Some light reading:
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I see words as providing people with a deeper and richer meaning to their emotional and professional lives, especially because much of our lives rely on words. So not every word that I use in this little feature is completely unfamiliar to you, or at least I hope it isn't, because teaching you obscure words is not my primary intention, although I do sometimes do this to give you some fun.
Instead, my goal is to demonstrate the beauty, versatility and subtlety of the English language and to acquaint you with the many wonderful languages that have contributed to English. And of course, I hope that you choose a word or two each week to use in your daily conversation simply because it is fun to be erudite and articulate. Keep in mind that you only have to repeat something 20 times for it to become a habit. Why not pick up a few special word and make them your own unique verbal signature?
I found this word in Living with Geese (not yet online), an interesting and well-written story about geese and the people who anthropomorphize them by Paul Theroux, published in the December issue of Smithsonian magazine.
Ingratiation (in-GREY-shee-ey-shun) [Origin: 1615-25 Latin in gr?tiam into favor, after It ingraziare]
Usage: Their [geese's] sounds vary in pitch and urgency, according to the occasion, from wheedling murmurs of reedy ingratiation, along with the silent scissoring of the beak, as they step near knowing you might have food, to the triumphant squawk and wing-flapping of the gander after he has successfully put to flight one of his rivals.
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The Cnet newsite has a rather politically incorrect item this week listing the Top Ten girl geeks. I’m not entirely sure how they’re defining geek but among those listed are Marie Curie, Ada Byron (Lovelace), Rosalind Franklin (after whom my wife wanted to name our daughter), and…Paris Hilton (don’t ask).So, where’s crystallography pioneer Dorothy Crowfoot [...]
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Todays tidbit of torture is a simple little language called Leszek, with an implementation available here. Leszek is based on the idea of iterative string rewriting, which is actually a useful and valuable concept. Of course, Leszek takes it to an extreme of insanity which takes a perfectly good idea, and turns it into a horror. But thats what makes it fun!
In Lezsek, there are no variables; no loops; no state. A program is just a string with a collection of embedded rewriting operators. The way that things work is, the interpreter looksat the string. It finds all of the rewriting commands in the string, and executes them, concatenating the results of those commands. When it's done all ofthe rewrites in the entire program, it takes the resulting program string, and executes that. It keeps going until there is no possibility of any more rewrites generating output, and then it halts.Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...
How many of you have a picked-over carcass in your refrigerator?
NASA's Mars Global Surveyor has likely finished its operating career. The spacecraft has served the longest and been the most productive of any mission ever sent to the red planet. "Mars Global Surveyor has surpassed all expectations," said Michael Meyer, NASA's lead scientist for Mars exploration at NASA Headquarters, Washington. "It has already been the most productive science mission to Mars, and it will yield more discoveries as the treasury of observations it has made continues to be analyzed for years to come." Its camera has returned more than 240,000 images to Earth.
A combination of luck and being in the right place at the right time allowed a University of Florida geologist and other scientists to capture and record an undersea volcanic eruption for the first time ever. The eruption, which took place early this spring thousands of feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, is described in a paper set for release Thursday in Science Express, the journal Science?s online magazine.
You know how we great clumsy gallumphing unsophisticated atheists are always comparing belief in gods to belief in fairies at the bottom of the garden or tooth fairies or whatever? We may have to revise those arguments.
Now we really have to worry. If some space probe snaps a picture of an orbiting teapot, we'll have nothin'.Read the comments on this post...
Planet mapping surveyor probe missing for more than 2 weeks! This 10 year old probe has exceeded its life expectancy by 8 years. Mars Re...
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