Thursday, September 04, 2008

Just How Much I Don't Know...

You know in old British TV shows, where they have the police cars zooming around with the siren's on? And how they sort of do a two note Whhhe, hoo, whhhe-hoo???

Well, I can now make JUST that sound with my bagpipes. Yet another useful skill I am developing.

I learned a LOT in class today. Not so much French, but other things. You know, college is a LOT of work! (I am guessing you all DO know, except Emily, and she will find out)

Like, when the teacher asks, "Where is your textbook" because you are the only person in class who has not opened it to the desired page, and your answer goes something like "What textbook? We have textbooks??"

Duh. I said I would be happy to buy this book, but what was it and where did one acquire it, and they very patiently told me, No, no, you go to the library textbook section, and they give you one. You rent it. Show them your Student ID....

"Student ID?," I asked weakly. We took up a solid 20 minutes explaining the mysteries of such things to me, which everyone seemed very happy to do, and they were very nice, but I am really shy, no not kidding, if I'm not on stage or assistanting or know you well, very shy.

The teacher also mentioned things like what had I shown when I paid for the course, and I explained they had been pretty vague about what it was costing me or where I paid this....And so it went. A one point I felt obliged to explain I really did function very well in the real world, but college was simply beyond me. Apparently.

A very nice girl took me to the library, where I found my first sane person, who told her co-hort to just give me the book, I was in the system somewhere and it was un-likely I would WANT the thing if I wasn't taking French, and winked at me and said (Paraphrasing here) "You don't need no stinking Student ID" I will always love this women.

Now, my English Major and properly educated friends, my troubles are far from over. There are appalling gaps in my education, and I need some help.

Today, we conjugated the verb "Erte" or in English "To be" after the lesson, I kind of grasped how it goes in French, but the problem is, I don't understand it in English. I am really confused about what is First Person, second person and third person, singular and plural. And which words are what, like am, are, is....

And if you have a noun or proper noun, what is what there?

Can you help me, explaining it as simply as possible? Jess said I wrote my stories in second person, which I gather is "You" but I am really quite confused....

I suspect this will not be the last time I ask you for help.

Teach me, s'il vous plait.....

Love and Grammar,
Lorraine

80 Comments:

At 8:00 PM , Blogger Siri said...

More than you ever wanted to know, maybe, but how about this link
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/to_be.htm
(And I have no clue how to

 
At 8:02 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi SIri,

I think blogger ate part of your comment, or my computer is being weird, but many thanks for the link!

 
At 8:09 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Oh fods..... obviously I have no clue, period. That sentence was going to be (And I have no clue how to make it a real link.)

I learned about 1st, 2nd and 3rd person in Latin in 9th grade - in 1971. I and We are 1st person (singular and plural) You is 2nd person, (both singular and plural) and It/She/He is 3rd person singular and They are 3rd person plural. Now, that's all in the present tense.

Nouns identify things - book, chair, Ulleann Pipes. Proper nouns are names of people or places - Lorraine, Siri, Bedlam (which is where I will end up if I have to think too much about grammar).

There, that's a start. Now it is time for bed in the Midwest. (bed=noun, Midwest=proper noun.) Good luck to you - I think you are very brave to tackle school, especially French. You da woman!

Siri

 
At 8:10 PM , Blogger Siri said...

It's amazing - you push the button that says "Publish your comment" and boom, you get published, without any rejections slips. Stoopid computer - couldn't possibly be operator error. Nope, not me.....

 
At 8:11 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Thanks Siri! And don't worry about not having a clue, I sure don't!

 
At 8:14 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

And oh, if you are in the Midwest and want to end up at Bedlam, hee-hee, I am playing with them at the MN Renn Fest until it ends, except for the 19-20 weekend.

Only time to get Pipe lessons, and I sure do need them. Waiti until you hear next weeks recording....I will call it "My note and it's Friends"

 
At 8:19 PM , Blogger Dean said...

It's a little-known fact that old-timey British police cars would always carry a bagpiper in the back seat, in case of a high-speed pursuit. Unfortunately, modern electronic sirens have greatly diminished the employment opportunities for bagpipers.

