So who was this Burroughs guy anyway?
Well, it depends on your perspective. Burroughs was a junky, hopped up on just about every opiate he could find on a regular basis. Burroughs was an unstable and irresponsible deadbeat, living off a trust set up by his parents (who, while well-to-do weren't fabulously wealthy). Burroughs was an on-again, off-again exile, fleeing legal problems whenever they cropped up. Burroughs was an experimental writer, a beat writer, a man with an undeniably strange flair for the English language.
But what does this have to do with Twitter?
Were Burroughs still alive, he would have taken to Twitter like a fish to water. The flowing stream of words, all mixed up, would have totally enthralled him. The 140 character limit would just be another playground to experiment int. The strangeness of tweet-language, with its compressed words and hashtags would embrace him.
OK, so how do I Tweet like Burroughs?
Well, you could go all method (or in this case methadone). Get so high that you start streaming nonsense into your tweets. Or go into rehab and tweet. Not that I can really recommend this option...
You could take the lazy option and tweet about Salt Chunk Mary, mugwumps, purple-assed baboons, Interzone and sewer commissioners. Of course you would have to read some Burroughs to figure out how to do it, so it might not be that lazy.
You could take the literary analysis option. Take a bunch of your old tweets, or a bunch of random tweets, cut them up and remix them. Recycling and remixing is classic Burroughs.
You could tweet all the things you never would tweet in public under an alias. Integrate your mother's maiden name. It's a very Burroughs thing to do.
The final thing?
In any case, close your Burroughs tweets with the "#tweetWSB" hashtag. It would be... amusing if this were to become a trending tag for a day.
I predict this will supplant Rickrolling and All of your base... in a matter of days.
Oh, and, for the record, the review is funny in ways the comic book could never be.
Well, it's the same relation to a real kitten that sea monkeys are to real monkeys.
Well, that's not true. Monkeys don't eat sea monkeys. Kittens do eat sea kittens.
this post almost prompted me to create a "stupid" tag
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As for yesterday...
We did a bit of shopping, picking up stuff for our
Then we hopped up to Berkeley to have coffee with lferion before dropping her at the Oakland airport. We discovered that our GPS maps didn't yet have the new entrance on it, so we were routed on the old detour routes, but that wasn't actually bad.
We got back home in time to load the car for the PenWAG fashion show rehearsal. There was a smidge of hotel drama at the beginning, but we got running and everybody did very well. It was a little work getting the sound up, and we're going to a different solution for the show itself on Saturday, but it was sufficient proof-of-concept and I'm not worried about it now.
I'm looking for two things:
- Fonts: anybody know any good renaissance-y fonts? I'm looking for something that is both relatively period-accurate for Tudor and Elizabethan printed books, broadsheets and handbills, and something that the less-than-educated viewer will think "Oooh, old!" when they see it. Free preferred, but feel free to recommend commercial fonts. OpenType preferred, but feel free to recommend TrueType or PostScript.
- Tudor & Elizabethan printed things: Books, broadsheets, handbills and signs. Yes, of course, facsimiles preferred, and online sources preferred. At work I've got access to a number of academic online collections, so feel free to recommend restricted services; I might be able to get to them.
Yes, this is better than that song I posted the other day.
No, I'm not just saying that because anything is better than Doctor in Distress.
However, if you don't like the "Cat Macro" and "LOLcats" phenomenon, you may disagree with one or both of the previous statements
If you're one of those purists who doesn't think The Beatles should be pillaged to humorous effect, you will definitely disagree with both of those statements.
For the rest of you, a bit of serial silliness:
It's not Cat Macros but it's pretty good.
I've changed my website to just link my LJ instead of embedding it, and to also link to my del.icio.us.
Since my LJ isn't embedded into my website anymore, I switched from the dirt-simple layout I had before to the almost-as-simple "Chopsticks" Expressive style. The big bonuses? Expandable comment threads and the sidebar tag list.
Oh, I also posted my bio on the classreports site, and sent the class administrator a link to the current photo so he can post it.