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The Tag Game

Posted 2009.07.21 14.45 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Pointless Blather

It just crossed my mind that sometimes you can form sentences out of the tags under blog posts. Ok, maybe my mind wanders a lot, but at least it gets out now and then. Anyhow, here’s the rules of the game:

  • You must use all the tag words in a given post, words may not be duplicated.
  • You must form a grammatically correct sentence, or a plausible newspaper-style headline sentence.
  • You may add your own punctuation.
  • Optionally, you may chose to allow pluralization / depluralization of available words.
  • One point is awarded for the first sentence you can come up with from a given blog post’s tags. Two points if you can make a second unique sentence. Three points for the third sentence, and so on.
  • There is no time limit, no competition, and no way to win – you can lose however, but only if you don’t play.

Here are some examples, using the tags from some recent posts:

Tags: early, insomnia, morning, sucks.

This is a very easy one, it becomes “Early morning insomnia sucks.

Tags: army, battle, fish, rebellion, snail.

This one makes a good newspaper headline: “Fish army battle snail rebellion!

There you go!  Now you try – but not with this blog post, the tags suck.

Tag-A-Thon

Posted 2009.07.20 9.03 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Pointless Blather

So for no reason in particular I have been going through all my old posts and adding tags. Out of 25 pages of posts, only the past 7 or 8 pages were tagged. I know the first 2 1/2 years my software didn’t have a tag option, then when I started with WordPress at first I didn’t use tags.

So, there’s probably in the order of 200 or 220 posts that didn’t have tags. I’ve got through all but the last 50 or 60, and I’ll do them later.

No reason I guess, other than to see what happens.

Update: I finished the tag-a-thon this morning — I’m pretty sure now that all my posts are tagged. Yay! I think.

Cheers!

Word Of The Day

Posted 2006.11.29 1.00 in Family/Friends

Today’s word of the day is Prosopagnosia.

Prosopagnosia is also called face-blindness. A person who has prosopagnosia is unable to recognize people by their facial features, and instead must rely on other visual or non-visual clues in order to determine who someone is. Prosopagnosia is not an eye problem, Prosopagnosics can see like anyone else.

Basically there is a portion in the human brain that is designed specifically to process facial recognition. In normal people, they recognize friends and acquaintences in a fraction of a second. Prosopagnosics may take up to 10 seconds to figure out who someone is – and by then, the someone may have already left.

It is a not-well-understood condition, but it seems it can be both inheirited, or acquired. Typically it is more easily diagnosed in those who have acquired it later in life, due to brain injury or trauma, because a) they are already seeing doctors for the injury / trauma, and b) suddenly they can’t recognize anyone so they know something is wrong. Those who were born with it often don’t realize they have it, or that it is even a condition, because they have no frame of reference to compare it to. They may only know they’re not very good at recognizing people, and chalk it up to bad memory or poor social skills.

An article in 2005 in New Scientist states that a team of scientists in Germany have been able to prove that inheirited prosopagnosia does run in families. Inheirited prosopagnosia can sometimes (but not always) be found in conjunction with other conditions, such as Topographical Agnosia (not remembering places), Central Auditory Processing Disorder, and Aspergers Syndrome. Like many neurological disorders, prosopagnosia is not all-or-nothing — Prosopagnosics experience the disorder to varying degrees.

A very good e-book describing the condition, written by a Prosopagnosic, can be found here:
Face Blind, by Bill Choisser

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Word Of The Day – The Quiz!

Posted 2006.10.23 0.00 in Pointless Blather

Ok, here’s a little quiz. Of the following four words, three have something in common, but one word does not belong.

For 5 points, tell me which word doesn’t belong. For another 50 points, tell me why.

  1. Aglet
  2. Dewlap
  3. Philtrum
  4. Uvula

So there you have it. You can send your answers to my email address, listed at the bottom of the page. The winning answer will be posted in the future.

Word Of The Day

Posted 2006.10.20 0.00 in Pointless Blather

Today’s word of the day is:

Brobdingnagian – adjective: brobdingnagian is an antonym to lilliputian.

What, you expected something simple maybe?

Dictionariousness