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Month: February 2007 (page 1 of 5)

The shocking final word — I declare a contest.

Some librarian got her knickers in a twist about the word “scrotum” appearing in the latest Newbery award-winning children’s novel:

“The Higher Power of Lucky” is the story of a 10-year-old girl in rural California and her quest for “Higher Power.” The opening chapter includes a passage about a man “who had drunk half a gallon of rum listening to Johnny Cash all morning in his parked ’62 Cadillac, then fallen out of the car when he saw a rattlesnake on the passenger seat biting his dog, Roy, on the scrotum.”

Librarians have been debating whether “scrotum” was an appropriate word for young readers, especially from a book with the Newbery seal.

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The ugly underbelly of the magazine industry.

Door to door magazine subscription sellers–debt slaves, strung out on meth, beaten if they don’t sell enough: For Youths, a Grim Tour on Magazine Crews

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Unlimited account editing for all new users.

The ultimate Web 2.0 service: You give them a bunch of personal details when you sign up, and in return you can edit your account info all you want. Uselessaccount.com

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How to get poetry editors to accept your work.

Ignore their advice. Lie to them, saying that you took the advice. Kiss their asses. And then, years later, brag about how you put one over on them. Choriamb: What to do when an editor asks one to revise (NB: if a writer did this to me, and I found out, they’d be blacklisted for life)

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How to strike back at Wikipedia’s silly nofollow policy.

So Wikipedia is adding nofollow tags to all its links? Fine, then. We’ll all just add nofollow tags to all of our links that point to Wikipedia. (And yes, there’s a WordPress plugin.)

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