Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Weekly free associations

  1. Love affair :: romance

  2. Bubble :: blow

  3. Pimple :: teen

  4. Knocks :: socks

  5. Persistent :: varmint

  6. Infected :: wound

  7. Yay! :: team!

  8. Repaint :: eventually

  9. Daily :: News

  10. Quickly! :: fast!

HT to Unconscious Mutterings.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Yay 2008!

Apparently people think so much of 2008 they're going to make it even longer. On top of the leap day we had on February 29, there's going to be another second added to December 31.

Actually, this has nothing to do with the year's popularity. It's just that the earth's rotation is slowing down.

So if you want to know when 2009 starts exactly, you'll have to reset your watches after 6:59:60 p.m. EST on 12/31.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

A bit of a coincidence

Yesterday afternoon I went to the Morgan Library for a guided tour of its exhibition of Babar drawings. While waiting in the lobby I noticed on the list of major museum donors inscribed on the wall the name of socialite Sunny von Bulow. I was trying to remember the details of what happened to her many years ago. She was the alleged victim of attempted murder by her then husband back in the early 80's. Now I'm reading the news to find she died yesterday, after being in a coma for 28 years.