Two cousins, wondering where the snow and ice went ... and when it will be warm enough to go swimming? Hopefully a long Danish winter where bulky jumpsuits are necessary but inconvenient will soon be over. Playing ball, jumping and scraping knees will replace running noses.
I think the last entry was in November 2004. And the one before that in Ma 2004. That's close to two years ago. So many things have changed since. The product is a success but we left the US for Denmark, where published cartoons have proven that any sword can be touched by a mighty pen. Two years is too much to recap. Besides, blogs are for what happens now. Days past are past, month and years lost in ancient history. So, it is now. And, yes, looking out in the Hamlet this morning, there was a thaw this morning.
Listened to the Verbivores in A Way with Words on KPBS/NPR -- a great inspiration that always brings something new to the proverbial table. In a discussion of Retronyms they defined this interesting class of words as "new names replacing old words, which have been made obsolete by new technology", typically by adding a specific adjective. Examples are acoustic guitar, analog watch, silent movie, snail mail etc. etc.
Despite the word class' age and potential impact there is a surprisingly little discussion. A brief Google revealed no more than 2,430 pages about retronyms. In contrast it found 83,400 hits on antonyms and millions on synonyms! In my entirely autodidactical view, the value of retronyms lies in the ability to illustrate technology penetration and market acceptance.
Traditional penetration curves shows a technology's adaptation percentage over time. The same may be revealed by the public embrace of a retronym: Despite several landmark inventions, "photography" sufficed for almost a century; today it is either "film photography" or "digital photography". Either "conventional camera" or "digital camera". The retronym shows a penetration, which inevitably have exceeded a certain mass market size to warrant the need for a new word.
Being Danish with most of my wonderfully family in Scandinavia, I do find myself going through airports with more than notebooks and business suits. The hassle of everyday business travel is nothing compared to the hoops and loops required to keep the young ones distracted and thus happy travelers.
The amount of extra gear required for fun and safe transportation for family with small kids is unbelievable; equally so is the potential cost! If you don't subscribe to the concept of buying a new device -- such as a roll-aboard with build-in toddler seat or a car seat with its own set of wheels -- for every new challenge, consider strapping the daily car seat on to a simple $9 luggage carrier.
The contraption handles any gate transfer easily and on the plane the luggage cart fits neatly underneat the seat in front of the little one riding high...
Sat next to a quiet Marine in a plane yesterday. He was 19 in Somalia, one of the last to be pulled out. He has been in every conflict since. He has lost friends in Iraq too, yet he is ready to return -- believing his job will take years and hoping it will be enough. For now he spends as much time as he can with his 6 year old daughter.
Two quotes spring to mind:
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"
"In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons"
I wish him all the best, wise decision makers most of all!
Petco Park, the way ball parks needs to be designed -- excellent view to San Diego Padres making the series 2-1 over San Francisco Giants. There is something spectacular about having the outburst of 42,000 fans explained by a connoisseur capable of catering to details of speed far surpassing the human eye. And, all that while enjoying reasonable Sushi on the Toyota deck... Thank you, Eric!