Wednesday, January 22, 2014

quick takes

i like words, grammar, and other similarly nerdy things (despite my failure to properly capitalize anything on this blog). this includes the oxford comma. i like the oxford comma, and so should you. if you're still not sure (after that compelling argument), read this explanation of why the oxford comma is important.

this... awesome. 33 things to make a small apartment better.

as someone who has been on many cruises, i just want to say that the scare-tactic articles i see on a semi-regular basis about the horrors that await you on cruise ships is... well, a poor excuse for journalism.  in my experience, cruises are a great way to holiday.  yes, if a virus is going around, you and a lot of others on board might catch it.  but that has far less to do with cruise lines than with the basic fact that such a scenario is always possible when you have many people regularly interacting in a restricted amount of space.  and yes, if you get ridiculously drunk and decide to perch yourself in a precarious position off a railing, you may fall in the water, but the best way to deal with that is a) don't get ridiculously drunk or b) if you do get ridiculously drunk stay indoors! ships have plenty of indoor party spaces that rule out the risk of falling overboard.  also, know this: 1) what cruise line you choose matters, in terms of your experience. so don't automatically assume that because someone wrote an article detailing their traumatic experience on one trip, all ships and all lines are like that; and 2) what itinerary you choose matters, because some (like mexico and the caribbean) are full of folks who want to party, while others (think european ports full of history, or cooler climates) are a more even mix of travelers. last... don't knock it till you try it!
edit: see this article for a reasonable perspective on cruise ship illness outbreaks

today's peek into the closet of an unfashionable blogger.

i don't know any of these things for sure, because i haven't ever been married, but these seven ideas do a pretty good job of encapsulating what i think makes a marriage a happy one

linguipotence, n. 'Mastery of language or languages; ability to use language.'
Etymology: classical Latin lingua tongue (see lingua n.) + potence n.1, perhaps after armipotence n.
Pronunciation: Brit. /lɪŋˈɡwɪpət(ə)ns/,  U.S. /lɪŋˈɡwɪpədəns/, /lɪŋˈɡwɪpətns/

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