Gleanings from the Past #70

Plural of Égal Gustav Masson, the late genial French Master of Harrow School, once told me that he asked one of his class one day the following question: “What is the plural of égal?” The boy addressed looked mischievously at his tutor — whose good nature every Harrow boy could depend on — and with […]

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Quotable #70: Indifference

“Indifference to all the actions and passions of mankind was not supposed to be such a distinguished quality at that time, I think. I have known it very fashionable indeed. I have seen it displayed with such success that I have encountered some fine ladies and gentlemen who might as well have been born caterpillars.” […]

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How to Switch Back to the WordPress Classic Editor

A few days ago, WordPress 5.0 was finally launched and together with it, was the new WordPress editor called “Gutenberg”. though it could already be tested a while ago. While the editor received several good reviews and praises from a number of tech sites, I personally find it lacking. I have used this new editor […]

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“At a Lunar Eclipse”

Image: “2015-09-28 Lunar Eclipse v2” by 51ststate, DeviantArt Thy shadow, Earth, from Pole to Central Sea, Now steals along upon the Moon’s meek shine In even monochrome and curving line Of imperturbable serenity. How shall I link such suncast symmetry With the torn troubled form I know as thine, That profile, placid as a brow […]

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A Starmonger and a Lottery Prediction and Disappointment, Oh My!

There is a Filipino idiom, “pera na, naging bato pa“, which literally translates to, “what should have been money on hand just turned into stone”. The following true story that I witnessed when I was in the Philippines illustrates this idiom perfectly. During my stay in the Philippines, I had neighbors who are a couple […]

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Gleanings from the Past #69

Returning Home In May last, Mr. Goring, of Staines, lost a valuable horse, for which he made the most diligent inquiry, but without effect. Last week, however, a gentleman driving through Staines in a gig, the horse made a sudden stop at Mr. Goring’s house, from which nothing could induce him to move The circumstance […]

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WordPress.com Plans will no Longer Offer Free Domain Credits

I was informed this morning that WordPress.com will no longer offer one-year free domain credit upon renewal of its subscription plans (Personal, Premium, and Business) starting on December 19, 2018. Those of you who are subscribed to WordPress.com’s plans may already be aware of this. I received the following email from WordPress.com which said: We […]

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Quotable #69: Luggage

“Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?” — Erma Bombeck “I went to the airport. I had three pieces of luggage. I said that I want this piece to go to Cleveland, this piece to Toronto and this piece to Florida. The airline agent said, ‘We […]

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Robert Heinlein’s Predictions for the 21st Century

Science-fiction author Robert Heinlein wrote several predictions for the year 2000 and beyond in his article “Where To?” which was first published in the February 1952 edition of Galaxy Science Fiction: AXIOM: A “common sense” prediction is sure to err on the side of timidity […] AXIOM: The more extravagant a prediction sounds the more likely […]

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