Observation Tuesdays – Hurt Feelings

I keep on hurting Teresa’s feelings. She is most pissed off with me. I say horrible, hurtful things like: 1) go to bed; 2) no its not morning, it’s night; 3) get changed; and so on an so forth.

Observation Tuesdays – iPhone and the kid’s descriptions

I do a few things on my iPhone that when the children describe them surprise the living daylights out of me.

Krysta said once when she wanted something demanded that I have to “put it in my phone”. I stood there dumbfounded. How could I do that? My phone is not a bag. . . . → Read More: Observation Tuesdays – iPhone and the kid’s descriptions

Observation Tuesdays – Don’t

For quite a while now lots of people, very predominately men have been saying “we don’t!”, which leaves one to wonder what they don’t. Here are some ideas.

Don’t like. Don’t need. Don’t care. Don’t want.

Observations tuesday – learning characters

I was teaching Krysta her first Chinese characters and came to a realization. The old style characters are sometimes much easier to teach than the new. Take 馬 (mǎ, or horse).

The old version (馬) looks much more like a horse with 4 legs and a rider than the new, stylized . . . → Read More: Observations tuesday – learning characters

Observations tuesday – learning characters

I was teaching Krysta her first Chinese characters and came to a realization. The old style characters are sometimes much easier to teach than the new. Take 馬 (mǎ, or horse).

The old version (馬) looks much more like a horse with 4 legs and a rider than the new, stylized . . . → Read More: Observations tuesday – learning characters

Krysta’s list of swear words

F-word is fuck. I-word is idiot. S-word was shit but has become stupid.

Other things Tuesdays – 2011 August 23

Faffing, well I had never heard of the word. After it was said, and much later, I resorted to the internet to look it up. Having learned this old person slang, I decided to write a little ditty “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”

I’ve been faffing on the internet

All the live-long day.

I’ve . . . → Read More: Other things Tuesdays – 2011 August 23

Propositions

陰 The totalitarian proposition: do what we want.

The gangster proposition: do what we want and you can have anything you want.

The capitalist proposition: do what we want and you can have lots of money.

The thug proposition: do what we want or we will hit you.

. . . → Read More: Propositions

English as a second Language

A long time ago (January 1993), in China, Barbra, who taught English as a second language at RMIT, said that I spoke English like and advanced chinese student who spoke English as a second language.

For a long time this caused me very great difficulty. I mean it raised the question . . . → Read More: English as a second Language

Lucky (幸)

We had a bit of a discussion about the work lucky today. In a normal sense it is to do with chance and being lucky in that chance (particularly over things you have no control of) gave you a good outcome. But in Australian and Chinese it has different meanings.

. . . → Read More: Lucky (幸)