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The Letter E: YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!

Two things that bug the everlivin' CRAP out of me:


  • Unless you're using it as an adjective (the premier episode), the word premiere is spelled with an E at the end. The meaning of premier when used as a noun is

    1. the head of the cabinet in France or Italy or certain other countries; first minister; prime minister.
    2. a chief officer.


    Season premiere, world premiere, series premiere. But Canada's premier.

  • It's not Bros Before Hoes! That means you put your bros before your gardening equipment, for crying out loud! It's Hos. Ho-ho-hos! Just...GAH!!!




And now that I've gotten that out of my system, last night's TV:

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I still haven't watched Flash Forward, but I've got it cued up to watch right after Top Chef, which is what I'll be watching in five, four, three, two...
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*grump*

So, it looks like the Golden Globes may be cancelled in its entirety. And not just the telecast, the whole shebang, with just an announcement of the winners. Can I just say that I think they should do this every year? Is there really anyone left who cares about the Globes, the Oscars or the Emmys other than as a source of ridicule?



And now, a brief letter of some import (probably just to me, but still):

Dear fic writers Internet users EVERYONE EVER.

I know I've talked about this before, but it's apparently not sinking in, so here is my last-ditch attempt at saving my frontal lobe from complete annihilation...

If you don't know the difference between it's and its, please, for the love of all that is holy, stop using it's altogether. I know you don't think it's possible, but it really, really, REALLY is, because, you see, contrary to what you seem to think, it's is only used as a contraction for it is. That's it! So use its and it is and you'll be a much better more grammatically correct person for it.

Thanks in advance,
Jems




I capped The Bourne Ultimatum, but when I was finally done (it's not a cinematography style suited to capping), my gallery kept timing out on me so I couldn't upload the damn caps to the album.

This prompted me to finally start transferring the television caps that used to be in that gallery into their own Misc. TV gallery (which I set up months ago, incidentally). I'm only about half-way done, but if you're looking for caps that seem to have mysteriously disappeared, they're most likely there or in transit.

Anyway, the Bourne caps are finally in the album, in case you're interested.



I'm trying to find a new layout, does anyone have any comm and/or LJ-er that they can recommend for pre-made layouts besides thefulcrum?
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I Know These Things Are True

Things I Learned Are True from the Internets.


  • It's ad nauseam, not ad nauseum. (thanks to meko00)

  • It's dammit, not damnit. (thanks to about 10 dictionaries because I couldn't believe that was right the first 9 times)

  • People will get the above wrong nine times out of ten.



Things I Have Learned Are True for Me

  • 'Shipping makes every show better.

  • I will always side with the character who's getting an emotional beating.

  • Good acting makes a character better looking and more loved (or more fun to hate).

  • Good looks do nothing for me when the acting isn't there to support it.

  • I can get turned off actors by the strangest things (usually to do with their mouths when they speak).

  • One good movie can make me adore those same strange things.

  • When trying to avoid work, writing up meaningless posts is the best way to procrastinate (case in point...).



Things I Have Learned Are True from vm-caps.com's Stats for Yesterday
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My Life and Times

TWW season 6 finally dropped to under 30 pounds, so I ordered it yesterday. It still hasn't shipped, though, which is curious. But I'll be getting it next week sometime, I suspect. I've been on a real TWW kick lately, which led me to think about maybe creating a post with all my major fandoms with links to things like fic archives, cap sites, scripts, etc. I like being able to find things with just one click. Hmmm, we'll see.

Reading TWW fic has also made me conclude that people who don't know how to use contractions shouldn't be allowed to use them in fic at all. Yes, "it is" is more clunky than "it's", and it makes dialogue flow less smoothly, but it's a hell of a lot better to have slightly stilted dialogue than to have people wondering why you're even writing fic if you don't know the basics.



Bought a Christmas ham today and I've had a few sandwiches already. I love that stores here now carry pre-cooked hams so I can spend all of December munching. And it will be all of December because the smallest ham they had weighed two kilos (4½ lbs!). It's a good thing I (and the cat) love ham sandwiches. I also bought clementines, and they were soooo good. Sweet, with just a bit of tartness.



