Oysters

More fun than a barrel of oysters?

The pronunciation of “tea” has been the main subject of discussion lately on the C-18L list. Evidently it is pronounced “tay” in Gaelic, and Alexander Pope rhymed it that way. I find it hard to think of myself as a “tay” drinker. Tee hee. Tay was the original pronunciation in Dutch, were the word originates, so leave it to the English to reinvent it. Remember, as Monty Python says, that the Dutch don’t really have a language, they just gargle and call it a language.

However, the real fun came in when they were seriously debating how big a barrel of oysters was. I found out that oyster barrels are indeed of a different size than you’d think, holding four dozen oysters. Not a very big barrel, I’d say.

In other news, Neil Young’s new album is going to be called “Are You Passionate?”. A rather silly question, for anyone who knows me. I also discovered that Concrete Blonde has reunited, has a new album that came out a couple of days ago, and now has an official site. Wow, I knew there must be a reason why I dragged out those old dusty albums a while back. I can’t say that I’m all that impressed with the single posted at the official site, I’m not a big ballad guy. But I’ll buy the record. I’m a sucker that way.

However, I got really pissed at the diary section of the site. It’s dark red text on a black background, and tiny text at that. I had to bump up the font size, and highlight it to be able to read it. Has anyone ever heard of usability?

Enough carping. I’m done now. I suppose I’m just looking for some grain of sand to turn into a pearl, but the world isn’t cooperating lately.