Morning Coffee – 17 March 2015

4236567243_1fd99e8351_m[1] Here are 10 stories to read this morning.

  • 23 Notoriously Unrhymable Words (That Actually Have Rhymes) (Mental Floss)
  • Did a Human or a Computer Write This? ()
  • GigaOm Fired Staff After Struggling With Debt (Re/code)
  • Internet giant Tencent inks global eBook deal to promote Chinese culture (South China Morning Post
  • A Guide to Logical Fallacies: The "Ad Hominem," "Strawm Short Videos (Open Culture)
  • Meredith takes over production of Martha Stewart Living, downgrades digital to a replica (TNM)
  • More Creative Commons Confusion: When Does NC Really Mean “Non-Commercial”? (The Scholarly Kitchen)
  • New Jersey luxury magazine sends cease-and-desist to freelancer trying to get paid (JIMROMENESKO.COM)
  • There Is No ‘Proper English’ (WSJ)
  • Your Guide to the Fanfiction Explosion (Vulture)

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4 Comments on Morning Coffee – 17 March 2015

  1. There Is No ‘Proper English’ (WSJ)

    Super article, have shared it around, thanks!

    Excerpt – “Whatever is in general use in a language (not any use, but general use) is for that reason grammatically correct.

    The grammatical rules invoked by pedants aren’t real rules of grammar at all. They are, at best, just stylistic conventions: An example would be the use of a double negative (I can’t get no satisfaction). It makes complete grammatical sense, as an intensifier. It’s just a convention that we don’t use double negatives of that form in Standard English.”

    • The comments at the site are interesting, too.
      They bring up the ebonics fiasco to counter the article, which is ironic because the whole thrust of ebonics was that black english was supposed to be a different, non-english, language.

  2. So MSL. I’m shocked anybody would go for a digital anyway. Actually, I’m shocked anybody wants to read a digital magazine. See the comment: “It’s no use complaining about Martha Stewart Living going Replica, it’s just another example of magazine-apps’ failure… It’s high time you discuss this failure, guys. Everyone in the industry has been discussing it for a while now. Even Adobe knows it (hint: FastCo’s new app)….”

    Unlike fiction, a magazine’s value is in paper because you can rip it apart and save the pieces you really want. Throw it in a sheet protector in a binder and take it out to your garden without worrying what happens to it. It’s not the same in digital (can you even print from it without screenshotting it?).

    And MSL is the only mag I take (well, my kids gets Make magazine).

  3. AltheGreatandPowerful // 18 March, 2015 at 3:15 am // Reply

    Moriah Jovan, if all you read is MSL, what makes your opinion about zines useful to anybody else?

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