Could people new to the Internet please stop telling us shit we already know? I mean, good lord, courtesy links are nothing new, and they aren’t a requirement. To get upset about them is just plain childish. Welcome to the Internet. Despite what AOL might have told you, it’s not a very friendly place. In fact, the best communities around are often openly hostile. Get used to it.
I’m hoping you folks can help me out. Recently I’ve been reading a number of blogs like Bookslut and The Elegant Variation. These are wondefully well-read and well-written, and I was hoping that you, my readers, might be able to point me in the direction of more. Perhaps from Canada? Canadian literature (and literary discussion) seems in such a sombre state lately (Mr. Barnes, Mr. Winter, this means you!) that I’m hoping to find something fun.
Issue two of Wooden Fish is up! Go! Go! Go!
I will have issue two of Wooden Fish up by the end of the week, or die trying.
I’ve just finished reading Jeffrey Zeldman‘s latest book, Designing With Web Standards. I will post a full-scale review soon, but for now let me just say this: if you build websites, buy this book.
Just a quick announcement to let everyone know that the second issue of Wooden Fish will be out very soon. Jon and I are putting the finishing touches on it now. I will, of course, announce the launch of the issue.
The current P*rate is absolutely mind-blowing. If you’re not already a fan of Jemma’s work, go now, and you will be.
Yesterday was my last day of classes as an undergraduate at the University of Waterloo, and much to my displeasure, classes were cancelled due to the so-called ice storm. On a slightly better note, Neil Gaiman posted a message from me on his blog. Scroll down to near the bottom of the April 4th entry.
I awoke this morning to find that Scott is now telling us that he lied, and the words at Enlumine (the site I posted about last night) are not, in fact, real words. I beg to differ. First, it was rather obvioius that the words in question were not of the order of, say, “dog”, or “catharsis”. The fact that Scott made them up does not make them any less real. In fact, I had actually thought, based on the contextual examples given, that most of the words were “made up” by authors of fiction (nobody would seriously believe that “osculathe: A machine on which a kiss is held & spun while being shaped by a fixed cutting tool” would be found in the OED, would they?) . I suppose that’s a bit of a compliment to Scott, who is a good writer in his own right. The words are… Continue Reading
Scott David Herman has just launched Enlumine, a site which endeavors to enhance your personal lexicon by presenting words of interest and utility with which you may find yourself unfamiliar. Definitions and contextual examples are included, for your edification and occasional entertainment. The words chosen so far are creative, useful, and amusing. I’m not entirely sure that most of them are in the public lexicon, but that’s part of what makes the site so much fun. I’m looking forward to using some of the words. This one is my favourite thus far.