Well happy Friday, my dears. I’m glad to know you were as cheesed-off as I was by that BBC article yesterday on undesirable American phrases. I was also delighted to see Intern Rusty recommend Bill Bryson’s book, The Mother Tongue which is where I learned everything I know about cockney rhyming slang. Forks are fists, yeah? So “Put up your forks” = “Put up your Duke of Yorks” = “Put up your Dukes.” Shut up, language IS fascinating. Anyway, our beloved Katers is currently stranded in Heathrow but she nonetheless sent me this link for “It Takes A Village People” Pajiba Love. It further delineates the differences between British English and American English with a fun list at the end. I really had no idea about “billions.” (TESL)
If you scored well on yesterday’s vocab test, then I would be delighted to see what you would do with these Fill-In-The-Blank greeting cards that Pinky McLadybits sent me. In fact, if TK doesn’t send me one that runneth over with invectives, I will be severely disappointed. (These Are Things)
Speaking of fill-in-the-blank, stardust sent me this extraordinarily helpful site for all you aspiring artists out there. It’s an Artist’s Statement Generator, and it’s brilliant. (An Event Apart)
You know what I hear is brilliant? “Archer.” You People have been trying to get me to watch it for awhile now, I know. I should really listen to You People. Anyway, until I do, here, for you fans, via the vivacious Vee, is Ten Obscure Archer Jokes Explained. (Warming Glow)
Wait, is “Archer” streaming on Netflix? Why yes it is! Thanks, Streaming Soon! Lainey also thinks you all should check out this page which shows you the Netflix New Releases. Apparently it’s impossible to find from within the site? Well, if you’re still doing the disc thang, bookmark it! (Netflix)
I’m sure some of you cannot wait for “Game of Thrones” to start streaming/become available on disc. No spoilers but, trust me, you’ll love it. In the meantime, let’s take a gander at this photo from Comic-Con (I’m really excited to type this): It’s A Throne of Swords Rickshaw. (Uproxx)
Most of the other photos in that gallery are of superheroes which brings me to THIS awesome link (also courtesy of Pinky McLadybits) of “Technologies That Could Make You Superhuman Right Now.” Actually, if you read closely, most of the write-ups involve the phrase “the body rejected” so I’d like to rename this list “Technologies That Could Be The Basis For A Super Frightening Sort Of Splice-type Movie Right Now.” (io9)
The superhero du jour is, of course, Captain America. (Oh yes, I did use the freedom language there). Tracer Bullet sent me these amazing posters including my favorite, below, of Red Skull. You know I prefer the bad boys. (Comics Alliance)
Speaking of villainy, this most excellent retrospective of Ralph Fiennes Over The Years got me thinking about which villain I find the sexiest. I think I have to agree with the Fug Girls, Ralph all the way. But which role? While the proboscislessness of Voldemort is…intriguing, I think I have to pick Harry from In Bruges. Who would you pick? For which villain or villainous actor would you ignore the ice pick under the mattress and the piano wire wrapped around the bed post? (Go Fug Yourself)
My female pick is, of course, Xenia Onatopp. Because, well, look at her:
A runner-up might be Ryan Gosling’s red leather jacket’d psychopath in Murder By Numbers. But Gosling is so cuddly in person, it’s hard to take his villainy seriously. Have you seen him with his dog? Have you seen him paralyzed by a giggle fit?
And, finally, both Ambrose Kalifornia and Dan Carlson wanted you to see this. In fact, they can’t, they don’t and they won’t stop until you do. Enjoy.
Joanna Robinson has to admit that the real runner-up in her VILF contest is Jason Isaacs. Oh yes. Enjoy him, michaelceratops, you lucky wench!