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In which pony play has its cuter side - SFW - Tactical Ninja

Apr. 24th, 2014

09:10 am - In which pony play has its cuter side - SFW

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So the Finnish is progressing apace. I found a set of flash cards that is basically the Star Wars (the one with Luke) novel, broken into sentences. So I'm reading Star Wars, out of order, in Finnish. I am learning such useful phrases as "They've shut down the main reactor!" And "I was going to head to Toshi station to pick up some power converters." It's more useful than you think.

And no, I haven't yet come across "These are not the droids you are looking for" but when I do, you'll be the first to know.

I've also found this site - Easy News In Finnish. It's exactly what it says on the box, and has both podcasts and text. I'm focusing on the text at the moment. It takes me about half an hour to read it, but I'm now recognising enough of the words to give the other words context and glean broad meaning. I've learned about the early closure of Mt Everest, the early migration of birds to Finland, and the early ability of farmers to get out on their tractors. And also a plane crash of parachutists.


I also joined Speak Languages, a site that covers basic phrases and grammar and allows you to find 'language partners' that you can Skype with and write to for practice. I sent about four messages out and got one response, from a woman in her 60s who I'm now haltingly trying to communcate with. Her English is far better than my Finnish.

I also got several unsolicited messages from men, ranging from "You have Skype?" to "hi how r u??" None of them sent me penis pics, which is nice. But seriously, I have on my profile that I speak native NZ English and that I want to learn Finnish. These men between them speak Egyptian, Spanish, Hindi, and Japanese (none speak Finnish). While they are trying to learn English, I'm pretty sure "hi how r u??" is not an overture to converse in English about many and varied topics. I could be wrong, but I've received so many of those type of messages over the years, a significant percentage of which have resulted in penis pics if I responded, that I have my doubts. If any of them were Finnish speakers, it'd show they'd read my profile and had language sharing in mind. If any of them had acknowledged that our languages didn't match but they'd like to speak English with me anyway, I'd most likely be willing to help. I know "Hi, how are you?" is taught as a common way of greeting someone in English. But too many times it's been an overture to a conversation that ends with me going "Oh ew!" that I'm no longer willing to engage if it's not followed up with content that reassures me there's no over-familiarity or assumption going on behind it.

Call me judgey if you like, but I'm sticking with my 60-year-old native Finnish lady.

Meanwhile, last night I hung out with pombagira and as sometimes happens, we had a conversation that led to googling for pictures of pony play.

What, that doesn't happen to you? Sure it does! It goes like this:

Stuff article about Prime Minster's limo being egged because he rocked up to a housing estate in it --> Me referencing girding my loins to read the comments --> Literal meaning of loin-girding --> reference to dance belts --> mention of this uncomfortable-looking men's g-string:



--> discussion of why jock straps only have straps in the back --> suggestion that pony play may have something to do with it --> googling for pictures of pony play.

Sure, happens all the time, right? Anyway, eventually it led to this picture:



Which I call a success. *ahem*


I will be going to Fidels tonight. We have another public holiday tomorrow, this time to celebrate the English using the Kiwi and Aussie soldiers as cannon fodder in Turkey in World War 1. That's how I've always experienced it, anyway. It's often a polarising and divisive thing, Anzac Day. I try to stay out of it, but I appreciate the day off just the same.

By the way, for those of you who like the monsters, they have a Facebook page here. It would totally make their day if you went and liked them over there. ;-)

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From:fbhjr
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
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No doubt about it looking uncomfortable....

When I was in China random people would come up to me and talk to me in English. I guess they saw someone the thought they could practice the language with, even if I was just walking down the road. No one showed me photos of anything. I'm just as glad...
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From:tatjna
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I think face-to-face it's a bit easier to glean if someone's intentions are honourabl, and unfortunately the cesspit of the internet has made me really wary.

In the US, people would talk to me just so they could hear my accent. I believed for a while that it was because I was vivacious and charming, but it turned out I just sound exotic. ;-)
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From:fbhjr
Date:April 23rd, 2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
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You could be vivacious and charming and sound exotic, right?
Besides, how would they know how you sound just by looking?
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From:tatjna
Date:April 23rd, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Hehe, true. Loquacious Tats is loquacious.

Edited at 2014-04-23 10:25 pm (UTC)
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From:pombagira
Date:April 23rd, 2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
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naww doggy pony.. so cool!!



:D
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From:tatjna
Date:April 23rd, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Best pony play evar!
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From:richdrich
Date:April 23rd, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
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the English using the Kiwi and Aussie soldiers as cannon fodder

Interesting fact: more UK soldiers died at Gallipoli than all the other allied nationalities put together. The second largest group were the French. (Obviously, the Turks took the highest casualties - it was their country being invaded).
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From:richdrich
Date:April 23rd, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
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BTW, I say that not to engage in some sort of grisly league table, but to point out that the narratives we hear often align poorly to the facts.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 23rd, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Like I said, 8-year-old me wasn't conversant with the facts and couldn't argue the point when outnumbered anyway.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 23rd, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
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For the first 20 years of my life, I could have really done with you popping up and saying that every time someone used Anzac Day as an excuse to be an arsehole to me because I was English.

And yes, my comment up there about cannon fodder is what Kiwis (or at least the ones I met in my formative years) commonly believe abotu Anzac Day.
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From:t_c_da
Date:April 23rd, 2014 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Little known fact I learned when visiting Gelibolu a few years back - the allies lost ~40,000 dead, the Turks lost ~80,000 dead, yet the Turks now regard the ANZACs as blood brothers.
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From:richdrich
Date:April 24th, 2014 12:09 am (UTC)
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Interesting: wikipedia sez: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallipoli_Campaign#Casualties

which is rather different.
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From:t_c_da
Date:April 24th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
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I guess everyone has their own perspective on something so complicated as that campaign. The figures I gave were those provided by our Turkish (state registered) guide, possibly modified by my own faulty memory. *shrug*
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From:richaarde
Date:April 24th, 2014 12:17 am (UTC)
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Uncomfortable... not to mention that you'd have to be really careful how you moved around while you were wearing it.

Edited at 2014-04-24 12:17 am (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:April 24th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I have to wonder what they'd look like after sitting down then standing up and walking around a bit.
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:April 24th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
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I feel fremdschamen for that dog.
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:April 24th, 2014 10:09 am (UTC)
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Men never send me pictures of their penises. Now I don't know whether to feel relieved or aggrieved...
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From:pundigrion
Date:April 25th, 2014 12:05 am (UTC)
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Surely you have seen this, but it was the first thing that popped to mind!

http://www.xkcd.com/214/
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From:adam_0oo
Date:April 26th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
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Does that G-string stay on with...wishes?
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