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Winning Science July 31, 2013

As July wraps up, here’s some of what’s happening in the world of science.

In keeping with this week’s Wolverine theme, we have an article from Popular Science talking about what Wolverine’s real weaknesses would be.

Uncanny X-Force Vol. 1, #26 This won't be pretty

Uncanny X-Force Vol. 1, #26
This won’t be pretty.

One that was left out in the article that the comics picked up on not so long ago, is autoimmune disease. With his super immune system, this could cause all kinds of unpleasant things to happen.

Yesterday commemorated the 55th birthday of NASA . And here is the document that made it all possible

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We love the work NASA has done, but seriously, it’s time to GET BACK UP THERE! If the Virgin Records guy gets to Mars before they do, I’m gonna be seriously annoyed.

Some lucky (or perhaps unlucky) diner will soon have the chance to eat the world’s first artifically grown hamburger. A lab in the Netherlands has developed this using beef muscle stem cells at a cost of $384,000. I’ve heard some grumbling that this a waste of scientific resources, but this same research might be applied to the growing of new organs. It may also help address future global food shortages.

Om Nom Nom Nom

Om Nom Nom Nom

I’m all about trying new foods, but at least for the moment, I’ll stick with the real thing.

And finally Mr. Charles Darwin is making way for Ms. Jane Austen. Coming soon the £10 note will now feature the face of author Jane Austen.

Ooooo, fancy.

Ooooo, fancy.

While not purely a piece of science news, let’s be honest, Charles Darwin is the father of evolution. Still, maybe it’s time someone else had a turn on the money.

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Editorial | Internet Slang: My Quest for the Perfect Retort

Ahh, the fascinating world of internet slang! Both impressive in its scope and absurd by its nature, this satirical style of commentary captures my attention completely. I relish oddities and foibles more than I can say. There is a great line in Jane Austen’s book Pride and Prejudice regarding Lizzy Bennett: “”[She had] a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous…” That line is me. Not only do I love to read internet slang, but I thoroughly enjoy learning to use my favorite phrases correctly.

Typically, my method begins when I see a phrase that seems concise enough to suit the grammar Nazi on one shoulder and snide enough to satisfy the sarcasm genie on the other. For instance, “seems legit” was a perfect phrase for me. I found it deliciously snarky and yet short and sweet. For such a little phrase it packed a punch, and I knew as soon as I saw it posted as a comment under a glorious, badly photoshopped photograph that this was my new idiom.

Here is the thing, though: once I find a phrase I wanted to express properly, I cannot just slap it onto just any status update or picture. It is imperative that I use the expression correctly. Sarcasm can very easily be misunderstood or (far worse) sound awkward. Usage must be perfectly timed and correctly implemented.

The hunt was on! I kept my eyes peel for woebegone status updates by teenage females believing they will never find true love, an image of the President holding an upside-down telephone, or Pamela Anderson’s bosom.

My first attempt with the phrase was on a silly meme of a Scottish bagpiper. While technically the phrase would apply, I could feel the wrongness as soon as I pressed the submit button. Sure enough, the deafening silence of the internets confirmed my suspicion that my usage had been awkward and I slunk away from my laptop, shame-faced.

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No one would even have known this was photoshopped if it weren’t for the slight variation in pixel sizes.

My next opportunity came when a Facebook friend posted a rant about her job and how she planned to quit the next day. “Seems legit,” I commented cheerfully. Sadly, I was shot down by seven of her girlfriends who were miffed at my carefree attitude. (I do want to point out that my “friend” did not quit her job the next day.)

Finally, my chance arrived. An Instagram friend posted a scanned photo of himself cut out and copied onto a postcard style photo of a surfer riding a monstrous, perfectly shaped wave. Success!! My comment was the very first response and was liked a whopping twenty seven times! Pleased with myself, I closed my laptop, folded my hands behind my head, and leaned back with a sigh of happiness. Victory was mine.

Last week I noticed someone on the internet using the word “feels” to mean strong emotions. Not sure what that’s all about, but I think I want to use it…

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