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El Espanol Es Dificil, Pero Divertido

Language Realm Blog had an interesting post where some guy is talking about how the subjunctive is so difficult in Spanish, and that he is going nuts with all the verb tenses…conditional pluscuamperfecto, etc…Spanish is easy at first, but can get difficult as you advance:

At some point, the past tense, imperfect, and future, plus the present perfect and past perfect show up. This is where the panic about verbs begins. When my friend asked me if there were any more besides these, I said that there were a lot more because these are all indicative mood verb tenses, and you also have the subjunctive and imperative moods.

Which is the phase that I feel like I am just finishing. I’ve dealt with most Spanish verb tenses at this point, but I am still shaky on most.

But I really like learning Spanish. It’s a different beast now, and I am really getting a lot of enjoyment out of it…

He also mentioned Desde El Bano, which talks about Spanish slangs, most Argentine although I am not sure yet if they talk about Lunfardo, something redteam clued me in to.

I Think Dawkins Misses The Point

So the other day I heard Richard Dawkins on “Fresh Air”.

While I am not a particularly religious person, I tend to disagree with Dawkins view that religion is a negative force that conflicts with science. In one sense, I feel like he is comparing apples and oranges. The same mistake that Creationists make when trying to give a scientific explanation of their faith.

I don’t think religion and science are mutually exclusive. Maybe radical fundamentalists(religious and/or atheist) make them out to be, but by definition they are the minority - however vocal.
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On Writing Blog Cliches

I admit, that I have used the phrase “not so much” on a blog post before. And I feel bad about it. Doing so makes me a crappy and cliched blogger. I agree with Gawker on the rest of these though. I am tired of seeing these cliches, and if anyone out there uses them I will have your blog removed from the Internet.

When you make words for a living, you will inevitably find yourself drawn into certain ruts of repetition. That’s why you’ll see the same tired clich├ęs popping up in the same media outlets, or often in the writing produced by the same people.

Also, you are not allowed to use “Interwebs” either. I started that and now everyone else has really overused it.

This book can replace any of your blog cliches.

A New Protocol For Leaving Messages

It feels awkward to do at first, but I decided recently to become the pioneer of a new style of voicemail-leavings. It’s a simple change, but one that makes much delight: leave the phone number at the beginning of the rambling message you are about to leave. That way I don’t have to listen to the whole thing again to get the number because I did not have a piece of paper in front of me. Will you join me?

Banksy On Fame

Swell quote by way of heathervescent:

“The time of getting fame for your name on its own is over. Artwork [Anything] that is only about wanting to be famous will never make you famous. Any fame is a by-product of making something that means something. You don’t go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a shit.” - Banksy

Relates a little to yesterday’s entry on prestige.

Prestige Is A Funny Thing

Prestige is a funny thing. I just read an article by Paul Graham(author of Hackers and Painters) called “How To Do What You Love”(which is very popular on del.icio.us), and I think he gives a very good definition of prestige:

What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. You shouldn’t worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world. When you can ask the opinions of people whose judgement you respect, what does it add to consider the opinions of people you don’t even know?[4]

He goes on to stress that worrying about this sort of prestige can lead people astray, as they aspire to goals simply for the prestige, whether or not they actually like the work that they are choosing to do. The point that he makes here, and the one that stuck with me the most was that you should “use your friends as a compass”, and I consider that good advice, as those are the people who are most equipped to give you accurate feedback.

Read the whole article though, it is definitely some strong food for thought.

Think of the Exposure!

Oh boy. I caught this animation from the Kernspiracy mailing list and it really explains something that happens to me at least once a month. My normal response is very similar to that seen in this presentation, but it always surprises me to think that people believe they can get something for nothing. Think of the exposure my ass.

You Will Determine

Heathervescent posts what I consider to be an unsual article(for blogging.la) on blogging.la about how to determine and get what you want in life:

At some point, everyone gripes about their job. There are lots of reasons: it isn’t fulfilling, you’re a square peg in a round hole, it’s never enough money, there’s too much stress, you’re working for idiots. Yet most people are too afraid to trade their status quo unhappiness to uncertainty.

I am all for it; it is very easy to become so comfortable with your current situation that trying to get what you really want feels too much like rocking the boat(I know from experience). And it is. Fate will determine your place in life(often at your expense), unless you grab it by the neck and tell it what you want. Risk is hard, and it’s encouraging to see posts like this to remind us that the rewards are similarly fulfilling.

Don’t Take That Picture, Flickr Will Do It For You

Nivi posts an interesting idea equating Flickr with Lazyweb:

…why bother with all the work of 1) taking the photos, 2) downloading them to my computer, and then 3) uploading them for her to see? There are already a million photos of the event on flickr.

I have seen this to be true on a number of occassions, most recently the Minotaur Missile launch from Vandenburg, which was well documented on Flickr. I took photos, but not necessarily all that I would have liked - but that’s OK. Others did.

It might also hint at the fact that more traditional publications are using Flickr photos more frequently, as with enough searching they could find photos of nearly any story that they wish to illustrate.

It’s citizen-journalism(or non-celebrity paparazzism or emergent reportage), and I know that I have an article link about it somewhere, I will have to dig to find it - anyone else got it?

Update: I gotta clarify, please continue to take pictures. My title is meant to be a little sarcastic. Just because others are taking pictures, doesn’t mean you should not join in the fray - the internet was built on the principle of redundance, which continues to this day. The internet was built on the principle of redundance, which continues to this day

Also, this idea sort of relates to a previous idea I had about how the presence of many photographers may be a way to increase security.

Fauxhawking is Shirtcocking

So after the recent lively discussions on the topic of “shirtcocking”, and in light of the Urban Dictionary’s definition of shirtcocking as:

Sometimes a mild pejorative, implying imcompleteness or an unwillingness to commit.

I realized that the Fauxhawk is another form of shirtcocking. An unwillingness to commit. I knew there was something that bothered me about that style - and this is the answer. So if you are a hipster with a faux hawk, you might as well take off your pants too. Actually, don’t.