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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2190 on: February 08, 2014, 05:14:57 PM »
Today I was talking with two coworkers: one Australian and one American. We were all discussing the Olympics and the Australian said that he was always a little disappointed that he didn't get to watch his own country's athletes on tv: rather he had to hunt for videos online. Our American coworker was surprised that:

A) Australia has a winter Olympic team (But it's summer there now!)
B) That an Australian wouldn't automatically want to watch all the American competitors (But we're the best!)

We set him straight and he left us with the classic line "Huh, I never thought of that before!"

At least we get some snow here in Australia.  Not like Jamaica - and their bobsled team qualified this year too!

Tonga has a one person team.

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« Reply #2191 on: February 08, 2014, 07:19:25 PM »
I just wish it were easier to watch Olympics coverage if you don't have TV.  We don't get a broadcast signal and don't subscribe to cable.  It would be really nice if NBC would put *all* of it online, instead of just the bits and pieces they feel like doing.  I would particularly have liked to show my girls the Parade of Nations.  It's one of my favorite parts of the start of the Olympics, but I can't find it at all.  I don't have a cable account, so I can't log in to see anything.  I'd be happy to watch a bunch of commercials if I could then actually see the Parade of Nations.  I wouldn't even mind it being broken up with a commercial between every few countries, I just wish they'd show it somehow.  We never got to see it at all in the summer Olympics, which was sad as we were in the midst of studying world geography and it would have been really nice.

(And yes, I've seen plenty of directions for how to see the Olympics illegally, but I can't find any *legal* way to do it.)

On the plus side, my parents have a DVR and have been recording, so maybe when we visit them they'll still have it and we can watch it.  Not ideal, as it would be nice to be visiting with them when we're there.  But it's an option.

Are you in the US?  Because everything IS online. I woke up this morning to see that an American had won the first gold medal. So I watched the full event on the Olympic site.

 If you are not in the US then what is available to you may not be up to NBC but May have to do with their contracts in various countries.

As far as I can tell, NBC still does require you to be a cable subscriber to see more than five minutes a day on their site.  There will probably be YouTube clips of things in the future, if you know where to look, but it's not the same as actually getting to watch something when you know what you want to see.

I just posted the link to all of the event replays for Saturday in the Winter Olympics thread.  I'll try and post a link each day.  Ping me if I don't remember :)  Those of you in other countries may have some media encoding issues.

And no you don't have to be a subscriber to view the olympic videos.  Regular NBC and Universal sports, maybe.  Olympics, no. 

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« Reply #2192 on: February 08, 2014, 10:25:24 PM »
I would like to quietly remind us that this not an Olympic thread but "Silly things you've had to tell people" - oh.

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« Reply #2193 on: February 08, 2014, 11:00:44 PM »
This will be the third Olympics I haven't watched the coverage has been horrible and the TV Guide worse. I just want to watch some gymnastics. Putting Olympics (list of 20 sports including gymnastics) 8am - 12pm doesn't make me want to watch for four hours instead of 15 minutes, it makes me go do something else instead.
I'm confused. This is the Winter Olympics- gymnastics are part of the Summer Olympics.

I got fed up with the last Summer Olympics, didn't watch the Winter, Summer and this Winter Olympics.

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« Reply #2194 on: February 08, 2014, 11:26:17 PM »
DH told me the other night told me that until I told him, he though Leningrad became Stalingrad when in fact they're two different cities. I used to think that and it'd an easy mistake to make.

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« Reply #2195 on: February 09, 2014, 03:31:17 AM »
One of them went back to being called St Petersburg, right?
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« Reply #2196 on: February 09, 2014, 04:29:55 AM »
Yes, that was Leningrad that did that. It was first St Petersburg, then Petrograd, then Leningrad and now back to St Petersburg. Stalingrad is now called Volgagrad.

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« Reply #2197 on: February 09, 2014, 06:33:58 AM »
Yes, that was Leningrad that did that. It was first St Petersburg, then Petrograd, then Leningrad and now back to St Petersburg.

Much-told joke from Soviet times: a conversation between a census-taker, and a resident of the city concerned.

"Where were you born?"  "St. Petersburg."

"Where did you go to school?"   "Petrograd."

"Where do you live now?"   "Leningrad."

"Where would you like to live now?"   "St. Petersburg."

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« Reply #2198 on: February 09, 2014, 11:25:40 AM »
I just wish it were easier to watch Olympics coverage if you don't have TV.  We don't get a broadcast signal and don't subscribe to cable.  It would be really nice if NBC would put *all* of it online, instead of just the bits and pieces they feel like doing.  I would particularly have liked to show my girls the Parade of Nations.  It's one of my favorite parts of the start of the Olympics, but I can't find it at all.  I don't have a cable account, so I can't log in to see anything.  I'd be happy to watch a bunch of commercials if I could then actually see the Parade of Nations.  I wouldn't even mind it being broken up with a commercial between every few countries, I just wish they'd show it somehow.  We never got to see it at all in the summer Olympics, which was sad as we were in the midst of studying world geography and it would have been really nice.

(And yes, I've seen plenty of directions for how to see the Olympics illegally, but I can't find any *legal* way to do it.)

On the plus side, my parents have a DVR and have been recording, so maybe when we visit them they'll still have it and we can watch it.  Not ideal, as it would be nice to be visiting with them when we're there.  But it's an option.

Are you in the US?  Because everything IS online. I woke up this morning to see that an American had won the first gold medal. So I watched the full event on the Olympic site.

