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The Last Post of January 2008

Well, this has been some month!

In some ways it was great, but for the most part, greatness came in the tail-end of it and not for the rest. My birthday was okay, the New Year was okay, work has been a rollercoaster, and home has been okay. I can say that the squad life was better than okay and kept me going for all the rest. We had a call tonight, but no patient - it was a CO alarm. But, credit is credit and I think for this month, I put in about ten or eleven calls. And there are still two hours left of this shift and anyone who does this knows that a LOT can happen in two hours!
I was surprised to discover that despite the dearth of riding and calls last year, I still logged 75 calls. While that is a low number, the first year I logged 69 calls, the second 89 calls and then over 200 in 2005. I don't remember what I logged for 2006, but I believe it was in the 80s. Hey, that is my average when working. The over 200 calls were made because I worked only seven months in 2005, which …

The Dangers of Overthinking

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STOP! Before you read this, read the previous post, Easy Does It. It will give you a basis for this post.

"Overthinking can wreck our emotional health, says Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D., on the basis of her studies over the past decade. A professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, she provides answers to some common questions:
Do men ruminate too?

Women do it more than men, but that doesn't mean that men don't do it at all. And it takes on a different character. Our research suggests that men are more likely to ruminate about anger and angry situations, and it comes out as angry, grudge-bearing self-righteousness.
Women tend to focus much more on depressive and anxious themes: "What's wrong with me that this person doesn't like me? What did I do wrong?" And they focus on whether they can control something in the future, particularly with regard to relationships. "How can I keep my husband interested in me? How can I make sure that everybody …

Easy Does It

Check this out!

"The word epidemic gets tossed around promiscuously these days. I recently heard somebody refer to an "epidemic" of bad reality television shows, and someone else complain about an "epidemic" of people willing to be seen in public wearing Crocs. But the word does have a medical meaning—it's a condition or disease that affects an unusually large number of people. I guess that could apply to bad footwear. It certainly applies to stress. Last fall, the American Psychological Association released a major study that told us what we already knew—21st-century America is the most stressed-out place on Earth. A third of American adults are living with "extreme stress," and nearly half believe that their stress levels have increased in the past five years.
That's just the beginning of the bad news. The rest is what we tend to do about stress, which in most cases is nothing, self-denial being another great American tradition. When we do r…

Another Survey - These Never Get Old!

Four jobs I have had in my life:
Purchasing Assistant (Miller Harness)
Graphic Artist (Miller Harness)
HR Representative (PNY Technologies, USII)
HR Manager (Current Job)

Four places I have lived in my life:
Trucksville, PA
Wallngton, NJ
Fairfield, NJ
Parsippany, NJ

Four places I have been on vacation:
Ireland/Scotland/Wales/England
Keene, NH
Palm Springs, CA
Las Vegas, NV

Four of my favorite foods:
Hummus
Hawai'ian Pizza
Foccacia bread (I make it with my father, funny, huh?)
Anything either of my fathers make!

Four places I would rather be right now:
Right here (barring that...)
Antartica (only in their summer)
Any place haunted
Any volcano

Four friends or relatives I think will respond:
Molly
Daniela
Ray
We shall see!

Another Birthday

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I normally love my birthday and I still do... but this was a big one and I thought it would be... bigger.
It was a good party, with about 15 guests total. The food was incredible. The room was good. The company was great. There were 25 more people that had been invited but some were unable to make it and many just did not say anything. A small few said they'd come and did not.
The best surprise in the world was that Renee and Alex came to the event from Maryland. I was delighted beyond words. And they brought my uncle, who was very sweet and hugged me and said some really wonderful things. I loved having Renee and Alex there the most and we cheered when our really great DJ, Bob Albrecht, played Code Monkey, Chiron Beta Prime, The Presidents and I Feel Fantastic. He also played Barenaked Ladies, Rammstein, Coldplay and tons of other good songs. He played 40s, 50s, 60, minimal 70s, 80s, 90s and current music. (I asked for minimal 70s music. I think that disco was a huge unerasable mis…

It's My Birthday...

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A.W.A.D. - Words with Colour as Metaphor

Red: Stop. Green: Go.

