Monday January 26, 2004

Words, Words, Words

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 49 ]
PAST: The quality of our thoughts can only be as good as the quality of our language, for words are the very core of thought. How diligent were you at building your vocabulary, when you were a youngster?

PRESENT:What's the most recent addition to your vocabulary?

FUTURE:What word would you like to see added to the general lexicon... and what word would you like to see removed?

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PAST: ...How diligent were you at building your vocabulary, when you were a youngster?

Acutely, exceedingly, exceptionally, extraordinarily, hugely, immensely, intensely, markedly, notably, quite, remarkably, surpassingly, totally, ultra, unusually, utterly, very, vitally.

I loved vocabulary as a kid; my Mom helped me build my weekly vocabulary list for school by quizzing me from Reader's Digest's Word Power column.

PRESENT:What's the most recent addition to your vocabulary?

con-spec-tus n.

  1. A general survey of a subject.
  2. 2. A synopsis.
I wanted a word that meant something like summery but not quite, so I went on a word hunt :-) This is what I chose.

FUTURE:What word would you like to see added to the general lexicon...?

English is such a marvelously flexible language. Words spring into existence or fade into obscurity with equal ease. Words bend, twist, morph, and invert their meanings; they bud, spawn, and split iinto myriad new words at the twist of a tongue. It's no wonder English is called a living language.

English is a sticky language. Use a word once, share it with one other person, and that word is forever real. We need no formal lexicon to give credence to a word; we only have to use it. Laser, modem, blog. Glom, gallumph, grok. Only speak it thus and it shall be.

I make up words all the time. One of my favorites is sprizzle (a form of rain somewhere between a sprinkling and a drizzle). Feel free to use it. We'll see how far it goes.

...and what word would you like to see removed?

Would taking a word out of the lexicon remove it from people's brains as well? (Unlikely, but this is, after all, an exercise in imagination.) If 'twere so, I might ask the genie to remove some of the most over-used old Anglo Saxon 4-letter expletives such as F*ck and Sh*t. Maybe, if 80% of their vocabulary list magically disappeared, more people would be forced to come up with new words to express themselves. But, then again, do I really want to know what such people would choose as substitutes?

Words, Words, Words - posted by Vicki at Mon, 26 Jan, 16:21 Pacific | Comments (2)

Saturday January 17, 2004

Gone Crazy. Back Soon!

[ this question courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 48 ]
PAST: Been crazy once?

PRESENT: What drives you absolutely crazy?

FUTURE: Figure you'll go crazy someday?


cra·zy  (n.)   adj. cra·zi·er, cra·zi·est
  1. Affected with madness; insane.
  2. Informal. Departing from proportion or moderation, especially:
    1. Possessed by enthusiasm or excitement: The crowd at the game went crazy.
    2. Immoderately fond; infatuated: was crazy about boys.
    3. Intensely involved or preoccupied: is crazy about cars and racing.
    4. Foolish or impractical; senseless: a crazy scheme for making quick money.
PAST: Been crazy once?
Once or twice ;-)

PRESENT: What drives you absolutely crazy?
Frustration; the inability to solve a problem or explain something satsfactorily. The inability to affect change. Losing something! (such as my keys, a book I had just a moment ago, my shoes, where is that pencil?! When I can't find one of the cats...

FUTURE: Figure you'll go crazy someday?
Doesn't everybody?

Gone Crazy. Back Soon! - posted by Vicki at Sat, 17 Jan, 21:25 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday January 09, 2004

Eat your veggies

[ this question courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 47 ]
PAST: Did you, or did you not, eat your vegetables as a youngster?

PRESENT: What sorts of veggies will and won't you eat nowadays?

FUTURE: Which would you rather end up: Vegetable or mineral? (We're assuming you're currently an animal, here. If otherwise, you should really let us know.)

A bit silly, yes, but at least it's not directly topical for a change!

[Hey, every question can't be deep and insightful!]


PAST: Did you, or did you not, eat your vegetables as a youngster?
I must have. I certainly didn't suddenly decide to eat veggies as an adult. Perhaps when I was very young there were things I occasionally didn't eat. I can remember sharing peas, corn on the cob (and off) and broccoli with my cat (she dearly loved veggies). I have no idea when my preferences were set, although my parents have told me that up until the age of 5, I did eat mushrooms (I have no memories at all of this). Obviously my taste buds underwent a radical change at age 5 :-)

PRESENT: What sorts of veggies will and won't you eat nowadays? I don't eat mushrooms if I can taste them (or see them; why wait for the taste :-). Mushrooms make me nauseous. I don't eat raw (or "rare" carrots) but if they are thoroughly cooked I don't mind them; that bitter taste is gone. Ditto for green bell peppers. I don't eat eggplant (except in baba ganoush) or zucchini (except in zucchini bread or very small pieces and well-cooked, e.g. in soup). I love broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, corn, acorn squash, fresh green beans (or canned, oddly enough), peas (frozen or fresh, never canned), brussels sprouts, red bell peppers and edamame (soybeans).

