Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
n., a vice presidential candidate that roughly mirrors the same ideologies as her presidential running mate, except inverted (different gender, different state) and is largely powerless politically
Interesting pick by McCain. Not too many card-carrying NRA members, mothers of five, commercial fisherwomen, beauty pageant winners and former sportscasters in the typical VP pool.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Not to toot my own horn, but Quixotica has been spreading its wings a little bit lately.
Not quite taking over the world, or even the state of Virginia ... yet.
It's now a regular feature in two monthly magazines ...
- Savannah's own, The South Magazine
- Senior Class, a monthly magazine celebrating the maturing lifestyle based out of Long Beach, CA
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Person A: What's the easiest way to get to the Clarendon Metro from here?
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Check out these great moments in "alcholeric history," thanks to YouTube
Sunday, May 4, 2008
"I was on the roof last weekend cleaning out the gutters, when the ladder slipped out from under me. Instead of falling straight back, my slow-motion sideways descent through me right into a thicket of thorn-covered bushes. I wasn't hurt too bad, but I had what seemed like 100,000 scrapes on my arms and forearms. I went upstairs to wash off and check out the damage. I lifted my arms and looked and washed off the cuts. I must not have looked at my elbows in several months, because there was a snow-white layer of bowdust covering my elbow"
In many ways, bowdust is an inevitable byproduct of the aging process. A number of factors conspire to turn your smooth, supple elbows into concentric circle-like wrinkles around a patch of ashy, flaky skin. As its elasticity drops over time, the skin around your elbows bunches up, and the tips of your elbows can become darker as layers of dead, dry skin start to accumulate.
Creams, exfoliation and lotion can help, but ultimately the bowdust wins out. Tyra Banks obsesses about her bowdust so much, that she'll use lip gloss or Chapstick for a quick fix
Odds and Ends:
Here are some tips on getting rid of "ashy elbow forever."
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
- Bending at the knee to lament a putt's narrow miss
- Visually scanning the crowd/caddies/fellow players for sympathetic facial expressions
- Standing in place for several seconds with hands akimbo
- Flipping the putter
- Telekinetic use of body english
- Exaggerated facial expressions (vary, stern and even sometimes sheepish)
After finally conceding that a putt is missed, it is customary for a puttrified golfer to grudgingly accept the gallery's congratulatory applause, tip his cap and resign himself to mere mortality.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Mark Base, a fellow blogger from Helsinborg, Sweden, made some humorous (and documented eyewitness) observations of this trend in a Feb 2007 blog post Pantspotting In Helsinborg.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
n., a state of complete mental absorption or deep musing that occurs when a simple Internet-related task begins quite innocently (e.g., looking up a useless bit of trivia, checking a sports score, downloading a song, doing a wikipedia search) and then ends up taking much. much longer (sometimes a few hours) than you anticipated because you have allowed yourself to wander/surf/meander all over the internet; this is often due to the saturation of hyperlinks in most Internet content (blogs, news articles, effective ads, etc.); One is able to "trace" the path of an internet trance by looking in the "history" section of one's browser.
The trance can also be site-specific, as some sites have such vast content that one could kill hours of time without out ever leaving a domain name. Examples include a Wikipedia Trance, a MySpace Trance or a Facebook trance.
For example, this morning I was looking up something about CSI:Miami for an intro to a freelance article for another publication. From there I read about David Caruso, then NYPD Blue, then Mark Paul Gosselaar ("Zak" from Saved By the Bell), then Saved by the Bell ... and then I ended with reading about Dustin Diamond (screech from saved by the bell). I never ended up finding the information about CSI Miami that I was looking for ... and due to my internet trance, I killed about 30 minutes and filled my mind with more useless info.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
n., an emotional response or state of mind relating to the objective (and perfectly normal, I might add) non-sexual appreciation of a younger person who may be precociously attractive; also reflects a belief that one can "tell" if an "admired" young person will grow up to become an exceedingly attractive or handsome adult.
I imagine this word could also describe someone like my mom going ga-ga over some young, male heartthrob on American Idol. Does she want to act on her cute little crush on Chris Daughtry? Of course not. Never in a million years. But the appreciation exists nonetheless, and it should have its own word for it.
Oh yeah, and the word "kindercare" has nothing to do with the wholesome "preschool" corporation that shares the same name.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
If you're lost, here's a primer:
The team arrives at diagnoses using the Socratic method and differential diagnosis, with House guiding the deliberations. House often discounts the information and opinions from his underlings, pointing out that their contributions have missed various relevant factors. The patient is usually misdiagnosed over the course of each episode and treated with medications appropriate to the misdiagnoses. This usually causes further complications in the patient, but in turn helps lead House and his team to the correct diagnosis by using the new symptoms.
