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While looking through the fragments I also found this one called "markov.txt", from which I infer that it's what you get if you put my journal through a Markov chain. It's probably more coherent than some of the actual posts I've made, so here you go, a bonus post: this is your LiveJournal on drugs )


Sep. 8th, 2010 04:10 pm
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I don't know if [livejournal.com profile] ewx meant to start a meme here, but here's what I get from typing a single word in Google Scribe & then hitting return a lot:
"Badgers Forward blog shortly before they were born into and then out of their way to their destination in the world of their owners and are strictly for viewing and printing of these books are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends / Favorites list yet, so I'ma keep popping up in their own right and do not want to be related to their particular field or industry in which they are attached to their respective owners"
I couldn't agree more.
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I write like
there's nobody watching

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I did this twice with old LJ posts; once it told me I wrote like Nabokov, the other time like Orwell. My new memoir, Down and Out in Paris and Lolita, is being published later this year.


Back in the real world, I'm panickedly preparing for a conference tomorrow where I'm running one workshop (chairing a panel discussion, i.e. herding cats who are cleverer than me), timekeeping for another, and on the organising committee for the whole thing. I suspect that running through my notes for what I have to say in my workshop would be a better use of time than creating an .ics for the conference programme. On the other hand, I also know that if I was trapped on a desert island with nothing but the notes of a presentation I had to give the next day, I'd probably come to the conclusion that the grains of sand on the island really could do with counting.
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At some point during the mildly-hungover post-fryup party-recovery session on Sunday morning, a new game was invented (or perhaps I should say perpetrated) by [livejournal.com profile] hairyears and [livejournal.com profile] aardvark179 (I can't remember precisely where to lay the blame, which is probably for the best), ably aided and abetted by [livejournal.com profile] covertmusic, [livejournal.com profile] fivemack, [livejournal.com profile] taimatsu, [livejournal.com profile] addedentry and me. What is this new jeu du jour?

Oxbridge limericks.

It's not an aimless or endless meme: unusually, it's a meme with a publishable goal. The aim is to come up with limericks for each of the Oxford and Cambridge colleges. Most of the examples so far have been scurrilous in the extreme; I offer this most recent contribution phoned in (well, txted in) by [livejournal.com profile] hairyears as an exemplar:
The delicate dons of St Hilda's
Were shocked by the bill from the builda's
They charged for the water,
The bricks and the mortar,
And labour, replacing the dilda's.
The only rule over and above those dictated by the form is that the limerick must use the name of the college as the primary rhyme (commonly used shortened forms are acceptable, e.g. "Catz" for St Catherine's).

The ultimate aim is to create two full sets of limericks for each university's colleges: one 'clean' (if you could tell it to your mum -- no, not Your Mum -- then it's probably fine) and one, er, not (see e.g. above). We'll collect the best ones (all entries will be subjected to rigorous peer-review through the media of LJ polls and shouting) and hopefully put them together into something on paper that people can keep (think of this as the Viz to Pocketful of Lies' LRB).

For the time being, just post your limericks as comments here or in your own journal with the tag 'oxbridgelimericks'; in time I may be able to find a better home for them, but I don't want to delay the fun because of boring information management issues. Examples have already been sighted in the wild; it's possible that we may be seeing the start of a limerick pandemic (popularly known as 'rhyme flu').

Go forth and versify!


Feb. 11th, 2009 10:40 pm
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Things I didn't expect to see in my inbox:

Death of the Endless is now following you on Twitter!
j4: (orange)
Email to webmaster address at work:

with due respect,iam the student of b.com
part-I.And i want to do ACCA from oxford
university.because i want to get batter
But,sir i have limted resources kindly
give me scholarship for further study.i will be
thankfull to you."

Just in time for Pancake Day, I suppose.

I will get round to writing about the wedding & everything soon, honest.
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Husbands: 1 (v.v.g.)

I'll write about the ceremony and the reception properly when we're back from honeymoon in a couple of weeks but, in a nutshell: everything was lovely, everybody was lovely, and I spent most of the evening in a sort of delighted daze. I'm so glad so many people could make it, sorry to have missed the people who couldn't, and sad that we couldn't invite everybody!

This afternoon, in the queue at the Co-op, [livejournal.com profile] addedentry suddenly started quietly singing "Wife, wife, wife, wife" to the tune of the Monty Python spam song, and I keep grinning every time I think about it. :-)
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I was quite perturbed by the idea of SF Chicken, though I suppose if you cross a chicken with something tentacled then everybody gets a drumstick. However it all made more sense when I remembered these adverts.

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