ken in texas
Since Jul 21, 1999
Grew up on a dairy farm,
hoped to be a pilot.
Computer stuff at
Post Air Force,
more computer stuff.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who
loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels
nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able
to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)
A great moment in Air Force Academy history
1971-72 Dodo staff riding floor buffers through the North Gate.
You might be a Zoomie if you know about the Dodo and understand the allure of riding floor buffers.
Helpful hints. (I did not write the following items and do not remember who should receive credit for them.)
Handy Latin Phrases
Ever been stuck in a situation where you don't know what to say?
Try some Latin and impress or confuse those around you.
- Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat.
- It's not the heat, it's the humidity.
- Di! Ecce hora! Uxor mea me necabit!
- God, look at the time! My wife will kill me!
- Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?
- Is that a scroll in your toga, or are you just happy to see me?
- Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum.
- Garbage in, garbage out.
- Credo nos in fluctu eodem esse.
- I think we're on the same wavelength.
- Lex clavatoris designati rescindenda est.
- The designated hitter rule has got to go.
- Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure.
- I can't hear you. I have a banana in my ear.
- Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare.
- I think some people in togas are plotting against me.
- Antiquis temporibus, nati tibi similes in rupibus ventosissimis exponebantur ad necem.
- In the good old days, children like you were left to perish on windswept crags.
- Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.
- If Caesar were alive, you'd be chained to an oar.
- Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?
- How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
- Nihil curo de ista tua stulta superstitione.
- I'm not interested in your dopey religious cult.
- Quomodo cogis comas tuas sic videri?
- How do you get your hair to do that?
- Feles mala! Cur cista non uteris? Stramentum novum in ea posui.
- Bad kitty! Why don't you use the cat box? I put new litter in it.
- Romani quidem artem amatoriam invenerunt.
- You know, the Romans invented the art of love.
- (At a barbeque) Animadvertistine, ubicumque stes, fumum recta in faciem ferri?
- Ever noticed how wherever you stand, the smoke goes right into your face?
- Neutiquam erro.
- I am not lost.
- Hocine bibo aut in eum digitos insero?
- Do I drink this or stick my fingers in it?
- Cum catapulatae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.
- When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults.
- Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur.
- Oh! Was I speaking Latin again? Silly me. Sometimes it just sort of slips out.
Be a Good Writerer
Do you ever search for the right way to express yourself on Free Republic?
These guidelines will help you become a poster extraordinaire.
1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.
4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
5. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)
6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
7. Be more or less specific.
8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
9. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
10. No sentence fragments.
11. Contractions aren't necessary and shouldn't be used.
12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
14. One should NEVER generalize.
15. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
16. Don't use no double negatives.
17. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
20. The passive voice is to be ignored.
21. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
22. Never use a big word when substituting a diminutive one would suffice.
23. Kill all exclamation points!!!
24. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
25. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth-shaking ideas.
26. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.
27. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
28. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
29. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
30. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
31. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
32. Who needs rhetorical questions?
33. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
34. Avoid "buzz-words"; such integrated transitional scenarios complicate simplistic matters.
35. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.