 
At 8:20 PM , Blogger Malena said...

wow Deva! French would be a great language to know. It's so beautiful. This way you can speak politely in french and I can swear in Italian when we go eat! I love it.
I'm really proud of you. What fun. And as usual, we are doing the same thing at the same time.
I am also back in school. Acting with Margie Haber. Until SAG decides what pot to *** in, everything is at a stand still. Just like the writer's strike last year.
Did Nathalie send you the FOD garbage can photo? We must publish that.
Love and learning...
M

 
At 8:28 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Dean! And Welcome. I just KNEW that somehow! It goes a long way to explaning a LOT of things,now doesn't it? And it is really not fare to pipers at all, all this new-fangled stuff...

Oh, not to worry on the French swearing, Malena, Nathilie is teaching me the non-proper things as well....

She did send that picture, thanks for reminding me, I had meant to post it tonight and was too torn up about grammar. I will do so tomorrow. Warning: You will snort tea...

 
At 9:39 PM , Blogger arwenn said...

I can COMPLETELY sympathize with the behind-the-scenes college stuff often being trickier than anything I was ever asked to do in class! Subversive employees or apathetic work-study students are always good bets.

I think grammar is a bit like sheet music....a way to map out and explain something that you already know how to do.

Best of luck!!

 
At 9:45 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Arwen, that is exactly it, I do know it but I don't know how exactly...Very like sheet music..I need to know why if I am going to suceed with this...

 
At 9:51 PM , OpenID berry-k said...

Bonjour, cher Lorraine? Remember me? (I did Live Deadly Circuit for you and Emma)

I am pretty good in French so if you want to resume our correspondence I would be happy to help you. My email address is the same or I'm berry_k on LJ.

 
At 10:21 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Être ou ne pas être...
Ce n'est pas particulièrement la question.

Good morvening, tout le monde.

 
At 10:21 PM , OpenID kali-licious said...

Eeg, conjugation.
That's where I really get hung up in spanish because they have gendered nouns just to make it more confusing.
When I think of conjugating verbs I think of Eddie Izzard "I hang glide, you hang glide, he/she hang glides, you hang glid, they hang glididid." It helps me remember the difference between first person second person et al. But, I'm not college edjumacated and stuff. Someday I will be though.
I love that the first SANE person you found was in a library.:)
You can make the two-note siren? Should come in handy around Halloween.:)

 
At 11:00 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Just found this again, which you can use for translation exercise (later).

 
At 11:25 PM , Anonymous Tom Galloway said...

As I understand it at least, a proper noun is a noun that is so specific in referring to a single thing that it has a capitalized name. So, "city" is just a noun, as there are a lot of cities. "Minneapolis" is a proper noun, as it is a specific, named, city.

Two things which may trip you up with regards to 2nd person. In English, "you" is both 2nd person singular and plural (except in the South, where y'all is 2nd person plural and the NYC metro area where "youse" is 2nd person plural : -)). A number of other languages have different words for the singular "you" and the plural "you". Also, and I think French is like this (Spanish is), there may also be two different words for "you", depending on whether the person you're referring to is a close friend/family member or not.

 
At 11:29 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I know i'm new here but if you guys turn this blog french...well, i won't be able to read it...that's about as threatening as i can be!

Foux du fafa!

Lorraine, i had the same problem w/ the conjugation, etc when i took russian in college and I was a literature major!!

I'm off to sleep, headed there ages ago and got sidetracked by this place!

 
At 12:04 AM , Blogger Ticia said...

Lorraine, your comment about how shy you are in certain aspects of your life and not in others has finally dragged me out of lurking.

I am VERY shy when it comes to communicating with someone I only know through reading their blog.

I kept telling myself that I'd comment when I had something meaningful to add to your wonderful observations about life and art, but I always made excuses when push came to shove.

Anyway, I just wanted to say "hi" and thank you for sharing your stories, your music, your animals, and your wonderful outlook on life.

You make me smile (and snort tea)on a regular basis.

 
At 1:38 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Academia is a world unto itself. But I grew up in it, and still work in it, so seriously, if you get stuck, just email me (or call).

Learning a second language makes you review all the things you know about your native language, for sure.

Don't suppose you ever watched Schoolhouse Rock in the '70s? If you did, and you liked it, I have "Grammar Rock" on tape. That at least has cool songs to teach the lessons, and is fun. I also have more grammar and usage reference guides than any one human would ever need... should I just ship out a grammar care package? ;)

 
At 1:50 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Would you know if those songs aren't available on YouTube? They would be great for me as well.

