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what I learned googling on Bing this week

Hey, gang! What’s up?

I’m in my kitchen making some lentil soup for dinner. And in unrelated news, I decided to write a post about what I searched on the internet this week and subsequently what I learned from my googles on Bing.

saying get my goat Something people say when they are irritated by something or someone. Origins are murky, but may be related to the practice of using goats as a companion animal to help keep race horses calm before the race. If the goat was taken away, the horse would become very agitated.

brown and black goat with curved horns

google webmaster tools not verifying on my wordpress site This is true, and searching both the help forums on wordpress as well as the internet via Bing have done nothing to resolve my problems. In fact, if any situation really got my goat this week, it was this as yet unresolved trouble with google webmaster tools.

origins of the days of the week names My husband said something about them originating with the names of gods, and then I thought I had once seen a calendar where they were explained to be names of goddesses. Turns out we’re both right, they are named after gods and goddesses, which ones differ slightly between languages (some have the same origin in French/Spanish/Italian for instance, but differ in English, but some are the same).

hypertext links I wanted to make sure I had the right terminology for this. (But the explanation was really confusing, I didn’t understand much of it. So I’m back to just assuming that what I think is a hypertext link is in fact a hypertext link.) Hypertext links are pretty easy to make, yet most people are lazy and don’t use html so they go around posting links as the full web address, especially in the comments section of blogs, instead of making a nice neat hypertext link. Another thing that really gets my goat.

skinner box did he put his child in it Again, my husband said something about the researcher B.F. Skinner and how he had put his own child in his “Skinner Box”. It is a common belief that he experimented with the “Skinner box” (also called the operant conditioning chamber) by putting his own daughter in it and that she was psychologically damaged by the experience (some versions of the story even have her committing suicide), but this is all untrue. In fact she is alive today and describes her childhood as happy. He did create another invention which he called the “Air Crib” which he did use with his daughter. The misconceptions about her sprung out of an article that was written about the Air Crib, misconceptions which have unfortunately lasted to this day, 25 years after Skinner’s death. (Whoops, sorry bud, I guess you aren’t a crazy child abusing scientist-inventor after all.)

I also had to look up the definitions for these words this week.

claggy sticky, clinging mud

nexus connection/link or core/center

SMS short message service

love apple tomato (I hadn’t heard that one before)

venial (as in venial sin) one that may easily be forgiven

And I had to look up how to spell epitome, alleviate, and connoisseur.

So that’s what I learned this week! They say you learn something new every day and I sure did. What did you learn today? this week?

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24 comments on “what I learned googling on Bing this week

  1. dbp49
    November 26, 2014

    The first thing that comes to mind is I learned about “lantern poems” from my friend Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales , and if you will forgive my shameless plug of a friend’s site, I will point out to everyone that it was under YOUR magnificent tutelage that I learned how to properly include that link within a comment. For that particular piece of knowledge, I thank you a google of times. So have a great day, write yourself a lantern poem, and I’ll read you later.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 26, 2014

      Pretty cool. I’ve never heard of lantern poems before, so now I’ve learned another new thing! thanks. (and very nice text link, too) 😀

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      • dbp49
        November 27, 2014

        Thank-you, and you’re welcome.

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  2. DoomPatrolman
    November 25, 2014

    You are the epitome of the constant learner, a true connoisseur of education. It’s deliberate ignorance that gets my goat.

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  3. Kimberly
    November 24, 2014

    Apparently, I’m not able to ride a motorcycle anymore. A week ago this past Saturday I had another motorcycle wreck. Little damage to the motorcycle. I bashed up my knee and my lowback has been hurting and did something to one of my fingers in the process. When conditions are perfect I do fine. However, put the slighting wrench in the cogs and I go haywire. There’s always a thin film/layer of fine dust on the roads here. This day seemed to have more than usual. My rear tire just glided right over it causing my back-end [motorcycle] to lowside and spin around in the opposite direction out of harm of traffic flow, throwing my to the ground. Thank GOD for full face shield helmets. My face slammed into the pavement and slid across the ground filing off the paint on part of the helmet chin and scarping my visor face shield. This is my 4th accident since 2008. It’s time to retire. My life is too important to bash myself up like this. I can’t handle anymore body bashing. I already have bad knees. Anyway… that’s my lesson of the week.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 24, 2014

      Major bummer. I’ve seen a couple of friends get very messed up by motorcycle accidents. Thankfully neither one died. Motorcycles are dangerous, for sure. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

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  4. Deanna Willmon
    November 24, 2014

    Craggy. What a great word! Interesting to see searches all laid out at once.