I'm translating a show listing the top ten romantic comedies. They start off naming movies that didn't make the list. The ones they name? Gigli and Bringing Down the House. Bizarre doesn't even begin to describe it. And then we have their list:

10. The Princess Bride (BTW, the Swedish name for this movie? Bleka dödens minut. WTF?!)
9. About a Boy
8. Pretty Woman
7. As Good As It Gets
6. While You Were Sleeping (The Bill Pullman interview they used is extremely weird. I think he's high.)
5. My Best Friend's Wedding
4. Four Weddings and a Funeral
3. Sleepless in Seattle
2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
1. When Harry Met Sally...

Okay, putting aside the fact that there were actually romantic comedies made before the 1980s, I'm a bit weirded out by some of these choices. About a Boy? Really? But not Love, Actually?

I think The Princess Bride should be much higher on the list, My Best Friend's Wedding should have been left off (I think it's pretty cringe-worthy most of the time), My Big Fat Greek Wedding was not that good (I've been thinking that it came out too late for me, since I haven't really loved any romantic comedies since I was in my teens/early twenties. Liked? Yes. Loved? No.) and should have been way further down the list, if at all, even though it is the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time(!), and all of the choices except for the top spot seem off, somehow.

I also think it's weird that Notting Hill didn't make it, and what about French Kiss? And 10 Things I Hate About You? And I think a case could be made for Amelie being a romantic comedy. I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch, but it seems whoever made the list made the same mistake.

So, what romantic comedies would be on your top ten list?



Oooh, forgot to add: VM Meta
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As a translator I have a few language pet peeves. One of them is that Swedes tend to write words that are supposed to be one word as two words. I just found one of the funniest examples of how wrong you can go when you don't know Swedish well enough. I'm reading an ad for a camera and it says "lätt använd". Translation:

Lätt använd - slightly used.

What they meant to put was:

Lättanvänd - easy to use.

*headdesk*



Saw Home Part 2, and I have to agree with most of my flist that it didn't live up to the greatness that was Part 1. I also talked to a friend and fellow BSG fan and she said something that made me start to think. She said that she was bored by the show for the first few episodes and that it wasn't until episode 4 and 5 that she started finding the show interesting again. And I actually kinda agree. I know most people say that 4 and 5 were weak episodes and that 1-3 were amazing. And I agree that 1-3 are good plot-wise, but character-wise I feel they're really lacking. And then that's reversed in 4 and 5. It sort of seems like they can do one or the other but not both.

And that, coupled with the fact that the characters are not as strong as I like, may be the reason why I like the show, but I can't love it and obsess about it like certain other shows I could mention.



I hope everyone down in Louisiana is safe and sound. Even though it seems that the worst possible scenario was avoided, it's still going to be devastating by the time it's over.
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'Sup?

How come small words often give us the most trouble?

etc. - the abbreviation of etcetera. ect is the acronym for electroconvulsive therapy.

yeah - yes. yea also means yes but is pronounced more like "yay" and always makes me think I've been transported back to a session of Congress in the 18th century. You know the expression "the yeas have it"? That's how it's pronounced.

aw - exclamation of cuteness. awe is an overwhelming feeling of wonder, and also not an interjection but a noun.

oops - interjection that expresses a mistake. opps is the acronym for outpatient prospective payment system.

I'm sure there are a ton of others, but these are the ones I remember seeing people mix up just off the top of my head.


In other news, just as I've lent out one DVD player, my other DVD player has stopped working. Typical. I'm going out to buy a new one now. Getting one that plays VCDs, SVCDs and .avis because...yes.
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Watching someone being utterly humiliated is fun!

Okay, so bailunrui linked to this webcast of White House spokesman McClellan. The reporters are just pounding him into the carpet, relentless in their questions about Rove and his involvement in the reveal of the CIA operative.

The hypocrisy is just astounding! You know what I'd really like to see now? The special prosecutors coming forward and saying: "Hey, talk all you want". Heh, now that would be funny.

Oh, and how bad is it that he couldn't pronounce those names from the statement? Just practice before you go out there and make a dumbass of yourself. Also, I think he pronounced Srebrenica wrong. Every other time I've heard someone pronounce it, it's been Srebre-nietzsche (like the philosopher) and he pronounced it Srebre-nike. That's just so offensive and downright rude, especially as the statement was about the anniversary of the massacre that occurred there. And it's not like the town is unknown, if you've watched the news in the past ten years you're bound to have heard it. But hey, I, and every newscaster ever, could be wrong.



