Overheard at Thanksgiving

I dasn't say which of my non-maliciously racist relatives uttered the following:

"...The Rock - is he black or puerto rican?...he's not Caucasian, but he doesn't have any black features...he's got black LIPS but he doesn't talk black..."

Dit Lit

dit |dit| noun (in Morse code) another term for dot 1 . ORIGIN World War II: imitative.

literature |ˈlit(ə)rə ch ər; -ˌ ch oŏr; -ˌt(y)oŏr| noun 1 written works, esp. those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit : a great work of literature. • books and writings published on a particular subject : the literature on environmental epidemiology. • the writings of a country or period : early French literature. • leaflets and other printed matter used to advertise products or give advice. 2 the production or profession of writing. ORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense [knowledge of books] ): via French from Latin litteratura, from littera (see letter ).

dit lit |dit lit| noun written works consisting of 500 words or less. ORIGIN me.

Windmills

I know we're supposed to love Green Energy in all its forms, but there's a reason that the well-heeled don't want windfarms floating off the coast - and within sight - of Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, etc. I was in the mountains this weekend and noted a new crop of windmills growing atop a distant ridge, and couldn't help but think they spoiled the view a bit. Maybe not as much as if the range had been clear-cut or strip-mined, but it's no longer a pristine view.

There's got to be a word for this phenomenon, and until someone else proposes a better one, I'm going with: windmills + molestation = windmillestation.


UPDATE:  This may take a while to catch on.

Thoughts on Sports

Watching the Eagles v. Colts yesterday, I had a couple thoughts:
  • I like watching Michael Vick play, and I like what he highlights about our national sense of moral indignation: we are still probably much more upset with Vick for the way he treats (or at least treated) dogs than we are with Kobe for almost-certainly-raping a woman. I say, let Vick play and win! Let him remain in the NFL for at least as long as Kobe stays in the NBA.
  • I am getting more and more repulsed by football. Every time they wheel another guy off the field on a body board, I get a little more sick of the game. If I wanted to watch grown men brutalize each other into semi-consciousness or paralysis, I'd just tune in to UFC on pay-per-view. At this point, the difference is negligible.

On a separate but related note, I loved this video postcard from Cleveland to LeBron.

A Touch of Good Grammar

"I like the exact word, and clarity of statement, and here and there a touch of good grammar for picturesqueness"

- Mark Twain