Tuesday, November 14, 2017

@okgazette Before a Historic Icon 'Disappears Over the Horizon (behind Us),' We Lose It Like 'a #Tree for the #Forest'

I'm looking for a specific commercial that I don't think is posted anywhere public (tho–now that I think of it–I'm sure it's cataloged somewhere ... an old TV-station's library, maybe the original restaurateur's video-collection at home, etc.), but the closest things I can find (without having to do all that 'asking & waiting for an answer'-stuff) are collections of Classic Commercials from decades past ... or a few other Collections.

I'll continue my search soon (unless one of you comments or contacts me & gets the video to me sooner), but that does shed some light on 'how things disappear into broader-&-broader categories if we don't catalog their individual qualities.'

You've heard the phrase "couldn't see the forest for the trees" (describing how people sometimes get so focused-on-the-details that they forget that those details only make a small difference in 'the grand scheme of things'). Well, what about when you want to remember 'a specific tree' (maybe 'one that you carved you-&-your-lover's initials into'), but your rear-view telescope can't see it with 'the rest of the forest' in the way?

(Do I sense another time-travel drama coming up?)

The true sense of the word "Tree" is "to be Firm, Solid, Steadfast" ... "Secure in Position, Steady, firm in Place" (Stead + Fast) ... "to Stand, make or be Firm" ... "Hold, Support" (Custom, Law, Seat, Strong, Hard, Steel) ... "Up from Under + to Lead, Pass over" ... "to Go Forth" ... "Release, Let go" from a proto-word that means "to be Slack, Languid"
The true sense of the word "Forest" is "Outside" (Foreign, Beyond the Park) ... Out + Side ... "up, Away" ... "Onward from this/that Place" (A-, Way) ... a proto-word at the root of "on, upon, In"

'Lost like a grave in a graveyard' might be a better way to put it—an amazing person does amazing things during their life (feats of great strength, operations of ingenious intellect, golden vaults of fabulous fortune), but it all gets crumpled-&-tossed in with all the other 'tossed crumplings.'

It also reminds me of 'grains of sand in a brick'—true, the brick would be nothing without the weight-&-luster of each individual little grain; but it's not often that one little grain of sand is remembered without the whole brick!

Anyhow ... a little more searching found this:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Word-Evolution of #Politics: If there were a 'Space #Limit' on @Blogger, I'd Have to Remember This Entry! @nitecruzr

"Politics"–the way I hear it used today–doesn't mean the same thing as its 'true sense' says it should. I'm reminded of this when people criticize our elected leaders by saying they "try to turn 'things' (tragic events like mass-shootings & natural-disasters) into politics" ... with a tone that makes it seem like the people are saying 'the leaders are trying to earn points with their constituents.'

But ...

The original 'true sense' of "Politics" was "Science of Government; of Citizens (City)" (Affairs of State; Judicious, Prudent) ... "to Guide" ... "to See" ... a proto-word that resembles "Seek" (Sequel, Say, Follow).

You can see how today's use of the word 'politics' is related to 'Science of Government' ('guiding' the 'citizens' to live 'prudent' lives of peace and prosperity), but commentators emotions (greed, jealousy, fear, etc.) turn their use of the word into a critique of the leaders' actions—accusing the leaders of 'using the traumatic events into "tools to fool citizens into thinking their leaders care about them."'

I suppose the commentators are "justified" in that accusation, but ... Are they? Is it not politicians' job to try to modify the laws to help society recover from such tragedies? 'What the commentators seem to be saying' (that the politicians should do nothing but mourn the trauma) is like saying that firefighters & police-officers should all destroy their emergency-departments & become cemetery-managers and flower-delivery drivers!

This word (and several other words I feel like I've 'looked-up & reported-on' over the years) remind me of 'a possible purpose of my blogs': to remember & re-enliven the original purposes of 'the sounds we force out of our mouths.'

"But how will writing here help do that, if (as I remember from 'the early days of the Internet') there's a limit to the number of blog-posts you can have on Blogger or -on whatever web-log database."

'You're right,' I say to "myself." 'I ought to find out about "the limits here" so I don't "crowd-out" some good posts when I write some less-than-good posts.'

The true sense of the word "Limit" is "Boundary, Border, Embankment between Fields" (Threshold) ... Bound "Stone on the Line which Indicates the Extent of an Estate or Territory" ... "to Spread Out" (Extend) ... "to Strew" (to Sprout, make Wide) ... proto-word *stere-.

But I notice that–if I let a blog list 'more than about-100 posts'–it takes a little longer to open. Maybe my PC is "ancient" (not really, but compared to the newest hard-drive technology), but I suppose some 'spirit of equality' makes me assume that "what's slow-to-load for me" will be "slow-to-load for you." 8-)

That's one reason why–when one of my blogs reaches '100-or-more' posts–I try to move those posts to an archive—writing new posts on the old addresses (so my readers don't have to change their feed-subscriptions).

