Monthly Archives: April 2020

Huliganov’s “Part of your World”


Original YT playout date: 15 December 2008
Duration: 3:12

Huliganov has Sophie’s help in dismantling this Disney classic.
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NTTBS 14th September 2008


Original YT playout date: 14 December 2008
Duration: 2:55:54

Here we go with one of the last NTTBS shows available on cams. Apparently they’ll be back in the new year, but I don’t know for sure yet if I’ll still be able to upload them to my channel in the new configuration.

Enjoy.
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Take This Walcz


Original YT playout date: 13 December 2008
Duration: 33:50

Walcz (pronounced “vouch”) is the name of a pleasant Pomeranian town derived from the Kashubian word Wolcz and once called Deutsch Krone.

From there, we drive on to observe some more of the idyll that is the golden Polish autumn in the rolling forest roads of Pomerania.

The precise co-ordinates of the lovely woodland restaurant shown here are as follows:

geo:lat=53.422141645164224
geo:lon=16.387996673583984

I definitely recommend it.
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Greenwich Meal Time (Uncle Davey’s Herts Content S3 E 16/18)


 

Original YT playout date: 13 December 2008
Duration: 36:18

Greenwich is the place for mean time, but there was nothing mean about the meal we had here in the Painted Hall at Greenwich Naval College! Dinner is served!
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Winds of Change (Huliganov’s Moscow #4/7)


Original YT playout date: 9 December 2008
Duration: 18:45

The Skorpions can eat their hearts out!
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Mike Mendoza Show #10 from 9th September 2008 on PlayTwo UK


 

Original YT playout date: 8 December 2008
Duration: 3:59:30

“There was a time these long ones used to upload OK first time. Those days seem like history now, as Uncle Davey tries the fifth time to upload this tenth Mike Mendoza show.

This might be the last one of Mike’s shows I upload as people are not really watching them in great numbers, but it takes me a long time to do it.

However, when Mike’s shows on this channel get up to an aggregate of 1000 hits (an average of 100 per show) then I’ll put up two more.

I’m now quite close to the end of radio material before the cams went off on PRUK, by the way.

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I was asked how good at a language you need to be to say you “know” it.


“Knowing” a language is too vague a term and even if we agreed here what we mean by it, that wouldn’t have any meaning in the wider world, where it would remain vague.

On the one hand you have people like me who can say you don’t really know a language until you are really intimate with the way it handles all manner of nuance and situation, in the way you can be said not to fully know your wife or husband after forty years of marriage. There used to be a show in which married couples would be quizzed about each other and some surprises would come out about things they didn’t know about each other, this was the whole premise of the show and I believe that similar content has been on the TV or radio channels of most countries.

Then you have the 80:20 approach, where you get 80% of what a native of similar intelligence and education to you would have of his language, but Vilfredo Pareto, that famous Esperantist, discovered by throwing his pocket money onto a table that this only takes 20% of the time it would take to actually get as good as that equivalent native speaker, in the language.

I tend to aim for this kind of thing, if I get to be 80% as good in the language as my equivalent native speaker, then I can already communicate as sophisticatedly as I like and that ENS will take up the slack. That way, I get 5 languages for the price (the ‘time-price’) of one, which is a good bargain and also highly usable.

A lot of people using English comfortably in international business are at something like the 80% level. Whether they used the time saved to learn four other languages to the same good but incomplete level, learn some other thing, do more business or just spend more time with their guinea pigs is up to them.

Thanks to Cirone Musi for giving a CC license on Wikicommons for this photo of Professor D. at the Festival della Scienza, complete with fetching lanyard.

Further down the scale you have people who claim to know 20 or 30 or 80 languages. These are the polyglot equivalents of social networkers who have contact lists well in excess of the Dunbar number. For those who feel “dunbar” than they did before when I say that, I am referring to the lovely gentleman in the featured image, Professor Robin Ian MacDonald Dunbar, the head of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University.  Some people say he is the one Diana Gabaldon had in mind when creating the character Roger Mac in the Outlander series. He represents the theory (more than an opinion, as he has got lots of data and it’s all been per reviewed and that) that humans can have meaningful and stable social relationships with somewhere between 100 and 250 people. Most typically this number seems to peak at about 150 people. I have to say I personally have little resonance when it comes to this theory, as I have a social media network which extends to (at the last count and I count it once a quarter) a little over 12,000. Allowing for the overlap between Facebook and LinkedIn that would still likely be over 9,000 being conservative.

Now continuing this analogy between knowing languages and knowing people, the 9,000 maybe symbolises the languages which there are in the world. How many there really are is probably fewer than that by now, as languages have a tendency of going extinct before they even achieve literacy and an archive. Manx and Cornish are among the lucky ones. I reckon there are probably something more like 1,500 which could be learned without recourse to field linguistics and a lot of malaria shots. There are currently 1,353 languages in the Gideons Bible App (my hearty and ongoing recommendation to all interested in the Bible and in languages, and it is free of course, and contains plenty of audio – available on all good App stores) and I am kind of going on that and things also I read in SIL resources. A lot depends on how you place the cut-off between what is another language and what is a dialect. There are more difference between forms of English and Arabic than there are between some clusters of two, three, four or more languages recognised as being separate. There are various tests for this, but in practice no overall consensus seems to have been reached, and of course politics rears its Gorgon’s head and turns objective thought to stone at regular intervals.

