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Whole lotta labia.

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[Sep. 10th, 2008|10:42 am]
Whole lotta labia.
Don't you, every once in a while, just want to send an internet etiquette package to a bunch of people? Just an envelope with a fun thumbdrive (sushi maybe, or those ones that look like teddybears with no heads) and then when it gets inserted you get this:


  • Basic rules on the use of apostrophes

  • A general understanding of the difference between "your" and "you're" as well as the correct expansions of some basic contractions.

  • A link to Google

  • A link to Snopes

  • And, for those to whom it applies, a general understanding of politeness on LJ. To whit: If you would like to unfriend someone, just do it. Don't whine about it and then post something clever for those still on your flist. That's tacky. And also, if you like someone's icon and you want to use it, ask them first. It's possible they will have no problem at all but it's also possible that they put a lot of work into it, or maybe didn't even make it themselves and the original artist would like credit. Be nice, people, you don't grab accessories from random strangers on the street, now do you?



In other news? I love my flist. The rest of the internet just makes me want to clutch you all to my bosom.


I heard that. Pervs.
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[User Picture]From: camperamy
2008-09-10 02:51 pm (UTC)
heh.
you said bosom.
:o)
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:03 pm (UTC)
See, I thought I could head it off at the pass but nooooo. :)
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2008-09-10 02:53 pm (UTC)
oh, for serious reals, all of it. le sigh.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:04 pm (UTC)
Omg Kiltie, why why whyyyyy?

Also, I have a question for you. I see you go off about spacing after periods in the stuff you edit and it makes me feel really anxious because I remember being taught doublespace after periods. What is the proper convention? Is it just for publications? Dude, when did this change?
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2008-09-10 03:13 pm (UTC)
Double spacing after sentences in business correspondence still works. (I hate it, but it still works.) Double spaces were once a typesetting convention in print publications, but once things were no longer being done manually or on ancient typesetting equipment, it became unnecessary. Desktop publishing makes things much easier in terms of measuring letter/type spacing, and from what I've been told—I do not know this for sure, because omg Luddite—some online text editor software automatically rips out the double spaces anyway. You should be good in your correspondence, but if you're creating anything like a newsletter or magazine or even a flyer of some kind, I wouldn't do it, because it really does look amateurish and can make your life hell in terms of layout, especially if you're confined by executive choice/decision to use—oh god—force-justified text in text boxes.

When I rule the world, man ...
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:17 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to chalk it up to just not having had a revisit of my punctuation rules since high school. So I wasn't being deliberately obtuse, just didn't know any better. I'm going to do my very best to fix this in the LJ but you're going to have to stick with me.

The things I miss out on, seriously.
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2008-09-10 03:24 pm (UTC)
See, they're not there in your LJ. I see no double spaces. :D I think LJ's text editor actually does rip them out, so type the way you always do. I told Cee a bit ago that we're not on the clock here. :D Unless I see something absolutely horrible, I ignore pretty much all publishing conventions online. :D

You know what I do that drives me bananas? Type the same word twice. If I had a dime for every time I'd typed "the the," I'd be ... well, back home in London with servants and James May driving me around in his Bentley in between hours and hours and hours in bed.
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From: starfishchick
2008-09-10 03:40 pm (UTC)
As Kiltie said, I don't think it does show up on LJ. And as Kiltie also said, it's a change from typing to word processing. The word processors can figure out the spacing for themselves.

(I learned to type two-spaces-after-a-period, too, even when I was learning on WordPerfect.)
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:45 pm (UTC)
Well ok then. I can just cut loose and go nuts with my spacing. :) I'll keep it in mind if I'm doing formal correspondence and make sure it's showing up in the web pages I'm publishing. Thank you both for the help. You always make your points without making me feel like a doofus.
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[User Picture]From: maitheas
2008-09-10 03:46 pm (UTC)
no no no no. Mellies.

HTML editors (all of them) strip out extra spaces. which is why if you want one for spayshul formatting reasons, you have to use the magic & nbsp ; ...without all the extra spaces between the ampersand and the semi-colon.

*nods in a sage-like way*
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2008-09-10 05:11 pm (UTC)
THIS INFORMATION IS DANGEROUS AND I FORBID YOU TO SHARE IT IN A WIDER CONTEXT.

I'm too late, aren't I. :D
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[User Picture]From: maitheas
2008-09-10 05:15 pm (UTC)
HEE! :D

But the good part is that it's such a pain in the ass to have to type all those characters that only a crazy person would bother just to get two spaces after every period in a document. right?

*looks around at fandom*

um. sorreh?
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[User Picture]From: slightlytricky
2008-09-10 02:57 pm (UTC)
Boobs!

eta.. ahaha.. icon ooops.

Edited at 2008-09-10 02:58 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:04 pm (UTC)
NOM NOM!

