Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Then 'til now

Well firstly I'd like to give a very hearty congratulations to Jason and Rene on their marriage on Saturday 4 February 2006. Wa couldn't have said it better!

Also the J&B Met was a real jol - I met Nicole Fox and she is such a sweetie pie! I managed to win R235 off of a R50 bet (not bad).

Warren's birthday is coming up soon along with a... well... long awaited visit from Nat and Ian. Can't wait to see you guys!

And don't forget The Summer Reunion Party happening on 25 February 2006.

Oh and, Happy Valentine's Day everybody!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Stunt Double

Ever wondered, if you had to play a celebrity in a movie, who you would play?

Probably not.

Well here you can upload your photo and get matched with celebrities that best match your facial features. Okay that signup thing is a bit of a schlep but it can be fun to see who you resemble.

Here's my matches along with the photo I submitted.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Monday, February 06, 2006

The right comeback too late

While sitting at table seven at Acidman's wedding on Saturday evening, Jono and I were discussing the name of my blog (he happens to think that it's a brilliant name - thanks Jono).

It occured to me that not many people may know what "esprit de l'escalier" means or how I decided on it. So I've taken it upon myself, with the help of Wikipedia of course, to give you a little explanation about what it really means and how it came about.

As you may (or may not) know, the direct translation of "esprit de l'escalier" is "Wit of the Staircase", Wiki describes it as:

"thinking of the right comeback too late"

Which is exactly what it is.

The story was "Originally a witticism of Diderot, the French encyclopedist, in his Paradoxe sur le Com├ędien. This combination of words was first used in order to describe a situation when a person offended by somebody at a party just grumbled instead of giving a proper, defending answer, getting, as a result, in even more silly position and thus being "forced" to leave the party; and here it comes the "stairs" word - while the annoyed was going down the stairs that "brilliant" answer just poped-up in his mind, nevertheless it was too late."

I find myself in this situation on a regular basis but never knew there was a name for it. When I started my blog, I obviously had to create some sort of name (and I'm terrible at creating names). My usual thing when naming is to just grab a super, ultra huge Oxford dictionary, open random pages, scan the results and decide whether I like it or not. I ran across "esprit" first and liked it but needed more. So I checked the other options down the page and found "esprit de l'escalier" and that's how I discovered the words.