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Archive for February, 2006

Virtual snowflakes

Posted by Alexandre Rafalovitch on February 26, 2006

I remember cutting out snowflakes out of the paper around New Year time. It was fun and strangely addictive. I thought I was over it.

Obviously not, as I have found this virtual Make-a-Flake game (if one can call it that) and I am snipping away again.

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Less-popular language learning resources links

Posted by Alexandre Rafalovitch on February 17, 2006

Stingy Scholar has collected a list of links to language study websites for less-popular languages (think Greek, Korean and Icelandic).

Recommended for comparison and (if you language is on the list) for the study.

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Speak multiple languages, ready to travel

Posted by Alexandre Rafalovitch on February 16, 2006

If you speak more than one language and have a blog, join the Carnival of Blog Translation.

I am not a translator, but I do speak (and write) English and Russian.  I will be participating. The next step is to figure out whether I should do it from Russian into English or from English into Russian. Maybe I can even do both. Certainly a translation practice could not go astray.

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My first machinima movie

Posted by Alexandre Rafalovitch on February 12, 2006

The strangest love of allMy movie has been in the development for a while. It started around Christmas, but took a long while to get all 3 voice-over tracks recorded, edited and aligned to subtitles.

In addition, the Movies game – which is what I used – has infuriating habits of losing the subtitle and sound track locations around if one wants to redo a scene or recut the sequence. And the camera work could have been more flexible. Still, it is better than machinima environments available before (as described in the Wired’s article).

I think my next movie will be about robots. At least there I can get away with a fake voice.
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Flashcards I am using to prepare for RSCDS preliminary examination

Posted by Alexandre Rafalovitch on February 5, 2006

I am sitting for the part one of the RSCDS‘ preliminary teaching certificate. The part one is mostly theory and history, so involves a good lot of memorisation, with the hope that memorised facts will aid later deep comprehension.

I am using flashcards to help me remember the facts. I have free software installed on my computer (Pauker) for the best results, but I also have an online copy to quickly practice at work. That stack is publicly available on Flashcard Exchange website, so anybody else could use it as well.

Alex.

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