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December 25th, 2005
06:25 pm


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Merry Christmas!

There's something so strange and beautiful about watching christmas on LJ, the way most people's lives become so very similar and are yet refracted through the facets of a hundred different personalities.

I woke, and exchanged presents with the lovely Emperor, who gave me a Sheep*! and a Book**! and a Chocolate!*** Then we went to church, which was full of sunlight and joy and carols and genuflecting and beautiful things**** Then mum and dad came down for Christmas dinner***** We exchanged lots of gifts. We played Articulate. We ate more than I thought was humanly possible. We didn't fall out, and we all had fun!

Life is very good :-)

*Sheep footstool, which I have been drooling over on the market for six years now :-)

** Stephen Fry's book on how to write poetry. Expect bad poetry in the LJ soon.

***Well, two chocolates really. He seems to have done very well with both giving me chocolate, which I desire, and not giving me enough chocolate to make me fat. Here's to quality instead of quantity :-)

**** I had some Deep Thoughts TM I wanted to share with robhu, but I think I have drunk too much wine to make them make sense now (if indeed they were ever going to). I was going to say that thinking mankind is intrinstically-depraved-sinful-evil / fundamentally-good is really useful in the same way thinking of light as a particle/wave is really useful. Neither of these two things is completely true, but sometimes the observed behaviour is best understood by looking at things one way or the other way. My other Deep Thought was a rambling piece of confusion between whether the Christian story was good because it was a story illuminating Fundamental Good Stuff that God wanted us to know, or whether the stuff was only Good because it lead to Jesus who is the One Truth. I have a tendancy to believe the former, to think that Christianity is just one interpretation of God and that some days we should see the wave and not the particle. But I don't know. I also tried to draw a mental list of things I thought were fundamentally Good Things, that made me feel happy and close to God, and came up with a fuzzy list of things like singing, being on top of mountains, really symmetric stuff, babies, love, beautiful maths, flame and fire and light and sun, living things, music, alcohol etc. Maybe mankind just took Good Things and turned them into God Things. Or maybe God put the good things in the world to point the way to him. Who knows? Not me. Anyway, I will celebrate Good at Christmas Tide.

***** OMG!!!!!11!!! WTF! I Cooked Christmas Dinner!!! And it was Good!

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Date:December 25th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
Merry Wobs to you too!
Date:December 26th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
I love your deep thoughts atreic they are well received :-)
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Date:December 26th, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas!
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Date:December 26th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas.

We were going to play Articulate, but it degenerated into a debate about whether the name should be pronounced like the adjective or the noun, and thence into a quest to find games with names that are adjectives. Verbs are pretty rare too. I came up with pick-up-sticks.
Date:December 27th, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)
pronounced like the adjective or the noun,

The noun? I cannot see how `articulate' is a noun. That'd be `articulation'. I'd usually ask dictionary.oed.com but it's not my friend when I'm at home. I've always taken Articulate as the verb in the name of the game and pronounced it accordingly. Indeed until you said that, I had never even thought of the adjective in that context.
Date:December 27th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
Apologies that was me, but I failed to notice that I was no longer logged in on this machine (which hasn't talked to the outside world since September 17th!)
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Date:December 28th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
Pedantry aside (all adjectives are strictly nouns; the commonly-called nouns being "nouns substantive"), anonymous has a point: verb (pronounced with distinct A in the last syllable) or adjective (with neutral vowel) are the obvious contenders here. OED, curiously, allows articulate as a substantive only in zoological usage ("one of the Articulata, animals such as insects, centipedes, worms...") whereas I'm sure I've heard it used to mean "articulated vehicle".

Given that the name on the game box concludes with an exclamation mark, I'd be inclined to construe it as a verbal imperative, and pronounce it accordingly.
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Date:December 29th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry - brain freeze. I meant adjective or *verb*.

I'd assumed it was like the verb too, until my Dad said it like an adjective.
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