133 Responses to “THE PL Newsletter XI”


  1. 1 erinkenobi2893 December 16, 2014 at 17:11

    I like the third proverb–though the first and second are equally true… And a hundred wildebeasts. :-P

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke December 17, 2014 at 14:36

      I couldn’t imagine that many!

      • 3 erinkenobi2893 December 17, 2014 at 15:59

        I can, but that’s mostly ’cause I have practice. ;-P

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke December 18, 2014 at 03:18

        You have practice?

      • 5 erinkenobi2893 December 18, 2014 at 14:05

        That’s the only way to get good at anything. Also patience. I just have practice at imagining lots and lots…

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke December 18, 2014 at 20:21

        I need to practice. Sith are creative, you know.

      • 7 erinkenobi2893 December 19, 2014 at 01:47

        I can imagine… :-P

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 15:45

        *smiles bigly*

      • 9 erinkenobi2893 December 21, 2014 at 14:30

        My sister has a balloon. -_-

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:21

        *laughing lots* Does she play with it all the time?

      • 11 erinkenobi2893 December 23, 2014 at 14:20

        Indeed. It glows in the dark. That’s why she likes it. And then she got a Captain America one. That was weird.

  2. 12 Jackie December 3, 2014 at 19:26

    I can’t decide between number 2 and 3! But if I must decide I will have to go with number 3.

    • 13 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 18:59

      It’s always good to go with three. Three candies are better than two, you must agree.

  3. 14 The Lite Rider December 2, 2014 at 22:03

    I do like proverb #2 teh best this week. #3 is close though.

    If I met J.S. Bach, I’d ask what was up with the hair!

    Fats has some silly “rules”, doesn’t he?! I think Ruber could be correct.

    • 15 Professor VJ Duke December 3, 2014 at 15:41

      Yes! The hair is something. Don’t you think he should have dyed it blue?

      Fats is just a bit silly in the head, I fear.

      • 16 The Lite Rider December 3, 2014 at 19:30

        Bach in blue? Sure! That would work!

      • 17 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 18:59

        It’d be beautiful.

  4. 18 Me, Myself and DIY December 2, 2014 at 12:24

    DEEEE OX EEE RYE BOW NEW CLAY ICK A*** ID. LOL!!! Love proverb numero 2.

    • 19 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:17

      *laughs* I love how you beeped that out! Very thoughtful. Some might get offended, you know.

  5. 20 Catherine December 2, 2014 at 04:26

    I do like #2 a lot this week, too!

    Schwarz doesn’t know it stands for “Sebastian”? Also, the professor had a very good question (though I think it’s because of language rules and all that complicated stuff).

    Isn’t that word part of DNA? Deoxyribonucleic Acid?

    • 21 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:12

      Language rules! Rats. Do you speak German Catherine?

      Right on! See, you’re so smart.

      • 22 Catherine December 4, 2014 at 04:29

        I don’t. But I wish I did, because that would be cool.

        Aw, thank you!

      • 23 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 19:12

        That would be cool!

        You should be a detective, since you solve all my mysteries.

      • 24 Catherine December 6, 2014 at 23:53

        Awh, thanks; I’ve always wanted to be a detective! But it seems rather a lot of work. Is it?

      • 25 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 14:28

        I think you might find it a bit…abusive at times.

      • 26 Catherine December 10, 2014 at 02:42

        I see. Maybe I’ll just stick to defining words, then.

      • 27 Professor VJ Duke December 10, 2014 at 15:23

        No, no! You must do it. And take me with you.

      • 28 Catherine December 13, 2014 at 16:37

        *laughing* You can be my sidekick.

      • 29 Professor VJ Duke December 13, 2014 at 18:12

        Okay!

  6. 30 Lady Cheetah December 2, 2014 at 01:52

    #3 proverb is the best. It resonates with me for some reason. .. Hmmm

    C’mon PVJ, deoxyribonucleic is a no brainer. But can you say it 10 times without getting tongue tied?

    O:-)

    • 31 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:12

      Hmm…do I get to know the reason? I must needs know, you know.

      NO, I can’t. Everything tongue ties me…

      (Where’s my halo at?)

