Jeph Jacques's comics discussion forums

  • 15 Nov 2019, 00:39
  • Welcome, Guest
Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  
Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 99   Go Down

Author Topic: Random thoughts  (Read 276331 times)

LTK

Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #100 on: 12 May 2012, 08:55 »

I was thinking of conventional robot apocalypse fiction and how it's basically impossible for an AI to independently develop any kind of agency, let alone a tendency to crush all humans. Then I was reminded of Battlestar Galactica, and I thought, what if AI-controlled, indistinguishable-from-human robots conspired to secretly help humanity instead of wiping it out? I don't know, maybe that somehow turned out to be the case with the Cylons; I only saw the first season.
Logged
Quote from: snalin
I just got the image of a midwife and a woman giving birth swinging towards each other on a trapeze - when they meet, the midwife pulls the baby out. The knife juggler is standing on the floor and cuts the umbilical cord with a a knifethrow.

schimmy

  • The Tickler
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 931
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #101 on: 12 May 2012, 10:05 »

My girlfriend has this inexplicable ability to get piss on the toilet seat. I have literally no idea how she manages to do it.
Logged

Redball

  • Born in a Nalgene bottle
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 3,240
  • What's disease? Where?
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #102 on: 12 May 2012, 10:08 »

Maybe the question is why us guys avoid it. And I find that I don't avoid it; I'm dribbling more than I used to. Maybe I need to change the washer, if I can find it, and if the hardware stocks it, and if I can figure out how to install it.
Logged

Barmymoo

  • Mentat
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 9,979
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #103 on: 12 May 2012, 10:17 »

Schimmy, perhaps she doesn't wipe down her legs before standing up. Women get difficulties with trickling sometimes, our plumbing is not as directional as yours.
Logged
There's this really handy "other thing" I'm going to write as a footnote to my abstract that I can probably explore these issues in. I think I'll call it my "dissertation."

Carl-E

  • Awakened
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 10,296
  • The distilled essence of Mr. James Beam himself.
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #104 on: 12 May 2012, 10:36 »

I have literally no idea how she manages to do it.

She's probably a hoverer. 
Logged
When people try to speak a gut reaction, they end up talking out their ass.

Mister D Nomms

  • Cthulhu f'tagn
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 523
  • Middle-of-the-Road Conservative
    • My Newgrounds Audio
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #105 on: 12 May 2012, 12:11 »

Sometimes I really want to order just fries at McDonalds, but if I have that much money I will alwas just spend it on one dollar cheese burgers.
Logged
Voluntarily banned from DISCUSS.

Listen to my music. http://wolfgangruck.newgrounds.com/audio/

Omega Entity

  • Scrabble hacker
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1,273
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #106 on: 12 May 2012, 19:29 »

I have literally no idea how she manages to do it.

She's probably a hoverer.

This. The irony is, it's hoverers that put the piss on the seats, that they're trying to avoid in the first place. Seriously ladies, you can't get anything from a toilet seat. wipe it off and sit your ass down.
Logged

cvcharger

  • Furry furrier
  • **
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 156
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #107 on: 12 May 2012, 20:28 »

I was thinking of conventional robot apocalypse fiction and how it's basically impossible for an AI to independently develop any kind of agency, let alone a tendency to crush all humans. Then I was reminded of Battlestar Galactica, and I thought, what if AI-controlled, indistinguishable-from-human robots conspired to secretly help humanity instead of wiping it out? I don't know, maybe that somehow turned out to be the case with the Cylons; I only saw the first season.

Meh, I think it's going to be impossible for robots to take over the world because they just cannot compete with cats, who truly own the world.
Logged

lepetitfromage

  • William Gibson's Babydaddy
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2,267
  • addicted to the shindig
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #108 on: 14 May 2012, 07:07 »

Sometimes my posts on here are so long that I feel the need to apologize. Then I feel stupid for feeling like I should apologize. But then I think that there might be someone that appreciates that apology and if I leave it out they might be annoyed at how long my post is. And if I put it in there, they'll know that I'm aware that my posts are really long and I'm not just rambling because I'm full of myself but that maybe I think there might be people who think something similar to what I'm saying and those people will go "huh. me too." And it will make them feel a little better about doing/thinking whatever that thing is because sometimes I think things I do/think are stupid/weird but it might be a little less stupid/weird if more people do it. But then.....there were/are a lot of things that a lot of people do that are still stupid even though thousands of people do them.

