18 months!

Thursday, February 9th, 2017 07:15 am
chanaleh: (Default)
A year and a half! It's already mindboggling that two years ago I was pregnant and one year ago we already had a sturdy infant in place of a tiny newborn.

Pediatrician says: height 33" (85th %ile), weight 24lb 14oz (60th %ile), head circumference 90th %ile. Everything looks good.

We are finally seeing that first real blossoming of vocabulary. food, clothes, shapes, and the requisite animal noises )

We really ought to take more video of her at this stage, but it's hard because when I bring in the iPad -- or even the regular camera -- she immediately grabs for it and wails if you hold it out of her reach.

I feel like there were some other developmental things I meant to note, but I can't think of them. She can drink water from an open cup now, when she wants to; but I only give her an ounce at a time because (a) she has trouble regulating how much to tip into her mouth without choking herself, and (b) most of the time she's more interested anyway in dumping out the water and smearing it around her tray, and/or piling bits of her food into the cup. Apparently she's our little raccoon.

Editors, help...

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 04:50 pm
chanaleh: Snoopy at the typewriter, pondering (snoopywriter)
This poor sentence is trapped in the wrong language. It is in Marketingspeak and needs to be in English. Can someone please help me translate it?

“Throughout the organization, efforts are being redeployed around member-focused initiatives.”

("Members" = our customers. This line would be tolerable if it were a marketing-internal document, but it's actually being published in a major customer-facing piece of collateral. NO NO NO NO NO just no.)

T&V ASL FTW

Sunday, August 26th, 2012 09:24 pm
chanaleh: Muffin the Vampire Baker: "It's him, Muffin! You have to protect him at all costs!" "I'M ON IT!" (i'm on it!)
T&V (the synagogue which, incidentally, I have now officially joined) just announced a 6-session mini-course in beginning ASL! I signed up immediately! Besides Russian, ASL is the #1 language I have taken an interest in acquiring next. It runs Wednesday nights, Oct. 10-Nov. 14. I am psyched.

Oh, and since someone was asking when last I mentioned it, they have free community tickets for the High Holidays. I can't find a link to info about it online, but [update:] here is the note they mailed out with the actual tickets:
For Members of the Greater Community:

The Community Service is open to all. We again this year are asking members of the community to help us cover the costs of providing the services and maintaining the synagogue, each according to their means. We are recommending a contribution/gift of $180 for each ticket. We expect that some will not be able to do this and others will give more. No one will be turned away, unless we are filled to capacity.

If you know people in the community who need a place to worship over the holidays, please invite them to worship in our Community Service. For security reasons they will need to provide us their names and addresses before the High Holidays. Please ask them to call the synagogue office at (212) 677 8090 ext. 21.

... Or I expect you could use the central office email address, townandvillage@aol.com.
chanaleh: (jammies)
This is a two-part question (which I swear has nothing whatever to do with Sherlock Holmes, hot though that is):
  • What accents do you find particularly sexy and/or appealing?
    (You can say "British", but I for one will probably scoff at you. Specific regions are acceptable. ;-)
  • What movies present particularly good, squee-worthy, or toe-curling examples of same?

Here are my initial answers off the top of my head:

(1) Russian
White Nights (Mikhail Baryshnikov as Rodchenko)

(2) Scottish
Sliding Doors (John Hannah as James Hammerton; see also Four Weddings and a Funeral)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Katie Leung as Cho Chang)

Discuss!
chanaleh: (mandala)
personal context, both spiritual and vocational, for This Kind Of Thing and why it's grabbing my focus right now )

[livejournal.com profile] magid pointed to Yonah Lavery's awesome Talmud Comics, the blog for which I have also now syndicated as [livejournal.com profile] talmudcomics. I already emailed the artist to order a poster version of this one.

By way of the New Vilna Review: The Museum of Psalms (really more of an art gallery, it sounds like) in Jerusalem.

The Jewish Virtual Library has a section on Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress.

