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Posted on entry Fast forward ::: December 05, 2011, 01:41 AM:
Glad to hear Lucius is still with us. Too many of my family and friends have lost pets recently. Not to mention human friends and family who have passed away or been seriously ill; there was a spate of that last spring.

Later today will be the funeral of my brother-in-law's mother; she was 95. Not exactly overclocked, but she always complained thatt the "assisted living" home she lived in the last few years was full of old people. She never thought of herself as one. Rest in peace, Eleanor!
Posted on entry Hurricane Irene info and updates ::: August 29, 2011, 01:50 AM:
The link Heather K. meant to post is here -- I Googled it, though that was partly because I was curious about where Manayunk is. A newscast I was watching a while ago had the caption "Manayunk County, PA" and I knew that was wrong (I had to memorize the names of all the counties in Pennsylvania once in school) -- I thought it might be a township or something, but being from the Pittsburgh area I don't know the eastern part of Pa. well. Turns out it's a neighborhood of Philadelphia. So it's in Philadelphia County. (The city and the county, though technically two entities, are coterminous.)

I think the cops may have overreacted though. The guys weren't actually charged with anything. Apparently "lack of common sense" isn't an actual crime in Pennsylvania, for which I'm glad.
Posted on entry Open Thread 161 ::: July 22, 2011, 03:08 AM:
I used to have a website about the -gry puzzle. It was on GeoCities and I don't think it exists anymore. (A couple of years ago Yahoo, which had bought GeoCities, decided it no longer wanted to host free websites.) A lot of my favorite sources and explanations on the topic seem to now be quoted or paraphrased on Wikipedia so I doubt that I want or need to resurrect the thing now, but I still feel a bit of a proprietary interest in the topic. It was amazing, though, how many odd "solutions" or suggestions I'd get. For example, "orgy" and "energy" were popular "answers". Because, apparently, "-rgy" and "-gry" are the same thing to some people.

On the old Stumpers List (now Project Wombat) we had a running joke that whenever this question would pop up, it was time to change the oil in your car. (Come to think of it, my car does probably need that!)

Several years ago, in the April (as in April Fools) issue, Games Magazine had an article in which they printed the third word. Unfortunately :-) there was an ink blot over the (alleged) word, making it illegible.

There was once a site (top level domain indicating the Netherlands) with a very long list of -gry words -- all obscure, of course, except "angry" and "hungry" -- citing sources in literature and dictionaries. And then one time I went to check all my links and that URL turned up as a porn site. I had to remove it from my page, but it was a sad day for me because it had been such a great source.


Posted on entry Open thread 153 ::: February 08, 2011, 01:52 AM:
Xopher: prayers *and* good wishes for you!
Posted on entry Weather outside: Still Frightful ::: February 03, 2011, 01:00 AM:
I was just looking at an article from one of our region's major newspapers*, and could not help but think that the headline was mispunctuated. Surely it should have read "Region spared ... this time". We have been fairly lucky so far here (southwesternmost Pennsylvania** and nearby parts of West Virginia and Ohio), despite the fact that this morning I saw grass in my front yard*** for the first time in weeks. Maybe in 2011. It's been covered with snow, but only a few inches. The big storm this week arched north of us; it hit Youngstown but left the Burgh largely unscathed.

*Amazingly, they still have room for stories not having to do with the Super Bowl. (Obligatory patriotic statement for all citizens of our area to add in this time of trial: Go, Steelers! [waves Terrible Towel])

** For this particular purpose, the region does not include areas north of, say, Butler, or much south of Waynesburg. Or east of, um, maybe Irwin (the latter being near where I grew up)s.

