Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Quote of the Day
Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.
Louisa May Alcott
Love Quote of the Day
No, there's nothing half so sweet in life as love's young dream.
Art Quote of the Day
Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
Leonardo da Vinci
Nature Quote of the Day
The wind is a very difficult sound to get. It's always changing.
Don Van Vliet
Funny Quote of the Day
My favorite animal is steak.
March 11th Birthdays
Antonin Scalia, Bobby McFerrin, Douglas Adams, Harold Wilson, Joel Madden, Johnny Knoxville, Lawrence Welk, Michael Polanyi, Roy Barnes, Rupert Murdoch, Sam Donaldson, Terrence Howard
March 11, 2012
My apologies to the readers, I have been very much slacking in bringing this to you. I will endeavor to alleviate this situation in the days to come. Robert
- adjective1: belonging or appearing to belong to no particular class or kind : not easily describe2: lacking distinctive or interesting qualities : dull, drab
- The famous spy was a quiet, nondescript man that no one could describe even a few minutes after meeting him, which was clearly an advantage in his profession.
- "There is a nondescript warehouse in town with contents so vital to the operations of American businesses and government that it is protected by guards armed with assault rifles." — From an article by Conor Shine in the Las Vegas Sun, November 7, 2011
- DID YOU KNOW?
- It is relatively easy to describe the origins of "nondescript" (and there's a hint in the first part of this sentence).
- "Nondescript" was formed by combining the prefix "non-" (meaning "not") with the past participle of the Latin verb "describere," meaning "to describe."
- It is no surprise, then, that when the word was adopted in the late 17th century by English speakers, it was typically applied to something (such as a genus or species) that had not yet been described. Other descriptive descendants of "describere" in English include "describe,"
- "description," and "descriptive" itself, as well as the rare philosophical term "descriptum" ("something that is described").
Name That Synonym: Fill in the blanks to create a synonym of "nondescript": i_d_s_i_c_i_e. The answer is ...
Born in June 1946 in Michigan, Died May, 2008 (RIP Bob, we miss you)
Author of many Sci-Fantasy books, best know for the Myth Adventures of Skeeve and Aahz and for The Theives Worlds series which he wrote in and edited. [Read more here]
BackgroundRobert Asprin was born in St. Johns, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1964 through 1965. From 1965 through 1966 he served in the United States Army. He was married (twice) and had two children. He was active in science fiction fandom and in the early years of the Society for Creative Anachronism under the name "Yang the Nauseating", and co-founded the Great Dark Horde in 1971. He was also an influential member of the Dorsai Irregulars. In 1976, he was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation for The Capture, a cartoon slide show written by Asprin and drawn by Phil Foglio. [more]
Death and aftermathAsprin died of a myocardial infarction at home in his bed on May 22, 2008, A Terry Pratchett novel and his reading glasses were found next to him. He was to have been the Guest of Honor at Marcon that weekend.
In 2008, his heirs donated his archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.
Your fans, of which I am a huge one, sorely miss you Bob, and hope you found the peace you deserved.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
March 07, 2012
- verb1 a : to claim or seize without justificationb : to make undue claims to having : assume2 : to claim on behalf of another : ascribe
- The city council has accused the mayor of arrogating decision-making authority to himself that rightly belongs with the council.
- "Iranian political analysts said Mr. Ahmadinejad, unlike his predecessors, has made enemies of many Iranian religious figures by aggressively arrogating more power to his office than they would like." — From an article by Rick Gladstone in The New York Times, November 23, 2011
- DID YOU KNOW?
- "Arrogate" comes from the Latin "arrogatus," a past participle of the verb "arrogare," which means "to appropriate to one's self."
- The Latin verb, in turn, was formed from the prefix "ad-" ("to" or "toward") and the verb "rogare" ("to ask").
- You may have noticed that "arrogate" is similar to the more familiar "arrogant."
- And there is, in fact, a relationship between the two words. "Arrogant" comes from Latin "arrogant-, arrogans," the present participle of "arrogare."
- "Arrogant" is often applied to that sense of superiority which comes from someone claiming (or arrogating) more consideration than is due to that person's position, dignity, or power.
Word Family Quiz: What relative of "arrogate" can mean "to disparage"? The answer is ...