Wednesday, 1 July 2015 11:39
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 LOL. OOMG. WUT?



This is true.
Consider my mind blown.
A real scorcher, innit?
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Having a lot of fun this morning looking up vocabulary, slang and phrases from the 18th and early 19th centuries! 

Probably too much fun, and I should do some actual work. 

 56 Delightful Victorian Phrases

How to Speak 19th Century - Brought to you by a guy who saw George Washington wear a "surtout." And "oakum" isn't something you stick in your pipe and smoke... There are a lot of words on here I already know, because, yup, I like old stuff. 

Manly Slang from the 19th Century - artofmanliness.com is just a fantastic site! It comes up a lot when I'm doing story research. If you enjoy writing historical stuff, be it novels or fanfics, artofmanliness is a stop you have to make along your research journey. (Unless you know everything already.)


Here are some interesting books... 

The Humors of Falconbridge

A Journey to Ohio in 1810

Journals and Letters of ... a Plantation Tutor of the Old Dominion - the Old Dominion in this case is Virginia. Sorry, Canadians. (I was slightly disappointed, too.) I spent most of the morning reading this, and it's really fascinating. Only if you like old things, though. And if you can stand to read awkward English, with lots of ampersands (&'s!), and Random Capitalization of Letters, including Improper Nouns, and Verbs that do not Open sentences. And I skipped the first two chapters...  

Phrases

Monday, 26 January 2015 12:18
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While looking for another document on the computer, I came across an .rtf of these smile-worthy phrases. Enjoy!

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

A word to the wise is unnecessary. - La Rouchefoucauld

All generalisations are dangerous, even this one.

A watched clock never boils.

Champagne for my true friends and true pain for my sham friends!

Cole's Axiom: The sum of the intelligence on the planet is a constant. The population is growing.

Did you know that dolphins are so intelligent that within only a few weeks of captivity, they can train Americans to stand at the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

George Washington's brother was the uncle of our country.

I started out with nothing... I still have most of it.

If an infinite number of rednecks in the back of an infinite number of pickup trucks shoot an infinite number of shotgun rounds at an infinite number of highway signs, they will eventually produce a complete version of Hamlet in braille.

If there was any logic in this world, it would be men who ride side-saddle, not women.

Pandemonium was a word invented by Lewis Carroll, naming the capital of Hell.

Roget's Thesaurus rules, dominates, regulates, OK, all right, adequately.

Some people have a way with words, others not have way.

The future has many names: for the fearful it's the unknown, for the reckless it's the adventure, for the pessimists it's the unattainable. For the brave, it is opportunity.

The more you cry, the less you have to pee.

Time is money, money is the root of all evil, and knowledge is power. Therefore, procrastination is the key to world peace.

Whoever said nothing is impossible never tried slamming a revolving door.

Sunday, 22 June 2014 20:54
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I used to write stories on a Macintosh Classic computer. Just now, I had a flashback to all of that, the early mornings, the hum of the little computer (it had a very distinct whirring noise), characters coming to life in gray scale... and clicking away at the keyboard. Except, I couldn't remember what the old Apple keyboard looked like. Thankfully, Wikipedia predetermined that one day people like me would wonder about things like that.

So here it is!

I remember powering up many a computer by pressing that rectangle button on the top of the keyboard... (not the Classic, though; it wasn't supported.) I used that ADB keyboard model until I got my iMac in 2002.

Memories...

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:21
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I have to put this somewhere that I'll remember it, come across it in the future and lol like a cranky old woman who gets her kicks from the unfortunate silliness of others...

AN UNANCHORED GARAGE BLEW OVER AND 
COLLAPSED...AND A GENTLEMAN SITTING INSIDE WAS BLOWN OFF HIS CHAIR 
BUT DID NOT SUSTAIN INJURY.

NWS Report of Tornado in Lynchburg, OH - 4 June 2014 [link]

I really hope there was a reason that this poor soul was unable to get inside when he saw a tornado coming at him.

