Monday, December 27, 2010

Niggle, niggle, niggle

Port Mortuary, Dear Gentle Reader(s), by Patricia Cornwell, is another of her competent books.

There might be, however, a point over which to niggle.  Since this is the final week of a year of constant caviling, let the niggling begin:

Page 29 contains this “Thick clouds pass over the oblong moon…”

Got it?  Crescent moon, yes.  Perhaps dish of a moon, but oblong moon?

Usually an oblong figure is classified as a rectangle, isn’t it?

Even given that a second definition of oblong is elliptical, ellipses have to have a circular element, and the concavity of the crescent prevents that element.

So authors get bored and try new combinations.  That can be insightful.  It can also be detrimental to the flow of the narrative.

An “oblong” moon dams the flow.

Don’t be lazy, writer.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Countdown Day

Have to love these early century dates. 

December 12, 2010, will go down, on many checks and letters, as 12/11/10.


Wonder how it would’ve ended.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010


DADT fails by 3 votes.

Not much sympathy for Repuglicans for the next few years.

Now if we could only get rid of Boehner’s bitches.

(Do I sound disgruntled?  Very well, then, I sound disgruntled.)

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

You Know It’s a Myth

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My only objection to the billboard advertising the above is the fact that it doesn’t somewhere also state that all religious writings are metaphorical.

When will we learn?

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