Friday, September 30, 2011

Coffee, Typos, & Radar

Did you know yesterday was national coffee day? If you didn't you missed out on free coffee at several places including Krispy Kreme and McDonalds. I really can't give you free coffee unless you come to Oregon to visit me. But what I can do is give all the facts about coffee that you would ever need to know:

Do you make typos? I know I do and on many occasions. I feel better after reading the next article:

I kind of liked the first one the best.

Then next time you are tooling along on the freeway with your cell phone, just a couple of words of warning, WATCH OUT.

Comment Away.


Althea Gibson authored yesterday's quote. "It is not that women are really smaller-minded, weaker-minded, more timid and vacillating, but that whosoever, man or woman, lives always in a small, dark place, is always guarded, protected, directed and restrained, will become inevitably narrowed and weakened by it. The woman is narrowed by the home and the man is narrowed by the woman. " The author of today's quote was born in 1860 and died in 1935. She was a prominent American sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist during a time when her accomplishments were exceptional for women, and she served as a role model for future generations of feminists because of her unorthodox concepts and lifestyle. Her best remembered work today is her semi-autobiographical short story The Yellow Wallpaper which she wrote after a severe bout of postpartum psychosis. Who authored today's quote


Pat said...

I found out a little late that it was National Coffee Day, but even in my ignorance, I did my part, having my morning coffee and later stopping by Starbucks for a grande latte. I'm a serious coffee person, and would add to the "yes" statistics for most of the questions they asked.

We all make typos, but I do bemoan the lack of human editors in books and newspapers these days. I sure agree with this statement: "Spell-check is a dangerous tool and should only be handled by licensed professionals, and under adult supervision. Always." I never saw so many errors in my life before spellcheck became the only editor. So often I'll see a word that's a real word, but it's the WRONG word. Spellcheckers are not discriminating about meaning. Some of the typos they cite in the article are great! I love the "the rapist" one!

The police are welcome to anything they can extract from my cell phone, though I suspect I'd have to turn it on for them to get anything at all. I really think cell phones should be banned from cars. Like guns, make people lock them in the trunk before driving. I might extend that to all public places, but no, that would be too cruel to people who need to be connected (and talking) at all times.

Lady DR said...

I answer yes to most of the coffee questions, although I do take Scamp out, brush my teeth, before I have the first cup. However, it's not advisable to approach me prior to at least one cup of coffee in the morning. OTOH, I have my two or three cups of coffee before noon and that's it.

Typos - like Pat, I bemoan the issue of spell checkers taking over for humans, for the reasons she cites. I cannot tell you how many mss I receive, where I'm assured they need only "light" line editing, as they've been done on a word processor with spell checking. Clients are somewhat appalled, when they discover just how "wrong" their spell checkers are.

The article on the cell phones was interesting. What was even more interesting was reading some of the comments, not because of their content (some of which was interesting), but because of the horrible spelling, grammar and punctuation and capitalization. Written communication is becoming more and more awful.

William J. said...

Hi Pat

I also found out a little late that is was national coffee day but did my part by not only having a several cups of coffee but making some for Mom.

I hate spell check and really only use it for the first edit and then print whatever I am working on out and give it the eye test. I liked most of the typos and in a weird sort of way it made me feel good that I didn't make them.

The thing that bothered me about the cell phone article is they use the radar on your cell phone after stopping you while giving you a warning or a ticket. I just think that is a major invasion of privacy.


William J. said...


I also answered yes to most of the coffee questions. I make coffee first thing and then while it is brewing I do the brush the teeth thing and a quick clean.

Spell checkers are a devils tool made sure to make you look foolish.
I actually think spell checkers cause more work for editors because they often replace good words with ones that don't really work with the story or the sentence.

The comments were full of errors makes you wonder what the schools are producing now and if they just aren't relying on computers just a little to much.