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Gateway to what?

November 8, 2005 7:43 am

At this point, you’ve probably all see the Florida quarter. It looks like this, right?

This might be more appropriate.

Jack, version 2.0

November 3, 2005 7:37 pm

This falls under the category of “oddball things that other people do – which I wouldn’t repeat, but which amuse me.” As this is a rather lengthy title, it is officially categorized as “miscellany.” So sue me.

But first, go laugh at this Frankensteinian mix of vegetable and machine. Enjoy.

I got it from Agnes…
…well, actually, it was Aaron Williams.  Last link on this list.

As all jack-o-lanterns inevitably must, this link seems to have rotted. Many regrets. -Ed.

My life as an English nerd, Part 2

November 2, 2005 9:33 pm

If you are a college student, have been a college student, have ever thought about being a college student, or live within a five hundred mile radius of a college, you need to read this:

Dave Barry on College

*cackles*

October 25, 2005 1:48 pm

No animals were harmed in the making of this game:

Cat Bowling

Enjoy!

11/3/05:   Sadly, the game seems to have been taken down. Apparently someone doesn’t think that Halloween should last all year. I love the holiday – it’s fun to be something…else…just for a night. I would love to live in a neighborhood where there are enough trick-or-treaters to where dressing in costume to answer the door would be warrented…heheheheh. Too many old people around my parents’ place. -Lady V.

Playing along

October 15, 2005 11:20 pm

Wow, I leave for two days and the CSC LiveJournal community EXPLODES!!

Because I’m more amused by this one, here’s the movie quote quiz:

[1] Pick 20 of your favorite movies.
[2] Pick a few lines of dialogue.
[3] As people guess the film, strike out that entry (and put the movie title, and who got it).

1. “Are you frightened?”
“Yes.”
“Not nearly frightened enough. I know what hunts you.”
The Fellowship of the Ring (Aragorn and Frodo) – Pug

2. “Why, you ask, was I bound and chained in this cold and dismal place? Not for any mortal sin, but the wickedness of my abhorrent face!” The Phantom of the Opera – Elf

3.”And what exactly is it you do…do?” Young Frankenstein – Elf

4. “I have recieved two forks as well-
“Forks?”
“Yes. It’s a new instrument, a devilish little thing to look at – and to use too. It’s for pronging meat with and carrying it to your mouth. It saves you dirtying your fingers.”

5. “I would my horse had the speed of your tongue.” Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick) – Crunch

6. “But we could get killed – or worse, expelled!” Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (Hermione) – Crunch

7. “This corpse here – he comes back to life, Prince ********** suffers?”
“Humiliations galore.”
“Now THAT is what I call a worthwhile reason!”
The Princess Bride (Inigo and Miracle Max) – Crunch

8 “Hokey religions, and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side.” Star Wars: A New Hope (Han) – Crunch

9. “Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most . . . human.” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Kirk) – Crunch

10. “You’re an accountant. You’re in a noble profession. The word “count” is part of your title.” The Producers (Max) – Pug

11. “The question is not whether I’ve treated you rudely but whether you’ve ever heard me treat anyone else better.” My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins) – Pug

12 “If we have unearned luck now, to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue – we shall make amends ere long!” A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck) – Elf

13. “Shall I describe it, or would you like me to get you a box?” The Two Towers (Legolas) – Pug

14. “This once belonged to a young, foolish boy, who spent more time slaying dragons than doing his studies.”
“This was yours?”
“Yes. My father had it made for me.”
“Well, I’m taller than you were then. Though I’m not likely to grow anymore… except sideways.”
The Return of the King – Pug

15. “I submit this as Exhibit X – ***** ****’s diary!”
“I object! My client has never held a diary! And even if she did, this would be… invasion of privacy, and violation of the fourth amendment, and… and illegal search without a warrant!”
“Yeah, AND she broke the lock!”
Chicago – Pug

16. “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” Dr. Strangelove (the President) – Pug

