Archive for July, 2005

I, Moravec

Monday, July 25th, 2005

I kind of dozed off this afton while watching something about UFOs on History Channel (gist: the US government knows all about them and even has plans drawn up in case of crash landings/accidents and invasions…blah blah blah) and came back to our lovely little planet about an hour later, in the middle of a […]

What if everything around you

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

Isn’t quite as it seems?
What if all the world you think you know
Is an elaborate dream?
And if you look at your reflection
Is it all you wanted to be?
What if you could look right through the cracks;
Would you find yourself,
Find yourself afraid to see?
Just got around to buying the new Nine Inch Nails album the other […]

Hear, hear!

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

John Fry here on Chomsky on corpus linguistics.
You’ll remember I posted about the same thing around the same time. But not so eloquently, alas!

Beam him up: Scotty

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Just heard on CNN that James Doohan, the actor who played “Scotty” in the Star Trek series & movies, died Wednesday. He was 85.
Xinhuanet news reports that Doohan’s ashes will be launched into space by a company marketing “out-of-this-world memorial services”.
Requiescat in pace, inter astra.

They literally couldn’t see the ships…datte

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

I read this a few hours ago somewhere but neglected to mark it down. (I’ll update this if I can find it again.) Took this long to set off the WTF alarms.
Something to the effect that when Columbus arrived in the New World, the natives on the island were literally unable to see his ships […]

Natter Nanny Natsuko

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

Let’s be clear about this: I loathe Natsuko Toda. Not the actual woman, of course, I’m sure she’s a nice enough little bappa when you get to know her. I mean her jimusho persona and all it represents. I know she herself isn’t directly responsible for every subtitle blooper that comes out under her name […]

How about “Ebonycs”?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

For African American Vernacular English, called “Black English” when I was starting my linguistics classes. Based on a line in this post by John McWhorter on Language Log.
Yeah…and then we could call “White English” Ivorycs. And get Jacko and Sir Paul to reunite to sing the theme for the docudrama! I could get down with […]

Circular Reasoning

Monday, July 18th, 2005

Bridget Samuels of ilani ilani quotes Norbert Hornstein in this post, thus:
Now let’s be clear — every explanation is circular. It’s just a matter of how wide the circle is. If it reduces to a point, that’s a problem… but if you go around from here to here to here and come back to where […]

Completely inappropriate response

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

This will be my last movie post for a while, lest this become just another mediablog.
Kudos to the makers of Johnny English (starring Rowan Atkinson, aka “Mr Bean”) for providing Japanese learners worldwide with an example of a totally inappropriate response to the common toast kampai:
Kimi-no musume-tachi ni chiisai chinchin-ga tsuite imasu you.
I was laughing […]

A final quote (re WotW 2005)

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

“…in most cases, the truth of a film to the book is entirely up to the honor, intelligence, and artistic integrity of the filmmakers.”
Ursula K. LeGuin, discussing the (evidently horrible) adaptation of her Earthsea novels in an essay on Locus Online.
Let’s hope Stevebo’s ears are burning (or that he’s sneezing his nose off, in keeping […]

The Man on the Mars

Monday, July 11th, 2005

(Note to any of my students reading this: That is NOT good English! You don’t need the the’s.)
Yesterday afternoon I caught the second installment of what must be an NHK series on space exploration, again on the (Future?) History Channel; second after the one I watched last week. (I could have watched this one last […]

Uchuu Sensou (aka The War of the Worlds)

Sunday, July 10th, 2005

WARNING: The following contains spoilers; if you haven’t gone to see Steven Spielberg’s The War of the Worlds yet…don’t bother. Wait until it’s out on video/DVD or your local cable/satellite service.
Well, maybe that’s a bit too harsh. It’s worth seeing it in the theatre for the visuals and the audio impact. (Afterthought: I felt […]

Viddying the telly

Saturday, July 9th, 2005

Yesterday I revisited the Inchoatus site after a somewhat lengthy hiatus and happened across, among other interesting things, their “review - conversation” of the new Battlestar Galactica series. This was the first I had heard of it.
Now, I have to admit that as a highschool student I was a rabbid fan of the original […]

Um, Geoff, make that five…

Saturday, July 9th, 2005

People who have not yet read The Da Vinci Code, that is. Provided that Poser and Yee have not broken down and done so since you posted on May 2, 2004. (Yeah, I know, I’m coming to this one really late!) I haven’t read it, and really feel no urge to. […]

The day of dogs of summer…

Friday, July 8th, 2005

Been a bit self-occupied the last day or two; just noticed the news about the bombings in London yesterday.
Cowards. There’s nothing brave or heroic in attacking civilians. Never has been, never will. I don’t care how many biblical verses or quranic ayat you cite in justification. (If you think it’s your […]