Stop! In The Name Of…Terrible Baby Names

Devina:

There are names out of this world and I pity the poor kids, it gives them one more reason not to like their parents and the bullying they’ll face at school make me want to cry along with ‘em. Awesome post though, it made my day :D

Originally posted on The Wordslinger:

As the wife and I (but mainly the wife) reach halftime of pregnancy #3, I thought an update might be in order.  20 weeks down, 20 more to go.  Based on results from the first two matchups, I don’t expect this to go to overtime.  There’s no doubt that Mommy showed up ready to play, but as the half wore on, she seemed to tire and even had to fight off a few bouts of nausea.  The plan is to hydrate feverishly here at halftime and throughout the second half in an attempt to negate the effects of the impending summer heat.  It’ll be a grueling final 20 weeks, requiring stamina and endurance that I (a two-time marathoner) simply do not have.  But my wife is strong.  She’s been here before.  So buckle up for an exciting second half!

(This extremely long basketball metaphor, which ran its course at least…

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Musical Maestro: Yiruma

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Yiruma is the stage name of I Ru-ma (born February 15, 1978), a popular internationally known pianist and composer from South Korea. The name “Yiruma” means “I shall achieve” in Korean.

Yiruma frequently performs at sold-out concerts in Asia, Europe and North America. His Alma Mater King’s College in England helped him gain European popularity and recognition. His most popular pieces include, “River Flows in You“, “Kiss the Rain“, and “May Be”. His most popular album First Love was released in 2001.

He began playing the piano at the age of five, and moved to London when he was 11, in 1988, to study at The Purcell School of Music. He possessed dual citizenship of South Korea and the United Kingdom until 2006, when he gave up his UK citizenship to serve in the Navy of South Korea [mandatory for all male South Koreans]

- Wikipedia (click the link to read more)

It’s my pleasure to introduce to you all another artist inducted into the Hall of Musical Maestros (it used to be just a list before) next to Mr.Mauriat. I found Yiruma on, not surprisingly, YouTube a few months ago. Simply put, his music takes you places and also the ones within yourself evoking tender memories, some others long forgotten and memories-to-be, if that makes any sense. And I’m certainly not the only one who feels that way.

Lovely isn’t it -^ It truly is, I lost count of how many times I’ve listened to it. It’s beautiful instrumental music like this that I love to play especially on rainy days. Why? Because well, I dunno, it adds something more to to the atmosphere + it cancels out the bleak sky-scape, if you know what  mean. In my next post you’ll be hearing more of Yiruma and P. Mauriat.

Enjoy the music today while you can so tomorrow you’ll have memories of a better yesterday :)

~Devina~

What Your Eyes Say About Your Health | Yahoo! Health

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Anthropomorphic Nouns

The following was copied from an e-mail my uncle recently sent me. Enjoy!
The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals.Description:                                                          http://thefamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/herd-of-cows.jpg
We are all familiar with a herd of cows,

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A Flock of chickens,

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A School of fish
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And a Gaggle of geese.

However, less widely known is:
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A Pride of lions, Description:                                                          http://thefamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/murder-of-crows.jpg
A Murder of crows

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(As well as their cousins the rooks and ravens),
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An Exaltation of dovesAnd, presumably because they look so wise:
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A Congress of owls.

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Now consider a group of Baboons. 
They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious,
most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates.
And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?
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Believe it or not … a Parliament!!!
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You just can’t make this stuff up.
A PARLIAMENT OF BABOONS!
 
I guess that pretty much explains it!!!!!!
My Apologies:
Sorry ’bout the pics they don’t seem to appear, I copied the directly from the e-mail since I hadn’t enough time to upload them manually :P