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Mehr über mich, oder "TAG 2" [Apr. 3rd, 2002|06:24 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Woke up this morning at ~6am, totally awake. Damn jetlag. :-)

That was 12 hours ago. In the meantime I went to the Goethe Institut and checked in with 5 different people, took a test, then went and moved into my apartment, which is totally sweet. I was expecting small, dark, and no kitchen. Nope... it's big, tall ceilings, all white, has a kitchen, porch... totally sweet.

But no phone service, even though there's a phone jack. I can't get phone service hooked up because there's a 2 week delay to get it, and then the Telekom would only have me as a customer for 6 weeks at that point, which they don't find worthwhile.

So I'll just steal Judith's net access more. I don't need it in my room anyway... I'm so much more productive without it.

I have my own room, but share the kitchen and bathroom with another dude from around Tokyo named Toyota. Wir müssen auf Deutsch sprechen, will er kein Englisch kann. Well, I asked him if he spoke any languages and he said English, but I get the idea that it's worse than his poor German. So this'll be rad.

The balcony door is so cool! It can open like a door or a window. It's too cool to describe. Judith says they're so normal. I've never seen one.

Judith's having fun correcting all my pronounciation. I'm having fun making her use articles in English. No, she's not too bad. I only correct her about once every 5 minutes, whereas she corrects my German about every 5 seconds.

OTHER INTERESTING THING! Judith and I went to the Patentstelledortbüroetwas oder so and filled out an application to do a European name search on "LiveJournal", which is a prereq to registering the name as reserved in all of Europe, which is pretty cheap. THEN... the plan is to setup a German company, which will then be able to accept over the web EC numbers which everybody has (how people pay for Amazon.de purchases and stuff, like a debit card), and then get a merchant account for that company, and have the company wire money to LJ.com. Oh, but who would use it? Judith's going to translate all of LJ into German. But my FreeVote translation plan was half-ass. I'm doing redoing it all, with a better design, so every single damn part can be translatable. Really, this is for fun, learning the process and doing the research to talk to so many different people, but if it makes money... das ist auch gut.

Went to lunch earlier with Judith... where you want to go, she asked. "German food! Kein Pizza!" She said Germans just eat Turkish food, so we had Turkish food, and damn was it good.

Having dinner soon with: Judith, Tony, Nina, die mir Blumen schenken wird, und auch: Peter, der über Deutsche Firmen zu machen weiß. We're making pasta, I think.

Bis später!

GODDAMNIT... Judith just read this and started laughing. That's how good my German is. But she's making me post it anyway. hehehehehe. :PpPPp ICH ESSE BRATWURST!!
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From: ex_quenya292
2002-04-03 08:59 am (UTC)
I am SO jealous! Make sure you have Jagerschnitzel! YUM! Eat as much as you can while you're there ... Germans have the BEST food EVER! And drink Bitburger Pils! And drink Riesling wine from the Mosel! Sorry, I'm trying to live vicariously through you. Have fun :)
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[User Picture]From: nera
2002-04-04 04:44 am (UTC)

jagerschnitzel

weird how americans, or generally people from abroad love jägerschnitzel so much. a friend from canada just told me that as well.

btw. isnt that place on the ave in seattle a turkish/gyro place as well? or does that place not exist anymore??
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[User Picture]From: jkkatt
2002-04-03 09:26 am (UTC)
Okay, this might be a stupid question, but why aren't you posting in the Bradaufdeutsch thingy?? I wanna read you auf deutsch! Come on....unless I didn't add it right. Oh my gosh I'm dumb. Germany is gonna be so fun.
~~KK
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[User Picture]From: moonsis
2002-04-03 09:28 am (UTC)
psst...brad,
mein angebot lj zu übersetzen steht auch noch. heh.
-ich helfe gern!
:P
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[User Picture]From: moonsis
2002-04-03 09:53 am (UTC)
ps:
btw you gotta try eat "spätzle". yum.
oh and i suppose you ate a "döner" today then?...

hehe...
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[User Picture]From: mart
2002-04-03 10:02 am (UTC)

Heh... I remember the fun of trying to get a friend from California at my Uni to pronounce "kabab" right (that is, right for England). That was fun.

You can also have some fun getting them to say Don, Dawn, and Done... they all sound the same! ;)

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[User Picture]From: moonsis
2002-04-03 12:22 pm (UTC)

Re:

lol. you are right...hehe.
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[User Picture]From: niko
2002-04-03 01:16 pm (UTC)
actually that looks more like gyros to me..

do you pronounce THAT properly? ;)
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[User Picture]From: jkkatt
2002-04-03 02:01 pm (UTC)
YEAR-O's. It's true, it really is. That's how you say it.
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[User Picture]From: niko
2002-04-03 02:21 pm (UTC)

Re:

I know. I'm Greek. :P
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2002-04-03 03:27 pm (UTC)
WTF? How DO you say "kabab" ?

