The Arrow

There are no answers; only choices.

Chat

OK, I know you’re going to say I’ve copied Oblia shamelessly. Go ahead, say it :). However, I’m going to blame it on Alt.L, who suggested I create a Chat page. The truth is I DID think of it but was afraid of plagiarism accusations. Now I’m not afraid any longer :).

So here’s a corner for you to say stuff unrelated to the posts, if you feel like.

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68 Responses to “Chat”

  1. Departe said

    silly question, but how does this chat work?

  2. thearrow said

    It’s not a real chat. It’s just a page where people can write about whatever they want and someone else or me will respond :); a place for conversation.

  3. alt.L said

    Finally, the chat! And it’s not ‘plagiarism’ (gosh, you are hard on yourself!) but trying out what seems to be a good idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. thearrow said

    Um… I created it a while ago, but went unnoticed :).

  5. alt.L said

    oh… well, i noticed it only when i saw it in use ๐Ÿ™‚

    so, how was the movie? ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. thearrow said

    A little too far-fetched here and there: a bigger obsession with designer clothes than in the series, way racier lines (good ones, though :), and the plot was not entirely believable/realistic, but I didn’t care :).

    (All, as you’ve probably guessed already, this is SATC – the movie we’re talking about.)

    Because I’m a cheapskate, I only go to the movies here if I’m absolutely sure I want to give the producers my money. Otherwise, I just wait for the DVD. I think next week I’m going to see Wall-E, which has rave reviews. Here’s one of them: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/opinion/06rich.html? (Well, not an actual review, but I loved the column.)

  7. k. said

    Isn’t it strange how we ro. girls got to chat here in english, so naturally? I’m just trying to picture now 3 young dutch kids chatting in french, or 3 uruguayan ladies chatting in mandarin. I’m just puzzled; what is it with romanian that makes it so easy to give up (partially of course), or what is it with english that makes it so easy to take up? There must be a combination of those two.

  8. thearrow said

    Hm… Good point, worth pondering. With me I know it’s because I’m obsessed with the language. I was thinking the other day that I’m missing on the juicy Romanian humor because I’m writing in English and I wondered whether I should perhaps write in Romanian every once in a while. Still not sure what to do.

  9. k. said

    I totally encourage you to write in ro. once in a while. Don’t you think that you are two different people based solely on your choice of language?

  10. k. said

    (Personally I do. That is, I am)

  11. alt.L said

    point taken, k! ๐Ÿ˜€

    eu am scris รฎn englezฤƒ ca sฤƒ respect convenลฃia blogului dar aici chiar putem s-o dฤƒm pe romรขneลŸte.

  12. thearrow said

    Great point, K., with being two different people just by choosing which language to speak. I couldn’t agree more. I drafted another response to this language-choice question we started talking about yesterday and I’m hoping to post it this weekend. Stay tuned :).

    Anyone can write in either language, here or in the comments; I didn’t mean to impose English on anyone.

    Deci, pe romaneste dragii mei, daca asa doriti :).

  13. Departe said

    am crezut mereu ca blogul asta e in engleza pt ca il citesc si oameni din US….

  14. thearrow said

    Da, asta e scopul principal, pentru ca vreau sa deschid o fereastra spre ce inseamna experienta emigrarii si cum e perceputa cultura asta de catre cineva mai mult sau mai putin din afara. Daca insa oamenii se simt mai bine comentind in romana, nu am absolut nimic impotriva. Oricum probabil ca am maximum 3 cititori americani :).

  15. alt.L said

    Probabil ca ai mai mult de 3 ๐Ÿ˜€

    Apropo de ce a spus Departe. Ma gandesc ca chat-ul e o rubrica oarecum independenta de blogul principal si, cel putin mie, mi-ar placea sa scriu in romana aici. Desigur, daca nu e un subiect ‘de interes.’

