Mar 21, 2015
commented on If You Had a Problem with Ryan Boudinot's Piece about Writers
Anyone with access to a computer can be a published author these days. Calling yourself a writer is easy. I think that Boudinot was acknowledging this evident truth and is being pilloried for it. We live in a society where people expect to be praised for simply showing up, rather than excelling. If everyting is is supposed to be good then nothing can be great. Being a good writer is difficult, it requires discipline. It requires style. Good writers must understand the rules of grammar in order to tell a story coherently and writers who break those rules need to know what they are doing and why. Good writers also need to have an inate sense of narrative, anyone who has ever listened to an over detailed anecdote related by a bore should understand this. By all means, write and self publish if you find it necessary but do not confuse desire and catharsis with excellence.
Feb 18, 2015
commented on I, Anonymous
Anon. This is part of your learning process. You will work with people like this in the future. Now is the time to learn how to deal with them assertively. You can't fire this person if they end up on your team, but with group consent but you can work around them. If lazybones ends up on your team you need to be clear to the whole group, including lazybones, that one person should not hold the whole group back and then plan around that person. If they have a history of not completing tasks, give them the most unimportant tasks which won't bring down the project as a whole if left undone. Good lucj
Feb 10, 2015
commented on How I Discovered Cat Crack
It's not the food, it's you. You have trained them to expect to be fed whenever they want. You feed them three times a day by your narrative, which is unnecessary and not particularly healthy for a cat. Cats are smart and can be greedy. If you feed them each time they give you a cue they will give that cue more often.
Feb 9, 2015
commented on Jack White's Management Responds to the University of Oklahoma Guacamole Situation
Remember when Sarah Palin's riders were published? Hillary Clinton's? contracts with state agencies are subject to public records requests, even if they seem frivolous. If you don't want that, don't contract with public entities. Every email written by Washington State employees have been requested by a private citizen as reported in the Stranger and other sites last week. Why? Who knows, but it is the law and there are good reasons for such laws, whether they are annoying or not.
Feb 3, 2015
commented on SL Letter of the Day: As One Is Wont to Do
Is a butt plug an ornament, or a tool?
People with pierced ears wear ear rings even though they are inserted into their ears so choice of verb is confusing here. One uses a vibrater rather than wears it. So perhaps one uses a butt plug as well.
One doesn't wear a catheter, even though it is half in and half out. One also doesn't wear a leg bag to collect the urine from the catheter one uses a leg bag because being a medical device it is more of a tool.