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For the Love of Words

I love words, and I'm always looking out for cool software that makes exploring them and their relationships to other words easier and fun.  Today I came across this cool app, which has both a desktop and an online version, called Visual Thesaurus.  Even though I can't afford it, and had only a few minutes to play with it before it required payment to continue, for what you get it is really inexpensive ($19.95 a year for the online version), and it's a lot of fun.  Once you search for a word, you can see all the synonyms surrounding it, which are color coded to indicate the type of word (noun, verb, etc.)  But what is really cool is that when you hover over a colored node, the software shows a small popup window that contains a short definition and a usage sentence.

As a geek, too, I am fascinated with graphs and how they can be used to visualize information, and the graph used in Visual Thesaurus is really cool.  It's animated and when you select a node (word) it seem…


My wife has gotten me hooked on this game called Farmville on Facebook.

Star Wars Marathon!

Today my friend, Shawn, and I are going to sit our lazy buts down and watch Star Wars movies all day long, with the occasional break to get more junk food.  I love Star Wars, but unlike my friend, I haven't really gotten into the lore and the larger universe, etc., etc.  It's cool to listen to him explain all of these things.  Now, I am a Star Trek aficionado, and because he has never watched Star Trek (he's young), I got to introduce him to it by way of the latest Star Trek movie, which is really cool by the way.

So my wife gave us pizza money for later (she is so nice) and, as if all the other junk food weren't enough, we'll be stuffing our bellies with more stuff.  I think I am also going to try to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch.  My wife and I tried the other day using the toll house recipe, but they came out like little hard and crunchy flat disks. 

Anyway.  That's my day.

The Pear 2

Here is a pear drawn in charcoal.