Back when I could use Windows Live Writer (I can't now, coz I don't use Windows 10), there was a feature that would automatically hyperlink words I added to a list ... I think I'll make another list of words (from across all my blogs & archived-blogs) so I don't have to do all that hunting every time I want to find an etymology I've already reported-on.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

#November: Besides being #NoShave #Movember (#MensHealth #MensRights), it's also ... @Microsoft @Bing

I like how the Bing Rewards dashboard (updating daily) tells me how several groups like to mark the importance of November ... they tell me it's International Drum Month (celebrating with the exotic percussion-work of Dario Rossi) AND Peanut Butter Month (celebrating with some special peanut-butter recipes)  AND Model Railroad Month.

Why does each individual group so-celebrate November, well ...

The true sense of the word "November" is "Nine" (as it was the ninth month of the (pre-Julian) Roman Calendar, where the year started in March—a ten-month calendar in which neither January- nor any winter months-existed).

The celebration I think of that's in November (by-law)–the one I think of before No-Shave Movember (celebrating Men & Men's Rights)–is America's Thanksgiving.

And–beside the many reasons given by our leaders when they had to 'declare' each Thanksgiving-holiday individually–Thanksgiving (both 'the federal holiday' and 'the festivals of many-many other groups') is primarily motivated by The Harvest ... possibly going as far-back as ancient Israel's settlement in their Promised Land (Give thanks to the Lᴏʀᴅ, for he is good for his love endures forever. Give thanks to the Gᴏᴅ of gods, for his love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lᴏʀᴅ of lords, for his love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1-3)).

(In fact, the Pilgrims (popularly thought-of as 'the celebrators of "the first American Thanksgiving") regarded their perilous journey to the New World as an "Exodus-event!")

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Literally #Amazed by @JaclynGlenn (#Amazing, but not the way #AmazingGrace is said to #Amaze) @Youtube

Sympathy first, but mostly to get "emotions" out of the way. I'll embed the video below, but long-story-short: Jaclyn Glenn's (¿ex?) boyfriend is/was cheating on her, but didn't know that she knew (so the '"full devotion" she thought she was feeling from him' is revealed to be 'just "animal lust" from the dog in people-clothes').

Watching her explain the situation, I'm 'unsure how to react.' That's (literally) amaze-ment—like waking-up in the middle of a garden-maze ... you're not sure which way to go, or even if there's "a reason to leave the maze!"

The true sense of the word "Amaze" is "A- (In, At) + Maze (to Confound, Confuse)" (Stupefy, Stun, Bewilder, Fool).

You look at that 'A-' there, and you might think "'A-' as in 'Atheist,' right?" except that the words don't make sense unless you use 'meaning 1 of "A-" in "Amaze"' & 'meaning 3 of "A-" in "Atheist" (meanings you can check at the etymology-reference I use). Another 'confound-ment' Jaclyn Glenn helps provide.

But 'the root of "Amaze"' makes it clearer 'why some people become atheists'—God's grace is frequently described as 'Amazing' (because–I suppose–'the reason for it' is 'so far beyond human comprehension' that one would conclude that there is no reason ... forgetting the text that states that God's reason is above man's reason (as proven by "God's response to Jōb.")

Of course, I'm reminded how Lord Jesus Christ is often described as "a husband to his wife The Church"—and 'the back of my mind' thinks "she treats 'her devotion to The Church's Husband' (as she was/is a Roman Catholic) that way, how do you expect a man to treat 'his devotion to her?'"

Then I'm reminded of the book of prophet Hosea, who was commanded-by-God to marry a prostitute. I forget 'God's exact reason for doing that' (i.e. the reason The Church invents for such an immoral choice), but I think the lesson there was something like "God's grace restores even the most-filthy, -destitute, -false, -immoral, -barbaric, -misguided & -irredeemably lost soul."

(I hope to examine this metaphor further in my Re-reading
Scripture blog, but this is more of a 'how "real life" echoes

Thursday, November 2, 2017

@AdamConover Tells Us "Anything Can become #Toxic if You Ingest Too Much of It" but How? Why? etc.? @TRUtv

It's something I heard when Adam Conover was 'Ruining' Wellness, and–as 'how/why/wherefore/from-whence/unto-whither things become toxic' wasn't the point (the point being something more like 'your body's automatic processes get rid of stuff before it becomes toxic, without any help from The Wellness Industry's "snake oil, crystals, foot-pads, etc."')

Thinking about the word (the way everybody 'warps their meanings' to compel others to unlock their treasuries-etc.), it kinda loses its meaning; so we'll "take it to The Forge*."

The true sense of the word "Toxic" is ... interesting—the true sense is "the Yew-Wood used to make the Bow & Arrow of Archery" (to Run, Flee), but the meanings we use today come from the fact that many of the arrows were Poison-tipped.
A couple of the meanings of Toxic (after the 'poison'-meanings) accompany 'Dead Assets—investments that won't return a profit and/or -that aren't crucial to activity in the market' (Investment in a Valueless Debt that probably won't be repaid).

