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Mark Twain - The Awful German Language
This is a hilarious essay that everyone who has ever had to deal with German MUST read... but at the end is a passage of mixed German and English that just cracks me up every single time. Here it is, in an unadulterated form.
Link to essay: http://www.crossmyt.com/hc/linghebr/awfgrmlg.html
A Fourth of July Oration in the German Tongue, Delivered at a Banquet of the Anglo-American Club of Students by the Author of This Book

Gentlemen: Since I arrived, a month ago, in this old wonderland, this vast garden of Germany, my English tongue has so often proved a useless piece of baggage to me, and so troublesome to carry around, in a country where they haven't the checking system for luggage, that I finally set to work, and learned the German language. Also! Es freut mich dass dies so ist, denn es muss, in ein hauptsächlich degree, höflich sein, dass man auf ein occasion like this, sein Rede in die Sprache des Landes worin he boards, aussprechen soll. Dafür habe ich, aus reinische Verlegenheit -- no, Vergangenheit -- no, I mean Höflichkeit -- aus reinische Höflichkeit habe ich resolved to tackle this business in the German language, um Gottes willen! Also! Sie müssen so freundlich sein, und verzeih mich die interlarding von ein oder zwei Englischer Worte, hie und da, denn ich finde dass die deutsche is not a very copious language, and so when you've really got anything to say, you've got to draw on a language that can stand the strain.

Wenn haber man kann nicht meinem Rede Verstehen, so werde ich ihm später dasselbe übersetz, wenn er solche Dienst verlangen wollen haben werden sollen sein hätte. (I don't know what "wollen haben werden sollen sein hätte" means, but I notice they always put it at the end of a German sentence -- merely for general literary gorgeousness, I suppose.)

This is a great and justly honored day -- a day which is worthy of the veneration in which it is held by the true patriots of all climes and nationalities -- a day which offers a fruitful theme for thought and speech; und meinem Freunde -- no, meinen Freunden -- meines Freundes -- well, take your choice, they're all the same price; I don't know which one is right -- also! ich habe gehabt haben worden gewesen sein, as Goethe says in his Paradise Lost -- ich -- ich -- that is to say -- ich -- but let us change cars.

Also! Die Anblich so viele Grossbrittanischer und Amerikanischer hier zusammengetroffen in Bruderliche concord, ist zwar a welcome and inspiriting spectacle. And what has moved you to it? Can the terse German tongue rise to the expression of this impulse? Is it Freundschaftsbezeigungenstadtverordnetenversammlungenfamilieneigenthümlichkeiten? Nein, o nein! This is a crisp and noble word, but it fails to pierce the marrow of the impulse which has gathered this friendly meeting and produced diese Anblick -- eine Anblich welche ist gut zu sehen -- gut für die Augen in a foreign land and a far country -- eine Anblick solche als in die gewöhnliche Heidelberger phrase nennt man ein "schönes Aussicht!" Ja, freilich natürlich wahrscheinlich ebensowohl! Also! Die Aussicht auf dem Königsstuhl mehr grösser ist, aber geistlische sprechend nicht so schön, lob' Gott! Because sie sind hier zusammengetroffen, in Bruderlichem concord, ein grossen Tag zu feirn, whose high benefits were not for one land and one locality, but have conferred a measure of good upon all lands that know liberty today, and love it. Hundert Jahre vorüber, waren die Engländer und die Amerikaner Feinde; aber heute sind sie herzlichen Freunde, Gott sei Dank! May this good-fellowship endure; may these banners here blended in amity so remain; may they never any more wave over opposing hosts, or be stained with blood which was kindred, is kindred, and always will be kindred, until a line drawn upon a map shall be able to say: "This bars the ancestral blood from flowing in the veins of the descendant!"
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On this day:
At 9th April of 1983, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the title track from his latest album 'Let's Dance', his fourth UK No.1 and featuring blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. 

This song is about (rather unsurprisingly) dancing with a lover. It is the title track to his fifteenth studio album 'Let's Dance', which was produced by Nile Rodgers, who was responsible for the album's funky sound. Rodgers founded the disco band, Chic, and produced hits for Diana Ross, including "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out." He also produced Madonna's 1984 album 'Like a Virgin.'

Stevie Ray Vaughan played lead guitar on this song. Bowie was impressed when he saw Vaughan perform at the Montreaux Jazz festival a year earlier. When Vaughan received the call from Bowie to play on the record, he was (although not literally) in the middle of recording his own album, 'Texas Flood.'

This was Bowie's only transatlantic #1, a very upbeat song with mass appeal. He described it as "positive, emotional and uplifting." Said Bowie: "I tried to produce something that was warmer and more humanistic than anything I've done for a long time. Less emphasis on the nihilistic kind of statement."

