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27 September 2014 @ 10:44 am
There are some things that are strange.
 
 
 
icy_out
02 February 2014 @ 12:21 am
Dude had the writer ever read Faulkner? I crave a comma and all other forms of punctuation. And I use semi colons in texts. I'm a Luddite!

It's better to fight about the Oxford comma then other things? Not sure what it says.

I never really liked it, but I think that's because I came from the world of typing on an old-fashioned-for-real typewriter, and the style for business letters etc. was no Oxford comma. But I also have a very hard time not inserting two spaces after the period at the end of a sentence. Because I learned it that way, it's quite ingrained. Now I think it's more important to be consistent--if you use it, use it correctly; if you don't, don't ever use it.

But i think there need to be more commas. Commas help break sentences up into recognizable bits for ease of reading.

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I like the Oxford comma. XXX doesn't. Whenever I have her read something that I have written, she is always telling me to remove it because it is wrong. What does that say about us?

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_good_word/2014/01/comma_usage_rules_are_unclear_could_the_punctuation_mark_die_out_completely.single.html
 
 
 
icy_out
11 February 2013 @ 06:58 pm

One thing about being single is that when my car gets stuck in the ice or snow I have to depend on the kindness of people I don't know to help me out. Luckily there really is always someone.

 
 
 
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26 January 2013 @ 11:52 am
I'm wondering how long I can sit without moving. My cats are too. They don't mind.
 
 
 
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13 June 2012 @ 03:38 pm
It was 90 and then it's 60 and and then it's going to be 90 again. My cats don't know whether to shed or grow fur. It's confusing!
 
 
 
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19 November 2009 @ 06:22 pm
It's a fight to the bitter bitter end! Or not. Maybe just a funny contest in my mind. For part the first of the contest, the topic is "2 songs with the same title, which is better? starring youtubes of your choice."

My song title choice is "I am a Scientist." I cheated a little bit, I must admit. This song choice has two fun poppy bands who are more fun together.

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icy_out
26 October 2009 @ 08:20 pm
Twenty films...Share

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Twenty films you've seen that will always stick with you. First twenty you can recall. Tag 15 friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing what films my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your 20 picks, and tag people in the note -- upper right hand side.)

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icy_out
14 August 2009 @ 01:35 pm
So, here's another meme, eh? Even though I wasn't tagged, I'll play. I'm a follower like that.

50 artists/bands I've seen live
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05 August 2009 @ 02:17 pm
So, a friend posted her 15 favorite reads (in no particular order) on the facebook. Now, I love a list, and that's no lie. So, jump in! Maybe I will start another list, soon, of other media items; I just don't know.

But first, I am unable to create lists without explanations and caveats. 15 of what kind of books--the ones that moved me the most? The ones that blew my mind and made me view the world completely differently? The ones that I read and re-read just because? The ones that might be embarrassing but I still love them in my soul?

mmm.... which one should I do? Also in no particular order; just 15...

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The beauty of the lj cut. Because I am unable to use 10 words where 35 will do.
 
 
 
icy_out
12 August 2008 @ 11:02 am
World War I--still kicking my ass daily. It makes me want to explode from the what of it.

All these things. What I need to do is gather all these jumble of thoughts and write something, because right now they are still a complex blender of vagueness. I think I am still distilling.

I want to read Ludendorff's autobiography, and more about Pétain, especially. Pétain breaks my heart, and I don't know why, I don't even know that much about him. Maybe I should hate him, eh? Probably Haig as well. (Churchill, jeez, how many books about one person can there be?). I know that's top down, but I'm ready to read what the decision-makers thought they were doing, as well as what the analysts decided they were doing. Of course they were writing in hindsight as well, but still.

Did Kerensky write an autobiography?

Are there any books specifically about the Canada Corps experience?

When does part II of this Hew Stracham epic come out?

I know there are easy answers to these questions--answers I can find quickly. It's been a while since I've been this wrapped up in something... I think the last time was my Philip Roth obsession. (Oh Philip, even if you are a portentious asshole by reputation, your writing is like daggers in my soul. Daggers, man).

I am being greedy--I want everything! I want to quit my job and go back to school and get a history degree and go hang out at the imperial War museum and read archives (dear Paul Fussell, so jealous of you).

I've read maybe three works of fiction this year? Which is crazy! It's all been history history history.

Sometimes being alive is so fantastic it's almost hard to breathe. Funny that, because I'm not sure how many people would classify reading history as living, especially if all the communication of what is learned is a conversation within my own head.

Still, hard to breathe. Fantastic.