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Archive for February, 2008

Happy Leap Day!

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Here’s a great article from the Washington Post about the quadrennial calendar quirk known as a leap year.

http://tinyurl.com/25aerd

 

Aerotrike

This is from Logan:

Is McCain too sleazy?

McCain NYT story fallout: Some speculate that there is more to the story, but the Times was persuaded by its lawyers to be cautious.

Conservatives, meanwhile, will react in any number of ways:

  • They’ll pat John McCain on the back and say “Welcome to club! We’re cheats, too!”
  • They’ll rally around him and work even harder to destroy the evil New York Times.
  • They’ll drag Mittens back into the race.

Is McCain too old?

It’s a topic that’s already been picked over, but it’s worth further discussion.

Here is Scott Adams, of “Dilbert” fame, making good points about McCain being too long in the tooth to be president:

John McCain’s current mental ability does appear up to the task of being president. But like Reagan, he’s at an age where decline can happen quickly. He’s unlikely to be the same man at the end of the first term, much less a potential second term. While it is entirely possible – even probable – he could keep his mind sharp enough to do the job, the odds are unambiguously better for a younger candidate.

President of the United States isn’t the sort of job where “sufficient” is good enough. I have every reason to believe a 71-year old would be sufficient. The odds of being exceptional are much lower.

In other professions, how often do people over the age of 70 produce innovative or exceptional results? Look around your home or office and ask yourself how many of the technical innovations came from senior citizens. How many of the best selling books on your shelf were written by senior citizens who weren’t already famous? How many senior citizens wrote the music you have on your iPod?

You will be tempted to point out exceptions to the rule. Warren Buffet is a good example. But he plans to retire. Alan Greenspan already did. Evidently they think age matters.

If you think age isn’t a factor in the presidency, would you vote for a candidate who was 100-years old and healthy?

Scandinavian Diversions

From Sweden: Lykke Li

From Norway: “Elling”

Fidel has retired. What will change?

Prolly nothing, says the Economist:

It would be an error to overstate the significance of the news: The Secretary of State has said that there are no immediate plans to revisit the U.S. embargo of the island nation, and Fidel’s presumptive successor, brother Raúl, has held the reins for over a year now.

Moistest

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A lot of people have problems with the word moist. I’m not a fan, although it doesn’t elicit nausea like the word sofa does. (Don’t ask me why.)

But moistest—that’s a pretty beastly word, one that should never be used to describe food, particularly if the objective is entice someone to eat it.

What’s wrong with moist? For one thing, it sounds like some other unfortunate words: soil (as in, “I soiled my slacks”), ointment, boil (I’m thinking skin ailment), toil, oink, and roil (“This discussion has my stomach roiling”) just to name a few.

The problem is lack of alternatives. Damp leaves a lot to be desired and it isn’t always as accurate as moist, and there’s issue of the negative connotations.

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Here are some others, none of which is much better, particularly when used to describe cake:

  • Humid
  • Soggy
  • Clammy

Humid is weird. Soggy is gross. Clammy is just silly.

In a perfect world we’d have gender-neutral pronoun and a positive word to describe a cake that is not dry.