Archive for October, 2006

Date: October 31st, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Di1 – Drip, Drop

滴流 – Di1 Liu2 – Drip Flow — Trickle

Date: October 31st, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Guan1 – Hat, Crest

王冠 – Wang2 Guan1 – King Hat — Crown

Date: October 30th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Sang1 – Mulberry

Date: October 29th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Xing3 – Wake Up, Awake

I’m playing Wind Waker now and it’s really good. My Zelda senses have completely come back to me, I can even tell what’s in the treasure chests before opening them.

Date: October 28th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Lin4 – Stingy

Date: October 27th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Weng3 – Plant In Bloom, Thick

Date: October 26th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Zhi2 – To Plant

植物學 – Zhi2 Wu4 Xue2 – Plant Thing Study — Botany

Date: October 25th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Tu2 – Slaughter

屠殺 – Tu2 Sha1 – Slaughter Kill — Massacre

Date: October 23rd, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Zhi4 – Manufacture

打製 – Da3 Zhi4 – Strike Manufacture — Forge

木製 – Mu4 Zhi4 – Wood Manufacture — Wooden

自製 – Zi4 Zhi4 – Self Manufacture — Homemade

Date: October 23rd, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Tao1 – Big Wave

I wonder exactly how big?

Date: October 22nd, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Jing3 – Pit, Trap

Nick’s Char Pit: don’t bother.

Date: October 21st, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Jian4 – Arrow

暗箭 – An4 Jian4 – Secret Arrow — Attacked by a Hidden Enemy, Stabbed in the Back

Date: October 20th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Fu4 – Secondary, Auxiliary, Deputy, Assistant, Vice-

副作用 – Fu4 Zuo4 Yong4 – Secondary Effect — Side Effect

Date: October 19th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Tu2 – Apprentice, Disciple

徒弟 – Tu2 Di4 – Apprentice, Disciple

Date: October 18th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Xiang2 – Soar

滑翔 – Hua2 Xiang2 – Smooth Soar — Glide

Date: October 17th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Du4 – Belly

肚子 – Du4 Zi5 – Belly, Stomach

肚臍 – Du4 Qi2 – Navel

Date: October 16th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Mu4 – Admire

慕斯 – Mu4 Si1 – Mousse

“Chocolate Mousse Cake” and “Chocolate Mousse” are not actually the same thing. Restaurant menu writers: note this well. Your freedom may depend on it.

Date: October 15th, 2006
Cate: Regular
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Outpost.com finally gone, replaced by Frys.com

Outpost.com: Free delivery. Overnight.

I worked there for two years, from the time when shooting gerbils out of cannons and losing money on every order (but making it up on volume!) seemed like a good idea, to the time when being able to pay the electric bill was considered a luxury. I got out just before the buyout by these Fry’s folks, who seem to have been pretty much igoring the web site. I’m amazed it’s still up and running and being updated after all this time.

Date: October 14th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Shi4 – Depart, Die

The Departed: Good! Liked it more than the original, and thanks to my terrible memory, the suspense was not ruined.

Date: October 13th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Shua1 – Scrub, Brush, Swipe, Select

刷卡 – Shua1 Ka3 – Swipe Card — Use Credit Card

Date: October 12th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Pi1 – Clap Of Thunder

Date: October 12th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Mu4 – Shepherd

Date: October 11th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Zong1 – Sum Up

綜合 – Zong1 He2 – Sum Join — Integrate

You know how sometimes you get some furniture that you have to assemble yourself, and the instructions have been Very Poorly translated from some asian languange? And you want to tear your hair out? I’m doing that right now at work, except instead of furniture, it’s some computer code, and instead of my hair, it’s the veins from my wrists.

The best part about it is that the code I’m trying to integrate is open source, which generally doesn’t have the most comprehensive documentation, and I have to live on the subset that they translated, badly. And normally this isn’t as much of a problem, because even if the documentation isn’t available, you can juse Use The Source™, right? Well, it’s a lot harder when the comments are in Japanese.

Date: October 9th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Han3 – Rare

Jenny reports: Zinc is good! The overall quality of the food more than made up for the disappointment in finding out that they do not actually use that much Zinc in the cooking.

Date: October 8th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Man2 – Barbarian, Bullying, Very, Quite, Rough, Reckless

中文.com says this one really means “Barbarians to the South”… prompting the obvious question. And here’s the answer:

– Di2 – Barbarians (to the North)

– Yi2 – Barbarians (to the East)

But I can’t find the word for “Barbarians to the West”!

Date: October 8th, 2006
Cate: Regular
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Taiwan Girls STRIKE BACK

I was horrified today to see that the famous picture of Taiwan Girls has dropped out of Google’s image search results! So here’s a new one, taken of the same four just today:

Date: October 7th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Xin1 – Zinc

Remind me to ask Jenny what she thinks of zinc tomorrow.

Date: October 7th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Wan1 – Slither

Eat like snake.

Date: October 6th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Pian1 – Sheet, Piece Of Writing, Chapter

Date: October 5th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Ling2 – Sound of Tinkling Jade

Also – Long2 – Sound of Tinkling Jade

玲瓏 – Ling2 Long2 – Lovely

Date: October 4th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Zhuang4 – Hit, Strike, Bump Into

Things that go in the night?

Date: October 2nd, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Qi4 – Abandon, Relinquish, Discard, Throw Away

Date: October 1st, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Hu4 – Mutual

Date: October 1st, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Qiang1 – Gun, Spear

I wonder if there is an interesting story behind this one. Why the same word for Gun and Spear?