“Not to be immodest, but there was the innovation aspect. Across the board, everyone said, “Gosh, it’s amazing this hasn’t happened earlier.” To me, that was the most reinforcing and inspiring thing. We really have gotten a tremendous response.”—
The guy who wrote this, @ryanchris? I’m proud to say that he’s a friend of mine.
I’d like to take half these lessons and tape them to my bathroom mirror, and then tape the other half to my forehead for the benefit of the people I know who need to learn ‘em.
My father always told me that the day we stop learning is the day we die. I wrote this as a sort of preparation for my 35th birthday last week. Some of these are poignant, others are simply trite; I attribute the latter to my growing sense of sentimentality as I age. That, and I need an editor.
“It happens that I have strong feelings about the use of [sic]. Hackish writers deploy this routinely to make whoever they are quoting look stupid. It’s a very cheap move, and a sure sign, in my view, of third-tier writing. It’s acceptable to use [sic] if there’s no way around it, and it’s sometimes excusable to use it if you’re trying to underscore the sloppiness, or stupidity, or whatever, of some powerful figure — if the president of an Ivy League school made a glaring mistake in some official context, maybe that would get a pass. But in general, [sic] is a cheap move — we all make mistakes, typos, little glitches, that mean nothing. This web site is full of such errors — for all I know this post will contain such errors, because I’m writing it quickly, and I don’t have a proofreader, etc. In other words, I’m no different than the person I quoted making some workaday, meaningless error.”—My [sic] mistake
“I do want to point out, when you get in your car, when you go forward, what do you do? You put it in ‘D.’ When you want to go back, what do you do? You put it in ‘R.’”—President Obama, at a DNC fundraiser. (via officialssay)