Let Us Not Disparage!

November 21, 2018

The epitome of dirty politics  . . . the use of a canard.  “Before the election, the politician invented a canard about his rival and shared it with the media.”


\ kuhnahrdFrench kanar \, noun;

  1. false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor.
  2. Cookeryduck intended or used for food.
  3. Aeronautics.
    1. an airplane that has its horizontal stabilizer and elevators located forward of tthe wing.
    2. Also called canard wing.one of two small lifting wings located in front of the  main wings.
    3. an early airplane having a pusher engine with the rudder and elevator  assembly in front of the wings.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich, and http://www.dictionary.com.

Three Things to Remember!

November 20, 2018

Here is a poem by William Blake that struck a chord with me today.

Three Things to Remember

A Robin Redbreast in a cage,
Puts all Heaven in a rage.

A skylark wounded on the wing
Doth make a cherub cease to sing.

He who shall hurt the little wren
Shall never be beloved by men.

It’s Time for Spartan Basketball!

November 19, 2018

The Michigan State University basketball team started out their season with a loss (by five points) to #1 Kansas a couple of weeks ago.  Since then, they have played a few games against not quite the same level of competition and dominated quite easily:

  • Florida Gulf Coast (on November 11th; Spartans win 106-82)
  • University of Louisiana-Monroe (on November 14th; Spartans win 80-59)
  • Tennessee Tech (on November 18th; Spartans win 101-33))

Later this week, on Thanksgiving evening, the Spartans (#11) will face the Bruins of UCLA (#21) in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational tournament as the season gets underway in earnest with all of the holiday tournaments and other games through December leading up to conference play in January.

And, while it is still early in the season, upsets have become the norm these days.  Here are the upsets for the last couple of weeks.

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#4) defeating Kentucky (#2).
Villanova (#8) losing to Michigan (#18) and losing to unranked Furman.
West Virginia (#13) losing to unranked Buffalo by five (5) points in overtime.
Oregon (#13) losing to unranked Iowa.
Syracuse (#15) losing to unranked Connecticut.
Marquette (#24) losing to unranked Indiana.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
TCU (#20) defeating unranked CSU Bakersfield by five (5) points.
LSU (#23) defeating UNC Greensboro by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Kansas (#1) defeating Michigan State (#10) by five (5) points.
Auburn (#11) defeating Washington (#25).
Oregon (#13) defeating Syracuse (#15).|
Virginia Tech (#13) defeating Purdue (#23) by six (6) points.

Go Spartans!

More Spell Checker Fun!

November 19, 2018

Last month I introduced a wonderful poem that highlighted how spell checkers can get you into trouble.  This month, I carry on with some examples of sentences that spell check would not help to correct.  Enjoy!

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Sum of the thyme clothes out sails can help pour pea pull may Ken’s meat.

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Their awl coming to sea if its four reel.

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Wee took hi weigh eight tee to get two the big sail at wall mart.

Macon ends meat is maid awl the moor Dee man ding bye hi in flay shun.

To thymes too eek wells fore.

Ate thymes too eek wells sick Steen.

Tree thymes ten eek wells third tee.

Surely tried two reach four the tale of the run a weigh hoarse witch flu down the rode.

Our ewe stoop Ed? Your Macon know cents!

It wood bee best if ewe awl weighs used the spell checker on you’re pea sea, eve in though it some thymes pro deuces miss steaks.

Source:Internet Accuracy Project – This organization works to improve the accuracy of reference sources, and also provides advertising-free access to reference, educational and literary materials.

College Football 2018, Week Twelve!

November 18, 2018

The Spartans once again dropped from the polls after losing to a higher-ranked team (just after being reinserted in the polls after a couple of wins against non-ranked opponents).  Polling shenanigans perhaps (to ensure Ohio State would face another “ranked” opponent for their resume?)?  On the road against the Cornhuskers of Nebraska, Michigan State continued their offensive meltdown and could only muster two field goals to the Cornhusker’s three.  Wow, I am underwhelmed.  The Big Ten continues to have four (4) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan [#4], Ohio State [#9], Penn State [#16], and Northwestern [#24]).  And, there continue to be only four undefeated teams remaining: Alabama [#1], Clemson [#2], Notre Dame [#3], and UCF [#11].

