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Personal National Grammar Day March 7, 2010

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How could I have missed this!

March 4th was National Grammar Day. I am so devastated that I missed it, that I am going to have my own personal 3-day late Personal Grammar Day.

To celebrate, I am going to try and understand affect and effect –which I constantly screw up. Proper grammar affects how I am perceived,  and I would prefer the effect be positive. Most of the time, my attempts to effect an an improvement in my usage are ineffective. Is it any wonder that the effect has been to give me an  affective disorder?

(Did I get it right?)

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Just for Fun November 19, 2009

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My daughter has to attend a performance with a full orchestra as part of an assignment for her music theory class. I am trying to talk her into Pirates of Penzance which is performing in San Jose this weekend…but since I couldn’t tempt her even after showing her this clip, I guess we won’t be going.

ARTIST: Gilbert and Sullivan
TITLE: I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General
Lyrics

[Pirates of Penzance]

I am the very model of a modern Major-General
I’ve information vegetable, animal, and mineral
I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical
From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical

I’m very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical
I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical
About binomial theorem I’m teeming with a lot o’ news
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse

With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotepotenuse

I’m very good at integral and differential calculus
I know the scientific names of beings animalculous
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral
I am the very model of a modern Major-General

In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral
He is the very model of a modern Major-General

I know our mythic history, King Arthur’s and Sir Caradoc’s
I answer hard acrostics, I’ve a pretty taste for paradox
I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus
In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous

I can tell undoubted Raphaels from Gerard Dows and Zoffanies
I know the croaking chorus from the Frogs of Aristophanes
Then I can hum a fugue of which I’ve heard the music’s din afore
And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore

And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore
And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore
And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinapinafore

Then I can write a washing bill in Babylonic cuneiform
And tell you ev’ry detail of Caractacus’s uniform
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral
I am the very model of a modern Major-General

In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral
He is the very model of a modern Major-General

In fact, when I know what is meant by “mamelon” and “ravelin”
When I can tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a javelin
When such affairs as sorties and surprises I’m more wary at
And when I know precisely what is meant by “commissariat”

When I have learnt what progress has been made in modern gunnery
When I know more of tactics than a novice in a nunnery
In short, when I’ve a smattering of elemental strategy
You’ll say a better Major-General had never sat a gee

You’ll say a better Major-General had never sat a gee
You’ll say a better Major-General had never sat a gee
You’ll say a better Major-General had never sat a sat a gee

For my military knowledge, though I’m plucky and adventury
Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century
But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral
I am the very model of a modern Major-General

But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral
He is the very model of a modern Major-General

Fairytales October 21, 2009

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Just for Fun.

HT 3 Ring Binder.

I needed that! August 28, 2009

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HT Robert via Virginia.

May 5, 2009

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Part of me hates to put up a new post and take Lady Justice off my front page–but new interesting things keep popping up.  I  will just have to revisit her often.

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Here’s my latest “cool find” from Carpe Diem, an econ professor who primarily posts on economic matters, but who occasionally puts up gems like the one above. Enjoy!