Competitive Worm Charming, Etymologies, and more Friday Fun

I woke up this morning, puttering(1), and got around to looking at a youtube video by this cheeky Brit Thoughty2(2)  on The Weird World of Competitive Worm Charming

 

I then proceeded to have a worm dream something like this:

source http://www.kosapress.com/art-of-science-fiction-038-leonardo-calamati/

I have to admit, I do not have a plan for the worm-pocolapse. Source. Judging from this chart I’m guessing this is a Tremors situation.

sandworm-size-chart

Know your sand worms!

 

Then more English related news, I received an email confirming that my visa has been processed and will be mailed back to me today. All this visa business is terribly dramatic however ether way it’s almost all over.  Either way, there will be tears.  Either way, I kicked a lot of ass to get to this point. And either way, I’m just getting started.

I’ve decided that Fridays are designed to be fun and as some of you may have already gathered, I’m a big fan of etymologies and word play so Friday’s Funday Word is: “FRIDAY”.  Friday is culturally a unique word in many languages deriving meaning from Venus or Venus-dieties including the Aztec god Quetzalcotl, Hinud God Shukra, and in astrology Friday is related to the two Venus signs Taurus and Libra (3).  The reason for why Friday is linguistically tied to Venus across cultures is one that will require further research and a separate post, which if there is significant feedback I will follow through or if anyone wants to take this and write their own essay please send me a link and I’ll re-post, however if there is one thing about the word “Friday” That I learned that I will be sharing for a while is this one last English (and Australian) bit about Friday or often known as POETS day or “PISS OFF EARLY TOMORROW’S SATURDAY”.

 

Footnotes:

  1. Putt (v) – the mindless half asleep wanderings of a toon who is having trouble transitioning between REM cycles, usually between the hours of 2am – 4am, and from what I understand is more prevalent in men and get’s more frequent with age
  2. It’s nice when things work out in theme, thoughty2’s username and byline and about are all references to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which if you haven’t read I’ve begun a review series on the entire Hitchhiker’s series which started last week.  The overall series review can be found here.

Source for cover Image

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series Review

Happy Monday and Labor Day for my American readers.

hitchhikers (test)

This info-graph is a general overview of the series.

The Hitchhiker’s guide has an interesting history beginning as a pitch for a 6 part series called “The Ends of the Earth” where the earth ends at the end of each episode surly many of them end on a stupid Thursday(1).  This idea eventually evolved into what we have here today and then some(2) including the movie adaptation of the first book.

This series has a pretty close place to my heart and I have a pretty long history with it, probably the longest/first bookmance(3) I’ve ever had.  I remember when I was a kid, somewhere around 13-15 years old, my dad gave me the first Hitchhiker’s guide book.

hitchhikers guide to the galaxy book cover

This is the cover art my dad’s copy had. Still my favourite of the versions.  Look at that meaty hand.

It might have been my first literary brush with literary si-fi, I was brought up on Red Dwarf(4) so I was well prepared, and it was good. Really good.

hitchhikers guide to the galaxy book cover3

This is the cover art my best friend in middle school (ages 11-14ish) in school had. Clearly inferior to the original.

My dad had all the rest of the original books up to So Long and Thanks For All the Fish and I ate them all up. I have specific memories of reading these books in school and literally laughing out loud involuntarily in class.  I’m pretty easy to laugh(5) but usually I’m pretty good at restraining my self in public but this book got me several times.  Even on revisits.

hitchhikers guide to the galaxy collection book cover

My first copy of the omni-bus.

Fast forward a few years and I’m at a book store, constantly building my library (sometimes I like to think about the day when I have enough books, that I’ve actually read AND enjoy no cheating with “the entire Steven King collection”, to make a book fort(6)), and I see this almost biblical looking version of the collection which was really nice because it came with a tassel bookmark.  This copy got donated after the first or second library purge(7) and in the last year since getting back into school I’ve begun replacing or obtaining copies of books I remember reading and enjoying but had borrowed from a friend or the library and this series was recommended to me on amazon.

