Thursday, December 30, 2004

Question-and-Answer Session


I missed
the personal view.


I'm here
every day.
I don't see.


No, I don't just say,
“long-term,” “short-term,”
“in,” and “out.”


I do not think
the period
is still on the table.
I don't believe
it's on the table
it wasn't
when I left.


Again, I wish—
My view is—
I'll give you
my opinion:
My opinion
is free and fair.


It's undetermined somewhere.


You guard it.
You restrict it.
You keep it.
I mean, rather than
just huddling around.
That's offensive.


I wouldn't necessarily see it.
I would see a symbol.
In actuality, it's a classic technique
to provoke
an action-reaction-counteraction
cycle that we go through.


A little bit of each: we're working
with the traffic, the road.


Behind you and back.


My view is on track.
Accomplishing our objectives
is representative of all the people.
I believe
we will get there,
and I believe
we are there.


What was the second part?


I do. I mean, my! What I believe!


To help 25
young women:
that's what makes
this country great.


Last part first.


Their ultimate disposition.


Everyone has a story,
a variety of places.


Oh, I will tell you,
going after the fish
is really providing direction.


It has been
an important
intermediate hypothetical,
the answer to that.


Well, you also have
a good answer
to that hypothetical.


Let me talk and build
improvised devices,
rehearse with impunity.
That's what they had,
that's what they don't have anymore.
That's what they had for a while,
that's what they don't have anymore.

The status quo needs to improve.


To be clearly elsewhere—
dramatically, necessarily, frankly.
Oh, yeah.


That's a great question.
We think you know
we felt we needed momentum,
pressure, training.
Crank all the way up.


I said, “Everybody knows the bag,”
but we're generally pleased.


Frankly, I've thought
about the need
to pay and encourage,
maybe. To
continue to move.


I wouldn't want potential go-ahead.


We're working. We've said
we'll be working. We need to have
a second point.
Third point is, I think. Oh, absolutely.


I mean the history of a long, long time.


I have two concerns.
As you suggest,
a direct involvement is coming.
Stop it, stop it.


He's a back-and-forther in there.


What I have attacked fairly heavily
wasn't a complete shock.

Created from a Department of Defense news briefing held Thursday, December 16, 2004.

Monday, December 27, 2004


1 : moist plaster 2: painting*

Example sentence: There are actually two types: applied and true.

Did you know? Cave painting reached its height in the Sistine Chapel. The cathedral took the late 15th and early 16th centuries to plaster. Michelangelo used murals.

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

From Merriam-Webster Online's entry for "fresco," the word of the day for December 27.

Friday, December 24, 2004

A Brief History of Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism

American criticism of accuracy and theory
has a basis in bibliographic procedures.
Historical scholars placed criticism
on contributions.

Modern criticism is scope, sciences,
attention to problematic and peripheral industry.
Poetic truth is beholden to modern discussion.
Critics never support ascertainable
facts about mimesis.

Created from the entry for "literary criticism" from the Encyclopaedia Britannica on-line.

Matthew Arnold,

born this day, noted the “Populace.”

Created from Encyclopaedia Britannica's "Biography of the Day" for December 24, 2004.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Berlin Journal

When right is right, self-sufficiency slips in attracting the world's best.

Don't smile where men are persistent.

The strongest force any parent living; hear what you want to hear, pressure the sweet nothings for desperation.

Make no mistake, some are pleading at my table.

Fighting on is the only option, says an Italian prince.

Created from headlines from the 25 most popular articles e-mailed by New York Times readers in the 24-hour period ending Wednesday, December 22, 2004, at approximately 4:15 p.m.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Notes on Languages Using the Latin Alphabet

No translator of a work would reproduce a status not intended. The remarks about punctuation apply to snippets. Anyone who has ever read a book knows it.

African Languages
Most use no letters. Characters too numerous are dealt with in sections.

Polite, personal. Now used ever more rarely. Until the mid-twentieth century, nouns were German.

Requires two vowels.

There is considerable variation. For advice, consult Maurice.

More spelling became official in 1998. For principles, consult ordinary sentences. Quotations usually take a single sound, although certain words are needed.

These nominative forms appear in many French publications. Suspension dots are rarely divided.

The polite personal pronouns no longer are.

Czekam na Twoj przyjad.

Months and days suffer from a lack of standardization.

Created from sections 10.9 through 10.88 of The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Harry Houdini Defies Natural Laws

Advancement improved the limited number of surprising transformations done in defiance of natural laws, left leg, or head. The decapitation of a man in 1874 was presented in the form of "sawing a woman in half." Gravitation involves disappearance.

Houdini's Performances
The present century is sensational. Success depends partly on the fact that above ground, he accomplished the so-called "milk-can escape." A box, which is locked, roped, and weighted, involves upwards of 100 needles and several yards of thread.

Mind Reading
The mortality of clever charlatans depended on Margery, ostensibly securing great adroitness of mind as well as mechanical ingenuity.

Created from the entry for "conjuring," written by Harry Houdini, from the 13th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Saturday, December 18, 2004


Not used to bruising
reality, so many clothes pushed to the breaking
point. Some people think
the grumbles are rank, like a brainstorm.

They're always touting parents of kids
who attract this: rumbling arches, you know,
"slap greetings," mere love letters.
They could sell out-of-shape sponsors

in the desert afraid to visit some good publicity.
In this day and age, think big: how about
huge heads (and necks), gold rings,
and some support sooner

rather than later.
A war could help a lot.

Created from the December 16, 2004, New York Times column by Maureen Dowd. All words are hers.

Coulterkampf #1

It might be cool to
be flogged publicly: one type
of juvenile badge.

You're consistently
screaming “sex crisis,” missing
my literacy.

Sweaters are anti-
Biblical. Go forth,
gas-guzzling cars.

I had enough turn-
of-the-century plants and trees.
Don’t pray; rape those guns.

maniacs are a good start.
Take the cheering ones.

Each haiku created from one interview with or column by Ann Coulter. All words are hers.

Friday, December 17, 2004


Let me kind of step back in general. I might hide in caves. This is just a part of analyzing, and that's good as well. I look forward again, I repeat, yeah. Right. We gave it a strategic look, big-picture capacities. Now look, I look forward and I look forward. One that will help a dangerous world where I'm coming from, a dangerous world. I wish it wasn't here. Again, I wish it wasn't true: the world the way it is. I mean, I'd be glad to visit. Listen, let me, first of all. I strongly believe on a regular basis. I can make extraordinary cooperation. As you know. Right. The danger out in the public is that I receive fear. People saying I need honest gentlemen and a full analysis against the context of place. Perhaps. Optimism may be the best way. We're doing a pretty good job of dismantling my speeches. That's the truth. Sure, sure. First of all, I expected this desk. I based my years, not only upon the context. In other words and therefore, every potential context, obviously. In other words, we remembered, which meant we knew we knew other words. That was the intelligence. Now, let me, which is vital. And so we found the theories as to where we entered and we'll find out. Let me finish the American people by quoting other words. Because I don't think the best, I believe it. They become my language, because a shadowy intelligence can't say, "Let's don't deal, let's hope, let's let me take a step back for a second."

Created from a transcript of Tim Russert's February 7, 2004, interview with George W. Bush broadcast on NBC'S "Meet the Press," Sunday, February 8, 2004. All words are Mr. Bush's.