Saturday, May 17, 2008

Vocab: toea

Today, I learn: toea: 100 toea equal 1 kina in Papua New Guinea.

Again, an image search was useful too:

screenshot of specimen 20 kina note and information about Papua New Guinea monetary units

Friday, May 16, 2008

koa guitar

Customized Kramer bass: Koa figuring
Originally uploaded by A.J. Kandy.

Vocab: koa, tree to table or guitar

Continuing my list of words I hadn't known

1. An acacia (Acacia koa) native to Hawaii having flowers arranged in axillary racemes and small sickle-shaped leaves:

koa tree
Originally uploaded by amy.kay.

2. The light-to-dark brown or reddish wood of this tree, used for furniture, crafts, cabinetry, and musical instruments....

Koa Table
Originally uploaded by liltree.


Customized Kramer bass: Koa figuring
Originally uploaded by A.J. Kandy.

Vocab: kea

Originally uploaded by Small.

This New Zealand parrot expands my word game vocabulary.

Vocab: kae

Jay; Garrulus glandarius
Originally uploaded by phenolog.

According to hydroponicsearch (sourced from gcide and 1913 Webster) the Eurasian Jay or Garrulus glandarius is also called "kae".

So that is why, if I remember, I could play kae in word games :-)

Vocab: hao

How many times do we need to receive information to remember it? 7?

Okay first time, thanks to Google:

Definitions of HAO on the Web:

* 10 hao equal 1 dong in Vietnam

* Hao is a large coral atoll in the central part of the Tuamotu Archipelago. Because of its shape, French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville named it Harp Island. (French Polynesia)

and again thanks to kwout and the free online dictionary:

So if that sticks I can use HAO in Upwords or Scrabble or ...

And maybe this piece of geographic data will come in handy one day:

Vocab: goa, hae

Scramble delightfully tells me all the words I miss - and each time there are so many it is quite embarrassing. Or perhaps not - the letters are after all scrambled, and it is more "can you see them" than "do you know them", so okay I'm not so embarrassed. And maybe not even over some of the words that I didn't even realise were words, that is: sure I saw the letter combination but wouldn't even think to jot it because it is not to my knowledge a word.

Still, maybe knowing more words will help me see them better.

goa: n. A gazelle (Procapra picticaudata) native to Tibet and having backward-curving horns in the male. [The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, 2000, Houghton Mifflin Company.]

(making GOA an acceptable Scramble/Boggle, Scrabble word which I'd have thought to not be acceptable had I known only of: Goa - a state of southwestern India; a former Portuguese colony)

And maybe the information (with pictures) from Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation Foundation could help me remember:...

And now to embed 'hae' in my memory:

Friday, May 02, 2008

Rationality in policy making

It's quicker to start a blog post than to log in to Blackboard to post an interesting but non-essential comment on the student discussion boards, so:


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