23-X by Roger

x-letterWhen it comes to the letter X, we need to eXplain, ABCW is not an eXacting bunch. We eXpect that finding eXact X words is eXtremely difficult, because so few eXist, though if you know your Latin, Chinese or Mexican references, you may fare a bit better.

In any case, we have long been willing to make an eXception this week – anything that starts with the X sound, or has the X look, would be an eXcellent addition. We won’t eXclude you, because we don’t want to tamp down your eXuberance, or make you so eXhausted that you run for the eXits, uttering an eXpletive! We want you to eXcel, and stay on this eXcursion! Please eXamine previous X weeks to see how this works.

For those who celebrate it, Merry Xmas, which, as I have noted quite a while ago, eXperts have said eXemplifies the word Christmas!

 

 

23-U by Roger

United NationsI was somehow inspired to note all the countries that start with U that have been in the United Nations. The ones in italics are no longer alphabetically qualified, but the ones in bold are.

1945:
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic – On 24 August 1991, it changed its name to Ukraine.

Union of South Africa – In 1961, it changed its name to South Africa.

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics – In a letter dated 24 December 1991, Boris Yeltsin, the President of the Russian Federation, informed the Secretary-General that the membership of the Soviet Union in the Security Council and all other United Nations organs was being continued by the Russian Federation with the support of the 11 member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

United Kingdom

United States

Uruguay

1958
Egypt and Syria were original Members of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. Following a plebiscite on 21 February 1958, the United Arab Republic was established by a union of Egypt and Syria and continued as a single Member.
On 13 October 1961, Syria, having resumed its status as an independent State, resumed its separate membership in the United Nations.
On 2 September 1971, the United Arab Republic changed its name to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

1960
Upper Volta – In 1984, Upper Volta informed the United Nations that it had changed its name to Burkina Faso.

1962
Uganda

1964
Tanganyika was a Member of the United Nations from 14 December 1961 and Zanzibar was a Member from 16 December 1963. Following the ratification on 26 April 1964 of Articles of Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar continued as a single Member, changing its name to the United Republic of Tanzania on 1 November 1964.

1971
United Arab Emirates

I find this exercise interesting because it notes the changing nature of the world, such as the decolonization of Africa, and the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Whether or not your country starts with U, or whether it’s ever changed its name, ABC Wednesday’s mission has NOT changed. We welcome the participation of people from around the globe.

 

 

23 R- by Roger

Hi, my name is Roger and I am a blogger. I guess I really must identify myself as such because I have been doing it, EVERY DAY, since May 2, 2005.

I used to blog at http://rogerowengreen.blogspot.com/. In fact, that blog is still there. I’ve bumped up a bunch of links I was following back in 2010-2012; some are dead, but some, impressively, are still functional.

And once you get below the links, the blog from 2005- May 2, 2010 (and some random later posts) is all there.

Then I got my blog with my name on it. Well, it’s https://www.rogerogreen.com, because rogergreen.com was taken.

Oh, the duck. That’s me, as rendered by Raoul Vezina. It was used in a couple comic books. Unfortunately, Raul died from an asthma attack at the age of 35 back in 1983.

When I needed an avatar for social media, it was the only real choice.

As some of you know, I was the person who ran ABC Wednesday for Rounds 11-20, after Mrs. Desise Nesbitt, the originator of this enterprise.

And now, Melody is in charge. I’ve agreed to stay around assisting her, at least through Round 25. In that role, I try to visit each of your posts. It might take a few days, but I make the effort.

This whole thing is SO much better when each you visit folks, optimally sites you hadn’t seen before.

 

 

23-O by Roger

As I write this, it’s 11 O’CLOCK, or “of the clock” in the morning, Eastern Daylight Time. That happens to be the time ABC Wednesday usually starts each Tuesday for ME. But what time is it for YOU?

It’s 4 O’CLOCK on Tuesday afternoon in London, the time zone where ABC Wednesday’s creator, Mrs. Nesbitt is from. And it’s 5 O’CLOCK Tuesday afternoon where Melody resides.

It’s 6 O’CLOCK on Tuesday evening in Beirut, Lebanon and Tel Aviv, Israel; 8:30 O’CLOCK Tuesday night in Mumbai, India; and 11 O’CLOCK Tuesday night in Manila, the Philippines. But it’s 2 O’CLOCK very early Wednesday morning in Sydney, Australia, and 4 O’CLOCK early Wednesday morning in Auckland, New Zealand.

All calculations courtesy, thank goodness, of Time and Date.

But these will soon change because of Daylight Saving Time. It ends in most of Europe on October 28 but not in most of the United States and Canada until November 4. And in the Southern Hemisphere, DST has either already just started (Australia, New Zealand) or is about to (Brazil).

It’s interesting that, even in a world of digital clocks, that there are still references to clock faces in terms of direction, such as, “That plane is coming in from 9 O’CLOCK.”

No matter what O’CLOCK you come to visit, or what time zone, we ask you to clock into our ABC Wednesday widget and leave your links.

 

 

23-L by Roger

There was this extremely popular book called Love Story, written by Eric Segal. “Love Story became the top-selling work of fiction for all of 1970 in the United States and was translated into more than 20 languages. The novel stayed for 41 weeks in The New York Times Best Seller list, reaching the top spot.”

It was made into a 1970 American film, a romantic drama, written by Segal. “It was produced by Howard G. Minsky and directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, alongside John Marley, Ray Milland, and Tommy Lee Jones in his film debut in a minor role.” Segal had met Harvard students Jones and future US Vice-President Al Gore while Segal was there on sabbatical in 1968.

