Definition: Karoshi, Vanta Black, Pettifogging

Some interesting stories with today’s interesting words




Definition: Black-figure Pottery, Red-figure Pottery, Vitrify

Some ancient Greek pottery terminology today. Pretty interesting how they found out these things to make their pottery art.


Black-figure Pottery

One of the styles of painting on antique Greek vases that leaves black figures (after oxygen withdrawn in kiln)


Red-figure Pottery

One of the styles of painting on antique Greek vases that leaves red figures (after oxygen added in kiln after it was withdrawn to create black-figures)



Convert (something) into glass or a glasslike substance, typically by exposure to heat


Net Negative Day Alternative to Buy Nothing Day and Black Friday

Today is Black Friday for crazy shopping in North America. To protest and counter that, people came up with Buy Nothing Day, but might well turn around to buy something throughout the weekend that now has extended to Cyber Monday. Buying nothing for one day but buying the same net amount later is like delayed hypocrisy. Buy Nothing Day has its merits, but it’s not practical for a lot of people who might be able to save money on something they really need. Buy Nothing Day is a lot more affordable for the wealthy than the less wealthy.

As an alternative to Buy Nothing Day, try what I thought of and practiced this year. It’s something much more practical that I callĀ Net Negative Day. The principle is simple.

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