So a while back I did a series on all the various types of spam comments that turn up on the blog, but since then, I’ve seen a few examples of something new. These are comments that are clearly automated*, yet are also clearly related to** the posts upon which they purport to be commenting. I suspect these comments are coming from the APIs for so-called chatbots, such as ChatGPT***. Let’s take a look!Continue reading “Spamcommentology: Attack of the ChatBots”
Knowing Your Audience
So as I’ve mentioned before, whenever something we’re watching focuses on anything like a newspaper or magazine article, source code, a computer screen, a dating profile, etc., I am always compelled to pause the video and go have a closer look. Normally what’s displayed is word-like filler material, but finally—finally!—I found a show that really, really knows its audience. That show would be Doom Patrol on HBO Max.Continue reading “Knowing Your Audience”
Cause & Effect
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and we’ve started it off with another celebrity death due to a ruptured cerebral aneurysm ― arguably even higher profile than Grant Imahara’s sudden death in 2020, at least for those who never watched Battlebots or Mythbusters. I’m referring of course to Tom Sizemore, who was hospitalized on February 18th, 2023, and apparently never regained consciousness before passing away on March 3rd, 2023.Continue reading “Cause & Effect”
Not A Review Of “Somebody I Used To Know”
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Not long ago we watched Somebody I Used To Know, an Amazon Prime film in which Alison Brie’s cat, Harry, attempts to extricate himself from various situations in which he is the recipient of unwanted attention. Oh and also some kind of human romantic comedy-drama type stuff happens I guess.Continue reading “Not A Review Of “Somebody I Used To Know””
Twofer Teaser Tuesday
So in the past few weeks I’ve read a couple of books where I decided to snip things for a Teaser Tuesday, even though, technically, on Teaser Tuesday, you’re supposed to take two sentences from whatever book you’re reading on that very day and use that as your teaser. But hey, you know how it is …Continue reading “Twofer Teaser Tuesday”
I Feel Like I’m Being Threatened
Random Rejectance: “Storyteller” Magazine
So since last week I posted a rather depressing update on my Blue Roses progress, I figured that this week, I would cheer everyone up by dipping into my vast pile of rejection letters. 😁👍
On this occasion, the Gods of Randomness told me I should look in the “S” folder of my expandable file, which, as you can imagine based on the prevalence of “S” in the English language is one of the more well-populated ones. And what should I find on top in that section but two letters from the Canadian magazine Storyteller, of which one was, as expected, a rejection, but the other was one of those rarer beasts, an acceptance. So in the interest of inducing a little mood whiplash, I scanned them both. First, let’s do the rejection:Continue reading “Random Rejectance: “Storyteller” Magazine”
Teaser Tuesday: “A Mountain Walked: Great Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos”
So this week (and for a couple of weeks previously) I’ve been reading the horror anthology A Mountain Walked: Great Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, which, as you may have gleaned from the title, consists of a bunch of stories residing in the general neighborhood of H.P. Lovecraft.
So What Do You Want To Watch Now?
As the reader who’s been around for any length of time knows, we are currently in the middle of watching the old medical show House. However, we usually like to have two shows that we’re watching, a “light” one and a “heavy” one. Despite (or perhaps because of) all the sarcasm, insults, and medical stuff that involves my covering my eyes and shrieking, House is our “light” show, not our “heavy” one. The “heavy” slot has, of late, been occupied by limited series, such as House of the Dragon and, more recently, the final season of His Dark Materials, and now we are, sadly, without a show to offset the routine levity of lumbar punctures, catheters, bleeding orifices, and people saying “Maybe it’s vasculitis” that is House; and so, new shows are currently being auditioned.Continue reading “So What Do You Want To Watch Now?”
And Then Sometimes The Subtitle Mistakes Are Strangely Appropriate
So as I’ve mentioned numerous times, we got in the habit of leaving subtitles on a long time ago, when Dennis became an Old Man Dog and would frequently complain to us that we should stop watching television because he wanted to go to bed; and thus we were introduced to the world of subtitles that are amusing in their own right, humorously inaccurate, or in open rebellion against what the actual dialog is. But this may be the first time we’ve run into subtitles that are humorously inaccurate yet also completely appropriate, and it comes from (you guessed it) the TV show House.
Now, first, a little backstory: In this episode, House takes on as a patient a 15-year-old girl with a form of dwarfism who is suffering from what everyone thinks is liver failure. He correctly predicts that the condition is progressive and that her pancreas is about to fail, but no one listens to him (because reasons), so they proceed with a liver biopsy, or something. Or at least, they attempt to. Before they can even sedate her, the girl slips into unconsciousness as a result of some manner of insulin shock, and the team calls for an emergency insulin drip to save her. OR DO THEY?Continue reading “And Then Sometimes The Subtitle Mistakes Are Strangely Appropriate”