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most quoted re "gradschool": Jonathan North Washington (53), Abe Solomon (21), other (20), professors (16), Derek Gulas (14)

other categories found with "gradschool": linguistics (67), sadness (58), college (55), school (46), food (27)



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[link] heard: 1 May 2013
[edit] added: 1 May 2013

(00:15:16) alexr: ... but it's looking like -- and this is kind of interesting -- using an HMM is actually slightly worse than always just taking the most-frequent-translation.

(00:16:04) [jonathan]: HMM?

(00:16:08) alexr: hidden markov model.

(00:16:36) [jonathan]: ah

(00:17:14) [jonathan]: hrm

(00:17:17) alexr: No, hmm.

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[link] heard: 12 March 2013
[edit] added: 12 March 2013

I was a homebody by Austin standards

which has made me social chair by ACES standards

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[link] heard: 1 March 2013
[edit] added: 1 March 2013

"Oh, you don't know what open quotient is? You know most things."

JH in reference to Aaron A
omnipotence, gradschool, phonetics
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[link] heard: 7 January 2013
[edit] added: 7 January 2013

Orgil: "...and I don't get as much of an Anthropology perspective from prof. Atwood and prof. Kara—my advisor, and the other great Mongolist in the—"

other student: "—world."

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[link] heard: 25 September 2012
[edit] added: 25 September 2012

CB: "Niko, are you straight on your paper?"

Niko: "Yeah. But that's the only thing I'm straight on."

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[link] heard: 3 September 2012
[edit] added: 3 September 2012

(01:41:16) Aaron B: they are like, the crappiest, lowest quality, processed horribleness

(01:41:19) Aaron B: but they are so good

(01:41:33) Aaron B: you know what i mean

(01:41:36) jonorthwash: yes

(01:41:41) jonorthwash: I'm a grad student too you know

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[link] heard: 7 August 2012
[edit] added: 7 August 2012

"But you're not getting [your abstract] done, you're having Washington-family faculty meeting."

Lizzie, about Hannah
family, academia, gradschool, procrastination
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[link] heard: 24 July 2012
[edit] added: 24 July 2012
Ain't my job to save languages. Talk to the speakers who don't want to use them any more. It's their fault. *points*
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[link] heard: 28 March 2012
[edit] added: 28 March 2012

me: "Hm, this talk looks like it's going to be about how some researchers make animal communication look more similar to language than it is."

Tolgonay: "‘Meow.’ What did I say?"

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[link] heard: 26 December 2011
[edit] added: 26 December 2011

(17:30:52) spectie: you know, ((we) = you) could write a better bashkir grammar than the one in TTL

(17:30:55) spectie: in a week

(17:31:31) firespeaker: I'm aware, but I don't know bashqort

(17:31:47) spectie: neither do the people writing the grammar!

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[link] heard: 12 November 2011
[edit] added: 12 November 2011

(10:55:17) spectie: it's saturday

(10:55:29) spectie: i am permitted to eat breakfast of blinnchiki and nutella after 4pm

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[link] heard: 14 May 2011
[edit] added: 14 May 2011

(21:24:01) [redacted]: ok, time for operation "holy crap my sink is so full of dishes it might be a breeding ground for new forms of life so i'd better do something about it"

(21:24:15) [redacted]: (good operation names are SO hard to come up with these days)

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[link] heard: 4 March 2011
[edit] added: 4 March 2011

Traci: "So yeah, you should submit to the Online Working Papers!"

Elijah: "You see, that has the word ‘work’ in it..."

Aaron A: "We should rename it ‘Relaxing Papers in Linguistics.’"

Traci, Aaron, and Elijah
linguistics, puns, sadness, time
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[link] heard: 25 February 2011
[edit] added: 25 February 2011

"Neuron - check, Pyscho-neuron - X,.... ‘Hey, this looks like it was graded by a folklorist!’"

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[link] heard: 14 January 2011
[edit] added: 14 January 2011

"Шинэ семестр, шинэ итгэл..."

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[link] heard: 13 January 2011
[edit] added: 16 January 2011

CB: "There's one rule about language comparison—"

Niko: "Don't trust a Russian?"

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[link] heard: 29 November 2010
[edit] added: 29 November 2010

"He lost my attention so fast, it actually made a noise."

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[link] heard: 3 April 2010
[edit] added: 14 April 2010

"The IMU is my second home. It's open at least 24 hours a day."

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[link] heard: 8 February 2010
[edit] added: 8 February 2010

(21:43:46) Aaron B: and H&R are like "um, you got peanut butter in my chocolate; NO, you got CHOCOLATE in my peanut butter"

(21:43:51) Aaron B: except they don't like Reese's

(21:44:04) Aaron B: so they're grumpy about it

(21:44:19) Aaron B: basically they're like "phono is a completely arbitrary, abstract computation system; anything else = lame"

...

(21:46:37) Aaron B: lol, sorry

(21:46:50) Aaron B: sometimes i need to anthropomorphize complex theoretical issues

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[link] heard: 28 January 2010
[edit] added: 28 January 2010

"It's not a real conflict; it's a scholarly conflict."

