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Gin Sling, Recipe and History
'Gin sling. What a suggestive cocktail name. If it evokes the image of tossing back a drink, you’re not far from the truth, as it has been surmised that the gin sling drink stems from the German verb schlingen. This little story dates far back into American Cocktail History, as an article from the New York Times on July 15, 1883 states: as regards gin sling, if there be any foundation for the supposition that the word “sling” is derived from the German “schlingen,” to gulp or swallow hastily, the transatlantic sling may have originally been a “short” drink or dram.'
cocktails  words  booze  history  german 
february 2018 by cote
On "so" - April 12, 2015 at 07:45AM
IFTTT  Tumblr  words  nerds  programmers 
april 2015 by cote
Narcissism of small differences
There's a whole book about this called "The City and The City."
phrases  words  concepts 
january 2015 by cote
The term chimera has come to describe any mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything composed of very disparate parts, or perceived as wildly imaginative, implausible, or dazzling.
cloud  words  myth  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
january 2015 by cote
Trogloxenes, also called cave guests, are animal species which live close to caves or at the very entrance of the cave, but cannot live exclusively in a cave.
wikipedia  words  animals  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
december 2014 by cote
I’ve found myself saying "and that’s fine” a lot recently. I have a weird lexicon of words and their corresponding hacked semantics that I often use in more of a way to entertain myself than to inform other people. Having this weird lexicon keeps me entertained and also lets me filter in and out people who know me well or don’t. It’s like people who call me “Mike.” They have no idea who I am. I’ve had to retire words from time to time. I used to say “exciting!” all the time to pretty much mean “that sounds less than insane; good for you; this is boring; let’s move on to the next topic.” (See what I mean about it being “weird”? Apparently I speak in semi-colons too.) People at Dell figured this out after two or three hundred meetings with me, and would start using it in that same mocking way. I try to say “exciting!” less now. James was always super-astute at unmasking the real semantics. He’s one of the few people I’ve met who enjoys words qua words as much as I do. Back to “fine.” As I explained to someone this morning, I have four levels of “goodness”: Burn the place down - doing so poorly that we should just shut it down. Awful. Doing poorly - not doing so hot, things need to be fixed. Fine - all things considered, given the choice, I’d rather be doing this then shooting myself in the nuts. Great - hey, I actually kind of like this. Occasionally, other level of excellence are achieved, but they’re off the scale and usually involve booze and friends, not 9 to 5 existence.
insidejokes  stream  corereferences  language  words  ego  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:text 
october 2014 by cote
Veblen good - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In economics, a Veblen good is a member of a group of commodities whose demand is proportional to their price; an apparent contradiction of the law of demand. A Veblen good is often also a positional good.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  words  economics  luxery  link  tumblr:link 
september 2014 by cote
The problem is not that the various visionaries have their own jargon or even that they talk in acronyms. The problems begin when they come down from the mountain and forget to translate that jargon into common language. The point is not to sound smart to people who don’t understand the concept, but to communicate that concept.
words  marketing  diction  jargon  devops  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
june 2014 by cote
Google Trends
I don’t really like the term “hybrid cloud,” preferring the more descriptive “multi-cloud.” But, hey, who am I to argue with the people?
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  words  cloud  marketing  hybridcloud  multicloud  charts  link  tumblr:link 
june 2014 by cote
Wow! Sounds like first world life; I mean that genuinely.
screenshots  words  firsrworldproblems  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
may 2014 by cote
The only reason we even consider calling them “mobile devices” is that the iPhone preceded the iPad. If the iPad had come first, we wouldn’t think of the iPhone as a phone; we’d think of it as a tablet small enough to hold up to your ear.
mobile  words  tablets  iOS  ifttt  tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
january 2012 by cote
Normob: is this the ugliest word not yet to enter the English language?
"The words we use to talk about people quickly come to constrain the ways we relate to them, so it’s with mounting alarm that I see the spread of the word 'normob' – a contraction of 'normal mobile user.'"
words  NORMOB  mobile 
december 2009 by cote
Discreate Definition
"to reduce to nothing; annihilate." - when misspelling pays off!
words  definitions 
december 2009 by cote
'Like magpies, jackdaws are known to steal shiny objects such as jewellery to hoard in nests. John Gay in his Beggar's Opera notes that "A covetous fellow, like a jackdaw, steals what he was never made to enjoy, for the sake of hiding it" and in Tobias Smollett's The Expedition of Humphry Clinker a scathing character assassination by Mr. Bramble runs "He is ungracious as a hog, greedy as a vulture, and thievish as a jackdaw."Al Stewart's song, "Midas Shadow," contains the line, "Conquistador in search of gold for all the jackdaw reasons."'
