It occurred to me that newspaper and online news articles almost always have bad grammar in at least one part of the article: the headline.
Really, I am so used to the unique grammar of headlines that I often don't even notice that they are almost invariably in pidgin English. The headlines usually manage to convey what the article is about, but if you actually try to speak in newspaper headlines you'd sound pretty daft. Try it some time. It's a lot of fun.
Here's a few examples of headlinespeak that I swiped from feeds:
Polls Show Obama-McCain Race Tight Navy Missile Intercept Successful Arrest Made In Spears Stalking Case Valedictorian Set For Graduation, Deportation Stocks Drubbed On Jobs And Oil
I think there ought to be an annual Speak And Write In Headlines Day. That would rule. :)
Tech guy: I need to update your microscope software, have you seen the dongle? Grad student: Um... Excuse me? Tech guy: I need to plug the dongle in to get access to your machine. Grad student: Uh... What would... That... Look like? Tech guy: Oh wait, never mind, I see it. Thanks! [Tech guy leaves.] Grad student, to undergrad nearby: What the hell was he talking about? Undergrad: I don't know, but I feel like we were about ten seconds away from being in a very nerdy porno.
Campaigners in the US are attempting to delay the start-up of the world's most powerful particle smasher with a lawsuit claiming it could spawn dangerous particles or mini black holes that will destroy the entire Earth.
I have been thinking about setting up a mirror of the content from ubergeeks@LJ over here. I discussed it with the mod that I turned the LJ comm over to, and he is fine with it.
But I'm not really sure if that would be a good idea or not. It might not be a good idea because I think it would require that people turn off asylum notifications for ubergeeks. It would be pretty embarrassing if a member ended up with a few thousand notifications.
OTOH, we'd have a fairly large archive for browsing.
For those of you who enjoy old DOS games, here's a link to Link-Four, a public domain Connect-4 game. It is possibly the first Connect-4 game for the PC, created in 1986. You can either use the arrow keys or a mouse. It even comes with hint support if you feel like cheating. :P
Link-Four will work great under DOS or DOSBox for Windows and Linux.
Today the first promotion for ubergeeks was posted to asylum_promo and new patients are beginning to trickle in. I'd like to start out by welcoming all of you who are committed to helping geeks everywhere achieve Total World Domination!
The ubergeeks asylum is intended to be a forum for discussion of geek-related topics, particularly geek culture. One thing I want to make clear right off the bat: this asylum is a censorship-free zone. Both catness and myself are members of LiveJournal, and we both dislike the ominous changes which have taken place there over the years. We both realize that many, many IJ patients will also be antsy about censorship issues, and we understand these concerns. While ubergeeks is not primarily a community for sharing fanfiction, it is perfectly fine to post geeky fanfiction or original fiction here, especially if it has to do with scifi or fantasy subjects. Nonfiction is welcome too, particularly articles which are of general interest to geeks.
The only real rules in this community are to keep things on topic, to treat other patients in a civilized way, and to place NSFW posts behind a cut with a NSFW label. That's it. We are not the speech police, so if you feel like ranting about something, go right ahead, as long as it's not directed at other asylum members. The maintainers do reserve the right to remove OT posts, so if someone is posting goatse macros purely to be a jerk, we'll nip that in the bud. We also hate spam. We hope that everyone will feel comfortable enough to relax here and get on with the business of overthrowing world governments and conquering distant galaxies.
Has anyone ever called you a geek? Or do you consider yourself to be a geek? If so, then the ubergeeks community is just for you!
This community is a place for geek solidarity. Our mission is nothing short of Total World Domination. Topics of discussion will tend to focus on things that matter to geeks: geek literature, geek movies, geek TV, gaming, comics, science, science fiction, fantasy, astronomy, math, history, psychology, sociology, linguistics, etymology, weird links, Internet culture, geek websites, weird news, fanfic, famous geeks, and just about any other subject that is generally of interest to geeks.