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August 14th, 2019
08:51 am

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"A great teacher is a gift. A great line editor is a miracle."
What line-editing is, and why it's important

Line editing is primarily about the pursuit of a particular text's excellence, not about the correction of errors.

Would anyone care to tell me about to what extent line editing happens for fan fiction?

"Science fiction writer Samuel Delany has reflected that in a career that started in 1962 and spans to the present, he has only had one true line editor for fiction, Ron Drummond. Delany thinks the “marathon reading” done by acquisitions editors “tends to blunt just those finer sensibilities needed to get inside a text and take it apart from within in order to make useful suggestions for improvement that the writer can hear and respond too.” The mode of acquisition is one of decision: this book works, it will sell. For Delany, that mode is similar to a writing workshop style of criticism, which will “list toward the generalized and effect-oriented, rather than toward the specific and causally sensitive.” These criticisms are not invalid, but they “refer to a memory of the text, not the actual experience of reading the text—which is what the writer, writing, is always more or less skillfully modulating and manipulating.”

"A writing instructor can teach many things, but most important is the convergence of practice and mystery.
What Delany suggests—and what seems true for Erskine, Gottlieb, and other line-editors who stay the course—is a single, critical, editor-as-reader, who evolves and grows with the writer. Instead of thinking about line editing as a forgotten art, one callously consumed by the book business, we should consider it a privilege—a gift—enjoyed by some writers, but not most."

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May 22nd, 2019
12:56 pm

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Solving technical problems on line
Some of you will find this obvious, but it took some time for me to figure this out, starting from "My computer doesn't work!" and gradually acquiring enough calm and knowledge to solve simple problems.

I have no doubt that this is incomplete, and advice for improving it is appreciated. Insults about how people ought to know this sort of thing are *not* appreciated.

I posted recently about making the captions on youtube more legible.

I didn't mention that I had almost finished a request for help when it occurred to me that I could look it up myself-- and eventually that I should write a post about how to find that sort of thing.

Sometimes the hardest part is finding out the name for a thing. It's rather like magic. Know the name, get power.

In this case, for some reason I was thinking of the words at the bottom of the video as quotes. but they're actually called captions.

If you don't know the name, search on other words related to your problem. With a little luck, you'll find someone talking about the thing you need to know.

How-to videos on vaguely related topics may also be helpful.

Also, it wasn't important in this case, but be specific about what you're using. What operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) and which version. What model of computer or device. That sort of thing.

Companies that make computer things generally have help pages and manuals are available online.

No guarantees that any particular source will have the solution you're looking for.

I had a miserable time trying to find out how to open my HP OfficeJet Pro 6968 printer. It turns out that you can't lift the glass screen to get at the printer cartridges *unless* the feeder is down. No one explained this. I think I found out by watching a video.

Sometimes there's useful information at reddit.com. I think of reddit as pretty low information density, but they've got search.

Sometimes there's a app which will solve your problem. Search on terms related to your problem with app added.

If you're stuck, it's alright to ask questions. If you've got a solution, there's something to be said for posting about it. Sometimes people just put up with things because they haven't realized they're solvable problems.

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How to make the captions on youtube videos relatively legible

It turns out that you can adjust the captions on youtube in a number of ways.

You click on the gear in the lower right corner and and hit subtitles, then options.

It turns out that the font colors are different from each other, but pretty faint.

I was able to make them readable by increasing the size.

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April 19th, 2019
09:40 am

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Maybe you don't need an asshole for a mentor
"Trying is a great way to start" is so refreshing compared to "Do or do not, there is no try".

https://mashable.com/video/game-of-thrones-sesame-street-respect/?fbclid=IwAR24aFJIyiKjcmccxW7oiD6i4YzYBV__wDdE_kM5s6xzrccR-awS6l_h18w

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April 11th, 2019
01:01 pm

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Nebula-nominated short story
A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harro.

I recommend this story.

Let's just say it's partly about the desperate desire to escape-- and if you don't escape all the way, there will still be politics.

Notion inspired by the story: If rogue librarians made illicit libraries, what would that be like?

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April 4th, 2019
03:28 pm

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The nervous system in charge of your gut
The Second Brain describes the substantial amount of nervous system needed to run the digestive tract.

For example, stomach acid dissolves meat. How do you manage to avoid digesting yourself? Partly, there’s a chemical reaction which makes stomach acid outside of your cells, and there’s also base to neutralize the acid on the way out of your stomach– and it has to be made in the right amount at the right time.

As I recall, the book doesn’t include the effect of emotions on all this– explaining the system without including emotions is complicated enough. It does suggest that some ailments which are attributed to the organs might actually be problems with the neurological control system.

I haven’t seen anything recent about this because the attention has been going to the microbiome. Has anyone seen something more recent than 1999?

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03:32 am

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Getting back to Dreamwidth/Livejournal
I've mostly been hanging out on facebook-- the speed of interaction is a real hook for me. However, there are people I like who hang out here and not there, and if I post here, I'll be able to find those posts again.

Also, there are a bunch of new social media sites, not to mention refugees from G+. Any thoughts or recommendations?

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03:26 am

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Tell me about good cheeses, belated Cheese Weasel Day
Cheese Weasel Day was yesterday-- in belated celebration, tell me about excellent cheeses. Keep the spirit of Cheese Weasel day alive all year.

If you don't do dairy, non-dairy cheeses are fine. They're fine even if you also do dairy.

Facebook discussion.

Here are a few I like: Prima Donna (between Swiss and Parmesan), Black Bomber by Snodonia (probably the best cheddar I've ever had), Benning (a Dutch goat cheese, I like chevre in general).

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January 8th, 2019
10:45 am

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A much better than average google doodle
https://www.google.com/doodles/doodle-4-google-2018-us-winner

I don't know about you, but I thought google doodles were delightful at the beginning, then at some point they got boring. They've gotten somewhat better in the past year or three, but this is the first one in a while that I've really liked.

The link has the doodle, and also a 3 minute video about the making of the doodle, and I recommend the video, too.

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December 1st, 2018
09:54 am

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Hazardous art materials
https://torontolife.com/city/life/my-beautiful-death/

A woman poisons herself by making sculpture that involving grinding mussel shells. Mussel shells concentrate heavy metals-- in her case, I don't know how much was from pollution and how much was just sea water.

There's a lot to be said about possibly overvaluing art and certainly being wrong that everything natural is safe.... not that grinding mussel shells with inadequate ventilation is exactly natural behavior.

If you have a bunch of weird symptoms, get your blood tested sooner rather than later if at all possible.

More discussion: https://www.metafilter.com/177989/My-Beautiful-Death#7576978

The metafilter discussion includes that safety isn't taught in art school-- I think this implies that art schools aren't using safety precautions.

Artist Beware, Updated and Revised: The Hazards in Working with All Art and Craft Materials and the Precautions Every Artist and Craftsperson Should Take

Some really cursory research suggests that eating mussels now and then isn't considered dangerous, for what that's worth.

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October 20th, 2018
06:14 am

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A remarkable illusion
The illusion

The illusion is sufficiently distracting that I've been asked to not have it be automatically visible.

What's remarkable about it is that people have a wide range of reactions to it-- whether it moves, which part of it moves, how fast it moves, and whether it matters whether one is looking at it directly vary from person to person and from time to time for the same person.

I can't see it move at all, but I'm willing to take other people's word for what they see.

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