This may be a couple of years behind the times, but I just discovered the BBC sitcom Twenty Twelve on Netflix Canada, and it’s great. It’s got Lord Grantham, Jessica Hynes (Spaced), and Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), and sweet surprise, David Tennant as the narrator. It’s a very funny mockumentary about the organizers of the London 2012 Olympics. Pretty good.
The spin off W1A just finished airing in the UK with Ian and Siobhan returning :)
Wut! Must watch.
Garry & Gilli.
A poster celebrating the upcoming union of Garry Marshall and Gilli Jacobs (as heard on Scott Aukerman’s wonderful Comedy Bang Bang podcast). Available on my Society6.
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These photos are the only memorabilia we have of my grandfather, and they had just been jammed in a plastic folder, decaying, for years. Recently it occurred to me to ask my mother for them so I could get them framed. Just got them back from the framer (my friend’s sister), and I am beyond pleased with them. The photo on the right is actually part of a newspaper, so I have several more pages that I would like to frame just because the ads are so amazing- Vancouver ads from 1920. Anyway, this is my grandfather, Stanley Cup winner Alf Skinner.
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I told my husband I deserved flowers after the new level of baby poop I had to deal with today. After he came home and gave them to me, I described what it was like. He shuddered and said if he had known it was that bad, he would have gotten me a bouquet twice as big.
Baby poop. It gets worse.
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Anyone else feeling kind of bummed by How I Met Your Mother’s finale? It was like a bait and switch.
I think he’s just jealous because he can’t enjoy a piece of media without obsessively noticing, and then cataloging, every usage of English grammar that varies even the slightest from some imaginary perfect standard he’s obsessed with! Ryan, you have a DEGREE IN LINGUISTICS. I’d think you, OF ALL PEOPLE, would take a descriptivist view of language! But just check out THIS TRUE EXCERPT from this book I found in an abandoned nautical library:
Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Season 1 (1983)
1:31: Amanda King: “I’ll be right back thank you dear” – Run-on sentence.
4:22: Amanda King: “Man in the red hat…man in the red hat.” – Sentence fragment.
10:48: Amanda King: “You certainly will not!” – Sentence fragment.
16:03: Lee Stetson: “Champagne?” – Sentence fragment.
16:59: Lee Stetson: “I’m sorry that this is…” – Sentence fragment.
17:37: Amanda King: “I just almost did the dumbest thing with your package.” – Awkward phrasing.
27:31: Amanda King: “Valley Forge flapjacks, pilgrim’s peach puff.” – Sentence fragment.
And on and on and on like this for – according to the cover – every piece of fiction between 1960 and 2010!
Let me tell you people: the type in this book is TINY
Um, actually, the “who” versus “whom” thing depends on whether the person being referred to is the subject or the object of the verb, so without a larger context it’s impossible to say which is correct??
THAT SAID, this book looks amazing and I would be proud to have it on my bookshelf, much less be credited as author.
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian asks, in embracing the silence of noise-canceling headphones, are we tuning out too much? http://nyr.kr/1g9v3CQ
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This article is very thoughtful and well-written. I particularly like the ending.
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