Also, out of my memory files popped the long forgotten factoid that I went as a mime for Halloween one year. My mom was very handy with the face paint, so I got to be the kind with a black star and teardrop on one eye. These days, that would make me a gang member who has passed the test by killing someone, right? What a difference a couple of decades makes! I will have to see if I can dig up a photo.
So, I thought I would share the definition of mime today, but I was surprised when my initial search turned up more than imaginary boxes or ropes. From YourDictionary.com, I found the definition I had expected to find:
- an ancient Greek or Roman farce, in which people and events were mimicked and burlesqued
- the representation of an action, character, mood, etc. by means of gestures and actions rather than words
- an actor who performs in mimes; specif., a mimic or pantomimist
Short for Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, a specification for formatting non-ASCII messages so that they can be sent over the Internet. Many e-mail clients now support MIME, which enables them to send and receive graphics, audio, and video files via the Internet mail ystem. In addition, MIME supports messages in character sets other than ASCII.
There are many predefined MIME types, such as GIF graphics files and PostScript files. It is also possible to define your own MIME types.
In addition to e-mail applications, Web browsers also support various MIME types. This enables the browswer to display or output files that are not in HTML format.
Notice how both definitions are written in the English language, but one is understandable and one appears to be in another language? (How ironic if I said definition #2 was Greek to me!) Sheesh! Maybe I can help: Many MIME types (you know, like young/old/male/female/mentally balanced/mentally unbalanced/homeless/hobo). GIF graphics files (those things you send as presents in forward emails). PostScript files (those afterthoughts you tack on at the end with x's and o's and hearts...but where are the PostScriptScript ones?). HTML (I think this is text speak for How That Makes me Laugh, but then it should be HTMML.) What? I am all wrong? Well, I am getting my ASCII out of here before I do any more damage then.
Since I do not currently possess a mime photo of any kind, I used a photo from:
http://www.classesandcareers.com/education/wp-content/uploads/image/Mime.jpg.I will change that if/when I am able to obtain my own mime photo. Now, maybe we have all learned something today. No, I cannot yet upload a tutorial on this subject, but YouTube can help you out with that, if you are interested.