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  • Germ theory - Everything2.com
    a kid I wanted to get tuberculosis Aspect ratio Prosencephalon Outing Germ flu miserable Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors Sign in Login Password remember me Lost password Sign up Need help accounthelp everything2 com Recommended Reading About Everything2 User Picks 2016 New Hampshire Democratic Primary Thomas Atkins transfinite induction September 11 2002 Not All Who Are Lost Wandered Super bowl babies Editor Picks

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  • Metaphor for the lives we're living - Everything2.com
    to talk I pity a man with no scars upnod Consequences of a memory of liver PBS Cokefish Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors Sign in Login Password remember me Lost password Sign up Need help accounthelp everything2 com Recommended Reading About Everything2 User Picks 2016 New Hampshire Democratic Primary Thomas Atkins transfinite induction September 11 2002 Not All Who Are Lost Wandered Super

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  • March 17, 2002 - Everything2.com
    in bed waiting to see if I ll rise or slip under again A minute later the phone rings it s my step brother calling from the hospital five hundred miles away in Southern California He tells me that my terminally ill Father may not survive the day His gaze drifts he s doesn t make eye contact We think his brain is shutting down I thank him for the information and hang up the phone Minutes later I m back in the dream bare feet cool on patio tiles I rise with the alarm and head to the UC Santa Cruz campus for a final exam At 7pm I m back home and calling my step mother He s gone Dan One thirty this afternoon after Mark called you She tells me he went peacefully surrounded by her Mark my sister and her husband I pass the evening without mentioning anything to my housemates still laughing with the crowd A moment of contemplation finds me alone in my room I sit in a meditation posture and form the strong intention to send a message to my departed father I don t necessarily believe in channelling or communication with the dead but I am certainly willing to entertain the possibility My father s presence becomes very strong and everywhere I look in the room I see the luminous outline of his face and body A flood of images pour into my mind as from an astral slide projector I see my father at various times in his life all depicting an aspect of fatherhood There are many scenes of him from my childhood on vacations to Alaska Yellowstone Grand Canyon Israel There are others from before I was born I see him as a younger man in Venezuela and Panama with my sister I see him even younger in Florida with my brother He wants to acknowledge a special bond with my step brother Mark who always reminded my father of himself In response to his visual communication I call to mind my favorite moments with him I remember riding on his back as a toddler as he swam in the swimming pool I remember late nights in the Alaskan wilderness trading off reading aloud from Moby Dick I remember his distant gaze out the window of an airport shuttle driving at dusk up the Sonoma valley the sun has just set and the sky is a perfect rainbow from sun gold to starry black blue After this a bubble of long buried emotion rises to the surface as I mentally confess to him the years of fear and moments of hatred that his sharp words caused me I forgive him all of this He thanks me for the long silent prayers while I sat with him in the hospital never have I felt my body so full of light funnel ling the energy of the universe into him As I come out of the trance I reach over and

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  • When are you going to stop running? - Everything2.com
    and attempted to sound demure I m no athlete I d rather drive any day She pushed her dark wet hair away from her face and behind her ear He lowered the door of the trunk and clicked it quietly shut His hands lifted her head to face him You know that is not what I meant Silently reverently he placed a kiss on her brow and enveloped her in the warmth of a hug that spoke much louder than it should The rain continued oblivious He slipped away his eyes so very dark saying all the things she needed but couldn t have Saying all the things he knew better than to put to words He waved a little as he backed away Please take care I miss you He turned about and resumed the business of finding his own car Mariana closed her eyes Inhaled deeply Exhaled slowly lower lip trembling She willed herself not to watch him go WhateverIdodon tcryjustbreathe Just Breathe Turning toward her car she slowly opened her eyes The world showed up through a watery filter Blindly she performed the typical functions Open car door Get in Buckle seatbelt Put key in ignition Turn the radio up loud Weep I m sorry I m sorry I m sorry On and on like a mantra She started the car I m sorry I m so Sobs drowned words Rain tapped silently on the windows She sat up with a start A different dream this time but still the same meaning He is gone You are lost Rain mocked her tapping on her bedroom window She looked over at the clock and noted that she would have to get up soon It would be yet another miserable day She sighed and wearily sank back down into her bed Pulled the comforter up to her neck in spite of the time Closed her eyes dismally Prayed for sleep to pull her back in Prayed that when it did he would return and this time she wouldn t let him leave Thoughts started to crowd in Who do you think you are You don t deserve his return You know very well why he keeps haunting you like this It s your fault Yours You are not even worthy of sharing the same dream space Silent tears staining cheeks bringing no comfort Shouting on the inside Stop it Stop it I don t care I don t care If she couldn t have him otherwise she thought at least she could have him in dreams It was a small consolation She pulled the comforter over her head Eyes open stared at the myriad patterns of light seeping through the comforter matching the pattern on it Stillness enveloping her as the blanket did He isn t coming back you know She knew that You really should get up You have to work She knew that too Let s get on with this then Mariana willed herself to get up

