Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Notes from Tuesday

  • Don't you hate it when you're doing a find-and-replace for double spaces, but then it misses a few? I mean, c'mon find-and-replace function!
  • Isn't it odd how the L.A. Weekly spell-check doesn't think "L.A." is spelled correctly? Let's get with the program, spell-checker!
  • I've always found it much more satisfying to staple together a set of proofs rather than use a paper clip. That distinctive stapler click gives one a feeling of tidiness, decisiveness, finality. With a paper clip, you can always easily pull apart the pages. But you've got to be damn sure you're done with the proof when you use the stapler. There's no turning back after using the stapler!


Blogger Gendy said...

Oh, and another thing that confuses me is where to put the (.) period--or for that matter (?) or (!) marks--when (") quotation marks are involved. Like, is it "Factcheckers are better than proofreaders!" or "Factcheckers are way, way, way better than proofreaders"!

5:41 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

Another excellent query. In all those instances, the marks go inside the quotes. But they'd go outside the quotes if they were colons or semicolons, or if the question mark or exclamation point wasn't related to the quoted material:

I really love that song "Muskrat Love"!

6:22 PM  
Blogger Gendy said...

Would you please post a photo of the Proofreading Whiteboard with my cartoon cat drawing on it that other people (crazy proofreaders, presumably) drew onto with their own cartoons of other cats? Thanks.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Bad D said...

Nota bene: "fact checker" is two words.

11:40 PM  
Blogger courtney said...

You guys are a bunch of nerds. A good nerd is hard to find in L.A.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Craig said...

You know, it's also hard to find a good sandwich in L.A. Man, I love sandwiches, especially the kinds with bread ...

2:50 PM  
Blogger courtney said...

You know, it's also hard to find good chili con queso in L.A. I've searched (while) high and low. Not hailing from the Southwest region of the U.S., you most likely have no clue how delicious and dippable this kind of cheese is.

3:02 PM  
Blogger james said...

Isn't L.A. in the Southwest? Or did we move too far north in that last quake? And, yes, I'm giving myself credit right now for predicting the next big quake. The great thing about these predictions is that no one remembers if they don't happen, but, if a quake does occur, I'll look like a genius. Or a nerd. But the bigger question remains: What happened to my trash bin in Proofreading? And why did someone steal ("borrow") my green pen but leave the cap? Please steal the whole pen, not just part of it. I feel like someone's gaslighting me. But it's not going to work -- I'm already crazy. Hah!

3:58 PM  
Blogger courtney said...

Should Janice become a copy editor?

"hi im so confused with what i want my career to be im good at enlgish and im very artsy and have an eye for how things look i gues and i really want to work in a magazine i think or i dont even know!!! could you tel me what kinds of job involve working in magazines or with fashion magazines... andything along those lines i feel like i really need some direction. thier are so many jobs i am un aware of yet. please help thanks !:)"

--Beatrice R., 20, twin fan/advice seeker

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Blogger Craig said...

In due time ...

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Blogger Bad D said...

"andything" is my porn name.

5:49 PM  
Blogger courtney said...

I meant to say "Beatrice" instead of "Janice" at the beginning of my post. I had been trying to protect the identity of Janice by changing her name to Beatrice. I failed her, obviously.

And, I suspect that Craig stole James' pen and trashcan. He was the one who, in a fit of rage, spilled coffee on my proof last weekend without apology.

Where do you "do" porn?

6:28 PM  
Blogger Gendy said...

No, once again, you are ALL wrong. Lovell stole James's (or is it James' or Jameses'ses) green pen. Lovell's purple pen ran out of ink, so now he's switched to green, which puts him in a very bad mood.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Gendy said...

P.S. There is a rogue trashcan sitting in the corner stairwell in between the 3rd and 4th floors. Is this yours, James? (Unless they've designated the stairwell a high-trash area.)

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