However, if you want to make it easy for me, I would suggest not casting, as your main character's rival, an actress who may possibly have been constructed in a lab out of the distilled and concentrated adorbz of Diane Neal and Anne Dudek.
If, for whatever reason, you disregard this advice, on no account whatsoever should you actually name her character "Squirrel". Why? Because, as my mother likes to remind me, I am a sucker for cute.
Movie trailers can be fun. I mean, yes, obviously it is annoying the way they might basically be described as "the mandatory Three Best Bits of a Hollywood movie excised for your viewing pleasure so there's very little point in going and seeing the whole thing, which you might otherwise have enjoyed." Even so, they way they seem to have been edited by ADD-ridden five-year-olds offers opportunities to hear the "wisdom" of the movie-going public. Noisy passages ending without warning makes for a chatting audience that suddenly finds itself speaking considerably more loudly than it had in mind. Anyway, this overly verbose lead-in has gone on long enough, on with the hilarious quotes!
(After the title of "Salt" has appeared in gigantimous letters on the screen) "Is that the name of the film?"
(After a testicular cancer awareness segment featuring Bob Monkhouse) "He probably recorded that before he died."
Consider this post to be subtitled "Or, that was harder than it should have been!"
Diane Neal needs to play Honor Harrington.
That is all.
In an effort to speed this LJ's transition to an "all memes, all the time" format, I thought I'd start one of my own off. It's probably been done before, but then, so has everything else
Fantasy dinner party
You have the opportunity to reach into parallel realities and bring six fictional characters: three female and three male into this world just long enough to have them over for a dinner party (and you get to reach into parallel realities inhabited by versions of these characters who would like nothing better than to come to said party ;). Which characters would you invite and why?( My choices below the foldCollapse )
This great honking display of geekery being done with, there remains only the matter of tagging. I wouldn't presume to do anything so peremptory, but I confess I'd like to see what seftiri, piekid and ariestess make of this.
Friends, Romans, countrymen, random passers-by, I give you... The Association Meme!
Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.
ariestess invited me to comment on the following:
I'm preparing the handout for the talk I gave yesterday, right? I run one pass of LaTeX over it, then I run xdvi over it to see what I have wrought, then JabRef to check I've entered all the references. All the references are there so I run bibtex, then I need to run LaTeX again (twice, but that's not important).
At this point, I am amused to the point of actually giggling out loud by the fact that I have, in a sense, just typed "Bangla"
I may have been remembering this, which prompted a similar fit.
That is all.
As obliquely mentioned on a previous occasion, I run LFS. The book makes this fairly clear, but for the sake of redundancy I'll say it too: if you're new to Linux, if you know little about it except what it is, and you're considering trying it out by getting an LFS system going, all I can say is "RUN! RUN AWAY AND FORGET YOU EVER HAD THIS IDEA!" LFS is not for Linux beginners, go install Ubuntu like everyone else.
Now that that's out of the way, on to the point of this post and those which will (probably) follow. The reason Linux neophytes or even those who are only moderately experienced with a decent distribution like Ubuntu should steer clear of LFS is that compiling your very own GNU + Linux system from the sources will require you to switch every package you install from its default mode: rebarbatively-abstruse-and-user-hostile to the handy-and-intuitive mode the maintainers of most distros have selected, and in a lot of cases, helped develop for you out of the box. And, of course, when those packages are running in abstruse mode, the commands necessary to change modes to handy-and-intuitive are going to be, you guessed it, rebarbatively abstruse and user hostile. Me, I just take this as a challenge to learn how to use abstruse mode. This being so, I have been learning a bunch of tricks that are no doubt old hat to eminently bearded sysadmins, but that I've only learned after buggering something up and having to fix it. So, I'm going to start writing some of these things down, if only because the documentation in which I've found them is scattered across myriad websites and only makes sense when combined in just the right way. This is mostly for my benefit, just so I'll be able to find these things later when I forget them, but hey, why not make it public?
Herewith, the first tip:
If you're writing a shell script, and you expect to use it an awful lot, perhaps automated via a cron job, and the files it has to deal with are not named according to any particular scheme, make it really robust by putting
for $fl in *.*~ do shred -n0 -zu "$fl" done
for $fl in *.*~ do shred -n0 -zu -- "$fl" done
And why? Because if the filename begins with
Now we know, and knowing is half the battle.
This is not unlike the Interview Meme, I acknowledge, but I like it this way. I like a meme that we can all get our teeth into:
OK, I just had to gack this one from ariestess, because I knew the results would be entertainingly random, and randomness amuses me:
Without further ado, I give you:"How Many Special People Change"
We skipped the light fandango
On Monday I wished it was Tuesday night
I wish that I could remember
My heart is not lonely or broken
Oh, the games people play now
Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together
If you're wondering why
Like the contents of your handbag
A modern day warrior
The dawn is breaking
I close my eyes
I thought it was funny when you missed the train
I found your letter in my mailbox today
I don't know what it is that makes me love you so
From behind these walls I hear your song
I gave my heart and soul to you, girl
I, I am watching you sleep
I once had a friend who I love from my heart
I don't care what songs you sing
( And these are the songs these lines come from...Collapse )