Monday, June 30, 2008
This terminal was very cool: a curved hallway approach to a big metal button (left, in the distance). An oblate spheriod. Again, I'm not sure about the practicality, but it was very pretty. And it gave me a feeling of the future, space travel, civilization. Hard to imagine that it's just a two-hour flight from dirt houses.
This post's theme word: marver, "a slab of polished stone or iron on which hot glass blown from a blowpipe is rolled and shaped."
R. exceeded his predetermined upper bargaining limit (not to mention his income). We spoke amongst ourselves in English, using words different from our tone so that the salesperson would think we were disparaging the carpets when we were praising them.
This post's theme word: operose, "made with, involving, or evidencing much effort or industry; laborious; tedious." Our expedition was operatic, as well... maybe the next project in the spirit of LBCotF will be an opera about R.'s several exotic carpets. Or perhaps all his condo furnishings.
I have no words for this picture.
This post's theme word: poliad, "a nymph who inhabits a city."
Right, jus d'avocat. Lawyers are deliciously green and creamy. I expected it to taste like guacamole, but it was much milder.
Below, kiwi juice. It was just kiwi, with no emulsifier, so it eventually separated into juice and seeds/fiber. Most delicious of the juices I tried, though it would have been better chilled.
This post's theme word: fample, "to put (food) into a child's mouth." Another obsolete rarity for E.
This post's theme word: unured, "unfortunate, unhappy."
This post's theme word: funniment, "humor; a joke." Like a condiment for your funny bone.
This post's theme word: maslin, "a shiny yellowish alloy of copper resembling brass."
This post's theme word: mamelon, "a rounded eminence or hillock."
This post's theme word is "homelet," which unfortunately does not mean "an omelette with ham" or "an omelette cooked on home appliances other than a griddle" or "a homily delivered while eating an omelette." It means "a tiny or diminutive home."
This post's theme word: grith, "to make peace."
I have a lot of photos of my friends' backs. I didn't want to make a big deal of stopping to pose. The medina was fun, an enormous walled-in open-air market.
This post's theme word: testudinarious, "having the character of a tortoise; marked or colored like tortoise-shell."
This is my 100th blog post. Congratulations to me!
This post's theme word: marotte, "a pet notion, a craze."
This post's featured word: spleet, "a small strip of split wood or willow," dialect. And rare. That one goes out to E.
This post's theme word: shebeen, "an unlicensed drinking establishment."
Also at YYZ, I saw Miss Teen Canada 2007. How did I know? Because she was walking through the airport in her sash (and an evening dress, followed by three people with her baggage).
This post's theme word: paraprosdokian, "a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe the first part." Like garden-path sentences.
This post's featured word: acronymize, "to make into an acronym," as read here. Urban dictionary entry here.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
American may refuse to transport you, or may remove you from your flight at any point, for one or several reasons, including but not limited to the following: ...Your conduct is disorderly, abusive or violent, or you... have an offensive odor not caused by a disability or illness, ... - American Airlines' "Conditions of Carriage"Air Canada's website generously allows that "urns containing human remains... can be carried on and do not count towards your baggage allowance." No other airlines explicitly discuss the transport of human remains as carry-on. Does Air Canada see this a lot? Do Canadians fly with urns of human ashes more frequently than others?
This post's theme song is "Secret Asian Man" by Da Vinci's Notebook.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Last night I was awoken by the brightness of the lightning during the storm. Not the thunder. It was like a strobe every few minutes. I had to close the curtains to get back to sleep.
Today I pulled an Aeon Flux and trapped a fly in my eyelashes. Killer reflexes.
I received a copy of the "operative note" from my surgery. Highlights: "We started with the anterolateral portal, vizualized the patellofemoral joint. This was pristine." and "We irrigated copiously." The idea of "copiously irrigating" the interior of my knee is amusing. And, with retrospective wisdom, painful.
This post's theme word: quisquillian, "worthless or trifling."
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Price: $0.00(Thanks to C. on postpostpre for pointing this out!)
Free glossy, sleek time machine made out of an old dumpster and a gyroscope. Unfortunately, due to a glitch it can only take you back to plague-infested 14th century France or the 1970s. This is a great item and I'm really sorry to part with it. Transportation not provided.
This post's theme word: praetorian, "corruptible or fraudulent."
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I spent a good part of the day doing things that required minimal movement, to prevent myself from overheating. Also minimum contact. Standing is cooler than sitting; more air can circulate. Don't turn on any electronics or lights! -- in this respect, fanless Epizeuxis crushes its helpless, heat-generating competition from Quine. I waited until 8pm to haul my laundry the two blocks to the laundromat, since any earlier attempt would have seen me perish of heat stroke en route.
And despite this weather-induced sluggishness, I feel good. Vitamin D. The sun came out, and I walked on my feet. Who could ask for anything more?
This post's theme word is Canadian: deke (from "decoy"), "a quick fake by a puck carrier intended to trick an opponent out of position."
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Each speaker shouts a different audio reminder at you, for a confusing array much more distracting than a normal plant.
This post's theme song: "A Boat Like Gideon Brown" by Great Big Sea. I've started to listen to Canadian music!
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
A bit of wit from Penny Arcade:
One of the many, many frustrating things about Gabriel is that any excess calories he consumes are converted directly into scorn. They do not linger, they do not collect, he is never physically altered by them... His exercise regimen usually consists of yelling at his monitor...
Several stunningly sharp sentences from this Dvorak typing tutorial (I'm up around 30 wpm):
I did not design this gadget that ignites potatoes.
"Hallelujah," wailed the janitor as he jettisoned the typewriter out the window. The projectile majestically landed at the junction of Jefferson and Winslow streets, just jolting, not injuring, a jogging tourist.I recently discovered that Epizeuxis' spellchecker is set to find at most 500 misspelled words per line. No more. I guess if I made that many, my self-monitoring sanity hackles would be raised. I am pretty sure that there is no font size small enough to fit 500 words on a single line, though -- the screen is not wide enough.
From The Onion, as always a good source of silly material, an article entitled "National Science Foundation: Science Hard" (how surprising!):
This... may one day lead to a new understanding of physics as a way to confuse and bore people.Scientists have also confirmed what I knew all along: parents treat older siblings much more strictly than younger ones.
I figure the weirder your life is, the more fun you're having... until [you] get devoured by interdimensional hyenas or pressganged into service on a gnome submarine. (Questionable Content)
This post's theme word: disintermediator. It means exactly what it says.