These two colors have universally accepted meanings, but only when it comes to traffic. Meanings of colors change across cultures, and even within a culture. If your business is in the black, that's a good thing, but if you are blackballed, well, that's a problem. Red ink is bad news but a red-letter day is a happy occasion. A blue moon is a very long period of time but a blue law has nothing to do with length.
This week we'll meet five terms related to colors -- blue, red, white, purple, and blue again -- and how they affect words' shades of meaning.
cordon bleu
(kawr don BLOO) adjective
Of the highest class.
noun
A person of great distinction in a field, especially applied to a chef.

[From French, literally, blue ribbon. Under the Bourbon kings in France, a blue ribbon was worn by knights of the highest order.]
redbrick
(RED-brik) adjective
Lacking prestige.

[The term usually describes universities. A redbrick university is one built in the UK after WWII, a…

Article: Tips to Feel Satisfied with Less Food

OK! Sign me up for that!

"Did you know that simply changing the way you eat could help you to feel more satisfied after eating? Notice I used the word satisfied, not full. There's a big difference. Full means, "I'm really stuffed." Satisfied is simply, "I'm no longer hungry."
Satisfaction is actually a learned feeling. Many of us in fact feel satisfied after eating only half of a meal, but we don't recognize that feeling because, instead of pausing, we go on and eat to fullness. I am still part of the clean-plate generation — that's just how we were brought up. But now we need to change our thinking and learn to recognize what it feels like to be satisfied during a meal. If you stop when you are satisfied, you will eat less food.
Try some of these tips to help you feel more satisfied at meals:

Use smaller plates and bowls. This trick actually fools your mind into thinking that you're getting more food. When you see a plate (no matter what…

I Knew It - The Moon & Easter!

Gregorian Calendar:
History

Gregorian reform
The motivation of the Catholic Church in adjusting the calendar was to celebrate Easter at the time it thought the First Council of Nicaea had agreed upon in 325. Although a canon of the council implies that all churches used the same Easter, they did not. The Church of Alexandria celebrated Easter on the Sunday after the 14th day of the moon (computed using the Metonic cycle) that falls on or after the vernal equinox, which they placed on 21 March. However, the Church of Rome still regarded 25 March as the equinox (until 342) and used a different cycle to compute the day of the moon.[4] In the Alexandrian system, since the 14th day of the Easter moon could fall at earliest on 21 March its first day could fall no earlier than 8 March and no later than 5 April. This meant that Easter varied between 22 March and 25 April. At Rome, Easter was not allowed to fall later than 21 April, this being the day of the Parilia or birthday of Rome and a paga…

The Beauty of MESSENGER

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MESSENGER performed a successful Earth swingby a year after launch, on 2 August2005, with the closest approach at 19:13 UTC at an altitude of 2,347 kilometers (1,458 statute miles) over central Mongolia. On December 12, 2005, a 524 second long burn ('Deep-Space Maneuver' or 'DSM-1') of the large thruster adjusted the trajectory for the upcoming Venus swing-by.
MESSENGER made its first flyby of Venus at 08:34 UTC on October 24, 2006 at an altitude of 2,992 kilometers (1,859 mi). A second flyby of Venus was made at 23:08 UTC on June 5, 2007 at an altitude of 338 kilometers (210 mi). On October 17, 2007, 'Deep-Space Maneuver-2' or 'DSM-2' was executed successfully, putting MESSENGER on target for its first flyby of Mercury.
MESSENGER made a flyby of Mercury on 14 January2008 (closest approach 200 km above surface of Mercury at 19:04:39 UTC), and will make two more flybys of Mercury on October 6, 2008 and September 29, 2009, successively slowing down the spac…

20 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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Two choices today. A picture I took (it's awful but there is a reason for that); or a picture from Wikipedia... You be the judge. And read my posting Five Calls in Three Days. Then you can see why I'm looking a little peaked.




The right image is Iapetus, one of Saturn's satellites. An amazing landscape - but my focus is more on Mercury and what wonders MESSENGER will send us. MESSENGER will be making passes at Mercury - three, or more. It will also take a look at Venus and maybe the Sun, too. Personally, I think looking at the heavens and its inhabitants beats looking at my tired face any time!

19 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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This was too weird to pass up.
My mother made a snide comment about my eyebrows (yes, I shave them to give them a shape other than a caterpillar). When I went this morning to have my hair cut & colour, I had Lucy tint my eyebrows as well. This is not what they look like now - this is what they looked like when I had them sitting with dye on them... Unbelievable! I look like Ugly Betty. In this case, Ugly Ash...