*** Said yard being in Weirton, WV, on an east-facing slope which got lots of sunshine this morning before we got another inch or two of snow.
Posted on entry Among Others ::: January 19, 2011, 02:08 AM:
Amazon informs me that my copy is on it's way; with luck it should be here tomorrow (Wednesday -- I'm writing late at night), or at least the next day.
Posted on entry Reason 6,136 that the internet is not a waste of time ::: November 14, 2010, 12:06 AM:
Lee at #10: food and drink, while not essential, are important -- this is the giveaway that they're thinking about Cheers (or at least, bars/pubs in general)

Is this possibly the reason so many of my online hangouts spend a lot of time *talking about* food and drink? And music, another thing often found in bars/pubs?
Posted on entry Burning tires in New Jersey ::: October 20, 2010, 09:06 PM:
David Harmon @ 57: The second person singular denotes intimacy or familiarity in many Indo-European languages. (Not familiar with languages from other families.) In French there's a verb, "tutoyer" which refers to this quality, especially whether two acquaintances are close enough friends to call each other "tu" (the French cognate of "thou") instead of "vous" (you). Thus the relationship between God and the individual, or vice versa, used "thou" in English versions of Scripture and liturgies until quite recently. By the time I was growing up in the 1950s it had taken on a sense not only of antiquity but -- ironically -- of formality.

And as for "y'all", other dialects of American English have other forms of the second person plural. Here in the Pittsburgh area, for example, the stereotypical native says "yinz", sometimes spelled "yuns" or (more formally, displaying it's original form) "youns" or "you ones". Yours truly has been known to "yinz" people and even to refer to myself as a "yinzer". Even my car wears a sticker that says "YNZ". "Youns" or other variants are known, I'm told, elsewhere, mostly downriver (the Ohio River, that is) in the midwest or upper Mid-South, but we Pittsburghers tend to think of this form as ours.
Posted on entry Burning tires in New Jersey ::: October 19, 2010, 12:23 AM:
No, Serge #52, this -- oops, maybe I should say dis -- is New Jersey we're talkin' about. So

I've got a bad desyre
Ooooh, I'm on fyre
Posted on entry Patrick's won the Hugo for Best Editor! ::: September 06, 2010, 12:27 AM:
Congratulations to Patrick! And to the other winners, too, of course.
Posted on entry Open thread 142 ::: June 24, 2010, 12:08 AM:
The earthquake near Ottawa was apparently felt as far away as Wheeling, West Virginia, some 500 miles southwest. The local news media here (Weirton, WV) all mentioned buildings that were evacuated in Wheeling, Steubenville (Ohio), and Pittsburgh -- one of which was where my sister works! I didn't feel it, myself, though, and am feeling somewhat left out as a result. Most people seemed to be more affected by the string of thunderstorms that also moved through this afternoon, with another one coming in overnight.
Posted on entry Open thread 138 ::: April 01, 2010, 02:32 PM:
Did you guys go to Google.com today yet?

And no, the "Topeka" business isn't the best part. Click on Gmail. They've disemvoweled the Gmail homepage! Google's official blog "explains" the situation.

TNH for the win!
Posted on entry Boomderedux ::: March 23, 2010, 09:40 PM:
Yes, Making Light is neat.

Happy anniversary, Patrick and Teresa!

Plus thanks to all the conspirators who created this very enjoyable video. (Even more enjoyable since I've caught more in-jokes and references due to the comment thread.)
Posted on entry Open thread 137 ::: March 19, 2010, 10:55 PM:
What happens when you play a country and Western song backwards?
--His wife comes back, his job comes back, his truck comes back, and his dog comes back.


And from my late and much-missed Uncle Ray:

Why does beer go through you so fast?
--It doesn't need to change color on the way.

Posted on entry Composing the rejected canon ::: March 12, 2010, 12:09 AM:
I got lucky and found my old Methodist hymnal (not as old as PJ Evans' @ 290 but like the ones I grew up with in the 1960s) on a booksale shelf at our library. Also an old pre-Vatican II (i.e., in Latin) missal and a 1929 Book of Common Prayer. (My Union Prayer Book, which is Jewish, I found at another booksale. It sits next to the BCP without complaint.)

