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gerard-jones's picture
Nov.14.2008
I've just uploaded the seventh installment of My Pal Splendid Man, the sort-of novel, sort-of short story collection that Will Jacobs and I have been trying out on line, about a would-be writer who befriends a superhero. We were very happy with this story: this is when some of the themes that we'd...
june-casagrande's picture
Nov.14.2008
A story I'm proofing about home electronics contains the sentence*: "Blanasonic's ENQ Blu-ray player featuring CR-Live technology boasts true-to-life colors and lifelike surround effects in one of the slimiest models available—just 49 mm."' I assume the writer had typed "slimest...
alex-grant's picture
Nov.12.2008
Answers to some well-known philosophical conundrums - Part I. If a tree falls in the forest and no-one is there to hear it, will it still make a noise? A: Only if it's web-cammed onto YouTube. What is the sound of one hand clapping? A:    
alex-grant's picture
Nov.10.2008
Spinoza said that the natural world is infinite, that good and evil are related to human pleasure and pain, that everything done by humans and other animals is excellent and divine, and that animals can be used in any way by people for the benefit of the human race, according to a rational...
will-durst's picture
Nov.10.2008
As the curtain mercifully falls on the Most Important Election of Your Lifetime, the nation breathes a collective sigh of relief. Or do they? Sure, there were enough Byzantine plot twists and darkly rich comic characters to exhaust Dostoyevsky’s older smarter brother. And I imagine more than a few...
hally-mcgehean's picture
Nov.10.2008
For years I was a coffee virgin. Unlike those Gilmore girls and their fashionably profuse coffee intake, I'd not so much as enjoyed mocha ice cream I was so java-free. My mother was a tea drinker exclusively and Dad's liquid diet consisted only of Pepsi and Heineken. I was ignorant of any other...
alex-grant's picture
Nov.09.2008
Mr. Data is trying out his newest joke: A Rabbi walks into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder. The barman says "Where did you get that?" The parrot says "New York City - there's loads of them!" I've tried to gently tell him that this joke is pushing the edge a little, but he...
alex-grant's picture
Nov.08.2008
Mr. Data told his first joke today - Two cannibals are eating a clown, and one turns to the other and says: "Does this taste funny to you?" He wanted to know why this makes humans laugh, and I frankly wasted half an hour trying to explain it to him. It took me another half-hour to...
june-casagrande's picture
Nov.08.2008
Came across this sentence while copy editing yesterday: "Hanukkah, celebrated for eight nights, has traditionally meant one gift per night per child. You needn’t do the math to figure out the number of gifts and cost when a Jewish grandparent has more than one grandchild." Good thing I...
mary-lynn-i-archibald's picture
Nov.05.2008
Just got back from a long car trip to Vancouver Island, B.C., where Carl and I were guests for five wonderful, relaxing days at the Sooke Harbour House on the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which has some of the best food anywhere (and great art and rooms with fireplaces, decks and views),...