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  • Learning a language - Everything2.com
    skills in jobs in the IT field Without sounding like a slashdot zealot I would venture to say that teenagers are more suited to learning about programming concepts than adults are Granted machine languages are easier due to the lack of any verbal or auditory comprehension and construction However it seems clear to me that architectural concepts of a computer have many of the same characteristics as a natural language so if you want to learn a constructure language you re better off doing sooner as opposed to later Thanks taschenrechner for a few corrections I like it 1 C idea by SharQ Mon Oct 29 2001 at 12 51 42 or SharQ s contribution to the Scary E2 quest A true story illustrating how eh interesting it can be to learn a new language About 14 years ago a 6 year old boy was dropped off at the day care centre in Norway by his mother Prior to this he had been in private day care and he had picked up a few words of Norwegian This day however the boy was on his own Staying to himself much of the day the boy doesn t interact much with the other kids He play s around a bit by himself and seems to be quite happy with that The caretaker s on the day care center however weren t quite happy with this and essentially told the boy s mother that he was an unsocial little bastard The mother being a full fledged natural worrier has a long chat with the boy urging him to participate a bit more The next day the boy gathers his bravery and tries to interact He walks up to a kid who sits on a tricycle looking bored without using it What I wanted to say Hello You look bored and I was wondering if I could please have the tricycle as you don t seem to be using it What I said Can I have Yes and no Explanation I didn t know how to say all that I wanted to say Even though I was quite aware that what I said was probaby at best rude or at least impossible to understand I couldn t remember how to say the word or in Norwegian The reason for wanting to include yes or no at all was that I was afraid that he might start talking to me and that I wouldn t understand anything he would say to me Result The boy talks to me in Norwegian for a good two or three minutes laughs and races off on the tricycle leaving me behind petrified crying and miserable Okay maybe this situation wouldn t scare you much but I promise you This was the most scary moment of my life I like it 2 C s idea by SoWhen Sat Jan 25 2003 at 6 16 04 The single most important thing one can do is to have someone who already speaks the language around so you can practice your new language More than one person is of course better and actually living somewhere where the new language is the primary language is ideal Selecting a language that is reasonably similar to a language you already know well i e a Germanic or Romance language if you speak English will be much easier than a more distantly related language since words will share common roots and thus be easier to remember Learn how to say How do you say and What is this called in the new language Use these phrases early and often It doesn t matter so much if you actually remember the responses you get just hear the words Having a patient conversation partner helps immensely Don t worry about the grammar at first just memorize the sounds of these two phrases and repeat them by rote Learn to count Learn basic present tense verb conjugations Talk to yourself in your new language A lot Keep a running narrative in your head of things you do Write things as often as possible in the new language Make signs If you re taking a class make sure to do all the homework Write notes and reminders to yourself in the new language After you achieve reasonable low level proficiency argue with people You ll surprise yourself with how easily the words come during a heated exchange Lather rinse repeat I like it idea by sekicho Mon Feb 24 2003 at 21 33 32 The greatest difficulty most people have with language learning is time Let me explain why Suppose you re studying Spanish in a North American high school You have an hour long class five days a week for eighteen weeks a semester and you do a couple of hours of homework each week This means that you re studying Spanish for 126 hours a semester or 250 hours a year Move up to university level and you might study a language for twelve hours a week thirty six weeks a year That s over 430 hours a year a bit better Add 160 hours of intensive language study over the summer and you ve got almost 600 hours Now let s say you move to South America You speak English at your job because you don t know enough Spanish You might learn Spanish a couple of hours each day when you re shopping or riding the bus or watching television So now you re studying Spanish for 730 