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Posts Tagged ‘pedantry

My kind of teachable moment

Posted by: meaplet on: September 21, 2009

In the alternate universe where I have a dorky logic blog (which is, I must confess, a very close universe to this one), this post lives on it. The “pornography causes homosexuality” news story that has been making the rounds today is the most delightful example of a classical logical fallacy that I’ve seen in […]

Lessons in password security

Posted by: meaplet on: May 26, 2008

I learned a few lessons about password security over the last week, and thought I’d share them. I’m well acquainted with the standard techniques of password security, and I always use medium to long passwords with a combination of upper and lower-case letters, and numbers. I’m not quite comfortable yet with using special characters in […]


Posted by: meaplet on: May 15, 2008

Quick update to be thrilled as can be about the end to the ban on gay marriage in California. Supreme Court, I give you the thumbs up. Now, to find a nice girl to marry… — On a linguistic note, I’ve been mildly irked all day by the one-man-one-woman quotation that everybody in the universe […]

WTF prescriptionism

Posted by: meaplet on: May 7, 2008

A conversation I had yesterday set me thinking about the sorts of “grammar rules” one learns in high school. Unlike most of my peers, I did not read Strunk and White until some point in college, when my little sister gave me a copy as a gift. Instead, my primary guide was Lucile Vaughn Payne’s […]


Posted by: meaplet on: March 19, 2008

I have been thinking lately about eyebrows with emoticons. Once I started (attempting to come up with a way to indicate sarcasm via a raised eyebrow) I found that they’re incredibly expressive, possibly more so than their standard counterparts. A few examples: ô_ō raised eyebrow (sarcasm/ dry joke) ô_ô surprise ò_ó anger ó_ò sadness/pitiful eyes […]

Presidential Brunch

Posted by: meaplet on: February 18, 2008

Today, to celebrate the birthdays of two presidents, the man who came up with evolution, and myself, I hosted a small brunch. George Washington’s birthday was either February 22 or February 11, depending on how you count things (the calendar system changed within his lifetime, so the day of the year that was February 11 […]