Stretching the domain of life

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 8 15:06:00 UTC 2013

I distinctly recall a local TV show of the mid to late '70s in which an
incredibly soft-spoken and laid-back artist taught rudimentary landscape
painting. As he daubed, he would habitually say things like, "And let's say
a nice little pond lives up here" and "There should be a barn. Where does
*he* live? Ahhh!"


On Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 9:38 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at>wrote:

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> Although you still hear and read "data" as a count noun on occasion, it
> has pretty much changed to a non-count noun. (See
> I think by the early 1980s, this was becoming widespread with the spread
> of computing.
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
> Learn Ainu!
> On Dec 7, 2013, at 6:04 PM, W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> > WB:  Shouldn't it be, "My data *live* in a cloud"?
> > <<Without a full grasp of where data **lives**, an organization can=92t
> be
> > completely sure of what privacy laws it may or may not be required to
> > follow.>>
> > <<How about your organization? Do you know exactly where your data
> > **lives**? Are you sure you know?>>
> >
> > rage
> > And you thought Data only lives on the Starship Enterprise. (It is
> alive?)
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