ACRONYM as an Acronym

31 July 2010

I’ve been on an acronym kick lately, so I decided to write this little ditty about acronyms.

From the world of politics…

ACCURATE: A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable, And Transparent Elections
ACORN: Americans Corrupting Our Republic Nation [it’s really Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now]
BEST PRACTICES Act: Building Effective Strategies To Promote Responsibility Accountability Choice Transparency Innovation Consumer Expectations and Safeguards Act
DISCLOSE Act: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act

From the world of education…

Getting AHEAD: Getting Access to Higher Education And Degrees
AIMS: Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards
DREAM Act: Development, Relief, Education for Alien Minors Act
STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics
STREAM: using Robotics to Teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

I’ve known the following computing related acronyms for a long time.

BASIC: Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
FLOPS: FLoating-Point Operations Per Second
FLOSS: Free/Libre/Open Source Software
GIMP: Graphic Image Manipulation Program
GNU, which is a recursive acronym, is one of my favorites. GNU is Not Unix
KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid
LAMP: Linux, Apache, Mysql, Php
PLUG: Phoenix Linux Users Group
RAM: Random Access Memory
RAID: Redundant Array of Independent Disks
SOAP: Simple Object Access Protocol
WIMP: Window, Icon, Menu, Pointer (Pointing device) [recently learned]
WORM: Write Once Read Many

I’ve rolled many of my own acronyms…

BAD: Basic Arithmetic Date
BARS: Basic Arithmetic Road Sign
EGG: Exam Generator and Giver
SPOT: Some Place Out There

I wanted to use the word “acronym” as a math related acronym and came up with the following.

ACRONYM: Another Candid Reason One Never Yearns Math

Used in a sentence: When one encounters an acronym, it’s ACRONYM.

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Confucius say… Thanks for H.Res.784

3 November 2009

I didn’t LOL, but I did SS (snicker softly) when I read the Arizona Republic’s Dan Nowicki report on the House of Representatives voting “Yea” on House Resolution 784 to honor the 2560th anniversary of the birth of Confucius.

The fact that our politicians spent time on this bullfoo made me think of Styx singing “I’ve got too much time on my hands” and the Pink Floyd lyric “wasting away the moments that make up a dull day.”

Note to politicians: Confucius said… “He who will not economize will have to agonize.”

Confucius was right! These days many of us are agonizing over having a bunch of politicians who can’t economize.

I mined the following Confucius sayings from various quotation websites…

“He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”

“I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.”

“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

“Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.”

“When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is knowledge.”

“Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.”

I wonder how Confucius (d.00479 BCE) defined “old age?”


I voted NAY on Tempe schools bond

3 November 2009

I voted “NAY” for “Tempe Elementary Schools Bond” because bonds are an instrument of debt and we need to stop spending money we don’t have.

The state of Arizona is broke and many of the cities in Arizona aren’t in any better shape. Given the depth of today’s economic uncertainty (e.g. I’m not certain I’ll have a job next year), I believe local taxes are going up. I also believe that the federal government will be increasing “taxes.” Just yesterday I heard Valerie Jarrett say: “The President doesn’t want to raise taxes.” Hmm… Why didn’t Valerie (a senior assistant to Obama) say “won’t” instead of “doesn’t want?”

Passage of the $77,000,000 Tempe Elementary Schools Bond will result in a tax increase and the estimated Average Annual Tax Rate will be $0.2174. This tax would increase our cost of living by $35 per month.