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[link] heard: 29 September 2009
[edit] added: 29 September 2009

(23:41:30) [redacted]: i have to present 30-40 min on "the status of your qualifying paper" for our qual paper workshop

(23:41:44) [anon]: the status of my QP is "ummmmmmmmm"

(23:41:51) [anon]: it's hard to hold that out for 30-40 min

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[link] heard: 21 July 2009
[edit] added: 20 July 2009

(01:06:43) kesuari: (there's some people who manage to study the psycholinguistics of generative grammar, but i think that's like studying the physics of alchemy)

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[link] heard: 21 July 2009
[edit] added: 20 July 2009

(01:03:16) kesuari: it's very difficult to say "psycholinguistics" differently from "psycho linguistics", and a lot of people think that's an apt description of me/what i do

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[link] heard: 19 April 2009
[edit] added: 19 April 2009

(15:56:08) Aaron B: being a syntactician for the year is messing up my brain

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[link] heard: 19 March 2009
[edit] added: 19 March 2009

(03:00:00) Аймона: i was sort of writing this cover letter. i mean, why on earth you would need a cover letter for fin. aid from the person who comes from KG

(03:00:05) Аймона: KG speaks for itself

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[link] heard: 22 October 2008
[edit] added: 22 October 2008

(00:57:37) Hannah: i don't understand why people can't pay me to cook and listen to music.

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[link] heard: 18 October 2008
[edit] added: 18 October 2008

(21:58:30) Hannah: dude, i get nutrition. not when i eat mac&cheese, though :P

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[link] heard: 29 September 2008
[edit] added: 29 September 2008

(22:50:20) Aaron B: i'm trying to right the wrongs committed to the world with my undergrad thesis

(22:50:32) Aaron B: by writing something that actually makes sense, on basically the same topic

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[link] heard: 29 September 2008
[edit] added: 29 September 2008

(23:14:35) Aaron B: i was at the dept from 9-6, had ice cream for dinner, and have been working since, excluding a few minutes when i fell afk (=asleep face-on keyboard)

(23:16:10) [me]: ooh though, ice cream

(23:16:18) Aaron B: yeah, i know, right?

(23:16:38) Aaron B: cookie dough

(23:17:05) [me]: I have mint chocolate chip

(23:17:17) Aaron B: but does yours have peanut butter in it?

(23:17:22) Aaron B: mine didn't, until it did

(23:17:28) Aaron B: but then it became better than yours

(23:18:40) [me]: that would make me so sick

(23:18:54) Aaron B: i feel sick right now, but that's the only reason i'm not laying down --

(23:18:59) Aaron B: because if i did, i'd barf

(23:19:07) Aaron B: it's me keep-working mechanism ;)

(23:19:14) Aaron B: (not really, but it sounded too good to pass up that story)

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[link] heard: 14 September 2008
[edit] added: 14 September 2008

"Have at least one other obsession than linguistics."

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[link] heard: 12 September 2008
[edit] added: 14 September 2008

"You have to like what you do. There's really no other reason to study linguistics."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 17 May 2008
[edit] added: 17 May 2008

(17:23:23) [me]: "More data would have to be gathered to determine what the underlying cause of these dichotomies is"

(17:23:37) [me]: (is there anything you'd change with that?)

(17:24:31) kesuari: (yes, of course i would; i find academic written language and the spoken language that is essentially its read version incredibly hard to understand)

(17:24:49) kesuari: (but unfortunately making it just normal english wouldn't be thesis-like enough)

(17:24:50) syljwesandhr: (so what would you change?)

(17:25:11) kesuari: "if we want to work out what actually causing these differences, we'll have to get more data"

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 13 May 2008
[edit] added: 13 May 2008

(13:31:11) Aaron B: i've taken to calling lots of things adventures now

(13:31:17) Aaron B: like, if i get lost -- that's an adventure

(13:31:30) Aaron B: forgot to buy something at the grocery and have to go back -- an adventure

(13:31:35) Aaron B: it makes me feel like my life is exciting

(13:31:57) Aaron B: i haven't yet gotten so desperate that i need to "adventure" to the living room

(13:32:00) Aaron B: but that day may come

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[link] heard: 10 May 2008
[edit] added: 10 May 2008

Left-over master's thesis? Those things are like a surgeon's tool that gets left inside the body.

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[link] heard: 11 April 2008
[edit] added: 11 April 2008

(23:21:17) Michael: i have to actually start writing the journal paper version of my thesis soon

(23:21:33) Michael: before i forget what i did

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[link] heard: 23 February 2008
[edit] added: 22 February 2008

(12:17:30) Michael: although crazy professors are pretty cool

(12:17:35) Michael: i think you'd make a pretty good crazy prof

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[link] heard: 14 January 2008
[edit] added: 14 January 2008

(22:43:31) Colum: you know, I think professors are scary.

[comment] [rate] 5/5


[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: 6 February 2008

(23:23:16) Sarah: My brain is going in circles right now. Thesis ---> Cleaning ---> Teaching ---> Thesis ---> Repeat

(23:24:22) Sarah: Oh, and throw music popping in randomly.

(23:25:04) Sarah: I'm silly to the point of serenading cans of hair mousse.

(23:27:24) Sarah: What's sad is I'm not joking.

(23:30:47) Sarah: I serenade and dance with the cats too.

(23:33:54) Sarah: Is it bad that this is what keeps me sane?

