Archive for July, 2009

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List #10: Adjectives I Enjoy

14 July, 2009

Not that I use these very often, but I just like saying them. I put definitions in, just in case.

  • igniparous – producing fire [found this at Save The Words]
  • incongruent – [the official definition is apparently “not congruent.” Lame.]
  • palpable – capable of being perceived
  • interminable – endless
  • onomatopoeic – [stupid one again. “Of or related to onomatopoeia.”]
  • caustic – harsh or corrosive
  • salvageable – capable of being saved from ruin [Why isn’t this officially “able to be salvaged?”]
  • peripatetic – walking about
  • mingent – discharging urine [also Save The Words. Does this mean “to minge” is a verb?]
  • eschatological – relating to the ultimate destiny of the world

That is all.

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A Plug for My Other Blog

9 July, 2009

A review of the new(ish) NBC show “Kings.” Check it out!

Here!

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Lists #7, #8, and #9: Size Doesn’t Matter

7 July, 2009

These are a few things that have been on my mind recently, yet didn’t have enough entries to really be lists on their own. So, without further ado, three short but interesting lists:

Things That Remind Me of Summer (and make me wish for it at any time of year, even though winter is my favorite season)

  • Ray Bradbury (particularly Dandelion Wine, although a lot of his other stuff too)
  • Bob Seger (not sure why this one, but it’s always been true)
  • The Midwest (whenever I picture an ideal summer, it’s always in the Midwest. Which may have something to do with the other two entries. It’s also odd, because I’ve been in the Midwest in summer. Way too hot for me. But not in my mind…)

Movies That I Hate That Everyone Else Likes (and thinks I should like)

  • Fight Club (it’s fine, but not the best thing ever)
  • The Usual Suspects (it cheats. I won’t explain, in case you haven’t seen it, but if you have you probably know what I mean.)
  • Harold and Maude (HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE)
  • Donnie Darko (ditto)

Pulp Fiction, however, which I feel belongs in the same grouping as most of those, I really enjoyed.

Finally,

Things I Don’t Understand (however hard I try)

  • How cranes are put up. (think about it)
  • Why cigarettes aren’t prohibitively expensive.
  • Computers.

That’s all folks!

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Outsourced Graph #1: OECD Factbook eXplorer

2 July, 2009

This is a pretty sweet site. It has data for all kinds of statistics for pretty much every country, for pretty much every year. If you want to graph the US expenditure on R&D versus the total GDP, you can! Or, the employment rate versus fertility rate of all of the countries in Europe, you can! I’ve only just discovered this site (Thanks, Mom!) so I’m still playing with it, but it’s pretty cool, so I would check it out if I were you. Let me know if you get any fascinating correlations!

OECD Factbook eXplorer

In addition, this is not a graph or list, but it’s so cool that I couldn’t resist: ToneMatrix. Click on a box, and it’ll make a note. Click on another, and it’ll make another. Left to right is when in the sequence the note is played, top to bottom is how high or low the pitch is (top=high). I’m pretty sure they made it so you can’t make something that sounds bad, but just like the above, I’m still playing, so I have yet to find out.