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Ehkä valosapelit? - Tactical Ninja

Jun. 19th, 2014

10:37 am - Ehkä valosapelit?

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So my little foray into jokes in Finnish yesterday almost started a flamewar on the Finnish Language facebook group I am in. Apparently there's disagreement about whether 'droideja' or 'droidit' is the right way to refer to the droids.

As it turns out, 'droideja' is correct because it refers to some droids which are not there, whereas 'droidit' would refer to the specific droids you can see and are indicating.

So by extrapolation, if I were to be saying "We are not looking for these droids" then I would use 'droidit' - but because I'm saying "These are not the droids we are looking for" I should use 'droideja'.

Who says word order doesn't matter in Finnish? Also, I learned something. Yay! I am sure this will be extremely useful in my day-to-day life.

Meanwhile, at work I made a survey. It ran for a month and got 59 responses. In my industry, that's pretty good going. But my stakeholder leadership group decided it wasn't broad enough coverage (fair enough) and stepped up with a larger distribution list. In its first day, the second go already has 35 responses. Neato!

Only, as the one who has to crunch the numbers and knows it's going to run for another 2 weeks, I am crapping myself at the potential for it to explode into the Survey That Ate Wellington. Send lawyers, guns, money...

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From:fbhjr
Date:June 19th, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
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I had no idea Finnish had such differentiation of droids...
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From:tatjna
Date:June 19th, 2014 01:17 am (UTC)
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I also learned that the word 'droid' was not in common use in either English or Finnish prior to the release of the Star Wars movie.

I vaguely remember REM the android from Logan's Run sometime in the 1970s, but that was always ANdroid, not this casual 'droid' business.

*tut tut*
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From:adam_0oo
Date:June 19th, 2014 03:17 am (UTC)
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Oddly, I watched the first Star Wars on Monday night.

I was commenting on this scene, as Obi Wan is putting the whammy on one trooper, saying a thing that the trooper repeats back to him, so it is CLEAR something fishy is going on. But the problem is, there are like 7 troopers surrounding the car. Did Obi Wan actually mind control them all? Or do you think they thought it was a bribe going down and that they would get a taste later?
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From:tatjna
Date:June 19th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
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The stormtroopers are all clones. You can tell by how they are all the same size and shape. Thus, mind-controlling one means you have mind-controlled them all.

The real question is, why didn't he just get them to take over the Death Star and nail Vader without them ever having to go there?
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From:adam_0oo
Date:June 19th, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
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The clone thing was a retcon 20 years later. Also, clones don't have a gestalt mind. They are regular dudes who are grown in tanks on an ocean planet controlled by other dudes with really long necks to all be okay with never seeing any women and all joining the military even though their clone father was a free wheeling mercenary and assassin.

The real question is why did Luke and Han go do the mission that had to do with talking and tricking troopers while Obi Wan went to flip switches?
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From:tatjna
Date:June 19th, 2014 03:28 am (UTC)
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I did not know this stuff about clones because I've never bothered to watch the three prequel movies. I just made it up on the spot.

Clearly there needs to be another Star Wars movie, with me as the producer. I shall have my clone minions, damnit!
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From:adam_0oo
Date:June 19th, 2014 03:41 am (UTC)
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The second prequel was called Attack Of the Clones! You can't get credit for making that up! Though the clone father is New Zealandish.
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From:tatjna
Date:June 19th, 2014 03:57 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of The Annoying Sidekick.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:June 19th, 2014 04:04 am (UTC)
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So you have seen the movie, not seen the movie...I am getting mixed messages.
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From:tatjna
Date:June 19th, 2014 04:57 am (UTC)
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You don't have to have seen the movie to know about the annoying sidekick. Jar Jar Binks is pretty much held up as the archetype these days.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:June 20th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Ohhhh, he is barely in that movie.
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From:meri_sielu
Date:June 20th, 2014 09:19 am (UTC)
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Heh, who knew Droids could cause such a massive uproar lol?
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