Author Archive: Michael Langdon

Mikey learned everything he knows about English Grammar in an MSN chat room when he was 13. Believing that people don't say "LOL" enough in everyday conversation, he has made it his mission to teach the world about grammerz one person at a time.

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Situation Causes Passers-By to all Make the Same Witty Comment

Situation Causes Passers-By to all Make the Same Witty Comment

by / 08/08/11 / No Comments

Third-year psychology student Terence Davidson found himself in an awkward and annoying situation on the weekend when his physical appearance caused passers-by to all make the same lame attempt at humour during his walk home. Davidson, who had just played a game of soccer for the VUW Football Club, endured a long walk home to [...]

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Buh-bye

by / 13/08/10 / [ 14 Comments ]

Two weeks, seven flights, five countries. That’s one flight every two days. In two weeks I’m going to be Jerry Seinfeld. What is the deal with airport bathrooms? It’s going to be great. How many movies can I watch on the plane before I make it to Europe? I’m not sure I’m ready. Did my [...]

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In the Week that Wasn’t: Study finds link between kids eating glue, VUWASS Exec

In the Week that Wasn’t: Study finds link between kids eating glue, VUWASS Exec

by / 02/08/10 / No Comments

A recent study conducted by a Psychology Masters student has found a strong link between eating glue as a child and running for the VUWASS executive while at university. The study, conducted by Stephanie Quinn, aimed to find links between individuals’ childhood experiences and their later career goals. The subjects interviewed for the study were [...]

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How to be poor

by / 31/05/10 / [ 12 Comments ]

You’re a student. You’re poor. Want to tell me about it? Oh yes, things are hard. Your power bill is so high, and you’re so cold. You can’t afford to eat properly, food is so expensive these days with the GST or something. You need to study so much you don’t have time for a [...]

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Salient Online Editor vs. The Most Determined Spammer Ever

Salient Online Editor vs. The Most Determined Spammer Ever

by / 19/05/10 / [ 11 Comments ]

Just like any other website you can comment on, Salient gets some spam comments. Normally these are the kind that are easily filtered out by our WordPress spam filter—comments that have 29 links to East Nike, comments that link to something at gogole.com (go there, I dare you). We have projectors, pottery supplies, wholesale rugby [...]

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Rammstein—Liebe Ist Für Alle Da

Rammstein—Liebe Ist Für Alle Da

by / 17/11/09 / [ 5 Comments ]

If you ask a classical musician/aficionado about German music, they might tell you about greats such as Haydn, Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart—German music has a very prestigious history. But if you ask the next guy you see wearing jandals and surfer shorts about German music, and—provided he isn’t also carrying a sousaphone—he will probably [...]

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grammerz fail. just fail.

grammerz fail. just fail.

by / 12/10/09 / No Comments

So readership. I have failed. I have tried to teach you about the grammerz, but it didn’t work. I was too… fuck, what’s the word? Drunk. No. I am now, but tooooo… anyway. Ambitious! That’s the one. You can’t have good grammerz. It doesn’t work like that. NOBODY CAN HAVE GOOD GRAMMAR. NOT PERFECT GRAMMAR [...]

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Photography student expelled for “indecent exposure”

Photography student expelled for “indecent exposure”

by / 12/10/09 / [ 7 Comments ]

Second-year Digital Photographics student Raymond James was last week suspended from his photography course, DSDN244, for failing to meet the course requirements. After an unsuccessful attempt to get a failed assignment re-marked, James protested in the nude in front of his lecture theatre and was subsequently removed from campus and arrested. Salient was contacted by [...]

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grammerz toolz

grammerz toolz

by / 05/10/09 / No Comments

It’s not easy being a Grammar Nazi. The world is a very hostile place. A wise man called Richard Duppa once said (you’ve probably never even heard of him—I haven’t either): “In language, the ignorant have prescribed laws to the learned.” This is especially true when it comes to grammar. You might have been taught [...]

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Salient style guide

Salient style guide

by / 01/10/09

This is a guide for Salient‘s writers to follow. It outlines the basic rules of writing that Salient adheres to, as well as explaining some finer points of grammar and common mistakes people make. Why have a style guide? For consistency. Consistency is very important. Imagine reading a magazine that used a different font, font [...]

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