1. …From the point of view of a Scandinavian speaker this can make for weird impressions - “Ångels” would be pronounced something like “Oongels” (with an “o” sound similar to that in “door”). The logo of the Stargate series similarly features a stylized A with a circle above it, making it resemble an Å as in Stargåte, which has the unfortunate pronunciation “Star Goat”.

    Someone needs to recalibrate their idea of "unfortunate".

    S’dtarbolt & Stargåte (a super goat) would def have the intestinal fortitude to do some crime-fighting.  You figure, between the two of them they could take apart and digest almost anything.

     
  2. 20:26 14th Sep 2014

    Notes: 2

    Tags: RotL

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    The Washingtonian Way In on Flickr.Ohboy, between “Rear Window”esque self-censoring paranoia, guys named Skeeter*, stories of fistfights past, and anecdotes of rebreaking oneself out of reluctance to seek medical attention, at least 4 former-MEs would totally benefit from this week’s installment! 
(The part that I may’ve mostly dug was validation of the concept that John does some ass-kicking in Tom Wolfesque suiting.)
((I hope it is okay to post this!))*My first destruction derby mentor was named Skeeter! He had a dog named Bullet and used to call me “Flatlander”.  It was a VERY rural adventure time.

    The Washingtonian Way In on Flickr.

    Ohboy, between “Rear Window”esque self-censoring paranoia, guys named Skeeter*, stories of fistfights past, and anecdotes of rebreaking oneself out of reluctance to seek medical attention, at least 4 former-MEs would totally benefit from this week’s installment!

    (The part that I may’ve mostly dug was validation of the concept that John does some ass-kicking in Tom Wolfesque suiting.)

    ((I hope it is okay to post this!))

    *My first destruction derby mentor was named Skeeter! He had a dog named Bullet and used to call me “Flatlander”. It was a VERY rural adventure time.

     
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    Doubt and Clarence* and possibly one of the the worst Chinese tongue twisters well-known to man.  There are literally 4 tonally different “i”s in play, none of which is just “i”!
Anyhow, I think this may be one of the best uses of formatting on a wikipedia page.
*Of course Clarence is the one with a ball. Heir presumptive.(These are things I think about.  Constantly.)

    Doubt and Clarence* and possibly one of the the worst Chinese tongue twisters well-known to man.  There are literally 4 tonally different “i”s in play, none of which is just “i”!

    Anyhow, I think this may be one of the best uses of formatting on a wikipedia page.

    *Of course Clarence is the one with a ball. Heir presumptive.
    (These are things I think about.  Constantly.)

    (Source: Wikipedia)

     
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    Though I do love a rhyming rule of thumb and will never fully discount nominative determinism—¡ nomen est omen !—
Jo clearly transcended her waitress name to become a scientist whose labcoat I still actively avoided when hunting for a visitor coat last week. 

(She’s *Hollandaise!*)

    Though I do love a rhyming rule of thumb and will never fully discount nominative determinism
    —¡ nomen est omen !—
    Jo clearly transcended her waitress name to become a scientist whose labcoat I still actively avoided when hunting for a visitor coat last week.

    (She’s *Hollandaise!*)

     
  5. "Does your coffee maker brew so hot that over the course of the day it burns off like a gas flare on an offshore oil rig?" 

The flammable sign on the coffee tanker, and the really unfortunate tire flaps, and sometimes everything ‘n stuff comes together.

    "Does your coffee maker brew so hot that over the course of the day it burns off like a gas flare on an offshore oil rig?"

    The flammable sign on the coffee tanker, and the really unfortunate tire flaps, and sometimes everything ‘n stuff comes together.

     
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    …Podcast like that you don’t listen to all at once.
(Though over the afternoon you may’ve listened to it thrice in full.)

    …Podcast like that you don’t listen to all at once.

    (Though over the afternoon you may’ve listened to it thrice in full.)

     
  7. 02:33 30th Jun 2014

    Notes: 12

    Tags: rotl

    $2.89 to fix your ski sweater and liberate a sauna without the potential awkwardness of dropping trou? 

How can you go wrong?

    $2.89 to fix your ski sweater and liberate a sauna without the potential awkwardness of dropping trou?

