OK THIS is a very random post... made up of my trawlings from the www. I found a video of a man being tested on his knowledge of 58 languages on South American TV... + some nice trains. I've loved trains for as long as i can remember. I like the smooth ride. I like being able to move about. And I love the view you get of the back of things...
Today's original title was "not coping" ~ penned when I was cold and depressed yesterday morning. But now it's 4am and I feel fine...
I WAS trying to go for a title a little less like a cry for help. Not doing it proper. (Life.) But who does?
Always something that needs to be done that is not being done. It's always too late. (Or too early; usually too late!) Even when I'm on to one thing, I'm neglecting something else. I'm like the proverbial plate-juggler it's never too long till the inevitable...
Sleep is like a waste of time. I try and do without it, thinking I'm being healthy or at least "respectable" ~ not lying in bed all day...
... Eventually it bites back, catches up with me. And then, as if it's some kind of disease, sleep takes me out for an entire day. Aargh!
For those of you in a hurry and wondering what video of today's multitudes is best, it's this one, of a cat playing tambourine with its tail:
I had a game of blogospherical Six Degrees of CyberSeparation tonight: find a blog at random by pressing next. It needs to have comments or links to other blogs. Pick one of these (comments are best; you get a feel of who that person is), and jump this way from blog to blog until you find someone you know, which, with 70 million blogs out there you'd think was nigh on impossible, right? Wrong! I've done this several times and usually get "home" within 30 blogs!
The point of the exercise, of course is to find good reading material and nice photographs. I found some pretty good stuff tonight:
This one has some of the best photographs I've ever seen (little boy in flat cap):
Have a look at these fantabulous cake-creations ~ there's one where you cut through and see flowers ~ I've never seen a cake like that before...
This guy says he's only an amateur photographer? Can't he get a paid job? Is there no justice in the world?
Letzte Chance fur einen harten Euro
Lebanese-born Ziad Fazah is Guinness-listed as the most polyglot person alive. Here he is on Chilean TV, being tested on his fluency in 58 languages. Don't complain about the Spanish ~ think how much harder it is for him: Finnish, Chinese, Farsi etc etc etc!
World's greatest living polyglot link:
This guy is interesting, he's talking about the languages he's picked up over the years ... IN ENGLISH ~ wooo-hoohh! It's little because there's little to see
If you like trains you'll like this. A clip about an expert from Deutsche Bahn training up local drivers on the new Taiwanese bullet train.
See my German's not that furchtbar ~ I can follow this perfectly:
This one's really good if you like watching trains whoosh past...
... this film brings up a longing in me to travel, it encapsulates what i love about being abroad ~ the difference: different trains, different roads, different stamps, different thing, just different
I love the double-decker blue ones. You'll never see double-decker trains on the britische Zwergbahn, because our railways, having been built first in the world, all have diddy little bridges and tunnels...
See you can see how bad my French is now. This is how I write it:
Film francais au sujet des infiltres, immigrants illegaux, qui se cachent sur les camions a Callais pour arriver en Angleterre ou ils vont commencer un nouveau vie.
And yet I can follow the clip easily without subtitles ~
And a last word on sleep:~
Mrs Thatcher's 4 hours... She famously ran the country on that little sleep the entire length of her premiership...
I wish I could do with that little. As it is, night becomes day and the days stretch together... and then I crash and end up sleeping round the clock. I hate being like that and I don't need coke to do it (or any drugs ~ that's the point). I heard that sleep deprivation can jolt one out of depression, but it doesn't. Not on me. I tell myself I'm being lazy by sleeping too long but then I try to stop and all the hours I shaved off are snatched back ~ and never at a time that's convenient to me!
Omniglot: which language should i learn?
Hey: last but by no means at all least ~ here's Wikipedia's list of languages in order of difficulty, with links to WIKIBOOKS FREE TEXTBOOKS in each of over 40 languages!
And one last-but-not-least; I STOLE this idea from Kat'rina du C who has a thing about this: here's a Japanese cat called Maru, which means round (Spherical the hamster was also called Maru in Japanese)... having a brush. Look at the look on her face, the furry swine!
(K d C's cat's called Mango btw; Maru/Mango/Maru/Mango ~ no relation but ... geddit?)
George is getting old. - Having quietened my concern yesterday George fell on the steps today and couldn't get up so we've had a trip to the vet. Basically he's getting old. Dodgy ...
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