zustifer: (1 of 11)
This evening in my editing class I was explaining what prepending 'Ur' to a word or phrase meant, since no one else seemed to know. I got it across that it was a way of referring to the first of a kind of thing, or a progenitor, and I then gave a couple of examples: ur-language, ur-hominid, and... there I had to stop, because my mind had supplied and I had almost said "ur-beatle."
zustifer: (Jim Jarmusch)
Not very spoilery review of the new Transformers movie. Whoops, all Michael Bay!
Right, no one could possibly relate to a robot, that's insane! We'd better make this about people talking to each other, instead! God, Robby (from Forbidden Planet) didn't even have a face and he had a strong personality. I don't quite know if the Transformers redesigns have faces, due to overcomplicated busy-ness, but I feel sure that humanoid robots that sustained several seasons of animated series (I don't really think anyone, of animal or machine intelligence, watched the show or 80s movie for the humans) are in fact comprehensible and differentiatable even to our puny human brains.

The article's author makes reference, amusingly and usefully, to a John Boorman quote regarding MTV editing, which he calls 'new brutalism'. (This is very cute for one very big reason, and that reason is called Zardoz. There may actually be several sub-reasons contained in it, not the least of which: the idea of the suit-wearing Brutals in the Zardoz universe being hollywood editors and producers? A-dorable.) I will not fail to integrate this term into my lexicon. Anyway, Boorman's explanation of why he's annoyed by the new brutalism probably could have been put a little better, but it's still a great term.
zustifer: (Jim Jarmusch)
Pretty neat essay about popular music in Rear Window. Good stuff.

(Actually, this is ancillary, but it's funny to see what people think Bart said instead of 'St. Swithin's Day'. 'Saint Wyvens day'? 'Thanksswivings day'? Dang.)
zustifer: (Negiwanikun)
Internet, I have a question. Why do people use this sort of construction (make-up)? Why is this even considered? What's wrong with 'make up'? I've seen this a lot, make-out, shut-up, set-up. It's like a verbing of a noun, only it STARTED as a verb. I can set up things. I can even set up a setup. I suspect that this is where it's coming from; people use the noun (setup, makeout (session?)) and forget that the original verb phrase was the cause of it.

I am also almost starting to think that 'should of' is cute, but it still bites at the back of my wordly pattern recogniser.
zustifer: (1 of 11)
Apart from being kind of cool on its own, this post about a spot for some arcane brand of beer also shows that people were substituting 'your' for 'you're' even in 1962.
Unsurprising, I guess, but, there it is.
zustifer: (Nivlem says See Here)
Maybe this says more about me than about the languages involved, but I don't think any of these german examples is particularly inelegant or ugly. Jeez, it's sensical (uh, generally) and as my old teacher used to say, 'so logisch.'
Maybe I really should take that programming class. My art gland is clearly broken.

Also won't-fit-anywhere observation: when you're in a car and most of the low- and midrange of music on the radio is being white-noised out (and the volume isn't up too high), a lot of songs sound like they could be David Byrne.

Also also: I want a way to graph LJ usericon usage in relation to tags.



* 'The good salamander shoe!' From an ad for Salamander-brand shoes. I used to wear them when I was little. My wordpress blog that I don't use now is the number one hit for this search string still, somehow.
zustifer: (1 of 11)
Okay. Humans. You can be averse to something, if you're very not into it. You can have an aversion to that thing, that's fine. That thing then has an adverse effect on you. It affects you adversely.
There, that's all.
zustifer: (carla)
So I was thinking about nicknames. I've never had one myself (my name doesn't nickname easily and I was not visible to people during those times that peers give you nicknames (and if that weren't the case it probably would have been horrible anyway)), but I've known people who have, obviously. They always seem to be completely born of happenstance, whether it's the name you've got that's shortenable, or whether you did or looked like something in formative years (or conceivably you worked or hung out with people who shared your first name). But I noticed a few weeks ago when that rave shooting was being talked about that, look at that check-in list. Almost everyone has a nickname. What makes this group of kids have such a high nickname rate? Also I know that lots of mindracing's friends have them, but I don't really know how they all came about.
Naming yourself, via a handle or such, is different. A nickname has to stick on its own merits, and I daresay it has to be given by another (although if you're really good at naming yourself it could definitely become used by everyone). I like giving nicknames, but it's not easy to find one with the correct blend of catchiness and aptness.
So, everyone. If you have a nickname, tell me how you acquired it. I'm curious. Also if you contributed to the naming of another, or if someone you know has one, even.
zustifer: (Otho)
Well, it looks like you guys think I should take german. Have you no respect for my boring boring first half of the semester?? I'll be all 'I had tea with soymilk and boiled eggs for breakfast, GOD, I don't know what YOU guys had,' while the rest of the class is struggling to remember what 'pancakes' are in german (because, see, my greatest exposure to german as a kid was with food words so I know a ton of them, which is useful in restaurants and grocery stores but seldom elsewhere (and even then I'm all, god, I know ice cream, but what's 'scoop'? What's 'cone'? Goddamn it!)). So everyone will think I am an asshole. Who doesn't know what an ice cream cone is, somehow. AND YOU WANT ME TO DO THIS?
Well, okay. Maybe.
zustifer: (Arthur Frane)
"But old games are beastly," continued the untiring whisper. "We always throw away old games. Trading is better than replaying, trading is better than replaying, trading is better …"
zustifer: (Clockwork Wizards)
I always hear the lyrics to the chorus of this song as:

Things are what you make of them
Things are what you make of them, Batman


and that is the best possible state of affairs, I think.
zustifer: (radiolarian)
People are starting to go around saying 'I wish I knew how to quit you!' Here's one of several mentions, and here's another. I've only seen the trailer once, so I can't remember whether the angst level is high enough to merit imitation. I'm sure it is, though. It's funniest recontextualised with no relationship meaning. Also it's great to use it on inanimate objects.

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