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Bless This Mess

Don’t ask me why, but I’ve decided to dig into WordPress theme development, at least for the purpose of my own blog, which I almost never use anymore. I’m sorry if you hate where I’m going with this. Obviously, I’ll get more of the standard functionality and more specific styles tweaked in eventually, but I think this will be the general aesthetic. I just wanted something simple, which doesn’t give short shrift to all of the comments that I don’t receive.

Oh, it will also be mobile responsive at some point. I mean, it kind of is now, but I wouldn’t really recommend looking at it on anything smaller than the landscape orientation on your iPhone. Some work to do there.

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“On Steroids” revisited

In light of my recent post about hating the expression “on steroids”, I feel compelled to post this comment that I just read on CNN.

I well remember the Iranian revolution in 1979 & followed it closely at the time, as well as having read innumerable books about the over-throw of the Shah since then. Obama truly is Jimmy Carter on steroids!

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Fall Intense Purpose

Spotted in the wild:

“fall intense purpose”

I mention it because “for all intensive purposes” is, for whatever reason (probably because it’s so widespread), an especially irksome eggcorn to me, but this guy somehow managed to kick it up a notch: “Fall intense purpose” is utter nonsense–the worse kind of malapropism, since it’s not even particularly funny.

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Expressions I Hate: “On Steroids”

There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with the expression “on steroids”. What’s wrong with it is how watered down it has become owing to overuse.

“This green tea is like hot water…on steroids!”

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Anotherwards

One of my pet peeves about the way some people tend to use the English language is when they’ll employ some idiom or turn of phrase or whatever without giving any thought at all to what it means. The most glaring example is “I could care less”, but there are many others. Here’s one that I just saw:

Anotherwards

The user clearly meant “in other words”.

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  • fuwalda says:

    A Jedi Hutt is just about the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. I wish I had thought of it first. Heh.

    Mace Windu is a bad ass who got punked by Anakin. He beat Palpatine fair and square.

    As for the mask concept… I don’t mind it. It’s kind of clever, and it does help to resolve the fact that, frankly, Palpatine’s deformity made no sense. I was fine with the fact that his face got messed up when his force lightning got deflected back to his face, of course, and didn’t really think it needed more of an explanation, but I don’t mind the retcon to explain it either.

    My question is… what happened to Mace Windu after he fell out of that window? The expanded universe writers have brought back every other dead character, why haven’t they resurrected Mace?

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    “A Jedi Hutt is just about the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. I wish I had thought of it first. Heh.”

    I felt the exact same way. The only thing that would make it better is if Beldorion used the same lightsaber form as Yoda.

    Okay, okay. I guess I got more annoyed about that alchemical mask thing than I should have, but it just irked me how much second guessing goes on around that one scene.

  • fuwalda says:

    The prequels make so little sense, that I can forgive the fanboys (myself included, I guess) who attempt to explain all of the stuff that doesn’t add up or went unexplained.

  • fuwalda says:

    Did you ever see that Clone Wars CG movie? There was a Hutt in that who was based on Truman Capote. I’m not making that up. Weirdest character ever.

  • fuwalda says:

    Oh, and in the Clone Wars CG series, there was a robot based on Paul Lynde. Heh. That was weird too.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Why was that? So they only had to hire one voice actor? Rich Little?

    I haven’t really watched the series, and I didn’t see the movie. Sounds funny, though.

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Stupid Stuff Learned At Wookieepedia

Nothing to do with anything, but last night I dreamed that I was posting on my blog about something that I had dreamed about inside of my dream. Did somebody perform an inception on me?

Anyway, here are a couple of stupid things I actually learned about on the forums for Star Wars: The Old Republic and then researched on Wookieepedia.

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Pia, Outfit, Etc.

Quick follow-up post just to say that I’ve been Tweeted, and even though I sort of hate Twitter, that’s still kind of cool. I don’t think I’ve ever been Tweeted before. So thanks, Jill Morton, whoever you are.

jillmorton Jill Morton
Getting a pop color fix from American Idol. Image trumps hot vocals. Did the horrible matronly outfit push Pia out? http://ow.ly/4vPkk

 

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The Lasting Cultural Legacy of Duckman

This is my new favorite website: AntiDuckface.

I’ve been wondering about duck faces for years. The most common duck face (in my experience) is the one seen through a grainy webcam image, and it used to be (maybe still is) pretty much a requirement for any girl under, say…age 22, to have some shitty photo of herself heavily made-up, probably making an “up yours” reverse peace/victory sign, on her MySpace page, or anywhere requiring a personal photo. You used to see that nonsense all the time, especially on those stupid sites like HotOrNot. For some reason, young women think it’s really hot to look like Mick Jagger.

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  • fuwalda says:

    I think it’s cute that your dreams are fan fiction.

    But I think you should delete this post on the off chance that Spielberg reads it and thinks it sounds like a good idea to make this awful movie. Heh. No offense.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Well, I figure Spielberg already made War of the Worlds, so he’s probably not interested in doing another alien invasion film.

    Though, maybeeee…this would make a good episodic story, like a television series.

  • Hey, if they can bring back Bill & Ted’s excellent adventure for the third time 20 yrs later – why not?

    Btw – totally jealous of your dreams! My dreams are very dumb.

  • Anna says:

    let’s film it!

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    For a while, all of my dreams were essentially surreal action films. Some of them, I swear, even played out like sequels to other dreams I had. The other week, my wife found this dream journal I kept for about two seconds maybe ten years ago. One of the dreams was literally just an invented episode of the cartoon series Dragon Ball Z. She thought that was hilarious.

  • fuwalda says:

    It’d be funny if the notes your therapists takes during your sessions were just for some series of sci-fi novels he’s writing based on your weird dreams. That in and of itself might be a funny idea for a movie.

  • fuwalda says:

    And for all we know that *was* the plot of War of the Worlds. You should write the backstory where it turns out that ET was protecting Tom Cruise’s character from behind the scenes (because he saw him out of his viewscreen and was reminded of Elliot) until he finally perfected his virus that wiped out all of the bad aliens.

    And what happened in that room in the cabin with Tom Cruise and Tim Robbins? ET showed up and killed that guy, of course.

  • fuwalda says:

    When you make this movie, I want an associate producer credit.

  • fuwalda says:

    Also, as long as we’re just spit-balling ideas here, I’d love to work in a role for John MacClane. Why not?

    In fact, forget the whole ET angle and have it be about the third Gruber brother who comes gunning for McClane to avenge the deaths of Hans and Simon. Turns out, the Grubers are actually aliens from the planet Gruber, which was secretly colonized by Nazis during WWII. Hitler made a pact with the indigenous species and began transporting members of the Aryan race to Gruber after it became clear that the Third Reich was doomed. Hitler himself went there as well and quickly reneged on his agreement with the aliens and enslaved them all. The third Gruber brother, Claus Gruber, kidnapped McClane and brought him to the planet Gruber, where he eventually meets up with the alien resistance force and frees the planet, kills the Nazis, and smashes the brain of Hitler that is now living in his reanimated, cyborg body.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    With an imagination like that, you don’t even need to dream.

    That really seems like something that might have made more sense on the original Star Trek.

  • fuwalda says:

    The original Die Hard was supposed to be an intergalactic space opera, but they ran out of money so they had it take place in one building instead. True story.

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E.T., the Return

So I had a dream last night that E.T. was real, and that his journey to Earth had been a scouting mission as a precursor to colonization. So they came back in vast numbers, enslaved humans, and now E.T. is leading the resistance force against his own people.

Somebody do something with that.

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