Month: November 2007

The best and the worst of the UK

There’s nothing I like on TV these days. Apart from the fantastic Flight of the Conchords, all saved up on the PVR for a rainy day marathon, all I record now is filler TV, the kind of stuff I play

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All I want is a seat with juice

I seem to be unable to travel without electronics to keep me entertained during trips. A what? A ‘book’, you say? Is it something I can download on my phone? So when I book seats I try and get one

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dudgeon

A sullen, angry, or indignant humour.

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fustian

Any of several thick twilled cotton fabrics, such as corduroy. Pompous, bombastic, and ranting.

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skittle

A bowling pin of the type used in ninepins – or (in England) skittles.

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yaw

To swerve off course momentarily or temporarily. To move unsteadily; weave.

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account last week: Move your iTunes music while preserving library data How to move your iTunes music while preserving library data (when you don’t let iTunes manage your music library) Hand-Crafting

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jejune

Not interesting; dull. Lacking maturity; childish

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billingsgate

Harsh, often insulting language.

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7 things I did not know last week

Echinacea products made from the leaves and stems are not known to be clinically effective. I just hope the root is as good as they say, because I’ve been using it to keep a cold at bay for a week

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cozen

To mislead by means of a petty trick or fraud; deceive. To persuade or induce to do something by cajoling or wheedling. To obtain by deceit or persuasion.

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tocsin

An alarm sounded on a bell. A bell used to sound an alarm. A warning; an omen.

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Block Facebook Beacon

You might be aware of Beacon, Facebook’s new advertising platform that allows Facebook’s partners to place a cookie on your machine when you shop with them, and next time you log on to Facebook you are notified that the retailer

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bootless

Without advantage or benefit; useless.

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ester

Any of a class of organic compounds corresponding to the inorganic salts and formed from an organic acid and an alcohol.

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hovel

An ugly, squalid dwelling.

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account last week: Destination of ‘recycled’ electronics may surprise you ‘Most Americans think they’re helping the earth when they recycle their old computers, televisions and cell phones. But chances are they’re

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flange

A protruding rim, edge, rib, or collar, as on a wheel or a pipe shaft, used to strengthen an object, hold it in place, or attach it to another object.

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ding

(slang) give a minor bitching about something, esp. something trivial.

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7 things I did not know last week

Your teeth get smaller as you grow old and that makes your face sag. You can have a dental facelift to increase the size of your teeth and fill out your face. Band Aid II did a cover of Do

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whitebait

The young of various fishes, especially the herring, considered a delicacy when fried. Any of various similar or related small edible fishes.

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plumb

(Also plum. Informal) Utterly; completely: plumb worn out.

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‘Preserved’ as innapropriate behaviour?

A friend sent me this notice he found posted at his gym, which I don’t think it’s even one of the gayest in town. You go to a gym? Then you are expected to be supple enough to soap your

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marmoset

Any of various small clawed monkeys of the genera Callithrix and Cebuella, found in tropical forests of the Americas and having soft dense fur, tufted ears, and long tails.

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conniption

A fit of violent emotion, such as anger or panic. Also called conniption fit.

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high jinks

Playful, often noisy and rowdy activity, usually involving mischievous pranks.

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account last week: DivX and Xbox 360: A Potential Win-Win For Everyone The Xbox 360 may soon support DivX. I would love not having to encode video every time I want

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gumshoe

A sneaker or rubber overshoe. Slang. An investigator, especially a detective.

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rake

(architecture) A slope; an inclination; e.g., the inclination (from the horizontal) of an auditorium floor.

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7 things I did not know last week

Jason ‘J’ Brown from boy band Five (originally spelled 5ive) is taking part in the new I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! I’ve always hated the show. But ten years ago I use to kiss the ground J

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