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Apparently hashtags of the form #notall(category) have become popular on twitter: #notallmen, #notalllibertarians, etc.

Obviously they are intended to be parsed as not-all-(category), but I find myself irresistibly tempted to read no-tall-(category).

What? I'm not quite 5'5", and I have dreams....

Pet Dreams

Oct. 14th, 2014 05:56 pm
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I have the strangest dreams when I take afternoon naps.

I often dream about my dogs - past, present, or imaginary. Today's dream featured Ben and Murphy. Dream-me also, apparently, had several cats, and at least two ferrets. One of the ferrets seemed to be bleeding, but the light wasn't good and I couldn't be sure. Murphy kept trying to sniff and lick him, but I wasn't sure Murphy hadn't bitten him in the first place, so I kept having to fend him off.

Why ferrets? I've never had ferrets, nor wanted to. Gerbils I could understand....

:is puzzled:


Mar. 15th, 2014 08:26 pm
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Kenny Rogers' song "Twenty Years Ago" is well over twenty years old.

I just noticed that.


Oct. 22nd, 2013 04:06 pm
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I'm sure that the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is a perfectly good organization. But surely the homeland of C. S. Lewis could have given it some other acronym than NICE....
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One thing I didn't mention.

From here to the vet is about two miles. On Wednesday, I walked that distance four times (to and from, once for each dog); though it wasn't always sunny, at worst it was partly cloudy. In any case, the UV was strong.

On the shirt I was wearing, the top buttonhole (well, the second if you count the collar) is worn, and will not hold the button. To keep it buttoned requires rebuttoning every few minutes, and I generally don't bother. Certainly I didn't on Wednesday, my hands being otherwise occupied.

The upshot is this: I have a curious narrow triangular sunburn on my upper chest. It isn't painful, but it's quite prominent when I look at myself in the mirror shirtless. Kinda funny-looking.
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Where did the meme of mentally ill people thinking they're Napoleon come from? (I mean, specifically Napoleon, as opposed to some other famous or powerful person.)

(This question came as the terminus of a mental track featuring Alfred E. Napoleon and the question of how to translate "What, Me Worry?" into French....)
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"Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do...."

I'm currently being earwormed by that song, and it's Salman Rushdie's fault. I'm still reading Midnight's Children (or rather, again reading it; I detoured into Liaden for three books, but now I'm back), and just hit, for the second time, a reference to "Daisy, Daisy".

The problem is that "Daisy, Daisy" has jerk-me-out-of-the-book connections in my head. One, as any SF reader could guess, is 2001 - that horrifying scene toward the end, as Dave rips out HAL's memory chip by chip, like a fast-moving case of Alzheimer's, and HAL retrogresses to his first meetings with - was the name Dr. Chandra? The other is from Lawrence Ritter's The Glory of Their Times, which is a series of interviews with baseball players from early in the 20th century. One of the interviewees - Sam Crawford, maybe? - talks about one of the early World Series, in which Honus Wagner was unmercifully ridden by the other team's fans with a parody of a then-popular song. The song wasn't "Daisy, Daisy", nor was it "Murgatroyd Darcy, the Belle of Canarsie", but either of those songs inevitably calls that story to mind. (Damned if I can remember what the song was. I should get myself a copy of the book; there was some good stuff in it.)

I suppose it's fitting. Rushdie is one of those kitchen-sink writers, like Neal Stephenson or Laurence Sterne, constantly spinning off into obscure digressions about noses or duffel bags or Cap'n Crunch. (I do that too, I guess. Last week, before my Differential Geometry class, I found myself talking to the students about elephants....) But it's distracting.


Jan. 20th, 2011 06:08 am
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I'm watching a Youtube video (yay DSL!) At one point, someone on camera calls a veterinary clinic. We get a closeup of the phone; the dialer's finger taps the canonical "555" prefix. (Non-USAns: 555 is a special-purpose prefix, never given to residential or business phones, so it's often used on TV shows etc., to protect privacy and deter crank calls.) The next shot shows the clinic's shingle - with the correct phone number prominently displayed....
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After seeing the Serenity Prayer on the cashier's arm the other day, should I be surprised to notice that the background spoken bit towards the end of Boston's "Higher Power" is -

the Serenity Prayer?

I hadn't noticed that just now, listening to the song.
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Today, I gave a quiz in my Calculus class. One of the students was a bit slow finishing, so I waited for him as the students in the next class filed in. As I waited, one of the latter, whom I'd never met, came up and asked, "How long have you been growing that beard?" "Uh, I started it in early October." "Awesome. I wish I could do that."

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A few days ago, I found myself looking up the definitions of various gaits of animals, with the aim of correctly naming Gracie's favored mode when excited. I was right; the technical name for it is, indeed, "bounding".

I've been trying to come up with a pun on John Bunyan. Perhaps Gracie a-Bounding to the Chef at Dinner.... Maybe it shouldn't be a pun, but rather some kind of :ahem: shaggy dog story.

Sorry. I haven't been getting enough sleep lately.
stoutfellow: My summer look (Summer)
I've mocked Amazon more than once for their "As someone who :action:, you may be interested to know that :event:", but this one really goes too far.
As someone who has purchased books from, you should know that time is running out to pre-order :title:
Sometimes, all you can do is shake your head and walk away.
stoutfellow: My summer look (Summer)
I just received a letter informing me that I had been nominated for membership in the American Chemical Society.

The last time I did anything having to do with chemistry, I was in ninth grade. That was almost forty years ago.
stoutfellow: (Ben)

"We've noticed that customers who have purchased or rated "Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (Nonpareil Book)" by Will Cuppy have also purchased "Y.U.M! (Your Ultimate Male!): A female critique of the male physique" by Jill Fraeyman."

stoutfellow: (Ben)
My latest message from Amazon informs me that, "[a]s someone who has purchased or rated books by Various Authors", I may be interested in another book by that prolific person.

stoutfellow: (Ben)
Dear customer,
  We've noticed that customers who have purchased or rated "How to Attract the Wombat (Nonpareil Book, 93.)" by Will Cuppy have also purchased "Beijing Blur : A head-spinning journey into modern China" by James West.


Sep. 3rd, 2006 08:50 am
stoutfellow: (Ben)
I just realized that my TV set is older than most of my students.
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Seen on another board:
[O]ne of the questions that the committee asked me in my interview was "If you were a kitchen utensil, which one would you be?"
After pondering for a while, I decided that I'd be a barbeque skewer; I tend to pick lots of disparate things up and refuse to let them go.


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