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A few years ago, I took first year Latin at PSU. I didn’t continue Latin because I got a job, and it turns out I hate declining nouns and adjectives. It is three times as much work. The professor was great, seemingly normal, but with a great unexpected affection for Elvis (pronouced Elwees in Latin). I really liked learning the new vocab and connecting it to modern words I know in English, Spanish and French. I also loved conjugating the verbs and learning the four principle parts like in the verb ‘regere,’ to rule or reign: Rego, Regere, Rexi, Rectum.

[and then suddenly…]


May 15, 2011

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On Monday, I went to A Work of Heart art studio to a class called Stenciled, Stamped & Screen Printed. Andrea Chebelou, who runs the studio, was my teacher.  With her help, I made a Propaganda Panda block stamp, and a radish screen for screen printing. (I also made a skull and cross bones stencil, but my cutting-out skills are awful, and he ended up missing a nasal cavity.)

[and then suddenly…]

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May 12, 2011

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I have written or presented about this topic at least 3 times in school, and it still amuses the hell out of me. I have distilled it down to 5 words, but I just found a paper that lists the whole 10, and I think it’s worth recording these down while the information still bubbles and frolicks around for me when I talk about it.

1. Fabular

-Spanish is one of the Romance languages which means it comes from Latin. Other Romance languages include French, Italian, Romanian, Catalan, and Portuguese, unfortunately.
-Fabular means ‘to tell a tale,’ which has morphed over the years to become the verb hablar, to speak. There are many words which begin with ‘f’ in Latin that changed to ‘h’ in modern Spanish. Exceptions are words with a diphthong after the ‘f’ like fuente (fountain), fuerza (force), and fuego (fire). [and then suddenly…]


March 21, 2011

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A Ace from The Ambiguously Gay Duo on SNL cartoon
A Action Man from Venture Bros. show
A Alpha One from DC comic
A Alvin from Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoon
A Aisha from Neopets website
A Amazigirl from Dumbing of Age webcomic
A Animal Man from DC comic
A Anvil from Grrl Power webcomic
A Apocalypse from Marvel comic
A Aquaman from DC comic
A Avalanche from Marvel comic
A Captain America from Marvel comic
A Emperor Awesome from Wander over Yonder cartoon
A Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter book

[and then suddenly…]

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February 23, 2011

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Once upon a time I fell deeply in love with the periodic elements, the table, Dmitri Mendeleev, the symbols, everything. I have several other side projects that involve the elements, but this little one comes from the fact that I once sat in a classroom to the right of center so that I was right in front of a poster of the elements, not the teacher. It made me remember that years before I had tried to make as many dirty words as I could out of the periodic symbols. Anyway, at one point I had a philosophy class in this clasroom and I spelled FEuErBaCH, which looks impressive. (Ludwig Feuerbach was a German philosopher).

Recently I started collecting this list of words that can be spelled with the element symbols on wordnik under the tag “periodic symbol words.”

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May 7, 2010

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1. Better Version of Me – Fiona Apple

2. Metal Detector – They Might Be Giants

3. Ducks – Lemon Jelly

4. Guys and Dolls – Guys and Dolls

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April 29, 2010

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Every day when I look at the glowing red sign at the front of the bus I think, “If there was an extra ‘e’ on that sign, that would anagram to ‘Sequestered Pot.'”


April 16, 2010

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1. Sad Cowboy Song – Red Elvises
“I gave her a ring, she gave me the finger.”

2. I’m Down – The Beatles
“Man buys ring, woman throws it away.”

3. Last Night – Traveling Wilburys
“I asked her to marry me, she smiled, and pulled out a knife.”


March 26, 2010

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1. Happy Valentine’s Day – Outkast

2. Geek in the Pink – Jason Mraz

3. LoveGame – Lady Gaga

4. Cupid’s Chokehold – Gym Class Heroes

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March 13, 2010

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1. Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan
“You can do what you want Abe, but the next time you see me comin’ you better run.” etc

2. That’s Why I Love Mankind – Randy Newman
“I burn down your cities. How blind you must be. I take from you your children and you say ‘how blessed are we!'” etc

2. 100 Pounds of Clay – Gene McDaniels
“Hey listen! I’m gonna fix this world today because I know what’s missin’.”


March 5, 2010

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