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Eric: Fan Art 2 of 2: I'm an Ovaraptor! I'm gonna eat your babies!

As mentioned before, this is the second piece of art to come out of Arisia -- this one done by the talented and charming Randy Milholland of Something Positive fame. You see, we actually had a point where a group of folks at Arisia -- all of whom were connected to the old Superguy mailing list -- hit the T out to the Bostonian Hinterlands to meet up with Randy, who shares Superguy in his past too.

During our meal and chat -- there were four of us, one other invited guest having another commitment and two others unsure about driving down from where they were in the coming snowstorm -- I had a glass of wine. Now, as you know from Burns Night, it doesn't exactly take a lot to get me drunk. And while I didn't get more than buzzed, it was still a source of merriment.

"This is tomorrow's S*P," Randy said. "My dinner with Snarky -- showing him drunk off his ass saying 'Hey! Don't you start shit with me! I'm a Ovaraptor! I'm gonna eat your babies!"

"Yeah? You do that, and I'll change the masthead to that!" I shouted back.

So he did. Snarky is clearly a mean ass drunk.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at January 27, 2005 4:18 PM

Comments

Comment from: sylvan posted at January 27, 2005 5:03 PM

I think it's traditionally spelled "oviraptor", if you wanna get picky.

Everyone loves a grammar Nazi. Right??

Comment from: RKMilholland posted at January 27, 2005 5:19 PM

ACTUALLY, no - not everyone loves a grammar Nazi. In fact, I find them generally insulting and usually don't research the things they say.

And, since my paper dictionary, my spellchecker AND dictionary.com DIDN'T have an entry of ovaraptor or oviraptor, I did google searches for both and found used heavily.

Comment from: Tangent posted at January 27, 2005 5:31 PM

Actually, Snarky loves grammar Nazi... for dinner. After having a half dozen martinis. Hey, he's a mean drunk, as the above pic shows... ;)

Comment from: Alexander Danner posted at January 27, 2005 5:31 PM

Sylvan,

Actually, you're talking about spelling, not grammar, if you wanna get picky. =)

I don't have either one in my dictionary. Honsetly, never having seen the word written before, I would have guessed it as "ovuraptor" since is derived from "ovum." Although, the plural of ovum being "ova," "ovaraptor also makes sense. I'm not sure what the rationale behind "oviraptor" would be. Interesting question, though.

Comment from: Dave Van Domelen posted at January 27, 2005 5:41 PM

Speaking as someone who did not study Latin, but has talked to people who have, I suspect that it's a matter of declension. ALL thorny Latin problems have to do with declension, really.

Ovum is the singular noun. Ova is the plural noun. Ovi is probably the adjectival or prefixtural (I admit this may not be a real word) form.

Hmmm, in other news, I think I may be able to kitbash this Micropet I have sitting around into a Snarky. That, or I might scratchbuild a 25mm scale Snarky mini for Eric's D&D games.

Comment from: UrsulaV posted at January 27, 2005 5:46 PM

That. Is. AWESOME. Go, drunken Snarky!

Comment from: Alexander Danner posted at January 27, 2005 5:47 PM

That makes sense. Not having studied Latin since the seventh grade, my knowledge of its grammar is woefully limited. Sure is something I would love to study again, though...

Comment from: Squiddhartha posted at January 27, 2005 6:21 PM

Ovipositor, ovicide, oviraptor. Seriously. There's a reason there are 27,400 Google hits for "oviraptor" and 26 for "ovaraptor." Lifelong dinosaur nerd here -- I was spelling "pachycephalosaurus" in third grade, much to the amusement and/or annoyance of my classmates and neighbors. I wasn't going to say anything, but since the issue came up...

Comment from: Bc9b posted at January 27, 2005 6:45 PM

If dinosaurs were named after what they eat, what would they be called?

Nerapitor? Vegitararaptor? Comiraptor? Philosoraptor? Housearaptor? Computaraptor? Blogaraptor? Alcoholaraptor?

And I╠m putting my self to sleep¸

Comment from: Alexander Danner posted at January 27, 2005 6:49 PM

Ha! Well, that settles that then. I had been thinking of "ovule/ovulation" etc., but I was apparently following the wrong etymological path.

Comment from: Kris@WLP posted at January 27, 2005 9:07 PM

Vegitaraptor? That would be one tough dino.

(And, if the dino survives the Vegita-devouring attempt, a very popular one, too.)

Kris@WLP, not at all a DBZ fan

Comment from: Bc9b posted at January 27, 2005 10:58 PM

Now that I think about it, I have no idea what a Vegitaraptor is.

