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« Testing an HITM System - 1 | Main | Addition to Simple Scanning Rules »
Friday
Dec152017

Physician, heal thyself

Rule 5 of the Simple Scanning Rules states:

There are no rules about how you write the task - just as long as you can understand what you meant when you come back to it.

I’ve just come across this task on my list which I wrote earlier today:

Weed “British”

I have not got the faintest idea what I meant by it.

Suggestions?

Reader Comments (31)

Pot?
December 15, 2017 at 20:10 | Unregistered CommenterPaul MacNeil
No, that would be:

Weed, British

or possibly:

Weed, British?
December 15, 2017 at 20:19 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Why is "Weed" capitalized?

Trimming your beard in a way you internally call "British"?

Looking up something for the garden, where you wanted to do something according to some "British" manner?
December 16, 2017 at 0:43 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher
You want to spend more time with the English rather than the so-called British?

Or (one can hope) you want to spend more time with Americans? :-)

Or you are trying to improve your Welsh accent?
December 16, 2017 at 1:05 | Registered CommenterSeraphim
Cull artifacts from your Historic Britannica collection?
December 16, 2017 at 5:35 | Registered CommenterAlan Baljeu
I think you wrote "British" in quotes because you didn't know at the time of writing how to exactly spell the word which is pronounced almost like British but spelled differently e.g. brattish.
December 16, 2017 at 9:41 | Unregistered CommenterKlaus Rehm
You want to work on removing fake British people (indicated by scare quotes) from some group of people so that only true Brits remain.

Is this Theresa May's Brexit Britain?
December 16, 2017 at 11:07 | Unregistered CommenterChris Cooper
Christopher:

<< Why is "Weed" capitalized? >>

Because I always capitalize the first word of my tasks.

<< Trimming your beard in a way you internally call "British"? >>

Good idea! But unfortunately I don't have a beard.

But if I did: http://tinyurl.com/y7td7lh9

<< Looking up something for the garden, where you wanted to do something according to some "British" manner? >>

I'm not sure napalm is exclusively British.
December 16, 2017 at 17:00 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Seraphim:

<< You want to spend more time with the English rather than the so-called British? >>

Since I live in one of the most English areas in Britain that would be difficult.

<< Or (one can hope) you want to spend more time with Americans? :-) >>

I don't think I've ever met an American. so I wouldn't know. Oh, wait... we had an exchange student at school... he used to wear a very badly-cut powder blue suit... so probably no to your suggestion.

<< Or you are trying to improve your Welsh accent? >>

I am, but in the heart of Lloegr it's difficult.
December 16, 2017 at 17:08 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Alan Baljeu:

<< Cull artifacts from your Historic Britannica collection? >>

What's an artifact?
December 16, 2017 at 17:12 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Klaus Rehm:

<< I think you wrote "British" in quotes because you didn't know at the time of writing how to exactly spell the word which is pronounced almost like British but spelled differently e.g. brattish.>>

Bratwurst perhaps. But I know how to spell that.
December 16, 2017 at 17:14 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Chris Cooper:

<< You want to work on removing fake British people (indicated by scare quotes) from some group of people so that only true Brits remain.

<< Is this Theresa May's Brexit Britain? >>

My Task List is strictly non-political.
December 16, 2017 at 17:28 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Whatever it is, you should leave it on your list as long as possible. There's no better reminder of rule 5.
December 16, 2017 at 17:49 | Unregistered CommenterJesse
What's an artifact? In my proposed context it would be antiques and archaeological relics.
December 16, 2017 at 18:22 | Registered CommenterAlan Baljeu
Or maybe it is an artefact of your high school years.

----

>>My Task List is strictly non-political.

Except for Welsh revisionism and the napalm in the garden.
December 16, 2017 at 19:54 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher
For me weed would mean to cull the dead wood from a file, folder, or pile of papers/magazines.

I put something in quotes when I 'm using the word as a hint for myself when I don't want other people who happen to see the list to know what it is. A Christmas gift for someone close to you, perhaps?
December 16, 2017 at 21:48 | Unregistered CommenterMotherWit
Jesse:

<< Whatever it is, you should leave it on your list as long as possible. There's no better reminder of rule 5. >>

It's still there.
December 16, 2017 at 21:53 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Christopher:

<< Or maybe it is an artefact of your high school years.>>

We were talking about artifacts, not artefacts.

And I didn't go to a high school.


<< Except for Welsh revisionism and the napalm in the garden. >>

Welsh revisionism?

I suppose the napalm in the garden might contribute to global warming so that's another idea gone bust.
December 16, 2017 at 21:57 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
MotherWit:

<< For me weed would mean to cull the dead wood from a file, folder, or pile of papers/magazines. >>

Yes, I'm pretty sure that's what I meant. It's the "British" bit that's foxing me.

