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Fun links and fireflies May 28, 2008

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup, Personal.
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I’ve ushered four fireflies out of the house so far this evening. (I sure hope it was four fireflies, rather than one very determined one.) Luckily, they don’t have good enough reflexes to avoid being caught.

News roundup (wow, I’ve been sitting on some of these for a while):

A bunch of studies about language, and specific ways in which it helps you perform. Fun fact: many languages don’t distinguish between “blue” and “green”. Meanwhile, Russian (and Italian) have words for “blue” and “blue” (a distinction that English doesn’t make).

The NYT profiled xkcd. Is that cool or what?

And a recovering blogging junkie lays out her story. Seriously . . . this is pretty heavy stuff. I’m going to be thinking about it for a while.

That said, I’ll end on a note of silly-yet-righteous indignation: Stop Making Movies About My Books, by Dr. Seuss (in the Onion, naturally). I want to smack the author for writing lines that scan so badly; on the other hand, I agree with every word.

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1. X - May 28, 2008

The original Grinch cartoon was quite awesome (Boris Karloff singing = win). The recent movies…not so much.

And that’s why I avoid blogging about my personal life. The only two blogs I maintain are strictly for their related webcomics, where the focus is on the comic not me. I can be Google stalked, but what’s out there is innocuous.

2. Nathan - May 29, 2008

Boris Karloff was great as the Grinch, but it was actually Thurl Ravenscroft (the voice of Tony the Tiger) who did the singing.

3. X - May 29, 2008

D’oh. I stand corrected.

I also remember there being several Warner Brothers adaptations, such as “Horton Hatches the Egg,” that were pretty good.


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