Mamma Mia!

We rent­ed Mam­ma Mia! from Net­flix and watched it over the week­end, and it was per­fect­ly suit­ed to our mood. Delight­ful­ly over-the-top, with dread­ful per­for­mances (who knew Pierce Bros­nan couldn’t sing his way out of a paper bag?), clas­sic songs, beau­ti­ful island loca­tions, and a trio of broads (Meryl Streep, Julie Wal­ters, and Chris­tine Baran­s­ki) gag­gling, honk­ing, and brazen­ly chomp­ing their way through the scenery. Come for the lark of it, and you’ll have a good time. But expect noth­ing. Well, expect ABBA music, in ludi­crous­ly con­trived sit­u­a­tions, an amus­ing­ly Greek greek cho­rus, a set piece with beau­ti­ful men in flip­pers, and Stel­lan Skars­gård try­ing to play to type.

If you’re in the right mood: [xrr rating=4/5 max_stars=5]

If you’re incur­ably male, or born after 1975: [xrr rating=2/5 max_stars=5]

A mnemonic device, like I before E, except after C

In this entry, Gar­rick Van Buren posts a sim­ple, ele­gant way of remem­ber­ing when to use i.e., and when to use e.g. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, his method requires that you know Latin.

Here­with, my method: i.e. is short for, “in oth­er words,” which is easy to remem­ber because they both start with “i.” On the oth­er hand, e.g. is short for, “for egg-zam­ple,” because they both start with the “egg” sound. Sort of. Close enough.