And are you saying the correct way to say "Don, Dawn, and Done" is to pronounce them all the same? I'm so confused.
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[User Picture]From: mart
2002-04-03 06:26 pm (UTC)

My friends from both California and New Mexico both seem to have problems making those three words sound different. I can't speak for any other accents, of course.

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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2002-04-03 07:12 pm (UTC)

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Oh, so they say "Dawn" "Don" and "Done" the same? Which one (correctly pronounced) does it sound like?
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[User Picture]From: jkkatt
2002-04-03 09:39 am (UTC)

One more thing...

Okay, just cuz I am weird. Go to www.altavista.com and click Translate on the left side under tools. Then put in the web site address www.livejournal.com and translate it to German. Looks very cool, man. VERY cool. Hee hee The goal is in sight. ~~KK
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[User Picture]From: mart
2002-04-03 10:03 am (UTC)

Re: One more thing...

I refuse to believe that more than 5% of the text is translated correctly! ;p

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[User Picture]From: dottey
2002-04-03 10:13 am (UTC)

Re: One more thing...

Yeah, you can make out the general gist of the sentence (sometimes), but the translations are really wrong.
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[User Picture]From: perhonen
2002-04-03 10:17 am (UTC)

Re: One more thing...

Those translations are probably the funniest things I ever read. :-)
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2002-04-04 12:17 am (UTC)

Re: One more thing...

... then take that page and translate it back to English:

What is LiveJournal.com? LiveJournal.com is to be possessed a free service, which permits you to create and adapt much, it " phase journal ": a journal that you hold on-line! They can update many marks with Unterdeklarierungen one day, or with long entries some mark one week... however, which you would like to use it. It is free, is it fun, and to use is simple! For programmers, LiveJournal is possibly more interesting an opened source project, run by the people, which use it and Obacht over it. The source code to the server and to all clients are under different opened source licenses, mainly the GPL available. We welcome any and all participations to the project in that lj_devgemeinschaft. How do I use my LiveJournal? It is!! simply! They update your LiveJournal, whenever you require either on the Web, or, by downloaden a small convenient program, install on your Window -, Mackintosh -, Unix or BeOS computers. Come it in such a way create possess much LiveJournal. Inform the world the history of your life span, how them occur! too (whether it or not! require),
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[User Picture]From: lierre
2002-04-03 10:29 am (UTC)

auf Deutsch?

I'm more than willing to help in that translation project if you want.
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[User Picture]From: krow
2002-04-03 11:02 am (UTC)
I had so forgotten about those doors/windows. A lot of modern or revamped german work is cookie cutter just like it is in the US.
But it is a different mold :)

I wonder if I could get door/windows like that here in the US.
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[User Picture]From: brit_will
2002-04-03 12:03 pm (UTC)
oh and make sure calliste shows you some stefan raab. if your german is up to it, that guy is soooo funny!
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[User Picture]From: calliste
2002-04-03 01:02 pm (UTC)
Haha.. I was talking about Stefan Raab earlier =)
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[User Picture]From: lierre
2002-04-05 07:55 pm (UTC)

raaaaaaaaab

omg! does he still have little kai from the SPILLLLLPLATZ to download? i laughed for weeks straight at that.
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2002-04-03 03:28 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested to see your design for the LJ multilang.
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[User Picture]From: covalence
2002-04-06 11:26 am (UTC)

T-shirts???

Hey Brad I was wondering are you still selling the liejournal t-shirts? I really hope so because I would love to get a couple. Maybe even a coffee cup Mmmm coffee!!! ... by the by enjoy the German scene ... I'll be in Europe myself this may ... Take care and thanks gain for everything.

Do you even have any servers for Livejournal in europe? ...
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[User Picture]From: grrrlishgrin
2002-05-02 12:54 pm (UTC)
hey..so i just read about five thousand entries about your trip to germany..it's kind of neat, seeing a country and language you're used to from an outside perspective..and i've also seen that new community to translate lj into german..i'm just wondering: how is it supposed to look in the end? will german users be able to choose single pages, like the faq, in german, if they don't understand the english instructions? or is everything, including the buttons that say "post comment" and so on, going to be in german?
and community-wise; is lj germany still going to appear in the normal directory and vice versa? how will german users find that lj, since livejournal.de is already taken?
sorry for all my dumb questions, i'd just really like to help. i love livejournal so much, so i have set up almost half of the german communities on lj during the past year to build it up something on this side of the ocean and in this language, and i'd like to support whatever you're planning. and i'd like to know what you're planning. :)
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