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Quick Update and some Random Trivia


This quick update is here to inform you that the next article should be uploaded in the next couple of days. The way I see it, the article writing process is like building a coffee table. First, you assemble the frame that will hold the whole construct together. Then, you place all the pieces of wood that would be the surface of the table, which is what even makes it a table. Then, you put all the little embellishments and decorations that give your coffee table some personality and uniqueness. And finally you pour a generous layer of varnish on the whole thing, to give it a layer of protection and some gloss. Well, I just varnished my article and put it outside to dry. I'm not going to spoil the surprise by telling you what the next article is about, but let me just say that I'm wearing a lab-coat in the artwork.

On a fairly different note, I found out a bit of trivia that you might find interesting. A little background is needed. Yesterday, Amikinart, my girlfriend, and I have received our skipper licenses. The skipper is the captain of a boat or a ship. As marine science students, part of our training included sailing lessons. Once a week for two years we would go sailing for around two hours right outside of school. This was one the bigger upsides of our school - opening every Tuesday morning with a couple of hours of yachting is not a bad habit, and I'm not even talking about the sailing trips we had at the end of each school year.

Anyway, during those two years, I kept wondering why the captain is called a skipper? There's not much space for skipping on a little boat. And if whistling while out at sea is not allowed, I can't imagine skipping is. So today we looked up the etymology of the word and, well, the answer is quite straightforward. 

The origins of the word are from the 14th century and the middle Dutch language, in which the word Scip means Ship. Their word Scipper somehow crept into the English language and became Skipper. And so, the word Skipper is just about the same meaning as the word Shipper.

Also, since the 15th century, the word skipper also means 'one who skips', but I don't really have to tell you that.

Anyway, impress your friends with this profound knowledge, check back for a new article tomorrow or the next day, and thanks for reading,