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Feb. 18th, 2011

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I'm Proud of the BBC (Mitch Benn)



*salutes the BBC* Abiding love, my friends.

Such a cute video.
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Heart Armando Iannucci



This tweet must have opened some sort of impertinence singularity. What a shame indeed.
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Feb. 7th, 2011

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how sesquipedalian was my twitter account

You can play too, here is the link to the Times's Word Nerd score calculator.


 
"thanks to words like chilies, starcraft, effing, moonwalk, rerelease"? Those are all assuredly awesome words, but I think it's just possible this thing needs some kind of quality > quantity variable in its algorithm.
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Feb. 1st, 2011

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Day 30

Day 30 - What book are you reading right now?

The Dyer's Hand, a book of essays by W.H. Auden. I'm only through the preface and "Making, Knowing and Judging". The lack of Oxford commas is putting me off a bit.

In other news, that's the book meme done. Now I suppose I'm going to have to get a life, so's I have something to post about.

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Jan. 30th, 2011

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Day 29

Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)
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Cheapest deaths: Any deaths in overwrought novels where characters get the sniffles or the vapors and are carried off as if they were dandelion fluff.


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Jan. 28th, 2011

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Day 28

Day 28 - First favorite book or series obsession

Horatio Hornblower
, which my dad introduced me to at eleven or twelve. Sort of the perfect age for Hornblower, because you're just descending into the depths of awkwardness yourself, and the man is a ball of social anxiety wrapped in His Majesty's flying colours. I never learned exactly what a mizzen topgallant mast was, but the books teach other things: you can succeed and still consider yourself an utter failure, for instance, the chains of command are lonely, it's good to be clever. Also, though you're too self-effacing to see it, there's probably someone nearby who loves you unconditionally.

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Jan. 27th, 2011

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A few weeks behind, but:

Goldeneye: Source

Out of beta and beautiful. Slick, because the Source engine is slick. The whole point of the mod is to recapture those frantic multiplayer matches of yore, and the nostalgia is definitely strong with this one. It feels different not being on a split screen (and trying to uphold the "no peeking" honor system") and crammed on a couch with three other people, something missing in that regard, but I ran around the bunker and I still know every hallway. Used to spend hours in there with the paintball mod on. I haven't had time to play a proper series of matches, maybe this weekend.

This mod also reminds me that I meant to pick up the Goldeneye reimagining for the Wii. I mean, in awhile, once it drops in price. *checks Amazon* Someone explain why Rogue Agent, a game I received in 2004, is still forty dollars. What the?

Daily confessional: I never beat the Train level on 00 Agent difficulty. Nor the Control level. You know why.

DUCK, NATALYA ARGHBARGHLE WHERE'S THE ELEVATOR cry

Jan. 26th, 2011

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Day 27

If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!

Inspector Morse
or
teh gay
or
19th century science fiction


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Jan. 24th, 2011

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Day 26

OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending

This is cliche, but The Mill on the Floss. Over the course of the novel George Eliot sets up this difficult tug over Maggie Tulliver's soul: adhering to society's expectations or acting true to herself, as it were. A forced elopement with Stephen Guest has made her an outcast of sorts, so it's Stephen (whom she doesn't really love) or braving the scorn of the world and following her heart. Maggie's on her knees praying for guidance and resolution. And the audience is on the edge of their seats (...mentally), invested, wondering how this crisis can be resolved and hoping to learn something about the world and themselves, some insight into what it might mean to make one choice over the other ... and then instead of resolution, the river rises and Maggie and her brother drown.

My literary balls, they're blue.

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Day 25

Any five books from your "to be read" stack:

Reflections on the Revolution in France. Edmund Burke is glowering at me, he suspects I might have Jacobin sympathies.
The City & The City, China Mieville
The Devil in Amber, Mark Gatiss
Molloy, Samuel Beckett
Malone Dies, Samuel Beckett.

Waking up when it's still dark. Blah.


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