Rysia Wand

Language coordinator, Open Translation Project
Vancouver B.c., Canada

About Rysia

Bio

Passionate about languages and translation. Fan of irrationality and brain plasticity. Ex-musician, ex-Quality Assurance, ex-ESL teacher, eternal student. Vested interest in ERP automation.

TED Conference

TEDActive 2015

An idea worth spreading

Opowiedz o TEDzie innym!
www.ted.com
Dołącz do studentów Coursery
www.coursera.org

I'm passionate about

Coursera; removing "Discovery math" from school curriculum; mandatory vaccinations

Talk to me about

translating, language acquisition, predictable irrationality and gondolas.

People don't know I'm good at

sight-reading music

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Posted over 1 year ago
James Flynn: Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents'
What serendipity! Right after seeing this talk I arrived at page 650 of The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker, where he talks about... James Flynn, Flynn effect, Luria's interviews and even Flynn's father's hatred of the British! If you want to explore this talk's topic I recommend this chapter wholeheartedly, not to mention the rest of the book.
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Rysia Wand
Posted almost 3 years ago
Rives: Reinventing the encyclopedia game
Chimborazo! I loved doing that too, even though our Encyclopedia was missing two first volumes, so my knowledge of anything on A and B is sketchy :-) It was the Wielka Encyklopedia Powszechna PWN. Kto pamięta Dep-Franc, Frang-Im, In-Kons, Kont-Mam, Man-Nomi, Nomo-Polsc, Polska-Robe, Robi-Step, Ster-Uż, USA-Ż? :-))
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Rysia Wand
Posted over 3 years ago
Mark Pagel: How language transformed humanity
Language can unite and language can divide. It would be great if all the people were united rather than divided but I don't think it's in our nature. On the contrary - we love our "shibboleths" to help us pigeon-hole others the moment they open their mouths. This happens within any given language, what with all the accents, dialects and slang, professional and otherwise. Even though I like Mr. Pagel's idea, I'm happy it's not the case just yet, so I can enjoy being a translator. : -)
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Rysia Wand
Posted over 3 years ago
Eric Whitacre: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong
I'm doing choir 3! Took me a week to practice and overcome the technical traps (and get the family out of the house), but finally sent my first recording today! I'm trying to recruit all my friends all over the world. I'm so excited! I'm a part of something big right here, in my kitchen...
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Posted over 3 years ago
Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self
Thank you Ed, Vince and Stuart for your replies. Choosing right parents should be obligatory for all children! ; -) How I'd love to have been taught all those good habits! Louise also makes a very good point about the paralysis by analysis, which hits home for me. On the other hand - perhaps all these divagations are a cover for plain and simple laziness ; -) I would have had a nice little session of ab exercise by the time I finish writing this... ; -)
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Rysia Wand
Posted over 3 years ago
Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self
Thanks for offering this insight. I also felt a bit unfulfilled after this talk but couldn't put my finger on the reason. What I'd like to know is WHY is self-discipline so difficult and downright painful. What is it that causes me to feel nauseous and feel like crying every time I consider regular exercise? Why does it have to be so damn difficult?
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Posted almost 5 years ago
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers
I would like to see an interview with the parents of those kids. What is the process of their brainwashing? How can anybody convince a mother that she did the right thing by sending her child to commit suicide? It's the society's support that makes those inhuman and insane schemes possible. Are they also going to say one day "we didn't know"?