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Fay is over for TV night, and I'd quoted something from a story I was reading. It mentioned cheerleaders to which she responded with:

Fay: a goth cheerleader
me: a goth cheer squad
[various comments about school mascot possibilities]
fay: the Raccoon City Revenants
Me: Edgar Allan Poe HS Ravens

We also noted that Gothic Lolita fashions would actually work with cheer stuff because of the short skirts.

Hmmm... maybe twirling parasols instead of pompoms?
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I got this one of the Traveller RPG Mailing List.

A long time ago one of the odder (but fun) members designed the PMPP (Pelvic Mounted Plasma Projector). Which this villian's weapon resembles *way* too much.

I don't want to think about recoil effects...
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Graffiti from Pompeii

Warning, not terribly worksafe (duh!)
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You've no doubt seen the various graphics/signs that have a warning symbol and the text "Do not look into laser with remaining eye!"

Well, I had a thought. And I'm just evil enough to do it.

Print one out, and add another copy of the warning to the bottom of the sign... in Braille.
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I had an odd thought today.

Both "you" and "they" get rather slippery with regards to number. That is they can both be singular and plural.

As a side note, next time someone tries to get on your case about using they as a gender neutral pronoun, point out that it goers back to at least the 1400, and it wasn't until the latter half of the 1800s that grammarians started trying to discourage it in favor of using "he" in situations where gender was indeterminate. Which is not that acceptable nowadays.

And you gets interesting as well. Many dialects have have evolved phrases that indicate that a plural you is meant.

What triggered all this was a comment in one of [personal profile] fayanora's stories with members of a collective (multiple personalities) noting that they couldn't use "they" as a gender neutral pronoun because they used it to refer to the whole collective.

Since they were British, that caused me to free associate to the expression "you lot" which definitely refers to a group. That lead me to the stereotypical "youse" found in parts of the US east coast.

"You all" (also y'all") is rather more complicated and I'm not sure if it's properly used as a singular or plural. "all y'all" is definitely plural though. :-)

Anybody have any other examples?

Isn't grammar *fun*?
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I plugged "anagram" into google and it asked "Do you mean 'nag a ram'?"
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This was a throwaway idea for a Whateley fanfic. Probably not possible even in that universe, but too silly not to go with. I decided to post it after [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith made a particular comment on someone's story.

Sandy was waiting for the last of the new batch of freshmen to show up so zie could take them on the tour. There was a zweet-boing noise from behind zir. Zie turned just in time for the human-sized roadrunner to startle zir with a loud "Meep! Meep!"

Zie was still boggling when the bird held up a sign with one wing. [Hi! I'm Velox.]

The sign flipped around and read [Is this the orientation tour for Twain?] Then it vanished.

"Uh, yeah. What's with the signs?"

[I can't talk anymore. Just make that sound.] flip [But I can manifest these signs] flip [Neat, huh?]

Sandy just shook zir head. Even for Whateley, Velox was a bit odd.

The last few freshmen showed up, and zie started the tour. After showing them the required places and things it came time for the usual "what's your power and how did you get it" talk.

Velox demonstrated his speed. The cloud of dust he raised was weird because it'd rained just that morning.

[Besides being fast, I'm either a reality warper...] flip [... or a probability warper.] flip [Weird stuff happens around me.]

[Don't EVER bring anything made by Acme near me!] flip [no way to tell what'll happen.] flip [but it won't be good for you.]

"What's with your code name?"

He held up a sign with a picture of a bird captioned [Lesser Roadrunner (Geococcyx velox)]

"So how'd you wind up like this?"

Apparently Velox got asked this a lot. He dug a paper from somewhere and handed it to the questioner. [Read it out loud, please.]

"Some friends had scored some weed, cheap. And we were having a party at my house since my folks were out of town. We were pretty stoned and I'd queued up all the Warner Brothers cartons on the player. We'd been watching Roadrunner cartoons for a couple hours when we all started feeling weird."

"I managed to call 911 before I passed out."

"Seems the guy who grew the weed had picked up some chemicals cheap. Fertilizer, pesticide, I forget what. They were cheap because they were some devisor stuff that didn't always work right."

"My friends just got sick. I turned into this."
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I'm reading a short story titled "Prep School", only when I glanced up at the open tabs after checking something else I misread it as "Perp School". Now *there'd* be an unusual story.

Which reminds me of an idea that came out of an IM conversation a few years back. I forget what exactly sparked the train of thought, but it may have been a combo of talking about alternate realities that had more reasonable attitudes about sex and other things, and some item about sex ed classes.

Anyway, what came out of it was the idea of a world where "sex worker" was not only legal, but there was a Voc Tech track for it in school. Sort of like shop and Home Ec.

Which lead to "How did you manage to get an F in Intro to Sex??!!"

