charliesmum: (Facepalm - Maggie)
I saw this news article this morning and was both amused and annoyed. 3 'dirty' little pigs Happy Meal toys? Some think so

I can't believe anyone would think for a moment a big corporation like McDonalds would do something like this.

We have some of those toys and the things they say are almost impossible to hear anyway. The fact that someone assumes it's a 'bad word' astounds me, and the fact that a news program even posts this story like it's actually viable boggles my mind.

I just don't understand how someone would automatically think that the toy says a bad word rather than thinking, like I do, 'Man, these toys sound so garbled you can't tell what they're supposed to be saying.'

Like Terry Pratchett once wrote, sometimes a chicken is nothing but a bird.
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I saw this news article this morning and was both amused and annoyed. 3 'dirty' little pigs Happy Meal toys? Some think so

I can't believe anyone would think for a moment a big corporation like McDonalds would do something like this.

We have some of those toys and the things they say are almost impossible to hear anyway. The fact that someone assumes it's a 'bad word' astounds me, and the fact that a news program even posts this story like it's actually viable boggles my mind.

I just don't understand how someone would automatically think that the toy says a bad word rather than thinking, like I do, 'Man, these toys sound so garbled you can't tell what they're supposed to be saying.'

Like Terry Pratchett once wrote, sometimes a chicken is nothing but a bird.
charliesmum: (Facepalm - Maggie)
There was this PSA on when I was a little girl.

It was a boy and his grandpa fishing on a lake. The boy says to his grandfather 'What does prejudice mean?' cutely mangling the word.

Grandpa asks why the boy wants to know, and the boy responds by telling him his 'Jewish friend' Seth (or whatever, it was 30-some years ago) said he was prejudiced.

Grandpa gently tells the little boy that he is, indeed, prejudiced because otherwise he'd have just said 'my friend Seth'.

You'd think, with all that sort of touchy-feely post 'peace and love' mentality that I grew up with, the world would be a bit kinder now.

Yet we still have people saying things like 'I'm not racist. I have black friends'.

Sigh.
charliesmum: (Default)
There was this PSA on when I was a little girl.

It was a boy and his grandpa fishing on a lake. The boy says to his grandfather 'What does prejudice mean?' cutely mangling the word.

Grandpa asks why the boy wants to know, and the boy responds by telling him his 'Jewish friend' Seth (or whatever, it was 30-some years ago) said he was prejudiced.

Grandpa gently tells the little boy that he is, indeed, prejudiced because otherwise he'd have just said 'my friend Seth'.

You'd think, with all that sort of touchy-feely post 'peace and love' mentality that I grew up with, the world would be a bit kinder now.

Yet we still have people saying things like 'I'm not racist. I have black friends'.

Sigh.
charliesmum: (LOL)
Know what I'm not doing? Packing.

But...I wanted to share this with you all. I thought at first it might do for Mock-the-Stupid, but it's really more of a grammar thing, and I don't belong to any of those 'grammar-nazi' things, and usually when one brings up grammar on MTS someone will get offended and it turns into a whole thing.

Anyway...

I was on the train this Sunday, heading to my parents' house, and this advert for a college caught my eye. College, mind you.



Can you spot the mistake?

It says "Only 36 credits away from hanging your diploma next to your sons."

Sons. Plural, not possessive.

I stared at this awhile. I then pointed out to Charlie the error of grammar committed by this college's advertisement, explaining to him that, by leaving out the apostrophe, one imagines that the person in question is not proudly hanging his own diploma next to the one his son earned, but rather hanging his diploma next to the hanging bodies of his sons.

Okay, I didn't tell him that part; but it is amazing how improper punctuation can change the entire subtext of a sentence, isn't it?
charliesmum: (Default)
Know what I'm not doing? Packing.

But...I wanted to share this with you all. I thought at first it might do for Mock-the-Stupid, but it's really more of a grammar thing, and I don't belong to any of those 'grammar-nazi' things, and usually when one brings up grammar on MTS someone will get offended and it turns into a whole thing.

Anyway...

I was on the train this Sunday, heading to my parents' house, and this advert for a college caught my eye. College, mind you.



Can you spot the mistake?

It says "Only 36 credits away from hanging your diploma next to your sons."

Sons. Plural, not possessive.

I stared at this awhile. I then pointed out to Charlie the error of grammar committed by this college's advertisement, explaining to him that, by leaving out the apostrophe, one imagines that the person in question is not proudly hanging his own diploma next to the one his son earned, but rather hanging his diploma next to the hanging bodies of his sons.

