Words and Common Confusions

Sooo useful! Love this!

Kristen Twardowski

Today is a day for revisiting the madness of the English language. We have all had moments when our minds blank and we can’t figure out what word we should use. “Affect or effect?” We wonder to ourselves. “Affect is usually a verb, right?” Luckily the fine folks at GrammarCheck have a bright and bubbly infograph that helps writers make the proper word choices.

Back when I was grading students’ essays, this would have been a great resource to hand to them. I’m still half-tempted to send it around to people I know, but I’ll restrain myself.

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Time for some laffs – From around the usual haunts

These jokes are so funny!

And the video at the end is just adorable.

Happy pre-friday!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

laffs

There have been quite a few emails and jokes posted online this week.. perhaps people are now seeing the funny side of things.. or not.. Perhaps they just need to have some laughter in their lives for a change.. Anyway here are some I found were a tonic.

The first two were shared by Bill Wolak on Facebook.

Engineers!

Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?”

The second engineer replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.”

The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, “Good choice: The clothes probably wouldn’t have fit you anyway.”

The Cow from Sicily

The only cow in a small town in Northern Italy…

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Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed

Rating: 1.5/5

Premise:

From IMDB:
When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.

Review:

Going in I didn’t have very high expectations; I knew this movie was based in a popular game, so it would be mostly graphic-oriented.
I didn’t expect such a weak plot, though.

The fight scenes were okay. On quite a few occasions I could not tell what exactly hit the bad guys and there were a few acrobatics that seemed so fake, like running on clotheslines – it was so obvious the actors were being held by wires.

But even so, cool fighting scenes are just not enough.
The storyline is not linear and I felt there were no proper explanations to what was happening. It actually seemed that a huge chunk of the movie was edited out.
The characters were flat, I still don’t get how the artefact everyone is looking for is supposed to work, the side characters don’t add anything to the story and I am just at an utter loss as to how this got put together.

Michael Fassbender and Jeremy Irons are pretty much the only upside to the movie, even though they were so grossly underused.
So yes, you could say I am disappointed at it and I cannot recommend that you spend money on this.