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  1. Apr 2019
    1. “But beyond the pleasure of Dreyer’s prose and authorial tone, I think there is something else at play with the popularity of his book,” he explained. “To put it as simply as possible, the man cares, and we need people who care right now.”

      I believe that the main reason why Benjamin Dreyer's Dreyer's English: an Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style is so well-read, is that he's funny.

      The humor is dry as a paper board, for example:

      The NSA may be reading your emails and texts, but I’m not. If you prefer “Hi John” to “Hi, John,” you go right ahead.

      and:

      For the sake of clarity, we use hyphens to helpfully link up a pair or passel of words preceding and modifying a noun, as in: first-rate movie fifth-floor apartment middle-class morality nasty-looking restaurant all-you-can-eat buffet However, convention (a.k.a. tradition, a.k.a. consensus, a.k.a. it’s simply how it’s done, so don’t argue with it) allows for exceptions in some cases in which a misreading is unlikely, as in, say: real estate agent high school students And though you may, now that you’re staring at these constructions, wonder worryingly about the reality of that estate agent or the sobriety of those school students, I’d urge you to stop staring and move on. (Staring at words is always a bad idea. Stare at the word “the” for more than ten seconds and reality begins to recede.)

      Another thing, Dreyer is both funny and witty. Here's a bonus example of this:

      As a lexicographer friend once confided over sushi, the dictionary takes its cues from use: If writers don’t change things, the dictionary doesn’t change things. If you want your best-seller to be a bestseller, you have to help make that happen. If you want to play videogames rather than video games, go for it. I hope that makes you feel powerful. It should.

  2. Jan 2019
    1. The Chaos, Gerard Nolst Trenité (1922) - a poem that highlights about 800 irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation.

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  5. Aug 2017
    1. 4,997 English words rated on a scale from 1 (humorless) to 5 (humorous) by 821 participants.

  6. Jul 2017
  7. May 2017
    1. The FCC is investigating Stephen Colbert for a line he delivered during his monologue, addressing Donald Trump: "The only thing your mouth is good at is being Vladimir Putin's c--k holster."

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaHwlSTqA7s

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  13. Sep 2016
    1. It's 2016. Dad says that he and Ma will leave the country if Hillary is elected. They are big Republicans. What conservative country should they move to?

      Pakistan. This may seem surprising at first, but Pakistan is the clear choice for the disgruntled American conservative when you look at it logically.

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    1. "Charlie Rose by Samuel Beckett", a short film by Andrew Filippone Jr. (Funny. But I think Charlie Rose would interrupt himself more often.)

  15. Jul 2016
    1. "Donald and Hobbes", several Calvin and Hobbes strips remixed into a lampoon of Donald Trump.

  16. Jan 2016
  17. Dec 2015
    1. “Speakin’ o’ creeds,” and here old Mrs. Sargent paused in her work, “Elder Ransom from Acreville stopped with us last night, an’ he tells me they recite the Euthanasian Creed every few Sundays in the Episcopal Church.  I didn’t want him to know how ignorant I was, but I looked up the word in the dictionary.  It means easy death, and I can’t see any sense in that, though it’s a terrible long creed, the Elder says, an’ if it’s any longer ’n ourn, I should think anybody might easy die learnin’ it!” “I think the word is Athanasian,” ventured the minister’s wife.
    1. Pronunciations for hexadecimal numbers:<br> 0xB3 "bibbity-three"<br> 0xF5 "fleventy-five"<br> 0xDB "dickety-bee"

      BZARG is the work of Tim Babb, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is Lighting Optimization Lead for Pixar Animation Studios.

      This blog focuses primarily on graphics, physics, programming, and probably some philosophy and fiction

  18. Aug 2015
    1. Um sujeito pergunta sobre o "não matarás" e a necessidade, talvez, de ter matado Hitler. Gugu responde que os mandamentos servem como referência para quando você não tem como avaliar a bondade e a necessidade de um ato ("se você não sabe o que fazer, não matarás"). Gugu lembra também que no mesmo dia do mandamento "não matarás", Moisés mandou matar 10 mil que estavam adorando o bezerro de ouro.

      Vem uma mulher toda séria e talvez até um pouco assustada com aquilo, e ela comenta:

      -- Mas com o advento de Jesus, entra o período da graça, e nós não podemos julgar se é um bem matar ou não. Nós não podemos julgar. Não cabe a nós julgar.

      -- Claro que nós podemos! Não cabe a nós julgar se o sujeito vai pro inferno, vai pro céu, mas é claro que cabe a nós!

      -- Você matá-lo?

      -- Claro que sim!

      -- Eu não posso julgar, não posso condenar ninguém à morte.

      -- Como não? Cadê? Onde que tá isso no Evangelho? Não tá isso lá.

      -- O julgamento pertence a Deus.

      -- O julgamento pertence a Deus! O tiro na cabeça às vezes pertence a nós.

  19. Apr 2015
    1. Yes, there were an absurd number of mistakes in Rolling Stone’s journalistic method, but like most events ostensibly about ethics in journalism, the kernel of the controversy is about politics, not journalism.

      Hahaha, yup. Ethics in journalism, indeed.

  20. Dec 2014
  21. Feb 2014
    1. “To a soundtrack of heavy metal, free-software geekstar Jono Bacon recounts the story of how he learned to gently yet productively manhandle groups of unruly Internet folks gathered around a common topic or cause. His process and methods are set out in his book, The Art of Community , where Jono’s non-ego-driven account of community building will aid all manner of bosses, since almost every subject matter these days has a community with hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, and even (as in the case of World of Warcraft) millions of people clamoring around it. (Even David Hasselhoff!)

      The spectre of the Great Hasselhoff has been invoked!

    1. The first 15 years or so of life are just tutorial missions, which suck. There’s no way to skip these.
  22. Sep 2013
    1. SOCRATES: By Here, Gorgias, I admire the surpassing brevity of your answers.

      Socrates set Gorgias up to answer his question in a short and direct answer.