My week in haiku and other assorted nonsense – 24 Sep 2012

(Image Source: Microsoft Clip art)

This weeks bit of news to begin with:

So I am back. Back to the blog, in some capacity at least. In what capacity, only time (and experience, so er, two things then) will tell. I’m now with shiny new iPad, which is useful now I am not at home as much. It is a fine thing.

 At the time of writing (Sunday) I am debating whether to start back up posting again or leave it another week. If you are reading this then I guess I went for the post. The real debate is not to continue blogging, as I enjoy the blog, but how much. At the moment despite the new tech, I still have less time, and some of it needs to go on project work. For the moment that needs to be priority over the blog. So I think I shall aim for two posts a week, with maybe more depending on time and what I have in the “library”.

So, this Mondays “review of the week” prompts are:

  • The Virus (Haiku)– also returning (for my son anyway). Little guy seems to have susceptibility to colds / coughs settling on his chest. Potential asthma problem? Don’t know yet, but hopefully not.
  • Hot, hot heat (Haiku) – Not the band but the ongoing summer. Nearly the end of September and still it is hot in these parts.
  •  iPad and iPhone 5 (Tanka)– ok from time to time I am a tech geek. Not only a new iPad but the “blisteringly fast” 4g/lte on the iphone5. Where I live, the lte coverage is good, so the thing is pretty fast. On pre-order day for the latter, my son usefully woke me up early that morning, so with free time…

So here we go:

Cough, wheezy virus

making a home in his chest

better move out soon

He is in good spirits though and his loss of appetite was only a day or two.

Oh for rain showers

Let garden grow, cool us down

just small bit cooler

Seriously, a bit cooler will still be warm, and shorts weather, it doesn’t need to be this hot. On the other hand, check out that smog. Hmm…

Technology man

do you need all those gadgets?

do they rule your life?

they make you the man you are?

these days the answer is … yes

they are certainly an integral way to the way I run my life right now, and truth be told, to the job I do, to some extent anyway.

This section is going to sometimes be “Bonus Haiku” (see last mondays post) i.e. A bit ruder or more adult haiku, OR a rant about something, or maybe an amusing video.


A short video for this week. Not a new one, but don’t worry, it is a short one (18 seconds), and a funny, but toe cringing one, from the “Wheel of Fortune” in the US:


What I learned this weekend

  • LFC still haven’t won in the league having their worst start in “oh a long, long, time”. But they are playing some good stuff, and the results will only be a matter of time. The effort against Man Utd on sunday was immense.
  • I use technology a lot, and in many ways I would not have thought of even five years ago.

The next post may be wednesday, or maybe friday, check back and see. Have a nice week.

Lexicon word of the day: Loquacious.


24 comments on “My week in haiku and other assorted nonsense – 24 Sep 2012

  1. Smaktakula says:

    Nice to have you back, Man! It looks as if the respite did you well.

  2. Nice to have you back honey 🙂


  3. L.S. Engler says:

    Ooh, good to see you back! I know sometimes life sweeps me away from my blog, too; my rule of thumb these days is to post when I have something to post, rather than forcing myself to pull something together when I’m uninspired or don’t have the time. It’s a lot less stressful, that’s for sure.

    I really love the iPad/iPhone poem, too.

    • Elliot says:

      I like the commitment because it keeps me a little more focused. Otherwise I tend to slack, especially now I have even less time, but it is about what works for you.

      The technology question is an interesting one, it is an integral part of me, although unlike the poem, not all of me. But I have a good appreciation of what it is and what it can do right now, and how useful it is to my current schedule.

  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    Oh, that clip is painful to watch. I’m sure (at least I hope) that guy didn’t realize what he was doing.

    Great haiku. Sorry the little guy is sick again. Just in time for the fall and winter viruses. But unlike you, our fall has kicked in. Cooler temps prevail.

    • Elliot says:

      It makes me wonder if he did it on purpose or was just thinking of letters, said it, and started dying inside. It is funny though, and pat’s timing on the “there are no N’s. Hmm…” Adds a great punch line.

      Little man is recovering ok, and we have the meds technique down now also. He tries to run away when he sees it coming which is both amusing and sad. The worrying thing is it settling on his chest again, but I guess we can only see how that pans out. The cold part (runny nose, etc) went away almost immediately.

      • Carrie Rubin says:

        Some toddlers will wheeze with viruses their first few years and then outgrow it. Others end up with asthma. Family history is important in that regard. If neither you nor your wife suffer from allergies or asthma, than that bodes better for him.

        Oops, sorry. Slipped into professional talk there for a moment. I won’t let it happen again. 😉

      • Elliot says:

        Professional mode is good with this kind of advice. 🙂 No family history so we shall see.

  5. Welcome back!!! That Wheel of Fortune clip is really horrifying. What an idiot. And my husband would agree with you about more gadgets.

    • Elliot says:

      I wonder if anything was said to the guy afterwards, or whether everyone let it pass as an honest mistake (which having not seen the rest of the show, I suppose it could have been).

      Hey we all love a bit of tech, otherwise, how would we maintain our blogs.

  6. OMG on the “Wheel” clip – never knew that happened and what kind of idiot would think that was okay???? Geez. Nice to see you around the blogosphere 🙂

    • Elliot says:

      I do wonder whether he actually thought that was the answer, or just made an honest foot in mouth mistake. Either way, he is cast into YouTube stone now as a wheel of fortune racist.

  7. Anne says:

    i don’t think technology makes a man; i would hope there is more to you than gadgets


  8. Margarita says:

    Sorry about the little one…parenting’s not for the faint of heart. Glad you’re enjoying the gadgets – I have to be dragged to them kicking and screaming, even though I’m not tech-phobic. Just minimalist!

    • Elliot says:

      He’s pretty much back to normal now, thankfully, with the odd wheezy moment.

      The gadgets give me the chance, to do this and other things, so I cannot complain.

  9. jmmcdowell says:

    Good to see you back! And I hope the little one gets better soon. As for the video, wow. That is unbelievable. That guy might be wishing technology would take a few steps backward so things like YouTube didn’t exist.

    • Elliot says:

      My wife and I now use “there are no N’s” as a means to say “moving swiftly along”. That must have been something to see when it was originally broadcast.

  10. 5kidswdisabilities says:

    Love to see the Wheel of Fortune clip. Of course, even though I’m a parent, I didn’t quite get it…I happen to live in RI where my husband is a regular clam digger…(and he makes great clam chowder)

  11. Enjoyed the post. Sorry to hear your son is battling sickness. Congrats on the Ipad and Iphone. EnjoY!

    • Elliot says:

      He is pretty much ok now, although he’s had a few reoccurring chest things in the past few months, he usually recovers in less than a week.

      The ipad is great, the phone too, but the ipad very useful right now.

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