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December 18, 2009

You Are What You Read -OR- Follow Friday & Funny Stuff

Kate Hart
A little late today-- this parenting thing is like, hard and stuff, and takes up time, why didn't anyone tell me?!?-- but here you go: The best of the random stuff I saw this week.

Lauren Leto wrote this hilarious post about stereotyping people by the books they read. According to her, I am:
a smart geek who types like this: OMG. Mah fAvvv <3 <3.  My favorite color is hunter green and I was an 11th grader who peed my pants while watching the movie It. I'm also a man who can’t lie but will instead be silent if I know you don’t want to hear the truth, a girl who interns at Nylon but ends up moving back to the Midwest for my real job, and a female high-school French teacher who has their master’s degree.

The Guardian posted their favourite neologisms of the last 10 years (British spelling theirs). Some of mine include
  • get corrugated ankles (UK campus) to get drunk
  • glomp (US campus) to jump and hug someone from behind (I knew that was a real word!)
  • meh (US, from "The Simpsons") boring, apathetic or unimpressive 
  • J.Lo (Wall Street) the rounding bottom in a stock's price chart
  • Picasso porn (US) the scrambled signal of a pornographic cable channel as seen by a nonsubscriber, And my very favorite:
  • menoporsche (UK) the phenomenon of middle-aged men attempting to recapture their lost youth by buying an expensive sports car 

    Rachelle Gardner serves up not one, but two super-inspirational posts. The first reminds us, in the immortal words of Larry the Cable Guy, that our time here is limited and there's no time like the present to git 'er done. (Jewel over at Pink Ink has a similar sentiment: No Pain, No Gain.) The other is a guest post by Anne Lang Bundy called "Extravagant Gift" and although I am not religious in the least, her post had me thinking-- especially the line "I had been sure that God intended me to write, so surely He meant I should be published."





    I loved the Baby Sitters Club as a kid. L-O-V-E-D. So the blog What Claudia Wore entertained me for far longer than it should have.

    I always wanted to be Claudia. Pretty sure I was actually Janine.





    Totally unrelated to writing, but this octopus is more coordinated than me. Maybe smarter, too.






    Drunk Incredible Hulk has his own Twitter feed, giving us such wisdom as "WHEN YOU SEE ONLY ONE SET FOOTPRINT! THAT WHEN DRUNK HULK TOTALLY CARRY YOU!" and "SHAME OPRAH RETIRE! NOW HOW DRUNK HULK KNOW WHAT BOOK TO READ! DRUNK HULK NO BE THIS LOST SINCE PIZZA HUT STOP BOOK CLUB!" and  "DRUNK HULK HOLIDAY TO ISLAND OF LESBOS HAVE SERIOUS LACK OF HOT GIRL ON GIRL ACTION! DRUNK HULK WANT MONEY BACK!"


    And in a completely inappropriate segueway: Laurie Halse Anderson reminds everyone that the term "gay" should not be used as an insult, and reminded me why I freaking love Wanda Sykes. (In case that's too subtle, I'll give it to you Drunk Hulk-style: DON'T USE GAY TO MEAN STUPID UNLESS YOU WANT TO MARK YOURSELF AS A COMPLETE MORON. Please also apply said lesson to the words "retard" and "retarded.")



    Finally, in exciting personal news, the girls at YA Highway invited me to join their team! Starting in January, I'll be doing Field Trip Fridays and some other posts with them. Thanks ladies!

    9 comments:

    1. Wanda Sykes is HILARIOUS. And all it took was one sad eyed look from a gay friend in high school to stop me using that phrase inappropriately.

      So excited that you joined us at YA Highway!!

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    2. Oh my gosh....I loved "The Babysitters Club!" I always wanted to be Stacy, she was just so cool. I use to dot my "i" with a heart like she did. Wow, did I ever love those books!

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    3. I love the "Extravagant Gift" post. Thank you for linking it! :>

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    4. That stereotypes list was pure gold. I am a "boy who can't read"... interesting. :D

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    5. People just keep pointing out these hilarious twitter pages that I never knew about.
      Now I'm going to get my laughs in at Drunk Hulk and Feral Pigeon.
      I am waaaay to easily distracted.

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    6. Oh yeah, I gave you an award on my blog!

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    7. Yay! Glomp is a word!

      And Menoporsche lol!

      That stereotype list is hilarious. I'm a girl "who made out with other girls in college when they were going through a “phase”.

      Wow. lol!

      Congrats on joining YA Highway!

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    8. Now I'm really conflicted. Up until now I have managed to completely avoid anything remotely Twitter-like, but the Drunk Hulk sounds hilarious...

      I don't normally agree with The Guardian (or, for that matter, most newspapers), but new words are really interesting to see. Their continued use still has to be proven, but I can see a couple of the highlighted ones actually sticking around for a while.

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