Word of the day: Lollapalooza

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This one sounds like one of the words my five year old brother made up but what it actually means is:

  • Lollapalooza

noun, Slang

1.  an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.

Origin:
1900–05, Americanism ;  origin uncertain
Source: Dictionary.com
2.   an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. It has also provided a platform for non-profit and political groups. The music festival hosts more than 160,000 people over a three day period
Source: Wikipedia.com

Technology taking over the world.That’s a good thing…or is it?

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Look around you,you’ll find traces of technology from the telephone lines, cars, to the parking meter.Looking up, even though you can’t see it, it a satellite orbiting  the earth, without it there wouldn’t be any television to watch the news or your favourite show, no Internet (*gasps* yes I’d imagine some of us would shiver at the thought), this computer or I pad or I phone or some latest I-something from which you’re reading this right now and a whole lot of other things we think that without them life would be one big boring hell hole.

It has made life so much easier, don’t you agree? I like technology very much, so much that I’m scared.

Technology. The word itself sounds so sophisticated and cool. It has become almost a necessity for our day-to-day activities, from the microwave for our left over turkey, to television, medicine, transportation, music, video games and the list goes on and on and  on and … you get the idea. Don’t you feel that technology is taking over the world? Our lives? Haven’t we become too dependent on it? I honestly think we have and that is very bad.

For one, tradition. Isn’t that an important aspect of our lives and society? It is being forgotten, lost somewhere in the sea of the past when things were much harder. When I say harder I mean when things were done manually, like writing letters (with quills, how Harry Potter-ish?), rice was planted by hand and that by itself was a back-breaking task (literally), then it would have been harvested with the help of Eco-friendly cow-power, yep that’s right, cows.

The amount of people reading real books, books with actual covers and pages, are becoming less. Bookstores are being shut down due to the demand of the increasingly popular e-books. Let me be frank, I use a Kindle and I love mine because this is how I’ve got to read most of the books I’ve read (bookstores were originally non-existent in my county) otherwise I wouldn’t have had it in the first place, well except for it being convenient for traveling. I have seen several debates on this topic, traditional books vs. e-books (and I’m tempted to delve further into that topic in a future post) and people have their reasons why they’ve chosen either of the mediums. Soon these paper treats would be a thing of the past as well.

I believe one day this addictive technology will fail us all together, if not in this lifetime then it will in another. What if one day electricity cuts off world wide?Medical equipment will stop functioning and people will die. At night, we’ll be surrounded by darkness only for the moon light. No air conditioners, or heaters.No computers or television or phones. No more cars, trucks and what have you. And more.Scary, right? It sure is.

I admit this isn’t one of my best posts but I had to write something, anything, to prove to myself that I’m still alive. Thanks for reading!

Toodles!

Word of the day: Clandestine

And here's Cookie Monster just because.

And here's Cookie Monster just because.

The word of the day, or more like word of the night(I’m terribly late today), is:

  • Clandestine

- adj. kept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit: she deserved better than these clandestine meeting.

<ORIGIN>mid 16th cent.: from French clandestin or Latin clandestinus,  from ‘secretly’.

 

Source: The New Oxford American Dictionary

Needs and wants.What does wealth mean to you?

Use it wisely and you'll prosper, just like this little plant but we should all be reminded that money doesn't grow on trees.. and nor do trees from money.

Ask yourself that question and please be honest about it. It means a lot to many of us, more to some than others. We have to have some amount of it to keep us going. To me, wealth means money, bread on the table, clothes on our backs, a roof over our heads, opportunities for a better life, education, means of satisfying our needs and wants, mind you there’s a blurry line where these two meet and I’m going to attempt to make you see what that they’re actually the opposite. How should we go about earning wealth?Oh that’s simple: honestly. Okay, this might turn into a lecture, if it hasn’t already.

Whether we’d be rich or poor we should be humble or modest, whichever but they both mean the same thing either ways, showing off never did anybody any good. Money-wise, we need to utilize it sensibly because sooner or later it’s not going to be there if you don’t. Many of us who never had to break their backs, day and night to earn their living wouldn’t fully appreciate the worth of the money they have, mind you I wasn’t referring to everyone. I’m one of the fortunate ones but I know what I have and what my parents, and theirs’ before them, had done to get us to where my family is today. What did my mom and dad go through to get me here living comfortably, how hard did they work? What and how much had they sacrificed? Chew on those. Other people aren’t as better off. We should all be grateful and not the other way ’round.

Absolute Abundance Image

Back to defining the line between needs and wants.

  • Needs.

