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And the LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another's speech." So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.

Genesis 11:6-8, ESV

17:36 < oxfordgirl> ("....nothing that they propose to do will not be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language..."; and the TEACHER did say, "What the FUCK, man? I have been YEARS constructing that. Don't you fucking start."; and the MERCHANT did say, "Okay, no, look, multiple currencies were enough. Don't. Just don't."...)
17:37 < oxfordgirl> (and the SMITH was all like, "No, sorry, perfect community requires monolinguistic intercomprehensibility, also, I will CUT you," and the HUNTRESS was too busy giggling about mooncups to pay attention; and the WEAVER did slink therefore into a corner and say, "Sorry, guys, it was just an idea...")

#maelfroth, 17/06/2009
bouteillebleu: (fickle companion)
Found this on my HD today. I made it a while ago, but I didn't realise how much it was going to mirror what our characters have got up to:

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Today is linkspam day.

1. Management theory

Because I'm curious about what happens to companies when they go from being fairly small to getting rapidly larger. [livejournal.com profile] kingofwrong recommended looking at reading lists for MBAs, but do any of you guys have suggestions for reading?

Here are some things I've found so far, though:
* Rankings of MBA programmes for 2006, so I know where to look for reading lists
* Joel Spolsky's suggested MBA curriculum
* The Personal MBA Manifesto, which links to a list of books
* Wikipedia's page on Theory X and Theory Y, a comparison of theories of management (based on whether the manager trusts their employer to work if not forced to)

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2. "How to read non-fiction"

http://www.si.umich.edu/~pne/PDF/howtoread.pdf

Has some interesting advice about reading books through three times, and also mentions annotating them in the third pass through to maximise how much you absorb.

An open question to readers - do you annotate books you own? For example, to correct mistakes (one of my housemakes marks errata in some of his computer science books). What about commenting in them?

Have you ever come across annotations or marginal notes in books you borrowed, from a friend or a library? Anything interesting?

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3. XWiki

I've been looking at wiki systems recently, and came across XWiki.

It appears to be marketing itself differently from other wiki systems I've seen. Specifically, it calls itself a "second generation wiki".

I'm not sure what they were saying on that page. I think they were saying that XWiki is not just a wiki system, it can also be used to run blogs and collaborative applications.

I'm going to investigate XWiki to see:
(a) if I can install it on my own machine at home, rather than needing a server running Apache
(b) if I can edit the XWikiCodeMacro system to do syntax highlighting for languages other than XML, Java and SQL
(c) if it's actually tolerable as a wiki system, because right now it confuses me simply because I'm not used to it (unlike UseModWiki and MediaWiki, both of which I'm vaguely familiar with).

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4. Bob the Friendly Eidolon

And finally, [livejournal.com profile] aquarionical gives a Rule 7 thread a much-needed dose of humour and sense:

http://forums.rule7.co.uk/FindPost41313.aspx

You rock, Aquarion. :)
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100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know

Of the whole list, I think I can define about 70 or 80, and demonstrate the most common context you would use the remaining 20 or 30 in while not being entirely sure of their exact meaning.

I'm not quite sure what the point of the list is, though. There are two I can think of, one charitable and the other uncharitable:

* Charitable: Finding out what these words mean makes you find out about the contexts where they're used, which means you'll learn a lot about language, literature, science, logic, mathematics, politics and economics; they're indicators of a good all-round education.

* Uncharitable: Knowing these words means you can sound like you've had a good all-round education when you've not looked further than the pages of this book.

Anyway, here are some further thoughts about sections of the word list. )
bouteillebleu: (Goth)
I think Duncan has infected me with Goth. I spent yesterday evening wandering around shops in the Grafton looking for new trousers, and grumbling at all the shoe shops because none of the boots were stompy enough. Want New Rocks, damn it, because black clothes with white trainers just look silly.

Not that being infected with gothness is a bad thing. I think I'll have to go back to Camden at some point for shoe-buying.

Speaking of being infected, I have not posted recently because all the LJ posts I have written have been pure LARP-froth. They have also been private-locked because of insane amounts of theorising and information that I don't want to reveal out-of-character. I've been busy plottyscheming over the holidays, and I think everyone else has been doing the same.

The first interactive back is going to be very fun.



(Mwa ha ha ha ha.)
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I just had one of those moments where I realised the world is smaller than I think.

I was reading through old threads on Making Light, specifically the one about the Atlanta Nights hoax. In the middle somewhere, the Da Vinci Code was brought up as an example of a very bad first sentence to a novel, and a review of it confirmed that the rest of it is just as bad.

Then I looked at who'd written the review, and it was someone who'd also written a very funny book on linguistics called The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax.

From Atlanta Nights to linguistics in two steps. It's not a link I ever expected to make.
bouteillebleu: (When we invaded Rome)
I really need to stop making animated usericons. My icon page is beginning to make me dizzy.

I've figured out a vague theme for the title of last year's NaNo - something involving doors, which was one of the ideas I originally had that sparked off the magic system. (Not much remains of that original idea, though.) The working title is thus now "Threshold", which will probably be the title for a long while yet since it takes too much effort to think up a better one.

Am working on a long list of plot holes in After Forever, and beginning to see that I'll need to rewrite immediately once I finish it. I'll finish it before rewriting, though, since then I'll have something definite to rewrite. And I do need to get used to the discipline of actually finishing a story.

The "thoughts on university" were prompted by talking to a friend, and also thinking about advice I once read, along the lines of "only work on what you're interested in". This presents a problem, as often I'm not all that interested in what I've got to do. At least, I'm often not interested in sitting down and reading textbooks. Once I've started some of the reading, I can work from there, and when I know enough to write an essay plan I can work out an essay from there. Finding something to capture my attention is hit and miss, though.

Read more... )

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialisation is for insects." -- Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love. [Emphasis mine.]
bouteillebleu: (Arcueid in a bucket // Tsukihime)
This is what I get for browsing the shelves in the Linguistics section of the UL. I found a book called The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes by Graham Ritchie (published in 2004). It's not interesting in itself, but it did have one joke in the appendix that I quite liked.

I'd written it out, and then I discovered that the author of the book actually got it from www.jokesgallery.com, which meant I needn't have bothered.

So instead of writing it out, I present:

Silent Battle With The Pope.
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This is the best film trailer I have ever seen. Even though - and perhaps because - it has nothing to do with the film it's advertising.

(There's a larger version here, which can be downloaded, unlike the first link.)

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