Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Shuffle dem iPods.

Hola folks.

Just checking in. Decided that would be humanitarian thing to do and all.... No, there are no Christmas specials coming up - at least none that I'm aware of - but I don't like going an entire week without posting something, so this is what you get.

Not too long ago, I was having a discussion with one of them writer type friends o' mine about the craft and he quoted some noted author (whose name escapes me) that once said, "Writing is easy. All you have to do is tap the vein."

How prolific. How overly melodramatic. How elite East Village author-esque! I like it. And you'll be delighted to know I haven't tapped any veins lately - although that should be obvious due to the complete lack of track marks on this page. No - the veins remain fresh, unharmed, and ripe for the piercing. Did you know that if you poke a hole in your jugular it squirts eighteen feet? Anyway, where was I? Lack of posts... er.. veins.... tapped veins... Whatever. I'm tired of writing posts apologizing for there being a lack of posts, quite frankly, so I'm not going to do that today. Instead, I'll do what I do when I don't have time to say a lot, and that's link.

I've been doing some writing on my own... you know, like the real stuff that you hope to sell someday if only the editor inside would stop shredding the shit to pieces... and I find that I suck at grammar and punctuation, despite having read The Elements of Style twice already (once in Freshman year of high school, another time in a drunken stupor about five years ago.) You knew this already. But, this is troubling not-so news. I mean, it's one thing to have bad grammar here... on a BLOG for Christ's sake. It's another thing to split infinitives on a potential publication.

This is fixable, however. I'll simply study some more. After all, there are rules for this sort of thing. Strictly defined rules. Just got to memorize them.... er.. yeah.... anyhoo, I'm not the only one with this problem. While poking around the thoroughly enjoyable, I found a link to Engadget, where they tried to determine whether the plural of iPod shuffle is iPod shuffles or iPods shuffle. They even went so far as to call Apple PR to find out.

Personally, I would have said the latter. Lots of people spend time using their plurals that way. Carls Jr.... The Brothers Grimm.... The Brothers Gibb, for that matter.... the list goes on and on. The Engadget post doesn't really provide much of an answer, but both it and the reader comments are funny as hell.

That's it for now folks. Might be back tomorrow, and look for a links post on Friday. Toodles.


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