Good morning, my talk yesterday went well. Photo from @Michelle_Heng@twitter.com
Slides from my conference presentation on circumventing fear are up: https://speakerdeck.com/ashfurrow/circumventing-fear-of-the-unknown
There's also a link to slides (PDF) with my speaker notes: https://static.ashfurrow.com/try_swift_2018/deck_with_notes.pdf
The talk was recorded; I'll post the video when it's up! #tryswift
(in case you're wondering who John K Samson is and why he's important to me, check out the following link about his band, The Weakerthans)
I took french immersion in school so I ostensibly can speak french, but only canadian french, and not even the good canadian french (je viens de l'acadie, look it up, d'ac) plus the school never focused on proper pronunciation, so I sound awful. I've tried conversing in french in four french-speaking countries and in most cases, people just switch to english :\ it feels awful so I don't really bother trying anymore
but at least I can read french toots, so it's not all bad 🤗
if you're into languages, check out chiac, which is like english syntax with french linguistic structures: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiac
actually this reminds me a lot of the french I see on mastodon...
@ashfurrow It looks like you've got some babies that you can pot from the existing spider plants. You'll have them filled in no time.
@LeftCoast sometimes when I play the cat songs on guitar too much my wife tells me to stop because they make her too sad.
@ashfurrow JKS really needs to get in the studio more often. I think he's only released one album since The Weakerthans broke up. That kind of talent needs to be shared with the world!
@LeftCoast he’s got two solo albums, Provincial and Winter Wheat. Both are great, but I would like another more often than every five years :wink:
@sirshannon it’s 100% true, he makes all kinds of things. Picnic tables, lawn furniture, drink holders that look like birds...
@ashfurrow hey, a lot of times I'm sure they were switching to english to practice with a native speaker!
And I'm also sure that many of them were appreciative of you making an effort to speak their language! 👍
@ashfurrow Yeah, my little Canadian-French osmosis as a child and a year in school means I can suss out most short posts, recognize most insults, or talk to a dog, but French-speakers think I'm an idiot. I mean, more than usual.
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