sleigh

Word of the Day

sleigh

Pronunciation /sleɪ/
noun
A sledge drawn by horses or reindeer, especially one used for passengers.

Origin
Early 17th century (originally a North American usage): from Dutch slee; related to sled.

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The sky might have been gray
When we rode out on the sleigh
But then, soon after noon
We sang a very sunny tune.

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whistle

Word of the Day

whistle

Pronunciation /ˈwɪs(ə)l/
noun
1 A clear, high-pitched sound made by forcing breath through a small hole between partly closed lips, or between one’s teeth.
1.1 A shrill, high-pitched sound.
1.2 An instrument used to produce a shrill, high-pitched sound, especially for giving a signal.
verb
Emit a shrill, high-pitched sound.

Origin
From rhyming slang whistle and flute.

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It is expedient to whistle up an alternate word when the one on offer from the dictionary is offensive. Besides, I had the image ready from a recently completed 3D printing project

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interaction

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interaction

Pronunciation /ɪntərˈakʃ(ə)n/
noun
mass noun
1 Reciprocal action or influence.
1.1 Communication or direct involvement with someone or something.

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Inspiration can lead to interest, interaction, and creative interplay.

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inspiration

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inspiration

Pronunciation /ɪnspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/

(excerpted from a much more detailed definition – https://www.lexico.com/definition/inspiration )
noun
mass noun The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Origin
Middle English (in the sense ‘divine guidance’): via Old French from late Latin inspiratio(n-), from the verb inspirare (see inspire).

Inspiration: Once the stage has been set, the work must begin.

…after the inspiration, the work must begin…

In this case, Eric Buijs posted his plan to make a “Winter Tux” using Dust3d software. I took it as a challenge to try the same task using OpenSCAD as my tool. The cross-connections possible through federated (Mastodon, etc.) social media have real positive power. Thanks to Eric for his permission to try my hand at his design.

Boo!

We are anticipating Halloween at the end of the month. The reality is that we’re not really excited about it. Our town health officials have not made any recommendations, yet. But we have decided to “go dark”. It is not a happy decision. We love to see all the kids coming to the door with their costumes. This year, we’ll not do much decoration, and the front porch light will not be on. Still, this 3D print hangs in the doorway. Our spirit is dimmed, but not entirely missing.

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http://runeman.org/3d/skull/

Toki Pona

Toki pona I don’t know.
To learn new talk can sure be slow.
But should it sometime happen
I’m sure I’ll let you know.

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Word of the Day – Toki Pona

Toki Pona is a philosophical artistic constructed language known for its small vocabulary. It was created by Canadian linguist and translator Sonja Lang for the purpose of simplifying thoughts and communication.

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This is a multi-purpose post. I’ve been working on a 3D print project which ties into my daily fun on the social media “fediverse”. Along the way, suggestions from others for mottos have been coming in.

Some have been recommendations for Latin mottos, but “E Pluribus Unum” has been taken.

One suggestion was “kunupu ni li ala je wan lala” which is in the toki pona language for “This community has no king.” As mentioned above, I don’t know the language, so I’m taking the word of a respected colleague.

The coin design is done using Inkscape and OpenSCAD. It’s a work in progress. The icon on the front is the logo of Mastodon, one of the popular versions of fediverse server softare. The other icon is the proposed fediverse logo.

fedicoin3-masto-toki

Have fun.
Be creative.
Be safe.

dainty

dainty

/ˈdeɪnti/
adjective daintier, daintiest
1 Delicately small and pretty.
1.1 (of a person) delicate and graceful in build or movement.
1.2 (of food) particularly good to eat and served in a small portion.
2 Fastidious, especially concerning food.
noun dainties
Something good to eat; a delicacy.

Origin
Middle English (as noun): from Old French daintie, deintie ‘choice morsel, pleasure’, from Latin dignitas ‘worthiness or beauty’, from dignus ‘worthy’.

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Doreen, daintiest damsel
Killed her prize pig
So she could ham, sell.
A small silly, not big.

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pumpkin

pumpkin

/ˈpʌm(p)kɪn/ [pump-kin]
noun
1 A large rounded orange-yellow fruit with a thick rind, the flesh of which can be used in sweet or savoury dishes.

Origin
Late 17th century alteration of earlier pumpion, from obsolete French pompon, via Latin from Greek pepōn ‘large melon’ (see pepo).

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All day, I’ve been trying to convert an imaginary pumpkin into a 3D printable Jack o’Lantern.

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