Friday, April 30, 2010
I can't wait until we can ruin Beatrice's trips to the zoo with our pedantic insistence on taxonomic minutiae. In the meantime at least we can decorate her room with these awesome posters.
wherein it's all explained
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Also, this one.
* See footnote, though the entire post is well worth reading. Also, Alt85, you're awesome and I'm sorry to make an example out of you. It's just that I've spent more than a decade of my life saying, "...but that's begging the question. Well, not technically, but you know what I mean," and damn it, I wish I had those minutes of my life back.
Here are some things we never have to say again.
1. The song "Isn't It Ironic?" by Alanis Morisette consistently misuses the word ironic.
2. The word homosexual is a lexicographic heteromorph.
3. Peanuts are not nuts.
4. Tomatoes are not vegetables.
5. Whales are not fish. Neither are starfish or jellyfish.
6. Pandas are not bears.
7. Spiders are not insects.
8. The plural of octopus is not octopuses; it's octopi.
9. The plural of octopus is not really octopi; it's octopuses.
10. The plural of octopus is not really octopuses; it's octopodes.
11. But really, it's octopuses.
12. The word data is plural; the singular is datum.
13. The North American buffalo is actually a bison.
14. Dolphins are not fish; they're legumes.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Address to the GWC
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
From the files...
And speaking of crafts - these are a few years old now but I was looking through my old craft photos while working on a new set of party invitations and I found these "welcome baby" cards I made for Mina and Sandy when I was living in China (with limited crafting resources) and I really like them, so there you go. This is me feeling self-satisfied.
CRAFT jumps the amigurumi shark?*
Friday, April 09, 2010
Thank you, Costco
Monday, April 05, 2010
Let's not oversell it.
Exhbit A: "When I grow up I want to be a CERTIFIED MEDICAL CODER!"
There is nothing wrong with being a certified medical coder. It's a useful job with flexible hours and generous pay. Studying to be a certified medical coder is a reasonable professional decision for many people. But here's the thing: no child has ever said "I want to be a certified medical coder when I grow up!"
Most people have ordinary jobs that pay the bills and hopefully provide them some degree of daily satisfaction. Most people do not have dream jobs and that's fine. Certified medical coder is no one's dream job. But by mentioning that fact in your ad, you're basically reminding potential students of all the better things they once longed to do and that hardly seems like the best way to drum up enthusiasm for your school.
Exhibit B: Awesometown*.
(Thanks to Daily Billboard for this photo.)
Valencia is a planned community about 40 miles north of Los Angeles, most notably home to the Six Flags Magic Mountain** amusement park. And doubtless there are some nice things about living in Valencia: low crime, good schools, affordable housing, plenty of parking.
What Valencia is not, however, is awesome. No one thinks Valencia is awesome. And so by calling Valencia "AWESOMETOWN" all you are doing is reminding people how utterly ordinary Valencia really is.
*Also should be "Awesometowne."
**No connection to Thomas Mann.
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