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    Word of the Day


    2012 - 02.21

    One of the items that we received for Christmas this year was a Word of the Day 2012 Desk Calendar (this year featuring 366 words).  Since I just opened it today, we’re a little behind.  So I’m going to highlight some of the words which have already appeared on noteworthy dates:

    Jan 1: autodidact

    Jan 2: inchoate

    Jan 3: fop (totally inappropriate choice for this day)

    Jan 7: evanescent

    Jan 26: lapideous

    Feb 1: balustrade

    Feb 14: bevy

    Feb 18: carnivorous

    Feb 21: felicity

    All links above are to dictionary.com.  Since it’s open now, you may see further references to the calendar…

    Publishing Buzzwords, Clichés and Euphemisms Decoded


    2011 - 09.08

    I believe that my sister pointed this post out to me: 40 Publishing Buzzwords, Clichés and Euphemisms Decoded.  Mostly they’re a little bit amusing, but this one I really liked:

    “literary”: “plotless” @MarkKohut Mark Kohut, writer and consultant

    There’s supposed to be 40 of them, I didn’t count, but they are alphabetical.  This one just seems to ring true in so many cases.

    Quote of the Day


    2011 - 08.03

    Karin’s not here to share this with, so I’ll have to write it down for her to read later.  Every now and again you stumble across something that someone else will appreciate, this is one such quote:

    “Are you hurt?”

    “Absolutely,” I said.  “Especially in my everywhere.”

    Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind, p.549

    Dates: Why not just do it the RIGHT way?


    2011 - 05.11

    A while back we started replacing our baking equipment with new stuff which was nicer, more non-stick, and in general higher quality.  This was helped by the fact that Costco was selling some of it at the time.  We’ve been moving to Pyrex non-stick bakeware and so far have no complaints about it.  The baking sheets are kind of cool because they tell you where to put the cookies with a series of circles on them.  The muffin tins tell you how far to fill them with an indicator line.  In other words, little things, but smart little additions.

    So the first negative experience was with our recently acquired loaf pan, and really it has nothing to do with the pan itself (haven’t used it yet, although there is Banana Bread in our future).  We bought it at Home Outfitters with one of there 20% off coupons, because you should always do that…  I guess I found some old stock, because there was a “coupon” on the pan itself for $3.00 off that was good until 11/30/09, and alas we come to the reason for the rant.

    Why, oh why does anyone/thing have a date in this format any more?  November 30, 2009?  September 30, 2011?  Did Y2K not teach anyone anything?  Please use four digit years!  Or at least use an apostrophe: ’09, ’11.  Or get away from exclusively numeric dates and remove all the ambiguity: 30 Nov 2009… which only leaves the question of whether or not it was a Tuesday!  It’s a simple little thing, so do it better!  If it was hard, I’d understand, but it’s not.

    Writing Intensive


    2011 - 03.21

    Today marks the first of 5 days in a row where Karin will be spending time on her spring break taking a course.  However it should hopefully be fun.  It is a Writing Intensive course through Burnaby’s Leisure Guide.

    In previous year’s Karin has done NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, although it’s now international) where during the month of November you challenge yourself to write a 50,000 word novel, and she successfully did it, may have been way back in 2006 though.

    Author has always been on her list of alternate careers, so hopefully this will be a positive step in that direction!

    Post War


    2011 - 01.25

    So Karin mentioned that she had started drafting a new post, and I made some inappropriately snide remark, which she rebuffed with: “Random Synapses had more posts than Cowbels last time I checked.”  So the Post War has started… or maybe not.  I suppose it’s just a silly thing, given that she contribute in both locations (although less frequently here).  Still it gives me something to write about, and well, we like to get a little silly at times.  In fact there was a quote from dinner tonight “I needed a little silly”, and it was neither Karin no I who needed it, but we protect our sources here, being the last bastion of something.

    It might be more amusing and unique however to claim to be the penultimate bastion of something…  Something to think about on a sleepless night perhaps.

    Pick your English?


    2011 - 01.17

    So I just got upgraded to the “new profile” in Facebook, and there are some new options.  I made some updates, but I’m not heavy into Facebook in that way.  That said, one of the options is “languages”, and so I went to put in English, and it automatically does a search of existing entries and gives you a drop down.  The following disturbing choices were available:

    Now there are times where these might be valid options, although shouldn’t it be British or UK English instead of English English?  But the times when those are valid options are when you’re selecting a keyboard layout or a spell checker.  When someone is indicating fluency the distinction really should not be relevant and in truth propagates confusion.  Interestingly “Old English” was an option in the drop down, perfectly valid option, although not one that I can choose myself (although Karin could)… didn’t see Middle English as a choice…