I already have an up-and-running blog. But I felt the need to store all the geek stuff I came across everyday, and connect with the sort of audience such a blog would attract. And not mix it up with my friends and family who read my general blog. Just the same way I wanted to disconnect the jokes I read and the pics I clicked, from the stuff I wrote.
Hence this blog.
And the title… well… I wanted a nice techie punsome title. Started with Naive Babes, but found that grossly inappropriate. So now you have Total Recall – in keeping with my interest in Information Retrieval. And the URL – irjejune – I wanted something that rhymes with IR Baboon. For the IR in it. Jejune means something ‘insipid’. Which hopefully I’ll grow away from.
According to Wiktionary as of today, 17.6.09, Jejune also means:
- Naive; simplistic.
- 1702: I have often wondered why some late Writers should sensure Tully’s Letters for being too naked and jejune, when that to his Friend Lucceius, which the Reader will find in this Collection, is a plain Demonstration to the contrary? — Thomas Brown, Select Epistles or Letters out of M. Tullius Cicero; and the best Roman, Greek and French Authors both Ancient and Modern
- 1917: This renders the recognition of alternatives a paramount necessity for a logic of discovery, which can no longer dismiss them with a jejune chapter on ‘disjunctive propositions’. — Charles Joseph Singer, Studies in the History and Method of Science
- 1955 : Doubtless, too, both grammarians and philosophers have been aware that it is by no means easy to distinguish even questions, commands, and so on from statements by means of the few and jejune grammatical marks available, such as word order, mood, and the like : though perhaps it has not been usual to dwell on the difficulties which this fact obviously raises. – J.L. Austin, How To Do Things With Words
- 1962: Gradus had long been a member of all sorts of jejune leftist organizations. — Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
- 1975: Sonja (Diane Keaton): “That is incredibly jejune“. Boris (Woody Allen): That’s jejune? You have the temerity to say that I’m talking to you out of jejunosity? I am one of the most june people in all of the Russias!” – Woody Allen, Love And Death
- 1993: I went to the cinema not for entertainment, but for cinematography. For it was only by studying the precise rake of extra-long pans, the trajectory of tracking shots and the jejune emotional appeal of the jump-cut, that I could add to the repertoire of my own internal shoots. — Will Self, My Idea of Fun