Friday, February 25, 2011
unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa..'
'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'
A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?'
Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female,
and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun.
Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.
The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computadora'), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
(THIS GETS BETTER!)
The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine ('el computador'), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2 They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
The women won!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I also had an amusing experience the other week. I had gotten home and consumed a bit much of the fermented juniper berry. Now some would have gone on Apple's web site and bought a new computer. I on the other hand go to the Treasury's web site and buy government debt. *sigh*
Finally I am following with interest the happenings in Wisconcen. I find the Union's demands completely unreasonable- gasp you mean we have to start *paying* for our retirement?! How unfair! How mean!
Obviously they have never heard of interest rates or debt either. I do wish the economic illiterate and those with a victimhood entitlement mentality would whine and bitch less and do more. You can read an article with such whining here.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I am spending an enjoyable Sunday relaxing and recharging the batteries for tomorrow, and enjoying a drop or two of gin in the process.
I must insert an excellent article which speaks about the need to be a soldier, as opposed to an entertainer, for the Gospel. I hope you will find it edifying.
Finally there is an article from work, which I wished to share. Enjoy.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. – Jimmy Johnson, two-time Super Bowl-winning coach
This year’s Super Bowl is no ordinary contest. The game pits two of the most storied NFL franchises: the legendary Green Bay Packers, winners of the first
two Super Bowls, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, going for their seventh title.
So how did they do it? How have these two teams consistently risen above the rest – in short, what makes them extraordinary? I believe it’s the little things
– whether it’s extra time in the weight room, the additional hour spent studying game film, or working out longer on the practice field that turned these
teams into winners.
In our workplace, the little extras make a difference, too. Did you go the extra yard by thoroughly answering your customer’s questions with a smile or
by spending a few extra minutes to find the best way to solve your customer’s problem? Maybe you made a special effort to thank and recognize someone that
While we most likely will never play in the Super Bowl, we do have our own tradition of excellence here in SB/SE. Faris and I believe that’s due to your
commitment to go above and beyond what it takes to achieve our business goals. You take ordinary efforts and make them extraordinary.
So, what little extra did you do today?