links for 2008-02-19

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Homonyms (or why I want to smack people)

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Whilst wandering about the internet, I stumbled across something that made me see red for a brief moment.

Yes, someone said “mute point” again.

I know that none of you are so obnoxious as to wander about the net, abusing our rather interesting language.

But in case you forgot, I need to put this reminder out there.

Moot: Obsolete, irrelevant, no longer matters

Mute: Does not make sound, silent

Example: Incorrect word usage makes me mute with anger. I hope that someday this will be a moot issue.

links for 2008-02-18

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Five Things to Like

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Is it just me, or does it seem like nobody really likes themselves nowadays? Perhaps I’m wrong, but it seems like so many people worry about how they are not measuring up to other people’s standards that they forget to live up to their own standards.

It’s preached to us by the media that everyone should be skinny, wearing the right clothes, driving the right car, taking their kids to the right school, living in the right home and drinking the right cup of coffee.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype that it can be hard to focus on you and what you like about yourself. The endless comparisons that you are asked to make can wear you down and convince you that perhaps your life really would be better if you stopped for coffee at Starbucks while driving your Toyota Prius while wearing designer sunglasses.

My challenge is to write a list of five things you like about yourself. Try to make at least one or two items on your list be about your body or appearance. You can put your list on your website or put it in the comments to this page. Have fun with it!

Here’s my list:

1. I like my blue eyes. It can be a lot of fun to play them up and find ways to make them pop.
2. Most cats like me. Even feral cats will let me get fairly close.
3. I have kept my philodendron alive for six years; it has survived neglect, re-potting and my cat. In case you were wondering, his name is Phil.
4. I am a pretty good knitter. I am fairly fast, can knit without looking at my project most of the time, have taught several people how to knit, I can work with or without a pattern and am not afraid to try new projects.
5. I can read quickly and my comprehension of the material does not suffer.

What about you? What are your five things?