Saturday, August 31, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
Quick, list all the words you can think of that start with “Thr” and have at least four letters in them.
Thrift – thanks, Macklemore!
OK, that last one wasn’t a word. But I’m TRYING.
And specifically what I’m trying to do is be better at games like Scrabble, doing a little of the old mental workout, but there’s an easier way that sitting around making up words.
(threntiamatnioal: the state of being ready to discuss 18th century politics when a train interrupts your speech.)
That easier way is to use the site BoLS Board Games. With its Scrabble Word Finder and lists upon lists of anagrams of words, synonyms of words, antonyms of words, anagrams of antonyms, PROBABLY, it’s about the most helpful site you’ll find for people who love words and the games you play with them. Words With Friends? You’ll dominate those friends into the ground. (That’s what friendship is all about, right? I don’t have any actual friends, so help me out here.)
Board games has page after page of helpful tips for Scrabble lovers and for anyone who just likes words. Their word of the day, their Scrabble strategy guide, Scrabble Dictionary, even the Boggle solver pages are fascinating. (Remember Boggle? I loved it. Still do. Except I don’t have it anymore. I wonder if I can get a Boggle on eBay?)
Final recommendation: If you are a person who uses words, or who knows someone who uses words, BOOKMARK THIS SITE!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
In 250=1, I write stories that are exactly 250 words long, including the title. Why? Because I can. Here's a complete list of all of the stories like that.
Also, I think maybe my numbering is off on these titles, but what can you do? Math is not my strong suit.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Two Problems With Google/ol, one in its capacity as a search engine and one in its capacity as a number. (Infinite Monkeys)
Two Problems With Google/ol, one in its capacity as a search engine and one in its capacity as a number.
Friday, August 16, 2013
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Sunday, August 11, 2013
In The Beginning, 3:
In the beginning there was God and it was dark. So God said Let there be light. Then God had to decide what kind of light ought to be, because there's lots and lots of different kinds of light, at least there were once God thought there were. In fact, there were instantly so many different kinds of light that God got confused, so now confusion existed.
That wasn't what God had wanted, but rather than fret over it he tried instead separating Heaven and Earth but had to first invent distances, so there was that. Miles?? Kilometers? For a while God thought He might go with presaerioa, which is unit of measurement so large it can only be comprehended by an omniscient deity. He scrapped that idea.
It was during that early phase that God invented both swearing, and the law of unintended consequences.
By the time He got around to making people God had pretty much had it with the whole project. It's not like He was slacking off per se but He would have had to admit, had anyone asked Him that He put a lot more effort and thought into the stuff He did earlier in the day.
I mean, God would have told any hypothetical interviewer, Have you seen the peacock? Or volcanoes? If I'm being honest God would have added I'd say I could have done a little better with people.
But nobody ever even tries to interview God, anymore.
In 250=1, I write stories that are exactly 250 words long, including the title. Here's a list of ALL OF THE STORIES LIKE THAT WHICH I EVER WROTE.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
“In The Beginning” supposes there was a beginning, was, but supposing there was not?
Picture this: the universe has no beginning, no end, just this and this and this. A mirror shown another mirror, reflecting back and forth ad infinitum, each reflection the same but further, made up but real, not existing but yes: existing.
Mirror upon mirror slightly changing, magnifying, further removing from our comprehension, what is going on.
Not understanding, man explains: mystification at fire is reflected back in stories of godlike men living on mountains, ideas real enough to be reflected back into versions of manlike gods in a giant hall, controlling thunder remotely and dining with the deserving dead. From there the picture gets more remote: one God living in another dimension, all powerful; then, reflected back is now a universe in which that God is all powerful and can be three
When the mirror shines back, what will be seen? What lies farther away but on the same surface as God-Made-Three? A force, perhaps? Powerful: it can annihilate matter. More inscrutable than what came before: it does not think, does not have compassion, cannot be detected?
And after that? There is no end. No end means no beginning, means eyes which stare into a fire 1,000,000 years ago someday gaze into the majesty of things we cannot even begin to imagine, and those things will be a pale shadow of gods a billion years from now, and so on back and forth ad infinitum.