gnomi: (knit_before_zoidberg!)
About a month and a half ago, [personal profile] tsuki_no_bara shared a very geeky knitting pattern with me. I realized upon seeing the pattern that I had the *perfect* parents-to-be for whom to knit it. And tonight it (and some additional pieces) was delivered to the parents and the new baby.

So now I can share:Large photos back here )
gnomi: (mousie_with_bear (lanning))
-- I like being able to use technical skills I haven't used in a while. In the course of one project, I used my knowledge of UNIX, Emacs, and HTML.

-- It's Wednesday, and I'm not sure at all what to make for Shabbat. I shall ponder, because it would be ideal if I could shop tonight and cook tomorrow night.

-- Still pondering the next knitting project. I'm thinking socks, mostly since I haven't done any in a while and they're a good portable project. Also, sock season is approaching (for some values of "approaching," inasmuch as it's mid-September and still in the 80s F).

-- Still no velociraptor attacks in the office since the last (purported) one.

-- Construction season continues apace, as they've torn up the area in front of the main entrance to my work building. For the next few weeks, I'll have to walk around the corner to enter the far entrance.

-- How is it possible that Rosh Hashannah starts two weeks from tonight? Wasn't it just Tisha b'Av?

-- I've started wearing tichels to work (I'd been wearing berets/a baseball cap previous). I'm not 100% sure why I waited until I'd been here almost two months; I'm much more comfortable in the tichels than I was in the hats.

-- Muffin and Squeaker have started attending a playgroup four days a week. From all reports, they're enjoying themselves. We're hoping they'll make some friends who are less than 20 years older than them.
gnomi: (yeshiva_stewart)
...that occurred to me over Shabbat:

If one is eating in the home of a couple whose children are all adopted, does one say v'et zar'am* in the Choose Your Own Adventure harachaman** in bentching***?

*"and their offspring," literally "and their seed"
** "the compassionate one," the first word of a series of blessings
*** the blessings after meals ("bentching" is Yiddish; in Hebrew, it is called "Birkat HaMazon," the blessing of the sustenance)
gnomi: (danny_what (celli))
Scene: [personal profile] mabfan and [personal profile] gnomi are walking to lunch on second day Rosh Hashannah. [personal profile] mabfan is pushing the stroller.

[personal profile] mabfan: So, probably you and I will eat in shifts, with one of us holding whichever baby is fussy.

[personal profile] gnomi, indicating the baby sling: If someone is fussy, I can probably sling them, and then I can eat.

[personal profile] mabfan: Well, then I can Magic Missile them.
gnomi: (hypotamoose)
Send more sorts. Bubble, selection, insertion, shell... I'm not picky. I'll even take gnome or pigeonhole (though not bucket, as the lolrus took it).
gnomi: (yeshiva_stewart)
OK, so today is 29 February, AKA Leap Day. It is also a Jewish leap year, meaning that we have a second iteration of the month of Adar. We happen to be in the leap month, Adar I, right now. Today is 23 Adar I.

So I was first wondering how often a Jewish leap year and a Gregorian leap year fall out together. I started looking back (using Tamar) and discovered that not only did 29 February 2000 fall out in Adar I, it fell out on 23 Adar I.

Further research shows that a year with an Adar I and a 29 February appear to occur every eight years. 29 February 1992 was 25 Adar I.

What this means, I do not know. I just think it's cool.
gnomi: (nerd_is_the_word (shoegal-icons))
...what marks my nerdiness more in this photo: the Doctor Who action figures or the fact that the Doctor and Captain Jack are standing in front of The Chicago Manual of Style, A Dictionary of Modern American Usage, Understanding UNIX, and UNIX in a Nutshell.
gnomi: (oxford_comma (yin_again))
...I'm adding "virgule" to my interests. ;-)

Punctuation marks need love, too!
gnomi: (Geekgirl (shoegal-icons))
(this one from Friday, said to [personal profile] mabfan)

"So I was going to look something up in my Chicago 14, but Daniel, Fred, and the Doctor fell and I ended up searching the bottom of my coffee cup for the sonic screwdriver. I then had to relocate the zat, too."
gnomi: (danny_what (celli))
I introduce to those who didn't know what I was talking about...

The Internet (formerly "The Usenet") Oracle!

As for what prompted the poll, it was a comment I made yesterday (the context of the comment is almost irrelevant):

For lo, I ponder your query, whether to novelize or to remain solely in the realm of short fiction.

(and now I'm sounding vaguely like the Internet Oracle (formerly the Usenet Oracle. I think I'll switch from EMnE to Oracluar Speak...)

The Internet Nomi-cle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:

What to do, what to do?

And in response, thus spake the Nomi-cle:

That Voodoo that you do so well!

You owe the Nomi-cle an effigy of Richard Gere.


It then occurred to me that it was possible that a number of the folks on my friends list might not know Orrie, so I figured I'd ask. But I was right in my assumption -- there are folks who weren't previously aware of Orrie, but the majority did know what I was talking about.
gnomi: (Default)
I have a suspicion about how this poll will turn out, but I'm curious nonetheless:

[Poll #969466]
gnomi: (hypotamoose)
Yesterday, my new toy arrived in the mail, and after work (and after a couple of other things), I got a chance to test it out.

Equipment:

-- One Mac iBook G4
-- One Sony Dual-Cassette Deck (very similar to this), acquired as a graduation gift when I graduated from high school in 1989
-- One InstantMusic Vinyl & Cassette Ripper, which came with a bunch of cables (so that one can connect to the output device of one's choice)
-- One cassette of The Skidmore Bandersnatchers' "Live from the Edge," acquired my senior year of college.

