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Hello! I’ve decided to try to promote this blog a bit. I’d really like to build a true community here, and then find a way to monetize that community. So I thought it would be a good step to ask (beg, implore, convince, stop just short of manipulating) you to help with that. Or at least to clarify that I definitely don’t mind if you spread the word, give positive feedback and/or tell me what kind of stuff you’d like to see more of.

So, you know, tell your friends (that might be interested). Tell your relatives. Tell your acquaintances. Tell your teachers/students/fellow students. Tell your enemies. Tell your frenemies. I’m not asking you to tell random strangers since that might get a bit too awkward, but in the end all of this is up to your own judgement.

Take care,


Anthony Burgess’s lost dictionary of slang

Accidental(ly) on purpose – Deliberately, but with the appearance of accident: ‘So I put me hand on her knee, see, sort of accidental on purpose.’ (Literary locus classicus: Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine, 1923.)

–from Anthony Burgess’s lost dictionary of slang discovered The Guardian article by Dalya Alberge


Compare and Contrast — Eight Out of Ten Cats Does Countdown Does The Phantom Tollbooth

Pattern Recognition or Pareidolia–What’s the difference? Difficult to tell. Instead of theorizing, I’ll just try recognizing. Let’s have a fun little exercise, boys and girls and otherwise! Spin the wheel… cast a spell… correspond and comprehend… contrast and compare…

Eight of Ten Cats Does Countdown vs. The Phantom Tollbooth

Milo – Sean Lock
The Humbug – Jimmy Carr
King Azaz – David Mitchell
The Mathemagician – Jon Richardson
Princess Rhyme – Susie Dent
Princess Reason – Rachel Riley
Faintly Macabre – Carol Vorderman

(Not bad. I wonder if this would work as a regular feature. Bit in-jokey. Still I might give it another try. How about The Last Leg vs. Treasure Island? Maybe not. Time will tell. We shall see what we shall see. But why not?)

Anyhow, these are some decent matchups, I think. Obviously it doesn’t cover everyone on either side, but that would be impossible. Could be interesting to try anyhow though, if you’ve got some time to spare.

For a bonus point: Can you think of anything important I’ve missed?

Start the clock…

A Wild Hanzi Appears! [some adult language, links to nsfw site]

I took kind of a me-day yesterday and was planning on another one today, just relax catch up on some of the webcomics I read. But in one of them a Chinese character turned up and got me curious, plus It was relevant in other ways so I thought, why not make a blog post about it? Still sort of against my no-work-at-all-today rule, but no need to be too rigid there either. Besides, who am I to say no when the universe drops me a “subtle” hint? (I’m not really superstitious in that way, but sometimes I wonder…)

This is the character:

Easy enough to look up if you know your stroke orders. I like it. Good choice for a tattoo.

实 [實] /  shí / real, true, honest, really, solid, fruit, seed, definitely

xiaoma /⇒  mdbg

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Beat of My Own Drum (New Schedule!)

A while ago it seemed prudent to me to give this blog a slightly lower priority for a while. Still does, really, but there’s other considerations besides what is prudent, such as what the hell and why not. At any rate, I’m reprioritizing once more and the blog is moving up this time. Also, I feel like shaking things up a bit anyway.

So. New schedule. This blog will update every second day from now on, on every even day.

That is, there’ll be a post on the 8th, then on the tenth, then on the twelfth, and so on, regardless of what day of the week.

Not quite sure how exactly I’ll manage do that, though. I guess I’ll figure it out unless I won’t. Probably things are going to be a bit more casual around here.

Meanwhile, I’ve still got a few HSK1 flashcards in the pipeline, which I’ll post starting tomorrow, but let’s have something different right now. How about this old thing I’ve got lying around?