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I See Posts Before My Eyes

Write about homophones in Utah, get fired.

"I had to look up the word", said Clarke Woodger,owner of the Nomen Global Language Center in Provo Utah.  Blogger and entry-level English as a second-language teacher Tim Torkildson 

And after looking up the word, which here (and everywhere) means “two word which sound the same but have different spelling and meanings”, then fired Mr. Torkildson for writing a blog post about the use of homophones in common language.

Because people ”may see the ‘homo’ side and think it has something to do with gay sex.”

There are not enough pictures of people with their palms to their heads do do this mindset justice.

I can only assume that Clarke Woodger also does not drink homogenized milk, does not associate with any thespians, and performs no jobs with his hands.

Just to play it safe, y’unnerstan.

(Oddly enough, the facebook page for the Nomen Global Language Center) has vanished.  The web site is still there.)

Osgood thanks the Internet for helping the BBC reach a million followers on the electric type Twitter..

Now of course, this means they dragged her all the way to the studio…JUST to record this? Seems unlikely.

Different outfit - bowtie instead of a scarf…seems an odd change to make just for a promo.

I wonder…..

(Plus I can’t tell if that’s a ladder in the background or the edge of the BOOTH…)

Shouldn’t everyone’s first patronus be a teddy bear?

Tagged: Harry potter  

The Power Rangers are on the electric-type tumblr.

The Power Rangers are on the electric-type tumblr.






Never forget that you are the protagonist of your own story

and the antagonist of someone else’s!

And a possible love interest in some other peoples! 0u0

This might just be the single most inspiration thing I have ever seen on the internet.

You are also a supporting character to a lots of people’s stories. You might even be the kind stranger who unintentionally turns someone’s life around for the better.

I’m pretty sure The Wife and I are the wacky neighbors.

Via I'm a fan of being a fan because fandom rocks.

Is it such a hard thing to ask?

Zack Smith interviews Lumpy Space Princess

This is the kind of thing they should have done as an audio interview.

Richard Dawkins recently posted an extremely controversial tweet about rape.

So states an article on the UK edition of the Huff Post.

The tweet in question suggests that of the things we call “rape” that some are worse than others.

Staggering, I know.

OK, fair’s fair, that’s certainly a very belligerent way of making your point.  Richard Dawkins is not known for his charm and tact, he’s known for making his points forcefully, in a direct manner that makes it clear he does not care to bandy and sugarcoat.  And watching him lambaste someone with whom you disagree is a joy to behold.  When you’re the target of his diatribe, it stings like salt and lemon juice-coated razor blades.

But he makes a valid point.  I have said before, the idea that every act of sexual assault that we now refer to as “rape” are all equal has ever shocked and amazed me.

Both are wrong.  Both deserve punishment.  Both must be stopped.

But if you think they deserve the same punishment because both are equal in all ways, you have lost your sense of proportion.

Things can have the same name and one can be worse than the other.  Slapping a person’s face and breaking a person’s arm are both classified as assault. Is one worse than the other?

Now I grasp utterly that there’s a serious emotional side to sexual assault, and the reactions will vary widely from person to person.  Some people may well be able to cope with a stranger assaulting them than someone they know. The emotional recovery from a traumatic experience is often far longer than any physical healing.  

But for people to read Dawkins’ tweet and claim that he’s in some way trying to diminish rape is beyond me.  

Opie of Opie and (formerly)Anthony has a new shirt in his store.


this could be us

You think the wait to reserve for a Birthday party is long…

The ships of Thunderbirds.

By James Seddon

Hank Pym was Not a Wife-Beater


>I was excited to see Hank Pym, one of my favorite characters, will be getting used again, but was disappointed to see the story will again revolve around his mental problems. I know writers will pitch stories, but shouldn’t an editor say, “Hey, you know we’ve covered that in every single Hank Pym story since the Shooter Assassination of the character; maybe we could try some different take?” 

A word, if I may, about “the Shooter Assassination of the character”.

Jim Shooter has gone on record that he did not intend The Bitch-Slap Heard Round the World to be nearly as big a moment as it has become. He wrote about this in his blog, where he talked about the way he crafted Hank’s story, creating a pretty damned complex psychological profile.

As for The Slap:

In that story (issue 213, I think), there is a scene in which Hank is supposed to have accidentally struck Jan while throwing his hands up in despair and frustration—making a sort of “get away from me” gesture while not looking at her.  Bob Hall, who had been taught by John Buscema to always go for the most extreme action, turned that into a right cross!  There was no time to have it redrawn, which, to this day has caused the tragic story of Hank Pym to be known as the “wife-beater” story.

Ever since, there have been endless attempts to make Hank Pym a major player in the Marvel Universe, and in almost all but the most recent use by Dan Slott, almost always ended poorly, spiraling back to “but he’s the guy who hit his wife”.

Jim created a very complex pool of potential storytelling here.  And it always gets reduced to “wife-beater” - both by the fans and by editorial - too often.  Dan Slott’s recent use of Hank may have been the most creative and rich storyline in decades.  Hank really is among the top three minds in the MU, but his issues render him alternately fiercely jealous or convinced he’s not good enough.  To this day I consider it very possible that the moment he was told he was the “Scientist Supreme” may have all been a hallucination, but one that inspired him to some of his greatest discoveries.

Here’s Jim’s complete blog post 

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It is Alton Brown’s birthday.

His show Good Eats was one of the first shows to bring the science and chemistry of cooking into the discussion.  It made cooking interesting for neep neeps and other people who saw food simply as a method to keep from fainting while writing code or playing video games.

He’s witty, creative, has the same ability to scratch-build props as Joel Hodgson on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and even parodied the show in various ways over the years).  I once met him, and compared him to physics professor Jearl Walker, whose public television show would teach about science by doing geek tricks, like dipping his hand in molten lead to show how the Leidenfrost effect works. Alton gave me a funny look.  Which is fine.

Good Eats used to be ubiquitous on the Food Network - there was nary a time it wasn’t on.You could turn on the set and have a fair to middling shot of hearing that theme.  

That honor is now afforded to Cupcake Wars.  I think that says a lot about us as a people. Sadly.

The Forty Year-Old Fanboy: On how sometimes, the Kookie Solution is the way to go.

In honor of Edd “Kookie” Byrnes’ birthday, here’s a piece I wrote on what I still think is a viable method for getting out of irreparable narrative traps

On 77 Sunset Strip a classic detective show from the 50’s, they introduced Edd “Kookie” Byrnes in the pilot as a psycopathic killer who habitually combed his hair. In the episode, the character was captured, convicted and sent to the gas chamber. But Byrnes was a hit - he was all people were talking about. So in the next episode of the series, star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. appeared before the credits and literally told the audience:

"We previewed this show, and because Edd Byrnes was such a hit we decided that Kookie and his comb had to be in our series. So this week, we’ll just forget that in the pilot he went off to prison to be executed.

Sometimes that’s the best answer. When you go down the wrong road, sometimes you just cut your losses, admit your errors, turn to the audience and say “I’m sorry, can we just go again?”




I don’t trust the media, too many acronyms.  what does cnn stand for?  literally no one knows the answer

cable news network

could be.  literally no one knows

Of course, that’s only the…initial report.

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