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Sunday, April 30, 2006

NFL Draft 2006 & Oregon

Former U 0f O standouts Kellen Clemens & Haloti Ngata made a good showing on the first day of this years NFL Draft. Ngata went in the first round as the 12th pick going to the Baltimore Ravens and Clemens was 17th in the second round (49th all over) going to the New York Jets.

Day 2 action will have 4 more Oregon players seeking a spot with a NFL team. Demetrius Williams, Tim Day, Anthony Trucks and Terrence Whitehead. Good luck guys!

Previously on W.I.I.

Didn't have very many guesses for the last entry so here is the answer, a guinea hen.

Word Up...

Word of the Day for Sunday April 30, 2006

gloaming \GLOH-ming\, noun:
Twilight; dusk.

The children squealed and waved and smiled, their teeth flashing white in the gloaming.
-- Evan Thomas, Robert Kennedy: His Life

It was the gloaming, when a man cannot make out if the nebulous figure he glimpses in the shadows is angel or demon, when the face of evening is stained by red clouds and wounded by lights.
-- Homero Aridjis, 1492: The Life and Times of Juan Cabezon of Castile (translated by Betty Ferber)

Arrived at the village station on a wintry evening, when the gloaming is punctuated by the cheery household lamps, shining here and there like golden stars, through the leafless trees.
-- Margaret Sangster

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Word Up...

Word of the Day for Saturday April 29, 2006

microcosm \MY-kruh-koz-uhm\, noun:
1. A little world. Hence, man or human nature as a supposed epitome of the world or universe (compare macrocosm).
2. A smaller, representative system having analogies to a larger system.

The monarch and his followers thought of the court as a microcosm of how the kingdom ought to be, the harmonious expression of a social order centred on the monarch.
-- John Brewer, The Pleasures of the Imagination

There is a classic Jimmy Stewart movie, Magic Town, about "Grandview," a small town in the Midwest that is a perfect statistical microcosm of the United States, a place where the citizens' opinions match perfectly with Gallup polls of the entire nation.
-- James S. Fishkin, The Voice of the People

Friday, April 28, 2006

Word Up...

Word of the Day for Friday April 28, 2006

provenance \PROV-uh-nuhn(t)s\, noun:
Origin; source.

In a world awash in information of dubious provenance, whom can you trust to tell you the truth?
-- Gerald Jonas, review of The Jazz, by Melissa Scott, New York Times, June 18, 2000

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Word Up...

Word of the Day for Thursday April 27, 2006

harridan \HAIR-uh-din\, noun:
A worn-out strumpet; a vixenish woman; a hag.

Even before that, for the first year and a half, as reports and rumors seeped out that she was a harridan, yelling and throwing things at subordinates as well as at her husband and his aides, she would often think to herself, "What's going on here? Why are some of these people slandering me or my husband on a daily basis? Why is all this stuff happening?"
-- David Maraniss, "First Lady of Paradox", Washington Post, January 15, 1995

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Down to Five

Hello American Idol Fans,

Well, it finally happened last night. Kellie Pickler, sweet and cute as she may be, was finally given the boot by American Idol fans. It all seems only fair...Kellie simply does not have the talent that the other five contestants have. Now we are down to five talented, diverse performers. I will start posting weekly on the Idol results, and any response would be great. Below is my ranking for the last five contestants...or at least how I want them to finish.

1st Taylor Hicks--He is just so unique and cool.
2nd Elliot Yamine--He is probably the best male vocalist, and just seems like a way cool guy.
3rd Chris--For some reason this guy rubs me the wrong way. I just think he is arrogant, and that gets under my skin...but he can sing.
4th Katherine McFee--She wails, but I just like the boys more than I like her.
5th Paris--She is cute and great, and she can sing...again, I just like the others more. I am glad she is in the final five.

Love, Dave

Word Up...

Word of the Day for Wednesday April 26, 2006

equipoise \EE-kwuh-poiz; EK-wuh-\, noun:
1. A state of being equally balanced; equilibrium; -- as of moral, political, or social interests or forces.
2. Counterbalance.

