Monday, December 26, 2011

Bow Tie Bow

Isaac made a (regular necktie) bow for his male gift yesterday.  I don't know if that is meta or so nearly meta, but a bow tie bow would definitely be meta!

It is ... and it isn't! anti metaprime!

I found this one at Fleur de Lis in Baton Rouge.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The difference between i.e. and e.g.


The abbreviation i.e. (i.e., that is) is often confused with other abbreviations (e.g., e.g.). The i.e. generally is used to introduce matter that is explanatory as opposed to being the name of an example or list of examples. If you can say for example as a substitute for the abbreviation, you want to use e.g., not i.e. Do not italicize or underline these abbreviations. Most sources recommend avoiding the use of Latin abbreviations except within parenthetical notes and some sources say not to use Latin abbreviations at all (use the English terms instead) except within citations or reference lists. Good advice.

The Chicago Manual of Style recommends using a comma after i.e. or e.g. in order to set off those abbreviations as introductory modifiers. Other resources say not to bother with the comma, but the comma makes good sense.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dead Heading...

...not sure if this is meta - or just punny - but it's funny!

Thanks, Pheas and Ducky!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Not your father's yellow cab!

A song called "Black Cab" sung by Jens Lekman in a black cab for a regular live music show called "The Black Cab Sessions." 

Thanks, Brian!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Pot pot holder

Thanks! To Pheas, for catching it...and to ndear for the inspiration!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Literal Kitty Litter?

A Word (or two) A Day...

If a homological adjective is one that is true of itself, e.g. "polysyllabic", and a heterological adjective is one which is not true of itself, e.g., "bisyllabic", then what about "heterological?" Is it heterological or not? -Grelling's Paradox.

...which, of course, leads logically to:

Naive Set Theory (NST) , defined as the theory of predicate logic with a binary predicate \in, with the following as axioms:
\exists y \forall x (x \in y \iff P(x)) for all expressions P(x) with just x free
Substitute x \notin x for P(x). Then by existential instantiation and universal instantiation we have
z \in z \iff z \notin z
a contradiction. Therefore NST is inconsistent.

So, Naive Set Theory is a Metaprime Example? 
Thanks, Pheas.  (I think!)