Some communications of 2007

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From: "Owens, Travis" [meta]

Just wanted you to know that about 4yrs ago I also had a scan of that Mother Tongues graph of computer languages
and I totally reworked it to get a high quality version.
Just lately I starting doing some final clean-up and even plan on updating it to 2007 soon.

The webpage where you posted the original scan is at:


I've attached my current version, feel free to replace it with the older scan you have,
since it's not my original work, I just re-created it, I'm not claiming any ownership.

Very nice! You're version is much cleaner and I just updated my page.

Whenever you finish updating it, I'd like to see that too!

-George Hernandez


From: thomas mcconville [meta]

Hi George, my name is Thomas McConville with a free tourist magazine here in Long Beach Ca.,
on one of the pages of our magazine we like to have interesting facts about long beach,
we found out that the begging scene for Gilligans Island was filmed right here in long beach,
in doing google searches for Gilligans Island photos we came across a gilligans island photo
on your website, we would like to use this photo in our magazine, do you have copyright
on that photo or do we need to speak to someone else.
Sincerely  -Thomas McConville

Back when Bob Denver died (http://www.georgehernandez.com/h/aaBlog/post.asp?ts=2005-09-14t16:39:46Z),
I searched the web for the best Gilligan's Island that I could find. You can find many instances of
that exact photo all over the web but rendered in different ways. I think it was a photo distributed
by the show and some fans have had it signed by cast members and such. I should have been more
rigorous and noted where I got that photo from.

I never thought that my website would rank #1 on a Google image search for "Gilligan's Island"
(http://images.google.com/images?q=Gilligan's+Island)! However if you web search further, you will
probably run across the fan sites, and there's probably a fan who has the photo in good condition
and they would probably be proud to give you a high quality scan of the photo.

-George Hernandez


From: Emily Piraino [meta]

Dear George
     From reading your blog I see that you live in Chicago. Next week me
and a few of my friends are taking a trip there for the weekend. We're from
Northern Ontario so I expect it's going to be really different for us! I
wanted to know if there's anything you think we absolutely need to see, and
if there are any places we should steer clear from. I don't know what to
expect so I'm a little nervous, although I've heard how wonderful Chicago
is. Is the Amtrak station in a bad neighbourhood? We are going to need to
walk through there pretty late as that's when our train arrives.
       Anyway, I really enjoy your blog, there are a lot of great links!

           Thanks! -Emily

Thanks for writing!

The Amtrak station is in the "West Loop" that's just west of the river and
"The Loop" (the heart of downtown Chicago). The West Loop is pretty safe
but anything can happen late at night.

There's a lot to see and do in Chicago. A lot of it depends on how you're
getting around town (Rental car? Public transportation?), where you're
staying, what interests you, how long you're staying, etc.

Public transportation in Chicago is pretty good (http://www.transitchicago.com/).
In some ways it's better than a car because you don't have to worry about
parking (hard to find and expensive) plus you can look out the window and
not worry about the driving. I recommend the visitor's passes which gives
you unlimited rides for 1, 2, 3, or 5 days.

As far as must sees in Chicago, I recommend:

    *The Bean in Millennium Park: Getting there will take you through downtown and the
     Park itself is cool.
    *The Sears Tower: The tallest building in the US.
    *Boys Town: Tons of cool shops and restaurants. Don't blame me if you get a tattoo!
    *Lincoln Park Zoo: Free. Fabulous views of the skyline.
    *North Avenue Beach: Probably the hippest beach in Chicago. The cool (and rich) Lincoln
     Park neighborhood is just west of it. The other is Oak Street Beach but that's harder
     to get to.

I just made a "Visiting Chicago" Google Map where I marked some of that stuff.

Have fun! Enjoy the cultural diversity of Chicago! Send me some pictures if you can!

-George Hernandez


FROM: anna fontanar [meta]

Who are you? What planet are you from? Why are you translating Tagalog to English inaccurately when you don't even seem like you are an authority on the language. You are bastardizing my native tongue and I am very offended.

In your website, for example:

Anó ang pangalan ninyó?
    What is your child's name?

This is wrong. "Ano ang pangalan ninyo?" is translated as "What is your name?" The word "your" uses the plural form as a form of respect, even if one is speaking to only one person.

"What is your child's name?" when back-translated, this is "Ano ang pangalan ng anak mo?" or "Ano ang pangalan ng anak ninyo?"

    magical charms

"Anting-anting" is "amulet," refers to something with magical powers (it may be good or evil) -- not magical charms.

ay boo ay ya ka
    A bit of swearing involving a crocodile.

This spelling is grossly wrong. It should be spelled "buwaya ka!" Whether you mean for it to be a swearing phrase or not, it translates to "you are a crocodile!" -- not "involving a crocodile"

Please stop doing this translating inaccurately. At the very least, please remove those three phrases from your glossary. Or remove the entire glossary, for that matter.


TO: Anna

You are right: I am not an authority on the language at all. I am sorry that I have offended you, but consider my pages on the language as clumsy words from a four year old.

My name is George Hernandez. I was born in Manila, but my parents were from the Sorsogon province of the Bikol region at the southern part of the island of Luzon. My parents came to the US in the 1970s. Unfortunately my parents let their children forget how to speak Tagalog or Bikol in order to help us assimilate. I have suffered a loss of much of the cultural heritage that should have been mine through blood.

