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 Is there by any chance a video of the talk? Judging by the agenda it sounds interesting.
@kaze yeah! I’ll post it when it’s been uploaded.
@ashfurrow lol 😂
@ashfurrow clever girl...
@ashfurrow Hahaha, neat effect
@SuperFloppies took it with a 360° camera!
@ashfurrow Those are some big sniffers! All the better to catch the mice!
@ashfurrow which one is using ash account , the guy with glasses or the cat?🙃
@whonix haha yeah I know right? Cats are like catnip to the fediverse.
@ashfurrow I never knew cats had a "before coffee" look, but there it is.
@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.
@adelheid yeah!! I'm so exited! 🌴
@ashfurrow Spider plants are awesome
@ashfurrow I keep killing plants. I want to have plants but I’m so bad at it.
@trey I’m just starting – fingers crossed!
@ashfurrow Do it for Virtute. 😺
@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:
@ashfurrow Wow, how rare is that?
@adelheid not _super_ rare, I’ve only met one other person though!
@ashfurrow Awesome. Please tell me that is true.
@sirshannon it’s 100% true, he makes all kinds of things. Picnic tables, lawn furniture, drink holders that look like birds...
@ashfurrow That is so cool.
@ashfurrow Makes outstanding hot dogs!
A very good point.... 😀
@elomatreb haha yeah, I was building iOS apps back when the phone screen sizes were really small and German would _always_ cause problems. There's no where for the lines to break!
@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 They tried to teach me french back in Alberta, I dropped out as fast as I could. Kinda wish I didn't until I read this haha. I'll probably be sticking to English and Bad English.
@trevdev Alberta would be a pretty difficult place to learn, yeah!
@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.
@ashfurrow I got a minor in French and did really well on whatever that French test that they give out to seniors in US high school is
I still can't comprehend most real-world spoken French (Canadian is a bit better, but not by much)
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