November 23rd, 2010
Saw some nice vanity plates on I-66 and I-495 recently:
I don’t know if it refers to the kids or if it is a political statement on marriage.
Well, count me in.
This reminds me of an old story – foot prints in the sand.
November 16th, 2010
The M-W.com’s word of the day – crapulous, which means marked by intemperance especially in eating or drinking or being sick from excessive indulgence in liquor, may sound like a curse word, but it is actually a perfectly legit word tracing back to the Latin word “crapula” meaning “intoxication”. The related word “crapulence” is a word for sickness caused by drinking. A nice clarification is also available at Daily Writing Tips, and it makes Word Spy’s favorite list. Not bad for a word sounding that bad .
November 2nd, 2010
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for Nov 2, 2010 is especially appropriate: Psephology, which is the scientific study of elections. (Today is the field day for all US political pundits and general public with particular interest in psephology.) “Psephology” is from the Greek word psephos for pebbles – the connection being that pebbles were used by the ancient Greeks in voting.
Kudos to the M-W guys for enlightening us every day.
November 1st, 2010
Just had to review someone’s draft writeup. Was surprised to figure out that the basics of publishing, such as image and text alignment and wrapping are not that common, and perhaps the question should text wrap around images is not universally well accepted. Ended up putting together this small write up, hopefully it helps anyone who is struggling with the question of how to do this, even if it does not try to convince anyone if they should do this.
Attaching this as PDF, so the formatting differences are easier to observe: Wrapping Text around Images for Better Publishing.