While perusing Etsy, I came across this super creepy awesome gnome doll. I actually have the same exact one from when I was a child. When I got my puppy, though, Mr. Creepy Gnome freaked him out so much that I exiled the toy to a box of old childhood momentos. Perhaps it’s time to bust him out of the box for a comeback!
Boopy, Doopy, Poopy, Moopy, Bubby, and Bubba-Doo. These are are names I call my dog (which I should probably cut back on — otherwise he won’t know his real name). A few weeks ago, while on a Boopy-Doopy name-calling tirade, Paul commented,
"Wow, you really like plosives." Umm, what?
I love words, but for some reason I hadn’t learned of this linguistic term until Paul explained it to me as the technical term for the sounds of the letters B, D, and P.
Always a fan of wordsmithery (ironically, this is not a ‘real’ word), I had to dig deeper. Apparently, linguists have broken down our grunting into easily identifiable categories of sounds and their corresponding muscular actions.
The consonant sound (B, D, P, V, etc.) is called a stop because it is produced by the stopping of airflow in the vocal tract or nasal tract. Some of the various stops are as follows:
Plosives (or occlusives): Stops where the occlusion of the vocal tract stops airflow Ex: b, d, g, p, t, and k.
Nasals: Stops where the occlusion of the vocal tract shifts airflow into the nasal tract. Ex: m, n, and η
Click consonants: Speed sounds which are considered consonants in many languages Ex: tsk! tsk! (in English), clip-clop, and many consonants in east and south African regions.
There are other categories which have no examples in the English language. I won’t list examples as I can’t find the associated letters in my special characters window (ha!). Many are also considered voiceless consonants.
I really enjoy analyzing speech patterns. Through researching these categories, I found that I have a tendency to overuse plosives, especially when giving pet names or inserting filler words into speech. What do you tend to voice more often?
Planking then owling then horsemaning and now — stocking? At stockingisthenewplanking.com you can check out the latest participatory meme (that I’m actually super excited about). Since the demise of istockphotohell, I’ve been craving a new horrible stock photo addiction and this might be it — people reenacting stock photos.
I absolutely love these food miniatures by Shay Aaron. Crafted out of polymer clay, you can rock out some of your favorite miniature foods including pistachio cupcakes, sushi rolls, and eggs (sunny side up!). I might have to buy those Nutella sandwich earrings. Yum.
How Kindle made me realize we're still in 5th grade.
In 5th grade, whenever we took a quiz or test, my teacher would have us stand up our folders and Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers around the edges of our desk. This created some sort of magical forcefield that supposedly stopped would-be cheaters from copying answers.
Not much has changed since 5th grade.
If you’re a designer who meets with clients directly, you probably hear one piece of direction on projects more than anything else —
"Can we make it look like Apple?"
I know that being popular is important to those suit-guys at the top of Company X, but blatant idea/style theft just makes me sad.
T-Mobile has already been rocking the Apple-esque ads for a while now and I just silently wondered how a company could so obviously copy another. But then I saw the newest Kindle ad campaign and it was the tipping point for me. It confirmed my childhood fear that not much has changed since 5th grade.
Hard-workers and imaginative people will always get ripped-off. Unfortunately, it’s become passé to stand indignantly against plagiarism. People think that because it happens all the time you might as well just be okay with it and accept it as a given.
Perhaps original thought is impossible to come by. I would like to think, though, that advertisers can stop looking at what already works for big names like Apple and just create something honest that truly depicts Company X. Trying to retrofit another company’s style just doesn’t work — it’s not you.
I have no good excuse as to how I came across Autowed, so instead of trying to come up with a legitimate-sounding reason, I’ll share it’s gloriousness with all of you. Performing weddings of all kinds, it’s like the Zoltar of girly-ness (+20 points if you got the Big reference). It even spits out two plastic rings to make your love official. Looking at how expensive weddings are these days, this might be a good solution for some people.