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04:50 pm - It's all gone horribly weblog
Long before J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter, there was a famous satire of the life at a minor English public (ie, parents must pay high fees) school. It was written from the perspective of the anti-hero, nigel molesworth (sic) and replete with period slang, patent GRAMMER and schoolboy humour. This started life as a series of articles in "Punch" magazine and was eventually published as a series of four books, of which the first, "Down with Skool", is the most famous. Happily, Geoffrey Willans' humour (and Ronald Searle's pictures) still amuse in context today.

The charming and talented Ms. worrals has written a top-notch Molesworth/Potterverse crossover, authentic and loving to both literary traditions. If only all crossovers were this good.

"Wot if nigel molesworth, the curse of st custards, found himself at hoggwarts skool for WITCHCRAFT and wizzardry eh? Read on..."

Probably not recommended unless you have at least a passing familiarity with both originals, but run - don't walk - to have a look at it if you do. Funniest thing I've seen all month.

A late contender for second place is BBCi's so-bad-it's-good picture of Major Ingram who has just been charged with conspiracy and deception in the WWTBAM? cheating scandal. What are those hands doing?

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Date:July 31st, 2002 10:55 am (UTC)


Also *smirk* and *purr*. So nice to achieve customer satisfaction. ~worrals
Date:July 31st, 2002 11:16 am (UTC)
Okay, how are you making those depressing links over to DeadJournal.com anyway? Is it like a {dj-user} tag, or are you coding this to make it look like a user link?

Enquiring minds and dead cats, you know....
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Date:July 31st, 2002 11:41 am (UTC)
The latter. I went to the DJ user page in question, looked at the source for the code which refers to the graphic and the user link. It took a tiny bit of fiddling (links on DJ can afford to be relative URLs, rather than absoluties) but it works properly. Oh, and dead cats?

It was only relatively recently that I realised that the little LJ/DJ person icon links to the person's info page, rather than to the LJ/DJ itself. Nifty programming and a very handy shortcut.

A <dj user> tag, much like the <lj user> one would be very handy. Ditto <gj user>, <uj user> and all the rest, I suppose. We might get into problems if there are ever more than 25 different LiveJournal-code journal systems, but this probably won't be a problem for a while.

Business idea: run the LiveJournal code on a new server, require/inspire the entries to be sexually aggressive and charge non-participants for the rights to read other people's saucepot journals. You could call it XJournal (or XXXJournal, to avoid it being about full of journals about windows managers) and try to reserve the <xj user> tag for this purpose. Is this a goer? No, I mean, is it economically sound?
Date:July 31st, 2002 12:44 pm (UTC)
Dead cats -- it's what curiosity creates.

XXXJournal.com is regrettably taken already by Network Solutions, who will gladly sell it for at least $200. Frankly, the one business that has survived the dot-bombs is porn, so to say it stands a chance is probably an understatment...
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Date:July 31st, 2002 01:13 pm (UTC)

Reminder to self: be careful what you ask for

Dead cats -- it's what curiosity creates.

One of the funnier DJs on our local independent drain has an act based upon playing the same sound effect at least, ooh, five or ten times an hour. The sound effect is strangely appropriate here.


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Date:July 31st, 2002 01:01 pm (UTC)
::snorts:: Thanks for the link! Absolutely hilarious!

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