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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-15 07:03
Subject: [links] Link salad emerges from slumberland
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Tags:conventions, culture, funny, guns, links, music, personal, process, science, videos, writing
Cascade Writers still has a few slots open this summer — Workshop with me, David Levine and Beth Meacham.

Tai Nasha No Karosha: Reflections on a Week of Blogging — Michael Chabon ruminates on being a guest blogger for Ta-Nehisi Coates, including some very funny and striking thoughts on what it means to be a novelist.

Space Invaders: Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period. — A lovely rant. More than a bit overdone, but a lot of fun to read.

Criminal Minds Greatest Hits — Do not drink fluids near keyboard while watching. (All blame to matociquala.)

From Mud Boots to Polyester – Fashion’s Still Nothing but Shelter, Status and Sex√Recently, some rather better-dressed humans took a close look at the DNA of clothing lice and determined (based on an assumed rate of mutation) that humans first started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago. A nifty squib from Science In My Fiction.

Asking a Rude Question — Andrew Wheeler on the Tuscon shootings and the subsequent spike in gun sales.

?otD: Captain Nemo or Little Nemo?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (revisions to Sunspin outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 250.8
Currently reading: Salamanca by Dean Francis Alfar

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User: cithra
Date: 2011-01-15 15:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The smugness of that two-space rant is the sort of thing that makes me want to not only be certain to always use two spaces after a period (it's how I was taught, back in the ancient typewriter days), but to start inserting hard-coded line breaks as well. My life is full of mono-spaced fonts like Courier, so it is still a valid readability issue. But goodness, the power to irritate so! All held in my little right thumb...

Really, though, if that is the most serious issue the author's life contains at the moment, he is better off than most people I know. Perhaps he can donate some time to explaining the difference between the sidereal and tropical zodiacs to his cousins in hand-wringing.
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User: nicosian
Date: 2011-01-15 17:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
i took a business course way back in the mid 90s and they fairly beat it into me to add an extra space after a period.

Somehow, in the passing years this has become the very worst thing to do, and now everyone spends considerable time browbeating me into NOT doing it.

(frankly, I don`t care one way or the other, but learning to NOT whap the spacebar after punctuation is a very hard thing to do.)

I do rather wish I`d told the program that enforced this little quirk to go take a damn hike. Ah well.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2011-01-15 17:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My response on the gun sales question is (regular reader/commenter btw):

My boyfriend and I (both extremely liberal) are seriously thinking we need to buy guns.

Not to kill others, but to defend ourselves if the idiots in the tea party decide to use "second amendment" solutions. We know the right is armed, and while neither of us love guns, we're both capable shots (and he's damn good). We're just beginning to think that liberals may need to be able to respond if things keep getting worse.

And this fact distresses and terrifies us. WTF happened to our country?
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2011-01-15 19:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Two Spaces.

Thats what I was taught in Basic Radioman School when composing a proper message. I know Journalists use one space, but thats to conserve on newsprint space.
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User: horace_hamster
Date: 2011-01-15 20:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I learned two spaces waaaay back in high school typing class, and can't break myself of the habit. The best I can hope for is to remember to do a search-and-replace of two spaces for one before I send a document.

I wish I wish I wish I could send my partner to Cascade Writers, but sadly it's just too far away for it to be financially feasible. I don't suppose there's any chance you'd ever do a writing workshop DownUnder?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-01-15 21:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't suppose there's any chance you'd ever do a writing workshop DownUnder?

I'd love that, and I'd do it in a heartbeat if someone would sponsor me. But I'm not likely to get back there on my own for quite a while, unfortunately.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-01-16 00:16 (UTC)
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I can't break myself of it, either. I suspect there's a whole bunch of us over about forty who had it ingrained to the point where it's pretty much hopeless to quit. The objecters will just have to outlive us [g].
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Jody Sherry: Nemo
User: jodysherry
Date: 2011-01-16 03:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: Need you ask? :)
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User: willyumtx
Date: 2011-01-16 08:56 (UTC)
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Two spaces. But then again, I learned on a manual typewriter and then used an IBM Selectric for quite a while.
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User: shaolingrrl
Date: 2011-01-16 18:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
About the two-space teapot tempest:

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