The Fuck, Duolingo?

I took Spanish in high school, squeezing 5 years of study into 4 years of school, and then another 4 classes or so in college. Then I quit studying it.

I’ve been trying to get back into it, so I’m using Duolingo, which lets you learn a new language (or brush up on an old one) in as little as 5 minutes a day. Yeah, I know I sound like an advertisement, but I promise it’s not. I’ve been doing it off and on for the last 3 months, and it’s helped me remember more Spanish and be able to understand more of the conversations I hear at work.

This little gem came across today:

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CL: End of Year Book Survey 2016

2016 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 93! That’s up from 60 the year before

Number of Re-Reads: 2, which is unexpected.

Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

Best in Books 2016

  1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
    Patient Zero by Johnathan Maberry. Totally unexpected, and I think if I didn’t have the audiobook, I never would have been interested in the book.
  1. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
    Armada by Ernest Cline. I loved Ready Player One, but this was not nearly as good. Nowhere near as good, despite having a strong 80s nostalgia.

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December Reading Log


Would you believe 11 books this month? I wouldn’t, if I hadn’t just counted them up. My work acquired 2 new contracts, both of which mean increased deliveries for us. So I spent most of December sitting in loading docks, waiting to be unloaded. I chewed through a lot of books that way. Sadly, most of them weren’t very good. That’s kind of how my 2016 went: books were only okay.

Soundless – Richelle Mead

I’ve fallen out of love with Mead’s books. It happened during her Bloodlines spinoff series: she took an interesting character that I wanted to read more about, and turned her in into someone new. Since then, her books are on the “get from the library” not the “buy immediately” list.

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I heard a commercial on the radio today that made me think about spin. No,  I’m not talking about the magazine, or the setting on your washer, but the kind used for public relations.

One of the best movies I’ve seen on spin is Thank You For Smoking. If you haven’t see it, or read the book, it’s fantastic. In short, it’s about a guy who works as a spin doctor for Big Tobacco, and how he’s trying to build a better relationship with his son, while going up against a senator who’s deeply against cigarettes.

Here’s one of my favorite examples of how he spins things in his favor.

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Professional Dinosaur Question, Really?

Pet’s been working through most of Red Dwarf on Netflix. In one of the seasons, a sparrow gets turned into a dinosaur. There’s a line about the dinosaur eating cow vindaloo, and I went to look it up.

I went to Swag Bucks to search, on the chance I’d win Swag Bucks, and I put in “dinosaur eats cow” and then I stopped, because I wasn’t sure how to spell vindaloo. so I put in V, and it offered to complete it, but I couldn’t see what it was offering for V. So I told it okay.

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2013 Goal

If you’ve read here before, then you’ll know I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, because I don’t think they work. By February, March at the latest, I’ve abandoned all of mine. I don’t know if other people are better at it than I am, I don’t really ask.

Pet and I were talking about finances this year, which got me thinking about saving money. I was not very good with that this year, and next year needs to be better. I made more money this year than I ever have with the company, and while it’s still not great money, a bigger portion of it needs to be saved.

But I’m bad at that.

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