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The Remedy

Following up on last week's Graduate Council meeting:

  • Graduate student stipends: What is a reasonable amount to live on in the USA these days? I'm curious, as NSF has hiked annual stpiends for Graduate Fellows from below $15K a year to nearly twice that in just the last 4 years.

  • Applications fees: How do you all feel about these? Some Chinese students report that even $25 is prohibitive, but I remember shelling out $35-60 apiece for 7 universities (Berkeley, Brown, CMU, Illinois, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Stanford) that I applied to in 1993.






In other news: The Chinese hobbit eating is unstoppable!

My mom's sister and brother-in-law are visiting from Rochester, NY.
This is while my dad's mother is here, so there are six people in my house ATM.

So much food! It's crazy.

Oil strips (yiu2 tiao2), baked dough (shao1 bing3), soy milk (dou4 jiang1), red date cake, egg custard (dan4 ta3)...
And that's after two dinners including three courses of pork dumplings, tofu in soy sauce and cilantro, chili-fried vinegar-cured cabbage, egg custard, and fruit!

Yesterday I took them out to the Konza Prairie, though the uncanny speed of eating continued apace, as it has through today. After the incredible two-dessert lunches at Ristorante Marco Polo (tiramisu and an amaretto coupe, which they made me finish) and Royal Thai Cuisine (warm, sweet sticky rice with mango and ice cream, laso with sticky rice), I can't believe I've only gained 3 pounds. :-)

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Banazîr

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masteralida
Mar. 11th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC)
I can't believe I've only gained 3 pounds. :-)

And we still like you........ amazing ;)
banazir
Mar. 11th, 2004 10:34 am (UTC)
You might not like me any more after this
And we still like you........ amazing ;)
As of noon, I'm at 166, back to +1 since before their visit on Saturday.

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Banazir
masteralida
Mar. 11th, 2004 10:37 am (UTC)
Re: You might not like me any more after this
I may have to rethink my opinion of you!!!
banazir
Mar. 11th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
Aww!
I may have to rethink my opinion of you!!!
*qyoot, pleading face*

No, really!


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Banazir
f00dave
Mar. 11th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC)
Gotta ask: what's with the subscripts after Chinese words in your posts?
sui_degeneris
Mar. 11th, 2004 10:57 am (UTC)
They indicate pitch
The phrase "Well, well, well - what have we here?!" is a mnemonic for remembering pitch in Chinese.

Written with the pitch numbers, it looks like this:
well[1] well[2] well[3] - what have[2] we here[4]?!

[1] is flat
[2] is rising
[3] is falling
[4] is long and high

(And if that were a Chinese sentence, those first three words (well[1], well[2], and well[3]) would be considered three completely different words, with different meanings.)

I tried to record the phrase to see whether I could do the pitches properly, but, alas, the way the phrase sounds most natural to me manages to go flat on [2] and [4].

Which means that if I ever try to learn Chinese, I'm probably going to end up getting a lot of strange looks.
f00dave
Mar. 11th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
Re: They indicate pitch
The well, well, well bit is pretty much useless (I'm Canadian), so I'm going with the description of the numbers you offered. Thanks! =)
banazir
Mar. 11th, 2004 03:38 pm (UTC)
Re: They indicate pitch
The well, well, well bit is pretty much useless (I'm Canadian)
LOL!
hfx_ben, wondergurl_77, prolog: is this true? :-D

so I'm going with the description of the numbers you offered. Thanks! =)
Try the links I gave mostlyacat; they have audio files.

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Banazir
(Anonymous)
Mar. 12th, 2004 10:02 pm (UTC)
Re: They indicate pitch
Hi,

This is Crypthanatopsis' friend, Lyn. I wanted to talk about the tone numbering, which was almost correctly explained.

1 - high and level (ma1 = mother)
2 - rising (ma2 = illness/numbness?)
3 - falling then rising (ma3 = horse)
4 - falling abruptly (ma4 = scold)

My mom says there is a fifth tone, but I think it applies to words like "le" and "ne" (matters of syntax). Also, ask your parents. Hope this helped, but any disagreement can be posted to Crypthanatopsis' blog! =P
banazir
Mar. 14th, 2004 10:57 am (UTC)
Re: They indicate pitch
Hi,
This is Crypthanatopsis' friend, Lyn. I wanted to talk about the tone numbering, which was almost correctly explained.

Hi, Lyn!
Nice to meet you.

Your explanation looks right.
I only speak Chinese; I can't explain it well. :-)

1 - high and level (ma1 = mother)
2 - rising (ma2 = illness/numbness?)
3 - falling then rising (ma3 = horse)
4 - falling abruptly (ma4 = scold)

Yep.
ma2 can be ma2 as in numb, jiao3 ma2 (foot fell asleep).
It can also be ma2 as in hemp, da4 ma2 yen1 (marijuana smoke).

My mom says there is a fifth tone, but I think it applies to words like "le" and "ne" (matters of syntax).
Yes.
That would be the 0 tone, IIRC.
Sounds like 4 but is syntactically differentiated.

