Posts Tagged ‘Lulz’

Tuesday Silly: A door with an identity crisis

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The text says do not enter, but the symbol indicates otherwise.

Twilight Brain Dump #1: Introduction and Links

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

For a while, my favorite hobby was embarrassing Eric when he had friends over by telling all his friends how much I love Twilight. There are three major components to my love for it:

  1. I enjoyed it as a brainless romance novel.
  2. I enjoy snarking on it, because despite my sincere enjoyment of it, there are quite a few areas one can legitimately poke fun at
  3. Analyzing the messages presented in the book.

This whole post is full of spoilers, and if you have any intention to read the book, you should go do that before you read this post.

The most salient of the many criticisms I’ve read of the series is the way it idealizes abusive relationships. I would think long and hard before I’d give this to a tween or any impressionable person. It also glorifies the failure to (as cleolinda so charmingly put it) put on your big girl panties and deal with things.

Links

For the lulz

Serious internet

How people perceive California

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

After a friend posted this on Facebook, I was moved to create this graph that has been bouncing around in my head for a while:

Northern California = San Francisco, Southern California = LA/San Diego, Central and East San Diego don't exist.

In contrast with reality

Also, can we all realize that San Francisco is in the middle of California and stop using using “San Francisco” and “Northern California” as synonyms? There are 300 miles of California north of San Francisco.

Similar to My Little Pony

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

After hearing many good things about the latest My Little Pony incarnation, Friendship is Magic, I looked it up on Netflix. It offered some unexpected similar titles: Suggestions shown are The Border and Charlie Jade

Tuesday silly: “Manhood items”

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

I was looking up this book (which I have not read so cannot endorse one way or the other) when I found the following ad on Amazon:

"Huge selection of Manhood items"

An unfortunate computer-generated ad.

I’m not sure what “Manhood items” are, but it made me giggle.

Tuesday silly: The Bad Thing in Yosemite

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The big store in Yosemite Valley has a sign showcasing their commitment to various food standards.
Yosemite market offers organic foods

Unfortunately, it is guilty of The Bad Thing:

"NO CHEMICALS". Yeah right.

NO CHEMICALS

Tuesday silly: Dressing vs Stuffin’

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Dressing; Stuffin'
I saw this in Yosemite. I’m not sure why one has the final ‘g’, but the other just has an apostrophe.

Two excerpts

Monday, July 11th, 2011

I liken sociopathic charm to the animal charisma of other mammals who are predators. We watch the large cats, for example, and are fascinated with their movements, their independence and their power. But the direct gaze of a leopard, should one happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, is inescapable and tetanizing, and the fascinating charm of the predator is often the last thing prey ever experiences.

Enhancing the animal charisma of sociopaths, there is our own mild affinity for danger. Conventional wisdom has it that dangerous people are attractive, and when we are drawn to sociopaths, we tend to prove out this cliche. Sociopaths are dangerous in many ways. One of the most conspicuous is their preference for risky situations and choices, and their ability to convince others to take risks along with them…Our normal affinity for the occasional thrill can make the risk-taking sociopath seem all the more charming — at first. Initially, it can be exciting to be invited into the risky scheme, so be associated with the person who is making choices outside of our ordinary boundaries.

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout PhD, p 88-89

His angel’s face was only a few inches from mine. I might have — should have — flinched away from his unexpected closeness, but I was unable to move. His golden eyes mesmerized me.

“I’m the world’s best predator, aren’t I? Everything about me invites you in — my voice, my face, even my smell. As if I need any of that!…As if you could outrun me…As if you could fight me off…”

Face ashen, eyes wide, I sat like a bird locked in the eyes of a snake.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, p262-264

Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga as portrayed by Robert Pattenson

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Magic gender

Friday, July 8th, 2011

A recent Manboobz post mentioned in passing something called Magyck the Gendering (the specific page has mysteriously disappered). Fascinated, I went to google it. Although I found no such reference, Google did supply me with this interesting gem:

Magic Gender is Male

Technology as explained by my mother: The Internet

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I was lamenting to my mother the difficulty in explaining technical answers to people who have limited experience with technology. She sighed sympathetically and said something along the lines of, “It’s very difficult for people who are used to dealing with a physical object to understand this thing fluttering all around us, breaking all the laws of physics.”
“Wait, where did you think the Internet is?”
She made a fluttering motion with her hands, “All around us. Like God.”