i like cox.

Apr. 1st, 2011 03:28 pm
langwidere: a cintia dicker editorial (diet coke makes you beautiful)
[personal profile] langwidere
I have some kind of gross stomach flu! Luckily, I am still on "spring break" (haha, it is snowing) so I can roll myself into the bathroom* as many times a day as I would like (I would not like to roll myself into the bathroom any times a day, to be honest) (well, maybe once a day). Disaster averted.

Also I have a very terrible new haircut. When my mother saw it, she said: "Oooo, it looks like you killed a rare and sacred bird and then put the carcass on your head!" I am still wondering, actively, whether or not she intended this comment to be a compliment. (It's just hair; I find these sorts of things merely annoying.)

Between the bathroom-rolls, I have spent all my time today watching a person called "Brian Cox" on the YouTube**. I first encountered Brian Cox at The Tinned Fruit Conundrum, as you do, and at the time I thought he was a cast member from Little Britain or something. In my defense, he is a physicist, and physicists are practically indistinguishable from comedians in nearly all applications. Also, I thought he was high. And wearing lipstick. I expected a man in a dress to come wandering into the scene and hit him in the face with a fish. Gradually I began to realize that he was a serious individual and probably neither actually really high nor wearing cosmetics, but instead of losing interest I somehow began to find him even more compelling. This is because I can't understand a word that comes out of his mouth (also he is incredibly good-looking and he has shiny black hair, two things which always help me to maintain my interest in anything). He smiles incessantly, for some reason, even when he is calling people fuckwits, so it is impossible to read his lips. His words have too many vowels, and not enough syllables. Trying to figure out what he's talking about is a process of discovery. I eventually realized, for example, that the often-repeated word "feeengz" means "things," because once I heard him apply the root "feeengh" to the prefix "nuff," to create the term "nufffeeengh," a cognate to the English word "nothing." This process is a million times more interesting than whatever dumb/boring space thing he is always blabbering about in inappropriately dramaturgical, Sherloquesque tones. ♥

I was translating some dictionary sentences to sharpen my grammar, when I came upon this one:

Here is my version, ololllololol:

Where the magic happens:

It is a well-known scientific fact that you cannot complete a correct translation of any kind without a cat sleeping nearby:

God is a fan of April Fools' Day, I guess:

* as you can see by the photos, I mean this literally

** What has happened to the YouTube today? I realize that the occasion of April 1 presents an utterly irresistible opportunity for asshats to promulgate sanctioned acts of blatant idiocy upon the internets, but I'm not quite understanding how the 1911 thing is supposed to be funny.

Date: 2011-04-02 03:17 am (UTC)
starburns: (ANTHY 3)
From: [personal profile] starburns
Do you complete your grammar work while balancing on an exercise ball?

Get well soon! ♥♥♥

Date: 2011-04-02 02:03 pm (UTC)
ohveda: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ohveda
Cat! I have no cat, this is probably why my attempt to study Latin failed so badly D:

I'm sorry to hear about your stomach bug. Hope you feel better soon! ♥

His words have too many vowels, and not enough syllables.
This amuses me greatly. Of course, being a northerner, Prof Cox don't speak proper like what I do :D

Brian Cox's two main shows are called Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe. They're both well worth a watch (although I'm not sure if there's any way for you to see them over there). I originally thought the series were both going to be a bit too pedestrian, but they're actually very interesting; in every episode there's at least something that blows my mind. And there are also multiple shots of the Prof staring lovingly into the camera :D

Failing that, if you have 20 minutes to spare, there's a fun clip of the Prof being interviewed by Jonathan Ross. Butt plugs are involved!

Yesterday, I was also listening to a podcast of the Prof's radio show where they talk about probability. Tim Minchin was one of the guests, and I found it hard to know who to fangirl more!

Also about SCIENCE: here's a Sherlock cartoon that I found on tumblr

Date: 2011-04-03 12:27 pm (UTC)
ohveda: (veda)
From: [personal profile] ohveda
I'm glad the recs are working out for you! I was also particularly happy to get that massive rec email myself - I never have time to read all the recs, so there are plenty there that I still need to go through ♥

Date: 2011-04-07 09:44 am (UTC)
eorinni: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eorinni
N'AWW. Your quilt and kitty and handwriting are all very charming. Please feel better soon! ♥