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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6525 on: January 10, 2013, 07:59:55 AM »
I don't know if this is a stupid question, but I need help identifying a plant I read about a while ago that I can't remember the name of. It's from Brazil, small, 6-8 inches, I think, forms a round mound of shorter grass-like leaves with a single tall flower spike coming out of it. The flower spike is topped with a ball of small, daisy-like flowers that look metallic bronze before they're open. You'd think that with that detail I'd be able to name the darn thing, but I just can't. It's driving me crazy!

A type of Yucca? We have one but that plant gets about 5 foot tall.  Or maybe Agave.. similar to Yucca but can be much smaller.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6526 on: January 10, 2013, 08:08:18 AM »
I don't know if this is only in the UK, but on TV when presenters interview someone who does not speak english, how do they understand each other?
The interview is shown as a 2 way conversation, but with each speaking their own language (eg one english, one spanish, with the spanish subtitled for the viewers) with no pauses inbetween. I presume that there is editing involved, but frequently the camera angles are so varied (or interviews are carried out in a moving vehicle) that you can tell there is no interpreter in the near vacinity.

Maybe I have low expectations of the presenters, but I'm sure that most are not sufficiently bi-lingual to accomplish this unaided, or even good enough actors to ignore the invisible translator, or ignore the distraction from the invisible earpiece

It may be done by earpiece sometimes. You are hearing (and seeing) the presenter, but the person being interviewed is likely only hearing the interpreter. So if the interpreter has a list of questions from the presenter, they can rattle them off at the same time that the presenter is talking and the person on the other end will appear to understand every word. As an additional bonus, most 'live' segments are shot with a ten-second time delay (minimum) so they can bleep out bad words/etc.

There are some famous (and funny) incidents where TV producers forgot to do that delay and regretted it. ;D
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« Reply #6527 on: January 10, 2013, 08:15:18 AM »
I've seen programs where the host ask the question, say in english, then we hear the translator (as a voice over, the actor has an earpiece) ask the spanish actor the same question in spanish, actor respond in spanish, voice over translate the answer in english or the answer is dubbed in english as he speaks. 

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« Reply #6528 on: January 10, 2013, 09:47:00 AM »
Okay, I know an Anglophile is someone who loves all things British, but is there a word for someone who loves all things Irish? Or Celtic in general?

Edit: Oops sorry had to edit as my SO just informed me that this term is sometimes used as a slur.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6529 on: January 10, 2013, 06:52:43 PM »
The interpreters might be listening offstage, and translating into a microphone, which feeds to an earpiece for the interviewer and subject. The UN at least used to do simultaneous translation for their five official languages that way, made easier because whoever was addressing the meeting was using a microphone; delegates had a choice of language feeds. ("Used to" because I read about this years ago and am not up on current practice.)
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6530 on: January 11, 2013, 03:17:55 PM »
Is there a washable pad that can be used in the kitchen?  I have a renter that drinks coffee.  In an effort to be very thoughtful he places a paper towel under his coffee mugs that he keeps next to his coffee maker to catch spills so they won't stain my 1970 white with gold flecks laminate countertop.  I'm looking for something that would replace the paper towels he uses to eliminate the waste of paper, that's dishwasher safe and that's half the size of a cutting board.  Anybody know of any such thing?

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« Reply #6531 on: January 11, 2013, 03:20:50 PM »
Is there a washable pad that can be used in the kitchen?  I have a renter that drinks coffee.  In an effort to be very thoughtful he places a paper towel under his coffee mugs that he keeps next to his coffee maker to catch spills so they won't stain my 1970 white with gold flecks laminate countertop.  I'm looking for something that would replace the paper towels he uses to eliminate the waste of paper, that's dishwasher safe and that's half the size of a cutting board.  Anybody know of any such thing?

A coaster?

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« Reply #6532 on: January 11, 2013, 03:22:10 PM »
What about a dishrag, or kitchen towel?
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« Reply #6533 on: January 11, 2013, 03:23:26 PM »
Is there a washable pad that can be used in the kitchen?  I have a renter that drinks coffee.  In an effort to be very thoughtful he places a paper towel under his coffee mugs that he keeps next to his coffee maker to catch spills so they won't stain my 1970 white with gold flecks laminate countertop.  I'm looking for something that would replace the paper towels he uses to eliminate the waste of paper, that's dishwasher safe and that's half the size of a cutting board.  Anybody know of any such thing?

How about a cute trivet?  We picked up one that is like a piece of tile and is colorfully painted.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6534 on: January 11, 2013, 03:26:26 PM »
A table mat? Wipeable but not washable. I don't know what they are called in the US, but they are effectively coasters for plates.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6535 on: January 11, 2013, 03:36:44 PM »
Is there a washable pad that can be used in the kitchen?  I have a renter that drinks coffee.  In an effort to be very thoughtful he places a paper towel under his coffee mugs that he keeps next to his coffee maker to catch spills so they won't stain my 1970 white with gold flecks laminate countertop.  I'm looking for something that would replace the paper towels he uses to eliminate the waste of paper, that's dishwasher safe and that's half the size of a cutting board.  Anybody know of any such thing?

How about a saucer?  That's what they are for!

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« Reply #6536 on: January 11, 2013, 04:38:45 PM »

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6537 on: January 11, 2013, 05:24:11 PM »
A table mat? Wipeable but not washable. I don't know what they are called in the US, but they are effectively coasters for plates.

a rubberized place mat?
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6538 on: January 11, 2013, 05:44:33 PM »
Try a glass cutting board.  There are many pretty ones to be found.  It would be like using a large trivet.

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« Reply #6539 on: January 11, 2013, 08:03:32 PM »
Go to Home Depot, Lowes or a tile store.  Look through their odds and ends in the tile section. Often times you can get single pieces of even large, high quality tiles for a dollar or two.  Find one that's 24 inches or so and place under the coffee pot.  My mother uses mismatched tiles instead of trivets all the time.  It works really well.
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