Thursday, July 08, 2004

Turning over a new leaf.

I've just finished reading Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots & Leaves and I have to admit that I've taken what I've read to heart. It really is a fascinating read on the subject of punctuation and its misuse. She offers examples of proper and improper punctuation while offering humor and levity. She ends the book by discussing the way the Internet, email and text messaging are affecting language and grammar. The Internet is here to stay (and will only get more important as technology grows) but we shouldn't let Netspeak destroy our language. Her point is that future generations will be affected by the way language changes due to the Internet's influence. Her book describes how the printed word has led to the formation of punctuation and argues that the Internet (and email and text messaging) is the next generation of the printed word. If we don't take heed, shortcuts in punctuation and grammar will become the norm (i.e. "txt msgs" and emails are already rife with word alterations). And you don't even want to know what the author thinks of the emoticon!

I've always felt that I was pretty good at punctuation and grammar. I also always felt that my knack for not using capitalization was inventive. Perhaps it can be inventive if I used it sparingly and not exclusively. I'm going to try and make a concerted effort to pay attention to the words I publish on the Internet. Geeze, I keep a blog for anyone to read; do I really want them to think that I don't know how to capitalize words and sentences?

To clarify: I will keep the blog layout the way it is. The title at the top and the headings on the right are in all lower-case. I think, stylistically, that it works. I will do my best to heed the rules of grammar (and punctuation and capitalization) in the entries that I post. Will this be the norm for me in the future? Of that I can't be certain. But if a short book on punctuation can inspire me to be a better writer (to hone my craft, as it were) then it can't really be a bad thing, can it?

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Incidentally, Erik and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie Dodgeball. It was riddled with coarse jokes and base humor but it turned out to be funny as hell. So while the written word can inspire me to become a better thinker/writer, it is safe to say that pointless visual entertainment hasn't lost its appeal -- not in the least.

"... in your satin tights, fighting for your rights ..."

okay ... so i have to post about the amazing wonder woman dvd set that i've been watching everyday since i got it. soooo cheesey ... sooo full of memories! i know sarah has her stories about making wonder woman bracelets (incidentally, you can purchase a set of her bracelets along with her tiara HERE) when she was little ...



man, i loved wonder woman so much; watching these old episodes is so cool for me! i just finished the episode that featured wonder girl, who was diana's little sister drusilla played by debra winger!



the first season of wonder woman aired on ABC and was set in the 1940's. every episode (beginning with the pilot) featured wonder woman helping major steve trevor defeat the nazis as WWII raged on. the acting is horrid, the storylines are not believeable and yet, the show was so dazzling ... still is. it wasn't until the show moved to NBC and was set in modern times (the mid-70's) that it really got glam ... wonder woman this time helps secret agent steve trevor, jr. (played by the same lyle waggoner from the first season) foil various plots on america. i think my favorite part of the show is when diana prince spins around and turns into wonder woman. she could spin around again and she would be wearing another costume; wonder woman had a costume to deal with any scenario:


skateboarding


motorcycling




swimming


there wasn't anything that wonder woman couldn't handle. man ... this show totally takes me back (which is nice seeing as i'm about to turn a year older in a few days). a few years ago, ULS hired a workshop guru to talk to us at the beginning of the year; a sort of bonding exercise. we were asked to bring an artifact from our childhood to share with one another. i brought my wonder woman watch; a gift from my babysitter when i was very very young. here's the story i shared:

dorothy, my babysitter, used to listen to me talk about wonder woman all the time, she would play with me and not make me feel bad for liking a "girl" tv show. for xmas one year she gave me a very expensive (for a 7 year old kid) wonder woman watch that i wore everyday of my xmas vacation ... i loved it! when i went back to school i wore my watch and many of the kids made fun of me for wearing a girl's watch. i remember crying and taking it off. i came home and told my mom about it and she suggested that i only wear it at home cuz the kids at school were jealous. over time i stopped wearing the watch (probably because i was the first kid in town to get a PAC-MAN watch that was electronic; you could play PAC-MAN on it too) and my mom put the watch away for me. to this day, she still keeps it in her jewlery box. after i brought it to work for the workshop i took it home to her for safe-keeping. i also used to sleep with my wonder woman beach towel and i had a wonder woman light switch panel that glowed in the dark. i think i loved her more than batman and spider-man at the time ...

wow ... that was a cool trip down memory lane. anyways, and now after all these years i have the first season of episodes on dvd to watch whenever i want. i bet with all the nostalgic buzz going around warner bros. is sure to get cracking on the wonder woman movie that they've been talking about forever ... how cool would that be!

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today, the 8th of july, is a very special day ... it is diana's birthday today and it is erik and my 9 month anniversary! hurray!!

this is the coolest thing ... check out a whole spider-man movie made completely out of legos.



the movie, which loads quickly and is about 6 minutes long, comes from the site SpiteYourFace.com and is *extremely* well made! the storyline, the animation, the orchestrated music ... check it out, i promise you'll love it!

and if i needed another reason to loathe kid rock it seems that he is a GWB supporter as well as a shitty "musician".

A stubborn Kid Rocks the Bush vote

apparently, he was hanging out with rap mogul russell simmons and they all went to see a movie, kid rock balked at going to see fahrenheit 9/11:

"I don't want to see that, it's all propaganda," the rock star said - sparking a prolonged political debate right there on the sidewalk ... "Russell, don't you understand, everything we got in this country, we got from fighting," Kid Rock argued, according to Simmons' account. "It's just a movie. ... I'd rather go to the bar across the street."

insane! well, not really i guess. rich people want to stay rich ... i'm just happy that most of hollywood votes with their minds and hearts rather than their wallets. whatever, it's not as if i needed further proof that kid rock was an asshole. while "everything we got in this country" we may have "got from fighting", i think it's vastly important to make sure that we're fighting the good fight, not merely fighting because we can. securing our oil interests in iraq is NO REASON to wage war with them ... tho it would be nice if we had invaded purely out of democratic reasons. i think it's abundantly clear that that is not the case.

blah ... anyways, moving on ... michael moore has started his own blog which i have linked on the right of my blog under lisez vous. it will be interesting to read his daily rumminations.

the plan for tonight is for erik and i to have dinner at zumba (one of our favorite places to eat that we rarely frequent anymore) and then catch a movie. i think we're going to see dodgeball



we're seeing this movie for two reasons:

  1. we've been talking about seeing it since it came out and this might be our last chance to do so before it leaves the theaters.

  2. we only ever see scary, dumb, pointless movies on official dates (see; party monster, texas chainsaw massacre, love actually).
erik and i celebrate like nobody's business!