Monday, January 09, 2017

One for the Diva

Tips on learning Cyrillic/Russian (or any other Slavic language):

If like me you're uncomfortable with the watered-down phonetic route, at least learn the alphabet first. Best source I've found:

Thought I could tough it out (without studying the alphabet) - nope. Crumbled after the first two or three modules.

Letter 25, "che", made me think of the Diva, not least because it looks like an upside down piece of furniture (embedded figures test):


Pronunciation can be tough so here's a short cut:

1. find a New Yorker
2. ask him to say "chair"

It's that easy. ;)

NB am aware of the whole Russia thing (of course). I promise I did not ask "bros" to mention Duolingo at the beginning of December. And:

Okay, we're done. :)

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Conquered! (a la Duke)

French:  according to Duolingo, 54% "fluency" equals "conquered". Currently lopsided toward receptive, though I can see how expressive improves with upkeep and practice (my expressive is not bad anyhow).

Um, if I can do this in less than a month (twenty six days, in small sessions), I wonder what's happening in Canada's only officially bilingual province (where people spend decades griping instead...). Just asking...

Russian:  maybe one 'romantic' language is enough for now (set aside Spanish, for the moment)...

I thought Cyrillic would be a challenge...

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Les petits potins

Am enjoying learning French again (not since high school). Is French our other official language or is it one of our official languages?

Duolingo is very good:

Spanish and Russian are also on my list.

Thanks also to the web, have recently learned more about what people might actually know and what they simply believe.

Thinking back: Eulah was our village gossip, in that time of party lines, boredom and otherworldly entitlement.

Eulah, if you're up there, I'm sorry that you totally missed it.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Dr T's office

A year after my first and only appointment with Dr T:

Trisha [office staff; phone message; story one]: "For some strange reason the Ministry [of Health] doesn't seem to have you registered as a patient at all with us so I just need you to swing by the office and sign a new enrollment form."

I phoned and asked for more information.

Kylie [office staff; story two]: "We're not entirely sure what happened. The Ministry of Health contacted us, the error was on their end."

I pointed out that the papers I originally signed would be in my file.

[on hold]

Kylie [story three]: "The papers have changed a little bit so we need you to sign a new one."

[on hold]

Kylie [story four]: "The Ministry doesn't have you registered with us. We faxed them your original signed document. Billing keeps bouncing back."

I said I would talk to the Ministry myself.

The Ministry of Health referred me to Health Care Connect:

Robert [accessing Ministry of Health database]: 'Yes, you are registered with Dr T: address, phone, fax.'

I advised Dr T's office:

Kylie [story five]: "We need you to sign a new enrolment form. You're not coming up as a patient on our system here."

Kylie: "Don't worry you can still come see us, we can't deny you health care."

[on hold]

I asked whether or not one of their stories might be false.

Trisha: "Yes, it's false! The papers are exactly the same; we just need you to sign a new one. Sir, we've told you several times - we don't have time for this!"

Trisha: 'We are no longer your family doctor.'

I went looking for a straight answer, and got one:

Karen [Community Care Access Centre]: "It's a yearly renewal form."

Thank you, Karen.

Edit: title changed 161208

Monday, June 27, 2016

"Biased information"

Think I first noticed this in the APA's web site (years ago), same title as below. Now it's everywhere (web search) - and bears repeating:

Homosexuality was thought to be a mental illness in the past because mental health professionals and society had biased information about homosexuality since most studies only involved lesbians and gay men in therapy. When researchers examined data about gay people who were not in therapy, the idea that homosexuality was a mental illness was found to be untrue.

Answers to Your Questions About Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality

I think this is, as Michelle would say, "autism-relevant".

Saturday, September 12, 2015


Not sure how old or accurate the test is but it's here:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

At the checkout

Anonymous: Are you waiting here?
Me: Yes.
Anonymous: Why are you there?
Me: So I don't block the aisle.
Anonymous: You were here first.
Me: Yes.
Anonymous: Okay, you go first.
Me: Okay...
Anonymous: It's not right - I have to wait.
Me: It's okay.
Anonymous: You put a straight line there. And I put one here. And I put my food here. But not too close.
Me: Thank you.
Anonymous: Don't worry, I won't let them touch.
Me: It's okay.
Anonymous: It's not right. If someone is here first, you have to wait.