Saturday, February 03, 2007

A prelude to a post on prescriptivism.

A professor (who will remain nameless), after harshly grading students' first papers on merits of poor grammar, usage, and style, remarked, "You can't question success. I'm worth tens of millions because I write books."

I'll let Mr. Show take it from here.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Gawdurn terrists

By now everyone's probably heard of the ATHF marketing scheme turned terrorist panic in Boston. If you haven't, it goes like this. Turner Broadcasting hired some ad company to place lite-brite images of Ignignokt and Err, the villainous Mooninites, around the city. After 2 weeks, some citizen got freaked out by one of them, phoned in a report to the police, and city officials shut down major parts of the city for several hours while they defused the, uh, lite-brites. They wasted about a million dollars in police overtime and resources. Soon after they arrested the two individuals who placed the devices around the city, and have threatened to bring charges against Turner et al.

The two men got out on a $2500 bail and met the questioning of the press with a discussion of 70s haircuts.

Now, this is all pretty funny. The people panicking over cartoon characters, the insistence of the city that it was a criminal hoax, the 70s haircuts, the fact that the same devices were placed in 9 other cities that didn't overreact, etc. But it reminded me of something good ol' G.W. said in his first address to the nation on September 11:
These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong.

I guess it never struck me before--perhaps because I'm so removed from anti-liquid airplane security and red alerts in major cities and everything else--but, uh. The terrorists won. Read more.