These are things that are absolutely necessary for us to live. When we say we want something it’s not the same as needing it.

–“Oh em gee!I need this pair of shoes and that totally cute bag to match or I’m going to die!”

- She believes she really has to have it. Honey, you’re not going to die, the scraps of leather and what’s not can wait, starving kids all over the world who need food, clothing and a home will be the ones going to do the dying.

Okay now, that was me just giving an example. If you want to buy 3” heels and a broken ankle that’s fine, you go right ahead and do just that but keep in mind that you want it but your life doesn’t depend on it.

  • Wants.

The things we feel like having, to satisfy our cravings. Like I really want The Book Thief in hardcover when I already have it on kindle and I want The Wolves of Mercy Falls in paperback when shipping costs added on it’s going to cost me more than when I can get it easily on my kindle. I want them, like really want them but it’s not necessary for my existence … even though I feel like it does.

Bottom line

  • Be careful with the way you go about spending your money.
  • Be grateful with what you have and to those responsible.
  • Wealth is not not only money, it’s happiness, comfort, family and friends and the other little things that makes your life special.
  • What you want isn’t always what you need.
  • Be humble.

See where I’m going with this? I believe that no opinion is wrong once you’ve got you points to back you up  but if anyone does think that I’ve gone wrong somewhere or you disagree or agree, please let me know. We don’t need any misunderstandings, now do we?

G’night or morning wherever and whoever you are!

Word of the day: Bra Burner

Man,she's really serious!

This says it all.

Okay I searched for a random word begining with ‘Br’ on my Kindle and this is what caught my eye! I mean you’ve got to admit it sounds a bit funny but here’s what it means:

  • Bra burner

-[Informal] a feminist percieved as a militant in the struggle for women’s rights: “Dude, stay clear from Eugine, she’s a serious bra burner.”

<ORIGIN> from the mid 20th cent. uban ledgend of women burning bras to symbolize freedom from societial restraints.

Source: The Oxford American Dicionary

Blood Bound (Mercedes Thompson #2) by Patricia Briggs

 

Cover via Goodreads.com

Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads blurb
Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shape-shift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. 

But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

The Cover
Would you look at all them tattoos!I was never one for them,uh-uh.But Mercy pulled it off nicely and she has this don’t-mess-wid-me-look!But still … I think the tattoos were a bit too much.

My review
You will find that a majority of this review may consist of my opinion of the supposed love-triangle. Blood Bound was more fast paced than Moon Called.It had me day-dreaming more than I care to admit.I don’t like love-triangles and the one in this series has me almost screaming to Mercy,”Pick one of ‘em already,woman!” Honestly,I’m not sure to say who I prefer Mercy to choose, Adam or Samuel,not that my choice matters because Mercy doesn’t take my advice.

Adam and Mercy had a rather bumpy-smooth relationship, pissing each other off every other day but things visibly change in the previous book.It turns out that Adam had a thing for Mercy for a while now and his feelings came out into the open by the end of Moon Called.Mercy has this attraction towards Adam too but she’s afraid of her reactions towards him and tries to avoid him.He had admitted that it was his alpha power thingy was what was responsible for Mercy feeling that she wanted to submit to him and told her he tries to withdraw that part of him when he’s with her away from the pack, well most of the times.
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Word of the day: Arabesque

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Hola! Today’s word is :

  • Arabesque

- an ornamental  design consisting of intertwined flowing lines, originally found in Arabic or Moorish decoration: (adj.)arabesque scroll.

<SPECIAL USAGE> a passage or composition with fanciful ornamentation of the melody.

Yuan Yuan Tan in arabesque position in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (copyright Erik Tomasson.Picture via sfgate.com. Image removed for copyright avoidance purposes.

- [Ballet] a position in which the body is supported on one leg, with the other leg extended horizontally backward.

<ORIGIN> mid 17th cent: from French, from Italian arabesco ‘in the Arabic style’, from arabo ‘Arab’.

Source: The New Oxford American Dictionary

Word of the day: Philosophy

Would you look at those tombs?

Word of the day features a different word … well everyday. I figured that this would be a great way for me to expand my vocabulary and brush up on my current inventory of words and I was hoping that by typing it out I would have a better chance at memorizing the words for more than five minutes and it would be a good opportunity for those who pay homage to my awesome blog you guys to learn a word or two:)

But for some days I’ll put in additional words.

Today’s word is *drum roll* :

  • Philosophy

- the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.

  • Philosophize

- to speculate or theorize about fundamental or serious issues, especially in a tedious or a pompous way: he paused for a while to philosophize on racial equality.

Source: The New Oxford American Dictionary