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by Carola
Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:42 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: whats for breakfast? spam again? (caution shouting on post)
Replies: 19
Views: 3639

Even running a very (very!) small network in our office I waste hours downloading antispam updates, tweaking the system, cleaning up stuff. This all started (I think) because someone at work signed up for an information newsletter from what should have been a reliable source. I am afraid I am very c...
by Carola
Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:29 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: 300
Replies: 19
Views: 4857

My husband just "loves" going to these movies with me - he has to listen to me correcting the dialogue, picking up mistakes in clothing, weapons and various attitudes to things (like the attitude to homosexuality so glossed over in "Troy"). As silly as these movies are, it is interesting that the fi...
by Carola
Mon Feb 12, 2007 3:05 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Death of a language
Replies: 48
Views: 11313

It's not just in the USA that these things happen - one of our large high schools has just announced (and right in the first week of our academic year!) that students planning on doing some subjects (pure maths and music were among them) will have to find another school as they won't teach them any ...
by Carola
Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:53 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: FireFox
Replies: 15
Views: 3268

The only thing I'm not really happy with in Firefox is the way it displays RSS feeds - there is a download (Sage??) that is supposed to be better, has anyone used it? Otherwise a very stable program. The email client (Thunderbird) is much better than you-know-what. Having long been reduced to attack...
by Carola
Fri Feb 09, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Death of a language
Replies: 48
Views: 11313

Yes, Decurion's comment is all too true: Rather, like you pointed out, education is now a mere tool to achieve your goals, a "degree" to get a well-paying job to live comfortably. But I wonder if current events - global warming finally catching up with us and such unrest in the Middle East - might m...
by Carola
Mon Feb 05, 2007 1:12 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Which should I learn first?
Replies: 23
Views: 5256

I did Latin first, then Greek, but at the university I am now attending they do both languages together for the first semester. This way you get a good grounding in the concepts behind both languages. In hindsight I think it would have been better to do both at once, or Greek first. Greek is only ha...
by Carola
Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:13 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Death of a language
Replies: 48
Views: 11313

It's a pity that Christians almost all "ignore" the original languages of the Bible and Latin, which played such an important role in the early church. It is true that we can follow the message without knowing the languages, but it would be most rewarding to have some knowledge. I sat recently with ...
by Carola
Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:21 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Back in Textkit
Replies: 6
Views: 1461

Oh yeah, I almost forgot...if you like time charts...check out Jean Luc Ponty. The guy is a freak of a violinist, and he writes some crazy time charts, sometimes it's hard to find a downbeat! Yes, I was lucky enough to see him live some years ago - he was just sooo good! Don Ellis was also a master...
by Carola
Tue Jan 30, 2007 5:10 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Back in Textkit
Replies: 6
Views: 1461

Systematic theology makes me sleepy just thinking about it! Sometimes when I'm stressed I prefer somthing like Don Ellis' "Turkish Bath" (for slightly de-tuned soprano saxes, in case you have never heard it). It is loud, raucous and no-one can dance to it (in 7/8 time). Sort of the jazz equivalent o...
by Carola
Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:37 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Back in Textkit
Replies: 6
Views: 1461

Good to have you back. I was wondering where my fellow Miles fan had been. :) Yes, I must say that when I am having one of life's rough patches I seem to spend a lot of time plugged into my MP3 player or playing music at rather strange hours. I am always so glad to have things like music and my Gre...
by Carola
Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:24 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Back in Textkit
Replies: 6
Views: 1461

Back in Textkit

I seem to have been away from the group for so long - various family problems and a host of other distractions. I still have to get some more done on the revision of the D'Ooge key - with any luck I might get back onto this soon, a lot has been done but I want to add in the exercise questions as wel...
by Carola
Wed Dec 06, 2006 1:34 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: e-books and book binding
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

"Having relatives who don't know what to buy you for birthdays etc is another good way of aquiring books!" ---Carola When I asked my father-in-law---a staunch Democrat---for a book by Pharr/Wright two Christmas ago he thought that I was pulling his leg! Yes, I count myself very lucky that most of m...
by Carola
Mon Dec 04, 2006 3:45 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: e-books and book binding
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

The Lulu sytem looks good, but would a good second hand version of the book be about the same price? I bought a 2nd hand Loeb for a text we were studying at university and it was about 1/2 new price. Looks perfectly good with only a few slight wear marks on the dust jacket (which books get after you...
by Carola
Fri Dec 01, 2006 7:22 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: e-books and book binding
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