Okay, I didn't tell him that part; but it is amazing how improper punctuation can change the entire subtext of a sentence, isn't it?
charliesmum: (Nuggan (by hyel))
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nik_ilii for pointing this out to me.

Seriously, according to the New York Times the new DVDs of 'Old School Sesame Street' (and I am SO buying them) are not suitable for today's toddlers, because Oscar is irredeemably grouchy, Cookie Monster scarfs cookies and the street actually looks like a city street.

I was a toddler when Sesame Street came out, and now I am a mother, so presumably the people who grew up seeing Cookie Monster smoke a pipe are now so mamby-pamby we think it will irreparibly damage our children to do so.

I loved Sesame Street as a kid. I wanted to live there. I had an Oscar puppet. I used to close the doors that seperated the kitchen from the dining room and pretend it was 123 Sesame Street. I loved the muppets, and the songs, and the silliness. As a teenager, my BFF and I would watch it sometimes on Saturdays, and we enjoyed the grown up humour that the writers slipped into the skits - nothing dirty, just funny things a child might not catch, but the adult who would be watching with the child would.

But now apparently we parents can't be trusted to answer any questions a child might have, such as 'why is Cookie Monster smoking a pipe?' and 'What exactly is Masterpiece Theatre?' We can only be trusted to plop our kids in front of Elmo and his idiocy because having our child learn improper grammar (Elmo wants instead of I want) while we go off and smoke pipes and be grouchy because we were damaged by old-school Sesame Street.

Or, really, I think it is just the people in charge, the so-called "Powers that Be", who have so continuiously caved into those squeeky wheels, the people who complain about everything rather than take responsiblity for anything, our children are no longer supposed to see Sesame Street as Jim Henson originally invisoned it, fun, imaginative, and real.

Well as real as anything with Grover in it.
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nik_ilii for pointing this out to me.

Seriously, according to the New York Times the new DVDs of 'Old School Sesame Street' (and I am SO buying them) are not suitable for today's toddlers, because Oscar is irredeemably grouchy, Cookie Monster scarfs cookies and the street actually looks like a city street.

I was a toddler when Sesame Street came out, and now I am a mother, so presumably the people who grew up seeing Cookie Monster smoke a pipe are now so mamby-pamby we think it will irreparibly damage our children to do so.

I loved Sesame Street as a kid. I wanted to live there. I had an Oscar puppet. I used to close the doors that seperated the kitchen from the dining room and pretend it was 123 Sesame Street. I loved the muppets, and the songs, and the silliness. As a teenager, my BFF and I would watch it sometimes on Saturdays, and we enjoyed the grown up humour that the writers slipped into the skits - nothing dirty, just funny things a child might not catch, but the adult who would be watching with the child would.

But now apparently we parents can't be trusted to answer any questions a child might have, such as 'why is Cookie Monster smoking a pipe?' and 'What exactly is Masterpiece Theatre?' We can only be trusted to plop our kids in front of Elmo and his idiocy because having our child learn improper grammar (Elmo wants instead of I want) while we go off and smoke pipes and be grouchy because we were damaged by old-school Sesame Street.

Or, really, I think it is just the people in charge, the so-called "Powers that Be", who have so continuiously caved into those squeeky wheels, the people who complain about everything rather than take responsiblity for anything, our children are no longer supposed to see Sesame Street as Jim Henson originally invisoned it, fun, imaginative, and real.

Well as real as anything with Grover in it.
charliesmum: (House 'huh?' (by inklingsfan47))
When I was in school, we had this 'egg experiment' where we pretended an egg was a baby, got pretend married to someone, and was given a pretend job with a pretend budget and we had to figure out what it meant to be a grown up with responsibilities.*

Nowadays they use dolls. This weekend my teenaged neighbor,let's call her Hermione, had to spend a weekend with a baby doll. She named him Serverus Brian.

There is a chip in the doll that makes it cry and the 'parent' is supposed to change it and feed it a bottle, and they have to wear this bracelet that they swipe on the doll every hour or something to prove they didn't leave the doll anywhere alone.

The doll doesn't do anything a real baby would do. You know, it doesn't wait until you have the diaper off to pee so it gets all over you, or throw up all over the bed sheets at 3am or turn into a toddler that throws temper tantrums when you're trying to check out at the grocery store.

