Time for #introductions again.
First of all, I love chatting BEFORE I start following. You'll improve your chances if you do the same - just a short note, say "hi!" and how I happened to catch your attention enough for a follow.
I'm 50+, born&raised in the US, married 30+ years to Loving Spouse.
Most of the time, I like nice & kind. But Hard-Ass Me remains vigilant.
Trans HRT, urgent
I'm having an HRT crisis. The DIY site I order from has disappeared offline (again) after taking my money for an order - luckily not a huge amount.
I have one week of hormones left (100mg spiro and 4mg estradiol daily). After that, I have nothing. If anyone can help, even a little, please please help me because this is a nightmare.
Now that Jeff Bezos is in the news for donating 1e9 USD, I would like to remind people that Amazon does not disclose their #GreenhouseGas emissions and routinely receives an F from the CDP for doing so:
Money is good, but we also need this data, Amazon. Show us your dirt.
Japanese language neepery (6/6)
So, like... I know I'm "supposed" to be reading generously, but for somethings like language learning? Especially for exam prep?
Yeesh. Japanese is hard enough, without introducing errors into the materials. And while this was a tiny, TINY thing, it's also one classroom students get drilled into them.
(Now I'm wondering idly if this was also a sentence from the Tanaka Corpus... hmmm...)
Anyway, that's the bee in my bonnet right now. *exhale*
Japanese language neepery (5/6)
and, for "if (respected someone) is..."
Okay, if you've slogged through this far, congratulations. But, I'm afraid I've just indulged in a refined form of "someone is wrong on the Internet".
Still, the mistake I saw? was "irashite" and OMG that's not the word that belongs there. (Although "irasu" turns out to be a word, just not one in the Japanese-English part of my electronic dictionary; and it's meaning was completely unrelated to the context.)
Japanese language neepery (5/?)
Other verbs take slightly different endings. Ka•u, to buy, goes thus (present & past in polite form, then past in plain form, and conditional)
Our friend irassharu does the same, despite ending its dictionary form ending in "-ru" (there are two different things going on here, so this explanation is simplified, possibly to the point of distortion - mea culpas on request!)
Japanese language neepery (4/?)
To speak 話す hana•su
(someone) speaks (polite form) hana•shi•masu
(someone) spoke (polite form)
but, when we have to describe an action in a dependent clause, before the final verb...
(someone) spoke (plain form)
and for a conditional
if (someone) spoke
Now, for the annoying part: those forms change their conjugation depending on the ending after the stem. "Hana•su" isn't so bad, but with other verbs, well...
Japanese language neepery (3/?)
The dictionary form is important because other "moods" of the verb are built on it. Particularly, a form that indicates a clause we would begin with words like "if" - conditionals.
Funnily enough, this conditional is itself built on the *past* "plain" form (i.e. not ending in -masu, which typically appears at the end of the final clause of a sentence, not in the preceding ones.) So, I suppose I should try to illustrate with an example...
Japanese language neepery (2/?)
Given that most English speakers learning Japanese are adult learners, we get taught a non-root form of most of those verbs, then sort of have to "work backwards" towards understanding how it works, and what that implies for its declensions.
So, if I ask if Prof. So-and-so is around, I would have learned the verb as "irasshaimasu" (いらっしゃいます) But, that's not the root, or "dictionary" form; eventually we learn that is "irassharu" (いらっしゃる).
Japanese language neepery (1/?)
I know it sounds trivial, but at the same time, it's a basic error, so it... *itches*
There are verbs in Japanese that are reserved for describing actions performed by those above one's own social status; using these are a mark of respect. It's no surprise that the construction of some of those verbs is... well, containing archaisms that have disappeared from more "normal" language.
We engineered a wearable microphone jammer that is capable of disabling microphones in its user’s surroundings, including hidden microphones. Our device is based on a recent exploit that leverages the fact that when exposed to ultrasonic noise, commodity microphones will leak the noise into the audible range. By making it wearable, our jammer outperforms existing approaches with an improved coverage and less blind spots.
Fediverse PSA for newcomers: Caption your images!
Newbies: Why won't people boost my funny images? 😩
Me: 🤔 Have you considered captioning them? A lot of people here care about accessibility, you know, and refuse to boost non-captioned images.
Me: The fediverse is a safe haven for vulnerable people, like trans folk, people of color, people with mh problems... and people with disabilities.
Yes. There are blind people in here, and screen readers are a thing.
ask for help, housing
Does anyone know of any place in northeastern Massachusetts that my partner and I could crash in? I've unfortunately don't have the best credit or the most money, and it seems like the landlord I'm currently renting under is starting to show himself to be a bit of a prick, so I'm kinda backed into a corner at the moment.
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