Category Archives: musing

Let’s go for a walk

So I bought a book today. Inside, the author referenced a short story that he wrote. I found it rather interesting, insofar as it was written in the early 50’s, but still sounds rather topical aside from some obviously dated ideas about technology (e.g. punch cards for computers). Thankfully, things haven’t deteriorated to the point he predicted in the story, but I do think that the people who go walk just to “get air and see things” are in a minority. People are often wanting to blame “kids these days” and technology for this sort of thing, but if it was a complaint back in 1951, maybe we need to hang that idea up. At any rate, it gives me an urge to go for a walk. It occurs to me that I don’t do that enough.

Mind Killers

They say fear is the mind killer, and it’s true, but at least fear is a quick and merciful killer, a skilled assassin. Boredom is a bloody butcher of the mind, slowly hacking it, piece by piece, while it remains fully conscious of what is happening. Boredom is a real bastard.

Avocado sauce, by any other name…

Just musing on my way in to work this morning about the word “guacamole”. Not sure why it popped into my head, as I don’t like the stuff, but whenever I think the word, I internally hear George Carlin’s voice, from a routine he did on food with funny names.
Then my brain decided (correctly, as it turns out) that the mole in guacamole probably comes from mole sauce. Meaning guaca is the term for avacado? Then I thought it would be funny if mole turned out to be just a foreign word for sauce. And we stupid Americans sit in restaurants ordering food with “sauce sauce”, much like we go to “bread bread” (Panera bread) for lunches…
So as soon as I got in to work, I went to wikipedia to confirm or deny my musings. Turns out I’m mostly right. “Mole” means “sauce”, and what we call mole sauce is properly termed mole poblano. Also, guacamole is avacado mole.