Yesterday during a discussion of the necessarily relative nature of “potential energy”, the topic veered into what it would be like if we measured people's height from the center of the sun instead from to the surface of the earth.
Me: You'd be like 92 million miles tall.
Katara: Everyone would be the same!
Me: Yeah, but we'd all be taller at night than during the day.
The Big Dictionary has no citation for “pizazz” from before 1937. The earliest one is:
This strongly suggests that an antedating could be obtained by going through contemporary issues of Harvard Lampoon and Harpers Bazaar.
The spelling of pizazz has always been variable, but I was surprised to learn that during the 1960s it was sometimes spelled “bezazz”.
A while back I complained that the sufficx ‘-potamus’ wasn't widely-enough used. Today I saw this Reddit comment:
All the news that's Rupert Grint.
I dreamed that it was well-known that George H. W. Bush habitually cheated when putting together jigsaw puzzles, to persuade people that he was better at doing them than he really was.
In the dream I imagined that he would take a piece out of the puzzle and put it on the table. Then, when someone came by who might observe, he would pick up the piece he had removed, look at it for a moment, and put it instantly in the right spot.
But when I suggested this to someone else, they said that what he actually did was even more devious and underhanded. I was not able to find out what it was.
I also dreamt I was visiting Shanghai and left my money on the bus.
The more I think about this, the more it seems to me that a monad is not at all a monoid in the category of endofunctors, but actually a monoidal subcategory.
That's the problem.
According to Twitter, I may have won the Iowa caucuses. What do I do now?
Where the morphisms are made up
Today I got worried that I have been mispronouncing “Tanzania”.
But I haven't been.
I think I once estimated that around one-third of the blog posts I start writing never see publication, for one reason or another.
(Some do surprise me by flowering years later.)
I commit them to the repo anyway. Recently committed:
That's just this month. Also Shreevatsa R. sent me a very significant update to the Kurt Gödel loophole in the U.S. Constitution series, and I really want to write some articles about Milton Street, Willie Singletary, Vanessa Lowery Brown, Movita Johnson-Harrell, and the rest of the Philadelphia local-government-to-prison pipeline, but those aren't incomplete because I haven't started them.
Changing “day” to “duck” in various sayings and clichés works pretty well. I asked my co-workers for examples and they helpfully came up with
Various combinations such as duck bed, duck camp, duck room, duck ticket, duck trader, duck trip, duck uniform, and duck-wear.
Some phrases are just confusing:
(Which unfortunately suggests that what was meant was “bang on the duck all day”)
although “today is a good day to duck” is pretty good.
(By the way, ‘duck’ (the verb) is derived from ‘duck’ (the bird) because the bird is always ducking its head into the water to feed. So “today is a good day to duck” can be interpreted either way.)
The Big Dictionary has many useful quotations:
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Sufficient unto the duck is the evil thereof.
Lately I've been having fun pronouncing words as if they were German, even when they aren't. So far, my favorite is “wormhole”.
A long time ago I was at a job interview, and the interviewer said she was concerned that the work wasn't hard enough for me, that I might become bored, find myself hating the job, and stop doing any work while continuing to come in.
I said no, before that happened I would certainly quit. Or else show up one day with a shotgun and murder everyone in the office.
There was a long pause.
“I probably shouldn't have said that.”
I got the job.
According to this 2004 New York Times article, United Methodists Move to Defrock Lesbian:
and yet here we are.
The Bosch web site said I should call if I wasn't sure whether their blade would fit in my tool. So I called. After about ten minutes on hold, I got the rep and asked my question: "Will your T-shank blades work in my Black and Decker handheld jigsaw?"
"I need the part or model number of the blade."
"I am interested in model T130DG."
"That is a T-shank blade. Does your saw take T-shank blades?"
"Yes, that is exactly what I am asking."
"Our blade will work in your saw, if your saw is compatible with T-shank blades."
Thanks, Bosch. I will decide to buy your blade, if your blade is something that I decide to buy.