A pretty useful website

My fellow bloggers, are you ever stuck for a topic to write about?

Fret no more!

Try this website:

Topic Generator

Have a topical day, won’t you!

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Urban Dictionary

Unless you are hyperlexic, you’ll sometimes be wondering what a word means, even if you are a native speaker of English.

So to help you along, here is one of my favourite websites, which covers both British and American English.

Introducing you to Urban Dictionary.

Much to my chagrin, however, they have ceased producing the Urban Dictionary block calendar, which always used to adorn my desk at work.

Schade.

Enjoy the website, and don’t be a bucket mouth!

Have a lexical day, won’t you!

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America’s Remotest Phonebox

So, let’s wind back twenty years to the days of 56k modems and my first internet computer.  In those days I was still as much an anorak as I am these days.

  • Postboxes
  • Trains (especially DMU’s and EMU’s)
  • Obscure Slavonic languages
  • Fonts and typefaces: Helvetica, Arial, Times New Roman…
  • All the above… Not only, but also…
  • Payphones

Payphones a real rarity in the UK these days.  I miss the old red ones that always smelt musty of phone directory and other things.

My favourite payphone even featured extensively on the news back in the late 1990’s.  Here’s a link to the story.  It was the USA’s remotest payphone in the Mojave Desert.  I even rang it myself.  (But nobody answered.)

Wikipedia wasn’t round two decades ago.  It is now.

Have a deserted day, won’t you!

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Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

 

Bell, Book and Kindle – That Cathartic Moment

De=friending on Facebook.  I do it on a regular basis.  (I think I’ve also been de-friended by others, mostly over disagreements about politics.)  C’est la vie.

To paraphrase Alan Partridge (UK comedy character), “How many cows have you got?  Well, I’ve got 300+ Facebook friends.”  Are the real friends?  No.  Some are.  Some aren’t.  Some are FOAF’s (friends of friends).  I’m also mindful of the old Royal Military Police slogan.

Remember – your mates are not your friends.

Now and again I do a purge.  Some FB friends I never hear from, not even a like.  They are quite easy to delete.

Then there are those who overshare Britain First “if my poppy offends you…” drivel.  Thehy deleted.

Then there are the falsely modest posters.  You know the type.

Day 17 of the “Newer, Fitter Me” Challenge.  Disappointed that I missed my daily 9300 press-ups target.  Another 4, and I’ve made it.

Zzzzzzzzzzz.  If I’m in a good mood, I just stop following posts that FB friend, rather than delete them.

Then there are the serious cases.  Not only do I de-friend them.  I block them, too, so they do not see my posts on mutual friends’ timelines.  I reserve this for the gossips who have nothing to do but play Chinese whispers to others.

I’ve just been out for a cycle ride

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Ginge in Germany has just bought a Harley Davidson.

Defriending is good for you.

Have a cathartic day, won’t you!