 
At 2:04 AM , Blogger Loki said...

ok, by the time i got the blogpost, your immediate grammar gaps have been filled (damn there goes my only chance to finally have a use for my linguistics knowledge)

I am looking forward to your next recording. Now my interest in learning scottish bagpipe did rise again....too bad none of these pieces is for free :(
actually i had digeridoo (spelling?) higher on my list, but you make bagpipe sound like too much fun to miss

Hard to think of you as a shy person. So if you dont know somebody, you are shy first? That means when you first met Mr G, you where shy too? He is a kind of person i couldnt imagine being shy towards

Manuel

 
At 2:18 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

ARG, Blogger and codeine do NOT mix.

Yes, YouTube is indeed a source for all of Grammar Rock, good idea!

-Conjunction Junction
-Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here
-A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing
-Interjections!
-Verb! That's What's Happening
-The Tale of Mr Morton
-Busy Prepositions
-Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla
-Unpack Your Adjectives

 
At 2:34 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Thanks!
Go to bed, Val, otherwise you'll never get rid of that pneumonia.

 
At 2:54 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

But, but... the road down Memory Lane is calling me. I found the Electric Company also had clips up: this bit, "Spidey Meets the Yeti." And (though I only grudgingly admit this), my first favorite superhero, Letterman.

Okay, now, I am really going to bed.

 
At 3:42 AM , Blogger LauraJ said...

I think I was in the same Latin class learning basic grammar for the first time in 9th grade. We moved to a different town wen I was entering 4th grade and back when I was entering sixth grade. The place we moved to did grammar in sixth grade and the place we moved from and to taught it in fifth grade and I was completely at sea and so bored. Learning a foreign language helps you speak your native language better and it's BRAVE to start the undertaking as an adult. Good for you1

As for the labyrinths of academic administration: People have dreams about screwing up their schedules for YEARS after they graduate (like in my case 30 years). But the worst story I ever heard was a friend who took a science class in college and found out there was a lab portion she hadn't known about on the LAST DAY of the semester.

Au revoir, dearie.

 
At 4:56 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Oh, Letterman! Wow...

Faster than a rolling O, able to leap a capital T in a single bound!
It's a word... it's a plan... it's Letterman!

(Is it pathetic that I remember that??? *grin*)

Must save the YouTube for later, though, as I'm already going to be late for work. Flaming toasters will do that to one.

Lorraine, you will figure it out! It's all just names for things you already know.

 
At 5:07 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I have this mental image: Quiche, her bagpipes strapped at her sides, on rollerblades, being pulled down the street by Cabal, maybe with a flashing light on top of her helmet, playing the siren WHHEEE-HOOOO WHEEEE-HOOOO!!

Look out! It's the Grammar Police, here to neuter you unless you can ask not to be IN FRENCH! But the only thing that comes to mind is, "Ou est la biblioteque?"

(You didn't know that would come in so handy, did you? Somewhere, Madame Le Mai chuckles quietly.)

 
At 5:11 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Great image, Dan!
I recommend you wear knee pads, Lorraine.

 
At 6:25 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

"I " as in I am = first person singular
we = first plural
you (or y'all, youse... :) second singular and plural
he she third singular
them, they third plural
noun: non capitalized, general: dog
proper noun, capitalized, specific: Tank
i just skimmed comments so forgive me if this is redundant - tho i saw quick links to grammar rock, aahhh memories, and I have detested grammar all the years i was forced to study it - but this is how i understand the above. Hope you enjoy the class tho the intricacies of the academic environment can be extremely frustrating. Hang in there!!

 
At 6:25 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

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At 6:43 AM , Blogger scored4life said...

I think I need to brush up on my adjectives just to be able to properly communicate my feelings on academia. The one thing about brushing up on the rules of our own language is that is always seems to come in handy eventually.

I would be interested in hearing others opinions on how they think the degradation of our language is affecting our society, or if it is merely another part of social evolution?

I LOVE School House Rock and in fact I am proud to say that I own the entire collection on DVD. My kids are now enjoying them as well and they each have their favorites.

pantagruel, you are bringing back some great memories of the electric company and I may have to YouTube some Muppets later...

 
At 7:01 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Paul, I have the Muppets on DVD want to trade? I think Schoolhouse rock IS the way to go here.

Thanks for all the advice, and don't worry about posting and repeating it, I need to hammered into my head.

