Your arguments are nuncupatory

How did I never know about this??

There is a search engine, for Jack Vance’s entire body of work.  TOTALITY, “The Vance Vocabulary Search Tool’.

I can now say that ‘nuncupatory’ was used 11 times in total, and ‘punctilio’, 33.  I find this immensely pleasing.

‘Krim drew himself up to his full height. He spoke severely. “I object to that entire imputation, sir; it is irrelevant, prejudicial and nuncupatory. Further, no grounds have been laid.”‘

Although, I tried ‘moue’ – which only returned 1 record. This seems wrong. I’m pretty sure Madouc was fond of the odd moué.

You can only search for words returning less than 50 results. Otherwise you will see this rather charming error message.

Too many results (more than 50). Your question is nuncupatory.

Please refine your query. Adding a leading plus sign indicates that this word must be present in each row that is returned.

+Cugel +beer -Bunderwal
“question is nuncupatory”

this is not really a question is it

who even says rumpy pumpy NO-ONE NOT EVER

him: I have decided that my socks are better because I do not have to look and see which is for the left and the right foot.

me: ..but feet are not bilaterally symmetrical are they? So it does make sense to have differenty shaped socks.

him: Well I can’t spell that. I would use too many Rs and then there would be NONE LEFT for ….. RRRRRUMPY PUMPY!

him: *storm off triumphantly*

Sucker Punch – delve into THE MAKING OF!!

A film where absolutely nothing happens in a quite spectacular fashion. In tiny sailor outfits. With swords. Sometimes explosions. AND DRAGONS. Murdered dragons.

edit 14th March 2013: A bit late to the party for Tropes vs Women in Video Games Kickstarter by Anita Sarkeesian, and in fact never knowing about her excellent blog/webcast series Feminist Frequency. I had a wander through her archives and noticed this review of Sucker Punch. I also note from a bunch of the links that people are trying to say that Zach Snyder really really tried to make an empowered female character, he really did. I’m confused. How is an two hour rape fantasy that culminates in a lobotomy empowering? Please tell me because I missed some nuance somewhere, obviously. Maybe it was under one of the murdered baby dragons. As a side note, I am feeling shamed by my paltry output.

It may only be 99p to rent, but it’s two hours of your life you will never get back.


Frank Miller reference FYI (this image is all over the interwebs, I’ve no idea who to attribute it to).

‘but they kick ass’ is not an acceptable defence

How to be a letting agent!

Here are some handy tips on working in a letting agents I have deduced from my experiences as a landlord.

First – know your competition

My letting agent’s recruitment process:

  1. Go to Renoirs, get drunk
  2. Canvas women with leggings and high heels, find unemployed ones
  3. Ask a series of challenging questions such as
      1. 2+3=?


    1. if your trousers are on fire do you
      a: piss yourself
      b: polish your nails and blame men for all the ills of the world or
      c: email someone to quote for fire retardant hats
  4. Declare that they are all hired and pass out in a pool of vomit.

Once you are hired

What, you want more? There’s nothing to it! Sit around and answer the phone occasionally. There are loads of people to blame your shortcomings on, and the landlords will eventually tell you what needs to be done with handy bulleted lists. Sometimes people might get narky but that’s just the way the industry works. Enjoy!

p.s. thanks for the money, and f*ck you too.

get out of my brain it is mine

or, design gestalt..

I started making a new design for webanorak a while back.  It had some fun transparent overlay tricks for making javascripty bobbling clouds of content look lovely. It had png24 pattern overlays for that not so THIS IS THE FUTURE, MAN! WEB 2.0 sameness all over the everywhere.

I then left it in it’s little box for a while after the initial enthusiasm was side-tracked by puppies or kittens or head trauma or something. Looking at it again, and comparing it to all the lovely I AM THE FUTURE bleeding edge of cool sites out there now my design blends in to the crowd.

very dull.

Feck it. CSS sprite menus are retro cool.

conversations with possessed computers

Hijacked accounts and zombie computers are a significant threat to the grammar police all over the everywhere.

handy infographic

If someone sends you a link via some kind of chat medium, I suggest perhaps ‘Are you a cheese?’ as a call/response HUMANPERSON test.  If they respond that they are indeed a cheese, or ‘eeeeeeeeee’, or ‘what are you talking about you moron, have you even LOOKED at the hilarious kittens yet?’ then they probably are a real person sending you nonsense of merely dubious provenance.

I make no guarantees.

INURCOMPUTER: what’s up?
me: huh?
INURCOMPUTER: hahahaha, I’m in SHOCK right now..
me: are you an exciting virus? how exciting.
INURCOMPUTER: – WOW use that real quick and tell me its not crazy..
me: oh I don’t think so.
INURCOMPUTER: they are soooo right! lol what’s it saying for you?
me: cheese spoon banana!
INURCOMPUTER: plz u have to tell me, fill it out..I have to know if your results were as crazy as mine lol
me: no thanks
INURCOMPUTER: ur missing out these songs are HOTT!!!
me: go away little virus bot.
INURCOMPUTER: hey, are you still there?


INURCOMPUTER: hey tiff, hope you had a great presidents day off yesterday!!
me: if I was one of them ‘merkins I might have.
me: how are you?
INURCOMPUTER: I want you to try something real quick
me:bong bing spam bam
INURCOMPUTER: okay tiff, take this quiz and see what you score.. I can’t get over like a 110, its ridiculous http://imnotreallyaquizhahaha.plep, sally scored like a 112 and I’ve been trying to beat them!!
me:what a cheeky little scammer you are
me:how rude
me:if I was a cheese what kind of cheese would I be?
INURCOMPUTER:lemme know what ya get plz


INURCOMPUTER: hey, I just scored 112 on My IQ test, this is supposed to be really accurate. Tell me what you get http://BRAINZTEST.US


INURCOMPUTER: hey there…




INURCOMPUTER: hey there…


URLs have been obfuscated for the protection of the innocent/idiotic.

filled with sensibles

I found my first ‘proper’ watch the other day, my grandparents bought it for me in Switzerland – so clearly, it is the most proper of proper watches.

It had a tatty burgundy leather-look plastic strap which was a bit of a disaster, so after a little poking around the intertubes, I bought a lovely plain 12mm Birkenstock with double loops and stainless steel bits and bobs. Sensibles.

See how sensibles.



best. watch. ever. Eyes boogle to the beat of 'Carry on my Wayward Son'.

Do you? See?