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[link] heard: 22 December 2007
[edit] added: 22 December 2007

(20:44:48) Michael: man.. that'll suck when computational linguists have to start getting AI subjects approval

(20:45:21) Michael: "I didn't mean to unplug my computer!! honest!"

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[link] heard: 21 December 2007
[edit] added: 21 December 2007

(15:15:12) [anon1]: no CIA for you. better finish the PhD

(15:15:27) [anon2]: why do you keep denying me the government jobs?

(15:15:35) [anon2]: they must have a pretty interesting file on me already

(15:16:16) [anon1]: on me too i would imagine

(15:16:48) [anon1]: if we ever applied we would fail the background check -- they wouldn't have the energy to complete it! :)

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[link] heard: 19 December 2007
[edit] added: 19 December 2007

(02:17:23) Aaron B: i wish i was the sky god

(02:17:32) Aaron B: i'd get tenure real fast

(02:17:45) Aaron B: "it says here on your CV that you're the Sky God?"

(02:17:49) Aaron B: "yeah, that's correct"

(02:17:53) Aaron B: BAM

(02:17:57) Aaron B: Tenure

Aaron's not even eligible for tenure, because he's a *grad student*
academia, college, bad-ideas, religion, time-travel, stupidity
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[link] heard: 16 December 2007
[edit] added: 16 December 2007

(22:29:20) Michael: she has some best friends from HS that she hasn't told yet 'cause they are really busy

(22:29:37) [me]: but not busy enough to not be on facebook

(22:30:23) Michael: no.

(22:30:29) Michael: who is that busy, honestly :)

(22:30:39) Michael: i was only that busy maybe 2 days this quarter

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 12 November 2007
[edit] added: 12 November 2007

Tristan: "Yeah, that's why you should ask out who you think you should ask out."

Jonathan: "That's a good policy."

Tristan: "I just need to know some girls."

Jonathan: "It probably doesn't help that you work as a computer programmer."

Tristan: "Yeah, that's half the reason I reckon I should go back to uni and get a masters."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 31 October 2007
[edit] added: 31 October 2007

"I don't think they issue ethics approval based on whether it's more ethical than things that're more fun."

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[link] heard: 23 October 2007
[edit] added: 23 October 2007

(13:06:16) Derek: I wanted to say thanks for speaking Kazakh (etc) around me all the time

(13:06:41) Derek: I think it's giving me a big edge in my Uighur class right now

(13:07:28) Derek: Turkic seems familiar to me instead of something strange, which is something the other students I would say definitely lack ;)

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[link] heard: 23 October 2007
[edit] added: 23 October 2007

(21:26:54) [Sarah]: The students in here were like,"Can you convince him to let us go early?" I was like,"I don't get to go early with my class with him so y'all don't get to go early."

(21:28:30) [Sarah]: They were like,"You have classes???"

stupid undergrads...
college, gradschool
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[link] heard: 18 July 2007
[edit] added: 18 July 2007

(21:43) Tristan: you realise of course that what you're doing here is filing bugreports for linguistic theories, which are kind of like computer programs

(21:43) Tristan: so the "maintainers" are probably going to call you mad

[comment] [rate] 5/5


[link] heard: 12 July 2007
[edit] added: 12 July 2007

[English department turns off lights and opens door because it's hot out]

[Confused undergrads misconstrue this to mean they're closed, so English department puts up sign]

Sign reads: "We're open. Come on in!"

Jonathan: "Hey, you ended a sentence with a preposition! Two even!"

Secretary 1: "… Oh no!" [tears down sign]

Jonathan: "Yeah, what'll people think of the English department‽"

Secretary 1: "Yeah, we have to fix that!"

Jonathan: "How're you gonna fix it?"

Secretary 1: "… Uhm… We could maybe leave just one preposition? ‘We're open; come in.’ But no, I guess we need to get rid of both. ‘We're open; come!’"

Jonathan: "Yeah, that might work. Good thing we caught it!"

Secretary 2: "Yeah, they're going to shame me and fire me tomorrow when they find out about this!"

[Jonathan tells Joyce the story]

Joyce: "You shouldn't mess with people like that."

[comment] [rate] 5/5


[link] heard: 2 June 2007
[edit] added: 2 June 2007

shit-giving is really a huge problem in grad school

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 2 June 2007
[edit] added: 2 June 2007

Shyngys: "Кто придумал пейперы? Я хочу по голове ему дать."

Jonathan: "Аристотл наверное."

Shyngys: "Блин, он умер уже."

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[link] heard: 28 May 2007
[edit] added: 28 May 2007

me: "Yeah, it's Low Germanic, but not Northern."

Derek: "Huh? Is it a language named after some city or something?"

me: "Nope, it's named after a continent."

Derek: "A continent?!"

me: "Yep. Go back to your room, continue grading, and in 30 seconds you'll figure it out and be like ‘Dammit!’"

(16:51:22) Derek: LOL

(16:51:24) Derek: you bastard

(16:52:04) [me]: told you :-P

(16:52:22) Derek: *shaking fist*

[comment] [rate] 5/5


[link] heard: 25 May 2007
[edit] added: 25 May 2007

"There's light at the end of the tunnel for your Masters, and then you realise that it's just the light between tunnels."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 23 May 2007
[edit] added: 23 May 2007

"I need some real food. Ooh, Reese's!"