 If you are not in the US then what is available to you may not be up to NBC but May have to do with their contracts in various countries.

As far as I can tell, NBC still does require you to be a cable subscriber to see more than five minutes a day on their site.  There will probably be YouTube clips of things in the future, if you know where to look, but it's not the same as actually getting to watch something when you know what you want to see.
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« Reply #2199 on: February 09, 2014, 02:53:13 PM »
I have a feeling that someday we'll be telling (younger) adults about stuff like commercial breaks, scheduling appointments around a favorite show, or finding only reruns on TV, and they'll be like  ???. Kind of like when my parents tried to tell me about TV being only in black and white, or how once a show aired, that was it, you never had the hope you might catch it again (until reruns were invented, and then VHS).
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« Reply #2200 on: February 09, 2014, 04:58:30 PM »
Yes, that was Leningrad that did that. It was first St Petersburg, then Petrograd, then Leningrad and now back to St Petersburg. Stalingrad is now called Volgagrad.

My husband loves to tell this joke: A journalist was interviewing an elderly man in Leningrad.
Where were you born? he's asked. "St. Petersburg."
Where did you grow up? "Petrograd"
Where do you live now? "Leningrad"
Where would you like to live? "St. Petersburg."


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« Reply #2201 on: February 09, 2014, 05:34:36 PM »
Today I was talking with two coworkers: one Australian and one American. We were all discussing the Olympics and the Australian said that he was always a little disappointed that he didn't get to watch his own country's athletes on tv: rather he had to hunt for videos online. Our American coworker was surprised that:

A) Australia has a winter Olympic team (But it's summer there now!)
B) That an Australian wouldn't automatically want to watch all the American competitors (But we're the best!)

We set him straight and he left us with the classic line "Huh, I never thought of that before!"

Just us, or did he think the whole southern hemisphere didn't compete?

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« Reply #2202 on: February 09, 2014, 05:36:23 PM »
It's not so much of a problem with the Winter Olympics, but I'm always irritated during the Summer Olympics that they don't cover all the sports. Fewer 'human interest' stories, more coverage of events like fencing and equestrian events!

Yes! Australia is OK at swimming internationally, I get it. But if you watch Olympic coverage, the first 6 days are the back of someone's head swimming up and down the pool. Heats, semi-finals, finals - every stroke of every race.

I want to see the hammer throw!

They always give priority to our medal-chance events.  I can guarantee if any of our hammer-throwers made the final, it would get televised.  I don't think its a sport we have excelled at in recent.

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« Reply #2203 on: February 09, 2014, 05:41:53 PM »
Teachers are under a lot of pressure to be "tolerant of different means of self-expression." This means, sometimes, not criticizing students for grammar, spelling, illegible handwriting, or other examples of non-conformity.

I can agree with this, to a point. I would hate to see a student pour out his/her heart in impassioned, and well-reasoned, prose, only to have it returned with "You split your infinitives - C+". On the other hand, it is a disservice to students who will have to write professionally not to teach them how to write in an accepted format. Unfortunately, a lot of graduates hit the working world with the attitude "as long as you know what I meant, it's fine."

Isn't there a happy medium? I'm pretty bad at spelling. And my grammar is pretty wonky. And lots not even start on my handwriting ok? But I've always loved to write and I'm pretty good writer. My teachers wouldn't mark me down terribly for spelling or grammar but rather give me tools to help me. Like insisting we always have someone proof read our work (by the way, it's always been my best friend, her writing isn't the best and dang can she spell and she's pretty good with grammar too. She's been proofing my work since grade school), or telling me to slow down, look words up, ect. And I'd get the same with my handwriting, just slow down a little. It's still not great, but it is legible and neat.

I'm not a teacher, nor do I play one on TV (which is good, because they're all twerking with students, or sleeping with students, really TV teachers have gotten quite terrible), but I'd want my pretend child to be able to formulate a decent sentence and also express themselves. I'm pretty sure they aren't mutually exclusive.

Though I did once have a boss who while checking her step-daughters homework, lost it over it being "sloppy" (didn't look too bad to me) and erased everything she'd done and made her re-do it. It was math homework and I guess her numbers were "sloppy", she really tore the poor girl down. So I could see it getting out of hand. Of course boss lady was not a nice person in general. There's an encouraging way to give criticism and a discouraging way. She was all about the discouraging way.

I think if you enjoy writing and do it even as a hobby, you owe it to yourself to improve your spelling and grammar skills.

And I think if you are in or want to be in a professional career where you will need to engage in written communication, it is a must.  If the lawyer I'm dealing with can't spell, how can I trust them to know the law?

If you have someone proofing your work, are you reviewing the corrections so you stop making them next time around?  Everyone makes mistakes, typos happen, but there's a huge difference in one typo and a letter than reads like a 5th grader wrote it.  Take pride in your work and present it in its best light, I say.

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2204 on: February 09, 2014, 05:58:21 PM »
I stopped reading a recent book when someone in King Arthur's court was playing cards (possible - although they might have been stained ivory, bone, or vellum rather than paper) and scooped up the horde of that they'd won. 

Sorry - that is "hoard" - not "horde" - it wasn't the first major mistake - but it was the last one.  Four mistakes of letting Spell Check substitute the wrong homonyms in four pages just went over my limit....if you don't know the term you mean...LOOK IT UP!

Get off my lawn, you young whippersnappers...and take your bad grammar & spelling with you!
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