Mindy Newton

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  1. Spiders slow industrial growth

    Very interesting, indeed! Great quip, too. Thanks for putting this up.
  2. Puzzle for Rand fans

    Here's a new Knight's Move puzzle. The quote is from John Galt. X-I-JOH-EM-C- KW-U-K-I--S-G NVCAFE-HB-FYN AC-WO-K--T-J- WNRH-JTVIQA-E DW-LFBO-A-ZLU SEOOB-XERHD-- ZDRV-M-IRY-IO P-NT-AA-M-YR- WFNW-ETFSEK-N L-L-PJO-PQ-SX RS-HA-D-GUHGI T-NQ-M-P--EDA CWC-VERBF-STN As before, the first letter is in the lower, right-hand corner,an "N." By the way, the "square" is made of 14 rows of 13 each. Enjoy!
  3. Does ''opinion'' mean a subjective conclusion?

    It might help to consider why we call an opinion an opinion. We describe our beliefs and conclusions, etc. with several different terms. We describe some ideas as beliefs, others as knowledge, opinion, judgment, suspicions, etc. In all such cases, we are recognizing the relationship of that idea to its evidentiary bases. "Opinions" are ideas we are somewhat unsure of. But that uncertainty doesn't have anything at all to do with subjectivity. Second idea here: All ideation is the ideation of some subject, some mind or another. That sense of "subjective" is the ontological one. The epistemological sense of "subjective" simply means that the content of the idea does not derive from the subject-matter it names. A subjective opinion about a restaurant might be based on how long you had to wait to be seated, or the rudeness of the waiter, though it is stated as how good the food was. So, just to be clear, if someone asks Joan how the food is at Mirabella on 2nd Avenue, and she answers it is only so-so, but she actually enjoyed the food a lot, but she was also annoyed at having to wait and at the rudeness of the waiter, but she doesn't sort out her feelings, she has made a subjective judgment. The judgment is not, actually, about how the food was. Her dislike was reasonable, but it was mis-attributed. That subjectivity represents a degree of carelessness, and sometimes it amounts to a lot worse.
  4. Old School by Tobias Wolff

    Thanks very much for this report! Mindy
  5. It doesn't surprise me. I've never seen that picture before, was very glad to see it.
  6. Wordplay--called a word chain?

    I don't know anything about official rules, but the site I got this from allowed different degrees of freedom, such as changing two letters once in a sequence, and either allowing or not allowing changes in different places in the letter sequence...I wonder if there is a way to score the game so any of these is allowed, but you are penalized for using the easier tactics. Mindy
  7. Going Galt

    That's a great line, that the politician is the end, not the beginning! That should be etched somewhere (besides my memory.) Mindy
  8. Antanaclasis

    LOL. That is great, and it is raining cats and dogs as I read it. You've invented a new category, though, it isn't an antanaclasis. The same word or words have to be used with different "meanings." Maybe yours is an antiantanaclasis? It has a "garden path" in it, like so much of humor. The garden path...taking the mind in one direction and then stranding it there, with the logical destination somewhere "over there." One of my favorites is this: the old man the boats I wrote that preceding phrase without punctuation so as to allow the reader to puzzle over it. It is actually a full sentence, right? Someone here just gave me a different interpretation of your phrase, Laure: that if the rain keeps up, there won't be any moisture left to come down. That makes it a double antiantanaclasis, and, I'm sure the first of its kind. Anybody know the phone number for Guiness?
  9. Wordplay--called a word chain?

    You won, Bob, now dream up one for the next round!
  10. Wordplay--called a word chain?

    Well done! Jeez, beat me by a mile. Your prize is to write the next pair of words for the rest of us.
  11. The poetry of Mindy Newton

    Thanks, Zeus. I imagined a young boy, but so what?
  12. Antanaclasis

    Vince Lombardi, in what would seem to be a pep talk, is quoted as saying, "If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm." He was using the figure of speech called an "antanaclasis." I imagine we have all heard, and used antanaclases, we just didn't know they had a name other than: clever phrasing. It makes one do a mental double-take, and in that way resembles Yogi Berra-isms, and also puns, but there is a definite difference, as the definition shows: The O.E.D. definition is, "A figure of speech, when the same word is repeated in a different if not a contrary signification; as: "In thy youth learn some craft, that in thy old age thy mayest get thy living without craft." --Johnson. With puns, the words are in fact different, and in Yogi Berra-isms, it seems that it isn't the signification, but the implication that changes. "You can observe a lot just by watching." "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him." Are they tautologies? Only technically. I like Lombardi's antanaclasis a lot more than Johnson's. I thought I'd invite people to list some they have come across. Better yet, invent some to share?
  13. There's a high-powered language site called Languagehat I read when I can, and a link to a link brought me to a word-play game I thought might be fun. You are given two words. The task is to transform the one into the other (or the other into the one, if iconoclasm is your thing) one letter at a time. There are, obviously, more than a single way to do such a thing. I grabbed the names, "Rand" and "Galt," and tried it out to see how hard it was and how long it took... I did it in 12 steps, that is, there are 12 english words between "Rand" and "Galt." I didn't struggle with it, so there are probably shorter ways to do it. So, if anybody cares to give it a try, 12 is the number to beat. If you come up with fewer steps, speak up in a reply. Tell us how many steps you took, but leave the words out until others have a chance to work on it un-prompted, then we'll look at the winner's "short list." Have fun.
  14. The poetry of Mindy Newton

    I'm doing this wrong, but I don't think it matters... Seuss Sounds Seuss sounds, Seuss sounds, a "Cat-in-the-Hat" a day, Children's eyes and ears get round, when Dr. Seuss has his say! Juice sounds with Seuss sounds, saliva and tongue hunt their way, You'll stutter and mutter, and blush to re-utter, the synched sounds that Seuss sends your way! Soon sound soothed sounds, as sleep steals her slumbering slaves, So, softly! alliterate, litter your litter's late sleep with sweet Seuss-sounds, sooth-sayed(!) Mindy Newton The rhythm of this is a strong, even "forced" beat of seven, emphasized syllables with a silent final beat to each line.
  15. Happy 400th Anniversary to the Telescope

    The telescope's "birthday" is particularly special because of the relation between the birth of science/philosophy and man's desire to understand the heavens. When man desires knowledge, even knowledge of the furthest objects and most immense events, he finds ways to get it. In celebrating the telescope, then, we are also celebrating man's mind, even mankind. Mindy