Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Friday, January 05, 2007

Interesting instructions from Chinese to English

For Christmas we received a wall clock that gets a regular resetting via radio signal from some Atomic Clock somewhere. The instructions to set the clock the first time is two pages long, and written in very tedious, poorly written English. Jennifer and I got some great belly-laughs while trying to figure it out, so I thought I would share it with you. All grammar mistakes and spelling are theirs......

"After inserting battery, the hands start to run to zero position (it takes about 5 minutes and 45 seconds) and then walk for 1 minute (in the discharge completely condition). Second hand walks one step a second, minute hand walks 1/6."

"This period lasts 4 to 8 minutes. Receiving fail, it cathes the memory time and do the receiving on every odd number until receive the right time. Once received succesful, first the hands run to 12:00, then find their correct time to running."

"When alarming, press the light/snooze button, the light blinks 3 seconds and stops alarming. Then alarms again after 5 minutes, it will last 15 minutes. After that time, the snooze is invaluable, only the light blinks 3 seconds."

"But is does the receiving action when goes to the odd o'clock. At the same time, it checkes the signal strength or not. If enough strength, it stops to receive and takes 4 ~ 8 minutes."

Yes, we did get the clock to run and walk....and it keeps perfect time now.