Sunday, April 22, 2007

A Mesomorphic Lifestyle

My life is in transition. I am moving back to Seattle from Bellingham in mid-June. I must finish my school responsibilities, find employment and a place to live for when I do move, continue with my professional (read: musical) responsibilities, and of course, attempt to keep up relations with multiple sets of friends. I haven't been doing a good job of this last one. And I sure haven't been doing a good job of keeping up relations with this belt dealie here. So I apologize to all of you for the neglect and flakeyness I have been showing and will possibly be showing for the next couple of months. I will do what I can to keep up with my duties on all fronts. Expect more posts some time, possibly on the exciting subject of health among elderly migrants.


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Project for the Day:

Regardless of how well you know them, call every man/boy you interact with today "Charles," and every woman/girl "Linda." Stick to this. Apologize each time you are corrected, state that you don't know what you were thinking, then procede to keep calling them these names.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Just a little bit of hat and that

Hello all! I'm back from many travels, which I shall surely write on in the coming days. In the meantime, though, here is a post that is not about travel.

An interesting pattern is seen in the English language in the pattern of "here"/"there"/"where," "hither"/"thither"/"whither," and "hence"/"thence"/"whence", wherein h- indicates presence, th- indicates distance, and wh- indicates inquisition (the wh- prefix is of course seen in myriad other examples). As is common with English, one of the more interesting things about this pattern is the exception to the rule. "That" and "what" both fit into the same pattern (that is over there, but who knows whither is what?), but in there is no matching third part. The present partner of "that" is "this," rather than "hat." English is not a language with any fear of homonyms, so I can't imagine that the sole factor in this is the existence of "hat" as in headwear.

The plural forms of the "that" set fall even further from the pattern, being "these"/"those"/"which."* It all leaves one to ponder, whence came these pronouns, and what shall we do about them? Whither is our language going, and how will we get there? And of course, why? Well, I can be sure that the answer isn't "thy."

*It could also be argued that "which" fits in better with "this"/"that" than does "what," but only if you're a real spoil-sport.