I just take the double side printed pages to my local printing shop and have them bound with those plastic comb things (not sure what the correct technical tems is!). You have probably seen them used for reports etc. I ask for clear,thick plastic covers so I can see the front page. Not a work of art...
by Carola
Sun Nov 12, 2006 12:27 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Huzzah! Ι asserted my right to vote!
Replies: 37
Views: 7904

We have compulsory voting in Australia - or should I say it is compulsory to turn up to vote unless you are infirm, certifiable or some other reasonable excuse. For a long time I didn't like the idea of mandatory voting, but I've changed my mind, and not because I think it would bring an outcome mo...
by Carola
Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:55 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Huzzah! Ι asserted my right to vote!
Replies: 37
Views: 7904

We have compulsory voting in Australia - or should I say it is compulsory to turn up to vote unless you are infirm, certifiable or some other reasonable excuse. You don't actually have to vote for anyone when you turn up to the polling booth (although most people do). I know some say that only those...
by Carola
Tue Oct 31, 2006 5:26 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Movie-making application
Replies: 3
Views: 1100

My version of Powerpoint (a current one for XP) lets you add sound and music etc - there is a section in the help file. I haven't used the Mac version but I would imagine they are both similar. The XP version can be set to play the music automatically.
by Carola
Tue Oct 31, 2006 5:13 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about Arabic Dialects
Replies: 6
Views: 1556

I have been told that "Modern Standard Arabic" is the style used on some of the big Arabic TV networks etc. I presume most Arabic speakers can understand it and it is the variety I have been learning (or trying to learn - but that's another story). I would really appreciate any further info on this ...
by Carola
Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:03 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: The difficulty of learning Ancient Greek?
Replies: 10
Views: 15484

From current experience: The verb forms are hard, but really just need extra time spent on them. The vocabulary can be a bit more difficult to learn than Latin as most European languages contain a good proportion of Latin derivatives or are based on Latin. The alphabet is easy - unlike Arabic ( :cry...
by Carola
Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:57 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: How long have you been studying the classics?
Replies: 25
Views: 6169

Id est, not only for a casual read or to look something up, but to actually practice, study the latin language, philosophy, religion, etc. I found it very useful to have a "straight" text (ie no annotations etc) when I was studying Latin at university. This way I could try to read the text without ...
by Carola
Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:05 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Podcasts
Replies: 17
Views: 4163

This may not be your cup of tea, but there's a great money guy who has a daily radio show and puts one hour on his website as a podcast for free. He's awesome. I listen to his podcasts whenever I can. Everyone who feels powerless when it comes to money should read Total Money Makeover . WB Maybe I ...
by Carola
Thu Oct 12, 2006 12:32 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Podcasts
Replies: 17
Views: 4163

I am also a Podcast fan - no more boring bus rides! My favourites are some of the classical music ones - Naxos music & NACO are both good with plenty of reviews and discussion about music. The Archaeology channel puts out one which often has items of interest to us "ancient history" fans. I also lik...
by Carola
Wed Oct 04, 2006 6:01 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: How long have you been studying the classics?
Replies: 25
Views: 6169

Well, I "started" in about 1960 at high school - but had a bit of a gap in between my next start in about 2001! Since then I have completed 3 years of university level Latin and am in my 1st year of Greek, whilst completing the world's longest running Batchelor of Arts degree. My Latin is reasonably...
by Carola
Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:14 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: And now for something completely, er, not exactly different
Replies: 13
Views: 3063

Very interested - and especially from someone with your background knowledge.
by Carola
Tue Oct 03, 2006 12:54 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: At what rate should I learn Greek?
Replies: 20
Views: 6284

I think this is one of those questions like "how long is a piece of string". Ideally a lesson per week sounds good, but it must be taken in context of how busy your life is. I have been trying to fit some Arabic lessons in around Greek, Latin, music commitments, work and about 3 months of family dis...
by Carola
Thu Sep 28, 2006 2:28 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Pronunciation of Iota Subscript
Replies: 6
Views: 3453

I also have not been struck down - and it is a very good way of remembering that it is there when trying to learn vocabulary. My fear of my lecturer's red pen noting the missing iota subscripts outweighs any of Kopio's threats! :wink:
by Carola
Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:38 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Book list (the last of this, or indeed any, kind)
Replies: 7
Views: 2038

