And here is something that I consider a companion quote:
“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Read it and weep.
And this is what the State Assembly is doing while the state goes down the fucking toilet.
Here’s s virtual “sport” I’ve never heard of — scambaiting. Apparently there are people who — just for fun — toy with overseas scam artists. By now, most of us have received an email or heard of the scam from Nigeria where someone claims they want to put millions of dollars in your bank account, of which you would get to keep 30%. Not only have people fallen for this, they are still falling for it all the time. It’s going on RIGHT NOW.
This con is known as a 419 because that is the number of the Nigerian penal code for this type of crime. There’s lovely site known as 419 Eater where the author gives you tips on how to engage with scammers just to piss them off waste their time. The idea is that toying with scammers takes their energies and resources away from real scams, so it’s a type of voluntary public service.
This site has much interesting information for folks who want to live life on the edge without looking away from their computer screen. They have photos of fake documentation and a advice on how to end the scam with faked deaths.
I have to admit this all fascinates me, although it seems that someone with so much energy and creativity could be doing something more for the world. But for a hobby, it’s not bad.
images from 419eater.com
First of all, I apologize to my readers (you know who you are) that the theme for my site keeps disappearing and now seems to have vanished. So the site doesn’t look the way it should, and I will have to spend some time someday getting it back to normal.
Now back to our regularly scheduled program.
*WARNING: IF YOU FIND CURSE WORDS OFFENSIVE, DON’T READ THIS POST*
If you don’t know what I think is the best word in the English language is, then you have not been paying attention, have you? That word would be “fuck.” This is an amazing word that can be a noun, verb, adverb, adjective (okay with “ing”) — yes, pretty much every part of speech *and* it always packs a punch. It’s wonderfully versatile and expressive simultaneously. In fact this is all well documented in a favorite book of mine, English as a Second F*cking Language. I bought that book at least ten years ago and it is still great fun to read.
Still, I didn’t really appreciate the wonderfulness of this word until the other night. When K & I watch a DVD at home that’s in English, I’ve taken to subtitling it in French if the option is available. Because that’s what nerds do.
This evening we were watching a film Cadillac Records which has quite a bit of cursing in it. After a while I noticed that in French there is no distinction in the translation between “asshole” and “motherfucker”. There seems to be only one word for this category of insult; there is nowhere to go when you wanted to add some emphasis. To me, there’s a big, big difference between the two. Asshole is pretty casual, but I would only use motherfucker under extreme circumstances. In fact, I can’t say I’ve ever actually said it to another person; I’ve only used it to speak ill of someone *not* in the room, and even then, very rarely. Or at least I’ve used it a lot less since the Obama administration began.
Further, I noticed that there is no adjective/adverb like “fucking” or “the fuck”, i.e., “What the fuck is this?” Or , “Are you fucking crazy?” If you want to add emphasis/be vulgar, you have to use variations on words like whore or shit. Let’s face it, those words just don’t carry as much weight. After a while of this, I felt pretty sorry for the French. I am very fond of their language, which is why I’m killing myself trying to learn the damn thing, but their cursing just seems, well, lame.
Now, admittedly when someone has limited vocabulary in general and uses “fuck” and variations thereof as every other word, it loses its power and just sounds bad. Be that as it may, when it comes to cursing, ENGLISH FUCKING RULES.
Today’s French lesson
*not to be confused with canard which means duck
Yesterday I was having one of my various routine pains that I now experience on a routine basis. Even though I say “now” and “routine”, I have been experience a whole lot of pain ever since I was ten years old and had my first migraine (complete with puking! Yay!). In fact, the reoccurring pain I experienced when I was younger was less frequent but usually much, much worse. I used to say that I could not be tortured for information because “they” couldn’t come up with anything worse then my menstrual cramps (fortunately, this premise was never tested). Now, I have aches in different places in my body almost every day, but they are mostly not debilitating.
But I digress… the point of this point is that I’m really tired of the word “pain.” It’s so frickin’ weighty. It always sound like a complaint. I’ve decided from now on I’m going to use the phrase “intense sensation,” which is neutral and fresh as a daisy.
Yea, verily, this is the last time you will see the word PAIN in reference to my body. Note it well.
Cool video on assistive technology … takes a few minutes to load.
K & I spent a few hours today shining up our amazing! fantastic! Geo convertible. Here’s a photo of the results.
Your French lessons for today (didn’t see that coming, did you?):
J’ai fait brillé la decapotable.
I shined the convertible.