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  5. Glynis Jolly
    November 24, 2014

    As for hyperlinks, I write out (well, actually copy and paste) the link instead of doing the html coding because often I screw up the code. It isn’t that I’m lazy. It’s a case of not remember how to do it from one time to the next.

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  6. Yoshiko
    November 23, 2014

    Learning to make the structure of my life

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  7. J.Gi Federizo
    November 23, 2014

    Oh, I learn something almost everyday. I like to look up things when the urge to hits me. I am curious, though, why you’ve been searching for the words you mentioned. Was it a random thing, like you just happened on a word and decided to check, or is there a project going on?

    If I need to know a definition or at least make sure I am using a word in the right context, I often go to TheFreeDictionary.com, although there are other credible sources, too.

    “google webmaster tools not verifying on my wordpress site”NOT sure if it has anything to do with your search problem, but Bing, like Yahoo, is a direct competition of Google. Not sure if you are aware of it as well, but Bing has also come up with its Bing Ads, their version of Google AdWords. So if anything, maybe try Googling using Google, he he. Do check out possible information from SEOMoz.com (that now redirects to Moz.com), or perhaps look for tips from Rand Fishkin.

    “hypertext links…But the explanation was really confusing, I didn’t understand much of it.” That’s ’cause they’re meant for more techie peeps and HTML is used in coding websites and making templates (try clicking the F12 button on your keyboard…Click again on or the “X” button to exit). I am definitely not an expert on this as I am not a web developer or designer, but I do encounter them in my line of work and sometimes edit, like when I create templates. Usually, sites like MailChimp.com and Lyris.com make template creation easier for less techies like myself. Basically, I’m more at home with the simple HTML codes for posting words in italics or bold letters and in posting links.

    Just thought I’d share 🙂

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 24, 2014

      But what is the final verdict – are the links in my post hypertext links?

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      • J.Gi Federizo
        November 25, 2014

        Yes, of course, hope I didn’t get your goat, he he. You don’t see the codes but they are there.

        I saw the blog tutorial you shared and that’s really good. But linking in the comments section can be faster still. Just do this: [highlighted text (your preferred word or title)/image (jpg, png,…]

        If you want them in bold letters, italics or both, just add first a “b” or an “i” in-between the less-than and more-than characters like the “A” above, then close it off with the slash like the “/A” from the sample also. That’s to make sure your next words will appear normal again.

        Not sure if I made sense, so let me know if not.

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        • J.Gi Federizo
          November 25, 2014

          Ugh, sorry about that. It automatically created a link. PFFFT…For better understanding of the sample, go HERE, scroll down a bit and look for “HREF”

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        • thehonkinggoose
          November 25, 2014

          I did the same thing, I tried to type out the code for someone and it kept making a link instead. :/ It’s pretty easy html, I intend to learn this and add it to my repertoire. I have a few others already.

          I think in general people that are not scared to learn html will look it up on their own which is why I offered the tutorial where you don’t have to learn any code. I did wonder if there was a better way (other than writing code) to do it. But that is how I’ve been doing it. So I thought maybe some people would like to know and make use of it.

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          • J.Gi Federizo
            November 25, 2014

            The basics are pretty easy for us. The other codes, however, do look very intimidating. Because coding, in a sort of way, has become part of my job, I often ask my web designer-friends in the office what this or that means. I lament that if I had known I’d be doing this. I would have taken their courses back in college. One did say it’s not really that hard to master even for someone like me. But I dunno. I look at those codes and my brain goes haywire…he he he

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            • thehonkinggoose
              November 25, 2014

              It totally is doable, but it is akin to learning a whole new language. To be fluent in another language is a big deal. Not impossible, but not easy either.

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            • J.Gi Federizo
              November 25, 2014

              True. Just like it won’t be easy for them to do what I do, which is writing, unless they already do some form of writing before (as there are people who know how to do both).

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  8. NicoLite Великий
    November 23, 2014

    I guess it’s not news, or something I just learned. It’s more like I was reinforced in my belief that most humans are douches. Not you. You’re cool.

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