GMSP, dude!

There are all those common abbreviations you see on the internet because the full phrases would be too long to type out all the time. LOL, BRB, AFK, ROFLDOG, etc. The likeliness that someone will use one of these abbreviations is inversely proportional to the likeliness that the recipient will understand it. Then you have to explain it, which takes longer than it would have to just type the phrase in the first place. I’ve come up with my own. GMSP. Give Me Some Pie. You are free to use it. Why do I get the feeling you’re not going to?

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Serifs are the little hooks and barbs on some fonts. I always figured it was a silly idea. Adding decorative stuff to letters would make them harder to read, you’d think. Wikipedia claims that this is true on computer monitors, but they claim that those extra thingies somehow help readability in printed media. I don’t get it. This guy looked at the issue of serif vs. sans serif and decided it doesn’t make much difference. I think I’d side with the sans serifarians. Trust me. I know nothing about typography. While on the subject, typography seems to have a lot of unnecessarily complicated terms. If we changed “serif” to “fonts with hangy things” and “sans serif” to “clean fonts”, it’d put an end to the problem right there. If you’re interested in learning more about fonts, you’re a very dull person.

Auwe!

In Lilo and Stitch, the Hawaiian dude says, “auwe!” (He’s voiced by Jason Lee, who played Bruce Lee in a movie…not to be confused with Brandon Lee who was Bruce Lee’s son.) Anyway, I liked the word so I looked it up. It means something like, “oh no!” or “what?!!”

It ain't nucular science

Jeremy and I were chatting about odd pronunciations of some words…all surprisingly legitimate according to dictionary.com. Here are some of them and who I’ve heard saying them.
diabetis” — Wilfred Brimley in those infomercials
jigawatt” — Doc from Back to the Future, of course…and I think my grampa too.
robut” — a coworker who knows everything there is to know about 50s electronics as well as some 50s sci-fi movie

I was reading that the Vietnamese name, “Nguyen” is pronounced “win”. I looked it up on the net and it seems to be even more subtle than that. Lesson learned…don’t guess at how to pronounce something at a Vietnamese restaurant…just order the number.

I installed Remote Calendars to sync between Outlook at work and my google calendar. Convenient! I noticed that Google calendar has the ability to text message your cellphone for reminders.

UPDATE: Watch it…I’ve somehow trashed my Outlook Calendar with this. If you do not create a new Outlook folder to receive the Google calendar, you will crush your existing Outlook Calendar in a sync!

non-word of the day

From dictionary.com:

Irregardless is a word that many mistakenly believe to be correct usage in formal style, when in fact it is used chiefly in nonstandard speech or casual writing. Coined in the United States in the early 20th century, it has met with a blizzard of condemnation for being an improper yoking of irrespective and regardless and for the logical absurdity of combining the negative ir- prefix and -less suffix in a single term. Although one might reasonably argue that it is no different from words with redundant affixes like debone and unravel, it has been considered a blunder for decades and will probably continue to be so.