words  via:BruceSterling 
november 2009 by cote
Burn Before Reading
"Speaking of the town hall crazies, isn’t it about time to use 'town hall' as a verb? As in, hey man, don’t go all 'town hall' on me! Or, I think I’ll go to my “town hall” meeting."
words  healthcare  usa  politics  townhall 
august 2009 by cote
peripatetic definition
"1. walking or traveling about; itinerant.
words  via:email  philosophy 
june 2009 by cote
"In Missouri, a meshback is the kind of inbred, white-trash, inbred loser who wears a cheap adjustable baseball cap whose back half is made of nylon mesh. The hats tend to advertise trucking companies, fast food restaurants, or agricultural enterprises."
words  via:idoru  slang 
may 2009 by cote
"vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous." In other words, what I'd call excellent literature ;)
april 2009 by cote
"Uncontrollably exuberant; unruly."
words  via:monkchips 
february 2009 by cote
"chinese menu pricing"
"In 'Chinese Menu' pricing, each element a web site can contain is given a price; the cost of the web site is the sum total of all elements needed. For example, if each graphic costs $5, a link costs $3, and 250 words of text costs $25, a one page web site with one logo and one e-mail link may cost the client $33." Never heard that term before, "Chinese menu pricing."
words  pricing  marketing 
february 2009 by cote
prima donna definition
"a temperamental person; a person who takes adulation and privileged treatment as a right and reacts with petulance to criticism or inconvenience." Shit! Now that's a definition! They don't make 'em like they used to, etc., and so forth.
october 2008 by cote
"Poka-yoke (ポカヨケ, Poka-yoke?) (IPA: [poka joke]) is a Japanese term that means 'fail-safing.' 'Foolproof' or 'mistake-proofing' — avoiding (yokeru) inadvertent errors (poka)) is a behavior-shaping constraint, or a method of preventing errors by putting limits on how an operation can be performed in order to force the correct completion of the operation. The concept was formalised, and the term adopted, by Shigeo Shingo as part of the Toyota Production System. Originally described as Baka-yoke, but as this means "fool-proofing" (or "idiot proofing") the name was changed to the milder Poka-yoke."
interactivedesign  usablity  process  words  via:twitter  via:@ritam 
october 2008 by cote
"shining forth brilliantly; radiant."
words  via:jamesgovernor 
october 2008 by cote
Wow, "conceit" has a crap-pile of meanings and uses. Who knew?
september 2008 by cote
Brass ring
Man, who knew the phrase came from carnies!
words  etymology 
september 2008 by cote
"1. a field of work; occupation, trade, or profession. 2. a field of work or other activity in which one has special ability or training; forte." English: the original Spanglish!
words  english  french  work 
august 2008 by cote
What are 'centipedes,' and why are they always crawling out of the walls of contemporary politics? | Beyond the Beyond from
"Centipedes are new phenomena because the barriers-to-entry in media have crashed. This means that subversive efforts formerly isolated and punished as libel, slander and whispering campaigns can swiftly take on avalanche proportions."
BruceSterling  centipedes  politics  scandal  words 
july 2008 by cote
Helicopter parent
"A helicopter parent is a term for a person who pays extremely close attention to his or her child or children, particularly at educational institutions."
via:LarryDignan  words  millennials  generations  thekids  parenting 
july 2008 by cote
"Semioticians classify signs or sign systems in relation to the way they are transmitted. This process of carrying meaning depends on the use of codes that may be the individual sounds or letters that humans use to form words, the body movement."
semiotics  words  symbolism  via:BruceSterling 
june 2008 by cote
tongues wagging
"if something that someone says or does sets tongues wagging, it causes people to talk about them."
words  idioms 
june 2008 by cote
The Most Curious Thing - Errol Morris
"Fuzzing it up is a common practice in government. You hide intention and responsibility. You have one person say one thing, and another person the exact opposite. You create a blizzard of paper, so much paper that actual evidence is lost in the glut."
iraq  words  via:mray  politics  scandal  smiles 
may 2008 by cote
eminence grise
"A powerful adviser or decision-maker who operates secretly or unofficially. Also called gray eminence."
words  via:wsj 
may 2008 by cote
Tweet Cloud - cote
Here's some popular words I use in Twitter.
twitter  clouds  words  keyworks  ego 
april 2008 by cote
Global Guerrillas: THE SYSTEMPUNKT
"Within a market, an attack on the systempunkt destabilizes the psychology of the market to induce severe inefficiencies and uncertainties. The ultimate objective of this activity, in aggregate, is the collapse of the target state and globalization."
words  marketing  insurgency  war  economics  globo  terrorism 
march 2008 by cote
Curses! Why the heck is everybody swearing?
