Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena
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Thump, Should, Photo, Algorithm, Rocky, Arithmetic, Sheep, Promise

Stuff I posted on Facebook that is worth archiving:

May 13:
There was a loud "thump" in the next room.
"Are you OK?" Hyena asked.
"I fell off my shoe," Dementia answered.
Hyena thought for a moment. "You're wearing flip flops," he said.
"I KNOW!"

I love my wife...

May 13:
When working on something that you SHOULD, but not MUST, do, and find that suicide seems like a reasonable alternative to finishing the task, it is time to stop. (In this case, filling out a LinkedIn profile...)

May 16:
Missed photo opportunity: Last Monday night, for the first and likely only time, we had my Grandfather's (Wilbur Haynie, 1890-1967) oldest grandchild (Dick Hessler, born 1936), youngest grandchild (Pete Haynie, born 1961), oldest great-grandchild (Richard Hessler, born 1959) and youngest great-grandchild (Nathan Haynie, born 2002) at the same table together.

May 16:
Life in my household:
Dementia was getting ready for bed. She asked, "What's the difference between and algorithm and a logarithm?"
Hyena blinked a few times. "An algorithm is a cleary defined operation, process, or routine for dealing with a specific situation. A logarithm is..." A quick discussion of significant figures, scientific notation, slide rules, exponentiation, and finally logarithms followed.
We have well over a hundred years between us. It amuses me greatly that this kind of discussion still takes place...

May 17:
Is it just me, or does the idea of a "Rocky Horror Picture Show" remake sound pointless? (And also, a female Frankie? That sounds TOOTHLESS, too...)

May 17:
Doing a fairly tricky Combinatorics problem. Did all the complex conceptual stuff correctly, and blew the answer because I couldn't managed to divide 99 by 4 correctly. AAARRGGH!

May 19:
The arithmetic mean of a mouse and an elephant is a hippopotamus, but the logarithmic mean of a mouse and an elephant is a sheep.

May 19:
State of the Language: Something odd has happened in the last couple of decades to the verbal mechanics of oath. Once upon a time, when one person made a statement that another person questioned, the follow up would be, "Do you swear it?" Somewhere along the line, the phrasing has become, "Do you promise?" This strikes me as more than a little strange. In regard to a planned future action, "I promise" and "I swear" are synonyms. In regard to confirmation of the truth of a statement, they are NOT. Logically, "I promise" doesn't mean ANYTHING in that context. Or at least it didn't. Somewhere along the line, the conditional synonym has become a nearly absolute synonym, and even the preferred phrasing. But that doesn't make it make sense.

Uncle Hyena
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