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Learnin’ all the Learnables – Week Ending: Sept 22, 20173 min read

Learnin’ all the Learnables

I previously wrote a blog about learning. In that post I said I was going to apply myself to intentionally seek to learn new things. In this week’s post about learnin’ all the learnables, here is some of what I learned.

Gettin’ some new words

New words from the Merriam-Webster word of the day email.

Portentous – Being a grave or serious matter.
“The report contains numerous portentous references to a future environmental calamity.”

Amanuensis – one employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript.
“In this version of the myth, Holmes is a real-world character whose exploits were rendered in print by his sidekick and amanuensis Dr. Watson, who’s long since dead.” — Marc Mohan, The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 17 July 2015

Glabrous –  smooth; especially : having a surface without hairs or projections
“Unlike the fuzzy peach, the nectarine has a glabrous skin.”

holus-bolus – all at once
“If you shout your questions at me holus-bolus, instead of asking them one at a time, then I won’t be able to hear any of them.”

shofar – the horn of an animal (usually a ram) blown as a trumpet by the ancient Hebrews in battle and during religious observances and used in modern Judaism especially during Rosh Hashanah and at the end of Yom Kippur

yeasty – immature, unsettled. full of vitality
“But the east winds blow; and the shoals are a yeasty mass of tumbling breakers.”

Let me attempt this all at once: Uh hum…

“I watched intently the glabrous hand of the amanuensis write carefully his recollection of the portentous situation that caused burns to his hand, brought on by the holus-bolus nature of his yeasty assistant attempting to save the shofar from the fire.”  – Craig Haynie.

As an aside, I jacked up a url when trying to paste it into my browser and ended up on a 404 error page for Merrriam-Webster. Normally error messages are descriptive of the problem, but to them, words fail them. Ha, funny.

404 Error - Words Fail Us


Highbrow is anOnline courses you’ll actually complete. Get smarter with 5-minute lessons delivered to your inbox every morning”

I took a 5 day course in Chinese sourcing this week. I source from China all the time, but there were a few nuggets in the course that were good tips I hadn’t thought of. I’ll be trying them out in the near future!

WordPress Learnin’s

Google Web Crawlers – I could not get Google to index my blog. I tried all the common steps (adding the link to your social media profiles, posting things, commenting online, etc). It just sat there. So, I added my web address to my CablesAndKits blog profile and turned that on in the CK Blog to display at the bottom of my posts. BAM .. 12 hours later my blog was indexed. The power of borrowing from someone else’s reputation.

Bloggin’ ain’t easy – It takes a lot of time and work to write blogs. Holy cow. More on that subject later.

reddit – You don’t just create an account and post your junk there. Oh no. You get moderated and then get a good “talkin’ to”. IF I want to be active on reddit I am going to have to spend time learning the culture. There is one, for sure.


  • Nothing is easy, or everyone would be doing it.
  • You can touch 101 things or finish a few.
  • Almost nothing pans out exactly like you think it will the first time.
  • Organization is hard, but necessary
  • Meeting regularly with a group of your peers to grow and support one another is priceless.
  • Great and dedicated staff changes everything

Happy Learnin’


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