2010/5/31 月曜日

When you need a break

Filed under: English entries,翻訳業 — admin @ 17:20:41

I have the day to myself. I can work flat out from dawn till the middle of the night (OK, maybe 6:30). Everything will get done, and it will be done well and quickly!

Not.

Ideally, a long work day will be broken up by a walk to the bank or the mall to buy things we actually need, or even a trip to the gym!

Unideally, I will be unable to unglue myself from my computer and will need computer-related breaks. I have some favorites that I’d like to share–presented in order of “apparent intellectual worth.” (I made up this term after many long days decoding books on psychiatry that use a lot of similar sorts of terms.)

No. 1 “Abstract City” by Christoph Niemann. Intellectual by virtue of being from the New York Times. You can learn a lot from this guy, be totally entertained and never feel you are wasting time.  After going through his pieces (and you will), it becomes apparent that Niemann is a househusband of sorts, and gets a lot of inspiration from his three sons–all of whom have first initials corresponding to the New York subway system.

No. 2 Free Rice, a blog-cum-game that makes you learn hard words and somehow convinces you you are doing something good. To date I have never used any of the words I have picked up on this game. It is low on the fun factor, but high on addictiveness–and you feel kind of guilty if you give up too soon.

No. 3 Awkward Family Photos.com  OK, this takes a really big dive in terms of intellectual index, but the headings are very clever, and sometimes you just need to laugh until you cry.

No. 4 I Can Has  Cheeseburger Intellectual value: -5. Got an hour before dinner, it’s too dark to take a walk, your brain is too fried to work? Enter this site and sample some of the many, many categories that will keep you in cyberspace for eternity. I personally like FAIL Blog because you just can’t watch too many car wrecks or see too many kids riding their bicycles into things.When you’re done with all the categories on the top of the page, scroll all the way down to the bottom for many, many more. (Wedinator, a good choice!)

2010/5/17 月曜日

Twitterが理解できません

Filed under: cyberspace,日本語 — admin @ 17:15:42

最近のブログにTwitter でフォローするような招待文が載ってます。ブログにはなくて、Twitterにあるのは何でしょうか。よくわかりません。それに自分の人生を運営しながら、ほかの人をフォローする力がないような気がします。

サイバースペースにはほかの次元があるようです。

聖書には目で見えなくても信じることが大事だと書いてありますので、twitterに関しても、それで行こうと思います。


I don’t get Twitter

Filed under: English entries,ブログ,英語一般 — admin @ 17:05:31

There are a few blogs I enjoy reading, but lately I feel like I’m missing out because I’m being invited to “follow me on Twitter,” which is apparently something else. So there are blogs and twitters and there must be some other things, too, because blogs have all kinds of other icons suggesting other dimensions of cyberspace. But somehow “following” suggests more energy than I have to spend, and I have so far declined the kind invitations.

Back to work!

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