Wednesday, June 25, 2003

This reminds me of the time I was on a ski mountain and this kid, must of been 9 or 10, asks me what time it was. We're standing right next to the lodge, with this big giant clock on it. I point to it, and say, "Dude, there's a clock right there...". He goes, "I can't read those types of clocks...". It was an analog clock.

I tell him what time it was, he takes off, and I'm left there in shock...



British Girl Baffles Teacher with SMS Essay
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LONDON (Reuters) - An English essay written by a British teenager in text messaging short-hand has reignited concern among teachers that literacy standards are under threat.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Monday that the 13-year-old's teacher could not decipher what the youngster had written.


"I could not believe what I was seeing. The page was riddled with hieroglyphics, many of which I simply could not translate," the teacher told the newspaper.


The teenager's essay which caused the problem began:


"My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 : kids FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc."


In translation:


"My summer holidays were a complete waste of time. Before, we used to go to New York to see my brother, his girlfriend and their three screaming kids face to face. I love New York. It's a great place."


Judith Gillespie, of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, told the newspaper a decline in grammar and written English was partly linked to the text messaging craze.


"Pupils think orally and write phonetically," she said.

Saturday, June 21, 2003

Two interesting articles I read in the NYTimes...

The Marketing of No Marketing

On a recent Saturday evening, about a hundred serious bicyclists, most of them young men, many tattooed and pierced and at least one wearing striped tights and a floral thrift-shop dress, arrived en masse at Alberta Park in northeast Portland, Ore. They gathered near a fenced-off hard-top court and, in teams of three, began a ''bike polo'' tournament. Almost all were bike messengers, about a third of them local (others from Seattle, San Francisco and elsewhere), and they lived up to the image of couriers as marginal, testosterone-charged troublemakers. They drank beer, smoked cigarettes and other things and yelled profane insults at each other.


Metrosexuals Come Out

By his own admission, 30-year-old Karru Martinson is not what you'd call a manly man. He uses a $40 face cream, wears Bruno Magli shoes and custom-tailored shirts. His hair is always just so, thanks to three brands of shampoo and the precise application of three hair grooming products: Textureline Smoothing Serum, got2b styling glue and Suave Rave hairspray.


I think some of my tastes in certain things may be described as metrosexual, vis-a-vis my choice in vodka or other liquor...I'm not into shoes just yet.

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Too funny. I showed my cousin Natalia the post from May 20 about hispanics using bleach...This is what she said....What makes this funny is that she and her family moved from Colombia a few years ago...


AWhig (5:40:54 PM): i use blogger
e m u s r o c k (5:41:20 PM): its a journal site too?
AWhig (5:41:39 PM): yeah
e m u s r o c k (5:42:06 PM): whats your name
e m u s r o c k (5:42:08 PM): or is it private?
AWhig (5:42:22 PM): www.richardcook.net
e m u s r o c k (5:42:35 PM): cool
e m u s r o c k (5:42:40 PM): 0o0o its like an actual website
AWhig (5:42:52 PM): oh read may 20
AWhig (5:43:08 PM): it's about hispanics
e m u s r o c k (5:43:48 PM): aight
e m u s r o c k (5:44:32 PM): HAHAHHAHAAAAAA
e m u s r o c k (5:44:43 PM): your talking about bleach!!
AWhig (5:45:05 PM): i know
e m u s r o c k (5:45:12 PM): thats hillarious
AWhig (5:45:19 PM): is it true?
e m u s r o c k (5:45:42 PM): yeah it is
e m u s r o c k (5:45:47 PM): my mom used to be like that
AWhig (5:45:54 PM): what happen?
e m u s r o c k (5:45:55 PM): now she has like.....4 different colored windexes
AWhig (5:46:18 PM): ha

Thursday, June 05, 2003

My co-worker shown showed me this...A guy tests the theory that no ones checks the signatures on credit cards receipts, with some pretty funny signatures...I notice that a lot of people do look at the signatures when I sign for things. Maybe they're just going through the motions though, an auto-reflex... [More]

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

This is a sad article about Dennis Rodman in the NYTimes... [More]