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Fwd: Chris Lonsdale — How to learn any language in six months

I haven't been watching TED talks for a while. No idea how that happened! I enjoyed a few shorter ones earlier today. Of those, I would like to share How to learn any language in six months by Chris Lonsdale. In addition, you can find a transcript of the 5 principles and 7 actions that he presents below.

5 principles

  1. Focus on language content that is relevant to you
  2. Use your new language as a tool to communicate from day 1
  3. When you first understand the message you will unconsciously acquire the language
  4. Physiological training
  5. Psychological state matters

7 actions

  1. Listen a lot
  2. Focus on getting the meaning first (before the words)
  3. Start mixing
  4. Focus on the core
  5. Get a language parent
  6. Copy the face
  7. "Direct connect" to mental images

(German) Fwd: "Als das Leben sich drehte" -- Leserberichte von "Anfängen" in der ZEIT

In der aktuellen Ausgabe der ZEIT finden Leserberichte über Momente, die ein leben lang in Errinnerung bleiben werden und die einen Anfang von etwas Neuem bedeutet haben. Das ganze ist geteilt in zwei Teile. Ich fand diese Berichte bewegend und spannend genug, dass ich hier darauf hinweisen möchte:

(German) Cash Group-Geldautomaten finden mit Android

Dumm gelaufen: Ich frühstücke im Café und stelle noch beim Essen fest: Ich habe nur 3 Euro Bardgeld bei mir, mit EC-Karte kann ich wie erwartet nicht bezahlen. Wo finde ich also unterwegs den nächsten Geld-Automaten der Cash Group, wenn ich der Sparkasse nicht unnötig Geld in den Rachen werfen will? Meine Suche im App-Store führt mich zu Apps wie

die wenig Spaß machen und keine sehr vertrauenswürdigen Eindruck machen. Später kam ich dann auf die Idee, nach einer Postbank-App zu suchen; die gibt es tatsächlich:

Von der Postbank hab ich zwar die Nase voll (und bin auf dem Weg von denen weg), weil ihre eigenen Automaten absurd oft außer Betrieb sind, aber die App hat genau, was ich haben will: Unter "Bargeld Suche" (ohne Bindestrich?!) werden unkompliziert alle Cash Group-Automaten in der Umgebung angezeigt. Das ist doch mal was.

Set list: Traded Pilots live at WABE Berlin 2013-11-14

For those interested, here is the set list of Traded Pilots' performance at WABE Berlin 2013-11-14:

  1. 00:00 Swallow your tears (@Bandcamp, @YouTube, @YouTube)
  2. 05:27 Winds (@YouTube, @YouTube)
  3. 11:12 The garden (@Bandcamp)
  4. 14:37 Follow your own toes
  5. 18:30 Bucket
  6. 21:13 Penny for the conjuror (@Bandcamp)
  7. 24:24 Songs for the dead (@YouTube, @YouTube)
  8. 27:08 Mouse
  9. 30:23 So long
  10. 33:42 Never alone
  11. 35:19 A Proposal
  12. 38:52 The rock (@Bandcamp, @YouTube, @YouTube)
  13. 43:57 Took Away My Life (@YouTube)
  14. 46:55 Bye bye baby (@YouTube)

For some pictures, you could check out those by Sulamith Sallmann. There was a dedicated event page on Facebook and Traded Pilots have a website of their own too, of course.

Recording: Teresa Bergman live at WABE Berlin 2013-11-14

This is my first take at recording a concert... at all and with a Samsung Galaxy SII GT-I9100 Android cell phone in particular. The quality is rather poor but better than expected. To my understanding, sharing live recordings is considered fair use and legal. Track list:

  1. Happiness
  2. Slide
  3. Walking in the Clouds
  4. Blue Eyes(?)
  5. Birds of a Feather
  6. Handy Man
  7. Family Tree
  8. We Could Be
  9. (Cover) Gotye — Eyes Wide Open
  10. Baby Voice
  11. The Beginning

The only processing was:

  1. Decode AAC
  2. Crop to relevant part
  3. Encode as MP3 192 kbps

Download: teresa-bergman-2013-11-14-wabe.mp3

For some pictures, you could check out those by Sulamith Sallmann. There was a dedicated event page on Facebook, too. Teresa Bergman has a website too, of course.

uriparser 0.8.0 released

I have just released uriparser 0.8.0.

What is uriparser?

uriparser is a strictly RFC 3986 compliant URI parsing and handling library written in C. uriparser is cross-platform, fast, supports Unicode and is licensed under the New BSD license.

This is what changed since the previous release (i.e. since version 0.7.9):

2013-12-20 -- 0.8.0

  * Fixed: Resolution of relative URI "/" broken
      Thanks to Mo McRoberts for the patch!
  * Fixed: uriAddBaseUri produced uriUri objects with both host
      and the absolutePath flag set (while the absolutePath flag
      should only be true for URI objects without a host) when
      resolving absolute URIs like "/" or "/foo/bar".
      Now the absolutePath flag is set to URI_FALSE and an empty
      segment is added as necessary
  * Fixed: .errorCode could end up unset, previously
      Thanks to Radu Hociung for the patch!  (bug #16)
  * Fixed: Resolve use of non-POSIX "sed -r" used when building
     documentation  (bug #18)
     Thanks to Ryan Schmidt for reporting!
  * Fixed: Build DLL with -no-undefined on Windows
      Thanks to Michel Zou for the patch!  (bug #19)
  * Added: Command line tool "uriparse"
      Thanks to Radu Hociung for coding!  (feature request #3)
  * Soname: 1:15:0

Companies I try to boycott (and what for)

This is a start on my (grow-as-we-move-)list of companies I try to boycott (or would like to) and why. It's meant to help my own memory as well as supporting your future choices. I'm happy to be pointed to more material about companies you boycott. Find me at sebastian@pipping.org. Thank you!

Boycotting wherever possible

Not boycotting yet