Archive for September, 2008

Lottery Year – Third Quarter Results

September 30, 2008 By: erik Category: Geeky, News, Spain

We’ve had 40 Fridays so far in 2008. I’ve been playing the ONCE lottery every week so far this year. In my complex simulation that gave predictions of the outcome, I predicted that at the end of the third quarter, I would have either 85€ or 90€. Well, guess what? My balance after 9 months is exactly 85€. So far, I have lost 175€. Ouch!
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What does EEUU mean?

September 30, 2008 By: erik Category: Spain

When you are studying Spanish, it’s not until you get to the stage where you are reading trying to comprehend articles from a Spanish newspaper that you first encounter the bizarre acronym EEUU. It sounds like something you might exclaim when you catch a whiff of a foul odor. The truth is that: EEUU = USA. Let’s look at why.
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The other half of you make me so mad!

September 29, 2008 By: erik Category: Funny, Politics, Stuff I Found, USA

The Onion has absolutely nailed my feelings on the US Presidential election.

“While you are 100 percent certain that your preferred candidate’s stance on issues such as foreign policy and the economy would appeal to any human being with half a brain, there is, in this very same country, an equally large voting bloc which believes that you and your candidate of choice are absolutely insane,” the report’s co-author Dr. Mark Grier said during a press conference. “Every single thing you love about your candidate’s personality, vice presidential pick, and family, 60 million other registered voters absolutely deplore.”

Read the rest of the article.

The last paragraph is great.

Take me to the pie

September 29, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, Funny, Photos, Spain

Occasionally, as a native English speaker living in Spain, I come across words or situations that make me laugh because they have another meaning in the other language. Today was one of those days. Believe it or not, I had never considered the double Spanglish meaning of the Spanish word pie, meaning “foot”. Depending on what language I’m thinking in at the time, I perceive those three letters completely differently. On my morning walk today, while thinking to myself in English, I stumbled across the following scene.
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Saturday Photos

September 27, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, Golf, Photos, Spain

What follows are some photos I took with my iPhone this Saturday. In the morning, I played golf with my friend Manolo. He picked me up at 8:15 and we were back at 14:35. In those six hours and twenty minutes, we only had time to play 13 holes, stopping short to return home for lunch to not displease our better halves. That’s the problem with having a golf course 45 minutes away and including a shower and beer in the club house in the ceremony. I had a good time. Beer is never better than after three hours of walking up and down mountains in the sun carrying a heavy bag and taking a shower before hitting the bar. I was nine over on the front nine with a triple bogey (lost ball), so I had quite a few pars and bogeys. When I got home, I was beat. A little salad for lunch and direct to the siesta.

All the photos you’re about to see were geo-tagged to within 17 meters and uploaded to Flickr within seconds of the shutter opening. Ain’t technology amazing?
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Carlson Leonard 2008

September 26, 2008 By: erik Category: Funny, Geeky, Morphing, Politics, USA, Videos

Watching some Simpsons the other day, it hit me what presidential morph I should do next. I’ve already morphed McCain into Palin and Obama into Biden. Now it’s time to go a little cartoony. What better black guy and white guy to morph Obama and Biden into than Carl and Lenny? So here it goes. Hold on to your sanity…
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You’ll have to drink mine for me

September 26, 2008 By: erik Category: Funny, Spain, Wine

Today I’m going to share a little joke that my father-in-law tells every time someone makes the clichéd comment of “No, I can’t go to [wherever], you’ll have to drink my drink for me.” It’s a pretty good joke. When you retell it, you should change the foreign land and the drinks ordered to fit your culture.
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Can Sarah Palin really see Russia from her house?

September 25, 2008 By: erik Category: Geeky, Math, Politics, USA

Any intelligent person knows that Sarah Palin was joking when she said that she could see Russia from her house. It’s pure hyperbole. But everyone in the media keeps repeating it over and over, and I’m certain that some people probably actually believe it to be true. I bet that even the people that understand the hyperbole probably don’t realize just how much of an exaggeration it really is. So I decided to use my Distance To Horizon Calculator to see just how tall Governor Palin’s house would have to be in order to see the Russian coast.
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Language Immersion Anecdotes

September 24, 2008 By: erik Category: Funny, Musings, Spain

One of the things I love about living in a foreign country immersed in a foreign language, is that sometimes your minimal understandings of things leads you to draw conclusions that, in retrospect are humorously idiotic, but that, at the time, seemed perfectly reasonable. Here I provide two of my favorite anecdotal instances.
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I abhor debt

September 23, 2008 By: erik Category: Complaining, Musings

Fourteen Thousand EurosI suppose my parents get the credit or blame for my feeling about loans. The only actual tidbit of wisdom I recall receiving was “If you pay extra every month on your mortgage, in the long run, you pay less interest and you save money.” Owing money to someone makes me feel bad. I’ve only ever bought one car myself and I paid off the tiny loan within two months. The car we have now was paid for in cash. I just can’t stand being in debt. My life has been fortunate enough that I have not been forced to spend much time in debt. But I could have, if I wanted to take more financial risks. Luckily I married a woman who feels the same, if not more strongly than I do. I cannot imaging how a marriage could function if the two parties were not in agreement on what acceptable debt levels are.
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