Archive for October, 2005

What, indeed?

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

More from Olympos (see comments on previous post first):
…Mahnmut the moravec wondered how a living species gifted with such a beautiful homeworld could arm a submarine—themselves, any machine—with such weapons of total mindless destruction. What in any mental universe could seem worth the murder of millions, much less the destruction of an entire planet?
What, indeed? […]

On the futility of final solutions

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

In Dan Simmons’ Olympos, the sequel to Illium, we learn (minor spoilers!) that a some point in the distant past an engineered virus called rubicon killed eleven billion people, 97% of the Earth’s population. The overwhelming majority of the survivors were Jews, leading to the suspicion among later wholly gentile generations (never mind where they […]

Hitting a moving target

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

A review of Yuasa (2005) just came in from LINGUIST List on the uni email account. (Or to be more exacting, I just logged in and noticed it. It came in some time during the last five or six hours.) Haven’t read the whole thing yet, but I may have to have a look at […]

And so it begins?

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Heads it’s Iran, tails it’s Syria.
No doubt they’re flipping the coins frantically in the White House. (After all, nothing like a new offense to…er, offensive, to take the people’s minds off the shenanigans in Washington, eh?) With Libby scootered out of the picture, can Rove’s butt be far behind? Bush’s statement to the press was […]

Another CNN gaff

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Yesterday I heard an announcer, reporting some economic news, mention the Japanese company “Kee-yoh-see-rah”.
Who the what?
He must have meant Kyocera. I realize the k + y + o combination seems difficult for English speakers because it’s not one that occurs in the native vocabulary. But we do have k + y + u in overabundance, […]

De emphemeridibus scriptis

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

My (hopefully correct?) rendition of “On the Writing of Blogs”.
Someone has suggested blogo, blogare for the verb “to blog”, and blogus, blogi (2nd decl., m) for the noun, but someone else has pointed out a perfectly good, already existing word ephemeris (3rd decl., f), a “day-book, diary, ephemeris” (a loanword from the Greek).
While I obviously […]

Best line ever from a post you’ll probably never get to read!

Friday, October 28th, 2005

I was up until after 5:00 this morning (Hey, by the way, anyone else get the ole tweetcher when you see people write things like “5:00 AM this morning”?) working on (among other things, of course) a post that I now realize was more an act of katharsis (KATHAREVOUSA PEDANT ALERT!) than something I will […]

Funeral Flowers and the Pigs from Hell

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

In connection with that last post and public airings, remind me to tell y’all this tale of woe (Whoa! Tail!). I’ve mentioned it here before, but only in passing. It’s one of those “Bystander decapitated by woman’s dentures after colossal sneeze” stories: shocking and horrifying but you just can’t look away. And once you […]

Money I didn’t know I had!

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

In an account I never heard of?!
You’re familiar, no doubt, with the concept of unclaimed funds, money in bank accounts that people have somehow forgotten about. After a certain number of years of inactivity, the bank or other financial institution involved attempts to contact the account owner(s), who have a fixed amount of time to […]

For the umpteenth time: The CSS is valid. It’s your browser that’s shit.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

So it looks like I’m going to have to give in and redo the IEP website design (again) and make it so it looks right in Explorer. This goes way against my better judgment. To paraphaser the immortal words of Jean-Luc Picard:
“We’ve made too many compromises already; too many retreats. They [degr]ade our s[tandards] and […]

Still Going!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Lou Dobbs on CNN just did a report on the Mars rovers (without mispronunciations!), still going at 600+ days even though they were built with an expected lifespan of only 90 days. Built in America. Hey, it still means something!
Way to go, NASA!
When’s that Sea of Tranquility hotel opening again?

Ἑλλάς Τῶοκου

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Monday as I was heading for the Yumoto Interchange, I fell in behind a smallish, rather oddly painted bus bearing a Nagaoka license plate. In the middle of the rear side was a name painted in large Greek letters:
Kybiki? At least that’s what it would be in the way we normally transliterate Greek into English […]

Ah, ils sont revenus, mes petits enfants, mes spammistes!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Et je suis tres heureux de les voir!
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Sorry to inflict my hideous French on you! Been a little under the weather this afton so I had me a lay-down for a couple of hours in front of the tube, to see if the discomfort would pass. (I think it’s my gall […]

Another anniversary, unremarked…

Monday, October 24th, 2005

I just realized that I missed writing something PITHY re the one-year anniversary of this blog!
Oh well, no biggy, there’ll probably be next year. (There always is, right?)
Nothing to get pithed off at myself about!
(Oct 26 - just noticed I’d mistyped “pity” for “pithy”…d’oh!)

Sensei, sensei!

Monday, October 24th, 2005

So there I was (again), trudging back to my office after yet another wearying session with The English Grammar & Composition genk vampires (so named because they suck the energy and motivation right out of you. If genky is an adjective denoting a quality of energeticity [sic] and power, then genk must be the noun, […]