The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Wednesday, 16 June 2004]

Be kind to the apostrophe

One of the scars left upon my soul by doing too much reading and writing at an early age is a proof-reader mode always stuck at eleven, which is constantly triggered by the epidemic of brutal and callous apostrophe abuse going on in the world today, even among people who should know better. Take for instance this .sig file from an email that just landed in my inbox a few seconds ago:

This e-mail, and it’s attachment(s), if any, have been scanned by NortonAnti-Virus 2003 Professional

Aaaargh! “it’s attachments?”

Another insidious and equally disturbing mutilation that’s cropped up on more PowerPoint slides than useless bar graphs is the use of apostrophes to signify plurals. So we get “We will scan the URL’s contents,” “We will buy many CD’s,” etc.

Looking around the web for other victims of apostrophe abuse, found a post on Dive Into Mark where he laments this abuse, and finds that the apostrophe is the modern day Shibboleth.

Interestingly, the word Shibboleth comes from one of those ultra-violent ethnic-cleansing passages that so liven up the Bible.

**Listening To: **“Vyce Grypp” by Mix Master Mike itunes

« Cat update

 »


Enjoy the ten latest posts!

Book roundup, part 27

Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle

“Cancel everything. You’re going into emergency surgery today”

Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.

Book roundup, part 26

Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.

Renewing the nerd card: Installing Ubiquiti UniFi in the house

The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism

Working in the pod mines

What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.

It is impossible for a person to begin to learn what he already thinks he knows

Smell the Foam Finger

Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.

Book roundup, part 25

Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.