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Them thar' Foreign Languages [Oct. 20th, 2014|09:47 am]
So I finally posted a real post in my German Livejournal superigel, the first real post in months. I decided I should try to post there again to keep my German from getting really rusty. I'm also trying to brush up on my Spanish. Being from California, my Spanish really should be much better. To that end, apart from turning on Univision now and then while I'm working, I downloaded a Duolingo app for Android. It's not a bad app, but I started from the beginning so I could review my basic Spansih. This means saying really, really dorky things such as "La Mujer come pescado." (The woman eats fish.) You know, sentences for beginners that use phrases you would never actually use in real life. When o' when would you ever say to anyone "The woman eats fish"???

One of the reasons I learned German was because I didn't want to be yet another American who only speaks English. You go around Europe, and so many Europeans speak two, three, or more languages. I'm going after Spanish because it's so prevalant here that it, in my opinion, doesn't count as a foreign language. If only Yankees could get into the mix and absorb other languages, we might get to the point where, when an American says they're going to learn a foreign language, they're talking about a language that isn't English or Spanish.

Anywho, such is the adventure of language learning. Sheesh!

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Race report: Portland Marathon - (Not) taking it Personally and Hot, Hot, Hot! [Oct. 7th, 2014|11:59 am]
Last Sunday I ran the Portland Marathon. It was my fourteenth completed marathon and my first successful Portland Marathon attempt.

Completing this marathon was a big deal for me, because last year I DNF'd the Portland Marathon when I strained my calf just after mile five. Last year's Portland Marathon was my first attempt to run a marathon outside of California. (I acheived that goal last February when I ran the Austin Marathon.) Shortly after that DNF, I signed up for the Portland Marathon again, right after I got home.

So you could say this time it was personal, only it wasn't going to be easy. In a case of history repeating itself, three weeks before this marathon I strained my calf during my 20 mile long training run, right before I was going to start my taper. You can imagine how I felt about that. (Portland Marathon simply cursed for me?)

So in the three weeks leading up to the Portland Marathon I was stretching, foam rolling, visiting my PT once a week, and eating Naproxen like they were M&Ms. I also got some advice from my original PT, who had sinced moved out of my area. She cautioned not to take this Portland Marathon personally, to not look at it as a grudge match between my strained body parts and this race. Instead, I should just try and see it as a another race, and to not assault my strained calf with all of that negative energy that was just going to bring about bad hoodoo and make this event less than what it was supposed to be: A challenging and fun race, and another opportunity to challenge myself, rather than fight my past.

I tried as much as possible to take her advice to heart. Her suggestion was to envision how I wanted the race to go. I decided on an easy race in which I would simply try to have fun.

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The new kid on the block Ello and open advice to Facebook [Sep. 26th, 2014|07:18 am]
X-posted at my blog Terminal Berkeley Denizen...

So there's this new beta test social network called Ello that's making some waves. It's even being promoted all over Facebook. How big is the buzz? Despite the fact that you need an invite from an already registered member to join, Ello's servers got overloaded because of all the incoming traffic.

Ello is trying to create a new kind of social media site, as it wants to run itself via volunteers and donations in order to avoid advertising altogether. It also wants to keep it simple. Its interface is so simple that many people aren't sure how to use it.

But the attraction of Ello has very little to do with Ello itself. The reason why this new social media site is generating so much buzz is because people are feeling very disaffected by Facebook.

Facebook is like that relationship you just can't get out of: It was fun at first, and now it's kinda meh, but it hasn't gotten bad enough that you feel it's necessary to break up alotgether, especially since you're so used to it and rely on it so much. You would break up, but then you would lose all those friends and all those rides to work in Facebook's nice new car, along with its cooking, even though the sex has gotten really boring.

So when a new social media face comes along people get interested. VERY interested! The relationship is bad enough that you're really looking for a way out, and a new relationship might be a way to escape.

Red the rest, including my open advice to FB!Collapse )
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Race Report: Napa Valley Ragnar - Crazy From the Heat! [Sep. 23rd, 2014|09:10 am]
Last weekend I ran in the Napa Valley Ragnar Relay on the team 33 hours in Paradise. It was my 12th Ragnar overall and my 4th Napa Valley Ragnar.

For those of you not familiar with a Ragnar Relay: The Ragnar Relay is a long-distance relay race a la' Hood to Coast. The average team has 12 runners, and the course is around 200 miles long. Each runner runs 3 legs of 3 to 9 miles, and the race takes an average of 30 hours to complete. The runners get from exchange to exchange via two passeneger vans. While one van's runners are running, the other van is resting and trying to get some sleep. For more info, check out this link.

My Teammates:

Our fearless leader was Cathy, whose team I ran on last year. In my van was a few other compatriots from last year's team: Ragnar veteran Stephanie, Damon the tall guy, (More than half a foot taller than my 6'1" self,) and our fearless van leader Erica, who was my van leader last year. We also had two Ragnar newbies: Scott and Beth.

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Three Questions - Foreign and "Foreign" languages [Sep. 16th, 2014|12:24 pm]
1. - What languages do you speak? (Start off with your mother tongue!)

2. - What language or languages that you aren't currently fleunt in would you like to learn?

3. - Write something in a language other than English. (Just a quickie if nothing else.)
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I've been using a new form of language lately. [Sep. 2nd, 2014|10:13 am]
Deutsch + English = Denglish.

Spanish + English - Spanglish.

Spanish + Deutsch? Speutsch!

"Yo estoy muy müde."

"Necesito mas Geld. ¡Deshalb trabajo heute!"

"¡Mensch! ¿Estas loco? ¡Verdammte pendejo!" (Driving Speutsch!)
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Three Questions - Yes, I know, I know, it's still only August! [Aug. 27th, 2014|11:44 am]
1 - Halloween! We're going out. What do you want us to dress up as?

2 - I invite you over for a Thanksgiving potluck. Whatcha gonna bring?

3 - Of the three big Fall/Winter Holidays, which one is your favorite?
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I Know a Lot of Musicians - Viddys of Music I've taken Over the Years [Aug. 18th, 2014|11:08 pm]
So last Friday night I saw my friend Anne-Marie Sanderson sing at the Velo Rouge cafe' in San Francisco. I took a couple of viddys, and uploaded the best one to Youtube:

I listen to all kinds of music, and most of my friends are musicians, ergo I've taken plenty o' music viddys. Check em' out...

All kindsa music under thee LJ cut!Collapse )
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Three Questions - Trail by Combat! [Aug. 4th, 2014|07:40 am]
1. - I have declared these proceedings a sham and demand a Trail by Combat! Who will be your champion? (Someone from your friends list!)

2. - Who was your first pick who turned you down? (Also from your friendslist!)

3. - And who's gonna save your tucas from the dungeon and sneak you away when everything goes South? (Friendslist!)


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Bow Before Those Who Would Dain to Destroy You! [Jul. 30th, 2014|10:37 am]
So ghost_light asked in a three question post, "Today is also National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day, what would you imagine that means?"

This was my answer:

"It means you buy a good sized block of your favorite cheese and you sacrifice it to the God or Gods that may destroy you by throwing it into your most likely brewing natural disaster. This is highly convenient if you live near a volcano, or a good sized river that's always threatening to overflow. However it is more difficult if your region has earthquakes or tornadoes as recurring natural disasters. (Throw into the faultline or into the wind!)"

What do you think it means?
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