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GovernMania MMXVII in the news


News Headline: “Steve Bannon: Trump is ‘maniacally focused’ on executing promises.”
A bit of an exaggeration.
Focused?

The whole world is watching


Interpreter Chikako Tsuruta on the difficulty of translating President Trump’s statements into Japanese:
“I often joke that if we translated his words as they are, we would end up making ourselves sound stupid.”
Note to Chikako Tsuruta:
No one’s laughing.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Headline:It’s settled! Creator tells us how to pronounce ‘GIF. ‘ ”
Steve Wilhite. the inventor of the Graphics Interchange Format, wants you to know that “GIF” is pronounced “JIF.”
And is it almost  time for QT’s annual reminder that the first syllable of “gigabyte” is pronounced JIG?
This is according to the U.S. Bureau of Standards.
And as sources jo, that’s as jood as it jets.
By Giminy.

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QT Planetary Defense Coordination Office


Asteroid 2017 DG16 was discovered today.
It is passing between Earth and the moon as you read this.
But it has been more than three weeks since an asteroid was last discovered as it passed between Earth and the moon.
So we seem safe.

Lest we forget that the United States is Canada’s Mexico


News Item: Canada has seen a surge of refugees crossing into the country illegally from the U.S. . . . “
Canada may want to build a big wall.
And the United States will pay for it.

This just in. . . .


News Headline: “Texas man breaks into home, takes shower, puts on Betty Boop pajamas.”
As reasonable a response as any to the news of the day.

From Poor QT’s Almanack


On this day in history 198 years ago Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
Spain never could resist a good practical joke.

Narcissistic personality disorder and other styles of governing in the news


News Headline: “Trump attacks ‘out-of-control’ media in rambling address.”
News Headline: “Trump praises his ‘fine-tuned machine’ in rambling press conference.”
News Headline: “Rambling speech could be symptom of dementia, study suggests.”
OK. So maybe there’s that, too.

Frontiers of science


News Headline: “Study says drinking a glass of red wine has the same effect as going to the gym.”
Keep up the good work, researchers!

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Headline: “Creating a customer-centric business.”
News Headline: “Human-centric technologies will dominate next three years.”
News Headline: “UMass basketball preparing for LaSalle’s guard-centric offense.”
News Headline: “Four bourbon-centric events will.be held. . . .”
. . .  just in  time for those of us at the breaking-centric point.

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