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2nd-Feb-2010 08:43 am - Cockney Slang
Matt Dark
Must be the cockney blood in me, but gor molly I do love the old cockney swears. They're all euphemisms (words used to replace more vulgar words) By the way, "cockney" traditionally applies only to those born within earshot of the bells of St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside (on the eastern side of London). Here's a short list of my favorites and the vulgar term it represents:

  • Gor blimey: God blind me.

  • Gadzooks: God's hooks (reference to the nails of the crucifixion)

  • Stewth: God's truth

  • Zounds: God's wounds

  • Dickens: slang term for the devil. Such as: "What the dickens is she talking about?" or "You'll go to the dickens for that."

  • Gor molly isn't actually an old cockney swear. It's just something I say sometimes.

25th-Jan-2010 04:45 pm(no subject)
Matt Dark
In a previous life, I invented the hat. And so every life I've had since my name has always rhymed with hat.
25th-Jan-2010 01:32 pm(no subject)
Matt Dark
The Crimson Tide’s New Symbolic Hand Gesture... http://ping.fm/UWafc
25th-Jan-2010 09:08 am(no subject)
Matt Dark
Maybe that's why vampires target pregnant women so much?
25th-Jan-2010 09:07 am(no subject)
Matt Dark
Don't ask how I did my research...
25th-Jan-2010 09:03 am(no subject)
Matt Dark
Research: A gallon of human blood weighs 8.85 lbs. An average male has 1.5g in his body. A full-term pregnant woman carries 2.6g.
24th-Jan-2010 10:00 pm(no subject)
Matt Dark
Ladies and gentlemen, please be advised: The Saints are marching in.
24th-Jan-2010 10:21 am(no subject)
Matt Dark
impacilla carpisung
23rd-Jan-2010 11:08 pm(no subject)
Matt Dark
Have you seen the movie Year One?...I'm afraid it's a lot closer to the TRUTH than anyone would like to admit.......
23rd-Jan-2010 07:53 pm(no subject)
Matt Dark
Chef Matt strikes again: honey-mustard salmon on a quinoa pilaf with toasted pine nuts and golden raisins and roasted Parmesan asparagus.
Matt Dark
Aside from my primary vocation (in which I am phenomenally skilled and successful--sarcasm intended), I am also a writer of minute repute. As a writer I am not as accomplished as with my primary vocation, however as a writer I have a fan page (Nobody thought to become a fan of my many and varied technical skillz).

If you join that fan page you'll get some insider info into the life of a working writer, the publishing process, and first dibs on forthcoming published materials. You might even see some unpublished stories float through every now and then...So, if you love me (and I know ALL OF YOU do), go to my fan page and become a fan. Note: this doesn't mean you're a fan of my prowess in the telecomm industry, it just means you think I might write a mean yarn.

Here's where you can find my fan page on Facebook: http://ping.fm/YaFYt

If you don't have Facebook, you can still follow my pursuits on my primary website: http://ping.fm/rJvFU

Ta,

Matt Mitchell, Indie Writer Extraordinaire
22nd-Jan-2010 07:08 pm(no subject)
Matt Dark
She ran to him and then they started to fly. She had become like they are.
19th-Jan-2010 03:07 pm - Making Life Easier Through
Matt Dark
If you want your life to be made easier, download these two plugins for every browser on every computer that you use.

XMarks
I use three browsers regularly: Chrome, Firefox and Explorer, and I use them on multiple computers. Which makes bookmarking irritating at times. I do use del.icio.us (of course), but I generally just use it for specific articles I want to remember or share, not for websites. For instance, I use Facebook and Twitter (just like everyone else), and I have a local bookmark to both of those sites up on my browsers' links bar. But I don't save a local bookmark for that amazing article I read about terraforming Mars, I throw it into one of my pantheon of social bookmarking websites: delicious, Digg and Stumbleupon, among others. The benefit being, of course, that I can tag my social bookmarks with keywords and save them for future use. I don't want a local copy of them because they aren't categorized and they're not pages that I care to come back to every day. The bookmarks I save to my workstation are those that I come back to again and again, often daily. Make sense?

The problem with this is that when I'm using multiple computers, those local bookmarks are rarely ever the same. I'll remember a site I visited a few years back and try to find it but can't because, even though I bookmarked it, I'm not on the computer I saved the bookmark to. And with multiple browsers on each computer, good luck searching for anything, especially if your bookmark library is extensive (as mine is). If I only used two computers I could probably keep them the same without much work, but across several computers and using several browsers in each it's just impossible. And the bookmarks get out of hand quickly (as I'm sure all of you know).

Enter the bookmarking tool XMarks. Install this plugin on every browser, on every computer you commonly use. Organize your bookmarks one final time and, presto!, they sync automatically on all of your browsers. That way your links bar looks the same no matter if you're at work or at home, on your laptop or your desktop, and your bookmark folder tree is intact everywhere.

LastPass
Just like the out-of-hand bookmarks situation, login names and passwords are also something that can get crazy. How many sites do I have a username and password for? It's got to be in the hundreds. I tried to start using the same password for all of them, but (aside from security issues) some sites allow certain formats where others require different formats entirely. Some let you use letters only while others require at least one number. Some require at least one letter to be capitalized. Some even require a symbol, and still others require combinations of all of these. So streamlining usernames and passwords is impossible which means you either have to remember them all (good luck with that), or you've got to document them all yourself. Or you can just use LastPass.

LastPass is a plugin that can be used in any browser. I recommend you install it in every browser you use. With LastPass, every site you visit that requires a login step can be saved with a click. If you don't want to save one, just click "Not for this site." One of my initial concerns with using LastPass was that I would forget my own passwords and if I used someone else's computer I wouldn't be able to log in to a site that I may need at that moment. But LastPass doesn't save your passwords locally, they save them on the LastPass server, so you can access them from anywhere by logging in to LastPass.com. I suppose that's why they say it's the last password you'll ever need to remember.
19th-Jan-2010 11:41 am(no subject)
Matt Dark
The Return of the Age of Sail? http://ping.fm/h74g7
19th-Jan-2010 09:25 am(no subject)
Matt Dark
With apologies to Everywhere Else, it's days like this that make life in Alabama better than Anywhere Else on Earth.
19th-Jan-2010 08:56 am(no subject)
Matt Dark
Dr. King, I promise I will judge people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.
19th-Jan-2010 08:13 am(no subject)
Matt Dark
good morning, filthy pirates.
17th-Jan-2010 08:18 pm(no subject)
Matt Dark
no one understand the nature of human consciousness. [Fringe]
16th-Jan-2010 09:49 pm(no subject)
Matt Dark
I said I wanted a tattoo of Bigfoot, not of A BIG FOOT. Oh well, at least they put a mustache on it.
16th-Jan-2010 06:29 pm(no subject)
Matt Dark
bring on the Vikings. GEAUX SAINTS!!!
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