I am not sure if it is degragation, or social change. We don't speak as they did say, Elizbethean times, and we were talking about the use of "Ain't a couple weeks ago an how I kept seeing it pop up in early 19th century works.

I need more tea to catch up here, I am missing both the late night party, and the early morning one.

Right. Tea. Then talk.

Oh, Ticia! Welcome, glad you de-lurked. And I am glad you like the blog too. Just talk. It gets easier, these are the nicest people going.

TEA!!!!!!!!!

(See how profound I am??Hee-hee)

 
At 7:03 AM , Blogger arwenn said...

I definitely have some thoughts on the degradation of language! Especially the idea that the rules can change over time through incorrect usage. For instance, an apostrophe in 1980's....it's wrong, but it is becoming common and accepted usage. What would happen if we tried that with geography?

LOVE Schoolhouse Rock!! It is the only reason I actually know the preamble to the Constitution :)

 
At 7:59 AM , Blogger gaypet said...

Even English majors have to review grammar from time to time and we all have hand books and what-not. I have to study now but I will post a website later (I have it bookmarked at home) that will hopefully be useful.

I think that out language is evolving as language does. Where would we be if Shakespeare had been told not to make up all of those new words? Anyone tried to read the original Beowulf lately? Even The Pearl Poet or Chaucer can be quite difficult. Language is not static, unless, of course, it's dead.

 
At 8:23 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi again Berry! Not sure I stillhave your e-mail, and live journal and I are not riends...

Don't worry Chantrelle, it will be some time before I get this enough to be bi-lingual. All you have to do is reply to us in Russian...We can use all the languages, and no one will know what we are talking about.

Loki, if I am making learning Pipes sound like fun, I am truly not describing them right.

Hadn't noticed that about "1980's" you're right, it's wrong.

Every so often I occurs to me to check my mailbox. I have FIVE letters from the college.

I fear them.

 
At 8:55 AM , Blogger Jess said...

TEA! Beet cake! Hot tamale! Hot hot tamale! \o/

I wish I'd been around last night to render assistance-- but Siri and everyone else actually explained better than I would have done. I think the only question (unless I missed it) left to answer was the one you asked about what you call am/are/is-- those are all verbs, and forms of "to be." (When I learned them they called them "state of being verbs"). The difference between them is verb person (first, second, or third person, and how many people) and verb tense (past, present, or future). In other words:

Present tense, or now:
I am: first person singular
We are: first person plural
You are: second person singular
He/she/it is:third person singular
They are: third person plural

Past tense, or back then: I was,we were, you were, he/she/it was,
they were.

Future tense works similarly by tagging on the verb "will" or "will be" to I/we/you/he-she-it or they: I will come, she will come, they'll be there, you'll come too, etc.

Like Phiala and others said, though, you don't need to sweat this stuff too much-- they're just names for things you already know how to do. What's important is that you recognize the patterns. If it's at all reassuring, I usually have to look this stuff up before I talk about it. Beyond basics I don't really think about what anything's called. My high school English teacher's philosophy was that if you know how to use it, you don't need to know its name. That's not altogether true-- if you're French teacher's using the terms, especially, it's nice to know what on earth she's talking about. But don't sweat it.

I'm always happy to help if you need it-- feel free to email me any time! Email addy is in my profile. :)

I'm so happy to see more shy people de-lurk! Heh, I'm not sure anyone would believe me if I said I'm a shy person, too, considering how I've been yammering nonstop into your comment box. I actually lurked for a good month before I summoned the courage to throw caution to the wind and just BE the Annoying Internets Whacko I am. I still say the whole thing is Nathalie's fault. She's the one who linked to you! Blame her. :D

And as to the matter of British and European sirens, and Things French: I am stunned that no one has posted this Bill Bailey clip yet. I think it would serve as a useful translation exercise. We'll make that your second assignment, after learning to play the theme tune to "Shaft" on the pipes.

 
At 9:03 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

You always find the funniest things!

 
At 9:16 AM , Blogger Jess said...

I love Bill Bailey. He's terrific live.

 
At 9:41 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Gah, I meant "if your French teacher..." Not you're. There goes my grammar cred! Time to turn over my degree, shave my head, and go live in a ditch.

 
At 9:47 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

That's EXACTLY the sound I make on the pipes.

Bill Baily ROCKS. He is up there with Eddi Izzard in my book. Black Books was one of the funniest series ever, if you haven't seen it.

