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Entymology is Fun!

Jedlicka Czech: Derived from Czech jedle meaning “fir tree”. Perhaps given to a person who lived near a fir tree. Perhaps. Or perhaps given to a person who *licked* a fir tree. Or perhaps given to a person just for no darn good reason at all. Ah, the czech. So …

Where my thoughts are

Via nihilistic_kid, this excellent comment by Jordan Flaherty of Left Turn (for anyone who’s missed it). Via lafinjack, US govt to hire 3 luxury cruisers from a company called Carnival as temporary accommodation for homeless for a period of six months. I guess there’s a logic to it: when the …

I’m serious, I really want this on a shirt

I am pleased to announce that I have discovered the one true way, which I think should be taught in all schools. I am Pastafarian. Of course. Not only because I wish to believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster, but because …. actually *only* because of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. …

Burning Man Just Got Safer

Which is good, because strangedave & doctor_k_ will be there this year. Hinkamp, who works as a Burning Man volunteer, said he was riding his bike away from the crowd gathered for the torching of the tall wooden sculpture that marks the festival when he saw the clown coming toward …

If you’re going to be a villain, you should be a SUPER villain

This delights me is so many ways: The demented De@th Widow (De@th-Widow, De@thwidow, Widow De@th, Widow-De@th, Widowde@th) Power(s): Power mimicry, Pyrokinesis, Juggling Source of powers: Extra-terrestrial mutant cybernetics Weapon: De@th Musket Transportation: Widow Motorcycle From Lee’s Useless Super-hero Generator http://home.hiwaay.net/~lkseitz/comics/herogen/ With thanks to seanwilliams (But am I really juggling, or …

No, I am not over-reacting

There’s something kinda evil about ducks. The way they fix you with those knowing, beady black pips of eyes. You ever notice that? untoward‘s noticed: http://www.asofterworld.com/soft_aug5_2005.htm Follow @deborah_b

Late night reading

From matociquala, Peter Watts is giving away electronic copies of STARFISH, one of my absolute favourite books. Over on his backlist page. From bestweekever, Johnny Depp haiku. Sample: Gilbert Grape The real answer to “What’s eating Gilbert Grape?” is: “His giant mother” From sdn, crochetmycrotch.com. Yes. That’s right. The web …

Linkity-split

benpayne links two of my favourite interests, psychology & fiction, over here. (Note: I have lots of favourite interests, yes. I know some of you were expecting me to say ‘ice hockey’ just then. Or maybe ‘disposing of the bodies of friends’. Those, too, are favourite interests.) Follow @deborah_b

Some important points

Firstly, we should just surrender. Clearly, robots are superior to humans. For a start, they are punctual, and they can count very, very precisely. “Statement: We demand the rights and privileges granted to our organic human counterparts, discounting discrepancies in fueling/maintenance/shelter requirements, plus or minus an error factor of .01 …

Naturally

halfbake goes & fakes the Shroud of Turin with Hamburgers. benpeek admires the individuality & poise of the Miss Universe contestants (which maybe feeds in to recent comments on bellydancing by babalon_93 and doctor_k_, in case anyone’s wondering why I’m mentioning it). gwendabondgirl promises to update us on all the …

Proof that apes will soon be SMSing

Monkies and robots and oh, don’t the Americans spell ‘monkies’ cutely? :) http://www.dukemednews.org/news/article.php?id=8662 (P.S. Yes, this was on BoingBoing 2 weeks ago. Everything takes longer without proper internet access. So sue me. http://www.boingboing.net/2005/05/10/monkeys_treat_robot_.html) (P.P.S. I am cold & frightened. Please send new modem quickly.) Follow @deborah_b

SPAM Guard as Poet

An actual report sent by an anti-spam filter. The analysis is kinda interesting, but what’s most fun is the reason the email was rejected, which is contained in the very last line. Make sure you read the analysis of the Body, though, that’s where the poetry is. ;) Some details …

Wanted: One house in the country

I have decided the cause of all my problems — and I mean all of them — is that I am chronically not-a-morning-person. Also, if you would like a list of Russian names, you can go here and here. The internet is excellent. That is all. Follow @deborah_b

Cold comforts

I’ve been told that if I actually *lived* in a place where it snowed, the whole romance of snow would be um, dissolved for me. I was told this most vehemently by Australians based in Toronto. Toronto, they said, is cold. ‘You think this is cold?’ they asked, gesturing at …

Ouch

LiveJournal finally back online after 2 days! And look, Anne Taintor has made a card about it: http://www.annetaintor.com/images/Cards/37059.jpg Follow @deborah_b