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On Saturday, Toby and I are heading to Dallas to help with the (second) ConDFW room party at FenCon. We are going to head over a bit early and catch a movie at one of the fancy dinner theatres over there. We are undecided as to which one, however.

Option One is Look Cinemas, which is over near Toby's brother and his girlfriend, who have praised it a lot. Option Two is a known quantity, the Alamo Drafthouse, which we've been to twice already recently and which we will definitely visit many times more. The movies in question are The Equalizer and A Walk Among the Tombstones, which both have 66% on Rotten Tomatoes at this time, and Guardians of the Galaxy again, which we both enjoyed the first time. The Guardians is only at the Drafthouse, while the other two are at both places.

Hmmmmm. Which one to see?

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Which movie should we watch?

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The Equalizer: Denzel Washington being badass
2 (50.0%)

A Walk Among the Tombstones: Liam Neeson being badass
0 (0.0%)

Guardians of the Galaxy: seeing for the second time
1 (25.0%)

Mello's fabulous ass*
4 (100.0%)

1 (25.0%)

More in-jokes from telophase's LJ almost a decade ago
2 (50.0%)

A head
0 (0.0%)

* Toby has already stated that he will not be watching Mello's fabulous ass, more's the pity.
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So far the results of the "human" vs. "yooman" pronunciation question have been interesting. Nobody admits to saying "yooman," although there seem to be some slight differences in accent between "hyooman" and "hooman."

The two people that Toby and I hear say "yooman" the most are Seth Shostak on the Big Picture Science podcast and Robert Scheer, the liberal guy on the Left, Right and Center podcast. Alas, I cannot link you to any short snippets for examples; you'll just have to download one or the other podcast and hope one or the other says the word.

What we find interesting is that there seems to be a California connection between the two, although that may be coincidence (certainly a sample of 2 is not statistically significant). Although they both went to grad school in California and live there now, according to their bios, they were both raised on the other side of the country: Shostak in Virginia and Scheer in New York. (And their surnames both begin with S, although I'm reasonably sure we can discount that as a factor.)

Anyway, hopefully someone out there who reads my LJ/DW and who says "yooman" exists and will discourse upon the subject, so I don't have to subject you all to a phone post of me attempting to pronounce the word both ways to check that the people saying what sounds like "yooman" to my ears are just under-aspirating the H and hear it themselves!
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Somehow, [ profile] myrialux and I got onto the subject of the pronunciation of the word "human." We both say "hyoo-man," with a voiced H at the beginning, while we've both heard podcast hosts and other speakers who say "yoo-man," with a voiced Y (or a J if you come from fjord country!) at the beginning. We're both wondering which accents/dialects use which. (There may even be "oo-man" pronunciations out there in some dialects, for all I know.)

So, please answer this question:
How do you pronounce the word "human," and from what U.S. state or other country does your dialect of spoken English originate?
[ profile] myrialux and I both pronounce it "hyoo-man" and we both grew up in Texas (him north me central) and have the standard Midwest American accent that really characterizes Texas, instead of the Texan drawl that everyone thinks Texans use. (It's a country vs. city thing, really.)

Tagging this "poll" even though I'm not using a poll form. :D
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If you haven't seen it, go a couple of entries back and answer the poll before reading this.

Answer below here! )
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Right. So, as I describe in the next post that will be coming through, when you're indulging in spa or fitness treatments on a cruise ship, part of the hour spent with the person giving/applying the event or treatment is devoted to a sales pitch for a product or service of some ilk. For example, with the facial I booked I got 45 minutes of treatment and 15 minutes of a pitch for a beauty routine with many products.

I booked an hour with a personal trainer. WHAT DID HE TRY TO SELL ME?

ANSWER POLL HERE (If you do not have an LJ, feel free to post your answer in the comments here. I'll update later today with the answer.)
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Poll about cat pictures over at LJ.
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Poll over on LJ regarding website designs. Nothing enormous.
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Now that the Fellowship has broken, who should I follow as I bike/walk/whatever?

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Merry and Pippin from Rauros to Isengard.
9 (47.4%)

Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli from Rauros to Isengard.
6 (31.6%)

Frodo and Sam on the quest from Rauros to Mt. Doom.
4 (21.1%)

Yes or no?

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4 (21.1%)

0 (0.0%)

5 (26.3%)

10 (52.6%)

LJ version:

Feel free to double-vote if you've got an LJ and a DW.
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Posted on That Other Site, alas, because I still have more readers over there and I'm too lazy busy packing to make two polls.

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