Wordy Blog Archive 2014-03

What Desires Are Politically Important? (by Bertrand Russell)

Etymology of Sinister and Dexterity

The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Autumn Of The Patriarch” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

As a free man, Andy had been a rockhound, so he asks Red to get him a rock hammer, a tool he uses to shape the rocks he finds in the exercise yard into small sculptures.

—[ Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption ] [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_Hayworth_and_Shawshank_Redemption ]

Rockhounding = Amateur geology. See [ Rockhounding ] [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockhounding ]

vocabulary: Whopping, looms large

Super Computer. Whopping 16 Mega bytes of RAM.

For these reasons the PDP-10 looms large in early hacker lore.

computer dec PDP-10 1090  1968
computer dec PDP-10 1090, 1968. [ image source 2014-03-11 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PDP-10_1090.jpg ]

rectification of english: whose vs who's

What does whose mean? Whose = who's = who has = who is. Depending on context. This is called, function follows form, and is part of the theology of formal language.