Friday, December 31, 2010

WIMotW: Edict 1

Filed under When I'm Master of the World**


I have decided that WIMotW, I will set the penalty for SUV and truck drivers who drive with reckless abandon during blizzards and on icy roads will be...

One year of driving the three-wheeled blue car from Mr. Bean.



**Not to be confused with Master of the Universe.
Did you see Courtney Cox? hahahaha

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mutilated Spanish (BWAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!)

Subheading: A Google translation doth not sense make.

My mom surprised me with a tool set for Christmas. I was very excited. We got to break out the tool set last night to fix a tuning peg on a guitar. w00t

But the best part might be the horrific Spanish translations. Here we go!


"A CASA INSTRUMENTO DE PROYECTO SE PUSO" Or very literally, "At home instrument of project itself put" **Note, the literal translation is exactly what a Spanish speaker would understand, too. (se puso from the verb ponerse)


 "CHOFER DE TRINQUETE" or, Chauffeur of ratchets. Them are some special ratchets.





 "(6) ABRAZADERAS DE PRIMAVERA" or Clamps of Springtime
And my personal favorite "(8) LLAVES DE MALEFICIO METRICAS" or, literally, Metric Wrenches of Hexing. MWAHAHAHAHAH.

Don't mess with my tool set.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Statement of Porpoise

I've now written five different introductory paragraphs over the last few hours for my Statement of Purpose. I recognize that I have about 29 to go before I'm supposed to feel good about the thing. What I'd really like to put in there is:

Hello, I think very highly of your department. You offer classes that will be extremely excellent for my scholastic development. All I want to do academically with my life is teach others about Spanish and Portuguese linguistics and show them how much fun research can be. Please, can't we come to an understanding that I'll be good for you and you'll be good for me?


I know that won't go over like gangbusters during their meetings, but it is what it is.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Grandparents

Hi. I was just sitting here at my computer thinking about how blessed I've been to know so many of my grandparents, all four grandparents and five great-grandparents. I've thought about it on and off for years and it's a remarkable blessing in my life.
I wish that I'd had the presence of mind as a young teenager to talk more to my great grandparents, but such is life.

Anyway, I was just thinking about it, and realized that it's one of the greatest blessings that I've ever received.



 
(And a great uncle and aunt to boot!)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Metrodome's Collapse

So it's snowed like bonkers in the upper Midwest. They got hit with just under two feet in the Twin Cities.
There was supposed to be a football game between the Vikings and the Giants, but the Giants were stuck in Kansas City b/c of the storm. The game schedule at noon on Sunday got pushed to Monday night. Now the game has been moved from the Twin Cities to Detroit. Here's why:

video

Monday, December 6, 2010

Compact

Few things confuse me more than the hatred toward immigrants. I am not, however, surprised by it, because anger toward immigrants and moronic anti-immigrant laws have been passed on and off almost since the get-go of our nation. They were always passed out of fear and ignorance (and, again, hatred).

About a month ago civic (like former governors) and religious leaders in Utah came together to create the Utah Compact which, especially in this current political climate, seems to be a solitary shining beacon of sanity. An opinion piece in the NY Times gave a shout-out to the compact yesterday. You can sign the compact. The LDS Church came out in support of the principles of the compact, as well.

Hopefully this will lead to reason around here. We need some reason and compassion on this topic.