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 12 May 2007
[edit] added: 13 May 2007

"I had no idea that linguistics was such a witty field."

[comment] [rate] 5/5


[link] heard: 28 April 2007
[edit] added: 28 April 2007

Jonathan: "Look at all the different kinds of mould in there! There's white ones, black ones, grey ones, and green ones."

Derek: "And they're all living in harmony."

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[link] heard: 28 April 2007
[edit] added: 29 April 2007

[oven beeps]

Gretchen: "Yay, food that isn't peanut butter and jelly!"

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 25 April 2007
[edit] added: 25 April 2007

Joyce: "Now I'm really sorry for referring that woman to the Tlingit wikipedia article. It makes it sound terrifying."

Jonathan: "Why's it terrifying?"

Amy: "Because she's not a linguist, and every ejective possible doesn't sound like a good thing."

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[link] heard: 15 April 2007
[edit] added: 15 April 2007

me, holding a can of Mountain Dew: "You know what would probably be good? This and orange juice."

Derek: "I donno man...."

me: "I mean it's green and orange—how can you go wrong with… oh, wait."

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 10 April 2007
[edit] added: 10 April 2007

me: yeah. I'ma work on my thesis 'til then I guess. gaah

Michael: yes. i told don the other day that i stopped pronouncing it as "thesis" .. or at least in the way suggested by spelling and my prior knowledge of the word

instead i just replace it with a random expletive

anyway. back to the $&#*

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 9 April 2007
[edit] added: 9 April 2007

Annex door creaks

Derek & Jonathan, in unison: "Ghosts!"

Derek: "Truth by concensus!"

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[link] heard: 5 April 2007
[edit] added: 5 April 2007

Jonathan: "I was just trying to figure out what comes between 4 and 6, and couldn't figure it out for a second."

Joyce: "A bus ride home..."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 5 April 2007
[edit] added: 5 April 2007

(00:42:03) Derek: I found a way to explain language change to our students

(00:42:31) Derek: Languages start out cool and get less cool with time, unless the change involves gaining velars or uvulars

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[link] heard: 3 April 2007
[edit] added: 3 April 2007

Jonathan: "So I was working on my thesis the other day, and I had to read through all this stuff."

Stefan: "Dude. You're in grad school. You're working on your thesis. And you had to read stuff? No way!"

Jonathan: "No, but like, I have to read through all this stuff to get data from it."

Stefan: ...

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[link] heard: 29 March 2007
[edit] added: 29 March 2007

I sometimes wonder how they count.

they have trouble taking 10% of a large number

they were bothered by having claculators that couldn't handle enough digits

‘what is 24000 inches in feet?

let's guess until Dr. Washington tells us we're right’

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 21 March 2007
[edit] added: 21 March 2007

(05:34:00) kesuari: yeah. i get really bored when i’ve nothing to do; i simply can’t procrastinate from *nothing*

(05:34:13) kesuari: soon as you give me work, then *bamn* i’m not doing it

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 21 March 2007
[edit] added: 21 March 2007

(00:31:27) [me]: btw, safeway's website claims that this one is 24hours

(00:31:32) [me]: is it sketchy to go there at 1am?

(00:31:39) Derek: yes

(00:31:47) Derek: you're probably a crack dealer

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[link] heard: 15 March 2007
[edit] added: 15 March 2007

"It was cool, you know? I got intimate with her voice, or something."

phonetics projects bring you close to your informants..
inappropriateness, sadness, relationships, linguistics, sex, papers, phonetics, gradschool
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[link] heard: 13 March 2007
[edit] added: 13 March 2007

"Unfortunately, all my finals [for grading] for [anonymous class] look good so far."

anonymous expects (and hopes for?) very little from her students
sadness, college, linguistics, non-p.c.ness, grades, gradschool
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[link] heard: 3 March 2007
[edit] added: 4 March 2007

"I did have the dishes washed..."

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[link] heard: 1 March 2007
[edit] added: 1 March 2007

"It was funny when Derek had a question, you could tell—it was like watching a puppy. ‘Got a morphology problem boy?’"

Sarah comments on Derek at the review session for our students
linguistics, people, humanity, animals, stupidity, gradschool
[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 11 February 2007
[edit] added: 11 February 2007

Jonathan: "Mm, easy mac. I'm hungry. We don't have easy mac, do we?"

Derek: "No, but we have hard mac."

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[link] heard: 10 February 2007
[edit] added: 11 February 2007

(17:44:13) Jade Solitude: Looks like something only a Linguist, Anthropologist, or Folklorist would be interested in. =þ

(17:44:49) [me]: or any other scientist ;)

in reference to new statistics features on quotes page
anthropology, science, quotes, gradschool
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 10 January 2007
[edit] added: 16 January 2007

"So if you thought the answer was something other than two, and didn't say it because everyone else said ‘two’, that was probably a good idea."

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: 7 January 2007
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

"We don't just want you to think that we're software designers with no understanding of theoretical linguistics. Then you wouldn't sit next to us in the coffee shop, and that would be bad."

Jason Riggle, at the 2007 LSA annual meeting
insults, computers, programming, linguistics, people, conferences, gradschool
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[link] heard: 6 January 2007
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

Ray: "Most of these people [taking intro to linguistics] won't become majors—"

Mark: "And shouldn't."

