Malapert


I read a lot of books and many of them old. Many of these books have words that aren’t used so much today – certainly not by the people I walk among most of the time. I will also admit that there are many words that I don’t always know the meaning of, though my vocabulary continues to grow the more I read and learn along the way. So it is today in my reading that I have come across the word ‘malapert.’

So what does this word mean? Well, when used as an adjective it refers to being boldly disrespectful – not showing due respect for another or being impudent. So when being used as a noun it refers to an impudent person, that is one who is boldly disrespectful to others.

The word is pronounced in this manner – ‘mal-a-pert.’ The word is used in the following ways:

‘You are such a malapert being!’ ‘Such language and behaviour is clearly malapert.’

For further information on the word visit the following sites:
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=malapert
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/malapert
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malapert

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Sycophant


Sycophant is a word I use quite a bit, as I see being such in practice on a regular basis – if not a daily basis. So this is my word of the day and although I won’t be posting a word of the day each and every day on this Blog, I may from time to time post a word of the day. Sycophant is a word (when used) that seems to produce strange looks – not because people don’t agree with my assessment of the situation, but because it is a ‘big word’ that is not understood by a lot of people these days – which is hardly surprising given how most people spend their days, in front of the idiot box and that usually obsessing over so-called reality TV. So though I use it a lot – and define and explain it occasionally – it is regularly misunderstood or simply dismissed as too big a word to worry about.

So what does this word actually mean then? In short it means someone who is a suck-up, a crawler or flatterer, trying to use whatever they can in order to get ahead with the person they are sucking up to. They are trying to gain some personal advantage by using flattery, argument or whatever it is they are using in order to gain something for them self.

So how do you use the word? Well, firstly it is pronounced in this manner – sick-o-phant/sik-o-fent. It may be used in the following way:

‘I am surrounded by sycophants and their empty praise.’ ‘George is such a sycophant, listen to him praising that useless manager just so he can get ahead with her.’

For further information on the word visit the following sites:
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sycophant
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/sycophantic
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sycophant

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Recuperation


This is a post I’m putting up at all my Blogs, even though that particular Blog may be unaffected due to scheduled posting, etc. Blog posts may be down a little at the moment and that for the last week or so. I have been ill with various illnesses and complaints for the last several weeks, so I have now decided to take the next week off from most Blogging activities in an attempt to rest and recover – if I can while still actually doing my very physically demanding actual job in the real world. I hope to return to Blogging full time in about a week’s time.

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GEOCACHING: Officially Started


So this weekend I have officially started geocaching with the Geocaching app and website. Not only have I gone out looking for geocaches, I have also established a geocache site which should hopefully be approved within the next week. The geocache is already in place and just needs an official review in order for it to be placed out there officially in the world of geocaching. If all goes according to plan I hope to establish several more in the area soon.

The pictures below are of geocaches I came across this weekend.

ABOVE: Example of a well hidden geocache in a piece of
timber from a pole

ABOVE: Example of a geocache with included items of trade

ABOVE: Example of a geocache with included items of trade

ABOVE: Another example of a geocache with included items
of trade – this photo from the ‘Frontback’ app

BELOW: And why wouldn’t you go geocaching when you get
to scenery sites like this at Barnes Rocks.

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Geocaching


Given that I am into wilderness, bushwalking, camping, etc – it was only a matter of time before I looked into geocaching as something to do. This will just provide me with a way to maintain some fitness, develop/maintain navigational skills, etc. I have done things like this before to some degree, but I guess I am now doing this officially – with the app on the phone, member of a geocaching ‘service’ online, etc.

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The Particular Baptist Journal


I have just spent a great time reading several articles posted on my Blog – The Particular Baptist Journal. There is a lot of good stuff posted there.

If you have not taken the opportunity to have a look at this Blog, please take a minute to do so. Yes, it is a Blog that I manage, but don’t let that put you off. It is a place where I curate articles of particular value – at least in my opinion – and which I think will be of great benefit, encouragement and profit for other believers.

I am currently posting about 2 articles a day to this particular Blog and they don’t take too long to read – yet they are usually of a high standard, very instructional and of great profit. I can only lead a horse to water, I can’t make it drink, but there is great water to be had at this waterhole.

To visit the Blog in question visit:
https://particularbaptistjournal.wordpress.com/

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12 Ways to Easily Eliminate Stress


particularkev:

Not all that helpful.

Originally posted on TIME:

  1. Remind yourself how unimportant your worries are in the big scheme of things.
  2. Making lots of decisions can burn you out. Automate as many things as you can.
  3. Watching a video of a cute animal can reduce heart rate and blood pressure in under a minute.
  4. Ladies, drink coffee. Guys, don’t.
  5. Another key element of stress is where you focus your attention. Think about benign outcomes or concentrate on the positive.
  6. According to one study, the stress management technique that worked best was deliberately planning your day so that stress is minimized. The trick to not worrying about work stuff while at home is to make specific plans to address concerns before you leave the office.
  7. The difference between a fun challenge and stressful work is often just a feeling of control. The best way to reduce job stress is to get a clear idea of…

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VLOG: Bible Reading in 2015 (30 December 2014)


Blog Notes:

This is my third VLOG post and I can already see a couple of things I need to work on – lighting and volume. So filming during the day and speaking up a little should help. Obviously better equipment would also help, but that may be some way off at this stage.

I mentioned in the Vlog post that I would include a picture of the Bible Reading Chart, but I have since changed my mind for copyright reasons. I will however include a link to the post in my Blog – The Particular Baptist Journal.

The Blog post in question can be found at:
http://particularbaptistjournal.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/bible-reading-plans-for-2015/

The chart itself can be found at:
http://visualunit.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bible_reading.pdf

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VLOG: At the Car Wash (28 December 2014)


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VLOG: Barrington Tops National Park – Devil’s Hole (26 December 2014)


I have decided to start doing some VLOG posts – which are basically video Blog posts. I guess after the first couple, if you aren’t already familiar with them, you’ll get a bit of an idea of what a Vlog post is. That is not to say I’m going to be very good at them – I’ll probably take a while to get used to them myself and maybe even improve my efforts a little.

ABOVE: Devil’s Hole Camp Site

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