My girlfriend is Mexican, and Spanish is her first language. I really enjoy the Spanish lessons I've been getting. I also like the French language a lot.
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PostSubject: Re: languages   Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:18 am

SteveHorsfall wrote:
I've always thought that Italian is the most beautiful, musical language I know -

German: all those hard consonants and gutterals. It's a great language for ranting in, like Hitler, but it'd be hard to seduce a woman in it!

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PostSubject: Re: languages   Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:50 am

I'm of Harlock's school of language. Sophia is "always" in her prime.
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