Moribund

Posted 2011.06.16 by bifyu
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|ˈmôrəˌbənd; ˈmär-|

adjective

  • (of a person) at the point of death.
  • (of a thing) in terminal decline; lacking vitality or vigor :
    e.g., the moribund blog muckadungdungfooshoyubillygoat.

DERIVATIVES
moribundity |ˌmôrəˈbəndətē; ˌmär-| noun
ORIGIN early 18th cent.: from Latin moribundus, from mori ‘to die.

 

Jake’s Bohemian Rhapsody

Posted 2011.01.28 by bifyu
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WWII on Facebook

Posted 2010.08.27 by bifyu
Categories: History, humor

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OMG WWII on FACEBOOK

See also, WWII Chat

On Delivering the News of Acquisition

Posted 2010.07.01 by bifyu
Categories: Consumer, Monkeys, news

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This is how you announce your company’s acquisition.

…and notify your staff:

From: Matt Rutledge (CEO – Woot.com)
To: All Woot Employees
Subject: Woot and Amazon

[…]

Other than that, we plan to continue to run Woot the way we have always run Woot – with a wall of ideas and a dartboard. From a practical point of view, it will be as if we are simply adding one person to the organizational hierarchy, except that one person will just happen to be a billion-dollar company that could buy and sell each and every one of you like you were office furniture. Nevertheless, don’t worry that our culture will suddenly take a leap forward and become cutting-edge. We’re still going to be the same old bottom-feeders our customers and readers have come to know and love, and each and every one of their pre-written insult macros will still be just as valid in a week, two weeks, or even next year. For Woot, our vision remains the same: somehow earning a living on snarky commentary and junk.

FOOF

Posted 2010.04.01 by bifyu
Categories: Chemistry

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A.k.a. dioxygen difluoride, and apparently evocative of its massively understated interaction with every other existing substance.

This stuff was first prepared in Germany in 1932 by Ruff and Menzel, who must have been likely lads indeed, because it’s not like people didn’t respect fluorine back then. No, elemental fluorine has commanded respect since well before anyone managed to isolate it, a process that took a good fifty years to work out in the 1800s. (The list of people who were blown up or poisoned while trying to do so is impressive). And that’s at room temperature. At seven hundred freaking degrees, fluorine starts to dissociate into monoatomic radicals, thereby losing its gentle and forgiving nature. But that’s how you get it to react with oxygen to make a product that’s worse in pretty much every way.

More at Things I Won’t Work With: Dioxygen Difluoride.

Move over, dihydrogen monoxide.

Unexpected Star Wars Encounter

Posted 2010.02.05 by bifyu
Categories: Geekery, Language

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verb ( labeled )

• give a name to (something) : she labeled his new Riviera a “Star Wars” car.

Via the OS X dictionary app.

Fear the Boom and Bust

Posted 2010.01.29 by bifyu
Categories: Economics, Fun, History, Music, Performance, Video

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Via NPR’s Planet Money:

a story about a cable tv producer from New Jersey, a podcasting libertarian economist, an international pop superstar and the two dead economists who brought them all together.

The Planet Money podcast is highly recommended. Always interesting and never failing to inform or make you think about economics in new ways.


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