And now we take a break, after the hot walk to the P.O. to mail the give-aways, for a little juvenile humor.
This is a baby Kirk's Dik-Dik.
(via The Daily What) These tiny antelope are "native to Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia. The dik-dik gets its name from the noise it makes when running for cover." And, according to Wikipedia, they're monogamous.
Running for cover. Monogamous. How Kirk comes into this I do not know.
Sometimes you do it right. Yesterday I learned that a friend of a friend showed bink and my Peeps Blow Up, The Making Of to her high school religion class. (You remember, we discuss the theology of blowing Peeps up, at the end.) The students requested multiple viewings--no doubt pondering the deep spiritual ramifications on their lives--and Peeps later appeared in a student's powerpoint presentation of Church history.
You just never know how you influence the course of history.
Thank you, Momo, for linking to the NYT article "Quitting Facebook Gets Easier" and for saying you too wanted to permanently delete your Facebook account, and did. So did I, just now. The link to do so is under "Help" on your Facebook page--it's easy.
On Facebook, I felt as if I were in the middle of a high school cafeteria. I can see why some people love it--it's quite bubbly!--but I prefer one-to-one conversations at a coffeeshop, which is more like what e-mail allows. Also FB is a closed system--I like that this blog is open and anyone at all might (and sometimes does) wander through here.
Blogging is where I, well..., I suppose I get to talk uninterrupted! Though at its best, it leads to in-depth conversations, both online and in person. And I want to read other people's thoughtful writings, too, on their blogs or wherever, and that isn't really what Facebook is for.
Anyway, geez: How many accounts do I need? I'm on Yahoo e-mail, Blogger, and youTube. Enough already!
My father just sent me a generous Christmas check, allowing me to continue my quest for a Happy Childhood by buying this model kit ($30): it's the same model he gave me for Christmas, 1975. I put it together all jolly-whompered back then; but I have already wrested a promise from Bink, she of the little careful hands, that she will help me.
By the way, the "All Your [X] are belong to me" is lolcat netspeak that comes from a rushed translation of a Japanese animation into English, which rendered "all your bases now belong to us" into "all your base are belong to us."
I've been reading up on lolcat and other netspeak because Krista and I have a plan (cunning, but dependent on her academic job-hunt and therefore highly theoretical) to translate the ur-K/S "Pon Farr in a Cave" romance story into kitteh. (Hm. That's "ur" as in "original," of course, not as in lolspeak "you're/your." Isn't life complicated.) Lolspeak's perfect since Spock is obviously a cat, and cats go into heat.
It was Krista who introduced me to the lolcats at I Can Has Cheezburger. People make zillions of lolcats--my favorites are ones in which the maker really gets inside cat think--interpreting almost any event as an opportunity to be fed, for instance. Here's my translation of Spock thinking "...and like two ivory eggs his buttocks seem" from my Virgil vid (which in turn comes from the Rude Person stories).
I learned the origin of some of the classic phrases from the Wikipedia lolcat entry. Another classic, "Do not want," comes from a Chinese bootleg copy of Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith, which thus mistranslated Darth Vader's "Noooooo!" This lolTrek use of it, right, is from the wonderful and now-famous "We Has Tribbles and Also Troubles" from the blog Live Granades.
II. Non-lolcat Netspeak
So, while I'm at it, here are a few other odds and ends of "netspeak" I looked up recently.
Here's George W., lolcat style. "The Nets": You know how people refer to the Internet as "the nets". That backdates to our soon-to-be-dearly-departed prez: "I hear there's rumors on the, uh, Internets [pause] that we're going to have a draft." --George W. Bush, in the second 2004 debate. Other originally ironic slang terms include "interweb(s)" and the like.
"Captcha" is slang for "word verification," or "optical character recognition" (OCR)--those things you have to decipher to prove you are a human and not a mechanical spammer. It is a made-up acronym: "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart."
"FTW" = "for the win," or a good thing. I don't usually adopt netspeak like this one that I can't figure out on my own (e.g. obviously OMG = "oh my god"--I mean, even Augustine used this one, except he said, "meus deus," and quite a lot too; "LOL" is an exception--I expect that to turn up in Webster's any day). But when I meet one I can't figure out, I like to look it up. The Urban Dictionary says "FTW" comes from the TV game show Hollywood Squares when , on the final move (expected to win the game), contestants would announce their move was "for the win."
"Embiggen." This is the sort of slang I like--the sort I can figure out. : ) I usually see it used next to photos: "click to embiggen [make bigger]." Wiktionary's entry ascribes its modern use to Lisa in The Simpsons in 1996, but notes its 1884 use in Notes and Queries: A Medium of Intercommunication for Literary Men, General Readers, Etc. (Gosh. I used to run into that journal, with a shortened title, studying Classics.)
Gee, that was depressing to write [post below]. Now you know why I love the cheesy optimism of ST--it's a counterbalance to a childhood right out of French New Wave cinema.
For relief, I must immediately look again at the silly Star Trek take-off Kellie sent me, which presents the episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" in lolcat kitty piggin. Here's a frame from it: [Translation: Kirk looking at the round fluffy tribbles says, "What the fuck? They're like..."]
Our parents didn't let us watch much TV, except for stuff like the Classic Movies series. I am still making up for this deficit.
This is a real picture of Henry, off Barrett's desktop! And I'm pretty sure it's his real sentiment too, for all the trouble he put me through (see below). You can make your own LOLcat at I Can Has Cheezburger's LOL Builder.