Ray Jackendoff and Mark Liberman, at the 2007 LSA annual meeting
insults, sadness, college, linguistics, gradschool
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[link] heard: 6 January 2007
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

Ray: "Phonetics can be a turn off."

Mark: "Depends on how you teach it, Ray."

Ray Jackendoff and Mark Liberman, at the 2007 LSA annual meeting
conferences, insults, sadness, college, linguistics, professors, gradschool
[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 5 January 2007
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

"And you're going to think, ‘Oh, the big thing is OT Pragmatics—I should do that.’"

Mark Aronoff, at the 2007 LSA annual meeting
weirdness, linguistics, conferences, gradschool
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[link] heard: 5 January 2007
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

me: "That's an abstract?!"

anonymous: "It's a very abstract..."

[comment] [rate] 5/5


[link] heard: 4 January 2007
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

"Linguistic theory is your friend."

Bruce Hayes, at the 2007 LSA annual meeting
wisdom, friends, linguistics, gradschool
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[link] heard: 4 January 2007
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

"I myself am a theoretical phonologist, but in the late '80s, my eyes were beginning to glaze over and I was saying ‘I don't care where to hang [lateral].’"

Bruce Hayes, at the 2007 LSA annual meeting
linguistics, sadness, wisdom, conferences, gradschool
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[link] heard: 3 January 2007
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

(03:28:52) [me]: mkay, yeah, I need to pack

(03:29:03) Derek: psh

(03:29:04) Derek: whatever

(03:29:10) Derek: just throw it all in a ball

(03:29:14) Derek: duct tape it up

(03:29:19) Derek: and roll it on the plane

(03:29:30) Derek: if you tell them its a bomb, they work faster you know

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 15 December 2006
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

[redacted]: tim's already posted my grade on sage

[redacted]: so i just need to crap out 5 (single-spaced... wtf) pages
and then he won't like, rescind the grade, i guess

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 9 December 2006
[edit] added: 9 December 2006

(02:00:05) Colum: well I did study for the final but I didn't know what I was studying so I don't consider that as "having studied"

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 5 December 2006
[edit] added: 5 December 2006

Derek: "I can't wait 'til next week, man."

Jonathan: "Why's that?"

Derek: "'Cause it's all over then. It's kind of like not being able to wait until you're euthanised."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 3 December 2006
[edit] added: 3 December 2006

(00:32:14) Colum: [...] I like the super abstract it-is-there-because-chomsky-says-it-is-there syntax.

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 1 December 2006
[edit] added: 2 December 2006

"I don't even know how high that number is—it's one of those numbers with letters in it that I don't understand because I haven't taken math since high school."

Laura, in her colloquium talk
math, linguistics, school, gradschool
[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 14 November 2006
[edit] added: 17 November 2006

Jonathan: "I don't like the 373 bus as much as the 66 bus, because instead of dropping you off a block and a half from the house, it drops you off √50 blocks from the house."

Derek: "Uh, I think that's where my mother lives."

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 13 November 2006
[edit] added: 14 November 2006

"When you put people in a booth like that, they're desperate to please you. Unless they're a psychology undergrad—then they might be trying to mess with you."

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 28 October 2006
[edit] added: 28 October 2006

Jonathan: "That's what weekends are for: taking care of stuff that got out of hand during the week."

Rianna: "Yeah, like sobriety."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 22 September 2006
[edit] added: 23 September 2006

"...and some students might actually understand it, but in such a convoluted way that they just end up confusing the other students they're trying to explain it to."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 21 September 2006
[edit] added: 23 September 2006

"Most of the students just want to learn what's going to be on the test, get their grade, and then they want to move on to finance, or business, or biology—you know, whatever isn't linguistics."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 15 September 2006
[edit] added: 15 September 2006

"When you are forced to read books for school, other pastimes besides reading become that much more appealing."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 11 September 2006
[edit] added: 11 September 2006

21:00:07 [Aaron]: can i just skip from now 'til when i have tenure?

Aaron applies for gradschool
omnipotence, school, gradschool, academia
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 6 September 2006
[edit] added: 6 September 2006

22:05:17 [Jess]: guess what i learned today

22:05:26 [Jonathan]: what?

22:05:36 [Jess]: the difference between competence and performance~!!!

22:05:53 [Jonathan]: so what's the difference?

22:06:29 [Jess]: narrow-minded wanna-be scientist linguists and bullshitty humanitarian science-doesn't-exist anthropologists?

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 1 June 2006
[edit] added: 2 June 2006
"This is a take-home final, which means it's not a sit-down final."
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 4 May 2006
[edit] added: 4 May 2006

"Maybe you should implement the medieval system, where if one of the grad students misbehaves, they whip one of the undergrads."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 2 May 2006
[edit] added: 4 May 2006

Avram: "Yeah, it's hard to work on a paper when playing rugby."

Poppy: "Hard to work on a paper a few days after playing rugby too…"

Avram Blum and Poppy Slocum
papers, badness, sports, college, gradschool
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 2 May 2006
[edit] added: 4 May 2006

Jurgen: "You know, some people say I'm hard—I don't think I'm that hard."

Jonathan: "Well, you're flexible."

classmate: "You're the xantham gum of professors."

Avram: "Flexible, but still with integrity."