What matters is the poetry, and the truest readings of it "are those which are sensitive to the strangeness of Marvell's genius: its delicate equipoise, held between the sensual and the abstract, its refusal to treat experience too tidily, the uncanny tremor of implication that makes the poems' lucid surfaces shimmer with a sense of something undefined and undefinable just beneath."
-- James A. Winn, "Tremors of Implication", New York Times, July 9, 2000

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Word Up...

Word of the Day for Tuesday April 25, 2006

sporadic \spuh-RAD-ik\, adjective:
Occurring singly, or occasionally, or in scattered instances.

Throughout the early years of Kelly's life, out of guilt as much as out of affection, she suspected, her father would make sporadic reappearances, make ever more incompetent attempts to be a good father to her and a good partner to her mother, before leaving again.
-- Geoff Nicholson, Female Ruins

The land is desperately overpopulated, and the thin soil is so eroded that it can only sustain scattered groups of scrawny cattle or sheep and sporadic crops of maize.
-- Anthony Sampson, Mandela: The Authorized Biography

Monday, April 24, 2006

Sunrise Spectacular...

I don't know if anyone else was up (besides Char & I) just before sunrise this morning, but if you were and looked towards the East then you were in for a treat. The crescent moon and Venus rose together. The original photo is at Flickr.

On a sidenote, Blogger was experiencing technical difficulty this morning and that is why I didn't post anything before work.

The Riddler...

"When is a door not a door?"

Another one from the Dark Tower.

Word Up...

Word of the Day for Monday April 24, 2006

rebarbative \ree-BAR-buh-tiv\, adjective:
Serving or tending to irritate or repel.

Over the past couple of hours a lot of rebarbative, ulcerated and embittered people had been working hard at bedding their resentments down in sensory-deprivation tanks full of alcohol.
-- Will Self, The Sweet Smell of Psychosis

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Holy Cow!!

That's right Yankee fans, Dave & I going to the Big Apple for a Sept. 15th game versus none other than the Boston Red Sox. Thanks to my dear sweet Mother for the chance of a lifetime. We got our tickets for the flight, hotel and the game this week.

It will be a blast!

The Riddler...

An important part of the Quest for "The Dark Tower" is riddles. My favorite one is below. Do you know the answer?

"What can run but never walks,
Has a mouth but never talks,
Has a bed but never sleeps,
Has a head but never weeps?"

Word Up...

Word of the Day for Sunday April 23, 2006

agog \uh-GOG\, adjective:
Full of excitement or interest; in eager desire; eager, keen.

Kobe Bryant left the Minnesota Timberwolves agog after a series of eye-popping moves in a game last week.
-- New York Times, February 5, 1998

He was now so interested, quite so privately agog, about it, that he had already an eye to the fun it would be to open up to her afterwards.
-- Henry James, The Ambassadors

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Word Up...

Word of the Day for Saturday April 22, 2006

itinerant \eye-TIN-uhr-uhnt\, adjective:
1. Passing or traveling from place to place; wandering.

1. One who travels from place to place.

Like many itinerant vendors in rural places, he was a smooth-talking purveyor of dreams along with tawdry trinkets, and Eliza responded to this romantic wanderer.
-- Ron Chernow, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller

Molds were therefore used only for small amounts of fat, shared with neighbors at cooperative candle dippings or supplied by itinerant candlemakers who went from house to house, helping with the task.
-- Susan Strasser, Waste and Want

Friday, April 21, 2006

Word Up...

Word of the Day for Friday April 21, 2006

caveat \KAY-vee-at; KAV-ee-; KAH-vee-aht\, noun:
1. (Law) A notice given by an interested party to some officer not to do a certain act until the opposition has a hearing.
2. A warning or caution; also, a cautionary qualification or explanation to prevent misunderstanding.

Two young Harvard M.B.A.'s worked up some highly optimistic projections -- with the caveat that these were speculative and should of course be tested.
-- Roy Blount Jr., "Able Were They Ere They Saw Cable", New York Times, March 9, 1986

One caveat: If you plan to travel by car in Europe, expect a serious erosion of your buying power. Gasoline costs twice as much in France as in the U.S. (and triple the U.S. price in the U.K.).
-- Lynn Woods, "Euro Trashed", Kiplinger's, November 2000

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Word Up...

