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Things I would like to own, Episode II: Attack of the T-shirts

So, several months ago, as a direct result of some good old-fashioned insomnia, I posted this list of nerdy things I totally wished I had.

Now, inspired by various family members’ demand for a “christmas list” from me, and some pretty outstanding shirts I have come across in the last few days, I present another list of weird, nerdy, and occasionally useless things I would totally by for myself if I wasn’t a broke student.

(Incidentally, I am really not difficult to buy for, I promise, but people seem to need very specific instructions for some reason…)

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Deep thoughts: onomatopoetic devices

I’ve decided that “kapow” is the most tragically underused onomatopoetic word out there.  No, seriously.  Say it out loud.  KAPOW!  Didn’t that make you feel oddly powerful?  Can’t you imagine saying it in everyday conversation?

Kapow!  batman

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Deep thought: The Punctuation of a Revolution

So, I’m in the middle of what would best be called “A week from hell.”  Midterms, broken appliances that left me with 1 package of easy mac (that I can’t make because I have no milk), half a loaf of bread, and stale biscuits, and a sunburn (in October) so bad on my chest that it kind of makes me want to cry.  Which is all to say, I don’t really have a lot of time to write anything this week.  Instead, I will attempt to offer up a Random Thought a day on any topic I feel like.  Today’s thought comes courtesy of the political philosophy class that is killing my brain:

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Of MASH and friends

Do you remember MASH?  No, not that one, though that is awesome.

I mean… THIS ONE.  A roadmap to your future, from the paper fortune teller and coke can tab school of thought.  I don’t know about you, but I did not enter into these types of things lightly.  I am a naturally superstitious person (thank you, baseball!) and I was of the belief that looking into these things was like tempting fate.

I mean, maybe they didn’t have any power, but what if they DID, and I would have to marry Brian P. and have 6 kids.  I WAS NOT READY FOR THAT TYPE OF COMMITMENT.

So I made fortune tellers, but I rarely used them.  I let other people use them.  I watched people play their MASH games, but I think I only ever took the plunge once.

I bring this up because, well, I feel like our modern day version of the elementary school lunch table is at it again.  I speak, of course, of facebook; more specifically, I speak of facebook quizzes.  For the last few weeks, my news feed has been letting me know things like:

  • High-School-Acquaintance-X will be married on June 17 2010.  (“Oh my GOD!” says High-School-Acquaintance-X, “that’s in less than a year!”)
  • Girl-from-that-one-class-freshman-year will have 3 girls and 1 boys!  She will name them Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter.
  • In a year, friend-of-a-friend-Y will live in… Argentina!

Well, you get the idea.  On one level, I get why these types of things are appealing.  They give you a very specific idea of your future, and allow you to react to that in some way (I would NEVER have 6 kids!  I can’t go to Italy next year, I don’t speak a word of Italian!).  Ruling stuff out, when you’re not really sure what you’re going to do with your life… that’s sort of comforting.

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That doesn’t seem right: Clorox has dangling modifier issues

I’ve been watching the Mad Men marathon on AMC today, and they’ve shown an ad for Clorox Bleach several times.  I’ve seen the ad before, but never really paid much attention to it.  Perhaps it was the effects of watching a show about advertising, but I ended up paying closer attention to it than normal and realized that, well, someone didn’t give the thought to the copy they probably should have.

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That doesn’t seem right: vintage ad edition

I honestly don’t even know what to say about this one except:

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Hey, isn’t “kindle” kind of a stupid name anyway? and other thoughts from a confirmed book lover.

Have you seen this?  [that comes via neatorama via jezebel]

Yes, that’s “The Smell of Books.”  Personally, my favorite is “Eau you have cats,” which promises it will make reading your digitized book on your Kindle or whatever just like borrowing a book from grandma’s!  First of all, my grandmother’s house did not smell like cat.  Secondly… nuh-uh!

Outtakes: headlines

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