December 3rd, 2003

My Widdle Bwain

Not Something You See Every Day

Last month's issue of Sport Compact Car had a review of the Initial D DVD. Strangely, the thing that they commented the most on was how wonderful the artwork is. I think that's the first time I've ever heard someone recommend IniD based on the art...


Today's Dilbert amused me. Is it a bad thing that I cringe every time I hear the word "process"?

The fog outside is beautiful today. But not hungry. I am comforted.

I watched several episodes of the original Battlestar Galactic last night. I was rather startled to see that I still enjoyed it, without the *cringe* factor that Knight Rider had. Okay, some of the dialog was a bit stilted. But it didn't have any painful lines like "kisses don't lie." The episode I saw is one that my friend Turbo was an extra in. I didn't see her, though I guess I'm not too surprised. After all, it has been some 26-odd years, and uh, let's just say I think she wore her hair a little differently back then.
My Widdle Bwain

And How Old Will You Be In A Year If You Don't Learn...

After being disgusted at the amount of things that show up here that do not seem to be getting translated into English (there are more entries after the London one -- which STILL hasn't been translated into English, rar!), I decided to overachieve, and look into getting a basic grasp of Norwegian. Yes, that's a little insane. And obsessive. And just whose blog did you think you were reading? Right. So yes, there is status quo in Sandpantherland.

Happily, there seem to be more on-line resources for learning Norwegian than there are for learning Finnish. (Yes, I started looking into teaching myself Finnish.) This site runs a service that will mail a Norwegian lesson a day to you. They look pretty cool. Happily, once you get past the way the lack of logical corrolation between the way the language is written and the way it is pronounced (and yes, I am aware of how completely ironic it is for an English speaker to say such an outrageous thing!) the language looks to have a lot of common Germanic/Latin roots. Only with a Scandanavian accent.

While searching for Norwegian learning sites, I came across this site, which specializes in facilitating language exchanges. So you will find someone who is a native speaker of your secondary language who wants to practice with a native speaker in your primary language. Kinda groovy, huh? (I was thinking of using this for practicing Japanese, BTW, not any languages that I am not really familiar with. I really need a Japanese conversation partner!)

Edit: This site also has a lot of resources to look at.
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