Linguist Llama


Dammit. I am no longer a linguist, so these things are mostly going right over my head.

But it’s a llama. Goddam comedy gold.

How amazing would it be if a lolllama meme made me want to study linguistics again? (Not to mention how unlikely. There may be some Tennessee whiskey involved in my current thought processes.)

But come on. A llama. And linguistics. It’s destiny.

Song of Ice and Fire Experts Release A Game of Thrones Annotation


So yeah, I downloaded Subtext to my iPad and bought this (via the Google eBookstore). On account of I am, um, a huge geek.

Yea, that’s cool

Holy crap. The best thing about this is that the science is not fully understood yet. All I know is, I demand a quantum-levitation transit system.

QOTD for October 10, 2011

“You may not see it now, but whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else. . . . Whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer.”

– Reason to Milo, The Phantom Tollbooth

Terrific piece in The New Yorker on the 50th anniversary of The Phantom Tollbooth.

Grayson 2016? Pleaseohpleaseohplease?

I can’t believe Grayson’s district voted him out of office in the midterms, but I am glad to see he is still around and still schooling the right wing. (And I’m sorry, P.J. O’Rourke, you were funny in your National Lampoon days, and you are kind of funny on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, but your politics are abominable. Seriously, “get him a bongo”?) Not visible on this clip – the standing ovation Grayson got.

Grayson could very well get my vote in 2016. He could even be the seed of a viable new party. (OK, that’s probably just wishful thinking.)

PartiallyClips – Bluebird in Hat


This one seems appropriate to me today.