Friday, April 21, 2006

Getting Into "Hot Water"

What is a "hot water heater", and why is one needed? Why do we need to heat water that is already hot? Why not just call it a "water heater", which is what it really is?

Another peeve of mine is the word "vehicle". Folks, it is pronounced "v-ick-el", not "v-hick-el". The "h' is silent. But what gets me is the fact that so many people have been using the v-HICK-el pronunciation so much, that it has become an accepted form of the word. But that doesn't make it correct. I learned the correct pronunciation in the eighth grade.
Everyone from presidents, doctors, engineers, and yes, a few scholars, pronounce it incorrectly. It's no wonder that Americans are falling behind the rest of the "civilized" world in education. We can't speak our own language.
If you say ve-HICK-el, then you are most likely a hick. And the heck of it is that I'm from Tennessee, the birthplace of hickdom.

Thursday, April 13, 2006


Once, while waxing philosophical, one of my children at the enlightened age of six stated: "If I don't have to go pee, I have to go poop, and if I don't have to go poop, then I have to go pee. I just can't get anything done".

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Learning Linux

I am messing around with Ubuntu Linux (or it is messing around with me). Definitely a whole new learning curve.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


The "bloods" have struck small-town America.

Orion Nebula from HST

Whether you believe in the "Big Bang" or the "Big Guy", you gotta believe that this is an awesome sight.

Click on image to enlarge for the most stunning view.

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