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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #795 on: July 30, 2020, 06:58:06 PM »
I'm re-reading _Science of Discworld_, and one part that really makes me chuckle is where Pratchett, Steward, and Cohen warn the reader to beware "scientific fundamentalists", and where they say that Paracelcus, a man who built his reputation on spitting on established authority, would be horrified at being cited as an authority.

"Lies-to-children" is probably the most widely impactful part of the series, though.
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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #796 on: August 10, 2020, 09:53:33 AM »
Nobody checks grammar, spelling, or relevance as to what is printed anymore:

Yep, that's an amp alright! But that's not the worst part:  It's probably not even a photo by Aina Valles. If I was Aina Valles, I would be incensed.  ::)
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« Reply #797 on: August 10, 2020, 10:04:09 AM »
Nobody checks grammar, spelling, or relevance as to what is printed anymore:

Yep, that's an amp alright! But that's not the worst part:  It's probably not even a photo by Aina Valles. If I was Aina Valles, I would be incensed.  ::)

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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #798 on: August 10, 2020, 05:04:17 PM »
Typos drive me knuts.

I'm actually being serious.  I don't hang in social media and destroying the English language drives me crazy.  Especially in these days of spell czech.
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« Reply #799 on: August 10, 2020, 08:10:15 PM »
Typos drive me knuts.

I'm actually being serious.  I don't hang in social media and destroying the English language drives me crazy.  Especially in these days of spell czech.

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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #800 on: August 11, 2020, 08:37:32 AM »
I was thinking about this the other day. I'm a grunt worker on the floor... and I can spot several bad spellings and typos in the specification sheets produced by a man paid to sit at a desk and work letters for a living.
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« Reply #801 on: August 11, 2020, 08:47:11 AM »
I notice spelling and grammar mistakes all the time.  The only one that seems to actually bother me is the use of a single quote instead of an apostrophe at the beginning of a number abbreviation.  I think it bothers me because it is done automatically on behalf of the user by "helpful" software that really should be programmed to know better.  Such things have a tendency to become "acceptable" when screwed up often enough.
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« Reply #802 on: August 11, 2020, 10:57:38 AM »
I notice spelling and grammar mistakes all the time.  The only one that seems to actually bother me is the use of a single quote instead of an apostrophe at the beginning of a number abbreviation.  I think it bothers me because it is done automatically on behalf of the user by "helpful" software that really should be programmed to know better.  Such things have a tendency to become "acceptable" when screwed up often enough.


A keyboard doesn't offer an option, just a couple ambiguous figures for the apostrophe or quote designator.
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« Reply #803 on: August 11, 2020, 11:21:56 AM »

A keyboard doesn't offer an option, just a couple ambiguous figures for the apostrophe or quote designator.
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Try holding Ctrl and double tapping the quotation key (works in Windows, at least).
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« Reply #804 on: August 11, 2020, 11:50:55 AM »
My old Windows operating system doesn't do it, but if i could remember how to access the character set i'm sure i saw them there. As well i've chart of HTML codes i can “reference” so i can get them.

When you used quotes in your original post, i see the ambiguous quote marks.
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« Reply #805 on: August 11, 2020, 12:02:20 PM »
When you used quotes in your original post, i see the ambiguous quote marks.
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That's my Android keyboard doing that.  I'm not bothered by lazy quotes as much as quotepostrophes because, to me anyway, software that doesn't fix the formatting is better than software that actively fixes it incorrectly.  ;)
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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #806 on: August 12, 2020, 09:01:54 AM »
In a surreal moment yesterday, I found myself sterilizing my flush cutters to perform minor surgery on my daughter's broken toenail.  I would describe the problem as a delamination split, if that makes sense.  Also, I'm hobbling around with a broken toe.  I broke it Friday by accidentally kicking the corner of the baseboard outside my kitchen.  It seems the pandemic has not been good for feet in my house.   ::)
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« Reply #807 on: August 12, 2020, 06:27:01 PM »
Damn.  I've done the toenail thing though.  Sometimes you need an accurate snip and a bit of isoprop is the key.  According to my wife, filing is more accurate.  I'm not sure I agree.  I dread having to find any more of the 91% I've been using to clean boards.  Luckily I'm kind of a lazy bugger when it comes to cleaning the trace side.
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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #808 on: August 17, 2020, 08:50:55 AM »
Just came across some twitter threads that claim that white USAian food is bland and boring. White bread, unseasoned chicken breast, and mayonnaise.

What really makes me laugh deeply with regards to this, is the historical disdain that the US seems to have for British cuisine as being dreadful.

What is with the recent love of self-flagellation for any reason? Some of the tastiest things I've cooked recently were from a recipe from a pale white Russian guy on youtube, and the all-time tastiest things were cooked by Nana.
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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #809 on: August 17, 2020, 09:13:59 AM »
and mayonnaise.
I would agree that mayonnaise is pretty awful. Condiments are supposed to enhance the flavor of food. Mayonnaise is not a condiment, it's a mask. It was originally designed to hide the flavor of rotten meat, so from the beginning it has always been intended to dominate whatever you put it on. And it does. The only good mayonnaise is the Smashing Pumpkins song.
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