Τσικνοπέμπτη (Tsiknopempti) on Symi and gigaflops
The word of the week today, which has nothing to do with anything really, is:
n. | (Electronics & Computer Science / Computer Science) Computing a measure of processing speed, consisting of a thousand million floating-point operations a second
[from GIGA- + flo(ating) p(oint)]
I’ve had a few gigaflops in the past; that moment when you find yourself on stage in front of several hundred people, you tell a joke and no one laughs. Or that time when you are on the stage of the Theatre Royal Margate (the second oldest stage in the country) and the show should have started ten minutes ago but you’re hanging on just in case a coach party miraculously appears to fill the balcony. (It doesn’t but you still get presented with an award after the show anyway.)
There are other, naughtier definitions which I have not included here, but a couple that are printable: “Geek slang for ultimate fail, derived from the term used to measure a computer’s performance. The word is split into two parts to justify its meaning. 1. GIGA (meaning loads or 1,000,000,000) and 2. flop (meaning fail). Not to be confused with GagaFlip the act of discarding an unwanted Lady Gaga.” Urban Dictionary.com
And if you were wondering why, or where from? It was a word that came up in yesterday’s crossword, and the rest of the team decided it would be good to have it as this week’s word of the week. And now for something completely different.
It will rain on Thursday. How do I know? Well, apart from the fact the online weather forecast tells me so, Thursday is also Tsiknopempti, and for the last two years (at least) it has rained on this day causing the cancelation of the souvlaki celebration in the village square. Instead, the event has been held at the school, or rather the council supplied meat-treats have been given out at the schools where the children have dressed up in costume, sprayed foam and silly string to their hearts’ content without fear of ruining cameras, causing people to slip and break bones, or blinding passers-by. They’ve enjoyed the souvlakies and shouted until they were horse.
Will this year be any different? We will have to wait and see, but if you want to check out more Tziknopemti entries from this blog, you can use the search boxes in the right hand column.
I just did that for you and found the entry from last year which includes a video of Tsikniopempti on Symi.
The photos today were taken yesterday on a walk back up from Yialos. Intrigued to know what the huge open space of excavation is going to be; terracing? A house? A theme park?