Category: Personal

What’s it like to study for a master’s in applied linguistics at the University of Melbourne?

By: | Post date: June 18, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Australia, Language, Personal

Been A2A’d, but alas, I went through the general linguistics programme 20 years ago, and I haven’t stayed in touch. Some generalities: Melbourne Uni has the Language Testing Research Centre, which means that Language Testing is one of the core strengths of the department. The department also has three ESL specialists. The department includes Tim […]

How would you describe your grandparents?

By: | Post date: June 13, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Personal

I didn’t get to know my paternal grandparents well; I met my grandfather only once, my grandmother twice. My grandmother was somewhat vague by the time I met her, and I had real trouble with her dialect. My grandfather was vaguely feared, but I couldn’t particularly see why at eight years of age; I hadn’t […]

What are your results on the new 8values political ideology test?

By: | Post date: June 11, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, Personal

https://8values.github.io/ You know, for someone who has said publicly that they have made their peace with the market, I’m still scoring pretty socialist. For someone who despairs of the morass of modern Western democracy, I’m still scoring pretty democratic. For someone who thinks globalisation is proving a mistake, I’m still scoring pretty internationalist. And for […]

Can you record yourself saying the word “covfefe”?

By: | Post date: June 1, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Personal, Quora

Vocaroo | Voice message OK, OK, I yield to the inevitable. Word of the day is in fact, “covfefe” – ‘a summoning word of fearsome power, never to be used lightly.’ pic.twitter.com/PE4Oc4CPS5 — Robert Macfarlane (@RobGMacfarlane) May 31, 2017 Answered 2017-06-01 [Originally posted on http://quora.com/Can-you-record-yourself-saying-the-word-covfefe/answer/Nick-Nicholas-5]

How is telecommuting working for you?

By: | Post date: May 25, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Information Technology, Personal

Question answered: How is telecommuting working for you? The plural of anecdote is Quora answers. Herewith mine. I worked for 3 years physically in a job that many of you will have already worked out by now, and 14 more telecommuting. The only way I could bear to keep working on that job was by […]

How many children did your grandparents have?

By: | Post date: May 18, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Personal

My maternal grandparents (Crete) had five (1940–1953). John, Helen, Maria, Georgia, George. My paternal grandparents (Cyprus) had nine (1926–1947), of which one was still-born (Angelica) and one died of smallpox as a toddler (Kostas). George,† Helen, Chris, Stavros, Dora,† Andrew, Savvas. As Savvas once said to me, “the machine kept going, until it stopped.” The […]

What are two truths and a lie about you?

By: | Post date: May 11, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Personal

Hokay. Let’s dance. Yes, my first name really is the same as my surname. Just like my three firstborn cousins. I did not speak to my parents until I was 2. While I was being wheeled in by the nurse to see the doctor about it, I was reading out the room numbers to her. […]

What texts and experiences shaped the development of your political views? What were the seminal factors in the growth of your civic sensibilities? What books most influenced you? What events?

By: | Post date: May 10, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, Personal

I am somewhat surprised to have been A2A’d this by four people. That my politics should be of interest at all, though I haven’t expressed my politics here coherently, is likely more a token of their esteem than my interest. I am somewhat mortified to have been A2A’d this by four people. Unlike the other […]

Can you write a poem about yourself?

By: | Post date: May 1, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Personal

jIDel’eghmeH jIbomchugh, chay’ vIta’?ghopwIj roSHa’moH qaD, ’ej jatwIj qa’..i mi te pemci mi .ei ta’i ma.i go’i lesedu’u mi mo daKiel poemi pri mi mem? Ĉu praala stilo estu? Aŭ ĉu forbalaa?De memet si canendum, fulminaextinguant niteantque carmina.Περὶ ἐμοῦ εἰ γέγραφ’ ἀγαθά,ψευδῶς· ψευδῶς γ’ εἰ πλεῖστα χαλεπά. A poem on myself? It won’t scan far.Best […]

What’s your process for writing poetry?

By: | Post date: May 1, 2017 | Comments: 2 Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, Personal

Clear my head No, really clear my head Have a vague idea of what the argument is that I’m going to write Have a concrete idea of what the form is that I’m going to write in Start thinking up phrases in iambic pentameter Keep thinking up phrases in iambic pentameter Wait till my heart […]

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