Spanish for “tumbleweed” is “la rodadora”.
There is a really cool-sounding museum in Ciudad Juárez called
La Rodadora espacio interactivo
(Tumbleweed interactive space). New place on my should-visit list!
Townsville, Australia is not a joke. It is
named for Robert Towns.
Montana is the U.S. version of Inner Mongolia.
The last thing I remember from my dreams this morning is
someone informing me, very authoritatively, that there are
three things that Alexander the Great really wants.
I don't remember the first two but the third was
Had a very shiny nose.
Today I learned that Reddit has an
Amused, I checked into it, and was disappointed to discover that it was not interesting.
It's kinda funny that we still have “happen”, “happy”, “mishap”,
“hapless”, “haphazard”, and so on, but the original word “hap” is
I did this twice.
I am so, so sorry.
I don't know why you would care, but here are the additions I have made over the years:
# MJD additions
<Multi_key> <p> <i> : "π" U03c0 # GREEK SMALL LETTER PI
<Multi_key> <e> <p> <s> : "ε" U03c0 # GREEK SMALL LETTER EPSILON
<Multi_key> <grave> <grave> : "ʻ" U02BB # MODIFIER LETTER TURNED COMMA (Okina)
<Multi_key> <o> <equal> : "ő" U0151 # LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH DOUBLE ACUTE
<Multi_key> <O> <equal> : "Ő" U0150 # LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH DOUBLE ACUTE
<Multi_key> <O> <1> : "①" U2460 # CIRCLED DIGIT ONE
<Multi_key> <O> <2> : "②" U2461 # CIRCLED DIGIT TWO
<Multi_key> <O> <3> : "③" U2462 # CIRCLED DIGIT THREE
<Multi_key> <O> <4> : "④" U2463 # CIRCLED DIGIT FOUR
<Multi_key> <O> <5> : "⑤" U2464 # CIRCLED DIGIT FIVE
<Multi_key> <O> <6> : "⑥" U2465 # CIRCLED DIGIT SIX
<Multi_key> <O> <7> : "⑦" U2466 # CIRCLED DIGIT SEVEN
<Multi_key> <O> <8> : "⑧" U2467 # CIRCLED DIGIT EIGHT
<Multi_key> <O> <9> : "⑨" U2468 # CIRCLED DIGIT NINE
<Multi_key> <O> <0> : "⓪" U24EA # CIRCLED DIGIT ZERO
<Multi_key> <bar> <minus> : "⊢" U22A2 # RIGHT TACK
<Multi_key> <bar> <equal> : "⊧" U22A7 # MODELS
<Multi_key> <i> <n> : "ϵ" U03F5 # GREEK LUNATE EPSILON SIGN
<Multi_key> <bracketleft> <bracketleft> : "⸢" U2E22 # TOP LEFT HALF BRACKET
<Multi_key> <bracketright> <bracketright> : "⸣" U2E23 # TOP RIGHT HALF BRACKET
<Multi_key> <slash> <backslash> : "∧" U2227 # LOGICAL AND
<Multi_key> <backslash> <slash> : "∨" U2228 # LOGICAL OR
<Multi_key> <hyphen> <comma> : "¬" U00AC # NOT SIGN
<Multi_key> <tilde> <tilde> : "¬" U00AC # NOT SIGN
<Multi_key> <G> <H> : "Ȝ" U021C # LATIN CAPITAL LETTER YOGH
<Multi_key> <g> <h> : "ȝ" U021D # LATIN SMALL LETTER YOGH
It turns out that the file I was given already had sequences for
ő, but only with the
<equal> before the letter, not after,
which meant that 50% of the time I couldn't find it.
Following Tony Finch's suggestion I have been using ⸢ and ⸣
(square quotes) as scare quotes.
I sometimes think about adding sequences for Greek letters other than
π and ε, but it's really not the right place to solve the problem.
My computer environment came equipped with a giant
.XCompose file full of useful
abbreviations, many of which I use frequently. It is much easier to commit
to spelling ‘Sierpiński’ correctly when there is an easy and natural way to
type the ‘ń’.
But some things were missing, and I have gradually added them over the years.
