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

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

Fuck Off

fuck off

I came across this written on a piece of paper on a bench in the stationary section of Kinokuniya in Sydney. I think this is sad that someone is complaining about the spelling (which looks correct to me anyway). I’d bet they would not leave a sign like this in an store . . . → Read More: Fuck Off

Legally defining language

I remember my Australian friends gleefully telling me how English is better than say German, because in German you need a act in parliament to change the spelling. But it seems that English is not as flexible as they would want to believe.

After all, same-sex couples still have all the rights included in the . . . → Read More: Legally defining language

god speed

I was watching a shuttle launch live a month or two back. One of the controllers said, god speed. I wondered how fast god speed might be: 888 kmh perhaps? (I was really really tempted to say 666 kmh) The boorish Americans on line did not get the joke. Really there is no place for . . . → Read More: god speed


courtesy of wiktionary. Pretty straight forward and obvious. Why is knowing this a problem?

Noun Singular redneck Plural rednecks

redneck (plural rednecks)

(slang) An uneducated, unsophisticated, or poor white person, typically used to describe residents of the rural Southern US. . . . → Read More: redneck

LOS = Loss of Signal

In the industry I work in LOS means loss of signal, though strangely Wikipedia does not understand this.

Los may refer to:

Jerzy Łoś (1920 – 1998), a Polish mathematician and logician Fictional characters: Los (Blake), in William Blake’s poetry Los, a.k.a. the Crimson King, in Stephen King novels Los, Sweden, a village PZL.37 Łoś, . . . → Read More: LOS = Loss of Signal


Quite some time ago, I decided to try out a housing agency. (Melbourne in the late 1980s.) I had no experience of one. So I paid my $50 and filled in the various forms. They suggested a house in Collingwood. The men, I am guessing were gay, though I do not think that . . . → Read More: Smelly

wierdness about middle names

I come from a Chinese Malaysian background and spent my early life in the newly separated Singapore. For chinese people middle names are a vital part of our name and are freely told to everyone. In fact when we are more formal, we use our middle names. My name is Yap . . . → Read More: wierdness about middle names

of the french (again)

People keep on telling me that to like the french is to want to have an affair. They also say that to be Greek is to be gay. I do not think like this, but assuming that we take this to be true then the following must also be true:

To like the British is . . . → Read More: of the french (again)