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Podthoughts by Ian Brill: "Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing"

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Editor's note: this Podthoughts column, by Ian Brill, has not been edited for grammar. Feel free to point out below everything our author did wrong.

More than any Podthought this is one I worry about writing the most. No matter what I say about it, if this article is rife with grammatical mistakes is it any kind of recommendation? I’ll just hope that between listening to the last six episodes of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (oh, and possessing a degree in English Literature) I can come up with something worthy of the Grammar Girl.

Not unlike another Podthought subject, 12 Byzantine Rulers, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing is an educational podcast with a single host speaking into a mic. Grammar Girl a.k.a. Mignon Fogarty devotes each show to one subject that people have trouble with when speaking and writing. Recent episodes tackle “on accident” versus “by accident” and “bring” versus” take.”

I cannot say I noticed dirtiness of any sort in the podcast but the episodes are indeed quick. None pass the length of ten minutes. Grammar Girl keeps it simple. The basic lesson format has our host introducing a subject, laying out the basics, sorting out the wrong way versus the right way and then ending on a review. It’s not just that Grammar Girl’s wisdom comes in snappy chunks; she’s also a fun host. She’s has a very inviting voice and she always has funny, personal anecdotes to go along with each lesson. The accompanying blog has transcripts of each show and supplies references for each episode.

There’s a certain type of comfort to Grammar Girl’s podcast. It’s how she’s able to turn a subject many dreaded in school into something worth listening to every week. The running time means you can fit an episode in the middle of the day’s playlist. That is of course if you’re the kind of person who, whilst jogging, wonders when to use “you and me” and when to use “you and I.”

Jay Smooth is KILLING the video podcast game.

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"I am hip-hop. I contain multitudes."

Jay Smooth from WBAI in New York is absolutely destroying the v-logging scene with his intelligent, thoughtful, funny commentaries on hip-hop at illdoctrine.com. I'm really impressed.

Jay Smooth is KILLING the video podcast game.

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"I am hip-hop. I contain multitudes."

Jay Smooth from WBAI in New York is absolutely destroying the v-logging scene with his intelligent, thoughtful, funny commentaries on hip-hop at illdoctrine.com. I'm really impressed.

Wow, Dave Foley has some serious fans...

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Just today this was posted to a discussion thread I started a year or two ago on BlowUpTheMoon.com, a comedy discussion board, about Dave Foley's appearance on TSOYA.

Reminds me of the guy who used to send nonsense newsletters to the Mayor's office when I worked there, James Bond Zero of the Hardware Secret Service.

