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General topics / Re: 500€ for free, for everyone
« on: 2007-01-31 23:53:19 »
Many things you only get in packages. That's the way it is.

Yes. And the same applies to political parties. What if any interest group (and we students are one as well) plainly refused to stoop to any democratic decision made against them? Who would be paying taxes?

The energy these people waste on undermining a democracy should be invested in trying to alleviate hard cases.

Parties and Events / Re: End-of-Semester-Party
« on: 2007-01-31 23:50:10 »
I won't. Grandfather's eightiest...

Never mind, you wouldn't find a date suiting me anyways ;-) Go ahead planning :-)

Parties and Events / Re: Brechtbaufest - Cleanup
« on: 2007-01-31 23:46:51 »
I think I got the meaning of that song. How sad and whiny!

AmaroK usually plays m4a files, at least it works fine for me...

Parties and Events / Re: Brechtbaufest - Cleanup
« on: 2007-01-27 15:31:54 »
Hi folks,

first of all thank you for a great organization and all the effort you put into this. Yes, it was a maor success and we can be very proud of ourselves that as such a young Fachschaft we managed to be so popular (and sell this much).

Cleaning took till about 8 AM (just woke up, every limb hurts) and yes, our room was accepted, BUT:

Something went wrong with the paperwork. I had to sign the BBP's form, but the form they had to sign in turn was not at my disposal - I didn't even know of it. That didn't work too well.

I don't know whose fault it is, but: the board and all the tables and chairs were aligned into the wrong direction, so I had to rearrange the furniture alone, without anyone helping me. It's not that it wasn't a nice change between cleaning the privies and sweeping, sweeping, sweeping, but, still this could have been avoided. (anyone drew a plan during assembly? there was supposed to be one)

Laura, I deposited your coathangers behind the smoker's dustbin in front of the SfS.

OK, I guess I have done my share. See most of you on Monday and a happy weekend still.

General topics / Re: 500€ for free, for everyone
« on: 2007-01-26 13:56:14 »
Yes. Even though we may have different opinions on this (democratic decisions etc.), there is nothing wrong in informing people.
I know this is going to be propaganda of some sort, but I am willing to accept this also in my name.

BTW: Not paying could also be treated as a case of obedience and giving in to propaganda (or at least to be identified with demands and suggestions you would never have made on your own). But again, that's a problem of any mass movement.

Parties and Events / Re: Things needed for BBfest
« on: 2007-01-25 19:43:50 »
OK, got Chinese, Arabic, Indonesian, Georgian and Armenian. Most of the important ones that weren't on the list.
They are in my pragmatics folder, Laura! Remind me of them!

Parties and Events / Re: Things needed for BBfest
« on: 2007-01-25 19:17:49 »
look at

Don't use Armin's link, it is full of errors.

Tomorrow, I'll bring some other rather exotic languages.

Parties and Events / Re: Things needed for BBfest
« on: 2007-01-25 19:04:41 »
To start with: In Estonian, it is "terviseks", NOT "Tervisex", though pronounced in that way.
Exotic? Well, let's see what I can get...

Parties and Events / Re: The Brecht-Bau-Hausfest...
« on: 2007-01-19 14:10:04 »
Well, about further attempts: Last time Julia posted something was yesterday afternoon, so for a person not living in symbiosis with her computer, I wouldn't count that as "no further attempt". Nevertheless, an opinion has formed and I am at least tempted to agree with it: Our Fachschaft has been putting a lot of work into this for almost two months, and now letting someone else in one week before the party wouldn't do us justice.
I daresay large parts of our Fachschaft (especially the ones responsible for the party) are against it, so there will be no room sharing. Objections?

'boring' as referring to form, not to content. *g*

Still, you find out interesting stuff you didn't know about fellow humans (=Mitmenschen?).

Armin, Origami? Structure as an art - by the way, music isn't much different (if you don't play it with too much emotion *g*)

Kant can be fun, but never take him too seriously - lethal!

