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Every year Concordia Language Villages celebrates International Day; the highlight of the day is everyone dancing to the I-Day song. This year the song was “Mauja Hi Mauja” from “Jab We Met.”

Two of my favorite things, together! Life just can’t get any better. (Well, I guess it would be better if I was still able to work there every summer, but alas, I cannot.)

Sorry for the poor quality, but it has subtitles–and a tiny spoiler at the end, but it really shouldn’t be a surprise:

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MLA MIA 2008

I will be at the MLA conference today, and I’m not sure if the hotel has free wifi available for attendees–I refuse to pay $9.99 for a day pass–so here’s some filler for NaBloPoMo purposes. I’ll write something real on Thursday. Maybe there will even be pictures!

floating lush’s Dewey Decimal Section:

404 Special topics

floating lush = 625109472198 = 625+109+472+198 = 1404

Class:
400 Language

Contains:
Linguistics and language books.

What it says about you:
You value communication, even with people who are different from you. You like trying new things don’t mind being exposed to unfamiliar territory. You get bored with routines that never change.

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Yeah, that pretty much hits the nail on the head as far as describing me. If I could be anything other than a librarian, I’d want to be a translator/interpreter. But in order for that to pay the bills, I’d need to know more than just English, French, and German. I ought to learn Spanish for my job (but my job won’t pay for it), and I’d love to learn something exotic like Arabic or Hindi. I loved working at Concordia Language Villages, and if I ever have kids, they will attend programs there. Yes, I am a language nerd, why do you ask?


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Sadly, the form maxes out at 11 characters. “Floating Lush” has 12.

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Ha ha ha!!

Found while trolling through the 23 Things site. I need to share this with my friends from Waldsee.

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Clarification

So in the previous post I linked to the “Numa Numa” kid, with a cryptic reference to Waldsee. Here’s the explanation:

Every year at Concordia Language Villages, they pick a song to play at International Day, and create a dance to go along with it. We all learn the dance over the course of a few days, and then all of the Villagers and staff perform it on I-Day.

In 2004, the song chosen was “Dragostea Din Tei” by O-Zone. (See the original version here.) Later that year, the video of the kid lip-syncing ran through the Internet like wildfire. It was ten times as funny to us who had learned a dance to that song. Sadly, I was unable to find the entire routine on YouTube, but here’s a short snippet.

Previous dances include:

2006: “Bye Bye” by Elli Kokkinou and Giorgos Tsalikis. Original version here.

2005: “Tunak Tunak Tun” by Daler Mehndi. See the original version here. It’s referenced in Wikipedia and everything!

If I had more time (and could remember more of the song titles) I would post many, many more examples. I think this is enough for you to get the idea, though.

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Oh dear…

I was in the kitchen, eating dinner, and Mr. Lush was downstairs watching TV; Countdown with Keith Olberman, I think. I heard the sting for this and came running downstairs shouting “Dramatic prairie dog! Dramatic prairie dog!”

Mr. Lush just looked at me, and asked how on earth I knew what had just been on live TV. So I had to go to YouTube, and show him the clip. And since he was totally clueless, I also had to show him the cat, the panda, and other favorites. (Waldsee shout out!)

NONE of which he knew anything about. So I pointed him to The Internet Meme Timeline, with intimations that there will be a quiz later.

“Do you spend all day at work playing on YouTube???”

“Not *all* day…”

Swearing up and down that I had seen Anderson Cooper reference both the prairie dog AND the cat yesterday on 360 did nothing to impress him.

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On a related note: Also hilariously funny.

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Waldsee and Ducky

Look what I made!!

Thanks DOA, for pointing out this nifty tool! (I hope you eventually got your video to load.) I wish I could use my own music, rather than the very few tracks they have loaded–I had the *perfect* song picked that was a favorite at camp. Oh well. Maybe I can figure out how to do that later…

(For more information on the duck seen in these pictures, go here.)

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