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  1. Apr 2021
    1. Environmentally friendly factoriesGavin uses the Cubiko Games workshop ‘factory’. Yes, it is a bit cold in the winter but, hey, I built it myself. Transporting goods from the ‘factory’ is very economical, it is about 20 metres from the factory to Gavins house via the garden. The worker in the ‘factory’ (Gavin) is committed to looking after the environment and tries his best to use every piece of wood to the best of his ability. The working conditions are great. (Flexi-time, unlimited food and drink breaks). No child labour. (Samuel sometimes ventures into the factory but we don’t put him to work).
    1. Yogi also said that "Half the lies they tell about me aren't true"
    2. Generally speaking, it would not be a good way to express something in formal writing, unless perhaps you were deliberately injecting humor.
    3. This is the essence of "You don't know what you don't know," only it's being expressed in a comical way, much like Yogi Berra might have said. (To those unfamiliar with the Yogi Berra reference, he was a professional baseball player who was reknowned for his wry way of saying things, such as, "It ain't over 'til it's over," and, "You can observe a lot by watching."
    4. That said, you couldn't know what you didn't know, but now you know.
    1. Comedian Henny Youngman was famous for one-liners delivered in a deadpan manner. Much of his humor was both wry and dry.
    2. I intend to live forever. So far, so good. Whenever I think of the past, it brings back so many memories. I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly. If it's a penny for your thoughts and you put in your two cents worth, then someone, somewhere is making a penny. What's another word for Thesaurus? I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't park anywhere near the place.
    3. Adding another Steven Wright gem: "24 hour banking? I don't have time for that."
    4. Comedian Henny Youngman was famous for one-liners delivered in a deadpan manner. Much of his humor was both wry and dry. For example, his most famous line: Take my wife ... please. If you never saw the delivery, "Take my wife" was said as if he was using his wife as an example to set up a situation, as in "Take my wife [for example]." After a brief pause, the "please" turned it into a request.
    5. Some humor is just funny on a surface level, or incorporates words that sound funny. What makes dry humor unique is that it isn't always obviously funny, especially with a deadpan delivery; you often need to think about it. The humor is entirely within the meaning of the words.
    6. I'm sorry I hurt your feelings when I called you stupid. I really thought you already knew.
    7. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened.
    8. I swear; if my memory was any worse, I could plan my own surprise party.
    9. "Wry" evolved from a meaning of "to twist". Applied to humor, it refers to humor that is bitterly or disdainfully ironic or amusing; distorted or perverted in meaning; warped, misdirected, or perverse; words that are unsuitable or wrong; scornful and mocking in a humorous way--it covers a lot of territory (see WordReference.com).
    10. What is the difference between “wry” and “dry” humor?
    11. "Dry" humor is often called deadpan humor because it is delivered with a straight face and a serious tone, as if it is not intended to be funny.
    1. cleverly and often ironically or grimly humorous

      technically a definition for just "wry" but seems to also actually define/describe "wry humor" too, no?

    1. British HumorDry humor is particularly associated with British humor. Fawlty Towers, a British television comedy that aired from 1975 to 1979 is considered an unusually good example of dry humor. The series is set in a family run seaside hotel operated by a cynical and snobbish man, played by John Cleese, who finds himself in constant conflict with hotel guests. No matter how outlandishly silly each episode becomes, there is never any sense that the characters are trying to be funny.
    2. Dry humor is a delivery technique. As such, it shouldn't be confused with specific types of humor or with sarcasm. Sarcasm is delivered without humor because it's generally not funny but intended to mock or convey contempt. Dry humor pertains to something funny.
    3. Humor is based on a sense of the unexpected, inexplicable, ridiculous and ironic. Dry humor can enhance these qualities to make things more humorous. For example, humor that is delivered as if it were not a joke may feel more surprising and odd.

      theory

      enhances these qualities

    4. Dry humor is a comedic technique of delivering humor as if you didn't intend to be funny.
  2. Mar 2021
    1. If you've ever talked about regular expressions with another programmer, you've invariably heard this 1997 chestnut: Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems.
    1. Addition of the keyword would allow such syntax as If ThisThing Ain't Nothing Then According the source "We're just trying to keep up with advances in the English language which, as you know, is changing almost as fast as technology itself."
  3. Feb 2021
    1. The name makes me think of “The Legend of Zelda”. I imagine the original Sprockets author saying “It’s dangerous to go alone” and then handing me a javascript file.
    2. When I hit ETOOMUCHFRUSTRATION, then I’m definitely fighting the framework.
    1. “Why would Pete Wells order delivery from us?” the sous-chef asked.“Maybe he’s hungry?” Mr. Tran replied.I was. But I was on the job, too, and that first order persuaded me

      Q & A syntax which reveals two separate perspectives to the reader-- adds to the change factor within these times that Wells is trying to communicate. Informal tone taken on by Pete as food is more personal and opinionated. His audience are those who want to experience new, good food amidst these times. Humor and irony with the "Maybe he's hungry?" from Mr. Tran, stating the obvious with a purpose along with explaining how the chefs can't forget about the job at hand.

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    1. As part of our preparedness we have a “whole house” generator, which is the size of a nuclear submarine but more expensive.

      This statement reveals how people have spent much money and time preparing for the hurricane, but the simile undercuts the heavy subject with humor. The author's purpose could be to provide comic relief in a time of fear and panic, a way to distract those in Florida from the hurricane.

    2. All our jerky will be gone before Irma gets here.

      Barry pokes fun at the way people react to disasters, like how they stock up on food so they feel prepared,but then eat it all out of stress.

    1. When I was young, during the Cretaceous period

      Barry addresses his age in a humorous and light-hearted way to detract focus from the growing age of grandparents but instead focus on the experiences they get to have and all they should be thankful for.

    2. That’s the iguana community’s favorite movie. It’s showing 24/7 down at the LizardPlex.

      Barry continues his humorous tone while writing his article about the serious and emotional holiday of Grandparents Day by incorporating silly an obviously untrue pieces of "information."

  9. Feb 2020
    1. we have one quality that every soccer team needs: a willingness to try, against all odds, to erect the team tent.

      Barry presents soccer dads as necessities to any soccer team, but provides a funny and simple example in order to remain light and not get too deep and emotional. This stays in line with Barry's method of discussing meaningful or serious things in a humorous way to keep the audience happy and entertained versus depressed or emotional.

    2. Our other coach is Deano Nunez. We call him “Deano” because that is his name.

      This unnecessary explanation is included to make people laugh since the reason they call the coach "Deano" is obvious. This adds a bit more humor and informality to the piece to keep its lightheartedness.

    3. Sophie has always been a cautious, meticulous person; she hates to do the wrong thing.

      Barry uses his daughter as an example of how some children can be overly cautious and may need help getting out of their comfort zone, but he portrays this idea in a more humorous way to lighten the seriousness of his message. This helps the audience accept what he is saying while not feeling depressed or hopeless about it.

  10. Jan 2020
    1. Humor treads at the frontier of consciousness. When a comic finds a funny joke, they are unearthing a truth that people are only kind of aware of, but the whole room grasps that everybody else is aware of the truth, and laughter ensues.

      Humor as a comprehension

  11. Sep 2019
    1. Now I may easily reach into the stomach of the cat of the ex-wife of my college roommate as though I deserve to have my hands in there!
  12. 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.

  13. 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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    1. 4,997 English words rated on a scale from 1 (humorless) to 5 (humorous) by 821 participants.

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  18. 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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  24. 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.)

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

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  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

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    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.
  33. 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.