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?