Saturday, June 05, 2004

Oxymoron is an oxymoron

Cool. So, the word oxymoron is an oxymoron. I learned about this at the Oxymorons.info site after reading Frank Patrick's entry this morning.
What is an Oxymoron?

An Oxymoron is a combination of contradictory or incongruous words, such as 'Cruel Kindness' or 'Jumbo Shrimp' (Jumbo means 'very large' while Shrimp means 'very small').

It is a literary figure of speech in which contradictory or opposite words, terms, phrases or ideas are combined to create a rhetorical effect by paradoxical means.

The word 'Oxymoron' is originally derived from the Greek elements: oxy = sharp and moros (moron) = dull (foolish). 'Oxymoron' is the singular form, and 'Oxymora' (or 'Oxymorons') is the plural form.

Some Oxymorons are not obvious, some may require an understanding of verbal or regional interpretations, and some may even indicate certain prejudices.

Oxymorons are not necessarily mistakes or errors. They make effective titles and appealing phrases, and some are meant to be humorous.
Here's a challenge for maligna. Write a poem using oxymorons.

Friday, June 04, 2004

They can't be talking about my Jewel

As a long time fan of Jewel Kilcher, I was surprised to read about what happened in New Hampshire. According to Jewel's Oddball Concert Appearance:
Fans of singing beauty Jewel are worried about her state of mind - after she attacked fans at a recent bizarre concert.

The "Pieces of You" star astonished concert-goers in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire when she started behaving oddly between songs and verbally attacking members of the audience.

Website SeaCoastOnline.com reports, "Witnesses said Jewel went on a tirade of insults from poking fun at fat people to others with no teeth."

"At one point, she asked the audience to yell requests and then told them to 'shut the hell up'."

Other highlights of the concert came when Jewel urged fans to "stop looking at my teeth and look at my breasts."
I would worry too. What is happening to the nice Mormon girl that I knew?


Thursday, June 03, 2004

No wonder I don't get any attention

No wonder I don't get any attention. I better call and make an appointment.
Bobbi's tips
June 3, 2004

The biggest makeup mistakes: "People don't always update their look. They do the same thing that they did years ago. And they don't wear concealer under-eye. To me that is the most instant improvement. Getting someone the right concealer -- it's too light or they don't wear enough of the right one or it's too greasy, too dry, too pink.''

The right way to apply concealer: "Apply it under the eye, all the way under the lashes, and especially in the corner of the eye. Women usually skip that. I believe in yellow-toned concealer and put a yellow-tone powder over it, which blends it and locks it in place.''

General cosmetics trend: "Creamy color gloss, which is basically a lip gloss but opaque -- not overlined, just more lippy colors. ... For summer we figured out a way to give women bright colors but still look natural. It's very transparent.''

What's new for summer: An offshoot of her fragrance called "Beach'' (which has that "Coppertone-y smell''), Brown's summer line includes sunscreen, a body spray oil, sport stick for the face, and a leave-in hair conditioner. The products come in a mini L.L. Bean-like tote with a water bottle and lip balm.

Public appearance: Before her already-filled Emerson class, Brown will be consulting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 11 on makeovers at the Bobbi Brown counter at Bloomingdale's in Chestnut Hill. Call 617-630-6616 for an appointment.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Revenge is a dish best served cold

I'm more than half way through Paul Ekman's book Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life:
...
Introduction
1. Emotions Across Cultures
2. When Do We Become Emotional?
3. Changing What We Become Emotional About
4. Behaving Emotionally
5. Sadness And Agony
6. Anger
7. Surprise And Fear
8. Disgust And Contempt
9. Enjoyable Emotions
CONCLUSIONS: Living With Emotions
APPENDIX: Reading Faces - The Test
...
As recommended, I took the Reading Faces Test first and got 6 out of 14 correct. Apparently, most people "do not get more than five correct". I'm not sure what this means.

At present, I'm in the middle of reading the chapter on anger. By far, it's the most interesting. The example of situations that provoke people to violent behavior is quite understandable from my point of view. Revenge is a frequent motive. Although ways are offered to mitigate the behavior (Changing What We Become Emotional About), my feeling is that "Revenge is a dish best served cold".

If this subject is of interest to you, visit the book's site for more information. You can read the Introduction and Chapter 5 there. In addition, Chapter 1 is available at Barnes & Noble.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

A tougher moral dilemma

Scientists watch the brain wrestle with moral dilemmas presents this situation:
It is wartime. You and your family are hiding in the basement. You can hear the enemy soldiers approaching. To your horror, the baby begins to fuss and cry. If you cover her mouth, she will suffocate and die. If you do not, the soldiers will find you and you'll all be killed. What do you do?
Although the point of the article is "what does your brain do as you decide?", I find what's more intriguing and a tougher moral delimma is to change the word will to may and therefore present a scenario where you kill your baby but the soldiers did not find your family. We can only hope we are never put in such a situation.

Monday, May 31, 2004

Happy birthday to Magnolia

Happy birthday to Magnolia. Part of her Thinking With My Keyboard entry is still fresh in my memory:
...
I am thinking about men, as I always do. Though this might not be fair on my part, as I think people in general tend to do this. Here is my question though ... why is it that men seem to lose interest after they think they get a girl?

Please men, note the word think there. Men always assume so much in their greatness they often forget to see whether their greatness has had effect. I believe it is good to check in from time to time to see if you do, in fact, have the girl.

It is so easy to lose a woman. Ignore her for a time and she slips so easily away. The thing is, you might not know it right away, just one day you will wonder why your mojo don't work anymore!
Your mojo isn't between your legs; you need to know that. Win a woman's mind, then she might be yours. Even then, if you don't stay in her thoughts she will move on. And by staying in her thoughts ... I mean in a good way. If you are not in her thoughts in a good way she’ll move on.

Now that is if you care to keep her. I think for many men, until they reach a higher ground, collecting women for a moment is the goal. Get her to want you, or let you, and that is enough. ...
Of course, I'm not one of those men she was writing about.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Remember, use a Boston accent

Got a chuckle from this reader's letter in TALES FROM THE CITY from today's Boston Globe:
Say Again?

While my husband, daughter, and I were planning a trip to Washington, D.C., I found an ad for a bargain rate at a small hotel in the Foggy Bottom area. When I made the reservation on the phone, the agent asked me the name of the corporation I worked for. In my best Boston accent, I replied, "Oh, we're tourists." Upon checking in to the hotel, we were given a corporate VIP card that entitled us to free breakfast every morning and free cocktails every evening in a private suite. When I looked at the card closely, written on the space for company name were the words "Wittores Corporation." I kept the card, and we used it every day of our stay.

MARY ELLEN PIERCE, Needham