It's Only Words

People have no trouble in describing something rigid and square as a "floppy disc". Oh, there is a disc inside the square, and it is indeed floppy, but that's not the point - most people who use floppy discs don't know that.

Once you realise how loose the connection is between the meanings that words have in sentences and the meanings they have in stock phrases, a lot of other terms become explicable. Creation Science and Christian Science, Born Leader and Natural Victim, Compassionate Capitalism and Friendly Fire. None of which mean what a dictionary would suggest.

To say nothing of Absolute Idealism, Incapacity Benefit and Straight Flush.

It's not always a bad thing. Take Chaos Theory - a theory about patterns that are infinitely complex and inherently unpredictable, so in a sense not theorisable. A theory of untheorisability - brilliant, and seemingly true too.

There's a sticker on this laptop showing the words "Designed for Windows XP". Since I've installed XP it's been nothing but trouble. Slow to open programs and update display, prone to crashes and lockups.

If/when Windows Vista ever becomes available, I won't be inclined to try it out. I don't mean the first release - I mean the second or third, when the bugs we've come to know and love from Microsoft have been ironed out.

The only major reason for me to use XP is Nuendo won't install under 2000. Will Cubase 3SX? I'll have to check.

There's always Macs. There's always Linux. But I'd have to run most of my existing software on a PC emulation - which is just a touch perverse.

UPDATE: Looks like Cubase 3 (and 4) require XP. Bugger.

FruityLoops and AcidPro can run under 2000, but their composition style is more loop based. I'll have to think about this.

Compare and contrast two snippets of well known pop song lyrics:

Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think I can take it
'Cause it took so long to make it
And I'll never have that recipe again
- "MacArthur Park" by Richard Harris, covered by Donna Summer

No, no limits, we reach for the sky
No valley to deep, no mountain too high
No, no limits, won't give up the fight
We do what we want, and we do it with pride
- "No Limits" by 2 Unlimited

One of these is routinely derided as shallow and trivial. The other is routinely lauded as a clear evocation of a passionate state of mind. But which is which?

Which is downright silly, and which gets its message across effectively?

Oh, and parks, as a rule, do not melt.

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Always a popular combination. Like ham and eggs, fear and loathing, drunkenness and debauchery, Terry and June.

Maybe not Terry and June.

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I could describe Neuro-Linguistic Programming in many ways. Fraudulent, expensive, ineffectual, a waste of time, the center of a cult, a pseudoscience, a reincarnation of EST, one reason Richard Bandler is an alcoholic cocaine addled multimillionaire, a mishmash of cod freudian psychology and misunderstood chomskian grammar, a way for managers to manipulate workers, the subject of some of the most pathetic self-help books I've ever flicked through and, well, a pile of pernicious shit. But "erratic", however

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Erm. Yes. Well. Another always popular combination.

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That's half the chorus to one of my songs! Not one of my better songs, obviously.

"this christmas i gave you my heart" lyrics

It's "Last Christmas", and I suspect it's really a song about shagging a co-worker at the office christmas party, then finding the next day they're a bit of a slut.

Last Christmas, I gave you my cock
But the very next day you remembered it not
This year, because I've gone queer
I'll give it to someone real hot.



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Sounds like an indie band. Probably is an indie band.

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Oh I remember him. The kind of nutcase who rails in equal measure against liberals, homosexuals and income tax.

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I think it became Guys4Men.

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Always a good idea.

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There isn't any. The software is a pain to use even when it does work, the camera doesn't work, and there's no support.

Keeps changing channel
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What is the word for one half of the chest? Pectoral, I suppose.

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Two of my favourite things.

Right, I'm going to have to reinstall Windows again, going back to 2000. Again. See you in a day or so.

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