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Wasn’t _Trowenna Sea_ supposed to be recalled? They must have missed Whitcoulls in Westfield. $40.99. Someone tell Witi so he can buy them. Oh, I see: Witi only bought the copies not yet shipped to every bookstore in New Zealand. Penguin’s not recalling them, for some reason. Bookstores _can_ send them back for a refund, but seem to prefer selling them for a hefty profit. So, all parties behaving honourably then.
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Grandycaps (n): The inadvertent SHOUTING of the well-meaning grandparent new to e-mail. “Chill out, Sis: it’s just grandycaps.”
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Wikipedia articles in Māori: 6522. Yiddish 7191, Burmese 2944, Tongan 1492, Samoan 397, Klingon 169, Esperanto 124,640. Fijian? Just 58. Curiously, while most of that group are growing fast (30–120% in the last year), Māori has stagnated: it’s up only 2%.
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Spare me from meetings where people “touch base”, “report back”, and decide not to discuss papers everyone’s been emailed but nobody’s read.
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“The button on our web page doesn’t work. Why didn’t you just copy and paste it from the Word document I sent you? It works in Word.”
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LaTeX fanboys claim it’s hot stuff at typesetting. So why do all LaTeX documents look like instruction manuals from 1923? LaTeX looks like: _Das Kapital_, 1960 Albanian edition · Bilingual guidebook translated from Chinese · _A History of Timaru_ (1936). LaTeX is for people who wish writing were more like programming. And haven’t tried Word since 1997. And type two spaces after full stops.
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When there’s a mattress lashed to your car roof with clothesline, people stare with an expression I choose to interpret as admiration.
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53% of Republicans think Sarah Palin more qualified to be Prez than Obama. 73% would ban gay schoolteachers. 31% would ban contraception.
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Trying to negotiate a classroom booking with two admins named (and I’m not making this up) Ms Register and Mr Allott.
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A 1926 edition of Roosevelt’s _Rough Riders_ with a few uncut pages; sitting unread on the UC shelves, waiting for me, for 83 years. Trivia: Roosevelt was good friends with Seth Bullock (cf. _Deadwood_); Bullock even joined the Rough Riders, but never got to go to Cuba.
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If academics taught their classes as badly as they deliver conference papers, they’d lose their jobs. No, the problem is they wouldn’t.
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The second-oldest surviving email I have on my computer is a quadruple-forwarded Dave Barry column about an exploding whale. Ah, 1994.
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Chocolate features so prominently in _It’s Complicated_, they should have just come clean and called it _Chocolate: It’s Complicated._ Although menopause romcoms scarcely need the audience boost a chocified title might supply. Sports movies, on the other hand…
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Oh my: chocolate turns every movie into a date movie. Just try it. · _Chocolate Invictus · Chocolate Saw · Inglourious Choclate Basterds · Hostel du Chocolat · 300 Chocolates · Dark Chocolate City · The Seven Chocolate Samurai_
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