Jurgen, Avram Blum, and another classmate
puns, weirdness, science, college, analogies, gradschool
[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 1 May 2006
[edit] added: 1 May 2006

23:07:44 [Aaron] (Autoreply): the library made noises at me, so i'm in shapiro doing work.

[comment] [rate] 5/5


[link] heard: 28 April 2006
[edit] added: 28 April 2006

"This guy could kick your ass—he's a muscle-bound semanticist."

Jason Kandybowicz in reference to David Schueler
machoism, ghetto-talk, sketchiness, linguistics, gradschool
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 27 April 2006
[edit] added: 2 May 2006

"Is this divided into mes+es or mese+s? This is what grown people spend their time on."

[comment] [rate] 1/5


[link] heard: 20 April 2006
[edit] added: 27 April 2006

"There's really no solution to anything."

Jurgen, pointing out that linguists make a living by redefining things and solving nothing(?)
wisdom, gradschool
[comment] [rate] 1/5


[link] heard: 17 April 2006
[edit] added: 18 April 2006

14:50:30 [sn withheld]: is it bad when I'm bored enough that getting to use the word 'efficacious' - in a hyphenated appositive no less - makes me happy? (as does using a hyphenated appositive to note the use of a hyphenated appositive)

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 31 March 2006
[edit] added: 31 March 2006

"I should run a seminar: 'I'm ugly and foul-mouthed and I get laid.'"

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 10 March 2006
[edit] added: 10 March 2006

"'How'? You're asking the wrong guy—I'm not a class-VII expert."

in reference to Germanic strong verbs
delusionalism, linguistics, gradschool
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 7 March 2006
[edit] added: 7 March 2006

18:03:03 [anon]: hell, I think I got more action in high school than at brandeis

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 3 March 2006
[edit] added: 4 March 2006

"If a layman gets confused, I sort of don't care."

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: 27 February 2006
[edit] added: 27 February 2006

20:09:20 [oberon]: You have sun dials because you hope the sun will show up. Without sun, sun dials don't work.

20:09:28 [oberon]: You have universities because you hope 18 year old women will show up.

20:09:31 [oberon]: Same basic argument.

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 27 February 2006
[edit] added: 27 February 2006

04:29:42 [Tristan]: stupid 10 am is a time that shouldn't be allowed to exist.

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 26 February 2006
[edit] added: 26 February 2006

18:05:22 [Tristan]: "songs about diachronic OT phonology"? you're mad.

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 12 February 2006
[edit] added: 12 February 2006

06:11:54 [Aaron]: does this make sense:

06:11:55 [Aaron]: For the sake of differentiating between participants in the pre-recorded conversation (e.g. those who sat in the recording studio and conversed) and users who have downloaded and listened to the audio file via a technological media, the terms “participants” and “users” will be used throughout this paper, respectively.

06:12:48 [me]: yes, that's perfectly clear [to me]

06:13:00 [Aaron]: shit

06:13:03 [Aaron]: if it's clear to you

06:13:07 [Aaron]: then nobody else has a chance...

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 2 February 2006
[edit] added: 2 February 2006

01:33:23 [me]: the commercial right before that one just now was a girl with a perfectly standard my-generation american accent, and I was admiring her very clear vowels. Enough so that I downloaded Praat.

01:34:11 [Tristan]: you're kidding me?

01:36:01 [Tristan]: "check out this girl's formants!"

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 2 February 2006
[edit] added: 2 February 2006

02:26:13 [me]: meh. I'll do this later

02:26:29 [me]: more food

02:26:43 [Tristan]: food's always good

02:27:01 [Tristan]: that's why people spelt "food" and "good" with mostly the same letters, even tho they don't rhyme

02:27:23 [Tristan]: this nonsense about "phonetic drift" and "irregular splits" is just that.

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: 17 January 2006
[edit] added: 17 January 2006

Prof. Voyles: "Let's get rid of the /ð/ in this example…"

me: "No, you can't do that—it's attested!"

prof. Voyles decides not to like Bashkir data, and I plea with him not to change the language
germanics, omnipotence, sadness, linguistics, language, phonetics, turkic
[comment] [rate] 1/5


[link] heard: 8 January 2006
[edit] added: 8 January 2005

16:02:46 devnullpenguin: they really shoulda called it phonology phest tho

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: 26 November 2006

(21:46:21) [me]: (yes, linguistics is science—it's predictive)

(21:46:50) [Aladnsane]: Then tell me how my ancestors will say 'indifferent' 500 years from now.

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 11 September 2005
[edit] added: 11 September 2005

"Bah. Undergrads. They think that sunrises are Nature's way of telling you to go to bed already."

in his livejournal
science, prettiness, sleep, gradschool
[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 8 August 2005
[edit] added: 8 August 2005

[02:50] Aaron B: well, by "famous" i mean "famous within the field"

[02:50] Aaron B: aka "my research funding hasn't been cut more than 70%"

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: 8 August 2005
[edit] added: 8 August 2005

[02:35] Aaron B: you finished your hw?

[02:35] Aaron B: you're all caught up?

[02:35] Aaron B: hold on, i need to look out my window

[02:35] Aaron B: nope, i don't see any pigs flying...

[02:35] Aaron B: maybe hell froze over?