17. “The swallow may fly south with the sun, or the house martin or the plover seek warmer climes in winter, yet these are not strangers to our land.”
“Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?”
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Pug

18. “Can we start with the part where ***** gets knocked out by a 90 pound girl? Because that’s never getting old.” Serenity – Pug

19. “Have you ever seen the ***** *****?”
“No.”
“Well, how do you know it’s really there?”
“Some things you see with your eyes; others you see with your heart.”
The Land Before Time – Pug

20. “Look, I have ONE job on this lousy ship! It’s stupid, but I’m gonna do it, OKAY?” Galaxy Quest – Crunch

Lightening up

October 5, 2005 10:47 pm

I don’t post nearly enough funny stuff. This is me and Carmen from earlier this evening.

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Academic porn?

May 14, 2005 10:01 pm

I’m not sure when I was last this disgusted.

While doing research for an English project on the Stuart court in exile during the Civil War, I clicked on a link out of morbid curiosity and found this.

It’s somewhat like pornography – you know it’s out there on the internet, but you don’t realize how horrid it is until you stumble across it for yourself. What really kills me is how hard they try to make it sound legitimate and morally okay. I love the sentence under “About us” that claims, “We don’t teach nor encourage you to cheat.” Then what the hell are you doing? This is some swampy logic.

It all reminds me a bit of a character in John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, a play we read recently in this same English class. Giovanni has plenty of book smarts, but no moral context, so he can logic his way into anything he wants. Like incest. Yes, he does. Similarly, these folks have tidily ignored…
A) the fact that turning in a paper written by someone else is automatically cheating. Duh?
B) the fact that actually doing the writing would benefit the student’s communication skills, which is the purpose of assigning the essay in the first place.

May I also express my scorn for this company’s writers, who supposedly include “graduate and post-graduate degree holders”? You spend how many years working for a graduate degree and then you use it for this? I’ll live under the bridge first.

Disgusting, disgusting, disgusting.

Reality check

May 6, 2005 9:59 pm

Nobody broke up with anybody. And if Jen has multiple men flocking about her, Pug isn’t one of them. So ‘Ranth and I had to give that movie a miss. Probably just as well.

Whether any of us learned anything from the commenting craziness is yet to be seen. I’m not holding my breath.

If this doesn’t make any sense to you, go read yesterday’s post. And the comments. Especially the comments.

Calender check!

May 5, 2005 7:08 am

Yup, we still have a calendar! (Sorry – I’ve been around way too many Boy Scout “gravity checks” in my time.)

Happy 5/5/05 everybody – enjoy writing the date all day!

Quote of the day:
“Coding is like dating: the more you do it, the better you get.”
-Jen

Nifties

May 3, 2005 3:30 pm

An assortment of links that amused me this morning:

This is just cool. As you may or may not know, Dracula is written in diary form (the English major in me want to use the words “epistolary novel,” please humor me). So this fellow has had the brilliant idea of blogging the novel according to its own calendar. It happens to start on May 3rd, so check it out. I now have the urge to collect every epistolary novel I own and set up the same thing.

[Corollary: what if you had a book made up of two people writing letters to each other and you published it on two blogs by two people? Or would the timing just get too confusing? Hmmm.]

As someone who doesn’t strongly identify as either a Yankee or a Southerner, I find this quiz amusing. The higher your percentage, the more Southern you are. I come out at a fairly even 49%. Personally, I would add one more question to the quiz: “What do you put your groceries in a buggy or a cart?” That’s one southern-ism that I have never acclimated to. Kinda odd.

And this one is just silly (and yet not). Now we have an answer to that age old question, when are the Unitarians going get in on the holy war game? The answer: Unitarian Jihad. Again, so simple! Why didn’t I think of that?

[Corollary: What is your Unitarian Jihad name”? You may call me Sister Boot Knife of Sweet Reason.]

[Corollary 2: What the heck are you talking about and who are these goofy Unitarians anyway? Look here.]