So I’m Gonna Learn Everything

Hello! My name’s Liz and yup, I want to learn everything. And while I’m at it, I’ll also be making lots of videos to share what I learn. This 3-minute introduction video explains what this crazy project is and why I’m doing it. Continue reading

Weekly Word: Autotelic

Autotelic is an adjective that means “having within itself the purpose of its existence”. I’m taking a creativity workshop class, which had me read part of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. If you … Continue reading

Weekly Word: Dog Days

The dog days refer to “the sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11″. More … Continue reading

Weekly Word: Fey

The adjective fey has a few very different meanings, including “supernatural”, “whimsical”, and “being in unnaturally high spirits, as were formerly thought to precede death”. As used in British dialects, fey means “doomed; fated to die”. In Scot usage it … Continue reading

Weekly Word: Abstruse

The adjective abstruse means “hard to understand”. Photo by polandeze Some examples found on Google News include “America’s abstruse tax code”, “abstruse terms and conditions”, and “abstruse mathematics”. The abstruse sign pictured on the left is another prime example of … Continue reading

Weekly Word: Vinculum

This word came up for me recently in both a math book and in some random Star Trek trivia. A vinculum is “a bond signifying union or unity”. As a term used in mathematical notation, it refers to “a horizontal … Continue reading