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by Barbara
Fri 16 Nov, 2007 9:33 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: fun with English: triple negatives
Replies: 13
Views: 18476

Re: fun with English: triple negatives

:ohoh: Everyone is a stranger somewhere - so don't give narrowmindedness or intolerance no chance nowhere. Yikes. Using DeMorgan's Law http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Morgan%27s_laws , we can change "don't give narrowmindedness or intolerance" to "give openmindedness and tolerance&qu...
by Barbara
Wed 14 Nov, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Tipping Point ad
Replies: 6
Views: 10276

Re: Tipping Point ad

This is very cool! http://www.flixxy.com/tipping-point.htm Question: how did they do the last step? I was wondering the same thing - it's like a domino falling backwards and tipping the domino in front of it. Even the "Making Of" video doesn't explain it, although they seemed to talk abou...
by Barbara
Tue 06 Nov, 2007 12:50 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Reading Books
Replies: 6
Views: 11827

What I like best about the library is that I can choose any amount of books, read a couple of chapters and if I don't like it, I'll take it back. I could never do that with a store-bought book. :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: Yes, exactly. The only "cost" is the effort to carry it back and for...
by Barbara
Tue 06 Nov, 2007 12:42 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: do these vocabulary drills to donate rice
Replies: 4
Views: 8640

Not only useful, but fun. After a while, the words get harder and harder. I read the FAQ, about the vocabulary levels, and how it's almost impossible to go above level 48. At the time, I was at level 47, and I felt competitive so I spent ages trying to get to 50 (the top level). I got to 49 a few ti...
by Barbara
Sun 04 Nov, 2007 1:10 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Parkour revisited
Replies: 0
Views: 17032

Parkour revisited

Recalling David posting about his sons being active in Parkour... The New Yorker has an interview with David Belle, the creator of Parkour, and some demonstrations. http://www.newyorker.com/online/video/festival/2007/Parkour There's an initial interview and then a lo-o-ong demonstration, then some m...
by Barbara
Mon 29 Oct, 2007 10:03 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Steve Martin's life-interview
Replies: 3
Views: 7776

Re: Steve Martin's life-interview

I found the intro to be overly long and gave up before I even saw Steve Martin... :lalala: But then that could be because the video was seriously flawed. The sound kept cutting in and out. (Is it just MY computer and/or browser?) The video quality was ok for me. I didn't notice the intro being that...
by Barbara
Sat 27 Oct, 2007 9:23 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Which way is she spinning? Clockwise or counter-clockwise?
Replies: 10
Views: 14582

David wrote:...especially if I look at the shadow for a while...
Aha! If I only look at the shadow, she suddenly turns counterclockwise. I can then bring the whole picture into view and see the whole dancer turning counterclockwise, but as soon as I blink, she flips back.

Whee! :lalala:
by Barbara
Sat 27 Oct, 2007 11:53 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Which way is she spinning? Clockwise or counter-clockwise?
Replies: 10
Views: 14582

I can only see her turning clockwise, even if I only look at her head or feet.

On every other right/left brain test like this that I've taken, I have been strongly left brain. For those particular lists of traits, I put myself about half in the left column and half in the right column.
by Barbara
Wed 12 Sep, 2007 8:20 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Now, why would I PAY someone to do this?
Replies: 8
Views: 15820

ejm, you caught me.
Spoiler (highlight to read):
I actually clicked through hoping for the hammer-chewer wikipedia entry.
by Barbara
Sun 09 Sep, 2007 6:10 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Ave Maria
Replies: 6
Views: 12717

Following a chain of youtube links starting from the McFerrin, I came to this guy's http://www.youtube.com/user/wzauscher version of the Bach/Gounod. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk1DB7Yf-hw After that, get a load of his version of Diecimila Anni from Turandot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqeoO...
by Barbara
Sun 09 Sep, 2007 5:15 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Ave Maria
Replies: 6
Views: 12717

Lovely. And amazing how he can sing like that. [spoiler]Cool how he uses his fingers on the mike as though he can manipulate his larynx like a keyboard.[/spoiler] [spoiler]I thought there might be a choir behind him. But the singers, whoever they were, seemed a bit uncertain and draggy at first, but...
by Barbara
Mon 20 Aug, 2007 10:01 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Hello from Italy
Replies: 5
Views: 9530

I just read about a week's worth of Italy posts - great stuff, David. Exactly the amount of detail I like to read in a travel account.

Some of the photos are gorgeous. I want to go to Italy. :lalala:
by Barbara
Wed 08 Aug, 2007 6:16 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Ishtar
Replies: 4
Views: 8306

Re: Ishtar

I'm happy to see that Ishtar is making it into the cult movie status. ... What's YOUR favourite song from the movie? For me, it's a toss up between "Leaving Some Love In My Will" and "Telling the Truth is a Dangerous Business". I thought Ishtar was funny, too. I was surprised wh...
by Barbara
Sun 05 Aug, 2007 10:37 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: When Polly's In Trouble I Am Not Slow ... the Disney Version
Replies: 2
Views: 6241

When Polly's In Trouble I Am Not Slow ... the Disney Version

Ew. Disney has made a movie of Underdog. I don't think I'll be seeing it; everything about it looks wrong. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp8j7f3RTRM Here's the trailer with the original title song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGvjGp7o8fQ Here's one of the original episodes: http://www.youtube.co...
by Barbara
Fri 03 Aug, 2007 12:03 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Would you Engrish we?
Replies: 8
Views: 13072

Engrish from an own brain is the way of it. I am also greatly think that it is being so. But this poor brain has doubt that it can do this weighty task as super as Babelfish. On this weekend of four days I have some trouble to fashion the perfect sentence and paragraphing that all wish to perusal. ...