Friday, December 8, 2017

Maq: The Evil Genius...

Yesterday: I accessed a supercomputer: IBM Watson -- for the first time. I was so excited. I didn't know what to do with it. I just want to share those thrilling moments with you denizens. May God bless these folks who are sharing this giant machine with us. It's so rare to find people like that.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Where did the hunchbacked, whirling dervish go eh?

I can't write -- numb and pale -- maybe, the djinn left me -- so was I possessed eh? -- it goaded me to insanity -- but there's something shamanic in me -- it gnawed me -- it said I'm conscientious and I don't bludge like you -- that's why I chastise you... -- so, was that my alter ego? -- where did it go now huh? -- it's just me: a skeptic and a cynic -- untethered life -- bloated and shameful.

old boy network (also old boys' network)

An informal system through which men are thought to use their positions of influence to help others who went to the same school or university as they did, or who share a similar social background.
‘many managers were chosen by the old boy network’

Sunday, December 3, 2017


with one's identity concealed

The ancient Greeks and Romans knew that there were times when you didn't want to be recognized. For example, a myth tells how Zeus and Hermes visited a village incognito and asked for lodging. The apparently penniless travelers were turned away from every household except that of a poor elderly couple named Baucis and Philemon, who provided a room and a feast despite their own poverty. The Romans had a word that described someone or something unknown (like the gods in the tale): incognitus, a term that is the ancestor of our modern incognito.

white feather

A white-coloured feather used as a symbol or mark of perceived cowardice. During the First World War young men seen not wearing uniform were sometimes presented with such a feather, as part of a campaign to induce men to enlist for military service.
‘on his first trip out in civilian clothes, he'd been handed two white feathers’


The fact of being excessively conceited or absorbed in oneself.
‘in his arrogance and egotism, he underestimated Gill’

Early 18th century: from French égoïste, from Latin ego ‘I’.

On the difference between egotism and egoism, see egoism


Obsessive egotism or self-centerdness.