In case there is anyone in the world who does not know about these (because apparently there still are such people), it is my duty to share my two favorite leyning (Torah reading/cantillation) resources: Ellie's Torah Trope Tutor gives you the names and melodies of all the tropes. Navigating the Bible gives complete text and audio (i.e., sung through the trope) of all the weekly Torah readings (as well as the Haftarah portions). (And of course, anyone who would like to do any reading EVER at [livejournal.com profile] tremontstshul is always heartily encouraged to jump in and sign up. :-)

Lastly, in lieu of my usual Friday Hebrew lesson for [livejournal.com profile] justom, I commend to you all [livejournal.com profile] balashon: The Hebrew Language Detective. (The LJ syndication feed is broken or outdated, but I submitted a request to fix it today.) It reminds me considerably of the work of Joseph Lowin (whose own site seems to be down or nonexistent) and the other topical Hebrew lessons at the amazing Jewish Heritage Online Magazine, one of my very favorite sites on the entire Internet. (To my mind, it's not far from this kind of etymological exploration to Edenics and the work of Isaac Mozeson, but I'll leave the really wacky stuff for another day. :-)

And with that, I'm out of here. Shabbat shalom, y'all.
chanaleh: (tigerstudent)
[By way of [livejournal.com profile] la_vie_en_rosie... and I found it extremely fun so I encourage all you linguaphiles to go do it, yidlach and Gentiles alike:]

You are invited to participate in an interesting and entertaining survey about language. Essentially, we're asking about the spread of Yiddish (and some Hebrew) among English speakers in North America. We're turning to both Jews and non-Jews to answer questions like these: Who uses Yiddish words like "shmooze" and "daven" and phrases like "Money, shmoney"? Why do some people say "temple" while others say "shul"? Who prefers biblical names for their babies? Your responses will help us answer these and other questions, and you might learn something about yourself in the process. Please set aside 15-20 minutes, and click on this link to participate:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=9eQwWyblG_2b8ixLqbt6QFhg_3d_3d

Please forward this request to your friends and family. We are hoping to get thousands of responses from people of all religions, ages, and regions of the United States and Canada. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Prof. Sarah Bunin Benor <sbenor@huc.edu> or Prof. Steven M. Cohen <steve34nyc@aol.com>.
chanaleh: (reading)
For [livejournal.com profile] queue: Don Marquis' archy and mehitabel (see also [livejournal.com profile] archyroach)

i <3 robots For [livejournal.com profile] hauntmeister: Cuddly costumes for the Roomba!
([livejournal.com profile] ladypsyche and I got to see a demonstration of the Scooba the other night. Which led to a discussion of names for potential future iRobot products. To clean your tub: the Tooba! To do your dishes: the... Doomba?) more silliness along these lines )
chanaleh: (snoopydock)
(Boy, it's quiet here on LJ today. *grin* One would think everyone is outside enjoying the weather, as I was all afternoon. So...)

While ascending the pedestrian walkway past the lovely cool moss-covered walls of the Flume Gorge last Sunday, I said to Tiger Boy,

"What do you use to measure the amount of moss on a rock?"
"I don't know, what?"
"A sphagnum-anometer!"

"..."

[Poll #525630]
... Also, [livejournal.com profile] ablock wants me to post something witty about the crazy July 4th house display we saw last Friday night, but I'm not any more up to the task than he is. >:-) I will add, however, that we also found a proper old-fashioned mini-golf course on Rte. 1 in Saugus, next to the Dairy Castle, both of which I hope to return and try sometime, maybe even this month.
chanaleh: (gohanda)
Through AltaVista. Can you guess the song?
(It took some iterations to achieve
A piece of poetry that pleased my ear.
This, simply, went to Japanese and back.)
Comments are public; read them as you wish.

Image of your eye of the coffeehouse and it is blue, the empty, it comes in the distance due to the sort of morning of the silent sunrise. But the night is the cathedral where we verified sign. We others mutual now are associated as a portion of the entire design. Well, me the way I who permit the fact that it does not fall asleep, in you it hears me, and with heat do not do the cirque and the baby you grasp. The water and its earring it possesses the hand of the thing where the rain falls with your ear. Intelligence of your surface denies the number of your years. The finger of the potter and you being strange, the disordered idiot of simple rule, the story which アレンジャー is laughed.
chanaleh: (Default)
At [livejournal.com profile] musicjill's yesterday, the movie Hoosiers came up, and it made us start trying to think of movies that have one-word plural titles.

Goonies (Disqualified, heh. It's "The Goonies". I claim ignorance as I've never actually seen it...)
Gremlins
Stripes
Aliens (courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] darlene_ford!)
Antz
Heathers
Clerks
Mallrats
Beaches
Mermaids
Showgirls
Signs
Flatliners

What else? (...And does it seem that this construction was particularly fashionable in the '80s?)

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