Friday, October 04, 2013

More October This 'n That

I'm in the mood to type up some stuff.  Yet here I sit, all ready, with nothing noteworthy to type.  I've  paid extra attention to my thoughts these last few days.  In the past, I'd pay attention to my thoughts and find myself thinking of various topics.  If I was patient they'd all come together somehow, but lately my thoughts aren't saying much.  Mostly they mull about among my revolving to-do list.  That should prolly change.  There are lots of things that I could mention, yet they are mundane at best and warrant nothing more than a paragraph.  So for that, we get More October This 'n That!

Special Characters.  Whenever I insert one of these fancy stars, I select Edit → Special Characters, which reminds that I am a Special Character.  This makes me smile.  You're a Special Character too.

More Special Characters.  We need more Special Characters.  I feel the options aren't on par with the way the world is heading.  I mean, I want food symbols and stuff, just like the iPhone.

★ Favorite Quote.  Recently, Josh Wright posted some commentary on the topic of comparison.  It was a comparison commentary.  It was quite good.  You should check it out.  (Or, rather, it would be worth your while to check it out.  Who am I to tell you what you should be doing?)  As was I was reading it, I was reminded of one of my very (very!) favorite quotes:  "Comparison is the thief of joy." ~Teddy Roosevelt.  It's true.  Comparison robs!  It plunders!  It marauds!  It vandalizes!  It wrecks!  It rapes!  It devours!  It pillages!  It devours and devastates and denudes and deprives!  Comparison is a pirate!  Aaaaarg.  (You could always do as Teddy did and call comparison a thief but then you're switching to a noun when sometimes you need a verb – hence the Thesaurus exercise.)

Thesaurus Exercise.  Everyone needs consistent thesaurus exercise to brush up on the ol' vocab, so as to expand, renew, spruce-up and stimulate.  Add that to your daily list, kay?  Because I'm sure you have nothing better to do.  As, I too, have nothing better to do.  Some of my Thesaurus exercise comes in the form what I call Thesaurus Trees.  Here's how it works:  Go to or some other terminology tool tank for talking.  Enter a word, any word, and search.  Now here's where it gets fun.  Just keep clinking on synonyms and see where it takes you.  Try it!  It's fun.  It's like time travel only more realistic.  To make this word-time-travel even more real, say the words out loud.

★ Today's Thesaurus Tree.  To illustrate this vernacular voyage, let's try one, right now, this very minute.  Let's choose a word like... miscellaneous.  I looked up at my Special Character window and noticed one of the characters sets (albeit limited, see above) is titled miscellaneous.  Let's see where this tree leads us.  Here we go:

miscellaneous → multifarious → motley → sundry → jarring → cacophonous → obstreperous → intractable → obdurate → hard-boiled → bawdy → prurient → libidinous → gadabout → perambulant → transient.  

See?  Wasn't that fun? We went from misc, to hard-boiled with breakfast, then over to homeless. Not unlike some of our own family trees, is it..... bwah hah hah...  insert Twilight Zone theme here.

Exercise.  It's time I get some.  Later!  Happy Friday!  And best of luck to any all who plan to run the St. George tomorrow!  Make sure you bring in some sort of Personal Record

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