      • 32 Lady Cheetah December 2, 2014 at 20:18

        Did you look closely at the post? It should have been there. I always leave clues to who I really am you know.

      • 33 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:20

        I’ll take it, then… You do? Is there a clue there?

  7. 34 Simply Skeptical December 2, 2014 at 01:50

    Oh my goodness!!! Number 2 is by far the best! I’m just not sure I grasped its entire meaning though. Awesome!

    • 35 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:11

      It was a great one. A bit hard at times, but awesome.

  8. 36 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member December 2, 2014 at 01:41

    It appears ole’ Prof is either sleeping or very busy. I’ll go with them both. Don’t worry. He’ll be back, eventually.

    • 37 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:11

      Nick, how can I be both sleeping and busy?

  9. 38 walt walker December 1, 2014 at 23:55

    Number One puts not much in my wisdom tank. Numbers Two and Three are equally good, but I had to read Two twice, so I like it half as much as Three. And three has fewer words, which, all else being equal, makes it more triumphant than the other.

    Also, Wildebeests are great. Second only to The Hippopotamus, which, as everyone knows, should be pronounced Hippo Po TAH Mooose, not the other way.

    • 39 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:11

      So…Walt, the few the words the better then? I knew Dickens was awful!

      *Laughs* Po-Mooose…I’ll just call them that. Don’t Wildebeests have horns?

  10. 40 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 1, 2014 at 22:57

    I choose proverb #2, because its Johnny’s wisdom. My one question is…to whom do we send our request when needing clarification on the standard of reasonable? I’m going to disagree with that person being you, because you would be unreasonable in your definition, which then makes everything opposite of you…reasonable. ‘Tis sorted then, I think.

    I would, with confidence, ask him if pronunciation mattered. I bet he’d say yes. You’ve never explained your initails, you know.

    Wishes went out in the 80s. Now it is demands and you get none. Henry can demand whatever he wants. Because I’m feeling contrary today.

    Simply over my head, Duke. Words with an x confuse me. Explain it, please.

    • 41 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:10

      Oh dear…that’s a bit confusing. Did you just call this poor, dull professor unreasonable?

      Oh yes…what do you suppose they stand for?

      *laughs* That’s like so true. What would you wish for, Audith?

      Add “acid” at the end (as a separate word) and it’s DNA!

      • 42 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 3, 2014 at 04:02

        Yes! *sparkles brightly* I did.

        What do they stand for? V….very J….juicy
        V….vocal….J….jams Victor, maybe. John…are you a Rabbi?

        I would wish for trust.

        Ahh, yes. I knew that already. I was hoping you’d come up with something better. I get bored quick.

      • 43 Professor VJ Duke December 3, 2014 at 15:46

        Huff-Hum to you, then!

        No, not a Rabbi…maybe a beast?

        From who?

        Rats. I’ve failed. Umm…it’s such an ugly word.

      • 44 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 3, 2014 at 22:13

        *roars*

        You’re definitely a beast.

        “Your Honor, I refuse to offer an answer to his question. Counsel already knows the answer.”

        *giggle* Not possible, Duke. Yes, it is and why do you use it?

      • 45 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 19:06

        Am I the Counsel? This isn’t fair. I want a straight answer, madam!

        It is possible…I’m not sure. ‘Cause it’s cool looking!

      • 46 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 5, 2014 at 02:58

        Yes, you are Counsel. Yes, I know, but isn’t being in a courtroom fun?! Okay. You.

        Very cool! *files her nails*

      • 47 Professor VJ Duke December 6, 2014 at 20:04

        But…well…don’t I trust you?

        With a diamond file?

      • 48 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 7, 2014 at 04:53

        Look! A fox!

        No, just a regular old file, I think.

      • 49 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 14:36

        *shoots it* Oh dear…

        That’s good enough. Files…

      • 50 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 8, 2014 at 20:02

        Why did you shoot him? What will we do with his tail?

        Not too short. You need those for guitar playing, you know.

      • 51 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 21:18

        You can have it as a hat, if you like?

        True! But they don’t need to be too long either. The file is mainly used for the “shape.”

