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Word of the Day


[no object]augur well/badly/ill
1 (of an event or circumstance) portend a good or bad outcome.

The spellings augur (a verb meaning ‘portend a good or bad outcome’, as in this augurs well) and auger (a type of tool used for boring) are sometimes confused,


Augustus averred that the oracle's pronouncement augured well for the planned making of holes with the auger.

Weed/Wildflower Wednesday

This week, so many beauties have appeared before my lens that it is necessary to post several times for weed/wildflower Wednesday.

The summer is approaching and these spring visitors will be gone before you can go to look for them in your own neighborhoods (some won't be there, of course because not all citizens of the fediverse are not all in New England).

Henbit dead-nettle _Lamium_amplexicaule_ is an edible lawn weed.

Weed/Wildflower Wednesday

Forget-me-not *Myosotis sp.*

Five petaled fowers are small, less than a centimeter across in a tall spike.

(Apologies for the generally blurry phone photo - photographer's error)

Weed/Wildflower Wednesday

Poor-man's Pepperweed *Lepidium virginicum* has a flower that it is overlooked in favor of the quickly developing seeds in the spike below the still blooming white flowers.

Leaves and seedpods edible, with the latter having a peppery taste giving the plant it's common name.

Weed/Wildflower Wednesday

Buttercup, a wildflower *Ranunculus sp.* which may crop up in lawns is notable for it's yellow, shiny-surfaced petals.

Holding a buttercup under the chin is a child's game to test if you like butter.

Word of the Day

toggle switch

1 An electric switch operated by means of a projecting lever that is moved up and down.
2 Computing
another term for toggle

Mid 18th century (originally in nautical use): of unknown origin.


I find myself on and off again about toggle switches.

Algot boosted

As a corporation, Microsoft will out-live all of us. Same for Google and Apple. Free software is an inter-generational effort. We don't know what proprietary software companies will do beyond our lifetimes, so we need to do our best to care for free software in our lifetime. Same goes for a lot of other, similar efforts.

"For the purposes of copyright XXX Corp. is the author of this work."


"When bots rule the world"

Copyright arbitrated by automatons is a BAD idea.

Copyright itself is, at best, a mediocre idea.

It is horrible when it is a corporate (NON HUMAN) tool.

Humans create. Corporations merely control.

The recent discussion of "schlep" was great. Special thanks to
@devorah who pointed out the long haul nature of the word.

It seemed that a revised image might add to the idea (thanks to today's "anergy" image.

Word of the Day


mass noun
Absence of the normal immune response to a particular antigen or allergen.

Early 20th century: from German Anergie, from Greek an- ‘not’, on the pattern of Allergie ‘allergy’.


Sally sallied forth to face the day. It wasn't too long before she wound down because her anergy quickly drained her energy.


Thank you for following (though you will probably do more leading).

Good luck with your making.


TV on in the background
does not count

Eyes open after a nap.

Algot boosted

My preferred interpretation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Sunday Sillies -Wicked Wonderful Wordies -

Idioms or common phrases (American/English) are represented by the position, shape or arrangement of words in or around a square.

Can you figure out this week's wordie puzzle? It would be wicked wonderful if you can.

Please use CW to submit your answers, thanks. Give everybody the chance to guess.

Hint: couple

Word of the Day


(also frazil ice)
mass noun
North American
Soft or amorphous ice formed by the accumulation of ice crystals in water that is too turbulent to freeze solid.

Late 19th century: from Canadian French frasil ‘snow floating in the water’


Coming back to the mooring, Tony was glad there was only frazil ice that his boat could pass through. Soon he'd be pulling the boat out of the water before the inner harbor froze solid.

hot sun on the lawn
cooler shade under the trees
summer conditions


Thanks for making the connection.

So, do you think the cloud is dissipating?

Word of the Day


1 Without a centre; not centralized.
1.1 Genetics (of a chromosome) having no centromere.


It did not bother Tom in the least that the donut was acentric. It was how donuts had "always" been.

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