Saturday, January 26, 2008

An oddity is an English major who doesn't know how to use the word oddity.

Those Kids!:

With a town in California looking to keep people from smoking in their own homes, this blast from the past has a particularly poignant oddity:
Followed by a youtube clip of an old Flintstones where they shamelessly promote cigarettes.

Me: Mrs McArdle, how does a clip contain an oddity? Wouldn't it be "is an oddity?"

MM: You clearly misunderstood my point. What I was trying to say was.....

Me: yeah, ok, I get it now. OKIE, but then what does an old show that, typical of its era, inserted it's advertising into the storyline have to do with a modern day attempt at creating healthier living conditions for people?

MM: Um... well... see... they both talk about cigarettes so and um.... it's obvious isn't it?

Me: Alright then, well, isn't it blatant mischaracterization to say that this town is trying to prevent people from smoking in their own homes when the legislation related only to renters, current renters are unaffected, and then only provision is that renter designate new rentals as either smoke free or smoking?

MM: Um, clearly you're arguing with me because secretly you know I'm right and so therefore say that I'm wrong.

Me: Okie, one final question. How many martinis did you have this morning before class?



NutellaonToast said...

Hmm, I had actions surrounded by greater than and less than signs but it appears to have been disappeared. How does one put greater than and less than signs into text boxes that use html tags?

A passer by said...

You use the HTML entity codes, that is:

< is &lt;
> is &gt;

Also, because & is used for entities you're "supposed" to use &amp; when you mean to show an & in text; no one does, because most browsers just sort of ignore that & alone is a malformed entity.

If you're interested, there's much more:
and more generally:

(By using html entities you can even render foreign scripts in forms that don't support or filter out unicode!)