cat's cradle


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cat's cradle

Something intricately or overly complex and/or elaborate. Likened to the children's game of the same name in which string is wound around and between one's fingers to create intricate patterns. The new healthcare legislation is a baffling cat's cradle of regulations, requirements, and loopholes.
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Humanity was critical to Vonnegut's works and a theme that ran through many of his novels, especially Cat's Cradle (named for a children's string game that Vonnegut used as a symbol for the flawed patterns established by religion).
Dancers manipulate long lengths of two-inch wide elastics tied at varying heights offstage, running on and off in a seeming collision course and delivering visual imagery and kinetic excitement in an ever-changing cat's cradle of inventive movement.
The accident is the introduction of infected cats into Slovenia, which kills not only all the cats but most other animals, including humans, and the disappearance of Slovenia, "so that our language was never spoken again and we were never again spoken about"--not quite as disastrous as Ice-9 in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, as befits Slovenian modesty.
The geometry of each joint is different, dictated by the changing form, and the entire structure is exposed internally, like a cat's cradle.
THE first UK stage adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's cult classic Cat's Cradle will be staged in Wales this week.
Highlights on offer include Cat's Cradle by Miracle Theatre Company, based on Kurt Vonnegut's sci-fi novel, tonight at Atherstone Memorial Hall (01827 722198) or tomorrow at Weston under Wetherley Village Hall (01926 632368).
Banks have been hoarding what dollars they have this week - virtually refusing to lend greenbacks to anybody - for fear of what could emerge as Lehman Brothers' colossal cat's cradle of trading positions and derivatives is unravelled.
His notion that humans tend to abuse their technological prowess partly condensed into a hatred of weaponry, which became thematic in his forceful critique of scientific obtuseness, Cat's Cradle (1963).
His later novels included Cat's Cradle, Breakfast Of Champions and Mother Night.
Vonnegut wrote at least 19 novels, including Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle, as well as short stories, plays and essays.
Relationships in soaps are rarely simple and Danny Baldwin's were about as straightforward as a cat's cradle.
Cat's cradle, in which two players produce various designs by alternately stretching a looped string over their fingers, has been around since 1760.
After the questions about Cat's Cradle, I began with preemptive criticism, reading Martin Amis's denunciation that Crash is "possibly the most extreme example in modern fiction of how beautifully and lovingly someone can write 70,000 words of vicious nonsense" (101).
Brownell was in no doubt that the fault for this lay with the industry, which spent decades surrounding the basic core of their systems (the CPU and memory) with a cat's cradle of auxiliary components and utilities that has left server administrators tied up in knots.
The working cats in the New York Dutch settlement of Litterbox are tired of being poor and working for pennies in the Cat's Cradle Company.