Yeah. I have a podcast called "" Betcha can figure out which types of bombs I let fly frequently.
via:sogrady  words  manners  usa  generational 
february 2008 by cote
Pyrrhic victory
"A Pyrrhic victory is a victory with devastating cost to the victor."
november 2007 by cote
YouTube - Zenoss the Movie
Crowd-sourcing how to pronounce "Zenoss." Seems like "zee-knows" is the right way.
zenoss  videos  words  opensource  redmonkclients 
november 2007 by cote
"Butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth"
"It refers dismissively to somebody who appears gentle or innocent while typically being the opposite." Ah, kind of like one of my favorite words, sangfroid, but a little more devious.
words  idioms  via:dehora 
october 2007 by cote
"Someone who (sometimes unwittingly) by speech or action demonstrates a lack of knowledge or misconception of a particular subject or situation to the amusement of others."
via:yellowpark  via:twitter  words 
october 2007 by cote
Tech cliches to live by
More biz-talk to chuckle at and avoid using.
words  business  cliche  via:mwd 
august 2007 by cote
"To throw out of a window."
august 2007 by cote
Bruce Sterling at Pop!Tech - "a culture war of web semantics"
On a meta-topic, who's aping who's intro: TED or Pop!Tech. Their video intros are the same "we're smart people" crap-sequences. Check out the theatre Sterling injects into his speeches. Also, I think he half-reads them...?
brucesterling  web  semantics  words 
august 2007 by cote
sotto voce
"in a low, soft voice so as not to be overheard."
words  via:PaulKedrosky 
august 2007 by cote
Microsoft's Ballmer asks investors for patience
When did Microsoft's meme about "making big bets on the future" start?
microsoft  qtr_calls  words 
july 2007 by cote
I'm sick of users
Really, I never see what the big deal is here. People get all worked up about "consumer" as well. And I'm usually like, "well, that's what they are, man." Let's just go mega-abstract and call them "sentient agents." Maybe "creatures of the monolith"?
words  web2.0 
july 2007 by cote
Interestingly listed as a synonym for pragmatic.
words  pragmaticprogrammers 
june 2007 by cote
This is one of those words I always want to use and never know how to say. It also makes me feel like I'm doin' some Texas talk.
words  texas 
june 2007 by cote
"contrived or unrestrained sentimentality"
words  via:rusiriusradio 
april 2007 by cote
Metasyntactic variable
This is what "foo, bar, baz" are.
words  programming  dorks 
march 2007 by cote
red headed stepchild
Make sure your competition won't call you this.
words  phrases 
march 2007 by cote
"On the most basic level, then, a flâneur is a person who strolls the city in order to experience it." This word is great. It's totally what I do.
words  travel  via:JamesGovernor 
march 2007 by cote
"of or pertaining to money"
words  money  cream  cash 
february 2007 by cote
Role-Based Access Control - RBAC
More terms I don't know for things that I do know...
rbac  idm  roles  words 
january 2007 by cote
eboy XV » Blog Archive » lindsay.png
A nice example of the power of juxtaposition. It's like a whole story in a picture and quote...
words  art  pictures 
january 2007 by cote
"the extreme, irrational fear of butterflies, moths, and other members of the order lepidoptera."
words  fears  bugs 
january 2007 by cote
Photolurking, blog streaking and cheesepodding: The new Internet addictions
"Downloading of a song 'so cheesy that you could cover it in plastic wrap and sell it at the deli counter.' Cheesepodders are especially vulnerable to soft-rock favourites from the 1970s."
via:cauvin  words  online  music 
december 2006 by cote
Your word of the day.
december 2006 by cote
Your word of the day. I like, as always, the archaic definition.
november 2006 by cote
"systems management 2.0" - Google Search
We'll see if the number of hits increases or just softly thuds.
sysmgmt  web2.0  words 
september 2006 by cote
Whao, here's a varient on totem I haven't thought about. Via Hugh on the Disco Gang Gillmor gang.
words  via:gillmorgang  religion 
september 2006 by cote
"1. Smelling of mildew or decay; musty. 2. Old-fashioned; antique." I saw this in the WashPost's latest article about the FBI's failed VCF project and thought it was a type for "futsy."
words  old 
august 2006 by cote
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