Welcome, New Year! Let’s see you do better than 2012. That shouldn’t be hard, but don’t get complacent about it. -_-
Word of the Day
galvanize, v. 1: to stimulate with an electric current 2: to excite or be excited as if by an electric shock 3: to coat (iron or steel) with zinc
From a name this time: Luigi Galvani, who in the 1770s studied the electric nature of nerve impulses in frog legs. That came into Italian as galvanismo and migrated into English in 1797 as galvanism. The verb happened in 1802.
My words-of-the-day traditionally come from a mix of sources, some emailed, some found online and some from my word-a-day calendar. This year’s word a day calendar, though, is of “forgotten English,” so expect some weird ones in the days to come!
Daughter at 5 Years
I have a friend who texts me random photos of planes, swords and sunsets (thank you, Dwagon!) and a few days ago he sent me this astonishing photo of a stained glass window at the 8th Air Force Museum in Savannah. I stared at it for a long time before I handed it down to Spouse, who was playing with Child.
“What is it?” he said.
“It’s a stained glass window,” I said. “Jesus. With fighter planes.” Because, you know, if you’re going to have a Second Coming, you should have air support!
Sadly, I’m not entirely sure I’m joking about that, given human nature. But anyway. :,
“What is that?” Child asked, peering at my phone.
“It’s Jesus, with airplanes,” said Spouse.
Child frowned a bit, then said, “I think I prefer Jesus with rockets.”
I am easing back into the saddle here. Earthrise went up earlier and the archive is up to date; the Three Jaguars launches tomorrow (there is a silly graphic on the site to celebrate). In the next week I’m going to evaluate what I want to accomplish in 2013 and start planning out Q1, so expect a post about goals in a few days. I should also shake out my headset and do the first few podcasts of the year… if you have any questions you’d like to hear me answer on a podcast (business, art, etc), do tell me!
Also, legal stuff. Hopefully more news later this week. I am playing phone tag with people on vacation.
Elsewhere (The “Wrapping Up the Holidays” Edition)
• How NORAD Got Into the Santa Tracking Business. It was actually an error on Sears’s part…!
• Asparagus Can Prevent Hangovers! But only if you eat a few pounds of it.
Quote of the Day
The first duty of love is to listen. – Paul Tillich
Mirrored from MCAH Online.