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Cream of the Cool

Latin, this is a line from Quintilian in his Institutio Oratoria, Book IX Chapter 3, meaning "I do not live in order to eat, but I eat in order to live."

Quintilian uses the line as a demonstration of antimetabole, a rhetorical device in which a phrase or sentence is repeated with two of the words in reversed order in the repetition. This is, itself, a demonstration of antithesis, in Latin called contrapositum or contentio, the use of contrasts to emphasise a point.

Iron Noder 2018, 13/30

A town of about 2000 people in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia

Gundagai (GUNdy-GUY) is one of those places that is, almost inexplicably, rather more famous than its size, residents or history would seem to justify. In literature the name Gundagai represents a sort of quintessentially Australian small town.

In pre-European times the Wiradjuri people used the name Gundagai to refer to a spot a little north of the present township.…

Castling is a strong move to be employed near the end of the opening. It is the only move in chess which allows a player to move two pieces at the same time. The immediate advantages of castling are gaining protection for the king, and gaining development of the rook. If the preconditions are met, castling is executed by moving the king two squares towards the rook, and then placing the…

So I'm heading to Planned Parenthood for my meeting with the doctor regarding hormones and I'm in the elvevator and I see that the button panel has five buttons, and I think, that's weird, I thought this place had four floors. So like a dumbass I push the button for the fifth floor, and I get out of the elevator and the hall has one of those fluorescent track lights that's dying, you know, the ones that…