It's also a sad fact, but many counties in Ohio don't have adequate public tornado warning systems. My former county was one of them.

word association

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:50
partlyopenbook: (hullo)
In browsing an ebook about writing modern poetry, one of the exercises struck me as humorous: word association! In which the author has listed words and we respond with what word we think should come next. Do you want to play?

ice
love
memory
pain
divorce
poverty
scared
debt
homeless
mortgage
smell
ill
pet
music
heart
rubbish
journey
mind
sweet
wife
love
letter
sound
writing
poetry
money
silence
credit
music
drugs
children
words
time
songs
gold
flowers
wind
sea
sand
moon
 
Love is on here twice, as is music. I'm not sure why, other than the fact that this book is poorly edited. This would be a fun game to play with someone you're getting to know, or even with old friends, as it demonstrates aspects of his thought process that you mightn't anticipate! I think I'll mention this to my therapist -- it might be an interesting way to spend a session hour!

Here are my responses!

ice cream
love red
memory games
pain (ful) memories
divorce restoration
poverty oops
scared cold
debt square
homeless future
mortgage what?
smell pretty
ill wind
pet kitty!
music bliss
heart crime
rubbish scat
journey heart
mind keeper
sweet tea
wife apron
love holder
letter opener
sound room
writing life
poetry mass
money makers
silence screaming
credit limit
music journey
drugs corporations
children loud
words worlds
time passing
songs sung
gold rings
flowers gardens
wind racing
sea speaking
sand pit
moon "la mia madre la dea selene"

A lot of my phrases don't make sense... my associations are too far apart for that. Whoever heard of a poetry mass? Although I might go to church if they started having poetry masses! And, of course, I am fluent in Sea Speak! Some of my responses are pretty standard. For instance, "ice cream." Maybe I'm hungry.

I'm not getting much out of this book, however. And I don't necessarily agree with the definition of "bad poetry" the author uses. A bad poem is one that is "vague and blurred." Oh, really? I read a lot of poetry that's just like reading an inner monologue, and I find that bad (and boring)! Also, he avers that bad poetry is "thrown at us by every corner of the world because people do not pay attention to what they're writing." No one pays more attention to what they're writing than writers, be they poets or not.

The book, How to Write Modern Poetry, isn't widely available anymore, but if you want to take a peek at it, Google Books has it here.

And have a stanza from one of my "bad poems," summing up my feelings for vociferous writing pundits.

If it's a wholesome metaphor
your hands and morals prowl for,
I've been silenced by stockings,
porn, the kinks and kicks of my kind—
the gags of political sex:
I'm not your apologetic orator.
 
 
 
I think this tension I've created calls for a relaxing quokka picture!
 
partlyopenbook: pinkie pie pony leaps into frame (happy)
Best gift box EVER! I love my friend. Thanks for thinking of me, and cheering up my late-winter blues! Bonus: My Little Pony stickers on the outside of the box!




The wrapping was so pretty, I hated opening everything! (But didn't hate it that much!) I took photos to capture how gorgeous everything was. Dalliann always goes the extra mile in her creative craftsmanship, that's for sure. I'm so fortunate to be on the receiving end of her graceful artistry!
Extra bonus: A VHS (yes, VHS) copy of THE MUMMY! Kickin' it old-school, Egyptian style!

*right-click on images to see them bigger; select "View Image."

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Earlier today, Sad Keanu saw his shadow, and he became very frightened. He has since taken refuge beneath the bed, too forlorn and concerned to finish his sandwich.



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The 50 Cutest Things that Happened This Year.

Number 6 made me laugh so hard I cried. Just goes to show what sort of sense of humour I have.

Ditto Number 18.

Ditto 32.

33.

41 makes me happy. if only I had a friend with that much enthusiasm!

Bunny Shaming is both hilarious and sad.

Yes, I'm still up. Waiting for Santa Claus, of course. Or Hans Trapper.

But going to go feed my cat now...
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It's stuff like this that makes me love the world. I can't help it.

http://youtu.be/0Axzxe1a78E

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 18:28
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Oh, what a month...

Thank goodness (and the 1980's) that there are talented people making fan art of My Little Pony.

Like this. MLP + Labyrinth = ♥

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