hours a year A lot better right Suppose your children go to a Spanish language school That s seven hours a day five days a week thirty six weeks a year From school alone they re getting 1 260 hours of Spanish a year and they re probably getting much more than that if they have friends or if they watch TV or read books and magazines Working full time in a foreign language You ll get 2 000 hours a year Marry a local and you might top 4 000 hours a year And if you re fighting for the Taliban and none of them speak English you ll be learning their language during every waking moment assuming you sleep eight hours a day this comes out to almost 6 000 hours a year The U S federal government trains diplomatic and defense employees in foreign languages by sending them to class eight hours a day not including homework An English speaking American with no prior training can be brought up to limited working proficiency reading writing and speaking on a working level in most Indo European languages within four months 850 hours and can be speaking halfway fluent Japanese or Arabic within a year 2 500 hours So if you re looking to learn a language the key is immersion The language has to be part of your life so that you can invest enough time into learning it This is how I learned Japanese going to Japanese schools and living with Japanese people As they say the best way to teach a kid to swim is to throw him in the water I like it 1 C idea by eliserh Fri Oct 17 2003 at 10 57 41 P REFATORY N OTE I was recently invited to share my ideas on language learning Paradoxically as I noted at the time the invitation was extended while I have spent almost 20 years of my life studying one language or another about nine years translating or interpreting some language or other and approximately five years teaching languages in various settings I have given suprisingly little thought to the issue of language learning in the abstract Thus while I will try to present as cohesive and complete a discussion of my views on language learning as possible I apologise in advance for any apparent scatter ing of ideas M ISE EN S CÈNE I began studying languages quite early in life probably around age five At the time there was a rather ancient Random House Unabridged Dictionary lying around in my room and I occasionally leaf ed through it Inside the back cover there was a chart labelled A LPHABETS OF THE W ORLD It included Greek Hebrew Arabic Russian Cyrillic and German Fraktur For some reason the Cyrillic alphabet interested me and I decided to learn more Over the next several years I located books and cassette s and any other source of information on Russian Along the way my interest extended beyond Russian alone and I began actively seeking out material s for learning any language I could think of the more obscure or difficult sounding the better Nineteen odd years after I was taken by the rear cover of a disintegrating dictionary I speak ten languages fluently and varying amounts of several more One thing that I do not intend to discuss at any length is how I was able to learn so many languages Simply put I do not have any real explanation While I imagine that it most likely is some combination of innate ability motivation and having started studying languages before the age of ten it is difficult to be any more specific I agree generally with Noam Chomsky et al that the use and comprehension of language is likely an innate human trait and that it follows that there is most likely some natural variation in the language acquisition faculty When I refer to a language acquisition faculty I am not referring necessarily to an anatomical language acquisition centre that could be located and studied microscopic ally though the existence of such a centre seems plausible Rather I am referring to a predisposition toward the mental faculties that increase the probability of acquiring a second third etc language Most important among these in my view are flexibility and intuition Flexibility refers to the ability to partially restructure one s system of verbal association s and relationship s In order to successfully learn a language one must be able to associate for example the concept of tree with the utterance Baum Similarly one must be able to hear zhenonjenavistníchestvo and associate it with and to associate with kyôiku chokugo Flexibility as I use it also includes the ability to adapt to new thought process es which is essential when learning languages with radically different syntax and modes of expression Intuition in the sense in which it is important to language acquisition is the ability to suspend pre existing knowledge from other particularly unrelated languages in order to make full use of context and other cue s to figure out the meaning of a word phrase or expression Most likely it is because of these factor s and the mental agility they imply that language learning is most effective before the age of ten Prior to age ten the brain is still in its formative stages There is much more leeway for acquisition of new thought patterns and a greater degree of malleability L1 first language acquisition is still in its relatively early stages as well Starting at age ten the current theory goes the linguistically relevant areas of the brain e g associative auditory cortex temporal lobe are increasingly hardwired thus the ability to learn a new language after that age is significantly reduced In my opinion while my basis for saying so is largely anecdotal this conclusion should be qualified In my own experience the age of ten should not be assigned talisman