Archive for December, 2009

WoD – Fractal Geometry and Benoit Mandelbrot

Anyone know how big the coastline of England is?  The answer is, it depends.  It depends on how big your yardstick is.*  Huh?  What?  Well, imagine for a moment you have a tape measure a mile long.  And you stretch it from endpoint to endpoint along the whole coast of England – you will get some number.  But now imagine you have a yardstick.  This allows you to get into many more nooks and crannies and coastal edges than the mile-long tape measure did, right?  If you took that figure and divided it by 1,760 (the number of yards in a mile), you’d get a different answer.  Now imagine a 12″ ruler.  You can angle it even further into and along all the bends of the land.  Now a micrometer…

Check out this (read the text and click the little squares): http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/fractals/scal-flash.html It is all very, very cool.  Mandelbrot is one smart dude.


*  The actual answer is: infinite.

Wednesday:

A MENTSH ON GLIK IZ A TOYTER MENTSH.  (ah MEHNCH ohn GLIHK ihz ah TOYtehr MEHNCH)

A man without luck is a dead man.

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WoD – “Eight Days of Hanukkah,” by Senator Orrin Hatch

In honor of Chanukah, I thought I’d send this little beauty along.

http://vimeo.com/7971216

There are probably many ways I could take this WoD.  But after watching the Senior (non-Jewish) Senator from Utah make a video of his newly-penned song, “Eight Days of Hanukkah,” instead I am just speechless.   You can read more backstory on this whole video and on Sen. Hatch’s views on Jews, here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/09/us/politics/09hanukkah.html Who knew he was such an oyster…

Friday:

SHTIK  (SHTIHK)

Rehearsed, overused piece

How about that Sen. Hatch shtik on Chanukah…!

WoD – The Style International

Today is just some grammar humor.  What’s your favorite?


Results from the Style Invitational 2009!

The Washington Post’s Style Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the 2009 winners:

1. Cashtration: The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone: The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon: The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic Fit: The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug: Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor: The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

18. Abdicate: To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

19. Esplanade: To attempt an explanation while drunk.

20. Negligent: Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

21. Pokemon: A Rastafarian proctologist.

22. Circumvent: An opening in the front of jockey shorts worn by Jewish men.

23. Oyster: A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

(How about that last one, huh…!)

Wednesday:

ORKHEPORKHE* (OHRkhehPOHRkheh)

Hobo

I told that orkheporkhe to leave me alone.

[*  This word reminds me of the Swedish Chef on the Muppet Show…]

WoD – The Trail of Our Vinyl

I always wanted to hear the live battle sounds of the Six Day War…

http://www.boston.com/thingstodo/gallery/trailofvinyl09/?p1=Well_ThingsToDo_feature2&p12=hp_TTDwell_feature2

Wednesday:

AZOY VI MEN BET ZIKH AZOY SHLOFT MEN  (ahZOY vee mehn BEHT zikh ah ZOY SHLUFT mehn)

As you sow, so shall you reap.  (literally: The way you make your bed is how you sleep in it.)



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