Geek Romance

October 23, 2010

(Reposted from my former blog, 11-14-2008)

I’ve recently had occasion to think of this story, and I now feel compelled to share it. First, though, I must tip the hat to brotherhank at Lawn Gospel for bringing it to mind.

It’s worth looking at that post (it won’t take long) before going on here.

I’m reminded of one of the first dates my now-wife and I had. We were eating onion rings, and she was looking for one that had extra batter in a line across the middle. She explained that they remind her of the Greek letter theta. For those who don’t know, this is theta:


I handed her the appropriately-shaped onion ring, and she took a bite. I then looked up and said, “I guess I’ll call you ‘zeta‘ now.”

Quite appropriately, this prompted a raised eyebrow and a cocked head, followed by a, “What?”

Naturally, I answered, “Because zeta eta theta.”

We laughed hysterically. If you don’t get it … well, … Zeta and I do have a somewhat-higher geek quotient than most people.

Enjoy the weekend!


I love my wife

February 14, 2010

Reposted from 2/22/2009

That title might not seem like a particularly-dramatic statement, but I think it’s worth mentioning. I say this especially because of the sorts of things I’ve heard lately. Some of them, I suppose, not so much lately as just having heard them in general.

Men make fun of their wives, complain about them, and say all kinds of things. I don’t care to make a lot of specific examples, because I’m not trying to call anyone out right now. Just to give you a sense of what’s got me going, though … Read the rest of this entry »

Pet peeve: The word “literally”

February 12, 2010

(Reposted from my previous blog. 3/18/2009)

Just a quick note here to anyone who wants to use the English language with some level of competence.

I’m not linking to anything, in order to avoid making fun of anyone.

The word “literally” is supposed to communicate something in particular. What it means is that what you’re saying is real, not exaggerated.

The following are examples that I’ve seen recently of its misuse. See if you can figure out what’s wrong:

“Joe the Plumber was literally crucified by the Left …”

“Instead of offering solutions, Republicans are just literally throwing temper tantrums and stomping their feet …”

“Obama has literally declared war on the rich …”

“After I literally starved to death …”

“George Bush literally spat on the Constitution …”

Do you see the problem?

If I see any more of this, I think I’m literally going to explode.

… Just kidding.