Five Calls in Three Days

It's the Thursday-Saturday fun combo! I took off from work on Friday, and so rode the full 12-hour shift. I will be doing so again this week (I'm off the 25th, the day before my birthday). I do enjoy riding more and may go from riding just the half-shift to maybe 3/4 of the shift - until 0300. I'm thinking about it, anyway.
Thursday night was not so bad. We had our first call right at the start of the evening, so that was easy and done while wakeful. That is nice when calls are first thing in the evening. It is much harder when they occur at 0300...
The first call was... was... so memorable I cannot remember it! I know we went to St. Clares as usual... but for the life of me I can't recall what the call was about.
At 2245 we were blown out for "smoke conditions in the boiler room of one of the local schools. We did the standby for the fire district for all of three minutes and were released. OK. That is easy!
That was it for the whole night, but you know I did not sle…

YEAR'S BEST (ACTUAL) HEADLINES OF 2007

Some of this is funny; some, not so much. Enjoy reading it anyway!

Crack Found on Governor's Daughter [Imagine that!]

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says [No, really?]

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers [Now that's taking things a bit far!]

Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus? [Not if I wipe thoroughly!]

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over [What a guy!]

Miners Refuse to Work after Death [No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so!]

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant [See if that works any better than a fair trial!]

! War Dims Hope for Peace [I can see where it might have that effect!]

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile [You think?]

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures [Who would have thought!]

Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide [They may be on to something!]

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges [You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?]

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge [he probably IS the battery …

18 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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I try to go more for images that I take. Since I had a couple of odd days this past weekend, I did get to take some pictures... This is the not-quite full moon rising - no, I'm sorry, setting through the trees on early Friday (this) morning (I'm talking somewhere around midnight). It is hard to take good images of the moon when sitting behind glass. I should have gotten my jacket on and gone outside.

A Word A Day - Miscellaneous Words

It's that time of the year again when we feature odds and ends. One-of-a-kind words. Words that are unusual, picturesque, whimsical, esoteric, or intriguing. And like all the creatures in this world, this week's words serve a purpose (as shown by their accompanying citations). They make our verbal universe richer and more diverse.
So here they are. We've coaxed them out of the dictionary -- it's not often that one finds them in the open -- and we hope you'll welcome them in your vocabulary.
dingle
(DING-guhl) noun
A deep narrow wooded valley; dell

[Of uncertain origin.]

supererogatory
(soo-puhr-uh-ROG-uh-tor-ee) adjective
1. Going beyond the call of duty
2. Superfluous

[From Latin supererogare (to pay over and above), from super- (above) + erogare (to spend), from rogare (to ask). Ultimately from the Indo-European reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead or rule) that is also the source of regime, direct, rectangle, erect, rectum, alert, source, and surge.]
scorbutic
(skor-BY…

17 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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Here it is: DaVinci's Man, one of my favourite works of art. It is wonderful. Somewhere in the house is the morph drawing that I did transforming the eagle side of a quarter into DaVinci's Man. I liked it... my art teacher did not. Then again, that art teacher didn't like me or anything that I did. My other art teacher, whom I loved, liked some pieces, loved others, didn't like some of them. He was biased toward me but kept an open mind about my artwork. I love that man. He was wonderful, and especially when I needed someone to see the value in me.

16 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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I have been waiting a LONG time for this! MESSENGER was launched in August of 2004 and had its 3.5 year journey to Mercury, the most mysterious of our inner planets! And here, the first unveiling of the unseen side of our first planet! I love it. Mercury was suspected in the third millenium BC and then studied by Galileo (my hero) in the 17th century. Scientists since then have tried to study it but its proximity to the sun has always made this problematic. In the 1800s they came up with another planet, Vulcan, to explain the erratic behaviour of Mercury's orbit. Vulcan was later found to not exist. The most fascinating thing about Mercury is its orbit. It circles the sun every 88 days and its solar day is 176 of our days... Wow. Its sidereal day is 58.7 of our days. And yet, Saturn, a huge planet compared to tiny fleet-footed Mercury, has a sidereal day of 10.5 Earth hours. Go figure!

Ten Thoughts to Ponder Before You Die

Yes, this is humour. It was e-mailed to me from Romania...

Token Thoughts to Ponder for 2008

Number 10
Life is sexually transmitted.

Number 9
Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die...