He had hisOwn PRIME TIME SHOW WHICH WAS FANTASTIC
It WAS CALLED "THANK GOD YOUR HERE" They swiped it tho';
Jhn Lithgow & Jeffrey Tambor had a new series & the swiped it off & canceled it as well.
Who are the appealing to as an audience.~?
"WE" A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF PROTESTORS AGAINST THIER CANCELATION; RIOTED BY GIVING UP WATCHIND THAT PARTICULAR STATION.
OVER 10,000 Viewers, & we are sworn to NOT WATCH NBC;
THEY CANCELED JOHN LITHGGOW'S SHOW;
DAVE FOLEY'S, *NEW INTERESTING, & CHALLENGING, TO ACTORS, & COMEDIANS,& AUDIENCES.
The SHOW IS CALLED~>"THANK GOD YOUR HERE~!"
We were all SO HAPPY TO HAVE DAVE BEING IMPROVE, NO SCRIPT FOR HIM HE'S TALENTED IN HIS INSPIRATIONS.
I'M CRYIING WITHOUT MY DAVE FOLEY FIX~!
BRING HIM & THE SHOW BACK~?
REALITY SHOWS ARE SUCKABLE, & ARE DUMBING THE YOUTH ADULTS OF OUR AMERICA.
WE NEEDED; "THANK GOD, YOUR HERE;" on Wednesdays on NBC.
NBC~> WE GIVE UP~!
WE ARE DONE PUTTING UP WITH YOUR CHOICES THAT *ARE'NT TRUE, ARTIST *WORTHY WORK.
DOES'NT ANYONE WITH A HEART, RUN NBC~?
WELL MYSELF & 100's of others across this ciountry,have decided to BOYCOTT YOUR STATION PERIOD~!!!
YOU ARE BOYCOTTING THE AUDIENCE WHO MADE YOU;
WE'RE AGREEING THAT YOU HAVE DESERTED THE PEOPLE.
ARTISTS, & VIEWER'S.
Your PLAYING TO THE MINORITY OF THIS COUNTRY.
YOU'LL SEE~!!!
DAVE FOLEY, & JOHN LITHGOW, & JEFFREY TAMBOR;
WERE WORTH OUR VALUABLE TIME;
NOTHING YOU HAVE LEFT IS WORTH ARE INVOLVEMENT~!
DONNA ANN WEATHERMAN
Viewer's That ARE SAYING SO;
WHY WE LEFT & WHY.
BECAUSE OF YOUR TEASING US & UNFAITHFULLY THEN DUMPING WHAT WE WANT<> DAVE FOLEY;~>
*SOMEONE ELSE WITH THE CHARACHTER,& GIFTING AS DEVELOPED AS *JOHN LITHGOW~{ WHOM YOU RE-NIGED TO US..}
THIS NETWORK HAS ONLY PROMISED;
*WE DRUM UP, THE AUDIENCE, FOR THE SUCCESS oF THE SHOW, & BEFORE IT'S BEEN ACCURATELY COUNTED YOU DUMP *OUR EFFORTS AT PUTTING THE *AUDIENCE TOGETHER/
I FILED MY TV RATINGS LIST,
But; *It Could'nt be mailed back,
It Was refused to be accepted to be sent to NEILSON RATINGS from which it came.
I HAD DESIRED ALL MY LIFE,to be on the NEISON ratings family.
After KEEPING TRACK & WRITING IN MY SUBMISSIONS TO NEILSON;
IT COULD'NT BE MAILED BACK TO THEM; IT WOULD'NT BE RECEIVED.
*You Network heads, are'nt making UN-INFORMED choices;
if you want viewers.
A LARGE GROUP OF FOCUSED *PEOPLE TALK THAT THEY'VE GIVEN UP ON WHAT *YOU THINK IS POPULAR~!
TAKING THE TIME; TO DO OUR NEISON RATINGS LIST'S, ARE A WAIST OF OUR TIME.
*WE BREAK THE OPERATION: OF HOW TV VIEWING HAS BEEN DECIDED FOR THE LAST 50 years or so.
WE QUIT,~>WE'RE GOING TO TAKE OUR LIVE'S BACK FROM BEING *STUPORED INTO *STUPIDITY & YOUR CONTROL of our lives.
THIRD ROCK WAS... ORIGINAL~!.
"Mork & Mindy" was similar to "Third Rock"; &
As WELL The show of"My Favorite Martian."
But, NOTHING COULD HOLD A CANDLE, TO *THIRD ROCK~!
WON'T SOMEONE PUT ON THE SHOWS THE NETWORK HEADS *REJECT~?

Alternate title for this post: "Thank God You're Here: Who Knew Anyone Gave a Fuck?"

Goodbye, Woofs.

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I just never imagined I would love a dog like I loved this little guy. Goodbye, pal.

If you're thinking of getting a pet, please adopt, and take care of the little fella for me, huh?

And thanks to the many folks who've sent emails and called and posted on the board such kind thoughts about me and Theresa and the little guy. He was well-loved, and he never suffered.

Podcast: TSOYA: Elmore Leonard

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Elmore Leonard
Show: 
Bullseye

Elmore Leonard is one of America's most treasured and acclaimed writers of popular fiction. He's written 41 novels, having started writing westerns for magazines in the 50s. His latest, "Up in Honey's Room," is set on the homefront during World War II, a war of which Leonard is himself a veteran.

You might also enjoy these past programs:
"Elements of Style" with writer George Pelecanos and illustrator Maira Kalman
Neal Pollack, author of "Alternadad"
Chuck Klosterman & Dave Foley

Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally

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TSOYA Live Photos

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My call for a photographer last week was more than ably answered by Lee Meredith. Lee shot some really wonderful pictures of TSOYA live. Above, Brent Weinbach responds to allegations that he's too creepy on stage by demonstrating what it would be like if he was really creepy. "You know what the biggest problem with poopoo is? ... GOD MADE IT DELICIOUS."

Lots of beautiful pictures here.

Something something iPhone

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I got a call from the blog police, and they threatened to silence me if I didn't post about the iPhone.

So here's a picture TSOYA forum user "lonelysandwich" took at tonight's live show, then flickrd AND posted on the forum DURING the show, all with his new telephony device. Pictured: the great Dan Grayson, singing our theme.

I just got home, it was a lot of fun, I'm going to bed now.

San Francisco, 1940

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San Francisco, captured in full color in 1940 by filmmaker Harold T. O'Neal. Greatest city in the world.

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