Month: September 2007

flume

A narrow gorge, usually with a stream flowing through it. An open artificial channel or chute carrying a stream of water, as for furnishing power or conveying logs. A very small swimming pool designed with a propeller or pump to

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7 things I did not know last week

Stephen Hawking is 65 (I would have thought he was in his early fifties). In Canada, informal hockey games are still called shinny (from shinty, a team sport played with sticks and a ball, now played almost exclusively in the

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mudroom

A small room or entryway in a house where wet or muddy footwear and clothing can be removed.

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bint

A woman or girl (chiefly British and offensive).

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A little less death and illness would be nice, thanks

The father of a friend of mine is dying of lung cancer. He was always bursting with energy, one of those people who can possibly get on your nerves because they keep you constantly on your toes, but who leave

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The mobile web sucks: discuss

Five Reasons Why Web 2.0 People Need to Shut The F**k Up about the Mobile Web, in reply to Five Reasons Why The Mobile Web Sucks. I totally agree with the content (but perhaps not the tone) of the top

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quagmire

Land with a soft muddy surface. A difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.

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Our flat has been clean for over a week

By Jove I think I’ve cracked it! Last week I wrote about planning to clean a bit every day. Ten minutes every day, to be precise. So: on Monday night I cleaned the kitchen on Tuesday night I dusted everywhere

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The last issue of David Hoyle’s Magazine

I overcome (but only slightly) my laziness to paste an email Dr B. sent to his friends yesterday to comment on the last issue of David Hoyle’s Magazine that we went to see on Monday night: Well that was fun.

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plod

To move or walk heavily or laboriously; trudge. To work or act perseveringly or monotonously; drudge.

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bumptious

Crudely or loudly assertive; pushy. Self-important, conceited.

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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: SilverStripe – Open Source CMS / Framework Simple. Flexible. Scalable. Fast. Standards Compliant. Modular. Template Freedom. Open source. Cross platform. Easy to install. The XP

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bolster

To keep from yielding or failing during stress or difficulty: buoy (up), prop, support.

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kvetch

To complain persistently and whiningly. A chronic, whining complainer.A nagging complaint.

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condign

Deserved; adequate.

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A nutrition experiment that failed miserably

I have already written about how two days into my holiday my mobile phone reset itself and all data was wiped out. I saw this as a sign to let go and try not to make a note of absolutely

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coxcomb

A conceited dandy; a fop.

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Overheard on Studio 60

Wilson White to Jordan McDeere on last week’s (terrestrial UK) episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: Content may be king, but distribution pays the king’s mortgage.

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purblind

Having poor vision; nearly or partly blind. Slow in understanding or discernment; dull.

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How I wish my life was as simple as this

IMG_1264.jpg, originally uploaded by astrx. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed that lately I’ve been enjoying getting rid of things. What you see in this picture from Flickr is for me (at the moment at least) unconceivable. I

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Switching to clean-as-you-go

Dr B. and I live in a medium-sized two-bedroom flat. And we never clean. I like keeping it tidy, but do not like cleaning. He likes it being tidy, and does not like cleaning. But that might be stating the

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wheedle

To persuade or attempt to persuade by flattery or guile; cajole. To obtain through the use of flattery or guile.

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duress

Constraint by threat; coercion illegally applied.

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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: 50 Tips to Unclutter Your Blog ‘Blog clutter is the stuff your readers really don’t need, and it serves mainly to get in the way

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gimcrack

Noun: a cheap and showy object of little or no use; a gewgaw. Adj.: cheap and tasteless; gaudy.

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comport

To conduct or behave (oneself) in a particular manner

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7 things I did not know last week

The Toblerone logo has a ‘hidden’ image of a bear (via Gordon). The word seersucker ‘originates from the Hindi words “shir shakkar,” meaning “milk and sugar”, probably from the resemblance of its smooth and rough stripes to the smooth surface

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grumble

To complain in a surly manner; mutter discontentedly. To rumble or growl.

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Even more of my data on the web

Two days into my holiday my mobile phone reset itself and was wiped out. I back up all my contacts daily with my desktop and online once a month, so information was not lost and easily retrievable away from home.

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doohickey

An unnamed gadget or trinket.

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