Apr. 25th, 2006

oneirophrenia: (New Year's Eve)
So says this guy.

And it's true...in some ways. "AIM shorthand," as I like to call it, has become so prevalent that it is literally showing up everywhere, including in places where it flatout does not belong: in academic writing, emails, and so forth. I flatout fail any assigment handed in to me that features even one element of "AIM lingo" (usualy "u" or "+" or something like that). Now, the question--asked by many of the people who commented on the above article--is simple: does this mean I'm trying to "hold back the evolution of English," or what?

Simply put: no. AIM shorthand has a time and a place. Languages evolve to fit different circumstances, and in those circumstances (text messaging from phones, etc.), it is wonderfully useful. But just because it works in one milieux or situation does NOT mean it works in all. As I explain to my students, there are many, many different forms of English used for different kinds of writing. For instance, academic writing is very thorough, often verbose, and complex because of the advanced subject matter it usually deals with. Business writing is--at best--very brief, simple, and rich in useful information and nothing else. AIM shorthand is perfect for writing IMs and communicating with friends who know what "LMAO" and "WTF" mean.\

Now, try to write a governmental memo using AIMspeak and watch the confusion proliferate.

It's simple people: there are different kinds of writing suitable for different purposes. And that's all there is to it. I fail students for using AIMspeak in academic writing because it's not the right kind of writing for the purpose. The end.

Nonetheless, I truly hate txt-message lingo, 1337, and AIMspeak, as it all just sounds retarded....Go ahead and call me an intellectual snob, because I am.


Apr. 25th, 2006 02:20 am
oneirophrenia: (Mad Scientist 1)
Holy crap...I actually fixed JRiver Media Center! It now works just as it used to, with no problems whatsoever.

I'm not sure what I did, precisely, to get it to work properly again. I performed a complete uninstall, removing all library files and everything, rebooted, and re-installed it...and this time it worked. I still have no clue what happened to it, or why I couldn't get it to behave yesterday...but it works now, and I don't have to worry about wading through the 8,000+ pages of bug reports on their forums anymore looking for problems and possible solutions.

Again, I don't know why it now works, but...fingers are crossed.

At least now I can give iTunes the boot and all its useless DRM bullshit, bloated memory-hogging code, and limited playback options the boot again.

iTunes is a nice, basic mp3 player. In fact, it would be fucking incredible, if only you could download it without any of the "iTunes Music Store" bullshit installed and it could handle file-formats other than mp3. I just want a goddamned good, convenient, low-impact media player. At least JRiver's up and working again and I can stop jonesing now.
oneirophrenia: (Creegan)
Lordi, Lordi--look who's forty!

Man, you've got to love a band that looks like Gwar and sounds like Nightwish.

Furthermore, you've got to love a band whose own country is embarassed by them. Scope:

They have eight-foot retractable latex Satan wings, sing hits like "Chainsaw Buffet" and blow up slabs of smoking meat on stage. So members of the band Lordi expected a reaction when they beat a crooner of love ballads to represent Finland at the Eurovision song contest in Athens, the competition that was the springboard for Abba and Celine Dion.

But the heavy-metal monster band did not imagine a national identity crisis.

First, Finnish religious leaders warned that the Freddy Krueger look-alikes could inspire Satanic worship. Then critics called for President Tarja Halonen to use her constitutional powers to veto the band and nominate a traditional Finnish folk singer instead. Rumors even circulated that Lordi members were agents sent by President Vladimir V. Putin to destabilize Finland before a Russian coup — an explanation for their refusal to take off their freakish masks in public.

The fury also spread in Greece, winner of last year's Eurovision and therefore the host of this year's contest, where an anti-Lordi movement called Hellenes urged the Finnish government "to say 'no' to this evil group." One young Finn calling himself Suomi (Finland in Finnish) wrote to a newspaper Web log saying, "If Lordi wins Eurovision, I am leaving the country."

My GOD! The stupidity of people--especially the Finns, who are generally a very intelligent and straightforward people despite the fact that their language sounds like the mushmouthed babble of a roomful of retarded toddlers! Do they even realize how ridiculous they are making their nation look?--not by exporting a completely awesome band like Lordi, but by declaring that the band will inspire Satanism or is part of a Russian plot to overthrow the nation. Yeah, folks...just say "no" to this evil band--and make them into the next Marilyn Manson overnight. After all, the only reason that vaguely-talented wanker ever achieved popularity is by stirring up resentment from stupid people who provided him with ample free publicity by "denouncing" him.

At least Lordi are a thousand times more talented! They're actually good music. If you like Gwar, Goblin Cock, Tenacious D, and other such parodic metal/rock bands, then you'll definitely like Lordi.
oneirophrenia: (Mr. Rogers)
California follows Illinois in introducing legislation to impeach George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

98% of Fayette County here wants to impeach that idiot, too...but not through legislation. We're far too direct for that. We want to impeach him with bullets.

Seriously, I was at the Uniontown Staples yesterday looking for repair info for my laptop, and there was a group of rather average-looking men between the ages of...oh, I'd say 25 and 70, standing around at the Copy Center getting fliers made for some kind of local political action effort. One of the older men said, "I think someone should just shoot both of the goddamned bastards." To which a younger fella answered: "Shooting's too good for 'em." I felt like I was in Tombstone, AZ, circa 1878. But that, along with all the other grumbling I've heard lately, clearly indicates that George W. Bush is in no way welcome in Fayette County...except for in the churches, of course--Christians* all have their mouths too stuffed with GWB's dick to speak out against him without compromising themselves--but more of the population down here would rather spend their time in bars instead of churches.

*Fundamenalist Christians, that is. Catholics down here seem to universally despise Bush. My old parish priest told my mother he'd like to see Bush hang.
oneirophrenia: (Hahaha)
Your Birthdate: June 26

You lucked out the the skills to succeed in almost any arena.
Put you in almost any business or classroom, and you'll rise to the top.
You're driven and intense, but you also know when to kick back and cooperate.
Your ability to adapt to almost any situation is part of what's going to make you a success.

Your strength: Your attention to detail

Your weakness: You can be a little too proud of your successes

Your power color: Turquoise

Your power symbol: Arrow pointing up

Your power month: August

That arrow pointing up is clearly a symbol OF MY WANG!


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