Jess, I'm glad you're here, and glad it's Nathilie linked! Very helpful it was, actually ALL over you have been just what I needed.

Oh, and Dan, LOVED that description. I just wish it wasn't quite so close to the truth...

 
At 10:03 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

It's Manny!!!! Black Books does rock...It was another one of those strange Neil connections. We were emailing about brit-comedies (well, i asked him what i shoudl watch since i finished black books) and he told me Tamsin Grieg was in Neverwhere (hadn't gotten the DVDs yet at the time).

And thanks to the youtube poster for putting the translation in the comments so it wasn't lost on my hicktown-educated-with-no-french-offered ears ;-)

Dropped Ben off at Day 2 of school--woo! So now i need to be productive.

 
At 10:05 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Welcome delurkers!

Ah, Black Books! You know the first episode, all about accounting? I feel about money precisely the way Bernard does. My minions claim working for me is like working for Bernard, which I'm not sure is good, or bad... they're probably more right than I want to admit. One of my minions does look eerily like Bill Bailey, though.

Why do I have no minions at home to make me coffee? Paul, I have a whole rant about language and Those Damn Kids Today, but it requires caffeine.

 
At 10:06 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I LOVE the first episode. It has led to an amazing amount of quotes:
March to uh, boobilyboo
"Misc"
Add a drop of lavendar to your bath...you'll soak yourself calm.

I could go on ;)

Didn't i say i needed to be productive? Why am i still here?

 
At 10:55 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Shave your head and live in a ditch?? Sign me the heck UP!

 
At 10:57 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I liked it when he ate the Little Book Of Calm....

Did my French with Nathilie, when went MUCH better, now I understand what we are are talking about very and tense wise...

 
At 11:24 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Welcome to the ditch! *stamps application* :D

Eee, I love Black Books. Tamsin Grieg is brilliant-- I love her roaring at the end of that first episode, when she finds out what The Thing is. (Mr. Jess and I did both point at the screen and go "Oi, that's Fran!" when we saw Neverwhere.)

I may as well admit while we're on the subject that I've got a crush on Dylan Moran, hee hee! Watch Monster When you have a couple of free hours. ("Free hours?! Are you nuts?" I hear you say.) It's one of the best live stand-up shows I've seen-- it seems like a Bernard-style rant, but it's a really carefully written and observed piece-- really funny stuff.

 
At 11:43 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Free WHAT?

 
At 11:50 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I second you on Tamsin Grieg. And Dylan Moran. I will go see Monster...

Spacelaw, she is speaking of the concept of Free Time, a fictional thing, it doesn't exist, but the idea is that one has Nothing To Do, and can do whatever one wants, not spent, generally, catching up on life and work.

As I said, it is a myth that fantasy writers seem fond of. One of those things you WISH was real...

 
At 11:55 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Sounds a little far fetched.

 
At 12:15 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Well thank heaven I'm not a fantasy writer, and hold no illusions regarding time and its availability! :D

However, Stretchy Time says that while it's 3:11 for me, it's only 2:11 for you, which gives you at least an hour to play with. Heck, if you factor in that it's already-- what-- 9:11 pm or something in Rome, then while Nathalie's well on her way to tomorrow, you've got bloody ages. It's too late for her, but you still have a chance to save yourself! At least for, I dunno, the next forty-five minutes, say. ;P

 
At 1:00 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

College.

(shivers)

I used to take singing lessons at URI (University of Rhode Island), the closest I have really ever come to college life.

Only a couple more years.

Congratulations on your new sound!

~Emily

 
At 1:24 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Just a few notes to add to everybody else.
The definition of proper nouns has been covered, but I feel compelled to add that a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea.

I learned the future tense as follows:
I/we shall be, run, sleep, etc.
You/you will be, run, sleep, etc.
He, she, it/they will be, run, sleep, etc.

German has a polite and an intimate word for you (singular). The intimate is only used with family or by permission ("du" from which we get "thou"). Spanish, French, and German all assign gender to nouns. A noun is either masculine or feminine. This may be true of all Indo-European languages; however, I am not sure.

Beowulf is in Anglo-Saxon. Chaucer wrote in Middle English, if I remember correctly. Old English looks like a cross between German and Latin.

My mother always said that you learn more grammar taking/learning a foreign language than in taking a course in English grammar.

And I don't have a degree in English.