And this is why I need to stop neglecting my blog. So I don't take this kind of insanity out on you people.

Again.....I apologize.
Logged
If you try to take all the steps at once, you'll fall over.

Redball

  • Born in a Nalgene bottle
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 3,240
  • What's disease? Where?
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #109 on: 14 May 2012, 07:21 »

And can we apologize for giving you the opportunity to present engaging, thoughtful posts?
Logged

Barmymoo

  • Mentat
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 9,979
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #110 on: 14 May 2012, 13:01 »

I'm going to apologise for always reading your posts, perhaps I should stop doing so in order to vindicate your belief that no one wants to!

Honestly, don't worry about long posts. I make long posts too sometimes. The glorious thing about the internet as opposed to real life is that if you're in a hurry you can skim read, and if you aren't you can read in detail. I think you think too much.
Logged
There's this really handy "other thing" I'm going to write as a footnote to my abstract that I can probably explore these issues in. I think I'll call it my "dissertation."

pwhodges

  • Admin emeritus
  • Awakened
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 16,198
  • I'll only say this once...
    • My home page
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #111 on: 14 May 2012, 14:00 »

Again.....I apologize.

You apologise for apologising - just like Shinji... (with whom I have more sympathy than many commentators).
Logged
"Being human, having your health; that's what's important."  (from: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi )
"As long as we're all living, and as long as we're all having fun, that should do it, right?"  (from: The Eccentric Family )

lepetitfromage

  • William Gibson's Babydaddy
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2,267
  • addicted to the shindig
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #112 on: 14 May 2012, 17:49 »

I think you think too much.

I think you're right! I'm working on that...And please don't stop reading my posts! lol

And y'know what else? Thanks.  :-) You have all made this forum a place that I look forward to coming to- a wonderful place to both escape and embrace reality.
Logged
If you try to take all the steps at once, you'll fall over.

Papersatan

  • William Gibson's Babydaddy
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2,368
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #113 on: 14 May 2012, 18:03 »

Good idea: putting your long poofy hair in a french braid to keep it neat and out of your way.
Bad idea: leaving it in a french braid for 3 days straight. 

Logged
[12:07] ackblom12: hi again honey
[12:08] ackblom12: I'm tired of lookin at that ugly little face

Welu

  • It was me, Austin. It was me all along.
  • Global Moderator
  • comeback tour!
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 5,694
  • That's a smashing blouse. FELLA!
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #114 on: 15 May 2012, 03:30 »

The rain/hail is loud and heavy outside. I'm enjoying listening to it.
Logged
Dogs are fuzzy. :wow:
~They/Their/Them~

Carl-E

  • Awakened
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 10,296
  • The distilled essence of Mr. James Beam himself.
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #115 on: 15 May 2012, 13:32 »

Grading Statistics exams. 


Just ran out another red pen...
Logged
When people try to speak a gut reaction, they end up talking out their ass.

verdyyy3

  • Plantmonster
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 33
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #116 on: 15 May 2012, 19:06 »

I wonder if I can eat peanut butter again without wanting to throw up after I OD'd on it a couple of years back, and couldn't even stand a whiff of it afterwards.  :?

I miss peanut butter.
Logged
Not all who wander are lost.