Comment from: Eric Burns posted at January 27, 2005 11:16 PM

Okay... I wake up from a drug and flu induced coma, check my mail and websnark, and find that after a day of Rabbit Hole stories and gift art and birthday shit... the only significant discussion is on the spelling of Ovaraptor?

My assumption, based on the term, is that Snarky's prefered food are rooms built to resemble the President of the United State's office. Lacking the real thing (because after all, that would involve dealing with Secret Service and Karl Rove, and there are limits), Snarky haunts the sets of The West Wing and 24.

Comment from: Alexander Danner posted at January 27, 2005 11:23 PM

Heh. Sorry, I can't help it. I'm a grammar junkie--I can talk about this stuff for hours. I mean...I'm writing a full-length play about punctuation, for goodness' sake!

Comment from: Eric Burns posted at January 28, 2005 12:05 AM

Yeah, well, I don't want the seriously cool gift to be overshadowed by controversy over spelling an obscure term. I mean, the guy did something nice for me and for the site. I'd like other people to do nice things for me and the site. You know. Nice

(There's also something surreal here. I mean, he's a dinosaur, drinking wine, slurring his speech. He's a talking dinosaur drinking wine... and we're talking about spelling?)

Feh. I'm going to go chug more potent medicine and fall into another coma.

Comment from: Centurion013 posted at January 28, 2005 3:04 AM

It's not controversy...it's snarking. On a completely unrelated note, my son began spelling HIS favorite dinosaur at age 4. Massospondylus. Ain't that a mouthful?

The guy did something nice for your site, Eric. But you know the type of folks you attract here... we're all a bit too edumacated and picky for our own good.

But it IS Oviraptor. All five of my dinosaur books enthusiastically agree. Heh.

Comment from: sylvan posted at January 28, 2005 4:34 AM

Sorry! I never meant to insult Mr. Milholland's awesome drawing.

Please accept this "Sorry for Turning Your Birthday Fan Art Thread into a Spelling Kristallnacht" fan art as penance:

http://sylvanmigdal.com/art/i/snarky_f.png

And happy birthday, of course!

Comment from: Cythraul posted at January 28, 2005 8:22 AM

Silly question - when did RKM post that pic? I can't find it for the life of me.

Comment from: Alexander Danner posted at January 28, 2005 8:29 AM

I'm sorry -- I didn't mean it to be controversy. I just thought it was an interesting discussion.

That the gift is cool goes without saying. I didn't feel compelled to comment on its awesomeness because its awesomness is self-evident.

Comment from: Phalanx posted at January 28, 2005 10:39 AM

Ah, never underestimate the power of the dinosaur fanatics, Eric! ;)

Comment from: Tangent posted at January 28, 2005 12:41 PM

Just don't look behind yourselves, guys... you see, Snarky also loves to snack on spelling fanatics. *big grin*

Eric? Just take a bolt of something alcoholic and then look at this and laugh. ;)

Rob, who *has* been laughing (especially as he watches Snarky sneek up on guys to nibble on their spleens...)

Comment from: Eric Burns posted at January 28, 2005 12:49 PM

Awww... I can't stay mad at you guys. Plus I'm drugged. DRUGGED!

--Sylvan, may I post that pic? It's very, very cool.

(And yeah, no matter what the consensus is, the masthead's staying 'Ovaraptor' until I change to a new phrase. Why? Because... um... hey! Don't make me eat your babies!)

Comment from: larksilver posted at January 28, 2005 1:38 PM

Both bits of fan art are way fun, and too cool. Or should I say all three? 'cause Sylvan's apology thingy is pretty cool, too.

By the way.... isn't it Snarky's decision how to spell his own name? I mean, how many spellings are there for Aaron/Erin/Aron/Aeron/etc. out there? heck, I know (sad to say) women to spell Woman "Womyn." So if they can do it, it's kind of Snark's call what he is.

Heh. Shuttin' up. not!

Comment from: sylvan posted at January 28, 2005 1:55 PM

Post away, Eric! It's yours! You can draw a moustache on it if you want. :)

Comment from: Wednesday posted at January 28, 2005 10:38 PM

I, meanwhile, think Ovaraptor is the BEST NAME EVER for ANYTHING EVER.

Comment from: Ray Radlein posted at January 29, 2005 5:59 AM

Heh. Sorry, I can't help it. I'm a grammar junkie--I can talk about this stuff for hours. I mean...I'm writing a full-length play about punctuation, for goodness' sake!

Period piece, is it?

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