Word of the Day for Thursday April 20, 2006

patina \PAT-n-uh; puh-TEEN-uh\, noun:
1. The color or incrustation which age gives to works of art; especially, the green rust which covers ancient bronzes, coins, and medals.
2. The sheen on any surface, produced by age and use.
3. An appearance or aura produced by habit, practice, or use.
4. A superficial layer or exterior.

[The ship] was sleek and black, her decks scrubbed smooth with holystones, her deckhouses glistening with the yellowed patina of old varnish.
-- Gary Kinder, Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea

A patina of coal dust lies over everything.
-- "A Railroad Runs Through It," review of Stations: An Imagined Journey, by Michael Flanagan, New York Times, October 23, 1994

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Well I hope this one lasts for more than a couple of hours. I think you will find it most challenging. Original is at Flickr.

Word of the Day...

Word of the Day for Wednesday April 19, 2006

implacable \im-PLAK-uh-bull\, adjective:
Not placable; not to be appeased; incapable of being pacified; inexorable; as, an implacable foe.

For it is my office to prosecute the guilty with implacable zeal.
-- Paola Capriolo, Floria Tosca (translated by Liz Heron)

He... then continued on up the road, his shoulders bent beneath the implacable sun.
-- Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte, The Fencing Master

She conducted her life and her work with all the steady and implacable seriousness of a steamroller.
-- "The Stein Salon Was The First Museum of Modern Art", New York Times, December 1, 1968

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Word of the Day...

Word of the Day for Tuesday April 18, 2006

expeditious \ek-spuh-DISH-uhs\, adjective:
Characterized by or acting with speed and efficiency.

His problem was to get from Lookout Valley to Chattanooga Valley in the most expeditious way possible.
-- Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs

The criminal may of course use some short-term act of violence to 'terrorize' his victim, such as waving a gun in the face of a bank clerk during a robbery in order to ensure the clerk's expeditious compliance.
-- Bruce Hoffman, Inside Terrorism

Monday, April 17, 2006

Word of the Day...

Word of the Day for Monday April 17, 2006

choler \KOLL-ur; KOLE-ur\, noun:
Irritation of the passions; anger; wrath.

And at last he seems to have found his proper subject: one that genuinely engages his intellect, truly arouses his characteristic choler and fills him with zest.
-- "Black Humor': Could Be Funnier", New York Times, January 12, 1998

I found my choler rising.
-- Samuel Richardson, A Collection of the Moral and Instructive Sentiments... in the Histories of Pamela, Clarissa, and Sir Charles Grandison

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Word Of The Day...

Word of the Day for Sunday April 16, 2006

hortatory \HOR-tuh-tor-ee\, adjective:
Marked by strong urging; serving to encourage or incite; as, "a hortatory speech."

Instead of "Home Run, Jack," the hortatory message that greets the batter at the plate is the subliminal one that surfaces: "Run Home, Jack."
-- Marjorie Garber, Symptoms of Culture

The former West German Chancellor's book . . . is a call to action, and, even in this good translation, the book relies heavily on the hortatory language of political appeals.
-- Tamar Jacoby, "Carrots and Sticks", New York Times, August 24, 1986

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Riddle Answer...

When I'm Sixty Four

Beatles, The

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a Valentine
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?

If I'd been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?

You'll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you

I could be handy mending a fuse
When your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday morning go for a ride

Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage
In the Isle of Wight if it's not too dear
We shall scrimp and save (we shall scrimp and save)
Grandchildren on your knee Vera, Chuck and Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely wasting away

Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?

Word of the Day...

Word of the Day for Saturday April 15, 2006

land of Nod, noun:

We were fast going off to the land of Nod, when - bang, bang, bang - on the scuttle, and "All hands, reef topsails, ahoy!" started us out of our berths.
-- Richard Henry Dana Jr., Two Years Before The Mast

For the jet-lagged insomniac, here are a few suggestions of what to do in Manhattan once the last bar has chucked you out and the land of nod seems further away than the night bus to Camberwell.
-- William Hide, "The night shift", The Guardian, February 24, 2001

Friday, April 14, 2006

My Turn @ W.I.I.

