photo drop: escape room aftermath

2019-05-18: Brian, James, and Linnea

I haven’t posted any images here in a while. this is Brian, Linnea, and myself narrowly escaping from the “Do Not Disturb” escape room at Breakout in the Ridgedale Center near us.

no spoilers. but it was great. try to go with a smaller group. it was just the three of us in the room, and we agree that even more person would have make it too cramped. the room is small — but in a creepily cozy sort of way.

anyway. Linnea is basically my best friend up here. so it was pleasure to pop her escape room cherry. 😉 she seemed to really enjoy it, too.

our first sneaux man


a sweet gent offered to take a photo of us.


there is apparently inches of snow outside. I personally think it’s ten feet of snow, but the weather channel disagrees.

Brian and I made our first snowman. he’s kinda dilapidated. so I suggested we call it a ‘sneaux man’, and Brian loved the idea. when we realised we could only manage two levels/balls/layers (we don’t know what they’re called), I suggested a ‘sneaux midget’. but apparently, as Brian informed me, the term ‘midget’ is now derogatory. so I was like, “then can I call it a sneaux dwarf?” though honestly, I think the term ‘dwarf’ should be more offensive than midget, because it makes me envision creatures from Dungeons and Dragons or Lord of the Rings. and honestly, if you’re from either, you’re gonna have to have a large, crazy-man beard.

anyway, Brian said no to that too. so then I suggested it be a halfling. by this point, Brian’s nose was mimicking that of Rudolph’s, so he answered with, “it can be whatever non-offensive thing you want, as long as it gets me inside faster.”  I told him to think of a name and keep working while I went inside to get a shovel.

the apartment lady whose name I’ve forgotten again said that you shouldn’t need a shovel to make a snowman. rather, she figured the snow wasn’t sticky enough. because apparently there are different types of snow. so I asked her when ‘sticky snow season’ was, and she just laughed. apparently sticky snow happens when it’s warmer.  “duh!”, I realized, “because it starts to slightly melt, and therein becomes more adhesive. makes sense.” her quizzical expression suggested it didn’t make sense to her, though.  so I thanked her and told her we’d figure something out. she noted that Brian and I were both adorable and hilarious, then I left.

after a little more work, we manage to finish up acceptably for us. Brian named him Snomber — fat dwarf (‘Bomber’, from LotR) + ‘snow’. it worked for me. we took photos quickly, then hauled ass inside before his face froze and my fingers fell off.

it was great!!


sneaux kisses!!


I'll try to rotate it when I get to a PC.

a2z: Dord

April 2015’s Blogging A to Z:


as many of you know, I’m a linguistic.  I love languages and words, and I enjoy analyzing the usages of each.  well, I recently learned about one very spectacular word the other — dord.

if you you look in up the in Oxford English Dictionary (which is one my favorite sources for information on lexicons), the OED looks at like you’re a fucking moron.  it doesn’t mean to be cruel, really.  it just doesn’t realise that you got your information from a semi-moronic source — Webster’s dictionary.

but go to Webster now, and what do you see?  nothing.  but for different reasons than the lack of results in the OED.

you see, some idiot misread a scientist’s chicken scratch and therein accidentally created a new.  Webster refuses to acknowledge their mistake, so they don’t even mention the word; and because it never was actually a “real” word, the OED shrugs it away too.

so here’s what happened:

when the blokes were creating the first edition of Webster’s New International Dictionary in 1934, “dord” was listed as since a synonymy for “density”.  when the started updating all of their entries in 1939 for the second edition, this one editor, who was a chemist, was like, “what the fuck is the etymology of this ‘dord’ word?”  unlike his predecessors, he wasn’t an idiot; instead, he did better research.

that’s when he discovered that the original content source was not “dord”, but rather “D or d, cont./density” — as in you can use fucking upper- or lower-case “d” to represent density in an equation or in notations.  SERIOUSLY GUYS?!  and moreover, the original blokes just completely ironed the “cont.” notation and instead decided it was a fucking noun!  XDDDD

I mean, I know what happened — typeset back then was pretty clunky and indecipherable.  so “D or d” wasn’t spaced out properly, and just looked like “Dord” or “D o r d”.  so yeah, I get it.  but still guys, this is silly.







via Ryan North‘s Dinosaur Comics#2739




Post Scriptum

for more information on this awesome nonsense:

(btw, YESFUCKYOU, I’m too lazy for proper MLA citation.  so suck it.)


“Actions prove who someone Is; Words just prove who they want to Be.”


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