February 1st, 2010



  • 01:15 One thing that bugs me about Sims 2 University is how the non-playable students never go to class or anything. #
  • 01:16 Sure, some college students are really like that, but not THAT high of a percentage, right? #
  • 03:28 @KimBoekbinder Isn't that what George Formby played? (The banjolele in general, that is, not that particular one.) #
  • 03:32 @renlong Graduation ceremonies only still exist because the academic world enjoys tradition for the sake of tradition. #
  • 03:58 @MikeConway I've heard her sister Poly
    styrene is ruining the ozone layer. #
  • 04:08 @KimBoekbinder So when does Apple release the iPants? #
  • 04:09 My favorite new exercise program is Pontius Pilates. All you need is a cross and some nails! #
  • 14:38 @TarynAria Hey, those walls are the same color as the ones at my old elementary school! #
  • 14:39 A voodoo doll is sympathetic magic. A spell to make bananas go bad prematurely is just pathetic magic. #
  • 14:39 And the voodoo doll in The Sims is Sim-pathetic magic. #
  • 14:42 @TarynAria Diet Coke has caffeine. It just doesn't have sugar. #
  • 14:43 Had a dream about a college function that turned into a political rally. #
  • 14:44 @amandapalmer "Little Plastic Shower" is my favorite Ani DiFranco song. #
  • 14:46 @amandapalmer twitpic.com/10dded - That reminds me of when Homer Simpson made an apple out of ham cubes. #
  • 14:49 @JaredofMo She ran out of paper ones. #
  • 14:54 @willmatheson At least they never have to bother changing their advertising campaign. That clucking bunny has been around forever. #
  • 15:31 @willmatheson Canada has been barred from the doughnut-eating competition for being too good. #
  • 15:32 @thelindsayellis What were the other two? #
  • 15:33 @SarahKSilverman If I ever get a sex change and fake boobs, I'll kill two birds with one stone by having a dog named Thunderbird. #
  • 15:34 @miscellaneaarts Does that mean it has whiskey in it? #
  • 15:43 @NowIsStrange (re: twitgoo.com/cq9w5) Why are there so many pictures of me with my arm behind my head? #
  • 15:45 @DVDBoxSet They're all the same to me. I have REALLY good teeth. #
  • 15:46 @bohemea Pics or it didn't happen! #
  • 15:47 @billyhc I've made K-turns before. I'm not sure what I was thinking of. #
  • 15:48 @NowIsStrange No, you don't. She's attracted to abusive men. #</li>
  • 17:19 @JaredofMo The lady with the plastic bags on her feet ran out of paper bags. #
  • 17:27 @DVDBoxSet The things we cherish are small indeed, so much the larger the need. #
  • 18:08 Video: Nostalgia Chick - The Smurfette Principle Interesting discussion of token females in cartoons. And I... tumblr.com/xpy60olqf #
  • 19:47 Strange but true item of the day: "'Til Death" is still on the air. #
  • 20:49 @gregory_goose That's only because America can't get enough of an ugly guy married to a supermodel. #
  • 21:09 You know what, Fox? I'm going to choose NOT to be discrete while watching Family Guy! #
  • 21:58 I keep thinking the Percy Jackson commercial is for "2012." #
  • 21:58 Part of this crappy-looking Fox show's tagline is "fake dad." Why not just make that the title? #
  • 22:35 @3x1minus1 I just watched Fox's cartoon lineup (although I sat out most of the Cleveland Show). I'm predictable. {g} #
  • 22:39 @mshowalter Why am I imagining that line being delivered by the Cowardly Lion? "I'll fight you with one paw tied behind my back!" #
  • 22:44 @DVDBoxSet And eat your mate afterward? #
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A Terrybubble State of Affairs

One character I see cropping up from time to time on lists of favorites is literally a living fossil. Terrybubble is, in fact, a fossilized dinosaur skeleton, with the bones fused together and animated by a geyser in Yellowstone National Park. He ended up on Umbrella Island in the company of Speedy, a scientist's nephew from Long Island who had been to Oz once before, in The Yellow Knight of Oz. He tries to be a pet for Speedy, and is basically a huge skeletal creature that acts like a dog. (Hey, maybe he's sort of the prototype for Dino from The Flintstones, although Terrybubble can talk.) His odd name comes from Speedy's attempt to say "terrible" after being shot into the air by the geyser.

It's not entirely clear what kind of dinosaur Terrybubble is supposed to be, and it's likely that Thompson didn't have any particular type in mind. He walks on his hind legs, but also has a long neck and fairly long arms. One actual species is mentioned in the text, however, and that's a megalosaurus, which ended Terrybubble's first life. The dinosaur says that their name for the predatory species was "mogerith" (or "mogger" for short), and that his home was the Valley of Virtula, perhaps located in or near modern Yellowstone. By his own admission, he was 400 years old when he died. One of his favorite activities is dythrambing, which involves bouncing around and spinning on his tail. I've heard that some scientists believe large dinosaurs weren't as slow and cumbersome as their size suggests, so perhaps Thompson was ahead of her time in making her own dinosaur creation so acrobatic.

It's interesting that, while dinosaurs have been considered cool by children for some time (I was certainly of that opinion in my own youth), Speedy initially comes across as quite bored at the prospect of seeing dinosaur bones. The book was published in 1934, and I suppose by this point dinosaurs were well enough known that Thompson could expect child readers to recognize one, but perhaps not as popular as they later would be.