Archive for May, 2008

How to Disagree

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

The Disagreement Pyramid. It’s like the food pyramid, only instead of sugar and grains, it ranks ad hominem and ‘ur mom.’

That old saw about hammers and nails

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Have you ever noticed that: When you nail a point, it’s the same as when you hit the nail on the head? Both imply precision, even though nailing a picture to the wall is much different than squarely hitting a nail once. Congrats on not hitting your thumb, I guess. Then you can hammer something. [...]

The Universal Rule of Writing (That You Should Discard)

Friday, May 16th, 2008

“Show, don’t tell.” At first pass, it’s the solution to 90% of bad writing. It’s such a vague, catch-all instruction that if you’re in a writer’s workshop, you can prove you critiqued your peers by writing “show, don’t tell!” all over their stories. Strident red letters work best. I prefer to replace the “don’t” with [...]


Friday, May 16th, 2008

The housing bubble? Yawn. That is so 2007. Think of it like an economic pacemaker: your heart stops, it shocks you, it hurts, and you’re ready to go. Then you die.


Friday, May 16th, 2008

In most elevators, at least in any built or installed since the early nineties, the door-close button doesn’t work.


Friday, May 16th, 2008

“Odd.” Now there’s a word that says just what it means.

It was:

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

A dark and stormy night The best of times The worst of times A pleasure to burn Like so, but wasn’t A queer, sultry summer The day my grandmother exploded A bright cold day in april Love at first sight.

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