As someone who grew up Methodist, converted to Catholicism (in the seventies, when the English liturgy now being revised was new to everyone, not just me!), has attended Lutheran and Episcopalian liturgies, but is currently not attending any church, I am throughly relating to much of this conversation. Cringing like everyone else at new translations of liturgy and politically-correct meddling with beloved hymns even if I'm no longer quite at home with any of the theology.
Posted on entry Composing the rejected canon ::: March 10, 2010, 10:05 PM:
Mycroft W at #193 writes:Jesus watching over you .... You could put Him in the kitchen maybei

I have in my kitchen a Paint-by-Number version of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper", which my sister did for my aunt (mumble)ty years ago and which eventually came into my keeping. Not great art (at least in the P-by-N version) but a bit of a family heirloom nonetheless. My aunt had it in her dining room but I don't have a dining room.
Posted on entry Like an ice storm, only with more volume ::: February 11, 2010, 12:16 AM:
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opposite problem -- the latch on my car door (driver's side) wouldn't latch shut! I drove to the garage (about 3/4 miles) holding the door shut with one hand and steering with the other. The service manager poked the latch area on the side of the door with a screwdriver and when that didn't loosen it, he found another guy who knew where the penetrating oil -- like WD40 but another brand -- was and sprayed a lot of that onto the latch mechanism inside the door while poking some more, until finally between the two of them,they got the latch to work properly.
Posted on entry Like an ice storm, only with more volume ::: February 10, 2010, 10:07 PM:
Here in western Pennsylvania/the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia area, we've gotten off lucky compared to many.

In my own driveway, I had a total of about two feet of snow. But elsewhere in the region people have had three or more, especially rural, hilly and mountainous ones. I personally have spent over four hours shoveling snow, just in my driveway and front sidewalk and steps, and two bags of salt trying to keep them clear, or at least from icing up under the new layers of snow. The Wheeling TV station just said the total snowfall so far this season is over 41 inches.

It wasn't even a good consistency snow for making snowpeople or snowballs -- I thought about doing that, but it was too powdery. It would have been good for skiing, for people into that, but some local skiing places did not have power for their ski lifts!

Our library has had, over the last six days (Friday through Wednesday), just one full day open (Monday), two part days (closed early Friday and Tuesday), two days that we were closed altogether due to snow( Saturday and Wednesday, i.e. today), and one Sunday when we're closed anyway*.

Last weekend nearly everyone on our staff, and many other people in the area, had at least some power outage at home; one of our staff had no electricity from Friday night through Monday afternoon. (Again, I got off lucky; the electricity in my neighborhood was off only six hours, and overnight at that, when I was asleep anyway.) There are still some people in the area who have not had power since Friday. There are "warming centers" at fire halls and such for people who have no heat at home. My sister and her family had to depend on the gas fireplace insert at their house for heat for over 24 hours while their electricity was out; she was especially worried about her mother-in-law (age 94), who lives with them.

The snow of Friday and Saturday was the fourth largest snowfall in the recorded area of our region. The largest was the Thanksgiving storm of 1950, when I was less than a week old. (Mom and I were snowed in at the hospital**, and my dad at the railroad yard where he worked.) The third largest was the March 1993 blizzard, known in my family as "Daddy's birthday blizzard," it having happened on March 13, my dad's 76th birthday.***

*We used to be open Sunday afternoons but that had to be dropped due to lack of funding.

**Once the streets started to clear, we were able to get to my aunt's apartment, which was not far away, thanks to some kind policemen who drove us there. Yes, my first automobile ride was in a police wagon!

***His antepenultimate birthday, as it turned out; he died in November, 1995.
Posted on entry Blake Charlton experiences suffering ::: February 07, 2010, 12:48 AM:
Becca @ 15 and 18: Try your library anyway. It's possible, even in an area like you describe -- which does not sound unlike the one where I live and work (in a public library) -- that one of the libraries in the area may have the book. At least it will let the librarians know that someone is interested in that sort of thing. Sometimes that's one of the major reasons that "the library doesn't have books I like". Squeaky wheel gets the oil and all that.

You might also want to find out who in your library is in charge of ordering books, and then talk directly to that person. (Squeaky wheel is more likely to get the oil when the person who hears it has the oil can.) Except in very, very small libraries it's probably not the person who checks your books in and out.

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