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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-07-11 01:54
Subject: [links] Link salad flies back to the West Coast
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Tags:cool, culture, ebooks, food, funny, language, links, personal, photos, politics, publishing, religion, steampunk, work
Kevin J. Anderson on ebook pricing

The Syntax of Photography

One-Ninety: 1912 — A little more steam for your punk.

The Culture of Combat Rations — This is weirdly fascinating. Too bad they didn't cover the old C-rations. Orange nut roll, anyone?

Dilbert and conversational implicature — One of my favorite Dilbert moments at work was some years ago in a former job when I was formally counseled about my use of the words "concision" and "brevity" in an internal memo, because in using such words I was allegedly deliberately making other employees feel stupid.

The Internet is Filling Up With Dead People And There's Nothing We Can Do About ItOn the web, you can't die so much as join the ranks of the undead.

The Birth of Religion — A fascinating article on religion and agriculture. With some awesome photos. (Thanks to my Dad.)

What Does the Bible Actually Say About Marriage?It's high time people came clean about how we use the Bible. We're looking at you, Christianists. The Bible has a hell of a lot more to say about poverty and usury than it does about marriage or homosexuality. And let's face it, Jesus wasn't exactly living the heterosexual American family values life himself.

The Voter Fraud Con Comes to Kansas — Laws addressing voter fraud are a consistent GOP tactic to suppress the votes of poor Americans, who largely vote Democratic. Much like GOP views on tax cuts, the numbers have never supported the rhetoric. Chalk up another loss for reality in the face of conservative ideology.

?otD: Going anywhere today?

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

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User: jtdiii
Date: 2011-07-11 11:33 (UTC)
Subject: Vocabulary in the workplace
Did you ever catch my posing on how I was almost fired for sexual harassment?

I was called into my Director's office and told that with their zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment that I was being fired. In a rather confused state I asked what I had done and was told it was for calling a server "Rapist" and sending out email from it to the department secretary.

I looked around the room at my Manager, my Director, his secretary, the HR Director, and the corporate lawyer, and asked "I am being fired for naming a server 'Rapier'?" The secretary crowd "See he admits it!"

The corporate lawyer who had fenced in college, and had not been told what exactly I had done squashed it and apologized, and then closed the door behind me and yelled at them for a while...
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ubiquitous_a: dogbert-demons
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2011-07-11 15:33 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Vocabulary in the workplace
Oh, FFS. *headdesk*
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User: sophielandon
Date: 2011-07-11 14:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I once got zinged--not fired, just zinged--for using the word "verbiage" in a spec. As in "more verbiage goes here".
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ubiquitous_a: ww-badwriting
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2011-07-11 15:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
One of my favorite Dilbert moments at work was some years ago in a former job when I was formally counseled about my use of the words "concision" and "brevity" in an internal memo, because in using such words I was allegedly deliberately making other employees feel stupid.

Yeah, and generally it's these "other employees" who can't figure out when to use "your" versus "you're", and also constantly use "loosing" in place of "losing".

It seems insane that you should have to dumb down your communications to the lowest common denomenator. I would have been tempted to ask exactly at what grade reading level I should be writing for....10th? 6th? 4th?

If people are literally that incapable of forming complete sentences let alone reading them correctly, they *should* feel stupid.....and then they should take a remedial writing course and shut the hell up.
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User: silvertwi
Date: 2011-07-11 16:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I didn't know you could turn concise into a noun like that, but I can -almost- understand the sentiment.

Except that I learned the words 'concise' and 'brevity' in an advanced Language Arts class in middle school (as I had the same teacher for three years, I can't remember which year's vocab list those words were on).

Glad to learn about "concision" though! Always useful to have more vocabulary to work with.
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ubiquitous_a: ww-badwriting
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2011-07-11 16:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd never seen it before either, and I like it as well. :)
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oaksylph: cypress
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-07-11 19:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It is decidedly odd to think about how many of my deceased friends still have a web presence.

But it's even odder that target marketing schemes base their attempts to draw in more customer load and advertising clickthroughs by searching my web presence and computer for people to add. ...isn't it?

Then again, I'm one of those people who actually gets offended when a credit card company calls to offer a special new card to the deceased previous owner of my business, even though I never knew the man. What if his wife still owned the shop? Wouldn't she be heartbroken to have people still calling for him 13 years after his death? Don't these companies need to be called to task for failing to clean their own databases?

There's a short story in here somewhere. I'm just too confused about how much of my gut reaction here is the queasiness that comes from invasion of privacy, how much is the recoiling that comes from getting marketed at, and how much is my admittedly already messy relationship with death. Because I would cry if someone called and asked for [deceased relative 1] or [deceased fiancee], but not if people called for [deceased relatives 2-n], not because I do or did not love 2-n, but because I don't actively wish I could call them, I guess....

Maybe the story should be something about the case-by-case nature of grief versus the list-over-list construction of our hyperpopulated marketing world. Hm.
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mlerules: Safe Travels
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-07-12 18:15 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day
Keyword:Safe Travels
Only around town running errands, if at all, but even then only by foot/bike, as I'm done driving for the nonce. (Will return to't o'morrow :-) Oh, I may well go walkies up to Mt Tabor, but that's less to go somewhere in particular as to go anywhere via my own foot/muscle-power.
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