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A Hemiannual Retrospective.

This week marks the six-month anniversary of being told I had the job, by the way. Just like that - dropped into the middle of a long conversation about travel. "Oh, you've got the job, by the way". I believe I may at that point have been stunned and said something along the lines of "Oh. Good." as opposed to the sensible thing to say, which would have been "thank you" or somesuch.

Yessir, I am smoooooth. It's been an interesting six months. I've learned a lot! For instance, my leetspeek has improved immeasurably, as has my lolspeak. im in ur sloopz, grafeeteeing ur OBBz. I've also learned how to insult someone in Dutch, which will come in handy should anyone from the Netherlands ever annoy me. So far it hasn't happened, but there must be at least one annoying Dutch person, and when I meet them, I will be ready. I've also learned how to find out what insults mean in languages I don't speak (which, the world being as wide and varied as it is, are a lot of languages). This is thanks to the myriad complaints sent in which read along the lines of "he said THIS, which means [big fat meaniehead] in [obscure language]". Obviously, we'll want to check these before taking action, since it might actually mean something along the lines of "I admire your shiny magenta hat, and would like to know where you acquired such a dashing sartorial item!" Which is not really something I'd want to suspend someone for.

Along those lines, I derive great pleasure from receiving a chatlog attached to a complaint in which someone who has just said something particularly foul in a language that isn't English also says "it's okay, I won't get banned, OMs don't speak [language], neener neener." This is funny because one of the advantages of having coworkers located all over the world is that odds are pretty good that someone is going to speak a language that isn't English. I do, for one. (No, I'm not going to mention which languages I know. Just don't cuss people out in any language, and we'll remain friends. :-D )

In a non-cursing line, I've also had conversations with pirates from all over, who also speak languages from all over, as you'd expect. It's fascinating. I like words quite a lot, and learning new ones is always fun - so if you speak a language that isn't English, I'd love it if you dropped me a line in comments here and let me know how to say "Hello!" and "Thank you!" in it. I always figure those are the two most important things, since most everything else can be accomplished roughly through mime. I suppose those can, as well, but I do like to be polite. *bows gratefully*

I've also learned about people. I have had previous employment in which I interacted with people, sometimes via text, but never entirely via text, and I have to say I quite like it. I find people overall are very good about making themselves clear - rare is the petition where I need to scratch my head and squint to work out what someone is saying! That may just be a result of the overall intelligence and awesomeness of Pirates Who Puzzle, though. Not that I'm biased or anything. You guys are seriously cool, though. I remember one pirate who petitioned and sent me tells to let me know that someone else had set all of her stall prices incorrectly and was essentially giving things away for free - he'd tied up the queue as much as possible and was going to give her back everything he could, but he was worried. He'd never met this pirate. He could have just taken advantage of the good deals and made a killing, but instead he looked after her. I really think that 99% of you would do the same thing.

I guess that's why I'm proud to do what I do. Yes, there's the awesome office. Yes, my colleagues are brilliant. Yes, the game itself is responsible for huge quantities of my fun. But mostly it's because through the game, I have ammunition whenever I meet a cynic who is convinced the world is going downhill fast. I can say "actually, I work for this online game, and the people who play it care about each other and look out for each other. They're smart, funny, and they make piratey objects out of tinfoil and clay at the drop of a hat. My colleagues are the type of people who believe that inciting people to make piratey objects out of tinfoil and clay is a valid job choice. Things are okay. Check out this website."

It's been a good six months. Thanks, mates.

Comments:

Posted by Dracon

yar German!
hello-hallo or bitte(bet-teh)
goodbye!-Auf Wiedersehen! (awf- wee-dur-shen)
goodbye with a kiss-der Abschiedskuß(dur ab-sheyed-skob)
I wish you a happy new year-
Ich wünsche Ihnen einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr(ick wunch-in-en eye-nen gootun rut-sch ins nee-yeh yar) sometimes its ich wunsche einen salies neis johr (sally's)

September 16, 2008 at 08:16 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Cecidrake

Hi Gaea! I've always imagined how funny it would look for someone to read my YPP conversations with other spanish speaking pirates. The result is a very funny piratesque spanglish mixed with all of the YPP jargon. Its also funny to watch when an english speaking pirate walks in and tries to figure out what we are on about with bits and pieces of the conversation :P

Anyways i'm not gonna teach you hello in spanish because that is pretty easy... But instead of the usual adios for goodbye, here in Argentina we usually say chau!

September 16, 2008 at 09:06 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Kinocha

Norwegian :)

Hello - Hallo (with a long a)
Thank you - Tusen takk (with a long u)
God bye - Hade (once again, with a long a)

September 17, 2008 at 04:07 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Rom

French:
Hello --> Bonjour
Thank you --> Merci
Goodbye --> Au revoir

Chinese:
Hello --> Ni hao
Thank you --> Xiexie
Goodbye --> Zaijian

September 17, 2008 at 08:35 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by deedeeiam

Hillbilly!

Bard: Past tense of the infinitive "to borrow."
Tire: A tall monument.
Farn: Not local.
Saar: The opposite of sweet.
Whup: To beat or to strike.

I talk it good, I talk it proud! ;)

what is *up* with this math thing? <.<

September 17, 2008 at 08:35 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Kinocha

Anyone know whats up with the forums/servers?

