Thanks for all your comments. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t know very many numbers. The question of what effect technology is having on our society is a tricky one. It’s quite scary to think that one of the most important pieces of technology in our world today (the Internet) didn’t even exist when I was a child.
Are you familiar with “Moore’s Law”? This is an observation that over the history of computer hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits has roughly doubled every two years. (I copied that from Wikipedia!) What that means is that the pace at which computers evolve is exponential, not linear. In other words, it doesn’t go in a sequence like 1, 2, 3…, it goes 2, 4, 8, ….
Put simply, this means that not only are computers getting smarter, the speed at which they get smarter is also increasing. Having said that, the Wikipedia article suggests that this kind of progression is only expected to continue until 2015 or 2020. I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens.
Here is some feedback on your comments:
How were your long holidays?
Note that in English, we don’t really use the phrase “long holidays,” because most holidays in Western countries are at least a week long. Four days would not be described as a “long holiday” by anyone! We do say “long weekend,” though, if a holiday falls on a Friday or a Monday.
It took much time but it was good for me
It took a lot of time, but … (A-Z: much / many) (Great to hear from you again, by the way!)
and it was 9 days trip
and it was a 9-day-trip (A-Z: compound adjectives)
I had a fairly nice GW holiday, too.
Ito-san, Fuji TV announcer and his son were sitting in the seat directly across from us.
Nice, but you need “the” before “Fuji TV announcer.”
I can’t write Kanjis properly any longer
Foreigners who live in Japan usually say, “I can’t write kanji.” I don’t know why, but we don’t use the plural form.
Now, I’m living in Huchu Tokyo. New employee training was over
Glad to hear you are enjoying your new life, and congratulations on your TOEIC score!
and I heard many times that how dangerous the technology is.
I often hear people talking about the dangers of technology.
I used the similar phrase(the other way around) but you just corrected Fumie’s sentence. So I was just wondering my sentences were acceptable or you just overlooked.
If I remember rightly, the problem with Fumie’s sentence was not that expression. If you post your sentence again, I’ll tell you whether it is okay.
By the way, I have never heard of the 3D plastic gun. I wonder what it’s like. I mean, it’s awful if everyone will be able to make it, and I really hope it turns out to be a failure.
I read in the news today that the US government is going to ban it.
but it seems that I’ve changed 9 to 6 instead!
“It seems that I changed” or “I seem to have changed.” (Both would be okay.)
I know 5 numbers by heart, and same as Biwa, all of them are house phones
I know 5 numbers by heart, and just like Biwa, …
You guys seem to have a great GW holidays.
You guys seem to have had a great Golden Week. (A-Z: seem)
By the way, I’ve planted some vegetable seeds about a month ago, too.
By the way, I planted some…
and it took them long hours to get there.
and it took them a long time / and it took them many hours
but to me, it’s quite noisy!
but to me, it’s quite annoying! (A-Z: noisy)
my son’s kindergarten’s one isn’t as noisy as your sons’ school one.
my son’s kindergarten doesn’t keep pestering us like your son’s does.
That’s it for today. Have a great weekend.