Category: A Bit Of Silliness

Something Wicked over in Jordan

I know, I know! I’ve been neglecting this blog something awful. I do mean to get things back on track again, but you know…

As a peace offering, might I offer you a tale of a grown woman hiding behind her couch from the neighbour kids while her husband does uncannily realistic dog impressions? Sounds like something you’d read?

Then have at it. Head on over to Dead Sea Diaries and have a guffaw at Something Wicked This Way Comes and while there, be a sport and leave Liese a comment. I know for a fact she loves getting them (but, then, don’t we all?)

May the 4th be with you

May the 4th be with you

Happy Star Wars Day, all you Jedi Masters and Sith Lords out there.

I must confess, much like last year the day sneaked up on me again. But that doesn’t mean I’m leaving you empty-handed. Thanks to the wonder that is the interwebs, I give you Origami Yoda, the newest member of my writing cheerleading squad with his well-known maxim:

Origami Yoda on a Writer's Block
Write. Or write not. There is no try.

If you want to take a shot at folding one yourself, here’s a video, but be warned, it will confound you and try you and leave you bleeding from a thousand-and-one paper cuts.

In honour of Star Trek and Star Wars fans bashing on each other (personally I stay out of that fight – like Harry Dresden’s apprentice, Molly, I believe it’s okay to like both), here’s a video on how Star Trek (the reboot) should have ended. The really good bit is at two minutes, thirty seconds.

Enjoy your Star Wars Day, whichever side of the force you serve.

And live long and prosper 😛

All men must die

Did you watch the first episode of Game of Thrones last night? Apparently it was already available on Saturday afternoon, along with episodes two, three and four. That’ll teach HBO to send advance copies to reviewers. According to TorrentFreak the first episode was downloaded over a million times during the first eighteen hours. So much for trying to keep anything secret in the digital age.

In 2012 Metro Trains in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia released a public service announcement in the form of a little animated video and song, titled Dumb Ways To Die. The video went viral on social media (in two years it has had over one hundred million views on YouTube), spawned a mobile game, and even yours truly have used it in a piece of short fiction.

The video has also inspired numerous parodies, the latest one featuring Game of Thrones which is, frankly, filled with dumb (or at least gruesome) ways to die. They have kept the words of the original, but the video depicts all of the most memorable deaths of the series thus far.

Spoiler alert: Don’t watch this if you haven’t yet watched season four/read A Feast for Crows. (And for goodness sake, stay away from the comments!)

O, yeah. April Fool!

I want to apologise for not having a fitting offering for April Fools this year. I’ve been trying to think of something since last week, but the perfect idea only hit me this afternoon, way too late to implement it. I’ll tell you this: next year’s April Fools will be legen…wait for it…

Instead, I’ll point you to the latest “improvement” devised by the…good people running WordPress.com, the AutoMatton.

Can anyone say “Skynet”?