September 17, 2008 at 01:55 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Capberry

Hehehe

Malay language:
Hello = Hello (Yea, the same)
Apa Khabar = How are you?

Terima Kasih = Thank you.

There you go!

September 17, 2008 at 04:18 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by 1mari1

hey! im also from argentina! what a coincidence, lol.
here are some important words:

-good morning= buenos dias
-good afternoon= buenas tardes
-good night=buenas noches
-thank you=gracias
-see you=nos vemos
-what time is it?= que hora es?
well,this is all for now,chau
maari from the viridian ocean

September 17, 2008 at 04:22 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Dirtyfoot

In reply to Kinocha, they all seem to have crashed. >.< The one time I did manage to get on, after much trying, they were announcing a reboot to fix the lag issues. That was oh, over 3 hours ago...

Norwegian phrases remind me of a great summer. XD

Et félicitations, Gaea, pour six mois accomplis au service des pirates du monde entier. J'espère que tu resteras longtemps encore.

September 17, 2008 at 06:06 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Skw, Malachite

Did you work for Chacha!??! =O

September 17, 2008 at 06:13 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by monkeybuns

Is it just me, or is it impossible to log onto Puzzle Pirates? I haven't been able to fix my bilging addiction for 2 nights now :) Holy cow!! :)

September 17, 2008 at 06:59 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Shannal, Midnight Ocean

I can't believe nobody has gone with this one yet but...PIG LATIN!

Hello: Ellohay
Thank You: ankthay ouyay
Goodbye: oodbyegay
Bathroom: athroombay

:D

September 17, 2008 at 10:04 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Castawayjpe

"My colleagues are the type of people who believe that inciting people to make piratey objects out of tinfoil and clay is a valid job choice."
Awesome.

And esyay, pig latin is awesome. I am fluent in it. :P

September 18, 2008 at 04:20 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Castawayjoe

I spelled my name wrong. That takes skill.

September 18, 2008 at 04:21 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Skidwanlus

"Yummy" -> Mmmm
"Waffle" -> Mmffffllm
"Please pass the syrup" -> Mllth maff thuth thyrup
"Can I have another?" -> Mmm, nn ah hff nnthr?

September 18, 2008 at 07:31 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Leif

Texan:

Hello! = Howdy!
Thank you = Thank ya kindly
Forums, how have I wronged thee? Return to me forthwith! = Work sucks, I wanna read something.

September 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Say no to drink driving! it wrooooong, drugs is wrooooong, your face is wrooooong rofl jokin jokin

ahhh i got one
Auzzie-
hello-G'day
bye-Later
thankyou- thanks mate!
how are you- hows my mate?
alright for an auzie i am terrible at our language but hella do i know some Swear words! <insert swearword of your choice here>= Fuck
<insert any other swear words>=fuck
<inset hello>=fuck
rofl funny

i warn you, reading this message to a om or letting one read it themselves will get me into trouble and i will go to the naughty stool for like an hour and when i come back i will have lots of booboo's so plz plz do not tell them who i am!!!! i am BUBBSIES OF THE PLANET VIRDIAN! i lurve puzzle pirates. i lurve when i dont go to school. oh hellai love youuuuu (random..but catchy! but not even near as catchy as this)
dadadadadada batman!
this is bubbsies from virdian signing out!

October 22, 2008 at 01:42 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Cugix

Hallo Gaea,

Ik schrijf deze Comment on je Nederlands te testen. Als je dit kan lezen zou dat betekenen dat je Nederlands idd héél erg is vooruitgegaan. Als je ooit je Nederlands wil testen kun je me op Sage vinden onder de naam Cugix (duh). (Alhoewel je NL nie hoeft te kennen omdat ieder Nederlander tegenwoordig Engels leert op de Middelbare school).

Groetjes, Cugix

=====

I'm writing you this Comment in Dutch (above) to test your Dutch. If you can read the above without reading this, your Dutch really did improve verry much. If ye ever want to test your Dutch futhermore or learn more, you can find me on Sage (my nickname is Cugix duh). (Eventhough you dont have to learn Dutch because all the Dutch learn English on Highschool nowadays).

Greetz, Cugix

November 06, 2008 at 01:01 PM PST | permalink

Posted by captainsky on malachite

NOOOO not my sloooop!!!!!!!!!!!!!! aaargh
no not magenta paint!

November 29, 2008 at 08:16 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Kiwigal

New Zealand English

Hello - Gidday
Goodbye - See ya
Thank you - Cheers mate

February 05, 2009 at 05:09 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Fractal

Hello! :D

Japanese:

Ohaiyogozaimasu (oh-hi-yo-go-za-ii-mah-soo)-- (or just simply 'ohayo')--- Good morning

Konnichiwa (koh-nee-chee-wah)--- Good afternoon

Konbanwa (khon-bah-n-wa)--- Good
evening

Oyasuminasai (oh-yah-soo-mean-ah-sa-ee)--- Good night

Sayonara (sai-yoh-nah-lah)--- Good bye

Jamatashita (jah-mah-tah-she-tah)--- (or just simply 'ja')--- So long

Arigatou (ah-lee-gah-toe)--- Thank you

:) You're an awesome Ocean Master! Keep up the great work!

January 23, 2010 at 02:15 PM PST | permalink

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