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There’s just been a spate of those “true facts about yourself” so-called memes flying about my localized Internet weather system. I ignore most of them, but thought I’d go on a bit of a tangent and confess some of my weird habits involving cats in general and my not-mean cat Ernestine in particular.

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The results were nearly unanimous.

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I should have marketed the T-shirt.

Obamania continues…

Just be thankful I didn’t get around to composing the post I had in mind for Tuesday that was to be titled “Inaugural Doggerel.” It was to be some truly awful verse for the occasion. You are all now officially sparedy-cats.

Today I have for your consumption and, I hope, clicking pleasure a new poll. To wit, What shall we call him?

Final results of the Scatagories survey are ready. There’s a link from my most recent comment on the post.

I am sitting in the smallest room in the house. I have your review in front of me. Soon it will be behind me.

— Max Reger


On that cheery note, I announce my blog’s first survey!

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Unfortunately, Poll Daddy only allows 10 questions per survey, so I kind of ran out of space before I could steer the survey off the beaten path, the way I like things.

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"For the remainder of the day, Harriet proudly strode around the site wearing the Sacred Collar and matching Headband. She also wore the magnificent plasticus ear ornaments and the exquisite chain and pendant." — Motel of the Mysteries, pp. 36–37.


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Ellipsis Lamp at LightenUp DesignsNot long ago I noticed that one of the special automatic format protocols that WordPress utilizes has something to do with ellipsis, the series of marks which indicate an omission or pause. (The term derives ultimately from the Greek elleipein, meaning to “leave out, fall short.” It’s the same etymological root responsible for the geometric figure named an ellipse, but the rationale for that one isn’t clear to me at the moment.)

What I observed was that if, instead of three dots I typed four, then the final one would be slightly different than the others:


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In the body of a post, that final dot has an infinitesimally longer lead space than the others.

More significant, and where I first clued in to this detail, is in the Comments section. There, not only is the last dot graced by a longer lead, it is also bolder than its siblings. In fact, it’s of the same heft as a full stop at the end of a sentence.

I don’t know if this minutia of formatting behavior is particular to the WordPress theme of this blog (Connections, by Patricia Müller, a.k.a. Vanilla Mist) or if it’s some sort of standard inherent in the base code of the WordPress software. It isn’t critical that I should know this information; I’m just making a (very) minor observation.

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Well, it was, predictably, another flop of a vote here, with only a handful of virtual ballots virtually cast and no consensus to speak of. I’m thankful to everyone who participated and am trying to be scornful to those who didn’t. As for you who failed to vote because you didn’t visit and have no idea of the existence of this blog, for you… I have nothing but unbridled indifference.

On to the results. Four votes were cast in Column A, each for a different selection. Forced to make a tie-breaking decision, I hereby deem “Hotel California” to be the winner, primarily because it was the only candidate that aroused passion (true, it was antipathy from CyWyGY, but even that counts for something). Column B garnered 5 votes (I have no idea why there was a participatory imbalance between the columns), one for “Eleanor Rigby” and two each for “96 Tears” and “Norwegian Wood.” Once again, I was compelled to intervene and determine a definitive winner. In this instance, I chose “Norwegian Wood,” primarily to counterbalance my actions vis à vis Column A. Pann giveth and Pann taketh away. I am the benevolent tyrant of Pannsylvania.

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swiped from-- well, it's pretty plain to see

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