    Acum ca, in fine, am vazut si steagurile (foarte misto!!!) mi-a parut rau ca am comentat in romana la postul in engleza despre Precious too ๐Ÿ™‚ pt ca ii lasa pe dinafara pe ceilalti (lucru care ma irita si la petrecerile mixte, de ex., unde romanii predomina dar nu sunt singura natie…). In rubrica de chat insa nu mi se pare nepoliticos ci… hmmm, intim… Dar, ca sa spun asa, sunt “flexibila” ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. alt.L said

    avei mila si ignorati pleonasmul din comentariul de mai sus ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. thearrow said

    Da, sounds like a good idea: aici vorbim despre ce vrem noi in ce limba vrem si dincolo, pe subiecte largi, in engleza. Na, c-am stabilit regula ๐Ÿ™‚ Ma rog, nu neaparat, ca Precious nu e subiect de prea mare interes anyway (in afara de mine).

    Si mie mi-a placut asta cu steagurile. Ce surpriza sa vaz ca au ajuns aici oameni from halfway around the globe, desi probabil ca au stat un minut si s-au carat :).

  18. thearrow said

    Alt.L and Departe, something funny’s happening with our comments to “Away.” They’ve disappeared and now only our names are up there. No idea what’s going on…

  19. alt.L said

    intre timp, a disparut postul cu totul…

  20. thearrow said

    Deci ce sa mai zic. Sa le scriu astora sa vedem ce se intimpla. Era ciudat ca, desi comentariile disparusera, se mai vedeau urmele voastre ๐Ÿ™‚ Adica apareau Alt.L. si Departe asa, disembodied, fara comentarii; apoi au disparut cu totul.

  21. Departe said

    aha, si eu care credeam ca a dat cenzura in tine, si ma miram ca doar nu zisesem nimic scorburos ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. thearrow said

    Doamne fereste! ๐Ÿ™‚ E, poate faptul ca a disparut totul e un semn ca ar trebui sa scriu impresiile.

  23. v said

    baaaai da ueeeeei!
    stie cineva ce dracului sint PICA si FUCA? niste acronime, banuiesc ca ale vreunor formulare si banuiesc ca se leaga de anumite categorii de angajati (eventual cu dizabilitati, habaaaaar n-am!)
    help!

  24. thearrow said

    Hm… Esti sigura ca e PICA si nu FICA? Nu zic la misto. FICA inseamna taxa de asigurari sociale in State (Federal Insurance Contributions Act). Adica 6.2% pentru fondul de pensii (Social Security) si 1.4% pentru un program de asigurari de sanatate universala pentru cei de 65+ ani (Medicare). Toata lumea plateste taxele astea; ti se retin automat din salariu. Along the same lines, e foarte posibil sa fie FICA si nu FUCA ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. v said

    asa erau in text, PICA si FUCA, tot ce se poate sa fi fost gresit – era un ‘advance reading copy’
    of.

  26. Departe said

    auzi……ca tot esti tu sageata…cand iti spunem la multi ani?

  27. thearrow said

    Eh, multumesc ca te-ai gindit :). A fost inainte de Thanksgiving, pe 25. La Multi Ani si tie, ca vad ca sintem colege de grupa :).

    Ce mai faci? Care mai e situatia? Iti tin pumnii sa gasesti o solutie!

  28. v said

    nu ma luati in seama. am mai terminat o traducere si mi-era dor sa zic ceva-n romaneste pe-aici.
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. thearrow said

    Hehehe. Bine ai venit, desi pe-aci nu comenteaza prea multa lume. Poate reusesc sa postez si eu ceva mai interesant zilele astea, da’ nu prea ma inghesuie inspiratia, for some reason.

    Enjoy the break :). Ce mai fac picicile?

  30. Departe said

    multumesc, sper sa se rezolve cumva favorabil in curand. de partea ailalta a oceanului cum se vede criza asta, ca mie mi-a ajuns aici de vesti nasoale.

