Category Archives: Oddities

Living with an Engineer

As much as I love him, I think my husband has the heart of an engineer. Or is it just that he’s a guy?

You might be an engineer if …
1) choosing to buy flowers for your girlfriend or upgrading your RAM is a moral dilemma.
2) you take a cruise so you can go on a personal tour of the engine room.
3) in college you thought Spring Break was metal fatigue failure.
4) the sales people at the local computer store can’t answer any of your questions.
5) at an air show you know how fast the skydivers are falling.
6) you bought your wife a new CD-ROM drive for her birthday.
7) you can quote scenes from any Monty Python movie.
8 ) you can type 70 words per minute but can’t read your own handwriting.
9) you comment to your wife that her straight hair is nice and parallel.
10) you sit backwards on the Disneyland rides to see how they do the special effects.
11) you have saved every power cord from all your broken appliances.
12) you have more friends on the Internet than in real life.
13) you know what “http://” stands for.
14) you look forward to Christmas so you can put the kids’ toys together.
15) you see a good design and still have to change it.
16) you spent more on your calculator than on your wedding ring.
17) you still own a slide rule and know how to use it.
18) you think that people yawning around you are sleep deprived.
19) you window shop at Radio Shack
20) your laptop computer costs more than your car
21) your wife hasn’t the foggiest idea of what you do at work.
22) you’ve already calculated how much you make per second.
23) you’ve tried to repair a $5 radio.

Actually, I know what he does at work –although some parts are definitely murky– and I got extra memory for my computer for Christmas instead of the CD-Rom, but the rest pretty much fits. Fortunately, he hasn’t chosen to memorize Monty Python lines. Small mercies.

Lifted from Freaks, Geeks, and Engineers (The Other White Meat)

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A brave new world of language

I can’t keep up with today’s languages. The internet and gaming languages, that is. I thought I could handle LOL, for instance; I thought it meant “Laugh out Loud” or “Lots of Laughs.” Now they’ve added an overusage meaning to it, which means “Lack of Laughter.” It’s a replacement for having nothing to contribute to a chat, for instance, or “Your statement lacks even the vaguest trace of humor but I’ll pretend I’m amused.”

A friend of M. D.’s keeps using W00T! in answer to some emails. That friend is also a writer so I figured she wasn’t illiterate or using it for the exclamation “What!”

Since I am a detective and I like to find things out, I went on the scent of the W00T! definition.

In the process I discovered a completely new language (well, if 1982 can be called new) that was developed in the early 80’s by computer geeks who didn’t want search engines to detect their websites. They invented l33t, or “Elite,” where letters are changed to numbers and symbols and are phonetically written. Gamers and chatters (aha! M. D.’s friend is a gamer) appropriated the language, sometimes as shortcuts, sometimes as a status of what they are. From what I could tell, there’s a fine line between use and overuse, and you can teeter between cool or a total idiot or nerd. In addition, the language evolves continuously with new acronyms and new usage. (How the heck are you supposed to keep up?)

W00T! has gaming origins and meant “We Owned the Other Team” or “Wonderful Loot” (Everquest gaming slang). Now it means a sign of agreement or excitement, or less commonly “Waste of our Time” or “Way out of Topic” in chat rooms (although this is less common).

Okay, here’s one:

ROFL!!!!1 u r teh FUNi!11 i lub u <3

It means, as far as I can tell, Roll on Floor Laughing!!! You are the funniest. I love you. (emoticon meaning heart).

Oh, yeah, because emoticons, groups of punctuation or/and letters, in a non-graphic environment, also translate into feelings. : – ) is the regular happy face (remove the spaces), ; – ) is a wink, : – D is LOL, and : – P is a raspberry. Here they are, translated graphically, courtesy of WordPress: 🙂

😉

😀

😛

I suppose it’s like any language, you learn it as you use it, but there is potential for silliness. Tell me why the following l33tsp34k is easier than writing English:

EX) 1|= `/0|_| C4|| |234|) 7|-|15, `/0|_| |234|_|_`/ ||33|) 70 637 |_41|)

On the other hand, if you want to feel like you’re part of an l33t or that you can write an esoteric language only teh f3VV (the few) can understand, this is it.

Oh, and curious what the above means? Here it is:

For example if you can read this, you really need to get laid.

(LOL)

For more on the new urban language, consult the Urban Dictionary.

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Find out what you’ll be in your next life!

This is just for fun, as a way to say that I’m back on track. The resource usage has been solved (I’m pretty sure, anyway) and I’m jumping back on the blog wagon. I missed this blog. It’s a place where I can share with you the weird things out there that I’d never be able to include in my books ’cause they’re just too weird.

The short test –takes about 4 minutes– lets you know what you’ll be in the next life. Of course, you can totally skew it by not being honest, but the animal you’ll come back as may surprise you. Here’s the response I received when I answered honestly:

Your next life will be as… an Octopus!

Almost 45% of people will be reincarnated as a higher form of life than you.

You’re not perfect, but you’ve lead a better life than most. With a few changes now, your next life could be even better.

Here’s what I got when I tried to skew the results:

Your next life will be as… a Shark!

Almost 45% of people will be reincarnated as a higher form of life than you.

You’re not perfect, but you’ve lead a better life than most. With a few changes now, your next life could be even better.”

Now, who decided that a shark was better than and octopus? Where’s the scientific evidence?

You can find out who you’ll be by going to the The Reincarnation Station

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There are only so many storylines…

I found this image on the internet (unfortunately there was no attribution to it) and found it not only hilarious but very telling. I’ve read somewhere that there are really only seven plots in all literature. This is a small confirmation of it.

Harry Potter and Star Wars

I found the image at http://i.thefairest.info/funniest_thumbs/QaDdYu.jpeg

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Beautiful, weird, intriguing photographs

I found a new blog dedicated mostly to strange and great photography, Novak’s blog. This photo is part of the Moments Frozen in Time collection, Novak’s most popular of the blog. Some of them I’m not sure if they’ve been remastered (taking something out of one and plucking it into something else) but, you know, I don’t really care. The pictures are fun, they’ll make you smile, laugh, groan, and you’ll be wide-eyed for some of them.

In some of the people pictures, it makes you think that, if someone followed you with a camera all day, you’d end up looking pretty silly, too. I particularly like the above picture, because I love Robert Servranckx’s Nature Photography and I could imagine something like that happening to him. It takes incredible patience to photograph birds and animals, and I can’t help thinking how long that photographer had been motionless before that beastie was bold enough to come see what that big black thing was about.

There is also the incredible art of Blaž Porenta, a Slovenian graphic artist who’s already won several prizes. Any amateur of Fantasy and SF will appreciate his imagination.

I’ve always admired artists who can create fantastic creatures and world without falling into the clichéed images of fairies and ogres, or medieval-looking people with ruffles at the neck and swords in the hand. We see way too much of those on the covers of Fantasy novels and they become far from intriguing. Oh, yeah, I forgot the dragons, too. Okay, maybe it’s hard to make a dragon look different (they all have, I suppose, some characteristic bodily features in common) but sheesh, enough of those on the covers already. Or maybe has there been too many stories about dragons? Hmmm. Yeah. After a while, it gets old. Very old.

For more incredible photographs and art, click on the “pictures” tag in Novak’s Blog.

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