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Missing Letter Monday No “M”: The Return

Published May 14, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

“The Return”

I have returned!

I, the gru– er — the terrifying specter who forcibly denies the use of a letter — have returned!

You’re frightened now, right?


Ah….would additional bold-face type help?


Well, what about Italics?  This is scary, right?!

You’re still not afraid?  Really?

Then take this, oh unperterbable one!  Bold Italics!  This has to have you quivering in fear!

Yes, I know it’s not spelled that way.  But I can’t use that letter today…

Gaaaaaahhhhh!  Shake in terror at the sight of my UNDERLINED bold Italics!  Know ye the unutterable power I hold!!


You’re no fun.

None at all.

I’ll just go, if you’re going to be like that.



*sigh*  I really wish I could draw.  I can just see this post as a cartoon strip.  The guy speaking would be all spiky shoulderpads and stuff, all the tough posturing in the world, and he’d deflate like a balloon as soon as he realized he wasn’t the least bit scary.

Missing Letter Monday No L; Movie Reaction: “A Wrinkle in Time”

Published March 26, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

Okay, so I saw a movie today.  Can’t write the name inside today’s post, but it’s right up there^.  (Or in my book report on the book, which I posted about a year ago.)


I wanted to be fond of the movie.  Very fond, even.   The effects work was great.  The acting was good (though the younger brother is…uh…not written in such a way as to showcase if the kid can act…).

But the script was…not great.  Very, very not great.

I knew going in, of course, that trying to make a movie of that book was pretty much not something that can be done.  (Awkward phrasing…stupid Monday posts…)  I knew that, and yet I kind of assumed that they had figured out the right way to do it.  Or a good way to do it, anyway.

It is a tragedy that the way they decided on was “omit most of it.”  (They even omitted the Murry twins Sandy and Dennys!  Movie Meg has one brother instead of three!)

Even more so, given the time they dedicated to the portion on Earth, and the many, many memory-scenes of Meg’s father before he disappeared.  Okay, yeah, so they wanted more time with Chris Pine to justify whatever overpriced pay he got.  (Not that he was bad, mind you.  Might have been the best performance I’ve seen from him.  Or the best right after Wonder Woman.)  And they may have thought that more time with him was what the audience wanted.  (Who knows, maybe that is what most of the audience wanted.)  But if they hadn’t wasted so much time on Earth, they’d have had the time they needed on Camazotz to do it right.  Or to do it better, anyway.  Much of what happened on the way to Camazotz was not suited to being adapted for the big screen, but the events on Camazotz were so suited.  And they got omitted in favor of stuff that wasn’t even in the book.

Trying to set the Earth stuff in a big city in the present day was one of the worst decisions.  In a tiny(ish) town in the 1960s, it was easy to see why Meg wasn’t in therapy over her father’s disappearance.  In 2018, with her behavior?  Of course she’d be in therapy.  It beggars the mind that she isn’t.  And her brother (who for some reason is now adopted) ought to have been written as a super high functioning autistic, as that’s rather how he reads.  (Or rather, that’s what I thought when I read the book.)  But no, he was just treated as a strange boy who can’t act ordinary except around his mom, sister, and three strange women from some mysterious dimension.  (If their origin point came up in the book, I’ve forgotten.  And the movie sure didn’t say.)  So much of the Earth stuff doesn’t make sense in the new time and the new setting.  And yet it got so much time devoted to it.

Argh.  Just…argh.

As my brother (who hasn’t read the book) said, trying to interpret my reaction:  “I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.”


I won’t go into anything about the bizarre choice of the unfortunate, distant orb being named after a Mayan bat god, because that comes straight out of the book.  But it’s weird.  Very weird.

Missing Letter Monday No “J” – Spam

Published March 12, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

Yay, I can finally post this!

Crazy spam message I found in my spam filter (yes, I actually read them before I delete them) at one point:

A lot of people ought to function and stand for extended hours at one time. If you should do this, then be sure you make an attempt to stand up tall and direct. Attempt to enable your thighs and legs to relax too every now and then if at all possible, probably on a feces or table if you are allowed to do that.

This one really made me laugh.

Having gone through a lot of these, I can explain what happened that made the spambot suggest people should lean/sit on excrement:

In what I have to assume was intended to make them seem more like people (even though they’re posting random snippets of “advice” on topics unrelated to the blog post accompanied by links to knock-off shoes or discount pharmaceuticals), some spambots are programmed to introduce “typos” or to vary the wording.  The typos are frequently ludicrous, as they generally are adding extras of the same letter (particularly vowels) or replacing a letter with one that looks a bit like it.  (These replacement letters are mathematical characters or something, things WordPress doesn’t even provide on its “insert character” interface.)  The variant wording is when it gets hilarious, though.

If you can’t already guess what the method is from the quote above, let me give you a hint:  another spam message I got (which it sadly didn’t occur to me to copy-paste and save) talked about doing something “if it should swimsuit you to do so.”

Yeah, they simply plug in a thesaurus. 😛  Only they apparently didn’t realize there were such things as words with multiple, very different meanings.

As is often the case, I find myself wondering who in the world programs these spambots, and exactly who they expect to fall for them.


Missing Letter Monday No “G” – I Need 40 Hour Days!

Published February 19, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

I would really like to improve the quality of what I write on here.  Whenever I look back on what I wrote in the first year or so, I shudder to think how much worse what I produce currently is.  (Ack, that was a tortured sentence…)

I need to return to myths and ancient cultures, I think.  That was what produced most of my best work, and it’s a subject I can easily wax…well, not exactly “eloquent” or even “deep” but certainly one in which I can be quite verbose.