  31. thearrow said

    Pai de partea cealalta sintem in recesiune din decembrie 2007 (au constatat ei abia acum o luna). E nashpa; s-au pierdut vreo 2 milioane de joburi de la inceputul anului, au scazut endowmenturile pe la nonprofituri si universitati, a scazut mult valoarea economiilor pe care le aveau oamenii in planurile de pensii private. La mine s-a injumatatit, spre ex.; ma rog, nu ca era mare suma to begin with. Dar exista si o parte pozitiva: a scazut pretul la benzina si la marfuri. Eu personal nu am vazut scaderea, dar n-am vazut nici marirea :). Cel putin nu la ce cumpar eu, sau nu semnificativ.

  32. alt.L said

    Salutari din viitor, haha! Aici am trecut deja in 2009! La multi ani si sa ai un an bun in care sa se deznoade (deux ex machina or ba) toate nodurile gordiene!

  33. WE said

    Happy New Year!

    Te duci in “piata”?

  34. thearrow said

    Happy New Year to you, guys, too! WE, who were you asking? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not going anywhere. It’s incredibly windy here. I’m curling up with the cat, a movie, and some books :).

  35. WE said

    pai pe tine, sageata. nu esti in NYC? nu te duci la bloombergul, sa il vezi?

    alt l pare sa fie in romania, sau in alte parti estice:) cica la televizor a aparut primul chirurg al tarii…bad omen.

  36. thearrow said

    Nu, maica. Io sint in DC, nu-ti spusei pe blogul lui Vlad? Cred ca ma confunzi. Alt.L e in Romania, da. S-a grabit sa ring in the new year before us :).

  37. Wandering Elf said

    Sunt confuzat. Da, asa e, stai in Alexandria, parca, loc frumos, mai e croatul ala care canta in mall?

    Da’ atunci ce stiam eu de NYC?

  38. thearrow said

    Haha! You’re not paying any attention :). Nu stiu de ce stiai de NYC; poate ai citit posturi mai vechi in care ziceam c-am fost acolo (cause it’s one of my favorite cities). Nu stau nici in Alexandria; stau in Arlington, Virginia, dar si asta am zis pe blogul lui Vlad. Deci e clar ca esti confuzat :). Si nu stiu nimic de croatul care canta in mall :). Confusion all the way.

  39. Wandering Elf said

    mda, sunt. prea multa informatie. si cum am mai spus si in alte parti, sunt f. aiurit. de multe ori fac mai multe chestii in acelasi timp. anyway, guilty as charged.

    in Alexandria, in mallul de langa potomac, era un croat care canta, asta mai demult.

    “te vad” ca fiind legata din alexandria, de aceea zic de acel oras.

  40. Wandering Elf said

    e totusi bine ca nu am spus ca esti in jamaica, sau cine stie ce frontera:)

  41. thearrow said

    Pai Alexandria is in the DC metropolitan area; pot sa ajung acolo cu metroul. A, si fotografiile cu papagali acolo erau, on the marina next to the Torpedo Factory. Poate de-acolo legatura cu Alexandria. Misterioasa ramine legatura cu NY, mai ales ca tu ai intrebat daca nu cumva stau in DC, ca ai vazut fotografii cu Georgetown :).

  42. Wandering Elf said

    ceva legat de jobul tau…nu’sh de ce am avut senz ca lucrezi sau ai lucrat in NYC.

    da, Alexandria e in DC metropolitan si asa te identifica automat jucaricile mele, ca nu ma apuc sa trace. decat pe unii:)
    apropo de asta, tocmai voiam sa te intreb pe unde erai cand filmau aia la Burn after reading:D Casele celea pareau sa fie din Georgetown.

  43. thearrow said

    Nope; never did. Probabil ai vazut fotografiile pe care le-am facut in NY, dar asta a fost intr-o vacanta de citeva zile in septembrie.

    N-am vazut Burn after reading; habar n-am avut ca l-au filmat in zona. O sa-l pun in coada la Netflix. Acum sint curioasa daca chiar l-au filmat in G-town sau nu. I should be able to tell :).