Parties and Events / Re: The Brecht-Bau-Hausfest...
« on: 2007-01-18 15:05:34 »
Wer von uns fühlt sich jetzt dafür zuständig? Kilian? Laura? Alex?
Ich war ja bei der letzten Fachschaftssitzung nicht da, weiß daher zu wenig.

Ach ja: Sagt wer noch den (Noch-)Nur-Englischsprachigen Bescheid? Guy sollte auch davon wissen.

Habe leider gerade keine Zeit (war deswegen heute auch nicht an der Uni).

Kierkegaard - definitely. Nothing beats having read "Entweder - Oder" / "Enten - eller" (in English? Either - Or???) in darker days *g*.
Other Philosophers: Davidson, Wittgenstein.

Cello - well, don't ask. A lot of pratice to be gained. Ask again in a few years...

Writers: E.T.A. Hoffmann, Shakespeare, Pratchett, Camus.

Sort of boring to list your "interests". Resembles my StudiVZ account, anyway.

Parties and Events / Re: The Brecht-Bau-Hausfest...
« on: 2007-01-18 14:18:27 »
Das hört sich doch schon deutlich besser an. Unserem internationalen Flair täte etwas Romanistik sicher gut ;-)

Da ich selbst wie gesagt nicht viel zum Fest beitrage, will ich mich an der Entscheidung nicht unbedingt beteiligen.

Trotzdem ein Vorschlag:
Wie wäre es denn mit einem Sondierungstreffen meinetwegen dreier Leute von Euch und dreier von uns?
Auf persönlicher Ebene lässt sich meist viel schneller feststellen, ob eine Zusammenarbeit denkbar ist. Findet ihr nicht?
Zumindest eine Chance sollten wir den Romanisten geben, ebenso wie wir ihren EInstand zu feiern.

Parties and Events / Re: The Brecht-Bau-Hausfest...
« on: 2007-01-17 22:38:14 »
Hmmm... Vielleicht wechseln wir alle auf Deutsch, es beteiligen sich ja ohnehin scheinbar nur Deutschsprachige an der Diskussion...

Das hört sich für mich alles nach ein bisschen wenig an. Musik auflegen? Nun ja, da hatten wir ja eigentlich mit Ramons HiFi und Aleks' Laptop gute Erfahrungen gemacht. Gegen Gewinnanteil jemanden externen auflegen lassen? Bestimmt nicht.

Klar wäre es unfair, Euch Romanisten so einfach "auszusperren", aber gemessen daran, welchen Aufwand wir (gut, nicht ich, aber andere) bereits getrieben haben, kommt eine Gewinnbeteiligung eigentlich nicht in Frage.

Das sieht so kurzfristig alles eher schlecht aus, fürchte ich. Es sei denn, wir bekommen bald mehr und überzeugende Informationen über die Anzahl der Leute (eine zum Auflegen, wenn wir 10 Leute zum Aufbau und an der Bar stellen? - nein).

Das hört sich jetzt alles furchtbar abweisend an (und ist es sicher auch), aber angesichts des Standes unserer Planungen halte ich es für sehr schwieri, jetzt noch wen dazuzunehmen, der selbst wenig Erfahrung hat. Sorry, Julia. Ich hoffe, Du verstehst meinen Standpunkt.

Parties and Events / Re: The Brecht-Bau-Hausfest...
« on: 2007-01-17 20:09:33 »
This sort of means planning everything again...
As I personally am not involved there much, perhaps I'm not in a position to state my view.
But I could imagine it to be a lot of stress.

If it is really not their fault, I think we should offer them our help.
Perhaps there are even some party-experienced people among them.

Parties and Events / Re: The Brecht-Bau-Hausfest...
« on: 2007-01-15 19:37:59 »
Definitely... *g* *lechz*

Parties and Events / Re: Gästeliste, Tasks BBFest
« on: 2007-01-15 16:51:51 »
I guess you can count me in for cleaning up...

