One Hundred Monkeys in Texas

November 29, 2008

Ray Bradbury as prophet

Filed under: Culture — alancochrum @ 11:44 pm
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“A regrettable situation … for the Yuletide merchants who, toward the last there, as I recall, were beginning to put up holly and sing Noel the day before Halloween.”

— A fictionalized Ambrose Bierce in the short story “The Exiles,”
set in the year 2120 and written in 1950


November 24, 2008

Great work if you can get it

Filed under: Humor,Work — alancochrum @ 6:42 pm
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Today I ran across a posting on a job board seeking a “reality editor.”

I had NO IDEA that was a possible career. Where do I sign up?

November 20, 2008

The writer’s constant difficulty

Filed under: Books,Writing — alancochrum @ 10:57 am
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“You are absolutely right to consider nothing but major problems. My major problem is finding the next word.”

— Flannery O’Connor, June 1963 letter in The Habit of Being

November 19, 2008

Why corporate America needs copy editors

Filed under: Business,Journalism — alancochrum @ 2:55 pm
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I recently received a mailer from a major U.S. entertainment company reminding me that it was time to renew my participation in a particular program. This is a multi-multi-million-dollar company that undoubtedly spent many thousands of dollars to print and mail out these cards.

At the bottom of the card’s front, in all-cap, 24-point type, it said: “Pay’s for itself in just two visits!”

Pay’s. With an apostrophe.

I also recently filled out an electronic job application for an editing position. One of theĀ items said, “Detail your Copy Editing experience” — with the word experience misspelled.

I report; you decide.

November 3, 2008

Wisdom from the tiger

Filed under: Comic strips,Humor,Life — alancochrum @ 7:24 pm
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Second quote for the day:

“The problem with new experiences is that they’re so rarely the ones you choose.”

— Hobbes in “Calvin and Hobbes,” Dec. 17, 1995

Reading this after being laid off gives it a whole new meaning …

Just wondering

Filed under: Humor,Internet — alancochrum @ 2:32 pm
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Would the culture benefit from YouTube-al ligation?

Don’t we all …

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Quote for the day:

“I hope that before I die I either mend my manners or have less occasion to employ them.”

an April 1961 letter by Flannery O’Connor in The Habit of Being on what she viewed as her too-harsh response to a letter about her story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

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