  44. Wandering Elf said

    E dement, a la Coen Brothers. Eu cred ca a fost filmat si in Georgetown. Casele si panta mi-au sugerat ca pe acolo ar tb. sa fie.

    Anmyway, happy new year. Si sa speram ca 2009 nu va mai fi atat de jalnic ca asta…

  45. thearrow said

    Pai CHIAR E facut de the Coen brothers. LOL. How much have you drunk already? :). Gata, l-am pus la Netflix in coada.

    As for 2009, you can say that again, for sure.

    Motan e complet lipit. Heh-heh. We’re ringing the New Year in together ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Wandering Elf said

    da, exact asta am vrut sa spun. ca este dement, asa cum il fac Coen Brothers.
    Nu beau.

  47. thearrow said

    Eu beau! Sint la al treilea pahar de vin! LA MULTI ANI! ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. alt.L said

    Tocmai am citit un scurt articol de blog despre zborul US Airways care a aterizat fortat in Hudson River (e pe site-ul NYTimes: “Survival lessons from a sinking plane”) si m-a distrat un comentariu cu puternic parfum de “legendฤƒ urbanฤƒ” ๐Ÿ™‚ :

    “I heard there was a passenger who swam back to shore, went back to his apt, showered and still made a reservation at Swifty’s. Overheard telling his waiter, “Quickest I’ve ever gotten back from the airport!” Only in New York!”

  49. thearrow said

    Hehehehehe. Cred ca era la misto. The last thing you wanted to do in those frigid waters was swim!

  50. Departe said

    Of, se vede de cand nu am mai calcat pragul tau……In orice caz, felicitari, sa fie intr-un ceas bun, sa fiti fericiti impreuna si sa aveti o viata minunata. Si evident, traditionalul Casa de Piatra!!!

    Ma bucur pt tine si astept sa vad o poza cu the zebra dress – print care este in mare voga si pe partea asta a oceanului…

  51. thearrow said

    Multumesc frumos! Asa speram si noi, sa fie de piatra:). I’m super excited about the dress and can’t wait to wear it! AMR 11. LOL.

  52. mihahela said

    fain! sa va fie cu noroc! da-i o sansa rochiei sa iasa din anonimat…

  53. thearrow said

    Multumesc! Da, vreau sa pun poze, dar fara capul meu. Eu nu vreau sa ies din anonimat.

  54. thearrow said

    A, si un al doilea multumesc. Stii tu de ce :).

  55. Departe said

    Motivul intrebarii implica o poveste un pic mai lunga, dar am o scurta intrebare pt tine: cum e privita revista The New Yorker prin partile alea, ce reputatie are? Stiu ca ai vorbit de ea asa ca de aia te intreb…

  56. thearrow said

    In State? E una dintre cele mai respectate publicatii. The quality of writing and intellectual sophistication is out of this world! I can’t imagine living without reading it :).

    O sa scriu despre ea la un moment dat, ca i-am tot povestit unei prietene si e unul din lucrurile care-mi stirnesc cel mai mare entuziasm. Citeste ce au pe net, ca nu toate articolele sint rezervate celor cu abonament si toate sint misto. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Departe said

    Ma bucur ca spui asta, nu de alta dar am primit de la un prieten un teanc intreg, editiile din august si septembrie si mi se pare absolut fantastica, stau si ma intreg cum de nu am descoperit-o pana acum (desi, totusi, $6?!?!)…. De cateva zile deja am ratat statia de metrou la care trebuie sa cobor pt ca eram cufundata in citit.

  58. thearrow said

    Ma bucur mult ca-ti place si ca te face sa ratezi statia :). In afara de partea de inceput — despre muzee, expozitii si ce mai e nou in NY si sectiunea Talk of the Town, care e despre current events — restul sint evergreen. Cred ca nici editia din 1970 sau de mai inainte nu si-a pierdut cu nimic din relevanta. Am citit un articol despre un tip care face cutite (ca sa zic asa) acum 2 ani de-am ramas masca.

