Friday, May 13, 2011

Deleted Post - Vlog Meme on Dialetical Differences

What a pain, blogger. After an outage of almost 2 days, my last post, and all associated comments, were deleted. I don't save my posts, but it was the one on the Vlog Meme. I'll try to reproduce it but I am sorry to lose the 16 (or so) comments that had been posted. I do value your feedback so this loss is aggravating.

Carolyn, one of my favorite bloggers who is located in Perth, Australia, posted a vlog (video log) for a meme. This particular meme is intended to capture dialectical differences in the English language throughout the world (though it may be biased to U.S. regional differences).

I had trouble with Photobooth, which kept quitting on me. After several attempts, I finally just posted three separate videos. The first one is the shortest. I loved how Carolyn captured her video outside and we could hear the beautiful Australian songbirds and see the beautiful trees. But, alas, even though it was noon when I made my video, it was cold, grey and very windy, resulting in a poor quality video, that quit after a few seconds both times that I tried it.

I do misspeak in (I think) the second video, when I say I grew up in "northern San Francisco." What I meant to say was "north of San Francisco." I have always lived within an hour of SF. I grew up an hour north of SF, I attended college east of SF at UC Berkeley, and I then lived on the peninsula and worked in Silicon valley, to the south of SF. I now live smack dab in SF.

So, without further ado.

Part 1. This 23 seconds only says hello.

Part 2. Here I read the words and answer half the questions. Gee, doesn't the still image make my mouth look silly? Like a cartoon character. :)

Part 3. Here I complete the questions, describe "fog rain", and tell you what kind of weather to expect if you visit San Francisco in the summer.

To participate in this meme, you first read the following words:

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

And then answer these questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?


  1. was that some glitch at blogspot? Scary, that is where I post . . .

  2. That was a glitch allright! I lost my post on my finished bag as well. Nice job, Blogger! I am going to wait overnight before I repost.

    I enjoyed your vlog post and your video and went to youtube to see more. Thanks for a lot of fun.

  3. At least you had something to show for it...Blogger swallowed 2 of mine...*sigh* Now I will have to recreate them!

  4. It's back now. That's what happened on my blog - it was there, then gone, then back, then gone again, and this morning it was gone and Blogger unavailable and this afternoon, it's all back. Yours too.

  5. Yeah, you are right, Myrna. Oh well. I'm going to leave it be. :)

  6. Hi Sharon, yes, very disappointing to lose all those comments. I lost about 17 comments over two separate posts too, all of which I hadn't read. I wonder if I'll ever know what they said?
    I came here and noticed my lengthy comment on your vlog post had disappeared so I will try to reproduce it...
    It was awesome to hear your voice and the way you speak! And thank you for your kind words here too...
    It was funny that you mentioned out "tropical" birds,, they are just common or garden Aussie songbirds, but some of them are quite colourful.
    Fog rain is a new one for me! I think we have the term sun shower because of our English heritage. A real sun shower is a once in a blue moon event here, and I've never seen one lasting more than a few seconds... but we still have a term for it!

  7. Oh, another thing; I don't know why Photobooth would keep quitting on you. I used iMovie to do mine. It took about two hours to upload to YouTube, phew!