Papersatan

  • William Gibson's Babydaddy
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2,368
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #117 on: 15 May 2012, 22:39 »

When I was young my favorite dish was creme of Isabella, a pasta/mushroom/cream/cheese dish.  I threw it up one night and was put off it for ages.  After 12 years I had a memory of it and made it out of the blue, it was great.  So, probably, it just might be a long time. 
Logged
[12:07] ackblom12: hi again honey
[12:08] ackblom12: I'm tired of lookin at that ugly little face

snalin

  • Vulcan 3-D Chess Master
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 3,567
  • You may Baste me
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #118 on: 16 May 2012, 00:30 »

Maybe the question is why us guys avoid it. And I find that I don't avoid it; I'm dribbling more than I used to. Maybe I need to change the washer, if I can find it, and if the hardware stocks it, and if I can figure out how to install it.

I read the whole washer thing as an euphemism about fixing the dribbling. Made the post pretty hilarious.
Logged
I am a cowboy / on a steel horse I ride
I am wanted / Dead or alive

Redball

  • Born in a Nalgene bottle
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 3,240
  • What's disease? Where?
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #119 on: 16 May 2012, 04:49 »

Maybe the question is why us guys avoid it. And I find that I don't avoid it; I'm dribbling more than I used to. Maybe I need to change the washer, if I can find it, and if the hardware stocks it, and if I can figure out how to install it.

I read the whole washer thing as an euphemism about fixing the dribbling. Made the post pretty hilarious.
Excuse me; I have to go euphemize.
Logged

Carl-E

  • Awakened
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 10,296
  • The distilled essence of Mr. James Beam himself.
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #120 on: 16 May 2012, 07:01 »

Just be sure to jiggle the handle after you flush - the washer needs replaced, or something...
Logged
When people try to speak a gut reaction, they end up talking out their ass.

Asterus

  • FIGHT YOU
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 407
  • I'm not crazy, I'm just a little Unwell :P
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #121 on: 18 May 2012, 20:36 »

If the suggestions function of Youtube's home page was a sentient entity, it'd likely hate dealing with me. There's really no logical connection it could draw between my Vocaloid obsessions, watching video game footage, abridged series, and random things I just look up.
Logged
From time to time you must concede, the need to sit down and have a good read:
http://hypocriticalparadox.blogspot.com/
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjonUt21G0HBaFsHPupFwxw
Those with Vas Deferens should show vast deference to those without.

Mister D Nomms

  • Cthulhu f'tagn
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 523
  • Middle-of-the-Road Conservative
    • My Newgrounds Audio
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #122 on: 18 May 2012, 22:37 »

Youtube would be disappointed of me. Most recently a couple videos of assisted suicides and of death bed confessions. Then schizophrenic ramblings, then I was looking at videos of women in rubber inflatable suits. Plus a peppering of ketchup bot.
Logged
Voluntarily banned from DISCUSS.

Listen to my music. http://wolfgangruck.newgrounds.com/audio/

Zingoleb

  • Guest
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #123 on: 19 May 2012, 15:08 »

Have you ever looked up refbatch?
Logged

Mister D Nomms

  • Cthulhu f'tagn
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 523
  • Middle-of-the-Road Conservative
    • My Newgrounds Audio
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #124 on: 19 May 2012, 15:19 »

I don't know. What is it?
Logged
Voluntarily banned from DISCUSS.

Listen to my music. http://wolfgangruck.newgrounds.com/audio/

Zingoleb

  • Guest
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #125 on: 19 May 2012, 15:22 »

I had to go back to the 14th page of the pointless thread to find it, but here's one of my favourites of hers.
Logged

Mister D Nomms

  • Cthulhu f'tagn
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 523
  • Middle-of-the-Road Conservative
    • My Newgrounds Audio
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #126 on: 20 May 2012, 21:52 »

Don't read this, because it won't make sense to you! Literally. One two three five seven six four literally. Super double cluster gram literally. For it all, literally! Ruddy shits.
Logged
Voluntarily banned from DISCUSS.

Listen to my music. http://wolfgangruck.newgrounds.com/audio/

Mister D Nomms

  • Cthulhu f'tagn
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 523
  • Middle-of-the-Road Conservative
    • My Newgrounds Audio
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #127 on: 20 May 2012, 21:58 »

Yabba dabba doo! I am the egg man!
Logged
Voluntarily banned from DISCUSS.

