Saturday, December 19, 2009

Avatar -- Minor Spoilers

So bright! So rippling! So shiny! So glowing! So... blue!

The thoughts of loveliness only fade when Cameron allows the motion to get too fast in an attempt to make this movie an action flick instead of what it is: a visually stunning sci-fi rendition of the old going-native story. We get Cherokee removal with sympathetic scientists instead of missionaries, unobtainium instead of gold, evil marines and corporations instead of Andrew Jackson and Georgia, and mother tree instead of mother earth. Since this isn't history, the good guys get away with going Zulu. It could have been great, but the relative lack of intelligent reflection leaves this movie about as deep as the recent Star Trek offering. Weepably poor dialogue, decent acting -- especially by the women in the cast -- and so very pretty.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Worldedit III: Run-Ons and Latins

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Curse you and your run-on sentence! It's the perfect marketing ploy. I keep checking back to see if a period materializes. Or at least a semi-colon.

Maratial Arts!

Now I'm left wondering whether calling the company on the postcard will result in self-defense classes or tips on boosting libido.

A die-hard purist might say 'censi' as the latin plural, but I've never heard it used

A "senior member" at typed this in response to the inquiry, "What is the plural of census?" And no one corrected him! Did his Latin dictionary break off at B? The Latin plural of census is census. Fourth declension. I'd advise using censuses, though.

Dumbass, its Latin the plural of penis is peni

Oh, how I love lurking in English forums! Aside from the adorable comma left waiting for a period (or two), and the unfortunate use of the wrong "its," I was glad to see someone corrected this unfortunate soul. The plural of penis is penises. If you want to get down with the Latin, it's penes. Third declension. An entirely readable answer to the penis question and of Latin in general can be found HERE.