|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 03:09 pm: |
JJA states in his blog that his goal for the year is to either say something clever enough or stupid enough to be quoted by Langford in _Ansible_.
I'm waiting for the wit. *sits back*
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 04:02 pm: |
Sitting back is good...but don't hold your breath. I'm far more likely to say something extraordinarily stupid.
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 04:32 pm: |
Say "Latest Ansible...D--oh!" and be both. It'll be in his magazine.
Ahmed A. Khan
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 01:01 pm: |
Well, I did make into Dave Langford's latest column at Infinite Matrix but for a reason totally different from saying something stupid or something clever.
In fact, I am indebted to Langford for helping me out when I need help. Check out his column and find out what I am talking about.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 01:25 pm: |
I made Thog's Masterclass once, but I thought it was unfair: I believe I was covered by my commas. See:
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 05:53 pm: |
I agree you did. I've noticed some refuse to recognize that use of commas. I don't get it. Maybe British usage is different.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 10:41 pm: |
Sorry, Matt, I did get a good chuckle out of this. As for the usage, it feels like commas are less effective for an aside. The first version from the following does feel weaker:
A thick branch crashed through the tunnel, just missing Filidor's nose, and he carefully sliced it away before resuming his slow upward progress.
A thick branch crashed through the tunnel (just missing Filidor's nose) and he carefully sliced it away before resuming his slow upward progress.
A thick branch crashed through the tunnel -- just missing Filidor's nose -- and he carefully sliced it away before resuming his slow upward progress.
The problem may be that had you wanted the sentence to say that Filidor did cut his nose, you'd still have used the commas in a similar way. Commas have so many uses that it's not at all rare to see a sequence of them mean different things. The parenthesis version is probably the clearest in this respect: the start and end are very clear, since they're different marks. That's possibly why it feels strongest to me.
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 01:08 pm: |
Matt, I love your writting, but you just one a free copy of Strunk's Elements of Stlye :P
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 01:15 pm: |
Crap,and I just won a basic english lesson.
read won, not one.
Alan T. Sippola
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 07:00 pm: |
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