      • 52 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 9, 2014 at 03:02

        A hat? For you maybe! I think I want it as a tail.

        Yes, I agree…too long and someone will want to paint them. Yes, I see you have a diamond file in your pocket.

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke December 9, 2014 at 21:34

        A tail? *laughs*

        Nah, I don’t keep one in my pocket. They tend to be the sharpest.

      • 54 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 9, 2014 at 21:54

        Yeah, that’s what it was made for, right?

        Right, of course.

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke December 10, 2014 at 15:06

        I’m not sure…were they?

      • 56 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 10, 2014 at 21:16

        Yes, I’m quite sure a fox tail was created to be a tail, Duke.

      • 57 Professor VJ Duke December 11, 2014 at 19:04

        You do have a point.

      • 58 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 11, 2014 at 22:38

        Thank you *beams* Shakes her booty.

      • 59 Professor VJ Duke December 13, 2014 at 18:04

        *laughs*

  11. 60 Louis from VA December 1, 2014 at 21:53

    I must say, this issue is quite good indeed! All the proverbs are wonderful… but I like #3. It’s something to keep in mind.
    I think Johann Sebastian might be a little taken aback by such pestering… :) I’d get him to critique my interpretation of his music and ask him whether he really wrote the Toccata and Fugue in D minor. I might not let him go back through the time machine, but I bet my mom would cook a little extra for him.
    No, Henry! You’re supposed to ask for unlimited wishes!

    • 61 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:08

      Many thanks! #3 certainly is. But I’ll probably forget about it…rats.

      You play!!! How cool. Piano? Organ? I’m sure Bach would be a great teacher. But, you know, his wig might bother you as you try to play. I imagine it got in the way. If he even wore a wig. I can’t know for sure.

      Yes! See, I would have asked for a katana. But that is the smartest wish to make…

      • 62 Louis from VA December 4, 2014 at 01:16

        A little of both, but primarily piano. I bet he would! His wig might be an obstacle, but more importantly I would have to learn some German to understand him…
        A katana? How come?

      • 63 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 19:10

        True! Speaking German would be a trip, I fear. Somewhat hard, I mean. Overall, that is.

        Well…you must admit: katanas are super neatio!

      • 64 Louis from VA December 11, 2014 at 03:36

        They are! My Taekwondo instructor teaches sword as well. ‘Tis very cool to watch.

      • 65 Professor VJ Duke December 11, 2014 at 19:18

        Wow! I didn’t know you were a warrior!

      • 66 Louis from VA December 18, 2014 at 03:56

        I don’t know about warrior… XD

      • 67 Professor VJ Duke December 18, 2014 at 20:05

        You absolutely are!

  12. 68 Debbie December 1, 2014 at 20:59

    The “S” stands for Sebastian. I know that because of years and years of music lessons. The pronunciation is typical German, as evidenced by this guide (http://joycep.myweb.port.ac.uk/pronounce/consonch.html)

    As for the proverbs, I like numbers one and three. Two is a bit on the ring-around, wordy side for me.

    Thanks for picking a Word of the Day that I actually *can* pronounce. Of course, it’s way simpler to just call it DNA, isn’t it?!

    • 69 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:07

      And that’s a perfect name, I think. Wouldn’t you like that for a name? I think the professor would.

      *laughs* It is. Rats…but you weren’t supposed to know!

  13. 70 Julie Harris December 1, 2014 at 20:44

    Proverb 3 is my favorite. And thanks for making me feel smart today because I have heard, and can pronounce your word for the week!

    • 71 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:06

      *high-five* Well, that’s just awesome. It trips me up every so often.

  14. 72 Susan P December 1, 2014 at 18:07

    I think I like the first proverb. The second one is way too busy. The third one is sound.

    I may not be able to pronounce Deoxyribonucleic, but I can’t live without it!

    Question: what happened to Sandra?

    • 73 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:05

      What’s it sound like?

      *laughs* See, I was beginning to think I could.

      The Salami girl?

      • 74 Susan P December 2, 2014 at 20:29

        Yes, the Salami girl. Is there another one?
        dēˌäksēˌrībōn(y)o͞oˈklēik ˈasid

      • 75 Professor VJ Duke December 3, 2014 at 15:40

        You’re speaking a different language! I think she’s in a hospital.