Number 8
Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny. If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich.
Number 7
Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day, teach a person to use the internet and they won't bother you for weeks.
Number 6
Some people are like a Slinky ..Not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.
Number 5
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
Number 4
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to Criticism.

Number 3
Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200.00 and a substantial tax cut saves you $30.00?
Number 2
In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is Weird and people take Prozac to make it…

Something to Lighten the Day

Well, I had a day, so something to lighten it sounds good. Besides, I like these things... I think insight comes from doing these.
Have a good time... This is a little different than the ones that usually come around. Place an X by all the things you've done, or remove the X from the ones you have not, and send it to your friends (including me). This is in your entire life!
( ) Smoked a cigarette
( ) Drank so much you threw up
(X) Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back
( ) Gone on a blind date
(X) Skipped school
(X) Watched someone die
(X) Been to Canada
(X) Been to Florida
( ) Been to Mexico
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Been lost
(X) Been on the opposite side of the country
(X) Swam in the ocean
( ) Felt like dying
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robbers
( ) Recently colored with crayon
( ) Sang karaoke
( ) Paid for a meal with only coins
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(X) Made prank phone calls (a million years ago)
(X) Laughed until some kind of beve…

MESSENGER Meets the Other Side of Mercury!

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Today, NASA's spacecraft MESSENGER, or the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft, is expected to begin its two day mission at about noon (eastern time), of data collecting and photographing of the planet Mercury. It is the first spacecraft to visit the planet in 34 years, since Mariner 10's visit to the planet in 1974.
"This is raw scientific exploration and the suspense is building by the day. What will MESSENGER see? Monday will tell the tale," said Alan Stern, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C..
This encounter will provide a critical gravity assist needed to keep the spacecraft on track for its March 2011 orbit insertion, beginning an unprecedented yearlong study of Mercury. The flyby also will gather essential data for mission planning. It will flyby an impact crater called the Caloris basin which is almost 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) in diameter. The basin is one of the largest…

13 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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Here's Sunday! This is Tom and Alayna's son, Matthew, who is 2 and a half years old. He's still under the normal weight for his age, but he's tall(ish) and the right weight for that height. He's a good kid, but he loves technology and while Alayna loved the rocking horse, Matthew tolerated it and definitely would not ride it. He wanted nothing to do with this and really wanted to play with the stereo or the clock (it's a weird clock).

15 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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I took a bunch of images today, so selecting the best of the lot was no easy task...


I lied - this was the winner hands down. I made a note in mid-April and late July to do this again with those week's current payrolls to show the difference... this stack is the whole stack for the second week in January and it is maybe half the size of the sixth department inseason! I just really was amused by this...
It took me a half an hour to run this. It was the easiest one to date! But that is the beauty of January.
I love the normal feel of work - people coming and going, all enjoying themselves, the busy kitchen, the frenetic pace of the various departments on special days... but I also appreciate the shut down period, when there is just a skeleton staff and no members or guests. The building is dark and quiet and lovely, as though taking a well-earned nap. The floors have been spit-shined and polished, things repainted, furniture refinished and renewed. When we opened this morning, it was a…

14 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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And here we are for today:


These guys are putting up a fence on the roof of the building I work in, on what overlooks... more roof. Ever find yourself wondering what people are thinking when work like this is commissioned? I do... all the time! This is truly mystifying!



Facebook - So What?

After the initial fun of seeing a lot of people I know suddenly pop up on this site, the fun fizzled. Other than putting one's face out there and showing your statistics, so what? What does one do with this site? I can't find any real activities.

But everyone I know has me listed as a friend.


Not for nothing, but most of the people on it are not really friends - they are acquaitances, former coworkers, current coworkers, squad members... two of them I would call friends but the rest are not truly my real, close friends. Once you call them friends, though, then what?

I don't know. Luis is adamantly against it. He feels that it is selling my specific information all over the place. I'm keeping an eye on it.
So far, I just don't see the value...

What Friggin' Snow?!

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I went to bed around 2230, late for me. Very late, really. But when I went, I looked outside and it was changing from rain to snow. Clearly that was short-lived if it ever happened. And the worst part is that all during the day it showed snow falling.
Again, not a flake.
What a mystery. I wonder why they can't look out the window and see that there is nothing happening?!

