ZOMG fanfic

Mar. 9th, 2010 08:47 am
clauclauclaudia: (Default)
Harry ruffled a hand through his own hair. Maybe it was just that strange part of him which had already been convinced, but... "That's a bit of an anticlimax," Harry said. "You'd think there'd be some kind of more dramatic mental event associated with executing a Bayesian update on an observation of infinitesimal probability -" Harry stopped himself. Mum, McGonagall, and even his Dad were giving him that look again. "I mean, with finding out that everything I believe is false."

By Less Wrong, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. Petunia married a proper Skeptic (or Sceptic, in British!) and Harry knows about Feynman and the scientific method and proposes a test of Professor McGonagall worthy of James Randi and... yeah.

It's not a complete fic, but it's an absolute treasure.
clauclauclaudia: (R&G - actors - the opposite of people)
If you get snow emergency notices from the City of Somerville, you know Tom Champion's voice. But you probably haven >>> [ WARNING ::: DATABASE ERROR ::: CONTENT OVERRIDE ::: SOURCE: EXTERNAL ] <<<

> source terminal location: UNKNOWN

> source terminal identity: UNAVAILABLE

> source login information: ENCRYPTED

> message begins

the post you are now reading is designed to dull your senses to THE TRUTH. do not live the life of the worker bee, the cog, the well-oiled piston in the MACHINE OF DECEIT!

there is a grand CONSPIRACY afoot. you have been taught to believe that you are UNIQUE, one of a kind. THIS IS NOT TRUE. long ago, a cabal of scientists created technologies to ensure that ANYONE'S MIND AND BODY can be duplicated.

human cloning isn't NEAR. it's already HERE. discover the truth at http://JCHutchins.net

you are being DECEIVED. break free from the cogs, flee the hive, become A PROPHET OF THE TRUTH!

kilroy2. was here ... kilroy2.0 is everywhere


't heard him like this before. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] cthulhia!
clauclauclaudia: (dancing Doctor)
... okay, I don't think I ever make commercial posts, but I love this t-shirt, and so do so many geeks when they spot me in it.

Isn't that awesome? It's a Woot shirt, which means that it's on sale only until such time as it's not in the top 20 sellers on the site and then it gets axed.

I don't know how likely it is for it to get axed this time around because they didn't give us a Friday update on the rankings like they used to/usually do. It's had a good long run, 20 weeks. But I believe it's mathematically possible this will be its last weekend on sale. If it is, your last chance to buy is Monday before midnight Central time.

But buy now and maybe it'll have another week of life. :) Just click the awesome picture.
clauclauclaudia: (Princess Bride - messing up the story)
please see [livejournal.com profile] wrog's ideas about book 7, so far superior to my own.
clauclauclaudia: (Princess Bride - messing up the story)
Trading standards officers have ordered the Black Mountains Smokery in Powys, Wales to change the name of its Welsh Dragon sausages on the grounds that they are made with pork, not dragon meat.

Courtesy of the Language Log, one of my favorite LJ feeds. [livejournal.com profile] languagelog
clauclauclaudia: (spelling errors)
... and other fanfic writers. And other pornographers. You know who you are, and you're probably not reading this. (Nobody take this personally. Every one of these I found in more than one place by more than one writer.)

I have conducted an... ahem... careful study of a broad swath of fanfic over the last several weeks, and here are some pairs of words I would like you to be sure you know the difference between.

discreet, discrete: You almost always mean "discreet". Secret? Discreet.
palate, palette: The first is the one in someone's mouth. Google doesn't actually back me up on this one, but I know it to be so. Is this a British/American English distinction I was previously unaware of? Please advise.
prone, supine: Just look it up. No more bizarre sexual positions because you flipped one of the characters over, thank you.
compliment, complement: I think this is perhaps the trickiest one on my list. Flattery? A compliment. But a shirt that flatters you may complement your eyes, meaning perfecting your look. Careful!
principle, principal: Morals are principles. The main something is the principal something.
illicit, elicit: Is it sekrit and naughty? Use the first one. Is it a verb? Use the second one.

Oh, just look it up:
  • taut, taunt
  • breath, breathe
  • loath, loathe
  • baring, barring
  • bound, bond
The phrase is just deserts, unless you're actively punning at the time. It does sound like "desserts", but that's because it's not the sandy "deserts", it's "deserts" derived from "deserve".
dominate, dominant: I don't even understand where this comes from, but it's really common. Dominate is a verb. Dominant is an adjective or noun. There is no such thing as "the dominate" in a scene or relationship. No really.

