Saturday, May 26, 2007

Word of the Day

ge·stalt or Ge·stalt

(g-shtält, -shtôlt, -stält, -stôlt)

A physical, biological, psychological or symbolic configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that its properties cannot be derived from a simple summation of its parts. Also called gestalt phenomenon.

"Gestalt Artforms is a vehicle for the creation, promotion and distribution of art that would otherwise find no voice. The organization is separated into 3 record labels; Gestalt Records, Gestalt Signals and Pseudopod Records, and the primary company, Gestalt Artforms, which also features visual and performance art ventures. Gestalt Records features a wide range of music genres, including Rock, Indie Rock, Metal/Industrial, Electronic/Experimental and Goth."

Kisses vs. balls

Women says her dog is named after a ball game played on dirt courts.

"How clever! So, you spell it Bocce?" I ask.

"No, it's Baci," she says.

"Ooh, like the candy!" I say smiling, thinking of the chocolate treats bearing the Italian word for "kiss."

She's quiet. Stares blankly for a moment.

Suspect she'll hide this spelling error from her sports-fanatic husband.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Help me name him

Last night we saw this 12-inch, lemon-lime, lizard-like creature on my kitchen window. In 21 years in Florida, I've never seen a guy like this (except baby iguanas cruelly released into the 'wilds' of suburbia).

Good luck and godspeed, little fellow!

(Let's give him a name, for posterity, shall we? Suggestions?)

Word of the Day


A ghostly double or counterpart of a living person.

[of German origin; dop-uhl-gang-er]

It's a fun-to-say word with great creative potential that is nearly ruined by its use in pop culture: a poorly reviewed Japanese film, etc.