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Old Year and New Year by Christina Rossetti
New Year met me somewhat sad:
Old Year left me tired,
Stripped of favourite things I had
Baulked of much desired:
Yet further on my road to-day
God willing, further on my way.
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Re: Your diary in LE forum
, according to Judaism religion there are seven skies.
God is in the middle of seven concentric spheres that are called skies. Each sphere represents a world. Our world is the utmost from God, that's why it is the most wild and cruel. The sphere represented by our world is called "Asia".
The closer you are to God, the happier you are.
When smb. says he is on the seventh sky, it means he is very excited or happy.
Re: GOV.UK: Artificial intelligence: an overview for policy-makers
"A robot teacher can't replace a human teacher." I think this is an interesting point.
I agree with you on this point. But I want to think about it one step deeper.
Would it be possible for a new robot teacher to replace an older robot teacher?
For example, Siri hears your questions and gives out answers. Right now, the answers are basically pre-set. Siri only chooses related information on the net or responds using phrases that are already set in the background. But one day when Siri gets more advanced, she might become able to create her own answers. The newly advanced Siri would surely replace the older Siri, and when that happens, she could help people practice English. It would benefit those who want to learn English but don't have a chance to speak with native English speaking friends.
In such a case, it's true that Siri is not exactly taking place of human friends, but still I think she could help the learners learn English.
Free maid service
? Where are you staying? I rented an apartment for a month in Thailand but had to do my own cleaning. I am surprised by how even the cheapest hotels in Vietnam (10$/night) provide a high standard of house keeping and many even replace towels and sheets every day. If I'd known beforehand, I would have asked them not to, as this is such a waste of resources. (I'm not that dirty!).
Dashain is when people in India and Nepal make a big effort to clean their homes. It is the main Hindu festival and family members travel great distances to be with their parents and celebrate together. This festival is in the autumn, usually in October or November (it's set by the lunar calendar).
People in Britain also do their spring cleaning
, I suppose to mark the beginning of milder weather and longer days. I guess if you Google it, there will be some explanation of its origins.
Re: Fake it until you make it.
I thought you were clever enough to guess it yourselves,
; I'm wondering why you didn't, as the answer is quite simple.
Ostrich egg has to be extra-large size because of the length either of the legs or the neck of the ostrich chick, other than of their large bottom: do you want it to become a precocious contortionist by twisting and having its legs folded so as to fit itself into a chicken egg-sized shell ?
This way, on getting out of the egg, the chick rather than toddling along, would sway for a moment, only, soon after, to fall down heavily on its bottom.
Then, since I'm indulgent towards you, I'll also explain you why it isn't so common to find ostrich eggs at the supermarket: it is because you surely haven't got a frying-pan large enough for cooking your omelette: it would certainly overflow over the edge of your kitchen tool, turning out with your floor all scattered with several tatters of the omelette in miniature.
Finally, since now I feel wholly a learned person about ostrich, I could unveil to you what the ostrich egg tastes like... it tastes of ostrich.
I probably had, in my earlier time, someone throwing me an ostrich egg and hitting me hard at the back of my neck: I couldn't find out any more plausible way by which giving account for the activation of my highly performing rare intelligence.
Re: Would a work-free world be so bad?
About human needs' rising.
I read once that plenty of very small knives (below 2 inches in length) were found in excavations in a medieval Russian city. The article said that the archaeologists had speculated much about their use, e. g. the knives had been intended for children. Though, it didn't answer the question why so many of them had been found.
But the actual reason was that the knives had been made of iron, not of steel. Those ancient Novgorodians didn't know the steel technology. So the knives were worn out very quickly, but since their forging was manual, then their price was very high for those people. They used them really to the end.
Also the French historian Jacques Le Goff cites in his "LA CIVILISATION DE L'OCCIDENT MEDIEVAL" the Langobardian king Desiderius who was looking at the Charlemagne's army from the walls of Pavia in 773 A.D.: "Oh, iron! Helas, iron!"
Nowdays, any vagrant can easily find a knife and dump it not less easily. This is possible because of the technical progress the humanity has made. Simple things like knives are pretty cheap now. The situation sheds light how much human needs have risen through the time. And the future most likely will be the same.
Re: Your diary in LE forum
Apart from daily routine I watched a movie "The Man Who Knew Infinity". However I knew the story of Ramanujan but I keep thinking after the show : How they gain such a boundless confidence and extraordinary intelligence. Can this capabilities be achieved by a ordinary people through lot of hard work and sincerity ?
Certainly no. They are just a present of God to the world to fill the gap of knowledge with strong intuition and intelligence.
That's why I buy Fairtrade chocolate. -
I would d o the same with coffee but sadly, it's just not the same flavour.
- I agree. The Belgians are very good at chocolate.
Re: For geniuses only. :)
The correct answer is both 3 and 4 if you consider the tank is full when there is not available air on it. If you consider the higher level, then tank 3 will be the first full tank.
Re: For geniuses only. :)
It seems 3 and 4 will be full first at the same time, unless the liquid is actually thick honey and flows so slowly that 1 would be full first.
Re: Reading skills + Listening skills=Speaking skills. Do you agree?
I think speaking skills are completely separate from reading / writing. I mean speaking like a native speaker. Many people think they will learn speaking by learning to read and write, and that's what most English methods do. But to really speak you need to memorize complete phrases and re-apply them in similar contexts. This is based on my own experience, for me that's the only approach that really works. You may study vocabulary and grammar for years, read books and even understand people quite well, but still not be able to speak correctly.
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