vrijdag 12 augustus 2011

Tasty Stranger

Me trying introducting the phenomenon 'Prakken' to the international cuisine


I:

You're now watching two strangers discuss your question!
Question to discuss:
Did you ever have the idea to mash potatoes and vegetables together with a whole lot of gravy?
Stranger 2: Sound tasty
Stranger 1: lolol
Stranger 1: sounds great
Stranger 2: I'd love to hav sum
Stranger 1: nom nom nom
Stranger 2: I think im gonna cook sum up rite now

II:

You're now watching two strangers discuss your question!
Question to discuss:
Did you ever have the idea to mash potatoes and vegetables together with a whole lot of gravy?
Stranger 1: No, but that's brilliant
Stranger 1: I think I'll go try it now!!!
Stranger 1 has disconnected

III:
You're now watching two strangers discuss your question!
Question to discuss:
Did you ever have the idea to mash potatoes and vegetables together with a whole lot of gravy?
Stranger 2: Yes.
Stranger 2: That's how you do it.

IV:
You're now watching two strangers discuss your question!
Question to discuss:
Did you ever have the idea to mash potatoes and vegetables together with a whole lot of gravy?
Stranger 2: EWW baby food
Stranger 1: ...
Stranger 1: in ireland .. thats lunch
Stranger 2: you're from ireland?
Stranger 1: Yeah xP
Stranger 2: AWESOME! :o we're neighbours :3
Stranger 1: Your from uk ?
Stranger 2: Yes unfortunatley ;p

V:
You're now watching two strangers discuss your question!
Question to discuss:
Did you ever have the idea to mash potatoes and vegetables together with a whole lot of gravy?
Stranger 1: yeah
Stranger 1: i get it at KFC all the time.
Stranger 2: ewwww
Stranger 1: say what you will, but those bowls are awesome
Stranger 1 has disconnected


donderdag 11 augustus 2011

School Stranger

An attempt to explain the Dutch educational system to a Texan



You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
You: Hey (:
Stranger: Hello :)
You: How are you?
Stranger: Good u?
You: I'm fine (: Where are you from?
Stranger: Texas. u?
You: The Netherlands :'D
Stranger: Cool :D
You: Haha, not really, the weather sucks here.
Stranger: Really?
You: It does xD
Stranger: hahahah wow
You: But hey, at least I don't have to go to school.
Stranger: Lucky!
You: Haha, to what kind of school do you go?
Stranger: I'm in High School.
Stranger: Almost graduating.
You: Cool (:
You: I'm in uuuh..
Stranger: yea :D
You: How do I explain this.
You: The Dutch educational system is really different from the American one.
Stranger: Oh Really?
You: Yes, want me to explain?
Stranger: Sure.
You: Well.. We start basic-school, as we call it, at the age of four, and we go to that school until we're about twelve.
You: After that, you go to the middle school, which is divided in three levels, according to your performance on the basic-school.
You: You have VMBO (Secondary Continued Vocational Education) which takes four years.
You: You have HAVO (Higher General Secondary Education)
You: Which takes five years.
You: And VWO (Secondary Scientific Education)
You: Which takes a whopping six years.
You: Do you still follow it this far?
Stranger: Yes.
You: After you finish VMBO, you can do to things, you can go to the MBO (Secondary Vocational Education) or you can take the last two years of HAVO.
You: Likewise, after you finish HAVO, you can go to the HBO (Higher Vocational Education) or you can take the last two years of VWO.
You: And if you finish VWO you can go to the university.
You: However, if you manage to complete MBO, you can enroll into an HBO.
You: And after you finish your Foundation Course at the HBO you can enter the University.
You: MBO, HBO and University are btw oriented towards specific professions or related groups of proffesions.
You: Still able to follow it?
Stranger: Yes.
You: Now we're going more in-depth. VMBO has several 'sectors' in which you enroll after your third year, the sectors are different nationwide, it can be Sports and Service, or Health and Welfare, based on the Sector you chose, you can, or can not, enroll into a specific MBO.
You: HAVO and VWO have four profiles nationwide, you choose the profile after your third year. These profiles are, Culture and Society, Economy and Society, Nature and Health and Nature and Technology.
You: Based on those profiles you can or can not enroll into a specific HBO or University.
You: Now to answer your initial question, I'm going to the final year of HAVO, with the Culture and Society profile.

zondag 7 augustus 2011

Norwegian Stranger

A conversation I had with a Norwegian girl;



You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
Question to discuss:
what time is it?
You: 2.12 AM
Stranger: 2.12 AM
You: Same timezone : D
You: Fuck yea.
Stranger: yay :D
You: Where are you from?
Stranger: the best one
Stranger: norway
Stranger: you?
You: The Netherlands.
You: How are you? (:
Stranger: cool
Stranger: Im great :)
Stranger: how about you?
You: I'm fine. I just saw this documentary about the shootout on Utoya. I hope that guy is going to rot in a cell the rest of his life.
Stranger: yeeeah
Stranger: too bad we the longest conviction we have in norway is 30 years
You: Maybe they can alter it for this one time. You know, that shoot out even influenced our Politics, because one of our 'politicians' was mentioned in Breiviks' manifesto.
You: And now our politicians are still throwing virtual mud at each other.
Stranger: wow
Stranger: yeah he made a pretty big mess!
You: I know.
Stranger: I was supposed to go to ut√łya actually, with my boyfriend
Stranger: but I had to work
Stranger: so luckily we both stayed home
You: Yeah.. You really are.. Did you know anyone who did go?
Stranger: I knew who very many was. but personally I just knew a few
Stranger: most of them made it.
You: That's good. My mom was crying when she heard the news, I just got home from a political camp.
Stranger: wow
Stranger: it makes you think how easily such things can happen
You: It was one person.
You: Who fucked up a lot of shit.
Stranger: he did
You: But did he make you stronger? If you know what I mean.
Stranger: well its been all over the news that the rest of the people in norway are so supportive and loving agains eachother all of a sudden
Stranger: so it pulled us closer as a people and a more friendly attidude agains foreigners have appeared
You: That's good to hear.
You: It has really fucked our politics up. Right-wing politicians keep blaming Left-Wing politicians, and vice-versa.
Stranger: ugh :/ thats not good
Stranger: thats what that guy wanted, make mess and dissagreements
You: I know. Glad to see he has failed to do that in Norway.
Stranger: totally failed :p
Stranger: he dont get that when you use violence, you lose support at once. if you want to change something, use words, not violence
You: True (:
Stranger: :))
Stranger: well well
Stranger: im going to bed :)
You: Sleep tight (:
Stranger: nince talking to you. and the spy person
Stranger: you too :)
Stranger: ciao
Your conversational partner has disconnected.