60 Minutes and Facebook

Well... I was logging off as they talked about the unbelievable amount of rape occuring in Congo... but then that ended and this thing about Facebook came on. At first I thought that this was another meat market, like MySpace, but now it sounds really interesting. So... I am going to go on Facebook and see if any old friends find me. To a point, they may - but I've changed my name and never publish to original one (no, I'm not running from the law or staying low from defrauding someone).

I never liked my original name and having had this one for eight years, I won't put it out there.

So let me see what Facebook looks like...

Interesting...

Is Weather.com Confused?

The same Web site that has a heavy snow warning has a winter storm watch for us. I think someone is confused. Seriously confused.
If you are confused, that is different - you may not know the difference between a watch and a warning. But I live meteorology and I still have my NOAA radio and carefully watch the NOAA.gov and Weather.com sites. We might not know the difference, but I guarantee you, the folks working for these sites and channels and in meteorology offices do know the difference.
A watch is along the lines of "be warned that some adverse weather may come your way", while a warning is definitely a stronger message: "we almost guarantee that you will get some poor weather conditions".
Hmmmm.

It's Definitely Coming...

A snowstorm is brewing for parts of the northeastern U.S. A low pressure center will crank up off the Carolina coast this afternoon, strengthen, and move northeastward overnight.
Significant snow will develop this evening in and around New York City, then spread into Boston after midnight. In general, the storm will dump 4 or more inches from northeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey through southeastern New York state into central and southern New England and eventually along coastal Maine. In many locations, totals may reach 8 or 10 inches.
From southern New England through coastal Maine, blowing and drifting snow will add to travel problems. The morning commute should be particularly difficult around Boston. In the New York City metro area, the snow will be over or ending by sunrise.
Snowfall (or rain changing to snow) will continue around the Great Lakes through tonight. Several additional inches are expected across northern Michigan.
Far, far to the west--Hawaii--high surf…

Something Stormy This Way Comes...

Looks like there is some interesting weather on the way...

TWC:
O.NEW.KPHI.WS.A.0001.080114T0200Z- 080114T1700Z/
SUSSEX-MORRIS- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NEWTON...MORRISTOWN 402 PM EST SAT JAN 12 2008
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.
SNOW IS ANTICIPATED TO OVERSPREAD THE AREA LATE SUNDAY EVENING, THEN CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. THE SNOW HOWEVER COULD MIX WITH OR BEGIN IN SOME AREAS AS LIGHT RAIN. AS THE STORM INTENSIFIES OFF THE COAST, AND THE PRECIPITATION INTENSITY INCREASES, THE SNOW COULD BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES OVERNIGHT SUNDAY AND EARLY MONDAY MORNING.
THERE IS SOME UNCERTAINTY IN THE EXACT TRACK AND STRENGTH OF THIS STORM. ANY EAST OR WEST SHIFT IN THE STORM TRACK WILL AFFECT THE SNOWFALL AMOUNTS. IN ADDITION, THE SURFACE TEMPERATURES COULD REMAIN RIGHT AROUND FREEZING FOR AWHILE WHICH MAY TEND …

12 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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Every day, just like I promised! I took this image and I love it. But it was not taken today, it was taken in June. But some things have to be posted.

Reading Signs: Shedding Light on Ancient Science

Near Eastern Studies’ newest faculty member brings an understanding of ancient science and its direct connections to the present

By Kate Rix

The planets and stars were all aligned when Francesca Rochberg received an offer to come teach at Berkeley. She joined Berkeley’s Near Eastern Studies Department this year as the Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor, bringing expertise in the study of ancient Mesopotamia and, among other things, the Babylonians’ methods of reading the natural world for signs of impending good or catastrophe.
Her passion for the subject developed early in her career. As a research assistant with the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, she worked with a professor who was studying Babylonian planetary omens. The ancients read the movements of planets and stars, as well as the behavior of animals and insects, for signs of impending good or ill. Harvests could be predicted, battles planned, and even the king’s health and safety protected b…

11 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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Two honeybees collect nectar from Cirsium arvense (commonly known as Creeping Thistle) flowers. Although this plant is considered as a weed and invasive species, it provides food for the Goldfinch and Linnet, as well as over 20 species of Lepidoptera, including the Painted Lady butterfly, and the Engrailed, a species of moth, and several species of aphids. It is also edible by humans, but rarely used due to its propensity to induce flatulence in some people.
Photo credit: Richard Bartz(many thanks! Go to Wikipedia to see more great images)
They can't all be mine, you know...!

