April 6th, 2008

My good deed for the day

This large turtle was in the middle of a busy road, making very little progress getting to the other side. I figured it was only a matter of time before it got hit. So, I moved it next to the stream in the direction it was walking.

The only thing is that it hasn't come out of its shell since I carried it here. I guess it's sensitive about its weight.
My good deed for the day

OK, well...

The turtle is poking its head out now, presumably ready to face the rest of the day.

I'm sorry that it feels bad about its weight, but what was I supposed to do, just leave it in the middle of the road?

Though come to think of it, maybe getting run over by a car is the new fad among turtles who want to slim down: "Get Ford thin today!"

Sad, really, but I draw the line at putting it BACK in the middle of the road.

First they don't want to be in the road, now they want to be in the road... Sheesh, I don't think turtles today know WHAT they want, and I'm just going to go back to living my own life.

"Why yes, I would like The Spice on that..."

In Frank Herbert's novel Dune, the militaries of the various factions each had their own versions of something called "battle language": a special language designed for rapidly and unambiguously communicating military commands and intelligence while in the thick of battle.

Perhaps, many years from now, we will have a "sandwich language": a language designed for quickly and clearly conveying to the employees at Subway what kind of sandwich you want and what you want on it. I envision a syntax where the root word conveys what combination of bread, cheese, and meat you want, the final syllable indicates quantity, and the stress can fall on the root word if you want it to be a footlong.

For did not Jared'Dib himself say, "A sandwich cannot be understood simply by looking at a picture of it; understanding must move with the flow of the sandwich, must move with it and flow with it. But Arrakis also teaches the attitude of the knife - of cutting a footlong sub in half and saying here are your two six inch subs, sir."
"Why yes, I would like The Spice on that..."

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