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Anteeksi, minulta pääsi pieru - Tactical Ninja

Mar. 31st, 2014

10:42 am - Anteeksi, minulta pääsi pieru

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As you can see, I am now progressing to short sentences in Finnish. I have no illusions about my ability to create them, but I am beginning to be able to decipher them with the vocabulary I have. That one up there says, more or less:

"Oops, I farted."

I quite like the phrase program I'm using. These words are far more useful to me than "Where is the ticket counter?" I am also learning such gems as "Which is the best beer?" and "It wasn't me."

But the best bit is that I'm starting to get a grasp of the in-between words, the ones that make the nouns and verbs and stuff make sense. You know, like the ones that mean did you, are you, what is, where is, is it, me, you, mine, yours, that sort of thing.

I'm guessing that at some point I'll have to start constructing them but right now I'm happy knowing when someone's admitting to blowing off. Yep.


So this weekend I spent in Christchurch. Well, Wainui to be precise, which is about 1 hour 20 minutes out of Christchurch on the coast after you go over the hills. It's basically across the harbour from Akaroa, and is one of those tiny settlements that has a school that's hanging on by the skin of its teeth and no shop.

Kathy and Bruce live at the end of a metal road above Wainui. It's only about 3km from the settlement up the hill, but it may as well be the moon. Nobody goes up there unless they're there to see these guys. Here's the view from their front porch:



They're basically turning the place into a giant food garden. Successive owners have planted fruit and nut trees which are now mature, and Bruce and Kathy have added an almond orchard, coppices and large vegie gardens, and are underplanting the mature trees with, um, I guess you could call them herb swards. So eventually, wherever you go you'll be able to pick something edible. It's neat! And very much a work in progress.

They are both stepping off the Kiwiburn organising crew to spend more time on the property, and since a bunch of other people are also stepping down this year, the gathering was to shoot the shit among those who are staying and try to come up with ways to make the transition between old crew and new crew as smooth as possible.

We also spent a bit of time talking about the scaleability of the current organisational structure now that the festival itself is approaching a population of 1000, and the possible use of a project management software suite that's designed by burners with burn event organising in mind. It's called Asana and it's pretty groovy.

And we also ate a lot of cheese, played a lot of Cards Against Humanity, and laughed raucously a lot.

I'm knackered, but I also have confidence that KB is in good hands, and that if we manage to implement even half of the ideas that came out of the weekend, it should reduce the burnout level of those doing the work by spreading the workload more evenly among volunteers, create autonomy for the teams, and make the whole thing more attractive to people who want to help but don't want to commit to serving on the excom.


For those who actually give a shit about that, there'll be a draft proposal out in about a week for comment and feedback. For those who just want a burn to go to, it seems the idea of dropping to every two years has been forgotten now that folk are stepping up to do the work.

Also, it was quite nice to spend a weekend practicing my friendly-skills for Foo, which is a bit more daunting because I'm not as familiar with the territory, and will have more people. But I do remember how to converse apparently. That's good.

Hey, maybe I could try conversing in my stilted Finnish! "Hei, olen Wendy ja haluan tehdä juttuja. Anteeksi, minulta pääsi pieru. Odotta.. en se minä ollut..."

*ahem*

I'll totally be a hit with the geeks.

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From:fbhjr
Date:March 30th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like a cool place. And, even cooler when they've got it they way they want it. Certainly a nice view!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 30th, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
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It really is lovely. No cellphone coverage though, and they are not on the list for the so-called ultra-fast broadband that our government is currently implementing either.

I guess that could be a dealbreaker or awesome depending on your perspective. ;-)

There are loads of Hector's dolphins in the harbour too.
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From:fbhjr
Date:March 30th, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
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The lack of connection would put it under the "nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there" category for me.
But, the rest of it sounds really great!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 30th, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, us too. Dr Wheel needs it for his work, and I just like posting pics on the internet...

Unfortunately quite a lot of NZ's remoter coastal areas are like that. It's like they couldn't be bothered putting repeaters all the way out to the edge or something. Conversely, I got a text when I was 25 miles offshore once.
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From:fbhjr
Date:March 30th, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
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There is something to be said for technology not covering the total world.
But, of course, I say that in a place where it does totally cover it. So, perhaps hypocritical of me to say that.
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From:n3m3sis42
Date:March 30th, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
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"Oops, I farted" is a good phrase to know. :)
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From:tatjna
Date:March 30th, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
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I thought so. ;-)
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From:robby
Date:March 30th, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
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Why learn "Oops, I farted.", when you already know: "It wasn't me."?
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From:tatjna
Date:March 30th, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Haha true. Maybe I should learn "The dog did it."

;-)
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From:bekitty
Date:March 31st, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
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The dog did it = Koira teki sen. :)
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From:adam_0oo
Date:March 31st, 2014 12:03 pm (UTC)

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Your cut text should be a national advertising slogan.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 31st, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)

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It probably is.
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From:meathiel
Date:March 31st, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
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You ... errrrm ... learn some interesting phrases there! ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:March 31st, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
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You never know when you might need to admit to farting in public!

Today's one was "Don't tell Mum!"

Ok, I won't. ;-)
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From:zhelana
Date:March 31st, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
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What program are you using?
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From:tatjna
Date:March 31st, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
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I'm using a couple of different ones, but the one with the farts and also the main one I use is AnkiDroid. The phrase cards are called Finnish Sentence Of The Day.
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From:zhelana
Date:March 31st, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Are those apps?
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From:tatjna
Date:March 31st, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
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AnkiDroid is a flash card app for android, and you can get free decks of cards for pretty much any subject. I just happened to pick Finnish. ;-)
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From:zhelana
Date:March 31st, 2014 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Holy crap a 25 dollar app?!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 31st, 2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
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Huh? Mine was free. I just looked it up and Anki runs on donations...

http://ankisrs.net/
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From:zhelana
Date:March 31st, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
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That definitely says $25.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 31st, 2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
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OK now that is just weird. All I can think is that you are getting a different message based on your location. The page I get (including if I click through to the android page) has this message at the bottom with a Donate button:

"Thousands of hours of work have gone into developing and supporting Anki. Please consider supporting the author so that Anki can continue to improve."

Bizarre. What about google play?
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From:ecosopher
Date:April 1st, 2014 05:27 am (UTC)
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Food farm!! Woohoo!
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From:rivet
Date:April 1st, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
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That summary makes me happy. Glad that things are in good hands :)
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