I told Hermione the crying at night and the diaper changing is the easier parts of being a mother, and I couldn't see how this taught the kids anything about parental responsibility. She agreed and said if anything, it makes her think having a baby is fun.(not that she would. She is a very smart girl.)

They don't even have to do the whole budget thing we did. If I were in charge, I'd make them figure out how they'd pay for the child while only making minimum wage. Actually, what I'd do is make the girls strap on a pregnancy belly and walk around like that for a weekend, and see how people react. I'd make them wear the belly and try to get a job somewhere. A cute baby is the trap that so many of these girls fall into after all. "I don't see how this encourages birth control." I said.

It isn't supposed to, Hermione told me. The whole point of this 'lesson' is to convince teenagers that abstinence is the best way to go.

There is no talk about birth control at all. This is why the doll is called "Baby Think it Over" and not "Baby For God's Sake Use a Condom".



*Obviously not a lesson I learned well.
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When I was in school, we had this 'egg experiment' where we pretended an egg was a baby, got pretend married to someone, and was given a pretend job with a pretend budget and we had to figure out what it meant to be a grown up with responsibilities.*

Nowadays they use dolls. This weekend my teenaged neighbor,let's call her Hermione, had to spend a weekend with a baby doll. She named him Serverus Brian.

There is a chip in the doll that makes it cry and the 'parent' is supposed to change it and feed it a bottle, and they have to wear this bracelet that they swipe on the doll every hour or something to prove they didn't leave the doll anywhere alone.

The doll doesn't do anything a real baby would do. You know, it doesn't wait until you have the diaper off to pee so it gets all over you, or throw up all over the bed sheets at 3am or turn into a toddler that throws temper tantrums when you're trying to check out at the grocery store.

I told Hermione the crying at night and the diaper changing is the easier parts of being a mother, and I couldn't see how this taught the kids anything about parental responsibility. She agreed and said if anything, it makes her think having a baby is fun.(not that she would. She is a very smart girl.)

They don't even have to do the whole budget thing we did. If I were in charge, I'd make them figure out how they'd pay for the child while only making minimum wage. Actually, what I'd do is make the girls strap on a pregnancy belly and walk around like that for a weekend, and see how people react. I'd make them wear the belly and try to get a job somewhere. A cute baby is the trap that so many of these girls fall into after all. "I don't see how this encourages birth control." I said.

It isn't supposed to, Hermione told me. The whole point of this 'lesson' is to convince teenagers that abstinence is the best way to go.

There is no talk about birth control at all. This is why the doll is called "Baby Think it Over" and not "Baby For God's Sake Use a Condom".



*Obviously not a lesson I learned well.

Why?

Oct. 9th, 2007 02:39 pm
charliesmum: (WTF LOM by martoufmarty)
Now I'll raise my hand to being pathetically drunk on more than one occasion in my lifetime, but never, even in my most inebriated state, would it even occur to me to break into a museum just to punch a hole in a picture.

How does that thought proceses even occur?

"I'm so drunk. I canneven see."

"Ha. Me too. Wadda you wanna do now?"

"Let's go punch a hole in a famous Impressionist painting."

Why?

Oct. 9th, 2007 02:39 pm
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Now I'll raise my hand to being pathetically drunk on more than one occasion in my lifetime, but never, even in my most inebriated state, would it even occur to me to break into a museum just to punch a hole in a picture.

How does that thought proceses even occur?

"I'm so drunk. I canneven see."

"Ha. Me too. Wadda you wanna do now?"

"Let's go punch a hole in a famous Impressionist painting."
charliesmum: (Troi (by crossbow1))
I'm sure most, if not all, of you have seen that lovely fandom-wank from some Harry Potter porn community, so I'm not doing links, but I just wanted to say something, and I was tired of hijacking other people's threads.

Why, oh why don't people know how to comprehend the things they read? No one takes the time to understand what is written. It's like they just take certain key words and run with them. Makes me livid.

The only thing the poor soul who started this wanted to do was to point out that the word miscegenation was being used incorrectly. She wasn't arguing the 'kink'* she was simply pointing out the word was being misunderstood, and not really being used in the context it was intended.

And instead of complying, because it really was a simple request, it turns into this whole 'hey, we're not racist, how dare you say we are' because they utterly fail at understanding context and comprehending what the subject of post was.

It's like the song Short People that came out in the 70's. I've posted about that before - people were so up in arms about the lyrics 'Short people got no reason to live' that they entirely missed the point of the song, which was prejudice is stupid. He says 'all men are brothers' or similar in the song. How can you not get that?

