Thursday, June 30, 2011


List is one of those words which has been on my list to feature. It's a word we don't really think about as having much meaning. For the most part it's just an ordinary everyday word. Even in it's secondary and alternate meanings it's still not that interesting of a word. But I want to write about "list" because the primary meaning is so common that many of us don't realize the word has other meanings.

I will begin with the most obvious. Most people see some sort of list every day of their lives. Whether it be a price list you see at a store when you are shopping or a "to do" list of your own chores. I tend to be overflowed with the latter, there's always something that needs to be done.

a series of names or other items written or printed together in a meaningful grouping or sequence. 

a bordering strip or the finished edge of fabric, usually made of cloth. 
a selvage.

The next time someone mentions the list in your jeans - you'll know how to respond.

to prepare the ground for planting by making ridges and furrows.

A furrow can be dug with hand tools such as a shovel, stick, hoe or any object you can find to dig with. 

a careening, or leaning to one, as of a ship

Any number of circumstances would cause a ship to list. It could be thrown off balance from strong winds or a tight turn at a higher than usual speed. The failure of a stabilizer system on the ship.
A tall tree can also list to one side.

I hope you enjoyed this list of meanings for the word list...


Tuesday, June 21, 2011


It's that time of year again. All around the U.S. (and other parts of the world) we are celebrating graduations. I went to my nephew's high school graduation today. I was so proud of him as his name was announced and his took his seat in the ceremony. It's amazing how quickly our young ones grow up. One day they're in diapers (and it's us adults who need to change them and cover our nose at the smell of their poop) and the next day they are adjusting their liripoop on graduation day.

You ask and you wonder what is a liripoop. Is it some sort of smelly refuse in your underpants? No, it's not that. Is it a book that people sign like a year book? Not that either. Well then what is a liripoop?

It's simple. A liripoop is the tip or tassel on your graduation cap. It's that thing that flaps in your face as your walk in the graduation procession. You twirl it with your fingers while you get bored sitting as each student's name is called out during the ceremony. Yes, it's that little tassel... it's called a liripoop.

When is the last time you wore a liripoop?


Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Future has always been one of my favorite words. I guess because of it's unlimited possibilities. The future has always held big dreams and big thoughts for myself and pretty much everybody I've always known.

As a child I dreamed that someday in the future I would be a famous rock star onstage singing the greatest songs ever written. Songs that I would write, songs that people would love and admire. I did end up trying the music thing and it was a career for me for over 15 years of my life. I ended up writing over 100 songs. There were a few times during that 15 years that fame and fortune peeped it's head in my realm of possibilities but when it came right down to it I always knew I was more of a down home sorta boy. That always prevented me from taking it any further than keeping it a local type thing. Eventually I gave it up all together. But, for a while I made my childhood dream of the future a reality.

I remember as a kid watching the Jetsons and thinking how great it would be to have a flying automobile. I envisioned that when traffic became backed up that we could just propel into the sky and pass up all those undesirable traffic jams. We don't quite yet have those fantastic flying cars - but maybe one day in our near future.

The Skycar will be operated completely by computer and guided by GPS satellites

One of my fondest dreams was the invention of the picture phone. I think that's another one I got from watching the Jetsons. Come to think of it The Jetsons really fueled the imaginations of many children and adults alike. The most fantastic thing is picture phones are here now, they're called video phones. A video phone (aka mobile phone or cell phone) is a telephone with a video screen which is capable of bi-directional video and audio transmissions. Shortly after the telephone was patented a prototype of the videophone was developed and was called the telephonoscope. an early sketch was published in December 1878.

Technology plays a big part in the future of our lives and the future of our children and their children. One of the most fascinating aspects of our current day and hopefully the development of our future is solar power. I have written about this before because I am truly amazed by this. It is quite fascinating to think of all the possibilities available from our natural resources. Not too long ago the thought of harnessing power from the sun was just a theory and something futuristic. For hundreds of years we've used the sun to dry our clothes and food, but it is only recently that we have been able to use it to generate power.

The sun is 93,000,000 miles away from the Earth and is astonishingly powerful. Only a miniscule fraction of the sun's energy actually hits the earth, but that is enough to power the earth many times over. In each 24 hour period enough energy reaches the earth to meet our power needs for more than 25 years.

What are your dreams of the future? what do you think the future holds?


Thursday, June 9, 2011


Goster is an unusual and not so common word. It has two meanings. One is something that many of us enjoy doing and as a matter of fact is proven to be healthful. The other is also something many of us enjoy doing - but really shouldn't.

I'll start out with the one that is healthful.

Goster = To laugh uncontrollably.

Laughter has several benefits. Did you know that it can help lower your blood pressure? So when you're feeling stressed out and your blood is boiling the best thing you can do for yourself is tune into something that just gets you laughing. I always enjoy a good sitcom or maybe something outrageous on youtube.

Laughter also increases vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood. Which means when you laugh it activates your blood to flow more freely and the oxygen you take in as you laugh goes right into your bloodstream. My now that laughter sounds almost as healthy as a glass full of fresh squeezed orange juice.

The act of laughing also gives a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles. Gee no need to go to the gym if all you have to do is laugh to develop those muscles. I'm in - let's go laughing.

Laughter can reduce the frequency of colds and respiratory infections. Looks like I'll take a dose of laughter instead of that Airborne cold medicine which seems to work so well for me - but laughter is free.

So what is it that we all do yet know we shouldn't. It's something that many of us do while on a lunch break or sitting on the phone with a friend. It can be so much fun - but it can also get us into a lot of trouble.

Goster = Gossip

Yep, that's it GOSSIP.

Is the human brain hardwired for gossip? We all sure seem to enjoy it. It gives us that sort of rush as we talk about what we saw our co-worker do or what we heard about our next-door neighbor. It's almost like we can't help it. Gossip is as addictive as chocolate.

Pop Goes The World by Gossip (2009)


Sunday, June 5, 2011


Oftentimes (mainly in the morning) I feel like a zombie. The walking dead trying to come alive (for my day ahead filled with activity). My first look in the mirror and I'm convinced that I am a zombie. It is horrifying.

Zombie= A person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton.

Zombie = The body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose. 


Can't do a topic on Zombies without featuring those ever loved zombie movies...

Zombieland from 2009 is one of my favorite zombie movies of all-time. Woody Harrelson put in a great performance in this one. This is one I could watch several times over.

 Night of the Living Dead, of any zombie movie, is the one most must see. This low budget movie directed by zombie master George A. Romero has groosed over 18 million dollars and has gone on to receive critical acclaim. This is a true cult classic.

 Dawn of the Dead is the second film in the "living Dead" series from the "Godfather of all Zombies", George A. Romero. Made on a modest budget this 1978 film has grossed more than 55 million dollars.

 Return of the Living Dead (1985) I especially love the silly underlying humor of this film. This has all the elements of a great zombie film.

 Shaun of the Dead what a novel thought a romantic zombie comedy. It has bits of chick flick, horror, romonace, thriller and tons of laughs. This could quite possibly be the most perfect movie ever made - okay well maybe not - but it is a good watch. Released in 2004 this movie has received very good critical praise as well as earning over 30 million dollars worldwide.

How about some ghoulish music...

Michael Jackson - Thriller (1983) This has got to be one of the best music videos ever to feature the undead. Kudos to Jackson.

The Cramps - Zombie Dance (1980) 



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