Skip to main content

Learning a Different Language

Cuneiform was the first known form of written ...Image via Wikipedia As I sit here and listen to the television as I work, I often hear commercials for the RosettaStone software that touts itself as " The Fastest Way to Learn a New Language. Guaranteed".  My first criticism, which is slight and certainly unimportant, is with the word "New" in this quote.  I read this two ways.  I believe that it should read "The Fastest Way to Learn a [Different] Language...", because how I read it, and I am probably in a minority of people who read this as I do, is that the word "New" is as a New Language, as in a language newly created and not one of the world's indigenous languages.  For example, the Klingon language from the Star Trek series is new in that it was invented by a linguist and not a language born from long, human evolutionary process (this needs clarification, and I will get to it shortly).  I believe after reading just what I've written that perhaps my logic is flawed, but more on this later.

I think how others read the quoted sentence is that they see "New" as a new language for them, as in a language other than their native tongue and one that they do not know.  For example, I have wanted to learn such languages as Spanish, French, etc., or the dead languages such as Latin and ancient Greek (these for the reason that I would like to read various philosophical texts in their original language).

Enhanced by Zemanta


Popular posts from this blog

Brainstorming, Mind Mapping, Curio

I use this really cool Mac OS X  (I mean, is there really anything better than a Mac?) software by Zengobi called Curio.  While it lacks many of the things I would like to see in such an application--you really can't go by what I write here because what I want hasn't yet been imagined, except by me of course and I am too lazy to do anything about it--it has great potential and I think that if Zengobi has the vision it can become even more powerful which is really cool.

Part of what it gives you is mind mapping, but unlike mind mapping tools that are all about just mind mapping, Curio gives you a blank canvas onto which you can drop any kind of resource such as images, documents, web pages, etc.  And you can organize all of these sorts of things as mind maps or structured lists.  Or you don't need to do that at all.  You can just be free to layout everything randomly.

It is also a project management application, but it looks nothing like any project management software.  Th…

Quilling and Chilling

Perhaps it's because I own a scrapbooking and papercraft store.  Perhaps it is the artist within.  Perhaps it's sheer boredom as I suffer this long period of employment drought.  But whatever it is, I've decided to learn more about papercrafts and especially something called quilling or paper filigree.

I'm not quite sure why I find fascination in such things.  I am a computer geek, programmer, software developer, etc.  It must go back to my childhood and my fascination with creating arts and crafts.  As a budding artist my bud was snipped from the tree of art, and I never did pursue it. But I love color.  I love how to mix it to create new colors, how to place complimentary colors together, how to match and blend and create things with color.

The tools and the techniques of quilling are deceptively simple.  I say deceptively because although it appears at first that you are simply rolling paper around a slotted rod, forming the rolled paper into one of a few basic shapes…

Breastfeeding, Facebook, Obscenity and Idiocy

So I've been hearing on Fox Snooze that facebook had removed a photo of a woman who was breastfeeding her child public (as apposed to an adult, which is a separate issue entirely).  Facebook did concede and allow these sorts of photos to be posted, but there still might be a lawsuit brought against them by a coalition of women.  Whatever.

Now, two opposing views, both by women.  One says that it's a natural thing to breastfeed an infant and that it is not pornography nor is it obscene, which is facebook's policy for sensoring photos that are "pornography" and/or "obscene".  The other says that she doesn't want to see this on facebook, that this sort of thing should be done at home in private.

I see problems with both arguments.  First, yes, it is a natural thing to breastfeed.  But is having sex and nudity.  Why?  Most everyone has sex, and I imagine that it is prevalent to have sex in the nude, unless you consider dry humping whatever the hell tha…