And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Linkee-poo still thinks digital watches are a neat idea

Eric give us some good tips for living in a SF universe.

Fourteen punctuation marks that (some people) never knew existed. Yeah, type is fun. Most of these aren't used in the US. Includes an interrobang for Dan. Oh look, the snark (which I don't believe is in anybody's font glyph set). (Grokked from Teresa Nielsen Hayden)

"Apple’s way of getting you to buy a new phone is to make you really happy with your current one, whereas apparently Android phone makers think they can get you to buy a new phone by making you really unhappy with your current one." With the data to back it up. And people keep telling me how smart Android users are, or how smart modern business people are. Say, remember back in, oh, I think it was the early 90s in the last major recession, one airline had a commercial about "customer service" and the value of face to face communications instead of phone conferences and emails. It ended with the CEO saying he was going to visit that customer that fired them (because of lousy service). Do we really need to keep being reminded of these basic business lessons? Oh, wait, the new shiny changes everything. (Pointed to by Dan)

"… (T)he China-US seesaw is about to swing the other way. Offshoring is out, 're-inshoring' is the new fashion… (I)ntended or not, the Fed's zero rates and $2.3 trillion printing blitz have brought matters to an abrupt head for China… The switch in advantage to the US is relative. It does not imply a healthy US recovery." In part to the shale-oil/gas revolution and rising cost in China, things are shifting back toward the US. Some interesting economic thoughts. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

The new Canadian pipeline will go through a portion of the Ogallala Aquifer? Unicorns on popsicle sticks, double plus ungood, folks. (Grokked from Teresa Nielsen Hayden)

Tweet of my heart:
@crookedfootball: Rule of thumb: if something or someone makes a point of describing self as neither left-wing or right-wing, they're right wing.


Dr. Phil (Physics) said...

I regularly use 7 of those 14 -- and in fact use Word 95's autocorrect to generate some of them -- ((+)) ((++)) for daggers and double-daggers.

I like the comma variants.

I also have an LJ icon of the proposed WTF symbol. (grin)

Dr. Phil

vince said...

I would disagree with @crookedfootball. It may be true of some people, but I know a fair number of people that simply don't fit into a neat ideological package.

Steve Buchheit said...

Dr. Phil, I think that's because you do a fair amount of specialty writing. You know, physics and all. Consider that in my business sphere it's difficult to find people who understand the whole Oxford Comma issue, when to use : instead of ;, or that there is a thing such as verb noun agreement (let alone keeping a consistent tense).

Vince, yeah, I agree. I was taking it more on a "if some talking head on TV tells you…" basis. Although, in my experience, even those in person who say that object to being lumped into a party, not so much about their real political leanings (and in my experience is running about 70% : 20% :10% conservative : real independent : progressive.