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Obfirmation

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Obfirmation: Confirmed or being confirmed in evil, Obduracy (SOED); Hardness of heart, Obduracy (Websters) ———————————————— @TSupercargo & @TheSupercargo apologise for the recent (and forthcoming) dearth of round-ups. It’s not due to obfirmation but lack of time. Hoping to resume a more regular service in the Autumn/Fall. In the meantime, here comes one last Augustan RT round-up. Today’s word (and the associated definition) was another hint that our friends at Artwiculate HQ need a new prescription for their glasses. The WOTD doesn’t mean “A collection of related data” but “Obduracy” “Confirmed or being confirmed in evil” & “Hardness of heart” [All as given above!] Nevertheless, as @Ysabeluna observed … RT @Ysabeluna #Artwiculate Obfirmation : Word Competition that … More…

More Summer Photos

These photos were taken over the summer of 2010. The oldest (the Balloon and clouds photo) I took on 26th June and the most recent, the group portrait of Taiga, the Gothenburg Balalaika Group, I took this morning (29th August). The Soapstone Inuits are on the mantlepiece of my brother- and sister-in-law, who have paddled kayaks off Greenland. The reflected clock is in the tower of Högalid’s Church in Stockholm and the Styr-o-ställ bicycles-for-hire are a new feature of the Gothenburg cityscape.

Donald Pleasence in Fantastic voyage

Not now, Cora!

There are some great lines in Fantastic Voyage (some of them cited below), but I ended up going for a cheap joke at the expense of Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence. I was inspired by the strip in the middle of the postcard above here, which is a still from the DVD. (What she’s actually doing is zipping her wetsuit closed preparatory to leaving the submarine to help unclog intake filters.) In my defence, the film-makers blatantly included Ms Welch in the cast only for her well-endowed chest – she has minimal acting duties. I don’t know when I first saw Fantastic Voyage. I’d like it to have been at a matinée performance when it was released in Britain in … More…

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Flotsam

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Flotsam: Floating debris in a river or sea; items that have floated away (but not been deliberately jettisoned) from on board a ship. ———————————————— Welcome to another RT round-up of flotsam collected from the Artwiculate twitterstream by @TheSupercargo & transmitted by his dopplefloater. Quite a number of haiku and other poems today, plus, of course lots of pairings with jetsam. RT @Squawkingalah Hi Flotsam! How’s Jetsam? RT @mazpowles We go together like flotsam and jetsam. Which is a concern. I suppose we all know now that things jettisoned are jetsam while those just float off are flotsam. RT @19ish Clear blue streams carry leaf & twig, insect & petal, trash & treasure, thru meadow & dingle, … More…

Spock to Spock: Live, floss and prosper

Live, floss and prosper

The second DVD out of the box as I work through my birthday present to myself, is JJ Abram’s Star Trek from last year (2009). Taking this film as my subject here also gives me an opportunity to brush off and republish my original review. (‘Review’ doesn’t seem quite the right word, but judge for yourself here.) Star Trek is a film with a wonderful flora of quotes, but so many of the good ones are in-jokes for fans of the original series. I choose to illustrate instead one of the most puzzling features of the future. The lack of development in prosthodontics. Poor Leonard Nimmoy, the original Spock, reappears (through one of those handy wormholes in the time-space continuum … More…

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Namby-pamby

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Namby-pamby: (adj) sentimental in a weak, insipid way; clinging, feeble, lacking vigour or decisiveness, spineless ———————————————— So, @TheSupercargo’s namby-pamby alter ego creeps back (snivelling) to carry out an RT round-up for the current @artwiculate WOTD. RT @smeedha The namby-pamby greeting- Wuss up! I just HAD to start with that one! And follow with this … RT @SJHatzi Namby-pamby… I feel a chick tweet coming on. I dunno. Not the most inspiring of words, not for many of the artwiculati either – only 13 pages with 3 hours left to tweet. However, there were, as ever, some real gems among the chaff. (And @TiddK gave us a story involving our http://www.salonartwois.com bear Wanda!) I voted for all … More…

You wouldn't want one as a pet

Human teenagers

As my own birthday present to myself, I bought a box of DVDs (mostly Science-Fiction related). I anticipate working my way through them bit by succulent bit (inclding, of course, all the Extra Material) and boning out some favourite quotes. Which I plan to share here in postcard form. As chance would have it, the first film I watched was Tim Burton’s remake of The Planet of the Apes from 2001. It’s not a better film than the 1968 original, but it’s not nearly as poor as the reviews made out – those I read when it first came out and which put me off seeing it on the cinema screen. Some of the actors behind the mask produced some … More…

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Agathokakological

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Agathokakological: Composed of both good and evil, (nonce word) ———————————————— Good/Bad day/night (strike that which doesn’t apply). Here comes the Agathokakological Round-up from @TheSupercargo tweeting as @TSupercargo Today’s word did not at first look very promising, but it seems to have inspired the Artwiculati. I certainly found plenty to like: After voting (7 hours left to tweet) I found I’d collected no less than 73 tweets & my shortlist ran to 38 I think I detected several patterns in today’s responses. Definitions were definitley popular, as were articulate Artwiculate references. But, not surprisingly perhaps, existential philosophy and literary references also abounded. Agatha Christie was prominant: RT @nedmw Few people know Agatha Christie’s maiden name was Agatha … More…

Iwritelikeme

I write like … a hell of a lot of people!

There was a flurry of Internet interest, a few weeks back (as I write now), over an Internet site called “I Write Like”. Here. In a text box, you can paste a piece of your writing and the site claims to analyse “your word choice and writing style” it, compare the results “with those of the famous writers” in a database of (presumably) similarly analysed published authors, and then tell you who you write like. To celebrate having completed a draft of the first section of Elin’s Story the other day I thought I’d give the site a trial. I started by posting the whole 17,000 or so words of Section 1 and running them through the analyser. The result? … More…

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Amative

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Amative: adj. rare synonym for amorous. ———————————————— Much as I would like to be interjecting comments and sorting the following RTs according to arcane rules of my own invention, Wednesday’s experience left me less than amative in my feelings towards Twitter. So today’s RT Round-up will take my fall-back position, publishing my fav Artwicutweets of the day (so far) in alphabetical order of @name. RT @coinopratdchris The amative alligator allegedly ate anything with an arousing aroma. RT @fox2go #artwiculate We have amorous. Why do we need amative? RT @FrankSiddarta Amo amas amat ~ hot Latin and amative ~ a most singular present indicative ~ and that’s amare RT @harrarp The amative locomotive pulled the train lovingly … More…