Change: Pro and Con

OK, yesterday was a lost cause, which is fitting since I spent it in Huntsville, Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill. By the time I returned castellum SCP, I was rather too depleted to blog. Not that I had much of anything to blog about other than the miserable state of driving in Huntsville as a result of too many motorcars on too little road and too much egoism on the part of the drivers of those motorcars.

It amazes me how many vehicles don’t have working turn signals. And the utter absence of the constabulary. The only cruisers I saw while in Huntsville were those parked in front of the Jones Valley precinct hall.

Anyway the length of the day was a result of adding medicalist matters to my usual Wednesday schedule and such is a portent of next week’s demands, so blogging may be sparse for a while.

In meantime I shall try to catch up a bit. The podcasts today and yesterday were interesting but not riveting, so I am reduced to muttering about journalists again. The first is about a survey by the Pew folks [Link] on the demographics of use of various electronic devices. The summary is

The grrr brrr from the publicist was about the GEN Ys preferring laptops over desktops which I suspect is less than credible since there is no analysis presented, which implies none done. I was rather more taken by the social distinction of who uses and doesn’t. It seems my age cohort is at the forefront on using electronics since the densities of those older than mine, the so-called silent generation, starts the fall-off of usage. This isn’t news, of course. We’ve known about this for some time but it is always nice to see numbers, even if the journalists don’t want us to.

Next, I see [Link] that the Oxford English Dictionary folks have added some half acronyms to their latest edition. This is evidently a bit of a new thing because usually the OED wonks don;t permit acronyms. An acronym is a phrase expressed by one or two letters from each of the words in the phrase. A pure acronym is one where only first letters of words are used. A full acronym is one that can be pronounced meaningfully, and a half acronym is one that cannot. The acronyms cited in the journalism are OMG (half), LOL (full), IMHO (full), and BFF (half). Obviously LOL is pronounceable as ‘loll’ while OMG either has to be spelled out to pronouce ‘Oh Em Gee’ or mangles as ‘om-guh’ with a bit of a choke on the second syllable.

Other than the change in policy, this will make very little difference, mostly because you only find OEDs in libraries and they tend to buy new editions only every half century or so. And then very few people use them because of the sheer size of the volumes and the micro-font.

And lastly, we see [Link] that girl scouts re still selling cookies the old fashioned way, by having their parents guilt trip their co-workers in the workplace but are now accepting payment via credit card. No wonder the boy scouts are in retreat these days if the lassies are this much brighter. Not that I have seen either flavor of scout lately. I used to get boxes of those excellent girl scout cookies back when I was working for the Yankee ary from some of my co-workers who wanted to put a guilt trip on me but were afraid to and forced me to put a guilt trip on them for not asking. Nothing takes the sting out of a mind-dead staff call than a cup of coffee and three Tagalongs.

But the neighborhood I live in doesn’t seem to have any girl scouts and the lack of cookies undoubtedly explians why everyone is so surly.

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