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Is being broadcast from the NYMet tomorrow morning at 10am at the local movie theater! I'm going! Yes!
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Does anyone have an on-demand printer they would recommend? I want a print copy of a freely available PDF, with the author's permission, of course.

one down

Sep. 22nd, 2010 10:30 pm
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one to go ...
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Singapore mooncakes. The photos are completely lovely.
http://sparklette.net/food/mooncakes-singapore-2010/
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Lily Allen's Fuck You is such a cheerful song. I'm loving it. You can hear it on YouTube.

politics

Feb. 5th, 2010 10:59 pm
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I don't normally share politics, but on rare occasions it hits me upside the head in a way I can share. This essay in Newsweek, The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage is nicely written. I wish Olson and Boies much success.
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Have just plowed through volume 1 of Youmi Henjou Yawa. I'll have to go back and re-read it with dictionary in hand, but I wanted to make one comment:

Jeepers, that main character is such a ... a ... He's so awful there are no words for it! Not even "pompous dick" properly describes the character.

All I can think of is any character who likes him has Very bad taste.
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The title is so I can find the poem again easily in my book. You can find some useful information at http://chinese.dsturgeon.net/index.html. Including fonts to support classical Chinese!

The poem in question (Shi Jin, small songs, category 8 poem 4) is at http://chinese.dsturgeon.net/text.pl?node=16097&if=en, complete with word by word vocab definitions and commentary. Probably making the rest of this post redundant, but oh well. )

vocab book

Jan. 9th, 2010 10:42 am
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This is a link to UCB's Prof. Cikoski's Classical Chinese Vocabulary Notes: http://gkarin.com/cikoski/
I wonder if it's going to come out in print? I'd rather have print and bound. Also I don't think my home printer is going to have all the necessary Chinese characters.
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Unit 1
Nouns (abbreviated "n"). intro to nouns )

Unit 2
This unit starts to talk about nouns acting as adverbs. adverbifying )
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From the sections: introduction, the chinese script
basic English grammar questions, answered by flemmings )

Elder child brought home "Rune Factory Frontier" for the Wii. Oh gods, what a time sink! I think I'm hookeddoomed ...
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Chinese Through Poetry by A. C. Barnes was one of the books I got over the holidays. The author is British and the text was written to use in his classes in classical Chinese. I think it reflects some kinds of older thinking about Chinese that may or may not be accurate per modern theories and just flipping through it I think there are some westernizations that I disagree with and will affect the translations. In any case, as I work my way through this book, I'll be posting notes and commentary about it with the tag Chinese Through Poetry so you'll know to skip it if you don't find it interesting.

initial thoughts )
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Happy New Year to everyone!

manga

Dec. 13th, 2009 02:38 pm
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Hmm, picked up the Ooku, latest English manga by Yoshinagi Fumi. Lovely piece of social science fiction. I have to imagine it's really interesting in Japanese, the way the English has been translated is rather odd. Makes me want to see if I can find it in Chinese for comparison.

vocabulary

Nov. 28th, 2009 01:41 am
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Ha! "A caesura is a pause in the rhythmic delivery of a line of poetry."

There's "caesura" in Chinese poetry! Very cool!
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Random quiz, courtesy of high school English students: Why is The Great Gatsby better than The Grapes of Wrath? because ... )
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