Sorry to hear you are no longer able to post here, but it is certainly in a good cause - maybe we will be adding some of your publications to our book lists in the near future! Thanks for the list as it gives me some idea of available research material, also a good idea to keep the list somewhere wh...
by Carola
Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:00 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Greek prepositions: Why are they so strange ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3519

I think Bert's post is probably the most useful piece of advice - that way even if you don't know the exact meaning you can make a good guess; if the noun attached to the preposition is in the accusative you know the preposition has to have some meaning of towards that noun. Common sense and context...
by Carola
Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:10 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: And also: Google Books followup
Replies: 22
Views: 5540

Is it just me or do other Textkitters find the Google book search engine a bit, well....., clunky! Why not use the good old Dewey system for indexing all non fiction books? Anyone who uses a library regularly can handle this, especially as most libraries have an electronic catalog these days. I can ...
by Carola
Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:16 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Classic commercial
Replies: 7
Views: 1857

Oh no!! don't tell me we are all about to become fashionable!!
And I'd just got used to being a geek :shock:
by Carola
Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:47 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: USPS Woes!
Replies: 12
Views: 3040

Even the White ( a very chunky book!) .... Is that the same White that I have? Ie. First Greek Book? Mine is not "chunky" at all. Well, it is 362 pages and if you print that on normal A4 copy paper, even double sided it stacks up to a fairly hefty book to carry around. On the very high quality thin...
by Carola
Sun Sep 03, 2006 11:32 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: USPS Woes!
Replies: 12
Views: 3040

A "print on demand" system would be good - then a small retailer could buy the equipment to do the printing and pay a fee to the original publisher for the use of their digitised version. This could be protected by software which counts the number of times a book is printed and bills accordingly if ...
by Carola
Wed Aug 30, 2006 1:40 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: USPS Woes!
Replies: 12
Views: 3040

I almost never buy books online. Even though Amazon's "look inside" feature is nice, it still doesn't replace having a book in your hands to inspect before purchase. Besides, I like buying books in a leisurely manner - going to a bookstore 2-5 times before finally deciding to buy the book (unless i...
by Carola
Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:29 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: USPS Woes!
Replies: 12
Views: 3040

I order most of my books through Amazon - either from USA or UK - and they ALWAYS get here (to Australia) within a week, undamaged and exactly what I ordered. The university book shop can't even get in the set text books in on time for the start of the semester, so it is very welcome to have a good,...
by Carola
Wed Aug 23, 2006 11:08 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I don't know which way this poll will swing ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2806

Maybe the Textkit users are more of a reflection on the number of male computer users rather than Classics students. Or are there more men who post comments to computer user groups? I don't know the figures for this - maybe most women like to communicate in person rather than on-line. An interesting...
by Carola
Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:16 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: saluete
Replies: 60
Views: 15755

I am so glad to see you back Episcopus - and with such good news! I thought you may have been abducted by aliens (or vice versa!) but you were just working to get to Cambridge. A pity you didn't decide to study at the University of Adelaide - you would certainly add interest to the place. However I ...
by Carola
Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:05 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I'm Learning....
Replies: 23
Views: 4691

I've already completed 3 years of Latin at university and am now in my 1st year of Greek. I have been trying to study Arabic as well but my very busy life keeps getting in the way! I am still doing quite a bit of Latin but the only thing I find difficult about studying several languages at once is a...
by Carola
Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:06 pm
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: D'Ooge group
Replies: 24
Views: 21430

I have now sent out an email with a schedule for the next 2 weeks and am preparing the lessons etc. At the moment I am probably OK but if I run into problems I will certainly take up any offers of help! As I am now catching up with my university work as things settle down at home I have some spare t...
by Carola
Tue Aug 15, 2006 11:21 pm
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: D'Ooge group
Replies: 24
Views: 21430

Do you want me to restart the answers from this weekend (from the point we finished)? I don't mind and now can turn my mind back to more of this work. I have also got to do some editing on the new key (with extra notes). It keeps my Latin from getting "rusty". Perhaps this time I will make allowance...
by Carola
Tue Aug 15, 2006 11:06 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Salvete - From a new member
Replies: 15
Views: 3331

Another new member to the forum: Being a student of the ancient church, both Greek and Latin are very important for my research. I've done 2 years of study in Greek and a bit of informal study in Latin. I thoroughly enjoy both languages, though Greek captures me a bit more! It must be the romance o...