From a speech in 1981:

Comic books were my salvation. I read all of them I could get my hands on, and my reading got better and better, and my teachers soon began to marvel that I read with such “expression” while the rest . . . of . . . my . . . class. . . read . . . like . . . this. I could have told them the reason. You need a lot more expression for, “Aha, Superman, now my red kryntonite will turn you into a BOILED EGG!!!” than you do for, “See Spot. See Spot run. Run, Spot, run.”

The link goes to the excerpt on comics, but his full (slightly rambly, but understandably so) speech is here and includes his source of inspiration for Game of Thrones.

Smartphone naming

January 18, 2011  |  Tags: , ,   |  

Priceless:

Samsung announces Wave II with 3.7-inch display and bada OS 1.2, not to be confused with Samsung Wave 2 http://gohwz.ws/hXPGKV

That said, at least Samsung at least has some kind of naming consistency: Wave for bada, Galaxy for Android and Omnia for Windows. Elsewhere in multi-OS land, phone naming is a bit of a mess — who can tell what kind of phones the BackFlip, FlipOut, Charm, Quench, Desire, Desire HD, HD2, Desire Z, Wildfire, FreeStyle, Inspire, ThunderBolt and Optimus are?

Carwash

June 14, 2009  |  Tags: ,   |  

Carwash, originally uploaded by yjsoon.

Sunday morning at the nearby gas station.

Aiyah, wasted

June 22, 2006  |  Tags:   |  

Reading just the first line of this headline on my STI widget got me all excited for nothing —

Picture 1-2

Aiyah, just “free net porn” would’ve been great.

You think you know

August 8, 2005  |  Tags:   |  

From a class today:

Prof: Can anyone name a Ministry of Education initiative from the last few years?
Trainee Teacher: “Thinking Schools, Learning Nation”?
Prof: Yes, that’s right. One of the MOE initiatives was thinking.

Ah, an initiative for thinking. What would we have done without MOE?

Squirm! Squirm!

July 27, 2005  |  Tags:   |  

This is way too much fun not to read/watch over and over again: Scott McClellan, White House Press Secretary, gets grilled over Karl Rove’s Leakgate.

QUESTION: Scott, this is ridiculous. The notion that you’re going to stand before us, after having commented with that level of detail, and tell people watching this that somehow you’ve decided not to talk. You’ve got a public record out there. Do you stand by your remarks from that podium or not?

MCCLELLAN: I’m well aware, like you, of what was previously said. And I will be glad to talk about it at the appropriate time. The appropriate time is when the investigation…

QUESTION: (inaudible) when it’s appropriate and when it’s inappropriate?

MCCLELLAN: If you’ll let me finish.

QUESTION: No, you’re not finishing. You’re not saying anything. You stood at that podium and said that Karl Rove was not involved. And now we find out that he spoke about Joseph Wilson’s wife. So don’t you owe the American public a fuller explanation. Was he involved or was he not? Because contrary to what you told the American people, he did indeed talk about his wife, didn’t he?

MCCLELLAN: *whimper*

Ok, that last bit was my addition. Anyway, video here, transcript here (via the del.icio.us popular video RSS feed).

Disturbing Interviews This Week

April 4, 2005  |  Tags:   |  

Grant Morrison (writer of The Filth and New X-Men), tells Comic Book Wire:

Quite recently, a gold crown broke out of Morrison’s mouth while he was eating. He accidentally swallowed the crown, which wouldn’t have been such a big deal were it not for the outrageous cost of replacement: $1600. In a truly remarkable display of thriftiness, the writer spent the next several days digging through his own waste with a spoon trying to find that gold crown, even developing new systems to increase efficiency along the way. “I was shitting in a bag!” Morrison laughed. “But before I’d discovered the technology, I was shitting in the sink!”

Tragically, the crown was never recovered. When asked if he would have put such a thing back into his mouth even if he had found it, Morrison replied, “That’s the real question, isn’t it? It’s like Sophie’s Choice.”

Aaargh.

Seeking focus

April 4, 2005  |  Tags:   |  

(11:37:41) eek: now whut (11:37:44) me: i dunno (11:37:47) me: i have so much free time (11:40:42) eek: gee, apparently you spend your free time repeating yourself aimlessly (11:40:53) me: i do? (11:40:57) me: but i have so much free time (11:41:08) eek: shaddupa you face

The way real writers do

March 31, 2005  |  Tags:   |  

Normal people would go: “oh man, I have so much work to do, but I keep procrastinating.”

Neil Gaiman, writer of many fantastic things, on the other hand:

Work beckons.

Actually right now it doesn’t beckon; instead it holds up a megaphone in front of its mouth and is shouting “OY!” through it, and then making rude gestures as soon as it’s got my attention.

With the +2 font and all, too.

On speech recognition

March 18, 2005  |  Tags:   |  

From designer Jon Hicks, who was travelling to SXSW and encountered one of those voice-activated help-lines when calling about his missing bags.

“Please state your last name after the tone I’msorryIdidn’thearthat.” ?!!

“Please state your last name.” HICKS

“I think you said Hickson. H-i-c-k-s-o-n. Is this correct, please state yes or no” NO!!

“You said no. Lets try again. Please state your last name” HICKS

“I think you said Heaters. H-e-a-t-e-r-s. Is this correct, please state yes or no” NOOOOOOO!!!

“Thankyou, accesssing your records now. (bidee-bidee-bidup-bidee-bidee-bidee). Thankyou for waiting Mr Heaters, your baggage arrived yesterday…”

Poor results for British accent over a voice-recognition system in Texas? Who’d’ve thunk.