Archive for February, 2017

Great Inventions

Posted: February 25, 2017 in Ramblings

There is always a lot of talk about great inventions.  Sliced bread, for example.  I can remember in college everyone felt the post-it note, ATM, and microwave ovens were the greatest things ever.  (I still believe microwave ovens are in the top 5!)

But recently, since I got my iPhone, I have added a new thing to the list, and this is…remote check deposits.  With our banking app, I can now submit a check for deposit by taking photos of the front and (signed) back, selecting an account to deposit the money to, and typing in the amount manually as a double-check function.  One quick push of an “upload” button and I’m done!  It is such a relief not to have to get to a bank (or an ATM) to deposit it.

What are your favorite inventions?

 

“Turning in his grave”

Posted: February 14, 2017 in Ramblings
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For years…probably since I read my first Pogo book at about age 8…I have understood this expression as Walt Kelly did.  Let’s have an example.

“This concert is so bad that Beethoven must be turning in his grave!”

Kelly explained (through his characters) that this meant “things are so bad that Beethoven is turning his grave in.”  Returning it, so that he could come back to life and either punish the person playing the music, or play it himself correctly.  He is “turning it in” or exchanging it for a different situation.

Recently I reread this phrase in Pogo so I went online to look it up.  I can’t find a single thing to corroborate this!  Everything on the internet talks about “spinning” in his grave, or “rotating,” never mind that those don’t even make any sense.  I hesitate to put Kelly’s version on Wikipedia (even as an alternate interpretation), mostly because I feel unqualified to tinker with Wikipedia.  I’m not enough of an expert to claim the precise knowledge.  (Not to mention I can’t quite concisely phrase it.  You see how rambling it came out in this blog post.)

So I was wondering…for those of you who do not know Kelly’s work – have you ever heard of his version?  Has anyone else ever heard of this, besides Pogo fans?