A.W.A.D. - Whose what? (animal edition)

A few weeks ago we featured terms in the "x's y" pattern -- descriptive phrases that can be called Whose whats. Going by your comments, it was one of the most popular weeks in AWAD's history. This week we'll reprise the theme with five more such terms, this time from the animal kingdom.
The English language is filled with everyday terms based on animals, from the lion's share (largest part) to the dog's chance (slim chance) and the snail's pace (very slow) but there are many unusual terms too. For this week's parade we have selected five mammals: mare, dog, sheep, donkey, and cat.
mare's nest
(mairz nest) noun
1. A confused mess
2. A hoax or an illusory discovery

[The original sense of the term was a false discovery since clearly a mare doesn't have a nest. Nowadays the term implies a confused situation. A term with a similar origin is the Greek calends meaning a time that doesn't exist: http://wordsmith.org/words/greek_calends.html]
dog'…

10 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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Well, they may not always be mine, but sometimes they are mine, but not from that day.
Christmas is an interesting time of the year. The decorations vary from thrown up haphazardly to amazing rigidity, to fun but cluttered. And sometimes, rarely but sometimes, there is breathtaking.
This is breathtaking. It is simple but so elegant, and it is in a lovely, sunwashed room (when there is sun) with happy furniture, gorgeous views and a big beautiful fireplace. There are some things in life that you would not think to ask for... and I have them. I have them where I work!

9 January 2008 - An Image a Day

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Another sunrise - I love sunrises. It is a life-affirming thing to see the large fiery disc of the sun come up over the horizon. The dark red slowly changing to bright yellow light is amazing. The sun gives us life - something that no one really thinks about. I'm not sure how that happens, that the most basic scientific knowledge is not thought about. People really don't often live in the world, you know.

The airplane just above and slightly to the right makes an interesting addition... I did not see that when I took the image. How can you not love this?

8 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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There are some things in life you are meant to see. This is one of those things. The sun rising through the trees at work. This also had the strange effective of making it look like there was another sun. In the trees!

Bigger, Stronger

I wanna be bigger, stronger, drive a faster car,
To take me anywhere in seconds,
To take me anywhere I wanna go,
And drive around a faster car,
I will settle for nothing less,
I will settle for nothing less.

I wanna be big and strong and drive a faster car
At the touch of a button,
I can go anywhere I wanna go,
And drive around my faster car,
I will settle nothing less,
I will settle nothing less.

I think I want to change my altitude
I think I want to change my altitude
I think I want to change my atmosphere

I wanna be bigger, stronger, drive a faster car,
To take me anywhere in seconds,
To take me anywhere I wanna go,
And drive around my faster car,
I will settle nothing less,
I will settle nothing less.

I think I want to change my altitude
I think I want to change my position
I think I want to change my atmosphere

Bigger and better
Bigger and better
Bigger and better
Bigger and better

Bigger, stronger, drive a faster car
At the touch of a button
I'll go anywhere I want to go...

The Scientist

Come up to meet you,
Tell you I'm sorry,
You don't know how lovely you are

I had to find you,
Tell you I need you,
Tell you I set you apart

Tell me your secrets,
And ask me your questions,
Oh let's go back to the start

Runnin' in circles,
Comin' up tails,
Heads on the science apart

Nobody said it was easy,
It's such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy,
No one ever said it would be so hard

Oh take me back to the start
I was just guessin',
At numbers and figures,

Pullin' the puzzles apart
Questions of science,
Science and progress,
Do not speak as loud as my heart

Tell me you love me,
Come back and haunt me,
Oh on I rush to the start

Runnin' in circles,
Chasin' our tails,
Comin' back as we are

Nobody said it was easy,
Oh it's such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy,
No one ever said it would be so hard

I'm goin' back to the start
Ahhooooooooooooooooo
Ahhooooooooooooooooo
Ahhooooooooooooooooo
Ahhooooooooooooooooo

Things I Don't Understand

How tides control the sea, and what becomes of me
How little things can slip out of your hands
How often people change, no two remain the same
Why things don't always turn out as you plan

These are things that I don't understand
Yeah, these are things that I don't understand

I can't, and I cant decide
Wrong, all my wrong from right
Day, all my day from night
Dark, all my dark from light
I live, but I love this life

How infinite is space, and who decides your fate
Why everything will dissolve into sand
How to avoid defeat, when truth and fiction meet
Why nothing ever turns out as you plan

These are things that I don't understand
Yeah, these are things that I don't understand

I can't, and I cant decide
Wrong, all my wrong from right
Day, all my day from night
Or dark, all my dark from light
I live, but I love this life

7 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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I drove into work as usual, and look - another total horse's ass was on there with me. Musical lanes, tailgating, speeding by in the wrong lane. Unreal. So here you go. Avoid this moron! Driving a Mercedes is never an excuse or a right to drive poorly. I find it staggering that this happens. How does spending too much money on a car make it okay to kill oneself or others. And all this to get to work. Not for nothing, but if you managed your time better you would not need to cut people off and drive like a total moron.

