Showing posts from October, 2007

deft definitions

Consultant: A man, who borrows your watch, tells you time and then sends you a bill.
Literature: The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
Humour: Anything that makes you laugh but the finest sort draws a tear along with the laugh.
Critic: A legless man who teaches running.
Diplomat: A person who tells you to go to hell, in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Kindness: A language which the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear.
Conference: A gathering of important persons who singly can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done.
Banker: A fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
Economist: An expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.
Statistician: Someone who brings a fake bomb on a plane, because that decreases the chances that there will be another bomb on the plane.
Programmer: S…

origin of vegetable names

Radish – French word ‘radis’ modified form of a word meaning ‘wart’.
Lettuce – Latin word ‘lactuca’ meaning milk-giving plant.
Corn – Saxon word ‘corn’ meaning ‘worn-down particle’.
Cabbage – French word ‘caboche’ meaning head.
Mushroom – French origin, first cultivated in beds of mousse (moss).
Pumpkin – French word, derived from a Greek word meaning ‘cooked by the sun’.
Turnip – French origin, used for feeding cattle.
Cauliflower – French word ‘cole florie’, meaning flowering cabbage.
Potato – Spanish word ‘patata’, name of an island in Haiti.
Tomato – Mexican word ‘tomatl’

october sunshine

Basking in the sunshine, I am wondering whether the formatting of this post, being written on a mobile, would appear right on monitors. Basking in the sunshine, I am wondering when the electricity will be back online; because I have to update and print my CV. I am watching someone collect Cherospondias axillaris [lapsi] right now in the middle of the forest and appreciating the GPRS service of Spice Nepal.

Writing using a handheld device without a QWERTY keyboard is obviously not convenient, but updating this post from the middle of the forest is definitely amazing.