      • 76 Susan P December 3, 2014 at 18:40

        You should not have let her and Mr. R’s ladies get into a fight.

      • 77 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 18:58

        Did they really do that?

      • 78 Susan P December 4, 2014 at 19:26

        It was in the National Enquire. Front page.

      • 79 Professor VJ Duke December 6, 2014 at 19:49

        I don’t read that one, I fear.

      • 80 Susan P December 6, 2014 at 20:30

        Well, exploiting these events is their strong suit. The truth is optional.

      • 81 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 14:27

        Do you read all the PL newspapers?

      • 82 Susan P December 8, 2014 at 14:35

        Except the ones that are restricted.

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 14:48

        I didn’t know such ones existed!

      • 84 Susan P December 8, 2014 at 14:55

        Who did you leave in charge of the PL?

      • 85 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 20:56

        Shnodgrate. Do you suppose he was a good choice?

      • 86 Susan P December 8, 2014 at 21:49

        I think it might take a committee rather.

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke December 9, 2014 at 21:27

        That’s probably the best route, you’re right.

  15. 88 InfiniteZip December 1, 2014 at 16:50

    Number two confuses me so I go with number three if it’s not too unreasonable to pick that one.

    • 89 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:05

      I think that’s a good once to choose. Did you hear a unicorn died today?

      • 90 InfiniteZip December 2, 2014 at 20:38

        Huh???? Noooooo!!!unicorns don’t die….they rise as Pegasus and fly away☀️

      • 91 Professor VJ Duke December 3, 2014 at 15:40

        Does the sun burn them?

      • 92 InfiniteZip December 3, 2014 at 16:31

        Of course not, it makes them super duper shiny 🐎🌞

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 18:53

        *doesn’t believe*

      • 94 InfiniteZip December 5, 2014 at 10:46

        Do you believe in Santa?

      • 95 Professor VJ Duke December 6, 2014 at 20:07

        I killed him last year, you know.

      • 96 InfiniteZip December 7, 2014 at 13:19

        Dagnabbitt , now who brought me my presents then?

      • 97 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 14:38

        I hired a fellow named Todd Jude.

      • 98 InfiniteZip December 8, 2014 at 16:39

        Does he sing hey Jude?

      • 99 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 21:02

        Wasn’t that written by the termites?

      • 100 InfiniteZip December 8, 2014 at 21:20

        No, another insect group…

      • 101 Professor VJ Duke December 9, 2014 at 21:26

        The turtles!

      • 102 InfiniteZip December 10, 2014 at 10:16

        Oooh I saw them once….with the Byrds and the grass roots…am I olde?

      • 103 Professor VJ Duke December 10, 2014 at 15:27

        Nah, not at all. Just matured. Like the professor.

  16. 104 Painting Pundit December 1, 2014 at 14:39

    I too would like to know why Bock and not Batch? A great mystery.

    Kudos to L.Marie but I have a minor disagreement. I say its dee-ox-e-rye-bow-new-clee-ic. Could that be a regional accent thing? What can I do with my points?

    • 105 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:05

      Yes, it is, when one begins to think on it. Vexing, too, you must admit.

      Aha! You see, that’s how I learned to pronounce, like you said! I was beginning to think I was wrong…which one is right? The professor doesn’t know.

  17. 106 PorterGirl December 1, 2014 at 14:10

    Ah, the PL Newsletter makes my Mondays complete. I had to read number two twice so that means it must be doubley as good as the others! Three is also very pertinent, but not quite as excellent as two.

    Those are all good things to say to Bach. I would like to be there when DS calls him a cur-trout!

    Wildebeest are cool. When I was small, I thought they were called widdly-beasts, because I couldn’t read very well.

    • 107 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:04

      The proverbs twist the brain up, don’t they?

      Me too! I bet Bach wore a wig, you know.

      I could see where you think that. It makes sense. I propose we call them that!

      • 108 PorterGirl December 3, 2014 at 08:23

        Twisty, indeed. I like to twist up my brain occasionally.

