Monday, October 1, 2012

Great Gatsby Movie Trailer!

I am BEYOND excited about this movie. I recently reread The Great Gatsby and was impressed anew with Fitzgerald's writing skills. To see it brought to the big screen like this is going to be amazing—at least, I hope so!

For a hilarious trailer rundown, head over to BookRiot. These rundowns have become a recent favorite for me.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Open Journalism: The Guardian's Viewpoint (A Video)

Those who know me know I have a surface love for technology's effect on the world—how it changes it, how it clutters it, how it enhances it. So, when I came across this video on The Guardian, I had to share. As they explain:
This advert for the Guardian's open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the Three Little Pigs in print and online. Follow the story from the paper's front page headline, through a social media discussion and finally to an unexpected conclusion.

What do you think? Can one source actually provide the "whole picture"? Do the different platforms for spreading (and exploring) news advance the truth or inhibit it?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Crazy English Grammar Rules: A Poem

Well, we're finally kinda-sorta settled into our house; work has slowed down for now; and I'm ready to get back to blogging!

To ease back in, today's post is a poem I found recently that humorously illustrates how crazy the rules of the English language can be. Generally, I also list the source, but I wasn't able to find the author/source for this poem. Whoever you are, kudos! You made one grammar nerd happy.

We'll Begin with a Box
We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes, 
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?
Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!
Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
Neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England.
We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes,
We find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square,
And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing,
Grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and
get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English
should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.
In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
We ship by truck but send cargo by ship.
We have noses that run and feet that smell.
We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
While a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language
In which your house can burn up as it burns down,
In which you fill in a form by filling it out, and
In which an alarm goes off by going on.
And in closing, if Father is Pop, how come Mother's not Mop?

Funny, no? Are there any like this not listed that drive you crazy? Tell me about them in the comments—I'd love to hear them!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Explaining What SOPA/PIPA Is: A Video

Breaking my silence here to take a minute to post a video for an issue I think is pretty important. And, several organizations have made it really easy to speak out, including Google, Wikipedia, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Ok, back to unpacking and working ferociously.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Taking a break!

As some of you may have noticed, I've been absent for the past week or so. Alas, this absence will be continuing for probably just as long.

Apparently, I'm not superwoman—which is to say, I'm not able to blog, edit a 500-page instructor's manual, pack, paint, move, and participate in pre-agreed upon commitments.

I will be back once things settle down! And, hopefully, I'll get on every once in a while to post short, interesting items I find.

Happy New Year!