Then let’s consider analysing this into the people who asked to connect with me and I agreed, but probably if I cleared them out it wouldn’t make a great deal of difference – well I did at one point produce a cut down database of my contacts (pre GDPR, you understand) and the people I considered valuable contacts that I means to be able to email and phone with ease came to around 800 and now it may be more like 1000, so really maybe only 10%. This, in my languages/people analogy, is a good equivalence to the long lists of “Languages I would like to learn” which some of the less powerful intellects in the Polyglot universe seem to feel compelled to posting from time to time. Yes, we probably all would like to have the time to look at to a greater or lesser extent 10% of the languages that there are, listen to 10% of the songs there have even been, watch 10% of the movies, read 10% of the books, but because there are so many in reality we are going to cover a much smaller sample than that, whether we be persons of leisure or fanatically careerist sarariiman who take inemuri rather than reading breaks because they are too tired, and take zero leisure, apparently.

Of the 800, I would say that I know to greet on the street from the LinkedIn list 500 and another 500 from the facebook or YT side, and as far as really writing on a regular basis is concerned, sending memes privately, playing Quiz Planet or ItsYourTurn and chatting in a way that gets to know even a faceless person, maybe 300. But this is because I make an effort. This may represent the languages that an ambitious polyglot learns a few words of, learns maybe the Korean hangul, learns a bit of Koine to read some passages of New Testament, knows a few words or sentences of for touristic purposes, or looked at for philological research.

When it comes to actually knowing people very well, as it knowing how they will react in a certain situation, it is just a handful of people. And the same goes for languages.

And then you have to wonder whether you really know any person, or language, at all.

So in summary, the whole use of the term “knowing” a language is unhelpful, and I would simply refer the gentle reader to the sentence of Socrates via Plato: “ἓν οἶδα ὅτι οὐδὲν οἶδα“, or “All I know is, I don’t know Jack”.

And for sure, we all do know a lot less than we think we do.

 

My New Exit Clip


 

Original YT playout date: 6 December 2008
Duration: 0.07

The reason for the OIOIOIO is that the domain OIOIOIO.com belongs to me. I picked it as there are not that many domain names 7 or fewer letters which can be flipped around backwards and forwards, up and down and always say the same thing.

I only had three exit clips or outroes for te whole of the YouTube collection. If I go on again post Coronavirus, then I think a new one for the new films would be in order.
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Huliganov’s 2008 (reset for 2015) Christmas Language Identification Quiz


Original YT playout date: 6 December 2008
Duration: 9:10

The earlier comments have been removed in order to give this quiz a new life on Facebook Polyglots group in 2015. Most of the people there won’t have seen this video. Sorry if your comment is gone, it was there 7 years. Fkriuk won the original quiz.

It’s 10 thirty second long clips featuring mystery languages with as many visual clues removed as I could.

If you wish to take part in the quiz it will be open until the first person gets 100% or until the New Year, if earlier.

Answers must be added in Polyglots Group on Facebook or on Huliganov.TV as I have deleted the comments below, not sent by mail for just my attention, as part of the game is to see what marks other contestants got, and use also some numerical deduction to work your way to the right answer.

There will be clues over the course of the quiz, how many depends on how much the participants seem to need.

I’m only going to answer one (probably the first one) of each contestants sets of answers per day. This is to give everyone a fair chance. Come back and try again the next day and you’ll get another mark.

1 point for each correct answer.
A right answer imprecisely defined or misspelt gets 0.5 points, and it’s 0.2 points for getting the right language but in the wrong place.

Enjoy!

I couldn’t actually give credit for the YouTube materials taken to make this quiz as it would have given the game away, but if you see your piece used in here, please accept my gratitude, and please feel free to make yourself known in the comments after New Year. There are now annotations with these acknowledgements but please do not click on tchem while doing the quiz.

The store I refer to at which you can purchase any Amazon book and I will receive a small commission is http://astore.amazon.com/wwwusenetposc-20 the offer to use this commission on prizes is no longer current.

but as that is quite long to remember I’ve set up a new domain forwarding which is http://www.OIOIOIO.com, which you will easily remeber as it one of only a handful of web domains which reads the same upside down and back to front. It’s a wonder nobody else had booked it already, really. Just have to remember it’s the seven letter not the five letter one – that one belongs to someone else.

I also have http://www.OIOIOIO.eu which will be to the Amazon store for people in the EU, as they will find the P&P cheaper as well as not being troubled with customs duty and the wrong coding on DVDs.

