|27 Jul ’11||Posted by amos under Answers, Questions||
You will never be as good at a touch device(iPhone,iPad,Android) as you can be with a keyboard, guitar, shovel, shirt button, or clutch. You cannot develop muscle memory or intuition without consistent haptic feedback – and they don’t provide it (yet). That may be why working with touch machines feels so cumbersome – you can do very little without looking at it and constantly performing homing actions. Jarring.
|11 Apr ’11||Posted by amos under Questions||
“ People—myself included—frequently part with their money on the web, but only when it’s easy. If iTunes has taught us anything, it’s that easy beats free.
— Mandy Brown: On the news
Reposted from marco.org.
|20 Oct ’10||Posted by amos under Questions||
As for the deliberately uninformed, we can ignore them or we can reach out to them and hopefully start a pattern of people thinking for themselves…
Seth Godin, via (his blog.)
|16 Oct ’10||Posted by amos under books, Questions||
For context, this was written in 1873. We don’t have new problems.
That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse. I am personally acquainted with hundreds of journalists, and the opinion of the majority of them would not be worth tuppence in private, but when they speak in print it is the newspaper that is talking and then their utterances shake the community like the thunders of prophecy.
There are some excellent virtues in newspapers, some powers that wield vast influences for good; and I could have told you all about these things, and glorified them exhaustively – but that would have left you gentlemen nothing to say.
Excerpted from “License of the Press”
|12 Jul ’10||Posted by amos under Questions||
I am increasingly disheartened by the phrase ‘spare time’. This is a bad – diluting the preciousness of the time we have. Allowing you to think it’s okay to split time, focus, and activity into different quadrants. Separating work life and home life fosters a combative duality – each competing for your attention, though not being able to provide fully to either.
Time can not be replenished – all is valuable, none of it spare.
|5 Jun ’10||Posted by amos under Questions||
Hyperbole – avoid it.
Hyperbole (pronounced /haɪˈpɜrbəli/, from ancient Greek ὑπερβολή ’exaggeration’), is a rhetorical device in which statements are exaggerated. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, but is not meant to be taken literally.
Hyperboles are figures of speech that are exaggerated in order to create emphasis or effect. Hyperbole is a literary device often used in poetry, and is frequently encountered in casual speech. On occasion, newspapers and other media use hyperbole when speaking of an accident, to increase the impact of the story. This is more often found in tabloid newspapers, which often exaggerate accounts of events to appeal to a wider audience.
|22 May ’10||Posted by amos under Questions||
Style Guide – The Name of the Church
The official name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This full name was given by revelation from God to Joseph Smith in 1838.—
While the term “Mormon Church” has long been publicly applied to the Church as a nickname, it is not an authorized title, and the Church discourages its use.
When writing about the Church, please follow these guidelines:
- In the first reference, the full name of the Church is preferred: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Please avoid the use of “Mormon Church,” “LDS Church” or “the Church of the Latter-day Saints.”
- When a shortened reference is needed, the terms “the Church” or “the Church of Jesus Christ” are encouraged.
- When referring to Church members, the term “Latter-day Saints” is preferred, though “Mormons” is acceptable.
- “Mormon” is correctly used in proper names such as the Book of Mormon, Mormon Tabernacle Choir or Mormon Trail, or when used as an adjective in such expressions as “Mormon pioneers.”
- The term “Mormonism” is acceptable in describing the combination of doctrine, culture and lifestyle unique to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- When referring to people or organizations that practice polygamy, the terms “Mormons,” “Mormon fundamentalist,” “Mormon dissidents,” etc. are incorrect. The Associated Press Stylebook notes: “The term Mormon is not properly applied to the other … churches that resulted from the split after [Joseph] Smith’s death.”
|28 Mar ’10||Posted by amos under Questions||
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.”
Are ‘Son of God’ and ‘innocent’ close translations from Roman to the other languages? Author’s editorial libery?