That's why I'm thinking a few things that might seem "heretical": that Lord Jesus Christ had to leave this world because He became 'toxic' on Earth (and/or Earth became 'toxic' to Him) ... Our Father 'invested Him in the world,' and the only profit He could return-on-investment (ROI) was 'the praise of new disciples.'

But most people won't become disciples unless there's a promise of ROI, and that promise is usually 'eternal peace in Heaven' (the same way people won't "pledge their lives to an industry" without a good retirement-plan).

Maybe those meanings don't tell us 'how a thing becomes toxic,' but–before I search the web to see if anyone else discusses it–I have a theory. See, I had some very-very bad habits: basically 'not using a cover-sheet on my bed's mattress, nor regularly-washing the sheets I did use.'

It sounds stupid now that I write it out, but I couldn't figure out why I kept getting bed-bugs 𒂃 (I'm sure you're saying "Helloooo? Your filth (mostly drool, sweat & dead skin) made your bed into a veritable candy-bar for the little critters!" ... okay, maybe you're not thinking 'critters'; but the redneck pronunciation of "creatures" was inspirational enough to be 'the name of a series of horror films!')

The non-toxic stuff I left on my mattress—it was good for 'food for the infestation!' Maybe that's what 'poison' is as well—not exactly 'the stuff that makes your system stop,' but rather "food for the virus that takes over your system!"

*That Scripture-passage tells us that God created the smith to use his tools to form 'the weapons' (words to use to win disciples) and -created 'the spoiler to destroy.' Interesting that "the interlinear translation" interprets that second part as "the Waster to 'Ruin'" ... 

'grace-discernment' (a word-combo I just "invented"—a combo that means "interpreting the message in the way that exonerates- (rather than condemn) the subject) sees that Adam Ruins Everything is sort of a "shorthand" for 'Adam reveals that "everything" already is Ruined so that you can toss most of it in the Wastebasket.'

Saturday, October 28, 2017

@JennyNicholosn Reviews 'the Kind of #Costume You Find if You Wait Too Long (when All the "Good Ones" are Gone)

Although maybe now 'these costumes' are "popular" again ...

The true sense of the word "Costume" is "Custom, Habit, Usage."

... but I think the usual meaning of today's use of the word is more like "Camouflage" or "Impersonation" (trying to 'trick' people into thinking you're someone else ...

The true sense of the word "Camouflage" is uncertain beyond "to Disguise"—perhaps "to Muffle the Head," perhaps "Puff of Smoke Blown into a Sleeper's Face," perhaps "to Fool the Enemy."
The true sense of the word "Impersonate" is "In, Into + Person; to Represent in Bodily Form" (to Assume the Character of).

Reminds me of the phrase "trick-or-treat"—a phrase parents still tell their children to use when they go 'candy-collecting' on Halloween, though I'm sure the phrase is spoken without 'the threat it used to imply' ('give me a treat, or I'll do something o`nry to your property! (usually "hang toilet-paper all over it, other littering ... cow-tipping")')

And the costumes came into play–like they were rumored to use costumes in The Boston Tea Party–because (of-course) you don't want anyone to recognize you when you're out 'playing your tricks!)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

We Know "War Is Bad!" but @MSNBC Warns Us of Greater #Doom if We Don't Use #Caution @POTUS

I see the headline "Korea Expert: War Could Mean Hundreds Of Millions Of Casualities | The 11th Hour | MSNBC," and my first response is (sarcastically) 'No, really? Ya mean "war" isn't gonna cause a proliferation of dandelions & daisies?"

But I guess I hear 'hundreds of millions' (like 'billions and billions' or 'tens of thousands') as nothing more than "lots-and-lots." Yes, they all understand that we all know war kills 'lots-and-lots'; their Korea-Expert is saying that 'another Korean war would kill more people than lots of other wars combined!"

But maybe that's why 'the story didn't spread like wildfire on the social networks'—because it's no surprise that war kills lots-&-lots! (I don't have any experience with war–thanks to the US Armed Forces-past/present/future–but it's my understanding that no soldier steps on the battlefield with thoughts about "what he's gonna do after he finishes there" ... I can't imagine they think any further than the Klingon "¡QaQ jajvam! (It's a good day to die!)"

Brian Edwards doesn't want that kind of Doom to 'go viral,' except the way condom-use and other sexual cautiousness 'went viral' when HIV/AIDS gained 'widespread notoriety.'

The true sense of the word "Caution" is "to See, Observe, Perceive, be on one's Guard" (Prudence in Regard to Danger).
The true sense of the word "Doom" is "to Set, Place, Put, Do" (Law, Attention; sense of "Fate, Ruin, Destruction" comes from the finality set forth in Christians' book-of-law on doomsday).