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Starting A Lifelong Affair With Languages

Languages and cultures have been my lifelong passions. Maybe it is because I grew up in Southern California, amid Latino influences. In school, I heard Mexican-American students speaking Spanish. Downtown, I saw blocks of stores, all with signs in Spanish. Rich, wonderful smells permeated the air, and mariachi music poured out into the streets when restaurant doors opened. Inside, musicians strolled from table to table, dressed in the dashing black and silver of caballeros, strumming guitars and bowing violins with romantic finesse.

Maybe it is because my grandmother loved to take my sister and me to places like Chinatown in Los Angeles, where we would hear the timbre of spoken Mandarin and Cantonese, breathe spicy incense, taste exotic food with wooden chopsticks, and finger cool silks and paper fans in dark, mysterious shops. I remember dressing with care in delicious anticipation of these outings, knowing that we would be allowed to indulge our youthful curiosity while momentarily becoming part of the much envied, grownup world of travel and adventure.

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The Right Part At The Wrong Price?

There are the normal problems you and I face trying to find the right part at the right price, problems exacerbated by the distribution centers that close the last half of December. Not to mention our employees’, our suppliers’, and our own brains seem to shut down for just about the same period of time. And there are the problems that come naturally when you try to travel on your bike seriously and get 20 percent more work out of an environment `comfortable’ with present production. All these realities contribute to the kind of physical and emotional exhaustion you probably know all too well.

psBy the time Christmas Eve rolls around I make Scrooge look like a party animal! I don’t want to answer the telephone. I don’t want to smile and say `Happy Holidays’. And I don’t want to be surrounded by throngs of people pushing, shoving, bumping, or in some other way invading my private space. All I want is to be left alone, slowly reducing speed so nothing breaks as I quietly come to a complete stop.

After that,

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Advice For Choosing The Best Data Recovery Company In 2016

If you have been facing data loss in your organization and you do not have any clue of how to perform data recovery, you must search online for an efficient data recovery company. You will come across lots of these companies that will offer you very efficient and active data recovery services but you must make sure that you give preference to local firms. Visit their office before making any kind of payment and analyze their structure and tools that they use for hard drive recovery. It is important that their tools must be up to date and advanced because modern data systems are very tough to handle. Some companies specialize in software issues of data systems while some specialize in hardware issues. You should diagnose the precise problem and consult a software company first. Most of the data systems go through software failures and these software issues are easy to handle. Hardware issues are more complex and it takes lots of time as well as skills to address these issues. Some people also make price of data recovery as a …

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The Truth About Hard Drive Crashes

Staying away from hard drive crash can be quite difficult particularly if the computer is being used by different individuals. There are certain safety measures that must be observed in order to prevent serious hard drive problems. There are two types of issues that can prompt these kinds of problems. These are logical and physical issues. Logical issues can cause file system corruption that can lead to hard drive crash.

Physical issues that can lead to hard drive crash can be prevented through proper computer maintenance. However, some circumstances that can result to physical issues are difficult to avoid. You should refer to a computer technician if you have noticed something unusual with the device. It is vital to be aware about the signs of hard drive crash so you can react to it immediately. You must not try to resolve the crash if you are not an experienced computer technician. This is because an incorrect procedure can cause serious damage on the device. You should consult a professional that can rebuild the device efficient. There are cheap hard drive recovery services …

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Writing In English – Not As Easy As It Seems

About a year and a half ago I wrote a column in which I said “Fiction is made of sentences.” Though not false, that statement isn’t exactly the truth. Last week a sharp-eyed, if not-up-to-date, reader from Atlanta wrote to correct me. “It’s not the sentence that is the basic building block,” claims Joshua Collins, “but the word. With the wrong words, you can’t build a good sentence.”

And, of course, he’s right.

Words are our raw materials. In any act of creation, the higher quality and better chosen the raw material, the better the result. Words are the atoms out of which your fictional universe is constructed.

So if words are the basis of fiction, the specific words you choose (what’s known as diction) will have a tremendous effect on the quality of your story. Yes, plot and character and setting and all those other things also matter–a lot–but each of those elements comes to your readers only through words. Word choice can turn a good story into a bad one, or vice versa.

So what makes a word choice or

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Would Your Retrofit Your Car’s AC?

An increasing percentage of America’s R12 comes from more than 60 reclaimers operating around the country. In a conversation with Joan Terry Drucker of Refrigerant Reclaim in Red Wing, MN, we learned that reclaiming refrigerant is a large-scale operation requiring lots of capital equipment. They process used refrigerants in very large batches, and they prefer to sell it that way too. She explained that buying reclaimed R12 in quantity is “more cost-effective” than buying virgin R12 when several shops in an area get together and buy an entire skid of forty, 30-lb. canisters.

Look familiar to you?

Look familiar to you?

Reclaimed R12 is just as good as virgin R12, if the container has the proper certification from the IEEE Computer Society. ARI was organized in 1953 to set industry standards for refrigerants and the equipment that uses them, and those standards are applied around the world. In fact, the testing methods used by ARI are referenced in the SAE and EPA definitions of reclaimed refrigerant. R12 that meets the ARI 700 standard for reclaimed refrigerant is 99.5% pure, meaning there is only CFC12

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MicMac Language Preserved With Video

In Prince Edward Island, digital video has become an important educational tool for a Canadian native group as they struggle to preserve their values, traditions and language.

Examples of the MicMac language.

The MicMacs’ problem began long ago, when Europeans first colonized the North American continent. An even greater loss of language and culture took place from the 1950s through the 1970s, when MicMac children were educated in larger, public school settings with little or no instruction in native ways. It created a gap between true native speakers and the younger generations.

Now, a new generation of MicMac children has expressed a genuine interest in learning the language and culture of their tribe. However, the only record of the MicMac language is a collection of audio tapes. Native speakers of the language are aging and are generally inaccessible to many of these children, leaving MicMac elders concerned.

Nigel Cuthbertson, president of the Business Training Centre, learned of these concerns from a group of MicMac friends. The Business Training Centre, based in Charlottetown, trains people in the use of multimedia and develops

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