Monday’s Madness, Mudslinging and Miscellaneous Musings

Happy Monday one and all. Let’s begin with

If You Write It or Publish It… and we don’t like it… You Can’t Buy It Through Us:

It seems that PayPal has decided they have morals… and so should you. To that end, they’ve decided to start censoring Erotica. If they don’t like it, you can’t buy it through their service.

You can read more about this over at On Fiction Writing.

But don’t worry…

Those nuclear-tipped, hand-held, ground-to-air missile’s you ordered from those freedom fighters on eBay? Your payments been approved. Have fun.

… Onward…

Well, Wasn’t He a Little Dickens…

Thanks to Lists Of Note we know that when Charles Dickens moved into Tavistock House in 1851, he decided to fill two spaces in his new study with bookcases containing fake books, the witty titles of which he had invented.

On October 22nd of that year he wrote to a bookbinder named Thomas Robert Eeles and supplied him with a “list of imitation book-backs” to be produced.

Among them…

History of a Short Chancery Suit
Five Minutes in China. 3 vols.
Forty Winks at the Pyramids. 2 vols.
Toot’s Universal Letter-Writer. 2 vols.
History of the Middling Ages. 6 vols.
Jonah’s Account of the Whale.
Kant’s Ancient Humbugs. 10 vols.
Bowwowdom. A Poem.
The Quarrelly Review. 4 vols.
The Gunpowder Magazine. 4 vols.
The Art of Cutting the Teeth.
Paxton’s Bloomers. 5 vols.
Drowsy’s Recollections of Nothing. 3 vols.
Heavyside’s Conversations with Nobody. 3 vols.
Commonplace Book of the Oldest Inhabitant. 2 vols.
Growler’s Gruffiology, with Appendix. 4 vols.
The Books of Moses and Sons. 2 vols.
Lady Godiva on the Horse.
Hansard’s Guide to Refreshing Sleep. As many volumes as possible.

…. and more. You can read the complete list at the link above.

Continuing on to Tech-Now-Low-Gee Corner:

If you’re at all interested (as I am) in the physics that underly at piece of technology you’re reading this column on, this headline should just about knock your socks off.

Single-Atom Transistor Closer to Reality

The research team that last month announced creating a wire one atom tall and four atoms wide has also built a working transistor from a single atom.

At the link above, Dice Blog contributing writer and editor Susan Hill takes us inside the evolution of the single-atom transister.

Of course while smaller, faster, better, cheaper is always good, the hardware doesn’t do us a bit of good without applications that actually work.

The Department of What’s So Hard About:  Getting webpages to behave the same way? 

Heck, I’d be happy if the ones already up worked consistently the same… but of course they don’t because every web browser has some feature that requires a function ‘switch’ just for it, not to mention different default handling for non-supported features.

And with HTML5 standards still a moving target and HTML4 having more extension baggage than a hotel porter could carry with a forklift…

But, HTML5 is coming, as is CSS3, and the browsers of the World Wide Web are more ready to support it than many think.

There’s a very handy and well maintained site called WhenCanIUse… that tracks the adoption of standardised features.  The following are the take ups by browser at the start of March 2012:

IE 10 : 77 percent
Firefox 11 & 12 : 83 percent
Chrome 17-19 : 88 percent
Safari 6 : 75 percent
Opera 12 : 76 percent

Oh, and I’d think twice before whining about wanting a WYSIWYG web browser. The code that’s hidden… the what you don’t see part of those word processor documents would leave your hair standing on end.

Around The Web: Writers Wanted

Over at GalleyCat this morning there’s article entitled Why The Video Game Industry Needs Writers

IMHO, if for no other reason than to write useable, understandable game guides… in real English that normal humans can understand… if you please?

… And finally…

 In This Corner:

Over at the Daily Telegraph…

When Diary of a Wimpy Kid beat Harry Potter to be named the best children’s book of the past decade, author Jeff Kinney was delighted. His nine-year-old son was less impressed.

“I think my son really put things in perspective for me,” said Kinney. “My nine-year-old has read all the Harry Potter books and I said, ‘Well, my book was voted the best book of the past 10 years in the UK’.

“And he said, ‘Was Harry Potter published in the past 10 years? Because those books are way better than yours.’”

You can read more of the Jeff Kinney smack-down here.

Well, that’s it for the Monday Madness. Go forth, Write Well, and do good works.


About Gwendolyn McIntyre

Author, editor, businesswoman, musician, lover of jazz and horses. Chief investigator of all things that go BUMP in the night.
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One Response to Monday’s Madness, Mudslinging and Miscellaneous Musings

  1. Lyka Ricks says:

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