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Thinking about words…”book” comes to mind…

Posted in Books, Thinking About Words with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by Mj Rains

So I’ve been thinking about words and the many unique uses we attach to them, some in the most questionable of way, and I was let to think about the word “book.”

After hitting the local library book sale and clambering home with a bag-full of hopeful treasures I begin to wonder at the duration of the book with all the digital devices in our world…and also the fact that I love to read books, which by the way, I’ve just discovered is not uber-chic. It’s uber-chic to be too busy to read a book, (or have time to watch Mad Men on TV), but it is still uber-chic to spend countless minutes, hours, days on your cell phone with very important pending text messages and call returning.

So, I’m not uber-chic. I’m not that busy. I can take an hour, or two and read. (still into the daunting Anna Karenina…). But of course, when I think of the word “book” I think of a nice volume that is full of glorious smelling printed pages, that contain words that “break up the frozen sea within us” as Franz Kafka so eloquently states. (See quote on right sidebar).  But the word “book” can have more than one meaning, another comes to me right off, so the question has come to my mind:

What does the word “book” mean today?

According to Urban these are the definitions of the word book:

1. A non-volatile data base that can’t be lost because of a world ending computer crash. It’s a data base that won’t lose information even if you spill beer on it, or drop it multiple times, though it can be burned.  A book was used for storage before computers. Books are also used to store data for movies that haven’t been made yet.

Bill: What’s that in your backpack next to your lappie?

Ted: A book.

BILL: Wow? That’s so 1665!

2. If you need to look up the definition you’ve never picked one up in your life.

3. Verb: to leave or run in a hurry.

4. A tool barely used in today’s society because it isn’t cool to read a book.

5. Cool. The typing option given in spell check when texting the word book.

6. An object people place in front of their faces to take in new information. It is a text version of the internet.

7. Something on uses as a child booster seat in a pinch. An object used to level off un-level furniture. A coaster for your new uber-chic Crate n Barrel coffee table.

Where can I set my drink?
Set in on that Anna Karenina book.

Up late…

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2011 by Mj Rains

image: Up Late on the Web by Murray Mullet

New Year’s Weekend

Posted in Illustration, When it RAINs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2010 by Mj Rains

Well, the new year has started…well, I should say, with only a little bit of drama…but we’ll get by. 

The drama I mention is (and feel free to laugh) by sorry ass trying to download the Sims3 game for by two teen darlings. Seems my old Compaq, though upgraded nicely with a 1G memory boost is still lame when it comes to these latest games…but I love the thing, XP sp3 and all. So when the game nearly set my computer on fire with the heat it produced after running for 4 hours straight (mind you this was during all the fantastic bowl games on Saturday, a distraction I did not need!) it took a while to shut down. And the next day, the game said (well, wrote on screen) that I now had some video card problem and it could not launch the game.  This, after it played for 4 toasty hours the day before. I checked with my computer wiz nephew and he gave some advice, which I am still working on…otherwise it is good-bye to 50 bucks and the Sims3.

I’ve set my mind to read a book a week this year. Mercedes mentioned this too, so here’s to all the literature we may or may not consume this year. It is a challenge, but a good one, I should say.  If you have any awesome must reads, let me know.  (The books like War and Peace I may have to give myself ten days for…ha, ha.  Let’s be reasonable.)  Currently I am reading Read Like a Writer by Francine Prose.  Figured, I mind as well start there, learning how to read again, and then jump into some lit.  I have a little stack started already…

Joined Illustration Friday, a site that you upload a drawing using the prompt word for inspiration.  These will be posted, along with some of my other drawing on Moonlight Illustration.  Here’s my drawing for this week’s word: RENEWAL

A final note:

Well, we finally saw New Moon.  What can I say?  Was it better than Twilight? Worse?  About the same?  The first hour Mr. C and I were totally bored.  Edward, the love-interest vampire, only smiled for a few seconds before adorning his face with that scowl that is sure to make the actor old in about 10 years…hopefully they’ll be done filming the rest of this series before that happens.  We were happy when the werewolves made an appearance.(Finally…like I said during the first movie-when are the bad guys getting here? waiting for some action, and yes, I know, the werewolves aren’t the bad guys)..and the creepy Vulturi vampires were slightly fascinating–all 20 minutes of them.  Then we were back to more lovey-dovey whining.  All in all, I’m glad I saw the latest…but think I’ll wait for DVD for next one. 

More posts on the way…

A Forced Vacation

Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , on October 8, 2008 by Mj Rains

Been absent from the blogosphere because of a breach in our security system created by a viral download that inbedded into everything, destoying the software and even shattering the harddrive.  Picture an imblodded building crashing down upon itself leaving nothing but a gagging cloud of dust and an insipid pile of smoldering debri.  The Continuum’s computer guru, Agent JF, confiscated my machine and salvaged what was left.  We can re-built it, we have the technology. (Six Million Dollar Man flash back…)

This Macro or Micro Security, according to Agent JF, that blazed up on my screeen when the virus, hit may have been the source–flashing Buy Now! Buy Now! and save your computer.  Get out your Visa or Mastercard.  Give us a few minutes and we’ll have all your identification and your credit card numbers. Thank you very much for you lack of security.

Anyway, I didn’t just get a free download of porn that I didn’t want–I got “quality porn.”

Don’t fly naked.  Get some security.

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