 
At 1:37 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

And, the more you learn, the more you realize you don't know.

 
At 2:55 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

What does that make it for my Boss, who is already WAY into tomorrow? On his way home, I believe he gets back before he leaves...

Quite right Ariandalen, I think one does learn more grammar learning a language...

I always wished I had more of a grasp of middle English, very cool to be able to read, say Beowulf, in it's oringial form (I haven't)

 
At 2:57 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

I finallyposted the Beet Cake recipe over on my little blogger blog!

 
At 3:00 PM , Anonymous OprEowyn said...

Just glanced through the comments, and thought I would tell you about a great series of books: "English Grammar for Students of XXXXX." XXXXX being whatever language you're learning. Here's a quick link to the book for French students: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/English-Grammar-for-Students-of-French/Jacqueline-Morton/e/9780934034371/?itm=1

 
At 3:14 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Thanks Aleta, the first one to make it has to tell everyone..

Hi Opreawyn, and welcome, what a great idea, I am so getting that for French.

Things went better today, it's like it is starting to make sense, rather than being phrases I am memorizing.

 
At 5:04 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

You are correct that Chaucer (as did the Pearl Poet) wrote in Middle English and Beowulf is in Old English. My point was that language changes and the idea that we speak the "right" kind of English now and that it should not change is, perhaps, short sighted.

It is too bad that language is not taught the way humans learn language. :) It is SO not necessary to know past-present-participle-blah-blah-blah to speak a language. Hear it and speak it. That's the way. I bet you learn more, Lorraine, practicing with Nathilie. Anyway, I hope it's fun.

 
At 5:27 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Good thoughts, Gayle. And I am loveing talking with Nathilie, and getting less shy about going for it and making mistakes.

Fods, I am beat again tonight. I am trying to think of something interesting enough to tell you about.

I mean, college, bagpipes, Doggie Sleepover, a bunch of bees, Kitty's weird life....Might be something happened today....If only I could think of what...

 
At 5:27 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

I had beet cake today! My educated panel of taste-testers all agree that it tasted very like chocolate, and not at all like beets.

I finally have some of that mythical free time (from now until dinner [it does exist, at least in small doses]), and so am actually watching the videos that everyone has been posting. Just gotta relocate Jess' tamales. :)

I've never heard of Bill Bailey or Black Books. I have a fairly large pop-culture deficit, which isn't usually a problem except when I miss something that's actually good. Yet another reason it's essential to have interesting friends.

Ah, found the tamales - very silly. :) Perfect for a lazy and tired Friday evening.

 
At 5:35 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

You will LOVE Black Books! Having friends like these is the best, I never know WHAT new cool thing I will be getting every day.

Blogger is beign seriously weird on Firefox now. Anyone else?

 
At 5:36 PM , Blogger Lexa said...

Popping in for a quick moment to say hello. Things have been beyond crazy around here. However some things, like grand college adventures, MUST be recognized! Yay you!

And I had to echo lauraj's comments about the academic labyrinth providing nightmare fodder for decades after. (I always know I'm particularly stressed when I have one of those "how can I possibly need to take a final RIGHT NOW when I didn't even know I was IN this class" dreams. Ugh!)

But French! French is fun. And crazy-making, what with English and French having tenses that don't quite match up ... but you'll get to that soon enough and I'm sure Nathalie is more than able to rise to the occasion in explaining this. :)

Did you ever open the scary college letters?

 
At 5:47 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Why have I never heard of Black Books before??????!!!!?!

Firefox is working fine for me.

Ah, academia. I've really never been anywhere else... I do work for a different employer now, but on a college campus, and with even worse (no really) administrative nonsense. (Er, work for the US government if you think academia is complicated!)

 
At 5:48 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I did open them ! Hi Lexa, nice to see you again!

One said they had recieved my app, but that didn't mean I was IN, one said Congrads, you are in, another said as a Special student I would be recieveing a laptop just like the regular students, and another said Cough up the cash baby!

My semester costs three gigs.

(and lest you think me bragging, as a Special Student, ie no credit, no degree, it is costing WAY less than a regular student)

 
At 5:50 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Phiala, I do feel for you!!!!!

Rats. If it is working fine for others, must be my poor tea spilled laptop acting up.

Good thing about that new one, eh? Tho I suspect one doesn't get to KEEP it.

And (cue the music) I imagine it will be a PC.

PC's are not my friends.