Listen to my music. http://wolfgangruck.newgrounds.com/audio/

Welu

  • It was me, Austin. It was me all along.
  • Global Moderator
  • comeback tour!
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 5,694
  • That's a smashing blouse. FELLA!
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #128 on: 21 May 2012, 02:43 »

Every once in a while I remember my last relationship and it makes me want to be violent at myself. Then I realize I'd much rather be violent at my ex. Then I get scared because it's been long enough I can't actually remember how long it's been since then without thinking about it, near three years I think, and it probably means I'll probably never really get totally over the situation.

Then I remember I bought a 50 inch TV with my boyfriend and we've got two more comedy gigs at least planned this year and I feel so much better.
Logged
Dogs are fuzzy. :wow:
~They/Their/Them~

lepetitfromage

  • William Gibson's Babydaddy
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2,267
  • addicted to the shindig
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #129 on: 21 May 2012, 06:54 »

I have moments like that too.....I get so mad at myself for still having anger towards them when it was so long ago. Then sometimes I think it's ok, because they will always be a part of me no matter what. Even though they probably don't deserve to be. Especially now that I'm getting married next year.
Logged
If you try to take all the steps at once, you'll fall over.

Welu

  • It was me, Austin. It was me all along.
  • Global Moderator
  • comeback tour!
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 5,694
  • That's a smashing blouse. FELLA!
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #130 on: 23 May 2012, 03:41 »

I think the reason I get random moments of pure anger about it is because it was an online relationship and I was a dumb, naive 17/18 year old in what looking back was a very messed up relationship. Now my older brain who knows how a proper relationship works gets flashes of, "You know something? This bit here never quite added up..." and I have something new to get angry about.

New thought:
Someone brought McDonalds into the class and now I'm really hungry for it, even though McDonalds makes me feel sick.
Logged
Dogs are fuzzy. :wow:
~They/Their/Them~

Omega Entity

  • Scrabble hacker
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1,273
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #131 on: 23 May 2012, 21:52 »

I can eat the premium chicken sandwiches and drink the pop from there, and that's about it.
Logged

Redball

  • Born in a Nalgene bottle
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 3,240
  • What's disease? Where?
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #132 on: 24 May 2012, 04:19 »

My girlfriend has this inexplicable ability to get piss on the toilet seat. I have literally no idea how she manages to do it.
My toilet seat has an occasional fit while I'm standing before it, peeing: It flops down of its own volition. Is there such a thing as a female toilet seat?
Logged

Carl-E

  • Awakened
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 10,296
  • The distilled essence of Mr. James Beam himself.
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #133 on: 24 May 2012, 06:32 »

HA!  I have one of those.  It's the age of the house - the floors are sagging a bit as you go out from the walls, and so the toilet (and dressers, and the hutch in the dining room) tip forward. 

As the only male in the house, I've learned to hold the thing up. 


Or to sit down. 
Logged
When people try to speak a gut reaction, they end up talking out their ass.

Asterus

  • FIGHT YOU
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 407
  • I'm not crazy, I'm just a little Unwell :P
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #134 on: 24 May 2012, 06:36 »

My "Likes" list on youtube's been getting excessively large. I should probably cull it at some point.

...

Meh, eff that. They're there for a reason.
Logged
From time to time you must concede, the need to sit down and have a good read:
http://hypocriticalparadox.blogspot.com/
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjonUt21G0HBaFsHPupFwxw
Those with Vas Deferens should show vast deference to those without.

Mister D Nomms

  • Cthulhu f'tagn
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 523
  • Middle-of-the-Road Conservative
    • My Newgrounds Audio
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #135 on: 24 May 2012, 11:52 »

I like Youtube's "likes" list. It makes it easier to look for a cool video I saw recently. If you want a more exclusive list, just use the favorites.
Logged
Voluntarily banned from DISCUSS.

