16 November 2008

the randoms

early apricots

: : has anyone else noticed that the word verifications on Blogger are less gobbledy-gookish these days and more like actual made up words? like linseff and onoin and troinus rather than lkdjfledkjfkdf. this pleases me. much like that wonderful book by Douglas Adams (alert: two Douglas Adams references in a week. something in the water) The Meaning of Liff which features words he created for all those little parts of life that don't currently have words, such as 'the cool side of the pillow on a hot summer night' and 'the little rubber nodules on the underside of the toilet seat'.

: : it's Sneak PEEK people, not Peak. please get it right.

: : i have a large list of important things to do. i am not doing them.

: : now that i knit socks, i need to learn how to darn. when i only ever purchased socks, i didn't darn, i tossed.

: : if you are a music teacher and you normally stand in front of and conduct your ten-piece string ensemble of year 8 kids, but then when they perform in the kindergarten garden for the entertainment of visitors and you introduce them and then walk away, they will not know how to keep time themselves, and Pachelbel's Canon will be a shamozzle because the cellos will go too fast, the violas will fade away to nothingness, the violins will flounder, no one will do the big breath in thing and take charge and they will all look wildly about for help, all the while playing on and on and on ... so next time, could you stay in front of them and wave your arms around for them to follow? pretty please? because otherwise the parent next to you will say 'that was hilarious!' which isn't really the desired outcome, is it? thank you

: : i have a cold. and i'm still not addressing the list.

30 comments:

tut-tut said...

I like your banner, though . . .

Michelle said...

yes i have noticed the word verification thing...some times words they put up make me chuckle...
and i'll remember the peek...
i love spell check...

sueeeus said...

Oh no, is the caps key hosed on your computer? I can't fathom you intentionally not capitalizing!

We have colds too, all the way on the other side of the planet. Hope you're well soon.

Badger said...

Here I was thinking Adams stole that idea from Rich Hall, but turns out it was the other way around.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sniglet

fifi said...

Nothing like Pachelbel's Canon in tempo rubato.


That apricot picture is beautiful.


I've not got a cold,
sorry to hear you have.

M said...

Yes! I've noticed the word verification thing. I think someone's having fun. Or is on acid. Or something.

herhimnbryn said...

I too have noticed the word verification thingy.....strange but it raises a smile.


I think it was Adams who conjured up the word 'Stotting', meaning when a dog uses all for legs to jump up from a standng position. Ours does this regularly, so am pleased there is a Adams word for it!

Penni said...

Sneak Peak sounds like somewhere the Secret Seven might go (being the lamer counterpart to the Famous Five who'd more likely go to Murderer's Hill.) There'd be rogues there called Dastardly Dick and Slithery Stan, claiming to be a birdwatchers or trainspotters but really he'd be planning some terrible crime such as stealing lead pipes from little old ladies. And the Secret Seven would tell the police and then all go home to tea with Scamper.

My dad, who is 82 and had a colourful war, always claimed that sticking your feet in a mustard bath and eating a raw onion (like an apple) is the cure for the common cold.

Cellobella said...

You can never have too many references to Douglas Adams. I myself quoted him this week as well.
:)

Larissa said...

First of all, Penni - you completely cracked me up - my family thought I was mad cackling in front of the computer! It threw me back to grade five, reading in the library (Famous Five mostly, but Secret Seven when I was desperate!)
My father had a copy of the Meaning of Liff and I would sit and read it (hmm, there is a theme to this comment!) to find out the "meaning" of a word the describes the lint left in the bottom of the dryer etc.
I must say the new word verifications must be attempted to be pronounced out loud, there are some good ones! Perhaps a verification dictionary is required?! ;)

Martina said...

Could I sneak to the peak for a peek? Oh, and have a Peak Frean cookie.

Penthe said...

Sneak Peak is the political lobbying group for either spies or petty criminals. They probably have an office within sight of Parliament House, but no one knows.

kim tori said...

On the bright side, learning to darn gives you the perfect excuse for getting one of those pretty wooden darning mushrooms...

travellersyarn said...

Fabulous photo of the apricots. Makes me very homesick for Australia in the stone fruit season.

More Douglas Adams references please!

peppermintpatcher said...

OH NO! I accidentally wrote peak the other day instead of peek and didn't pick it up because it was in the title and spellcheck does not look at the title.

I'm so ashamed...

sorry...

really sorry...

RW said...

How is it that I didn't know of this Douglas Adams?

Yes, I too noticed the word verification is different....

If someone were to say to you I want to learn how to knit socks, where would you direct them. Sock knitting school? Do you think it is best for someone to see how to knit socks first? Is there a really easy pattern to follow whereby the student won't fall on a sword in frustration?

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Sorry to hear that you're peaky! Yes , my father swore by raw onion ....it didn't seem to help much . A hot toddy might , though .

daysgoby said...

That picture is luminescent.

Hope your snuffles are soon better!

Stomper Girl said...

You really can't have too many Douglas Adams references, methinks.

eurolush said...

Those apricots (?) are positively luminous...

I'm all about the sneaking and peeking. Just ask my neighbors. Or read the police reports.

Oh! Just heard Frau Mueller's bells...gotta go!

Shammickite said...

Yup.
Noticed the word thing, some of those words should have definite meanings.
I want to knit more socks. Complicated ones.

Melissa Van Oort said...

I cannot believe the music teacher left the kids to keep it together on their own! I'm a music teacher and that's just unheard of for all but the oldest kids - and then you pick one senior kid (uh, usually the first chair violin...) to take the lead.

Anyway, as for the socks, you might want to try using a reinforcing thread in the heels (not heals) and toes to extend the wear of those high impact areas. Some knitters just double strand the sock yarn in heels and toes, but I haven't tried that yet.

Anna said...

I know!! The WV:s having a way of their own... I had a Tolkienish feeling the other day.

Jodi said...

Sounds like a great book and will look at the library today. Mmm...stone fruit season!

ann said...

thanks for the laugh, not the cold bit tho. mind u i havent got one so.... as well as sayong hi wanted to see the word thingy.

Isabelle said...

Hope the cold's better. I'd just wait for improvement rather than eating the raw onion, but you know, I'm just a feeble person with no pioneering spirit.

Joke said...

1- Do NOT get me started on the "peek/peak my interest" thing.

2- I LOVE Douglas Adams. I wish I could format the word "love" in more emphatic ways to underscore the sentiment.

3- Rich Hall (who is on BBC these days, dunno if his stuff makes it over there) had a "dictionary" called Sniglets: Words That Aren't In The Dictionary But Should Be

I'm a sucker for a portmanteau. Sue me.

That is all.

-J.

Joke said...

P.S. As re. raw onion, the WHITE onion is the best for cold-relief purposes.

Fairlie said...

Oh! So it's not just me. I thought perhaps something had flipped in my brain and I was just starting to think word verifications were looking like real words! Have you ever tried those blurry ones they have for ticket purchase sites though? Impossible.

h&b said...

are you reading photo blogs too ?

Amazing how many of them offer 'sneak peaks' for their clients. Makes me rage and tear my hair out, but I keep mum, as they're useful on other fronts...