Thursday, March 08, 2007

AWAW: Aesthetic

Two words I often get mixed up are Aesthetic and Ascetic The funny thing is that the words mean almost the opposite.
Asthetics has to do with what is beautiful, where as Ascetic has to do with denying yourself pleasure!

I guess the guys at 37signals who deliberately produce software with fewer features might have found away to combine the two. Sometimes by choosing to prune things out of your life, a product or even a tree (I guess that is where the idiom comes from) you can end up with something more beautiful that it might otherwise have been...

aes·thet·ics (ĕs-thĕt'ĭks)
1. The branch of philosophy that deals with the nature and expression of beauty, as in the fine arts.
2. (used with a sing. verb) The study of the psychological responses to beauty and artistic experiences.
3. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A conception of what is artistically valid or beautiful: minimalist aesthetics.
4. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) An artistically beautiful or pleasing appearance: “They're looking for quality construction, not aesthetics” (Ron Schram).

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At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My doesn't time fly.
August already - I must have been dozing.
I woke up with this thought.
Is a letter that has been unaddressed,
a letter that has no address to be delivered to
a letter's contents that has not been responded to.
Just wondering if you would like to address this comment,
and also to set your clock back with the rest of us, or have I and Rip van Winkle something more in common than just being old.
Don Hudson

At 5:32 PM, Blogger James said...

Speaking from (I mean of) the future. No you haven't slept too long :)
Must have been one of those US->NZ translation issues. 08/03/2007 or 03/08/2007?

In the words of Obelix the Gaul "These Americans are crazy"

Thanks for pointing it out :)

And to the letter that has been unaddressed, there is a third possibility what if it is a letter which has had it's address removed? Kind of like the addressing being 'undone'?

It is a good example of a ambiguous sentence. One who's meaning isn't precisely defined, it could mean an number of things. Even if there is some clever linguistic argument as to what is 'really means' the ambiguity still stands as most people would not be able to disambiguate the sentence without more context :)

At 7:20 AM, Blogger Clive Smit said...

I like your word blog...
words are really cool... really under-rated now days... but word power brings freedom!
Well, its sure better than using 4 lettered french words!

At 3:59 PM, Blogger James said...

Thanks for visiting Clive!

Its great to be joined in the blogosphere by some good friends.

I believe words are very important, as you know that Bible even talks about Jesus as the 'Word'.

I must stop just commenting on other blogs and start writing some of my own. They are easy to start but hard to keep going!

- James


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