    How can you go wrong?

     
  8. Noted: The Rail-Road Reform Problem-Space varies from country to country.

    Preemptive Answer:
    Statistical analysis of the estimated/actual arrival/departure consistency, which would determine appropriate tonality for saying “At least the trains run on time,” was inconclusive due to sample size. Sorry!

    (The Flintstones-Animal-Technology tone of bemused resignation is not so bad in terms of constant use anyhow. The Pegasus honors the culture of the region, I suppose.)

     
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    Ten Timezones: Timeless Taste*
Given the relatively globular screenprint target, why would they have used this projection?  Look at the Mediterranean!  Look at it!
*burnt meat, sour tap water, dirty Mercedes exhaust, diesel, bus station seat, German car, Kenyan Tang, bonhomie, etc.
[I love crappy, freely distributed recrystallized paper tube coffee, though: I was drinking Nescafe packets for a month and a half after my last big overseas install.  It’s one of my favorite parts.]

    Ten Timezones: Timeless Taste*

    Given the relatively globular screenprint target, why would they have used this projection? Look at the Mediterranean! Look at it!

    *burnt meat, sour tap water, dirty Mercedes exhaust, diesel, bus station seat, German car, Kenyan Tang, bonhomie, etc.

    [I love crappy, freely distributed recrystallized paper tube coffee, though: I was drinking Nescafe packets for a month and a half after my last big overseas install. It’s one of my favorite parts.]

     
  10. Plays: 19

    (130s) Heir Apparent In About an Hour.

     
  11. Plays: 69

    (136 seconds)

    The ambient noise in my memory palace at some point became primarily podcasts, but—every once in a while—I’ll hear something that sounds like it could have been part of a quick swell of horns and have a half-formed thought* that is located in a very specific and a very cluttered corner, and then I can literally feel myself being swept up by a tiny tempest of obsession

    It usually passes eventually.

    It’s probably for the best. I pretty much never sweep.  

    *While they are kind of distinguishable, I feel that at this point I don’t know enough to accurately identify the 16. 

     
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    "…so, does one of these have a daughter in it?"

    "…so, does one of these have a daughter in it?"

     
  13. Plays: 19

    A scant 80 episodes later, Punk Rock Davy emerges and explains John’s confusion with what still might have been off brand “Emmanuelle”. 

    Like organic chemistry.

     
  14. Introductory coursework for a degree of Mastery of Management in Hospitality (MMH) at The Scat Academy School of Hotel Administration is probably as inscrutable as one would imagine.

    I’m a pretty rigorous note taker and all I’ve got here is:
    "SUMMARY: Hamburger hamburger! Bang bang!"

     
  15. 18:50 16th Mar 2014

    Notes: 5

    Tags: rotl

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MDM: …but, every time we buy one of these the same thing happens: I bring it home, I take it out of the plastic, and it’s like a giant plastic vulva opening. The entire house is enveloped in this smell. And so you’ve got things like—JMR: Ugh, Why would you use vulva as a metaphor!MDM: John, it’s a plastic vulva, I’m not being normative. Plastic vulva— tell me what a plastic vulva would smell like: it would taste like a 9V battery and smell like a bath mat. Let’s be honest.JMR: Eeeeuuugh. (RotL057,007:20.)

I chuckled but sorta dismissed this phenomenon back then. But: hoo.  This new foam business? That’s a “fresh” smell, alright.  Even at 30 hours with open windows.
I stand corrected.

    MDM: …but, every time we buy one of these the same thing happens: I bring it home, I take it out of the plastic, and it’s like a giant plastic vulva opening. The entire house is enveloped in this smell. And so you’ve got things like—
    JMR: Ugh, Why would you use vulva as a metaphor!
    MDM: John, it’s a plastic vulva, I’m not being normative. Plastic vulva— tell me what a plastic vulva would smell like: it would taste like a 9V battery and smell like a bath mat. Let’s be honest.
    JMR: Eeeeuuugh.
    (RotL057,007:20.)

    I chuckled but sorta dismissed this phenomenon back then. But: hoo.
    This new foam business? That’s a “fresh” smell, alright.
    Even at 30 hours with open windows.

    I stand corrected.