Back to Quixotica ....
So without further adieu, here's today's moment of sublime Quixotica ...
This is not an original piece of Quixotica from yours truly. I have to thank the good people at Housisms for this neologism.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
- making cats fight on the streets of Georgetown (Washington, DC)
- stumbling out of a bar with hands in coat pockets,crossing the street with considerable momentum, andcrashing through a wooden fence (Charlottesville, VA)
- casually flicking cigarette ashes on your friend’shead and then violently throwing up in his toilet (Blacksburg, VA) ... Done by firstname.lastname@example.org
And for no reason whatsoever, here's a rare photo of Mr, Quixotica (email@example.com) during his halcyon, formative years. Note his prescient sense of style -- the lavender Izod polo, black-and-white checkered vans and OP plaid shorts. And don't forget the "Mom, I forgot my bookbag face." Or is it the "why doesn't anyone want to play with me" face?
While the expression “marteau’d” did not catch on nationally (yet), it is still used by a small number of 30-somethings in and around the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Nubbinsville, attending Nubbinsville State, and being on nubbins street refer to being poor.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
n., an exclamation indicative of a state of quiet contentment, usually as a result of some fortuitous and unexpected turn of events; usually preceded in everyday speech by the "it's all ..." sentence fragment; for the purpose of brevity during conversation, the "it's all" component can also be eliminated while still retaining the same meaning
Synonyms include "it's all good," "all fruits ripe," and "sweet"
I guess there's just something special about the harmony that exists between a small cake of shortened bread leavened with baking powder or soda and the fat and juices that drip from cooking meat, often thickened, seasoned, flavored, etc., and used as a sauce
"But you were supposed to pick me up an hour ago at the Farragut West Metro. At first, I was kinda mad, but then I started talking to this chick who likes to play World of Warcraft. We exchanged screen names and I'm going to call her next week, ... so it's all biscuits and gravy."
Did You Know?:The phrase "it's all good" has a downright fascinating history, traced here with vim and verve by author Rebecca Mead in a 2001 magazine article. And be sure to check out Rebecca's other original work, especially her razor-sharp take on the business of weddings in One Perfect Day, available at Amazon.com. The New York Times thinks she's the cat's meow. Or is it the ant's pants
Excerpted from RebeccaMead.Com
... This is, of course, arguable, but the adoption of "It's all good" does confirm that phrase's omnipresence in the contemporary lexicon. The expression got a big push into the mainstream this spring on "Survivor: The Australian Outback," when it was used by Alicia Calaway, the buff personal trainer, who informed twenty-eight and a half million Americans that, even though she had not won a million dollars, her experience had indeed been all good. And when Puffy Combs was asked by "Entertainment Tonight" about his painful breakup with Jennifer Lopez earlier this year, he resorted to the "It's all good" formula to explain how he would always have a place in his heart for J. Lo.
According to Weinstock, the meaning of "It's all good" is straightforward. "It means 'no worries,' " he said. "If Disney were to use it, they would say 'Hakuna Matata.' " Actually, "It's all good" is often more nuanced. The original popularizers of the expression were rap performers, including Hammer, who in 1994 released a song entitled "It's All Good." A year later, Tupac Shakur employed the phrase in his hit "California Love," on which Dr. Dre announced, "Diamonds shinin' lookin' like I robbed Liberace / It's all good from Diego to tha Bay." In such contexts, "It's all good" serves as a statement of defiance rather than complacency; things are clearly not all good, for example, if you happen to be Liberace.
The phrase continues to be reflexively used in the rap world, and it has now been adopted ironically by upper-middle-class white people, in whose parlance "It's all good" is usually a way of preëmptively closing a conversation--a discussion of the final episode of "The Sopranos," for example--and segueing to the next topic: where to find the best sushi in the East Village.
But the most widespread use of "It's all good" seems to be among people who have recently discovered yoga and meditation. For this demographic, "It's all good" has become a kind of New Age, neo-Buddhist mantra, one with a peculiarly American flavor of optimism. (As Mark Epstein, the author of "Going On Being: Buddhism and the Way of Change," points out, a truly Buddhist view would be "It's all suffering.") It means that every reversal--breaking up with your boyfriend, getting downsized from your dot-com--is also an opportunity for personal growth. Admittedly, this usage has greater appeal if you are a laid-off, newly single dot-commer than it might if you were, say, an Afghani refugee or a resident of southern Sudan.
Stephen Cope, the author of "Yoga and the Quest for the True Self," explained by telephone last week that he often hears the phrase in the halls of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he is the senior scholar-in-residence. Cope said that although he believes Americans often need a corrective to an embedded Puritan world view--which might be characterized as "It's all bad, especially you"--the phrase does, nonetheless, raise his hackles.