Listen to my music. http://wolfgangruck.newgrounds.com/audio/

Asterus

  • FIGHT YOU
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 407
  • I'm not crazy, I'm just a little Unwell :P
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #136 on: 07 Jun 2012, 19:16 »

"Does the anticipation of a professor stumbling over my last name make me a bad person?"
(13 letters, 5 syllables, non-english origin)
Logged
From time to time you must concede, the need to sit down and have a good read:
http://hypocriticalparadox.blogspot.com/
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjonUt21G0HBaFsHPupFwxw
Those with Vas Deferens should show vast deference to those without.

jwhouk

  • Awakened
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 10,379
  • The Valley of the Sun
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #137 on: 07 Jun 2012, 20:05 »

"Does the anticipation of a professor stumbling over my last name make me a bad person?"
(13 letters, 5 syllables, non-english origin)

No. (Four letters, one syllable, non-English origin - and I've heard it mispronounced so many ways it's RIDICULOUS. In fact, I heard the least common mispronunciation today at Walgreens - pronouncing the HOU like WHO.)
Logged
"Character is what you are in the Dark." - D.L. Moody
There is no joke that can be made online without someone being offended by it.
Life's too short to be ashamed of how you were born.
8645

Asterus

  • FIGHT YOU
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 407
  • I'm not crazy, I'm just a little Unwell :P
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #138 on: 07 Jun 2012, 20:45 »

... Are YOU on first?
Logged
From time to time you must concede, the need to sit down and have a good read:
http://hypocriticalparadox.blogspot.com/
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjonUt21G0HBaFsHPupFwxw
Those with Vas Deferens should show vast deference to those without.

jwhouk

  • Awakened
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 10,379
  • The Valley of the Sun
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #139 on: 07 Jun 2012, 21:11 »

No, I'm in Wisconsin.
Logged
"Character is what you are in the Dark." - D.L. Moody
There is no joke that can be made online without someone being offended by it.
Life's too short to be ashamed of how you were born.
8645

Asterus

  • FIGHT YOU
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 407
  • I'm not crazy, I'm just a little Unwell :P
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #140 on: 07 Jun 2012, 21:18 »

Oh... that's fine then.
Logged
From time to time you must concede, the need to sit down and have a good read:
http://hypocriticalparadox.blogspot.com/
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjonUt21G0HBaFsHPupFwxw
Those with Vas Deferens should show vast deference to those without.

Akima

  • Preventing third impact
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 6,242
  • ** 妇女能顶半边天 **
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #141 on: 08 Jun 2012, 03:25 »

"Does the anticipation of a professor stumbling over my last name make me a bad person?" (13 letters, 5 syllables, non-english origin)
No. My entire name is only three syllables, and professors used to stuff it up all the time. And professors deserve to suffer! Sorry Carl...
Logged
"I would rather have questions that can't be answered, than answers that can't be questioned." Richard Feynman

lepetitfromage

  • William Gibson's Babydaddy
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2,267
  • addicted to the shindig
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #142 on: 08 Jun 2012, 06:07 »

Something along those lines that always really annoyed me:

When you ask me to tell you how to pronounce my name, at least try to repeat it the way I say it! The courtesy that you show by taking the time to ask me is completely irrelevant if you're just going to ignore what I say.

I mean, really? My last name is spelled exactly the way it sounds.
Logged
If you try to take all the steps at once, you'll fall over.

pwhodges

  • Admin emeritus
  • Awakened
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 16,198
  • I'll only say this once...
    • My home page
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #143 on: 08 Jun 2012, 06:44 »

I think some people are actually simply incapable of imitating the sounds they hear, as opposed to making the sounds they are used to.
Logged
"Being human, having your health; that's what's important."  (from: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi )
"As long as we're all living, and as long as we're all having fun, that should do it, right?"  (from: The Eccentric Family )

lepetitfromage

  • William Gibson's Babydaddy
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2,267
  • addicted to the shindig
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #144 on: 08 Jun 2012, 07:00 »

perhaps...although it's always struck me that people think my name should be harder to pronounce than it really is because they're not used to seeing it.

Dalsgard....not Duhlsgard, Duhlsgurd, Dalsgurd, Delsgard, Dalesgard......Dals. Gard.



