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Zulu has the best greetings of any language

Filed under: — adrian @ 11:36 pm

I was struck today by how Zulu has the best greetings of any language.

Particularly (and their translations):
Sowubona – I see you (used as “hello”)
Hamba kahle – Go well (as “goodbye”)
Sala kahle – Stay well (as “goodbye”)

I guess “God be with ye” which is what “goodbye” came from is alright, but there’s some thing so simple and elegant, yet personal about the Zulu greetings.

Pittsburgh left

Filed under: — adrian @ 11:24 pm

I’m pretty amused that there’s a wikipedia entry for “Pittsburgh left”.

Unfortunately it’s not particularly well-explained exactly what it is. This is a particularity of Pittsburgh driving when there’s an intersection with no left-turn arrow. After the lights turn green, the car going straight yields as (usually just) the first car turns left.

There’s one particular intersection I remember where the Pittsburgh left is absolutely critical. It’s when one is turning from Washington Ave. onto Station St. in Bridgeville. There’s always a steady stream of cars down Washington Ave. and no left turn arrow so you’ll just sit there forever if you don’t execute the Pittsburgh left.

covers contest #10 entries

Filed under: — adrian @ 2:11 am

As I announced a couple weeks ago, we are restarting the covers contest. Today the first entries are in.

This week’s cover was Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson (Original).

The entries:

(Andy’s may come later.)

I found this a pretty challenging song to do a cover of. Basically what I found I had to do was listen to it a few times and then not think about it for about a week and a half and then record my version.

After you’ve listened, please vote for the best and most original cover versions.

Update: Andy’s announced the next song, for cover’s contest #11. It’s Continuous Hit Music by American Analog Set (Original). Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we’ll have three weeks for this so entries will be due December 6, 2005.

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