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Murdoc is under the weather today and probably won’t be posting much. I didn’t even go into work today, which happens about once every five years or so.

So why not check out the sites on the side bars? Lots of good stuff there.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that comments have been restored. I’m not quite sure what it was. Now I think maybe it had something to do with my upgrade. A few things seem screwed up, so I’m probably going to have to do a full wipe an reinstall at some point in the near future.

In any event, comment away. Unless you’re a spammer, in which case you can go away. To hell.

UPDATE 2: Also, the word of the day on Merriam-Webster is “harbinger”:

harbinger \HAR-bin-jer\ noun

1 : one that pioneers in or initiates a major change : precursor
*2 : one that presages or foreshadows what is to come

Example sentence:
“More often than not, robins are year-round residents…[L]et hummingbirds and orioles be your harbingers of spring.” (Scott Shalaway, Charleston Gazette, January 30, 2005)

Did you know?
When medieval travelers needed lodging for the night, they went looking for a harbinger. As long ago as the 12th century, “harbinger” was used to mean “one who provides lodging” or “a host,” but that meaning is now obsolete. By the late 1300s, “harbinger” was also being used for a person sent ahead of a main party to seek lodgings, often for royalty or a campaigning army, but that old sense has largely been left in the past too. Both of those historical senses are true to the Anglo-French parent of “harbinger,” the word “herberge,” which meant “lodgings.” The most common sense of the word nowadays, the “forerunner” sense, was actually something of a Johnny-come-lately in English; its earliest documented use doesn’t appear until the mid-1500s.

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

I’ve always like the word “harbinger”, and my first-ever website, built with the precursor to MSN Groups in the winter of 1997-98 was a politicalish site called “Harbinger”. Something about how I was going to be pointing out people and events that would indicate a change in the political season, so to speak. Or some such rubbish.

The site didn’t last long, I don’t think anyone ever read it, and it was lost at some point without even an archive to look back at. I think the only good writing was a couple of articles about the flat tax and one about depending too much on aerial smart bombs and cruise missiles.

Trust me. You didn’t miss anything.