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Day 8: No actual decorating today as such. I disposed of some old… - John C. Kirk

Dec. 3rd, 2005

12:45 am

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Day 8: No actual decorating today as such. I disposed of some old furniture (via Freecycle), and also had an electrician out to fix my light (although "12-2" wound up being "by 5pm"). He confirmed that the old fitting was completely broken, so there was no way that I would have been able to reattach it myself. I did consider buying a replacement fitting (they probably only cost about 60p), but I wasn't confident about being able to fit it myself. It only took him a couple of minutes, but I'm sure that experience helps, and I didn't fancy doing it for the first time when I was up a ladder.

When I was a kid, my dad had a plug from an iron or something, where the power cable had been hacked off about six inches from the plug. I used to practice on that (taking it apart and putting it back together), particularly when I was going for a cub badge, and that wasn't too hard, but I'd need to refresh my memory before I tried it again (I'm not 100% sure about which colour is earth/live/ground). On a similar note, it would probably make sense for me to get a cheap light fitting and cable that I can practice with, in case this happens again in the future.

Out of idle curiousity, a poll:

Poll #625550 Wiring

Would you be confident wiring up a:

Power plug
6(60.0%)
Ceiling light fitting
0(0.0%)


Meanwhile, I've been doing Japanese practice before tomorrow's test, and I'm reasonably confident about it. One thing I've done is to write out Japanese names in Hiragana, to help me get more familiar with the symbols. Since I don't know that many names, I wound up resorting to manga characters for this! So, I apologise in advance if I sound really pretentious by saying these names in unusual ways, e.g. pronouncing "Utena" as "oo-ten-ah" rather than "you-tainer". Then again, anyone who spends a significant amount of time reading/watching Utena is likely to have a sufficiently fried brain that you probably won't notice the difference :)

Anyway, sleep time...

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From:gaspodog
Date:December 3rd, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
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Wiring a plug is on the GCSE physics syllabus, so I actually have to teach that (I taught it last term).

Just remember, blue = neutral, green/yellow = earth, brown = live. Probably. Unless it's the other kind of wiring, in which case... You can tell by what's connected where anyway. Live should go through the fuse, and Earth is the top pin on the plug.
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From:baratron
Date:December 5th, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah, it's so annoying when you find out that the way you pronounce the name of some Japanese word is completely wrong for actual Japanese :/ Trying to think of the examples that were bothering me over the summer... er... *scrabbling* well, in English, the car manufacturer is Toy-oh-ta, whereas in Japanese it would be more like To-yo-ta. Aiwa comes out as Aiie-wa in English, but it's Ai-wa in Japanese, the syllables are the same length. So many words in common usage and pronounced wrongly!

I now have some sympathy for the Japanese acquaintance who moaned about Americans and carry-oh-key instead of ka-ra-o-ke.
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From:johnckirk
Date:December 5th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
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The main example I was thinking of was the "Friends" episode where Ross annoys everyone by pronouncing "karate" in an unusual way.
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From:baratron
Date:December 6th, 2005 06:23 am (UTC)
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I forgot that! Ka-ra-te! Heh.

Is that the same episode where Ross tells everyone he's learning about u-na-gi (with a strange gesture along his forehead), and everyone looks at him strangely and says "Eel?". (Unagi sushi is eel, if you didn't already know - I dunno how much looking at non-vegetarian sushi menus you do :) )
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