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Solfrid Cristin
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 Message 673 of 766
18 December 2014 at 5:55pm | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
patrickwilken wrote:
These were rules that were floated, but I am
pretty sure by the time the challenge started we had agreed that 10000 pages was the
goal, not 100 books.
It was changed in the first week or so. As far as I
remember, Cristina was reading twilight and realized that all her effort would count
as only one book because it's 450 (or even more) pages, not 500. Others had also
realized what madness it was, and I think everyone was delighted to get a more clear
and comparable goal :)

The bot originally assumed that an average book is 250 pages, so that two books were
500.


That is what I call a good memory :-) And you are absolutely right. The rules were
changed after a few days, but the original rules are the ones quoted above.
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 Message 674 of 766
18 December 2014 at 8:29pm | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
patrickwilken wrote:
These were rules that were floated, but I am
pretty sure by the time the
challenge started we had agreed that 10000 pages was the goal, not 100 books.

It was changed in the first
week or so. As far as I remember, Cristina was reading twilight and realized that all
her effort would count as
only one book because it's 450 (or even more) pages, not 500. Others had also realized
what madness it was, and I
think everyone was delighted to get a more clear and comparable goal :)

The bot originally assumed that an average book is 250 pages, so that two books were
500.


Good memory. The original rules are in the first post here.

If you hunt for "Twilight" you'll see the change on 15 May 2012.



Edited by dampingwire on 25 December 2014 at 10:35am

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Emme
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 Message 675 of 766
19 December 2014 at 3:56pm | IP Logged 
@patrickwilken

patrickwilken wrote:
Personally I think pages better than books, since you can compare across people a lot easier. I've for instance read about twice as many pages as you over the last two years, but about the same number of books 45 vs 40.

Yes, comparability was probably one of the factors that brought about the change from “book” to “book unit”.


patrickwilken wrote:
My own personal challenge at the moment is 25000 pages and 1000 movies, which I hope to finish sometime next year.

That’s great! I need to get around to your log and see how it’s going. This year I haven’t spent much time on the forum reading other people’s logs, so I’m horribly behind with that. I suppose this is one of the few drawbacks of the Super Challenge.



@Cristina

Thanks for the quick reply! That’s the info I need to try and make a decision.

When people here say that you’ve inspired them, that’s what they mean. Even after a couple of years, I can’t get your original idea out of my head and so you’re responsible for my most prolific reading year ever.

As the saying goes: "With great power comes great responsibility". Luckily for us you’re a fairy godmother, who has our linguistic welfare as her priority, and not a despotic tyrant hell-bent on tormenting us.    ;-)



@Serpent and @dampingwire

Thanks for your excellent memory and your superior searching techniques!   ;-)
With all the changes it was difficult to keep up with all the different incarnations the Super Challenge went through.

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 Message 676 of 766
22 December 2014 at 6:43am | IP Logged 
For the mini-challenge: Finnish slang words of Swedish origin

In summer I actually bought a slang dictionary mostly to look for this kind of words. And one of my reasons to learn Swedish is also to understand Finnish slang better (and maybe eventually coin my own Swedish-based slang words :D)


1) byysat, bögät 'trousers' - from byxa (pl. byxor)
standard Finnish pöksyt from the same root

2) darra - 'to tremble', 'to shiver' in Swedish, 'hangover' in Finnish
when I first saw it, it clearly had something to do with feeling unwell so I thought it means diarrhea, haha

3) knööli 'pimple' - from knöl
the example was "knööli klyyvarissa", ie a pimple on the nose. klyyvari is also from Swedish, but it was originally loaned to mean the jib of a ship. Russian has клюв btw, ie beak. probably all related

4) lempata 'leave', 'get rid of' - from lämna

5) traba 'stairs' - from trappa
standard Finnish raput, can't find a confirmation but seems to be another doublet
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Solfrid Cristin
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 Message 677 of 766
25 December 2014 at 10:08am | IP Logged 
A kind soul has helped me out with some (hopefully mild) Russian swearwords. Let me know if I have
misunderstood any of them.


Swearwords in Russian

Дурак, козёл, придурок, дебил, идиот - just for men = idiot

Негодяй, мерзавец, ничтожество -sad for yourself that you waisted time on this person

Дура, коза, дебилка, идиотка for women = idiot

Ведьма - which

Блин, чёрт, блинский блин - when smth goes wrong

(Бля, блядь - ( whore) when you have smth really heavy fallen on your foot.)

Да пошёл ты! Да идите вы! - get lost!

Да идите вы ... лесом! - Go to ....... The woods

Иди в баню! - go to the sauna

Боже мой, О Господи! Хоспаде! (ХÅspadje) - my God!



Edited by Solfrid Cristin on 25 December 2014 at 10:08am

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Kerrie
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 Message 678 of 766
27 December 2014 at 12:17am | IP Logged 
I'm just doing some math here.

696 Japanese films
1342 English films
--------------------
2038 films total
x90 minutes
------------
183420 min
= 3057 hours
/ 8 months
------------
382 hours per month on films (or audio)

That equals about 12+ hours per day (average) of watching.

On top of 380+ book (units). Which equals about 1.5 book (units) per day.

Can we say overkill? Really?
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 Message 679 of 766
27 December 2014 at 2:34am | IP Logged 
And some of the "books" are subtitles too.
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Solfrid Cristin
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 Message 680 of 766
27 December 2014 at 7:22am | IP Logged 
Well subtitles do not count as books, so already there we have a problem. In addition the schedule does not
seem possible even for someone who is without a job and dedicates his entire life to the Super Challenge.

I think therefore the person behind these figures will have to explain how he/she has been counting the
hours, so that we can explain the rules properly, and get the figures down to a realistic level, or we may have
to look at disqualification here. It is a step I am extremely reluctant to consider, as this challenge is all about
motivation and fun, but if someone is ruining the experience for everyone else, that is neither motivational nor
fun.


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