Baa Baa Black Sheep

CBC’s list of words

CBC News Ottawa recently published a list of ‘banned’ words according to the anti-racism and language experts they consulted. Some of the phases contain the word ‘black’ which the experts said can be hurtful to people because of the negative historical and cultural background of the word. (Some people would like to add Black Friday to the list).

My Black Sheep Tangle

I was surprised to see the term Black Sheep.  Historically, black sheep were less desirable than white sheep only because the black wool could not be easily dyed colors. The phrase eventually evolved to refer to the oddball member of the family who did not fall in line with the others.

What about blackmail? It was first used in the 16th century in Scotland where it was a payment exacted by plundering chiefs in exchange for immunity from more pillage.

While in the current context, both words have evolved into negative portrayals, the word ‘black’ can also be a positive or powerful word, such as black belt, black diamond, black coffee, black pepper, black ink, etc.

The word white can also have an undesirable connotation – white elephant, white lightnin’, white out, white trash, show the white feather…

Hopefully, some day black and white will no longer be a source of conflict – Yin Yang will prevail.

Moving on, I’d like to know why CBC didn’t put the word ‘short’ on their list. If I was a sensitive ‘vertically challenged’ person, I would object to the many phrases that contain the word ‘short’: short changed; short end of the stick; the long and the short of it; a day late and a dollar short; one brick short of a load; a few sandwiches short of a picnic; draw the short straw; short circuit; short fuse; short sighted…

Rex Murphy, of the National Post, responding to the CBC list, constructed an editorial about these words by using them all: Rex Murphy: Tongue-tied by CBC’s 18 words you can’t say

Alas, it is the case that the rich tribe of consultants employed by the CBC to make sure Canadian English never falls into bad-speak is being pilloried on Twitter and elsewhere as lame , and even (shudder) tone deaf .

Other even more savage criticisms are raining down on the corporation, such that its executives and high-profile personalities have been called together in a kind of public relations powwow , to brainstorm some way of responding to the crisis.
– Rex Murphy –

Normally I would ask you what your thoughts are on this subject, so here goes: Do you think the legs I drew on the Black Sheep look a bit like piano keys?

Update: thanks for your comments about the Sheep’s legs. As per your input, the Sheep has now been named ‘Little Piano Legs’.

Spike and the Variants – Will Omicron be the New Lead Singer?

Spike and the Variants – a Zentangle by Margy

‘Spike and the Variants’ continue their highly successful world tour, though their lead singers continue to be ousted and replaced by members of the new generations. In Alberta, Alpha finally stepped back (for the good of the band) and let Delta lead the climb to the top of the charts for the second half of 2021. Today there are rumours that Omicron might push it aside, but time will tell whether the new upstart has what it takes to lead a new wave of ‘dispopularity’.

What Doesn’t Kill you… mutates and tries again…

… doesn’t this sound like elections too?

Correlation and Causation – The Lighter Side

Correlation means there is a relationship or pattern between the values of two variables. Causation means that one event causes another event to occur.
Khan Academy

‘Correlation Does Not Imply Causation’. In my day we said,  ‘Don’t Jump to Conclusions!’

https://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations
https://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations
https://xkcd.com/925/
https://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations

The Car Guy, by virtue of occupation and natural tendency, is extremely good at situation analysis and risk management. Me – not so much. Do you have one of these annoyingly logical people who don’t jump to conclusions in your life too?

Literary Origami Heart and Best Titles for Book Folding

If you think you’d like to try book folding, but don’t want to damage a good book, then you might want to choose one from the online lists of ‘The Worst Books Ever Written’. The following books seem to be particularly unpopular:
– The ‘Twilight’ series by Stephanie Meyer;
– The ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ series by E.L. James;
‘The Eye of Argon’ by Jim Theis;
– anything written by or about Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Pamela Anderson, Sylvester Stallone, etc.
Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susan
You’ve Been Warned by James Patterson
– any book with the word ‘Inconvenient’ in the title;
– books with however many Steps to Living a Better Life.

Asking a decent editor to save this book would have been like asking a doctor to help a corpse that had fallen from the top of the Empire State Building.
— The New Statesmen –

I ‘summarized’ this out of date self-help book about boundaries in marriage by folding a heart within a heart. I made a two layer paper quill heart to fill the inner heart.

Can you suggest any other books that would be suitable for craft projects?

Crochet Scrumble – the Fifth Colour of the Rainbow

I called this Scrumble ‘Fifth Colour of the Rainbow’.

Did you know that there aren’t a lot of blue things in nature? Even the word ‘blue’ didn’t enter the human vocabulary until artists started using a stone called ‘Lapis’ to make a blue pigment for painting. Because lapis was expensive, it was reserved for special projects. Much later, the discovery of the element cobalt made the color blue more affordable.

Puns to keep you from being blue:
Cyanara!
A small step for cyan, a giant leap for bluemanity.
Nerves of teal.
Azure headed into town…
Are there any cobalternatives?
What part of no don’t Blue understand?

For more colourful quotes: Color Quotations

For more crochet: Scrumbles

Many Moons ago

Quite a few moons ago (in 2013) I got a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS camera. It has a 50X optical zoom lens with Image Stabilizer. Some of the first photos I took were of the moon, of course! The montage above are just a few of the most interesting ones. (I have not enhanced the colours.)

The next two photos have been enhanced with various filters.

An HDR filter from the program Topaz Studio.
A squiggly filter from the program Topaz Studio.

If you don’t have a camera with a zoom lens, you might want to look closer to home for ‘cosmic beauty’.

Literary Origami – Book Fold Daisies, Spruce Tree, Rose Bowl

How to justify the (sort of) destructive craft of Book Folding:

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
– Charles Dickens –

I get most of the books that I fold from the used book section of our recycle depot. A self-congratulatory publication by a former leader of Canada’s Green Party was an excellent find – the paper was high quality… the same can often be said for self-help books.

The book above was a complicated project. It used 98 leaves of the book. The pages had to be measured carefully and folded in a very strict order. The Daisies are the ‘fringe flowers’ that I used in Folding the Letter M.

This book, a spruce tree, was a lot easier!

Dinosaurs didn’t read. Now they are extinct. Coincidence?
– Author Unknown –

This book was supposed to be a wine glass. When it was done it looked more like a pudding bowl. I found instructions for making Roses with book pages, added some leaves that I cut out with finely serrated pinking shears and vois là – I had turned the pudding bowl into a rose bowl.

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.
― Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx –

My other folded books: