Friday, January 26, 2007

Friday Frivolity #1

I have decided that - since today is Friday (Thank God!), and that I haven't been keeping up on my blogs very well as of late - I'd start something new in this world of randomness: Friday Frivolity.

(Ok - so it's not particularly original - others do it too - but it's new for me so get over it!)

Anyhow, even if I'm unable to keep up with the random musings as much as I'd like to, at least I'll have something on a weekly basis to share with "all y'all" (that would be the plural of "y'all" by the way), even if it's not directly from the half-baked mind of yours truly.

So now, here for your dining and dancing pleasure, is the first "Friday Frivolity"...

Apparently, archaeologists in Washington, DC have discovered the remains of an prehistoric form of liberal Democrat:

Researchers, dubbing this discovery headuphisassus, have said that it "would explain a lot".

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Multi-Tasking Sucks!

Been waaay too busy lately!

Hasn't it ever occurred to anyone that people were never meant to multi-task? What's up with all this having to do twenty things all at once, and do them all well - and on time?

Do you want it done right or do you want it done right now - ya can't have both!

Gimme a froggin' break, already! Sheesh!

I hate this freaking high-tech industry!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Banished Words - Part 1

Lake Superior State University has come out with their annual list of banished words. This is the first year that I heard of (or at least paid attention to) it, but whatever. It's a fun list, and here is my take on their selections.


From the makers of one of my favorite words, "SNAFU", the US military has come up with this shorthand name for the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. I don't see a problem with the use of this at all. I mean, anything that the media might have a chance of spelling correctly, and that the liberals can actually pronounce (it's only two syllables) can't be all bad, right?


Terms such as "Bradgelina", "TomKat", etc. are just more example of media stupidity, geared toward those whose lives are so completely pathetic that they must seek to live vicariously through the lives of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and so forth (See? How hard was it to actually write out their names? Sheesh!) Besides, isn't it just a little disrespectful to these people (no matter how much - or little - we think of their celebrity status) to minimize them into half of a couple?


Yeah - this word tends to get overused and diluted from its original meaning - "fear mingled with admiration or reverence; a feeling produced by something majestic".

Besides, the correct usage is "wicked awesome".


Yeah - this is an example of "redneck speak" at its (ahem) finest.


Gamer speak, supposedly derived from a mistype of "own" or "owned", which then took on a life of its own - and is just plain stupid. Abbreviations are one thing (with the obvious exception of "TomKat", etc.), but how about spending less time gaming and more on your homework, you slackers!


And where else would it be playing - my bathroom?


Now that is some serious potency - not only did you get your wife pregnant, but yourself as well!

Sorry, Charlie, you had the easy part - take up the next nine months with the mother-to-be. What do you mean "we", Kemosabe?


This one makes me want to puke. Sugar-coat it all you you want, but an illegal alien is an illegal alien. If you're here looking for a free ride and don't want to own up to even the most basic of responsibilities, get the *bleep* out of here! I am not paying for your meal ticket!


OK, so when was the last time an armed robber or drug deal was a good thing?


This word is just flaming crap, plain and simple. Truth is truth, period, and no made up-word attempting to evoke some fanciful (and ficticious) idea of varying levels of truth is going to change that!


More fecal material from our friends in the advertising business.

Sure, I will go out and ask my doctor to put me on the latest overpriced drug du jour so that the manufacturer can make even more money! (Yeah, right!) If my doctor feels the need to prescribe something that will cause substantial weight loss in my wallet, I will trust him to do it.


The latest trendy food thing. Roasted jalapenos - not a bad thing in and of itself, but it really doesn't need to be in everything! No, I think I'll pass on the chipotle cheesecake with pickled chipotle sauce, thank you.

On the upside, at least the hottest food fad isn't cilantro anymore - that stuff is nasty!


Yeah - this one is just really annoying. iBarf. (Hey - it's a complete sentence and a word!)


As far as anything online goes, the new verb "google" seems to have that covered, for better or worse. Though I don't think the word should or will totally fall out of favor - I mean, I don't forsee public safety personnel, for example, going on a "google-and-rescue" operation.


Supposedly, the correct term is "healthful". Whatever. No one uses the word "heathful" in normal everyday conversation; it sounds queer (and lest you forget, that word means "odd" or "strange").


To quote from the LSSU website:
See classified advertisements for houses, says Morris Conklin of Lisboa, Portugal, as in "master bedroom boasts his-and-her fireplaces -- never 'bathroom apologizes for cracked linoleum,' or 'kitchen laments pathetic placement of electrical outlets.'"

Yeah - couldn't have put it better myself.

[Edited to remove that I would blog next about my nominations for banished words - that will happen when it happens.]

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

A happy 2007 to you all!

Despite my best efforts, I wasn't able to squeeze out one more blog post in 2006 - c'est la vie. I couldn't, however, let January 1 go by with out doing something, even if not what I originally intended (which I'll just save for another day).

Today, I must contend with the ever-so-joyous (not!) task of reviewing our finances. I'd just as soon get another root canal, but it must be done, and Mr. Procrastinator has put this off for far too long already.

Here's hoping for a healthy and prosperous new year.