Today I discovered that while it predefined sequences for þ and ð, it had none for
ȝ. (This makes sense, as þ and ð are still used in modern Icelandic, and
even appear in ISO 8859-1, whereas ȝ is obsolete.)
Early on I had to add a sequence for ‘ő’ so that I wouldn't have to misspell
“Erdős”. You can see where my priorities are.
“Kennel” is (ultimately) from Latin canis.
I went searching for Thomas Caxton and instead I typed “caaxtron”.
ALL TREMBLE IN FEAR BEFORE CAAXTRON 9000 THE INVINCIBLE, PRINTER OF WORLDS
Trump is talking about using tanks to quell the George Floyd protests, but the Pentagon is getting cold feet:
As of Monday morning, 17,000 National Guard troops had been deployed in 23 states and Washington, DC. No state has requested federal assistance, however, subverting the normal process for domestic military intervention, Pentagon officials told The Beast.
I can't get over the word “subverting” there. What do the unnamed Pentagon officials think the “normal process” is,
or should be?
I think Richard nixon would have looked better with a mullet.
People sometimes say that “there are no stupid questions”. I disagree.
If the question admits only stupid answers, I think that's pretty
strong evidence that it was a stupid question.
A hapless loser on Math Stack Exchange asks:
What is the minimum number of people in a single room so that it can be said “There are two people in this room with birthday in January ”?
Possible answers include:
There is no minimum, because the room might contain any number of people,
all of whom were born in November, and no others.
The minimum is 2, if both were born in January.
The minimum is 0, because you can say whatever you like, regardless of who is in the room.
One often hears the factoid that
In a year, the averge person swallows eight spiders in their sleep.
Of course, this is nonsense. The correct statistic is eight spiders per minute.
Today Twitter has drawn my attention to
#คั่นกูEP11, which they claim
has appeared in 496,000 tweets. This seems to concern episode 11 of
a Thai TV series
I hadn't heard of before.
I like these Twitter trending hashtags because they remind me how big the world is
and how small my little corner is compared with it.
- Just as the umlaut mark was originally a tiny ‘e’ written above the
vowel, and the Spanish ‘ñ’ was originally an ‘n’ with another ‘n’ above
it, there's also a Greek diacritical
mark which is a tiny iota written
below a vowel.
- That wedding music that every movie soundtrack uses was written by
Felix Mendelssohn as [part of the incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream](https://open.spotify.com/track/5LNwmPufnGLxEpcYgVhpRz?si=OWMQOoGiSgCK
sA6HRkqgwA). Film producers have a profound, almost fervent
respect for the works of the great composers of the past, because they
are in the public domain.
According to U.S. to Argue It Never Left Iran Nuke Deal, in Bid to Force Arms Embargo, Report Says :
U.S.-Iranian relations have been bitter since the Islamic Revolution toppled the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran in 1979 and ushered in an era of theocratic rule.
That is a heck of a sentence there.
Some might observe that U.S.-Iranian relations had been bitter at
least as far back as 1953, when the CIA and the U.S.-backed Shah of
toppled the democratically elected Iranian government in 1953
and ushered in an era of brutal dictatorship.
New York Magazine:
With Bernie Sanders’s decision to suspend his presidential campaign,
Joe Biden is not just the “presumptive” Democratic nominee, but the
putative nominee: It’s in the bag unless something extremely weird
Apparently “77-year-old man dies” is now “something extremely weird”.
There is not only a Juneau, Alaska, there is also a Juneau, Wisconsin.
The founders of the towns were cousins. The town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
was also founded by a Juneau.
There is also a town of Alaska, Wisconsin.
Unfortunately, no town of Wisconsin, Alaska.
There is a Wisconsin Township, Minnesota, but the trail stops there.
“Cock-throwing”, a sport in which a chicken was tied to a post, and
players threw sticks at it with the goal of knocking it down or killing
it, was practiced in England as early as 1409.
A papal edict issued by Nicholas I in the 9th century required all
churches to use only the image of a cock as their steeple weathervanes.
Seven versions of La Vie en Rose charted in the U.S. in 1950.
The 1954 film A Star is Born, starring Judy Garland, was itself a
remake of a 1937 film of the same name. .
“Margaret” backward is “teragram”. A teragram is the same as a megatonne.