ic value in determining whether to start learning a language However early foreign language exposure is at least an important factor in the ability or lack thereof to learn a language later in life The more foreign language exposure one has in early years the greater the probability of acquiring an additional language even after the decade mark is reached Often there is a tendency toward excessive determinism in speaking about language acquisition People often say similarly to those who might assert that age ten is some sort of cutoff point that it is impossible to learn an L2 second language to the same degree of proficiency as one has with an L1 and similar statements This is usually a case of broad allegations and narrow proof the data adduce d in support of these deterministic claims usually come nowhere near supporting such far reaching conclusions Suffice it to say for our current purposes that there are myriad factors at work and any one or group of several acting jointly could conceivably influence an individual s ability to learn a language decisively L EARNING A L ANGUAGE S OME S UGGESTIONS Maximise Exposure to the Language If you hope to have any idea of how the language you want to learn is actually spoken finding some way to get exposure to people who speak the language is key There are a number of ways to do this Meeting and socialising with people from a country or region where your desired language is spoken is always worth considering although if you re looking to learn a more obscure language such as Bella Coola or a recently deceased language such as Ubykh this method will be of limited utility A good alternative is to find audio recordings or broadcast s in the language you re studying There are plenty of resources online for both A short wave radio doesn t hurt either Don t worry about not understanding much at first even if you re not picking up vocabulary you can still get a feel for pronunciation tone and other important elements of speech Written material is also highly useful and easily available on the Internet Yahoo and similar directories can point you to lists of periodical s from pretty much any country Reading these with or without a decent bilingual dictionary is often quite useful for vocabulary building and facilitate s the understanding of the common structure s of the language and other important information Cities with large immigrant communities will often have free newspapers in the community s language Even instruction manual s can be useful although many are poorly translated Music is also useful even when just starting out For one thing it is invaluable as a pronunciation guide as lyrics are generally available online or elsewhere The key to using music is to find singer s with relatively standard pronunciation and clear enunciation Some suggested listening arranged by language 1 German Die Toten Hosen Herbert Grönemeyer Die Ärzte Rosenstolz Spanish Ricardo Arjona El último de la fila Victor Jara Maná Enanitos verdes Italian Laura Pausini Lorenzo Jovanotti Punkreas Ligabue Japanese B z Mr Children SMAP Kemuri Zard Russian TATU French MC Solaar NTM Turkish Grup Yorum Yeni Türkü Sertab Erener Sebnem Ferah Swedish Lisa Nilsson Finnish Juice Leskinen Learn to Analyse Once you ve begun to progress in your study of a language and have at least a small vocabulary to fall back on it s important to begin to use what you do know to help you figure out what you don t There are a number of ways of going about this and each has advantage s and disadvantage s One common way of doing this often unintentionally is by reaching for the dictionary every time one encounters an unknown word or expression This is generally not the best way however if a dictionary is to be used it s important to make conscious use of the tool assuming that you have a halfway decent dictionary which is rarely the case The first thing to do when looking up words used in something you are reading is to look at the pattern s that emerge what is their relative placement in the sentence A more advanced and more useful version is to obtain the original and a translation of a given book I often use the works of John Grisham or Stephen King and read them side by side The side by side method 2 is generally much more useful than the dictionary hunt and peck method While the dictionary will give you a literal translation often at random of the individual words and phrase s you look up it does not put them the needed context nor does it always do the full job of translation While this may be unproblematic in many cases though almost never in the case of non Indo European languages it leaves much to be desired when dealing with more articulate or idiomatic texts Using two versions of the same work side by side does not eliminate this problem entirely there is always the possibility of a mistranslation but it certainly reduces it Looking at two language versions of the same sentence side by side provides a wealth of information structural and syntactical information what goes where vocabulary as well as slang and idioms that dictionaries may not cover Diagram ming can come in handy As you begin to line up the elements of the original and translated sentence start to put together a tree diagram of the structure of the sentence Figure out what elements are grouped together How are things categorise d Does specification go from general to specific or specific to general 3 It helps in this context to have an awareness of one s own language although this exercise often awakens that awareness How are the overall patterns differing from what you re used to This helps to understand the underlying thought processes which is essential in order to achieve anything approaching fluency Indeed fluency might well be defined as the point in the language learning curve at which one stops thinking in translation and instead is able to think directly in the target language Enjoy Yourself Learning a foreign language can be deadly dull particularly the way foreign languages are generally taught in school s and universities Boredom can shorten the attention span and reduce the amount of information you actually successfully assimilate

