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March 21st, 2005

Some Language Geekery

First, Improve Your Singlish.

Second, here's Today's Forgotten English...

comfoozled
Overcome; exhausted; Dickens's Pickwick Papers, 1836.
--John Farmer and W.E. Henley's Slang and Its Analogues, 1890-1904


Man Studies to Death
Today is the 220th birthday of Henry Kirke White, son of a Nottingham butcher and a veritable born scholar. At age seven he would sneak downstairs after everyone was asleep to teach a servant to read and write. The rest of the time, he was an unwilling assistant to his burly father and at fifteen was sent to work in a local lawyer's office, where he excelled in the study of Latin and Greek. Lady Luck smiled briefly on him. According to W. & R. Chambers's Book of Days (1864): "[T]hrough Mr. Simeon, the author of the well known Skelton Sermons, his fondest hopes were realized. In October, 1805, he went to tinction. ... But he had long overtaxed his strength. At the end of one short year from entering the college, exhausted nature sank beneath incessant toil and anxiety." White died in October 1806, at age twenty-one.
I decided to wander into the wacky world of Jpop some over the weekend, since I've been going so anime-crazy lately. Imagine my shock and horror when I encountered Japanese rap. -.- By all that's good in the world, NOOOO!

Le sigh.

Fortunately, it was only a couple of tunes out of the many that I listened to, so hopefully it was an abberation.

Alas, if only I was allowed to listen to streaming feeds here at work. I love my MP3 library, but today I feel like listening to stuff I've never heard before. (Of course, for that matter I feel like writing and drawing, and I'm not doing that, either.)

I also meant to mention that my arm is bandaged up today. I'm not sure if it was cartwheels in Kung Fu or if it's repetitive motion injury from all the mouse-clicking I've been doing at work and on Tough Breaks, but I have what feels a bit like a torn ligament between my right tricep and my elbow. (It's a sharp, needle-like pain just above the elbow towards the back of my arm.) It feels very similar to the bout of carpal tunnel I had a long time ago, and to the shin splints I got when I started KF. Keeping it wrapped up in an ace bandage helps considerably, but it's still sore. I just hope it doesn't interfere with all the work I've been doing to get ahead on the strip.

Also, I wanted to write a Brigid and Greg fictionlet this morning, but I never did come up with a good idea for one. Oh well! I'm sure something will come to me.

-The Gneech

Random Observation

Been updating the finances this evening, and I've discovered that I spent waaaay too much on Love Hina stuff this month.

However, the effect it's had on me, and in particular on how I view and think about SJ, has been profound. So, I don't really mind.

I will discuss in more detail as I process it all.

It wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't also spent a bunch of money on Tria markers. ;)

I'm gonna have to do something about those Prismacolors soon!

-The Gneech

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