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 25 July 2005
[edit] added: 25 July 2005

[17:03] Aaron B: *dork*

[17:03] Aaron B: not that that's a bad thing, mind you

[17:03] Aaron B: given, i heard a radio ad and thought about phonological queues

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: 19 April 2005
[edit] added: 19 April 2005

(04:10:01) [me]: you mind/want your name cited?

(04:10:23) [me]: (by default, I'll say "Examples from personal communication with Christian Thalmann, 19 April, 2005.")

(04:11:17) Qatharsis: Cool. :)

(04:12:05) Qatharsis: Though "Christian 'm4st0r of teh univers' Thalmann" would be more proper. ;)

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: 14 March 2005
[edit] added: 14 March 2005

(05:04:45) Jess: no one's as bad as you

(05:04:58) [me]: yeah, I think I might even hold records

(05:05:13) [me]: one paper due in february turned in the day grades were due in may

(05:05:29) [me]: another final paper turned in early the next semester

(05:06:06) Jess: yep

(05:06:15) Jess: you get the procrastinator award

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 15 January 2005
[edit] added: 15 January 2005

(01:26:33) Aaron B: let's focus here

(01:26:38) Aaron B: ihop

(01:26:43) Aaron B: we need to get a car

(01:26:56) Jonor Thwash: we could steal and hotwire one?

(01:27:09) Aaron B: yes!

(01:27:11) Aaron B: oh wait

(01:27:14) Aaron B: that's a "bad" idea

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 13 January 2005
[edit] added: 13 January 2005

(21:14:08) Cem: dude im soo sleepy

(21:14:23) Cem: im like writing half of this shit in spanish for all i know

writing a paper
papers, spanish, language, sleep, gradschool
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 23 November 2004
[edit] added: 23 November 2004

"Mmm, human subjects!"

in a devious/hungry voice
scariness, school, gradschool
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 22 November 2004
[edit] added: 22 November 2004

"Why would I want to be in a commercial? I mean, I could run around naked on the roof of Ziv and say 'Hey, look, I'm that guy in the police logs,' but that also has no appeal."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 9 November 2004
[edit] added: 9 November 2004

"Where'd my 'feine go? Who stole my—?! Oh, I finished it. Aw, that was the last 'feine."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 5 November 2004
[edit] added: 5 November 2004

Jonathan: "Does practicing for the GRE do anything?"

oberon: "I did leave an SAT prep book under my bed before I took the SATs."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 25 October 2004
[edit] added: 25 October 2004

"This is chocolate and not bugs, right?"

[takes a sniff]

"Yeah, good."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 23 October 2004
[edit] added: 23 October 2004

"Isn't that what freshman do? Drink, sleep around, and move in herds?"

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 11 October 2004
[edit] added: 11 October 2004

"In the morning, the dish drain will be different. By that point, it'll've turned into a clean-dish-eating robot."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 5 October 2004
[edit] added: 5 October 2004

(16:28) Kesuari: i hate my uni. every time i find a journal article that might be vaguely useful, i get told that the library doesn't have that journal. stupid library

(16:28) [me]: typical, yeah

that's all unis + murhpey's law

which makes another law I guess

(16:29) Kesuari: mcleay's law? :)

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 4 September 2004
[edit] added: 10 September 2004

"Are you TAing any business yet?"

Sarabeth Reingold, to Jonathan
brandeis, school, gradschool
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 5 May 2004
[edit] added: 5 May 2004

(02:26:38) [me]: you staying up all night?

(02:28:22) Оберон: Probably

(02:28:24) Оберон: Bring cheese

(02:28:26) Оберон: I've got chocolate

(02:28:28) Оберон: oh, and bring root beer

(02:28:48) Оберон: Hell, bring whatever the fuck you want ;)

(02:28:54) Оберон: We can even boil some water and put it in my freezer

(02:29:01) Оберон: that should make it safe to drink when it cools

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 26 March 2004
[edit] added: 29 March 2004

"I trust the Boulevard not to actively poison me, just not to not passively poison me, like this crap."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 19 March 2004
[edit] added: 19 March 2004

(04:02:52) [me]: well, it works in french, so I'll just italicise it and call it english

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: 7 March 2004
[edit] added: 7 March 2004

(22:14:23) Adam F: el mamut se murio

(22:14:25) Adam F: thats so sad lol

(22:14:40) [me]: yeah, I mean, he got aids and he did 10 lines of coke...

(22:14:50) [me]: what else was he going to do afterwards?

(22:14:52) [me]: get a Ph.D.?

(22:15:04) Adam F: well he could go to brandeis

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 27 February 2004
[edit] added: 27 February 2004

"So will I see you bright and early, or just early?"

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 3 February 2004
[edit] added: 4 February 2004

"That's why Aramark doesn't need a hazardous waste disposal license. They can just make things like that."

Ian points to a "pie" Jonathan is eating
sketchiness, food, college, brandeis
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 2 February 2004
[edit] added: 2 February 2004

(04:17:24) Kesuari: o ... kay... i have come to the conclusion that you, sir, are insane, and forget the difference between yourself and the rest of the world :)

Tristan, in reference to Jonathan after he rambled about Turkic orthography for a few minutes
wisdom, scariness, insanity, craziness, insults, linguistics, writing, gradschool
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 31 January 2004
[edit] added: 1 February 2004

"If he put a good on that paper, then you could take a piece of paper and wrap doodoo with it and turn it in and you'd do pretty well."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 10 December 2003
[edit] added: 10 December 2003

Jonathan: "I showed someone this picture and they said 'Whoa, how did you get Brandeis not to look like a post-apocolyptic wasteland?'"

