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October 14, 2008 7:44 PM   Subscribe

another day, another word
posted by netbros (35 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
How come the first word in the archives I find is "vagina"? (Said by a voice that sounds like it's the first time he's ever said it, by the way.)


Also, what the fuck?!
posted by Drainage! at 7:58 PM on October 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


BOOOOO
posted by jckll at 8:00 PM on October 14, 2008


No dice.
posted by iamkimiam at 8:09 PM on October 14, 2008


What's the point?
posted by Mephisto at 8:10 PM on October 14, 2008


Instead of having words like "dice" and "pimple" and such, they should focus on words that I have mispronounced my entire life. Like "detritus," apparently.
posted by tumbleweedjack at 8:13 PM on October 14, 2008


netbros....And what would be point of this? A liitle editorial is not a bad thing. Did you think it was funny....not funny....what?
posted by bjgeiger at 8:19 PM on October 14, 2008


Word.
posted by iamkimiam at 8:20 PM on October 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


The fun here is really in the archives, where you go into a whole month's worth of words and whisk your cursor around. Suddenly you're in the middle of a party, where you're picking up a word here, a word there...
posted by Faze at 8:20 PM on October 14, 2008 [2 favorites]


I dunno, I thought it was kind of neat.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 8:22 PM on October 14, 2008


No worries, tumbleweedjack; they have included words they have misspelled their whole lives to make up for it. "Disfunction?" Really? You guys had to type only one word and no one had time to proof the copy?
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:23 PM on October 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


bjgeiger: what Faze just said. Plus, I think there is something more to this than just random words, such as themes by month like they do with the font face and switching voices. When it all clicks, I'll be sure to let you know.
posted by netbros at 8:26 PM on October 14, 2008


The bird is the word
posted by qvantamon at 8:29 PM on October 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Definitions would be useful and educational. As it stands, it's neither useful nor artsy nor groundbreaking, so... I fail to see the point. Wow, a Web site with embedded audio files and a variety of fonts... awesome.
posted by desjardins at 8:42 PM on October 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Love it.

I picked months at random and created rhythms and melodies from the words organized neatly into rows and columns. I watched the colours change as I moused around. If I dragged the mouse slowly, words would repeat and echo as if stuttered by Max Headroom.

I was creating my own private minuet. If I moused down to the three dots at the bottom of each page, then I could punctuate each song with "Home. Archive. Contact". If I moused over fast, then all voices sang together, as though in a vocabulary choir.

Most amusing.
posted by seawallrunner at 8:46 PM on October 14, 2008


qvantamon: It's strange. I opened up the newspaper this morning expecting a headline of the... ornithological variety...
posted by Navelgazer at 8:55 PM on October 14, 2008


Stochastic navigation for the blind, a talk-box of dubious utility. Holy hell, this is incredible. How can I be the only person who sees this?!
posted by wemayfreeze at 9:01 PM on October 14, 2008


seawallrunner: I was going to say almost exactly the same thing. It's like the score for a Jackson Mac Low performance piece.
posted by Hypocrite_Lecteur at 9:07 PM on October 14, 2008


I tried using pimple, dice, and vagina in a sentence and now I am sleeping in garage.
posted by shockingbluamp at 9:09 PM on October 14, 2008 [3 favorites]


The voice for "opportunity" (8/30/08) sounds a lot like Sarah Palin.
posted by Hypocrite_Lecteur at 9:15 PM on October 14, 2008


I came here to say what Faze said, but also it is fun to visit the September 2008 page and jiggle the cursor back and forth between "barnacle" and "carbuncle". Perhaps with increasing rapidity until climaxing on this button in the other window?
On preview: Yes.
posted by nowonmai at 9:16 PM on October 14, 2008


Lame.
posted by crossoverman at 9:19 PM on October 14, 2008


Thanks, Drainage! I had to spend five minutes hunting through the archives for vagina. Typical Tuesday night, I guess.
posted by graventy at 9:25 PM on October 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Plumber Jake Trapper had been working for years on a disposal system that would not only transform garbage into small bits capable of going through the pipes, it would transform the world. Son Jimmy watched as his dad climbed beneath the sink, turned the wrench lefty loosie, and POOF! He was gone.

Trapper materialized far from home, in 18th century Spain. Now he goes from house to house, solving plumbing and water problems. Each time hoping this sink will be the one that helps him make the leap home. This week on Time Sink: "Drain, drain, go away".
posted by cashman at 9:35 PM on October 14, 2008


Weirdly fascinating. I'm also possessed by the notion that there's a pattern or puzzle or message to figure out.

I think "opportunity" is definitely Sarah Palin. Does anyone recognize the voice (also on 8/2008) that says "pillow" "umbrella" and "simple"? It's really familiar.
posted by donnagirl at 9:52 PM on October 14, 2008


I found it irritating and lame.
posted by delmoi at 10:07 PM on October 14, 2008


irritating
posted by MotherTucker at 10:11 PM on October 14, 2008


"vagina" (Said by a voice that sounds like it's the first time he's ever said it, by the way.)

The word itself makes some men uncomfortable.

Vagina.
posted by rokusan at 10:15 PM on October 14, 2008


Thanks, Drainage! I had to spend five minutes hunting through the archives for vagina. Typical Tuesday night, I guess.

Holy hell, comment of the night.
posted by wemayfreeze at 11:10 PM on October 14, 2008


i dislike the way february is pronounced. the voice that says ovation is amusing.
posted by lapolla at 1:53 AM on October 15, 2008


[this is good]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:20 AM on October 15, 2008


I've gone through my instrumental collection - throwing the voices over the top - aphex twin, explosions in the sky, mouse on mars : laughable intestines, laughable intestines, laughable intestines, insecticide.
Joy. A little anyway.
posted by meech at 2:45 AM on October 15, 2008


And needlessly flash-powered, so I can't get it via RSS. Meh to the max.
posted by DU at 4:38 AM on October 15, 2008


spunky!
posted by jessamyn at 6:03 AM on October 15, 2008


i dislike the way february is pronounced.

I had to go back to check this, and wow you're right. "Feh-boo-ary"? That's inane!
posted by explosion at 9:31 AM on October 15, 2008


My house says "yuk" to Febooary, too.
posted by rokusan at 2:47 PM on October 15, 2008


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