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[User Picture]From: traveller
2008-09-10 03:01 pm (UTC)
every time you use that icon, I end up with the Come to Kenya song stuck in my head the rest of the day.

this is not a complaint.
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2008-09-10 03:05 pm (UTC)
I have still not heard this song or seen this cartoon thingie! Enlighten! Enlighten! /dalek
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:05 pm (UTC)
NOOOOO! Resist. Seriously. Earworm of the first water.
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2008-09-10 03:14 pm (UTC)
AHHH I LEFT MY HEADPHONES AT HOME AAAAAHHHH. *bookmarks*
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[User Picture]From: slightlytricky
2008-09-10 03:11 pm (UTC)
PSA, it loops, so when you think you've watched it three times and it hasn't stopped... just.. um. stop. cuz that's it.

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[User Picture]From: traveller
2008-09-10 03:12 pm (UTC)
sage advice.
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[User Picture]From: slightlytricky
2008-09-10 03:15 pm (UTC)
yeah, it's like the roundabout in paris with me screaming "HELP MEEEEEEEEE" only without the possibility of fiery death.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah that took me like four rounds to figure out. I was like "Um, is this just the chorus?" And then I was like "D'oh!"

Stupid earworm.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:05 pm (UTC)
Cee? They have lions and tigers. If you want, I can book you a tour on Holy Crap! Lions! Tours and you can see for yourself.

Forget Norway.
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[User Picture]From: slightlytricky
2008-09-10 03:07 pm (UTC)
Holy Crap! Lions!
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:18 pm (UTC)
While supplies last!
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[User Picture]From: slightlytricky
2008-09-10 03:21 pm (UTC)
i WANT my FREE snorkel!
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:24 pm (UTC)
I was going to say "First you have to go to Kenya" but then I remembered. Hee. Did you trying peeing on Norway?
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[User Picture]From: slightlytricky
2008-09-10 03:28 pm (UTC)
No, Amsterdam. Missed it by that much.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:46 pm (UTC)
Dude. That's some aim right there. It's like a super power.

You should have a cape.
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[User Picture]From: lapsedagnostic
2008-09-10 05:46 pm (UTC)
No cape!
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[User Picture]From: traveller
2008-09-10 03:12 pm (UTC)
it's where the giraffes are! and the zeh-brah!
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:19 pm (UTC)
Ah the zeh-brah. A noble beast.
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[User Picture]From: traveller
2008-09-10 03:21 pm (UTC)
can you believe it?
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[User Picture]From: genvandevander
2008-09-10 03:18 pm (UTC)
hmmmmm....didn't realize icons were such a big deal, I stole my hermione one from somewhere. It is now my all time fave icon and my default. I do not rember where I got it from, so if anyone recognizes it, let me know who it belongs to so I can ask for useage.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:23 pm (UTC)
For a while I didn't see the big deal either, but then I started making my own and sometimes spending hours getting one just right and at that point it starts being like a piece of garb, right? It's like you've worked hard on it and you love it and if you want to give it to someone that's your choice but it's weird seeing it pop up somewhere else.

I found one of mine (not one I made, but one I use and credit) on a group the other day and it's just been twitching me ever since.

I think yours actually came from Steph (starfishchick). I'd say sit right here and when she gets back to the computer she'll probably chime into this herself. :) Actually, the story behind that one is pretty funny. We were talking one day, Steph and Jaci (marginalia) and I about someone having typo'd the word "prevalent" AND the word "grammar" and Steph was saying that she hoped it was a typo and I said maybe it was street slang. Like "My mad skilz of grammer are way prevlant, yo." And thus it was.
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From: starfishchick
2008-09-10 03:49 pm (UTC)
Hee, yes, I will chime in and ask if you would mind not using it... it was made especially for me as a gift.

If you'd like to steal the wording and make your own (or have someone make you one) that's fair game -- even one with a picture of Hermione! -- but I'd much prefer if you didn't use that specific icon.

Hi!
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[User Picture]From: genvandevander
2008-09-10 03:57 pm (UTC)
ok
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[User Picture]From: genvandevander
2008-09-10 03:58 pm (UTC)
oops will change that defult right now
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[User Picture]From: genvandevander
2008-09-10 03:59 pm (UTC)
I wont use it anymore, sorry for causing a problem.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 04:02 pm (UTC)
Sugar, you didn't know! And though we can all get twitchy about them, in the long run they're just pictures, it's not like leaving the Hubble out of focus before it got launched or leaving a puppy in a hot car.

Plus? That Ms. Piggy is *fabulous*! And how crazy is it that the bastion of true feminine power in this world is the same guy who does Yoda?
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 04:07 pm (UTC)
Also, just so you have them, my favorite icon communities are:

http://community.livejournal.com/icons_r_us/

the big bunch of often Wheedon icons here:
http://community.livejournal.com/buffyecticons/

and anything made by poisoninjest here: http://poisoninjest.livejournal.com/ seriously, hers are so damned funny.
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From: starfishchick
2008-09-10 04:15 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: genvandevander
2008-09-10 08:04 pm (UTC)
cool I will check out the links. Thanks.
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From: starfishchick
2008-09-10 04:09 pm (UTC)
It's OK! These things happen! I do appreciate it, though. (And I'm glad you like it so much.)

Cheers.
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