Monthly Archives: September 2010

Testing

Local man feeding the seaguls & pigeons from his balcony
Thurs 09.16.1 – Will it post?
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Update 5 mins later from my computer: Yes, yes it did. Major milestone #1 in my effort to write my own mobile app to moblog directly from my phone to my blog without any stops at a 3rd party server has been achieved!

Eschew Obfuscation, Part II

It has been two years and two days since the master of a good humorous poke at and romp with obfuscation died and his publisher will be releasing the novel he was working on at the time of his death as an unfinished work.
David Foster Wallace’s novel about entry level employees at the IRS, The Pale King, will be released in April 15, 2011:

“Set at an IRS tax-return-processing center in Illinois in the mid-1980s, The Pale King is the story of a crew of entry-level processors and their attempts to do their job in the face of soul-crushing tedium. “The Pale King may be the first novel to make accountants and IRS agents into heroes,” says Bonnie Nadell, Wallace’s longtime agent and literary executor.”

If one has a history of depression, why, even for reasons of sussing out the black comedic gems, would one write a novel about the IRS?

Eschew Obfuscation

The other day, while driving north on PCH near Long Beach State, I saw a beater of n car driving towards the university with a bumper sticker that said, “Eschew Obfuscation”.
I had a good laugh and thought, “That must be a grad student in the humanities, criticism, or literature.”
For those of you who are scratching your heads, basically it means “give up making things unclear” in opaque language.
From the nice folks at Dictionary.com:

Eschew /ɛsˈtʃu/ [es-choo]
-verb (used with object) – to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: to eschew evil.
Origin: 1300-50; ME eschewen < OF eschiver, eschever < Gmc; cf. OHG sciuhen, G scheuchen, shy2

Obfuscate /ˈɒbfəˌskeɪt, ɒbˈfʌskeɪt/ [ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt]
-verb (used with object), -cat·ed, -cat·ing.
1. to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.
2. to make obscure or unclear: to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.
3. to darken.
Origin:
1525-35; < LL obfuscātus (ptp. of obfuscāre to darken), equiv. to L ob- ob- + fusc ( us ) dark + -ātus -ate1

On another amusing word usage tip, Languagehat parses out the oldest known word in English for wedding: bridelope.
Last but not least, a good quote from a 19th Cent. British physician, H.G. Bohn:

“Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.”

Testing Round II

Local Rose allows itself to be photographed for a mobile dev test.  Thanks, Rose, you rock.
Mon 09.13.10 – Testing mobile blog posting to the Atom Protocol. Photo of one of my roses today with my Nokia N95.