Archive for the ‘Whim’ Category

Third person singular human

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

It has often been noted that English is deficient because it lacks a third-person pronoun that can refer to any person, without respect to sexual gender. Although some claim that "he" can refer to anyone in sentences like (1), most linguists agree that maleness is much more salient in these ...

Things you can get down in …

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

get down in the dumps get down in the mud get down in the dirt get down in the trenches get down in the gutter get down in the muck get down in the cornfields get down in the weeds get down in the wheat I saw the expression "get down in the wheat" for the first time today.

Epoch odometer

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

My epoch odometer.

The gospel bin

Monday, August 25th, 2008

[] MP3 Albums > Christian & Gospel > Country Gospel > Sort Low to High God's Gonna Ride a Harley Golden Bowls of Compassion Radiant Redbird When Santa Claus Met Jesus Pale Rider Time is a Space Mama was Judged Tha Chronicles of Junglistic Hip Hop (EP) Jesus Is My Spotter - the Race Car Driver's Anthem Orca Chantress Beluga ...

Who knew? Balloons in the movies

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

I had no idea balloons played such a role in the movies: see VSL.

100 most common English words

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

First, take this fun quiz. And then ...


Saturday, June 28th, 2008

A response to Mark's tagging me. Seven factz about me: Will Fitzgerald didn't use a computer until he was 23. It had cards. It is difficult for Will Fitzgerald to refer to himself in the third person. Despite his descriptivist linguistic training, Will Fitzgerald tries to distinguish 'between' and 'among'. Will Fitzgerald was known ...

The Book of Psalms

Monday, June 16th, 2008

The evolution of a Ruby programmer

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

# The evolution of a Ruby programmer def sum(list) total = 0 for i in 0..list.size-1 total = total + list[i] end total end def sum(list) total = 0 list.each do |item| total += item end ...

How do you spell X? Y.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Many of us are familiar with the commercial in which the question is asked, "How do you spell 'relief'?" And the answer is "R-O-L-A-I-D-S." According to Wikipedia, this commercial has been around since the 1970's. I came across an earlier example from 1793, in Elder John Leland's "The ...

Willie Mays: Don’t touch blasting caps

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

This Willie Mays PSA really scared me as a kid. You protect your arms and hands legs and save your eyes. If you see a blasting cap remember now, don't touch them. Tell a police or a fireman or whatever it is. Have fun like I do with those (baseball ...

Foul shots

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

I talked to my brother Dave on the phone today, and we agreed that we haven't played basketball in 300 years. But we have a hoop in the backyard, and I've decided to try to get 'good' at shooting foul shots. The advantage of foul shots, of course, is that ...


Saturday, April 5th, 2008

My co-minions at Powerset have been growing (or faking growing) facial hair in the run up to our beta launch. And, of course, it has its own blog: It's even made the LA Times, and Michael Arrington's initial take on our beta product even mentions it. Chris pretty much ...

expression of the day: ‘go off piste’

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

From 'In pursuit of the G-d shot': Millions of people probably get great coffee every morning with a standard home machine and ground coffee from a supermarket. I was starting to worry that, with a process that has as many variables as pulling an espresso, once you're daft enough to go ...

Fum, fum, fum!

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Here is my translation of the Catalan Christmas song, "Fum, fum, fum." I sang it at the Epiphany celebration at Church of the Sojourners last night. I'm sorry I didn't get the 'pastorets' to eat 'botifarra,' a Catalunyan sausage. On December twenty-five Fum, fum, fum On December twenty-five Fum, fum, fum A child comes in ...

Kant help but post this

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Kant attack ad (Via Crooked Timber)

Ser-Venn-Ity Prayer in Google’s new Chart API

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Courtesy of Google's Chart API.


Monday, November 26th, 2007

Worse than Failure posts about a silly function named: RemoveSpecialCharsExceptQuote AmpersandApostropheOpenBracketCloseBracketComma HyphenFullStopCommaForwardSlash Hah! If I'd written this in Lisp, it would be the *much* simpler: remove_special_chars_except_quote_ampersand_ apostrophe_open_bracket_close_bracket_comma_hyphen_ full_stop_comma_forward_slash which is why Lisp ...

Traveling kindness

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

I had a short article published in our local paper, the Kalamazoo Gazette: It was New Year's Eve, and things were finally starting to go right. Our car had broken down outside Forsyth, Ga., on Christmas Eve, and we had had to hitchhike to northern Florida to visit my mother, leaving ...

Cucumber curse of the day

Monday, October 29th, 2007

This cross-legg'd cabbage-eating son of a cucumber! (Sir J. Jollup in Hone Every-day Book 2, from the OED entry for cucumber.)