whenever i type “lions,” i have to make sure i haven’t accidentally typed “loins”

A friend of mine showed me the most awesome picture of a little Voltron toy I think I've ever seen. It had lions for hands.

This bounced around in my head for a moment, and I shared my great wisdom with Twitter, thusly:

Voltron with Lions > Voltron with vehicles. THIS IS SCIENCE AND YOU CAN'T ARGUE WITH SCIENCE. (and now, pot stirred, I'm back to work.)

This screenshot from Twitteriffic (with bonus Memories of the Future edit in the background) illustrates one of the reasons I just love using Twitter. These replies are captured exactly as Twitteriffic displayed them to me:

Lions vs vehicles qft

Okay, now I'm really going back to work.

45 thoughts on “whenever i type “lions,” i have to make sure i haven’t accidentally typed “loins””

  1. I have 2 comments:
    Comment 1: What about a vehicle :: MADE FROM LIONS ::
    I just blew all your minds.
    Comment 2: I’m a girl and I want to get married. But I’m a GEEK GIRL which means I don’t like picking out flowers and shit. Can you please write a blog entry telling me what to do so I don’t have to think about it?
    Thank you!
    P.S. You’re not a licensed minister are you?
    P.P S. Sorry for the non-sequiter. I couldn’t figure out how to e-mail you in < 20 seconds and the internet has taught me if you can’t figure it out in < 20 seconds, bother people in a forum/blog.

  2. I don’t know about that without carefully looking at the same scientific research I used for this post. Until then, I think it’s safe to say Voltron=/=G-Force, but that’s as far as I’m willing to go.

  3. In a similar vein, my editing superpowers once saved the governor from the worry of prostrate cancer (luckily he didn’t have prostate cancer either).

  4. As someone who owns the vehicle Voltron I feel eminently qualified to say that I always wished I had the lion one. However, the math works out to Lions > Vehicles AS A SHOW but Vehicles > Lions AS A TOY.
    (a) Only five lions, but 15 pieces to vehicle Voltron. 15 > 5.
    (b) Lions can only be constructed into one Voltron, but vehicles can be constructed into both a Voltron AND separate land/sea/air team pods. Which means two things you can do with your vehicles, and as everyone knows, 2 > 1.
    (c) PLUS a there are three team pods, and as everyone knows, 3 is more than several other real or imaginary numbers.
    Thus, while Barbie may say that math is hard, clearly Princess Aurora never would. (Pidge, on the other hand…)

  5. I frequently mistype “editor,” which, because I am an editor, is bloody pathetic. Although “Edirot” sounds like someone who sailed with Beowulf.
    I also need an average of four tries to type “episode” correctly. It makes discussing TV shows or chapters of the Star Wars saga via email painfully slow.

  6. I’m rather puzzled as to why you’re writing about lions when you could be writing about loins anyway.
    Eh. There’s no accounting for taste, I guess.

  7. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has trouble with “episode”. I also seem to have trouble with completely forgetting to use the word “not”. I know I thought the word when I wrote the sentence, but when I double check (half the time this is after I hit “send”), it isn’t there. Completely changes the meaning of what I was trying to say. Very frustrating.

  8. Who knows why they even bothered to call them both Voltron, as they’re two completely unrelated shows to begin with. But Lions > Vehicles, no question! That theme song makes me so happy. My friends and I spent many many days playing Voltron (I was always Keith). G-Force and Grendizer were also great.

  9. It looks like something is in the background of your twitter shot there. It looks like you are either writing or reading a Star Trek TNG novel on your computer. I am not sure what it is, but you can read a few of the words behind the photo. Just curious, are you writing a new novel on your adventures on the Star Trek set? That would be cool and I would buy that in a heartbeat. I have read voraciously through both, “Dancing Barefoot” and “Just a Geek”. They were both excellent. I also purchased “A saucer full of secrets” and that is on my list of things to read next. Thanks for the recommendation.
    Loins are better than Lions anyways.

  10. I had a heck of a time typing the word “flicker” earlier with the e. Had to deprogram myself from the Flickr reprogramming of the past couple of years. I feel like I’m letting go of some cult brainwashing. :)

  11. Wait, what’s wrong with preferring vehicle over freakin’ lions?
    The lions had such bad characters. That wuss Lotor and the inept, ugly stepsister Haggar? The freakin’ lions had those stupid mice. Now when your major ally is a pink mouse, you’re not bad-ass. Worst of all, the Lion team had the pink princess and Mary Sue, Allura. They had one decent character Sven, and they promptly jettison him. Oh, and when things get scary, they have a convenient deux ex ghost. I guess it beats having a plot.
    Vehicle had fewer annoying characters or rather no nanny. Heck, she’d have been pitched in the airlock at the first opportunity. I heard in the original version they uh, also ahd a lot of sex. Apparently teamwork was emphasized. Plus, the Commander could’ve kicked Coran’s ass. Best of all, their foe had cojones. Sure, Hazar had overtones of Desslok, but at least he had brains.
    I just outed myself as a geek, didn’t I?

  12. I used to love Voltron, but that was pre-Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Now, I just have to wonder what the innocent love of children the world over may have spawned . . .

  13. So, one of my friends is a high school English teacher. During a summer school creative writing class, they took a field trip to the local zoo for writing prompts/inspiration. One of the kids papers had the line: “I stared at the loins; the loins stared at me.” We still crack up over that.

  14. Sorry! Vehicle Voltron was better than lion Voltron.
    When lion Voltron pulls out the spinning laser blades, they come out of nowhere. When vehicle Voltron does the same, they’re the rotors of the helicopter-type ships that form his shoulders. The latter is clearly more sound from an engineering perspective.
    There are also more chicks on the vehicle force, all of whom are undoubtedly more likely to put out than Alura ever was.
    Good engineering + hot chicks = better. I rest my case.

  15. Years ago my parents offered me the choice between a telescope (to see Halley’s Comet) or Vehicle Voltron. I, of course, chose the toy. Upon opening it I instantly felt regret, and knew I would never become an astrophysicist.
    Eh, it was still loads of fun. WHOOOSH!!!

  16. In a semi-related note, one of my friends has a agreed to have a Buffy-themed wedding if and only if her partner can get Joss Whedon to officiate. Any suggestions on how to go about making this happen would be super appreciated, because I really want to see this spectacle unfold.

  17. The commmon word I get screwed up when I type too fast is product – porduct. I’ve had media projects go out live with that error in it sometimes and it gets really frustrating.
    In other news, I’ve nominated you for a Sticky Keyboard Award, Wil! And no, the stickiness comes from spilled Coke. – just thought I’d clarify. 😉
    Anyways, here’s the link to my list of nominations at my blog:


    Cheers Wil! Keep up the awesome posts!

  18. Wil, if you’re not a licensed minister, you should try it. Cali recognizes Universal Life Ministries (i.e. the people who will ordinate you online), and I just officiated my first wedding last weekend – it was a blast!

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