Also, ask your parents.
Well, when one's parents speak Chinese as ours do, yes.
I usually do ask.
Were you born here, stateside, if I may ask?

Hope this helped, but any disagreement can be posted to crypthanatopsis' blog! =P
lol!
Hasn't Nathan tried to get you to get your own?

BTW, sorry it took so long to unscreen and reply to your post - I've been a bit swamped the last couple of weeks with visiting relatives, unruly computes, and paper deadlines. I saw this a few days back but only now has my notebook stabilized enough for me to reply to things.

Thanks again,
Banazir
banazir
Mar. 11th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
Chinese tonal inflections
As sui_degeneris said, they indicate tonal inflection.

I've collected all of my (one) posts on Chinese prounciation
here.

That Harvard proununciation guide is very good. And it's not at all Harvard-like in relative "regional accent", as far as Mandarin Chinese goes. ;-)

Hope this helps,
Banazir
f00dave
Mar. 11th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Chinese tonal inflections
Yep, it helps. Thanks! Now I can watch Firefly and *still* be mystified!!! =D
banazir
Mar. 11th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC)
Firefly!!! (was Re: Chinese tonal inflections)
Yep, it helps. Thanks!
mei2 shi4

</i>Now I can watch Firefly and *still* be mystified!!! =D</i>
Have they started showing that in Canadia?

All hail the glory of Joss!</b>

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Banazir
(oh, and deeath to 20th Century F--)
f00dave
Mar. 11th, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Firefly!!! (was Re: Chinese tonal inflections)
A cool friend of ours Amazoned us the DVDs! We don't have a TV or cable or nuffin', just the DVD player in my PC and whatever media we scavenge (*ahem*, torrent)....
banazir
Mar. 11th, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Firefly!!! (was Re: Chinese tonal inflections)
A cool friend of ours Amazoned us the DVDs!
Meep!
zhe4 me4 hao3 de4 peng2 yiu3!
(such good friends!)

We don't have a TV or cable or nuffin', just the DVD player in my PC and whatever media we scavenge (*ahem*, torrent)....
W00t!
You and shanmonster are indead frotunate.

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Banazir
sui_degeneris
Mar. 11th, 2004 11:22 am (UTC)
What are the students supposed to use the stipend for?
Do they need to pay rent? If they do, what's the rent in that area?

Or is housing taken care of? Is the stipend meant for stuff like books and food?

What does their health insurance coverage look like? And does it include dentist visits and eye doctors?

Is the stipend considered taxable income? Or is it effectively a loan?

Students are supposed to be impoverished. It's part of the natural order of things. ;-)

Seriously, though, a lot depends on housing and health care. If those are taken care of, then 15K would be doable with a bit of budgetting, and 30K would be relatively generous. Actually, a 30K stipend might allow for a more comfortable standard of living than what they'll be have after they move on.
miajesbar
Mar. 14th, 2004 01:21 am (UTC)
Ooh, Rochester? I grew up just a couple hours from Rochester!

Oh, how I miss that home. :( Was suddenly just hit with another pang to go and visit. Will most definitely go back East and visit someday, would love to possibly settle down and live there. :)
banazir
Mar. 14th, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
Rochester, NY
Ooh, Rochester?
I grew up just a couple hours from Rochester!

Whereaboats?
I've been there only once.

Oh, how I miss that home. :( Was suddenly just hit with another pang to go and visit. Will most definitely go back East and visit someday, would love to possibly settle down and live there. :)
Cllo - if you do, remind me look up my aunt for you. My cousins have moved away (one to OH with her husband and now China), but my aunt and uncle will surely have some restaurant recommendations for Rochester and for Toronto.

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Banazir
miajesbar
Mar. 14th, 2004 11:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Rochester, NY
Grew up in a small town called Dryden, near Ithaca and Cortland, just right south of the Finger Lakes. Love that area. It's a couple hours' drive from Rochester.

And cool on the restaurant recommendations! Been a long time since I've been there. :)
banazir
Mar. 20th, 2004 09:24 am (UTC)
Re: Rochester, NY
Grew up in a small town called Dryden, near Ithaca and Cortland, just right south of the Finger Lakes. Love that area. It's a couple hours' drive from Rochester.
Ah, cool.
One of my younger cousins (Emily) went to U. Rochester, and her younger brother (Jonathan) recently graduated from Cornell.

And cool on the restaurant recommendations!
Been a long time since I've been there. :)

Will forward.
Same here - 1986 or 1987 was the last time I was there, IIRC.
It was after Splash was out on video (1985), and before I started college (1989). I remember taking Jon a hand-me-down set of my World Book encyclopedias, which I couldn't have done before 1986 because that's when we got Britannica.

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Banazir
miajesbar
Mar. 20th, 2004 11:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Rochester, NY
One of my younger cousins (Emily) went to U. Rochester, and her younger brother (Jonathan) recently graduated from Cornell.

Ooh cool! My dad used to work at Cornell.
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