Although, I guess it's pretty easy for us to pronounce our own names, considering we've all been doing so our whole lives.
Logged
If you try to take all the steps at once, you'll fall over.

Welu

  • It was me, Austin. It was me all along.
  • Global Moderator
  • comeback tour!
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 5,694
  • That's a smashing blouse. FELLA!
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #145 on: 08 Jun 2012, 07:33 »

I know a couple people named Neil and so many people insist on calling them Niall. A lot of tourists especially seem to just refuse to accept that an Irish person can be called "Neil" and no matter how much they're corrected, say "Niall".

I don't understand how some people have insisted I'm wrong about my own name. My real name is just one syllable, "Lynn", spelled that way, and since that's the beginning to so many commons names like Lindsey, Linda, Lynette, etc, so many people assume it's short for one of those. I will introduce myself as, "Lynnie" and five minutes later they'll be referring to me as Linda or Lynette or something. When I correct them they think I'm just being picky about a nickname. Even the ones that accept my name is just "Lynn" right away usually don't understand my spelling. They say things like, "Shouldn't it have an 'E' on the end?" or "Shouldn't there just be one 'N'?"  :?
I hoped when I started introducing myself as "Lynnie" it would avoid things like that but they still come up or a lot of people end up calling me, "Lily".
Logged
Dogs are fuzzy. :wow:
~They/Their/Them~

pwhodges

  • Admin emeritus
  • Awakened
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 16,198
  • I'll only say this once...
    • My home page
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #146 on: 08 Jun 2012, 07:57 »

There are even people who think that what I really want to be called is Paulo, when my name is Paul.  Not many, though.
Logged
"Being human, having your health; that's what's important."  (from: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi )
"As long as we're all living, and as long as we're all having fun, that should do it, right?"  (from: The Eccentric Family )

Akima

  • Preventing third impact
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 6,242
  • ** 妇女能顶半边天 **
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #147 on: 08 Jun 2012, 08:13 »

I think some people are actually simply incapable of imitating the sounds they hear, as opposed to making the sounds they are used to.
Short of hard work in the language-laboratory where you can record yourself and play it back, I think this is probably true of most, if not all people, though perhaps less so for musicians like yourself. Some sounds are just very difficult for people not used to them to hear and reproduce. For example, many Chinese surnames begin with the initial that is represented in pinyin as zh (Zhou, Zhang, Zheng etc.). This is one of the three "retroflex" initials, and is hard for English-speakers to get their tongues even if they are not confused by the romanisation. Unless I'm talking to a CSL student, I advise people simply to pronounce zh like the j at the beginning of jungle, jangle, or Joseph.

The one that puzzles me is why people mispronounce my "first name". I adopted the first syllable of my Chinese personal name as my Australian "first name", because it is pronounced like a common Western girl's name, and I even use the English language spelling instead of the pinyin romanisation. But as soon as people see it in combination with my Chinese surname, their brains seem to turn to mush, and they invent the weirdest pronunciations.

There are even people who think that what I really want to be called is Paulo, when my name is Paul.
Eh? Portuguese style? Powlo?
Logged
"I would rather have questions that can't be answered, than answers that can't be questioned." Richard Feynman

Redball

  • Born in a Nalgene bottle
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 3,240
  • What's disease? Where?
Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #148 on: 08 Jun 2012, 08:22 »

I introduce myself as "Bob Ball." So many miss the last name, misspell it back to me or ask me to repeat it, that many years ago I began introducing myself as "Bob Ball, B-A-double-L." I'm not even sure that's helpful.
Logged

LTK

Re: Random thoughts
« Reply #149 on: 08 Jun 2012, 08:36 »

Try switching to "Ball. Bob Ball."
Logged
Quote from: snalin
I just got the image of a midwife and a woman giving birth swinging towards each other on a trapeze - when they meet, the midwife pulls the baby out. The knife juggler is standing on the floor and cuts the umbilical cord with a a knifethrow.
Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 99   Go Up