        It must have been a wig. A hairstyle like that would take too much fussing every morning.

        Yes! Let us re-name them. They would like it, I think.

      • 109 Professor VJ Duke December 3, 2014 at 15:47

        Me too. Then have some tea to untwist it.

        Yeah, I’m sure long hair is a pain…unless you’re Hector.

        I think they would. They would probably even come to their name when called!

      • 110 PorterGirl December 3, 2014 at 15:57

        I am drinking some tea now, funnily enough.

        I have massive hair at the moment. I called my hairdresser but he has no free appointments until 20th December. Pah. I shall look like Captain Caveman by then.

        Like pets! The new name makes them super cute.

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 18:51

        I should get some. I’ve got a rotten sore throat right about now. Rats.

        *laughs* I’m sure you won’t look like a caveman! You should complain to him a bit. And threaten him a bit.

        They’re still dangerous!

      • 112 PorterGirl December 4, 2014 at 20:09

        I am sorry to hear about your throat, that’s awful. My nan has a cure – boil a lemon, a lime, honey, brown sugar and brandy (optional) and drink it. It’s awesome! I hope you feel better soon.

        I am like a caveman. Or cavelady, maybe. Threats might work. I shall try it.

        Too right!

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke December 6, 2014 at 19:51

        I have to write that down! I was thinking about a cure like that. Thanks! (And thank your nan for me.) I’m good now, but I’ll sure try it next time. We must hope, though, there never is a next time.

        *laughs* A cavelady! That’s cool right there.

      • 114 PorterGirl December 7, 2014 at 15:49

        I shall pass on your thanks and hope that there will not be a next time. But t least you will be prepared if there is.

        I would have been an excellent cavelady, in prehistoric times.

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 14:39

        True!

        Nah, you’re too much of a lady to be a cavelady!

      • 116 PorterGirl December 8, 2014 at 14:48

        Oh, Professor. What a kind thing to say! (You should see me first thing in the morning, you might change your mind)

      • 117 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 14:49

        Well, that can be said of all people probably!

      • 118 PorterGirl December 8, 2014 at 14:50

        You’re probably right, you know

      • 119 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 20:55

        Yes…I should jump in the lake in the mornings.

      • 120 PorterGirl December 9, 2014 at 08:38

        Brrr! That might be rather chilly

      • 121 Professor VJ Duke December 9, 2014 at 21:37

        It would wake one up, though!

  18. 122 Alastair Savage December 1, 2014 at 14:09

    I think Bach would be upset that nobody wants to know what the J stands for.

    • 123 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:03

      That’s a great point. What does it stand for? Joan?

      • 124 Alastair Savage December 3, 2014 at 07:44

        Jupiter?

      • 125 Professor VJ Duke December 3, 2014 at 15:46

        Brilliant. Holst’s Jupiter?

  19. 126 L. Marie December 1, 2014 at 14:03

    John’s proverb is awesome!! I’m going with that!
    I can pronounce deoxyribonucleic–dee-ox-e-rye-bow-new-clay-ic. What do I win? A wildebeest?
    If I met Bach, I would say, “I’ll be Bach” in my best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice.

    • 127 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:03

      *laughing lots* That’s like the perfect thing to say to him! I think Bach would probably faint, so you’d have to be ready to catch him.

      You win…a beet!

  20. 128 John W. Howell December 1, 2014 at 13:51

    Thank you for the mention. I hope to be able to figure out what that proverb means someday. :-)

    • 129 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:02

      *laughs* You know, when I posted it, I thought I had it quite right. Then I read it again. The meaning, for me, slips away every so often. But it’s beautiful.

      • 130 John W. Howell December 2, 2014 at 23:07

        It is multi-dimensional so may take some study.

      • 131 Professor VJ Duke December 3, 2014 at 15:42

        Which makes the perfect proverb, wouldn’t you say?

      • 132 John W. Howell December 3, 2014 at 18:58

        Socrates showed us the way. Nothing is just as it seems. It must be investigated to make it more complex and hence not understandable.

      • 133 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 18:59

        *laughing* That’s perfectly summed up, I must say. Perfectly!


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