Murder (These are Lyrics!)

Murder, they're coming to get us,
Coming to get us and the way we hide
Murder, see it all around ya,
See it all around us, and the way we hide

Murder, they're coming to get us,
They're coming to get us and the way we hide
Way we hide

Tie me to a tree
Tie my hands above my head
Sing a song to me
Sing a song like what you said

'Cause they're gonna murder me
They're gonna track me down
And even before I sleep
I crumble down

Come spit at us
Come and throw your weight around
Come and fight with us
Try and knock us to the ground

(Sing it) Oh they're gonna murder me
And they're gonna take me down
And even before I sleep
I scream murder

Oh now what could it possibly gain?
Oh what could it possibly gain?
Oh now what could it possibly gain?
Oh yeah what could it possibly gain?

Murder, they're coming to get us,
Coming to get us and the way we hide
Murder, see it all around ya,
See it all around us, and the way we hide

Murder, they're coming to get us,
Coming to get us and the way we hide

Sleeping Sun

Climb up your mountain
Nineteen and countin'
You have got seven,
I have got one

Blinded and hurtin'
This I'm deserving
I've got my secrets
You've only got the sleeping sun

When you've got a secret
Then you've got to keep it
When you have a question
Answers will come

Running and hiding
Take and dividing
You've got your secrets
I've only got a sleeping sun

Sleeping Sun
Singing
Oooh um
Ohhhh oh...
Ahhh ahh
Oh oh Oh oh Oh ohh

And you, as I, saw
A piece in a jigsaw
Run up and around it
Jump up real tall

Run round the houses,
North and the souths'
You've got your answers
We haveboth got a sleeping sun

Sleeping Sun
Singing
Oooh um
Ohhhh oh...
Ahhh ahh
Oh ohOh oh
Oh ohh


Just when I think I have them all, I find new (for me) Coldplay songs. What would the world be with out Coldplay? And you can't just say Chris Martin; he's wonderful, but you need the whole thing. What would a symphony be with the horn section? You see what I mean, right? Chris Martin is an intregal part of the …

A Picture A Day - 6 January

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Sunday... I spent a lot of it at work, but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. I like it there a LOT this time of the year, even though I love it there all the time. But this is a respite from the normal insanity. It is quiet and I am trying to get everything done. I'm setting myself for failure.
Even so... Is there anything better than coming home to kitties? There are, but not many. My kitties are wonderful, and they never want more than love, food and a clean litter box, and a lot more love. They don't ask for the car keys or why I spend time at work. Not that Luis does, he has had years of working a million hours and really late, and now it is my turn.

6 January 2008 - An Image A Day

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Well, this is a wierd image. But never let it be said I don't do weird things...
I took this while going through the car wash... I cannot explain the colours - maybe the soap or the wax (I have never heard of coloured wax but who knows. Or maybe it is just in there for the entertainment value. Who knows. I like it, though.

A.W.A.D. - Newly Coined Words

The new year in A.Word.A.Day begins with new words, relatively speaking.

This week we'll feature words coined in the last decade or so. Of course, new year is an artificial date, the wheel of time keeps revolving, and just like that, new words are coined all the time. Some stay and enter the dictionaries while others are thrown off by the moving wheel.
When I say new words, I don't mean words coined in the last year. Lexicographers watch words for their stamina, to see if a word is going to stick around in the language, and only then add it to their dictionaries. May you always find a word when you need it, in the new year!
wiki
(wiki) noun
A collaborative Web site that can be edited by anyone.

[From Hawaiian wiki (quick). First citation of the word in English is from 1995, when programmer Ward Cunningham used it in naming his new software WikiWikiWeb.]
adultescent
(uh-duhl-TES-uhnt) noun
An adult whose activities and interests are typically associated with youth culture.

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