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Twitter it is….

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These days, all my energy goes into Twitter, and you can follow me there as @dffmonolith. [twitter-widget username=”dffmonolith”]

Pi Day — a Hundred Million of them!

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The US population reached pi * 100,000,000 = 314,159,265 on August 12, 2012. Here’s the link from Huffington Post. The Census Bureau has a running population counter, as well. I must admit — I was not there waiting for it to reach the Super Pi.

English is Tough Stuff!

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Written by G. Nolst Trenito, 1870 – 1946. These verses were designed to help multi-national personnel at NATO headquarters discard their accents. After trying them, a Frenchman said he’d prefer 6 months at hard labor to reading 6 lines aloud. This has floated around for a long time, since before the Web. I first saw it while working at HP Labs back in the Eighties. It makes a great sample post for a new blog…. Dearest creature in creation, Study English pronunciation. I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse. I will keep you, Suzy, busy, Make your head with heat grow dizzy. Tear in eye, your dress will tear. So shall I! Oh hear my prayer. Just compare heart, beard, and heard, Dies and diet, lord and word, Sword and sward, retain and Britain. (Mind the latter, how it’s written.) Now I surely will not plague you With such words as plaque and ague. But be careful how you speak: Say break and steak, but bleak and streak; Cloven, oven, how and low, Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe. (more…)
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