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12.Apr.2014 Goods & Services: {Indicate type, e.g., electric, flat, steam} irons

Irons; Flat Irons; Electric Irons; Steam Irons:  Nested concepts.  One: Irons are devices that use heat to mold a fabric into a certain shape.  Two: Flat irons are irons heated by an external source (e.g. a stove) and are used to press fabric.  Three: Electric irons are similar to flat irons, but instead of being […]

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06.Mar.2014 #SochiProblems as Glitch

One remarkable thing about #SochiProblems was the extent that it focused on goods and services and the built environment.  Recall that many of the pictures that ran rampant were of toilets, curtain rods, coat racks.  Showers and elevator buttons were there too.  It was almost like when Gum, Soda, Popcorn, and Candy all go to […]

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14.Jan.2014 G&S: {Indicate type of testers, e.g., voltage, amperage, telephone lines, continuity} testers.

Testers versus meters: Testers and meters are not synonymous.  A tester determines presence or absence, while a meter determines quantity.  Thus, a voltage tester determines whether electric voltage is present in a circuit; a voltmeter quantifies how much.  Note then, that all voltmeters are testers, but not all voltage testers are voltmeters. Voltage testers: Voltage […]

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21.Aug.2013 {Indicate type of filter, e.g., oil, gas, air} filters for motors and engines

“Motors and engines”:  The words are not synonymous.  Their meanings are hotly contested.  Each has its own cadre of supporters, staging simultaneous demonstrations, jubilant and intently oppositional, unfurling equally compelling banners, employing megaphones, bullhorns, trumpets, small drums, large drums.  1A) The broadest sense — an “engine” is “something used to effect a purpose.”  Think catapult […]

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04.Jul.2013 GNS: {Indicate specific type, e.g., candy, serving} dishes

Part II: Elaboration Definition revisited:  Merriam-Webster defines a “dish” as, “a more or less concave vessel from which food is served.”  The concave aspect of the definition likely derives from its etymology (from the Latin discus). Can vary in size without limitation: Dishes can be extraordinarily large and still be considered a dish.  Consider very […]

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24.Jun.2013 GNS: {Indicate specific type, e.g., candy, serving} dishes

Part I: A Taxonomy of Dishes General issues of definition: a more or less concave vessel from which food is served; the contents of a dish.  [note the semantic shift from vessel to contents]. Dish types Chafing dishes Jewelry dishes Baking dishes Butter dishes Casseroles [dishes] Crockery, namely, pots, dishes, drinking cups and saucers, bowls, serving bowls […]

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08.May.2013 Goods & Services: Convolute on Fruits

{Indicate processed, canned, dried, or preserved} fruits Major issue is obviously definitional.  There is a discrepancy (bordering on animosity) between the botanical definition (which relates to seed-bearing tissue) and the culinary definition (basically any plant matter that tastes sweet).  Many foods satisfy the botanical definition but not the culinary definition (e.g. tomatoes, cucumbers). Fewer foods […]

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24.Apr.2013 Goods & Services: Convolute on Frozen Entrees

{Indicate frozen, prepared or packaged} entrees consisting primarily of pasta or rice {Indicate frozen, prepared or packaged} meals consisting primarily of pasta or rice {Indicate whether frozen, prepared or packaged} entrees consisting primarily of meat, fish, poultry or vegetables {Indicate whether frozen, prepared or packaged} meals consisting primarily of meat, fish, poultry or vegetables “TV […]

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01.Apr.2013 DRUGTG&S: Hops

{Indicate fresh, raw or unprocessed} hops Humulus lupulus, from the family Cannabaceae (yes, that Cannabaceae).  The hops are the seed cone (the hive-looking structure lower right) of the plant. Beer without hops would be, I am told, almost unbearably sweet.  Hops add bitterness to the malt with the added benefit of serving as an antimicrobial. DR Futures […]

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24.Mar.2013 DR Unabridged Guide to Goods & Services: Chives

{Indicate fresh, raw or unprocessed} chives Allium schoenoprasum, from the genus Allium (edible onions). The main difference between chives and green onions is that people have given green onions a variety of names (scallions, spring onions, salad onions, table onions, green shallots, onion sticks, long onions, baby onions, precious onions, yard onions, gibbons, or syboes) whereas people only refer […]

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