stolf’s blog 7/2/2012

I’m one of those weirdos who likes playing around with punctuation for the sheer hell of it…I make no apologies. After all, I’m the guy who devised a word that contains 4 contractions, hence 4 apostrophes…and not because I started with a long word and left letters out, like fo’c’s’le for forecastle (that’s part of a ship, dear friends)…but because I was able to add 4 different contradictions of other words to the back end of the word I started with. And I’m so proud of it, I hate sharing it…so I won’t here. But there are practical concerns over and above such promiscuous punct-play, as we see to the left.

Brackets within parenthesis, not to mention single quotes within double quotes, are always a treat….but the kicker here is that the entire sentence finally grinds to a halt with 4 punctuation marks: an ellipsis…a single quote…a double quote…and a close parenthesis. And of course, to further complicate matters, it can’t therefore end in a period. What’s more, this train-wreck occurs at the end of a physical line, and whoever was responsible for it proceeding to the next line, be it man or machine, failed miserably…splitting the 3-dot ellipsis into one dot and 2 dots, and also spacing them strangely, at least to my eye. Notice how the single quote is almost directly above the final dot of the fractured ellipsis. As kids would say today: epic fail

And the end result…at least the way it first struck me…is to completely misrepresent what Asimov actually said…it looks like a “That’s funny” that you’d say in response to a funny joke…when it’s really a “That’s funny” that means “That’s strange,” with the ellipsis suggesting that further investigation is in order. From the WSJ, BTW…

B*A*K*E*R*S  D*O*Z*E*N

(1)  Life would be a lot better if liars’ pants really did catch on fire…

(2)  You’ll see the world more clearly if, when it says “may” in a
headline or news story, you substitute the phrase “may or may not”…

(3)  In 1790 it was the 7th most populous city in the US…
it didn’t drop out of the top 10 until the 1830 census…
it’s the city where I was born…Salem, Massachusetts…

(4)  “The Rat Pack” originally centered around Humphrey Bogart…
when he died in 1957, Frank Sinatra became its titular head…

(5)  …and they called themselves “The Summit” or “The Clan”…

(6)  Friday, Arizona’s Aaron Hill hit for the cycle for the 2nd time this season…
the 2nd player to do it twice in one season…the other was Babe Herman in 1931…
but as one blogger put it: Hitting for the cycle is an amusing statistical fluke…it is
self-evident that hitting 4 extra-base hits in a game would be better than hitting
for a cycle, but assigning special significance to the cycle is a baseball traditi
on…

(7)  …a natural cycle is doing it in order…single, double, triple, homer…
reverse cycles have also occurred…as well as “refusing the cycle”…
when for example a player “needs” a double to complete the cycle, but
instead keeps going and bags another triple…and gets no credit for it…

(8)  American flag diapers???…how does the Code of Flag Etiquette
deal with that exactly?…well, they’re not really a flag design…but still…

(9)  Old saying: He who gives should forget…he who gets should remember…

(10)  Thomas Jefferson said: I am not a friend to a
very energetic government…it is always oppressive…

(11)  It’s been said that the trouble is, smart people are full of doubt and
dummies are full of confidence…but in the long run, that’s a good thing…

(12)  How come doomsayers are never right?…I’m just sayin’…

(13)  Cool Daddy is always saying Get a life!…but he
doesn’t just say it…he’s got some spares if you need one…

POUTINE-ON-A-STICK

There are 2 very interesting things I’ve noticed about Political Correctness. The first is the basic question of why the concept exists at all…presumably to distinguish it from plain or ordinary Correctness…but why would we want or need to do that? The second is that Politically Incorrect ideas so often turn out to be not only true, but also quite fascinating. Take for example the thesis that reading this offbeat issue of Superboy resulted…in some deep, tortured, subconscious way…in Baby Boomer males who thought they were actually females…and thus got America thinking gender dysphoria, back in the early 1970s. Notice how pleased Ma & Pa Kent seem to be that their son is now a daughter. Could be? You think?

POUTINE-ON-A-STICK EXTRA

Wikipedia truly is a sort of “information cult.” If you check it now and then to verify some fact…or to see if someone is still living or not…you won’t notice this. But dig a little deeper, like reading the “Talk” page that accompanies each article, and you’ll find it both chilling and hilarious.

Dunno what “truths” he’s trying to include, and that the gatekeepers consider to be “vandalism”…perhaps that Stickam is used primarily for streaming amateur porn. But you have to laugh at the poor soul who questions how the truth of something could possibly be relevant to an article about it. Further, if you follow the imperative “see…” you get some real howlers. Like don’t say anything negative about anyone, especially, one would assume, when it’s the truth. And lawsuits are disruptive? Gosh, hooda thunkit. And finally, the notion that discussing a subject can’t possible improve an article about it…that “allergic to truth” thing again.

Oh, and I almost forgot that weasly “may” at the top…which should correctly read “may or may not lead to…” One has to wonder why some get booted for running afoul of policy while others don’t. After all, if they meant “will,” they would of said that…and then that would include everybody. But apparently some get a pass…true believers, perhaps?

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