Month: July 2007

demesne

The grounds belonging to a mansion or country house. An estate. A realm; a domain.

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account over the past seven days: Invite Share – Everyone is invited! Have some invitations [to private betas] that you want to get off your hands? Why not share them with

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internecine

Of or relating to struggle within a nation, organization, or group. Mutually destructive; ruinous or fatal to both sides. Characterized by bloodshed or carnage.

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apposite

Strikingly appropriate and relevant.

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7 things I did not know last week

If you play with a cod liver oil capsule for long enough, it will eventually pop and splatter all over your desk and the side of your keyboard. The very same side you probably clutch with your hand when typing

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Soho Pride Upcoming event

Don’t you just love social networking? I was looking for Soho Pride’s rescheduled date (it was going to be tomorrow but was moved to 19 August) and found the Soho Pride Upcoming event. I clicked on ‘I’m attending’ and joined

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cordovan

A fine leather originally made of goatskin but now more frequently of split horsehide.

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fealty

The fidelity owed by a vassal to his feudal lord. Faithfulness; allegiance.

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hulk

A heavy, unwieldy ship. One, such as a person or object, that is bulky, clumsy, or unwieldy. A wrecked or abandoned shell of a usually large object, such as a building or vehicle.

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collateral

Property acceptable as security for a loan or other obligation.

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obfuscate

To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand.

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account over the past seven days: Are you a Facebook RSS leper? Some Facebook users have a link to an RSS feed of their own status stories. Some don’t. I don’t,

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onus

A difficult or disagreeable responsibility or necessity; a burden or obligation. A stigma; blame. The burden of proof.

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Sunday lunch: bacon butty

Most often enjoyed on Sundays at lunchtime, this simple British classic recipe goes very well with headaches, queasiness, the need to maintain a horizontal position, bad (yet compelling) TV and other signs of a hangover. This sandwich is such an

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lurgy

Commonwealth English slang for an unspecified contagious disease, generally one considered inconvenient and non-fatal with obvious symptoms, such as influenza or the common cold.

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7 things I did not know last week

Emoze plans to extend support for Thunderbird in late 2007. I’ve been eating imitation Mozart balls (flat-based Mozartkugeln in a golden wrapper, unlike the perfectly round original Mozartkugeln in a silver wrapper) all my life. Not even made in Austria.

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When Harry met Harry

This morning Dr B. bought the adult edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And I have just come back from Tesco across the road with the children’s edition – so we don’t mix them up, I claimed, but

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tosh

Foolish nonsense.

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must

The unfermented or fermenting juice expressed from fruit, especially grapes.

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Three hours of TV my life will never give me back

It had been so long since I’d just sat on the couch to take in what TV had to offer. Well, recorded and watched mostly at 1.5 speed skipping all the ads. And a few boring bits. So tonight I

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vixen

A female fox.

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boilerplate

A steel plate used in making the shells of steam boilers. Inconsequential, formulaic, or stereotypical language.

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furlough

A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces. A usually temporary layoff from work. A leave of absence from prison granted to a prisoner

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Hack Day London links roundup

It’s been one month since I was at Hack Day London. The memories are still vibrant, and here is a list of links about it, for me to remember and for you to discover. Del.icio.us tag: hackdaylondon Flickr Hack Day

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account over the past seven days: Brown Zune finds meaning in Hide-a-Pod – Engadget Tired of having your iPods stolen from you? Hide your next one in a brown Zune shell.

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kith and kin

One’s acquaintances and relatives. One’s relatives.

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Sunday lunch: coq au vin

Another French-themed dinner last night, this time in honour of Bastille Day (and to reciprocate on two dinner invitations received well over two years ago – what took us so long?). We had the baked camembert with home-made bread as

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lathe

A machine for shaping a workpiece by gripping it in a holding device and rotating it under power against a suitable cutting tool for turning, boring, facing, or threading.

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7 things I did not know last week

Diabulimia is an eating disorder whereby people with diabetes skip insulin injections to lose weight. Velcro is a contraction of the French words ‘velours’ (velvet) and ‘crochet’ (hook). The white beads I keep finding on my face (cheek, eyelid and

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Make me an iPod with GPS and RFID a few other things

If my iPod had GPS, it would adjust its volume and music genre according to where I am, the time of day and some manual settings. It would detect one of my gym locations and switch to my sports playlists

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