Procedure: )
gnomi: (grammar_crisis_room (wanderingbastet ))
(Please note: This is not aimed toward anyone whose manuscript I may have on my desk at this time, regardless of the stage at which you sent it to me... I've been reading too much fanfic, I think.)

Dear Writer,

I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to some important keys on your keyboard. I know you're familiar with the keyboard itself; you have pounded out 5,000 words of your latest masterpiece. However, I believe you may need to reacquaint yourself with the following players:

First, there's the return key, also called "Enter." It moves your cursor to the beginning of the next line. It is appreciated if you use it between paragraphs. And if you're not indenting the beginning of your paragraphs? It's especially appreciated if you use it twice between paragraphs, thus leaving a blank line periodically amongst all that text.

Next, there's the comma. He's a little guy, frequently underappreciated. He sets off all sorts of clauses and separates items in a list. Either way, it's a good idea to get to know him (though don't get too friendly with him; there are those who should be written up for abuse of the comma for overworking the poor little guy).

Lastly, there's the period. He's a friendly, hardworking key. He comes at the end of sentences, or at least he should. You're overworking him if you make him and two of his buddies form an ellipsis at the end of every sentence. Trust me on this.

Acquaint yourself with these few keys and you will discover the difference between writing a story I'll happily read all the way through and the one I'll click away from immediately upon seeing your first paragraphs.
gnomi: (Default)
-- Staples' coupon for their Ink Sweepstakes made me giggle -- "Buy ink or toner! No purchase necessary!"

-- A minor numismatic Grrr: I've been collecting the 50 State Quarters from the beginning. On Wednesday, I got a couple of Montanas as change. However, I still haven't gotten my hands on a South Dakota.

-- The band Say Anything must have at least one Jewish member. I say this based solely on the lyrics of their current song getting radio play (warning: sexual content in lyrics)

-- I'm pondering heading out to Somerville next Saturday night after Shabbat to see if I can meet people in town for the Jamboree.

-- A fun YouTube link: The Yiddish Alef Bet Song (with Hebrew subtitles)

-- I have recently acquired a cool new toy (well, it's on its way to me, so I shall acquire it Real Soon Now) that will allow me to rip cassettes and vinyl discs to mp3. Since I have a record player and a cassette player and many, many instances of music on either cassette or vinyl, this new gadget will get much use.

-- With thanks to [livejournal.com profile] betra, who showed me her copy, I have now acquired a copy of Love and Knishes, a Jewish cookbook that came out in 1956. There is, apparently, an updated version that came out in 1997, but there's something special about an older version.

-- A new-to-me word, introduced to me by my mother: Spoliation. I like this word a lot. It has a good mouth-feel. And extra points to my mother for not laughing at me when I told her that I liked the word because of its mouth-feel.

-- An observation: When I want junk food, eating a clementine, no matter how tasty the clementine, is not going to slake my desire for junk.
gnomi: (grammar_crisis_room (wanderingbastet ))
From the IMDb, tangentially via [profile] dianora2, I bring you a quote from Dominic Purcell:

"I've been here for five years, maybe four. I was doing 'John Doe,' and I was working ridiculous hours on that, and I was speaking American all day and then I'd get home and speak Australian and I just felt so exhausted by going back and forth that I just decided to speak it all the time. Now I just speak American."


Having spent the weekend in the company of lovely folks speaking both Canadian and British English and discussing the differences between them and American English (as well as the regional variations in American English), the quote resonated.
gnomi: (grammar_crisis_room (wanderingbastet ))
A while ago, I was yammering here about lay and lie and the misuse thereof. At some point in the comment thread, someone said that the lyrics to Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars has a lay/lie error in the chorus ("If I lay here/If I just lay here/Would you lie with me and just forget the world?").

Because my brain is a very odd place, I've been pondering this on and off since. And I'm not convinced that there is a lay/lie error there, because none of the following are considered incorrect, at least in informal writing:

-- If I ate here, would you join me for dinner?
-- If I sat here, would you sit next to me?
-- If I lived here, I'd be home now.

Yes, an argument could be made that the verbs above should all be present, not past, tense, but I don't think that the past is out-and-out wrong.

So, there you have it. I'm going to stand up, at least somewhat, for the usage "If I lay here, would you lie with me?"
gnomi: (recreational_therapy (lanning))
...I bring you Introducing the book. (YouTube link)

(link received from [profile] beckyfeld who got it from [personal profile] osewalrus who got it from someone I'm not sure if they have an LJ handle)
gnomi: (dictionary_moo)
So, a couple of days ago, I was looking in my top desk drawer for an envelope of papers my parents had sent me a couple of years ago. And I found it. But, along with the envelope, I found something else -- a Barnes & Noble gift certificate (yes, an actual certificate, thus indicating that it was from a decent interval of time ago) from [profile] 530nm330hz and [profile] introverte. [personal profile] mabfan and I had another B&N gift card, as well (this one much newer, a winter gift from some friends), so we figured we'd head off to B&N and do some book-related purchasing.

In the end, we ended up with a number of good books. One of them was Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition (AKA 11C). It's been a good long while since I bought an M-W Collegiate (I believe I have a 9C from late high school/early college), so we were due.

But this is not the first time that [profile] 530nm330hz and [profile] introverte have been involved in expanding my dictionary collection. When I graduated from college, they and [personal profile] vettecat gave me the Webster's Third New International Dictionary (AKA NI3) that sits on my dictionary shelf next to my OED (which my parents got me for my 30th birthday).

I'm very lucky to have friends who understand the value of a good dictionary. :-)

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