I'm capping The Peacekeeper Wars and it's kind of tiresome. Three straight hours, and the encoding is pretty shoddy, so it's hard to get good shots. Too bad the mini DVD isn't up to their usual high quality standards (though with those prices the quality had better be damn good!). I also want to cap it pretty thoroughly so I won't ever have to go back. Looks like I'll end up with about 2000 caps. Oy!

Got the first two seasons of Moonlighting and the entire run of Sports Night earlier today, so I'll be settling down to watch those at some point. I'll probably cap some of it too, because I haven't found DVD caps for either of them. Though, granted, I haven't been looking very hard. Any episode requests?



Since my addressed person comma rant I've become more aware of why exactly it bothers me so much. I can usually understand the author's intent, but when it's written wrong I invariably go back to the sentence and try to figure out ways that the written way would make sense. Like, the other day I read this:

"Nothing man."


Now, I'm guessing most people just pass it by, go on their merry way. Not me. This is my thought process: "Hmmm, 'Nothing Man'. I wonder if he's anything like Batman? What would his special powers be? What would the nothing-signal look like? Just a regular old light? So every time there's a restaurant opening he comes rushing in to save the day. That would piss me off, running to the rescue and finding out it's all just a big waste of time."

Do you see why this becomes bothersome? I completely lose the thread of the fic. And this happens every single time. Sometimes I can't find a way to make the original mean something else, but most of the time I spend a good minute dreaming up scenarios.
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I post, therefore I am

I've spent the day watching BBC World and their coverage of the bombings in London in between bouts of work. Well, except for the two hour period when the entire street experienced a blackout! When we lived in Florida we had blackouts constantly, but I can't tell you how uncommon they are here. In the past fifteen years I can remember three and two of them have occured since I moved to this apartment three years ago. Collapse )



luna_k pointed out a site a few days ago that is the answer to my prayers. You know, if I actually prayed. I've been wondering for ages why no one has set up a site like this. It's a bookmarking site, so that you can reach your bookmarks as long as you have Internet access (and why else would you need your bookmarks?).

It's called del.icio.us, which is a rather poorly chosen name since I can't for the life of me remember it, but if it's the only address I ever have to remember it'll be worth pounding it into my skull.

In order to sort your memorized sites you use tags (so everyone who's using them on LJ has a distinct advantage). Unfortunately they're space separated, not comma separated, so categories aren't as specific. But since you can search your tags it's still good.

I started by trying to save some of my own posts and VM fic posts and sites. Which brings me to my rant-o-the-day!

Commas

Specifically, commas when you're addressing a person.

From here:

4. Use a comma to set off parenthetical elements...

An addressed person's name is also always parenthetical.


Put those two statements together and ta-da! Always use a comma when a person is addressed.

This is one of my pet peeves and the problem is that even the best fanfic writers make that mistake. It always always ALWAYS ruins the flow of a sentence for me when there is no comma before a person's name when there should be one. Even when I know what the writer means it ruins it because it pisses me off that it's not there.

Consider these two sentences:

"I love Logan, but not you."

"I love, Logan, but not you."


See the difference? In the first, Veronica (yes, it's Veronica saying it!) is addressing someone else. Perhaps it's Casey? In the second, Veronica is addressing Logan, but she loves someone other than him (most definitely Casey. *g*). There is always a possibility for that difference to exist when a person is addressed in a fic. Sometimes it's obvious what the meaning of the sentence is, but that doesn't mean that the comma can just be discarded.

It's a rule. Learn it, love it, use it!
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I love this icon far more than I should.

I'm still fascinated by the More Icons Petition! but I've moved on from the glee at seeing the comment count increase (mostly because it's slowed down considerably). No, instead I'm intrigued at the numerous spellings that "definitely" has: definately (most popular by far, more popular than the correct spelling probably), definetly (I'm baffled, quite frankly), defiantly (tough one since the spell check won't catch it), definatly (it keeps getting weirder) and so on. Here's another public service announcement for you:

It's definitely!


In other news, first VM spoilers for season 2. And it's not like I could avoid them, they were just sitting there, in all their un-cut glory. Collapse )

For some reason I've really gotten into the groove of answering comments. And all it took was taking a look at the 600+ unanswered e-mail messages in my LJ directory, saying "screw it" and just tossing them out, starting fresh. It was such a relief to have a clean slate that I've tried to keep it that way.