Which returns me to the title of this post.  My life would be so much better if there were 40 or so hours in every day.  Then I’d have time to work, spend time to meet the demands of others (esp. my family), have some time to waste on entertainment products, and still have time to actually accomplish personal tasks like this.  It could even be possible that I’d be able to have a proper amount of sleep!  (I usually don’t turn in until around 12:00, and then rise at about 7:00…which now that I say it out loud is totally plenty of sleep and I have zero excuse for always being tired.)

I mean, for example, this A.M., I was unable to write, because it took me so much time to fix the mis-named .mp3s to make up my playlist that I didn’t have any time left over to write before I had to leave for lunch.   Admittedly, my own fault in about five different ways, but the net result is still that I didn’t write even one word.

But if days were 40 hours, then I’d still have tons of time to write today.

On the other hand, if that was the case, it’d be even more time before my new phone could arrive here, and it’s actually rather unsafe to drive around without a cell phone, so…

Well, maybe we can coax them to switch over to 40 hour days after I replace my phone…

Missing Letter Monday No “F” – Worrying

Published February 12, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

You ever think “yeah, this is it; I’m going to be sacked any day now” or something like that?

That’s what’s been going through my mind lately.

I think I’m just being kept around until my exhibit opens, so that I can be the one to go down when the board hates it and/or it causes a publicity nightmare.  (It’s already two weeks late in opening.  Not really anything I could have done about it — display cases needed to be bought, and that’s not something I’m authorized to do — but I could and likely will still be assigned the blame.)

Were I being told the truth about that, it wouldn’t bother me so much.

Only I’m totally not.  Every time I bring the subject up to my co-workers, they assure me that I’m being paranoid and that’d never happen.

I don’t know why they think I’d believe that.  I’m totally untrained to hold this job, and I suck at it.

Why wouldn’t they send me packing?

I mean, I don’t even know why they didn’t do it ages ago.


Missing Letter Monday No “D” – Stats

Published January 22, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

For lack of anything more creative to post about, I’m gonna share a bit about my blog’s pathetic stats.  (Yes, I am aware of the fact that the low number of views are entirely my own fault, reflecting the lack of interesting new content.  So I’m not complaining.  I’m just commenting.)

From 1/22/17 to right now, my blog has 3,632 views in total, with November making the best month, at 450 views.  (Even though only one post went up in the entire month!)

My best posts (hit-wise) were:

My analysis of the relationship between Zeus & one of his brothers, with 262 views,
The Ahhiyawa Texts,” with 189 views,
Homophone Trouble,” with 129 views,
The almost-conclusion of the Perseus saga, with 105 views,
My post about snakes & other serpenty things in Greek myth, with 105 views,
My re-telling of the Sisyphus myth, with 102 views.

Also, the home page got 803 hits.

Many of those hits might be from spambots, though.  These are the posts that get the most spam comments, so if a spambot hitting a post for a comment counts as a view…



I really ought to get back to writing more re-tellings of Greek myths.

Hopefully I can get to that this year.


Missing Letter Monday No “C” – Thinking about Read Harder 2018

Published January 15, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

Okay, so, really I’m just late.  As, you know, life happens and I keep missing things.

But I have been thinking what books I want to use for Read Harder 2018.

I’ve made up my mind what to read for about ten of them, and have some ideas for several more.

Some of them are going to be pretty hard to find the right book to read.  #13 is all kinds of unusual, in that there’s a finite number of possibilities, y’know?  I had a look at them, the other night, via GoodReads.  I have a small list of them I might read, though I’m leaning towards two of them.

#20 is just plain nuts.  What, how, I mean, who…who even thought of something like that?!

Oh well.  I better post this before Monday ends.


Missing Letter Monday No “B” – Liar!

Published January 8, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros


Open request to the designers
Of automatic telephone surveys everywhere:


“This survey will only take up four minutes of your time.”

On what planet?
Whose definition of “minutes” are you using?
It isn’t the same as mine, that’s for sure!

That thing couldn’t take “only four minutes”
Unless you said “No, I’m not registered to vote.”
Rather, pressed #1 when it told you to,
In order to indicate that no, you’re not a voter.

Total waste of time, too.
All they had to ask was
“Are you an idiot?”
And then they’d know how I was going to answer,
As only an idiot would say they approved.

That’s not what gets me, though.
It’s the “only four minutes” malarkey,
As I had hastened to answer the phone,
Half-way through changing clothes.
“Only four minutes” my fat, naked ass!

It’s too cold in my house for this crap.

I need to learn to just hang up the phone.


(At least I got a post out of it…)


Missing Letter Monday No “A” – Enter 2018

Published January 1, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

Enter 2018.

Hopefully, 2018 will be better than 2017.

I don’t do resolutions, but there’re still things I’d like to do in 2018:

  1. Get my house in order.  This isn’t some question of choice; it must get done.  Period.
  2. Get more clothes, esp. more clothes for work.  This, too, must be done.  Most likely within the next week.  My closet of winter clothes is pitiful.  (Most of them shrunk & got too short.)
  3. Rework the project I wrote in November.
  4. Try to stop spending so much money on my hobbies.  Not going cold turkey, just not spending quite so much.
  5. Losing some weight would be good, but…
  6. Improve myself entirely.  (Why not, right?)

Yup…not much, yet completely overwhelming.


Good luck in 2018, folks!

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