Sunday, December 09, 2018

Snow

Diego dropped some snow on us, not that much, an inch or so. (It was supposed to be rain, so they didn't treat the roads, which will make tonight fun.) But it's pretty.


Blurry shot of bunny(?) tracks












Great-niece Ayla trying to make a snowman

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At 9:20 PM, December 09, 2018 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Hope you don't need to go out in the elements tonight. As Pittsburgh's recently-deceased TV meteorologist emeritus Joe DeNardo liked to say, "Just enough snow to track a cat"!

 
At 3:19 PM, December 11, 2018 Anonymous Mark P had this to say...

We got nothing but rain and a few really wet snowflakes. I had forgotten that almost exactly a year ago we had a significant snowfall here. This time northeast Georgia got it.

 

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Where?

Another antecedent problem...

You really have to be careful. No Jews were murdered at the Auschwitz Museum, guys. Yeah, I know: Auschwitz Museum is their name (or rather their Twitter handle), but still. You've just made "Auschwitz Museum" your antecedent for your relative clause. Try saying:

I can hardly believe it, but we live in the day and age where the Museum at Auschwitz, where 1.1 million Jews were murdered, is having to weigh in on...


(Also, it's usually "we live in a day and age". That gets 12 million hits on Google, while "the" gets only 7,000 - and a lot of them are false, like "Until then, Steve, Gay, Morry, and the day and age they represented, remained historical relics, entombed in reels of celluloid." or "You get a “does not exist” error on the day and age page.")

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Fiona anniversary video

I love Fiona! Watch her galloping around!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Arctocentric?

If "arctocentric" was a word, Google would be displaying it, instead of just being provincial. Yo! Sometimes people actually are looking up places in the Southern Hemisphere. Note that even putting it in quotes doesn't help!

search on 35 degrees south latitude returning on 35 degrees north latitude hits

search on "35 degrees south latitude" returning on 35 degrees north latitude hits

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Monday, November 26, 2018

They're letting him have this???

In "Inseparable", about these 19th c. twins, we learn the 4" band that joined them stretched to a freeing 6" late in lifeThey're going to let him have "What are Siamese twins?" for this (in Recent Nonfiction)???

Sheesh.

That's like letting "Who was the President?" stand for an answer to "In 2005 Doris Kearns Goodwin told us about his Team of Rivals".




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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Borrowed and reversed

There's an example of an interesting phenomenon in yesterday's NYT crossword: a word or term borrowed from a narrow field - in this case, sports - that acquires the opposite connotation.

Here it's subpar, defined as "poor" where in golf it's good.

Another is pinch hitter; in real life, say giving a presentation, if you say "I'm pinch-hitting for Bob" you're warning the audience you probably won't be as good or knowledgeable as he, but in baseball a pinch hitter is supposed to do better (in the situation) than the guy being replaced.

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At 11:01 PM, November 27, 2018 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Your examples are more subtle than some of the famous ones:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-antonym#Examples_of_English-language_auto-antonyms

 

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Friday, November 23, 2018

The waiting table

Here's the table (the main one, we overflow onto a smaller table, with 14 eating!) just before we all sat down.

table set for ten with Thanksgiving meal


We had a wonderful day, with three generations well represented. The kids are getting older - heck, Ryan's a teenager now! - so the day lasted into the night. Lots of fun, conversation, games ... I hope everyone who celebrates the day had as good a time as I did.

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At 10:12 PM, November 27, 2018 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Did Barsa get (m)any handouts?

 
At 9:43 AM, November 28, 2018 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

She got some Turkey after she emerged from hiding

 
At 10:24 AM, November 28, 2018 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Barsa's not the sort of cat who likes to "work the room" when there's company, I infer. (We've had both kinds).

 
At 9:37 AM, November 30, 2018 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Nope. She's the kind who hides in the bathroom vanity or under the quilt in the back bedroom when she hears someone at the door.

 

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers, and happy end of autumn (or spring) to the rest!

cornucopia

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