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via [livejournal.com profile] dsudis , a little widget that statistically analyzes text you dump into it and compares it to various authors.  I dumped a page of one of my stories into it and got: 

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!



I am heartened by the fact that when I dumped the first three paragraphs of The Dead into it, it said "I" write like James Joyce. I wanted to try dumping part of a free online Stephen King short story into it, but "free King story"=bwa ha ha ha ha right.

I'm pleased that it decided my prose is King-like, because he writes a type of straight-ahead "invisible" prose that I like a lot (his plots are another matter). I don't try to emulate him but I do like his style. I suppose if I try to emulate anyone stylistically it's Hemingway, except without all the bull (-fighting and -shit). I am aware that I do not succeed, what with my love of tortuous sentences, but it's good to have a touchstone.

This reminds me that once I told my Mom that I had gotten an audiobook of Hemingway short stories, and that I'd listened to one story so far. She said, drily, "was it about love, and death?" To which I truthfully replied "yes, and bullfighting," which made her about fall over with glee and mockery. She is an English professor with not much use for Hemingway.
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K. Beaton, aka [livejournal.com profile] beatonna , draws hilarious web comics including this newest gem about 15th century peasant romance:  http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=255


Also worth a look--my favorite, Dude Watchin With The Brontes.  More fun stuff in the archive.
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Via Cute Overload, I found "This Peanut Looks Like a Duck," a site devoted to pictures of things that look like ducks.



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The "Literal Video Version" of  "Total Eclipse of the Heart" *


*Tori Amos did an awesome cover of this on one of her bootleg albums, by the way.


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This is the best idea I've seen yet for dealing with bad news about the economy.
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Via the Comics Curmudgeon: check out The Secret Life of Mark Trail.   Mark Trail panels taken out of context, with captions.


Fail

Sep. 13th, 2008 09:19 pm
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Diana's Playpen of Little Genius's [Geniuses spelled wrong]

Wrong

Sep. 13th, 2008 08:58 pm
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Johnson's Baby Cologne


"Use JOHNSON'S® Baby Cologne anytime you want to give your baby a clean, fresh scent."

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