This one should be easy.

Love Ya All!

Word of the Day for Friday April 14, 2006

desuetude \DES-wih-tood, -tyood\, noun:
The cessation of use; discontinuance of practice or custom; disuse.

Probably only one in a hundred girls who give birth clandestinely even knows that an edict of King Henry II, now fallen into desuetude, once made their action punishable by death.
-- Nina Rattner Gelbart, The King's Midwife

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Riddle Me This...

What Beatle's song has a reference to "Chuck & Dave"?

Word of the Day...

Word of the Day for Thursday April 13, 2006

salmagundi \sal-muh-GUHN-dee\, noun:
1. A salad plate usually consisting of chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, and onions, served with oil and vinegar.
2. Any mixture or assortment; a medley; a potpourri; a miscellany.

A glance at the schedule is enough to make one feel that one would rather go out and shoot songbirds than stay in and watch the dismal salmagundi of game shows, repeats and soap operas.
-- Jane Shilling, "My brother and other animals", Daily Telegraph, August 22, 1998

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

National Junior Honor Society

Hey peoples,

I was in my Social Studies/English class and we have 8th and7th graders take stuff to teachers. So another one comes in and gives Mr. Bentley a bunch of papers stapled together an he says "Jake come up here." So I went up there and he says "This is for you." And it says you're invited to National Junior Honor Society. My GPA is 3.5 so I also get a paper of recognition saying that I made Honor Roll. So you could say i had a good week.

I'll talk to you all later!!!


Word of the Day for Wednesday April 12, 2006

coeval \koh-EE-vuhl\, adjective:
1. Of the same age; originating or existing during the same period of time -- usually followed by 'with'.

1. One of the same age; a contemporary.

According to John Paul, this longing for transcendent truth is coeval with human existence: All men and women "shape a comprehensive vision and an answer to the question of life's meaning."
-- "Culture, et cetera", Washington Times, October 6, 2000

Coeval with human speech and found among all peoples, poetry appeals to our sense of wonder, to our unending quest for answers to the timeless questions of who we are and why we are.
-- Mark Mathabane, "A Poet Can Lead Us Toward Change", Newsday, January 20, 1993

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Word of the Day...

Word of the Day for Tuesday April 11, 2006

panoply \PAN-uh-plee\, noun:
1. A splendid or impressive array.
2. Ceremonial attire.
3. A full suit of armor; a complete defense or covering.

To the east, out over the Ocean, the winter sky is a brilliant panoply of stars and comets, beckoning to adventurers, wise and foolish alike, who seek to divine its mysteries.
-- Ben Green, Before His Time

Labor was hard pressed to hold the line against erosion of its hard-won social wage: the panoply of government-paid benefits such as unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, Medicare, and Social Security.
-- Stanley Aronowitz, From the Ashes of the Old

Monday, April 10, 2006

April Showers...

Can bring some April flowers too! I took these just a few minutes ago in the backyard. See the originals at Flickr.

Word of the Day...

Word of the Day for Monday April 10, 2006

stripling \STRIP-ling\, noun:
A youth in the state of adolescence, or just passing from boyhood to manhood; a lad.

But at that time he was too young to drive a car, and I wasn't, so I took it upon myself to tell the stripling a thing or two.
-- Geoffrey Wolff, "Advice My Brother Never Took", New York Times, August 20, 1989

It is even possible that some . . . who might be thought to have a chance of election as Pope because of their youthful vigour -- by Vatican standards, a man of 60 is a stripling -- will see their chances come and go in turn.
-- Andrew Medichini, "Cardinal secrets", Times (London), January 23, 2001

There are precious few constants in the story of the yen. For a start, it is a stripling among the monies of the world, being not much more than a century old.
-- Pico Iyer, "Tacos in Kyoto, Kimonos in Peru", New York Times, April 28, 1991

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Sunday at the Masters...

It will be an exciting afternoon of golf with a stellar leader board.