When I visited the Philippines in 2004 (my first time in over 30 years), I had an incredible powerful experience on many levels. I am very glad I went, especially since my father died shortly afterwards. However, I was also saddened to find out that because of the language barrier, I felt like a foreigner --in the country of my own birth!

The page you reached, are just a few personal notes on the language for which I have a "feel" for, but no education in beyond that of a four year old. I have had additional problems because the Bikol dialect has significant differences from "Filipino" or Tagalog. My years of education in Spanish have also confused me when I see "bastardized" Spanish in Filipino. Also part of my adult education in the language comes via choppy emails and IMs. I hope you can forgive me for my clumsy attempts, but as an adult in the US, I have great difficulties and few opportunities to learn any proper variation of the Filipino languages. I will continue to take whatever meager notes I can in my explorations.

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to only explore the Filipino languages further. You obviously must have a love of the language. Also, thanks to your email, I will add a disclaimer to the page so that visitor will not be confused by the purpose of the page.

Once again, I apologize if I have offended  you.


George Hernandez

TO: George

Yes, I have such high respect and love for the Tagalog language. That much was obvious when I reacted to your website's content.

Apologies accepted because I think you are not a bad person; but I am still sore for those portions in your website that allude to the Tagalog language. And, I think that somewhere in there, you are even offering to do translation jobs in the English<>Tagalog language pair!? How would you manage that, when you now admit you are no authority in Tagalog?

I would appreciate it if you would remove them altogether. Your website is interesting enough without your allusions to those.

TO: Anna

I do not offer any translation services and I never said or insinuated that I was an authority on the language. If anything, I have had these words on the first page of my section on the Philippines long before you ever contacted me by email: "Unfortunately I don't speak Tagalog or any other Filipino language. I know a few words but not much more. I can read Filipino text out loud and it sounds like proper Filipino but I don't know what I'm saying. I can do the same with Spanish too but I probably recognize more words in Spanish. Sorsogon uses the Bicol dialect but since it is next door to the Visayas, the Sorsogon version of the Bicol dialect is influenced by the Visayas dialect."

However, I do have several links to online dictionaries, which I use on occasion.

-George Hernandez


FROM: Nicholas Kochmann [meta]
SUBJECT: Question about your free Invoice spreadsheet

Hi George,
I'm just getting started on spreadsheets and I like your quick and dirty invoice example.

Just one question.

How does the value get in Column A (Item Row)??

I know what it represents. If you select the 3rd item from the Item column, a "3" goes in that first column. The thing is, when I look in the formula bar for column 1, there's no formula there. I don't get it? Please tell me.

Thanks a lot,


Sure! You're talking about my DropDownInvoice.xls file that's on my page about Financial Equations.

The items in the C column are actually form controls. Right-click on one and you will see that it has a cell link to the A column.

See "How to use the forms controls on a worksheet in Excel" [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291073] for some details on how to put a combo box or drop-down box in Excel.

-George Hernandez

Thanks for taking the time to reply. It had me baffled (I'm new to this) .. and I think it's very cool how it works. Thanks so much again! Nick


FROM: Shoberg, Linda [meta]

Dear Mr. Hernandez:

  You have the BEST IM EMOTICONS on the WHOLE Interweb.  I am having  a lot of trouble getting to the page.  I hope you can fix this.  I don't know what I would do without your emoticons!  I want you to know how much I appreciate them.  THEY ARE THE BEST!


Why thank you very much! I have updated my site so the page you're looking for now has this address:


If that doesn't work for you, then please tell me.

Thanks again for the pat on the back!

-George Hernandez


FROM: Kevin Rosecrans [meta]

Mr. Hernandez

I have just learned about wax wood and its great strength. When I did a search your site came up.

If you could, please send me the botanical name and genus I would like to investigate this wood to use in my cane making.

I do get request from time to time for martial arts staffs and I have been using Osage Orange. While this is a very strong Wood it does not have the look many martial arts students are looking for. While Oak is requested I can't guarantee its strength as that is determined by the way it is dried and handled and cut. The osage orange is very unbreakable and strong in its branch form but has many small nubs from thorns and limb out growth. The wax wood might be strong enough to serve as both staffs and shanks for my canes. I am always looking to improve my products strength and beauty.

Thank you for your time.

Regards Kevin Rosecrans


Kevin Rosecrans:

White Wax is of genus Ligustrum and there are several species. All the information that I've written down about White Wax is on my page on Wood at http://www.georgehernandez.com/h/xMartialArts/Gear/Wood.asp.

Like Rattan, White Wax is very light and strong but I think it is even more flexible. However for staffs I assume that people are asking for either the Japanese White Oak, Shiro Kashi, or settling for oaks more available in North America like red or white oak. Osage Orange is a strong choice but the obvious choices for staves should be Ash (probably the best overall) or Hickory (for the great strength).

-George Hernandez

Mr. Hernandez,

Thank you very much for taking the time to send me this information. The Osage Orange is a stronger wood than oak and hickory. We used it for pry bars when we were logging red cedar. The problem with making staffs with it is finding a tree that is clear of branches for a long enough piece of wood. Of the 7 I have made none have ever been broken. Since I live in Oklahoma I have not used ash for anything as it not a verity that grows here wild. I will how ever look into getting a piece and test drive it so to speak. The martial arts folks I made the staffs for just wanted something that would not break under 'heavy abuse' so I used up my stock of long Osage orange. I try to have some cured for the bow makers in the area. Once again Thank you for your time on this.

Regards, Kevin Rosecrans

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