Hello there - I need to vent some Supernatural business for a sec here and who better to vent to... So I am very, very behind with Season 9 and I just watched the mid-season finale and, just, like, um... Kevin. :(
Oh, Lisa. Yeah. It’s bad. Sylvia is still mad about it. Here. Let me get you some hot chocolate and some tissues…
Why won’t you send me to farm school?
You should be the Farm manager. You’d be awesome! Although, I think the job’s taken for a while.
We received the handbook for Sylvia’s school. Under the rules and guidelines there is a section for “Romantic Relationships.” Basically it says the exploration of “romantic and sexual interest is a normal part of adolescent development,” but discourages exclusive relationships (romantic or otherwise) because it is an obstacle to other aspects of social development.
Sexual Activity is deemed not age-appropriate and not permitted (of course). I am pleasantly surprised by the gender/orientation neutral language they used. When discussing it, they use the words “couples or potential romantic partners” instead of boys & girls which is pretty awesome.
They also don’t disallow hair dying or “permanent body art” it just has to be done with the parents and not at school, which makes sense and just seems really rational.
It’s getting closer and I’m so excited and also so nervous! Ugh.
Most of you are already familiar with the Sarcastic Umlaut, but I have updated SarcasticUmlaut.com and would like to share it with you:
What is a Sarcästic Umlaüt?
Since it’s almost 2013 and we still don’t have a sarcasm font, I recommend the use of “vowel with superfluous umlaut” to indicate sarcasm.— TJ Luoma (@tjluoma)December 29, 2012
How should the sarcastic umlaut be used?
The problem with online communication is that we don’t have a way to convey tone of voice, so if you say to someone:
Sure, that sounds like a great idea.
They don’t know that you really think it’s a terrible idea.
Compare that to this:
Süre, that sounds like a greät idea.
Now your meaning is clear.
But what if people don’t know about it already?
Well, hopefully a smart, inquiring person might ask.
If you are on Twitter and want to point people in the right direction, you can reference @sarcasticumlaut at the end of your post, for example:
Süre, that sounds like a greät idea. @sarcasticumlaut
I am thrïlled to be filling out my TPS reports on a Saturday. /@sarcasticumlaut
Twitter will automatically link to the @sarcasticumlaut account so anyone who clicks on it can learn more about it.
“What is the opposite of the Sarcastic Umlaut?”
Some people have asked what the opposite of the sarcastic umlaut is, and I finally realized the answer: “the bar of emphatic sincerity.”
You look really good.
That should be understood as sincere, because there is no sarcastic umlaut. But what if you wanted to make it clear that you were not only being sincere, you were being extremely sincere?
You look reālly good.
Or you could say:
You look really gōōd.
As with the sarcastic umlaut, you do not need to use the bar (technically, “macron”) over every possible vowel. We’re not animals.
Honorable mention to Tom Bridge who has, I believe, used the SÜ on Twitter more than anyone else besides me!
I’m waiting for the disappointednerd post that says, “technically, it’s called a “macron””