Friday 15 March 2024

Poetic NON-SEQUITURS #3


 This blogpost is a continuation of material developed for prior blog-posts, each grouping a collection of verses, entitled "Poetic Non-Sequiturs #1" and "Poetic NON-SEQUITURS #2". 


previous posted poems (#1)
almost kosher
autophagia
bush plane
charity auction
close quarters
cumulative songs
demolition
dishwasher
previous posted poems (#2)
doggy bag
epistaxis
ESL (W-I-P)
far-flung family
gavel (judge's)
gifted children
having the audacity
hoggishly

CURRENT CONTENTS:
Horticultural
Host and co-host
Hoyle, Edmond
Latitude (changes in)
Obstruction of justice
Old prospector
Professor and Madman
Secret life of plants
Victims of bullying


Author's Note: 

arrangement of florists: proposed collective noun for this occupational grouping.






Authors' Note: 

according to Hoyle: an idiom alluding to Edmond Hoyle's books as the ultimate authority on the rules of social games, particularly cardgames such as whist

There are few verifiable details of the early life of Edmond Hoyle (1672–1769). As a tutor in parlour games, he published A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist at the age of 70. Other books of rules followed, primarily involving card games, but also chess and probability theory. Hoyle died at age 97 in London, England, prior to the popularization of today's most common games such as poker and contract bridge. 



Authors' Note: The 1977 album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes by American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett contained a song of the same title, as well as his most popular hit "Margaritaville".
With holiday season travel plans, and snowbirds' escapes to more appealing climes disrupted by the severe December weather in the winter of 2022, J.B.'s advice has more relevance. And the authors express gratitude to their female partner who has made arrangements for the appropriate seasonal migration.










Authors' Note"The Secret Life of Plants", 1973, was a controversial piece of 'non-fiction' that recounted controversial experiments that pointed to plant sentience and emotion. The book became the basis for a documentary film, and even inspired a music album by a well-known popular singer/musician in 1979. Considerable criticism arose from its then-trendy pseudoscientific claims based on non-replicable reports. Subsequently, aspects of how plants, including vegetable species, sense and react to environmental changes, have undergone more intense and sober investigation by academic botanists.





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Sunday 10 March 2024

Poems About Avian Life: BIRDLORE, part #3, in progress

 previous poetic posts

(part #1)
American goldfinches
birdfeeders
bird droppings
California scrub-jays
cattle egrets
cedar waxwings
dawn chorus
de-snooding (domestic turkeys)
eagles and eaglets
eastern towhees
house finches
pigeons
red-tailed hawks
red-winged blackbirds
robins
toucans

CURRENT CONTENTS:
Tufted tit(mouse)
Turkey lovers 
Avian digestion (6 verses; a 'brief saga')
Domestic turkeys (3 verses; a 'brief saga')



Authors' Note: The tufted titmouse, Baeolophus bicolor, a small cute bird that inhabits the eastern part of North America is named for the crest of feathers on his head, and for old English words for "little bird". Other species of Baeopholus are found in North America, and there are related genera of songbirds known as "titmice" in Europe. The archaic suffix "-mouse" currently adds little to the description of this perky visitor, so he is often known simply as a "tufted tit".

Check out a brief video (live photo) of the tufted titmouse HERE









 





(Ed. note) If you enjoyed these illustrated verses about landbirds, you might also want to work your way through our collection of some forty illustrated short poems about waterfowl. Proceed to "Immersible Verse: Limericks about Waterfowl", here on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense"

ADDITIONAL PHOTO-COLLAGES: 

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Tuesday 5 March 2024

More Collected "LIMERRHOIDS" (oversized limericks with C-rhyme extensions)

 The contentious concept of extending limerick verses by adding a pair of C-line rhymes (and occasionally even D-line rhymes) to the standard A- and B-line rhymes was introduced by the prophetic work of Irish limericist Seamus O'Malley, as discussed in a blogpost HERE

  To assist readers' further understanding of this issue, the extension results in an elegant non-standard 7-line verse, which we have called a "LIMERRHOID". One should take care, however, as not all 7-line limericks are the result of applying O'Malley's modification. Care must be taken not to confuse this process with the less rigorous addition of extra A- or B-rhyme lines, that result in a "Run-On Limerick".