The “emotional family baggage of the romantic hero… was inspired by a young Al Gore.” But it was… “Jones who inspired the half of the character that was a sensitive stud, a macho athlete with the heart of a poet.”

I’ve never either read the book or seen the movie, which won an Oscar for Francis Lai in the Best Music, Original Score category, and garnered nominations for Minsky (Best Picture), McGraw, Ryan, Markey, Hiller, and Segal (adapted screenplay).

In part, it was the notion that, as Jenny (McGraw) Hsaid in the movie ads, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Even at a young age, I never believed THAT. In fact, the notion I found ridiculous.

Now I do believe, as the Temptations sang, Can’t Nothing Be Love But Love.

To that end, I’d LOVE to see each of your entries for ABC Wednesday. Sometime between the starting time and next week, I will be sure to lovingly visit each and every one.

 

23-I by Roger

world-populationI was on the US Census Bureau’s page and I discovered that there are nearly 7.5 billion INDIVIDUALS in the world presently, 7,495,846,704 as of August 30, 2018.

And two of the four most populous countries in the world start with the letter I, at least in English:

  1. China 1,384,688,986
  2. INDIA 1,296,834,042
  3. United States 329,256,465
  4. INDONESIA 262,787,403
  5. Brazil 208,846,892
  6. Pakistan 207,862,518
  7. Nigeria 195,300,343
  8. Bangladesh 159,453,001
  9. Russia 142,122,776
  10. Japan 126,168,156

Of course, there are other countries starting with the letter I: ICELAND, IRAN, IRAQ, IRELAND, ISRAEL

I am INTRIGUED how the country adjective forms differ:

Ending with IC: Icelandic

Ending with N: Indian, Indonesian, Iranian

Ending with I: Iraqi (or Iraki), Israeli

Ending with SH: Irish

With this quick spin around the world, I hope we get folks around the globe to participate in ABC Wednesday.

Your posts are always imaginative, impassioned, impressive, impulsive, incredible, indefatigable, independent, industrious, inspired, instinctive, intellectual, intelligent, intense, interesting, intrepid, intriguing, intuitive, inventive, involved, important, and/or impressive.

 

 

23-F by Roger

This is a peony. At least I THINK it is.

Here’s a true confession: I am astonishingly LOUSY at identifying the various types of flowers out there.

Oh, there are a few I recognize: some lilies, tulips, roses, carnations, sunflowers, probably a few more. But I’ve seen begonias, hydrangea, peonies, and many more, but the next time, it’ll be “What’s that one again?”

Still, the collective wisdom of the participants of ABC Wednesday has done a stellar job at introducing me to a number of beautiful and unusual flora. Unfortunately, this brain loses the connection between the name and the picture. It used to be frustrating, but now it just IS.

So please keep posting those stunning flower pictures for ABC Wednesday. Your compatriots will appreciate it, as WILL I, even if I forget the flower names in both Latin AND English.

 

 

23-C by Roger

The combination of colors make other colors. On the ROY G BIV scale, red and yellow make orange, yellow and blue make green, and blue and red make indigo and violet.

But in mixing of pigments or dyes for printing, the primaries normally used are cyan, magenta, and yellow. And for additive combination of colors, as in overlapping projected lights or in CRT displays, the primary colors normally used are red, green, and blue.

In any case, here are some color songs, with links I HOPE work in your country:

Fancy Colours – Chicago

Red Rubber Ball – the Cyrkle
Orange Crush – REM
Mellow Yellow – Donovan
Green Tambourine – Lemon Pipers
Blue Bayou – Roy Orbison
Mood Indigo- Ella Fitzgerald
Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix Experience

Brown-Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum
Black is Black – Los Bravos
Touch of Grey – Grateful Dead

 

 

22-X by Roger

If you’ve been exposed to ABC Wednesday for an extended period, you know we make exceptions from the explicit, exacting requirement to have your topic start with X.

We’ll accept words starting with ex as an acceptable exhortation, or objects looking like the letter X, as well as X-ray or xylophone.

After several rounds, you may have exhausted your vocabulary. It’s no exaggeration that it has become extraordinarily difficult to find enough X words, so we’ve expanded the definition.

As long as we can extrapolate some extra meaning related to X, we won’t excommunicate you from the excitement.

Excelsior!

 

 

22-V by Roger


I was musing about VALUE. It’s a word with lots of meanings.

Noun: The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.
“your support is of great VALUE”
synonyms: worth, usefulness, advantage, benefit, gain, profit, good, help, merit, helpfulness, avail

Noun: A person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life.
“they internalize their parents’ rules and VALUES”
synonyms: principles, ethics, moral code, morals, standards, code of behavior
“society’s VALUES are passed on to us as children”

Verb: Estimate the monetary worth of (something).
synonyms: evaluate, assess, estimate, appraise, price, put/set a price on
“his estate was VALUED at $345,000”

Verb: Consider (someone or something) to be important or beneficial; have a high opinion of.
“she had come to VALUE her privacy and independence”
synonyms: think highly of, have a high opinion of, hold in high regard, rate highly, esteem, set (great) store by, put stock in, appreciate, respect

It seems to me that the monetary worth definition feels less important than the notions of principles or high regard.

For instance, I VALUE the time I come to ABC Wednesday. I get to read what VALUES you have to to impart. I VALUE your collective wisdom, even though I have no idea about the VALUE of your cars, houses or the like.

ABC Wednesday is more VALUABLE when you comment on other folks’ blogs.