Category Archives: Verbalistics

Eat the news, not too much

…most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don’t really concern our lives and don’t require thinking. That’s why we experience almost no saturation. Unlike reading books and [...]

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Are you prescriptive or descriptive?

Being behind a camera, in front of the camera, is my own little deconstructionist niche. - Joshua Leonard The first issue of Popular Linguistics, an online magazine, is now available for people who enjoy that sort of thing. For me, an unbridled malefactor in the realm of lay-lie-lay, an unapologetic apostrophe punter, and some would [...]

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Damn Sure Right

Intention is the core of all conscious life. It is our intentions that create karma, our intentions that help others, our intentions that lead us away from the delusions of individuality toward the immutable verities of enlightened awareness. Conscious intention colors and moves everything. - Hsing Yun From 2002 until her death in the spring [...]

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Write What You Know

“Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time,” said the pithy poet Howard Nemerov. Elmore Leonard published “Ten Rules of Writing” a few years ago. The book repackaged Leonard’s 2001 New York Times essay, “Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points, and Especially Hooptedoodle”. Today, on the Word Count blog, [...]

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Weekend sausage

More tabs from my browser: International Association of Time Travelers- 11/15/2104 At 14:52:28, FreedomFighter69 wrote: Reporting my first temporal excursion since joining IATT: have just returned from 1936 Berlin, having taken the place of one of Leni Riefenstahl’s cameramen and assassinated Adolf Hitler during the opening of the Olympic Games. Let a free world rejoice! [...]

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Spell bound

The 2010 National Spelling Bee provides some nail biting tension in this otherwise serene household. Sadly, Vanya Shivashankar, eight years old and the youngest entrant, did not qualify for the semifinals. Her big sister, last year’s champion, advanced to the nationals twice before finally winning the title on her third try. There’s time for Vanya [...]

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Sometimes I need to post links from my browser tabs just to clear the board. Here they are, various trails I’ve wandered down in the past day or two, kicked out of the webulous undergrowth by email, tweet, blogs, or the FB soc-net: Hack the Planet, wait for the announcement that only a small tactical [...]

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Legal beagles

Nose to the ground, sniffing out truth, justice, and freedom of information, the Berkman Center announced today that its Online Media Legal Network (OMLN) is “…partnering with the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) to assist with freedom of information lawsuits and to provide online journalists with FOI information and assistance.” The OMLN serves “online [...]

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