It just amazes me that people are so quick to take offense at something that, if they just took a moment to actually read and comprhend, there would be no issue.




*And anyway, I don't understand how interracial is a kink. In HP, I gather it means having sex with house elves or centaurs, but, at least with the centaurs, wouldn't that be more like beastiality, speaking in a totally pornographic context? Because, yeah, centaurs have the human front, but I'm guessing the vital organ is attached to the horse part. If it isn't then centaurs got completely ripped off.
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I'm sure most, if not all, of you have seen that lovely fandom-wank from some Harry Potter porn community, so I'm not doing links, but I just wanted to say something, and I was tired of hijacking other people's threads.

Why, oh why don't people know how to comprehend the things they read? No one takes the time to understand what is written. It's like they just take certain key words and run with them. Makes me livid.

The only thing the poor soul who started this wanted to do was to point out that the word miscegenation was being used incorrectly. She wasn't arguing the 'kink'* she was simply pointing out the word was being misunderstood, and not really being used in the context it was intended.

And instead of complying, because it really was a simple request, it turns into this whole 'hey, we're not racist, how dare you say we are' because they utterly fail at understanding context and comprehending what the subject of post was.

It's like the song Short People that came out in the 70's. I've posted about that before - people were so up in arms about the lyrics 'Short people got no reason to live' that they entirely missed the point of the song, which was prejudice is stupid. He says 'all men are brothers' or similar in the song. How can you not get that?

It just amazes me that people are so quick to take offense at something that, if they just took a moment to actually read and comprhend, there would be no issue.




*And anyway, I don't understand how interracial is a kink. In HP, I gather it means having sex with house elves or centaurs, but, at least with the centaurs, wouldn't that be more like beastiality, speaking in a totally pornographic context? Because, yeah, centaurs have the human front, but I'm guessing the vital organ is attached to the horse part. If it isn't then centaurs got completely ripped off.
charliesmum: (well!)
I'm sure you've all seen this story by now about the marquee change for the Vaginia monologues because Bryce Pfanenstiel from The Atlantic Theatre told local TV station Channel 4 the woman said she was "offended" when her niece asked her what a vagina was.

What I don't understand is why people keep pandering to these complainers? Why? Why is it the theatre's problem that this woman is so uptight she can't even talk about a part of her own body to another person? All she has to say is 'It's the part of your body you pee from.'* I'm sure, if the girl is old enough to read, she's old enough to understand at least that.


Frankly, I personally am much more offended by the nicknames. We don't nickname elbows or ears, but somehow calling something a vagina or a penis is naughty, simply because it is part of the reproduction process. It's a body part. I've made it a point to never nickname Charlie's penis, and he's never called it anything but 'penis'** because I don't want him to place any undue importance to it. It's his penis. He pees out of it, and eventually he'll do other things with it that I, as his mother, will tactfully pretend isn't happening, but it is just a part of his body and calling it a 'wee wee' or a 'dingle' or 'junk' is stupid and annoying.

I am just so sick of the squeeky wheel syndrome. Just once I would like to hear that the powers that be, upon receiving one of these complaints, said, 'Welcome to the real world. Deal with it.' and hung up the phone.



*And it was her neice. If she really had a problem with answering the question, just say "Ask your mother."

**And you've already heard his 'anus' story
charliesmum: (Default)
I'm sure you've all seen this story by now about the marquee change for the Vaginia monologues because Bryce Pfanenstiel from The Atlantic Theatre told local TV station Channel 4 the woman said she was "offended" when her niece asked her what a vagina was.

What I don't understand is why people keep pandering to these complainers? Why? Why is it the theatre's problem that this woman is so uptight she can't even talk about a part of her own body to another person? All she has to say is 'It's the part of your body you pee from.'* I'm sure, if the girl is old enough to read, she's old enough to understand at least that.


Frankly, I personally am much more offended by the nicknames. We don't nickname elbows or ears, but somehow calling something a vagina or a penis is naughty, simply because it is part of the reproduction process. It's a body part. I've made it a point to never nickname Charlie's penis, and he's never called it anything but 'penis'** because I don't want him to place any undue importance to it. It's his penis. He pees out of it, and eventually he'll do other things with it that I, as his mother, will tactfully pretend isn't happening, but it is just a part of his body and calling it a 'wee wee' or a 'dingle' or 'junk' is stupid and annoying.