And please, for the love of all that is holy or unholy, learn the difference between
prostate, prostrate: The fun thing for men having anal sex? Only one "r".

Thank yew.

EDIT: tongue tongue tongue Accept no substitutes. (courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] kjc007)
baited/bated: Breath is bated. Traps are baited.
rein/reign: Oh, where to begin. Horses are controlled with reins. Kings reign. The idiom is rein in your emotions. No really. (these two pairs courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] calanthe_fics)
clauclauclaudia: (R&G - actors - the opposite of people)
Link from [livejournal.com profile] heavenscalyx...

Monty Python meets Utena: Dispuestos a revolucionar la comedia! , second graphic down.

clauclauclaudia: (face at Stonehenge)
[livejournal.com profile] rmd and I were talking, and I wonder: how many people could one put "on tilt" at once by breastfeeding at the average poker table?

[Poll #745773]

Full credit to [livejournal.com profile] rmd for option 3.

haiku meme

May. 18th, 2006 03:22 pm
clauclauclaudia: (august Katchoo)
Only because the content of the haiku is so damn funny. Check out that syllable-counting algorithm!

LiveJournal Haiku!
Your name:clauclauclaudia
Your haiku:though clara kieron
viridian armster elia
samangelov and
Created by Grahame
clauclauclaudia: (gaming me)
I listen to the Slice of Sci-Fi podcast, and it gets so much voicemail that's spawned its own separate episodes of the show. And this is a transcript of a fabulous 6-minute-long voicemail from the April 6 voicemail show (#51). It starts about 4.5 minutes in if you want to listen to yourselves. I would totally credit this or ask permission if I knew who to ask, but there's no attribution given. Forgive the SoSF in-jokes.

And this is for all the gamers: )
The part I will take away and use repeatedly is "Think carefully about who you'd switch sides for, but really dwell on who you would double back for." Heh.
clauclauclaudia: (gonzo - you can't take the sky from me)
(fooled some of you with that title, didn't I?)

I'm listening to "Great Big Stuff" from the musical of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" on the radio ( www.wers.org ). It always gives me the giggles when broadcasts bleep this song, because the lyric "the fashion plate I date'll give me hummers in my Hummer" always becomes "... ******s in my Hummer".

... *gasp* They didn't bleep it! They bleeped "shit" in the next verse instead. ZOMG!


Apr. 14th, 2006 03:18 am
clauclauclaudia: (ecstasy - Parrish)
"Wrath? I gotcher wrath right here!"

Nobody pours out wrath like sgw.

Another lovely Seder. I do so love them.
clauclauclaudia: (Queen of Wands)
Courtesy of notashamed in moody_girls.
clauclauclaudia: (Sam and Frodo)
Everyone should watch this mashup movie trailer. Made by the crazy kids at Chocolate Cake City, it's Brokeback to the Future (a 7 MB download that might be a bit slashdotted at the moment) Brokeback to the Future streamed, and at a server that can handle the load better.

It makes me very happy.

trailer spoiler within )

Edit: This video pointed out to me by Jonathan Coulton's podcast. As some of you know, Coulton's site is the home to many delightful songs, but my favorite, by far, is that sweet romantic ditty Skullcrusher Mountain. Go, listen now. I'll wait.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] drbitch for the reminder on Coulton.

Maybe I used too many monkeys


Jan. 10th, 2006 05:50 pm
clauclauclaudia: (smile time puppet)
This is even late on the Eastern Orthodox calendar, but I just had to comment...

letter to Santa )
... that all in all, I'm pretty sure helping [livejournal.com profile] fox1013 hide a body is a good. Add a plush Smile Time Angel figure to the Easy-Bake Oven, please!
clauclauclaudia: (perky goth in combat boots)

Created by dlevy
clauclauclaudia: (L Word kiss)
... about nookie.

[Poll #292382]

If you're not an LJ user, please leave your name or something. :)

You may also be interested in [livejournal.com profile] rmd's parallel poll at http://www.livejournal.com/poll/?id=292389

Can you guess we discovered we've been miscommunicating on a certain subject?


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