Thursday, February 16, 2017

Class Consciousness

Yesterday on the train back from Cambridge I overheard some interesting conversations between a small boy and his grandfather.
Boy (noticing the first class section of the compartment, just behind him): So there's a first class and a second class? Like the Titanic?
Boy: That hill would be great for cheese rolling.
Grandfather: What's cheese rolling?
Boy: It's a sport!
Grandfather: Like, on PS3?
Boy: No, in real life!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tenderness is Relative

From the defendants' statement in Hughes v The Ester C Company (317 F.R.D. 333), a 2016 case before the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York:
At the tender age of 35, Mr. Weir deems himself an "expert" in all of the following fields: statistical analysis, regression analysis, conjoint analysis, contingent valuation, business economics, business accounting, survey research, consumer behavior, consumer marketing, and some areas of business finance.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Talking to Yourself

One of the many things I like about learning a new language is the unexpected social and cultural insights. Japanese for example has different levels of politeness: verbs and even nouns change their form depending on whether you're speaking to, say, your friend, a stranger or your boss.

A conversation from my intermediate Japanese class:
Japanese teacher:
If you're talking to yourself, it's better to use the polite form.
Fellow student:
What! Why??
Japanese teacher:
Because a senior person may overhear.

Monday, November 21, 2016

D7 Bus Stops

The names of bus stops on the D7 route in London are straight out of an Enid Blyton book.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Slightly-Larger-than-Average Moon

The term 'supermoon' may be mostly hype, but it's as good an excuse as any to go out and look up.

Of late my posting has been even more irregular than usual. I have however been writing about bees on the LSE Bees blog, and book reviews for the LSE Review of Books. On the off chance that either of those interest you, go take a look!