Editing links

The V-formation

January 9, 2004
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Also known as the pace car phenomenon. It’s what happens when traffic bunches up behind a cop car. More details courtesy of the Word Fugitive.

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Designers, get your clips together

January 7, 2004
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SND wants the best of ‘em right away. (Thanks to NewsDesigner for the link.)

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Put your proofing skills to work

January 6, 2004
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Sheila Lennon posted this notice on her blog: Is there a copy editor lurking inside you? You might want to help the all-volunteer Distributed Proofreaders put more free texts online for Project Gutenberg: The first step to take to help us out would be to register to be a new proofreader… After you register...

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Stop by Nicole’s blog

December 24, 2003
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For a guide to holiday myths. For instance: “Xmas” is a modern abbreviation that is disrespectful for “taking the Christ out of Christmas.” (The first letter in the Greek word for Christ is chi, which looks like an X in our alphabet. So, you get Xmas and sometimes even Xian.)

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Digging for news

December 17, 2003
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Joe Adams’ “I Dig Answers” blog is mostly about using public records in Florida (which has about the best open-records laws anywhere) to find out stuff and keep people honest. Joe was chief of the Peninsula Bureau at the Tampa Trib when I worked there; a great guy and all-around newshound. Joe’s an editorial...

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Hipster copy editor wannabe at mcsweeneys.net

November 13, 2003
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Get this guy on the rim, stat: I’m going to try to put this as simply as possible, because I realize that some people thought of English as an elective in college. “FARTHER” is a word that refers to distance. “FURTHER” refers to time or quantity. “FARTHER” has the fucking root “FAR” in it....

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Scoop o’ the day

November 11, 2003
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Derek Willis links to a Mobile Register story about fiscal recklessness in the Alabama Legislature. Over two years, the payments have ranged from supplements of a few hundred dollars per paycheck to one-time bonuses of several thousand dollars, the records show. The annual salaries of those employees whose payroll records were reviewed by the...

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Tracking police hiring

November 10, 2003
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Derek Willis of The Scoop points to an interesting bit of reportage in the Dallas Morning News: One recently hired officer had to pay $1,200 in traffic tickets and drove with a suspended license 8 months before being fired. The names of the officers were provided to the paper by other police colleagues, “many...

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He’s got a Reason

November 4, 2003
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MediaBistro interviews the editor of Reason magazine (posted as a shoutout to Matt Welch, who writes for the mag). His philosophy: Fundamentally, I don’t think the magazine is interested in controlling people’s lives. What we’re interested in doing is reducing the number of controls on people’s lives, both in the cultural arena, in the...

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What about Western?

October 31, 2003
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The ACES folks want to know: upper or lower case, particulary in regards to music?

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