FUTURE: Which would you rather end up: Vegetable or mineral?
You mean like, do I want to turn into a slime mold or petrify like petrified wood? You mean if I get reincarnated as something "unusual"?
Mineral: Fire Agate

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Eat your veggies - posted by Vicki at Fri, 09 Jan, 15:49 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday January 02, 2004

Two Steps Forward, One Look Back

[ this question courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 46 ]

PAST: Share with us one good and one bad thing about this past year.

PRESENT: Which direction are you headed as the new year begins?

FUTURE: What will you have accomplished by this time next year?

[You'll notice I didn't ask for a list of resolutions. That would be hypocritical... I haven't made resolutions in years.]


Works for me (the part about resolutions too. So, on to the questions. If you've been reading here recently, you're going to notice a trend...

PAST: Share with us one good and one bad thing about this past year.
Good: I got a job
Bad: It only lasted 5 weeks, and that was the only one.

PRESENT: Which direction are you headed as the new year begins?
Forward? Around the sun? Eastward? (Does the earth's rotation move us eastward? That seems correct.)
Still looking for work. I may have a small, temporary telecommute contract... when the person who needs to give me access gets back from vacation.

FUTURE: What will you have accomplished by this time next year?
Boring answer: paid employment? (That would be nice)
Other answers: a year of personal (offline) journalling; another year of weblogging. A large number of books read; several movies watched. A year of kitty snuggling and walks and naps and time with friends and time with Rich.

Two Steps Forward, One Look Back - posted by Vicki at Fri, 02 Jan, 10:40 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday December 29, 2003

Reincarnation?

[This question comes courtesy of "Past, Present, Future" for Friday Dec. 19. I'm out of sync]
PAST: Who, or what, were you in your past life?

PRESENT: What are you in this life, really?

FUTURE: What would you like to come back as, next time around?


My thoughts...

PAST: Who, or what, were you in your past life?
I have no idea. A person. Nobody famous. I wonder. I imagine someone of scientific leanings...

PRESENT: What are you in this life, really?
A kittymom. A spouse. A technofile. An information gatherer. I try to look forward more often than backward.
Someone who is working to improve.

FUTURE: What would you like to come back as, next time around?
That's a toss-up between being another person with sufficient wealth and position that I can enjoy whatever is possible in the future... and being a well-cared for Maine Coon cat.

Reincarnation? - posted by Vicki at Mon, 29 Dec, 20:04 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday December 26, 2003

Christmas: Past, Present, Future

[ this question courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 45 ]

PAST: Best. Christmas. Ever.

PRESENT: How'd you spend the day, yesterday?

FUTURE: What do you really want to find under your tree next year?


My thoughts... PAST: Best. Christmas. Ever.
Probably the first one spent with Richard. :-) Otherwise, next year, as the best is left to come.

PRESENT: How'd you spend the day, yesterday?
I woke up before dawn to a thunderstorm, then lay in bed listening to the rain till I fell asleep again. Rich woke up next and started the bacon about 9ish, then came to ask me to "take over" while he took a shower and got dressed. We had scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast out on the screen porch listening to the rain. Most of the day was quiet. We went for a walk. I took a nap. We had friends in for dinner: steaks, rainbow pasta, broccoli. Everyone had a good time. Then we all had eggnog, our friends went home, we read for a while and went to bed. A nice quiet holiday.

FUTURE: What do you really want to find under your tree next year?
We usually don't have a tree but I get the point :-)

Health. A good year. Time to spend with friends and family. Work I enjoy. An income (I didn't get it this year, might as well ask again).Barnes & Noble gift certificates.

Christmas: Past, Present, Future - posted by Vicki at Fri, 26 Dec, 10:05 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday December 19, 2003

Accomplishments, Past, Present & Future

[This question comes courtesy of "Past, Present, Future", a blog meme on the web at greyduck.net. Sadly, I only recently discovered PPF; it's already in its 42nd week and the founder plans to stop after one year. Sigh; well, that's what archives are for.]

I posted this question to my new Yahoo group, InsPURRation.

PAST: What would you consider your first real accomplishment in life? We're talking about something you put real, conscious effort into, here.

PRESENT: What are you working on now that you're hoping to have accomplished soon?

FUTURE: What accomplishment would you like to be remembered for? (Hint: This is where you could get away with making up something delightfully improbable.)


My thoughts...

PAST: What would you consider your first real accomplishment in life?

That would be my Masters Thesis — it was a lot of effort, but worth it. Working on the thesis taught me a lot about the Unix Operating System and many of its tools and languages. The thesis project (plus everything I learned in doing it) got me my first job, which got me my second job, and so on.

PRESENT: What are you working on now that you're hoping to have accomplished soon?

Most of what I'm working on is open ended but the "accomplishment" I would like to have realized soon would be — finding paid employment (preferably something I will enjoy!)

FUTURE: What accomplishment would you like to be remembered for?

I'd like to be remembered for being a capable, precise, and careful programmer; for being a person other people liked to be around; for being a good friend. I'd like to be remembered for living to 100 like my grandmother did :-)

Accomplishments, Past, Present & Future - posted by Vicki at Fri, 19 Dec, 11:31 Pacific | Comments (0)