    Abonamentele sint mai ieftine. In State e $47 pe an, ca atitea numere scot. Intotdeauna revistele sint mult mai scumpe cind le cumperi de la stand. Probabil ca un abonament in UK e mai scump din cauza transportului, dar tot nu cred sa fie la $6 un numar. Si oricind poti sa citesti articole pe gratis pe site-ul lor.

    Incearca si Wired o alta revista de top. Foaaarte misto!

  59. Departe said

    Ok, si ca tot am deschis discutia, care e impresia despre Time magazine?

  60. thearrow said

    Mie-mi place. It has good cover stories and, usually, two-three substantive stories, film reviews, good snapshots of what’s going on in the world, and, my personal favorite, Joel Stein’s The Awesome Column :). He’s a very good entertainment writer.

    E in continuare una din cele mai importante reviste si a reusit sa supravietuiasca problemelor pe care le are presa scrisa, cel putin in State; lower ad revenue, fewer subscriptions, canibalizing by free Internet access to their own content, not enough money generated by online ads, and the proliferation of online media outlets; and that’s just in a nutshell.

    Newsweek saraca, a cam decedat. Washington Post, proprietarul, a vindut-o si imediat au plecat reporterii de top in alta parte.

  61. Alt.L said

    remember the link I gave you when you were looking for a wedding dress? [wow, time does fly by — animal prints were in fashion!] It was a short clip with comments by the photographer, Bill Cunningham, who is *THE* observer of Manhattanites’ sense of fashion (I’m still following his weekly reports on the NYT website). Well, someone made a movie about him! How cool is that?!

    http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/movies/bill-cunningham-new-york-fashion-photographer-review.html

    I hope they are bringing it over here too!

  62. thearrow said

    Wow. I had no idea he is an institution in and of himself! And that he is in his 80’s. His zest for life and his pics, his biking all over New York, made me think he’s somewhere in his early 60’s ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have to start following his work more closely.

  63. Alt.L said

    neither had i! i just liked the photos and his comments — i had no idea what following he has! if you go on to the discussion board on the zeitgeist films website, you’ll see that people all over the world ask if/when the movie is going to be released in their country. pretty awesome!

  64. Departe said

    Mi-am facut recent abonament la TNY ๐Ÿ™‚ si desi revista vine prin posta, nu am primit nici un mail cu detalii care sa imi permita sa ma loghez la varianta online… Le-am scris deja de cateva ori, dar no reply. Any ideas, mai tii minte cumva de unde ai primit log in details?

    • Alt.L said

      eu vad ca inca am acces la editia digitala. nu mai stiu cum am facut. cred ca mi-au trimis ei mail si am urmat instructiunile. cred ca poti si de aici:

      http://archives.newyorker.com/skins/realview/tny/register.asp?pub=The%20New%20Yorker

      sa-mi spui daca merge

    • thearrow said

      Felicitari! ๐Ÿ™‚ Trebuie sa iti faci cont online pe baza numarului tau de abonat; nu-ti trimit ei nimic. E unul din numerele printate deasupra numelui tau. Ar trebui sa aiba pe site informatii clare. Jos de tot pe site-ul lor e Subscription Services. Cred ca asta e procedura. Nu-mi mai aduc aminte exact cum am facut la ei dar asa e la majoritatea revistelor.

      Enjoy! Ma bucur de asa veste.

  65. Alt.L said

    arrgh, nu mi-a afisat raspunsul. du-te la editia digitala sau pe link-ul asta si activeaza contul (vezi primul paragraf): http://archives.newyorker.com/

  66. Alt.L said

    Hmm, am scris doua raspunsuri si ma ignora. poate pt ca am inclus un link. cauta editia digitala si o sa vezi instructiunile de activare a contului (ca abonat ai automat si acces digital dar trebuie activat).

    sa-mi spui cum a mers. trimit pe mail si link-ul cu pricina

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