(it was my favourite one, who is somewhat of a dark horse and also understands the 'all your base are belong to us' thing)
Apropos of something in meatspace:
'And', 'but' and 'for' are conjunctions - but 'but' and 'for' can also be used as prepositions. Golly.
And 'are' is actually a compound verb, because it's the word that describes the multiple (?) of 'is', which describes an action (state of being, in this case). However, it's compound because you can't really use it without chasing it up with an adjective or simple verb. From here.
So our guy's life is summed up in a compound verb. Which is kind of more depressing than being a preposition, I think.
I had to know! ;-)
Internet handles. Avatars, IDs, whatever you want to call them. They've exploded with social networking. Some people like to have lots of different ones for different parts of the internet they frequent, other people (like me) tend to find one that works and stick with it - I guess in my case, Tatjna really is my avatar - and sometimes she crosses over into my real life, especially amongst people who know me from the internet. I use that name everywhere, mostly because it's usually not already taken.
No, I'm not about to go all Snow Crash on your ass, although the temptation is there because I find the topic fascinating, especially given the way Tatjna has affected who Wendy is. But I was thinking - most of us have been riding the Internet Explosion since more or less the start. The generation before us had no need of avatars or internet IDs or whatever.
*cue t_c_da to jump in here and tell me that he's had an avatar since before i was born*
Anyway, it's that 'not already taken' thing I was thinking about. Sites like LJ, which has been going what, 8 years? And already, new users are having to put X or _ or numbers into their names because their first few tries are already taken. thomasdequinc ended up being that not because he's a literary genius or child prodigy, and it isn't because I've been indoctrinating him either. It's because the first 5 LJ ids he tried were already taken, he got frustrated and typed in the name that he shares with the author of Confessions of an Opium Eater, which happened to be on the bookshelf next to where he was sitting.
So about this next generation. Are they going to be all like "Man, you guys took all the good names, we are reduced to numbers and ascii characters because of you, it's just like the oil, take it willy nilly and leave us none!"
(aside: i sincerely hope 'willy nilly' is still in use when we're all 150)
Anyway, will it be like that, or will the next generation just decide that wordplay ids, actual names and anything that can be pronounced out loud is too oldskool, and just decide that the new, cool and trendy thing is to be called x_H9&^$duy#3_x?
Or maybe I should think about counting sheep before sleeping instead of flexing my brain on abstract topics. But abstract topics are so interesting, and counting sheep, for me, isn't a sleep-inducing thing - it's pressure. Gotta get the tally right or it'll mess up your pasture rotation!
Hi I'm Tats and I'm a freak.
"Yes Tats, we have already established that."
Me and my freakishness will be at Fidels tonight. Long weekend this weekend! For those of us in Wellington anyway. I will be spending some of it sewing, some of it dancing, and some of it engaging in my Sooper Sekret Project.
[EDIT] I just paid my 2009 tuition fees. Even though I'll be reimbursed, I won't get the full amount until I pass the courses, and it's made my Spain savings look pitifully pitiful. But I get a HUGE kick out of having saved enough to pay my own way without getting loans, and still have some left. Shows I can do it, you know?