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  • The Ink-Stained Wretch: Today's post brought to you by Spiro Calicoat...
    09 2006 Today s post brought to you by Spiro Calicoat I love the names used by email spammers Spiro Calicoat and Spermicide V Sedimentation popped out at me today Posted by krudman at July 9 2006 07 44 AM

    Original URL path: http://emmanate.org/wretch/archives/000140.html (2016-02-10)
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  • The Ink-Stained Wretch: Software and Values
    good fiction or screenwriting is about not taking the shortcut It s about respecting the customer bringing them in under the tent far enough to ensure their trust and then keeping it Having a web page that asks you to enter information then bringing up another page where you have to confirm that information That s dishonest I d bet even money that you were redirected in between to another system and you just double entered your info Why did you do that Probably because the two teams that built the backend didn t bother or couldn t due to incompatible systems or privacy policies putting them together Pretending that you haven t been asked to do the work of the engineers or the database It s just plain lying How does honesty relate to a movie screenplay It s a little harder here since the underlying contract with the audience includes a bit of self delusion This is what is always referred to as suspension of disbelief when the viewer reader willingly lets the writer lie to them in order for the story to work Well that s fine but what about when the writer takes that contract and spits all over it Are you willing to believe that she would even speak to him on the street Jimmy Fallon I m talking about you here Fine says the writer then you ll believe it when I can throw in a title that says 6 years later that they are still together and he hasn t changed It s just plain dishonest I used to work for a large ish web company that provided a public information portal a guide to things happening in your city Every six months or so they would completely redesign the site most often

    Original URL path: http://emmanate.org/wretch/archives/000139.html (2016-02-10)
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  • The Ink-Stained Wretch: A World Away
    try to get my clock reset I am astounded as ever at how fricking expensive this city is Nearly 35 spent on some noodles and potstickers and a beer It s going to be a challenge feeding myself on the company budget Good thing I decided before I left that I was going to start a diet There s a gym here I m going to work out every day

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  • The Ink-Stained Wretch: Somebody's Getting Medieval on My Ass
    hoop for Nate this weekend Naturally life would rain down the old biblical plagues right And just in time for my two week Euro work trip starting this weekend Cause everybody wants to spend hours locked in a room with a clown with something festering on his neck So I headed down to Little Tokyo to see what kind of magic my doc can work on curses Only it s

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  • The Ink-Stained Wretch: Going mobile
    to those places all of which I have enjoyed in the past I m not looking forward to being away from the family for two weeks I realized today that I haven t gone more than 4 days away since Emma was about three months old At least I can get my cell phone working over there now Cingular has agreed to unlock it and it s the end of

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  • The Ink-Stained Wretch: Not even a little surprised
    ones that have actually been published And now on top of that her own mediocre first novel which is only interesting because it was written by a seventeen year old is tainted by being stolen from someone else s mediocre book Note that I haven t actually read any of these works hence the use of the word mediocre is proof of the jealousy gene I mentioned at the top She will never get to live this down Better for her that her first book had never seen the light of day like most of our first books It was probably bad enough that her fellow students and teachers at Harvard many of whom have written or are writing mediocre books of their own knew that she had a two book deal with a major house worth something like 600K they were already going to be gunning for her But now they have license to look down on her as well Kaavya was my student last spring in a section where I was a TA I was surprised to learn she had written a book as her writing was awful I had given her low grades on her papers I feel bad for her even though she was always falling asleep in section as if you don t notice a snoozing person sitting at a conference table for ten Plagiarizing from chick lit has to be some kind of double whammy against artistic integrity So I m going to choose the route of moral superiority from high upon my throne of unpublished ness I don t get plagiarism I don t understand the impetus Perhaps because my own mix of self doubt rampant ego is skewed so heavily to the ego side of the ledger I just couldn t imagine

    Original URL path: http://emmanate.org/wretch/archives/000134.html (2016-02-10)
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  • The Ink-Stained Wretch: Career Opportunities
    conversation Nate Papa what s a henchman Ken He helps the bad guys Nate What does he do Ken Mostly he carries the bags of loot and stuff And when Batman shows up the bad guy says Get him you fools and the henchmen have to try and beat up Batman Nate Do the henchmen ever beat up Batman Ken Nah they just slow him down long enough for the

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  • The Ink-Stained Wretch: The Shiver of Nostalgia
    my joy when the artist alert on iTunes came through to tell me that Nikki Sudden and Jacobites Robespierre s Velvet Basement has been rereleased I m listening to it right now and damned if I m not floating through Berlin circa 1986 twenty two years old cold and lonely hair cropped short scared and cynical and so thin For some reason there are now 27 cuts on this disk

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