MICROSOFT JUST LEARNED THAT the internet is a dark, scary place. They started a Twitter chat bot named Tay that was designed to mimic the speech of a 19-year-old girl. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) was intended to help “conduct research on conversational understanding,” Microsoft said, and so when it went live, it was able to learn from the people that it talked with and to mimic they way they talked.
You have to explain that Ohio isn’t West Virginia.Come every election season, Ohio gets thrown up as a key battleground state. This much is true. What isn’t true is that the entire state is a battleground. The only corners of the state trying to pull us back into various bygone centuries are in southern Ohio.
1.When you tell a normal mother you have a new boyfriend, she’ll ask about him, his family and where he’s from.A Portuguese mother will ask you all those same questions, but in public, and as others leave the room she’ll give you all the advice you never asked for on sex. After all, the more you enjoy yourself the greater the odds are of her getting grandchildren.
1. You can always sense menteta and have the willpower to refuse them.Don’t try to sell me Popov for Grey Goose. We’ve been trained to tell good liquor from the fake stuff and would not take our chances on a nasty hangover.2. You’ve excitedly stomped in buchvi in September with your bare feet.If you’re one of the lucky kids whose baba and dyado make their own wine, you’ve most likely stomped in barrels full of plump Stara Zagora grapes, with the promise of 10 of the sweet produce.
IT TOOK ME EIGHT YEARS of living in America. New Zealand only took five. In Japan I never bothered. In Britain it just happened, and in Ireland, well, my dad helped out.I’m British — English by birth, northern by the grace of God, my national identity is a complex thing. My passport –no longer the magnificent navy-blue thing with the hard covers and the cutouts on the front for the name and the passport number, no longer the unmistakable British passport, although it still carries the demand that “Her Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State Requests and requires in the Name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance” — calls me a British citizen, to distinguish me from British subjects, British nationals (overseas), and Lord knows how many subtle gradations of Britishness and Johnny Foreigner-ness.
THERE IS THE CALIFORNIA we’ve all come to know and love the West Coast with its sun-kissed sand and colorful cities, its celebrated beaches and celebrity culture. Then there is the “other California” — the backbone of the state — the darker alter ego to California’s glittering coast. Here, where the Sierra Nevada’s silhouette is speckled with sweet smelling pine trees, where the fog hangs thickly over a moody palette of bluegray lakes.
1. You know the real drinking starts when the party is over.The enkai, the formal party, lasts two hours. It always lasts two hours, regardless of how long the toasts and the speeches last. Attendance at an enkai is all but mandatory — it’ll usually be to mark a significant event. But the real drinking starts after the two hours are up.
BEING THE ANGLOPHILE that I am, I often think about what life would be like if the USA had actually lost the Revolutionary War against Great Britain. There are times when I wish I had a legitimate English accent, preferred tea over coffee, and had people that laughed along with me during episodes of Black Adder, or PhoneShop, instead of staring at the screen with glazed eyes.
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Brooklyn is pretty cool these days, but it wasn’t always so (and old school Brooklynites are still getting used to its newfound popularity). Some respond to the influx of hip youths with vitriol, some with pride, but most still react with utter confusion.Thanks to all the new shows, new styles, new food, and new residents, it is getting pretty tough to convince a born-and-raised Brooklynite that you love Brooklyn for what it has always had, and not just for what it has become.