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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:33 am
by SandChigger
I am increasingly bored by the continuing war on the passive. :roll:

Some sections of the department use the APA stylesheet, which I believe completely forbids the passive. Stupid.

The gerund and participle (yes, they are different! ;) ) one might be a bit excessive as well. There are times when the progressive is called for.

"I'm currently running a series of simulations of blah blah blah."

"I run computer simulations of blah blah blah for a living."



(Oh, by the way, got "Safari could not open the page “http://bb.solahpmo.com/posting.php?mode=reply&t=976” because the server is not responding." when I first tried posting this. :( )

PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:26 am
by Omphalos
SandChigger wrote:I am increasingly bored by the continuing war on the passive. :roll:


That is one of my greatest problems. Its like I was born to write in the passive.

Think I'm going to put Strunk & White's in the pile and re-read it sometime.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:33 pm
by SandChigger
Like anything else, it's the overuse = abuse that's the problem. Moderation in all things....

Forbidding something entirely because it might be abused is such a stupid, knee-jerk reaction. And a sign of little minds.

What does that say for the APA. :evil:


(I'm sure we can find you something better than S&W. :shock: )

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 2:30 am
by Omphalos
SandChigger wrote:(I'm sure we can find you something better than S&W. :shock: )


For the last ten or so years I have had to use the Blue Book for legal writing. I'm afraid I dont remember anything else. What is wrong with Strunk & White, and what would you suggest?

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:14 pm
by SandChigger
Let me get back to you on that.

(Mainly, they're OLD. ;) )

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:53 pm
by The Phantom
I always got pissed when MS Word always highlighted passive sentences as if they were a grammatical error. STFU microsoft! if i wanna use passive voice I'm going to. Then i realized I could disable that rule... and he did.

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:02 pm
by GamePlayer
What else did he do? :)

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 11:56 pm
by SandChigger
:? We are not alone?

Or, at least, B.B. isn't. Inside his head.

Freaky weird. Canadian. :whistle:

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:30 am
by The Phantom
:P i hate you both

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:06 pm
by SandChigger
:dance:

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:44 pm
by GamePlayer
Baraka Bryan wrote::P i hate you both


What the hell are you doing up at this hour young man? Get to bed! :)

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:46 pm
by The Phantom
GamePlayer wrote:
Baraka Bryan wrote::P i hate you both


What the hell are you doing up at this hour young man? Get to bed! :)



wow the new board times are screwed up... my clock currently says 11:32pm.. which makes it 3h46m off...

so that means i typed that at 8:15ish this morning...

makes sense. that seems more typical of one of my morning posts... i'm always more hateful when i've just gotten up :P

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:50 pm
by GamePlayer
So, what are you doing up at near midnight on a weekday? :)

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:54 pm
by The Phantom
GamePlayer wrote:So, what are you doing up at near midnight on a weekday? :)


too pissed off to go to bed yet...
(i'm hateful at night too :P)

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:46 am
by SandChigger
Timestamp test! :P

(Poo poo, poody-tat, poo!)


Board says 7:46 PM, but my ultra-exacto super watch says 7:33, so it's about 13 mins fast for me.

That's about right, same as it was before the upgrade. :)

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:54 am
by Eyes High
why the time difference in mins?

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:40 am
by Omphalos
Eyes High wrote:why the time difference in mins?


local machines are just set differently. People forget to set the time, or the machine loses or gains time and becomes inaccurate.

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:39 am
by Freakzilla
I recently discovered that time goes slower in my Caddy. I left my watch:

Timex Expedition E-Compass™

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http://www.timex.com/gp/product/B000CD2 ... Brand=core

...in it for a couple of weeks, since I've been driving my Ford Minivan. I got my watch out and it was a few days and several minutes slow.

I've had it for years and never had to reset it but for daylight savings time and changing the battery.

:shock:

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:21 pm
by SandChigger
Driving FTL again, eh? :P

(Maybe it's time to change the battery again. Or get a new watch? ;) )

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:38 pm
by A Thing of Eternity
SandChigger wrote:Driving FTL again, eh? :P

(Maybe it's time to change the battery again. Or get a new watch? ;) )
Or he just parked next to a gravity well. :wink:

Re: Great article on editing

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:57 pm
by SandChigger
That's ... deep.