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.