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For centuries, sticklers the world over have donned the cloak of authority to control the way people use words. This book strikes back to defend the fascinating, real-life diversity of this most basic human faculty.
I’m ordering this book for some light “back-to-school” reading. Like the author, I follow the idea that communication is THE thing, not the rules, per se. I’ve written about this in earlier posts; often proper grammar usage and clear communication happily co-exist, but a powerful and effective message doesn’t always stick to the rules, nor should it, imho. (See what I did there?)
Text in context seems like a fair enough approach to me. For example, I have no problem with SMS abbreviations. They suit the medium just fine and are kinda fun as well. Don’t you agree? (I know many who don’t!)
The G.O.D. complex.
“With the rise of cloud computing, we’re seeing more of a new breed of extremely lightweight company, unencumbered by capital investments, acting as a broker of services assembled from offerings drawn from or supported by third-party providers. Imagine the possibilities when this is combined with the emerging mobile “App Economy,” in which budding enterprises can be supported by micro-revenues streaming in from online app sales.” - via Joe McKendrick, Forbes
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The curator’s code provides two unicode symbols that aim to standardize the act of attributing content across the web.
- ᔥ A sideways “S” figure, which represents an original source (think of it as the the equivalent as a retweet or “via” on Twitter)
- ↬ A looped arrow, which represents a “hat tip” (as in, “here’s the source who alerted me to this thing I’m linking to” or “here’s the original inspiration for this spinoff idea I had”)
For example, for this post, my attribute line might be:
Grabbing the symbols to insert into text is made easy by the provided bookmarklet. The drawback with that method, however, is that the symbols are pasted into your posts with built-in links to the Curator’s Code Website. I prefer to simply use the unlinked symbols (both methods are utilized in this post).
Will they catch on?
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“Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable
people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress,
therefore, depends on unreasonable people.” – George Bernard Shaw
In honour of Michael Stern Hart, inventor of e-books, founder of Project Gutenberg.
It’s been years since I visited the site and it looks much the same now as it did then. No fussiness, a pure resource. On my first foray, I downloaded a copy of Remembrance of Things Past (Swann’s Way) by Marcel Proust and was a bit dismayed at the very boring reems of typewriter-like Courier font. Still, I had the text at my fingertips, gratis, and that was immensely pleasing.
Much progress has been made in the subsequent years. Project Gutenberg now offers over 36,000 FREE ebooks to download to your PC, and also for Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable devices, with or without graphics. Click the image below to begin your tour through Hart’s e-stacks.
This is hilarious. I love that “living in your mother’s basement” has become part of the new latin.
- Nieman Journalism Lab
Chambers dictionary has been updated (thank you, Economist). One of the fun features is the Word Lover’s Miscellany chapter. A fascinating read; my favorite section features words that we like simply because they sound good or are fun to say.
pilliwinks: an instrument of torture for crushing the ﬁngers
(Sounds like a writer/editor’s nightmare of a device. No illustration provided, for which we can be thankful.)