Search found 49 matches

by raouf
February 9th, 2006, 1:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Lbirivoxers profile
Replies: 44
Views: 15979

vee wrote:Which brings up the added question, which do we prefer Librivoxer, Libriphiles, Libroxians ... any other suggestions?
One also needs to query what the female version may be, one would probably not want: librivixen, libriphillies and libroxia respectively.
by raouf
February 9th, 2006, 1:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Knitting! (and other needle arts...)
Replies: 771
Views: 258980

Ah that reminds me to tell the TiVo to get the middle-of-the-night Olympics broadcasts... Tivo is so helpful -- we skip all the commercials and heartwarming goopy tearjerking backstories, and just watch the interesting sports. During the Athens games we found we could get through a 4-hour broadcast...
by raouf
February 9th, 2006, 12:35 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Lbirivoxers profile
Replies: 44
Views: 15979

Lbirivoxers profile

After reading the forums (fora?) for a while one starts to get an idea of who the librivoxers are. Here are some salient points: - Avid radio listeners in particular NPR (possibly even anti TV) - Hightened sense of humor - Love of language - Love of puzzles, games (in particular role-playing video g...
by raouf
February 7th, 2006, 6:06 pm
Forum: Completed Projects
Topic: COMPLETE:Philosophy and Fun of Algebra by Mary Everest Boole
Replies: 28
Views: 11170

Treesh, I don't envy you your task. How on earth are you going to keep a straight face while reading Chapter 9: "The Use of Sewing Cards" "People get to very queer places on that [magic] carpet. I have been for several excursions on it so I know. One of the places it can take you is a town where all...
by raouf
February 7th, 2006, 4:49 pm
Forum: Completed Projects
Topic: COMPLETE:Philosophy and Fun of Algebra by Mary Everest Boole
Replies: 28
Views: 11170

Thanks for the info on Mary Everest Boole and on her book. At the end of Chapter 1 Mary Everest Boole mentions that Algebra comes from two Arabic words but does not elaborate on what those are. Algerba is short for "Al Jabr wal Muqabala" which stands for "[The science of] mending and equating". The ...
by raouf
February 1st, 2006, 8:05 pm
Forum: New Here? Introduce Yourself!
Topic: NPR segment
Replies: 9
Views: 3123

Welcome Karen;

Can't have too many librarians, they are the salt of the earth.
Is Berrien Springs still the main NPR station in Southwest Michigan?
by raouf
January 31st, 2006, 8:53 am
Forum: Suggestions, Comments, News & Discussion
Topic: Forum Level of Nice-ness. Cultureshock.
Replies: 90
Views: 30281

I agree with Betsie about needing general encouragement. Some of us are needy humans, and like interaction for interaction's sake. You know this is one of the reasons I frequent the Librivox forums so much, because I need the interaction with people. Perhaps it does stroke ones ego to be acknowledg...
by raouf
January 31st, 2006, 7:30 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Sesquipedalian and Triskaidekaphobia
Replies: 10
Views: 4379

Sesquipedalian and Triskaidekaphobia

The meaning of these obscure words is: Sesquipedalian: Long and ponderous; having many syllables. http://dictionary.reference.com/wordoftheday/archive/2006/01/13.html Triskaidekaphobia: Fear of friday the thirteenth http://dictionary.reference.com/wordoftheday/archive/2005/05/13.html Don't think I w...
by raouf
January 30th, 2006, 6:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Librarians!!
Replies: 38
Views: 15707

Of intereset to bilbiophiles (and librarians)

Interesting site, scans of origianl manuscripts

http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/ttpbooks.html
by raouf
January 29th, 2006, 6:30 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Foreign Languages
Replies: 228
Views: 75335

That is what's most fascinating about language, it starts with words and grammar but very soon it get into the ineffable. Great writers are those who, using words, can evoque what words can only hint at. In spite of the fact that I am fluent in many langugages, I don't trust language as a mean of co...
by raouf
January 29th, 2006, 4:17 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Foreign Languages
Replies: 228
Views: 75335

Betsie's comments about why Americans did not maintain their native languages upon migration to the US is very incisive. There is also another reason why the US remains monolingual, Paula has touched on this but I think there is more to it. In practise there is no pressing need in the US to learn a ...
by raouf
January 29th, 2006, 3:39 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: MacBook Pro Question
Replies: 16
Views: 10010

Since the original question was not answered, here is quick one. Power PC are RISC processors while Intel chips are CISC processors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RISC RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) architecture do simple tasks every "tick" hence they need to run faster to perform complex t...
by raouf
January 29th, 2006, 3:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Harry Potter video game (Prisoner of Azkaban)
Replies: 11
Views: 9015

Here are the "cheats" for all levels of that game

http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/adventure/harrypotterprisonerofazkaban/hints.html
Use it in moderation!!
by raouf
January 29th, 2006, 2:22 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Foreign Languages
Replies: 228
Views: 75335

Mother tongue is arabic, learned French and English in school and had some German as well (now almost forgotten). Learning other languages was not a matter of choice, it was taken for granted. There is no way to really learn a language without getting into the mindset of the natives of that language...
by raouf
January 5th, 2006, 7:26 pm
Forum: Suggestions, Comments, News & Discussion
Topic: Another use for Librivox recordings
Replies: 11
Views: 5198

Another use for Librivox recordings

As I was listening to the recent installments of the German readings of "Maerchen von den Gebrueder Grim", it occured to me there is yet one more good use for these recording: Most learners of foreign languages are familiar with the multiple trip to the media lab to listen to recordings by native sp...