Next up for the Spartans, at home to face the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
West Virginia (#9) losing to unranked Oklahoma State by four (4) points.
Boston College (#20) losing to unranked Florida State by one (1) point.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Ohio State (#10) defeating unranked Maryland by one (1) point.
Utah State (#2 ) defeating unranked Colorado State by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Notre Dame (#3) defeated Syracuse (#12).
UCF (#11) defeated Cincinnati (#24).
Texas (#15) defeated Iowa State (#16).


Time to Unplug?!

November 17, 2018

How attached are you to your phone or other portable devices (or your computer)?  Are  you on or using your technology all day?  Could it be time for you to unplug a bit?  Here is a great infographic (courtesy of Injinji) that might be just the push you need.


Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred One!

November 16, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “botany.”  Do you know . . . what is the common name of the flower known as the fleur-de-lis?

The fleur-de-lis is not a lily, but rather,  it is an iris.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

Cheesecake of the Month – November 2018!

November 15, 2018

Here is a tasty-sounding cheesecake recipe that was circulating on Facebook (courtesy of http://www.littlethings.com) last summer.  Cheesecake is already decadent, but throw Butterfinger candies into the mix and wow, happiness for the taste buds for sure.  And, they are the perfect one-serving size (cupcake).

1 12 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
2 Tbsps. sugar, and 12 cup sugar
6 Tbsps. butter, melted
3 8-oz. packs cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
2 Tbsps. sour cream
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
34 cup white chocolate chips
2 tsps. shortening
1 34 cup crushed Butterfinger candies
8 oz. whipped topping
12 cup peanut butter chips

1. To make the crust, combine cracker crumbs, 2 Tbsps. sugar, and butter in a bowl, and mix until combined.
2. Spoon mixture evenly into 24 cupcake liners, and press down. Set aside.
3. To make the cheesecakes, beat 2 packs cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl, until fluffy.
4. Add in eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract, and beat well.
5. In a microwave-safe bowl, add white chocolate chips and 1 tsp. shortening. Heat for 30-second intervals, and stir until chocolate is melted and smooth.
6. Add melted chocolate to cream cheese mixture, and add 1 cup crushed Butterfingers. Stir well to mix.
7.  Fill each cupcake liner with cheesecake mixture. Bake in oven at 350 °F for 18 to 22 minutes. Remove and let cool for 15 minutes.
8.  To make the mousse, beat 1 pack cream cheese until creamy.
9.  In a microwave-safe bowl, add peanut butter chips and remaining shortening. Heat for 30 to 45 seconds, and stir until smooth.
10.  Add melted chips to cream cheese, and mix. Add in whipped topping, and fold mixture well.
11.  Spread 1 Tbsp. of mousse on top of each cake. Top with remaining crushed Butterfingers.
12.  Refrigerate for a few hours. Serve, and enjoy!

Polite vs. Rude!

November 14, 2018

Here is a quotation I like on politeness versus rudeness.

“It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter–an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.”   ― Arthur Schopenhauer


\ rood \, adjective;

  1. discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way.
  2. without culture, learning, or refinement.
  3. rough in manners or behavior; unmannerly; uncouth.

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

The Thinker!

November 13, 2018

I have always been a fan of puns, wordplay, limericks, etc.  So, when I discovered this collection of limericks, I just couldn’t resist sharing one from time to time.  This one was authored by John Ciardi.

The Thinker

There was a young fellow who thought
Very little, but thought it a lot.
Then at long last he knew
What he wanted to do,
But before he could start, he forgot.

Source: A Bundle of Birdbrains . . . Lots of Limericks selected by Myra Cohn Livingston