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Monday, January 9, 2012


The American Dialect Society has announced its word of the year for 2011.

The word of the year is "occupy".

occupy: verb, noun, and combining form referring to the Occupy protest movement.

The word voted most likely to succeed is "cloud".

cloud: online space for the large-scale processing and storage of data.

So here’s the pepper spraying cop that’s been making its way through the occupied cloud.

Is the pepper spray cop still funny? My cable’s out.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

The Return of "Ham-fisted social commentary? Moi?"

From Wikiquote's Latin Phrases.

Iustitia omni auro carior. – Justice is more precious than all gold.

Verbum dedit matri.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Joyeux Voltairemas!


François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), better known by the pen name Voltaire , was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion, free trade and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poetry, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken supporter of social reform, despite strict censorship laws and harsh penalties for those who broke them. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma and the French institutions of his day and influenced important thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions.

Voltaire’s works at Project Gutenberg.

"Le doute n’est pas une condition agréable, mais la certitude est absurde." -Voltaire

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Monday, November 14, 2011


From Merriam-Webster


Pronunciation: im-‘pend

Function: intransitive verb

Etymology: Latin impendēre, from in- + pendēre to hang — more at PENDANT

1 archaic : to hang suspended (as over one’s head) <a profuse crop of hair impending over the top of his face — Thomas Hardy> : jut out and seem to hang suspended <the crags … now begin to impend terribly over your way — Thomas Gray>

2 a : to threaten from near at hand or as in the immediate future : MENACE <trouble impended over the entire enterprise> b : to be imminent : give promise of occurring in the immediate future <went indoors because rain impended> : be about to occur <the most critical contests impend — Cabell Phillips>

"Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man’s cottage door and at the palaces of kings." – Horace

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Monday, November 7, 2011

The results are in



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Monday, October 24, 2011

Ham-fisted social commentary? Moi?

From Wikiquote's Latin Phrases.

Actum est de republica. -It is all over with the republic.

Absit omen.

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