|What I do (using only the ten hundred most common words)
||[Jan. 20th, 2013|03:55 pm]
Things get put up further than the sky and go round and round the place where we live. Some of the things look down at the ground and tell us what is here. Some of the things look out at further away things and tell us what they are like. Some of the things help us talk to people who are far away or watch tv or drive our cars to the right places.|
Lots of other things are in the same places and might break the good things further than the sky. We need to know where the bad things will be, so that we can move the good things a little bit to make sure they don't get hit and broken. There are lots of these bad things, and they go very fast - faster than a thing fired from a gun. They are also quite small - smaller than your head. And they are a long way away - up further than the sky. So we need to see all the small things, going very fast, a long way away and work out where they will be next.
For this we need lots of computer eyes with glass on them, and some big computers and perhaps some new things we should send further than the sky to look for the bad things.
Some other things further than the sky are bigger and might hit the place where we live. And that might break things, perhaps even break everything and everyone (like we think it did for the big cold animals that used to live here). So we also want to see these things in time that we could send a new thing further than the sky, and move the bad thing, or break it up, or something. People write movies about this sort of bad thing, but they get it wrong.
I need to decide what computer eyes with glass on them, and what big computers, and what other things sent further than the sky we need to build to help keep things safe. This needs me to think very hard, and to talk to lots of people on the phone who have also been thinking very hard and to write lots of words that mean exactly the right thing.
Then we can build the thing that saves the good things further than the sky, and saves the place where we live.
(HT to many people, and originally to XKCD). [remarkably good fun to write, reminiscent of when you're building your second language]