Understandably, it’s a little late in the year to be writing about Easter.
But I’m not talking about these sorts of Easter Eggs (though I will definitely have to try making these eggs next April, especially since Easter next year falls very close to my birthday).
I’m talking about clues, hints, and things implied though not directly expressed. I’m talking about how language evolves and changes as our lives and technologies expand and change.
According to Wikipedia, an Easter Egg is
An intentional hidden message, in-joke or feature in a work such as a computer program, web page, video game, movie, book or crossword. The term draws a parallel with the custom of the Easter egg hunts observed in many Western nations as well as the last Russian imperial family’s tradition of giving elaborately jeweled egg-shaped creations by Carl Fabergé which contained hidden surprises.
The Easter Egg Archive, which lists found Easter Eggs in DVDs, Software, Movies, Music, TV, Books and Art states that
Our general rule is that the reference must be either extremely subtle or extremely well hidden to be considered an Egg. Basically if even a die-hard fan or “expert” is unlikely to find or catch the reference, it can be considered an Egg. Also, it helps if you can identify some personal significance behind the reference.
This post was to be about how I use Easter Eggs in my blogging but after reading these definitions I’d have to say that’s not quite what I’m doing.
This post is about how I like to use links when I blog.
I am at heart an academic. I like to learn. I like to teach. If I could afford it, I would still be taking university courses.
Links are my blog’s footnotes; they expand on and define the concepts I am using.
For me these footnotes:
- are used as an alternative to long explanatory notes that can be distracting,
- are used as a bibliographic tool, ie where did that item originate from,
- are used for additional information or as explanatory notes,
- are used as a signpost to direct the reader to more information,
- are used to point to a quote or expand on a viewpoint,
- are used to acknowledge information gained from another source.
It’s like going for a walk and stumbling onto unexpected graffiti (see above picture). The walk is like blogging, something I normally do, and the graffiti is a link to something different and unexpected.
I like to link in such a way that it leads you, the reader, to somewhere both semi-expected and unexpected.
In last week’s blog, The Case of the Colourful Locks, the mystery link takes you to a website called Stop, You’re Killing Me which is a resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. The Ed McBain link, rather than going to the author’s website which would be an expected link, takes you to CRIME & MYSTERY WRITING a website that contains resources on these two topics.
April’s post Things That Make Me Smile: Book Edition consists of pictures and brief sentences hinting at books, the links take you to the books that these pictures remind me of. Here I was experimenting with illustrating both the concrete (actual books) and the conceptual (how I picture these books). The links are there so that you can get an idea of who I am and what I see.
May’s Poetry Interlude is more abstract. Here you have an original poem with links that tease and tantalize. I’m trying to show you who I am, what I love and believe in which is not an easy task using a question, just words and one picture.
Let’s see if I can expand on this a little more.
In the poem’s fifth stanza, dressed to kill is linked; the link takes you to a website about Lizzie Borden. I like to read about famous unsolved mysteries, Lizzie’s is one I’ve read a lot on – pretty well every book ever written and the original trail transcript as well. Lizzie’s dress is important to the case and thus I thought an interesting link for this elusive phrase in my poem about time travel. Linked in the final stanza of the poem, the term creature applies to how I see myself, as aloof, mythical, non-human, and links to the Wikipedia definition. I ask myself, does my interest in the morbid paint me as inhumane?
My links, like me, are not really dangerous but under the right circumstances could we be? My links are sort of unexpected but not really and not always. My links expand on what I like and perhaps they help you to see who I am.
In the picture above, is an Easter Egg, a creature.
Here are additional links to actual, sanctioned Easter Eggs for other geeks like me:
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Words, words, words; words are some of my favourite things.
Words elicit laughter:
Words tell us what you believe in:
This post is for Weekly Geeks: 2011 – 9 which is titled, “That word we never use.“
This week’s challenge has four parts:
1 – I would like to make you all parents and send you over to Save The Word.org to look at all the words that are either not being used enough or are due for a cull probably within the next couple of years. Adopt a word.
As you can see in the photo above, the word I adopted was gelicide which is a noun. It means a frost and is used in the following sentence so that you all can get a sense of what gelicide means.
Those poor garden gnomes – they’ll die from gelicide if we don’t bring them inside.
I encourage you all to rush over and adopt a word – it was a fun and rewarding experience.
2 – What is your pet peeve word? – The word that makes you grind your teeth with either it’s over use or being used out of context.
I have no pet peeve word per say but grit my teeth every time some one misuses the plural, that is, they write sister’s when they mean sisters.
3 – What is a word you adore, or a word that you feel is not used enough. Irrespective of meaning or even era it’s a word that you just love.
The word I adore I have not been able to find in any dictionary. That word is sundelightful – I fell in love with it the minute I read it in a book. I wish I could link to the book but it’s been decades since I discovered the word and forgot the referenced book.
4 – Lastly what is your opinion on word culling or the rise in “text speak” that’s happening now.
I’m in favour of words so I have no problem with new and evolving languages. I wish I was better at learning languages as I love to pepper my speech with foreign words but will only do so if I can explain the foreign word or phrase that I am using.
Words, words, words: I love words. When I went back to school in my thirties (shh – I’m old, aged, ancient, decrepit, experienced, mature, geriatric, antique) I discovered the multi-volume print edition of the OED. I could spend hours sitting and exploring all the words stored within. This is something I covet; I want to own the print version of the OED. Does anyone have a spare $1, 595.00 + (today’s price) that they do not need and could give to me?