One note on Imart's grammar: when I said it was hard to use in class today, I meant it--there are no page numbers, but instead about 3500 bullet points, and the index is too short to have anything useful in it. But at the same time, it is very thorough on a lot of critical issues, and by far the best existing reference on the language. I wish I'd had access to it as I was learning the language, though I guess using my "teachers" as elicitation subjects to figure out some of this stuff developed useful skills. And no doubt built character and grew hair on my chest. Just like trying to find something again that you read in Imart's grammar if you didn't bookmark it.
Interesting things said in my presence
other categories found with "life": linguistics (4), sadness (4), weirdness (4), science (4), kyrgyz (3)
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 added: 16 September 2008
 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."
 added: 23 October 2007
"Well, he just came from America, where people have jobs and have to do stuff, but now he's in Central Asia, where people drink tea."
 added: 15 March 2007
"No, you see, it doesn't work that way—it's dark half the year, so you commit suicide, and the other half of the year, it's light, and you're dead."
 added: 22 November 2006
"Kids are freakin' expensive! ...Uh, not to buy, but to raise."
 added: 6 September 2005
Jonathan: "My blood type's going to be B+, and I'm going to be like, 'yeah…'"
Hannah: "My blood type's going to be A-, and I'm going to be like, 'dammit!'"
 added: 11 July 2005
Jonathan: "It's funny; you said you were worrying about American life before you came to America; I worried about Kazakh life before I went to Kazakhstan."
Zaure: "But you have reason to worry about Kazakh life."
 added: 14 April 2005
"For you, walking backwards is forward."
 added: 1 April 2005
Matt: "Could we reschedule the conversation about the meaning of life?"
Jonathan: "It's not really about the meaning of life; it's about the driving factors."
Matt: "Could we also reschedule the conversation about the conversation?"
 added: 31 October 2004
(04:34:43) Оберон: Know Thineself
(04:34:57) Оберон: Else Thineself Will Wait Till You're Asleep And Steal Your Wallet.
(04:35:09) [me]: I'm more worried about other things
(04:35:13) [me]: My wallet can bite me
(04:35:21) Оберон: Damn. I'd get a new wallet
 added: 7 March 2004
(16:37:41) Jackie: no, it does scare me
(16:37:56) [me]: whereas it amuses me
(16:40:01) Jackie: thats the difference between us jonathan :-)
 added: 14 September 2003
(01:45:50) оберон: Women are like my broken window shade.
(01:45:58) оберон: You can pull as hard as you want, but it's not going to change anything
(01:46:08) оберон: and the only solution is to jam them between your bed and the wall with a heavy blanket
(01:46:26) оберон: see, I have the gift if stupalogy
(01:46:29) оберон: it's not quite stupid
(01:46:33) оберон: and it's not quite an analogy
(01:46:38) оберон: and people are just so shocked they smile and nod
(01:46:57) оберон: and don't think to question how it is, exactly, that women are like a piece of plastic rolled over a metal bar.
(01:47:16) оберон: if they did, though, I'd calmly explain that it has to do with the sprinsg.
(01:47:18) оберон: springs, even.
(01:47:55) оберон: Life is like a fire alarm: you wish it would just stay nice and quiet but it never does and you always end up all wet.
(01:48:23) оберон: Now in actuality, a fire alarm is a device which goes "BUZZ" and life is a bunch of organic compounds wiggling about. But people buy it anyway
 added: 31 August 2003
"We struggle against all odds to bring new technologies to those who don't understand until eventually they can't imagine life with out it."
 added: 22 July 2003
(03:36:43) Casoar: everyone has insane days. some have insane lifetimes.
 added: 4 May 2003
"I'm so bored I'm taking pictures of the wall."
 added: 22 February 2008
"It's Friday night and you're writing quotes‽"
 added: 16 June 2008
(12:25:11) kesuari: living in the sun for billions of years after the earth has been destroyed and human life is extinguished would be pretty dodgy
 added: 16 June 2008
(12:27:16) kesuari: so i'm perfectly content to live for, say, a million years and call it a day
(12:27:38) kesuari: hopefully i can contribute enough genetic code to the human race over that time that future generations are still backwards compatible
(12:27:50) kesuari: i've thought about this too much too
 added: 14 September 2008
"Have at least one other obsession than linguistics."
 added: 17 November 2009
"If you're lying, then the other person is probably lying too. And if you're not lying, the other person is probably still lying."
 added: 31 October 2011
(18:42:02) spectie: Flammie, did you get the abstract in on time ?
(18:43:42) Flammie: I did, though it was kindof short and wishywashy
(18:43:52) spectie: you should have seen mine and firespeaker's
(18:44:50) firespeaker: we didn't even read ours
(18:44:52) spectie: yeah
(18:45:11) firespeaker: and I think it just sounds like a bunch of disconnected facts about Kyrgyz morphology
(18:45:19) firespeaker: and phonology
(18:45:33) firespeaker: which is basically what talking to me sounds like I guess
 added: 18 January 2014
(23:24:29) sushain: getting used to change hmm
(23:24:35) sushain: sounds ironic