Well here I was all ready to chime in on Fred's blog and the "comment" function seems to have gone away. I suspect a government conspiracy. But then, I always do.
Companion to 600seconds, 600+ provides a discussion space for 10-minute authors, off the clock.
Friday, August 29, 2003
Thursday, August 28, 2003
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
Sunday, August 24, 2003
Oo! "Abuse" is like "record," with the noun and the verb of the same root being written the same way but differentiated by inflection. Nifty! Good one, Margaret.
Thursday, August 21, 2003
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Figured I'd better post a topic for Friday while I have a few brief seconds of online-ness. It's been 11 days; still no relief in sight. Have I mentioned that I hate Comcast?
Oh, and chiming in late on the ASL-analog to non-homophonic homographs, we've got car & drive, bicycle & ride a bike, airplane and fly, food and eat... to name a few. Their movements are, as Sharon said, nearly identical. The difference lies in what can be done to or with the base sign. The noun motions cannot be modified, but the verb motions can change to incorporate direction, duration, and frequency.
Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Monday, August 18, 2003
Well, the tie -in isn't so much a problem as is writing regularly. Speaking of "regular" I'm home sick so am only now posting for Saturday.
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Best of luck with it, Shawn. I tried it once (and we've written sequels to each other's stories sometimes), but it's tougher than it sounds.
K, I have a new thing I'm going to try: The episodic story where as I try to follow a single story across a variety of topics.
600 seconds is now number one in a search for "non-homophonic homographs".
Lead/lead is a sticky one, too. There's no typo quite like a typo etched in glass. Twice... An award in a showcase downstairs talks about how a team member "lead a project..." It's insidious, because you really won't catch it unless you are looking out for that error. It's a correctly spelled word, it's pronounced the way that you mean, it looks like the present tense version of the word that you mean, and that particular award was probably ordered by a non-native speaker of English. I felt bad for them. I wish people would run these things by me. 'Course, I know of only one other person who caught it, so there you are. In 100 years, "led" will probably be spelled "lead."
I offered a theory to Jon the other night: In 50 years, the accepted comparative form of "fun" will be "funner." "Fun" is (currently) the only one-syllable word I can think of that takes the form "more *" instead of "*-er." Why is that? Is my "more versus -er" rule flawed?
Lest you think my head is entirely consumed with grammar, I've also got a great theory on the biology of Giger's Aliens which I've been considering writing up. I keep thinking that it's already been thought of, that it was exactly what the movie makers had in mind, but Jon assures me otherwise. I expect if I post it on the web, someone will be sure to set me straight.
Another that's occurred to me recently is "primer". But, again, not related the same way as "record". And both pronunciations, in this case, are nouns.
A quick check with Google, however, also reveals lead/lead and dove/dove. That, and the fact that 600 seconds is now number one in a search for "non-homophonic homographs".
Ooh, n'wait. The two "defects" are non-homophonic homographs, and one's a noun while one's a verb, but they are not related the way that "record" is.
American Sign Language does this a lot, actually. "Sit" and "chair" are nearly identical, different only in whether it is one strong downward movement versus two taps. "Name" and "to be called" differ the same way. I expect there are others. (Chime in, Faith...?)
since your post:
well, i had two more. but they've been forgotten. i'll edit this later when i remember.
Monday, August 11, 2003
I have nearly returned, with one for 'words not used to describe me.' of course, school starts in two weeks, so we can see how long this lasts.
Friday, August 08, 2003
Perhaps more insight than was quite wanted on the things that occupy my brain, posted for yesterday, on archives that still aren't publishing. (*sigh*)
Thursday, August 07, 2003
The Blog Fairy backdates two posts for "very quiet children." (But does not have time to straighten out non-publishing archives before dashing off to run a Toastmasters meeting.)
Tuesday, August 05, 2003
"I can type fast when it's just stream of consciousness."
[Sharon coughs into her caffeine-free herbal tea.]
Monday, August 04, 2003
*snicker* I would have gotten the .19724 for Ben's second point. Or, actually, I was bothered that it went to five decimal places, since that is an abuse of significant figures, yo.
Oh, and Shawn?
Pi is THREE!
I would also suggest
You have figured that each box on this test is worth .19724%
You are offended we only took it out to 5 decimal points
because your high school science project was on loss of accuracy in floating point calcluations.
At the bottom of the page, in the bonus area, it asks if you have additional ideas for questions. Here area few:
Did you actually take this test?
Did you share the results with friends and family?
Did you list your score as "39.6 something" or "46.15385"?
Were you proud or ashamed of this score?
Did you inform your friends via a blog or icq?
I'm just sayin'
She's a super geek, super geek. She's super geeky.
46.15385% - Super Geek
I am, in equal measure, proud of this score and disappointed that it is not higher. The SCA got me a fair chunk of points, but I don't know enough software languages. That one kinda applies in real life, too.
In all my spare time. *sigh*
Saturday, August 02, 2003
Friday, August 01, 2003
Fair enough. I'm not hopping mad about it. I just like the regular version better, and I can't figure out why sometimes I see it and sometimes I don't.
This is the Cliff Notes version of a rant that is not really directed at you, Fred.
Programming is hard. Blogger is free.
Yes, it's the lofi version, according to the url. Why I'm seeing that right now, I don't know.
I'm using Internet Explorer 5, as it's the only browser I currently have installed. I've been able to view both versions of Blogger with it, so it's not altogether clear what's causing the problem. For weeks, I was seeing the regular version, so I guess I just assumed the lofi had been a transitional look for Blogger as it updated or something. I don't particularly like the lofi version, but I also don't know how to stop from seeing it. Blogger seems to decide almost on whim which version it shows me when I log in.
I haven't ever seen the second option. Is it the low-fi version, for browsers that don't have enough scripting to render the hi-fi version? The url will give you a clue.