 
At 6:59 PM , Blogger Jess said...

*dutifully cues music*

Regarding your time question, Lorraine: he's either run completely out of time, or he's transcended it, and is as such no longer bound by regular laws of physics. I'm not sure which.

How'd I miss the Electric Company stuff before? Oh, God, I love the yeti thing. Who remembers Maurice the Talking Plant? Ah, memories.

Beet cake! Yes! I'm totally trying that.

 
At 7:04 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hopefully, either way, he will still have a brain at the end of it..

Your link isn't working! I get nothing, is it my weird laptop?

 
At 7:06 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

And I am still off and on getting a really weird, non-blogger comments thing when I click...

It's right now, but not the last oe, like just words, no backgound or nicerness. AT least it still lets me post...

 
At 7:20 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I also LOVE Black Books. BBC America and I are VERY good friends. I actually started watching it one night because I recognized Bernard Black from Shaun of the Dead (which I own and have seen far too many times). So I was a bit of a johnny-come-lately to the show but a fan none-the-less.

I hope you have lovely weather for the Fest this weekend, Lorraine.

I have decided that we all need to get together. :) Like a FabLo conference or something. We can eat beet cake and learn to knit and weave and play pipes and recite sonnets and talk about our dogs and cats (in French) and drink, lots.

A girl can dream. I know sign language so my language contribution will be very, very quiet. :P

 
At 7:25 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I meant to say Dylan Moran not the character name. I have been reading sonnets all day. My brain is tired. Happy, but tired. Sorry.

 
At 7:36 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Gayle, it is a very tired time and we are all with you. Shawn of the Dead is the BEST.

We do all need to get together, and have talked about it before. It will happen. Oh yes.....

I have to confess, no surprise, that I find out about cool British comedy because I have a Boss who says "Watch This....."

Who's sonnets? What is the form for a sonnet again?

And how come everyone is still commentsing here and not on my funny Dog Post? (hee-hee)

 
At 8:06 PM , Blogger Jess said...

I'm not sure why the link isn't working! Nor why any of the other stuff isn't happening for you. :( My mother says she's always having trouble with Firefox on her Mac, too-- and I lost all my Mac ability when I married a systems analyst who's all PC oriented. (I don't understand it beyond System 7.5. Remember System 7.5? Those were the days.)

I do get all my up-to-the-minute British pop culture from Mr. Jess, though, so I think I came out ahead on the deal in the end. It's useful having one of them around, isn't it? :D

Now to the funny dog post!

 
At 8:09 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yes very useful!

I don't know why my mac is being weird, sigh...Doesn't seem fair.

Yes, onto Funny Dog Post, but feel free to keep the conversation going...

 
At 11:06 PM , OpenID kali-licious said...

I thought I posted earlier today but it looks like blogger ate it.
I hope it was tasty and good with ketchup at least.

I have GOT to go find "Black Books." I can't believe I've never heard of it. And the Bill Bailey link..fabulous! I foresee a lot of lost time due to youtube.;)

Schoolhouse Rock and the Electric Company..keep it up and I'll start singing the theme from "Zoom.";)

 
At 4:16 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

I know, I know... we're supposed to move on, but I can't resist that last post!

I loved Zoom, and in fact know all the words to, not the theme song, but the "Send it to Zoom" song, right through the street number and zip code. I'll spare you, though.

I've never seen Schoolhouse Rock, though - I grew up in a very rural location, and we only got two tv channels (hard to believe in the cable era!), but one of them was obviously PBS.

 
At 7:21 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

HA! Phiala, I new I saw you somewhere! You dont have to move on.....I'll hang out whereever...

Shame on Blogger, Kali! Eating your post. I am so going back, had forgotten about Zoom....

 
At 7:48 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

I sort of had a very Bernard afternoon and evening yesterday. There was an Irish pub involved, and a good friend playing drums, and my best friend opened a tab.

There might have been some drinking involved.

I apparently have 20 minutes before I have to pack up the car and go paint.

COFFEE.

 
At 1:48 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

BTW, mr. dan guy, love the TMBG quote on the boss's page!

 
At 2:26 PM , Blogger Evan said...

May one humbly suggest: The Transitive Vampire? It's an amusing, clear, and informative book of grammar.

 
At 4:17 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Evan! You are brilliant. I'd forgotten that book, and I know Boss has it. Many thanks!

 

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