The music video was made by David Mallet on location in Australia including a bar in Carinda in New South Wales and the Warrumbungle National Park near Coonabarabran. It featured Bowie playing with his band while impassively watching an Aboriginal couple’s struggles against metaphors of Western cultural imperialism. The red shoes mentioned in the song's lyrics appear in several contexts. Bowie described this video (and the video for his subsequent single, "China Girl") as "very simple, very direct" statements against racism and oppression.

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Sorry Jerry, even if you my neighbor and I saw you walking your pooch in your dressing gown, even if they called you "Governor Moombeam" I'm still going to have to call you on this.  It's wrong to try and throw a smokescreen and try to get some press about this by throwing in "global warming".

The real issue is you're asking residential users to cut use by 25% but we only constitute 20% of total usage.  So the maximum saving could be 5%.  Whereas agriculture is using 80% of the water and you can only cite cuts of "hundreds of thousands of acres of land going dry".  The problem is agriculture in California has around nine million acres of irrigated land so 100,000 acres actually only 1% of the total which is a 0.8% savings in water.  And you don't tell us if those "hundreds of thousands of acres" were already furloughed.    From personal experience I can tell you that agriculture in the central valley is still very much still alive - they are still planting new orchards and vineyards and pumping ground water almost unrestricted anywhere they can.  What gives?

So unless agriculture is literally tearing up a half million acres of land this year (almost 800 square miles) then it isn't coming close to the cuts you are asking of consumers.  And apparently you think such cuts by agriculture  "just aren't necessary yet".  So with only 5% of the normal snow-pack, reservoirs with only one year capacity just when are drastic measures necessary?   Pretty soon we will have only groundwater and that is in direct contention with what agriculture has been pumping dry for years now to the depth of 500 feet and more.  Will it be when people are going sip to sip for their next drop of water from a government hand out?

You know, I'm sorry, as it is California just does not have a sustainable agriculture business, we've been in deficit for years now.  Dams are unpopular and the state let farms expand with unchecked ground water pumping for way too long.  We should never have gotten into this mess in the first place, there is no way on earth we should be growing rice here when there are wet places much better equipped to grow it.  People only buy almond milk because it is priced to sell based on cheap if not actually free water.  And the state has never encouraged, and in some cases even allowed off the grid low water usage living.   So many homes could be subsisting off their own water catchment with cisterns, dry toilets and un-irrigated yards.  There is just no incentive to make this not only the norm, but actually required.  

I just hope that if we make it to the other side of this drought we don't suddenly forget about water as an issue again.  When I arrived in California in 1994 it was just getting out of a long drought and it rained and rained and rained and no one gave two hoots about water for years after. The drought basically began again in the early 2000s and we've been running on red ever since but no one did anything about it.  We have to reduce water usage above the board until our supply meets demand.  If that means more supply then we have to man up to more reservoirs, if that means drastically reduced demand through conservation and no more growth then so be it.  Just what are the alternatives?  I"m all ears because 1-2 is not a zero sum game and day of the year.
California senator announces planned measures to help farmers and residents facing threats to their livelihoods amid ‘very, very serious problem’
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Nice hands-on resource for learning ES6: http://bit.ly/1J1FUL3 - concise and great examples.
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Just released Visuino Beta 18 - http://www.visuino.com #Visuino #Arduino #OpenWire
Program Arduino boards visually, fast and easy with Visuino #Visuino #Arduino
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"Sherman tried to tell these idiots, over and over, that they were stupid and deluded. He wasn’t even going to debate the non-existent justice of their cause like Grant, who rightly called the Confederacy “the worst cause for which men ever fought.” Sherman, who was a much more analytical, intellectual man than Grant, focused on the fact that the South—the white, wealthy South, that is; the only one that mattered—was wrong. About everything. Every damn thing in the world. But most of all about its childishly romantic notions about war."

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"Sherman was trying, in everything he did, to wake these idiots from their delusion. That’s why they hate Sherman so much, 150 years after his campaign ended in total success: Because he interrupted their silly and sadistic dreams, humiliated them in the most vulnerable part of their weird anatomy, their sense of valorous superiority. Sherman didn’t wipe out the white South, though he could easily have done so; he was, in fact, very mild toward a treasonous population that regularly sniped at and ambushed his troops. But what he did was demonstrate the impotence of the South’s Planter males."


I really wonder why I haven't started reading The War Nerd sooner.
KUWAIT CITY — There are times when the sheer ignorance and ingratitude of the American public makes you sick. This week marks the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s March from Atlanta to the Sea, which...
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