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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: lightweight lubricating oil in China?
« Last post by Granny Mae on September 27, 2018, 10:11:09 PM »
EL, perhaps the Police might think that the foreigner was trying to be a fan dancer! bfbfbfbfbf
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: lightweight lubricating oil in China?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 27, 2018, 12:39:16 AM »
Secrets of "fan death" revealed - it was never about the asphyxiation.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: lightweight lubricating oil in China?
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on September 27, 2018, 12:33:17 AM »
Unusual Death Reported

The body of a foreign teacher was found today.  He appeared to have been killed in a freak accident which resulted in a ceiling fan being inserted into his nether regions.  The medical examiner did note that the fan appeared to be very well lubricated, which made removing it from the body much easier.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: Bicycle English!
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 27, 2018, 12:24:39 AM »
A full suspension bike with knobby tires is really only for highly technical cross country riding. You see it on consumer bikes because the consumer market is a crock. Lots of technical stuff sold because it looks cool. Even front suspension is mostly unnecessary on a road bicycle.

For the record my bicycle's an MTB with front suspension and I mostly ride on paved roads. But it's China paved road and that sometimes means big holes and long stretches of lumpy mud so... But I didn't really make the purchase decision thinking that hard about road conditions. I'm just more used to hybrids than actual road bikes.

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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: Bicycle English!
« Last post by Granny Mae on September 26, 2018, 10:26:04 PM »
I didn't know bikes had rear suspension. The mind boggles!
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: lightweight lubricating oil in China?
« Last post by Granny Mae on September 26, 2018, 10:20:15 PM »
Calach, as long as the oil didn't go down into your pants, uuuuuuuuuu, it looks like all is well. bfbfbfbfbf
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: lightweight lubricating oil in China?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 26, 2018, 10:48:03 AM »
Hmm, well...

the "oil port" on top of the fan is not labelled, so... I wonder if I haven't just coated the inside of the fan cowling with oil. Because, I did squeeze probably a small coin worth of oil in there, and when I started the fan it was quiet, until it wasn't and it started ticking again and I started wondering where the oil had gone... but nothing was dripping out so...

I decided I'd better look inside. I turned off the fan. Got up on the table. Started working on the bolts on top of the fan housing. As it happened, the first bolt I worked on, with the seemingly natural direction of turn, was tightened rather than loosened. I kept tightening it to see how loose it had originally been. After some turns I thought this is screwy. And then I had a choice: loosen this one bolt I'd just been tightening (and then the others, and then pop the bottom off the fan) or just similarly tighten the others and see what happened.

I tightened the bolts. I turned on the fan. It spins as expected. An hour later it's still not making any ticking noise. The fucker is fixed.


So... was the oil even needed? Where did the oil go?!  aoaoaoaoao
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The BS-Wrestling Pit / Re: Language acquisition - must it start with the basics?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 26, 2018, 07:58:41 AM »
there'd need to be a theory of language acquisition on which to base the customisation. Or at least a model of language acquisition. According to wikipedia, no one really knows how second languages are acquired.

the idea I've been having is something I've called "discourse", which is an example of me using terminology in a misleading fashion. "Discourse" these days is something measured by statistics programs. People put in large amounts of text and get lists of word frequency and so on. Those lists or language features are what characterise the "discourse". Or so I understand.

Me, I've been saying "discourse" is something you can describe in process terms. A person is engaging in XYZ "discourse" if they use whatever language they like to engage in the understood meaning construction steps associated with the "discourse".

I have wondered if language teaching courses could not be structured around a given "discourse". That is, the students are taught whatever language is going to get them up and running in the various stages associated with creating meaning in the given structure.

Issues: there may not be that many useful "discourses"; there may in fact only be one, "academic discourse". Naively speaking, there are a huge number of discourses, maybe an infinity of them - just find some context in which certain types of speech act are required before meaningful content can be considered expressed - but outside of the context, who cares? For the "discourse" to be meaningful outside its context it has to have something transferrable, and most discourses don't. "Academic discourse" has a relationship (technically I have to say "supposedly" has a relationship) with Truth, and that can be used to make it a privileged discourse. Is there anything else that can make any other discourse similarly privileged? Currently I have no idea, and kind of don't want to because there's a slippery slope right into Relativism just waiting to be covered in sewing machine oil right there...
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: lightweight lubricating oil in China?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 26, 2018, 07:46:11 AM »
Aw crap, and I knew when I wrote mission accomplished I'd be George Bushing it... I went to listen just now, and the fan still ticks. Once it gets warm it ticks louder. I'll add some more oil and let it run. I'm either blowing this thing up or fixing it goddammit.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: lightweight lubricating oil in China?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on September 26, 2018, 07:32:35 AM »
Long story short, I found a place selling actual sewing machine oil. Don't know how replicable the process may be.

There is, you see, a remarkably seedy street in this burg that serves as a lengthy shortcut from the bright lights of Walmart to what used to be the premiere computer market and various bus stops back to the school. I'd searched the supermarket for various goods and even found the corner where they kept the motor oil and fuel injector cleaners, but didn't find lubricants of the right kind. I'd wandered through the many, many hard and soft ware places in the tradesman's market behind Walmart. I'd found locksmiths, safety goods, and a range and variety of motor oils and axle greases, but in the end I was tired and I wanted to go home. Rather than catch a taxi, I thought I'd walk this last shortcut and catch a bus, (a) to be cheap, but (b) to have a last look at storefronts.

Now, walking this street and asking people for "lubricating oil" would be a tricky because being so close to the train and bus station, it has long been a shifty-eyed combination of repair shops, pawn shops, and knocking shops. I could end up with a very different product entirely and possibly some too personal services.

Anyway, this one shop, I stopped in front and stared for a while. It has staffed by a man. No beds, no sofas, and it was relatively brightly lit. And it had shelves and shelves of... product. You know, cans and sprays and bottles. I thought what the hell, I'd better try, so I stepped inside and lo and behold, the fellow brought out a cardboard box of about twenty of these hard plastic rectangles with long thin spouts. They're even embossed with a sewing machine...

I have upended about a quarter of a rectangle into the putative oil hole on top of the ceiling fan and left it running. By now it would usually be ticking so loud I'd hear it in the other room. But I don't.

Mission Accomplished.  bfbfbfbfbf
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