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  • For Adam - Everything2.com
    But not you And not I Now it is night and you walk away from the fire and into the darkness I nudge my lover and look after you He nods his awareness and says I m going to go demand he talks to me He has to talk about it and he s gone into the dark after you You re both gone a long silent time When at last I have to go and find a private place to empty my bladder I take the direction you ve gone in I m not quite going after you but I am glad when I see you there together and hear that neither of your voices are tearful or angry I call out to you on my way past and on the way back come briefly over I smile in the direction of my lover and hope he sees me but it s you I touch mateily on the shin I ve been worried about you You OK now Yep you both answer and my lover adds He s been talking I m relieved and go back to the fire and the conversations and soon after you walk back side by side My lover comes to me and tells me of your regard for me and I feel glad and sad together Now it s midnight and my lover is holding me close I m drunk and staggering and I hear the words he says to me with a bittersweet catch in my throat and in return I tell him the words that have been loud in my mind for the last few months and we are together Then he s whispering He has her She s in his arms and that s what he wants and I m happy for you and sad knowing that the song will soon be over and your arms empty again And then it s 3 in the morning and there are a very few of us left at the fireside You complain of sore feet and I undo your shoes and give you a foot rub I feel kind and companionable The three of us are the only real people here and there s a web of love between us with spreading tendrils and filaments shimmering The other chaps and the clever witty surface conversation are shadows There s really just him and you and me In this moment I could take you back to our tent to lie held between our bodies held stroked soothed loved I m very drunk Then you moan gently as I probe a particularly tender area and I am filled with remorse flooding into and over me like a splash of cold water I meant to relax you I hope the sound was only that My lover goes to bed and I collect your shoes and socks for you then follow him As we begin to make love I hope suddenly that no sound comes from us

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  • Windows tries to cover up its mistakes - Everything2.com
    Message Considering that I first heard that notepad CAN do that trick only about 6 hours ago that was some weird coincidence My frined is a MicroSoft hater so he immediately took the screenshot pasted it in M paint and tried to save it Guess what hapened next Paint crashed too Fortunately enough I was able to get a screenshot of Crashed Pain t with the message of crashed notepad inside Point being M Windows is trying to hide it s most miserable mistakes Update 04 37 Tue Sep 26 2000 Thanks to novalis the screenshot is now available online http web novalis org e2 necromancer html Page category obsolete software I like it 1 C An open letter from Metallica screenshot Nobuo Uematsu If the problem persists contact the program vendor it s vs its notepad Windows 9x does not have true memory protection 127 0 0 1 Today s handy tip maintaining multiple E2 accounts on one computer GPF msdos sys Novalis Girlface Nuke And Pave dead letter box TWAJS drop protection Investigative reporting left hander M Bill Gates is a character owned by Microsoft Corporation inline skating Pain Log in or register to write something here or

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  • What do we do? - Everything2.com
    Some of us prefer disorganization and I m okay with that As long as the paperwork s clean We elect kings hereditary presidents infallible spiritual leaders dark demons of the lower world We like the dark We eat things And subsequently expel the waste matter if we live long enough Sometimes even in death I m told Let s see anything else Nope think we ve pretty much covered it A humbabba rescued nodeshell your donations at work I like it We fear change Everything Theory work Jesus miserable Free will A Long Tugging Feeling Editor Log September 16 2000 This toilet is connected to the internet Turbulence paperwork response Kings salami organized crime organized religion Death Everything Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors Sign in Login Password remember me Lost password Sign up Need help accounthelp everything2 com Recommended Reading About Everything2 User Picks 2016 New Hampshire Democratic Primary Thomas Atkins transfinite induction September 11 2002 Not All Who Are Lost Wandered Super bowl babies Editor Picks Trainspotting La Everythingaise The Fire Sermon Last Ergs Trap Dominate Fuck Rio Negro massacres background New Writeups Eternal September idea by Tem42 2016 New Hampshire Democratic

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