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|Google Now has started letting me know if websites I visit often have posted new content, |
|"Seasoned entrepreneurs ... with deep experience in AI and machine learning"|
|"Patent Pending" technology by seasoned technologists...|
It even comes with a splash screen :)
|"Unfortunately Smile has stopped..."|
|Fish range from 3 lari to 25 lari a kilo|
|Grilled/fried next door for 3 lari a kilo (beer was also 3 lari a pint).|
|My new "office" an excellent place to enter data...|
|Georgian red beans (3 lari) were delicious, with fresh onion and cilantro :)|
|DSL in Batumi can be very very slow, in this case 500kb down and 100kb up. |
At that rate it would take 2 hours to deploy...
After talking with members of the TLG volunteers (Teach Learn Georgia) when they come down from the mountains for the weekend, it looks like older volunteers (August 2013) could share what they have learned in the field with newer volunteers (March 2014) using our open source code base called "Learn X" which makes it possible to create an Android App that one or many users can use to create their own language learning lessons together using their Androids to take video, picture or record audio, backed by the LingSync infrastructure for offline sync. Like heritage learners, TLG volunteers spend their time surrounded with the language and can understand more than they can speak, and what they speak about is highly dependant on their families and what their family speaks about most.
|Create your own language learning lessons with friends or other users using your Android to take videos, pictures or record audio.|
A lot of things can happen when you're in Georgia. Phrases like how to politely refuse refugee kids and other social phenomena that differ depending on your speaker population and village/town where you are staying can be a very important part of the language in use. In fact, there are many other contexts which won't be acknowledged or printed in any online grammar or second language materials, contexts which users can elect to hide from other users, or share with certain users depending on their comfort level.
|Phrases like how to politely refuse refugee kids, and other social phenomena which would differ depending on your speaker population and village/town where you are staying can be a very important part of the language in use, contexts which won't be acknowledged or printed in any official sort of materials...|
|View the Marshutka's path on map|
|Another attempt to do the mountains and sea justice.|
|The Batumi Velo and bike path.|
|The Batumi Library|
|Doesn't seem to have books, but rather nice tables, and a heat. Perfect conditions for quite work ;)|
|The mountains seen from the bike path are amazing.|
|We went for dinner and homemade wine at Keti's restaurant.|
|I found some ruins behind an active chapel on a hill (it was Sunday).|
|I also found out that the beach originally had black sand which probably had river stones added to prevent erosion.|
|I found that the Batumi Velo stands further along the coast were off, so I wasn't able to park here where I wanted to try the concrete sculpted seating areas.|
|I went for a bike ride along the coast for about an hour. View Map|
|I had khadjapuri and pear soda "limonade" in a cafe by the port.|
... drivers in Tbilisi are widely acknowledged to be crazy--Georgian machismo combined with lax traffic enforcement leads to dangerous speeding, aggressive tailing, games of Chicken, and lots of accidents. In six months in Georgia, I've personally witnessed two rear-end collisions, had the city bus I was riding in scrape the side of a taxi, and driven or walked past three multi-vehicle high-speed accidents. Not the biggest sample size, of course, but I'm pretty sure the statistics support me on this one.
Despite this, I actually feel pretty safe riding my bike around Tbilisi, for a few reasons.
The first reason is simply experience: I've ridden thousands of total miles on dense, high-traffic streets in Chicago, and while Chicago is a very bike-friendly city by American standards, it has its fair share of crazy drivers. Knowing how traffic flows, and how to position yourself in the road is a key part of safe city cycling ...Pursued by a Bear: Bicycle commuting in Georgia