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No Bail!

I suppose all caged birds should be considered flight risks.

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pronouns are simply nouns who are paid to do their jobs. i prefer amateur nouns because they have more character


adjective - plural: sola
Alone or unaccompanied (used especially as a stage direction).



Bob enters stage left, solus and begins to natter on about his day. [The crowd becomes restless after a mere half hour of this scene.]

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Is anyone working on open source Duolingo / Memrise? Or any floss social language learning software?


A part-song for several voices, especially one of the Renaissance period, typically unaccompanied and arranged in elaborate counterpoint.

From Italian madrigale (from medieval Latin carmen matricale ‘simple song’), from matricalis ‘maternal or primitive’, from matrix ‘womb’.


Mark, Milt, Marvin and Mary maneuvered through the madrigal magnificently.

letour, cycle dance
long hours in the bike saddle
three summer weeks grind

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? It would be wicked wonderful if you can.

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

Hint: Not all are as silly as this one.

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#Writing challenge/hack/whatever: Try avoiding the words “have”, “has”, and “had” as much as you can. It’ll often make you reach for stronger, more specific language (mainly verbs).

• I had a slice of pizza this morning.
• I ate a slice of pizza this morning.

You can grasp the meaning of “had” by context, sure. But “ate” is a stronger verb because it describes an action (eating) you can visualize in your head.

Also morning pizza is awesome. 😃

I suppose we should all be really impressed that Watson AI from IBM was able to decide that the crowd reaction after today's Wimbledon womans' final win was the biggest of the match.

Still, is that AI at its best?

Making a Basic Cloud in

1) Make a white shape with random angles
2) Apply bubbly bumps filter - fiddle shape
3) Overlay medium (50%) gray to lower area
4) 18% blur
5) Experiment (add intermediate gray area)

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1st rule of packing: label all boxes appropriately so the movers know exactly which room to put them in.
2nd rule of packing: don't let boxes become too heavy, so once they're heavy enough, fill them up with random things from all over the house, making rule #1 totally redundant.


Experiencing a longing for one's home during a period of absence from it.


When life has you reeling
Beyond normal limit
Homesick's the feeling
You get, you fool dimwit.

You think going back
Would be your best plan
But to grow up, Jack,
Carry on, be a man!

Face up to the moment.
Don't let it stop you.
Your effort's not all spent.
You've begun; follow through.


A phoneme which combines a plosive with an immediately following fricative or spirant sharing the same place of articulation, e.g. ch as in chair and j as in jar.

Late 19th century from Latin affricatus, past participle of affricare, from ad- ‘to’ + fricare ‘to rub’.


I don't want to rub you the wrong way.
It is just that I really like wordplay
I will verb a noun and choose to say.
Just go affricate yourself today.


1 detract from - no object - Diminish the worth or value of (a quality or achievement)
1.1 with object Take away (a specified amount) from the worth or value of a quality or achievement.

Late Middle English from Latin detract- ‘drawn away’, from the verb detrahere, from de- ‘away from’ + trahere ‘draw’.


After your attention I attract,
I must state a simple fact.
No one can detract
From the skills which I've long lacked.


Cats are cool (if weird).

Ours is typical, simultaneously needy and aloof.

Thanks for following. I don't post often about our cat, though.

If my unstructured flow begins to bore you, drop me.

Have fun.
Be safe.


Thank you for taking an interest in my toots.

I hope you will enjoy the wildflower ID photos on Wednesdays.

Weed/Wildflower Wednesday

American Pokeweed - Phytolacca americana
Along fence of pizza shop parking lot.

Greenish white small flowers in long racemes produce purple fruit which can be used as an effective ink for use with a nib pen. The oval leaves are about as long as an adult hand.Georges parking lot.


Thank you for connecting.

I have no pretense of being a photographer in spite of my posted photos. I am an image catcher at best.

I hope to see your work as you post it.

Welcome to the fun.

Be safe.


Hello. Thanks for connecting.
Words may have meanings, after all. It's just that we don't all agree on the meanings!

There's no doubt that I make an effort to twist each one just a bit. 😁

If my take eventually tires you out, don't hesitate to unhitch.

Have fun.
Be safe.

Weed/Wildflower Wednesday

Knotweed - Polygonum sp. (More recently Persicaria sp.)

The alternate lance shaped leaves often have a distinct darker green chevron shape on them. These do not. The stems at the base of leaves have a silvery sheath. The white-to-pinkish flowers are individually tiny on club-shaped heads. Spreading growth pattern on streetside treelawn in partial shade, mixed with planted Pachysandra.

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