  In a follow-up post, HERE, we displayed our earlier work on the limerrhoid as disciples of O'Malley. Much to our surprise, we have prevailed over skeptical critics and editors at the collaborative website OEDILF (Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form), with  completion of their rigorous editing process, and online publication of most of the limerrhoids in this earlier opus. 

  In the current post, we are displaying some of our more recent work on limerrhoids on a variety of topics. For the most part , these have not yet (February 2024) completed the process of rigorous multi-editor review at OEDILF, but we will note below as developments occur.   





final approval for poetry publication at the OEDILF collaborative writing site:
(at time of compilation, Feb 2024):    Zeus see Suez  (classic palindrome)
                                                       malignant tumors (oncologic verse)
Mar 2024:   distant (urban issues)
                  anachronistically (creative anachronisms)


Verses in this collection can also be viewed in larger format, with their relevant "authors' notes" and oftentimes further photographic elaboration on our companion blogpost "Daily Illustrated Nonsense".



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Thursday 15 February 2024

DEFINING OPINIONS, fifth octet, in progress

 

previous poetic posts (see previous posts for the complete story..)
hoot
hop
hopeful
hormones
hors d'oeuvres
hose
hostile
hot

CURRENT CONTENTS (fifth octet, WIP):
Hourly
Housewife
Hover
more to follow




Authors' Note  As the hour is one of the most commonly used measure of time, fitting well with the time-frame of daily human activities, it is used more often in a general than in a scientific or precise sense. Examples of this usage include the appointed hour and happy hour. The derived adverb hourly shares this attribute.










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other possibilities include homily, hominy, homonym, hot-headed, hot-blooded, holistic, hookworm

Saturday 10 February 2024

Cardiologic Tracings: AT HEART, part #2, in progress


previous poetic posts (part #1)
arteriopath
atrial fibrillationbypass grafts
dipyridamole (stress)
dobutamine (stress)
ejection fraction (left ventricular)
heart block
Holter monitor

CURRENT CONTENTS
Hyperlipidemia
Hypertension
Myocardial ischemia
Torsade de pointes
More to follow


Authors' Note: Jealousy at the flight of birds has apparently resulted in expressions suggesting that human social responsibility is analogous to having one's wings clipped, or flying straight, as here.

Hyperlipemia (also known in America as hyperlipidemia), is a medical condition in which high blood levels of fats (lipids), particularly cholesterol, portend cardiac disease, including deadly heart attacks. Hyperlipemia is one of a number of such asymptomatic risk factors including hypertension and diabetes. Fortunately, change in lifestyle including diet and exercise, and judicious prescription of pharmaceutical drugs, such as statins, can reduce risk.



 Authors' NoteHigh blood pressure, or hypertension, a chronic condition generally of unknown cause, is one of the major cardiovascular risk factors playing a role in the development of adult heart disease. It is also of particular importance in the causation of stroke, accounting for up to 50% of the risk for that condition. 






Authors' Note: There is variability in patients' response to the development of blockages in the coronary arteries. Part of this is due to the gradual development of collateral arteries or side branches, which may mitigate the effect of the obstructions to produce chronic symptoms or acute severe damage to heart muscle. The net impact on flow can be assessed through imaging showing blood flow to heart muscle at rest and stress, with nuclear or other studies of myocardial perfusion (‘gated SPECT’).




Authors' Note: 

Torsade de pointes (tor-sad duh PWAnT), is an Anglo-French medical term for twisting of the peaks, named in 1966 by its French cardiologist discoverer. It is a pattern seen on the ECG (electrocardiogram), with 'twisting' or cycling of the height of the ventricular 'QRS' complexes, and is often associated with factors, inherited or acquired, that widen the 'Q-T' interval on the tracing. This pattern is associated with nasty ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death. If you are lucky, you have survived the initial episode and have correctable factors (e.g. electrolyte disorders, certain pharmaceuticals, etc.)

Flying straight is a casual metaphor associated with performing expected or routine function.

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Here's a LIST OF LINKS to collections of intriguing poems (over 160 of these!) on medical/dental topics that can now be found on various posts. 
Doctors and their Practices (parts #1 and #2)
Funny Bones (parts #1 and #2)
Patients and their Maladies (parts #1, #2 and #3)
Sleek Greek Prefixes


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