<< I put something in quotes when I 'm using the word as a hint for myself when I don't want other people who happen to see the list to know what it is. A Christmas gift for someone close to you, perhaps? >>

I usually put something in quotes when I'm quoting something. But why would I quote "British"? - that is the question.
December 16, 2017 at 22:01 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
You've just watched the box set of "Bill and Ben, Flowerpot Men" for the fortieth time, and you're questioning the ethnicity of one of the supporting characters.
December 16, 2017 at 23:58 | Unregistered CommenterMartin Williams
You have a folder or notebook with a Union Jack cover or with some graphic associated with the concept "British". Or maybe a shelf of British books you want to cull. Or "British" is the first word of a group ("British Basket Company papers"), organization, or thematic collection.

I'm sure the final answer when uncovered will be such a letdown.
December 17, 2017 at 4:26 | Unregistered CommenterMike Brown
Martin Williams:

<< You've just watched the box set of "Bill and Ben, Flowerpot Men" for the fortieth time, and you're questioning the ethnicity of one of the supporting characters. >>

There's a box set of "Bill and Ben"? Where do I get it?
December 17, 2017 at 9:13 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Mike Brown:

<< "British" is the first word of a group ("British Basket Company papers"), organization, or thematic collection. >>

You've got it!

Whenever I type "British Telecom" into my accounts program I have to type the whole thing because of all the other firms beginning with "British" that I've paid money to over the years. Weeding them all out will mean I just have to type "Br" and the name will come up.

Just think of all the time I'm going to save. 5 seconds every three months!

(And no, I'm not being sarcastic - that really is the answer. Thanks everyone for all the suggestions)
December 17, 2017 at 9:18 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Mark - by publicly implying that you will remove "British Broadcasting Corporation" from the list, you are giving a strong hint to their licence collectors that you have no intention of obtaining or renewing your TV licence.
So if you see a van sitting outside your house with a strange aerial contraption on the roof, or somebody comes to the door demanding access to your living room, don't say you weren't warned!
December 18, 2017 at 11:43 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Collins
I guess I win the No-Prize!

From the Wikipedia entry on "Marvel No-Prize":
"The No-Prize had been intended as a reminder for Marvel readers to "lighten up" and read comics for pleasure rather than for prizes, or at least the thrill of being recognized for their efforts. ...

"In response, in 1967 [Stan] Lee began mailing No-Prize-winners pre-printed empty envelopes that said "Congratulations, this envelope contains a genuine Marvel Comics No-Prize which you have just won!" However, some uncomprehending fans wrote back asking where their prize was, even going so far as to suggest their prize had fallen out of the envelope."

The above Wikipedia entry is an early Christmas gift to comics nerds of a certain age...
December 18, 2017 at 14:48 | Unregistered CommenterMike Brown
Michael Collins:

<< by publicly implying that you will remove "British Broadcasting Corporation" from the list, you are giving a strong hint to their licence collectors that you have no intention of obtaining or renewing your TV licence. >>

Fortunately it's better known as the BBC, which doesn't get in the way anything like so much.

<< a van sitting... with a strange aerial contraption on the roof >>

I've never met anyone who's actually seen one of these. Most people think they have in fact never really existed and photos are just mockups of ordinary vans with a few bits of junk on top.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2445153/Are-TV-detector-vans-just-cunning-trick-For-decades-claimed-trap-licence-cheats-In-fact-theyve-led-single-prosecution.html
December 18, 2017 at 17:36 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Michael,

But isn't Mark actually saying that he wants to pay them as quickly as possible? I wonder what motives people might have for casting suspicion on others?

A thought which will no doubt occur to the commodore of your local fleet of detector vans.

;0)
December 19, 2017 at 13:27 | Registered CommenterWill
Will:

<< A thought which will no doubt occur to the commodore of your local fleet of detector vans. >>

No, not a Commodore. At least an Admiral, and if the Royal Navy is anything to go by the "fleet" will consist of one van which has been undergoing a refit for the last ten years.
December 19, 2017 at 14:23 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Your task list may be non-political, Mark, but your comment posts are noticeably anarchic.
December 21, 2017 at 15:08 | Unregistered CommenterChris Cooper
Chris Cooper:

Even so far back as Parkinson's Law (1958) it was being remarked that as the number of ships in the Navy grew smaller so the number of Admirals increased.

It was also remarked that when the Colonial Office was merged with the Foreign Office because we didn't have any colonies any longer it had the largest number of staff in its entire history.
December 22, 2017 at 18:20 | Registered CommenterMark Forster

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