Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Relative temperature

Acetelyne might well burn hotter
Than lava when it meets the water
But if you want to see enamel glisten
Ask for interest from a politician.
But no earthly fire that can be kept
Will move curmudgeons who have overslept.

LATER, adj.  After an indefinite period, such as never.

23 comments:

Nessa said...

You're really slacking off lately, Doug.

I'm first because I have you in my Google Reader.

ariel said...

From how fast a child learns the real meaning of "later" you can tell how they will make their ways in life.

G said...

Later: Procrastinator's mantra. Try it - LAAAATERRR.

I have to get up on this Google Reader!

So Later is the month after Never then?

tsduff said...

"See you later alligator"... my grandson's most common use of the word.

You and my dad share the same concept of later...When asked "When can we go to McDonalds?"... his reply "Later" - meaning Not at all; in no way; absolutely not in this lifetime!

Tom & Icy said...

I'll comment later.

jenn said...

I'm later than yesterday. I'm the 6th commenter.

Later is one of my favourite excuses on when I'm going to write. "Oh...later."

Jamie Dawn said...

The "enamel glisten" part is just, plain brilliant and funny too.
Politicians and their cheesy, pearly white grins...
It's all so comical sometimes.

Later gator.

Minka said...

later, adj. no recollection from the past, ignoring of the present and ambivalance for the future

"Was Du heute kannst besorgen, das verschiebe nicht auf Morgen."
-German Proverb-

In a while crocodile!

Mo'a said...

So it seems you are later than I am...I know!!!that is probably not even good English.

Mo'a said...

Just looked at the time...seems I am not late at all and you may still show up...California time :)

The Old Mule said...

later: the exact moment when many things will happen.

The OE said...

Later: A person who continually attempts to cause others to miss important engagements

Jim said...

And what makes you think those curmudgeons oversleep?
[curmudgeon: a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man]

Now, have you ever run for office? It isn't easy.

Ok, now, I guess it's 'all relative.'
..

actonbell said...

My later keeps getting later, but this will have to end soon.

At least it's getting warmer, though.

(you can say that again, and I think I did, but I'm not sure. I will find out later...)

mireille said...

And let that be a lesson to us. You know, you don't have to keep up this hectic schedule. You're getting older now, and maybe you need more rest. Want me to get you some herbal tea? xoxo

Doug said...

Smart girl, Nessa. Sure I am, so dock my pay.

Ariel, I didn't realize your genius bled into child psychology although most genius does.

If not sooner, g.

Terry, one of these days I'll take you for a big mac.

Icy, that'll be fine.

Jenn, I try to do everything later when I'm not as busy.

JD, later, tater.

Minka, wir haben daß auch auf Englisch. "Never put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today." I hope the person who coined that was off the clock.

Mo'a, as far as I'm concerned it's perfectly well English.

Mule, and I'll be doing all of them.

OE, is that like a girlfriend?

Jim, I never have but it sure makes folks crabby so it feels like I did.

Actonbell, what?

Mireille, by golly, I can still blog with you young whippersnappers.

cooper said...

I'm almost last because I have you in my Google reader. I read you at lunch, and comment later.


Later: A paper never written, a call not returned, a date never met, and a comment never made.

quilly said...

LATER adj the precise tiem I will be able to take my time and enjoy blogging again. These days it's too much like work.

Doug said...

Cooper, your comment is almost always the first one I see when I wake up and I appreciate it.

Quilly, the best evidence for quantum theory and relativity is the approximate nature of precise times.

Elbot said...

later = now + X

actonbell said...

um, it seemed like I commented twice, but I must've gotten the verification wrong.

weirsdo said...

It's interesting that words once meaning "right now" soon come to mean "later," for instance "anon" "presently," "right away."

I Dive At Night said...

Uhm, I have a small electronic device that measures both time and temperature. So I sort of see a connection between "relative temperature" and "later". Except that I really really don't.

Later: A period of time similar to blue but less than purple. It usually smells scratchy.