September 17th, 2010

New Tilley Hat

Catching up on FB status updates (High Holy Days edition)

Continued from Catching up on FB status updates (the funny or pithy ones). Still way behind. Currently liveblogging the Koran (but very slowly).

Baron Dave Romm...

…hasn't tested this out, but it looks good.  Decanted by Ruth Temple.

Tom Swift turned 100 on July 1, and we didn't even throw him a party at Convergence.

... wrote this homage to Tom Swift for his brother's blog and will probably use it for Bartcop-E.

I'll say one thing about the Wold Cup final:  The uniform colors are a welcome change from the market-driven plumage of American sports.  I'll say another thing:  Those vuvu's really are annoying.  I can only hope a riot breaks out to quiet things down.

Hey, somebody won [the World Cup] ... and then it started pouring.  Coincidence? Well, probably.

*gulp* Work safe, but not for the faint of heart. Gleaned from DKos and the Guardian.

Maybe it's a good thing we don't have flying cars and personal jetpacks.

... is back on the Board of Directors of his condo.  First official act:  Made the Motion to Adjourn.

[on July 20] Happy New Year! As we start YML 41, I look back at the Year of our Moon Landing 40 and hope this year is better.

Hmm… it's really annoying when someone hacks into an account... of someone who has been dead for a year and a half.  I'm not even sure who to -- or how to -- report this. [from comments]

[re lying right winger who heavily edited an old speech which got huge play in the conservative news media and led to Shirley Sherrod being fired]:

"I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them."
-- Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 - 1965), Speech during 1952 Presidential Campaign

Want smaller government?  Be less paranoid.  And don't believe conservatives, who just make crap up.  (click through the ads, if necessary.)

LJ bonus: letter to Word-A-Day re this post
Please forgive me for being a few days late, and for being a bit persnickety on the subject, but as a comedy writer I always wince when people quote Mark Twain as saying, ".... the difference between the lightning-bug & the lightning". As a writer himself, Twain would know to put the punch at the end, ".... the difference between the lightning & the lightning-bug".

And yet, researching the phrase in ways that were unavailable decades earlier, I find that Twain did indeed phrase his point in that manner. Which leads to the next question: Why?

Aha! he says, proud of his superhuman ability to use Google and click on hyperlinks, here is the answer: The phrase is not original with Twain, and by being slightly different (and more famous) he manages to steal prime credit.

Twain is quoted from an 1888 letter. In 1871, Josh Billings wrote in his Old Farmer's Allminax, "Don't mistake vivacity for wit, thare iz about az much difference az thare iz between lightning and a lightning bug"

Twain asservated Billings for the concept. I can't really fault anyone for using the Twain construction (or preferring his spelling), but this risible folderol lacks equipoise and I'm bugged.

Continuing with Early Autumn edition