Previous months' cool words:
July, 2006: estrambótico (Spanish, adjective) - strange, bizarre, eclectic, weird (suggested by figgylicious)
June, 2006: 終點 (Chinese, noun, pinyin zhong1dian3) - final destination (of a journey); terminus
May, 2006: draenei (Eredan, noun) - "exiled ones"
April, 2006: apoplectic (English via French, Latin, Greek, adjective) - of, relating to, or causing stroke; greatly agitated (suggested by gondhir)
March, 2006: jnana (Sanskrit, noun) - knowledge (pronounced "geeyahna" or "gneeyahna"; suggested by jereeza)
February, 2006: sesquipedalian (English, adjective) - having many syllables; given to or characterized by the use of long words (courtesy of tears_of_nienna)
January, 2006: azanulbizar (Khuzdul, proper noun) - vale of dim streams
December, 2005: viszontlátásra (Hungarian, infinitive) - to see again (a formal farewell)
November, 2005: užas (Croatian, noun) - horror, terror
October, 2005: zokutou (Japanese, noun) - an ascending spiral
September, 2005: seb (Egyptian, noun) - star (courtesy of sahtyinepu)
August, 2005: 外国人 [gaikokujin / waiguoren] (Japanese and Chinese, noun) - lit. "outside country person", a foreigner
July, 2005: tawadu (Arabic, noun) - humility
June, 2005: balpre (Lojban, noun) - hero
May, 2005: brill (English, adjective; slang, British) - brilliant, cool
April, 2005: ܟܐܦܐ [kepa, transliterated kephas] (Aramaic, noun) - great rock
March, 2005: mashin (Farsi, noun) - automobile
February, 2005: perkele (Finnish, noun) - devil (also an expletive)
January, 2005: kinu (Japanese, noun) - silk
December, 2004: krung (Thai, noun) - city, cf. krung thep (city of angels, old name of Bangkok)
November, 2004: tane (Archnin, noun) - blood (see tanelos)
October, 2004: izulu (Zulu, noun) - interplanetary space
September, 2004: phensem (Tibetan, noun) - an beneficent attitude towards others
August, 2004: si2 pu3 (Chinese, noun) - recipe (literally, "meal score")
July, 2004: entspannung (German, noun) - relaxation
June, 2004: anapauesthai (Koine Greek, verb) - to stand still
May, 2004: tvære (Norwegian, verb) - to stretch, especially a conversation or a farewell (definition provided by tamf)
April, 2004: ber-engro (Romany, noun) - lit. "ship's master", a mariner
March, 2004: calad (Sindarin, noun, "light")
February, 2004: su (Chinese, adjective/noun) - 1. flaky; 2. a baked good with a crisp or flaky consistency, such as a cookie
January, 2004: pizdarija (Croatian, noun; vulgar) - something messed-up, feeble, or ridiculous (definition provided by jereeza)
December, 2003: basherte (Hebrew, noun) - "apportioned one" (implication of predestined/ordained mate; courtesy of yahvah)
November, 2003: panmictic (English, adjective, "exhibiting random mating within a breeding population")
October, 2003: kreteno (Esperanto, slang noun, "idiot")
September, 2003: kawai (Japanese, adjective, "cute")
August, 2003: ser (Spanish, intransitive verb, "to be")
July, 2003: cordillera (Spanish, noun, "principal mountain system of a continent")
June, 2003: kallüsáráyam (Tamil, noun, "illicit liquor")
May, 2003: hoh (Singlish, particle, "connective expression of expected agreement")
April, 2003: tmesis (English, noun, "separation of the parts of a compound word for humorous effect")
March, 2003: nerazreshimost (Russian, noun, "undecidability")
Communication really is key.
Today, our hardware admin Earl came by and told me we were being audited... as in, right now. When was the adjustor due in? Oh, tomorrow. What grant-funded expenditures did I need to account for? Only Earwen, Nerdanel, Idril, and Galadriel. Never heard of them? That's because the "old Elves" (the first two) are AMD Duron-800s purchased in August, 2000, and the "new Elves" (the last two) are 1GHz Athlon Thunderbird systems we got a year and a half later. I specced, bought, built, and tested them for my collaborator in IMSE, Dr. Shing I Chang. At least Earl was able to go over to Durland and confirm that Shing I's lab still has them.
Meanwhile, we had a connector on the 50' video cable in Nichols 127 go bad. I really wish someone had mentioned that the fragging cable wasn't working right at, oh, the beginning of lecture on Monday, though.
Finally, we are waiting on DHCP for zengeneral's system and the erstwhile Windows Advanced Sever. Policy decisions for a Windows 2003 server that zengeneral and I will be setting up for zurich31's Aidentity Matrix project. We're also waiting on Ringil III to be installed with Gentoo so the erstwhile Ringil can be claimed by taiji_jian. I'll be pinging thekuffs et al. with increasing frequency, to be sure: I was just telling weninger about the MASSPHAR (MASSively Parallel HArrassment ARray), and masaga probably had some direct experience with it in his day.
In other news:
- I wish I could still get by on three hours a night of sleep.
- taiji_jian does the definitive Kermit the Frog impression, as sui_degeneris aptly predicted. It's a little too natural, if you know what I mean.
- Score one for Linux - it's downright glorious that Skype works on this Ubuntu-running ThinKPad (Numerramar) but not on my WinXP Inspiron (Hirilonde).
- I need a mail client that can cache headers; Mozilla Thunderbird is good, but it's just too slow at searching through my hundred thousand e-mails, so I'm hoping Beagle (an add-on to Thunderbird) does the trick.