Whether it's a parent or a fellow student that definitely is going to lead to some *odd* questions and discussions. :-)

And just think of the classes for that track. As well as just what might be *in* those classes. And then there are the electives...

slug fest?

Apr. 26th, 2017 09:28 am
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Came across a link to an interesting article while re-reading some old posts in other folks LJs (I'm cleaning up the old comment notifications, and read the original posts to get context)

Seems banana slugs are edible.

Another comment after the one with the link notes that you should keep them for several days and feed them on "safe" stuff to make sure they are purged of any toxins from eating things they can eat but humans can't.

even with that caution, it is tempting to go out to Forest Park to harvest some.. :-)

Oh yeah, several sorts of garden snails are edible as well. Though you have to isolate them for even longer because they may have picked up pestocides from other peoples gardens.
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while wading thru some old stuff in my LJ inbox (to clean it up) I ran across an old post where I stated that my Kevin Bacon number was 4. This was based on the Oracle of Bacon

That number was based on a local "celebrity known as Darklady. She had a 3, so, since I've known her for years, that gave me a 4.

Well, I decided to try a different approach. I've met Larry Niven several times, at cons and at book signings...
He's got a Bacon number of 2. So I've got a three.

If you *really* want to stretch things, Ricardo Montalban was a customer at a restaurant I was working at in 1974. He's got a bacon number of 1, so that'd give me a 2.

Moldy Oldy

Apr. 22nd, 2017 03:14 pm
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Someone mentioned Benson in a post I was reading somewhere the other day. So I went digging.

At first I thought that show was a spinoff from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, but digging further got the right show, Soap.

So I added that to the rotation of what Fay and I watch when we've run out of current episodes of things.

It worked great too. Benson was being Benson within the first five minutes of the first episode. As I expected, Fay loved it.

We wound up watching a second episode, and I'd forgotten that Jodi Dallas (Billy Crystal's character) was not only gay, but trans (at least a crossdresser if not TS). Heck, they even refferred to him as a TS.

Considering that it was a 40 year old comedy program, they actually handled it well.
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My Doctor told me to start killing people. Well, not in those exact words. She said I have to reduce stress in my life. Which is pretty much the same thing.

"I'm sorry but I make it a point to never date outside my species..."
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From a story prompt:
A knight in shining armor outsmarts the dragon and climbs to the highest tower, only the princess locked away at the top of the tower is… a lesbian.
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I was reading something and hit a passage where a character said that it was the *billionth* time they'd thought something.

I knew that was wrong, but wanted to check just how wrong. so I worked out how long a billion seconds would be.

That led to this...

1 second = 1 sec
1 kilosecond = 1000 sec = 1e3 sec = 16 min 40 sec
1 megasecond = 1,000,00 sec = 1e6 sec = ~11.6 days
1 gigasecond = 1,000,000,000 sec = 1e9 sec = ~ 31.7 years
1 terasecond = 1e12 sec = ~31,688.7 years
1 petasecond = 1e15 sec = ~ 32 million years = ~ 32 megayears
1 exasecond = 1e18 sec = ~ 32 billion years = ~32 gigayears = ~ twice the current age of the universe!
1 zettasecond = 1e21 sec = ~ 32 trillion years = ~ 32 terayears
1 yottasecond = 1e24 sec = ~ 32 quadrillion years = ~ 32 petayears
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When I ventured out to the store on Thursday I spotted this cozy little home:
A birdbath igloo?
More pics )
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A while back, I stumbled across my DVD of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. I thought [ profile] fayanora might like it. So I copied it to the media server.

Last week, I finally remembered to show it to her. She definitely appreciated the silliness.

Now we've been watching old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and it just so happened that the one we watched after the movie had the first appearance of Spkie.

Now there's a character in "a Funny Thing" who is incredibly self-centered, full of himself, and thinks he's the gods gift to women. The Captain who is buying the virgin slave if you've seen the movie.

So Spike pops up and we realize his character has *so* much in common with that of the Captain.

Hence the title of this post.

That out of the way, if you haven't ever seen A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, you should. It's *classic* comedy. With several masters of comedy in it.

Also, in spite of the slapstick and farce, it may come closer to daily life in Rome than most of the "Roman epic" films of the era did.
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Been going over some old British TV lately. Which led to a number of strange ideas.

Has UNIT or SHADO ever had to call on International Rescue for assistance?

Has either organization ever needed the aid of John Steed and his various companions?

What does SHADO think of the Doctor?

Is Lt. Harrington at SHADO's moonbase an ancestor of duchess Harrington?
(I really hope I someday get a chance to ask David Weber that one. :-)

And scariest of all...

Has the Doctor ever encountered Sapphire & Steel?
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I'm trying to picture someone doing this at Orycon.
Gandalf comes slinking onto the stage, poses, blows kisses to the judges...

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