General topics / Fachschaft meeting 2006-12-14
« on: 2006-12-12 21:24:46 »
Informed not about the exact date and time (I got it this time - imagine!), but about what you will be talking about on Thursday.

Small talk / Quotes: Mathematics for Linguists
« on: 2006-12-12 01:15:59 »
Hamm: Don't worry if you don't understand the second question...
Tihomira: But should we worry if we don't understand the first one?
Hamm. Yes, then you really should ...

General topics / Fachschaft meeting 2006-12-14
« on: 2006-12-11 23:45:44 »
Apart form the Auslaenders and the Semanticists, I would also like to be informed *g*

Have a nice meeting.

General topics / Fachschaft meeting 2006-12-14
« on: 2006-12-10 18:10:20 »
4 pm - no, informatics
6 pm - well - all right - bound to be a little late
8 pm - fine

General Linguistics / Sam and the Coathangers
« on: 2006-11-30 00:38:08 »
Kilian, how about posting some of Sam's collected quotations here? Wouldn't that fit nicely?

Computational Linguistics / ISCL Pinboard
« on: 2006-11-30 00:37:07 »
Some of the information there is really outdated, e.g. IBM does not offer an Extreme Blue program at the moment.

Parties and Events / Christmas party
« on: 2006-11-29 15:44:51 »
Hi everyone,

I just asked the secretary on the first floor for money to spend on the Christmas party.
She redirected me to Stechow, Sternefeld and Truckenbrodt himself, because the secretary cannot dispose of any money at the moment.

Aleks was so kind as to take over asking these professors for money because he has good contacts with most of them.

General topics / Mailing list
« on: 2006-11-27 23:38:53 »
Yep, that's an improvement. Thanks.

General topics / Mailing list
« on: 2006-11-24 20:06:15 »
Do we need this? I personally would like to follow every detail in discussions without having my mailbox spammed shut. Why don't we stick to the forum? Isn't this the best way to have lengthier discussions? And for REALLY important announcements, we still have the old address list, or am I mistaken?

General topics / Fachschaft meeting 2006-11-27
« on: 2006-11-24 17:40:59 »
So you won't go dancing either? ;-)

Thanks for moving the date. I'll be able to and I am going to attend.

See you then,

General topics / Website
« on: 2006-11-18 17:10:39 »
Yes, Kilian is right. I have the files from the old webpage here and some time ago I also had a look at them. Problem is: It's all quite outdated and only a tiny fraction of the old text can be reused. Therefore I postponed the design of a new site (which I would definitely suggest, since the old one is also on a very backward technological level) until it is foreseeable how much content and what kind of content it will host. Once the content is provided (or agreed on), I do not think I shall need any more help. I am indeed under time pressure, but after all - who of you isn't? I am not member of the Fachschaft to do nothing...

See you tomorrow,

General topics / Money money money
« on: 2006-11-15 19:02:09 »
It's not that important in this case, but for future data like this I strongly suggest making things accessible without having to register with Google. I would really like to avoid that. Maybe it's a nace way of presenting things, but the data must be accessible without having a Google account.

Thanks nevertheless for taking the trouble to present an account balance...



Small talk / Quotes of interest for linguists
« on: 2006-11-14 22:02:36 »
"Somebody laughed. It was the sort of laugh -
Basically, it was p'ch'zarni'chiwkov. This epiglottis-throttling word is seldom used on the Disc except by highly-paid stunt linguists and, of course, the tiny tribe of K'turni, who invented it. It has no direct synonym, although the Cumhoolie word 'squernt' ('the feeling upon finding that the previous occupant of the privy has used all the paper') begins to approach it in general depth of feeling. The closest translation is as follows:

the nasty little sound of a sword being unsheathed right behind one just at the point when one thought one had disposed of one's enemies

- although K'turni speakers say that this does not convey the cold sweating, heart-stopping, gut-freezing sense of the original.
It was that kind of laugh."

Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites

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