A railway station. A piece of grit in the eye. An unquestionably clean handkerchief. **
Encounter : to come upon or meet with,
especially unexpectedly, to find by accident
Skip the sitcom rerun, open up a screen, learn something new. And since brevity is the soul of wit and whatnot, I’ll keep this brief.
1. Week in Words by Erin McKean is a mini-guide to unusual words used in the Wall Street Journal.
I love this just-in-trendy word ~ Litspam. It’s the first mechanized avant-garde spam. In order to trick the filters, spammers embrace litspam ~ an oddly poetic piece of gibberish, auto-composed by mixing literary texts together. Some turn spam into actual poetry called, you guessed it, Spoetry, where subject lines of spam emails are arranged into ‘spoems’.
What Can You Do in 3 Minutes?
Look out your window
Make a child happy
Groom those bushy eyebrows
Get residency in Panama
Lose 10 lbs.
2. Ireland’s newest stamp features an entire short story, all 224 words, by a talented Dublin teenager.
3. Ta-Ta, Terrariums…Hello, Troughs.
These Lilliputian landscapes in psuedo-stone containers are hypertufa troughs. Gardening at a manageable scale and price with laughably small plants.
4. Won’t U B My Neighbor Online? Good for the borderline recluse or very shy person. 🙂 Seriously, though, Nextdoor.com is a free website that provides social networks for neighborhoods offering forums, house-by-house maps, classifieds for buying, selling or giving away things, and a database for neighbor-recommended local services.
5. Tiny Find. One of the world’s tiniest lizards was discovered by keen-eyed researchers in Madagascar. B. tristis, named after the French word ‘triste’ meaning sad, was found in an isolated patch of forest close to an expanding city. The team chose the thought-provoking name as an expression of their concern for the future of the island’s micro-endemic species.
As for the grit and
see them in **Brief Encounter,
a beautiful grave black-and-white movie
for lovers of nostalgia.