Friday, February 17, 2012

Gin & Tacos February Potpurri

 & illustrated by this picture from Let them Read Beckett at occasional links & commentary, thereby combining two of flâneuse's favorite blogs. The juxtaposition, c'est trés amusante, n'est-ce pas?

Everyone loves getting blown on a Friday. Mind-blown, that is. So without further ado, here's a bunch of stuff for your "I could work, but why?" period this afternoon, [whether or not you are working: let's not make it the sine qua non of our identities]
1. The proper plural for "octopus" is "octopodes", and Britney Spears is a perfect anagram for "Presbyterians."
2. In this staggeringly interesting Fresh Air interview, voice actor Billy West (Futurama, etc.) describes how his research and preparation for voicing Popeye required mastering the art of Tuvan throat-singing. Apparently original voice actor Jack Mercer had unwittingly employed it to create the classic Popeye voice in the 1940s. Listen to this interview. It's fantastic.
3. Chinese officials were forced to shut down a supercomputer this week because it was learning. What was it learning, you ask? To give vaguely sexual answers to queries from users. Apparently when supercomputers finally become sentient they will be like 15 year old boys.
and there's more at Gin & Tacos' (opiate of the asses) February Potpurri

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