· Sep 20, 2017 at 3:28 pm
I wish I could write…
Fixed bug where PHP date() was using H instead of h and borking the echo()
…in client emails like I do in my Subversion commit messages.
Explaining things at lower levels can be so much easier than at higher ones.
· Sep 20, 2017 at 10:59 am
I typed this to a client a few minutes ago (luckily I didn’t hit send):
Currently the available statuses are: Open, In Progress, and Closed.
Would you like me to change “Open” to “Jew” or would you rather I leave them as is?
Obviously I meant “New” there. You’ll never go wrong with a quick proofread.
· Sep 19, 2017 at 8:45 pm
In follow up to June 21st’s California might fix privacy laws Trump broke
In the dead of night, the California Legislature shelved legislation that would have protected every Internet user in the state from having their data collected and sold by ISPs without their permission. By failing to pass A.B. 375, the legislature demonstrated that they put the profits of Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast over the privacy rights of their constituents.
Earlier this year, the Republican majority in Congress repealed the strong privacy rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission in 2016, which required ISPs to get affirmative consent before selling our data. But while Congressional Democrats fought to protect our personal data, the Democratic-controlled California legislature did not follow suit. Instead, they kowtowed to an aggressive lobbying campaign, from telecommunications corporations and Internet companies, which included spurious claims and false social media advertisements about cybersecurity.
Sad when the corps have more influence than the peeps.
· Sep 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm
Image credit: Justin Hofman
“It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it,” he wrote on Instagram. “What started as an opportunity to photograph a cute little sea horse turned into one of frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage. This photo serves as an allegory for the current and future state of our oceans.”
· Sep 19, 2017 at 9:39 am
EVERY WEDNESDAY, I teach an introductory fiction workshop at Harvard University, and on the first day of class I pass out a bullet-pointed list of things the students should try hard to avoid. Don’t start a story with an alarm clock going off. Don’t end a story with the whole shebang having been a suicide note. Don’t use flashy dialogue tags like intoned or queried or, God forbid, ejaculated.
I didn’t read most of this article (it’s 25+ pages printed) and I never write fiction but the first paragraph I’m all in. For any kind of writing. I think flashy dialogue tags are what prompted me to say:
I don’t really like poetry. I like it even less when they read it.
I’ve gotten to the point where I never sit down to a blank piece of paper either. Never for a long piece anyway. All my long form stuff is dictated and then it just flows from the whole stream of consciousness thing. After I’ve gotten the gist of it out I’ll go back and fix (try to) the spelling and grammar. Maybe expound on half thoughts or whatever.
That’s also why there are so many fragments in my writing. I don’t talk in complete sentences.
One of the best things I ever read was, “write like you talk.”
I’m not 100% behind that but it’s rare that I consult the thesaurus these days.