January 16th, 2002


Same Clothes

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Okay, I really shouldn't wear the same clothes two days in a row. It's not so much a fashion problem, although, I'm sure latraviata, Judge Dredd of The Fashion Universe, would have my head for it =).

I get into the office at about 0900h. Most people bumble in around anywhere between 0930h to 1000h. The earliest I leave the office is 1930h. The image then is that I'm at my desk when they leave and I'm at my desk the next morning when they arrive. If I'm wearing the same clothes two days in a row, they think I stayed at work all night.

Some people work at home. I live at work.


Word of the Day: "fugacious"

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All these great 'f' words =) =)

fugacious \fyoo-GAY-shuhs\ adjective:
     : lasting but a short time; fleeting

Example usages:
     The fugacious nature of life and time.
     --Harriet Martineau, Autobiography

     [T]astes, smells... being, in comparison, fugacious.
     --John Stuart Mill, Examination of Sir W. Hamilton's Philosophy

     When he proposed the tax in May, Altman thought it would follow the fugacious nature of some flowers: bloom quickly and die just as fast.
     --Will Rodgers, "Parks proposal falls on 3-2 vote," [1]Tampa Tribune, June 27, 2001

     Fugacious is derived from Latin fugax, fugac-, "ready to flee, flying; hence, fleeting, transitory," from fugere, "to flee, to take flight." Other words derived from the same root include fugitive, one who flees, especially from the law; refuge, a place to which to flee back (re-, "back"), and hence to safety; and fugue, literally a musical "flight."

BTW, here's my Interesting Words List if you want to see what other WOTD's I liked enough to keep.

Layoffs =(

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*sigh* The company just announced layoffs. 6 of them. I wasn't one of them *tiny sigh of relief*. The ones who were laid off were needed but not as essential and were probably very well paid judging by their work... maybe a little too well paid...

They said this would be it. There shouldn't be any more layoffs. But I heard that story from my previous company, so this isn't looking good. =(

There's also a salary freeze. I'm at a point where I've passed my 3-month mark and was waiting for the salary adjustment. At least I'm not alone, there are about 8 others in the same boat. And at least I'm surviving at this salary.

badkarma_05 quoted me this:

"For a thousand generations the Jedi were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times... before the Empire."


Just Curious

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So, is it fairly widely known that Hitler, Schellenberg and Von Ribbentrop planted Wallis Simpson in Edward VIII's social circles to influence Britain's involvement in WWII? Apparently it had gotten to the point where Nazi Germany had told Japan that Britain would not interfere, so that was Japan's green light to attack Pearl Harbour.

A Google search doesn't seem to say much other than the fact that the Edward/Wally thing and the Hitler/Nazi thing happened at roughly the same time, so I decided to put this question to my learned friends...

[Update - January 17, 2001]

badkarma_05 briefed me on WWII again and I think I'm beginning to piece this together a bit. The short of it is, Hitler and his posse tried to gain access to British State Secrets by pimping Wallis Simpson to Edward VIII before the war. They continued to do stuff during the war too, but none of it really worked out well enough that the mainstream media picked up on it.

All the press I've seen says that there were three things against Wallis Simpson - she was a commoner, American and divorced. What no one ever says (and I'm not quite sure why) is that she was also on the Nazi Government's payroll. This little ploy fell apart, of course, and no one's ever thought much of it.

I guess what's intriguing to me is that the publicity around the Edward/Wally situation was made to be such a romantic anti-fairy tale. A King abdicates for the woman he loves; "the heart has its reasons"; "I have found it impossible to carry on the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge the duties of King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love."

And it's all bullshit =) The British intelligence knew about her and what she was there for. I supposed the media was easier to control back then.