Monday, August 29, 2016

Remorse Code

007 373 596

Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B

Beverly Hills, 9021

Old-school gamers and fans of ‘90s TV dramas know an incomplete code* doesn’t work. The same goes for “Code” names.

The photo below shows a political activist outside the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., in May. She protested. Now I must do the same. I object to one of her signs. Why? Do I have to spell it out for you? Fine. P-I-N.

Shawn Thew / European Pressphoto Agency
Color me surprised.

The anti-war organization is Code Pink, yet someone pink-slipped an integral letter from the sign in the woman’s right hand. Listing CODEPIN.ORG is as useful as stating that your drive-through order is “to go.”

I believe that’s the group’s co-founder, Medea Benjamin, rocking the “PINK void” signs, which only exacerbates the problem. She must have forgotten the old adage**: The domain name must remain the same.

Next time, add a K. ‘Kay?

Think PINK.

* Curious about the actual codes? Inputting 007 373 5963 takes you directly to Mike Tyson in the Nintendo game Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! Pressing up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A at the title screen gives you 30 lives in the Nintendo game Contra. (Not that I ever needed them!) The Fox teen drama starring Brandon, Brenda, Dylan and Kelly, among others, is Beverly Hills, 90210.

** OK, so it’s not an old adage. I just made it up.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Prime Example of Carelessness

Dan Aykroyd. John Belushi. Chevy Chase. George Coe. Jane Curtin. Garrett Morris. Laraine Newman. Michael O'Donoghue. Gilda Radner.

Like the nine players who constituted Saturday Night Live's original cast, Sports Illustrated is not ready for primetime.

The writer got off to a precise start, but things went downhill fast after the first four letters. Consider it a prim- and improper spelling.

I prefer two words (hyphenated when used as an adjective), but either way, t should make like an 8:30 p.m. sitcom and be seen only once in prime time.

It should show up just in time.

Oh, too late.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Series Of

In one hazardous word, so to speak, from this TV Guide article about the HBO limited series The Night Of, which concludes in six days, a certain consonant is as common as insults and accusations during our current presidential election.

This is the rare instance in which it’s best not to avoid the pitfalls. Do, however, eschew three consecutive l’s.

You won’t catch me falling into that trap. I know how to spelll.