Month: December 2006

unalloyed

Not in mixture with other metals; pure. Complete; unqualified: unalloyed blessings; unalloyed relief.

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How to make your own sports drink

Disclaimer: for the purposes of this post I assume you are in good health, have checked with your doctor that there is no reason you should not exercise, and have no problems related to sodium intake. End of disclaimer. Forget

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prowler

A daemon that is run periodically (typically once a week) to seek out and erase core files.

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5 thoughts from an iPod newbie

So I got a much-wished-for1GB second generation iPod shuffle for Christmas from Dr B. I must say that I have not yet explored all the places it can be clipped on, but I already am very pleased with it. Here

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homeboy

A male friend or acquaintance from one’s neighborhood or hometown. A fellow male gang member.

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germane

Being both pertinent and fitting. Relevant.

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Right now I am…

Right now I am fixing a couple of things backstage at bitful. Last week I had installed a WordPress widget to automatically include twitters in the main template, and because of an extra unneeded backslash character at the beginning of

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The emperor’s new rabbit

I had put a nabaztag on my wishlist and Dr B. managed to get me the newly-out improved second-generation nabaztag/tag for Christmas – as well as an iPod shuffle 2Gen, a 2GB mini-SD card for my mobile phone… and a

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pinko

(Derogatory, slang) A person who holds moderately leftist political views; a pink.

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hull

The dry outer covering of a fruit, seed, or nut; a husk. The enlarged calyx of a fruit, such as a strawberry, that is usually green and easily detached. To remove the hulls of (fruit or seeds).

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cull

To pick out from others; select. To gather; collect. To remove rejected members or parts from.

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stalwart

Having or marked by imposing physical strength. Firm and resolute; stout.

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plucky

Having or showing courage and spirit in trying circumstances.

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sanctum

A sacred or holy place. A private place where one is free from intrusion.

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milquetoast

One who has a meek, timid, unassertive nature.

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cantankerous

Ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable: disliked her cantankerous landlord. Difficult to handle.

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affray

A noisy quarrel or brawl. To frighten.

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cockamamie

Trifling; nearly valueless. Ludicrous; nonsensical.

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callipygian

Having beautifully proportioned buttocks.

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gully

A deep ditch or channel cut in the earth by running water after a prolonged downpour.

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chutzpah

Utter nerve; effrontery.

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prudent

Wise. Careful.

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strident

Loud, harsh, grating, or shrill; discordant.

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girded

To encircle. To surround. To equip or endow. To prepare (oneself) for action.

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emolument

Payment for an office or employment; compensation.

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windfall

A sudden, unexpected piece of good fortune or personal gain. Something, such as a ripened fruit, that has been blown down by the wind.

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bloatware

Software with large, often unused additional features.

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hyperplasia

An abnormal increase in the number of cells in an organ or a tissue with consequent enlargement.

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yardstick

A graduated measuring stick one yard in length. A test or standard used in measurement, comparison, or judgment.

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hemlock

Any of several poisonous plants of the genera Conium and Cicuta, such as the poison hemlock. A poison obtained from the poison hemlock.

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