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Tuesday: April 18, 2006

Aphorism of the Day

Filed under: — site admin @ 11:47 PM GMT-0500

El hombre actual no vive en el espacio y en el tiempo. Sino en la geometria y los cronómetros.

Modern man does not live in space and time. Rather in geometry and clocks.

(Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Escolios a un Texto Implícito, 2.178)

Grammar Jokes

Filed under: — site admin @ 11:12 PM GMT-0500

Sunday’s upgrade to WordPress 1.5 has made spam comments a lot easier to deal with. Lately, quite a few of the latter have contained a simple two-word message: tool die. My first thought on seeing one was that there’s a missing copulative: not that I have any intention of checking, but surely the sender is advertising “tool and die” products? My second thought was that there’s a missing comma: taking ‘tool’ as a vocative and ‘die’ as an imperative would express my thoughts about the sender with some precision. Of course, before I upgraded my spam-obliterating capabilities, these thoughts were more likely to include copulative imperatives.