SCREEN NAME! wrote:....appears to be being ran by...
Now, see... that's not really a proper conjugation (in any known tense or mood) within the confines of conventional English grammar. Were I an obnoxious grammar nerd - which, fortunately for you
, I'm most assuredly not - I'd unpack that as, err: present participle ("being run") shifted mystically into a mutated form of past-but-sorta-one-foot-still-in-the-present-somehow participle ("to be being ran").
Then there's the "appears to be" thing, which c'mon - it's a twitter feed right? It's an as-such
categorical entity and really doesn't "appear" to be anything - any more than, say, water "appears to be" wet. Twitter feeds, one might argue from an ontological perspective, are pure appearance
. And, as one cannot (for example) "pretend" to be able to snowboard (for one can either snowboard, or not - the doing is the thing, and pretending isn't a coherent action in such a context) - a twitter feed cannot be said to "appear" to be anything other than what it, in fact, is.
(The surprisingly elegant proper term for such cognitive - or existential, depending on one's ontology and so forth - entities is noumenon
. Which sounds alot cooler and, well, less insufferably & unpardonably German
than the Kantian "Ding an sich"
... but means basically the same thing. Which is sort of funny - if you're an ontology geek. Which I am. Anyhow...)
The proper construction of that conjugation of "to appear" ("aparacer
" in the Spanish, fwiw) is:
"reads like a 14-year-old-girl... a girl with totally awesome good taste, a brilliant sense of humour, profound technical wisdom, and compassion enough to qualify as a reborn Buddha in a pinch... cryptostorm's main twitter feed reads like that totally badassed girl is gracing us with her bounteous spirit by means of sharing her tweeted thoughts in a public timeline like this. And, fuck yeah, is it great."
See, that's alot better. Also grammatically correct. Don't believe me? Sheesh, look it up in the OED
, it's literally
the textbook-correct present participle conjugation of "to appear" in English. Duh.
Also, it's less depressingly negative and obliquely self-hating (who disses on 14-year-old girls, anyhow? What's next - making fun of puppies because they're cute
). And there's no extra, err... editorial baggage
loaded into the conjugated form I've offered here - so don't even start trying to throw that particular smear around. You 14-year-old-girl-and-also-prolly-cute-puppies-hating meanie!
. . .
Cheers, ~ pj
: fun having fun is fun - also healthy. And fun.. ermigawd I already said that - I'm such a 14-year-old-girl at heart!!!1!
(and proudly so, btw)