This is my third and most recent re-reading of the series and I’ve had mixed reactions.  At first I was totally pumped to read this thinking I would blow through it in a few weeks but it ended up taking me about two months to read 815 pages +/- 20 pages because they count the title and dedication pages in between each book and most of that was spent trudging through Life, The Universe, and Everything.  However we will get to that in time.  The good news is that this series starts and ends pretty strongly (see info-graph above).

As in Adams style(8), over the next 7 weeks I will present to you:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Ultimate Review:

A 7 part review in 8 parts

Tune in next week for part II: The actual review for The Hitchhiker’s to the Galaxy the book.

Footnotes:

  1. The Earth is destroyed on a Thursday afternoon several times in the series.
  2. As I learned in researching this article that there has been yet another novel added to the series called “…and another thing.” which, I personally, do not count as cannon and will not likely read the reasons for which will become clear as this series progresses.
  3. If we can have words like “bromance“, which I reluctantly have adopted in specific situations, I’m championing the word “bookmance”.   I’ve submitted a definition to urban dictionary and I might adopt the word for one year for 25$ on wordnik, my favourite dictionary site.  Depends on if urban diction approves.
  4. I have so many fond memories of late night Sunday, kind of like tonight actually (as I write this that is), as a kid with my parents watching the foreign shows on PBS channel nine like Red Dwarf (British) and The Red Green Show (Canadian).  These came on, if I remember right, after the X-Files on Sunday nights.  Sometimes we would order Cecil’s or Imo’s Pizza, St Louis Style pizza, and it was pretty much the best.  I have a lot of television related memories, more the scheduling aspects rather than the shows them selves.  I don’t know, there’s an essay memoir in there. Something in Infinite Jest rattled it loose.  Stay tuned.
  5. I read a snapple facts once “Snapple fact #831: Adults laugh only about 15 to 100 times a day, while six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day.”  and I keep meaning to start a data crunch project on this, I keep track of other things in my journal.  Another thing for the list.
  6. book fort
  7. As a minimalist I have regular purge events where I strip down to bare essentials however in the last major purge I decided to begin building a library rather than holding on to a few prized pieces, however I do prune it regularly.
  8. His series started as a trilogy and remains to be frequently refereed to as a trilogy because humour.

 

 

 

My First Advance Uncorrected Proof

This one is for you, Lizz.

I’ve been considering posting twice a week, Monday and Thursday, at least until classes begin the 10th of October(1).

toco shop

My friend took me to a Resale-Recycle Shop on Cherokee st, The Toco Shop, next to the former Melt (R.I.P. Blue Ox waffle, I didn’t try many of Melt’s unique sweet or savory waffles but you, my Blue Ox, with your cornmeal waffle pedestal for 3 thick slices of brisket, covered in brown gravy and freckled with blue cheese will always have a place in my Epicurean heart(2). Yum.) where I found my very first Uncorrected Proof!

THE HAND THAT HELD MINE

By: Maggie O’Farrell

 

I plan to read this book soon(3) and post a review.  I’m now curious about uncorrected proof hunting.  Do you have an uncorrected proof story you want to share or an UP (in order to make uncorrected proof hunting cooler and easier to write about, I’m going to start calling them “UP”s) you’ve been looking for? Please share in the comments below and don’t forget to share if you like this.

Footnotes:

  1. I leave for England the first but classes don’t begin until the 10th.
  2. Not to be confused with epicirious which is a phonetic slang derived from Epicurus’s ethical goal of minimizing harm and maximizing happiness, or as it has been interpreted here and here as a maximizing of pleasure via food and drink.
  3. Currently reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and I have a slowly growing second collection (the first/main is packed away in preparation to leave) even though I really didn’t need Reviving Ophelia, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, or Ray Bradbury (Bloom’s Modern Critical Views) but at $.50 and 1$ for hardbacks, how could I resist? Thanks Toco Shop (I am not being paid to say this, I just really liked the shop)