Useless Starts To Sentences

Computer columnist John C. Dvorak.
Computer columnist John C. Dvorak. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While I am digging through news feeds looking for material to scribe about, I am listening to The No Agenda Show.  While you can say what you wish about John C. Dvorak and Adam Curry, personally, I love their show. I have been listening to Adam since his Daily Source Code podcast.  I could not tell you how long I have read Dvorak and regardless of what he said about the PC mouse, I still think he is a required-tech-guru follow. Their snarky, critical thinking is a welcome change from the mainstream media.

As they often do, they were discussing politics.   In this instance, the recent Democratic Debates.  Mr. Dovorak presented a list of phrases that he noticed the participants often starting a sentence with… phrases that added nothing to the meaning of the sentence. Continue reading “Useless Starts To Sentences”

2015.11.22 – Lumpy’s Links

Lumpy’s Links for 2015.11.22

Greetings Reader,

Thank you for checking out the first list of weekly links I have shared in a good while.

Here they are:

  • Ludicrous – While I am all for freedom of religion, wearing a spaghetti strainer helmet for you driver’s license photo, in my humble opinion, is ludicrous. Although I confess, she looks happy in the photo.
  • Useful – I find TweetDeck the ONLY way to use Twitter, without it, the 1K+ tweeps I follow would be nothing but noise. This article at at The Verge explains how to use the filters.
  • Music – Alice Cooper plays a suprise gig. (some video is embedded below)
  • PPhoto – Most likely, this bright streak, is from the Taurids meteor shower. Regardless, it is a great photo.
  • Yours (Something tweeted to me or emailed) – This being the first one in a long while, to date, I have received nothing.
  • Science – How about using plasma to grow diamonds?
  • I had to mention this one as a bonus. It is just a really kewl looking Alien

Since it has been a while since I have published one of these and also the week of Thanksgiving here are a few links for the black shopping days. I originally heard of or found all of these and many more useful tips, hacks and tricks Lifehacker.

Thanks for reading, feel free to share, comment or even send me a PayPal Tip. Feel free to send me any and all suggestions you wish or hit @Lumpy on twitter

Alice Cooper – I’m Eighteen

Turkey photo

Coordinating vs Subordinating Conjunctions

Conjunction Clarification

I must admit that I still get confused on these from time to time.  The author at Daily Writing tips states that she received 3 request to clarify the use of “adverbial clauses of reason”.  Nice to know I am not alone because I feel stupid on this one at times.  If you are confused regarding the use of the comma in sentences, this article may be of use to you.  For myself, I found it of use. However, if you are not comma confused, it may be nothing more than a good read.

The Only Movie of Mark Twain

A Short Film of Mark Twain

It was shot by Thomas Edison

If your interested, they have audio if him as well over at Open Culture.

How Nimrod Changed Meaning

Nimrod Once a Great Hunter, Now an Idiot, Why?

I can recall using the word “nimrod” with negative connotations as far back as high school marching band.  That would have been about 1980.    Specifically, a nimrod would be a jerk, idiot or someone who is dim-witted.  This is listed as the informal definition at The Free Dictionary.

Originally, the word  implied “mighty hunter” as The Bible described King Nimrod of Shinar. In fact, it used to be used as a first name. Battleships, and other military vehicles have also been named Nimrod.  I wonder if anybody would still consider using it as such in today’s era.  I am even more curious as to how the meaning of the word shifted.

Bugs Bunny's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Bugs Bunny’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although I am not 100 percent sure, there is a popular theory at to how the meaning changed. First off, we just don’t read scriptures as often as we used to. Second, is the fact that we started to consume television. At least that is what an article told me in my feed reader. According to the article, we can blame a certain “screwy rabbit”. The article did not mention what episode it began with. I was curious as to which episode this started in so I hit up Google.

Several sources, but not the article linked above, stated that in the cartoon, now public domain, Fresh Hare, Bugs Bunny supposedly called Elmer Fudd a nimrod.  Also relevant, it is considered the first official Bugs Bunny release with both Elmer and Bugs in their final forms. However, I watched the video and he did not call Fudd a Nimrod. (In fact, I watched several versions of the episode for some versions edited out scenes where Elmer Fudd blew up and he was painted in black face in the final scene.)  On the other hand, I do recall Bugs using the phrase “look at that nimrod” in an episode. I jut can’t recall which one.

Checking the message board at Snopes, I learned that the OED cites the negative usage as early as 1933.  Bugs Bunny did not start until 1940. The same thread also states that the cited author was rather unknown and the context of the usage does not clearly imply it to mean idiot.  While Bugs may have popularized the use of the word, I still can’t find any episode where he used the term.  I am not trying to split hares (pun intended) regarding the modern informal definition’s origin but I am not sure I can blame the rabbit.  If you know of the episode where he used the word please leave me a comment with the information.  Additionally, if you have an information on how the word’s meaning changed please let us know.

Another Reason to Like Stephen King

Stephen King Dollar Babies

Stephen King, American author best known for h...
Stephen King, American author best known for his enormously popular horror novels. King was the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Taken at the 2007 New York Comicon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While I am not the biggest fan of his horror fiction, I love what happens when someone does a movie based on one of his books.  Furthermore, I think that his book, On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft, rivals even The Elements of Style for being a necessity to every writer.  If you desire to write, you need to read and re-read both of these books. You should also look over his FAQs, specifically the section on writing.

Recently, I discovered another reason to like and respect the horror writer.  He has this page at his website titled Stephen King Dollar Babies.  It is a place where a film student can buy rights to one of King’s works to do a film project.   Honestly, what film student wouldn’t want to do a King story?


Writer’s Links 09/04/2014 (p.m.)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of LumpysCorner group favorite links are here.