Mark: "But you didn't show them this one. The background looks like a post-apocalyptic wasteland."

Jonathan: "But there's Volen in the background."

Mark: "Yeah, that's like the post-apocalyptic command centre."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 8 December 2003
[edit] added: 8 December 2003

(05:24:51) Aarón: you know you should stop working on a paper when you write:

(05:24:53) Aarón: Had Schwarzenegger been an author rather than a film-star, those who were literate might have been more likely to vote for him than those who could not read.

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 30 November 2003
[edit] added: 30 November 2003

(23:39:00) Mark: I always wanted to be a toy monkey. such a carefree life

(23:39:02) Mark: no homework

(23:39:19) Mark: get to see all sorts of exotic tourist destinations

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 5 November 2003
[edit] added: 6 November 2003

Peter, rummaging through the food drawer at work: "Ooh, coffee beans. Those will keep me awake in class. Do you think they're caffeinated?"

me: " ... Probably. I mean, why would Dave have coffee in the office if it weren't caffeinated?"

Peter: "How many do I need?"

me, Adam: [laughter] "Uhm, Peter...."

Peter: [humbled voice] "I'm serious."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 5 November 2003
[edit] added: 6 November 2003

me: [getting ready to leave a class of Adam's I went to with him] "I can't take another hour of this... How do you guys put up with it?"

Adam: [gestures towards his laptop, types "www.porn.com" at his web browser]

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 4 November 2003
[edit] added: 5 November 2003

(16:50:20) Оберон: in the past two days I've eaten...a muffin

(16:50:24) Оберон: maybe that's why I feel tired.

(16:50:31) Оберон: half a muffin, really

(16:50:56) Оберон: now that I think about it, it's odd I passed max300 on a 36 hour caloric intake of probably about 500 C

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 21 October 2003
[edit] added: 21 October 2003

(02:22:15) Mark: what kind of pizza is cheeseless pizza?

(02:22:22) [me]: what Kathryn eats

(02:22:32) [me]: I've had sauceless pizza... it's pretty good I guess

(02:22:48) Mark: yeah i wouldnt want to eat non real pizza

(02:23:28) Mark: Non-real pizza is defined as (pizza)i where i=sqrt(-1), or the (-cheese) factor

after way too much physics homework on Mark's part
food, school, physics, math, gradschool
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 28 July 2003
[edit] added: 28 July 2003

(15:45:32) Qatharsis: I'm pessimistic about electrodynamics.

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 6 May 2003
[edit] added: 6 May 2003

(22:22:26) VerdanTForesT: ok, time for some histizzorical linguistissizin'

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: 6 May 2003
[edit] added: 6 May 2003

"How do you know what your thesis is about until you have it formulated? That's what's so bad about theses—they're paradoxes."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 4 May 2003
[edit] added: 4 May 2003

(13:28:38) Kathryn: well, i'm going to shower so i can reconstruct proto-romance

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: unknown

[21:09:30] Verdant Forest: ooh i want to go to the mentality of apes too

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: unknown

(05:52:06) [me]: you sleeping at all?

(05:52:46) [me]: well, whatever, I'm gonna get two hours or so in.. night

(07:51:14) [oberon]: lol

(07:51:14) [me] : Away: asleep

(07:51:14) [oberon]: yeah

(07:51:17) [oberon]: I was asleep

(08:35:23) [me]: then you should've put up an away message

(08:35:23) [oberon] : Class? At this hour?

(08:35:36) [me]: no, not for another half an hour!

(13:13:47) [oberon]: wasn't feeling well

(13:13:53) [oberon]: probably from sleep deprivation

(13:14:06) [oberon]: but definitely wasn't going to sit through russian with satan playing the bongos in my head.

(13:45:54) [oberon] logged out.

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: unknown

"I've been reading about all these crazy Jewish cultures which may or may not have to do with my research project."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: unknown

"This is worse than like F-type Turkish prisons."

in reference to our dorm room
turkisms, school, hyperbole, patriotism, gradschool
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: unknown

(02:30:41) Luna Camilla: i'm gonna go to sleep so i don't forget the psych i never learned during the exam tomorrow

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: unknown

Rameez: "You know, I've got five missing socks. The laundry must've eaten them"

Jonathan: "The laundry doesn't just eat socks. It just seems like it does."

Rameez: "It must be the dryer."

Jonathan: "Yeah, you know, there's a vent that goes outside. It must just like suck the socks in. Like, you know, it'll be spinning [waves hands and makes whirring sound] and then it goes like 'dounk' and sucks it into the vent, and then blows it out the other end outside."

Rameez: "If we were ever to find that, that would be like the motherload of socks."

Jonathan: "I should make a comic stip about this. Like in the first scene clothes spinning in the dryer, and in the second, like the same scene, but then 'dounk' and the sock gets sucked into the vent, and then in the the third scene, like a sock shooting out into someone's lawn, or onto a pile of socks or something. If I had any artistic talent at all, I'd so draw that up right now."

[comment] [rate] 4/5




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