1 Phil Mickelson -4
2 Fred Couples -3
2 Chad Campbell -3
4 Rocco Mediate -2
4 Tim Clark -2
4 Stephen Ames -2
4 Tiger Woods -2
4 Vijay Singh -2
4 Darren Clarke -2
10 Retief Goosen -1
10 M. A. Jimenez -1
12 Stewart Cink E
12 Jim Furyk E
12 Billy Mayfair E
12 Ernie Els E

Who will be the 2006 Masters Champion? I have my picks, how about you?

Word of the Day...

Word of the Day for Sunday April 9, 2006

rusticate \RUHS-tih-kayt\, intransitive verb:
1. To go into or reside in the country; to pursue a rustic life.

transitive verb:
1. To require or compel to reside in the country; to banish or send away temporarily.
2. (Chiefly British). To suspend from school or college.
3. To build with usually rough-surfaced masonry blocks having beveled or rebated edges producing pronounced joints.
4. To lend a rustic character to; to cause to become rustic.

Ezra holds out in London, and refuses to rusticate.
-- T. S. Eliot to Conrad Aiken, "21 August 1916", The Letters of T. S. Eliot: Volume I, 1898-1922 edited by Valerie Eliot

For the longest time, we're stuck in a cabin hewn out of the ground in a parcel of woods as the boys hide and mend; for another, we rusticate on a farm bounded by fields that must be tilled by the hard labor of man and beast.
-- Stephen Hunter, "When Johnny Doesn't Come Marching Home", Washington Post, December 17, 1999

Czechoslovak Communists would imprison or rusticate those who had been active in the Prague Spring.
-- Charles S. Maier, Dissolution

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Word of the Day...

Starting a new daily feature, I hope you enjoy it. I subscribe to this website (RSS) and find their daily choices interesting. The website is and here is todays word:

Word of the Day for Saturday April 8, 2006

bonhomie \bah-nuh-MEE\, noun:
Good nature; pleasant and easy manner.

That bonhomie which won the hearts of all who knew him.
-- Washington Irving, Oliver Goldsmith

And what of the salesman's fabled bonhomie, the Willy Lomanesque emphasis on the importance of being liked?
-- "How to Manage Salespeople", Fortune, March 14, 1988

I would carefully study the exploits of positiverole models like Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Carter, and Alec Baldwin, andattempt to emulate their radiant bonhomie.
-- Joe Queenan, My Goodness: A Cynic's Short-Lived Search for Sainthood

Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Season Begins...

Spring training started yesterday for the Ducks. In Tuesday's first official spring practice, Oregon newcomer Derrick Jones sprinted past a defensive back and hauled in a pass from quarterback Brady Leaf.

Second-year receiver and three-sport athlete Jordan Kent did the same, only this time from quarterback Dennis Dixon. Dixon and Leaf, both juniors-to-be, headlined the first day of spring practice for the Ducks.


Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Time Is On Your Side

A once in a lifetime occurrence happens tomorrow morning at 2 minutes and 3 seconds past 1 in the morning. It will be: 01:02:03 04/05/06. Some people just have too much time on their hands.

The Quest Starts...

Alex Rodriguez launched a grand slam in the second inning, capping a seven-run frame, and the Yanks never looked back. Randy Johnson allowed one run in seven innings while Hideki Matsui hit a three-run homer and reached base in all six of his at-bats.

I have a good feeling about this year!

Monday, April 03, 2006


Char is up in Olympia for the week helping Dan & Krista prepare for their big move to California. Life around the ole homestead is, shall we say, laid back. I will have Saturday to clean up and get my act together.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Inside Man

Dave, Andy & I went to see Inside Man yesterday afternoon. We read the reviews (very good), the cast is on the A list in Tinsel Town and yet I left the theatre feeling like I just ate at the Electric Station after ordering Steak & Lobster and they served me a Big Mac.

Cast includes Denzel Washington as the police negotiator, Jodie Foster as a power broker, Christopher Plummer as the bank founder and Clive Owen as the criminal mastermind in this bank heist film set in the Wall Street district of New York. Spike Lee directed.