"There is a way in which that mantra can lead to a fatalistic view of life, and can leave out the incredible power of choice," he said. The first time Cope heard the expression was shortly after he arrived at Kripalu, twelve years ago.
"My car had broken down in the middle of a nor'easter, and I ended up having to walk home through the storm and got pneumonia," he said. "I remember someone proposed to me the notion that this was all good, and I definitely had a reaction to it: it is not good being sick, and it would have been good if I had had a cell phone. The only thing that is definitely all good all the time is anything that comes in a blue box from Tiffany."
Monday, January 21, 2008
- I especially enjoy the story about Steven Seagal and the bubble quotes at the bottom of the page
- The quixotic t-shirt is even on sale
- Let us pray
- Not so good for Quixotic Ministries
- Quixotic The Band
- Quixotic The Font
- A quixotica google search. Who's that at #3 with a bullet?
- A sexy little trip-pop chanteuse
- A Don Quixote movie from Pixar?
- Or a live-action remake with Johnny Depp
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
For the ability of certain people to cry on command. To produce tears at the drop of a hat. To weep like a baby. To let loose the waterworks at a moment's notice.
A technique used successfully by Method actors and Broadway performance, this unique skill set has wept (I mean "crept") its way back into the national consciousness again.
On the precipice of an imploding presidential campaign, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) parlayed a spontaneous tear explosion into a stunning win in New Hampshire's Democratic primary. Her insta-cry not only helped her in the polls but also added a bit of humanity and humility to an otherwise well-lubed, robotically orchestrated Manchurian candidacy.
Whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, you have to hand it to Hillary. It worked. Her numbers are trending upward in all the polls and she appears poised to be a major factor in one of the most compelling elections in decades. And all from a few well-timed tears.
Maybe it was a moment of unhinged honesty, a rare public display of genuine human emotion. Or maybe she borrowed some of her husband's legendary charisma and Everyman humanity. Who knows.
What I do know is this is a situation without a word, ... and I need your help.
Readers of Quixotica, unite!! Neologisms are the opiates of the masses! The history of all hitherto existing society is a history of word creation!!
Let's find a word for this home, my proletariat comrades!!!
And if you could help me get rid of this superfluous AdSense button at the bottom of my post, thay would be great too ...
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
The sweeter the juice. At least that's what the Isley Brothers say. Of course, I'm pretty sure they weren't singing lustily about the virtues of sleek handheld e-mail devices.
Anyhow, here's today's moment of sublime quixotica, submitted by daverd, a fellow wordsmith I stumbled upon at StumbleUpon.com.
A buzz of blackberries
N., A collective noun (e.g., like a flock of seagulls or a murder of crows) that refers to the distinctive vibrating, oscillating hum of a group of Blackberry hand-helds situated in close proximity to one another.
For non-users, the buzz and the subsequent Pavlovian response it triggers in its rabid followers (i.e., a rapid "inbox" check for new e-mails) can be profoundly annoying. This noisome "hum" often short-circuits real communication with actual human beings.
Did You Know?:
- RIM, the company that manufactures the Blackberry, decided on the product's unique name after just a few weeks of research and development with Lexicon Branding, Inc., ... the same creative company that came up with winning product names for Apple's Powerbook and Intel's Pentium processor. Apparently, one of the Lexicon consultants felt that the device's mini-buttons resembled the tiny seeds in a strawberry. Some genius in marketing dropped the "straw" (felt to be too slow-sounding) and changed it to "black" (faster-sounding) . The rest, as they say, is history.
- Here's a gaggle of links to a plurality of collective nouns
Australians vote on word of 2007
Are these Sydney beachgoers running the risk of tanorexia?Are you suffering from password fatigue? Ever considered manscaping? Do you know any tanorexics?
Options include globesity - the problem of rising obesity around the globe - and floordrobe - the use of the floor as a substitute wardrobe.
Salad dodger is included as a term for an overweight person, while a surfer under the age of 10 can now be called a microgrom.
- Password fatigue: Frustration caused by having too many passwords and failing to remember them
- Manscaping: Male grooming procedures involving the removal of body hair
- Tanorexia: An obsessive desire to have tanned skin
- Credit card tart: Someone who transfers loans to a new card when the interest-free period of the first card expires
But many of the new words seem to reflect global developments and trends.
Chindia is used as a noun to refer to China and India as a collective unit, in terms of economic power and strategic importance.
There are also five new words related to carbon emissions and how to deal with them, reflecting growing concern about climate change. Several of the new words relate to advances in technology. Pod slurping is described as the practice of downloading large quantities of data to an MP3 player or memory stick from a computer. Griefers, meanwhile, are players who deliberately sabotage online computer games instead of abiding by the rules.