Each of these stores has some recommended products but via these links you can buy any book, music, film or piece of equipment Amazon has to offer. If you can buy cheaper elsewhere do, if you were buying on Amazon anyway try and remember to use these domains to enter and you’ll be funding future competition prizes, which will be Amazon gift tokens, once I get enough commissions to fund them, which isn’t happening this time as, like I say, only one commission has been earned there so far, which is a tiny sum.

Enjoy the quiz, and enjoy your festive season!
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How the devil plays both sides.


There is a Truther movement out there, in which many people actually unmask some conspiracies and talk a lot of truth, but if we follow them, we are no better off than if we believed the conspiracies in the first place.

Do you remember that bit in Acts of the Apostles where there is a soothsayer lady who follows Paul and Silas, telling everyone that they were servants of God and shewing the way of salvation? This is Acts 16:16, by the way. Have a look, it is interesting. She says true things but Paul can tell that she has a demon and casts it out, in the name of Jesus Christ.

This shows us how the devil’s servants will be perfectly happy to tell quite a lot of truth in order to get in on the inside, and then subvert. This is one of the ways how infiltration and subversion has happened in many (read “most, to a greater or lesser extent”) churches.  The bad guys only wear black hats and the good guys wear white hats in the cowboy films, in real life it is far more nuanced and complex. In the second of the Temptations of Christ, Satan shows him all the worldly powers and says he can hand them to Him if He will only bow to him, which he does not. But Jesus also does not deny that these worldly powers were indeed put under Satan’s control. We therefore can assume that Satan has his emissaries in charge in many, many situations and has infiltrated all sorts of situations and he plays the cards and rolls his loaded dice on both sides of the game. There are many portions of scripture where the same is inculcated to us in God’s word for us.

You get these shady elites who wield power and right now are making governments borrow from them so that the power of Antichrist to demand mandatory vaccines and chips, and the movement to world single government and universal false religion will be facilitated because the countries which pretend to democracies will have mortgaged themselves to the hilt to these people. China etc are long since owned by them.  These are hurrying in the scenario we read of in Revelation. Then you get other shady Truther  people who, like the soothsayer in Acts, point this out, and yet blame the wrong thing, they blame the Jews, they blame the Lizards, they blame the Christians, the Communists, the Trumpists, the Chinese, the Zionists, the Muslims, all sorts. And they are able to find fault with all these groups and make apparently convincing arguments, so that a Christian could easily get defocused.  They just don’t ever explain how Satan is playing everyone and how the only way out is to turn with all one’s heart to the Biblical Jesus and find Him in prayer.  Whoever understands this has the main explanation and has the compass to hold onto to come out of all of this safe. Who doesn’t have this focus but tries to unravel the various paths and mechanisms of this evil in their own strength quickly gets lost.

And David Icke’s role, and not only his, there are quite a few others, is to look like the guy who has the answers, and all that happens is people end up believing in the Age of Aquarius coming which will allow humanity to gain enough positive vibrations to unite and defeat the alien lizards. At the same time he brings out all the old chestnuts of how people have had legitimate grievances with the Church (usually because of some Satanic infiltration by the same one who is playing Icke). So in the end he presents a complete alternative, Christless gospel. Every lie has some truth, or it has no power. There is indeed a “reptile”, whom the Bible calls the old Serpent. But this is Satan, and not some gang of aliens. There are vibrations of course in everything, waves of all frequencies are passing through all molecules all the time, but then putting ideas like “good and bad” onto these is spurious and unhelpful. It is not relevant to what we need to know to be saved. The answer in Jesus Himself, the Way, the Truth and the Life. We don’t need “truthers”, “truthing”, etc, we need the One who is the Truth. We need to embrace the living Christ in repentance and faith.

The Name of Jesus has power over all demons, those on the one side and on the other, and on the one behind all these subterfuges and nuances of evil. Paul only needed this one name of Jesus Christ, the name that is above all other nomenclature, whether natural or supernatural.

That’s how it works, my friends, and I delight over every brother or sister who gets it.

Uncle Davey’s Warsaw #2 – Ochota


 

Original YT playout date: 5 December 2008
Duration: 35:02

So, in this second part in a series of occasional films about the city I live in, we take the camera for a walk through Ochota and up to the centre via the old Ghetto.
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Komunikat po polsku o sytuacji z kredytami na rynku


Original YT playout date: 3 December 2008
Duration: 3:40

This is one of the rare occasions I vlog in Polish.

It is a little known fact that about 30% of the short term bank loans in existence to business in this country, (which is the lifeline of a far greater proportion of businesses than in the west, where many would be granted longer term finance) is going to come to its repayment date in the next 3 to 8 weeks.

On the one hand money has become scarcer and dearer, on the other hand, banks have to lend to somebody. Planning refinancing a little in advance and doing a little brushing up your business plan and case for finance can help matters, as can a look across the market.

This vlog is basically a warning to firms not to leave renewing their short term loans to the last minute. Those who do will find that many cannot get refinanced this year either at all, or on much worse conditions – even Firms who have been used to getting the same or better conditions year after year.

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