“data is” and “try and”

A couple days ago, one of the pinko blogs I like reminded me that Google has a feature that lets you trace language usage over the last century and a half or so.  Kevin Drum was interested in seeing how “data” has, more and more, been used as a singular noun (which he, quite incorrectly, sees as a good development), and he used Googles Ngram Viewer to generate this chart:

Which reminded me of one of my pet peeves, the use of “try and” instead of the correct “try to.”  So, of course, I investigated and found that “try and” is not becoming more common (at least in the Google database); quite the contrary, as a matter of fact:
 
But the reason I’m mentioning all this is because in the process of looking for my earlier “try and” post I wound up looking at all my posts from February 2008.  And I have to say I liked most of them.

EineKleineBlog

I’m toying with the idea of moving EineKleineBlog from its Blogger host to this WordPress site.  Following are a couple experiments with importing very, very short — 1 post each — Blogger Blogs.  They seem to have been brought in very nicely.

My major hesitation about just importing EineKleine right away is that “Darby and Joan”  is not exactly what you would call stable.  Two days ago I blew it up.  Completely!  There was not a trace of it left — in fact, barely a memory.  I realize the world would keep on spinning if EineKleine were to disappear, but surely no one could bear to live in such a world, could they?

We have to start somewhere . . .

. . . so here are some scans that I’ve got on my computer on December 16, 2007. The pieces in this first group mostly have creation dates in November of this year. One was created a year earlier. The creation dates (shown in the captions) are, as near as I can tell, the dates the pictures were scanned, not necessarily the dates they were drawn.


Please: Click the slide show for larger images. They are too small to be seen here.

We have to start somewhere . . .

. . . so here are some scans that I’ve got on my computer on December 15, 2007. This first group mostly has creation dates in November of this year. One was created a year earlier. (The creation dates shown in the captions are when pictures were scanned, not necessarily when they were drawn.)


Click the slide show for larger images.