Other words represent new definitions for old concepts. Kippers are adult children who fail to leave home - a contraction of Kids In Parents' Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings. Man flu, meanwhile, refers to a minor cold contracted by a man who then proceeds to exaggerate the symptoms, the dictionary said.
Voting closes on 31 January and Australia's Word of the Year 2007 will be announced in the first week of February.
Posted by David Gignilliat at Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
[per-soh-nah nohn grah-too-i-tah-tuh]
N., the person at any food or drink-related group gathering that consistently feigns ignorance and under-contributes his/her portion of the overall group tab; examples include: forgetting to include taxes, tip, soft drinks and any shared entrees, appetizers or side dishes in the final bill reckoning
This is typically a regular occurrence for the offending party and therefore an extremely tough habit to break. For fellow group diners, it is especially awkward to broach the topic of underpayment with the perpetrator (for fear of seeming petty), ... an omission which unfortunately only seems to perpetuate this odious behavior
In many cases, the underpayment is often accompanied by a calculated diversion (an unexpected phone call, a trip to the restroom, spontaneous conversation or an early departure) to avoid detection.
See also tab averse and tab jumping
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
n., the maneuver one must perform upon realizing that his/her (though usually his) lavatory is out of toilet paper. The Duke is an undoubtedly awkward, wide-stanced walk, resembling the cautious, purposeful gait of its namesake, John Wayne. This stride is used to either travel to another stall which may have paper (in the case of public restrooms) or to wander around anxiously in hopes of finding an alternative means detoxing one's rim.
"During Sunday service, I went to the can to take care of something evil, and next then I knew, I was doing The Duke halfway around the chapel until I found a facility with the proper supplies."
See also two-ply-ability
Posted by superd at Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Lindsey, a lover of words and a talented writer in her own right, will be contributing illustrations periodically to the website. In fact, she will be our lead illustrator, our VP of illustration, and our CEO of pictures all rolled into one. And whatever else she wants to call herself.
And apparently she's pretty handy with this Internet thing that the kids are using these days. Maybe she could show this old dog a thing or two about how to run a blog. In fact, I bet she knows how I can repair my "submission" button at the top right of the page, so my dedicated readers can submit all their clever neologisms right from our site.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
- Switching between complementary applications for an editing-related purpose (cut-and-paste, copying, etc.)
- For the purpose of dissimulation, i.e., to create the appearance that you are using one application while really using another. This is typically done to avoid detection by a colleague, friend, spouse, supervisor or similar authority figure. Examples include any prohibited non-work-related websites (MySpace, Facebook, Ebay, ESPN, GMail), game programs (solitaire, hearts, Yahoo Games) or an application that may be particularly embarrassing or revealing (chat rooms, pornography or any graphic NSFW site)
- Showing off one's keyboard-related dexterity
- To give the impression that one is working harden on a project/assignment than one really is
"In hindsight, it probably wasn't a good idea for Jake to his use his workstation PC to participate in his fantasy baseball draft and download songs to his Ipod. After all, it was his first week on the job and his first job out of college. Thankfully, his expert alt-tabbing left his boss and co-workers none the wiser. In fact, his uncanny ability to avoid detection only spurred him on to more frequent and reckless workstation personal use."
Posted by David Gignilliat at Sunday, January 06, 2008
Read the full press release here. (PDF 176K)
The vote is the longest-running such vote anywhere, the only one not tied to commercial interests, and the word-of-the-year event up to which all others lead. It is fully informed by the members’ expertise in the study of words, but it is far from a solemn occasion. Members in the 118-year-old organization include linguists, lexicographers, etymologists, grammarians, historians, researchers, writers, authors, editors, professors, university students, and independent scholars. In conducting the vote, they act in fun and do not pretend to be officially inducting words into the English language. Instead they are highlighting that language change is normal, ongoing, and entertaining.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
The action of a tourbillon resembles that of a windmill.
Thus - the word "tourbillon" seems a perfect fit to by submitted by Quixotic Watch Company to the Quixotica blog.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
[ahy-dohnt-noh-nər], rhymes with "boner"
n., a penile erection of unknown origin and without provocation, usually occurring at an inappropriate time or in an awkward social setting (at church, at the blackboard in school, at grandma's house, etc.); see also MySpace Oddity
Check out these "I-don't-know-ner" Curb Your Enthusiasm clips:
- Hugging Auntie Rae (a classic)
And here's more from the mind of Larry David (from Curb, Season 4, "The Five Wood")
Posted by David Gignilliat at Tuesday, January 01, 2008