Monday, January 16, 2006

3 paragraphs and some poorly placed quotation marks

Finally, I'm posting Jeff's post. See those quotation marks? He put those there: I say "Ha" to Jeff!

"Hi! Jeff here. Most of you are probably thinking "Oh, great. I have to read this crap instead of Sam and Rachel's genius." For those of you who actually think that, I have two words for you: Too bad. Anyway, now that the intro's over and done with
ck up a card from the box, and read the third word on it. Let's say the word is "nullipara". Yes, it is a word. Anyway, the die roller, who will henceforth be known as the "speaker", reads the word and spells it out for each player. The players then write their own definition of the word and hand them to the speaker, with their names on it. The speaker writes the actual definition to the word and mixes it up with the fake ones. The speaker then reads all the "definitions" to the word and each player has to choose which definition is correct. If you get it correct, you get 2 points. You also get an additional point each time somenoe picks your definition. The speaker gets 3 points if nobody gets the definition. If by some stroke of pure luck you write a definition very similar to the actual definition, you get 3 points. You get no points if nobody guesses your definition and you guess a wrong one and yours is completely wrong. You win when you get 18 points. Anyway, you can see how crazy this game can get with words such as "cataplasm", "falcula", "nullipara", "bumicky", and "sostenuto". They mean "a medicinal poultice ( e.g. a mustard plaster)", "a sharp-pointed claw like those of a cat", "a woman who has never had a baby", "cement mixed with stone chunks, used in repairing masonry", and "a prolonged musical note", repectively. In essence, the game is about bluffing a definition and guessing the right one to some obscure word. If this sounds like something that would interest you, I commend you with a good choice. If it doesn't, you have no sense of creativity and imagination. To show how imaginitive people got during this game, the word "charbane" was defined as "Argh me matee! Ye be reading this again!" Nobody guessed it, but it was quite fun to read that definition out loud. That's all I've got on this topic...for now.


"I really don't know how long this is supposed to be, so I'll just continue with a different topic now. I'm looking around my desk for inspiration...I see the book Dracula , a tiny flashlight, a picture of my mom in a musical called "The Mikado" by Gilbert and Sullivan, lots of papers that are probably pretty important, a blue sharpie, a pen...I found my inspiration.

"Have you ever noticed how nobody knows how simple machines we use everyday work? Take a pen, for example. I would willingly hand over five bucks to anyone who can tell me how to build a pen and how it works. How does it click? How does the ink stay in until you put pressure on the tip? Why is there a spring inside? Now we'll go up a level. Somene please tell me the inner workings of a refrigerator. You use it everday, how does it work? Why does the light go off when you close it (Okay, I know that one)? How does it keep foods from going bad? My points exactly. Nobody knows. Let's go up another level. How does a camera work? Try a heat-seaking missile on for size. What makes them seak the heat? What type of computer program can do that? Or, perhaps the strangest machine of all, curtains. How do they work? You pull it down, it goes up. Pull it down, it stays down. My point is that nobody knows how things today work. That's all for now. Hope to post again sometime in the future!

(Sam here) I didn't say [INSERT WITTINESS HERE].

13 comments:

Carissa said...

Hey.... am i first to comment? Cool!

I have 3 things to say...

1. you spelled "respectively" wrong and that just bugs me

2. I know how a pen and curtains work because i'm amazing

3. I don't really think a heat seeking missle is an "every day machine"

4. GO TO THIS LINK! http://rinkworks.com/persuasive/ it is amazing fun.. it doesn't look so at first but just keep reading. I PROMISE Actually www.rinkworks.com is a great site in general... thats just my favorite part of it.

nerdjedi said...

You know, if you want to know how everyday objects work, go to www.howstuffworks.com. They have articles on everything you can think of and how it works. They have everything, from refrigerators to heat-seeking missiles. They even have an article on pens.

Jeff said...

To comment on Carissa's comment:
1) It's not my fault I don't know how to spell. Blame the demigods of spelling.

2) You may know how they work, but that doesn't mean that an average everyday person knows how they work.

3) A heat seeking missile is an everday object...

To comment on Tim(bo)'s comment, the point is that we usually have to look up how things work because most people, including me, are so behind on how technology works we don't know how a simple pen works.

To comment on the poorly placed quotation marks: They were placed there so you knew what my post was. Stupid idea, but it seemed like a good one at the time. That's what sleep deprivation does to you.

jen said...

1. =D I know how a camera works; my 4th grade PAL project was on photography. =P

2. hi

3. happy MLK day!! ^-^

Everybody Dance Now said...

Carissa you said "I have 3 things to say..." but you listed four things, smoooooooooooooth.

Abby said...

curtains are pretty straight-forward. that's just strings. but i can't figure out how pens work either. Why does the ink only come out when pressure is applied?

Jesse said...

I love that game. Its so fun, and funny.

jen said...

Oo;; what game?

comment on tim's comment said...

you just got to love the death star they have on www.howstuffworks.com. Would the science teachers let us use it for our project?

CARISSA! said...

I know... i can't count... i'm bad at math! ;)

Either that or i was too lazy to go back and change the number "3" when i realized that i had 4 things to say.... u chose

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