I am just so sick of the squeeky wheel syndrome. Just once I would like to hear that the powers that be, upon receiving one of these complaints, said, 'Welcome to the real world. Deal with it.' and hung up the phone.



*And it was her neice. If she really had a problem with answering the question, just say "Ask your mother."

**And you've already heard his 'anus' story
charliesmum: (multi sexual fandom (by Brienze ))
[livejournal.com profile] dindin posted this link on her journal, and I think it is too much fun not to share with as many people as possible.

Here it is, folks, a list of bands to avoid so you don't catch TEH GAY.

There are so many gems in this, I don't even know where to begin, but one of my top favourites is the fact that they wrote 'questionable' next to Morrissy. Yeah, he's pretty hard to figure out. Is he gay, or just emo? You decide.

And Cole Porter. Watch out for Cole Porter. Show Tunes are how they get you, you know. Look at John Barrowman.

And I REALLY want to know what brought them to the conclusion that Oscar Wilde was a 'reformed' homosexual.
charliesmum: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] dindin posted this link on her journal, and I think it is too much fun not to share with as many people as possible.

Here it is, folks, a list of bands to avoid so you don't catch TEH GAY.

There are so many gems in this, I don't even know where to begin, but one of my top favourites is the fact that they wrote 'questionable' next to Morrissy. Yeah, he's pretty hard to figure out. Is he gay, or just emo? You decide.

And Cole Porter. Watch out for Cole Porter. Show Tunes are how they get you, you know. Look at John Barrowman.

And I REALLY want to know what brought them to the conclusion that Oscar Wilde was a 'reformed' homosexual.
charliesmum: (Troi (by crossbow1))
I got something from the lovely people at the American Family Association telling me that, thanks to them, Ford's sales dropped 11%, since they started boycotting Ford because Ford supports the 'Homosexual Agenda'.*

I started to research it, but frankly I'm too tired. I'm sure there are millions of reasons for the drop in sales, and I'm willing to bet gas prices had more to do with drops in sales than the fact that a bunch of bigoted morons didn't buy Fords. The thing that kills me is that they say that the 'homosexuals' aren't showing support to Ford despite Ford's 'support' of the Homosexual Agenda.

They put advertising in magazines. That's it. That's not showing support so much as it is saying, 'oh, here's a market of people who have jobs and drive cars and probably many of them have the disposable income to buy a luxury car or SUV.'

These people are so terrified of sex in any form they just can't handle life. I really think if sex had nothing whatsoever to do with being gay they wouldn't care. I wonder, if somehow one could get pregnant during gay sex if they would still care so much.

The whole thing is unfathomable.

I considered leaving myself on the mailing list, just for the amusement factor, but I didn't. I don't want to encourage these people in any way.

whole email here if anyone is curious or who wants to experience that lovely feeling of impotent rage before bedtime )


*And, come on, isn't 'Homosexual Agenda' the stupidest phrase ever? Like there's this big cartel somewhere meeting in a bunker underneath the ocean, discussing ways gay sex can take over the world.
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I got something from the lovely people at the American Family Association telling me that, thanks to them, Ford's sales dropped 11%, since they started boycotting Ford because Ford supports the 'Homosexual Agenda'.*

I started to research it, but frankly I'm too tired. I'm sure there are millions of reasons for the drop in sales, and I'm willing to bet gas prices had more to do with drops in sales than the fact that a bunch of bigoted morons didn't buy Fords. The thing that kills me is that they say that the 'homosexuals' aren't showing support to Ford despite Ford's 'support' of the Homosexual Agenda.

They put advertising in magazines. That's it. That's not showing support so much as it is saying, 'oh, here's a market of people who have jobs and drive cars and probably many of them have the disposable income to buy a luxury car or SUV.'

These people are so terrified of sex in any form they just can't handle life. I really think if sex had nothing whatsoever to do with being gay they wouldn't care. I wonder, if somehow one could get pregnant during gay sex if they would still care so much.

The whole thing is unfathomable.

I considered leaving myself on the mailing list, just for the amusement factor, but I didn't. I don't want to encourage these people in any way.

whole email here if anyone is curious or who wants to experience that lovely feeling of impotent rage before bedtime )


*And, come on, isn't 'Homosexual Agenda' the stupidest phrase ever? Like there's this big cartel somewhere meeting in a bunker underneath the ocean, discussing ways gay sex can take over the world.

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