Archive for the 'Diversions' Category

On the use of “where” with “at”.

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Please do me a personal favor: the next time you hear someone use a phrase like “where are you at?” or “where we’re at on this project”, please smack them across the face with my blessing.

People, hear my rant: “Where are you?” is vastly, if not infinitely, superior to “Where’re you at?” in standard spoken English.* It’s shorter, more grammatical, and doesn’t clang on the ear as a hillbillyism.

Is this my personal opinion? Yes. But it’s right, dang it!

(It’s my blog and I can rant if I want to, eh?)

Okay, glad we’ve gotten this settled. Please carry on.


* If you’re using African American patois, more power to you. Among many other locutions, this (family of) dialect(s) has given us “where it’s at”, which I like as a set expression. But most of the time when I hear “where’re you at” used, it’s from people as whitebread as myself. Give it up, folks.

A Twitter haiku.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

The other night I was talking with a family member about how the different media each create the conditions for artistic masterpieces. The conversation was in the context of “The Wire” — a show I’ve never watched, but which many think is the best drama on television (and one of the best ever).

Well, haiku would seem to be a good genre to fit on Twitter, where each message has to come in at 140 characters or less. But some Twitterers take it as a challenge to write “twooshes” — i.e. messages that are exactly 140 characters.

After I posted a tweet hypothesizing that a twoosh-haiku might be impossible, a friend pointed me to a Wikipedia page listing the longest single-syllable words in English. Then I composed this twoosh-haiku:

Scootched, then scratched, then squelched
scrounged, then scrunched, then squeezed through straits
breathed, stretched, and then squealed.

A masterpiece? Hardly. But it fascinated me to discover how a theme emerged from the materials I was given. There’s really something to this idea of constraints driving creativity.

I’m not sure it was worth it . . .

Monday, January 21st, 2008

. . . however, - The Impossible Quiz

Thank you so very much, Adrienne, for 21 minutes of brain-strain.

And that’s without studying!

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

JustSayHi - Science Quiz

Trip yourself out.

Thursday, January 17th, 2008 Nearly indescribable.

(Yes, I’ve been busy today. In other news, I’m on the second day of having “Back in Black” stuck in my head. Oh, but I’ve launched into using pictures consistently on my other blog, for greater prettitude.)

Five favorite posts.

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Adrienne was nice enough to tag me for this meme. Here’s the ground rules:

Go back through your archives and post the links to your five favorite blog posts that you’ve written. But there is a catch:
Link 1 must be about family.
Link 2 must be about friends.
Link 3 must be about yourself, who you are… what you’re all about.
Link 4 must be about something you love.
Link 5 can be about anything you choose.

Post your five links and then tag five other people. At least TWO of the people you tag must be newer acquaintances so that you get to know each other better.

Okay, so, I can’t say these are my five very favorites, but they are at least five of my favorites:

Whom shall I tag? How about Austin, The Fairy Mum, Kris, Redneck Mother, and Zack? If you like.

The risks of getting back online after several days away.

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Actually, I started into this yesterday, when I posted half a dozen items to my work blog.  But today is the first day that I’ve hooked up my own laptop to the DSL, ergo this is the first day that I have easy access to my usual bookmarks, Bloglines, etc.  (Yes, I’m too lazy to remember all the passwords to use from other computers.)

So now I’m left with this:  even after my usual wanton skipping of RSS feeds, I now have . . . let’s see . . . 88 Firefox tabs open!  Not counting my blog dashboards!  Woo-hoo!!

Now, let’s see if I can cut this down to size . . .

Light sabers!

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

What else says holiday cheer like a light saber from Parks Sabers?

Nothing else, that’s what. Seriously, what could?

(And no, this is not an appeal to my near-and-dear for a saber for Christmas. I just think it’s funny that I keep stumbling across Star Wars-related stuff without trying.)

[Thanks to Kent Nichols for the link.]

More Star Wars.

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Because I know you can’t get enough: There is such a thing as Wookieepedia. It’s like Wikipedia, but for Star Wars.

Why I wasn’t informed of this earlier, I have no idea.

Have a Star Wars holiday!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Three words: LucasFilm Christmas cards.